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Fixation of pay under FR 15(a) as per 7th CPC Matrix Table

Fixation of pay in case of employees who seek transfer to a lower post under FR 15(a)

No.12/1/2016-Estt(Pay-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 31st March, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Fixation of pay in case of employees who seek transfer to a lower post under FR 15(a)- clarification regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No.16/4/2012-Pay-I dated 5th November, 2012  read with OM No.13/9/2009-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 21st October, 2009, whereby clarification was issued by this Department for fixation of pay in case of employees seeking transfer to lower posts under FR 15(a) subsequent to the implementation of the recommendations of 6th CPC and CCS(RP) Rules, 2008. It was clarified therein that in case of transfer of a Government servant to a lower Grade Pay under FR 15(a) on his/her own request w.e.f. 1.1.2006, the pay in the Pay Band will be fixed at the stage equal to the pay in Pay Band drawn by him/her prior to his/her appointment against the lower post. However, he/she will be granted the Grade Pay of lower post. Further, in all cases, he/she will continue to draw his/her increment(s) based on his pay in the Pay Band + Grade Pay (lower).

2. Consequent upon the implementation of 7th CPC Report and CCS(RP)Rules, 2016, the concept of new Pay Matrix has replaced the existing Pay Bands and Grade Pays system. Accordingly, in partial modification of this Department's OMs dated 5th November, 2012 and 21st October, 2009 ibid: the method of pay fixation in respect of a Government Servant transferred to a lower post under FR 15(a) on his/her own request w.e.f 1.1.2016 will be as under:
‘In case of transfer to a lower Level of post in the Pay Matrix under FR 15(a) on his/her own request w.e.f. 1.1.2016, the pay of the Government Servant holding a post on regular basis will be fixed in the revised pay structure at the stage equal to the pay drawn by him/her in the higher Level of post held regularly. If no such stage is available, the pay will be fixed at the stage next below in the lower Level with respect to the pay drawn by him/her in the higher Level of post held regularly and the difference in the pay may be granted as personal pay to be absorbed in future Increment(s). If maximum of the vertical range of pay progression at the lower Level in which he/she is appointed, happens to be less than the pay drawn by him/her in the higher Level, his/her pay may be restricted to that maximum under FR 22(I)(a)(3).
3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to revise the Terms/Conditions of such transfer, if any, in line with para 2 above.

4. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

5. This order takes effect from 1.1.2016.

6. Hindi version will follow.

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(Pushpender Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: www.dopt.gov.in

Revised rates of interest on Small Savings Schemes

Revised rates of interest on Small Savings Schemes

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
31-March-2017 15:39 IST

The Union Government has announced revised rates of interest on Small Savings Schemes for the First Quarter of 2017-18 to bring them somewhat closer to market rates 

Small Savings schemes will continue to be attractive as some of them enjoy income tax benefits and additional interest rate spreads 

Revision of rates is a reflection of calibrated reform of the Union Government in the financial sector to ensure better interest rate transmission 

The Union Government has announced revised rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the first quarter of the financial year 2017-18.  To bring such rates somewhat closer to market rates, the Government has decided to effect a reduction of 0.1 percentage points (10 basis points) in interest rates across the board in all the schemes except the Post Office Savings Account, which has been left untouched.

Government continues to accord highest priority to the interest of small savers, especially savings for the benefit of girl child, the senior citizens and the regular savers who form the backbone of our savings architecture. The current revision of rates is reflective of the Government’s commitment to calibrated reform in the financial sector to ensure better interest rate transmission.

Various small savings schemes will continue to be very attractive compared to bank deposits of similar maturities and tenor even after this marginal reduction in interest rates by 0.1 percentage points.  Apart from offering higher interest rates compared to bank deposits, some of the small savings schemes also enjoy income tax benefits.  Further, small savings schemes like Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS), Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA), PPF, 5 year National Savings Certificate (NSC), 5 year Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) and 5 year Time Deposits (TD) enjoy additional interest rate spreads.  This additional interest rate spread is 100 basis points in the case of Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, 75 basis points in Sukanya Samriddhi Account and 25 basis points spread in PPF, 5 year NSC, 5 year MIS and 5 year TD.

Source: PIB

CBDT notifies new IT Return Forms for AY 2017-18

CBDT notifies new Income Tax Return Forms for AY 2017-18: Introduces one page simplified ITR Form-1(Sahaj) 

The Central Board of Direct Taxes has notified Income-tax Return Forms (ITR Forms) for the Assessment Year 2017-18. One of the major reforms made in the notified ITR Forms is the designing of a one page simplified ITR Form-1(Sahaj).  This ITR Form-1(Sahaj) can be filed by an individual having income upto Rs.50 lakh and who is receiving income from salary  one house property / other income (interest etc.) . Various parts of ITR Form-1 (Sahaj) viz. parts relating to tax computation and deductions have been rationalised and simplified for easy compliance. This will reduce the compliance burden to a significant extent on the individual tax payer. This initiative will benefit more than two crore tax-payers who will be eligible to file their return of income in this simplified Form.  

Simultaneously, the number of ITR Forms have been reduced from the existing nine  to seven forms. The existing ITR Forms ITR-2, ITR-2A and ITR-3 have been rationalized and a single ITR-2 has been notified in place of these three forms. Consequently, ITR-4 and ITR-4S (Sugam) have been renumbered as ITR-3 and ITR-4 (Sugam) respectively.

