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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

HAPPY DEEPAWALI


Atal Pension Yojana : Still Scope for increasing pension coverage

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
16-October-2017 16:57 IST
Over 69 lacs subscribers join Atal Pension Yojana with contribution of Rs. 2690 crores 

Secretary DFS: Still Scope for increasing pension coverage
Atal Pension Yojana currently has over 69 lacs subscribers with contribution of Rs. 2690.00 crores. Chairman, PFRDA Shri Hemant G Contractor however emphasised the need of increasing the pension coverage in India at a recently concluded conference on Atal Pension Yojana. The conference organised by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) in the national capital saw participation from all major banks, representatives from NPCI, SCHIL, SIDBI, Access Assist and some major MFIs.

A large section of the society still does not have access to pensions and this is a cause of concern for PFRDA and Government, Shri Contactor said. Congratulating the winners of the contest organised by PFRDA the Chairman said that APY has made progress in covering the intended subscribers but much remains to be done. He mentioned that on an average, a little less than 2% of the eligible population is covered under APY and hence a lot has to be done to provide people a regular access to old age income. He also touched upon the issues of persistence in the APY accounts and asserted that the objective of the scheme is to provide pension and this will only happen if the contribution in the account has been regularly paid. He urged the APY Service Providers to educate the subscribers on the importance of the same. He also urged upon the APY Service Providers i.e Banks and Post Offices under Department of Post to achieve the targets allocated by government by putting in their best efforts.

A video message of Shri Rajiv Kumar, Secretary DFS was played during the occasion. Shri Rajiv Kumar mentioned that Atal Pension Yojana is flagship program of the Government of India under financial inclusion and financial security. The pension coverage in this country is at around 12% and banks and other stakeholder need to work towards greater coverage under the scheme. He also said that DFS is monitoring the progress under the scheme and targets allocated under the scheme to banks should be accomplished. He touched upon the subject of providing a digital platform for APY by PFRDA i.e e-APY. Secretary Shri Rajiv Kumar congratulated the banks on their performance under the campaigns and urged them to continue the work.

While the government has a pension scheme for the BPL persons but the amount is meagre and is not sufficient for old age needs. 9% of the population of India, i.e 110 million people are over 60 years and by 2030 this figure is expected to cross 180 million. The 60 plus age groups is the fastest growing demographic in the country. With increase in longevity of the people, disintegration of the joint family system in India and inflation, there is greater need for old age than ever before. Currently pension benefits are available India basically to the organised sector. Atal Pension Yojana introduced in 2015 by Government of India provides a self- contributory savings pension scheme with guaranteed pension of Rs. 1,000/- to Rs. 5,000/- with a very low contribution by the subscriber. All banks and Department of Post have pushed the product to the interiors of the country. APY has option for increasing the pension amount from Rs. 1000/- to any other amount up to Rs. 5000/- as per the savings capacity of the subscriber, and further allows the spouse to continue the account in the event of the death of the subscriber before the age of sixty years. PFRDA has also been engaging with various State Governments for providing co-contribution under the scheme. With the introduction of e-APY through Aadhaar, the banks will be able to effectively utilise the digital platform for greater coverage.
EXTENSION OF PROBATION PERIOD ON ACCOUNT OF AVAILING LEAVE DURING PROBATION PERIOD. (Click the link below to view)

