Happy Makar Sankranti To All Members and Viewers


Happy Makar Sankranti 2017: Get your patang and manja ready because this Saturday is Makar Sankranti. The holiday falls every year on January 14, although due to the earth’s revolutions, it is predicted that by the year 2050, it will fall on January 15, according to India Times. The festival, which is known by many names like Uttarayan, Maghi and Khichdi Parv, marks the start of the spring. It is celebrated by flying kites and eating til chikki, however, over the years, it has gained a certain amount of notoriety as many birds are injured by the kite threads. Another popular food during this festival is til gur laddoos. You must have heard of the popular Marathi saying, “Til gur kha, god god bola (eat sweets and say sweet things).” On this joyous day.

Happy Lohri To All Members and Viewers

Lohri is celebrated on January 13, 2017, and devotees festival celebrates this festival by worshipping the bonfire. Lohri festival is celebrated on winter solstice day which signifies the beginning of the end of winter season. Lohri is closely linked to Hindu festival Makar Sankranti, which is celebrated one day after that. While celebratign Lohri festival, children sing various songs and collect money from elders, while women sing Sunder mundriye ho while they go around the bonfire. It is said that Lohri festival is associated with the harvest of the rabi crops as it is the best time when Punjab farmers harvest sugarcane crops. Maghi Sangrand, is the day celebrated after Lohri which is the financial New Year. Further in the evening, a bonfire is lit and everyone gathers around it. People worship the bonfire by offering food including peanuts, popcorn and sweets made of til-
In the evening, a bonfire is lit and everyone gathers around it. People worship the bonfire by offering food including peanuts, popcorn and sweets made of til-chirva, gajak,  peanuts, popcorns and revri. They also keep on chanting “Aadar aye dilather jaye” which means ‘May honor come and poverty vanish’. The festival signifies that there is a happy event in the family during the elapsed year. Liquor, one of the major elements flows freely during the festival. During this special occasion, you can find some really yummy and tradition food items including gajjak, sarson da saag and makke di roti in a Punjabi house. 

Wish you a very Happy Pongal To All Members and Viewers


Pot rice to Sun God
Sugarcane to Cow and Ox
Sweet rice to You and Me
Good milk to Friends and Family !!
Happy Pongal to all!

Grant of honorarium to IP/ASPs/PS Gr. B/Gr. A Officers deployed during demonetization drive of currency notes at post offices - reg

No. CHQ/AIAIASP/Demonetization c. notes/2017               Dated :   13/1/2017


To,
Shri B. V. Sudhakar, 
Secretary (Posts), 
Department of Posts, 
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject: Grant of honorarium to IP/ASPs/PS Gr. B/Gr. A Officers deployed during demonetization drive of currency notes at post offices - reg

Respected Sir, 

IP/ASP Association intend to bring to your kind notice that Postal fraternity stood rock solid with the Government and worked round the clock for the success of demonetization drive from 9-11-2016 to 30-12-2016. Most of the IPs/ASPs/PS Gr. B and Gr. A officers have worked relentlessly on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and during extended duty hours up till midnight on all working days without any excuse or leave, apart from carrying out their routine work. Thus, our Department contributed the most in the successful demonetization drive and consequently got high-quality appreciation from PMO. 

It is pertinent to mention here that the bank authorities has recognized efforts of their staff and come out with a benevolent idea of rewarding them by granting/paying honorarium/incentive @ Rs 3000/- per employee involved in the drive. They have also been granted special leave for the extra work attended by them. Our staffs involved in this successful drive also deserve similar appreciation and similar incentive/honorarium purely as a matter of reward for their relentless service. 

It is therefore requested to kindly look into the issue and consider grant of honorarium/incentive to IP/ASPs and other postal staff involved in the demonetization drive so that our employees feel themselves at par with bank officials. This Association expect a positive reply in this regard which will definitely motivate our cadre officers and the postal staff for such additional work. 

Hoping for a positive action and line in reply is requested.        

Yours sincerely, 

Sd/- 
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary 

Child care leave to be applied for in advance: Punjab and Haryana High Court

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that child care leave has to be applied for in advance by a woman employee working with the Haryana Government.

Justice Rajiv Narain Raina of the High Court has also made it clear that it can be availed after the go-ahead by the authorities concerned. The permission for child care leave cannot be granted ex post facto (with retrospective force).

The development is significant as Haryana Government rules make it clear that child care leave is admissible to a woman government employee for a maximum period of two years or 730 days during her entire service for taking care of her surviving children.

