Saturday, June 29, 2013

Bharat Pensioners Samaj Salutes Indian Army-Govt. in recognition of their services to AAM Admi should accede OROP

उत्तराखंड में आए इस कहर में  भारतीय सेना ने एक बार फिर से बता दिया की वो ही है देश के सबसे बड़े और सच्चे रक्षक! 
भारतीय सेना को उनकी कर्तव्यपरायणता के लिए हमारा लाखों सलाम! 
जय हिन्द!

Indian Army has once again established that they are not only the sole defenders of the country but are the oropsole savior of AAM Admi

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Grant of Ex-gratia to those pre-1986 Contributory Provident Fund (CPF) employees who retired otherwise than on superannuation after 20 years of service


No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) (Vol.II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioner’s Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Dated 22nd March, 2004

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Ex-gratia payment to CPF retirees.

          The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated the 16th December, 1997 on the above subject and to say that referencehave been received in this Department raising a doubt whether the Central Government servants who retired on voluntary basis with CPF benefits are also eligible for grant of ex-gratia payment in terms of the said O.M.

2.       The matter has been examined in consultation with the Ministry of Finance.  It is clarified that the CPF beneficiaries who retired on voluntary basis are not entitled to grant of ex-gratia payment under the said O.M. Para 7 of the O.M. dated 16.12.1997 may be treated as modified accordingly as follows:-

The ex-gratia payment is not admissible to (a) those who were dismissed or removed from service. (b) those who resigned from service, and; (c) those who retired from service other than on attaining the prescribed age of superannuation.

3.       This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their U.O. No. 95/E.V/2004 dated 30.01.2004.


Sd/
(M.P. Singh)
Director



No.45/52/97-P&PW (E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare)
Third Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,Khan Market,
New Delhi 110003
Dated: 16th December, 1997
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Grant of Ex-gratia payment in respect of CPF retirees and their family members.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OMs No.4/1/87-P&PW(PIC) dated 13th June, 1988 and No.5(1)/88-P&PW(E) dated 27th September, 1988 sanctioning/revising payments of ex-gratia w.e.f. 1.1.1986 or from the date following the date of death of the deceased employee, whichever is later in respect of widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiaries who had retired from service prior to 1.1.1986 and the widows and dependent children of the CPF beneficiaries who died while in service prior to 1.1.1986 and the Central Government employee who had retired on Contributory Provident Fund benefits prior to 18th November, 1960, having rendered at least 20 years of continuous service prior to their superannuation drawing pay upto Rs.500 p.m., at the following rates:
Categories of the beneficiariesPay drawn at the time of retirementConsolidated ex-gratia pension upto average 608 points
123
Families of pre 1986 CPF retirees/deceased EmployeesNot ApplicableRs. 150/-
Retirees of pre 1960 PeriodRs. 80/- or lessRs. 168/-
Above Rs. 180/- and Upto Rs. 130/-Rs. 170/-
Above Rs. 130/- and Upto Rs. 200/-Rs. 186/-
Above Rs. 200/- and Upto Rs. 500/-Rs. 283/-

The president is now pleased to decide that the ex-gratia payment sanctioned as above shall be consolidated w.e.f. 1.11.1997 by taking into account the basic ex-gratia plus dearness relief as on 1.1.1997 plus Interim Reliefs I, II and III. The existing amount of ex-gratia, the revised amount of ex-gratia w.e.f. 1.11.1997 and the rates of dearness relief w.e.f. 1.11.1997 would be as under:
The amount of basic ex-gratia prior to 01.11.1997Revised/consolidated basic amount of ex-gratia w.e.f. 01.11.1997Rates of DR p.m. w.e.f. 1.11.1997 and until further orders.
123
Rs. 150/-Rs. 605/-Rs. 31/-
Rs. 168/-Rs. 654/-Rs. 33/-
Rs. 170/-Rs. 659/-Rs. 33/-
Rs. 186/-Rs. 703/-Rs. 36/-
Rs. 283/-Rs. 965/-Rs. 49/-

Dearness Relief as may be notified from time to time in future shall also be admissible to them.

The recipients of ex-gratia payment who are employed/re-employed under the Central or a State Government or under a body corporate/autonomous organisation belonging to the Central or State Government were aligible only for pre consolidated basic ex-gratia and were not eligible for increase in dearness relief on ex-gratia payment allowed from time to time in the past during the period of their employment/re- employment. With this consolidation, such CPF retirees/family members of the deceased CPF retirees will be eligible for ex-gratia payment as indicated in column 2 of para 2 above w.e.f. 1.11.1997 during the course of their employment/re-employment. These persons will not be entitled to dearness relief indicated in column 3 above and which may be sanctioned in future so long as they remain employed/re-employed.

The CPF beneficiaries/family members who are already in receipt of ex-gratia payment will get dearness relief on the pre consolidated amount of ex-gratia at old rate w.e.f. 1.7.1997 to 31.10.1997, i.e. at the rate or 182%. Their dearness relief will be Rs.273, 306, 310, 339 and 516 respectively from 1.7.1997 to 31.10.1997.

