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Proposals of Enhancement of Retirement age and Merger of D.A may not materialized

Proposals of Enhancement of Retirement age and Merger of D.A may not materialized

It was learnt from the sources close to the Union Government that the proposals of Enhancement of Retirement age of Central Government Employees from 60 to 62 years and Merger of D.A to basic pay may not be materialized now before General elections. Accordingly, these two proposals have not been taken up for consideration by the union Cabinet in its meeting held on Friday. But there is possibility to announce Interim Relief (I.R) before elections. 

VII TH PAY COMMISSION


The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to the Terms of Reference of 7thCentral Pay Commission (CPC) as follows:-

a) To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding the principles that should govern the emoluments structure including pay, allowances and other facilities/benefits, in cash or kind, having regard to rationalization and simplification therein as well as the specialized needs of various Departments, agencies and services, in respect of the following categories of employees:-

i. Central Government employees-industrial and non-industrial;

ii. Personnel belonging to the All India Services;

iii. Personnel of the Union Territories;

iv. Officers and employees of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department;

v. Members of regulatory bodies (excluding the Reserve Bank of India) set up under Acts of Parliament; and

vi. Officers and employees of the Supreme Court.

b) To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and    feasible regarding principles that should govern the emoluments structure, concessions and facilities/benefits, in cash or kind, as well as retirement benefits of personnel belonging to the Defence Forces, having regard to historical and traditional parities, with due emphasis on aspects unique to these personnel.

c) To work out the framework for an emoluments structure linked with the need to attract the most suitable talent to Government service, promote efficiency, accountability and responsibility in the work culture, and foster excellence in the public governance system to respond to complex challenges of modern administration and rapid political, social, economic and technological changes, with due regard to expectations of stakeholders, and to recommend appropriate training and capacity building through a competency based framework.

d) To examine the existing schemes of payment of bonus, keeping in view, among other things, its bearing upon performance and productivity and make recommendations on the general principles, financial parameters and conditions for an appropriate incentive scheme to reward excellence in productivity, performance and integrity.

e) To review the variety of existing allowances presently available to employees in addition to pay and suggest their rationalization and simplification, with a view to ensuring that the pay structure is so designed as to take these into account.

f) To examine the principles which should govern the structure of pension and other retirement benefits, including revision of pension in the case of employees who have retired prior to the date of effect of these recommendations, keeping in view that retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on and after 01.01.2004 are covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS).

g) To make recommendations on the above, keeping in view:

i.    the economic conditions in the country and need for fiscal prudence;

ii. the need to ensure that adequate resources are available for    developmental expenditures and welfare measures;

iii.   the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications;

iv.  the prevailing emolument structure and retirement benefits available to employees of Central Public Sector Undertakings; and

v.   the best global practices and their adaptability and relevance in Indian conditions.

h) To recommend the date of effect of its recommendations on all the above.

The Commission will make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution. It may consider, if necessary, sending interim reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalised.

The decision will result in the benefit of improved pay and allowances as well as rationalization of the pay structure in case of Central Government employees and other employees included in the scope of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Background

Central Pay Commissions are periodically constituted to go into various issues of emoluments’ structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of Central Government employees and to make recommendations on the changes required.

Release of additional installment of dearness allowance to Central Government employees and dearness relief to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2014

Release of additional installment of dearness allowance to Central Government employees and dearness relief to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2014
The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal to release an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 01.01.2014, in cash, but not before the disbursement of the salary for the month of March 2014 at the rate of 10 percent increase over the existing rate of 90 percent.

Hence, Central Government employees as well as pensioners are entitled for DA/DR at the rate of 100 percent of the basic with effect from 01.01.2014. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both dearness allowance and dearness relief would be Rs. 11074.80 crore per annum and Rs. 12920.60 crore in the financial year 2014-15 ( i.e. for a period of 14 months from January 2014 to February 2015).

Voluntary retirement under FR 56(k), etc. and amendment of Rules.

Voluntary retirement under FR 56(k), etc. and amendment of Rules.



Govt. warns central employees about the consequence of strike

Govt. warns central employees about the consequence of strike

Central employees are going to observe two days' strike from 12th February 2014 demanding interim relief, merger of DA with basic pay, early implementation of seventh pay commission, scrapping of new pension scheme etc. 
Today Central Govt. warned the employees about the consequences, which include wage cut and possible disciplinary action. View the PTI news in this regard below :
New Delhi, Feb 10 (PTI) The Centre today warned central government employees of consequences, including deduction of wages and disciplinary action, in case they took part in a two -day strike from Wednesday, which has been proposed by their union.

Citing a Supreme Court judgement, the government said that the employees' association does not have any right to strike work. It added that acts of violation by employees would be considered as "grave misconduct".

