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FAQ on Specified Bank Notes – Emergency needs of cash then what I should do?

FAQ on Specified Bank Notes – Emergency needs of cash then what I should do? I have emergency needs of cash (hospitalisation, travel, life saving medicines) then what I should do? Till the December 15, 2016, specified banknotes of only 500 denomination can be used as under:— (a) for making payments in Government hospitals for medical treatment and pharmacies in Government hospitals for buying medicines with doctor’s prescription; (b) at railway ticketing counters, ticket counters of Government or Public Sector Undertakings buses and airline ticketing counters at airports for purchase of tickets; (c) for purchases at consumer cooperative stores operated under authorisation of Central or State Governments and the customers shall provide their identity proof; However, the purchase from Consumer Cooperative Stores will be limited to ₹ 5000 at a time; (d) for purchase at milk booths operating under authorisation of the Central or State Governments; (e) for purc

Submission of Pre-budget Views of Central Government employees - Confederation

Submission of Pre-budget Views of Central Government employees for consideration and inclusion in the Central Budget for the year 2017-18 – Request – Regarding REF: CONFDN/BUDGET/2016-17  DATED - ....-12-2016 To, Shri. Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of India, North Block, New Delhi -110001 Sub: - Submission of Pre-budget Views of Central Government employees for consideration and inclusion in the Central Budget for the year 2017-18 – Request – Regarding. Respected Sir, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers is the umbrella organization comprising of various Unions/Associations/Federations of the Central Government employees. Central Government employees are the important segment of the society and contributing for the growth of this country through effective implementation of the policies of the Government of India. Hence, the views of this segment of important stakeholders, I submit, may also be heard and considered.

Processing of Pension cases mandatorily through Bhavishya (Online Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System)

Processing of Pension cases mandatorily through Bhavishya (Online Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System) w.e.f 01/01/2017 - reg. No. 55/14/2014/P&PW(C)Part-1 Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare 3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi Dated: 29th November, 2016 OFFICE MEMEORANDUM Sub: Processing of Pension cases mandatorily through Bhavishya (Online Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System) w.e.f 01/01/2017 - reg. Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare is responsible for formulation of policy and coordination of matters relating to pension policy and welfare of Central Government pensioners. It has been seen that despite detailed guidelines and instructions to the contrary a large proportion of retiring employees do not get their retirement benefits and the Pension Payment Order(PPO) in time. It is likey that such retired employees fin

Brief of the meeting held on 28.11.2016 with the Committee on Allowances

Brief of the meeting held on 28.11.2016 with the Committee on Allowances ALL INDIA RAILWAYMEN'S FEDERATION (Estd, 1924) 4,State Entry Road, New Delhi - 110055 INDIA No.AIRF/VII CPC(Allowances) Dated: November 28, 2016 The General Secretaries, All Affiliated Unions, Dear Comrades! Sub: Brief of the meeting held on 28.11.2016 with the Committee on Allowances A meeting in the matter of Allowances related to the Railways was held today under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Finance), Government of India and others. Staff Side was headed by the undersigned and Com. M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary NFIR. The discussion was initiated by me. At the outset, I reminded the Committee, specifically the Finance Secretary, that strike situation was averted by the government by deputing three Cabinet Ministers, viz. Hon’ble Home Minister, Hon’ble Finance Minister and Hon’ble Railway Minister. On 29th June, 2016, the government issued notification and this w

6th Meeting of committee on Allowances constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th CPC regarding Allowances - NFIR

6th Meeting of committee on Allowances constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th CPC regarding Allowances-reg. NFIR National Federation of Indian Railwaymen 3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110 055 No.IV/NIrIll/7 CPC (IMPl)/Allowances/2016 Dated: 29/11/2016 The General Secretaries of Affiliated Unions of NFIR Brother, Sub: 6th Meeting of committee on Allowances constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th CPC regarding Allowances-reg. Ref:RailwayBoard’sletter No.PC-VII/2016/CDS/3 dated 28/ll/12016 General Secretary, NFIR has participated in the 6th Meeting of the Committee on Allowances constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th CPC regarding Allowance at 17:30 Hrs on 28/11/2016 at Room No.169-D(Fresco), 1st Floor, North Block, New Delhi chaired by Finance Secretary, Government of India, participated by Member Staff/Railway Board, Secretary/Ministry of Defence, Secretary Postal, Additional Secretary (Expenditure), Joint Secretaries

Payment of Dearness Allowance to running staff – RBA 90/2016

Payment of Dearness Allowance to running staff – RBA 90/2016 GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS RAILWAY BOARD RBA No.90/2016 25th November, 2016 No.2016/AC-II(CC)/IPAS/37/7(Zonal Railways) a) General Managers, All Zonal Railways (including Metro Railway, Kolkata); b) Director/Finance, CRIS Railway Board (Pay Commission Dte.) vide their letter No.PC-VII/2016/1/7/2/1 dated 11th November, 2016 (RBE 131/2016) had communicated payment of DA @ 2% per month to all categories of Railway Employees w.e.f 1st July, 2016. The issue regarding admissibility of DA on running allowance paid to Running Staff has been examined in this Ministry and it has been decided that DA @ 2% shall be admissible to Running staff on the Basic pay plus Running allowances drawn w.e.f 1st July, 2016. 2. CRIS may incorporate the above rule in IPAS application, so that payroll of running staff for November, 2016 could be drawn accordingly. 3. It may please be ensured that Salary Adv