 There is no change in the manner of filing of ITR Forms as compared to last year. All these ITR Forms are to be filed electronically. However, where return is furnished in ITR-1 (Sahaj) or ITR-4 (Sugam), the following persons have an option to file return in paper form:-

(i) an individual of the age of 80 years or more at any time during the previous year;   or
(ii)  an individual or HUF whose income does not exceed five lakh rupees and who has not claimed any refund in the return of income,

The notified ITR Forms are available on the department’s official website www.incometaxindia.gov.in

Source: PIB

AICPIN for February 2017 - Expected DA July 2017

Expected DA July 2017 - AICPIN for February 2017


All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (BY 2001=100) for the month of February 2017 released by the Labour Bureau today.

The All-India CPI-IW for January 2017 remained stationary at 274 (Two hundred and Seventy four).

The Labour Bureau today published the magix number of AICPIN for the calculation purpose of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for the existing and retired employees of Central Government.

For more details, Click the link to view the Press Release


Fixation of pay on promotion or MACP as per 7th CPC

Implementation of 7th CPC Recommendation: Fixation of pay on promotion/upgradation after 01.01.2016: Clarification regarding.

Office of the Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt – 110 010
No.AT/II/2702/Clar
Dated: 08 March 2017
To
The PCA (Fys)
Kolkata

Subject: Implementation of 7th CPC Recommendation: Fixation of pay on promotion/upgradation after 01.01.2016: Clarification regarding.
Reference: Your office letter No Pay/O/I/7th CPC/Pay fixation dated 16-08-2016 and 06-01-2017.

The issues raised in your office above mentioned letter have been examined and the following is stated:

Sl.No / Point of Doubt / Remarks

Point of Doubt1 . Whether FR 22(I) (a) (1) still holds good in its present form with all the attendant conditions or the same has got modified on introduction of 7th CPC pay structure and if yes what is the extent of modification of above FR.

Remarks: In this regard para 15 of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 may be referred to, which states that the provisions of Fundamental Rules shall not save as otherwise provided in ibid CCS (RP) Rules, apply to cases where pay is regulated under CCS (RP), Rules 2016 to the extent they are inconsistent with these rules.

Point of Doubt : 2. Whether in case a Govt servant promoted between the period of 2nd January and 1sst July opts to get his pay fixed from the date of next increment under FR 22 (I) (a) (1), his pay in the revised pay structure will be re-fixed by giving two increments in the lower level, i.e., one annual increment and second on account of promotion, and then placed at a cell in the level of the post to which promoted with DNI on 1st July of next year OR only one increment on date of promotion is to be allowed in the lower level and placed at a cell in the level of promoted post with DNI on 1st January of next year.

Remarks: The issue whether a Govt servant promoted/upgraded between the period of 2nd January and 1st July can opt to get his pay fixed from the date of next increment under FR 22 (I) (a) (1), has been taken up with MoD. Further correspondence in this regard may be awaited.

Point of Doubt : 3. Mr X and Mr Y both were drawing basic pay Rs.10160/- in PB-1 with Grade Pay Rs.2400/- as on 01-01-2016. Their revised pay under 7th CPC becomes Rs.32300/- in Level 4. Mr X was granted MACP in level 5 on 03-06-2016, accordingly his pay has been fixed at Rs.33900/- in level 5. Whereas Mr Y was granted MACP on 02-07-2016 in level 5 entitling him for an annual increment on 01-07-2016 to reach Rs.33300/- and then his pay on account of MACP fixed on 02-07-2016 to reach Rs.34900/-
 As such though Mr X is senior to Mr Y and both officials are getting equal pay upto 02-06-2016, after revision of pay under 7th CPC the pay of Mr X becomes less than the pay of Mr Y, thus creating an anomaly.

Remarks: It is viewed that the anomaly has been arisen due to the fact that both the officials have opted to enter the 7th CPC on 01-01-2016. If Mr X opts to enter 7th CPC on the date of his increment. i.e., 01-07-2016, he would get two increments in the lower level of pre-revised structure and then his pay will be revised under 7th CPC to reach at Rs.35900/- as under and the anomaly would not arise. However, as the issue as to whether a Govt servant promoted/upgraded between the period of 2nd January and 1st July can opt to get his pay fixed from the date of next increment under FR 22 (I) (a) (1), has been taken up with MoD, the clarification/guidance from MoD may be awaited.

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(Vinod Anand)
Sr ACGDA (P&W)

Authority: http://pcafys.nic.in/

7th CPC Observation on linkage between RFD and APAR

7th CPC Observation on linkage between RFD and APAR

Govt clarified today in Parliament regarding the annual increment for CG Employees and the modification of APAR system for determining Performance Related Pay.

The 7th Central Pay Commission has retained rate of annual increment at 3 percent. The 7th CPC has also recommended withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service. These recommendations have been accepted by the Government.

The 7th CPC has observed that it is essential to have a linkage between Departmental Results Framework Documents (RFD) and Annual Appraisal Performance Report (APAR) and has suggested the following modification in the existing APAR system for determining Performance Related Pay:

(i) Alignment of Objectives: The Ministry’s Vision/Mission needs to be translated into a set of strategic objectives for each department and these objectives need to be cascaded by the Department Head to his subordinates and subsequently down the chain.