Click here for the DOPT O M. Dtd. 10.02.2014

Two days CGE strike corner

Two days CGE strike corner :

OUR STAND IS NOT TO SUPPORT OR TO OPPOSE. BUT WE ARE NOT PARTICIPANTING IN THE STRIKE. SUBMIT A LETTER TO CIRCLE HEAD ABOUT OUR STAND.



IP RESULT - 2013

Click here to view the complete list of selected candidates announced vide Directorate memo no A-34013/02/2014-DE dated 07.02.2014.

Recovery of wrongful/excess payments made to Government servants.



Recovery of wrongful/excess payments made to Government servants.
F.No.18/26/2011-Estt (Pay-I) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pension 
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi, 
Dated the 6th February, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Recovery of wrongful/excess payments made to Government servants.

The undersigned is directed to say that the issue of recovery of wrongful/excess payments made to Government servants has been examined in consultation with the Department of Expenditure and the Department of Legal Affairs in the light of the recent judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Chandi Prasad Uniyal And On vs State Of Uttarakhand And Ors, 2012 AIR SCW 4742, (2012) 8 ‘SCC 417, decided on 17th August, 2012. The Hon’ble Court has observed as under:
15. We are not convinced that this Court in various judgments referred to hereinbefore has laid down any proposition of law that only if the State or its officials establish that there was misrepresentation or fraud on the part of the recipients of the excess pay, then only the amount paid could be recovered. On the other hand, most of the cases referred to hereinbefore turned on the peculiar facts and circumstances of those cases either because the recipients had retired or on the verge of retirement or were occupying lower posts in the administrative hierarchy. 



16. We are concerned with the excess payment of public money which is often described as "tax payers money" which belongs neither to the officers who have effected over-payment nor that of the recipients. We fail to see why the concept of fraud or misrepresentation is being brought in such situations. Question to be asked is whether excess money has been paid or not may be due to a bona fide mistake. Possibly, effecting excess payment of public money by Government officers may be due to various reasons like negligence, carelessness, collusion, favouritism etc. because money in such situation does not belong to the payer or the payee. Situations may also arise where both the payer and the payee are at fault, then the mistake is mutual. Payments are being effected in many situations without any authority of law and payments have been receiyed by the recipients also without any authority of law. Any amount paid/received without authority of law can always be recovered barring few exceptions of extreme hardships but not as a matter of right, in such situations law implies an obligation on the payee to repay the money, otherwise it would amount to unjust enrichment.
2. Hon’ble Supreme Court also distinguished the cases like Shyam Babu Verma v UOI, 1994 SCR (1) 700, 1994 SCC (2) 52, Syed Abdul Qadir and Ors. v. State of Bihar and Ors,(2009) 3 SCC 475, Sahib Ram v. State of Haryana,1995 Supp (1) SCC 18 etc., where it had not allowed recovery of excess payment in view of the peculiar facts and circumstances of those cases so as to avoid extreme hardship to the concerned employees, for example, where the employees concerned were mostly junior employees, or they had retired or were on verge of retirement, the employees were not at fault, and recovery which was ordered after a gap of many years would have caused extreme hardship.

3. In view of the law declared by Courts and recently reiterated by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the above cited case, Chandi Prasad Uniyal And Ors vs State Of Uttarakhand And Ors, 2012 AIR SCW 4742, (2012) 8 SCC 417, the Ministries/Departments are advised to deal with the issue of wrongful/excess payments as follows:

i. In all cases where the excess payments on account of wrong pay fixation, grant of scale without due approvals, promotions without following the procedure, or in excess of entitlements etc come to notice, immediate corrective action must be taken.

ii. In a case like this where the authorities decide to rectify an incorrect order, a show-cause notice may be issued to the concerned employee informing him of the decision to rectify the order which has resulted in the overpayment, and intention to recover such excess payments. Reasons for the decision should be clearly conveyed to enable the employee to represent against the same. Speaking orders may thereafter be passed after consideration of the representations, if any, made by the employee.

iii. Whenever any excess payment has been made on account of fraud, misrepresentation, collusion, favouritism, negligence or, carelessness, etc., roles of those responsible for over payments in such cases, and the employees who benefitted from such actions should be identified, and departmental/criminal action should be considered in appropriate cases.
iv. Recovery should be made in all cases of overpayment barring few exceptions of extreme hardships. No waiver of recovery may be allowed without the approval of Department of Expenditure.

v. While ordering recovery, all the circumstances of the case should be taken into account. In appropriate cases, the concerned employee may be allowed to refund the money in suitable installments with the approval of Secretary in the Ministry, in consultation with the FA.

vi. Wherever the relevant rules provide for payment of interest on amounts retained by the employee beyond the stipulated period etc as in the case of TA, interest would continue to be recovered from the employee as heretofore.

sd/- 
(Mukesh Chaturvedi) 
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

The Prime Minister has approved the composition of the 7th Central Pay Commission





       It is really a happy news for all central government employees. The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has approved composition of the 7th Pay Commission, which shows the central government‘s commitment to its announcement made by Prime Minister on 25th September 2013. “The Prime Minister has approved the composition of the 7th Central Pay Commission,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement today. The pay structure of the 50 lakh central government employees will be revised after the report submitted by 7th pay commission with effect from 1.1.2016. 

