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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Indefinite strike from November 23

Central Government employees, who are planning a demonstration near Parliament on Tuesday demanding scrapping the New Pension Scheme and raising the bonus limit, have decided to go on an indefinite strike from November 23 if their demands are not met. .........

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Dearness Relief for central govt. pensioners from Jan 2015

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM No. 42/10/2014- P&PW(G) dated 29th September, 2014 on the subject mentioned above and to state thatthe President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 107% to 113% w.e.f. 1 st January, 2015. .........
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Demonstration near Parliament on April 28 demanding, NPS scrapping, DA merger etc.

Central Government employees have decided to hold a demonstration near Parliament on April 28 for bringing to notice their long-pending demands such as scrapping of the new pension scheme, merger of dearness allowance, and putting a stop to outsourcing, among others............

7th Pay Commission recommendations likely this year : Jaitley at Lok Sabha

The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on pay revision of the central government employees is expected to be submitted to the government this year, the Lok Sabha was today informed...........

LTC for unmarried CGEs extended to anywhere in the country also

Unmarried central government employees can now avail benefits of Leave Travel Concession (LTC) for visiting any part of the country, as per a relaxation in the rule, which earlier restricted them to use the facility for going to their hometown only..........

SC to decide on Army's promotion policy for the rank of Colonel and above

An issue that has split the 1.13 million strong Indian Army down the middle is likely to be resolved on Wednesday when the Supreme Court decides on the promotion policy of the force. The appeal was filed by the Central government against a decision of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) quashing the Army's promotion policy for the rank of Colonel and above from January 2009. ........
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Govt. fixes 8.7% interest for GPF and similar funds

Government Decides to Fix Interest Rates at 8.7% for General Provident Fund(GPF) and other Similar Funds Including Special Deposit Scheme, 1975(SDS,1975) for Non-Government Provident, Superannuation and Gratuity Funds for the Financial Year 2015-16........

Special concessions to CGEs working in Kashmir Valley

Subject :- Special concessions to Central Government Employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached/subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control of Central Government. .........
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Paper trail in e-filing of IT returns to end. Aadhaar-based electronic verification code launched

In a major step aimed at easing taxpayer grievances, CBDT today announced that assessees filing I-T returns online will no longer have to send the paper acknowledgement by post as a new Aadhaar-based electronic verification code has been launched to authenticate this document. ...........

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Railways : Clarification on residency period for promotion

Residency period for promotion from Goods Driver to Sr. Goods Driver, Passenger Driver to Sr. Passenger Driver, Goods Guard to Sr. Goods Guard, Passenger Guard to Sr. Passenger Guard and ALP to Sr. ALP. .....

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DoPT : Clarification regarding application of FR 49

This Department undertook a review of FR 49 with a view to ensure that the provisions of the FR are applied in public interest and the spirit of the FR is maintained. It has been decided that the following points may be kept in view by Ministries / Departments while processing cases for giving additional charge .......
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OROP notification by June end : IESM

IESM has been getting calls from veterans who wanted to know the correct position of OROP. Veterans are very confused about the various mails floating on the net giving different status of OROP. .........

Railway board issues DA hike order

Central govt. buildings to have crèches, ministries will furnish, train nurses

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks of ‘Stree Shakti (women’s empowerment)’, the Department of Personnel and Training has proposed that all ministries join hands to set up crèches in each of the central government buildings for children of their women employees..........

Government considering to make Ambedkar birthday a public holiday

The Central Government is considering announcing holiday on the birth anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s that falls on April 14.

The BJP is vying to woo the Dalit vote bank by declaring public holiday on Dr Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, to counter the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, who has earlier ...........

OM on LTC Claims -. Need for observing prescribed procedures

This Department receives a large number of recommendations for relaxation of some or the other provision of the Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988,  .......
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Centre to review incentives on qualifications by employees during service

he Centre is planning to review the incentives given to its employees on acquiring higher qualifications while they are in service. 

All central government employees are entitled for a lump-sum incentive on acquiring fresh qualifications. ......

