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Finance Minister not given assurance for reviewing the retrograde recommendations of 7th CPC – NFIR

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Finance Minister not given assurance for reviewing the retrograde recommendations of 7th CPC – NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi 110 055

Press Statement of M.Raghavaiah, General Secretary

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget (2016-17) failed to address the genuine aspirations of working class.

The Income Tax Exemption limit for serving and retired Central Government employees has not been revised.

The Fixed Medical Allowance for Retired Central Government employees has not been raised to Rs. 2000/- p.m. from the existing Rs. 500/- p.m., resulting continued hardship to Retired Central Government employees who live in remote places and small towns where medical facilities not provided.

The Finance Minister has not spoken on the employees’ demand for abolition of New Pension Scheme.

It is sad to note that the Finance Minister has not given assurance for reviewing the retrograde recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission although he said that a Committee has been constituted.

The Workers’ of Government Sector, Private as well Unorganized Sectors are disappointed over the Budget announcements.

Mr.Raghavaiah, General Secretary, NFIR has urged upon the Prime Minister to accept Railway Minister’s proposal sent in November, 2015 and see that Railway Employees are exempted from New Pension System.

General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – January, 2016

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Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – January, 2016


No.5/1/2016 - CPI

DATED: 29th February, 2016

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – January, 2016

The All-India CPI-IW for January, 2016 remained stationary at 269 (two hundred and sixty nine). On 1-month percentage change, it remained static between December, 2015 and January, 2016 when compared with the rise of 0.40 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Housing group contributing (+) 1.11 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Groundnut Oil, Fish Fresh, Eggs (Hen), Goat Meat, Poultry (Chicken), Milk (Buffalo & Cow), Garlic, Sugar, Bidi, Firewood, Medicine (Allopathic), Barber Charges, Flower/Flower Garlands, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Rice, Arhar Dal, Gram Dal, Masur Dal, Moong Dal, Urd Dal, Mustard Oil, Coconut Oil, Onion, Vegetable and Fruit items, Petrol, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 5.91 per cent for January, 2016 as compared to 6.32 per cent for the previous month and 7.17 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.61 per cent against 7.94 per cent of the previous month and 7.81 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Haldia reported the maximum increase of 8 points followed by Jamshedpur (7 points) and Labac-Silchar (5 points). Among others, 4 points increase was observed in 6 centres, 3 points in another 6 centres, 2 points in 9 centres and 1 point in 14 centres. On the contrary, Bhilai recorded a maximum decrease of 9 points followed by Bokaro (6 points) and Ranchi-Hatia and Varanasi (4 points each). Among others, 3 points decrease was observed in 2 centres, 2 points in 11 centres and 1 point in 10 centres. Rest of the 13 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 34 centres are above All-India Index and other 40 centres’ indices are below national average. The indices of Salem, Varanasi, Jabalpur and Vishakhapathnam centres remained at par with All-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of February, 2016 will be released on Thursday, 31st March, 2016. The same will also be available on the office website WWW. labourbureaunew.gov.in.


Source: www.labourbureau.nic.in

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Annual Budget 2016 – Will the income tax slab increase? Or, will it not?

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Annual Budget 2016 – Will the income tax slab increase? Or, will it not?

“It is important to keep in mind the expectations of Central Government employees, who accurately calculate and set aside more than their one month’s salary to pay income tax each year.”

The annual budget of 2016 is being presented today. Expectations are high that Modi Government will fulfill the requirements of the farmers, industrialists and Central Government employees.

There are conflicting rumours that the income tax slab is likely to be raised this year. Some say that it wouldn’t. 

The Railway Budget was presented on February 25. The Annual Budget of 2016-17 will be presented at 12.00 PM today (February 29, 2016). This is the third general budget presented by the Modi Government’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. 

With the Government requiring more than Rs.1 lakh crore to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, Arun Jaitley’s budget will reveal how the government intends to raise these funds, and for raising the capital required for the banks. 

The minimum income tax slab for individuals is currently Rs.2.5 lakhs. With increasing prices, the salaried class is eagerly expecting an increase in the tax slabs. Therefore, announcements regarding this are expected in the Budget. With assembly elections scheduled to be held in five states in the near future, the chances of raising the tax slabs are bright. 

With the subsidy burden increasing on the Government, the subsidies for those with annual income above a certain level, will very likely be cancelled. LPG subsidy is very likely to be stopped. And, the number of subsidized cylinders is also likely to be reduced. 

In order to increase the revenue for the government, indirect taxes are likely to be increased. Service taxes are likely to be increased from 14.5 percent to 18 percent. 

Since the import of gold has been increasing, the Rupee is fast losing its value against the US Dollar. Therefore, import tax on gold is likely to increase, according to the sources at the Finance Ministry. 

“The annual exams of the students are starting tomorrow. I’m writing my exams today. I’m confident that I will get through,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, about the Budget.

Updated news on Tax

No changes have been made to existing income tax slabs

1% service charge on purchase of luxury cars over Rs. 10 lakh and in-cash purchase of goods and services over Rs. 2 lakh.

Deduction for rent paid will be raised from Rs 20,000 to Rs 60,000 to benefit those living in rented houses.