The Commission has been mandated to submit its report in two years’ time and its recommendations would be implemented from January 1, 2016.

The 7th Pay Commission will review the Pay Structure of about 50 lakh central government employees, including those in defence , Postal and railways, and about 30 lakh pensioners

The Finance Minister Shri P. Chidambaram has issued the following statement:


“The Prime Minister has approved the composition of the 7th Central Pay Commission as follows:




1. Shri Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur - 

(Retired Judge of the Supreme Court and Retired Chairman, Armed Forces Tribunal)

Chairman

2. Shri Vivek Rae  

(Secretary, Petroleum & Natural Gas)

Member (Full Time)

3. Dr. Rathin Roy

(Director, NIPFP)

Member (Part Time)

4. Smt. Meena Agarwal

(OSD, Department of Expenditure,Ministry of Finance)”

 Secretary



To read PIB press note, please CLICK HERE

Fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying higher duties and responsibilities but carrying the same grade pay…

Fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying higher duties and responsibilities but carrying the same grade pay…


CIRCULAR

Office of the Principal Controller of Accounts (Fys)
10-A, S.K. BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA-700001

No. Pay/Tech-1/01 (6th CPC) /2014/01
Date: 30-01-2014
To
All Group Controllers

Subject: Fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying higher duties and responsibilities but carrying the same grade pay.

References hove been received from different Br. AOs and Factories regarding extension of benefit of 3% increment in terms of MoF, Deportment of Expenditure OM No. 10/02/2011-E.III/A dtd 07.01.2013 [click here to view] to those employees who were promoted f rom CM-II to CM-l/AF to JWM/MCM to CM on or after 1.1.2006.

In this connection, it may be stated that as per MoF, Deptt of Expenditure OM No. 10/02/2011-E.III/A dtd 07.01.2013, benefit of fixation of pay under FR 22(1) (a) (l) can be extended when both the feeder and promotional grades were placed in the identical revised pay scales based on the recommendation of the 6th CPC and where the existence of both the erstwhile posts are continued in 6 CPC and at the same time the promotional post also involves assumption of higher responsibilities as envisaged in the MoF OM No. 169/2/2000-lC dtd 24.11.2000.

In this context, it is also significant to mention that after 6th CPC, the posts of CM-II & I and AF & JWM have been merged and replaced by a single grade of CM or JWM with a grade pays of Rs. 4200/- and Rs. 4600/- respectively.  Therefore, promotion between these grades after 6th CPC remains no more available and no movement within merged grade is practically possible and the basic conditions stipulated in G of I, MoF OM dtd 24-11-2000 including assumption of higher charge and existence of feeder and promotion grade are not fulfilled. Thus the benefit of 3% increment for movement from CM-II to CM-I and AF to JWM is not admissible in terms of proviso to para 2 of the aforesaid OM dtd 7.1.2013.

Whereas, in case of movement from MCM to CM, it may be stated that prior to 1.1.2006, the MCM grade was not a hierarchical post. The MCMs were part of HS cadre during 5th CPC. After the restructuring of Artisan cadre w.e.f  1.1.2006, the MCM grade has become a separate hierarchical post and cannot be treated within the strength of the HS. Hence, the condition stipulated under proviso to para 3 of MoF OM dtd 7-1-2013, that the promotional movement should be between two different posts of feeder and promotion post prior to 1 /1/2006 now carrying some grade pay, is not fulfilled in the case of the MCM also w.e.f 01-0.l -2006.

As such, promotionol benefit in terms of MOF OM dtd 7.1.2013 to the CM-l & JWM on their promotion from CM-II/MCM & AF respectively on or after .l.1.2006 may not be considered for admittance.
Br. AOs under your control may please be intimated accordingly.

Addl. C of A (Fys) has approved.

sd/-
Asst. Controller of Accounts (Fys)

Result of the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade -I held on 30.06.2013 in 21 Circles except Himachal Pradesh Circle



Result of the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade -I held on 30.06.2013 in 21 Circles except Himachal Pradesh Circle


Result of the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade -I held on 30.06.2013 in 21 Circles except Himachal Pradesh Circle