Sunday, May 24, 2015

7th CPC updates

7th Pay comm. updates

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Thursday, May 21, 2015



Simplification of procedure for passport: Rajya Sabha Q&A


ANSWERED ON 07.05.2015

Simplification of procedure for passport
1283 Smt. Sarojini Hembram

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state whether Government is proposing to simplify the process of passport application/procedure in order to make the procedure simplified and user-friendly, if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor ?
The Government has taken the following steps to simplify the procedure for applying for passports:-
i. Passport Seva Project has been implemented which inter alia includes setting up and operationalisation of 77 Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) acting as extended arms of the 37 Passport Offices across the country.
ii. In the new system, passport seekers log on to the Passport website; create their user ID and assign a password; fill & submit the application form online, make payment of passport fees online through debit/credit card or internet banking of State Bank of India (SBI). Applicants can also use the challan option provided on the portal and deposit the fees in SBI branch after generating challan online. Upon confirmation of payment receipt by SBI, applicants are allotted appointment by the System. On the appointed day/slot, the applicants, along with print-out of Appointment Slip, original documents and photocopies, visit the PSK for submission of application. The applicants are given on-line appointment in order to visit the PSK at the appointed hour and date to reduce waiting time at the PSK.
iii. Applicants’ presence at the PSK enables the Passport Issuing Authority to capture their photograph and fingerprints to prevent the incidence of impersonation. The applicants also get full opportunity to see and affirm their personal particulars to be entered in the passport to ensure issuance of error-free passports.
iv. The entire process under PSP is online and streamlined including interface with the Police for verification of personal particulars of applicants and with India Post for tracking delivery of passports.
v. The Electronic Queue Management System at the PSK ensures ‘first-in-first-out’ principle in application processing. The number of public dealing counters have been increased from the erstwhile 350 to 1610 and public dealing hours have gone up from 4 hours to 7 hours a day.
vi. The Passport Portal carries detailed information on the documentation necessary to submit passport application. Advisories are posted on the Portal from time to time and press releases are issued regarding changes in the submission procedure. A National Call Centre facility (1800-258-1800) is available 24 x 7 to respond to queries of citizens besides e-mail based Helpdesk. Facility of issuance of Tatkaal passport, subject to submission of requisite documentation, is available.
vii. As soon as passport is dispatched, SMS alert is sent to the applicant conveying the Passport Dispatch status. A premium optional SMS Service, on nominal payment basis, has also been made available to enable citizens to receive alerts and updates regarding detailed progress of their passport applications and pending actions. The service can be availed from any mobile phone.
viii. There are certain categories of applicants and services for which ‘walk-in’ facility is available.
ix. mPassport Seva mobile app provides passport related information including PSK locator, applicable fees, mode of submission and tracking of passport application status on smart phones.
x. With a view to address the challenge of digital divide, especially in the rural hinterland, the Ministry in association with M/s. CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. (which is promoted by the Department of Electronics and IT), has facilitated online filing of passport applications, through the vast network of over one lakh Common Service Centres (CSCs) across rural hinterland. The arrangement was firmed up in March 2014.
xi. In order to speed up passport issuance and meet high or seasonal demand for Passports, Passport Melas are organised from time to time on weekends at PSKs by Passport Offices.
xii. In order to provide closer and speedier passport services to people located far away from PSKs, Passport Seva Camps are organized from time to time at various locations in the country.
xiii. Passport Adalats, on need basis, are also conducted by Passport Offices to redress passport service grievances by dealing with citizens directly.
xiv. Simplification of procedure: No police verification is necessary for re-issue cases if there is no change in particulars. Aadhaar Card is accepted as one of the proofs of residence/identity. It has been decided to accept registered rent agreement as proof of address. The system of self-attestation of documents has been introduced replacing the requirement of attestation by gazetted officers. In addition to the photo passbooks issued by Scheduled Public Sector banks, photo passbooks issued by Scheduled private sector Indian banks and Regional Rural banks are also now accepted as proof of address and identity for applying for passports.



EPFO to deduct TDS on PF withdrawals in some cases from June

New Delhi: Retirement fund body EPFO will deduct tax at source from next month on PF withdrawals where accumulations are over Rs 30,000 and the employee has worked less than five years.

"The Finance Act, 2015 (20 of 2015) has inserted a new section 192A regarding the payment of accumulated provident fund balance due to an employee. The provision shall take effect from June 1, 2015," an EPFO circular said today.

"Income Tax shall be deducted at source (TDS)... If at the time of payment of the accumulated PF balance is more than or equal to Rs 30,000 with service less than 5 years," it added.

According to the circular, TDS will be deducted at the rate of 10 percent provided PAN is submitted.

However, in case Form 15G or 15H is submitted by the member, then no TDS shall be deducted. These forms are to declare that their income would not be taxable after receiving payment of their PF accumulations from EPFO.