Monday, October 16, 2017

ATTACK ON POST OFFICE SMALL SAVINGS SCHEMES
AUTHORIZATION OF NATIONALIZE AND PRIVATE BANKS
POST OFFICE SMALL SAVINGS SCHEMES
UNDER HEAVY ATTACK
GDS MEMBERSHIP VERIFICATION PROCESS STOPPED.
IMPLEMENTATION OF GDS COMMITTEE REPORT DELAYED FOR ONE YEAR, STILL PENDING WITH FINANCE MINISTRY.
HOLD PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS AT ALL CENTRES AND IN FRONT OF ALL OFFICES ON 23.10.2017.
FEDERAL SECRETARIAT WILL MEET AND DECLARE FURTHER COURSE OF ACTION.
Dear Comrades, 
Government has unleashed a sudden and most damaging attack on Post office Small Savings Schemes. Notifications are already issued permitting all Nationalised Banks and three Private Banks ( ICICI Bank , AXIS Bank and HDFC Bank) to accept deposits for all Small Savings Schemes viz ; Recurring Deposit (RD) , Time Deposits (TD) , Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS) , Sukanya Samridhi Account (SSA) , Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) and National Savings Certificate (NSC VIII issue) with effect from 10th October 2017. 
         This is a great blow to the Post office Small Savings Schemes and will be a threat to the job security of Postal Employees and also MPKBY /SAS Agents. About 40% of the Revenue and about 50% of the workload of Post office depends on the Post office Small Savings Schemes. Outsourcing of POSSS work to Banks will result in steady fall in Revenue and Workload of Postal Department.
         GDS Committee Report , though submitted to Govt on 24th November 2016 , is still pending with Finance Ministry for approval. GDS Membership verification process has been suddenly stopped by the Government.
          Overall situation in Postal Department is worsening day by day and resentment of the Employees is mounting. 
         NFPE CHQ views the above situation with grave concern and calls upon the entirety of Postal and RMS employees including GDS and Casual labourers to conduct mass protest demonstrations at all Centres and in front of all offices on 23rdOCTOBER 2017.
       Urgent meeting of NFPE Federal Secretariat to be held shortly will announce further course of action. 
Yours fraternally, 
  R.N.PARASHAR 
Secretary General 

        NFPE
17th OCTOBER 2017
ORGANIZE MASS DHARNA AT ALL STATE CAPITALS
As already communicated in Confederation CHQ circular dated 07.09.2017, all C-O-Cs and Affiliated organisation are requested to organize Mass Dharna at all State Capitals on 17th October 2017 demanding immediate settlement of 21 points Charter of Demands of Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers.
M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob. & Whats App: - 09447068125
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1.       Honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6th July 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the rate of  30%, 20% and 10% with effect from 01-01-2016. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.
2.      Implement option-I recommended by 7th CPC regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners.
3.     Scrap PFRDA Act and Contributory Pension Scheme and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 01.01.2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
4.      Treat GraminDakSewaks of Postal department as Civil Servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances etc. of departmental employees to GDS.
5.     Regularise all casual, contract, part-time, contingent and Daily rated mazdoors and grant equal pay and other benefits.
6.     (a)         No Downsizing, Privatisation, outsourcing and contractorisation of Government functions.
           (b) Stop proposed move to close down Government of India Presses
7.       Withdraw the arbitrary decision of the Government to enhance the bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradations under MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” and also decision to withhold annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench march either for MACP or for regular promotion within the first 20 years of service. Grant MACP pay fixation benefits on promotional hierarchy and not on pay-level hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre for grant of MACP.
8.       (a) Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (J) and Rule 48 of CCs (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short cut as purity measure to punish and victimize the employees.
           (b) Withdraw all trade union victimisations and attack on trade union facilities.
9.       Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner. Lift ban on creation of posts. Undertake cadre Review to assess the requirement of employees and their cadre prospects. Modify recruitment rules of Group-‘C’ cadre and make recruitment on Reginal basis.
10.     Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment in all deserving cases.
11.     Grant five promotions in the service carreer to all Central Govt. employees.
12.     Abolish and upgrade all Lower Division Clerks to Upper Division Clerks.
13.     Ensure parity in pay for all stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat staff by upgrading their pay scales. Grant pay scale of Drivers in LokSabha Secretariat to Drivers working in all other Central Government Departments.
14.     Reject the stipulation of 7th CPC to reduce the salary to 80% for the second year of Child Care leave and retain the existing provision.
15.     Introduce Productivity Linked bonus in all department and continue the existing bi-lateral agreement on PLB wherever it exists.
16.     Ensure cashless, hassle free medical treatment to all Central Government employees & Pensioners in all recognized Government and Private hospitals.
17.     Revision of Overtime Allowance (OTA) and Night Duty Allowance (NDA) w.e.f 01.01.2016 based on 7thCPC pay scale.
18.     Revision of wages of Central Government employees in every five years.
19.     Revive JCM functioning at all levels. Grant recognition to the unions/Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 within a time frame to facilitate effective JCM functioning.
20.     Implementation of the Revised Pay structure in respect of employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies consequent on implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 and Revised Pension  Rules  in respect of Central Government employees and pensioners.
21.       Implementation of the “equal pay for equal work” judgment of the Supreme Court in all departments of the Central Government.
RTP PRINCIPAL CAT CASE

