Friday, 25 March 2016

Central govt employees begin countdown for implementation of 7th CPC recommendations Last Updated

New Delhi: Central government employees have begun the countdown for the Centre to notify implementation of revised 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations. “As per the reports received, the 7th Pay Commission Pay recommendations may be notified in June after the model code of conduct of states polls which in place is in place till 21st May 2016, said , P.S.Prasad General Secretary, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State

The Staff side JCM in its two round of meetings with the Empowered Committee of Secretaries had demanded major changes in the 7th CPC recommendations, especially on the minimum wage, fitment formula, pay matrix and allowances. Prasad added that the Empowered Committee of Secretaries may call the staff side JCM for more discussions, if the talks fail then the Central Government Employees should prepare for the indefinite strike from July 11 for which the staff side JCM has already given the call. Earlier the employees federation had planned to go on strike from April 11, but due to the timing of the state assembly elections and implementation of ongoing model code of conduct, the federation decided that the employees would go on indefinite strike from July 11.

Once the implementation cell of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries gives final touch to the report, its recommendations will be send to the Prime Minister's Office for nod. Subsequent to which the report will be placed before the Cabinet for approval. The entire process is expected to take another three months.

Declaration or Holiday on 14th April, 2016 – Birthday of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar.

Government Of India Ministry Of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department Of Personnel & Training) North Block, New Delhi Dated the 21st March, 2016
subject: Declaration or Holiday on 14th April, 2016 – Birthday of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar.

It has been decided to declare Thursday, the 14th April 2016, as a closed Holiday on account of the birthday of Dt.B.R.Ambedkar, for all Central Government Offices including Industrial Establishments throughout India.

2. The above holiday is also being notified in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (26 of 1881).

3. All Ministries/Departments of Government of India may bring the above decision to the notice of all concerned. (G.Srinivasan) Deputy Secretary to the Govt. Of India


Aadhaar Mandatory for Central Pensioners Bank Accounts

Aadhaar Mandatory for Central Pensioners – District Collectors across the country have been roped in for the exercise by the Union Ministry of Personnel.

The Central government is trying to make Aadhaar mandatory for central government pensioners, Accordingly, it has launched a massive exercise to encourage them to seed their bank accounts with Aadhaar numbers. Every central government pensioners has started receiving a telephone call or a postcard from their bank managers appealing to them to do so. District Collectors across the country have been roped in for the exercise by the Union Ministry of Personnel. Last week, the Central government held a video-conference with 200 collectors and asked them to convene a special meeting with all bank branch managers.

The bank managers started calling central government pensioners from Tuesday, who draw pension from their respective banks, appealing to them to voluntarily seed their existing Aadhaar numbers in the pension accounts while explaining the benefits of the step. Once the seeding happens, the pensioner can online submit a ‘Jeevan Praman’ certificate annually to the bank to renew his pension, instead of physically making the trip to the bank to prove that he is alive. ‘Jeevan Praman’ is a pet project of Modi launched in 2014. “14 lakh central government pensioners have seeded their pension accounts with an Aadhaar number but there are 44 lakh central government pensioners.

Our aim is to speak to all 640-odd DCs in the country by video-conference in the next couple of months to exhort them to get bank managers on board and achieve 100% seeding of all pension accounts with Aadhaar in the next 4-5 months,” a senior government official with Ministry of Personnel said. Bank managers are being asked to either personally call on the mobile phone or landline number of the pensioner or send him or her a postcard or SMS with the appeal. DMs have been asked to submit a report to the Centre on the exercise on March 29 and a review is scheduled for April 2.

Parliament had earlier this month passed the Aadhaar bill, making an Aadhaar number mandatory for availing public services. “Jeevan Praman or a digital life certificate is also a service for pensioners on basis of Aadhaar but we are keeping it voluntary so far. It’s in benefit of the aged pensioners to have the facility to avoid trips to banks,” a senior official of Ministry of Personnel said.

Source: ET

Release of additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners due from 1.1.2016

Release of additional instalment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners due from 1.1.2016

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to Pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016.
This represents an increase of 6 percent over the existing rate of 119 percent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise. This will benefit about 50 lakh Government employees and 58 lakh pensioners. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be of Rs. 6796.50 crore per annum and Rs.7929.24 crore respectively, in the financial year 2016-17 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2016 to February, 2017).