Based on the recommendations of the Fifth Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to decide to grant ex-gratia payment to the CPF beneficiaries who retired between the period 18th November, 1960 to 31st December, 1985 at the rate of Rs.600/-p.m. w.e.f. 1st November, 1997, subject to the condition that such persons should have rendered at least 20 years of continuous service prior to their superannuation for becoming eligible to the ex-gratia payment. They will also be entitled to dearness relief as may be notified from time to time in future. They will also be entitled to dearness relief @ 5% w.e.f. 1.11.1997 as admissible to existing ex-gratia beneficiaries.

As laid down in the Ministry of Finance O.M. dated 28.11.1969, the ex-gratia payment is not admissible to (a) those who were dismissed/removed from service and (b) those who resigned from service.

Arrears of ex-gratia payment will be payable w.e.f. 1.11.1997. Life-time arrears of ex-gratia payment will also be admissible in respect of CPF beneficiaries who were alive on 1.11.1997 and died subsequent to that date, for the period from 1.11.1997 to the date of death.

The periodical certificates such as life certificate, non- employemnt certificate etc. prescribed for drawal of pension will also be required to be produced by the receipient of the ex-gratia payment to the appropriate disbursing authorities.

These orders apply to all civilian Central Government employees including civilians paid from Defence Service Estimates but will not apply to Railway Employees. Separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) for the railway employees.

To
All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.
ANNEXURE-I
Form of intimation by the Ex-Gratia Payment Disbursing Authority to the Central Pension Accounting Office/Pay and Accounts Office regarding consolidation of Ex-Gratia Payment in terms of Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare Office Memorandum No.45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997.
  1. Name of the Ex-gratia beneficiary
  2. Ex-gratia Payment Order No.
  3. Date of retirement/Death (in case of Payment to family member)
  4. Savings Bank A/c No.
  5. Name of the bank/Paying Branch
  6. Bank Code No.
  7. Existing basic payment of ex-gratia payment
  8. Consolidated amount of ex-gratia as on 1.11.1997
Remarks if any.

SIGNATURE OF EX-GRATIA
PAYMENT DISBURSING AUTHORITY

To
1. Central Pension Accounting Office, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, Trikoot-II, Bikaji Cama Place, New Delhi-110066.
2. Concerned Pay & Accounts Office

ANNEXURE-II
GOVERNEMNT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
RAILWAY BOARD

S.No.PC-V/38
RBE NO.19/98
No.F(E)/III/97/PNI/Ex.Gr/5 New Delhi, Dt.27.1.1998
The GMs/OSDs/CAOs etc.
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(As per Mailing List)

Subject:Grant of ex-gratia payment to surviving SRPF(C) retirees of the period 1.4.57 to 31.12.85.
Based on the recommendations of the Vth Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to grant ex-gratia payment to the SRPF (C) beneficiaries who retired between the period Ist April, 1957 to 31st December, 1985 at the rate of Rs.600/- p.m. w.e.f. Ist November, 1997, subject to the condition that such persons should have rendered at least 20 years of continuous service prior to their superannuation for becoming eligible to the ex-gratia payment. They will also be entitled to Dearness Relief at the rate of 5% w.e.f. 1.11.1997.

2.  The ex-gratia payment is not admissible to (a) those who were dismissed/removed from service and (b) those who resigned from service.

3.  Arrears of ex-gratia payment will be payable w.e.f. 1.11.1997. Lifetime arrears of ex-gratia payment will also be admissible in respect of SRPF(C) beneficiaries who were alive on 1.11.1997 and died subsequent to that date for the period from 1.11.1997 to the date of death.

4.  The periodical certificates such as life certificate, non-employment certificate etc. prescribed for drawal of pension will also be required to be produced by the recipient of the ex-gratia payment to the appropriate disbursing authorities.

5.  The following steps may be taken to give wide publicity to these orders so that retired SRPF(C) beneficiaries concerned may submit their applications for ex-gratia payment at the earliest:-
  1. Press notes should be issued for publicity through the English as well as vernacular Press.
  2. The copies of the orders should be displayed on the notice boards of each railway establishment.
  3. The orders should be published in the Railway Gazette (in English, Hindi and other regional languages) so that serving employees may apprise retired SRPF (C) beneficiaries about these orders.
  4. The copies of the orders should also be furnished to the recognised unions.
  5. Retired employees, whose addresses are available with the administration e.g. on their request for the issue of post retirement passes, may be addressed individually enclosing a copy of the application form enclosed with these orders.
6.  The appropriate authorities to whom the applications for such payment should be submitted should be specified. In no case the application for ex-gratia payment will be processed by an office other than from where the concerned SRPF(C) beneficiary had retired. The appropriate authorities from where beneficiaries would collect the application form should also be specified in the notices.

