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Thursday, 28 February 2013
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT WILL GET PAY SCALE OF 5500-9000 W.E.F. 1-1-1996 TO 18—02-2003.
ALL INDIA RAILWAY ACCOUNTS ASSOCIATION'S CASE OF ARREARS FROM 01-01-96 TO 18-02-2003 WAS DECIDED FAVORABLY BY ERNAKULAM CAT IS NOW UPHELD BY HONOURABLE SUPREME COURT. SUPREME COURT REJECTED GOVERNMENT SLP IN 3290/2012. THIS BENEFITS ALL WITH PAY ARREARS FROM 01-01-1996 TO 18-02-2003 IN THE PAY PARITY MATTER.
IN THE LIGHT OF AFORESAID VERDICT BPEF IS LIKELY TO TAKE UP THE MATTER WITH POSTAL AUTHORITIES VERY SOON FOR EARLY PAYMENT OF ARREARS .
Enhancement of limit for verification of withdrawals from savings Accounts made at Extra Departmental Sub/Branch Post offices and single handed Post Offices- regarding .
SB ORDER No. 02/2013
Govt. of India
Ministry of Communications & I.T.
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi-110 0-01
All Heads of Circles
Addl. Director General , APS, New Delhi
Sub: Enhancement of limit for verification of withdrawals from savings Accounts made at Extra Departmental Sub/Branch and Post offices single handed Post Offices- regarding .
The undersigned is directed to say that as rule 85 POSB Manual Vol.-I, withdrawal of Rs. 5000/- as above in Savings Accounts standing at EDSOs/BOs and single handed SOs are to be verified by the Sub Divisional Inspectors / ASPs or PRI (P) s by contacting the depositor in order to ensure that withdrawals are genuine. The limit of Rs. 5000/- was fixed vide this office SB order No. 02/2002 dated 11-02-2002. In the recent past various unions have requested to enhance this limit on the ground that rupee has devaluated since the year 2002 and limit of withdrawal by GDS BPM has been raised from Rs. 2000/- to Rs. 5000/- due to which, number of such withdrawals have increased considerably .
2. The matter has been considered and it has been decided to enhance the present limit of Rs. 5000/- to Rs. 10,000/- w.e.f. 01-03-2013.
3. It is requested to circulate this order to All Heads of Post Offices and All Administrative offices for information and necessary guidance of staff.
4. This issues with the approval of Member (Technology).
( Kawal Jit Singh)
Assistant Director (SB)
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Clarification by CBDT on fixation of pay of Direct recruit vs promotee consequent upon 6th Pay Commission recommendation in cadres of Inspector/P.A.'s
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, MINISTRY OF FINANCE
CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES
DIRECTORATE OF INCOME TAX
(HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT)
ICADR Building. Plot No. 6, Vasant Kunj Institutional Area Phase-II
F. No, HRD/CMD/I75/9/2010-11/3740
All the Chief Commissioners of income Tax (CCA)/DGITs
Sub: Fixation of Pay consequent upon 6th Pay commission Recommendations in cadres ofInspectors/P.A's Administrative Officers. reg.
Kindly refer to the above Subject.
2. The matter was referred to Department of Expenditure who have now conveyed their final advice as under-
"Accordingly, Department of Revenue is informed that the fixation of pay as on 1.1.2006 is to be done only with reference to the actual pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 and pay in the pay band so fixed will be the revised pay and thereafter, the Grade pay of Rs. 4600/.now admissible in the revised structure will he paid. In case there is anomaly whereby a senior promote officer draws less pay than the Minimum Entry pay of DRs who has joined after 01.01.2006, then the stepping up of pay senior promote may be considered at par with the pay of the junior DR appointed on or after 01.01.2006, subject to the following conditions:-
a Stepping up of the pay of seniors can be claimed only if in these cadres there is an element of direct recruitment and in cases where a direct recruited junior appointed on or after 01.01.2006 is actually drawing more basic pay than the seniors. In such cases, the basic pay of the seniors will be stepped up with reference to the pay of the directly recruited junior provided they belong to the same seniority list for all purposes.
b. Government servants cannot claim stepping up of their revised basic pay with reference to the entry pay in the revised structure for direct recruits appointed or after 01.01,2006, as lain down in section 11 of part A of the first schedule to the
CCS (RP) Rules, 2008, if their cadre does not have in element of direct recruitment or in cases where no junior is drawing basic pay higher than them.
c. Stepping up of pay of the seniors shall not be applicable in cases where direct recruits have been granted advance increments at the time of recruitment.
