Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Pilot run of e-Revision Utility of CPAO for 7th Central Pay Commission Revision of Pension.

CPAO/IT&Tech/Revision/7th CPC/2016-17/19.Vol-111/207
23/12/016
Office Memorandum
Subject: Pilot run of e-Revision Utility of CPAO for 7th Central Pay Commission Revision of Pension.
Revision of about 9.5 lakhs Pre-2016 pension cases & 16000 post-2015 cases have become due as per recommendations of 7th CPC. As per instructions of DP&PW dated 4/08/2016, pension cases of Pre-2016 pensioners have been revised by the banks by applying the multiplication factor of 2.57. However, pension of post-2015 pensioners needs to be revised by concerned PAOs. At present, these cases are being revised through COMPACT and physical authorities are sent to CPAO for authorization of pension. As COMPACT does not provide the facility of sending online Revision Authorities under the digital signatures of concerned PAOS to CPAO, CPAO has to walt for physical Revision Authorities for the validation of PAOS’ signature and special seal. Due to this, the process of pension revision becomes time consuming which ultimately slows down the whole process of revision. To overcome this problem, CPAO has developed online e-revision utility to take care of 7th CPC Pension Revision with the facility of sending digitally signed Revision Authority under the diBital signatures of PAOS to CPAO.
2.lt has been decided to start the pilot run of new utility in 8 PAOS i.e. PAO, CRPF, New Delhi, PAO, CISF, New Delhi and PAO, BSF New Delhi of MHA; PAO, NDZ and PAO , Food Zone of UD; PAO, CWC in Water Recourses; Pr. AO/PAO, New Delhi in External Affairs and 2AO, CBDT New Delhi in CBDT. These PAOs are first required to register their digital signatures in PFMS (if not already registered) in order to process and send the revised authority to CPAO. e- Revision utility may be accessed on CPAO’s website at htlp://164,100.78.149/erevision.Step by Step process flow for processing of revision cases in the new utility may be downloaded from CPAOs.
3. ln view of the above, you are requested to instruct your PAOs selected for pilot run to use new utility of CPAO for revision of Post- 2016 pension cases w.e.f. 1st January,2017 and extend full support to make the trial/pilot successful. ln case of any difficulty in use of this utility Sh.Davinder Kumar, Technical Director, Nlc, cPAo may be contacted on Telephone No. 011- 26715338 or through email-kumar.davinder@nic.in.
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Subhash Chandra
Controller of Accounts
Authority: http://cpao.nic.in/

Monday, December 26, 2016

Travelling Allowance claim to the Family of Deceased Govt. Servant: Time Limit of 1 year can be extended as per rules.


No.19016/1/2015-E.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 21st December, 2016

Office Memorandum

Sub:- Applicability of provision below SR-147 to the family of deceased Govt. servant, in special circumstances- clarification regarding.



Various references are being received in this Department seeking clarification from this Department as to whether Rule below SR-148 for admitting Travelling Allowance (TA) claim by family of deceased employees beyond one year period of the death of the employee is also covered under GoI decision 2(iii) below Rule SR-147 which provides that ‘TA to Central Government servant on retirement may be availed of by a Government servant who is eligible for it, at any time during his leave preparatory to retirement, or within one year of the date of his retirement and powers to extend the time-limit of one year will be exercised by the Administrative Ministries/ Departments with the approval of the FA concerned, in individual cases attendant with special circumstances.’

2. The matter has been considered in this Department and it has been decided that the above provision below SR-147 for extension of time limit of one year with the approval of FA of the concerned Ministry, will also be applicable in case of family of the deceased Govt. servant.
3. This is issued with the approval of Joint Secretary (Personnel).

(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary (EG)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years: More than 25 thousand cases are pending



F.No.CPAO/Co-ord/(107)/2016-17/542
Government Of India
Ministry Of finance, Department of Expenditure,
central Pension Accounting Office,
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi – 110066
Phone:011-26178990 e-mail: sraocord-cpao@nic.in

Dated: 20th Dec, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Sub: OM No.38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 6th April, 2016 of DP&PW: Delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years.