Central Administrative Tribunal Principal Branch, New Delhi put cost of Rs.2000/- to Department for not filing Counter affidavit. The Final Hearing is on 21.11.2017. The order of Tribunal is reproduce here.


Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
13-October-2017 13:18 IST
Rural people to get affordable life insurance services - Manoj Sinh

      The Minister for Communications Shri Manoj Sinha today launched the Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana and an initiative for expansion of clientele base of Postal Life Insurance.  Talking to media after launching the schemes here, the Minister said that the vision of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to provide banking services through the postal network needs to be taken forward to provide affordable life insurance services to people living in rural areas of the country. He said that all villages under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana will be brought under its ambit.
         The Minister said, under Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana, at least one village (having a minimum of 100 households) will be identified in each of the revenue districts of the country, wherein endeavour will be made to cover all households of that identified village with a minimum of one RPLI (Rural Postal Life Insurance) policy each.  Coverage of all households in the identified Sampoorna Bima Gram village is the primary objective of this scheme.
         Shri Sinha said, under the scheme expansion of clientele base of PLI, it has now been decided that benefits of PLI will no more be confined to Government and semi-Government employees, but will also be available to professionals such as Doctors, Engineers, Management Consultants, Charted Accountants, Architects, Lawyers, Bankers etc. and to employees of listed companies of NSE (National Stock Exchange) and BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange).  The decision has been taken to enlarge the cover of social security and bring maximum number of people under the protection of Postal Life Insurance (PLI). He said that the postal policies have low premium and high bonus, unlike the Private ones.
         The Minister added that the Government is committed to the cause of complete wellbeing of citizens of this country.  Expansion of clientele base of Postal Life Insurance (PLI) and ensuring coverage of Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI) to all households of Sampoorna Bima Gram villages in each district of the country is a step in that direction. These two major initiatives being undertaken by Department of Posts will serve as an instrument of securing lives of people as well as enhancing financial inclusion.
Postal Life Insurance (PLI), introduced in 1884, is one of the oldest life insurance schemes for benefit of Government and semi-Government employees.  Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI), introduced on March 24, 1995 on recommendations of Malhotra Committee, provides insurance cover to people residing in rural areas, especially weaker sections and women living in rural areas. Low Premium and High Bonus is the unique feature of PLI and RPLI schemes.  As on March 31, 2017, there were 46.8 lakh PLI and 146.8 lakh RPLI policies across the country.  

        The insurance industry in India has undergone transformational changes after liberalisation of the insurance sector in the year 2000, subsequent to setting up of the insurance regulator Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI).  In such a competitive scenario, it is felt that there is an urgent need for Postal Life Insurance (PLI) / Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI) to redefine itself.

SB ORDER NO. 16/2017: AADHAAR NUMBER IS A MANDATORY DOCUMENT WHILE CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE ORDER

SB ORDER NO. 16/2017: AADHAAR NUMBER IS A MANDATORY DOCUMENT WHILE CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE ORDER

Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service - Revision of Disability Pension/Family pension under CCS(EOP)Rules of Pre-2016 disability pensioners/ Family Pensioners in implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC - regarding. (Click the link below to view)
Grant of Dearness Relief in the 5th CPC series effective from 01.07.2017 to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment - reg  (Click the link below to view)
http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PPWG_13oct2017.pdf

Saturday, October 14, 2017

REVISION OF CEILING RATES FOR KNEE AND HIP IMPLANTS UNDER CGHS AND CS(MA)RULES

Diwali Stamp Offers Message of Human Unity and Peace, Says Chair of Diwali Stamp Project

Ranju Batra

Ranju Batra, Indian American chair of the Diwali Stamp Project, told India-West that the Diwali stamp “celebrates the heritage of over a billion people.” Her goal now is to ensure that the Diwali stamps are available at all the post offices in the country. (photo provided)
On Oct. 5, 2016, the long-awaited United States postal stamp commemorating the Hindu festival of Diwali was officially unveiled at the Indian Consulate in New York City.
The announcement of the Diwali stamp sparked celebrations within the Indian American community. People across the aisle marveled at the design of the stamp, which is a photograph featuring a traditional Diya oil lamp, sitting on a sparkling gold background. But the dream became a reality following years of hard work and advocacy. Among those whose perseverance and patience played a crucial role in bringing the Diwali stamp to fruition was Ranju Batra, chair of the Diwali Stamp Project.
A year later, the Indian American activist reflects on the journey that led to the realization of this dream, and the impact of this cultural symbol.
“It was a peaceful movement which we won last year,” Batra told India-West. “I look at the Diwali stamp as a powerful civilizational bridge that has been forged between the nations of USA and India. Just like a stamp has its glue it goes on the paper, I feel our hearts and minds are glued together at this point because there is a whole lot of excitement about the Diwali stamp.”
The release of the Diwali stamp, said Batra, evoked an overwhelming response, adding that the United States Postal Service officials informed her that they had received orders from as far as Indonesia, Singapore, and India.
Recalling a meeting in Washington, D.C., with the USPS team, that had been facilitated by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney two weeks before the dedication ceremony, Batra said: ‘They asked me, ‘You were saying all along that the stamp is going to sell a whole lot, do you still believe that so many stamps are going to sell?’ I said, ‘Of course’, and they also asked me if I’d be willing to sell stamps on their behalf.”
She did, and by doing so, she created a history of sorts when she single-handedly sold 170,000 Diwali stamps.
“No other stamp has sold as much on day one as the Diwali stamp in USPS’ 200-year history,” Batra told India-West, noting that the postal service does not authorize any single person or an entity to sell stamps on their behalf, but this was one of those rare occasions.
Batra said that in 2016, shortly after the stamp came out, she personally visited several post offices and requested them to display a sample at their respective offices.
“The stamp is so pretty, even when Americans see it, they are like, ‘Oh! I don’t use stamps as much but I’ll buy it.’ It’s a matter of pride for the Indian community,” she said.
The Diwali stamps are here to stay, stated Batra, adding that she has initiated a drive to check the availability of these stamps at every post office in the country. Her goal, she said, is to keep the light of the Diwali stamp shining bright.
“Two things are close to my heart, the Diwali stamp and Diwali holiday,” she told India-West. “I’ve already started working towards the holiday.”
Recalling the more than two-decade-long uphill battle undertaken by several Indian American community leaders/members before her to get the approval, Batra said that she was told it was a lost cause since their efforts yielded no results. 
“I kept asking myself, ‘How is it possible that they are issuing other stamps but refusing to issue Diwali stamps when there are so many Indians and they are trying so hard?’ Then I found out they were trying the wrong way,” said Batra.
In a meeting with the USPS officials, arranged by Maloney, Batra said she questioned them about what could be done to set the ball rolling.
“They said, ‘Ranju, a postage stamp goes on paper.’ We were collecting signatures online. They could not care less,” Batra told India-West. “They want their stamps to be sold and we wanted our Diwali stamp.”
She then enlisted the help of other community members/organizations – who had put in years of hard work into this campaign – and started working towards a common goal.
“It wasn’t an online petition. We created paper petitions…it was going person to person, explaining them what we were doing, having their signatures, addresses…,” said Batra. “It wasn’t just Hindus or Indians. It was Christians, Muslims, Chinese, Koreans…Not a single person said they didn’t want to.”
In her final petition, which featured images of stamps celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Eid, among others, she wrote: “We are very happy that you have issued all these stamps, and now it’s time for a Diwali stamp.”
“I kept pushing them to issue a Diwali stamp,” said Batra. “And finally, they heard it.”
Batra said that the Diwali stamp isn’t just a stamp, it represents something much larger.
“I feel the Diwali stamp is not just a celebration of a religion or a nation but it is the spirit of inclusiveness and cultural understanding that it represents,” Batra told India-West. “I’m happy to say that Diwali stamp is here and it is here forever. This will be a matter of pride for generations to come.”
“In this digital age, a small piece of paper called Diwali stamp celebrates the heritage of over a billion people. To me, Diwali stamp gives out a message of human unity and peace. I’d say Diwali has really put its stamp on America,” added Batra.
Source : http://www.indiawest.com