Overpayment over and above this will have to be recovered in an administratively suitably way."
3. In pursuance to the final advice given by Department of Expenditure it is directed that pay fixation of the Inspectors/PAs/AOs in the Sixth CPC revised pay scales should be done w.r.t. the pre revised scales of Rs.6500-10500 along with Grade Pay of Rs.4600 with stepping up being resorted to whenever applicable as advised by DOE.
4. In so far as the issue of recovery of excess payments already made in deserving cases, it is clarified that such excess payments already made can be waived as per provision of Rule 17 of the DFPRs. Under certain specific circumstances all the CCIT(CCAs) may accordingly a analyse all the cases in which recoveries are to be made and refer the deserving cases for further necessary action under Rule V of the DFPRs to the Board. The cases should be referred to the DIT(B&E) under DIGIT (Logistics) as separate budget will need to be provided for the proposed remissions and the matter will need to be taken up first with the IFU before it is sent to the DOE.
5. This issues with the approval of the Chairperson, CBDT.
Deputy Director of Income Tax(HRD)
REVISION OF PPO OF PRE-2006 PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS - (I) EVEN IF AGE/DATE OF BIRTH OF SPOUSE IS NOT AVAILABLE, (II) MODEL ADVERTISEMENT FOR USE BY MINISTRIES/DEPARTMENTS
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The postal department plans to enter the banking business with the Reserve Bank of India deciding to grant new bank licences to entities with credible track-record.
Sources said the Department of Posts, which has a strong foot print in rural areas, has appointed Ernst and Young (E&Y) as the consultant for the proposed ‘Post Bank’
“Ernst and Young is expected to submit a detailed project report by April, after which all the necessary measures will be taken up to apply for banking licence,” a source at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology told PTI.
The sources added that the Department of Post (DoP) might need Cabinet approval for setting up Post Bank of India.
Of the 1.55 lakh post offices in the country, around 24,000 district offices may be ready to offer banking services in the next two years.
The DoP is in process of setting up 1,000 ATMs.
“Post Bank shall not only take care of the banking needs of the rural poor but shall also converge with micro-insurance and micro-remittance services of the DoP,” the source said.
As per data shared with Parliament, there were over 26 crore operational small savings accounts in post offices as on March 31, 2012, having deposits worth Rs.1.9 lakh crore.
Courtesy – The Hindu, 23rd Feb, 2013
CGHS : After Angioplasty cost cut, Now stent prices reduced to less than half
22 Feb, 2013 11:29a.m.
After sharp cut in angioplasty operation costs under Central Government Health Scheme (CHGS), the government government has again hit by capping price on stents from Rs 65,000 to Rs25,000 each for its employees.
Stents are tiny medical devices used to clear blockages in arteries, thereby preventing heart attacks via angioplasty operation. A medical stent costs almost Rs 1 lakh. Recently, the government slashed the package for an entire angioplasty operation to Rs 50,000 from Rs 1.25 lakh, making it almost impossible for the hospitals under CGHS to do the procedure with the amount. Now the government will only provide Rs 25,000 for drug-eluting stents whether they are local or international make. The entitlement for bare metal stents will be Rs 10,000 each, which was 50,000 in 1997 and reduced to 20,000 in 2011. Moreover, government employees and their relatives cannot seek more than two drug-eluting stents. The revised cap on stents means an angioplasty plus stents cannot overshoot Rs 1 lakh for serving and retired government servants.
For the CGHS hospitals, where they were eligible for Rs 1,92,500 for an angioplasty procedure, the new limit will be Rs. 75,000.
The government claims that it will not only save tax-payers’ money but will also make the angioplasty more affordable for people who are not insured. Apart from bringing down the cost of the procedure, this move will also give the Indian stent manufacturers a level playing field with the multinational equipment manufacturers.