7.  The following procedure is prescribed for giving effect to these orders:-
  1. The SRPF(C) retiree eligible to receive ex-gratia payment in terms of these orders shall make an application in the enclosed form in quadruplicate accompanied by all the relevant documents mentioned therein to the head of office in which the SRPF (C) beneficiary last served before retirement. In case a department or a unit has been abolished or merged with another department or unit, the ex-gratia payment would have to be processed and sanctioned by the office in which the parent department or unit of the retired employee was merged or the office which is keeping the record of the abolished office, as the case may be.
  2. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to satisfy the head of office that he/she is eligible to receive ex-gratia payment under these orders and establish identity by production of documents such as SRPF Account slips, retirement orders, or such other relevant records which may be available in his/her possession.
  3. (i)    The head of office shall verify the claim with reference to his records. The 20 years continuous service rendered as stated in the claim for the payment should be checked with reference to service records. He shall specifically verify that the employee had not been removed, dismissed or had not resigned.

    (ii)   If service books are not available, the check should be conducted with the help of entries in the SRPF ledgers, subject to the head of office being satisfied that the employees had not been removed, dismissed or had not resigned at the time of closure of SRPF(C) account.

    (iii)   Only in the absence of both the above mentioned records, the fact that a retired SRPF(C) beneficiary is getting post-retirement passes can also be considered as a collateral evidence, provided there is nothing to indicate that the minimum service for eligibility to the grant of post-retirement passes viz. 20 years service, has not been completed. The head of office sanctioning the ex-gratia shall obtain a certificate from the pass issuing officer in this regard which should indicate the authority under which such passes had been issued. This certificate will not be issued by an authority lower than a Senior Scale Officer. Along with this, the claimant shall be asked to produce an affidavit sworn before a magistrate duly attested by two gazetted officers stating that he has completed 20 years continuous service and had not been removed or dismissed and had not resigned.
  4. It would be the responsibility of the head of office or department to determine eligibility of the claimant with respect to his entitlement to receive the ex-gratia payment. He will also ensure that duplicate claims for grant of ex-gratia payment under these orders are not sanctioned. For this purpose, a separate ‘Register of ex-gratia payment applications’ will be opened, and necessary endorsements to this effect that ex-gratia payment has been sanctioned shall be recorded in the service records, SRPF ledger of the retired employee and the ‘Register of ex-gratia payment application’. After the head of office has satisfied himself about the eligibility of the claim, he shall sanction the ex-gratia payment and forward the payment authority to accounts office in the same way as the cases of existing pensionable employees are sent to accounts office. Endorsement to this effect will be made on his file as is being made in the case of existing pensionable employees. This file will be kept as a permanent record for future verification alongwith the ‘Register of ex-gratia application'.
  5. On receipt of papers from the head of office, the Accounts Officer after exercising detailed check of the papers shall cause the payment authority to be issued. The ex-gratia payment authority/order should indicate the amount of Dearness Relief payable as indicated in para 1. The ex-gratia payment authority/order should follow the same channel through which the pension payment order in respect of pensionable employees is routed. The existing pension payment order may be used for this purpose. The accounts office should follow the existing procedure for record keeping, verification, reconciliation etc. for ex-gratia payment as is being followed in respect of pensionable employees. Similar procedure should also be followed by Accounts office to check duplicate claims as is being followed for the pensionable employees.
  6. The ex-gratia payment under these orders will be payable through disbursing authorities which are at present authorised to disburse pension on behalf of the Central Government, namely the branches of public sector banks, treasuries and post offices as may be applicable for respective establishments from which the deceased government servant had retired last. The disbursing authority will identify the SRPF(C) beneficiary with the help of his/her personal marks of identification, his/her photograph, specimen signatures available on the ex-gratia payment order/authority in the same manner as is being done for pensioners for making payment. The periodical certificates such as life certificates, non-employment certificates, etc. prescribed for drawal of pension will also be required to be produced by the recipient of the ex-gratia payment to appropriate pension disbursing authorities.
  7. In the case of drawal of ex-gratia payment through disbursing offices other than public sector banks etc. the facility of remittance by postal money order at "payee’s" cost shall also be available.
8.  The expenditure on account of grant of ex-gratia payment shall be debitable to a new "Detailed Head 692 under Sub Head 690 under Minor Head 600-Abstract ‘L’-Demand No.13".

9.  Please acknowledge receipt.

10.  Hindi version follows.
Encl./Form of Application (S. SREERAM)
Dy. Director Finance (Estt.)III,
Railway Board
(To be furnished in quadruplicate)
FORM OF APPLICATION
To
(Head of office in which SRPF(C) beneficiary
last served before his retirement)
Affix Photograph


Subject: Application for the grant of ex-gratia payment to the surviving SRPF(C) beneficiaries whoretired between 1.4.57 to 31.12.85
Sir,
I hereby apply for grant of ex-gratia payment to me in terms of Ministry of Railways O.M.No.F(E)III/97/PNI/Ex.Gr./5 dated 27.1.98.