SBI, HDFC, ICICI cut lending rate; home, auto loans EMIs to fall

The leading banks, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank, on Tuesday announced cut in their lending rates. While SBI and HDFC Bank cut rates by a token 0.15 per cent, ICICI Bank slashed its lending rate by 0.25 per cent after the central bank maintained........
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Finance Commission recommends linking of pay with productivity

The 14th Finance Commission has recommended the linking of pay with productivity, with a simultaneous focus on technology, skill and incentives. "We recommend that Pay Commissions be designated as 'Pay and Productivity Commissions', with a clear mandate to recommend measures to improve 'productivity of an employee', in conjunction with pay revisions. We urge that, in future, additional remuneration be linked to increase in productivity."

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

The office memorandum shown as from the ministry of finance that the much-awaited dearness allowance had been increased by eight percentage points, higher than the expected six percentage point increase was only an April fools day prank. The memorandum as shown as, numbered 1/2/2015-E.11 (B), dated March 30, 2015, ...........
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Cabinet approval on DA hike likely this Thursday

The Union Cabinet is expected to make the formal approval for the 6% Dearness Allowance hike for the Central Government employees this Thursday (02/03/2015). As per the calculation DA, from January 2015 will be 113% i.e. a hike of 6% .............
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7th CPC may remove the pay band / grade pay system

The All India Audit & Accounts Association has met the 7th pay commission on 27-3-2015 to tender its Oral evidence. The Association observed that the 7th pay commission was of the view to discard the Pay Band – grade pay system. ..........
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Economic Times article : What to expect from the 7th CPC

Sounds odd, but the highest paid Indian bureaucrat till 1959 was the railway board chairman and not the cabinet secretary. The top rail bureaucrat, who was earlier called chief commissioner of railways, drew a basic salary of Rs 3,250 per month, a smart 8.3% more than that of the cabinet secretary, the senior-most bureaucrat in India ..........
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JCM proposal to 7th CPC : 3.7 salary multiplication factor, min wage of 26,000/-, higer HRA etc.

During 2 days deliberations on 23rd & 24th March, 2015, the JCM (Staff Side) delegation have pleaded before the 7th Central Pay Commission to recommend minimum wage of Rs. 26,000/- per month on the basis of 15th ILC Norms/Aykroyd Formula. Some of the important submissions made before the Pay Commission are listed below:

Feedback of 7th CPC meeting with NC JCM

The 7th CPC had asked the JCM Staff Side to present their case before the Commission for wage revision on 23rd and 24th March 2015. Accordingly, the Standing Committee of the Staff Side met on 22nd March and again 23rd March 2015. The presentation was made on 23rd and 24th March 2015 before the Commission..........

M.S.Raja nominated as staff side member in the standing committee NC JCM

The nomination of Shri.M.S.Raja as a Staff Side Member of Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) vice late Shri.S.K.Vyas has been approved by Secretary (Personnel) as Chariman of the Standing Committee of National Council (CJM). ........
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OROP : Modalities by April 1st week, payment by May 1st week and arrears in 4 installments

Hon'ble Defence Minister has assured to NEXCC's representative that modalities will finalized by 1st week of April, 2015 & 1st Payment on 1st week of May, 2015. Arrears will be paid in 4 equal installments............

Helicopter flights may be considered for LTC

The government is discussing a proposal to allow its employees to claim leave travel concession for domestic helicopter flights, a move seen boosting the helicopter-ferrying business. .........

Holiday declared for Ambedkar birthday on 14th April 2015

It has been declared that Tuesday, the 14th April 2015, will be a Closed Holiday on account of the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, for all Central Government Offices including Industrial Establishments throughout India. ...........

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OROP : announcement about implementation after current parliamentary session

Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit have informed that the announcement about implementation of the one-rank,one-pension (OROP) scheme would be made immediately after the conclusion of parliamentary session...........

Pre-2006 retirees to get pension from 01 January 2006 : Supreme Court

As most readers would know, there were anomalies in the fixation of pension of pre-2006 central govt retirees with effect from 01 Jan 2006 and the question was whether pension was to be calculated based on the minimum of each grade/rank within the newly introduced pay- ...........
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Arun Jaitley assures - no proposal to make six days working or change retirement age

The government today said it has no proposals to shift to six-day week working for its offices or reduce the retirement age of employees to 58 years....................

Drop 'class', use groups to categorise staff

The Centre has decided to replace the 'class' categorisation for specifying the seniority of its employees with new alphabetical groupings. .......

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