Thursday, 8 December 2016

Implementation of recommendations of ARC

Date : 8.12.2016


Implementation of recommendations of ARC

The reforms in the functioning of Government is a continuous ongoing process.  Schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojana, e-Governance based services, Digital India, Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG, (DBT), Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, SwachhVidyalaya, Soil Health Card, Pradhan Mantri Fasal BimaYojna, Atal Pension Yojna etc. are some of the recent initiatives in this direction.

The Second Administrative Reforms Commission (2nd ARC) presented the following 15 Reports to the Government for consideration: 
(i)                 Right to Information: Master Key to Good Governance.
(ii)               Unlocking human capital: Entitlements and Governance – a Case Study.
(iii)             Crisis Management: From Despair to Hope.
(iv)             Ethics in Governance.
(v)               Public Order: Justice for each.
(vi)             Local Governance.
(vii)           Capacity Building for Conflict Resolution – Friction to Fusion.
(viii)         Combating Terrorism.
(ix)             Social Capital – A Shared Destiny.
(x)               Refurbishing of Personnel Administration – Scaling New Heights.
(xi)             Promoting e-Governance – The Smart Way Forward.
(xii)           Citizen Centric Administration – The Heart of Governance.
(xiii)         Organizational structure of Government of India.
(xiv)         Strengthening Financial Management System.
(xv)           State and District Administration.

Barring the 8th Report on the subject of ‘Combatting Terrorism’ all other 14 reports were considered by the Government.  In these 14 reports there were 1514 recommendations, out of which 1183 were accepted, 228 not accepted and 59 deferred and 21 referred to other foras. Decisions on the accepted recommendations had been conveyed to all concerned Central Ministries/Departments and States/Union territories’ Government for implementation. Reforms in the public administration by nature are a continuous process and cover a wide range of activities.  It may be through simplification of procedures, issue of executive instruction, enactment of laws etc.

This was stated by the 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 in a written reply to a question by Shri Harivansh in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Resolving of old pension cases

Date : 8.12.2016

Resolving of old pension cases
Ministries/Departments of the Government sanction pension/family pension as per Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 and send pension papers through Pay and Accounts Office and Central Pension Accounting Office to the pension disbursing agency, which is generally a public sector bank. This department monitors grievances of retiring employees/pensioners through Centralised Pension Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPENGRAMS). The department rigorously monitors the grievances registered under CPENGRAMS. Various reports are generated and examined on the cases of delay/ pendency/non-payment. There is no grievance case, including that of lonely women, pending for over 10 years. There is no proposal under consideration for opening of Fast Track Unit of pension to resolve old and pending cases.

This was stated by the 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 in a written reply to a question by Shri Anubhav Mohanty in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by the Public Servant under section 44 of Lokpal and Lokayukta Act 2013 - Filling of Returns by Public Servants ,last date - Reg

Daye : 8.12.2016


Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by the Public Servant under section 44 of Lokpal and Lokayukta Act 2013 - Filling of Returns by Public Servants ,last date - Reg


Appointment of GDS to various posts viz,Group D/MTS , Postman ,PA/SA.

Date : 8.12.2016


Appointment of GDS to various posts  viz,Group D/MTS , Postman ,PA/SA.


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15 new castes included in central OBC list

Date : 8.12.2016

15 new castes included in central OBC list

NEW DELHI/ PTI :On the NCBC recommendation, a total of 2,479 entries for inclusion, including its synonyms, sub-castes, etc. in the central list of OBCs have been notified in 25 states and six Union Territories.

Fifteen new castes have been included in the central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) with the government issuing notification in this regard. The National Commission of Backward Classes (NCBC) had recommended a total of 28 changes in respect of eight states — Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

