Monday, 26 September 2016

TELANGANA POSTAL CIRCLE INAUGURATION

Date : 26.9.2016

TELANGANA POSTAL CIRCLE INAUGURATION - 
RAVINDRABHARATHI AUDITORIUM,HYDERABAD






Posting of Medical Officers to the Postal Dispensaries - order date 23.09.2016

Date : 26.9.2016


Posting of Medical Officers to the Postal Dispensaries - order date 23.09.2016



Posting of Medical Officers to the Postal Dispensaries - order date 23.09.2016

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

New Pension Scheme: Advisory Fee

Date : 26.9.2016

New Pension Scheme: Advisory Fee under PFRDA (Retirement Adviser) Regulations 2016



PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
B-14/A, Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
Qutab Institutional Area,
Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi – 110 016.

PFRDA/36/R&S/RA/4
22nd September, 2016

To

All Stakeholders in the National Pension System

Subject: Introduction of “Advisory fee” under Regulation 15 of PFRDA (Retirement Adviser) Regulations, 2016.

1. This has reference to the Regulation no.15 of the PFRDA (Retirement Adviser) Regulations, 2016. Wherein the on-boarding fee of Rs.120/- and a fee of Rs.20/- per transaction or a maximum of Rs.100/- per annum, for subsequent services, have been stipulated.

2. Further to the abovementioned charges, it has been decided by the Authority that and advisory fee of 0.02% may also be charged from any existing subscriber, on their assets under management (AUM) of NPS or any other scheme regulated by PFRDA, on the date of advice, subject to a minimum of Rs.100/- and maximum Rs.1000/- per annum, for providing advice to the subscribers.

3. The scope of such advice being provided by the retirement advisers in any manner, either oral or in writing to the subscribers will be limited to asset allocation and choice of a Pension Fund Manager (PFM) for their financial assets under NPS or any other scheme regulated by PFRDA.

4. The advisory fee can be charged by Retirement Adviser (RA) only when subscriber has signed an agreement with the RA for providing advice, wherein the lower and upper limits of advisory fee, as specified by the Authority may be incorporated. No advisory fee shall be charged at the time of onboarding of the subscriber along with onboarding fee of Rs.120/-

5. The circular is being placed on PFRDA website at http://www.pfrda.org.in.

Sd/-
Ashish Kumar
General Manager

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Post Audit of 7th Pay Commission fixation of pay/arrear claims should be completed with in 3 months

Date : 26.9.2016


Post Audit of 7th Pay Commission fixation of pay/arrear claims should be completed with in 3 months - PCA(FYS) letter regarding Government Notification of 7th Central Pay Commission Recommendations Fixation of pay and arrears

OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF ACCOUNTS (FYS)
PAY TECH SECTION
10-A, S.K. BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA-700001

No. Pay/Tech-01/7thCPC I
Dated: 21/09/2016

(All Cs FA)
Subject: Government Notification of 7th Central Pay  Commission Recommendations Fixation of pay/arrears.

Ref: (i) This office circular of even No. dated 11 Aug, 2016.

Please refer to this office Part I office order No. AT/02 circulated vide No. Pay/Tech 01 /7th CPC I dated 11.08.2016 through which a copy of CGDA New Delhi No. AT/II/2701/0rders dated 10 Aug, 2016 has been forwarded for necessary action.

2. It has been stated therein to ensure completion of post audit of fixation of pay/arrear claims within 3 months and the work relating to post audit should be monitored at PCsDA/CsDA level by instituting suitable reporting system for watching the progress of work. A Monthly Report in this regard in a format prescribed therein is required to be furnished to Headquarters office so as to reach by 15th of every month. The first report showing the position as on 31.08.2016 was due to reach HQrs office by 15th Sep, 2016. Kindly confirm its timely submission to HQrs office. Also please forward a copy of the said report to this office for our record & reference.

3. Please ensure submission of the report for the subsequent months within scheduled date with a copy endorsed to this office.

