Sunday, 30 November 2014


Friday, 28 November 2014

IMPORTANT NEWS - Central Government to reduce Retirement Age

In a move that would help curb the relentless increase in the Centre’s non-Plan spending and ease the way for infusion of more young blood and professionalism into the country’s largely moribund bureaucracy, the Narendra Modi government is planning to reduce the retirement age of central government employees from the present 60 to 58.
The move that comes at a time when the Seventh Pay Commission is mulling another sharp boost to the pay structure of the Centre’s 5-million-strong workforce is also aimed at creating the requisite space for lateral entry of technically qualified professionals into the government, official sources told FE.
The retirement age was last revised in 1998, when the then NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee raised it from 58 to 60 years. The last UPA government had reportedly considered enhancing the retirement age further to 62 just before the general elections, but dropped the move.
The superannuation age was increased from 55 to 58 way back in 1962.
Bulge-BracketThe total wage and salaries bill of the central government, excluding PSUs but including the railways, rose sharply between 2008 and 2010 due to the revised pay scales (along with payment of arrears) implemented as per the Sixth Pay Commission’s proposals.
The wage bill rose from Rs 1.09 lakh crore in 2007-08 to Rs 1.4 lakh crore in 2008-09, and further to Rs 1.7 lakh crore in 2009-10, before the growth moderated to Rs 1.84 lakh crore in 2010-11. The government spent Rs 2.54 lakh crore in wages and salaries in 2013-14. The railways (with 1.4 million employees), defence (civil), home affairs, India Post and revenue account for more than 80% of the total spending of the Centre on pays and allowances.
Thanks to successive pay commissions, the salaries and other emoluments of government employees have, on average, more than doubled in every decade since independence even though lack of sufficient performance incentives is still considered to be a drawback.
A merger of 50% of the dearness allowance with the basic salary, likely to be part of the Seventh Pay Commission’s award, which is to implemented from 2016, is expected to hike the Centre’s wage bill by a third and strain its fiscal situation. In February this year, the government hiked DA to 100%, from 90%, benefiting both its employees and 3 million pensioners.
The Centre’s expenditure on pension stood at Rs 74,076 crore in 2013-14 and the estimate for the current fiscal is Rs 81,983 crore. However, growth in the outgo on pension is expected to moderate due to the National Pension System based on the concept of defined contribution, launched in January 2004. The NPS has been accepted by large sections of central government employees and most state governments have shifted their employees to the new system.
According to Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at CARE Ratings, reducing the retirement age will give the government an opportunity to outsource more jobs, including by bringing in people as temporary consultants, who will then have to be paid only a fixed salary but not pension or provident fund. Their salary component will then show up as administrative costs, rather than as wage bill.
The finance ministry is weighing the pros and cons of the proposal to cut the retirement age. The move, sources said, is also in line with the BJP’s manifesto, which had promised to rationalise and converge ministries, departments and other arms of the government, open up government to draw expertise from industry, academia and society and tap the services of the youth in particular to contribute to governance.
SOURCE - financial express & govemployees. in

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Amending CCS Rules to make working conditions more conducive for women

Amendments to the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 have been carried out on 19.11.2014 to make working conditions more conducive for women.
As per the new definition contained in the Explanation (1) under the amended Rule 3C of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, “sexual harassment” includes any one or more of the following acts or behaviour (whether directly or by implication) namely : –
(i) physical contact and advances; or
(ii) a demand or request for sexual favours; or
(iii) making sexually coloured remarks; or
(iv) showing pornography; or
(v) any other unwelcome physical, verbal, non verbal conduct of a sexual nature.
The following circumstances, among others, if it occurs or is present in relation to or connected with any act or behaviour of sexual harassment may amount to sexual harassment : -
(i) implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment in employment; or
(ii) implied or explicit threat of detrimental treatment in employment; or
(iii) implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment status; or
(iv) interference with her work or creating an intimidating or offensive or hostile work environment for her; or
(v) humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety
Further, as per Explanation (1)(c) under the Rule 3C of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, “workplace” includes,-
(i) any department, organisation, undertaking, establishment, enterprise, institution, office, branch or unit which is established, owned, controlled or wholly or substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirectly by the Central Government;
(ii) hospitals or nursing homes;
(iii) any sports institute, stadium, sports complex or competition or games venue, whether residential or not used for training, sports or other activities relating thereto;
(iv) any place visited by the employee arising out of or during the course of employment including transportation provided by the employer for undertaking such journey;
(v) a dwelling place or a house .
This was stated by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri Rajan Vichare in the Lok Sabha today.
source - .govemployees .in

Saturday, 22 November 2014













The restructuring in ECRC and Ministerial Cadres of Commercial Dept. has been taken place. Very soon promotion will be done accordingly for these two cadres.

