Thursday, 23 May 2019

Government Employee Is Not Entitled To Full Pension/Death Cum-Retirement Gratuity On Or During Pending Disciplinary/Judicial Proceedings – Allahabad High Court

Government Employee Is Not Entitled To Full Pension/Death Cum-Retirement Gratuity On Or During Pending Disciplinary/Judicial Proceedings – Allahabad High Court

The Allahabad High Court has held that a Government servant is not entitled to full pension/death cum-retirement gratuity on/or during pending disciplinary/judicial proceedings against the government servant.
The full bench comprising of Justice Pankaj Mithal, Justice Suneet Kumar and Justice Rohit Ranjan Agarwal observed that the entitlement to full pension /death-cum-retirement gratuity to the government servant is subject to the outcome of the disciplinary/judicial proceedings and issue of final orders thereon by the competent authority. The bench was considering a reference to it on the issue of entitlement of the government servant to receive death cum-retirement gratuity on superannuation or otherwise pending judicial proceedings.
The court upheld a division bench judgment view that the term ‘pension’ would include ‘gratuity’ particularly in Article 351, 351-A of the Civil Service Regulations. Referring to these regulations, the bench observed:
  • Future good conduct is implied condition of ever grant of pension. Full pension is not to be given as a matter of course, or unless the service rendered has been thoroughly satisfactory.
  • Article 351 and/or 351-A can be invoked by the State Government or the Governor, as the case may be, if the pensioner (a) be convicted of serious crime; (b) be guilty of grave misconduct (c) caused pecuniary loss to the government in service. The power can be exercised in either of the eventualities. The action thereunder is punitive.
  • Pendency of disciplinary/judicial proceedings on the date of retirement, or instituted after retirement, provisional pension equal to maximum pension as mandated under Article 919-A may be sanctioned to the government servant for the period upto conclusion of the proceedings.
  • No gratuity is payable to the government servant during pendency of disciplinary/judicial proceedings/enquiry by Administrative Tribunal, until conclusion of the proceedings/enquiry and orders being passed thereon by the competent authority.
  • The Regulations mandates that government servant is entitled to provisional pension equal to maximum pension during pendency of the proceedings until conclusion. The Regulations does not mandate the entitlement of full pension/gratuity on the ground of ‘hardship’ being faced by the pensioner pending proceedings.
  • The nature of the charge/allegations against the government servant cannot be gone into during pendency of the proceedings. The government servant whether guilty of ‘serious crime’ and/or ‘grave misconduct’ in the opinion of the competent authority can be assessed/considered while passing final orders upon conclusion of the disciplinary/judicial proceedings.
  • The impact on pension/gratuity would arise after the competent authority has had the occasion to consider and issue final orders upon conclusion of the proceedings. The cause to the government servant arises thereafter and not at the stage pending proceedings /enquiry.
Source: livelaw
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7th Pay Commission: फिर बनी नरेंद्र मोदी सरकार तो इन कर्मचारियों का होगा ‘बेड़ा पार’? जानना चाहेंगे कैसे

7th Pay Commission: फिर बनी नरेंद्र मोदी सरकार तो इन कर्मचारियों का होगा ‘बेड़ा पार’? जानना चाहेंगे कैसे

7th Pay Commission, 7th CPC Latest News Today 2019: बताया जाता है कि अगर यह फॉर्मुला लागू कर दिया गया तब केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों को बड़ी राहत मिलेगी। जस्टिस एके माथुर ने यह साफ किया था कि सरकार प्राइस इंडेक्स में उपलब्ध डेटा के आधार पर कर्मचारियों की तनख्वाह की समीक्षा करे।
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Loksabha Elections 2019 से पहले कहा जा रहा था कि मोदी सरकार केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों को खुशखबरी दे सकती है, पर ऐसा कुछ भी नहीं हुआ।