Requisite particulars are given below:-
  1. Name of the applicant.
  2. Full address of the applicant.
  3. Date of retirement.
  4. Office of retirement.
  5. Post held by him/her at the time of retirement.
  6. SRPF account number of the Railway Servant.
  7. Authority who authorised payment of the balance amount in SRPF A/c (if known).
  8. Name of the Authorised Public Sector Bank, Treasury or Post Office through which the ex-gratia payment is to be drawn monthly.
  9. List of documents attached:-
    1. Three specimen signatures duly attested (to be furnished in three separate sheets).
    2. Three copies of Passport size photographs of the applicant duly attested.
    3. Descriptive role of the applicant duly attested indicating (a) height and (b) personal marks if any on the head, face etc. (Specify a few conspicuous marks, moles not less than two, if possible).
    4. Certificate of age duly attested.
    5. Attested copies of retirement order, service certificate if available.
    6. Attested copies of SRPF slips if available.
    7. Address of the office, which is issuing post retirement complimentary passes.
    8. Any other document indicating that the applicant is a genuine claimant (to be specified)
    9. Three slips each bearing left hand thumb and finger impressions of the applicant duly attested.

Signature of applicant
(full address)

ATTESTATION
(Attestation should be done by two Gazetted Railway/Government servants or two or more persons of respectability in the town, village or panchayat in which the applicant resides)

Certified that I have known Smt./Shri ______________ son/daughter of ________________ and resident of _____________ and I am satisfied that he/she is the bonafide claimant of ex-gratia payment applied for.


Signature/Seal of the attesting authority


Signature/Seal of the attesting authority

Grant of family pension and gratuity to the eligible member of the family of an employee/pensioner/family pensioner reported missing - consolidated instructions



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SR. Citizens are not liable to pay advance I.Tax

I.Tax
SR. Citizens are not liable to pay advance Tax
Amendment by Finance Act 2012
Ist amendment
Advance Tax is not payable by:
-An individual
-resident in India
-Who does not have any income Chargeable under the head “Profits &gains From Business or Profession
- and he is of age 60 years or more at any time during the previous year


Monday, June 24, 2013

NATIONAL DEFUNCT MGMNT AUTHORITY

NATIONAL DEFUNCT MGMNT AUTHORITY
By Abhishek Bhalla & Bhuvan Bagga in New Delhi

Fat cat members on panel enjoy perks of Union ministers

Crisis management body did not meet between 2008 &2012

IT’S HEADQUARTERED in South Delhi’s plush Safdarjung Enclave. It holds press conferences about human tragedies in luxurious five- star hotels.
The Prime Minister is its ex officio chairman, and its vice- chairman equals a Cabinet minister in status.
Other members, mostly retired bureaucrats and police officers, can rub shoulders with ministers of state.
Welcome to the National Disaster Management Authority ( NDMA). With its performance — or more accurately, the abysmal lack of it — in the rain- ravaged Himalayan state exposing its defunct status, the NDMA stands exposed for the great man- made tragedy it is. Its National Executive Committee has not met at all between 2008 and 2012. Seven years after it came into being, the authority doesn’t even have a working plan. The Comptroller and Auditor General ( CAG) has slammed the NDMA’s functioning in a report tabled in March 2013.
Most NDMA projects, conceptualised soon after it was constituted in May 2005, have failed to get started. The body formally came into existence in September 2006.
Projects like earthquakes, flood and landslide risk mitigation have been in cold storage despite being approved way back in 2007. Due to improper planning, projects are abandoned midway or are lying incomplete.
senior bureaucrat in a state government who closely worked with the NDMA in the last two years explains what plagues this body. “ The absence of strong leadership at the centre of this body is a key problem.
Since the prime minister is its ex officio chairman, the onus of leading it on a day- today basis falls on the vice chairman,” he says. According to the officer, the NDMA, which has several senior retired bureaucrats members, needs a very strong vice- chairman.
“ At present, we’ve felt many times that there is a lack of coordination in the chain of command,” the officer says.
All that translates into a disaster: evaluation of the disaster preparedness at all levels government has taken a severe hit. The Uttarakhand situation underlines this with blood. NDMA chief M. Shashidhar Reddy doesn’t agree. He puts the onus for the NDMA’s latest failure on the meteorological department. “ Lives could have been saved if the weather office had issued precise forecasts.
The IMD followed a standard format of weather forecast and used certain terminologies like rainfall, heavy rainfall, but how are we supposed to translate it into action? They need to pinpoint where and how much it is going to rain,” he says.
In cold storage
Not even the most terrible statistics can wake the NDMA. For instance, the CAG says that as much as 59 per cent of the nation’s land area is prone to moderate and severe earthquakes; 23,000 lives were lost in six major earthquakes between 1990 and 2006.
And it doesn’t take an official report to realise that landslides in the hills and floods in some parts of the country are an annual feature.
Some of the key roles that the NDMA is expected to perform are: lay down policy on disaster management, approve national Disaster Management plan, lay down guidelines to be followed by Central ministries and state authorities, and provide such support to other countries affected by major disasters.
The performance of NDMA terms of project implementation had been abysmal. So far, major project taken by NDMA had seen completion. It was noticed that NDMA selected projects without proper ground work and as a result either the projects were abandoned midway or were incomplete after a considerable period,” the CAG report says.
In many cases, NDMA realised midway that some other agency was already executing projects with similar objectives.
Timelines in most of its projects were absent and where ever they were given, they were not adhered to,” it says.
Reddy’s response? “ We are ready to work on it but the government auditor needs to be sensitised about disasters,” says the NDMA chief.
The National Disaster plan NDP) hasn’t been formulated even after seven years of the enactment of the Disaster Management Act. The NDP was to define the guidelines for prevention of disasters, preparedness and roles and responsibilities of different arms of the government. One of the key objectives of the NDMA is proactive prevention of loss of life and property in disasters.
Even here the NDMA has failed miserably.