Additional exemption of Rs. 50,000 for housing loans up to Rs. 35 lakh, provided cost of house is not above Rs. 50 lakh.

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7th CPC Minimum Pay should be fixed 24000 in place of 18000 - BPMS Agitation

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7th CPC DA Calculation - First AICPIN points of 2016 will be released tomorrow

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7th CPC DA Calculation - First AICPIN points of 2016 will be released tomorrow

7th Pay Commission DA Calculation – Jan 2016 AICPIN starts with new episode of ‘Expected DA July 2016’

“The first AICPIN points of 2016 will be released tomorrow”

The Dearness Allowance given to Central Government employees and Pensioners will henceforth be calculated on the basis of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from 1.1.2016.(Expects its recommendations to be implemented by the Government)

The first All India Consumer Price Index – CPI (IW) Base Year 2001=100, used for calculating the Dearness Allowance will be announced tomorrow by the Central Government.

The current DA, according to the 6th Pay Commission, began at zero on 01.01.2006, and ended at 125%. It will restart again at zero from 01.01.2016 onwards.

There is no Dearness Allowance for the six months from January to June 2016.

From July 2016 onwards, the new and first Dearness Allowance will be announced based on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. In other words, the Dearness Allowance for the six months between July and December 2016 will be based on the fluctuations in the prices of essential commodities, called the AICPIN points, between January and June 2016.

The 7th Pay Commission has not prescribed any dramatic changes in the method of calculation of the Dearness Allowance. Instead, the previous method is all set to continue.

Resettlement of Defence Personnel

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Resettlement of Defence Personnel 

Approximately, 55,000 personnel retire annually from the armed forces. Government is imparting training to the personnel of the Armed Forces before their retirement. Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has also come forward to help them in finding employment. IIM Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Indore are conducting 24 weeks Management Courses regularly for Armed Forces personnel. There is no proposal from them for encouraging entrepreneurship among Ex-servicemen.

Details of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) selected for various jobs in the Central Government Departments during the last three years in the country is as follows:-

Central Government Departments
Central Para   Military Forces

To facilitate ESM to get suitable employment, the following steps are taken by the Government:-

·         Dissemination of information on Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) website regarding Open Competitive Examination for various posts, dates and syllabus etc.
·         DGR signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Confederation of Indian Industry to arrange job fairs by Corporate Sectors to provide additional employment opportunities to ESM.
·         A job portal has been hosted by DGR wherein ESM an upload their Bio-data and corporate / other sectors can approach them and pick as per their requirement.
·         Organize ESM Job Fairs Pan India to provide an interface between Corporate & ESM.
·         Regular interaction with corporate houses to generate entrepreneur / employment opportunities for ESM.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Ashok Mahadeorao Nete and Shri Ravneet Singh in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB News

7th CPC Latest News : BPMS Protest for Minimum Pay 24000 and Fitment formula 3.42

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7th CPC Latest News : BPMS Protest for Minimum Pay 24000 and Fitment formula 3.42

BPMS circular for agitation programme from 01.03.2016 to 05.03.2016

CENTRAL OFFICE: 2-A, NAVEEN MARKET, KANPUR – 208001, PH & FAX : (0512) 2332222
MOBILE: 09415733686, 09235729390, 09335621629, WEB : www.bpms.org.in

REF: BPMS/20/CIR/2015
Dated: 19.02.2016
The President/ General Secretary
Unions Affiliated to Federation

Subject: Agitation Programme from 01 March, 2016 to 05 March, 2016.

Sadar Namaskar
I hope this letter will find to all of you in good health and high spirit and busy in accelerating trade union activities. The meeting of office bearers of BPMS was conducted on dated: 11th and 12th February, 2016. In this meeting the recommendations of 7th CPC was discussed specially. As all of you know that 7th CPC submitted its recommendations to Honorable Finance Minister of Govt. of India on 19.11.2015. After analyzing the recommendations of 7th CPC, BPMS wrote a letter to Govt of India addressing anomalies in recommendations along with conducting a National level protest day on the call of GENC. We met Dr Jitendra Singh/Minister of DoP&T and Prime Minister Office at his office situated in Parliament and discussed the issues and submitted a memorandum. Honorable Minister assured the representatives of GENC and BPMS that all necessary action would be taken at the earliest and a meeting would be fixed with Honorable Finance Minister. But it is matter of concern that the federation has not been apprised about the    action taken till date.

Therefore, it was decided in the meeting of office bearers to conduct agitation programmes of gate meetings, sit in, wearing black badges in their respective establishments from 01 March 2016 to 05 March 2016. On 04 March 2016 ‘Dharna’ will be performed and on the last day a memorandum will be presented to the Head of Establishment addressing Honorable Prime Minister and its photocopy should be sent to BMS office and BPMS office.