It is permissible only for the first two children of the government employee. Their age has to be below 18 years for the mother to avail the leave.

The ruling by Justice Raina came on a petition by Shashi Bala against the state and other respondents. A government employee, she moved the High Court after the department concerned refused to grant ex post facto permission for child care leave.

Taking up her petition, Justice Raina asserted that by the very nature of things, child care leave has to be applied for in advance and due permission needs to be accorded. The right was valuable, because a woman employee would get full salary for the period of child care leave.

“It cannot be applied for to act retrospectively and therefore, there is nothing wrong in the department holding that ex post facto permission cannot be granted,” Justice Raina asserted.

Before parting with the order, Justice Raina observed that the first request in the case in hand was made on April 6, 2011, for granting backdated child care leave with effect from November 30, 2010, to March 30, 2011. Dismissing the plea, Justice Raina added that there was no merit therein.

Haryana Government rules suggest that child care leave cannot be demanded as a matter of right and no one can, under any circumstances, proceed on child care leave without prior proper sanction by the competent authority.

Child care leave is also admissible during the probation period, provided the probation period is extended by the period of child care leave availed. Besides this, the leave may not be availed for a period of less than 30 days.


IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH
CWP No.26951 of 2016
Date of decision:22.12.2016
Shashi Bala
… Petitioner
Versus
State of Haryana and others
..Respondents.

CORAM:- HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJIV NARAIN RAINA
Present: Mr.Ravinder Malik (Ravi), Advocate for the petitioner.
RAJIV NARAIN RAINA, J.(Oral)

By the very nature of things, Child Care Leave has to be applied for in advance and due permission accorded. The right is valuable because female employee gets full salary for the period of Child Care Leave. Child Care Leave cannot be applied for to act retrospectively and therefore, there is nothing wrong in the Department holding that ex post facto permission cannot be granted. In this case first request was made on 6.4.2011 for granting backdated Child Care Leave w.e.f 30.11.2010 to 30.3.2011.

No merit.
Dismissed.

(RAJIV NARAIN RAINA)
JUDGE
22.12.2016
Meenu

Central government employees to get Rs 9000 minimum pension : Jitendra Singh

New Delhi: The minimum pension has been increased to Rs9,000 per person besides a two-fold hike in ex-gratia amount for central government employees, union minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday. 

Addressing the 29th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (Scova) in the city, he said almost 88% of pension accounts have been seeded to Aadhaar. There are about 50-55 lakh pensioners in the country, said Singh, minister of state in Prime Minister’s office. 

He further said that minimum pension has been increased to Rs9,000 per person and ex-gratia amount has been increased from Rs10-15 lakh to Rs25-35 lakh, as per a release issued by personnel ministry. 

The Scova meeting is organised by the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW). Singh said there is a need to put in place an institutionalised mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. 

He said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelise their energies in a productive direction. “We should learn from the pensioners’ experience,” said Singh. The minister also said that the DoP&PW should be reoriented in such a way that pensioners become a part of nation building process. 

Many issues related to pensioners were discussed threadbare, such as revision of Pension Payment Orders of Pre-2006 pensioners, health insurance scheme for pensioners including those residing in non-Central Government Health Service (CGHS) area and special higher family pension for widows of the war disabled invalidated out of service, etc. The meeting was attended by the member of pensioners associations and senior officers of the important departments of the central government.

Obtain PAN or Form no 60 from account holders by Feb 28, 2017 - Income Tax Rules Amended



Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
08-January-2017 18:17 IST

Income-tax Rules amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017.

Income-tax Rules have been amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017, if not already done. In this connection, it may be mentioned that RBI vide circular dated 15.12.2016 has mandated that no withdrawal shall be allowed from the accounts having substantial credit balance/deposits if PAN or Form No.60 is not provided in respect of such accounts. Therefore, persons who are having bank account but have not submitted PAN or Form No.60 are advised to submit the PAN or Form No. 60 to the bank by 28.2.2017.

The banks and post offices have also been mandated to submit information in respect of cash deposits from 1.4.2016 to 8.11.2016 in accounts where the cash deposits during the period 9.11.2016 to 30.12.2016 exceeds the specified limits.

It has also been provided that person who is required to obtain PAN or Form No.60 shall record the PAN/Form.No.60 in all the documents and quote the same in all the reports submitted to the Income-tax Department.