Out of these 28, 15 castes, including Gadheri/itafarosh in Bihar, Jhora in Jharkhand and Labana in Jammu and Kashmir, were new entries, nine were synonyms or sub-castes of the castes which were already in the list and four were corrections.
“The central government has considered and accepted the aforesaid recommendations of the NCBC and recommendation of Government of Jammu and Kashmir and have decided to notify inclusion/amendment in the Central List of Other Backward Classes of the aforesaid States,” according to the notification signed by Joint Secretary B L Meena.
Last month, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had approved the proposal of NCBC. These changes in the central list will enable the persons belonging to these castes/communities to avail the benefits of reservation in government services and posts as well as in central educational institutions as per the existing policy.
They will also become eligible for benefit under various welfare schemes, scholarships, etc., being administered by the central government, which are at present available to persons belonging to Other Backward Classes, it added.
On the NCBC recommendation, a total of 2,479 entries for inclusion, including its synonyms, sub-castes, etc. in the central list of OBCs have been notified in 25 states and six Union Territories. The last such notification was issued in September, 2016.
NCBC examines requests for inclusion of any class of citizens as a backward class in the lists and hear complaints of over-inclusion or under-inclusion of any backward class in such lists. Its advice is binding upon the central government.
The government is also considering relaxing the creamy layer norms
The Indian Express

Revision of NPS employees to Old Pension Scheme – Reply in Rajya Sabha

Date : 8.12.2016

Revision of NPS employees to Old Pension Scheme – Reply in Rajya Sabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO 1506
ANSWERED ON 29.11.2016

Revision of NPS employees to Old Pension Scheme

1506 Shri Neeraj Shekhar

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state :-

(a) whether Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam bench has ordered the Central Government to revert the employees who had joined after 1st January, 2004 under NPS to Old Pension Scheme and has observed that date of vacancy should be the basis for inclusion under NPS or Old Pension Scheme instead of date of joining, if so, details thereof;

(b) whether Government has reverted them to Old Pension Scheme, if so, details thereof, if not, reasons therefor; and

(c) whether Government would issue notification for all Central/State Governments and Autonomous Organizations employees in this regard, as per the above orders, if not reasons therefor?

ANSWER

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance

(a) The Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in its judgment has declared that the applicants of Original Application No. 20/2015 are deemed to have been appointed from the date of vacancy arose and they shall be included in the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

(b) No Sir. It has been decided to file a petition before the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala against the orders of Hon’ble CAT in Original Application No. 20/2015.

(c) No Sir, as it has been decided to file a petition before the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala against the orders of Hon’ble CAT in Original Application No. 20/2015.

Complete digitization of Government payments

Date : 8.12.2016

Complete digitization of Government payments

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

05-December-2016 15:33 IST

Any Payment above Rs.5,000 to Suppliers, contractors, grantee/loanee institutions etc by Government Departments to be now made through e-Payment to attain the goal of complete digitization of Government payments. 

In order to attain the goal of complete digitization of Government payments, the Ministry of Finance, Government of India has again reviewed the existing limit of Rs. 10,000/-(Rs. Ten Thousand only) prescribed regarding e-payment to Suppliers etc. It has now been decided to lower this threshold limit from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 5,000 (Rupees Five Thousand only).The last review in this regard was made only in August, 2016.

Accordingly, all the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India have been now directed by the Ministry of Finance to ensure with immediate effect that all payments above Rs. 5000/- (Rupees Five Thousand only) to suppliers, contractors, grantee/loanee institutions etc. are made by issue of payment advises only.

First Look Of CSI Point Of Sale

Date : 8.12.2016

First Look Of CSI Point Of Sale


CSI is the new vehicle which India Post is going to ride from the coming days. After the test drive in Mysuru, the new software has got so many bugs cleared. We had a chance to look into how the software works and trust me the software is very very easy to use.

I can assure you that our day to day work will be reduced to a great extent, and the most important thing is there is no scope for frauds. We can work with complete peace of mind.

Today we want to show you how the screens of the new software look. We will prepare complete step by step guides for all transactions in CSI Point of Sale software too as we have done in case of Finacle.


Here's how the home screen looks like.




This is the article booking screen,


Not just banks, post offices too short of cash

Date : 8.12.2016


Not just banks, post offices too short of cash

NEW DELHI: It’s not just banks that are feeling the heat of cash crunch postdemonetisation, post offices across the country too are running thin on cash, with just 30-35% of what they need.

As per latest estimates shared by the postal department with the finance ministry, about Rs 700 crore cash is required at the post offices across the country. But no more than Rs 300-350 crore is available with them, with the availability dipping to just 30% of the requirement on some days, highly placed officials in the know told ET.


Things have been particularly difficult across post offices through last week with pay day pressure and dipping cash reserves, prompting the department to inform the Centre that the people’s requirements are not being fulfilled with the current cash situation.


The Centre’s instructions to all circles under the postal department are, however, crystal clear: 40% of the cash available to post offices must be sent only to the units located in rural areas.


The postal department is learnt to have conveyed the instructions to all its divisions. At a meeting held by the Finance Ministry earlier this week, the postal department is learnt to have informed that deposits continue to far exceed currency withdrawals.


As per the latest assessment shared with the Finance Ministry, and accessed by ET, currency worth Rs 3,680.99 crore was exchanged from November 10 to November 24 at post offices

The total value of the deposits at post offices increased from Rs 2,639.18 crore on November 10 to Rs 37,788 crore as on December 5, 2016. As on December 5, currency withdrawal from post offices was Rs 6,586.92 crore only.



Post offices savings bank in India is one of the oldest and largest banking systems in the country, offering financial services as an agency of the Finance Ministry. They accept deposits under a number of small savings schemes and are key to various wage disbursements and old age pension payments.
All the 1,30,000 post offices in rural areas have been in focus under the government’s renewed efforts to reach cash to areas where the ATM coverage is low. The 25,000 post offices in urban and semi-urban areas are being serviced as well but the Modi government’s focus is clear — reach cash to the last mile, sources in the know said.

The Centre is directly reviewing the cash flowsituation from New Delhi. Control rooms have been set up in all 23 postal department circles, divisional and sub-divisional levels. Dak Bhavan in Delhi is also in constant touch with the banks even as hourly reports are being generated on the cash situation.

Importance of Option 1 of 7th CPC For Revised Pension – Big loss in Pension if it is denied

Date : 8.12.2016

Importance of Option 1 of 7th CPC For Revised Pension – Big loss in Pension if it is denied


Most of the Pre 2016 pensioners will suffer heavy loss in Revised Pension, if the Option 1 recommended by the Seventh CPC is denied to them.

It was after 20 years that 7th CPC recommended parity between past pensioners and those retiring after 1-1-2016 under Option 1 which means consideration of increments earned while in service as detailed in Para 10.1.67 of the Report. This objective of PARITY (Recommended by Commission after examining all factors in depth in Chapter 10) is fulfilled only with the implementation of option 1 without any dilution/deviation. Non implementation of option 1 on the plea of non availability of record in a few cases will have the following adverse effects:

i) Pre 2006 pensioners, in particular, who are victim of modified parity will suffer a much bigger loss compared to the post 2006 retirees because in their case the basic pension which is multiplied by 2.57 in the interim phase takes into accounts their increments before retirement. This aspect has been examined in the case of Pre & Post S 19 pensioner as an example. From the Table 1 given below, it will be clear that the reduction in pension for post 2006 pensioner is of a uniform small magnitude as compared to the loss increasing exponentially with each increment lost in case of pre 2006 pensioner. Similar is the case in other scales also

ii) 7th CPC has considered pre 2016 pensioners as one homogenous group (Para 10.1.53 refers). It means that all pre 2016 pensioners have to be treated alike. But with denial of option 1, pre 2016 pensioners will get divided into two groups i.e. Pre 2006 and Post 2006 Pensioners – which violates the settled law of equality between the equals.

iii) In many cases, Option 3 gives much lower pension compared to option 1 recommended by 7th CPC. This will be clear from Table 2 below. Where a comparison has been made between two options.



Source – http://rscws.com/pdfdocs/Importance-of-Option-1-of-7th-CPC-for-Revised-Pension.pdf

Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by the Public Servants under amended section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act 2013 -Reg

Date : 8.12.2016

Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by the Public Servants under amended section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act 2013 -Reg


From now, no OTP will be required for payments under Rs 2,000

Date : 8.12.2016

From now, no OTP will be required for payments under Rs 2,000


In a move that will make it easier for cab aggregators like Uber and Ola and other online merchants to accept cards, the RBI has relaxed two-factor authentication for online payments below Rs 2,000. 

The RBI's insistence on a second factor authentication (in the form of a one-time password, or OTP) had prompted cab aggregators to tie up with digital wallets like Paytm. While customers can even now pay by card, they need to wait for a text message containing the OTP before concluding the transaction.In future, if they register with the merchant, they can complete the payment by entering a password authenticated by the card network. 

The RBI had earlier relaxed the second factor authentication requirement for transactions in shops using near field communication (NFC) or contactless cards. According to Vijay Jasuja, MD & CEO, SBI Cards, there had been a representation from the industry to relax the two-factor authentication norms for low-value transactions. 

Amit Jain, president, Uber India, said, "This waiver is a big leap in the right direction to bring ease and convenience to the use of cards over cash and will strengthen the foundation for a leading digital economy." 

In its circular issued on Tuesday, the RBI said that it has been receiving requests from certain segments of the industry for reviewing the requirement of additional factor authentication for low-value online card-not-present (CNP) transactions. The RBI said that it was not happy with merchant-specific solutions as an alternative. But a solution by card networks (Visa ,MasterCard, RuPay) is expected to meet the objective of customer convenience with sufficient security for low-value transactions. 

The network-provided solutions include Visa Checkout and Mastercard's Masterpass. Customers opting for this facility will go through a one-time registration process, requiring entry of card details and additional factor authentication by the issuing bank. In this model, the card details already registered would be the first factor while the network-provided password would be the additional factor of authentication. 

"This is a very elegant solution as it will prevent dropout of transactions without diluting the security of the payment architecture," said TR Ramachandran, country head, Visa.


Source :The Economic Times

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Milad - Un -Nabi Holiday shifted to 12.12.2016 - In AP &Telangana Circles.

Date : 7.12.2016

Milad - Un -Nabi Holiday shifted to 12.12.2016 - In AP &Telangana Circles.



SB Order 14 : Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of Existing Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- banknotes - SB Orders regarding cash requirement of Post Offces

Date : 7.12.2016

SB Order 14 : Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of Existing Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- banknotes - SB Orders regarding cash requirement of Post Offces



Download SB order 14 in PDF format by clicking below link

CCS (CCA) Rules 1965 -Clarification regarding effect of warning ,Censure etc. on promotion

Date : 7.12.2016

CCS (CCA) Rules 1965 -Clarification regarding effect of warning ,Censure etc. on promotion


Change of date of holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad

Date : 7.12.2016


Change of date of holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad during 2016 for all Central Government administrative offices located at Delhi / New Delhi: DoPT Order


MOST IMMEDIATE

F.NO.12/18/2016-JCA2

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel Public'Grievances and Pensions

Department of Personnel and Training

JCA Section

North Block, New Delhi

Dated the 7 December, 2016


Sub: Change of date of holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad during 2016 for all Central Government administrative offices located at Delhi / New Delhi. 


As per list of holidays circulated vide this Ministry’s O.M.No.l2 / 7 / 2015-JCA-2 dated the 11th June, 2015, the holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad falls on Tuesday the 13th December, 2016. It has been brought to notice of this Ministry that in Delhi Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad will be celebrated on 12th December, 2016. Accordingly, it has been decided to shift the Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad holiday to 12th December, 2016 in place of 13th December, 2016 as notified earlier, for all Central Government administrative offices at Delhi / New Delhi.


2. For Offices outside Delhi / New Delhi the Employees Coordination Committees or Head of Offices (where such Committees are not functioning) can decide the date depending upon the decision of the concerned State Government. 


Hindi version will follow.

(DK. Sengupta)


Deputy Secretary JCA)


Redesignation of the post of PMG ( Mails & BD ) as PMG HQ Region in selected Circles and Redeployment -Reg

Date : 7.12.2016

Redesignation of the post of PMG ( Mails & BD ) as PMG HQ Region in selected Circles and Redeployment -Reg

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Appeal to all Divisional/ Circle Secretaries

Date : 7.12.2016


Central Government employees are eligible for 3% DA but Government granted only 2% DA.

The Government assured that allowance committee will submit its report within 4 months. In spite of, completion of 4 months the committee has not submitted its report. Central government employees became,anger seeing the above.
FNPO cannot be a mere silent spectator after 
Seeing employees anger, therefore FNPO and its affiliates have organised Protest week from 12th -19th December 2016.




S/G FNPO

Click the above link to see the details.

Restoration of Commutation of Pension -reg

Date : 7.12.2016

Restoration of Commutation of Pension -reg



Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO)
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi – 110066

No.CPAO/CDN/(40)/2016-17/509
Dated: 02.12.2016
Office Memorandum

Sub: Restoration of Commutation of Pension -reg.

A reference is invited to OM No.CPAO/Tech/Banks Performance/2015-16/45 dated 02.062016 and OM No.CPAO/IT&Tech/Simplification/2016-17/IIVol-V/162 dated 31.10.2016 (copy enclosed) whereby all the CPPCs were requested to submit monthly reports on the restoration of commuted portion of pension after 15 years from the date of payment of commutation and commencement of family pension after the death of pensioner. However, no such reports have been received from CPPCs.

You are therefore requested to send monthly reports on the above matter as per Annexure-A and Annexure-B.

The monthly reports may be moiled to CPAO on our e-mail id sraocord-cpao@gov.in.

Krishna Sharma
Sr, Accounts Officer (CDN)
Ph no: 011-26178990

CGHS Medical Reimbursement Enhanced to 5 lakhs

Date : 6.12.2016

CGHS Medical Reimbursement Enhanced to 5 lakhs


Delegation of powers to heads of Departments in various Ministries/Departments for settling per mission cases and post facto approval relating to referral system anal medical reimbursement under CGHS — Enhancement of ceiling rate from Rs. 2 Lakhs to Rs. 5 Lakhs without consultation of IFD of concerned Ministry 


Monday, 5 December 2016

Date : 6.12.2016

Revision of Income limit for dependency for the purpose of providing Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) coverage to family members of the CGHS covered employees subsequent to implementation of recommendation of the seventh Central Pay Commission.

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Date : 5.12.2016


Recognition of certificates/qualifications awarded by Board of Higher Secondary Education, Delhi etc. for purpose of employment in the Central Govt. - Regarding.





Any Payment above Rs.5,000 by Government Departments to be now made through e-Payment

Date : 5.12.2016

Any Payment above Rs.5,000 by Government Departments to be now made through e-Payment


Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
05-December-2016 15:33 IST

Any Payment above Rs.5,000 to Suppliers, contractors, grantee/loanee institutions etc by Government Departments to be now made through e-Payment to attain the goal of complete digitization of Government payments. 
In order to attain the goal of complete digitization of Government payments, the Ministry of Finance, Government of India has again reviewed the existing limit of Rs. 10,000/-(Rs. Ten Thousand only) prescribed regarding e-payment to Suppliers etc. It has now been decided to lower this threshold limit from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 5,000 (Rupees Five Thousand only).The last review in this regard was made only in August, 2016.

Accordingly, all the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India have been now directed by the Ministry of Finance to ensure with immediate effect that all payments above Rs. 5000/- (Rupees Five Thousand only) to suppliers, contractors, grantee/loanee institutions etc. are made by issue of payment advises only.
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Appeal to all Divisional/ Circle Secretaries

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Protest week from 12th 19th December 2016

Date : 5.12.2016

Protest week from 12th 19th December 2016



4th CPC increase Minimum pays 27.6%
5thcpc increase Minimum pays 31.0%
6th CPC increase Minimum pays 54.0%
7th CPCincrease Minimum pays 14.29%
The MOF clearly indicates no changes in minimum pay at present.

FNPO cannot be a mere silent spectator afterSeeing this news, therefore, FNPO
affiliates organize Protest week from 12th 19thDecember 2016


Click the above link to view details

FNPO LETTER TO HON'BLE PRIME MINISTER

Date : 5.12.2016

FNPO LETTER TO HON'BLE PRIME MINISTER


SPORTS RECRUITMENT NOTIFICATION IN TELANGANA CIRCLE

Date : 5.12.2016


SPORTS RECRUITMENT NOTIFICATION

For download the prescribed application of Sports Recruitment Notification  dt.3.12.2016 in Telangana Circle 

Admit Card for Postman & Mail Guard Posts in Telangana Circle

Date : 5.12.2016

Admit Card for Postman & Mail Guard vacancies for the year 2015 in Telangana Circle


 CLICK HERE  to download Hall Ticket.

Transfer under Rule 38 of P&T Man Volume IV Registration of Name

Date : 5.12.2016

Transfer under Rule 38 of P&T Man Volume IV Registration of Name

This is a ruling issued by the Department of Posts New Delhi on 24th May 1988,