7th Pay Commission pay hike creates millions of unhappy employees

New Delhi: Millions of central government employees are currently unhappy with their 7th Pay Commission pay hike.

It seems that nobody is satisfied with their 7th Pay Commission pay hike. At every level there appears to be an upward pressure on salaries and allowances, everyone deserve more pay than 7th Pay Commission pay hike. The 7th Pay Commission pay hike has got recent media attention, while, at the other end, there has been debate about the hiking of pay on the recommendations 7th Pay Commission is proper or not.
According to the commission’s recommendations, the minimum pay has been fixed at Rs.18,000 and the maximum at Rs.2.5 lakh for the cabinet secretary, the country’s senior-most civil servant. The commission had recommended a 14.28% increase in basic pay and the cabinet went with ditto to it.
The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.
There has been widespread demand from central government employee unions to hike the minimum pay to Rs.26,000; but the government has not accepted the demand till date.
After the central government employees union had threatened to carry out an indefinite strike, the government had promised hiking minimum pay but they are not now in mood for hiking the minimum pay.
Inequalities in pay can be damaging. Excessive remuneration of top bureaucrats has been made to unnecessarily drive up average pay in middle-lower ranks, and dramatic differences between levels throughout government business can undermine motivation. In a wider social sense, perceived inequalities between groups leads to huge discontent and instability.
Aaccording to the notification  of cabinet approved 18 pay matrices, the rate of increase of cabinet Secretary’s basic pay is 178 per cent as he got Rs 90,000 (fixed) in the immediate past under 6th pay commission recommendations, while middle-lower ranks employees will now only get 157% increase of their basic pay merging dearness allowances.
The pay ratio between the Indian top most bureaucrat and the lowest grade employees in the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is 1:13.9, which was 1:12 in the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.
All pay commissions except 7th Pay Commission made up pay gap between lower paid employees and top bureaucrats from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12.
The first pay commission was recommended pay of the top bureaucrats 41 times higher than the government employees at the bottom. The top bureaucrats were given salary Rs 2,263 while the lowest earning employees got Rs 55.
Subsequent pay commissions reduced the ratio of pay between lowest earning employees and top bureaucrats from 1:41 in 1947 to about 1:12 in 2006, while 7th Pay Commission made it higher about to 1:14.
The cabinet has approved the hike of the basic pay but decided to defer the recommended 63% allowances hike in the government employees pay package and refer the matter to a committee headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa.
Allowances contribute a lot in the pay hike recommendation. If the allowance is not taken into consideration it will mean fewer amounts because the allowance which the commission proposed is very substantial.
The hike in allowances, which will give them more money in the pocket, the compensatory perks for all central government employees, which is likely to be paid from October 1 and no arrears for allowances (except Dearness Allowance) is paid, as per usual practice, the allowances is paid from the date of implementation. This also a cause of unhappiness in central government employees.
However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Parliament in this month, “The Pay Commission has put a burden of Rs 1.03 lakh crore.”
source: The Sen times

KYC Norms for India Post Payment Bank

Just a few months before the new crop of payment banks start their operations, their chiefs are a worried lot.

The banking regulator's ask in terms of meeting the Know Your Customer (KYC) norms has put them at par with traditional banks, and firms are concerned that the preference for "paper-based" KYC will be a cost-intensive and time-consuming exercise — and therefore a major impediment to the growth of the new age banks. 
Paytm payment bank's CEO Shinjini Kumar told ET that the industry is very "aggrieved" with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) asking all entities to adhere to the centralised KYC system instead of just relying on the Aadhaar-based eKYC for payment banks. "We are grappling with that problem right now and we are talking to different people. We are hoping that there will be some understanding. Anyway our accounts are capped at Rs 1,00,000. There should be no reason why eKYC should not be the only way to do KYC. It is also digital and more authentic."
Chiefs of Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank, Sudhakar Ramasubramanian and Vodafone M-pesa payments bank Suresh Sethi also aired similar concerns to ET. They argue that payment banks do not have the same manpower to collect paper-based KYC like traditional banks and given that they are capped at a balance Rs 1,00,000, they do not share the same amount of risk. While RBI had earlier accepted eKYC as a means for customer authentication at the time of opening accounts, the new norms mandate a common KYC across all financial services entities for which detailed KYC is required to be collected and uploaded as a paper form to a central KYC repository — Central Registry of Securitisation Asset Reconstruction and Security Interest of India, or CERSAI.
The idea is to streamline the KYC process and avoid duplication of KYC for customers at multiple agencies. But, for payment banks to be cast under the same net, it means that instead of just relying on the biometric based eKYC they will have to collect more details of their customers and upload them to the central registry. Sudhakar who is the CEO (designate), of Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank said that in the case of payment banks a phased approach towards KYC will be better received since the whole idea behind the payment banks is towards financial inclusion.
"If we have too many restrictions for someone who keeps Rs 5,000 in the account, it could prevent many of the unbanked from experiencing the benefits of financial services. KYC norms can be applied in a layered manner as the customer's balance and transactions increase," he said.
Digital KYC will help ease the "entry barrier" for such people along with being a more authentic means of KYC than a physical KYC. "Currently, over 90% of all retail transactions are through cash in the country, if these transactions have to be converted into the electronic format, banking will have to be relived from some of these troubles," he added.
Source : The Economic Times