(ii) Prioritizing Objectives, Assigning Success Indicators and their Weights: Objectives reflected in the APAR should be prioritized and assigned weights along with success indictors or Key Performance Indicators. The Commission recommended 60 percent weight on work output and 40 percent weight on personal attributes, instead of existing 60 percent weight on personal attributes and only 40 percent weight to work output.

(iii) No Ex-ante Agreement: The indicators in the APAR of an officer/staff will need to be discussed and set with the supervisor at the beginning of the year. 

(iv) Timelines: The timelines for RFD may be synchronized with the preparation of the APAR so that the targets set under RFD get reflected in individual APARs in a seamless manner.

(v) Online APAR System: The Commission recommended introduction of online APARs system for all Central Government officers/employees.

Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1/1/2017

Grant of DA to CG Employees – Enhanced from 2% to 4% 

No.1/3/2017-E-II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th March, 2017

Office Memorandum

Subject: Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1/1/2017

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1/2/2016-E-II(B) dated 4th November, 2016 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 2% to 4% of the basic pay with effect from 1st January, 2017.

2. The term ‘basic pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

3. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of FR 9(21).

4.The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

5. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of March, 2017.

6. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

7.In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

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(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: http://finmin.nic.in/



Meeting of Committee on Allowances held today remained inconclusive - AIRF

Meeting of Committee on Allowances held on 28th March, 2017 remained inconclusive

"Issue of House Rent Allowance didn’t come up during meeting"

No.AIRF/24(C)
Dated: March 28, 2017
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades!

Sub: Meeting of Committee on Allowances held today remained inconclusive

Meeting of Committee on Allowances took place on 28th March, 2017, discussion on Allowances remained inconclusive. Issue of House Rent Allowance didn’t come up during meeting.

I met Cabinet Secretary/GOI & urged him for early resolution of pending demands of Railwaymen that includes NPS, early disbursal of Allowances of 7th Pay Commission, Increase in Minimum wages and fitment formula. Issue of MACP was also discussed and removal of the provision of benchmark ‘Very Good’ for MACP, which has been recommended from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’ by the 7th Pay Commission, has also been demanded. Though Cabinet Secretary has given positive assurance on our demands yet we need our rank and file to be prepared for persistent struggle.

With Good Wishes!

Yours faithfully,
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(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source: AIRF

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Latest news on submission of 7th CPC Allowance Committee Report

Submission of Allowance Committee Report

Latest news on submission of 7th CPC Allowance Committee Report
"Today in Parliament, Minister of State for Finance Shri Santhosh Kumar Gangwar said in a written reply to a question regarding the submission of Allowance Committee Report. He said that the Allowance Committee is now in the process of finalizing its Report. Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee."

Detailed Questions and Answers:

QUESTIONS:
(a) Whether Government has formed a Committee for taking decision about the allowances to the Central Government employees and removal of anomalies in their pay scales announced by the Seventh Pay Commission;
(b) if so, whether the Committee has submitted its report;
(c) if so, the main features thereof and if not, the reasons for delay in submission of report;
and
(d) the time by which recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission regarding the allowances are proposed to be implemented?

ANSWERS:
(a) to (d): The Committee on allowances has been constituted vide order dated 22.07.2016 to examine and make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to allowances are warranted and if so, in what form. A separate anomaly committee at National Level has also been set up, vide O.M. dated 09.09.2016, to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations.

The National Anomaly Committee has made recommendations on the calculation methodology of the Disability Pension for Defence forces personnel. The Committee on allowances has received a large number of demands on allowances and even now receiving such demands. All the demands have been diligently examined. The Committee has already held 13 meeting so far and interacted with the representatives of Central Nodal Ministries, National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) and officers and representatives of employee associations of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Home Affairs, Railways, Defence and Department of Posts. The Committee is now in the process of finalizing its Report. Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee.

Authority: Rajya Sabha

Grant of TA/DA to Retired Railway Servants, re-engaged after retirement

Grant of TA/DA to Retired Railway Servants, re-engaged after retirement – RBE 24/2017

Government of India/ Bharat Sarkar
Ministry of Railways/ Rail Mantralaya
(Railway Board)
RBE No. 24
No. F(E)I/2015/AL-28/58
New Delhi, dated 16.03.2017
General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc,
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub: Grant of TA/DA to retired Railway servants, re-engaged after retirement.

Ref: CORE, Allahabad’s letter No. CORE/E/1/19/ENGAGEMENT/PART-1 dated 09.10.2015.

A clarification had been sought by CORE, Allahabad regarding admissibility of Travelling Allowance/Daily Allowance to retired Railway servants re-engaged after retirement when they are sent on duty outside the station/headquarter for project / field works.

2. The matter has been considered by Board and it has been decided that the retired Railway servants re-engaged after retirement, when they are sent on duty outside the station/headquarter, may be ,paid, in addition to their usual daily wages/remuneration, daily allowance at the rate of 60% of the applicable Daily Allowance rate (as indicated in Board’s letter No. F(E)1/2008/AL-28/14, dated 01/12/2008, as modified from time to time corresponding to the pay drawn/post held by the retired Railway servant immediately prior to their retirement to meet out of pocket expenses. Such daily allowance will require the approval of SAG level officer.\

3. Further, this will be subject to the other terms & condition as mentioned in chapter 16 of IREC Vol. II and will be regulated by the general/specific orders issued in this regard from time to time.