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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Elderly turns sleuth to nab man who robbed his home


By Krishna Kumar in Mumbai
BABA Ghatkar may look like just another senior citizen. But, the 69- year- old retired engineer is a man criminals ought to not mess with. Not one to take things lying down, Ghatkar beat the police in the pursuit of the man who robbed his house.
On November 21 last year, notorious burglar Munna alias Salim Khan, with more than 100 cases against him in several states, broke into Ghatkar’s house while the latter was away, walking off with a kilo and a half of silver, some cash and his ATM card.
While Ghatkar immediately reported the theft to the Worli police, he also began a probe of his own. His first breakthrough came when Munna used his card to withdraw ` 30,000 from an ATM in Vashi. Ghatkar alerted the police and with their help, got the bank to furnish CCTV footage from the ATM to identify the accused.
“ The ATM card was stolen along with the document that had its PIN number,” Ghatkar explained.
On a hunch that the burglar might be a history- sheeter, Ghatkar reached out to police officers from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane, and began perusing newspapers for reports of theft.

His efforts paid off when he came across a report about the Pune police arresting a gang of robbers, one of whom he found resembled Munna. “ I told Pune Crime Branch officials about the man’s resemblance with the one who burgled my home. I emailed them the pictures, and they confirmed that he was, in fact, the same man,” Ghatkar said.
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CBI unearths ` 40 cr scam in health scheme


By Piyush Srivastava in Lucknow
A MULTI- CRORE scam has been unearthed in the Central Government Health Scheme ( CGHS), which is operational in 25 cities across the country.
The CBI, which conducted a series of raids at offices and dispensaries across the country in connection with the scam, is estimating a swindle worth ` 40 crore in just five states — Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
CBI sources said ` 40 crore is only a conservative figure based on the documents seized in the raids being conducted since Wednesday.
“ About ` 6 crore of the scheme money was embezzled in UP, ` 5 crore in Maharashtra, ` 4 crore in Bihar and ` 2 crore in Jharkhand.
So far, it appears that the officers of CGHS siphoned off 60 per cent of the total funds granted by the Centre by awarding contracts to firms involved in supplying substandard medicines. A total ` 40 crore was misappropriated between 2011 and 2013,” a source in CGHS said.
This CGHS promises comprehensive healthcare to sitting and ex- MPs, ex- governors, ex- vicepresidents, freedom fighters, sitting and ex- judges of Supreme Court and high courts, central government employees, pensioners and their dependents.
Although government estimates suggest there are more than two crore beneficiaries of the scheme in India, enquiries by M AIL T ODAY revealed that hardly one or two patients visit the four CGHS centres in UP — Allahabad, Lucknow, Kanpur and Meerut.
A CBI source said the agency was preparing to file a preliminary inquiry in the scam at 20 centres of the five states in the country. “ There are clear evidence to prove swindling in the scheme in Pune, Lucknow, Meerut, Jabalpur, Patna and Ranchi. In Lucknow, norms were flouted to award the contract for supply of medicines to Chandan Healthcare Limited in September 2011. But the firm supplied substandard medicines.
No record of purchase or supply was maintained. Even the joint director of CGHS in UP, from March 2010 to May 2012 and again from February 2013 till date, Dr Rakesh Asthana, didn’t keep any record. Same was the case with Dr Dinesh C. Joshi, who was joint director between May 2012 and February 2013,” a CBI source said.

BPS comment: There may be much bigger racket going on in Railway hospitals Will CBI look into

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Taxation of Salaried Epmployees & Sr Citizens

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fixed Medical Allowance to Pensioners and Employees of EPRO : Enhancement in the rate of used Medical Allowance from Rs. 1200/- to Rs. 2000/- p.m. w.e.f 01.03.2013, payable to the serving as well as retired employees of the EPFO for outdoor medical treatment - regarding.


Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation
(Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India)

No, HRM-8/V/12/1/2003/FMA/Vol-117/6160
Dated 13 JUN 2013
To,
All Addl. Central P F. Commissioner (Zones)
Director (NATRSS)
All RPFCs-In-Charge of the Region/ZTIs
RPFC (ASDL), Head Office
All Officer-in-charge of SROs

Sub:. Enhancement in the rate of used Medical Allowance from Rs. 1200/- to Rs. 2000/- p.m. w.e.f 01.03.2013, payable to the serving as well as retired employees of the EPFO for outdoor medical treatment - regarding.