Thursday, October 12, 2017

AMENDMENT FOR THE PROVISIONS OF GENERAL PROVIDENT FUND (CENTRAL SERVICE) RULES, 1960- LIBERALIZATION OF PROVISIONS FOR WITHDRAWALS FROM THE FUND BY THE SUBSCRIBERS  CLICK HERE TO VIEW

 

PFRDA ROLLS-OUT AADHAR POWERED DIGITAL ON BOARDING INTO APY THROUGH ENPS PLATFORM

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
10-October-2017 12:54 IST

            PFRDA rolls-out Aadhar Powered Digital on Boarding into APY through eNPS platform for wider reach; Benefits of APY@eNPS include paperless registration; No need to visit Bank Branch & to have Banking Id and 24*7 Online En-rollment at the customer's convenience.

            Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has embarked upon several digital friendly steps for extension of the benefits of APY to the citizens of India. PFRDA has developed the process to offer APY enrolment through eNPS platform for wider reach. Under this channel a complete end to end digital environment for subscription is enabled without submission of physical form at the convenience of the customer without visiting bank or post office.

            So far APY is available for subscription through Banks, BCs and through internet banking. Now, APY is available on eNPS platform and any eligible Indian citizen can enroll through the APY@eNPS channel by visiting www.enps.nsdl.com. The customers of the Bank can visit eNPS portal and submit Aadhaar/ Bank Name and Savings Bank Account Number to join the scheme. The benefits of APY@eNPS are:

• Paperless registration
• No need for visiting Bank Branch.
• Online enrollment can be made 24*7 at the customer's convenience.
• No Need for having internet banking Id.

            Punjab National Bank is the first Bank to operationalize APY@eNPS and quite a few other banks are expected to launch this platform shortly offering Aadhaar enabled APY enrollment.

            Any person in the age group of 18 to 40 years with a savings bank account and Aadhaar can register for APY by providing the minimum information in the APY@eNPS portal as rest of the information will be auto populated from the respective bank. This new feature not only makes it easy for the subscriber to join the APY but also reduces the workload for the Banks/Postal Branch which are implementing the APY.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS(FAQS) ON NPS
FIXATION OF THE PAY OF THE PRE-REVISED PAY SCALE OF 1S SCALE GRANTED TO CANDIDATES APPOINTED AS TRAINEES ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS IN THE SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION (7TH CPC)-REG.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Payment of Dearness Allowances to Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) effective from 01.07.2017 onwards
World Postal Day 2017 - Launch of International Tracked Packet and eIPO