Withdrawal of cash from bank deposit accounts - Relaxation

Withdrawal of cash from bank deposit accounts - Relaxation RBI/2016-17/163 DCM.No.1437/10.27.00/2016-17 November 28, 2016 The Chairman / Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Public Sector Banks/ Private Sector Banks / Foreign Banks /  Regional Rural Banks / Urban Cooperative Banks/ State Cooperative Banks/ District Central Cooperative Banks Dear Sir, Withdrawal of cash from bank deposit accounts - Relaxation It has been reported that certain depositors are hesitating to deposit their monies into bank accounts in view of the current limits on cash withdrawals from accounts. 2. As it is impeding active circulation of currency notes, it has been decided, on careful consideration, to allow withdrawals of deposits made in current legal tender notes on or after November 29, 2016 beyond the current limits; preferably, available higher denominations bank notes of ₹ 2000 and ₹ 500 are to be issued for such withdrawals. Yours faithfully, (P Vijaya

BPMS demands to increase Income Tax exemption limit to 8 lakh

Agitational Programme to be held from 05.12.2016 to 09.12.2016 Income tax exemption limit (tax free income) should be extended to  Rs 8,00,000/- HRA should be paid  @ 35, 25 and 15%  of pay REF: BPMS/Cir/17th TC/ 11  Dated: 02.11.2016 To, The President/General Secretary Unions Affiliated to the Federation & Office Bearers & Executive Committee Members BPMS Subject: Agitational Programme to be held from 05.12.2016 to 09.12.2016. Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is hoped that all of you are well and busy in accelerating trade union activities. Under the banner of Government Employees National Confederation, we continuously demanded for removal of anomalies related to pay fixation, bonus, income tax, recommendations of Pay Commissions but the Governments did not pay any heed to our genuine demands and it is leading discontentment amongst the employees. Therefore, Government Employees National Confederation has decided that all the constituent Fed

Grant of Advance for Cancer treatment in Private Nursing Home under CGHS / CS (MA) Rules

Grant of Advance for Cancer treatment in Non-Empanelled Private Hospitals / Private Nursing Home under CGHS / CS (MA) Rules REF: BPMS / MH&FW / Advance / 156 (8/1/L)  Dated: 25.11.2016 To, The Secretary, Govt. of India, Min. of Health & Family Welfare, 156 - A, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110001. Subject: Grant of Advance for Cancer treatment in Non-Empanelled Private Hospitals / Private Nursing Home under CGHS / CS (MA) Rules. Respected Sir, Considering the hardships being faced by cancer patient, vide O.M. No.1967/2013/DEL/CGHS/SZ/D52/CGHS(P) , Dated 30.12.2014 Department of Health & Family Welfare, CGHS (Policy) Division delegated the powers to HOD’s for permission / ex-post facto approval for cancer treatment taken in non-empanelled hospitals subject to reimbursement being restricted to CGHS rates or actual expenditure, whichever is less. Further, as per O.M. No. s.12020/4/97-CGHS (P), Dated 07.03.2000 of Ministry of Health & Family Welf

Meager financial Benefit of 14% in 7th CPC - Parliament Q & A

Meager financial Benefit of 14% in 7th CPC - Parliament Q & A GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF FINANCE LOK SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1755 ANSWERED ON: 25.11.2016 Meager Benefits of 7th CPC PINAKI MISRA Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:- (a) whether the Government employees got only a meager financial benefit of 14 per cent or less after implementation of 7th CPC; (b) if so, the details of percentage of salary they got before and after implementation of Seventh CPC and the reasons for such meager hike in their salaries; and (c) whether the benefit given in the 7th CPC is one of the lowest in all time ever since the Government had been implementing the recommendations of CPC and if so, the details thereof? ANSWER MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL) (a) to (c): All Government employees have got a financial benefit of at least 14.29 per cent by way of revision of salary after impleme

Withdrawal of cash per week - RBI Instructions on 25.11.2016

Withdrawal of cash – Weekly limit RBI/2016-17/158 DCM (Plg) No.1424/10.27.00/2016-16 November 25, 2016 The Chairman / Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Public Sector Banks/ Private Sector Banks / Foreign Banks/ Regional Rural Banks / Urban Cooperative Banks/ State Cooperative Banks/ District Central Cooperative Banks Dear Sir, Withdrawal of cash – Weekly limit Please refer to our circulars DCM (Plg) Nos. 1272/10.27.00/2016-17 and 1273/10.27.00/2016-17 dated November 13 and November 14, 2016, respectively.  The banks are, hereby, advised that they may continue to allow their existing customers to withdraw cash from their accounts upto ₹ 24,000/- per week, till further instructions.  The said limit include withdrawals from ATMs as stipulated in our circular DCM (Plg) No.1304/10.27.00/2016-17 dated November 20, 2016. 2. Please acknowledge receipt. Yours faithfully, (Suman Ray) General Manager Authority: www.rbi.org.in