The promotion/posting order of CHC in operating deptt. post restructuring.Dt. 11.11.14

The promotion and posting order of lineman-3 to lineman-2 in TRD dt 21.11.14

Monday, 17 November 2014

Hardly anyone is covered by guaranteed pension today. So, plan for it

How will you meet your living expenses after retirement? Ask this question of different people and you are likely to get answers ranging from the vague (‘My children will support me!’) to the openly dismissive (‘Oh, I plan to work all my life’).
Surveys by financial firms show that Indians don’t give retirement savings priority, busy as they are saving up for their children’s higher education or wedding expenses. But this can be foolhardy for many reasons.
No cover
To start with, an overwhelming proportion of employees (even in the organised sector) today are not covered by any guaranteed pension scheme. It wasn’t like this a few years ago. Then, the Government and the public sector were the employers of choice and offered guaranteed pension benefits to all their employees. But the Government has stopped this practise since 2004 and moved its employees to the market-linked NaNational Pension Scheme (NPS). Even the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, which covers private sector workers, recently said it intends to discontinue pensions for new entrants earning above Rs. 15,000 a month.
No guarantees
Can’t I earn adequate income by just investing my gratuity or provident fund benefits, you ask? Don’t count on it. Until the late 1990s, people could tide over their retirement years by investing in a multitude of fixed income products — monthly income schemes from mutual funds, the Indira Vikas Patra, Kisan Vikas Patra or any number of post-office schemes, which paid out 12-15 per cent annually.
But with most of these schemes either folding up or forced to sync their returns with markets, the universe of options available to the retired for predictable income has shrunk dramatically.
The other factor that most of us don’t budget for is longevity. With better nutrition and medical care, today’s generation has to plan for a retired life that may be almost as long as their working life.
‘I plan to work until I drop dead’, some may say. But the rising incidence of lifestyle ailments suggests that a long life may not necessarily go with the energy or the physical ability to stay on the treadmill.
The inflation factor
While estimating our pension needs, all of us also need to factor in higher inflation than our parents did too. Inflation in India has averaged 8 per cent in the last ten years as opposed to 5-6 per cent in the decade before. This has significant implications for the amount of pension you will need and the savings you need to make today. If you are 30 and reckon that a monthly sum of Rs. 50,000 is adequate for your living expenses today, that will be equivalent to Rs. 2.2 lakh when you are 60, at a 5 per cent inflation rate. Bump up inflation to 8 per cent and it climbs to a steep Rs. 5 lakh a month. So, given the enormity of the problem, what’s the solution?
For one, for a comfortable retirement corpus, start as early as possible. A person who starts a systematic investment of Rs. 10,000 a month in an equity fund (earning 15 per cent) when he is 25, can accumulate Rs.14.8 crore by 60. But a person who flags off the same SIP at 40 will get only toRs. 1.5 crore. That’s the power of compounding for you.
Two, you need to be disciplined about re-investing your interest or dividends at high rates too.
All calculations made by financial planners usually assume compounded annual returns. A good way to automate this is to park all your retirement money in cumulative plans.
Finally, the surefire way to be comfortably off by the time you retire is to ensure that you invest only in avenues that beat inflation by a good margin.
If a 30-year-old invests Rs. 10,000 a month in an equity fund SIP earning 15 per cent a year, he can accumulate a Rs. 7 crore corpus by 60. But if he opts for an 8 per cent fixed deposit instead, it will get him only to Rs. 1.5 crore.
This argues for investing a large portion of your retirement kitty in good equity or balanced funds. Once you have the nest-egg, as you approach retirement, you can always redeploy it in deposits or buy an immediate annuity. Relying entirely on safe options such as the Public Provident Fund or traditional insurance plans for your retirement kitty is sure to leave you very short of cash when you are ready to hang up your boots.
  • Start in your 20s or 30s
  • Re-invest your interest / dividend
  • Ensure you beat inflation
  • Go for annuity, deposits only at retirement