4. These orders shall take effect from 03/03/2017.

5. This disposes off CORE Allahabad’s letter No. CORE/E/1/19/ENGAGEMENT/ PART-I dated 09.10.2015.

6. Hindi version is enclosed.

7. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Sonali Chaturvedi)
Deputy Director Finance (Estt.), Railway Board.

Source: AIRF

Minutes of NPS Meeting held on 17.3.2017 - AIRF

Minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 -reg.

No.57/1/2016-P&PW(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

3rdFloor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 23rd March, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 -reg.

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension) on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi is hereby forwarded for information and further necessary action.

(Harjit Singh)
Director

Encl. as above.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi

A meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System was held under the Chairmanship of Shri C. Viswanath, Secretary (Pension) on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi with JCM ( Staff side). The following were present:

Official side

1. Ms. Vandana Sharma, Additional Secretary (Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare).

2. Shri Gyanendra Tripathi, Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training (representing Secretary DoPT).

3. Shri G.S. Yadav, Joint Secretary and Legal Advisor, Department of Legal Affairs).

4. Shri Amar Nath Singh, Director, Department of Expenditure (representing JS (Pers), Deptt. Of Expenditure).

5. Dr. B. S. Bhandari, Member, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.

6. Shri Pravesh Kumar, DGM, PFRDA.

JCM (Staff Side)
7. Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side (JCM),

8. Shri M. Raghavaiah, Leader(JCM Staff Side) & General Secretary, NFIR

9. Shri Guman Singh, President, NFIR

10. Shri K.K. N. Kutty, President, Confederation of CG employees & Workers

11. Shri C. Srikumar, General Secretary/AIDEF, Member National Council, JCM

12. Shri R. Srinivasan, General Secretary, INDWF, Member, National Council (JCM).

2. Additional Secretary (Pension) made a brief presentation on the recommendation of the 7th CPC and the decision of the Government on setting up of the Committee, composition of the Committee, formation of three Sub Committees and issues being considered by each of the Sub Committee. The presentation also brought out the issues raised and suggestion made by the employees’ Associations and other stakeholders for streamlining the implementation of NPS.

3. Thereafter, JCM (Staff side) made following observations / suggestion :

• NPS amounts to discrimination between employees appointed before and after 01.01.2004 and also between service personnel and civilian employees within Defence Department. Personnel retiring with less service period are getting very little pension with no revision linked to price index. Government employees should be excluded from the purview of NPS. In case, however, it minimum was not possible to exempt the Government employees from the NPS, a pension @ 50% of the last pay drawn with dearness relief may be ensured to all NPS employees on their retirement.

In the Defence Department, the contributions of around 250 employees have not been credited to their NPS accounts and are presumed to be lying in suspense account. The matter should be looked into.

There is lot of confusion over NPS among employees due to deficiencies in communication of information. Employees are not getting any statement of their deductions /accumulated fund. The statement of transaction i.e. details of contribution made by employees, matching contribution from the Government and the accumulated wealth as on date should be communicated to employees at regular intervals. This may be provided in the form of passbook to the employees in physical form.

Employees should be made aware about the grievance mechanism available under NPS and the authorities whom they could approach for redressal of their grievances. Employees should be made aware of the procedure for correction of Name, address and contact details etc. in the NPS account.

Rules on entitlements to employees / family on death or disability of an employee covered under NPS may be framed. There may be no objection to option to the employee / family to get family pension / disability pension under the old pension scheme or the benefits under NPS, in the event of death / disability of the employee during service.

Study on International practices on the pension should be done and functional difficulties in NPS may be sorted out. Best practices should be adopted after the study.

4.Secretary ( Pension) assured that the concern raised by the JCM (Staff side) would be duly considered and addressed in the report of the Committee.

5. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

Reservation to SC, ST is Provided in the Matter of Promotion

Reservation to SC, ST is Provided in the Matter of Promotion

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3227
ANSWERED ON: 22.03.2017

Promotion to Reserved Category

KAUSHAL KISHORE
Will the Minister of

PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the non-gazetted employees belonging to the SC/ST categories working with the Central Government and the autonomous institutions are not given promotion as per the reservation guidelines;

(b) if so, the reasons therefor;

(c) whether a number of proposals for amendments in the rules for promotion are under consideration of the Government; and

(d) if so, the details thereof and the reaction of the Government thereto?

ANSWER
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) & (b): As per extant instructions, reservation to the members of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes is provided in the matter of promotion when promotion is made: (a) through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination in Group B, Group C and Group D posts; (b) by selection from Group B post to a Group A post or in Group B, Group C and Group D posts; and (c) by non-selection in Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D posts. Reservation in all the above cases is given at the rate of 15 per cent for the Scheduled Castes and 7.5 per cent for the Scheduled Tribes. However, reservation in promotion is not given in the grades in which the element of direct recruitment, if any, exceeds 75 per cent.

As per extant instructions, Autonomous Bodies/Institutions including Municipal Corporations, Cooperative Institutions etc. under the administrative control of the Central Government also provide reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in their services on the lines of the reservations in services under Central Government.

However, as desired by the Honble Supreme Court in Contempt Petition No.314/2016, conveyed to the Law Officer and intimated by him, instructions in pursuance were issued by Department of Personnel and Training on 30.9.2016 not to rely upon Office Memorandum of 10.08.2010 for implementation of own merit concept in promotion for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Due to this, there may be administrative difficulties while considering cases for promotion of employees, including SCs and STs, where selections in promotion have already been made on own merit or are to be made by applying own merit by the concerned cadre controlling authority.

(c): No, Madam.

(d): Does not arise in view of reply given to Part (c) above.

Source : Rajya Sabha

Very Important Judgement from Hon'ble High Court of Madras on MACP

VERY IMPORTANT JUDGEMENT FROM HON'BLE HIGH COURT OF MADRAS

IMPLEMENTATION OF MACP RETROSPECTIVELY W.E.F. 01-09-2008 AND DENYING PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY UNDER ACP FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED REQUIRED SERVICE DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN 01-09-2008 TO 19-05-2009 HELD NOT LEGAL    


Source: Confederation

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT MADRAS

DATED: 14.02.2017

CORAM

THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE K.K.SASIDHARAN
and
THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE V. PARTHIBAN

Writ Petition Nos. 33946, 34602 and 27798 of 2014
and
M.P.Nos.1 to 1 of 2014 (3 Nos.)
M.P.Nos.1 to 1 of 2015 (3 Nos.)
and
W.M.P.Nos.32682 and 32683 of 2016

W.P.No.33946 of 2014
1 The Union of India
Rep. by the Engineer-in-Chief
Military Engineering Services
Integrated HQ of MOD (Army)
Kashmir House, Rajaji Marg
New Delhi-110011.
2 The Chief Engineer
Southern Command
Manekji Mehta Road
Pune-411 001.
3 The Chief Engineer
MES Island Grounds
Chennai Zone
Chennai-600 009.
4 The Chief Engineer (R&D)
(Opp) Jubliee Bus Station,
Secunderabad-500 651.
5 The Chief Engineer (Factories)
MES S.P. Road
(Opp) Parade Grounds
Hyderabad-500 003.
6 The Cheif Engineer (Navy)
MES Station Road
Vizag-530 004.
7 The Chief Engineer (Air Force)
MES No.2 D.C.Area MES Road
Yeswanthapur Post
Bangalore-560 022…  Petitioners

Versus
1 S.Ranjit Samuel
2 V.Sathya
3 G.Maira Joseph
4 A.Senguttvan
5 D.Ravichandran
6 T.G.V.Mahesh
7 Gowri Venkat
8 V.Sitaramachandran
9 Santhi Thirunavukkarasu
10 P.R.Anantha Kumar
11 Buvana Ravi
12 Usha
13 A.Porchelvi
14 Sumathi Vethanayaranan
15 Sumathi Manoharan
16 E.B.Chandrasekaran
17 T.Senguttuvan
18 N.Rajenthiren
19 A.V.Prabhakar
20 C.T.Sudhakaran
21 K.Sampath Kumar
22 N.Krishnan
23 R.Ganesh
24 AX Jolly
25 R.Manivannan
26 Umaa Saivignesh
27 Chithra Rajagopal
28 The Registrar
Central Administrative Tribunal
City Civil Court Buildings
Chennai-600104. .. Respondents                                                                                                              
Writ Petition No.33946 of 2014 has been filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India for issuance of a Writ of Certiorari calling for the records of the 28 th respondent’s Tribunal passed in O.A.No.1170 of 2012 dated 26.02.2014 and quash the same.

W.P.No.34602 of 2014
1 The Union of India
Rep. by the Engineer-in-Chief
Military Engineering Services
Integrated HQ of MOD (Army)
Kashmir House, Rajaji Marg
New Delhi-110011.
2 The Chief Engineer
MES, Southern Command
Manekji Mehta Road
Pune-411 001.
3 The Chief Engineer
MES Island Grounds
Chennai Zone
Chennai-600 009.
4 The Cheif Engineer (Navy)
Station Road
Vizag-530 004. … Petitioners

Versus

1 R.Uma Shankar
2 V.Pandian
3 Kalaivani Manoharan
4 The Registrar
Central Administrative Tribunal
City Civil Court Buildings
Chennai-600104. … Respondents

Writ Petition No.34602 of 2014 has been filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India for issuance of a Writ of Certiorari calling for the records of the 4th respondent’s Tribunal passed in O.A.No.437 of 2013 dated 26.02.2014 and quash the same.