Sir,
I am directed to convey the approval of the 76th Executive Committee, CBT, EPF held 25/02/2013 and Hon'ble Labour & Employment Minister, Government of India for enhancement of the Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) for pensioners and employees of EPFO from Rs. 1200/- p.m. to Rs 2000/- p.m w.e.f. 1st March, 2013, subject to the following conditions :-

(i) The enhancement of fixed medical allowance will be available to serving employees and pensioners (including family pensioners) of the Employees Provident Fund Organization. The serving employees of the Organization who are in the Head Office at New Delhi and Regional/Sub Regional Office at Delhi and at stations which are covered by the Central Government Health Scheme will not be eligible for Fixed Medical Allowance. As soon as any employee is covered by Central Government Health Scheme, the fixed medical allowance admissible to him/her shall be stopped.

(ii) If two or more members of family are working in the EPF Organization, only one of them will be eligible for the facility of fixed medical allowance.

(iii) In the case of an employee whose wife/husband spouse is an employee of a Government or any other organization (including private firm/office) he/she will be required to give an undertaking that his/her spouse is not availing of medical facilities in case, lf any granted by their respective employers.

(iv) The Fixed Medical Allowance will be in lieu of the medical facility available for outdoor treatment under the Central Services (Medical Attendance) Ruler 1944 as adopted by the FPF Organization for its own employees and pensioners.

(Authority: Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India letter no.G-25012/2/2011-SS-I dated 07.06.2013)

You faithfully,
sd/-
(V.N. SHARMA)
ADDL. CENTRAL P.F. COMMISSIONER (HR)

Source : www.epfindia.com
[http://www.epfindia.com/Circulars/Y2013-14/HRM8_FMA_6160.pdf]

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Appeal

Dear all,
Utrakhand ki tabahi bohot dil dukhane waali hai...I request all my friends to help the victims at thier own level or jo ho sakey wo Bharat Pensioners Samaj ke madhyam se unki madad k liye bhejiye

All friends are requested to help Utrakhand calamity victims.Donate librally through Bharat Pensioners Samaj or directly.
S.C.Maheshwari
Scy. Genl. BPS

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Delay in payment of pensionary benefits to the Ex-Servicemen.

To
(i). The Chief Executives of all Pension Paying Banks.
(ii). The Chief General Manager, In-charge, Customer Service Department,
Reserve Bank of India, Central Office, Mumbai.

Sub.: Delay in payment of pensionary benefits to the Ex-Servicemen.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to the subject cited above and to say that a case of non-payment of ex-gratia amount of Rs. 9 lakhs by the UCO Bank, Jhajjar Branch came to the notice of the Department of Financial Services with the approaching that there may be more cases of nonpayment of pensionary benefits to ex-servicemen causing frustration and feeling of isolation in the minds of those who gave their best of life for defence of nation. Such instances may be easily lapped up by the media to paint a negative picture of the PSBs and the Government which could be avoided with a little alacrity on the part of the banking officials.

2. It is therefore requested to kindly look into the matter on top priority basis by sensitizing the bank officials to be more prompt on payment of pensionary benefits to the ex-servicemen without any further delay and also to the CPPCs which need to be streamlined for timely release of pensionary dues to the Armed Forces pensioners. Action taken in this regard be intimated to this Department at the earliest.

Yours faithfully,
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(Rakesh Kumar Gupta)
Under Secretary
Tel: 011 23348993

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Breaking News A meeting of the Advisory Committee of users for Web based “Pensioners Portal” was held on 18.06.2013 under the chairmanship of Sh. Sanjay Kothari Secy. GOI DOP &PW to discuss the following Agenda



1Discussion on the Action taken on the decisions taken in the meeting held on 05.2011
2. Discussion on Further improvement in Web based “Pensioners Portal”
3. Any other item with the permission of Chair

Secy .Genl BPS Er. S.C.Maheshwari attended as member of the said committee. 

It was decided to integrate a  “Discussion Board “ in the “Pensioners Portal” where in Pensioners will be able to discuss their issues among themselves.It was also agreed that DOPPW will review the comments & will reply the same on need base basis. The facility will be fully operational by 30.06 .2013

For ATR Visit URL: 

CPAO Orders 2013 : Submission of life certificates with additional information in November every year


Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Central Pension Accounting Office
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi
2nd Reminder
CPAO/Tech/Life Certificate/2013-14/61
Dt: 10/06/2013
Office Memorandum

Subject: Submission of life certificates with additional information in November every year.

Attention is invited to Para 6 of the notification No.CPAO/Tech/CFI/2012 of this office published in the leading newspaper on 21st October 2012 in which banks were instructed to update their master data based on the life certificates submitted by the Pensioners / family pensioners and forward the updated master data through the CPPC to CPAO. The additional information submitted may also be scanned and send through CPPC to CPAO.

These instructions were further retreated wide CPAO’s office memorandum dated 23rd Oct 2012 and 14th Jan 2013. But till date no hank has responded positively and not send the desired instruction in the prescribed in Para 6 of the notification dated 21.10.2012.

It is therefore, once again instructed to send the updated master data based on life certificates submitted by Pensioners/family pensioners and scanned copies of additional information to NIC cell of CPAO under intimation to Sr. AO. technical section at email address vijay.cpao@gmail.com, so that the master data of CPAO can be updated.

