Saturday, 30 November 2019

SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination 2019-20

SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination 2019-20

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has published an Advertisement for below mentioned Posts 2019. Other details like age limit, educational qualification, selection process, application fee and how to apply are given below in the advertisement.



Exam Name: Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) 

Posts:
  • Lower Division Clerk / Junior Secretariat 
  • Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant 
  • Data Entry Operator

Educational Qualification: Candidates who have passed their 10+2 Level (Higher Secondary Level) of Examination from any recognized board will be considered for this recruitment. Please read Official Notification for Educational Qualification details.

Age Limit: Details will be available on 03-12-2019

Application FeesDetails will be available on 03-12-2019

Selection Process: Candidates will be selected based on the Computer Based Test(Tier I & tier-II), Typing/Skill Test.

How to Apply: Interested Candidates may Apply Online Through official Website.

Notification: Link will be activated on 03-12-2019
Apply Online: Click Here


Important Dates:
Starting Date of Online Application: 03-12-2019
Last Date to Apply Online & Online Fee payment: 01-01-2020
Last Date of Offline Fee Payment: 02-01-2020
Exam Date (Tier I): 16 – 27 March 2020

The post has First appeared onSAPOST Website.

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Friday, 29 November 2019

7th Pay Commission: Date of next increment under Rule 10 of CCS(Revised Pay) Rules, 2016- Clarifications by Fin Min dated 28.11.2019

7th Pay Commission: Date of next increment under Rule 10 of CCS(Revised Pay) Rules, 2016- Clarifications by Fin Min dated 28.11.2019
No. 4-21/2017-IC/E.IIIA
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
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North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated the 28th November, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Date of next increment under Rule 10 of Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016- Clarifications-regarding.
The undersigned is directed to invite the attention to Rule 10 of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 which provides for the entitlement of employees for drawal of annual increment either on 1st January or 1st July depending on the date of appointment, promotion or grant of financial upgrdation. The Sub-Rule (2) thereof provides that increment in respect of an employee appointed or promoted or granted financial up­-gradation including up-gradation under Modified Assured Carrier Progression Scheme (MACPS) during the period between the 2nd day of January and 1stday of July (both inclusive) shall be granted on 1st day of January and the increment in respect of an employee appointed or promoted or granted financial up-gradation under MACPS during the period between the 2nd day of July and 1st day of January (both inclusive) shall be granted on 1st day of July.
2. A number of references were received in the Ministry of Finance seeking clarifications regarding drawal of next increment by the employees promoted on 1st July, 2016. On consideration of the matter, Department of Expenditure vide it’s Office Memorandum of even number dated 31.07.2018 has clarified that in case an employee is promoted or granted financial up-gradation including up-gradation under the MACP scheme on 1st January or 1st July, where the pay is fixed in the Level applicable to the post on which promotion is made in accordance with the Rule 13 of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2016, the first increment in the Level applicable to the post on which promotion is made shall accrue on the following 1st July or 1st January, as the case may be, provided a period of 6 months qualifying service is strictly fulfilled. The next increment thereafter shall, however, accrue only after completion of one year.
3. Consequent upon issue of Office Memorandum dated 31.07.2018 different Ministries/ Departments have sought clarification on applicability of DOE’s O.M dated 31.07.2018 keeping in view the provisions of Rule 10 of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 , Rule 22(I)(a)(1) of Fundamental Rules & provisions of Stepping up of pay. The issues on which various Ministries/Departments have sought clarifications and decisions thereon are brought in the succeeding paragraphs.