So ultimately the government is forcing the employees to go for most-lowly priced stents, that are locally made and don't go through the rigorous certification process that foreign ones do. And definitly this will be a push for private health insurance companies
Income Tax: 7 main expectation of the salaried class from Budget 2013: NDTV
Budget 2013: 7 expectations of the salaried class
According to a survey by Assocham, a majority of salaried people want Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to raise the exemption limit on income-tax and increase deductions under variousallowances so that they are left with more purchasing power.
1. Exemption limit on income-tax: Over 89 per cent of the respondents said that the slab of tax free income has not moved up in line with real inflation. The current basic exemption limit of Rs. 2 lakh should be increased to at least Rs. 3 lakh, while the limit for women should go up to Rs. 3.5 lakh. This will increase the purchasing power of individuals and stimulate demand.
2. Medical re-imbursement limit: With increasing healthcare costs, the existing tax freelimit of Rs. 15,000 should be increased to Rs. 50,000, 89 per cent of the respondents said.
3. Transportation allowance: Currently, this is tax-free to the extent of Rs. 800 per month. This limit was fixed more than a decade ago, and definitely needs to be revised upwards to at least Rs. 3,000 per month, given the rising commuting costs across the country, according to the survey.
4. Interest on home loan: The deduction limit for payment of interest (on self-occupied property) has remained constant at Rs. 1.5 lakh since 2001. Since then, property prices have gone through the roof, increasing the quantum of home loan. An increase in the exemption limit to Rs. 2.5 lakh will be a welcome change, the survey found.
5. Investments under Section 80C: This IT Act provides a deduction of Rs. 1 lakh for certain investments. The provision helps people in making forced savings that helps them in the future. A common man expects this limit to be increased to Rs. 2 lakh with a sub-limit of Rs. 50,000 exclusively for insurance and pension.
6. Infrastructure bonds: Over 82 per cent respondents favoured the restoration of infrastructure bonds, considering that the government needs massive funds for the development of the infrastructure sector and also the lock-in period should be restricted to five years.
7. Pension: Over 71 per cent of the respondents demanded that the national pension system (NPS) be brought under the EEE (exempt-exempt-exempt) as against EET (exempt-exempt-tax) at present. This means that investors get a tax exemption at all the three stages of investment, appreciation and withdrawal.
Friday, 22 February 2013
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL BMS/BPEF MEMBERS FOR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE GENERAL STRIKE
THE FEDERATION EXTENDS ITS HEARTIEST CONGRATULATION TO ALL MEMBERS FOR PARTICIPATING VERY ACTIVELY IN STRIKE AND MAKING LANDMARK IN THE HISTORY OF STRUGGLE.
KERALA MAHARASTRA UTTAR PRADESH ANDHRA PRADESH BIHAR DELHI ORISSA ASSAM WEST BENGAL MADYA PRADESH GUJRAT CIRCLES HAVE 100% STRIKE WHEREAS HARYANA TAMILNADU KARNATAKA JHARKHAND CHHATISHGARH PUNJAB RAJASTHAN HAVE SHOWN LESS THAN 50% STRIKE.
REPORTS HAVE REACHED TO US THAT OUR MEMBERS TOOK THE FLAG OF STRUGGLE ON THE SECOND DAY AS WELL WERE OTHER UNION FAILED .
WE ARE SURE THAT THE DEPARTMENT WILL TAKE NOTE OF OUR PRESENCE IN DEPARTMENT.
WE ARE SURE THAT THE DEPARTMENT WILL TAKE NOTE OF OUR PRESENCE IN DEPARTMENT.
SANTOSH SINGH S.K.MISHRA
Organising Secretary,BPEF Secretary General, BPEF.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI-110001
D.O. No. 33012/1(s)/2013-Estt-B
Dated the 15th February, 2013
The Joint Platform of Action of Government and Associate Services Employee’s Organizations — All India Committee has given a notice that the affiliated organizations of JPA and the mass of employees working in Government services throughout the country will boycott work and resort to various forms of protest action on two days Nationwide General strike on 20th & 21st February, 2013 in pursuance of their Charter of Demands.