7th Pay Commission, 7th CPC Latest News Today 2019: सातवें वेतन आयोग की सिफारिशों के तहत केंद्रीय कर्मचारी, प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के नेतृत्व वाली एनडीए सरकार से उनके कार्यकाल के दौरान न्यूनतम वेतन समेत कई मांगों को लेकर आवाज उठाते रहे। पर उनके हाथ निराशा ही लगी। कयास लगाए जा रहे थे चुनाव के परिणामों से पहले सरकार की तरफ से उन्हें बड़ी खुशखबरी दी जाएगी मगर ऐसा नहीं हुआ। इसी बीच, आम चुनाव के बाद चुनावी एग्जिट पोल्स आए, जिनमें अधिकतर में मोदी सरकार की सत्ता वापसी के संकेत दिए गए। ऐसे में इस बार अगर एनडीए की सरकार बनती है, तब केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों के लिए इसके क्या मायने हैं और उन्हें क्या मिलेगा? क्या न्यूनतम वेतन 18 हजार से 26000 किए जाने की उनकी मांग पूरी की जाएगी?

सूत्रों के हवाले से मीडिया रिपोर्ट्स में कहा गया, “न्यूनतम वेतन नहीं बढ़ाया जाएगा, क्योंकि सरकार संसद में पहले ही स्पष्ट कर चुकी है कि मौजूदा वेतन आयोग का कार्यकाल खत्म हो चुका है।” वहीं, बीजेपी पर अक्सर आरोप लगता रहा है कि उसने केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों की मांगों पर अधिक ध्यान ही नहीं दिया। इससे पहले, 2003 में अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी की सरकार के समय आयोग से जुड़ा पे पैनल लागू करने की कोशिश हुई, पर सरकार तब विफल रही थी। एक साल बाद फिर यानी कि 2004 में भी कुछ वैसे ही प्रयास किए गए, मगर तब भी यह लागू न हो सका था। मांगें पूरी न होने पर केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों की नाराजगी तब और बढ़ गई थी।

यहां तक कि कई बार मांगों को लेकर आवाज बुलंद करने और विरोध प्रदर्शन के बाद भी हालात जस के तस रहे। हालांकि, सरकार कई मौकों पर ऐक्रॉयड फॉर्मुले (Aykroyd Formula) की बात करती दिखी। बताया जाता है कि अगर यह लागू कर दिया गया तब केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों को बड़ी राहत मिलेगी। जस्टिस एके माथुर ने यह साफ किया था कि सरकार प्राइस इंडेक्स में उपलब्ध डेटा के आधार पर कर्मचारियों की तनख्वाह की समीक्षा करे। आयोग ने इसके अलावा सिफारिश की थी कि 10 साल के लंबे इंतजार पर समीक्षा करने के बजाय पे मैट्रिक्स की समय-समय पर समीक्षा की जानी चाहिए। केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों के वेतन की समीक्षा भी ऐक्रॉयड फॉर्मुले के आधार पर करने की बात कही गई थी।
बता दें कि हिमाचल प्रदेश के शिमला में लेबर ब्यूरो ही समय-दर-समय पर सामान और चीजों के बदलते दामों की समीक्षा करता है। यानी केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों को वेतन आयोग के बनने के लिए 10 साल का लंबा इंतजार नहीं करना होगा, जो उनकी तनख्वाह और पेंशन की समीक्षा करेगा। सिफारिश के मुताबिक, वेतन बढ़ोतरी और अन्य संशोधन की प्रक्रिया भी हर साल होगी। हालांकि, सरकार का फैसला किधर और क्या होगा? यह तो स्पष्ट नहीं है, लेकिन अगर सरकार ऐसा करेगी, तब सीधे तौर पर केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों को आने वाले समय में अच्छी खबर जरूर मिलेगी।
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Notional Increment for pensionary benefits on 1st July on retirement on superannuation wef 30th June: CAT, Madras Bench Order in MA/310/00071/2019 (in) (&) OA/310/00170/2019

Notional Increment for pensionary benefits on 1st July on retirement on superannuation wef 30th June: CAT, Madras Bench Order in MA/310/00071/2019 (in) (&) OA/310/00170/2019

Notional Increment for pensionary benefits on 1st July on retirement on superannuation wef 30th June: CAT, Madras Bench Order in MA/310/00071/2019 (in) (&) OA/310/00170/2019
Central Administrative Tribunal
Madras Bench
MA/310/00071/2019 (in) (&) OA/310/00170/2019
Dated 13th March Two Thousand Nineteen
P R E S E N T
Hon'ble Mr. R.Ramanujam, Member(A)
&
Hon'ble Mr.P.Madhavan, Member(J)
1. K.Kandasamy
2. K.Rajarajacholan
3. M.Samathuvam
4. R.Kannan                 .. Applicants
By Advocate M/s.P.Chandrasekaran
  
Vs.
  1. Union of India, rep by the
    Chairman, CBEC,
    North Block,
    New Delhi 110 001.
  2. Union of India, rep by the
  3. Department of Personnel & Training,
    North Block, New Delhi.
  4. The Principal Chief Commissioner of Central Tax,
    121, Mahatma Gandhi Salai,
    Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 034.
  5. The Chief Commissioner of Customs,
    (Preventive),
    No.1, Williams Road, Cantonment,
    Trichy 620 001.
  6. The Commissioner of GST Central Excise,
    No.1, Foulks Compound,
    Anaimedu, Salem 636 001.
  7. The Commissioner of Customs
    Preventive),
    No.1, Williams Road, Cantonment,
     Trichy 620 001.                                     ... Respondents
ORDER
[Pronounced by Hon'ble Mr.P.Madhavan, Member(J)]

MA for joining the applicants together and filing a single application is allowed.
2. The above OA is filed seeking the following relief:-
“To direct the respondents to grant one Notional Increment for the period from 01.7.2016 to 30.6.2017 to the applicants 3 & 4 and 01.7.2017 to 30.6.2018 to the 1st and 2nd applicants as they have completed one full year of service though their increment fell on 01.7.2017 and 01.7.2018 respectively, for the purpose of pensionary benefits.”
3. According to the applicants, they retired from service on 30th June of their respective years of superannuation and since they will be completing an year of service on 1st of July they are entitled to one more increment and it has to be counted for pensionary benefits.

4. The very same question came up before this Bench in OA 1710/2018 & Batch and the claim raised by the applicants therein was rejected on the basis of the law laid down by the Hon'ble Apex Court. The Hon'ble Supreme Court in Chief General Manager v. U.V.George & Others (2008) 14 SCC 699 had laid down the law relating to the retirement of a Central Government employee under FR 56. It was held that a person is considered as retired on his attaining 60 years and they are permitted to continue till 30.6.18 only for the purpose of pay and allowances only. “We are unable to countenance with the decision of the Tribunal and the High Court. As already noticed they were retired w.e.f. 16.12.95 and 03.12.95 respectively, but because of the provision under FR 56(a) they were allowed to retire on the last date of the month, the grace period of which was granted to them for the purpose of pay and allowances only. Legally they were retired on 16.12.95 and 03.12.95 respectively and therefore, by no stretch of imagination can it be held that their pensionary benefits can be reckoned from 1.1.96. The relationship of employer and employee was terminated in the afternoon of 16.12.95 and 3.12.95 respectively.”

5. The same principle was followed by the Hon'ble Madras High Court in A.V.Thiyagarajan vs. The Secretary to Government (W.P.No.20732/2012 dated 27.11.2012) and by Hon'ble Karnataka High Court in Union of India & 3 Others v. YNR Rao (WP 18186/2003). In YNR Rao's case it is observed in Para-5 that -
“5. But for the provisions of FR 56, which provides that a Government Servant shall retire from service on the afternoon of last date of the month in which he had attained the age of 58 years, the respondent, who was born on 9.3.1937 would have retired on 8.3.1995. The provision for retirement from service on the afternoon of the last date of the month in which the Government Servant attains the age of retirement instead of on the actual completion of the age of retirement in FR 56 was introduced in the year 1973-74 for accounting and administrative convenience. What is significant is the proviso to clause (a) of FR 56 which provides that an employee whose date of birth is first of a month, shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last date of the preceding month on attaining the age of 58 years. Therefore, if the date of birth of a government servant is 1.4.1937 he would retire from service not on 30.4.1995, but on 31.3.1995. If a person born on 1.4.1937 shall retire on 31.3.1995, it would be illogical to say a person born on 9.3.1937 would retire with effect from 1.4.1995. That would be the effect, if the decision of the Full Bench of the CAT, Mumbai, is to be accepted. Therefore, a government servant retiring on the afternoon of 31.3.1995 retires on 31.3.1995 and not from 1.4.1995. We hold that the decision of the Full Bench (Mumbai) of the CAT that a government servant retiring on the afternoon of 31st March is to be treated as retiring with effect from the first day of April, that is same as retiring on the forenoon of first of April, is not good law.”
The grace period so given cannot be tagged with his substantive service for counting further increments.

6. Further, Rule 10 of CCS (Pension) Rules does not permit to take into consideration emoluments which fell due after retirement.

7. From the above, it can be seen that an employee legally retires on attaining superannuation (60 years) and as per the decision, the relationship of employer employee is terminated. They continue thereafter as a grace period given to the employee under FR 56. There is no provision to consider this grace period alongwith his service prior to his retirement. So, we are of the view that the applicants had failed to make out a prima facie case. We are bound to follow the law laid down by the Hon'ble Supreme Court and there is no merit in the contentions raised by the applicants.

8. Hence we dismiss the OA accordingly. No costs.
(P.Madhavan)
Member(J)
 (R.Ramanujam)
 Member(A)
13.03.2019
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Post Office Saving Schemes including Certificates – DOP(SB ORDER NO. 05/2019)

Post Office Saving Schemes including Certificates – DOP(SB ORDER NO. 05/2019)

SB ORDER NO. 05/2019
F.No.116-12/2016-SB
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001.
Date: 20.05.2019
To,
All Heads of Circles/Regions
Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi.
Subject:- Amendments to Rule 60(4)(B) and Rule 165(4)(ii) of POSB(CBS) Manual, Rule 87(4) (ii)POSB Manual Volume I and Rule 50(4)(ii) of POSB Manual Volume II regarding change in powers of various authorities to sanction deceased claim cases and their time line in respect of Post Office Savings Schemes, including Certificates, where no nomination is registered and there is no legal evidence available/produced.Sir / Madam,
The undersigned is directed to say that the competent authority has decided to amend the text of the aforesaid rules with immediate effect.
Revised Text of Rule is as given below.
“The authorities mentioned below are competent to sanction claims without production of legal evidence up to the limit noted against each, after expiry of Six (6) Months from the date of death of the depositor, if no succession certificate or probate of will or letter of administration of the deceased estate is produced during the period or up to the date of sanction.”
SL.NONAME OF AUTHORITYLIMIT IN (RS.)
(i)Time Scale Departmental Sub-Postmasters5,000
(ii)Sub Postmasters in Lower Selection Grade/PM Grade-110,000
(iii)Sub-Postmasters/DeputyPostmasters/Postmasters in Higher Selection Grade (all Non Gazetted)/PM Grade -II and III*25,000
(iv)Deputy Postmasters/Senior Postmasters/Deputy ChiefPostmasters/Superintendent of PostOffices/Deputy 
Superintendent of Post Offices (All Gazetted Group-B)
1,00,000
(v)Chief Postmasters in GPO/Head Offices, Senior Superintendents of Post Offices (All Gazetted Group-A)2,50,000
(vi)Director HQ/Regional Directors/Director (GPO)3,75,000
(vi)Chief Postmasters General/Postmasters General5,00,000
2.It is requested that this SB order may be circulated to all concerned including CBS/non-CBS Post Offices. In case where claims are not yet submitted or claims are already submitted but not yet sanctioned, these revised provisions should be made applicable.
This issues with the approval of competent authority.
Yours faithfully,
( Devendra Sharma )
Assistant Director (SB)

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Withhold of increment under CCS(CCA) Rules 1965

Withhold of increment under CCS(CCA) Rules 1965


Regulation of pay on imposition of a penalty under CCS (CCA) rules, 195 dated 5th February 2014
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Notional Increment for pensionary benefits to person retiring w.e.f. 30th June or 31st December: Circulation of Order of CAT, Madras Bench

Notional Increment for pensionary benefits to person retiring w.e.f. 30th June or 31st December: Circulation of Order of CAT, Madras Bench



Notional Increment for pensionary benefits to person retiring w.e.f. 30th June or 31st December: Circulation of Order of CAT, Madras Bench


F. No. A-23011/42/2019-Ad.IIA

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs

North Block, New Delhi,

Dated the 15th May, 2019.

To,

All Pr. Chief Commissioners/ Principal Director Generals under CBIC/

All Chief Commissioners/ Director Generals under CBIC

Subject: Circulation of Order dated 13.03.2019 of the Hon’ble Tribunal, Madras Bench in MA No. 310/71/2019 in (&) OA No. 310/170/2019 filed by Shri K. Kandasamy& Ors -regarding.

Madam /Sir,

I am directed to forward a copy of the Order dated 13.03.2019 of the Hon’ble Tribunal, Madras Bench in MA No. 310/71/2019 in OA No. 310/170/2019 filed by Shri K. Kandasamy & Ors Vs UOI & Ors for your information. The said CAT judgment alongwith the judgments of Hon’ble High Court and Hon’ble Supreme Court discussed in the said Order viz. judgment of Hon’ble Apex Court in the case of Chief General Manager Vs U.V. George & Others (2008) 14 SCC 699, the Judgment of Hon’ble Madras High Court in A.V.Thiyagarajan Vs The Secretary to Government (W.P. No. 20732/2012) and the Judgment of Hon’ble Karnataka High Court in UOI & 3 Others Vs YNR Rao (WP No. 18186/2003) may be cited / referred while dealing with such/ similar cases, if any, pending with your Zones/ Commissionerates/ Directorates.

Encl: As above. 
Yours faithfully,

sd/-

(Gaurav Shukla)

Under Secretary to the Government of India

Tele: 011-23095528

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Divisional Head can spend upto Rs.5000/- each Branch Post Office Annually

Divisional Head can spend upto Rs.5000/- each Branch Post Office Annually



Recently Department of Post has released the Financial Power of the Division Head in a schedule III. There that mention that A Divisional Head can spend up to 5000/- rupees each BO annually.


(d) May purchase furniture and fittings for offices, including tiffin rooms, rest rooms, holiday homes, inspection rooms/quarters etc.




Per annum per office:-   Divisional Office- Rs.30,000/-

Sub-Divisional Office- Rs.15,000/-

Gazetted HO-Rs. 75,000/-

HSG HO/MDG/HSG SO -Rs.50,000/-

LSG SO-Rs.30,000/-

Time Scale SO- Rs.15,000/-

EDSO/EDBO-Rs.5,000/-
Annexure to Schedule V of DFPRs. The power delegated is subject to an overall annual ceiling of Rs. Two Lakh only for the Division as a whole and also after framing of necessary norms on the subject by Directorate

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Promotion and Postings of SAG officer of Indian Postal Service,Group 'A' to HAG of the service and transfer/posting of regular HAG officer of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'. - Dte Order dtd 22/05/2019

Promotion and Postings of SAG officer of Indian Postal Service,Group 'A' to HAG of the service and transfer/posting of regular HAG officer of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'. - Dte Order dtd 22/05/2019


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Transfer /Posting of officers of Postal Services Group 'B' cadre - Dte Order dtd 22/05/2019

Transfer /Posting of officers of Postal Services Group 'B' cadre - Dte Order dtd 22/05/2019


Transfer /Posting of officers of Postal Services Group 'B' cadre - Dte Order dtd 22/05/2019



Source: http://utilities.cept.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=3472
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