While Form 15H is submitted by senior citizens (above 60 years of age), Form 15G is submitted by claimants below the age of 60 years.

As per the circular, TDS will be deducted at the maximum marginal rate of 34.608 percent if a member fails to submit PAN or Form 15G or 15H.

However, there are certain exceptions to deduction of TDS by EPFO. TDS shall not be deducted in case of transfer of PF from one account to another PF account.

Besides, it will not attract TDS if the employee is terminated from service due to ill health of member and discontinuation or contraction of business by employer.

EPFO will also not deduct TDS if the employee withdraws PF after a period of five years of continuous service, including service with former employer.

The body will also not deduct TDS where payment is less than Rs 30,000 but the member has rendered service of less than 5 years.

It would also not deduct TDS if the employee withdraws an amount more than or equal to Rs 30,000 with service of less than 5 years but submits Form 15G/15H along with his/her PAN.

The proposal to deduct TDS on PF withdrawals was part of the Finance Bill, 2015.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Incentive for mobilization and registration of subscribers under Atal Pension Yojana.

Incentive for mobilization and registration of subscribers under Atal Pension Yojana: PFRDA Order

1st Floor, ICADR Building, Plot No. 6.
Vasant Kunj Institutional Area,
Phase - II, New Delhi - 110070
19th May, 2015

All Banks under APY

Subject: Incentive for mobilization and registration of subscribers under Atal Pension Yojana.

I am directed to say that incentive structure for Banks to mobilize and register subscriber under Atal Pension Yojana has been under the consideration of PFRDA.

2. In consultation with the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, it has been decided that for mobilizing each account the Banks will be paid an incentive as per the table below:

i. Per capita incentive at Rs 100
ii. Incentive payable for promotion and development of APY:

S noNumber of subscribers under APY with each BankIncentive for promotional efforts (only for new accounts opened during the year)
1 Less than 1 lakhRs 20/-
2More than 1 lakh upto 3 lakhRs 30/-
3More than 3 lakh upto 5 lakhRs 40/-
4More than 5 lakhRs 50/-

As Banks are expected to engage the Banking Correspondents (BCs) / Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) / Non-bank aggregators to mobilize the subscribers, they can Share the incentives with such BCs / MFIs / Non-bank aggregators etc. in the ratio 50:50 :: Banks : BCs/MFIs/ Non-bank aggregators.

3. Banks are advised to contact aggregators for shifting of existing eligible Swavalamban subscribers to APY as per the scheme.

4. Payment of incentives to banks each year will be made after the completion of the financial year on receipt of funds from the government.

Yours sincerely,

(Purnima Sharma)
Dy. General Manager


Action taken on committee report regarding Provident Fund pensioners: Rajya Sabha Q&A

ANSWERED ON 13.05.2015

Action taken on committee report regarding Provident Fund pensioners
1965 Dr. Satyanarayan Jatiya 
Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state the action taken in the interest of Provident Fund pensioners with reference to the questions raised vide Report number 147 of the Committee on Petitions presented in the Rajya Sabha on 3rd September, 2013?



The 147th Report of the Committee on Petitions, Rajya Sabha had, inter alia, recommended increasing the Government’s share of contribution to Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 from 1.16 per cent to 8.33 per cent to support the minimum pension level of Rs. 3,000/- per month.

The recommendations of the Committee were examined by the Government and it emerged that if the Government’s share is increased from 1.16 per cent to 8.33 per cent, as recommended by the Committee, it would involve a substantial increase in the financial burden of the Government. It was estimated to involve Rs. 16,417 crore for the year 2013-2014 to implement this recommendation. The EPS, 1995 being a contributory scheme, obligations of all payments are met from the assets of the Fund. The higher level of minimum pension at Rs. 3,000/- is not possible without compromising the financial viability of the Scheme. However, Government vide notification No. GSR 593 (E) dated 19-8-2014 implemented the provision of minimum pension of Rs.1,000/- per month with effect from 01.09.2014 for the financial year 2014-15 by providing budgetary support keeping in view the interest of the most vulnerable sections. The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 29.04.2015 has approved the continuation of minimum pension of Rs. 1,000/- per month under EPS, 1995 beyond 2014-15 with certain conditionalities.

भारत सरकार

श्रम एवं रोज़गार मंत्रालय
राज्य सभा
अतारांकित प्रश्न संख्या 1965
बुधवार,13 मई, 2015/23 वैशाख, 1937 (शक)

भविष्य निधि पेंशनरों के संबंध में समिति के प्रतिवेदन पर की गई कार्रवाई

1965. डा. सत्यनारायण जटिया: 
क्या श्रम और रोजगार मंत्री यह बताने की कृपा करेंगे कि राज्य सभा में 3 सितम्बर, 2013 को याचिका समिति द्वारा प्रस्तुत प्रतिवेदन संख्या 147 के माध्यम से उठाए गये प्रश्न के संदर्भ में भविष्य निधि पेंशनरों के हितों में क्या कार्रवाई की गई है? 