The demands are as follows-

1. Minimum Pay should be fixed 24000/- rupees in place of 18000/-.

2. The fitment formula should be 3.42 in place of 2.57

3. The ratio of minimum Pay and maximum Pay should be 1:10.

4. Annual increment should be 5% in place of 3%.

5. Five financial upgradations should be granted within the period of 30 years of Service under MACP scheme.

6. Pay Scales of Group ‘C’ employees should be merged and upgraded. Grade Pay 1900 and Grade Pay 2000 should be merged and upgraded to 2400 and Grade Pay 2400 and Grade Pay 2800 should be merged and upgraded to Grade Pay 2800.

7. Risk Allowance, Washing Allowance, Family Planning Allowance should be continued.

8. HRA should be granted at the rate of 15%, 25% and 35%.

9. Minimum two increments should be granted at Promotion.

10.Interest free Advances should be continued.

11.OTA is being granted to the employees posted in offices, directorates etc at the rate of 12 rupees per hour (on the pay scales of 4th CPC). OTA should be granted on the Pay Scales of 7th CPC.

12.Old Pension Scheme should be restored in place of NPS.

13.The employees covered under NPS scheme should be benefited with gratuity.

14.Commuted Pension should be restored on 12th year in place of 15th year.

15.CCL related to women employees should not be reduced.

16.There should not be any educational criteria (High School passed) for grant of compassionate ground appointment.

17.Benefits of 7th CPC should be granted to Centre, State and autonomous body employees equally.

18.Since amendment in Bonus Act has retrospective effect and implemented since 2014, the arrear of 2014-2015 should be granted without any delay.

19.All the employees should be granted Night Duty Allowance without any ceiling.

20.In Ordnance Factories all Piece work employees should be paid OTA (Between 44¾ and 48 hours) on their actual Pay instead of minimum Pay.

21.The employees having equal qualification and same nature of work should be granted equal pay in all ministries.

22.Examiners working in Quality control department in OFB should be granted Incentive Bonus.

23.According to 7th CPC recommendations, civilian employees retiring on same Post or same pay scale should be granted equal Pension.

24.Wards of employees died in harness are unable to find a Job due to 5% ceiling in compassionate appointment. Therefore, waiting dependants should be granted one time relaxation in compassionate appointment.

25.The employees of DRDO should be granted the benefit of PRIS.

Thanking you.

Brotherly yours
(M P Singh)
General Secretary

Copy to:
1. The General Secretary
BMS, New Delhi
2. The Secretary General
GENC, Naveen Market, Kanpur

Pending revision of Pre-2006 pension cases - CPAO Orders

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Pending revision of Pre-2006 pension cases - CPAO Orders

Ministry wise Pre-2006 revised Vs unrevised summary report based on e-scroll

No. CPAO/Co-ord/(85)/2015-16/1138
Government of India
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
Central Pension Accounting Office,
Trikoot -II, Bhikaji Cama Place,
New Delhi – 110066

Dated: 19th February, 2016


Sub: Pending revision of Pre-2006 pension cases.

Though a substantial number of pre-2006 pension cases have been revised, still 5,648 pension cases are pending for revision constituting 1.30 percent of Civil Ministries/Departments. Out of this, 376 cases (67%) pertain to 8 Ministries/Departments where the pendency is more than 200 cases, viz Home Affairs (1075), CBEC (751), Atomic Energy (518), PPG&P (381), Prasar Bharti (350), HRD (264), Telecommunication (217) and Finance (204). The details of unrevised cases are provided under the CCA & PAO login of CPAO website (www.cpao.nic.in)

You are requested to issue instructions to your PAOs to finalize all such cases and where details of pensioners are not available, the same may be obtained from the paying branches in the attached format (copy enclosed).

This exercise may kindly be completed and updated status may please be informed to CPAO immediately.

Chief Controller (Pensions)

OROP Anomalies – One member Judicial Committee will submit its report in six months

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OROP Anomalies – One member Judicial Committee will submit its report in six months

"One member Judicial Committee has been appointed on 14.12.2015 to look into the anomalies arising out of implementation of OROP. The Judicial Committee will submit its report in six months – Defence Minister"

Detailed instructions along with OROP tables on implementation of OROP have been issued on 3.2.2016. Considering the requirement for implementation of “One Rank One Pension”, the expenditure ceiling for Defence Pensions in BE 2016-2017 has been increased from Rs.69,876 crores to Rs.82,332.66 crores. Government has received representations from various Ex-Servicemen Associations and beneficiaries regarding anomalies and their dissatisfaction with the order of OROP scheme.

One member Judicial Committee has been appointed on 14.12.2015 to look into the anomalies arising out of implementation of OROP. The Judicial Committee will submit its report in six months.

The following instructions have been issued to Pension Disbursing Agencies(PDAs) for effective implementation of OROP:

• The arrears on account of revision of pension from 01.07.2014 be paid in four equal half yearly instalments. However, family pensioners including those in receipt of Special/Liberalized family pension and all Gallantry award winners shall be paid arrears in one instalment.

• Any required information, if not available in record may be referred to Pension Sanctioning Authority(PSA) concerned who will provide the requisite information from the available records within 15 days to the PDAs.

• In case of any doubt, PDA may immediately take up the matter with nodal officers of respective PSAs, the details of which shall be notified by Pr. CDA(P) Allahabad in their implementation instructions.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Devajibhai G Fatepara and others in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB

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