The notification amending the relevant rules is available on the official website of the Income-tax Department i.e. www.incometaxindia.gov.in 

http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/communications/notification/notification_2_2017.pdf


Source: PIB

2nd Anomaly Committee Meeting to be held on 11.1.2017

Second Meeting of the Anomaly Committee on the calculation methodology of the Disability Pension for Defence forces personnel as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission

IMMEDIATE
MEETING NOTICE

F.No.11/2/2016-JCA(Pt)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 6th January, 2017
MEETING NOTICE

Subject: Second Meeting of the Anomaly Committee on the calculation methodology of the Disability Pension for Defence forces personnel as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

With reference to the subject as cited above, this is to inform that the second meeting thereon is scheduled to be held under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) at 4.00 p.m. on 11th January, 2017 in Room No.119, North Block, New Delhi.

2. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.

sd/-
(D.K.Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary (CPC/JCA)

All Members of National Council (JCM) for the Anomaly Committee Members (As per list attached)

Source: Confederation

Reminder to Directorate to grant special allowance to IP/ASPs working in RO/CO

No. CHQ/AIAIASP/AIC-Reso/7/2016                                 Dated :  9/1/2017



To,                                                                                 
Ms Smriti Sharan,
Dy. Director General (Estt.)
Department of Posts, 
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject : Grant of Special allowance for IP/ASPs working in RO/CO-reg. 

Respected Madam,
                  
          Kindly refer to SR Section of Directorate letter No. 10/01/2016-SR dated 10th March 2016 addressed to DDG (Estt) and copy endorsed to this Association by ADG (SR & Legal) where in a copy of this Association’s letter of even number dated 25/2/2016 was sent Establishment Division for taking necessary action in the matter and direct reply to this Association. But it is sorry to point out that after lapse of more than 10 months nothing is heard from Establishment Division of Directorate. The reminder issued by this Association on 15/10/2016 was also neither acknowledged nor replied.

          It is therefore earnestly requested to kindly look into the matter personally and present status of the issue may be intimated to this Association for the information to its members.

                                                                                   Yours sincerely,

 Sd/-
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

The CG Staff are not yet given the full Benefit of 7th CPC Recommendation


The actual increase on account of implementation of 7th CPC recommendation is still not fully available to Central govt Staffs.

The recommendation of 7th Pay Commission has been implemented with effect from 1.1.2016 and the revised salary is being paid from this effective date. The Central Government, after implementing the Pay Panel report, hasn’t announce any decision about Allowances even after 12 months, created frustration among central government employees.

The Pay Commission is constituted once in Ten Years to revise the Pay and Allowances and Pension for Govt Servants and Pensioners. Accordingly, the 7th Pay Commission was formed and it submitted its report to the Government on 19-11-2015. The Government Accepted the Report without any major changes and announced on 29.6.2016 that it would be implemented with effect from 1.1.2016.

Since the increase in salary which is paid from 1.1.2016 was very less, it has demolished the expectations of CG Staffs.

Very important aspect in revising Pay and Allowance is House Rent Allowance. The rates of HRA is determined based on the Population of the Cities in which the Govt Servants are working. Accordingly, 10,20 and 30% of Basic Pay was paid as HRA in Sixth CPC. The 7th CPC has recommended to revise it as 8%, 16% and 24%.

The Unions and Federations demanded to increase the HRA rates or at least to restore the Sixth CPC rates. Hence the Government has announced that a committee would be constituted to examine the Allowances, until then all the Allowances would be paid in Sixth CPC rates.

As a result of this, HRA is being paid in old rates (Sixth CPC ) along with revised 7th CPC Basic Pay to CG Staffs.

Now the CG Staffs have realized that very purpose of forming a high-level committee is not for resolving the issues but it is a delaying tactics.

Consequent to Pay Revision, the major increase in Salary is used to come from HRA only.

Though one year is completed after the implementation of 7th CPC recommendation, the Government is delaying to take the decision over allowances.

Due to this, the CG staffs are losing monetary benefits considerably

For example .

The increase in Pay and HRA of a Government servant who is drawing salary Rs.10000 in pre revised scale is given below:

6th CPC
Basic Pay
DA (125%)
BP + DA
10% HRA
20% HRA
30% HRA
10000
12500
22500
1000
2000
3000
 7th CPC  
Basic Pay
DA (0%)
BP + DA
10% HRA
20% HRA
30% HRA
25700
0
25700
2570
5140
7710
 Hike


3200
1570
3140
4710
7th CPC HRA

If the Monthly salary of the Government servant with 10 Years of service is Rs.22500, now the Actual increase of his salary is only Rs. 3200.

Through this example it is quite obvious that, one can get the real increase in salary only after the HRA is paid in 7th CPC revised rates.

Reminder to Directorate to implement 'chain vacancies' on promotion

No. CHQ/AIAIASP/AIC-Reso/5/2016                                   Dated:   9/1/2017

To,

Shri V. Ramaswamy,
ADG (SR & Legal),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110 001.

Subject :    Regarding inclusion of ‘chain vacancies’ --- Implementation of guidelines issued vide Directorate Letter. No.25-10/2014-SPG dated 09-07-2014

Ref.      :      Your letter No. 10-01/2016-SR dated 10th March 2016

Respected Sir,  

          IP /ASP Association would like to invite your kind attention to above cited letter wherein SR Division has directed ADG (SPG) to give direct reply to this Association on its letter of even number dated 25/2/2016, but till date this important issue is not resolved. Further, nothing is heard either from SR division or from SPG division of Directorate. The considerable period to resolve this vital issue have already been elapsed.

          It is therefore requested to arrange to get the above important issue resolved at the earliest and line in reply is requested.
          Yours sincerely,

Sd/- 
 (Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary
Copy to :

Shri Manoj Sharma, ADG (SPG), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001.

PPF Account Closure procedure in DOP Finacle 


PPF Closure (without loan)


1.      Counter PA has to invoke HCAAC menu for closure.

2.      Interest for current financial year will be calculated and posted in the PPF account.

3.      System generated transaction ID will be created.

4.      Supervisor has to verify the account closure using HCAAC menu.

5.      In some cases, when the supervisor tries to verify the account closure, if the Tran ID (generated in step 3) is in Entered state, then the error message ‘Pending verification exists for the account’ will be displayed.

6.      Tran ID if not noted down in step 3, it has to be obtained from HFTI menu by selecting the transaction status ‘Entered’  (Tran ID generated against the PFF account number will be shown).

7.      In Counter PA login, in HTM – Modify option, this Tran ID is to be posted.

8.      In Supervisor login, in HTM, this Tran ID is to be verified.

9.      After verification of the transaction, in HCAAC menu, the closure has to be verified.


PPF Closure (with loan)


1.      Counter PA has to invoke loan repayment using CPDTM menu.

2.      Supervisor has to verify the transaction in CPDTM menu.

3.      CLPR menu (PROCESS) has to be invoked by Supervisor for processing loan account.

4.      Then, HACINT is to be invoked by CEPT team (at present). On invoking this, the interest for loan account is calculated and posted in PPF loan account.

5.      The loan interest has to be paid through CPDTM menu again, if the PPF account is not a matured account.

6.      The loan interest has to be recovered through CPWTM menu, if the PPF account is a matured account.

7.      Closure of loan account has to be invoked using HCAAC by counter PA.

8.      Closure has to be verified by Supervisor using HCAAC menu.

9.      For closing PPF account, the procedure for closure of PPF account without loan has to be followed.

Source- SA POST

Petrol pumps defer decision to not accept card payments till Jan, 13'

To promote cashless transactions, the government had waived MDR on fuel purchase for consumers.   | Photo Credit: V. Sreenivasa
'We have received a communication saying the transaction charges have been deferred till Jan. 13'

Hours after deciding to refuse card payments at fuel pumps from Monday to protest some banks levying the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) for purchases, dealers deferred their decision till January 13.

They argued that the levy of 1 per cent and between 0.25 and 1 per cent on credit/debit card transactions was hitting their profits. “We have received an official communication from oil marketing companies that the transaction charges have been deferred till January 13. Hence, we have put off the stir,” said Ajay Bansal, president of the All India Petroleum Dealers Association.

To promote cashless transactions, the government had waived MDR on fuel purchase for consumers. But after the expiry of the 50-day window, the banks have decided to levy MDR on petrol pump owners.

(With inputs from PTI)

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/

DoPT launches revamped website

DoPT launches revamped website

"The Department of Personnel & Training is the coordinating agency of the Central Government in personnel matters, specially in respect of issues concerning recruitment, training, career development and staff welfare."

The Department of Personnel & Training, under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is the coordinating agency of the Central Government in personnel matters, specially in respect of issues concerning recruitment, training, career development and employees welfare. The 'DoPT', is known by almost all the Central Government employees. There is probably any employee who hasn’t seen its website. 

Among the DoPT’s important powers are the task of appointing officers of the Indian Administrative Services, laying down the terms and conditions of the duties of all officials and employees, and publishing the government orders that are issued from time to time. 