श्रम और रोजगार राज्य मंत्री (स्वतंत्र प्रभार) (श्री बंडारू दत्तात्रेय)

प्र‎तिवेदन स‎मिति की 147वीं ‎रिपोर्ट में अन्य बातों के साथ-साथ यह ‎सिफा‎रिश की गई थी ‎कि कर्मचारी पेंशन योजना,1995 में ‎सरकार के अंशदान को 1.66% से बढ़ाकर 8.33% ‎किया जाए ता‎कि 3,000/- रुपये प्र‎तिमाह के न्यूनतम पेंशन स्तर तक पहुंचने में सहायता ‎मिल सके। 

स‎मिति की ‎सिफा‎रिशों की सरकार द्वारा जांच की गई और यह तथ्य उजागर हुआ ‎कि य‎दि सरकार के अंशदान को 1.66% से बढ़ाकर 8.33% ‎किया जाता है, जैसा‎कि स‎मिति ने ‎सिफा‎रिश की है, तो इससे सरकार पर काफी अ‎धिक ‎वित्तीय बोझ बढ़ जाएगा। ऐसा अनुमान था ‎कि वर्ष 2013-14 के ‎लिए इस ‎सिफा‎रिश के ‎क्रियान्वयन में 16,417 करोड़ रुपये खर्च होंगे। कर्मचारी पेंशन योजना,1995 जो‎कि एक अंशदायी योजना है, में सभी प्रकार के भुगतानों का दा‎यित्व ‎निधियों की आ‎स्तियों से पूरा ‎किया जाता है। इस योजना की ‎वित्तीय व्यवहार्यता से ‎बिना समझौता ‎किए 3,000/- रुपये प्र‎तिमाह के न्यूनतम पेंशन के उच्चतर स्तर को पाना संभव नहीं है। तथा‎पि, सरकार ने ‎वित्तीय वर्ष 2014-15 के ‎लिए ‎दिनांक 19.8.2014 की अ‎धिसूचना संख्या सां.का.‎नि 593 (अ) के माध्यम से सबसे कमजोर वर्गों के ‎हितों को ध्यान में रखते हुए बजटीय सहायता के माध्यम से 1000/- रुपये की न्यूनतम पेंशन के उपबंध को 01.09.2014 से ‎क्रिया‎न्वित ‎किया है। केन्द्रीय मं‎त्रिमंडल ने अपनी ‎दिनांक 29.04.2015 की बैठक में वर्ष 2014-15 से आगे भी क‎तिपय शर्तों के अध्यधीन कर्मचारी पेंशन योजना,1995 के अंतर्गत प्र‎तिमाह 1000/- रुपये की न्यूनतम पेंशन को जारी रखने के ‎लिए अपना अनुमोदन प्रदान कर ‎दिया है।



Treatment of period of Railway employees sent for medical treatment of serious ailments like Cancer dt: 19.05.15

Treatment of period of Railway employees sent for medical treatment of serious ailments like Cancer, Tuberculosis or Polio myelitis as Govt. duty: NFIR writes to Railway Board

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
No. 11/10
Dated: 19/05/2015

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Treatment of period of Railway employees sent for medical treatment of serious ailments like Cancer, Tuberculosis or Polio myelitis -reg.

Federation desires to invite attention of the Railway Board to the provisions contained in Rule No. 1676 (1) extract of which is reproduced below:-

“A Railway servant suffering from Cancer, Tuberculosis or Polio myelitis who is sent to a hospital referred in Rule 643 RI for treatment on the advice of the authorised Medical Attendant shall be entitled to travelling allowance as for a journey on tour to and from the place of treatment, but no daily allowance shall be admissible for any halts”

As per the above provision Railway employee or a family member of the employee if suffering from Cancer, Tuberculoses or Polio myelitis and sent to Railway Hospital or referred to another Hospital for treatment is entitled for payment of travelling allowance similar to the journey on tour, to and from the place of treatment.

NFIR has noted that the rules, however, do not cover the period of absence during the medical treatment of the Railway employee or member of his/her family. Reports received by the Federation from Zones/Divisions reveal that Railway employees have been facing difficulties in absence of adequate provision as the period spent by the employee is debited against ‘leave due‘ and sometimes leads to 'Nil' balance which causes further hardships as the employees are denied salary due to non- availability of adequate amount of leave in the leave account.

NFIR, therefore requests the Railway Board to make suitable provision in the rules for treating such periods as duty, may be, on production of medical certificate from the authorised medical officer and issue instructions accordingly. This will send a right message among the Railway employees as a positive welfare measure. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR