Tuesday, March 28, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Lavasa panel might give report to FM today

"The panel's work is in its final stages," said a senior officer

A panel headed by former finance secretary Ashok Lavasa, tasked with examining the (7th CPC) recommendations on allowances, might have its final meeting on Tuesday, followed by its report going to Arun Jaitley, Business Standard has learnt.
The matter will then go to the Union Cabinet, on revised allowances for 4.7 million employees.
Officials said most of the work on the report was complete. "The panel's work is in its final stages," said a senior officer.
If the minister accepts the report, it will only be a matter of days before the Cabinet takes up the matter. It is understood the Centre wants to give the revised allowances from early 2017-18.
In late June last year, after implementing the CPC proposals on salary and pension, Jaitley had announced the Lavasa panel would examine the suggestions on allowances. It had time till October but the report got delayed -- the CPC wanted a number of the allowances to be abolished or subsumed, while employee unions were opposed.
Some of the allowances the CPC had suggested be done away or subsumed were an acting allowance, assisting cashier allowance, cycle allowance, condiment allowance, entertainment allowances for the cabinet secretary, flying squad allowance, haircutting allowance, rajbhasha allowance, rajdhani allowance, robe allowance, secret allowance, shoe allowance, shorthand allowance, soap toilet allowance, spectacle allowance, Sunderban allowance, uniform allowance, vigilance allowance and washing allowance.
Of 196 allowances, the CPC report had recommended abolition of 52 and subsuming of another 36 into larger existing ones. A deferment on revising of allowances meant that as opposed to a burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore as envisaged by the CPC, the government had provisioned for Rs 84,933 crore in 2016-17 for pay and pension, including Rs 12,000 crore in arrears.
There are other recommendations on allowances the panel is examining. These include a change in the present system of accounting, wherein pay and allowances are clubbed. The CPC recommended a separate object head for budgeting and accounting be used to record the expenditure.
 source:Business standarded 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

RESTORATION OF OLD PENSION SYSTEM IN PLACE OF CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SYSTEM


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
RAJYA SABHA

UN STARRED QUESTION NO. 2130
TO BE ANSWERED ON MARCH 21, 2017/PHALGUNA 30, 1938 (SAKA)
RESTORATION OF OLD PENSION SYSTEM IN PLACE OF CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SYSTEM

2130. Shri T. G. Venkatesh
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

(a) whether it is a fact that the newly introduced Contributory Pension System is not beneficial to the employees and so the employees unions are requesting Government to re-introduce the old pension system in its place, if so, the details thereof; and
(b) whether any representation has been received in this regard by Government, if so, the details thereof and the stand of Government in this regard?

ANSWER

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance 
(Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar)
(a) & (b) National Pension System (NPS), which is a contributory pension system, has, inter alia, the following features which benefit the employees:
  • NPS is a well designed pension system managed through an unbundled architecture involving intermediaries appointed by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) viz. Pension Funds, Custodian, Central Recordkeeping and Accounting Agency, National Pension System Trust, Trustee Bank, Points of Presence and Annuity Service Providers. It is prudently regulated by PFRDA which is a statutory regulatory body established to promote old age income security and to protect the interests of subscribers of NPS.
  • Dual benefit of Low Cost and Power of Compounding– The pension wealth which accumulates over a period of time till retirement grows with a compounding effect. The all-in-costs of the institutional architecture of NPS are among the lowest in the world.
  • Tax Benefits– Tax benefits are available to the NPS subscribers under various provisions of the Income- tax Act, 1961.
  • Transparency and Portability is ensured through online access of the pension account by the NPS subscribers, across all geographical locations and portability of employments.
  • Partial withdrawal– Subscribers can withdraw up to 25% of their own contributions towards their pension account, before attaining superannuation age for certain specified purposes subject to certain conditions.
Representations have been received from certain quarters regarding the implementation of NPS which, inter alia, include the demand that NPS may be scrapped and the Government may revert to old defined benefit pension system. However, there is no proposal to replace the NPS with old pension scheme in respect of Central Government employees recruited on or after 01.01.2004.

Source: RAJYA SABHA

VERY IMPORTANT JUDGEMENT FROM HON'BLE HIGH COURT OF MADRAS

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 01-09-2009 TO 19-05-2009 HELD NOT LEGAL



REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ALLOWANCES

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 3718
TO BE ANSWERED ON FRIDAY, THE 24th MARCH, 2017
CHAITRA 3, 1939 (SAKA)
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ALLOWANCES 
QUESTION
3718. SHRI C.R. PATIL:
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:
(a) whether the Committee on Allowances set up by the Government to examine the issues of allowances to Central Government employees consequent upon implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission has sought extension of time for submitting its report;
(b) if so, the details thereof along with the reasons for delay in submitting its report without obtaining the approval of the Government for extension;
(c) the steps taken/being taken to ensure that the Committee does not adopt any lackadaisical approach and the Government decides the matter expeditiously; and
(d) the approximate time period may be required by the Government to take a final decision upon receipt of the said report?
ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL)
(a) to (d): 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.

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

3rd Floor, 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.

S/d,
(Harjit Singh)
Director

Encl. as above.

To,

1.  Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Jeevan Deep Building, New Delhi

2.     Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training, North Block, New Delhi.

3.     Additional Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi.

4.     Ms. Annie George Mathew, Joint Secretary ( Pers), Department of Expenditure, North Block, New Delhi-110001

5.     Shri G.S. Yadav, Joint Secretary and Legal Advisor, Department of Legal Affairs, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.

6.     Shri B. S. Bhandari, Member, Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority, B-14/A, First Floor, Chhatrapati Sivaji Bhawan, Qutab Institutional Area, Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi- 110016.

7.     Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, National Council (Staff side), JCM for Central Government Employees, 13 C, Firozshah Road, New Delhi- 110001.

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. detailments of contribution made by employees, matching contribution from the Govern 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.
Signed Copy

Post Office Passport Seva Kendra at Silchar, Cachar, Assam Circle on 25/03/2017


On 25.03.2017, the First POPSK of entire North East Region has been inaugurated.It will help the people of 3 district of Barak Velly i.e Cachar,Hailakandi &Karimganj along with Dima Hasao District.Local MP, MLA along with Ministers of Assam Legislative Assembly, Deputy Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly were present. Local Administration i.e Deputy Commissioner, Cachar and Deputy Commissioner ,Hailkandi were also present.They all jointly inaugurated the POPSK.On behalf of Passpost Office, Mr.John Mai,IFS,Reginal Passport Officer and on behalf of Department of Post, Mr.Hanji Yimchunger, SSPOs,Cachar Postal Division,Silchar was present in the opening ceremony.