Friday, 7 November 2014

No recovery from retired staff


Government to keep eye on Public Holidays and Working Hours

public holidys

Posting of Information relating to Working Hours etc. on Indian Government Websites.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 5th November, 2014
Sub.: Posting of Information relating to Working Hours etc. on “Indian Government Websites.”
To make the general public and concerned stakeholders aware of the office timing in Government Offices, Department of Personnel & Training has posted this information on the Home page of its website The matter regarding posting/uploading of “Working Hours” etc. on the Websites of Indian Government has been considered in this Department in order to provide information to the citizens staying/residing abroad who seek Indian Government Websites.
2. All Ministries/Departments are advised to post/upload “Working Hours”, Holidays List and Public dealing hours, if any, on the Home Page of their Web-sites. Offices under these Ministries/ Departments who are having their own website may also be advised accordingly.

(Ashok Kumar)
Director (JCA)

Source - govemployees. in

Submission of Life Certificate in the month of November, 2014-Central Civil pensioner/ family pensioner

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Central Pension Accounting Office
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Coma Place
New Delhi — 110 066
CPAO/Tech/Life Certificate/2014-15/670-711
Sub: Submission of Life Certificate in the month of November, 2014
Attention is invited to this Office OM No. CPAO/Tech/Pre-2006/Revision/2011-12/191 dated 23rd October, 2012 circulating therewith a copy of CPAO’s’ advertisement in English released in the leading national and regional dailies on 21st October, 2012 regarding obtaining of life certificate in the revised format by the authorized banks from the Central Civil pensioner/ family pensioner in November every year.
It was’ also advised that the information on the current address and telephone number collected from the Life Certificates is to be updated on the banks master data with the CPPC and the updated master data is required to be sent to CPAO not later than the last week of December every year.
Since the pensioners/family pensioners would start approaching the banks for life certificate from 1st of November, it is reiterated that all Pension Account Holding Branches must be sensitized to ensure the receipt of Life Certificate in the revised format (copy enclosed).
The updated master data must reach CPAO not later than the last week of December, 2014. The modified format of Life Certificate is also available on CPAO’s website at the link “Forms-For Pensioners” appearing on the left pane of Home Page.
(Vijay Singh)
Sr.Accounts Officer(Tech)

Monday, 3 November 2014

Policy guidelines for Extension of tenure of Board level Incumbents where vigilance clearance is not available.

Government of India
Secretariat of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet
Department of Personnel & Training
Office of the Establishment Officer
North, Block, New Delhi
Dated : 30.10.2014
Subject: Policy guidelines for Extension of tenure of Board level Incumbents where vigilance clearance is not available.
As per extant policy, in case the initial term of 05 years of a Board-level appointee come to an end prior to his/her date of superannuation, extension of his/her tenure upto the date of superannuation is considered with the approval of the ACC subject to his/her being free from vigilance angle and meeting the prescribed performance parameters. In terms of existing instructions, services of any Board-level appointee cannot be terminated on completion of his Initial term, if he/she is due for extension, without specific orders of the ACC. There are many cases, however, where vigilance clearance Is not given in time by CVC/concerned administrative Ministry/Department due to complaints/inquiries pending against the concerned officer.
2. The issue of extension of tenure of Board level incumbents has been examined and with the approval of the ACC, It has been decided to henceforth follow the following procedure In this regard :-
(I) As in the case of fresh appointments, in line with CVC’s instructions dated 31.08.2004, no cognizance should be taken of any complaint which Is received within 06 months prior to the terminal date of the approved tenure of Board-level appointees. This is Imperative as it has been frequently observed that there is a spate of allegations and complaints against Board-level officials whose cases become due for extension of tenure.
(II) The Department should take a conscious decision on whether to extend the term of a Board-level appointee at least one year In advance of the completion of his initial term so that adequate time Is available for the Department to obtain CVC clearance.
(III) Taking into account the vigilance status as on the date six months before the terminal date of initial appointment, the CVC may give its clearance within two months of receiving the reference in this regard from the Administrative Ministry, This limit of two months will Include time taken for back references, CBI references/inquiries, etc.
(IV) Even though complaints received after the cut-off date shall have no bearing upon the process of extension of tenure and would not prejudice the same, such complaints shall be dealt with as per the
normal procedure. Disregarding such complaints received after the cutoff date at the time of deciding upon extension of tenure may not be of any serious consequence as the appointment can always be terminated at a later date if the charges are substantiated on the basis of an inquiry.
(V) (a) In respect of the cases where CVC clearance has been delayed beyond the prescribed timelines, merely on account of procedural reasons, and where there is no denial of vigilance clearance, the case of extension could be processed without waiting any further,
(b) In respect of the cases where CVC clearance is awaited, and there are cases/complaints pending against the officer, the Ministry shell submit to ACC, a proposal for extension of tenure, at least two months prior to the officer’s approved tenure with:
(i) all available information in respect of the complaint;
(ii) material received from/sent to CVC, including enquiry report, if any, of the CVO of the Ministry;
(iii) the comments of the Ministry thereon.
3. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to strictly adhere to the time-line and procedural guidelines stipulated above for processing the proposals for extension of tenure of Board level appointees.
(Anand Madhukar)
Director (ACC)
source - ncjcmstaffside