Corrupt employees suspension can’t continue beyond 90 days

New Delhi: The suspension of government employees accused of corruption cannot continue beyond 90 days, the Centre said today.

It has asked secretaries of all departments to ensure that charge sheets against such employees are issued within three months time.

It should also be ensured that disciplinary proceedings are initiated as far as practicable in cases where an investigating agency is seized of the matter or criminal proceedings have been launched against such employees, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in an order.

Citing a Supreme Court verdict, the DoPT said it has been decided that where a government servant is placed under suspension, “the order of suspension should not extend beyond three months, if within this period the chargesheet is not served to the charged officer”.

As such, it should be ensured that the charge sheet is issued before expiry of 90 days from the date of suspension, it said.

“As the suspension will lapse in case this time line is not adhered to, a close watch needs to be kept at all levels to ensure that charge sheets are issued in time,” the DoPT said in the order to all the secretaries.

The apex court while hearing a case has held that the currency of a suspension order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges or chargesheet is not served on the delinquent officer or employee.

If the Memorandum of Charges or chargesheet is served a reasoned order must be passed for the extension of the suspension, it has said.

Source : PTI

Instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet.

F.No.11012/04/2016-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk
North Block, New Delhi — 110001

Dated August 23, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 – instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to DoP&T’s O.M. No.11012/17/2013-Estt.A-III dated 3rd July, 2015 on the above mentioned subject and to say that in a recent case, Ajay Kumar Choudhary vs Union of India Civil Appeal No. 1912 of 2015 dated 16/02/2015, the Apex Court has directed as follows:

“14 We, therefore, direct that the currency of a Suspension Order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges/Chargesheet is not served on the delinquent officer/employee; if the Memorandum of Charges/Charge sheet is served a reasoned order must be passed for the extension of the suspension. As in the case in hand, the Government is free to transfer the concerned person to any Department in any of its offices within or outside the State so as to sever any local or personal contact that he may have and which he may misuse for obstructing the investigation against him. The Government may also prohibit him from contacting any person, or handling records and documents till the stage of his having to prepare his defence Furthermore, the direction of the Central Vigilance Commission that pending a criminal investigation departmental proceedings are to be held in abeyance stands superseded in view of the stand adopted by us.”

2. In compliance of the above judgement, it has been decided that where a Government servant: is placed under suspension, the order of suspension should not extend beyond three months, if within this period the charge-sheet is not served to the charged officer. As such, it should be ensured that the charge sheet is issued before expiry of 90 days from the date of suspension. As the suspension will lapse in case this time line is not adhered to, a close watch needs to be kept at all levels to ensure that charge sheets are issued in time.

3. It should also be ensured that disciplinary proceedings are initiated as far as practicable in cases where an investigating agency is seized of the matter or criminal proceedings have been launched. Clarifications in this regard have already been issued vide O.M. No. 11012/6/2007-Estt.A-Ill dated 21.07.2016.

4. All Ministries/ Departments/Offices’ are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all Disciplinary Authorities under their control.

5. Hindi version will follow.

sd/-
(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (E)

DPC : PS Gr. B for the year 2016-17 : Updation of records.


Directorate vide memo No. 9-02/2015(I)-SPG dated 09-06-2016 has issued result of supplementary DPC by promoting 29 officers against the declination of regular promotion by officers selected in the regular DPC for the year 2015-16. Out of these 29 officers, the date of joining by the following 4 officers are not reported by the concerned circle to Directorate. Number reminders are said to be issued by Directorate to Haryana / AP / Tamil Nadu / Bihar and Gujarat circle.

Sl. No.
Name of Officer
Present circle of posting
New Circle / Unit of posting on promotion
Date of joining
1
Kuldeep Singh
Haryana
Haryana
No available
2
S. Murali Krishna
AP
Tamil Nadu
-do-
3
Ram Nath Sharma
Bihar
Bihar
-do-
4
Y. V. Patil
Gujarat
Gujarat
-do-

Circle Secretaries of these Circles are once again requested to ask their circle to intimate the date of joining by the officer in PS Gr. B cadre or as to whether they declined the promotion, so that Directorate can calculate the correct vacancies for the ensuing DPC. CS of above circles will inform the position to GS through whatsApp or SMS on 24/8/2016 itself.

          The present position/status of disciplinary cases pending against following officers are not reported to Directorate and it is not known as to whether the officers were joined to their new assignment after completion of punishment etc or otherwise.  

Sl. No.
Name of Officer
Present circle of posting
New Circle / Unit of posting on promotion
Remarks
1
M. Audinarayana
AP
Tamil Nadu
What is present status
2
Meena J R
UP
UP
-do-

             The following is one more example in which concerned circle has not intimated the date of joining by the officer in PS Gr. B cadre who were promoted under memo No. 9-02/2015-SPG dated 10.11.2015 (i.e. regular DPC memo for the year 2015-16).  

Sl. No.
Name of Officer
Present circle of posting
New Circle / Unit of posting on promotion
Remarks
12
Shaikh Kalam
Bihar
Bihar

14
C R Nagaraj Rao
Karnataka
Maharashtra

15
S. Linga Setty
Karnataka
Karnataka

21
M. M. Maheshwari
Madhya Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh

62
Madhab Mukherjee
West Bengal
West Bengal


IP/ASPs working in above circle offices are requested to meet AD/APMG (Staff) of their circle on 24/8/2016 and request them to submit the date of joining report / declination of promotion by the officer in PS Gr.B cadre to Shri Manoj Sharma, ADG (Staff), Postal Directorate by email on dpc.dopspg@gmail.com. It is also request them that, they should put their contact number below their designation stamp to enable Directorate to get them back in case of any query. I am told that maximum AD/APMG (Staff) are not putting their contact number below their designation stamp.

India celebrates 70th Independence Day





Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been
broken up into fragments by
narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from
the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches
its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the dreary
desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is lead forward by thee
into ever-widening thought and action-
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father,
let my country awake. — Rabindranath Tagore

Biennial Circle Conference of Maharashtra Circle on 17 & 18 Sept 2016 at Pune


Dear Members,

It is decided to hold the Biennial  Circle Conference of Maharashtra Circle on 17 & 18 Sept 2016 at Pune. The notification will be issued shortly.

All the member of the Association are aware that without monitory support from all members the conference couldn’t be  conducted.

As you all are aware that the  funds are raised from distributing coupons among our members, retired IP/ASP, Group A & B officers. By the end of 20th August you all will receive coupons. During the discussion with all ACS of Regions it is decided that all members will contribute Rs. 1000/- to association in addition to the funds raised from coupons.

As you know association is going to file CAT Case  for reverting back 116 post and for giving fund to CHQ for filing case for getting IP Grade pay from 2006.

I appeal to all members  to contribute an amount of Rs.1000/- each and deposit  in Maharashtra Circle Saving Bank A/C /No.3015582806, Sol ID: 40000100 in the name of Shri Sanjay Kharat and Smt. Manali Tawde  and also to deposit the funds raised from coupons in above mentioned SB account.

Seniority List : Inspector Posts up to 2000 updation thereof.

Directorate vide memo No. 9-9/2011-SPG dated 27.07.2016 has circulated draft gradation list of Inspector Posts cadre upto the year 2000 (corrected as on 1/4/2016) to all circles and directed to inform any discrepancies / inaccuracy therein by 12.8.2016.

The officers who desire to make a representation if any against the incorrectness in the list may also submit to Directorate through proper channel on or before 12.8.2016. It is therefore requested to all concerned to check the data immediately and ensure its correctness. 

On enquiry with Directorate it is told that till today not a single circle has responded to above reference.

ACS of Maharashtra Circle are requested to ensure submission of their Regions report to Circle Office.  

Simplification of withdrawal process - Documentary requirements for subscribers belonging to Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDS)

Simplification of withdrawal process - Documentary requirements for subscribers belonging to Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDS) who are covered under NPS-Lite-Swavalamban


PENSION FUND REGULATORY
AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
B-14/A,Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan
Qutab Institutlona Area,
Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi-110016

CIRCULAR
PFRDA/2016/12/Exit/04 
08.06.2016
To,
NPS Trust/CRA/Aggregators & other stakeholders

Simplification of withdrawal process - Documentary requirements for subscribers belonging to Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDS) who are covered under NPS-Lite-Swavalamban


This is with reference to feedback received from the concerned stakeholders comprising the subscribers belonging to NPS-Lite-Swavalamban including Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDS) on simplification of the procedural requirements basing on the low contribution levels and the level of awareness and literacy among the target segment of population covered under this category. The Authority has examined the matters pertaining to this category basing on the withdrawal applications received and the feedback from the withdrawal processing of these applications in order to identify the difficulties being faced and with a view to reduce the procedural burden in the interest of the subscribers.

Based on the examination of the issues concerned, the Authority has decided to simplify some of the documentary requirements and processes which are detailed as below in order to streamline the withdrawals processing of applications received under NPS-Lite-Swavalamban including the subscribers of GDS.

The following documents would be accepted as acceptable documents for processing of such withdrawal claims:

1) Certification by Nodal office - as acceptable proof of Know Your Customer (KYC) norms and Other Details - as per Annexure l

2) Revised Request cum Undertaking form for exercising the option to withdraw the entire accumulated corpus in terms of Regulation 5 (a) (ii) of PFRDA (Exits and Withdrawals under NPS) Regulation , 2015 - as per Annexure II

3) Further, the requirement of self-attestation of photograph by the subscriber for NPS-Lite- Swavalamban subscribers including GDS subscribers has been waived off. However, the requirement of photograph shall continue to apply.

Yours faithfully,

(Venkateswarlu Peri)
General Manager

ANNEXURE I

CERTIFICATION BY NODAL OFFICE - KYC AND OTHER DETAILS

Certified that Shri/Smt.... .... .... .... .... .... .... ... Son/Wife of Shri .... .... .... .... ... who is an employee of (office address) .... .... .... .... ... from (date) .... .... .... .... ... and is at present holding the post of .... .... .... .... ... and his/her identity is certified as provided in the NPS withdrawal application form along with the address as provided.

Further, the name and Bank account details as provided in the withdrawal application form by the subscriber shall be accepted as final.


Date .... .... .... .... ...
Signature of the certifying officer
Name:
Designation:
Address & Tel No:
of the certifying officer
Annexure II

(As per Regulation 5(a)(ii) of PFRDA (Exists & withdrawals) Regulations, 2015

REQUEST CUM UNDER TAKING FORM FOR WITHDRAWAL OF TOTAL PENSlON WEALTH AETER ATTAlNlNG THE AGE OF 60 YEARS AND WHERE THE TOTAL PENSION WEALTH IS EQUAL TO OR RS. 100,000/-

I, ........ .... .... .... ... .... .... .... ... S/D/W/O .... .... .... .... .... .... .... ... aged about ..........years, residing at .... .... .... .... ....... .... .... .... ....... .... .... .... ....... .... .... .... ....... .... .... .... ....... .... .... do hereby solemnly
affirm and declare as under:

1. That I am a subscriber of National Pension System, holding PRAN
2. That since the accumulated pension wealth in my retirement account being less than Rs.1,00,000/-, I would like to exercise my option for withdrawing the entire accumulated pension wealth without going for the mandatory annuitisation in terms of Regulation 5(a) (ii) PFRDA (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) Regulations 2015.

I also understand that with the aforesaid withdrawal, I or my family members shall not be entitled to receive any other or fUrther benefits under the National Pension System (NPS).

Date:
Place:
Signature/Thumb Impression of the Subscriber*


*in case of female, Right Thumb Impression and in case of males Left Thumb Impression may be taken

Source: http://www.pfrda.org.in

Fixation of pay in 7th CPC scales in respect of officials who got MACP-II from 2.1.2016 to 1.7.2016.

[For illustration purpose date of 2nd financial up-gradation under MACPS of a PA is taken as 18.1.2016]


(i)Pre-revised Basic Pay as per VI CPC scales on 1.1.2016                                         = 16750/- ( 13950 + 2800 G.P)

(ii)Granted 2nd MACP financial up-gradation on 18.1.2016 & Basic pay as per    = 18150/- (13950 + 4200 G.P)
       VI CPC scales on 18.1.2016 (opted to fix pay from DNI on 1.7.2016)

(iii)Basic pay as per VI CPC scales on 1.7.2016                                                            = 19180/- (14980 + 4200 G.P)
       (Pay fixation done on 2nd MACP financial up-gradation in VI CPC scales)

Pay fixation (in 3 different options exercised as per Rule 5 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016) in 7thCPC scales:-

 (a)If option exercised to switch over to 7th CPC scales from 1.1.2016:-
1
Pre-revised Basic Pay as on 01.01.2016
16750/-  [13950 + 2800 (G.P)
2
Applicable level in Pay matrix
5
3
Amount at Col. 3 above arrived by multiplying by 2.57
43047.50 say 43048/-
4
Applicable cell level either equal to (or) just above the figure arrived at Col. 5
44100
5
Revised Basic  Pay on 1.1.2016 in 7th CPC pay matrix level
44100
6
Pay fixation on account of 2nd MACP financial up-gradation granted w.e.f. 18.1.2016 as per Rule 13 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016.
46200/-  (level 6 in Pay matrix)
7
DNI as per Rule 9 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016
1.1.2017 to the stage of Rs.47600/-
8
Eligibility of Arrears =                                       Arrears eligible from 1.1.2016 onwards.
(b)If option exercised to switch over to 7th CPC scales from the Date of Next Increment in pre-revised pay structure i.e. on 1.7.2016:-
1
Pre-revised Basic Pay as on 01.01.2016
16750/-  [13950 + 2800 (G.P)
2
Pay drawn in pre-revised pay structure i.e. VI CPC scales on account of 2nd MACP financial up-gradation w.e.f. 18.1.2016
13950 + 4200 (G.P) = 18150/-
3
Pay fixation done on 1.7.2016 in pre-revised pay structure i.e. VI CPC scales on account of 2nd MACP financial up-gradation granted from 18.1.2016
14980 + 4200 (G.P) = 19180/-
4
Applicable level in Pay matrix for Rs.4200/- G.P.(Pay Band -2)
6
5
Amount at Col.3 above arrived by multiplying by 2.57
49292.60 say Rs.49293/-
6
Applicable cell level either equal to (or) just above the figure arrived at Col. 5
50500/- (level 6 of Pay matrix)
7
Revised Basic  Pay on 1.7.2016 in 7th CPC pay matrix level
50500/-
8
DNI as per Rule 9 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016
1.7.2017 to the stage of Rs.52000/-
9
Eligibility of Arrears. =  Arrears from 1.1.2016 to 30.6.2016 are to forego.  Arrears are eligible from
                                         1.7.2016 onwards.
(c)If option exercised to switch over to 7th CPC scales from the Date of Promotion/financial up-gradation under MACPS i.e. on 18.1.2016:-
1
Pre-revised Basic Pay as on 01.01.2016
16750/-  [13950 + 2800 (G.P)
2
Pay drawn in pre-revised pay structure i.e. VI CPC scales on account of 2nd MACP financial up-gradation w.e.f. 18.1.2016
13950 + 4200 (G.P) = 18150/-
[option already exercised for fixation in old pay scales from DNI on 1.7.16 cannot be revised now]
3
Applicable level in Pay matrix for Rs.4200/- G.P.(Pay Band -2)
6
4
Amount at Col.2 above arrived by multiplying by 2.57
46645.50 say Rs.46646/-
5
Applicable cell level either equal to (or) just above the figure arrived at Col. 4
47600/- (level 6 of Pay matrix)
6
Revised Basic  Pay on 18.1.2016 in 7th CPC pay matrix level 
47600/-
7
DNI as per Rule 9 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016
1.1.2017 to the stage of Rs.49000/-
8
Eligibility of Arrears. = Arrears from 1.1.2016 to 17.1.2016 are to forego.  Arrears are eligible from
                                        18.1.2016 onwards.

NOTE:- Exercising option to switch over to 7th CPC scales from the date of next increment in pre-revised pay structure i.e. on 1.7.2016 would be beneficial [i.e. 1st proviso to Rule 5 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016] by forgoing arrears from 1.1.2016 to 30.6.2016.

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