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(Dr.Dilip Kumar)
Controller of Accounts

Source: www.cpao.nic.in
[http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/life_certificate_2013-14.pdf]

Monday, June 17, 2013

Minutes of the meeting held on 28.5.2013 with the representatives of Staff Side, National Council (JCM) on pensionary matters


F. No. 42/7/2013-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003
Dated : 12th June, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Minutes of the meeting held on 28.5.2013 with the representatives of Staff Side, National Council (JCM) on pensionary matters.

The undersigned is directed to enclose herewith a copy of minutes of the meeting held on 28.5.2013 with the representatives of the Staff Side, National Council (JCM) on pensionary matters under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension, AR&PG) in room No. 310, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi for information/necessary action.

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(Sujasha Choudhury)
Dy. Secretary (P)

DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’ WELFARE

MINUTES OF THE MEETING WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF STAFF SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL (JCM) ON PENSIONARY MATTERS UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SECRETARY (PENSION, AR&PG) ON 28.5.2013 AT LOK NAYAK BHAWAN, NEW DELHI

Secretary (Pension, AR&PG) chaired a meeting with the representatives of Staff Side, National Council (JCM) on 28.5.2013 to discuss various issues relating to pension and other retirement benefits. The list of participants is at Annexure - I. Secretary (Pension, AR&PG) welcomed the participants and appreciated the contributions of the pensioners in the overall development of their respective organisation.

2. The meeting started with a discussion on the Action Taken Report on the minutes of the meeting held on 6.11.2012 as per details given below :

(i) Ex-gratia payment to SRPF/CPF beneficiaries who retired other than on superannuation, i.e. voluntary retirement and medical invalidation cases.

Department of Expenditure has given clearance for deletion of clause of 'c' of para 2 of OM dated 22.3.2004 which prohibits grant of ex-gratia payment to those, who retired from service other than on attaining the prescribed age of superannuation. With this, CPF beneficiaries who have retired voluntarily and on medical grounds after 20 years of service will also be granted ex-gratia. It was decided that this agenda item will be closed after issue of a revised OM by the DOP&PW. Ministry of Railways will also issue similar orders.
Action DOP&PW and Ministry of Railways

(ii) Raising quantum of ex-gratia to CPF retirees on the lines of SRPF.

The latest status of the case was intimated to the JCM. After the issue of orders by this Department, consequent to the decision of Cabinet the item may be dropped.
Action : DOP&PW

(iii) Abnormal delay in the issue of revised PPO to Pre - 2006 retirees, pensioners / family pensioners.

(i) It was intimated that the Department had taken the following initiatives like (a) allowing change in date of birth of spouse, (b) use of certain documents as proof of date of birth of spouse, (c) inclusion of present postal address and mobile and telephone number in the life certificate (d) use of e-scroll for extracting information from banks’ database. (e) revision of PPOs even in cases where date of birth/age of spouse is not given in the PPO or this information is not available In the omce records for speedy revision of PPOs.

(ii) As a result, the number of pending revision cases for civil pensioners has come down from 2,54,467 in August, 2012 to 74,000 as on April, 2013 as per information given by the CPAO on the basis of e-scrolls.

(iii) However, amendment in calculation of revised pension, vIde OM dated 28.1.13, has necessitated issue of revised authority in all cases, as indicated in OM dated 13.2.13.

Secretary (Pension, AR&PG) stated that record/information of many pensioners are not available with the Departments, which is hampering further progress and the Pensioners Associations should come forward to help the departments in reaching out to the pensioners/family pensioners. He further stated that Secretaries of various Departments have been requested to review the issue of revision of PPO in the fortnightly/ monthly meetings.

Railways stated that in case of pre 2006 pensioners advertisement has been issued. Matter was taken up with RBI to issue notification to all banks. Out of 10.89 lakh such cases, 5.46 have been issued revised PPOs. Meetings ere generally held at various levels. 30th September, 2013 has been set as the target date for disposal of these cases. The progress is being reviewed every month. It has also been decided to take up the revision of PPOs suo-moto rather than waiting for an application from the pensioner. The said letter is under issue. Secretary (Pension, AR&PG) desired that the same may be issued by 15th June, 2013.Secretary, Pension des,red that necessary chances in systems may be made if that would facilitate the pension sanction and payment processes in the Raliways. The present pension authorisaton is decentralised In the Railways. Secretary, Pension also stated that he will write to the Chairman, Railway Board in this matter.

CGDA, Ministry of Defence intimated that they hope to complete the exercise by 30th September, 2013.
Action : CPAO, Ministry of Railways, 
Ministry of Defence & DOP&PW

(iv) Fixation of Revised Pension (1/3rd of commuted portion of pension) in respect of Government servant who had drawn lump sum payment on absorption - revision by multiplying pre revised 1/3rd pension by a factor of 2.26.

CAT, Hyderabad Bench, vide its order dated 22.4.2013, has directed, to pass an order for revision of pension of absorbee pensioner’s. The Staff Side was informed that the matter was under examination in consultation with Department of Expenditure.