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

Sd/-
Astt. Controller of Accounts (Fys)

Source : http://pcafys.gov.in

Central Government has a proposal to Pay 1% DA from July 2016 as an interim Measure

Date : 26.9.2016

Central Government has a proposal to Pay 1% DA from July 2016 as an interim Measure


Central Government has a proposal to Pay 1% DA from July 2016 as an interim Measure

The Sources Close to the Ministry of finance informed that there is proposal to Pay 1% DA from July as an interim Measure.It is said that the Central Government has not yet decided about the DA rates in Revised Pay scale.
Sources close to Finance Ministry told that the initial installment of DA to central government employees on the revised pay structure w.e.f 1.7.2016 is under consideration. Mean time there is a proposal to pay the DA from July 2016 at the rate of 1% to all CG Staffs. It will be a shocking news for CG Staff, since they are already expecting 2 to 3% DA from July 2016.

PRU is asked to submit Financial Implication of 1% DA

But the fact is the Department of Expenditure has directed the PRU of the Finance Ministry to furnish the details of additional Financial Implications for 1% increase of DA with effect from 1.7.2016 on the revised Pay Structure.
Further the Pay Research Unit has been requested to furnish financial implications for the Period of July 2016 to February 2017 on account of granting 1% DA from July 2016 to all central government employees including Armed Forces and UT Employees.
According to the above information, it is believed that announcement of 1% DA for July installment may be made any time soon.

Good News For Railwaymen

Date : 26.9.2016

Good News For Railwaymen: Centre May Announce 78-Day Wages As Bonus

Ahead of the festive season, railway employees are likely to get 78-day wages as bonus this year, the same as in the last four years despite the financial crunch.
We have demanded 78-day wages as productivity-linked bonus (PLB) for railway employee this year and expecting the government to declare the same next week,” National Federation of Indian Railwaymen General Secretary M Raghavaiah told Press Trust of India.
Productivity-linked bonus is paid to about 12 lakh railway employees each year before the Dussehra festival.
Mr Raghavaiah said the 78-day wage is expected to be around Rs. 18,000 per employee. In 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 also, 78-day wages were also given as PLB to railway employees.
Facing a shortfall of about Rs. 10,000 crore in the earnings due to slowdown in loadings and drop of passengers in short train journey, the railways will get the cabinet approval for the 78-day bonus proposal next week.
The bonus decision is expected to cost the railways about Rs. 2000 crore.
All-India Railwaymen’s Federation General Secretary Shiv Gopal Mishra said the bonus is expected to motivate the employees to improve the financial position of the public transporter.
Mr Mishra said, “Since the PLB ceiling has been revised to Rs. 7000 from Rs. 3500, we expect each employee will get double the amount as against the last year’s bonus.”
Last year, the minimum bonus paid was Rs. 8,975 per employee.
PLB covers all non-gazetted railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) spread over the entire country.
Source : NDTV

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Clarification on SDBS payment to GDS

Date : 25.9.2016

Clarification on SDBS payment to GDS



Click here to view the clarification received from Directorate on payment of SDBS amount to GDS.

MOST URGENT

Date : 25.9.2016

                         MOST URGENT


Enhancement of ceiling of bonus order issued to our Departmental employees on 02.09.2016.  On 03.09.2016 our NUGDS General Secretary sent letter to the Department of post to extent the enhancement of ceiling of bonus to GDS employees. There was no response from Department. On 15.09.2016 our Federation sent a letter to the Secretary demanding enhancement of ceiling of bonus to GDS. On 16.09.2016 Postal JCA sent letter to the Secretary on the same.

Meanwhile some of the colleagues post the news in their web site on 15.09.2016 stating that the enhancement of ceiling of bonus to GDS “File has been sent to JS&FA and after approval from him will be sent to Finance Ministry for sanction”.

, again now they are saying the file is referred to GDS committee, what happened in between 15.09.2016 to 23.09.2016 we do not know. Now they are announcing dharna programme , We don’t want comment more on this issue now.

 FNPO representatives will meet concerned officers next week. Till such time we don’t want announce any agitation programme . GDS colleagues are requested to understand the situation. FNPO will not aggravate any issues under any circumstances, at the same time we will not compromise core issue at any cost.   

D.Theayagarajan

S/G FNPO

Understanding Minimum Wages and Bonus

Date : 24.9.2016

Understanding Minimum Wages and Bonus


Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment

24-September-2016 10:35 IST 

Understanding Minimum Wages and Bonus

*Bandaru Dattatreya
A minimum wage is the lowest remuneration that employers may legally pay to workers or it is the price floor below which workers may not sell their labour.