Attention is invited to previously issued OMs to Ministries/Departments/ AGs/UTs by CPAa on the subject mentioned above. It is observed that progress in disposal of such cases has declined in spite of repeated requests for early settlement of pending cases and out of 89,481 cases,25,692 cases are still pending for revision. To avoid delay in payment of revised pension and arrear to the pensioners, special drive is required to clear these cases

It is requested to clear all the pending revision cases by 31 st December, 2016. PAOs may be instructed to revise the remaining pending cases and send the revision authorities to CPAO for further authorization. It is also requested that in case some pending revisions are not covered under this OM, a certificate may be sent to CPAO in this regard so that these cases may be removed from the pendency list.

(Subhash Chandra)
Controller of Accounts

Source: CPAO OM PDF 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Fixation of pay of re-employed Pensioners–Treatment of Military Service Pay


RBE No.153/2016
Government of India
Ministry Of Railways
Railway Board
No.E(G)2013/EM 1-5
New Delhi, Dated 15-12-2016
The General Managers
All Zonal Railways and PUs etc.
(as per Standard list)
Subject:Fixation of pay of re-employed Pensioners–Treatment of Military Service Pay
Attention is invited to instructions contained in DOP&T’s OM No.3/19/2009-Estt: Pay -II dated 8/11/2010 on the above subject which was circulated to the Railways for implementaion vide Railway Board’s letter No.E(G)/2013/EM 1/4 dated 24/7/2013.
However,Federation (NFIR) has pointed out that aforesaid instructions are not being complied with by the Zonal Railways/PUs etc.
Therefore, Board desire that the aforesaid instructions should be complied with strictly while fixing the pay of ex-servicemen who are re-employed ont he Zonal Railways/PUs etc.
Please acknowledge receipt.
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(D.Joseph)
Dy.Dir./Estt.(Genl)

Revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972


No.38/49/2016-P&PW(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi
New Delhi, the 30th November 2016
Office Memorandum
Sub:- Revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972
The undersigned is directed to say that in pursuance of Government’s decision on the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission, orders for revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners w.e.f 1.1.2016 have been issued on 4.8.201 6.
2.The following categories of pensioners are drawing provisional pension under Rule-69 of the CCS (Pension) Rules based on their pre-revised pay/pension-
(i)Retired before 1.1.2016 and sanctioned provisional pension under Rule-69 of the CCS (Pension) Rules on account of departmental /judicial proceedings or suspension.
(ii)Suspended before 1.1.2016 and sanctioned provisional pension under Rule-69 of the CCS (Pension) Rules on retirement on or after 1.1.201 6.
3.The provisional pension sanctioned in the above cases may be revised in the normal course in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s OM No.38/37/2016- P&PW(A) (ii) dated 4.8.2016 issued for revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners.
4.This issues with the approval of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance ID No. 1(2J)/EV/2016 dated 24.11.2016.
5.Hindi version will follow.
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(Harjit Singh)
Director

Grant of privilege passes/pto

Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable............

Allotment of RAC berths to passengers


introduction of alternate train accommodation scheme (Vikalp) dt : 14.12.2016

installation of POS machines at various locations of Indian Railways dt : 10.12.2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Procedure for Generating Jeevan Pramaan / Digital Life Certificate (ver1.0)



1. What is Jeevan Pramaan (JP): 
There are more than one crore pensioners in the country including pensioners from Central Government and Defense personnel. These pensioners get their due pension through Pension Disbursing Authorities (PDAs) such as the banks, the post offices etc. 

Pensioners are required to furnish a “Life Certificate” to these PDAs in November every year either by presenting themselves personally or by delivering a life certificate in the prescribed format. The requirement to produce this certificate causes huge hardships particularly to the aged and or / infirm pensioners. 

Launched by Hon. PM Shri. Narendra Modi ji, on 10th Nov 2014, Digital Life Certificate for Pensioners Scheme of the Government of India, known as the Jeevan Pramaan (JP) seeks to address this very problem by digitizing the whole process of securing the life certificate. It enables the pensioner to generate a digital life certificate using a software application and secure Aadhaar based Biometric Authentication System. The Digital Life Certificate (DLC) so generated is stored online & can be accessed by the pensioner & the Pension Disbursing Agency as and when required by them.

2. Components of the J P/ Digital Life Certificate 
There are three basic components of the Jeevan Pramaan /Digital Life Certificate: 

A. The Pension Sanctioning Authority (PSAs) 

It is the authority which approves and sanctions the pension of an individual. The Pension is to be delivered in the Pension Account specified in the Pension Payment Order (PPO). 

B. The Pension Disbursing Agency (PDAs) 

The Pension Disbursing Agencies process the DLC of the pensioners. The PDAs can register on the Jeevan Pramaan Portal to access the Life Certificates on-line. This account sign up facility has been created for the PDAs (Banks, Post Office etc), to process pension orders. The Agencies can securely login to view/ download a PDF copy of DLC of Pensioner for processing. 

C. The Pensioners: 

The JP uses the Aadhaar platform for biometric authentication of the pensioner. For the DLC generation the pensioners needs to have Internet Connectivity, a biometric device (list of supported devices is given on the JP portal) and JP Windows/Android Client Application Software for PC/Mobile/tablet which can be downloaded from the Jeevan Pramaan portal: https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/

3. Pre-Requisites for Digital Life Certificate Generation 
i) The pensioner must have a Aadhaar number 
ii) The pensioner must have an existing mobile number 
iii) Registration of the Aadhaar number with Pension Disbursing Agency ( bank Post Office etc) should have been done already 
iv) Biometric device (list of supported devices is given on the JP portal) 
v) PC with Windows 7.0 & above Android Mobile/Tablet 4.0 & above 
vi) Internet Connectivity 

4. Generation of Digital Life Certificate – Where & How 

The Pensioners can either Generate DLC themselves or Let Others do it for them. The Pensioner can register and get a JP/DLC done at the below places: 

i) Pensioner can download the JP application (Generate DLC themselves) from the JP Portal https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/app/download & install client application on android based smart Phone/tablet or Windows PC/Laptop for DLC generation. 

ii) Pensioner can visit any nearest Centre (having facilities for digital services) like the Citizen Service Centre (CSC), the Government Office /Banks designated for generating the DLCs and get themselves registered online using their services. Pensioner might have to pay nominally for this). The All India List of such CSCs (name & address) in various States across India is posted on JP portal at: https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/locater  

5. The Two Step process with Client Application for the Online DLC: 
The Pensioner can download the Jeevan Pramaan Windows & Android client software from the portal. The client software will take care of registration for the life certificate, for authentication it will use the Aadhaar Biometric Authentication platform. 

To download the application, the pensioner has to provide their e-mail in the online form available at https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/app/download  

This link will be made available after submitting the e-mail address. The pensioner or the operator needs download the client application as per their requirement. 

Generation of DLC using the Client Application Software (the registration and generation of Jeevan Pramaan) gets done in two basic steps:

5.1 Operator Authentication /Device Registration

It is required to authenticate /register the biometric device (this one time only for a particular biometric device whether it’s the agencies doing the DLC generation or it is being done by the pensioners herself/himself). The operator / pensioner provide Aadhaar Number and a Mobile number and receive an OTP which is provided in the online application form/ software module for registration.

jeevan+pramaan+operator+authentication

On entering correct OTP, below screen shall be presented. Provide Name & Email ID and click ‘Scan Finger’. Scan finger-print on finger-print scanner or scan Iris (Eye) on Iris Scanner connected to PC/mobile/tab.
jeevan+pramaan+finger+scan

once the finger-print/Iris is authenticated, the system displays ‘Device Registration successful’ message on the screen as shown in the screen below. Click on OK.

jeevan+pramaan+authentication

On clicking OK, Pensioner Authentication Screen appears. Pensioner now has to move to the Next step 2 -For Pensioner Authentication.


5.2 Authentication and Certificate Generation 

The pensioner data Aadhaar Number and Mobile number is to be entered in the online application form after which the pensioner receives an OTP. 

jeevan+pramaan+pensioner+authentication

The pensioner has to  enter the OTP and click OK  (See Screen shot below)

jeevan+pramaan+otp

If correct OTP is entered, following screen is presented. On next screen given below, enter mandatory information like Pensioner Name, PPO Number, Type of pension, name of Sanctioning Authority, Disbursing Agency, email and Bank Account number etc. Select Remarried options, Re-Employed Options.
jeevan+pramaan+form+filling

Check small grey box as shown below. Then click ‘Scan Finger’ button & this will start the finger/Iris scanning process.

jeevan+pramaan+declaration

Once the Finger Print/Iris Authentication is successful, the life certificate of the pensioner is displayed as shown below and an SMS acknowledgement is sent to the pensioner’s mobile number. This sms has Jeevan Pramaan Certificate ID. The generated certificates or DLCs are stored in the Life Certificate Repository and is available anytime & anywhere for use by pensioner & Pension Disbursing Agency.
jeevan+pramaan+successful+registration

6. Electronic Delivery of DLC 

Once the certificate is generated, the Pramaan ID is sent in a sms to the pensioner for further use (print). The Digital Life Certificate or the Jeevan Pramaan can also be electronically delivered to the Pension Disbursing Agencies. The PDAs can access and view the Life Certificate on the Jeevan Pramaan website and also download the same The PDAs can get in touch with Jeevan Pramaan team, to enable the e-delivery facility as well as for login access. 

7. Pensioner Access to the JP/DLC 

The Pensioner can have the DLC available not only at the time of DLC generation but the can also download a PDF copy of the generated digital certificate from Jeevan Pramaan  website(https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/) by using the generated Jeevan Pramaan ID or Aadhaar number.

The Jeevan Pramaan /Digital Life Certificate application is simple and easy to implement and leaves out the difficulties which the pensioners face in production of life certificates every year. It also reduces the chances of wrongful disbursal of pension.

Quick Reference:

Website address: https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/ Contact JP Team at:  jeevanpramaan@gov.in
Help Desk Service (Call Centre) Phone: (91)-0120-3076200
Version: Procedure for Generating Jeevan Pramaan/Digital Life Certificate ver.1.0

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Merger of Grade Pay: CAT Judgement on Section Officer/Sr. Section Officer Case on the issue of Fixation of Pay

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
S.No. PC-VI/ 371
No. PC-VI/2014/MISC/04
New Delhi, dated 24.10.2016
The General Manager/ CAOs,
All Zonal Railways/ Production Units
(As per mailing list)


Sub: Sharing of judgement - Judgement dated 09.09.2016 of CAT / Patna Bench in OA. No. 441/2014 (Dharmendra Singh & Ors Vs UoI Ors) on the issue of fixation of pay with reference to higher pre-revised pay scales of the upgraded/ merged scales w.e.f the date of promotion.

A number of court cases have been filed by the employees viz. Section Officer (A)/ Sr. Section Officer (A) etc. (in the pro-revised scales ofRs. 6500-10500/ 7450-11500) of various Railways before various benches of Hon‘ble Central Administrative Tribunal seeking fixation of pay in the revised pay structure of grade pay of Rs. 4800/- based on upgraded pay scale in pre-rcvised terms viz. Rs. 7500-12000 from the date of their promotion. Similarly, some employees of certain other categories in scale Rs. 650040500 have filed cases for fixation in revised pay structure of l’B-Z GP Rs. 4600 based on fixation table of pre-revised scale Rs. 7450-11500. The issue has been gone into the merits by CAT/Patna vide their judgement dated 09.09.2016 in O.A. No. 441/2014 (Dharmendra Singh & Ors Vs Uo1 & Ors).  Hon’ble Tribunal has dismissed above oA vide orders dated 09.09.2016 (copy
enclosed) holding as follows:-

“43. As we have stated earlier, the claim of the applicants is not tenable as per the rules. This Bench in GA No. 442/2014 did not examine the matter independently. Rather, the direction was to extend the benefit of the judgement of Allahabad Bench subject to the outcome of the SLP. The Allahabad Bench judgement has already been examined in detail by the Principal Bench and the Full Bench and found not acceptable. We have also examined the Rules in detail and given our conclusions
above.

44. On detailed examination, we have come to the conclusion that the applicants’ prayer is not acceptable. All these reasonings which we have given in detail in this order and our independent examination were not available before the Hon 'ble Patna High Court. It also appears that the judgements of the Principal Bench and the Full Bench of the Tribunal referred to above were not before the Hon 'ble Patna High Court.

45. Accordingly we find no merit in the OA. The OA is therefore dismissed with no order as to costs."

2. The Railways may bring the above position to the notice of Railway Advocate contesting such other cases and take necessary action to file a copy of above judgement before the respective Tribunals.

3. Receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.

DA. As above
(M.K. Panda)
Jt. Director, Pay Commission
Railway Board

EPFO fixes 8.65% interest rate for PF deposits, cut from 8.8%

ET Bureau|
Updated: Dec 20, 2016, 12.31 AM IST
NEW DELHI:Keeping in line with falling interest rates, organised sector workers will earn 8.65% on their provident fund savings this year. 

This follows a decision by the apex decision-making body of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to reduce interest rate on provident fund deposits to 8.65% for 2016-17 from the current 8.8%. 

Although union representatives on the EPFO board of trustees sought for the rate to be retained at last year's level, the agency opted otherwise. The move is in line with the falling rate regime with the RBI cutting key lending rates and banks reducing deposit rates following the demonetisation move last month. 

"Taking into account relevant factors, the Central Board (of Trustees) decided to recommend 8.65% interest to its subscribers for 2016-17. Roughly 17 crore subscribers' accounts will be updated with this interest rate upon acceptance by the government," labour ministry officials said after the 215th meet of the Central Board of Trustees (CBT), the EPFO's decision making body. The rates need to be notified by the labour ministry, which will look at the projected earnings and expenditure of the EPFO for the current financial year.

As per the EPFO income projections of Rs 39,084 crore for the current fiscal, providing an 8.8% rate of interest on EPF deposits will leave a deficit of Rs 383 crore. However, at the rate currently announced, there would be a surplus of about Rs 69.34 crore. 

The finance ministry had decided earlier this year to lower interest on EPF for 2015-16 to 8.7% from the 8.8% approved by CBT. However, the government had to roll back the decision and provide 8.8% interest following protests by trade unions. 

Despite this cut, the returns will be higher than what the government pays on small savings schemes. In October this year, the government had lowered interest on many small savings schemes by 0.1 percentage points. The popular Public Provident Fund (PPF) now fetches only 8%. 

RSS-affiliated trade union, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), said the rate offered was still higher and better than other small saving schemes. "We have agreed to the interest rate offered because if you take into consideration the tax exemption status of provident funds, the interest rate comes out to be close to 10%," said Vrijesh Upadhaya of BMS. 

However, Conress-affiliated INTUC says the union is unhappy with the government's move. "The government could have offered higher interest rate considering their return on equity investment. We had asked for it and are unhappy with the decision," Ashok Singh of INTUC said. 

The Board has also reduced administrative charges to 0.65% from 0.85% now besides recommending abolishment of administrative charges levied in implementing the Employee Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme, 1976, passing on the benefits of efficiency and computerisation to employers. 

"Besides, the Central Board has also decided to constitute a sub-committee of CBT with members drawn from employees and employer representatives to study employment trends for the next 10 years and recommend appropriate administrative charges to the Central Board," the Board said.
 

Dearness Relief from 01.07.2016 @ 132%: Order issued for Employees on absorption in PSU/Autonomous Body


dearness+releif+order+psu+absorbee



F. No. 42/15/2016-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 - 1 10003
Date: 16th Dec,2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject :- Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and are in receipt of 1/3rd restored commuted portion of pension. - Revised rate effective from 1.7.2016.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OMS 42/06/2016-P&PW(G) dated 11th April. 2016 and 42/15/2016-1’&PW(G) dated 16.11.2016 wherein it was decided to issue separate Dearness Relief orders to the Central Government employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and are in receipt of 1/3rd restored commuted portion ofpension and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief(DR) shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 125% to 132% w.e.f. 151July, 2016.

2. These orders will be applicable to Central Government employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible for restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension. These employees will be entitled to the payment of DR @ 132% w.e.f. 1.7.2016 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received had he not drawn lump sum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfilment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the OM. dated 14.07.98 as amended from time to time. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s OM No.4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated. 12.7.2000 refers.

3. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

4. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department's OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F.No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

5. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.
6. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-11 dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of lndia addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21St May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

7. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

8. This issues in pursuance of instructions of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No. 1/3/2008-E.II(B) dated 09th Nov, 2016.

9. Hindi version will follow.

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(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: Download from Pensioner Portal PDF