(V) Commutation of Pension

(a) Revision of old / new commutation table and

(b) Restoration of commutation period to be reduced from 15 to 12 years. 


It was explained that the matter of revision of old/new commutation table was discussed with Department of Expenditure. It was observed that this issue should be considered by the next pay commission.

JCM intimated that by the new commutation table, the restoration of the commuted portion is completed by 11 years because interest rate is at 8% unlike the old table wherein the restoration period was after 15 years because interest rate was taken at 4.75%. Department of Expenditure stated that issue for this old/new commutation table can be studied only by a specialised body and hence could be looked into by the IRDA. However, these are larger issues for which a holistic view needs tobe taken by a body like the Pay Commission. However, the matter may be referred to Department of Expenditure.

(vi) Family pension to divorced/Widowed/Unmarried daughter of a Government Servant. 

Difficulty faced by them in getting family pension sanctioned.

Life Time Arrear.
JCM did not raise any specific point in this regard. In fact, it was mentioned by the JCM members that the legal view on the issue of nomination of life time arrear of family pension is that since he/she has not earned the family pension he/she also can not have the right to nominate. As such, the matter may be dropped.

(vii) Payment of arrears of pension/family pension on account of revision of pension/family pension with effect from 1.1.2006.

Specific case of bank In Chandrapur.

It was informed that the matter was taken up with CPPC, Mumbal (SBI), who informed that the payment to pensioners is being made and there is no such case where pension has not been revised as per 6th CPC. Hence the matter may be dropped.

(viii) Payment of Pension to the spouse of pensioners through S.B. account opened jointly with spouse

- Problem in SBI.

CPAO has informed that necessary instructions in this regard have been issued to all CPPCs with the direction to bring the contents to the notice of all paying branches. CPAO was requested to give a copy to the JCM. It was decided to drop the matter.

3. The representatives of JCM also desired the status of eight agenda items sent by Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, AIRE which were not included may also be intimated clearly. This may be informed to him separately.

4. After above discussion on Action Taken Report on the minutes of meeting dated 6.11.2012, fresh agenda items were taken for discussion which are as under

(i) Equitable Gratuity under Rule 50 of Pension Rules. Slabs are too wide leading to disparity.

Rule 50 of Pension Rus provide the following death gratuity to the family of the deceased Government servant.
SI.No.
Length of service
Rate of death gratuity
1
Less than one year
2 times of emoluments
2
One year or more but less than 5 years.
6 times of emoluments.
3
5 years or more but less than 20 years.
12 times of emoluments.
4
20 years or more.
Half month of emoluments for every completed six monthly period of qualifying service subject to a maximum of 33 times of emoluments.

The JCM (Staff Side) has stated that the slab given at SI. No. 3 above is not equitable and suggested the following revision
 
3(i)
5 years or more but less than 11 years
12 times of emoluments.
3(ii)
11 years or more but less than 20 years
20 times of emoluments.

This issue was discussed in the JCM meeting. The present slab of death gratuity was introduced w.e.f. from 1.1.1986 and was introduced as per the recommendations of 4th Central Pay Commission, vide this Department’s OM No. 2/1/1987-PIC-II dated 14.4.1987, This slab has not been revised since 1986. In between, the 5th and 6th Pay Commission had submitted their reports but no revision had been recommended. After discussions, it was decided that the matter may be examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure.
Action: DOP&PW

(ii) Extension of CS (MA) Rules, 1944 to Central Government Pensioners residing in non-CGHS areas.
The Staff Side demanded that as in the case of serving employees, the CS (MA) Rules may be extended to the pensioners also. This would make pensioners in the non CGHS areas entitled for reimbursement of medical expenses. Staff Side also mentioned that Honble Supreme Court has dismissed some SLPs and allowed reimbursement of medical examination of pensioners, in accordance with CS (MA) Rules.

The representative from Ministry of Health informed that the proposal for extension of CS (MA) Rules 1944 to Central Government pensioners was not agreed to in view of huge financial impliations. In regard to the dismissal oF SLP flied by Department against order of courts/tribunals for grant of medical benefits irn individual cases, Ministry of Health has flied a review petition in Supreme Court. It was also informed that Ministry of Health is contemplating Health Insurance Scheme on pan India basis keeping special focus on the non CHGS areas. This Is expected to solve the problems of pensioner’s living in non CGHS areas. The item was treated as closed.

(iii) Grant of modified parity with reference to the Revised Pay Scale corresponding to pre revised Pay Scale of the post from which an employee had retired — upgraded pay scale Instead of normal replacement scales.

The JCM suggested that upgraded revised pay scales may be notionally extended and used for pension fixation instead of normal replacement scales.

It was informed that after the 5th Pay Commission also modified parity was allowed with reference to replacement pay scales and not with the upgraded pay scales. This decision of Government was also upheld by Supreme Court in its judgement dated 23.11.2006 in the CA No. 3173-3174/2006 & 3188-3190/2006 (K. S. Krishna Swamy Vs. UOI). In the 6th CPC the same principle has been followed in view of the above. It was informed that it would not be possible to reopen this issue.Therefore, the Ítem may be closed.

5. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the chair.