The concept of minimum wages first evolved with reference to remuneration of workers in those industries where the level of wages was substantially low as compared to the wages for similar types of labour in other industries. As far back as 1928, the International Labour Conference of International Labour Organization, at Geneva, adopted a draft convention on minimum wages requiring the member countries to create and maintain a machinery whereby minimum rates of wages can be fixed for workers employed in industries in which no arrangements exist for the effective regulation of wages and where wages are exceptionally low. Also, at the Preparatory Asian Regional Labour Conference of International Labour Organisation held at New Delhi in 1947 and then at the 3rdsession of the Asian Regional Labour Conference, it was approved that every effort should be made to improve wage standards in industries and occupations in Asian Countries, where they are still low. Thus, the need of a legislation for fixation of minimum wages in India received an impetus after World War II, on account of the necessity of protecting the interest of demobilized personnel seeking employment in industries. 

The justification for statutory fixation of minimum wage is obvious. Such provisions which exist in more advanced countries are even necessary in India, where workers’ organizations are yet poorly developed and the workers’ bargaining power is consequently poor. 

To provide for machinery for fixing and revision of minimum wages a draft Bill was prepared and discussed at the 7th session of the Indian Labour Conference in November, 1945. Thereupon the Minimum Wages Bill was introduced in the Central Legislative Assembly. The Minimum Wages Bill having been passed by the Legislature received the assent on 15th March, 1948. It came on the Statute Book as the Minimum Wages Act, 1948. 

The Act provides for fixation by the appropriate Governments of minimum wages for employments covered by Schedule to the Act.  The Central Government is the appropriate Government in respect of 45 scheduled employments in the Central Sphere. The minimum wages fixed for Central sphere are applicable to the scheduled employments in the establishments under the authority of Central Government, railway administrations, mines, oil-fields, major ports or any corporation established by a Central Act. Employments other than the scheduled employment for Central Sphere come under the purview of the State Government and accordingly State Government wages are applicable in such employments.  The minimum wages for Central Sphere are revised from time to time based on the increase in Consumer Price Index effective from April and October. 

According to Section 3(1)(b) of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, “the appropriate government shall review at such intervals, as it may think fit, such intervals not exceeding five years, the minimum rates of wages so fixed and revise the minimum rates if necessary. 

The norms recommended by the Indian Labour Conference, in 1957, fox fixing the minimum wages are: (a) consumption units for one wage earner; (b) minimum food requirements of 2700 calories per average Indian adult; (c) clothing requirements of 72 yards per annum per family; (d) rent corresponding to the minimum area provided for under Government’s Industrial Housing Scheme; and (e) fuel, lighting and other miscellaneous items of expenditure to constitute 20% of the total minimum wage. 

In 1991, the Hon’ble Supreme Court delivered a historic judgement and directed that children’s education, medical requirement, minimum recreation including festivals/ceremonies, provision for old age, marriage etc. should further constitute 25% of the minimum wage and be used as a guide in fixation of minimum wage. 

The Act envisages appointment of an Advisory Board, by the appropriate Government, for the purpose of advising the appropriate Government in the matter of fixing and revising minimum rates of wages. 

The Central Government revises the wages in the scheduled employments from time to time in accordance with the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948. Draft Notifications for all the Scheduled Employments in the Central Sphere were issued on 1st September, 2016 simultaneously, in fact for the first time. The basic rate of minimum wages for an unskilled worker in the scheduled employment other than agriculture has been proposed at Rs.350 in Area ‘C’ from the current minimum wage (basic wage + variable dearness allowance) of Rs.246 resulting in an increase of about 42%. The basic rate of minimum wages for an unskilled worker in the scheduled employment “agriculture” has been proposed at Rs.300 in Area ‘C’ from the current minimum wage (basic wage + variable dearness allowance) of Rs.211 resulting in an increase of about 42%.

The proposed revision in the rates of basic minimum wages would indeed provide much needed solace to the labour fraternity.

Bonus

Bonus payment is an extra payment   given for doing one's job well also known as  performance-related pay or pay for performance.

The practice of paying bonus in India appears to have originated during First World War when certain textile mills granted 10% of wages as war bonus to their workers in 1917.  In certain cases of industrial disputes demand for payment of bonus was also included.  In 1950, the Full Bench of the Labour Appellate Tribunal evolved a formula for determination of bonus.  A plea was made to raise that formula in 1959.  At the second and third meetings of the eighteenth Session of Standing Labour Committee (G.O.I) held in New Delhi in March/ April 1960, it was agreed that a Commission be appointed to go into the question of bonus and evolve suitable norms.  A Tripartite Commission was set up by the Government of India to consider in a comprehensive manner, the question of payment of bonus based on profits to employees employed in establishments and to make recommendations to the Government.  The Government of India accepted the recommendations of the Commission subject to certain modifications.  To implement these recommendations the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 was enacted, which came into force on 25-9-1965.

The objective of the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 is to provide for the payment of bonus to the persons employed in certain establishments on the basis of profits or on the basis of production or productivity and for matter connected therewith.

It applies to (i) Every Factory; and (ii) Every other establishment in which 20 or more persons are employed on any day during an accounting year subject to the exemptions under section 32. Every employee shall be entitled to be paid by his employer in an accounting year, bonus, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, provided he has worked in the establishment for not less than thirty working days in that year. While the minimum bonus is 8.33% of the salary or wage earned by the employee during the accounting year, the maximum bonus is 20% of such salary or wage.

Two ceilings are available under the said Act generally known as eligibility limit and calculation ceiling respectively. Clause 13 of Section 2 of Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 defines an employee based on salary or wage per mensem. This is usually taken as the “eligibility limit” for computation of bonus. Similarly, Section 12 of the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 provides for calculation of bonus of an employee based on salary or wage per mensem. This is known as “calculation ceiling”. 

The two ceilings are revised from time to time to keep pace with the price rise and increase in the salary structure. At present, the calculation ceiling has been enhanced to Rs.7000 or the minimum wage for the scheduled employment, as fixed by the appropriate Government, whichever is higher and the eligibility limit has been enhanced to Rs.21,000/-.

Due to this revision, additional 55 lakh workers would be benefited.  This would indeed, be a good gesture on the part of the Government towards the labour fraternity.

Author : Minister of State (Independent Charge) Labour and Employment, Government of India

Friday, 23 September 2016

Invitation on IPPB

Date : 24.9.2016

Invitation for meeting to provide inputs on requirement of system integration services for India Post Payments Bank



Celebration of National Postal Week-2016 from 9th Oct’16 to 15th Oct’16.

Date : 24.9.2016

Celebration of National Postal Week-2016 from 9th Oct’16 to 15th Oct’16.

To view the details of circular and day to day celebration of postal week program, pleaseCLICK HERE. 

SB Order 09/2016

Date : 24.9.2016

SB Order 09/2016 : Discontinuation of Public Provident Fund (PPF) Agency Scheme, Commission under Pay Roll Saving Schemes (PRSS) and Sanchiyaka scheme with effect from 01.10.2016



NUPE Group C Visakhapatnam felicitating our beloved secretary Sri.B.V.Sudhakar on visit to Visakhapatnam

Date : 24.9.2016

NUPE Group C Visakhapatnam felicitating our beloved secretary Sri.B.V.Sudhakar on visit to Visakhapatnam

Sri B.V.SUDHAKAR, Secretary Posts visit to Visakhapatnam on 23.09.2016

Date : 24.9.2016

Sri B.V.SUDHAKAR, Secretary Posts visit to Visakhapatnam on 23.09.2016





Thursday, 22 September 2016

​Stamp design competition on theme "PICNIC" to be released on the occasion of Children's Day 2016

Date : 23.9.2016

​Stamp design competition on theme "PICNIC" to be released on the occasion of Children's Day 2016

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GDS Pay Committee Called Federations/Unions for discussion on the GDS issues, post approval of Recommendations of the 7th CPC

Date : 22.9.2016


GDS Pay Committee Called Federations/Unions for discussion on the GDS issues, post approval of Recommendations of the 7th CPC




Date : 22.9.2016.


Railway Budget scrapped after 92 years ,merged with General Budget.

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Labour Ministry re-works policy for domestic helps to avoid harassment by agencies

Date :22.9.2016

Labour Ministry re-works policy for domestic helps to avoid harassment by agencies

While it is not going to be mandatory for domestic workers to register with agencies, employment routed through these agencies will safeguard interest of all parties involved.
NEW DELHI: In an attempt to streamline the process of hiring domestic help throughplacement agencies, the labour ministry is re-working the draft national policy for domestic workers to avoid any harassment to either the employer or domestic help at the hands of these agencies. 

A senior labour ministry official told ET that currently placement agencies charge certain proportion of the domestic worker's salary every month, over and above the one-time fees they charge from the employer for providing such help. 

"We will soon come out with a policy that would make it mandatory for placement agencies to charge a one-time 15-day salary from the domestic help and in turn provide them with social security cover, including medical and health insurance," the official quoted above said on the condition of anonymity. 

According to the official, while it is not going to be mandatory for domestic workers to register with placement agencies and for employers to hire through them, employment routed through these agencies will be well-regulated to safeguard interest of all the three parties involved. 

This should encourage all stakeholders to go through this route. 

"Those employed through placement agencies will enjoy the benefit of higher salary than their peers as well as social security while the employers will get to hire domestic helps whose background check and liability would rest with the placement agencies. Hence, it would be more secure," the official added. 

The reworked proposal is a step down from the earlier policy for hiring of domestic workers under which the government had planned to make it mandatory to hire all help through placement agencies after a written agreement, violation of which would be treated as bonded labourers and therefore liable for punishment. 

"This time, we are not imposing any conditionality on the employer as far hiring domestic help is concerned as it will dampen the overall hiring in the sector. Instead, the idea now is to encourage people to go in for more formal job creation," the official added. 

India currently has estimated three crore domestic workers, including scheme workers, both in the organised and the unorganized sector, who will benefit from the national policy which is under works for more than a year now. 

Out of the country's total workforce of over 400 million, less than 10% are in the formal or organised sector. The majority are in the informal sector, often deprived of minimum wages, leaves and any kind of social security, for themselves or for their families.

PRIMARY OUT-PATIENT CARE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT CGHS

Date : 22.9.2016


PRIMARY OUT-PATIENT CARE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT CGHS WELLNESS CENTRES FOR DENGUE FEVER AND CHIKUNGUNYA AND SYMPTOMS LIKE DENGUE AND CHIKUNGUNYA

Government has initiated various steps to deal with the situation arising out of spread of Dengue Fever and Chikungunya Fever and their complications.

As one of the initiatives in this regard., all doctors at various CGHS Wellness Centres shall provide consultation services and primary out-patient medical care to all citizens – whether CGHS beneficiaries or not – who may visit the Wellness Centres with symptoms of Dengue Fever or Chikungunya , primarily high fever.

CGHS Wellness Centres will function from 7.30.A.M. to 2 P.M. on all working days.

7th Pay Commission: Panel appointed to examine allowances could submit report soon

Date : 22.9.2016

7th Pay Commission: Panel appointed to examine allowances could submit report soon

A panel set up by the Central government to look into proposals pertaining to allowances of government employees, including defence personnel, made by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) is likely to submit its report shortly, raising expectations for about 1 crore individuals.

The announcement of the panel to be headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was made on June 29, 2016 when the government accepted the salary hike rates as proposed by the pay commission.

An online platform called The Sen Times claimed that the committee has finalised its report and is likely to submit the same "this week", citing government sources. It also said that the quantum of allowances may not vary from those proposed by the CPC.
"The committee on allowances is likely to stick with the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations on allowances," The Sen Times quoted the sources as saying.

The 7th CPC had recommended scrapping 51 allowances and subsuming another 37 after examining the existing 196 allowances that are currently paid.

Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet had decided to constitute a committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances.

"The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates," an official statement issued by the finance ministry said.

The government has already released the salary and pension arrears for the period January to July 2016 and started paying salaries after factoring in the hike from August onwards. A decision on payments to the armed forces was taken recently.

The recommendations of the 7th CPC are applicable to 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh retirees are from the defence forces.