Wednesday, 1 June 2016

DOPPW stand against implementation of 100% parity in pension (recommendation by 7th CPC): S.C.Maheshwari Secy Genl BPS seek appointment with Secy GOI M/O Personnel, PG & Pensions

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S.C.Maheshwari Secy Genl BPS seek appointment with Secy GOI M/O Personnel, PG & Pensions to explain that Service record is a permanent one and if it to be destroyed, proper permission from the Competent Authority is to be obtained. In any case, service record can always be reconstructed taking the details from various sources available in the department and the material collected from the Pensioner. This has been done in the past while implementing parity enunciated by fifth CPC and even while implementing modified parity of 6th CPC. In this regard Your kind attention is also drawn to recent Bombay High court Nagpur judgement dated 09.03.2015 in case of Smt. Saija v. General Manager, Central Railway O.A.No. 2131 of 2011(Bombay Bench at Nagpur)

DA from July 2016 set to increase by 6% or 7%

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DA from July 2016 set to increase by 6% or 7% on the basis of All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) with base year 2001=100, which has been recommended to be retained by 7th Pay Commission for calculation of Dearness Allowance

DA from July 2016 - analysisDA from July 2016 – An analysis – Labour Bureau, Govt of India has released the Consumer Price Index (IW) for the month of April 2016 yesterday.
Having actual All India Consumer price index for 10 months in hand, out of AICPI-IW needed for calculation of DA, an attempt has been made here to estimate the said DA from July 2016.
This DA estimation is based on Consumer Price Index (IW) with the base year 2001=100 which is being followed presently for calculation of Dearness Allowance applicable for Central Government Employees, Defence personnel and Pensioners.
7th Pay Commission has also recommended that the same consumer price Index could be retained for granting Dearness Allowance.
Here is the extract of analysis and recommendations of 7th Pay Commission relating to Dearness Allowance
“The VICPC had recommended that the National Statistical Commission may be asked to explore the possibility of a specific survey covering government employees exclusively, so as to construct a consumption basked representative of government employees and formulate a separate index. This has, however, not been done.
Keeping in mind that the present formulation of DA has worked well over the years, and there are no demands for its alteration, the Commission recommends continuance of the existing formula and methodology for calculating the Dearness Allowance.”
Hence, it is assumed that CPI-IW with the base year 2001=100 would be followed with effect from January 2016 on implementation of 7th Pay commission report as far as Dearness Allowance is concerned.  In that case, after merger of DA of 125% with Basic Pay, DA from January 2016 would be calculated as 0%.

CPI-IW from July 2015 to April 2016

MonthActual AICPI-IW
May-2016yet to be released
Jun-2016yet to be released

Scenario 1: Possibility of increase in DA from July 2016 working out to be less than 6%

Possibility of increase in DA from July 2016 working out to be less than 6% is very remote due to the fact that the index should be getting reduced by at least 4 points in any one of the coming two months from the previous month and further reduction of at least 3 points in the other month.
In other words index for May 2016 should be getting reduced by 4 points to 267 and also witness further reduction by 3 points to 264, for increase in DA from July 2016 less than 6%. If index for May 2016 registers not more than 3 point reduction then index for June 2016 has to reduce at least by 4 points in order get the less than 6% increase in DA from July 2016
Calculation of DA from July 2016 based on CPI(IW) from July 2015 to June 2016
DA from July 2016=[(263+264+266+269+270+269+269+267+268+271+267@+264@)-115.76]X100/115.76
=130% (5% increase in DA from July 2016)
@ Assumed CPI(IW) for May 2016 and June 2016

DA from July 2016=[(263+264+266+269+270+269+269+267+268+271+268@+264@)-115.76]X100/115.76
=130%-125% (5% increase in DA from July 2016)
@ Assumed CPI(IW) for May 2016 and June 2016

Scenario 2: Possibility of increase in DA from July 2016 working out to be 6%

Even if index gets lower by 3 points during both of these months compared to previous month, viz., May 2016 registers 3 point reduction from April and further three point reduction in June 2016 compared to May 2016, increase in DA from July 2016 will be 6%.
DA from July 2016=[(263+264+266+269+270+269+269+267+268+271+268@+265@)-115.76]X100/115.76
=131% -125% (6% increase in DA from July 2016)
@ Assumed CPI(IW) for May 2016 and June 2016
We are of the opinion that increase in DA from July 2016 registering at least 6% is quite possible as chances for CPI (IW) getting reduced to less than 265 from the present level 271 in two months is very remote.

Scenario 3: Possibility of increase in DA from July 2016 working out to be 7%

If CPI (IW) gets increased at least by 2 points in any one of the coming two months and by 1 point increase in the other month compared to previous month, then DA from July 2016 will be poised for an increase of 7%.
In other words, if consumer price index for May 2016 and June 2016 witnesses at least 2 point increase and further 1 point increase respectively or vice versa, increase in DA from July 2016 is calculated to be 7%
DA from July 2016=[(263+264+266+269+270+269+269+267+268+271+273@+274@)-115.76]X100/115.76
=132% -125% (7% increase in DA from July 2016)
@ Assumed CPI(IW) for May 2016 and June 2016

DA from July 2016=[(263+264+266+269+270+269+269+267+268+271+272@+273@)-115.76]X100/115.76
=132% -125% (7% increase in DA from July 2016)
@ Assumed CPI(IW) for May 2016 and June 2016
Considering the inflationary trend shown by 3 point increase in April 2016, this scenario may become a reality. In that case DA from July 2016 will be 7%

Scenario 4: Possibility of increase in DA from July 2016 working out more than 7%

In order to get an increase in DA from July 2016 more than 7%, CPI(IW) for both May 2016 and June 2016 should witness at least 7 point increase from the present level of 271. If any one of this month registers lesser increase than 7 points then the other month has to compensate the same by registering increase of index by more than 7 points.
It is apparent that possibility for such an increase in CPI(IW) is not at all Possible. Hence we can conclude that increase in DA from July 2016 may not be more than 7%A

NJCA letter on 7th Pay Commission recommendation disappoints CG Employees

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Contrary to Media report on 7th Pay Commission recommendations, there is no good news for central government employees.
NJCA informed its affiliates through its Letter dated 27-5-2016, a delegation of members of the NJCA met Cabinet Secretary, Shri. P.K. Sinha on 26th May 2016.
The outcome of the Meeting would be disheartening to the central govt employees by all means.
According to the statement of NJCA,they were also surprised over the latest development in 7th CPC issues.
NJCA stated in its letter, through their discussion with Cabinet Secretary it appears that  there will be …
  • Slight increase in the Minimum Wage,But
  • No change in Fitment Formula and Pay Matrix.
  • No change in 7th CPC recommendation on HRA, 
  • A Committee will be set up to look into the Matter of Allowances and Advances and NPS
  • 1st Option will not be recommended for fixation of Pension, since it  is considered infeasible due to the non-availability of the requisite records
Obviously it is not a good news for central govt employees, if the above decision is recommended by the Empowered Committee.
Besides this development, there was no mention of when the Cabinet Approval for implementation of 7th pay commission will be given or when the notification for implementation of 7th CPC recommendations will be issued. 

Workshop on Pre-Retirement counselling on ‘Sankalp’ and ‘Anubhav’

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Workshop on Pre-Retirement counselling on ‘Sankalp’ and ‘Anubhav’

The Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions organized a workshop on Pre-Retirement counselling on ‘Sankalp’ and ‘Anubhav’ here today. The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare besides dealing with the pension policy of Central Government Employees, has also been trying to ensure a purposeful and dignified life for retiring employees. For this purpose Pre-Retirement Counselling Workshops are organized wherein the retiring employees are counselled on issues regarding steps and precaution to ensure timely payment of their retirement dues, the CGHS/medical facilities available after retirement and other related issues, most important being encouragement to employees to involve themselves in the social activities by using the time and skill available with them.
During the workshop, Smt Vandana Sharma, Joint Secretary (Pensions) said that today’s workshop will not only help in providing information but also assist to deal with next phase of life. She talked about the importance of updating service book record, family details, nominations and leave records. She also gave a brief highlight on Anubhav, saying that the experience of the retired employees should remain with us rather than taking it away with them.
During the workshop, presentations were made on various topics including ‘Sankalp’ and ‘Anubhav’, CGHS facilities post retirement, Income Tax and other incentives for senior citizens/ pensioners, financial investments and importance of writing of will.
The Workshop provided motivation and guidance to the retiring employees to prepare their Will for smooth transition of their Estates and other assets, as the retiring Government employees get a lump-sum amount by way of gratuity, PF accumulations and commuted value of pension. They were also told about the safe investment options available to them where they could put their financial retirement benefits to meet their future needs.
Shri C. Viswanath, Secretary, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and retiring Central Government Civil employees from various Ministries/Departments and Head of Offices and Head of Departments responsible for processing of pension cases of retiring Government employees participated in the workshop.

Clarification about Educational Qualification of Ex-Servicemen Candidates

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Railway Board clarification about the Educational Qualification of Ex-servicemen for post of Senior Section Engineer – Diploma with endorsement in the same as equivalent to Engineering degree is not a valid Certificate

Ministry of Railways has issued a Circular regarding educational qualifications of Ex-servicemen for post of Senior Section Engineer
clarification on educational qualification of Ex-Servicemen for recruitment in Railways

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)
RBE No.56/2016
No. E(NG)II/2014/RR-l/3.
New Delhi, Dated 27/05/2016
The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units
Chairmen/Railway Recruitment Boards.
Sub: Clarification about educational qualification of Ex-servicemen candidates – reg.
References have been received from various Railway establishments seeking clarification regarding acceptance or otherwise of certificates pertaining to qualification submitted by Ex-servicemen for post of Senior Section Engineer which contained following endorsement:-
“Diploma in Engineering in appropriate discipline plus total 10 years of technical experience in the appropriate field is recognized as equivalent to Degree in Engineering. It is considered valid for the purpose of selection to Gazetted posts and services under the Central or State Government.”
2. This endorsement in Diploma certificates of Ex-servicemen candidates have been made on the basis of certain notification of Ministry of Education and Social Welfare (Department of Education Technical) contained in letter No. F-18-19/75/T-2 dated 26/5/1977.
3. The matter has been examined in consultation with Air Headquarter/New Delhi, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Human Resource Development. It has now been informed by M/o HRD that notification dated 26/5/1977 has been declared fictitious by Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal, Chandigarh in OA No. 343/PB/2013 in their order dated 15/12/2015 in the matter of Shri Om Prakash Kangotra and others Vs Union of India & others.
4. In above light, it has been decided that aforesaid certificates need not be accepted, wherein, Degree in Engineering has been notified as prescribed qualification for recruitment on the Railways.
Please acknowledge receipt.
(Hindi version will follow)
{This disposes of North Western Railway’s letters No. 742-E/R&T/Mech./Gr.C/Vol.lV dated 11/1/2016 and 16/2/2016, RRB/Bhopal’s letter No.RRB/BPL/Panel/139 dated 16/4/2013 and
RRB/Ahmedabad’s letter No. RRB/ADl/E/R&T/01/2012/SEs dated 24/6/2013}.
(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt. (N)-II
Railway Board

AICPIN for the month of April 2016 - Expected DA July 2016 - 4th Step Completed

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Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) - April, 2016

No. 5/112016- CPI 

DATED: 31st May, 2016

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) - April, 2016

The All-India CPI-IW for April, 2016 increased by 3 points and pegged at 271 (two hundred and seventy one). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 1.12 per cent between March, 2016 and April, 2016 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.79 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 2.65 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Wheat, Arhar Dal, Gram Dal, Masur Dal, Urd Dal, Groundnut Oil, Poultry (Chicken), Milk, Chillies Dry, Chillies Green, Potato, Tomato, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruits. Tea (Readymade), Sugar, Doctors’ Fee, Petrol, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Rice, Fish Fresh, Garlic, Onion, Soft Coke, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 5.86 per cent for April, 2016 as compared to 5.51 per cent for the previous month and 5.79 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.55 per cent against 6.16 per cent of the previous month and 5.30 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Rourkela reported the maximum increase of 10 points followed by Goa (8 points), Angul-Talcher, Rangapara-Tezpur, Warrangai, Sholapur and Varanasi (7 points each). Among others, 6 points increase was observed in 3 centres, 5 points in 10 centres, 4 points in 15 centres, 3 points in 11 centres, 2 points in 11 centres and 1 point in 11 centres. On the contrary, Quilon recorded a maximum decrease of 5 points followed by Madurai (3 points), Salem and Rajkot (2 points each) and Tiruchirapally and Ghaziabad (1 point each). Rest of the 4 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 35 centres are above All-India Index and other 41 centres’ indices are below national average. The indices of Vishakhapatnam and Ludhiana centres remained at par with All-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of May, 2016 will be released on Thursday, 30th June, 2016. The same will also be available on the office website



Prime Minister approves retirement age of doctors of Central Health Services to 65 years

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Will empower the Government to strengthen the healthcare sector in the country: J P Nadda

The Prime Minister today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for enhancing the age of superannuation of all doctors of the Central Health Service to 65 years with effect from 31st May 2016.

This will enable the Government to retain experienced doctors for a longer period, and to provide better services in its public health facilities, particularly to the poorest, who are entirely dependent on public facilities.

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda stated that this step will empower the Government to strengthen the healthcare sector in the country. It will help in providing additional doctors in the health pool of the country, he added. This will strengthen the efforts of the Ministry in conceptualising and rolling out various people-oriented schemes which l need the services of doctors in implementing them, Shri Nadda stated.

Source: PIB News

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