2. The instructions issued by the Department of Personnel & Training prohibit the Government servants from participating in any form of strike including mass casual leave, go-slow etc. or any action that abet any form of strike in violation of Rule 7 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964. Besides, in accordance with the proviso to Rule 17(1) of the Fundamental Rules, pay and allowances is not admissible to an employee for his absence from duty without any authority. As to the concomitant rights of an Association after it is formed, they cannot be different from the rights which can be claimed by the individual members of which the Association is composed. It follows that the right to form an Association does not include any guaranteed right to strike. There is no statutory provision empowering the employees to go on strike. The Supreme Court has also agreed in several judgments that going on a strike is a grave misconduct under the Conduct Rules and that misconduct by the Government employees is required to be dealt with in accordance with the law. Any employee going on strike in any form would face the consequences which, besides deduction of wages, may also include appropriate disciplinary action. In this connection, your kind attention is also drawn to this Department’s OM No. 33012/1(s)/2008-Estt (B) (pt) dated 12th September, 2008 (copy enclosed).
3. A Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government employees is already functioning. This scheme has been introduced with the object of promoting harmonious relations and of securing the greatest measure of co-operation between the Government, in its capacity as employer, and the general body of its employees in matters of common concern, and with the object, further of increasing the efficiency of the public service. The JCM at the different levels have been discussing issues brought before it for consideration and either reaching amicable settlement or referring the matter to the Board of Arbitration in relation to pay and allowances, weekly hours of work and leave, whenever no amicable settlement could be reached in relation to these items.
4. The Central Government Employees under your Ministry / Departments may, therefore, be suitably informed of the aforesaid instructions under the Conduct Rules issued by this Department and other regulations upheld by the Hon’ble Supreme Court and dissuaded from resorting to strike in any form. You may also issue instructions not to sanction Casual Leave or other kind of leave to employees if applied for, during the period of the proposed strike and ensure that the willing employees are allowed hindrance free entry into the office premises. For this purpose, Joint secretary (Admn) may be entrusted with the task of coordinating with security personnel. Suitable contingency plan may also be worked out to carry out the various functions of the Ministry/Department.
5. In case the employees go on strike, a report indicating the number of employees who took part in the proposed strike may be conveyed to this Department on the evening of the day.
With kind regards,
Joint Secretary (AT and Admn.)
File No.33012/1(S)/2008-Estt(B) (Pt)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Dated the 2nd September, 2008
Subject :- Participation in any form of strike/mass casual leave / boycott of work etc., by Government servants - CCS(Conduct)Rules - regarding.
The undersigned is directed to say that the Instructions issued by the Department of Personnel & Training prohibit the Government servants from participating In any form of strike including mass casual leave, go-slow etc. or In any way abet any form of strike which will be in violation of Rule 7 of the CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964. The Supreme Court has also agreed in several that going on a strike is a grave misconduct under the Conduct Rules and that misconduct by the Government employees is required to be dealt with inaccordance with law. Any employee going on strike in any form would face the consequences which, besides deduction of wages, may also include appropriate disciplinary action.
2. A Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) for Central Government employees is already functioning, this scheme has been introduced with the object of promoting harmonious relations and of securing the greatest measure of cooperation between the Government, In its capacity as employer, and the general body of its employees In matters of common concern, and with the object, further of increasing the efficiency of the public service.
3. Therefore, apart from the fact that any form of strike/mass casual Leave / boycott of work would be in violation of the CCS(Conduct) Rule, going on any form of strike will also not be in the Interest of the employees. Accordingly,the undersigned is directed to convey that if any employee or an association / group
of employees, under any nomenclature, indulge in any form of strike/boycott of work in pursuance of any alleged demands, or send any letter conveying of their intention to organize any such event, in terms of the provisions mentioned in para-I above, the salary of such employees for the day/days in question shall not be paid and the details of such employees shall have to be intimated by the concerned office where such an event took place to the Administrative Ministry/Department concerned, within 15 days of such incident for a decision on how to treat the unauthorized absence occasioned by such an action by the employees. This will be without prejudice to any disciplinary action that may be intimated against such employees. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the contents of this O.M. to the notice of all concerned offices under them.
Secretary to the Government of India
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
TOTAL GENERAL STRIKE
BPEF & its affiliated unions have now decided to celebrate 20th & 21st February, 2013 as STRIKE-DAY against Govt. approach. All Postal Wings of department will remain close for two days.
Central Trade Union have informed that Central Govt. remained unmoved towards genuine Demands. They expect that strike pressure can only provide momentum to Govt. to settle the demands.
However, the Department of Post seems sincere over departmental issues to get settled through negotiation.