Ban on creation of Plan and Non-Plan posts

Government of India
Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure
North Block,
New Delhi, 29th October, 2014
Subject: Expenditure Management – Economy Measures and Rationalisation of Expenditure.
Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has been ‘” issuing austerity instructions from time to time with a view to containing non-developmental expenditure and releasing of additional resources for priority schemes. The last set of instructions was issued on is” September 2013 after passing of the Union Budget. Such measures are intended at promoting fiscal discipline, without restricting the operational efficiency of the Government. In the context of the current fiscal situation, there is a need to continue to rationalise expenditure and optimize available resources. With this objective, the following measures for fiscal prudence and economy will come into immediate effect:-
2.1 Cut in Non-Plan expenditure:
For the year 2014-15, every Ministry / Department shall effect a mandatory 10% cut in non-Plan expenditure excluding interest payment, repayment of debt, Defence capital, salaries, pension and Finance Commission grants to the States. No re-appropriation of funds to augment the Non-Plan heads of expenditure on which cuts have been imposed shall be allowed during the current fiscal year.
2.2 Seminars and Conferences:
(i) Utmost economy shall be observed in organizing conferences/ Seminars/workshops. Only such conferences, workshops, seminars, etc. which are absolutely essential, should be held wherein also a 10% cut on budgetary allocations (whether Plan or Non-Plan) shall be effected.
(ii) Holding of exhibitions/fairs/seminars/conferences abroad is strongly discouraged except in the case of exhibitions for trade promotion.
(iii) There will be a ban on holding of meetings and conferences at five star hotels except in case of bilateral/multilateral official engagements to be held at the level of Minister-in-Charge or Administrative Secretary, with foreign Governments or international bodies of which India is a Member. The Administrative Secretaries are advised to exercise utmost discretion in holding such meetings in 5-Star hotels keeping in mind the need to observe utmost economy in expenditure.
2.3 Purchase of vehicles:
Purchase of new vehicles to meet the operational requirement of Defence Forces, Central Paramilitary Forces & security related organizations are permitted. Ban on purchase of other vehicles (including staff cars) will continue except against condemnation.