Issue No. 1: Whether after promotion on 1st July and fixation of pay with two increments the date of next increment will be 1st January or 1st July

4. During the regime of 6th CPC, when the annual increment was admissible uniformly on 1st July every year, employees completing 6 months and above in the revised pay structure as on 1st July were eligible for grant of increment. In the 7th. CPC regime there are two dates of increments pt January and 1st July. Keeping in view the spirit of 6th CPC, 0.M dated 31.07.2018 was issued providing for accrual of next increment on 1st July/1st January in respect of employees getting promotion on , 1st January/1st July provided 6 months qualifying service is strictly fulfilled.
5. The instructions contained in the O.M. dated 31.07.2018 are self-explanatory in respect of the cases of promotion/financial up-gradation falling on 1st July or 1st January. These instructions provide that in case of promotion/financial up­ gradation on 1st July and 1st January and getting fixation of pay in the Level applicable to the post in which promotion is made in accordance with Rule 13 of the CCS (RP) Rules 2016, the first increment in the level in which promotion is made shall accrue on the following 1st January or 1st July, as the case may be, provided a period of 6 months’ qualifying service is fulfilled.

Issue No.2 : Accrual of next increment in case of regular promotion/financial up­ gradation of an employee on any date other than the date of annual increment and option for pay fixation is exercised under FR 22(I)(a)(1). •

6. The opportunity to exercise of option for pay fixation under FR 22(I)(a)(1) is available to employees in case of promotion/financial up-gradation. Therefore, the Central Government Employee promoted on regular basis/granted financial up­ gradation on any date other than the date of his/her annual increment in lower grade and exercises the option under FR 22(I)(a)(1) read with Department of Personnel & Training’s OM No.13/02/2017-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 27.07.2017 for fixation of pay from the date of accrual of next increment in the scale of pay in lower grade, he may be allowed the 1st increment in promotional grade on 1st January/ 1st July as the case may be after completion of 6 months’ qualifying service after such fixation on 1st July/1st January (i.e., the date of increment in lower grade) on the analogy of Department of Expenditure’s OM dated 31.07.2018. The next increment, thereafter, shall however, accrue only after completion of one year.
7. Since there is material change, it has also been approved that the employees who have been regularly promoted or granted financial up-gradation on or after 01.01.2016 and desire to exercise/re-exercise option for pay fixation under FR22(I)(a)(l) shall be given an opportunity to exercise or re-exercise of the option there under. Such an option shall be exercised within one month of issue of this O.M.
8. These instructions will be applicable with effect from 01.01.2016.
9. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
10. Hindi version of these orders is attached.
(B.K.Manthan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
To
1. All Ministries/Departments as per standard list.
2. C&AG, UPSC etc. as per standard endorsement list
2. NIC, D/o Expenditure-with a request to upload the OM on website of the Department.
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Implementation of Recommendation of GDS Committee on Social Security Benefits for Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS).

Implementation of Recommendation of GDS Committee on Social Security Benefits for Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS).

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Extension of CGHS Dispensaries/Hospitals

Extension of CGHS Dispensaries/Hospitals

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Extension of CGHS Dispensaries/Hospitals
The   norms   for   establishment   of   new   Wellness   Centre   under   CGHS   are   as   under:-
I. In an existing CGHS City:-
For opening of a new CGHS Wellness Centre in an existing CGHS  City,  there  has  to  be  a  minimum  of  2000  Card  holders  (serving  employees  of Central Government and Central Civil Pensioners).
II. Extension of CGHS to a new City:-
For extension of CGHS to a new City, there has to be a minimum of 6000 Card holders.
At present, there is no such proposal. Opening of new CGHS Wellness Centre is considered as per the extant norms in this regard, subject to availability of resources.
The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.
Source: PIB
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Special Recruitment through SSC, Ministry of Railways and Department of Posts

Special Recruitment through SSC, Ministry of Railways and Department of Posts

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Special Recruitment Drive for Filling up of Vacant Posts
Filling up of vacant posts is a continuing process. The recruitment agencies conduct recruitment process as per vacancies reported to them by the user departments. Based on vacancies reported by the user Departments, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has started recruitment process to fill up 1,05,338 posts during the year 2019 and 2020. During 2017-18, Centralized Employment Notifications (CENs) for 1,27,573 combined vacancies of various Group ‘C’ and Level-1 posts were notified by the Ministry of Railways – for new and future vacancies to arise in two yearstime. Another five CENs covering 1,56,138 vacancies of various Group ‘C’ and Level-1 posts were issued in 2018-19. The Department of Posts has also conducted examination/notified to fill up 19,522 vacancies, other than those to be filled up through SSC, in various grades. Thus, recruitment process to fill up 4,08,591 vacancies by just three agencies viz. the SSC, Ministry of Railways and Department of Posts, is in progress.
This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, DrJitendra Singh in written reply to a question in RajyaSabha today.
Source: PIB
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10% reservation would be provided for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in Central Government posts and services

10% reservation would be provided for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in Central Government posts and services

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Benefits for Economically Weaker Sections
In pursuance of insertion of clauses 15(6) and 16(6) in the Constitution, vide the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019 and in order to enable the EWSs, who are not covered under the existing scheme of reservations for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes,Department of Personnel and Training has notified that 10% reservation would be provided for EWSs in Central Government posts and services in direct recruitment vacancies to be notified on or after 01.02.2019.
This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, DrJitendra Singh in written reply to a question in RajyaSabha today.
Source: PIB
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Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE) for promotion to the cadre of P.S. Group 'B' for the vacancies of the year 2017-18, 2018 and 2019, rescheduled to be held on 19.01.2020.

Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE) for promotion to the cadre of P.S. Group 'B' for the vacancies of the year 2017-18, 2018 and 2019, rescheduled to be held on 19.01.2020.




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Special Increment for Employees

Special Increment for Employees


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Employee belonging to SCs/STs

Employee belonging to SCs/STs



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No voluntary contribution from Departmental employees for any welfare activity in the Department.

No voluntary contribution from Departmental employees for any welfare activity in the Department.




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Instructions: Following of DoP&PW Social Media Account by all Identified Pensioners’ Associations

Instructions: Following of DoP&PW Social Media Account by all Identified Pensioners’ Associations

Instructions: Following of DoP&PW Social Media Account by all Identified Pensioners’ Associations
F.No.55/16/2019-P&PW(C)-6067Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P G. and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare
8th Floor, B Wing
Janpath Bhavan, New Delhi-01
Dated the 26th November, 2019
To,
The President/Secretary
Of All Identified Pensioners Associations under Pensioners’ Portal
(As per list attached)
Subject:- Following of this Departments’ Social Media Account by all Identified Pensioners’ Associations.
Sir,
Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare  has been creating awareness for use of Digital Life Certificate (DLC) and other initiatives for Pensioners’ Welfare through Social Media These initiatives may be brought to the notice of all Pensioners by Pensioners’ Associations.
2.          Therefore All Pensioners Associations are requested to follow the social media account i.e. Facebook and Twitter of this Department. They are also requested to make their members aware of the social media account of this Department. The details of social media account of this Department are given as below:-
Yours faithfully,
(Rajesh Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt of India
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Attention..! Only 2 Days To Go || India Post Urges Pensioners To Submit Life Certificate Before Nov 30 || Check This Available Submission Modes

Attention..! Only 2 Days To Go || India Post Urges Pensioners To Submit Life Certificate Before Nov 30 || Check This Available Submission Modes



Department of Post Alert..! Are you a pensioner? then this news is important for you India Post has asked all its pensioners to submit their Life Certificate submission before 30th November 2019.

"COMPLETE YOUR LIFE CERTIFICATE SUBMISSION BEFORE 30TH NOVEMBER 2019 TO ENSURE THAT YOUR PENSION PAYMENTS WOULD CONTINUE."

How To Submit A Life Certificate :

Customers will get a form from the nearest Post Office, after which the pension holders will have to fill it and submit it.

Government of India has also started the facility of submitting life certificate from home. Government employees can submit a life certificate through the Umang app.

Mode Of Submission Of Life Certificate :

I. Submission of Life Certificate at any Sub Post Office or Head Post Office

1. Manually - Life certificate can be summited in physical form

2. Digitally: - Visit Head Post Office or Identified Sub Post Office & Provide Aadhaar number, Mobile number, Pension Payment Order(PPO) number & Account number. Then provide biometrics (Fingerprint). On successful Aadhaar based bio-metric authentication, Jeevan Pramaan will be generated with a unique id called Pramaan Id as acknowledgement.

II. Submission of Life Certificate Digitally through https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in using own PC/Laptop/Mobile

For any help: please go through the link https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/app/faq

III. Submission of Life Certificate Digitally through GoI UMANG App on Mobile

Pensioner have to download UMAMG app from google play store, search Jeevan Pramaan and click on generate life certificate. Pensioner Authentication page will open. Required information to be feeded for the generation of DLC.

IV. At Citizen Service Centre (CSC) / Aadhar Seva Kendra

Visit nearest CSC or Aadhaar Seva Kendra. Provide Aadhaar Number, Mobile Number, Pension Payment Order(PPO) number, Account number & name of Pension Sanctioning Authority. Then provide biometrics (Fingerprint). On successful Aadhaar based biometric authentication, Jeevan Pramaan will be generated with a unique id called Pramaan Id as acknowledgement.

Note: -
If the pensioner is re-employed or family pensioner is re-married, life certificate can be provided only in physical format
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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Even after the levying of the convenience fee, online ticketing through IRCTC has continued its upward trend. At present, no proposal to reconsider the decision of introducing convenience fee on e-tickets

Even after the levying of the convenience fee, online ticketing through IRCTC has continued its upward trend. At present, no proposal to reconsider the decision of introducing convenience fee on e-tickets

                                                       Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
22-November-2019 17:38 IST
Convenience Fee on Railways e-Tickets
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) levies service charge as per market conditions since the introduction of online ticketing facility over Indian Railways in 2002. In order to incentivize digital payments, the aforesaid service charges were temporarily withdrawn in November, 2016.
However, IRCTC incurs substantial expenditure on providing online ticketing facility. Further, many initiatives like Alternate Train Accommodation Scheme ‘VIKALP’, Artificial Intelligence based Passenger Name Record (PNR) confirmation predictor etc. have been introduced on the IRCTC website to enhance passenger convenience and user-experience. In order to defray the cost incurred in maintenance, upgradation and expansion of ticketing infrastructure, a convenience fee of ₹15/- + GST per ticket for Non-AC Classes and ₹30/- + GST per ticket for AC Classes is being levied by IRCTC w.e.f. 01.09.2019.
The online ticket booking facility provided by IRCTC is one of the most passenger friendly initiative of Indian Railways. Even after the levying of the convenience fee, online ticketing through IRCTC has continued its upward trend and it presently constitutes about 72% of total reserved tickets booked on Indian Railways. At present, there is no proposal to reconsider the decision of introducing convenience fee on e-tickets.
This information was given by the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
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Source: PIB
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Scheme for Government Employrees - Lok sabha Q/A dtd 27.11.2019

Scheme for Government Employrees - Lok sabha Q/A dtd 27.11.2019

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ENGAGEMENT OF DELIVERY STAFF /RMS STAFF IN NON DELIVERY OR NON-MAIL RELATED ACTIVITIES.- Directorate Order to HOC

ENGAGEMENT OF DELIVERY STAFF /RMS STAFF IN NON DELIVERY OR NON-MAIL RELATED ACTIVITIES.- Directorate Order to HOC

ENGAGEMENT OF DELIVERY STAFF /RMS STAFF IN NON DELIVERY OR NON-MAIL RELATED ACTIVITIES.- Directorate Order to HOC

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Latest news on retirement age of CG employees – No proposal to reduce…only 60!

Latest news on retirement age of CG employees – No proposal to reduce…only 60!

The latest news on retirement age of Central Government employees – No proposal to reduce to 58 years…only 60!



The Central Government once again clarified today in Parliament that there is no idea to decrease the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 58 years.

Today in Lok Sabha, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to a question that presently, there is no proposal to reduce the age of retirement on superannuation from 60 years to 58 years.

In its reply also said, There are provisions under Fundamental Rules (FR) 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (CCS) (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Rule 16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death cum-Retirement Benefits) [AIS (DCRB)] Rules, 1958, according to which the Government has the absolute right to retire Government officials prematurely, on the ground of lack of integrity or ineffectiveness, in public interest, by giving notice of not less than three months in writing or three month’s pay and allowances in lieu of such notice:

If he is, in Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ service or post in a substantive, quasi-permanent or temporary capacity and had entered Government service before attaining the age of 35 years, after he has attained the age of 50 years;

In any other case after he has attained the age of 55 years.



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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Hike in Pension

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
Hike in Pension
Government of India in February, 2019 launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM), a voluntary and contributory pension Scheme, for the benefit of unorganized workers, as per eligibility. The scheme assures minimum monthly pension of Rs. 3000 to the beneficiaries after attaining the age of 60 years. All unorganized workers, in the age group of 18-40 years, whose monthly income is up to Rs. 15,000 and who are not members of Employees’ Provident Fund Organization or Employees’ State Insurance Corporation or National Pension System (Government contributed) and are also not income tax payers, are eligible to enroll under the Scheme. The subscriber is required to pay the prescribed monthly contribution amount and the Central Government provides the equal matching contribution. This Scheme is implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India. Enrollment under the Scheme can be done through any of the Common Service Centres across the country.

Further, vide notification No. G.S.R. 593 (E) dated 19.08.2014, a minimum pension of Rs. 1000 per month has been fixed with effect from 01.09.2014 for the pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 framed under the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, applicable to establishments which belong to industries and classes of establishments listed in Schedule-I and where number of employees is 20 or more. No decision has been taken at present to further enhance the minimum pension under EPS, 1995.
Further, Atal Pension Yojana (APY) was launched in May, 2015, by the Government of India, and Indian Citizens between the age group of 18 to 40 years are eligible to join APY through their savings bank account or post office savings bank account. Depending upon the pension plan selected, each subscriber under APY shall receive a guaranteed minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- per month or Rs. 2000/- per month or Rs. 3000/- per month or Rs. 4000/- per month or Rs. 5000/- per month, after the age of 60 years until his/her death.
This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today
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Pensioner? Get PPO Number In Passbook Recorded By Your Bank – Here’s Why

Pensioner? Get PPO Number In Passbook Recorded By Your Bank – Here’s Why

Pensioners Welfare Association: As a pensioner, one needs to ensure that one’s bank records the Pension Payment Order (PPO) number in the passbook. At times, banks do not update the PPO in the passbook of the pensioner or the family pensioner which may lead to unnecessary delays. The Department of Expenditure of Central Pension Pension Accounting Office under the Ministry of Finance has issued an Office Memorandum (OM) regarding marking of PPO number in the bank passbook of pensioners or family pensioners. Such OMs have also been issued several times in the past wherein banks were asked to record the PPO Number in the passbook of the pensioners. However, as per the OM, grievances were still being received from the Pensioners Welfare Association and individual pensioners that their PPO is not being recorded by the banks in their passbook.
Not having the PPO number updated in the passbook may also lead to problems during the transfer of pension account from one bank or branch to another bank or the branch. One may also face delay at the time when one has to apply for a duplicate Pension Payment Order (PPO) in case of missing of original PPO. The crucial period could be during the commencement of family pension to the spouse or dependent children after the death of a pensioner, etc. in the absence of ready availability of PPO numbers.
If the PPO is not updated, one may have to find out using a bank account. Also, pensioners in the month of November is required to submit Life Certificate which acts as evidence that the individual is alive. Along with other details required to be submitted, Pension payment order (PPO) number is also required to be provided by the pensioner.
In the event of a loss or damage to the PPO, there are rules in place for the issue of a duplicate PPO. Even in the Life Certificate which is supposed to be submitted to the pension disbursal bank branch once a year in November carries the PPO, it is better the same is also recorded in the passbook for meeting any future requirements.
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AIPRPA CHQ Emails to Member [P] on Life Certificate submission and payment of November Pension

AIPRPA CHQ Emails to Member [P] on Life Certificate submission and payment of November Pension

All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association

(Registered No: 83/2015 under Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act, 1975)
Chennai HQ: 2/44, Muthial Chetty Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai - 600007
New Delhi HQ: First Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, North Avenue, New Delhi - 110001


No.AIPRPA / LC / 2019 /1 Dated 26.11.2019
To                                                          
The Member (Personnel)
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan
New  Delhi 110001

Sir,

Sub: Request to avert anticipated non-drawal of pension for November in many Circles - reg.

        The usual submission of life certificate by pensioners is allowed till 30th November every year. However it is apprehended that due to the stand taken by many DPAs that HPOs shall send their statements before 20th of this month for facilitating drawal of pay and pension, a situation is likely to arise wherein many pensioners will not receive pension in their SB Accounts this last working day. This Association is receipt of complaints from different HPOs of Tamilnadu Circle.

This will leave thousands of pensioners without their monthly livelihood protected by the reported stand of DPAs, who will be the authority to pay pension under the new arrangement.

This Association requests your immediate intervention to cause to ensure pension payment to all for this month of Novem ber by allowing submission of life certificate till the last day of month as per Government Rules. If no life certificate is submitted then the pension for the month of December may be withheld until submission. We request for necessary urgent orders by Directorate to all DPAs and HPOs in all circles.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(K.Ragavendran)
General Secretary

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Guaranteed Minimum Pension Up to Rs. 5000 under APY Scheme

Guaranteed Minimum Pension Up to Rs. 5000 under APY Scheme

Guaranteed Minimum Pension Up to Rs. 5000 under APY Scheme

Depending upon the pension plan selected, each subscriber under APY shall receive a guaranteed minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- per month or Rs. 2000/- per month or Rs. 3000/- per month or Rs. 4000/- per month or Rs. 5000/- per month, after the age of 60 years until his/her death.
Hike in Pension

Government of India in February, 2019 launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM), a voluntary and contributory pension Scheme, for the benefit of unorganized workers, as per eligibility. The scheme assures minimum monthly pension of Rs. 3000 to the beneficiaries after attaining the age of 60 years. All unorganized workers, in the age group of 18-40 years, whose monthly income is up to Rs. 15,000 and who are not members of Employees’ Provident Fund Organization or Employees’ State Insurance Corporation or National Pension System (Government contributed) and are also not income tax payers, are eligible to enroll under the Scheme. The subscriber is required to pay the prescribed monthly contribution amount and the Central Government provides the equal matching contribution. This Scheme is implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India. Enrollment under the Scheme can be done through any of the Common Service Centres across the country.

Further, vide notification No. G.S.R. 593 (E) dated 19.08.2014, a minimum pension of Rs. 1000 per month has been fixed with effect from 01.09.2014 for the pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 framed under the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, applicable to establishments which belong to industries and classes of establishments listed in Schedule-I and where number of employees is 20 or more. No decision has been taken at present to further enhance the minimum pension under EPS, 1995.

Further, Atal Pension Yojana (APY) was launched in May, 2015, by the Government of India, and Indian Citizens between the age group of 18 to 40 years are eligible to join APY through their savings bank account or post office savings bank account. Depending upon the pension plan selected, each subscriber under APY shall receive a guaranteed minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- per month or Rs. 2000/- per month or Rs. 3000/- per month or Rs. 4000/- per month or Rs. 5000/- per month, after the age of 60 years until his/her death.

This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB
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MACP Scheme w.e.f. 01.01.2006 instead of 01.09.2008: DoPT’s inputs to defend the court cases

MACP Scheme w.e.f. 01.01.2006 instead of 01.09.2008: DoPT’s inputs to defend the court cases

MACP Scheme w.e.f. 01.01.2006 instead of 01.09.2008: DoPT’s inputs to defend the court cases

No. 2-24/2019-PCC
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi — 110001
Date : 22/11/2019
To
Chief Postmaster General
Rajasthan Circle, Jaipur — 302 007.
Sub :- Hon’ble CAT Jaipur Bench OA No. 291/558/2019 titled as Bharu Ram Siklitgar Vs UOI & Ors. – regarding grant of benefits of MACP Scheme w.e.f. 01.01.2006 to civilian employees.
Sir,
On the above noted subject, I am directed to inform you that this Directorate has received an OA bearing No. 291/558/2019 titled as Bharu Ram Siklitgar Vs UOI & Ors. and your office might be received the same being a respondent in the case.
2. In the instant OA, the applicant has sought for relief for grant of benefit of MACP Scheme with effect from the commencement of 6th CPC i.e. 01.01.2006 instead of 01.09.2008, by quoting the. judgment dated 08.12.2017 of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in case of Balvir Singh Civil Appeal Diary No. 3744 of 2016.
3. In this regard, I am directed to forward herewith a copy of Department of Personnel & Training Office Memorandum No. 43019/5/2019-Estt.-D dated 01.11.2019 containing facts / grounds for defending the issue involved in the OA, and request you to kindly get the counter reply prepared and filed on the basis of the facts / grounds provided by the DoP&T.
4. It is also requested to defend the case properly and to intimate the outcome of the proceedings periodically to this Directorate.
Encl: (As Above)
(S.B.Vyavahare)
Assistant Director General (PCC/GDS)


Court Case/Most Immediate
D.No 1396133/19/CR
No. 430195/2919-Estt.D
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated: 01.11.2019
Sub : OA. No. 291/558/2019 titled as Bharu Ram Siklitgar Vs UOI Ors – grant of benefits of MACP/ACP Scheme- reg.
The undersigned is directed to forward herewith a notice in OA. No. 291/558/2019 titled as Bharu Ram Siklitgar Vs UOI & Ors regarding grant of benefits of MACP/ACP Scheme, received in this Department, before the Hon’ble CAT, Jaipur Bench, for appropriate action. DOPT has been impleaded as Respondent no. 2 and Department of Post has been impleaded as Respondent no. 1in this case
2. This Department’s OM No. 20036/23/ 1988-Estt.(D) dated 06.01.1989 provides that since each case is to be contested on the basis of the specific facts and circumstances relevant to it, the administrative Ministry/Department will be in a better position to defend the case. If, however, any clarification is required on the all interpretation or application of the rules or instructions relevant to the case, the concerned department in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions may be approached for that purpose in terms of this Department’s OM dated 28.10.2015. It further provides that the primary responsibility, however, for contesting such cases on behalf of the Government will be that of the administrative Ministry/Department concerned. Further, the Cabinet Secretariat’s D.O. letter No. 1/50/3/2016-Cab dated 16.06.2016 and the Department of Expenditure’s OM No. 7(8)/2012-E-III(A) dated 16.05.2012 inter-alia provide that (i) a common counter reply should be filed before a Court of Law on behalf of the Union of India by the concerned Administrative Department/Ministry where the petitioner is serving or has last served; and (ii) a unified stand should be adopted instead of bringing out each Department’s/Ministry’s point of view in the said reply. It further provides that it is primarily the responsibility of the Administrative Ministry to ensure that timely action is taken at each stage a Court case goes through and that a unified stand is adopted on behalf of Government of India at every such stage. In no case should the litigation be allowed to prolong to the extent that it results in contempt proceedings.
3. It is the responsibility of the Administrative Organisation/ Department to defend the case where DoPT is a proforma party. So far as this matter is concerned, the Applicant is seeking benefits of MACP Scheme w.e.f. 01.01.2006 which is not admissible as per MACP Scheme 2009. Therefore, the following comments may be incorporated in the counter Affidavit to be filed on behalf of UOI in this matter:-
(i) The matter relating to grant of benefits w.e.f. 1.1.2006 under MACP Scheme to civilian employees is subjudice before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in SLP Nos. 10811-10813/2018 in the matter of Union of India Vs. Shri Ranjit Samuel which has been filed by MOD against the order dated 14.02.2017cof Hon’ble High Court of Judicature at Madras in Writ Petition Nos. 33946, 34602 and 27798 of 2014, wherein Madras High Court held that the benefit of erstwhile ACP Scheme cannot be negated by bringing a new Scheme i.e. MACP Scheme with retrospective effect. Subsequently, O/o C&AG have also been advised to file SLP against the order of Bombay High Court in a similar matter. This SLP of O/o C&AG and other similar matters have been tagged with SLP No. 10811-10813/ 2018 and are being heard together by the Apex Court.
(ii) Further, the 6th Pay Commission recommended separate Schemes for civilian and the Defense Personnel. After the recommendations were considered and approved by the Cabinet, D/o Expenditure issued Resolution dated 29.08.2008 in respect of civilian employees. M/o Defense issued Resolution dated 30.08.2008 regarding extension of 6th CPC benefits to Armed Forces Personnel. Thus the Civilian and the PBOR personnel are governed by two different Resolutions.
(iii) The recommendations of the 6th CPC were accepted by the Government only on 29.08.2008 (30.08.2008 in case of PBOR). The recommendations of the 6th CPC were required to be examined and a Scheme was to be formulated in consultation with Department of Expenditure and the same took considerable time for its implementation. Before implementation of the Scheme, a cutoff date had to be decided/fixed. Accordingly, the Government has taken a conscious decision for implementing the MACPS w.e.f. 01.09.2008. Though the MACPS came into existence only w.e.f. 01.09.2008, the benefits of the existing ACP Scheme of August, 1999, was allowed to the Government servants upto 31.08.2008.
(iv) Changing the effective date of implementation of MACP from 01.09.2008 to 01.01.2006 may be beneficial to certain employees, but this would also place certain other employees at a disadvantage thereby entailing huge recoveries from them. It may be difficult to make recoveries from the employees who have availed higher financial benefit under ACP during 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008 and retired from service.
(v) The MACP is a condition of service and, hence, cannot be given retrospective effect. It is upto Government to take a conscious decision to implement it uniformly from a certain date.
(vi) It is not feasible to extend the benefits of MACP during 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008, as more than nine years of time has passed since the implementation of MACP and the issues have been settled as per extant instructions. The change of effective date will lead to surge of litigation particularly from employees who availed the benefits of ACP Scheme during 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008.
(vii) Vide order dated 14.02.2017, Hon’ble High Court of Judicature at Madras in Writ Petition Nos. 33946, 34602 and 27798 of 2014 has held that the benefit of erstwhile ACP Scheme cannot be negated by bringing a new Scheme i.e. MACP Scheme with retrospective effect.
4. Therefore, in the counter reply to be filed by Department of Posts in the matter, the issue relating to pending SLPs before the Hon’ble Supreme Court as mentioned at para 3 above should be clearly brought out so that the Hon’ble Tribunal can take these into consideration while deciding the matter in 0.A No. 291/558/2019.
5. Department of posts is also requested to update/fill the details of the instant case in www.limbs.gov.in and also ensure the status of the case be monitored and updated
Encl : As above
(Rajeev Kumar Khare)
Section Officer
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