Source: PIB News

Assured Career Progression (ACP) w.e.f Jan 2006

Dear Sir,

1. I am getting many mails from post – 2006 JCOs and OR on ACP (Assured Career Progression) in OROP.

2. 6th CPC recommended to reduce stagnation and enhance financial benefit to subordinate staff of Central Govt Civilina Employees they introduced concept of Assured Career Progression (ACP) w.e.f Jan 2006. The same has been implemented on military side for JCOs and OR in SAI 1/S/2008. As you know due to acute stagnation, all Sepoys do not get promoted to the rank of Naik. The Government of India provided sort of NFFU to improve their financial status by giving them pay of next rank after every eight years. i.e.Sepoy will get ACP – I after 8 years from joining service and will get pay of Naik but will have status of Sepoy only. Similarly he will get pay of Havildar if he puts in 16 years’ service under ACP – II and if he puts in 24 years’ service he will get pay of Nb Sub but will have status of Sepoy only.

3. The net result no post – 2006 Sepoy retires with pension of Sepoy but with pension of Havildar as they are permitted to serve till 17 years in Army. Circular 555 at para 11(c) permits banks to fix pension of such Sepoys to get pension of Havildar as per ACP – II within the maximum term of engagement as given in Appx X.

4. If Govt of India permitted ACP – III why Sepoy will get ACP –II only?

5. Circular 555 clearly mentions at para 7 restricts maximum service to Maximum Term of Engagement only. i.e. Sepoys can serve for maximum period of 22 years. So Sepoys will not get ACP – III.

6. TSEWA noticing this anomaly has pointed out to Single Man Judicial Committee to permit Sepoys the benefit of total length of service even if it is more than Maximum term of engagement as given in Appendix X of Circular 555.

7. I have made the following table to show who will get pension of which rank for Post – 2006 JCO & OR. SER NO RANK MAXIMUM TERM OF ENGAGEMENT of POST – 2006 JCOs & OR PENSON OF
1 Sepoy After Jan 2006. Maximum service permitted is 22 years hence ACP – III is not available Havildar under ACP – II
2 Naik Having got one promotion from Sepoy he will get only two more promotions financially if not promoted to the rank of Havildar due to lack of vacancies. Maximum Term of Engagement is 26 years All Naiks may not get pay of Nb Sub if they are promoted to the rank of Naik late and they do not have 16 years’ service after becoming Naik. That means Naik if promoted before 10 years’ service will have 16 more years to serve hence will get two more promotions.
(a) Havildar after 8 years of service as Naik
(b) Nb Sub after 16 years of service as Naik but before total service of 26 years 3 Havildar Having got two promotions he is entitled to have one more promotion i.e. to the rank of Nb Sub financially if not promoted as Nb Sub due to lack of vacancies. Maximum term of engagement is 26 years.
It means he should have been promoted to the rank of Havildar before 26-8 = 18 years’ service Pension of Nb Sub after 8 years as Havildar 4 JCOs Those who got promoted as Nb Sub from the ranks of Sepoy or Naik or Hav are not eligible for ACP as they got three promotions already 5 Direct Entry Havildar of AEC or any other Corps Entitled for three promotions if not promoted as Nb Sub due to lack of vacancies. Maximum term of engagement is 26 years
(a) First promotion financially as Nb Sub after 8 years as Havildar.
(b) Second promotion as Sub after 16 years from the date of joining service
(c) Third promotion as Sub Maj after 24 years of service 6 Direct Entry JCOs i.e. Religious Teachers and MES JCOs They are entitled for maximum two promotion to the rank of Sub and Sub Maj Max term of engagement is 28 years
(a) First financial promotion as Sub after 8 years’ service
(b) Second financial promotion as Sub Maj after 16 years’ service 8. Please remember these are financial promotions and they are to perform duties in the rank after which they did not get promoted. 9. This should clear many doubts of post – 2006 JCO & OR may have on ACP Scheme.
Brig CS Vidyasagar (Rtd)

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