W.P.No.27798 of 2014
1 The Union of India
Rep. by Directorate General of Personnel (CSCC)
Military Engineer Services
Engineer-in Chief’s Branch
Integrated HQ of MoD (Army)
Kashmir House, Rajaji Marg,
New Delhi.
2 The Military Engineer Services
Chief Engineer,
Southern Command,
Pune.
3 The Military Engineer Services
Chief Engineer
Military Engineering Service
Chennai Zone, Chennai-9…. Petitioners

Versus

1 Girija Ganesan
2 N.Sundaraganesna
3 S.Padmasree
4 Vijaya Rajaram
5 R.Gopal
6 Jayanthi Kannan
7 N.Madumathi
8 K.Amutha
9 Abdul Karim
10 Saralla Shankar
11 A.S.Pushpa
12 Rita P.Balaswamy
13 Devaki Balakrishnan
14 Rema Benedict
15 V.Ramani
16 Pushpa Saravanan
17 T.Loganathan
18 D.John Basco
19 N.Vijayan
20 Vasanthi Parthibhan
21 S.Srinivasan
22 Jeeva Nagarajan
23 N.K.Vijayakumar
24 T.M.Viswanathan
25 V.Subramanian
26 Shanthi Subramanian
27 P.J.Suseela
28 S.Lakshmi
29 Subhadra Ramesh
30 Sasikala Sidharan
31 Soundari Swaminathan
32 V.Janani Bai
33 V.Yogambal
34 Shanthi Ramakrishnan
35 S.Yamnabai
36 R.Malarkodi
37 V.Ravi
38 Wensilda Henry
39 Ranjana Prabakaran
40 A.Thiagarajan
41 S.Ramaprabhu
42 R.Krishnamurthy
43 G.Renuka Devi
44 Rajini Ravi
45 S.M.Kottesswaran
46 G.Govindaraj
47 Sumathy
48 DR.Dekswaran
49 Selvi Mahalingam
50 Sasikala Sarkunan
51 S.Santhiya
52 C.M.Krishnaveni
53 K.Vimala
54 G.Seshammal
55 M.Thangapandian
56 A.Kusalakumari
57 CL Nirmala
58 The Registrar
Central Administrative Tribunal
City Civil Court Buildings
Chennai-600104. … Respondents

Writ Petition No.27798 of 2014 has been filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India for issuance of a Writ of Certiorari calling for the records of the 58th respondent’s Tribunal passed in O.A.No.818 of 2011 dated 06.11.2013 and quash the same.

For Petitioners in : Mr.V.Balasubramanian
all W.Ps.                SPC

COMMON ORDER
(Order of the Court was delivered by V.PARTHIBAN,J.)

The Writ Petitions arise out of a common order passed by the Central Administrative Tribunal, Madras Bench in O.A.Nos.1170 of 2012 and 437 of 2013 dated 26.02.2014 and also the order passed in O.A.No.818 of 2011 dated 06.11.2013 disposing of the Original Applications filed by the employees, who were shown as private respondents herein.

2. For the sake of clarity, the parties are described as applicants and official respondents, as arrayed before the learned Tribunal.

3. All the applicants have a common grievance in the matter that they were not granted financial upgradation under the original Assured Career Progression Scheme, 1999 (herein after referred to as ACP Scheme), in the appropriate Grade Pay. The case of the applicants was that they were all working as Junior Engineers / Lower Division Clerks at the relevant point of time, without earning any promotion to the next higher grade. In terms of the ACP Scheme, many of them (in O.A.Nos.1170 of 2012 and 437 of 2013) had been granted the first financial upgradation, on introduction in August, 1999, in the pay scale of Rs.6500 – 10500 (pre-revised). In terms of the ACP Scheme, many of them (in O.A.No.818 of 2011) had been granted the first financial upgradation, on introduction in August, 1999, in the pay scale of Rs.4000 – 6000 (pre-revised). Between January and April 2009, all the applicants had completed 24 years of service and hence, the applicants (in O.A.Nos.1170 of 2012 and 437 of 2013) are entitled to second financial upgradation under the erstwhile ACP scheme in the pay scale of Rs.10,000 – 325 – 15,200 in the corresponding pay band of Rs.15,600 – 39,100 with Grade Pay of Rs.6600/- and the applicants ((in O.A.No.818 of 2011) are entitled to second financial upgradation under the erstwhile ACP scheme in the pay scale of Rs.6000 – 8000, which has been merged with the scale of Rs.5500 – 9000, in the corresponding pay band of Rs.9,300 – 34,800 with Grade Pay of Rs.4200/-. When their claim for second financial upgradation was pending, the Government of India issued Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (herein after referred to as MACP Scheme), vide Office Memorandum dated 19.05.2009, which envisaged grant of 3 financial upgradation to the Government employees, on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years of service. The scheme was brought into effect from 01.09.2008 superseding the earlier ACP scheme. The principal difference between both ACP and MACP scheme was that in ACP scheme upgradation is granted in the next higher pay scale as per hierarchy of line of promotion, whereas MACP is concerned, it would only be in the next higher Grade Pay, as prescribed. Although the MACP scheme was introduced vide Office Memorandum dated 19.05.2009, it was retrospectively implemented with effect from 01.09.2008.

4. The applicants having completed 24 years of service, between January and April 2009, they were hoping to be bestowed with the benefit of financial upgradation under the ACP Scheme, which was more advantageous to them, since the fixation is done in the next hierarchy of promotion and not in the next higher Grade Pay, as contemplated under the MACP scheme. In the circumstances, the applicants have submitted representations that they have to be given financial upgradation under the ACP scheme and which representations having been rejected, they approached the Tribunal praying for the relief as narrated above.
5. According to the applicants, on the day when they completed 24 years of service, MACP scheme was not introduced, and as the same was introduced only by Office Memorandum dated 19.05.2009, their claim would fall within the four corners of the benefits available under the erstwhile ACP scheme, and an accrued right which was otherwise available to the applicants under the erstwhile ACP scheme cannot be curtailed or altered or taken away by retrospective implementation of the MACP scheme, with effect from 01.09.2008. According to the applicants, that the MACP Scheme itself provides for retention of the then existing scheme for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation, if it was more advantageous to the employees concerned.
6. Per contra, the claim of the applicants was sought to be resisted that on introduction of the MACP Scheme, the earlier Scheme had been replaced and question of grant of any benefit under the superseded Scheme cannot arise at all. According to the official respondents that it was completely within the domain of the policy makers to prescribe cut of date for implementation of various Schemes and such prescription of cut of date cannot be faulted with in the present circumstances.
7. The learned Tribunal, after taking note of the submissions of the parties, has disposed of the Original Applications on the basis of its earlier order passed in O.A.No.818 of 2011, wherein a similar issue was the subject matter of the application. The said application is the subject matter of W.P.No.27798 of 2014, which is also covered under the present orders. The learned Tribunal in paragraph-11 of the impugned order has passed the final directions, as extracted below:-
“11. …..
The respondents are directed to place the case of the applicants in both the OAs before the Screening Committee for consideration for grant of 2nd financial upgradation under ACP Scheme on completion of 24 years of service, provided they had completed this period as claimed by them between January and April, 2009 ie., prior to the issue of DOPT’s OM dated 19.05.2009 by which MACP Scheme came to be introduced and if based on such consideration by the Committee, it is ordered to grant the above benefits, the benefits of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme, if extended would have to be withdrawn. The above exercise shall be completed within a period of four months from the date of receipt / production of a copy of this order. In the circumstances, there shall be no order as to costs.”
8. The learned Tribunal, while passing the directions, has also taken note of the fact that a similar application was decided by Chandigarh Bench of the Tribunal in favour of the employees holding that MACP Scheme cannot be applied retrospectively and it would applied only from the date of the Office Memorandum dated 19.05.2009. As against the order passed by the learned Tribunal,the present Writ Petitions are filed.

9. The counsels appearing for the parties have reiterated the submissions. We have perused the pleadings and the materials on record.

10. Although it is a matter of record that MACP Scheme was introduced vide Memorandum dated 19.05.2009, but the same was put into effect from 01.09.2008. In the instant case, admittedly, before introduction of the MACP Scheme under the Office Memorandum dated 19.05.2009, the applicants have completed 24 years of service and their right to get second financial upgradation under the erstwhile ACP Scheme got crystalised and such right cannot sought to be negated by bringing in a new Scheme with retrospective effect. The purpose and spirit of the Career Progression Scheme is only for the benefit of employees, who face stagnation in their career. That purpose and spirit cannot be defeated, if the benefit under the new Scheme is causing detrimental to the interest of the employees. The intention between the Scheme would not be as such. In any event, as a principle of purposive interpretation, it has to be seen that what is more advantageous to the employees is what should be preferred, since the Scheme being a beneficial one, cannot be allowed to result in loss to the employees on its implementation. Therefore, in all fairness and fitness of things, till the introduction of MACP Scheme vide Office Memorandum dated 19.05.2009, the benefit which accrued to the employees under the erstwhile ACP Scheme ought to have been made available.

11. Moreover, it has to be seen that the Tribunal itself has allowed similar application and no contra material has been produced before us to take a different view in the matter. The well intended benefit under ACP or MACP Scheme cannot be allowed to suffer loss of proper fixation in the higher pay scale as such consequence would not further the purpose and spirit of the
Scheme.

12. In these circumstances, We do not find anything wrong in the final direction passed by the learned Tribunal in the impugned orders. Therefore, the Writ Petitions fail and the same are dismissed. No costs. Consequently,connected Miscellaneous Petitions are closed.

(K.K.S.J.,) (V.P.N.J.,)
14.02.2017

Index : Yes/No

Note : Issue order copy by 16.03.2017

mra

K.K.SASIDHARAN, J.
and
V. PARTHIBAN, J.
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To
The Registrar
Central Administrative Tribunal,
Madras Bench,
Chennai – 600 104.

Writ Petition Nos. 33946, 34602
and 27798 of 2014
and connected M.Ps.

14.02.2017

Authority: CAT Judgement on MACP

Committee on Allowances of 7th CPC – 3rd Reply in Parliament on 24.3.2017

Committee on Allowances of 7th CPC – 3rd Reply in Parliament on 24.3.2017

In Lok Sabha on 24th March 2017, the Minister of State for Finance Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal explained in written form to various questions regarding the submission of report of Committee on Allowances.

Already two times (10th March and 22nd March) replied in the Parliament about this issue and the same type of answer given by the minister on 24th March also.

“The Committee on Allowances has been constituted vide order dated 22.07.2016. The Committee is to examine and make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to allowances are warranted and if so, in what form.

The Committee has received a large number of demands on allowances and even now receives demands in this regards. All the demands have been diligently examined. The Committee has already held 13 meetings so far and interacted with the representatives of Central Nodal Ministries, National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) and officers and representatives of employee associations of Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Home Affairs, Railways, Defence and Department of Posts.

The Committee has taken more time than was initially prescribed in view of the large number of demands received. The Committee is now in the process of finalizing its Report. 
Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee.”

Authority: Lok Sabha

Implementation of 6th Pay Commission to Maharashtra Govt Teachers

Implementation of 6th Pay Commission to Maharashtra Govt Teachers

Implementation of 6th Pay Commission in Maharashtra

In Rajya Sabha on 16th March 2017, the Minister of HRD Shri Prakash Javadekar said in a written reply as follows…

The Central Government, as part of expenditure incurred on 6th Central Pay Commission by State Government of Maharashtra, has received a proposal for reimbursement of Central share of Rs.1515,17,48,822 (Rupees One thousand five hundred and fifteen crores, seventeen lakhs forty eight thousand eight hundred and twenty two) under Scheme of Revision of Pay of Teachers and Equivalent Cadres in Universities and Colleges. The Central Government has already released an amount of Rs. 1103,10,44,000 (Rupees One thousand one hundred and three crores, ten lakhs and forty four thousand) in 8 installments as per details given below.

The Scheme of Revision of Pay of Teachers and Equivalent Cadres in Universities and Colleges is subject to amendment of Statutes, Ordinances, Rules etc. of Universities/colleges of various states. The State Government of Maharashtra has been asked to advise the Universities/Colleges to amend their Statutes, Ordinances, Rules etc. in line with the provisions of the Scheme and the same is awaited from the State Government. The remaining amount would be considered for release on receipt of documents mentioned above.

Implementation of 7th CPC Benefits to AIIMS Employees

Implementation of 7th CPC Benefits to AIIMS Employees

Pay Commission Benefit to AIIMS Employees

Health Minister Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste said that the matter is under consideration of the Government.

The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance vide its OM No. 1/1/2016-E.III (A) dated 13/01/2017 has circulated guidelines relating to pay revision of employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous organizations, Statutory Bodies etc. set up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government. The matter is under consideration of the Government.

DA as per 6th CPC to BSNL Employees

DA as per 6th CPC to BSNL Employees

Payment of DA as per Sixth Pay Commission recommendations

While answering to a question in Rajya Sabha on 24th March 2917 regarding the Dearness Allowance to BSNL Staff and Officers, Minister Shri Upendra Kushwaha said as follows…

In Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited(BSNL),on the basis of recommendations of Second Pay Revision Committee for revision of pay scales for Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) with effect from 01.01.2007, the benefit of merger of 50% DA (Dearness Allowance) effectively amounting to 78.2% for the purposes of fitment is being paid. The additional expenditure being incurred due to revision is being borne by BSNL.

Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) has recommended to Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for extending the benefit of merger of 50% DA effectively amounting to 78.2% for which it has sought full financial support from the DoT due to its present financial situation. The proposal of MTNL has been examined and it has been observed that there will be financial implications of Rs.140 Crores per annum towards additional burden on salaries and around Rs.1136 crores for payment of arrears. Further there will be financial implications on account of pensionary benefits to be paid by Government. As per DPE (Department of Public Enterprises) guidelines the CPSE concern has to bear the additional financial implication on account of pay revision from their own resources.

List of Latest CGHS Hospitals in India

List of Latest CGHS Hospitals in India

The new and latest list of CGHS Hospitals in the Country as on March 2017

The list conatins General Hospitals, Eye clinics, Dental Centres and Diagnostic Centres.

List of the Health Care Organisations empanelled under CGHS in the Country

No.
City Name of the
Hospitals
(a)
Eye Clinics
(b)
Dental
( c)
Diagnostic Centers (d)
1
Allahabad
25 (0)
4 (0)
8 (0)
5 (0)
2
Ahmedabad
10 (6)
4 (1)
1 (0)
1 (0)
3
Bangalore
14 (4)
33 (4)
4 (0)
5 (4)
4
Bhopal
13 (1)
2 (0)
Nil
3 (0)
5
Bhubaneshwar
10 (2)
1 (1)
1 (0)
Nil
6
Chandigarh
9 (5)
6 (0)
2 (0)
6 (5)
7
Chennai
16 (3)
6 (1)
2 (0)
5 (1)
8
Dehradun
08(0)
04(0)
Nil
04(0)
9
Delhi
118 (58)
104 (4)
52 (0)
61 (36)
10
Guwahati
3 (1)
Nil
Nil
2
11
Hyderabad
69 (27)
16 (0)
6 (0)
5 (5)
12
Jaipur
24 (6)
13 (0)
4 (0)
3 (0)
13
Jabalpur
18 (1)
7 (0)
5 (1)
4 (0)
14
Jammu
Nil
1 (0)
Nil
Nil
15
Kanpur
39 (4)
9 (0)
1 (0)
10 (2)
16
Kolkata
8 (3)
4 (0)
Nil
15 (7)
17
Lucknow
20 (0)
13 (1)
3 (0)
10 (3)
18
Meerut
20 (2)
5 (0)
3 (0)
2 (0)
19
Mumbai
27 (4)
15 (2)
2 (0)
2 (0)
20
Nagpur
39 (4)
19 (1)
4 (0)
12(5)
21
Pune
47 (6)
11 (1)
3 (0)
4 (0)
22
Patna
18 (0)
4 (0)
4 (0)
3 (1)
23
Ranchi
2 (0)
2 (1)
Nil
Nil
24
Trivandrum
1 (1)
3 (0)
Nil
3(2)
25
Shillong
Nil
Nil
Nil
Nil
Total
558 (138)
286 (15)
105 (1)
a+b+c =949(151)
165 (71)




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