The transition of the DoPT website in the past few years has been remarkable. In addition to publishing the latest Government Orders every day. The growth of the website’s popularity can be gauged by the fact that the page hits have been steadily increasing. 

The DoPT website has now been relaunched with brand new features.

Website link:  http://dopt.gov.in/

Dearness Relief (DR) Calculation Sheet


Since 7th Pay Commission  (New Formula)
MonthAll India Index% of Increase
Jan-162690.48
Feb-162670.93
Mar-162681.38
Apr-162711.86
May-162752.40
Jun-162772.91
Jul-162803.45
Aug-162783.90
Sep-162774.25
Oct-162784.53
Nov-162774.76

Presently Dearness Allowance for January 2017 is staying at 4.76%. If trend of AICPIN continues as such, minimum 5% DA is expected w.e.f January 2017

S.C.Maheshwari 
Secy Genl BPS

Granting of 3% fitment benefit on promotion to IP Cadre in Odisha Circle who have availed financial upgradation under MACP in lower Grade Pay

3% fitment benefit on promotion to IP Cadre who have availed financial up-gradation under MACP in lower Grade Pay has been allowed for the time being. In this connection clarification has been sought for from the Directorate by the Director of Accounts (Postal), Cuttack and Circle Office, Bhubaneswar separately. Regular fixation will be made on receipt of clarification from Directorate.

CAT case filed for holding of PS Gr. B examination separately for year wise vacancies ..... Updates!!!


Case filed at Ernakulam Bench by Shri Ajit Kurian (EX-CS Kerala Circle) and others under OA No. 180/953/2016 was come up for hearing on 4/1/2017. Respondent (i.e. DOP) sought three weeks time for filing counter reply and same was granted by Hon’ble CAT and case is adjourned to 3/2/2017.

Central Staff are not yet given the full Benefit of 7th CPC Recommendation

The CG Staff are not yet given the full Benefit of 7th CPC Recommendation


The actual increase on account of implementation of 7th CPC recommendation is still not fully available to Central govt Staffs.

The recommendation of 7th Pay Commission has been implemented with effect from 1.1.2016 and the revised salary is being paid from this effective date. The Central Government, after implementing the Pay Panel report, hasn’t announce any decision about Allowances even after 12 months, created frustration among central government employees.

The Pay Commission is constituted once in Ten Years to revise the Pay and Allowances and Pension for Govt Servants and Pensioners. Accordingly, the 7th Pay Commission was formed and it submitted its report to the Government on 19-11-2015. The Government Accepted the Report without any major changes and announced on 29.6.2016 that it would be implemented with effect from 1.1.2016.

Since the increase in salary which is paid from 1.1.2016 was very less, it has demolished the expectations of CG Staffs.

Very important aspect in revising Pay and Allowance is House Rent Allowance. The rates of HRA is determined based on the Population of the Cities in which the Govt Servants are working. Accordingly, 10,20 and 30% of Basic Pay is paid as HRA in Sixth CPC. The 7th CPC has recommended to revise it as 8%, 16% and 24%.

The Unions and Federations demanded to increase the HRA rates or at least to restore the Sixth CPC rates. Hence the Government has announced that a committee would be constituted to examine the Allowances, until then all the Allowances would be paid in Sixth CPC rates. As a result of this, HRA is being paid in old rates (Sixth CPC ) along with revised 7th CPC Basic Pay to CG Staffs. Now the CG Staffs have realized that very purpose of forming a high-level committee is not for resolving the issues but it is a delaying tactics.

Consequent to Pay Revision, the major increase in Salary is used to come from HRA only. Though one year is completed after the implementation of 7th CPC recommendation, the Government is delaying to take the decision over allowances. Due to this, the CG staffs are losing monitory benefits considerably

For example ..
The increase in Pay and HRA of a Government servant who is drawing Rs.10000 in pre revised scale is given below …
6th CPC
Basic Pay
DA (125%)
BP + DA
10% HRA
20% HRA
30% HRA
10000
12500
22500
1000
2000
3000
 7th CPC  
Basic Pay
DA (0%)
BP + DA
10% HRA
20% HRA
30% HRA
25700
0
25700
2570
5140
7710
 Hike
3200
1570
3140
4710
If the Monthly salary of Government servant with 10Years of service is Rs.22500, now the Actual increase of his salary is only Rs. 3200. Through this example it is quite obvious that, one can get the real increase in salary only after the HRA is paid in 7th CPC revised rates
Source : SA Post