2.4 Domestic and International Travel:
(i) Travel expenditure {both Domestic Travel Expenses (DTE) and Foreign Travel Expenses(FTE)} should be regulated so as to ensure that each Ministry remains within the allocated budget for the same after taking into account the mandatory 10% cut under DTE/FTE (Plan as well as Non-Plan). Re-appropriation! augmentation proposals on this account would not be approved.
(ii)While officers are entitled to vanous classes of air travel depending on seniority, utmost economy would need to be observed while exercising the choice keeping the limitations of budget in mind. However, there would be no bookings in First Class.”
(iii) Facility of Video Conferencing may be used effectively. All extant instructions on foreign travel may be scrupulously followed.
(iv) In all cases of air travel the lowest air fare tickets available for entitled class are to be purchased! procured. No companion free ticket on domestic/ international travel is to be availed of.
Creation of Posts
(i) There will be a ban on creation of Plan and Non-Plan posts.
(ii) Posts that have remained vacant for more than a year are not to be revived except under very rare and unavoidable circumstances and after seeking clearance of Department of Expenditure.
3. Observance of discipline in fiscal transfers to States, Public Sector Undertakings and Autonomous Bodies at Central/ State/Local level:
3.1 Release of Grant-in-aid shall be strictly as per provisions contained in GFRs and in Department of Expenditure’s OM No.7(1)/E.Coord/2012 dated 14.ll.2012.
3.2 Ministries/Departments shall not transfer funds under any Plan schemes in relaxation of conditions attached to such transfers (such as matching funding).
3.3 The State Governments are required to furnish monthly returns of Plan expenditure – Central, Centrally Sponsored or State Plan – to respective Ministries/Departments along with a report on amounts ouistanding in their Public Account in respect of Central and Centrally Sponsored Schemes. This requirement may be scrupulously enforced.
3.4 The Chief Controller of Accounts must ensure compliance with the above as part ofpre-payment scrutiny.
4. Balanced Pace of Expenditure:
4.1 As per extant instructions, not more than one-third (33%) of the Budget Estimates may be spent in the last quarter of the financial year. Besides, the stipulation that during the month of March the expenditure should be limited to 15% of the Budget Estimates is reiterated. It may be emphasized here that the restriction of 33% and 15% expenditure ceiling is to be enforced both scheme-wise as well as for the Demands for Grant as a whole, subject to RE ceilings. Ministries/ Departments which are covered by the Monthly Expenditure Plan (MEP) may ensure that the MEP is followed strictly.
The State Governments are required to furnish monthly returns of Plan expenditure – Central, Centrally Sponsored or State Plan – to respective Ministries/Departments along with a report on amounts ouistanding in their Public Account in respect of Central and Centrally Sponsored Schemes. This requirement may be scrupulously enforced.

4.2 It is also considered desirable that in the last month of the year payments may be made- only for the goods and services actually procured and for reimbursement of expenditure already incurred. Hence, no amount should be released in advance (in the last month) with the exception of the following:
(i) Advance payments to contractors under terms of duly executed contracts so that Government would not renege on its legal or contractual obligations.
(ii) Any loans or advances to Government servants etc. or private individuals as a measure of relief and rehabilitation as per service conditions or on compassionate grounds.
(iii) Any other exceptional case with the approval of the Financial Advisor. However, a list of such cases may be sent by the FA to the Department of Expenditure by so” April of the following year for information.
4.3 Rush of expenditure on procurement should be avoided during the last quarter of the fiscal year and in particular the last month of the year so as to ensure that all procedures are complied with and there is no infructuous or wasteful expenditure. FAs are advised to specially monitor this aspect during their reviews.
5. No fresh financial commitments should be made on items which are not provided for in the budget approved by the Parliament.
6. These instructions would also be applicable to autonomous bodies funded by Government of India.

7. Compliance
Secretaries of the Ministries / Departments, being the Chief Accounting Authorities as per Rule 64 of GFR, shall be fully charged with the responsibility of ensuring compliance of the measures outlined above. Financial Advisors shall assist the respective Departments in securing compliance with these measures and also submit an overall report to the Minister-in-Charge and to the Ministry of Finance on a quarterly basis regarding various actions taken on these measures / guidelines.
(Ratan P.Watal)
source - ncjcmstaffside

Inclusion of Aadhaar number in Service Book of Government servants

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Block-IV, Old JNU Campus,
New Delhi, November 3rd 2014
Subject: Inclusion of Aadhaar (Unique Identification) number in Service Book of Government servants —
The undersigned is directed to invite attention to the provisions of the Supplementary Rules which relate to maintaining records of service of a Government employee. As per provisions of SR 199 every step in a Government servants’ official life must be recorded in his Service Book and each entry attested by the Head Of Office. As per SR 202, Heads of Offices are to obtain the signatures of the Government servants in token of their having inspected their Service Books annually. Further Rule32 of the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 provides for issuing a communication on completion crf 18 years of service, as part of preparatory work for sanctioning pensionary benefits. The Service Books at present contains details of bio data, posting details, qualifying service, security details, HBA, CGHS, CGEGIS, LTC, etc.
2. It has been decided to include the respective Aadhaar numbers also of all Government servants in their Service Books. The e-Service Book format already provides fields for Aadhaar number of the Government servant.
3. All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India are requested to ensure that the Service Books of all employees have an entry of the employees’ Aadhaar number. The attached and subordinate offices under their control may also be suitably instructed for compliance,
(Mukul Ratra) 03/11/2014
Tel: 26164314 e-mail: