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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FAQ on Specified Bank Notes – Emergency needs of cash then what I should do?

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FAQ on Specified Bank Notes – Emergency needs of cash then what I should do?

I have emergency needs of cash (hospitalisation, travel, life saving medicines) then what I should do?

Till the December 15, 2016, specified banknotes of only 500 denomination can be used as under:—

(a) for making payments in Government hospitals for medical treatment and pharmacies in Government hospitals for buying medicines with doctor’s prescription;

(b) at railway ticketing counters, ticket counters of Government or Public Sector Undertakings buses and airline ticketing counters at airports for purchase of tickets;

(c) for purchases at consumer cooperative stores operated under authorisation of Central or State Governments and the customers shall provide their identity proof; However, the purchase from Consumer Cooperative Stores will be limited to ₹ 5000 at a time;

(d) for purchase at milk booths operating under authorisation of the Central or State Governments;

(e) for purchase of petrol, diesel and gas at the stations operating under the authorisation of Public Sector Oil and Gas Marketing Companies;

(f) for payments at crematoria and burial grounds;

(g) for making payments in all pharmacies on production of doctor’s prescription and proof of identity;

(h) for payments on purchases LPG gas cylinders;

(i) for making payments to catering services on board, during travel by rail;

(j) for making payments for purchasing tickets for travel by suburban and metro rail services;

(k) for making payments for purchase of entry tickets for any monument maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.

(l) for making payments towards any fees, charges, taxes or penalties, payable to the Central or State Governments including Municipal and local bodies;

(m) for making payments towards utility charges for water and electricity only. -which shall be restricted to individuals or households for payment of only arrears or current charges. No advance payments shall be allowed

(n) for payments towards court fees

(o) for making payments towards purchase of seeds from the centres, units or outlets belonging to the Central or State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings, National or State Seeds Corporations, Central or State Agricultural Universities and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, on production of proof of identity: Provided that for the purposes of this clause, specified bank notes shall mean bank notes of the denominational value of five hundred rupees

(p) Payment of School fees up to ₹ 2000 per student in Central Government, State Government, Municipality and local body schools;

(q) Payment of fees in Central or State Government colleges;

(r) Payments towards pre- paid mobile top-up to a limit of ₹ 500 per top-up

(s) Toll payment at these toll plazas of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways may be made through old ₹ 500 notes from 3.12.2016 to 15.12.2016 (as they have continued the toll free arrangement up to 2.12.2016)

Authority: www.rbi.org.in

Submission of Pre-budget Views of Central Government employees - Confederation

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Submission of Pre-budget Views of Central Government employees for consideration and inclusion in the Central Budget for the year 2017-18 – Request – Regarding
REF: CONFDN/BUDGET/2016-17 
DATED - ....-12-2016
To,
Shri. Arun Jaitley,
Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Government of India,
North Block, New Delhi -110001

Sub: - Submission of Pre-budget Views of Central Government employees for consideration and inclusion in the Central Budget for the year 2017-18 – Request – Regarding.

Respected Sir,

Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers is the umbrella organization comprising of various Unions/Associations/Federations of the Central Government employees. Central Government employees are the important segment of the society and contributing for the growth of this country through effective implementation of the policies of the Government of India. Hence, the views of this segment of important stakeholders, I submit, may also be heard and considered. With this request, this organization is bringing the following views for consideration by your good self, as a part of the pre-budget exercise to finalize the budget for the year 2017-18.

Issues of the Central Government employees:

1. New Pension Scheme: Lakhs of employees who joined the Central Government Departments on or after 01-04-2004 are vulnerable to the market fluctuations due to the NPS. It has been pleaded several times to scrap this NPS or grant guarantee of minimum pension at the rate of 50% of last pay drawn. It is requested to concede this request in this budget by making required amendments.

2. Income Tax: It is submitted that Government employees are the most tax compliant segment of the society. At the same time they are the hard hit with heavy tax burden. For many years it is requested to raise the tax exemption limit. It is requested to consider increasing the tax exemption limit for employees to Rs. 5,00,000/-. It is also requested not to include the compensatory allowances in the taxable income.

3. Interest concession on loans and advances: Nationalized Banks are extending housing loans, personal loans for their employees at a lesser rate than the market rate. This facility may also be extended to the Central Government employees.

4. Education loans to the Children of the Central Government employees: In the present set up no bank is giving education loans for pursuing higher studies without keeping immovable property as collateral security. One has to cross many hassles for obtaining education loan for his ward. It is requested that education loan for the ward of a Central Government employee should be hassle free and without any guarantee or collateral security except the employee himself/herself. The total loan should cover the entire fee and living expenses without any restrictions.

5. Minimum Wage & Fitment formula: The minimum wage of Rs.18000/- recommended by 7th CPC is needed to be revised to Rs.26000/- to confirm to the realistic and accepted norms of the wage determination. Accordingly the fitment factor should also be proportionately changed.

6. Curtailment of litigation: Presently due to the policy of DOP&T the Central Government employees are forced to engage in avoidable litigation in the Courts of Law, even on those similar Service matters, which were decided by the Highest Court of the Land. This is resulting in lot of expenditure of Government employees. The judgments of the Courts should be applied to all the similarly placed employees without forcing them to file cases on the very matter.

7. Compassionate appointments: The eligible wards of the employees who died in harness should be given employment by removing the present artificial ceiling of 5% on such employment.

8. Housing needs of the employees working in N.E and Assam Circles: The employees working in these States are facing hardship due to lack of housing facilities. Hence, it is requested to construct more General Pool Resident staff quarters for all the Central Government employees working in N.E. and Assam regions.

9. It is also requested that cash less and Hassle free Medical facilities to serving and retired employees for in-patient and out-patient may also be favourably considered.

General Issues:

Central Trade Unions in their Memorandum dated 19-11-2016 has brought several issues like price raise, strengthening the Public Distribution System, safeguarding the Public Sector, Foreign Direct Investment, employment generation, Same Pay for Same Work, Social Security for unorganized workers, Labour Law Reforms, regularization of Contract and Casual Labour, which has a bearing on the lives of the common masses, employees and workers. This Federation completely endorses their viewpoint on these important issues and requests you to kindly initiate necessary corrective steps in this Budget.

It is earnestly requested to seriously consider the above suggestions for inclusion in the Budget for the year 2017-18, which will go a long way in fulfilling the long pending aspirations of the Central Government employees.

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Mob:09447068125
E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

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Processing of Pension cases mandatorily through Bhavishya (Online Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System)

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Processing of Pension cases mandatorily through Bhavishya (Online Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System) w.e.f 01/01/2017 - reg.

No. 55/14/2014/P&PW(C)Part-1
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 29th November, 2016
OFFICE MEMEORANDUM

Sub: Processing of Pension cases mandatorily through Bhavishya (Online Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System) w.e.f 01/01/2017 - reg.
Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare is responsible for formulation of policy and coordination of matters relating to pension policy and welfare of Central Government pensioners. It has been seen that despite detailed guidelines and instructions to the contrary a large proportion of retiring employees do not get their retirement benefits and the Pension Payment Order(PPO) in time. It is likey that such retired employees find it difficult to get the process completed after retirement. The sanction process starts more than a year before the date of retirement and requires cooperation amongst various agencies. This department has, therefore, launched Bhavishya – an online pension sanction and payment tracking system. The system by keeping track of the progress of each case introduces transparency and accountability. Both the retiring employees as well as administrative authorities can monitor progress at each stage.

2.The system has been running successfully in the main Secretariat of all ministries/departments for the last one year. It has since been extended to cover over 3000 Drawing and Disbursing Officers and Pay and Account Offices from various ministries/departments and their attached offices.

3.It has now been decided that all Heads of Offices will henceforth mandatorily process all pension cases only through Bhavishya. In this, where necessary, they will assist the retiring employee to submit the online application form. The Pay and Accounts Offices will process cases generated through Bhavishya through the pension module in COMPACT till the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) is made operational and integrated with Bhavishya.

4.It is to be noted that all authorities will strictly follow the timelines prescribed under the CCS(Pension) Rules and in no case will the pension case be delayed on account of electronic processing through Bhavishya.

5.These instructions take effect from 1st January, 2017.

6.This issues with the approval of competent authority.

sd/-
(Seema Gupta)
Director

Authority: http://persmin.gov.in/pension.asp

Brief of the meeting held on 28.11.2016 with the Committee on Allowances

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Brief of the meeting held on 28.11.2016 with the Committee on Allowances

ALL INDIA RAILWAYMEN'S FEDERATION
(Estd, 1924)
4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi - 110055
INDIA

No.AIRF/VII CPC(Allowances)
Dated: November 28, 2016
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Brief of the meeting held on 28.11.2016 with the Committee on Allowances

A meeting in the matter of Allowances related to the Railways was held today under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Finance), Government of India and others. Staff Side was headed by the undersigned and Com. M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary NFIR.

The discussion was initiated by me.

