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  • Tuesday, 15 May 2018

    E-Pension Payment Order: New Step in the Right Direction

    Press Information Bureau
    Government of India
    Ministry of Defence
    14-May-2018
    E-Pension Payment Order: New Step in the Right Direction
    Furthering the Digital India-initiatives of Govt. of India, Principal Controller of Defence Accounts(Pensions), Allahabad has startedissuance of electronic-Pension Payment Orders (e-PPOs) to the pensioners along with their Pension Disbursement Agencies viz., Banks, Defence Pension Disbursement Offices, Post Offices, etc. What began in the first phase, for all Commissioned Officers and JCOs/ORs of Armed Forces from the month of October 2017, has now been extended to all defence pensioners including defence civilians.
    Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions), Allahabad is the sole agency under Ministry of Defence which sanctions Pensions for the Defence Services viz., Army, Coast Guard, Defence Research and Development Organization,General Reserve Engineer Force, Border Roads Organization, Military Engineering Services and other Defence organisations including Defence Account Department and Defence Civilians.
    The shift from manual system to e-PPO system is expected to minimize delays in pension disbursement and further revision as and when needed. This initiative also eliminates the occurrence of human errors in data entry at multiple levels.
    The next big step in this direction would be digitizing pension documents received from 46 record offices and more than 2900 Heads of Offices. This initiative by PCDA (P) will facilitate better implementation of OROP.
    Source : PIB

    Friday, 11 May 2018

    7th Pay Commission: Rail union ends strike but no clarity on pay hike, likely to continue agitation

    New Delhi: Railway employees’ union on Friday morning ended their 72-hour relay hunger strike against non-implementation of the provisions of the 7th Pay Commission, the strike had begun on Tuesday morning but there was still no clarity on pay hike.
    “If the government is not bothered about our interest, then, I am sorry to say, we also are not bothered to go indefinite strike,” Shiv Gopal Mishra, AIRF General Secretary asserted.
    “The 72-hour relay hunger strike was organised across India to press for our genuine demand of improvement in minimum pay and fitment factor after implementation of 7th pay commission recommendations, provision of guaranteed pension and family pension to all the NPS (National Pension Scheme) covered employees, irrespective of their date of appointment,” leaders of All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), said.
    AIRF leaders told us, despite several meetings of their top leaders with officials of the central government organisations and Home Minister, Finance Minister, Railway Minister and Minister of State for Railways, the government has not taken any decision on their 7th Pay commission linked demands.
    AIRF leaders also upset over-reported move of the government to privatize the national transporter.
    “All the branches of AIRF affiliates, therefore, staged the aforesaid ‘relay hunger strike’ from Tuesday morning to today morning successfully, all over the Indian Railways,” they added.
    The AIRF leaders while ending the strike said that their demands have not been met by the government till date.
    General secretary of AIRF Shiv Gopal Mishra said employees will go on an indefinite strike if demands are not met.
    “If the government is not bothered about our interest, then, I am sorry to say, we also are not bothered to go indefinite strike,” he asserted.
    However, top Railway officials said that services were not hit by the strike. They said all things were normal from Tuesday morning to till date.

    Thursday, 10 May 2018

    Tax Rates: Income Tax Slab For AY 2018-19

    1. Income Tax Slab Rate for AY 2018-19 for Individuals:

    1.1 Individual (resident or non-resident), who is of the age of less than 60 years on the last day of the relevant previous year:

    Taxable income Tax Rate
    Up to Rs. 2,50,000 Nil
    Rs. 2,50,000 to Rs. 5,00,000 5%
    Rs. 5,00,000 to Rs. 10,00,000 20%
    Above Rs. 10,00,000 30%

     1.2 Resident senior citizen, i.e., every individual, being a resident in India, who is of the age of 60 years or more but less than 80 years at any time during the previous year:

    Taxable income Tax Rate
    Up to Rs. 3,00,000 Nil
    Rs. 3,00,000 – Rs. 5,00,000 5%
    Rs. 5,00,000 – Rs. 10,00,000 20%
    Above Rs. 10,00,000
      1.3 Resident super senior citizen, i.e., every individual, being a resident in India, who is of the age of 80 years or more at any time during the previous year:
    Taxable income Tax Rate
    Up to Rs. 5,00,000 Nil
    Rs. 5,00,000 – Rs. 10,00,000 20%
    Above Rs. 10,00,000 30%
    Plus:
    Surcharge: 10% of tax where total income exceeds Rs. 50 lakh
    15% of tax where total income exceeds Rs. 1 crore
    Education cess: 3% of tax plus surcharge

    Monday, 7 May 2018

    RAILWAY UNION TO BEGIN HUNGER STRIKE FOR ENHANCEMENT OF MINIMUM WAGE & FITMENT FACTOR

     

    7th Pay Commission: Rail employees’ union calls 72-hour relay hunger strike for higher pay from tomorrow

    New Delhi: Railway employees’ union has called for a 72-hour relay hunger strike across the country from tomorrow against non-implementation of the provisions of the seventh pay commission and the attempted privatisation of the national transporter.
    All-India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) General Secretary Shiv Gopal Mishra
    A statement from the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) said today that despite several
    meetings of the AIRF with leaders of the central government organisations and Home Minister, Finance Minister, Railway Minister and Minister of State for Railways, no decision was taken.
    “Despite requests to the government of India to consider the demands of the Central Government Employees — improvement in minimum wage and fitment factor after implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, provision of guaranteed pension and family pension to all the NPS (National Pension Scheme) covered employees, irrespective of their date of appointment…contractorisation leading towards wholesale privatisation, no fruitful outcome has emerged as yet despite lapse of around two years’ precious time,” the statement said.
    AIRF in its meetings of the General Council and Working Committee, held on March 13-14, 2018, here decided to stage a ‘Mass Relay Hunger Strike’ for 24 hours for three consecutive days — at all the branches of the affiliated unions of the federation all over India.
    “All the branches of AIRF affiliates are, therefore, going to stage the aforesaid ‘Relay Hunger Strike’ from the morning of May 8, all over the Indian Railways”, wherein large- number of railwaymen would sit on the relay hunger strike to press on their above-mentioned major demands, the statement said.

    Friday, 4 May 2018

    Fixation of pay in the merged Pay Scale of Rs. 5000-8000 and Rs. 5500-9000 with Rs. 6500-10500 (5th CPC) in 6th CPC Pay Band-2 + Grade Pay Rs. 4200

    Fixation of pay in the merged pay scale of 5000-8000 and 5500-9000 with 6500-10500 (5th CPC) in Pay Band-2 + Grade Pay 4200 : Early implementation of CAT Ernakulum bench order - reg.
    Shiva Gopal Mishra
    Secretary
    Ph.: 23382286
    National Council (Staff Side)
    Joint Consultative Machinary
    for Central Government Employees
    13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi - 110001
    E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
    No. NC-JCM-2018/Fin. (Aco)
    April 23, 2018.
    Joint Secretary (Pers)
    Department of Expenditure
    Ministry of Finance
    North Block,
    New Delhi - 110 001.

    Subject : Fixation of pay in the merged Pay Scale of Rs. 5000-8000 and Rs. 5500-9000 with Rs. 6500-10500 (5th CPC) in 6th CPC Pay Band-2 + Grade Pay Rs. 4200/. 

    Reference: Item No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Minutes of the National Anomaly Committee held on 17th July, 2012 circulated vide DOP&T OM F.No. 11/2/2008-JCA dated 13th September, 2012.
    Sir,
    Kindly refer to Para No. 8.1 of the Minutes of the Meeting of the 6 th CPC National Anomaly Committee held on 17th July, 2012. This is with regard to Item No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 i.e. fixation of pay in revised Pay Scale. The Staff Side in the meeting has reiterated their demand that the pay in the incumbents holding the merged Pay Scale of Rs. 5000-8000 and Rs. 5500-9000 should have been fixed by applying the multiplication factor of 1.86 at Rs. 6500 w.e.f. 01.01.2006 implying thereby that the commencement point of the Pay Band-2 should be at Rs. 12090/- based on 6500 x 1.863 = 12090 instead of Rs. 9300/- computed by multiplying Rs. 5000 x 1.86. The Official Side has rejected the demand of the Staff Side and after discussion it was decided that on this issue a disagreement may have to be recorded for referring the same to arbitration. Even though it is more than 5 years after the above decision we are not aware that what action has been taken to implement the decision taken in the National Anomaly Committee Meeting.
    In this situation the affected Central Government Employees working in different Ministries have approached Court of Law for getting justice. Recently the CAT Ernakulum Bench in its Order OA No. 180/00569/2014 delivered on 03rd of April, 2018 has upheld the demand of the Staff Side and has given the following direction to the Government of India. The relevant portion of the Judgment is given below for your kind information.
    14. It has to be borne in mind that CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 is a Rule notified under the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution of India made by the President and hence it has a statutory status in the eye of law. Therefore, any interpretation of the provisions in the said Rules has to be in terms of the Rules itself. Any O.M. issued by way of clarification, explanation or prescribing the modalities for fixation of initial pay of the Government Employees as per the revised pay structure can be only in terms of what is stated in the Rules.
    15. As observed above, going by the definitions of the terms 'existing basic pay' and 'existing scale' in the CDS (RP) Rules, 2008, Rule 7 fixation can be only in accordance with the afore-mentioned definitions of 'existing basic pay' and 'existing scale' only and not by way of administrative O.Ms and instructions contained in Annexure A-1 and Annexure A-2 communications. Therefore, we are inclined to quash and set aside Annexure A-1 and Annexure A-2 communications. We do so. We hold that the applicants are entitled to the declaration as prayed for and that the respondents should be directed to fix the initial pay of the applicants including all the members of Applicant No. 1 association in the revised pay structure by fixing their salary in the revised pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 treating Rs. 6500/- as the existing basic pay as on 01.01.2006 with all consequential benefits. We order accordingly. This order shall be complied within 3 months from the date of receipt of copy of this order."
    In view of the above Judgement it is requested that without further prolonging the matter the above Judgment may be implemented by issuing a general instructions extending the benefit to all the similarly place Employees.
    Awaiting for your favourable response please.
    Thanking you,
    Yours Faithfully,
    (Shiva Gopal Mishra)
    Secretary
    Source: Confederation