At the outset, I reminded the Committee, specifically the Finance Secretary, that strike situation was averted by the government by deputing three Cabinet Ministers, viz. Hon’ble Home Minister, Hon’ble Finance Minister and Hon’ble Railway Minister. On 29th June, 2016, the government issued notification and this was firmed-up by another notification on 06.07.2016 issued by the Ministry of Finance(Deptt. of Exp.). The government took four months time to decide the issues of Minimum Wage, Pay Fixation Formula, Allowances and National Pension System(NPS) etc. I pointed out that, “four months time is running out, so the reports of these committees should be published and all the allowances should be revised and sanctioned w.e.f. 01.01.2016. The matter of Breakdown Allowance, Coal Pilot Allowance, Commercial Allowance (Flag Station Allowance), i.e. Gate Allowance, Rajdhani Express Allowance, Risk Allowance, Sumptuary Allowance to Trainers, which has been abolished by the VII CPC, should be allowed to be continued”.

The matter of positive recommendations of the VII CPC in respect of granting of Train Controllers Allowance, Track Maintenance Allowances were elaborately discussed by the undersigned, pointing out that, the significance of these categories was elaborately highlighted. In addition, Additional Allowance to Running Staff was explained in detail, demanding its extension to Loco Pilot and Guards(Goods). It was also pointed out that, in the event of any train accident, Loco Pilot and Asstt. Loco Pilot are equally responsible. Difficult condition of the Goods Guard was also explained in greater detail. It was also demanded that those allowances should be extended to all the categories of Loco & Traffic Running Staff and the same should be counted for pensionery benefits. In respect of non-appearance of certain allowances in the report of the VII CPC, the vagaries of the life of the personnel working in the National
Projects were also highlighted, including Officiating Allowance, Risk Allowance etc.

The undersigned also impressed upon the Committee, especially the Secretary (Finance), that, positive recommendations of the committee should be published and all decisions in respect of allowances should take retrospective effect w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

Comradely yours,
sd/-
(Rakhal Das Gupta)
President

Source: AIRF

6th Meeting of committee on Allowances constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th CPC regarding Allowances - NFIR

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6th Meeting of committee on Allowances constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th CPC regarding Allowances-reg.

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

No.IV/NIrIll/7 CPC (IMPl)/Allowances/2016
Dated: 29/11/2016
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Sub: 6th Meeting of committee on Allowances constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th CPC regarding Allowances-reg.

Ref:RailwayBoard’sletter No.PC-VII/2016/CDS/3 dated 28/ll/12016

General Secretary, NFIR has participated in the 6th Meeting of the Committee on Allowances constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th CPC regarding Allowance at 17:30 Hrs on 28/11/2016 at Room No.169-D(Fresco), 1st Floor, North Block, New Delhi chaired by Finance Secretary, Government of India, participated by Member Staff/Railway Board, Secretary/Ministry of Defence, Secretary Postal, Additional Secretary (Expenditure), Joint Secretaries etc.

The points raised by the General Secrelary, NFIR in the meeting and sent to the Joint Secretary (implementation Cell, 7th CPC) though a communication vide dated 29th November, 2016 (as confirmation of points) may be perused in the enclosure to this letter for conveving the contents to the staff down the line.

Yours fraternally,
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(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Payment of Dearness Allowance to running staff – RBA 90/2016

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Payment of Dearness Allowance to running staff – RBA 90/2016

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
RBA No.90/2016
25th November, 2016
No.2016/AC-II(CC)/IPAS/37/7(Zonal Railways)

a) General Managers, All Zonal Railways (including Metro Railway, Kolkata);
b) Director/Finance, CRIS

Railway Board (Pay Commission Dte.) vide their letter No.PC-VII/2016/1/7/2/1 dated 11th November, 2016 (RBE 131/2016) had communicated payment of DA @ 2% per month to all categories of Railway Employees w.e.f 1st July, 2016. The issue regarding admissibility of DA on running allowance paid to Running Staff has been examined in this Ministry and it has been decided that DA @ 2% shall be admissible to Running staff on the Basic pay plus Running allowances drawn w.e.f 1st July, 2016.

2. CRIS may incorporate the above rule in IPAS application, so that payroll of running staff for November, 2016 could be drawn accordingly.

3. It may please be ensured that Salary Advance of Rs.10000/- paid to Non-Gazetted employees in terms of Railway Borad’s letter No.2016/E(LL)/APW/1 dated 17.11.2016 is recovered from the concerned staff in salary bill of November 2016.

3. The issues with the approval of competent authority.

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(V.Prakash)
Joint Director(Accounts)

Source: AIRF


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