Recruitment in Defence Forces

Recruitment in Defence Forces  Government has taken a number of measures to encourage the youth to join the defence forces, including sustained image projection, publicity campaign to create awareness among the youth on the advantages of taking up a challenging and satisfying career, participation in career fairs and exhibitions, motivational lectures in schools and colleges etc. The support of State Government authorities is also solicited in disseminating requisite information to the target population. Further, recruitment rallies are conducted in different parts of the country to provide opportunity to youth from these areas to join the Armed Forces. Efforts are made to cover entire country including remote, border, tribal and hilly areas. For recruitment in Army, certain relaxations in physical and educational standards are available for candidates of tribal / hilly and other backward areas. In the case of Navy and Air Force, there is no provision for relaxation in ed

Pay Parity between Military and Civilian Personnel

Pay Parity between Military and Civilian Personnel  The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), an expert body constituted by the Government, gave its recommendations on emolument structure of government employees, including personnel belonging to Defence Forces, after due consultation with various stakeholders and thorough examination of various aspects involved. The Commission recommended separate Pay Matrix for Defence Forces after considering: (i) principles and philosophy adopted in devising the Pay Matrix for civilian employees; and  (ii)some of the aspects in the rank structure unique to Defence Forces. The Government accepted the Commission’s recommendations on Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor, Index of Rationalization, Pay Matrices and general recommendations on pay with certain exceptions in Defence Pay Matrix, namely, (i)revision of Index of Rationalization of Level 13A (Brigadier) from 2.57 to 2.67; and  (ii)addition of three stages in Level 12A (Lt Colonel), three stage

Reservation Policy in Banks

Reservation Policy in Banks  As per existing reservation policy of Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) for SCs/STs and OBCs, there is reservation in direct recruitment in lowest rung in officer cadres of Group A post i.e. Middle Management Grade Scale-I post. However, based on the guidelines of the DoPT, Public Sector Banks (PSBs) were clarified on 18.02.2014 that concessions mentioned in DoPT’s O.M. dated 07.6.2013 will be available to the SC/ST officers in PSBs in promotion by selection to posts within the officer cadre up to Middle Management Grade Scale-III of Grade-C(lowest three rungs in officers’ cadres), whichever is applicable. There is no reservation of OBCs in promotions. Overall percentage representation of SC/ST vis-à-vis number of employee in Group A in Public Sector Banks/Financial Institutions/Public Sector Insurance Companies (PSBs/FIs/PSICs) is 17.79% and 7.53% respectively, which is fulfilling the condition of percentage of 15% and 7.5% required a

Poor Functioning of CGHS

Poor Functioning of CGHS  Some grievances have been received from CGHS beneficiaries through grievance portals and other channels regarding functioning of CGHS. These are mainly regarding non-issue of medicines, plastic cards, shortage of doctors/ specialists and long queue of patients in Wellness Centres. Following action has been taken by the government in this regard:                                                      (i) Appointment of retired doctors on contract basis as a stop gap arrangement to fill the vacant posts. (ii) Medicines, which are not available at CGHS Wellness Centres are procured through Authorized Local Chemists. (iii) A special drive was undertaken to clear the pendency of issue of CGHS Plastic cards (iv)  Option for self-printing of CGHS cards for existing CGHS beneficiaries. (v) Introduction of on-line registration for consultation at selected Wellness Centres in Bengaluru and in one zone in Delhi. (vi) Initiation of tele-consultation on

6th CPC DA Orders – Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E)

6th CPC DA Orders – Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2016 to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/grade pay as per 6th pay Central Pay Commission F.No.1(2)/2004/D (Pay/Services) Government of India Ministry of Defence New Delhi, 23rd November, 2016 To The Chief of the Army Staff The Chier Of the Air staff The Chief of the Naval Staff Subject: Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2016 to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/grade pay as per 6th pay Central Pay Commission. Sir, I am directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter No. 1(2)/2004/D (Pay/Services) dated 18rh April, 2016 on the subject cited above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearn

Old Rs.500 Rs.1000 banknotes - School, College fees and Mobile Recharge

Old Rs.500 banknotes - Exemptions for certain additional transactions  of  School College fees and Mobile Recharge After due consideration of all relevant aspects, the Central Government takes various decisions relating to certain operational aspects of the Scheme relating to cancellation of legal tender character of old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes; No over the counter exchange of old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes after midnight of 24.11.2016;.Certain other exemptions continued till 15th December, 2016 with certain additions and modifications.  The Central Government has been reviewing the issues related to the cancellation of legal tender character of old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes.  The Government has also been receiving various suggestions in this regard.  After due consideration of all relevant aspects, the following decisions relating to certain operational aspects of the Scheme have now been taken: (i) It has been observed that over the counter exchange of the old curre

1429 complaints received from Ex-Servicemen with regard to OROP benefits

1429 complaints received from Ex-Servicemen with regard to OROP benefits Complaints over OROP Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre has informed about the Complaints over OROP in Rajya Sabha. A Judicial Committee headed by Justice L. Narasimha Reddy, retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court was appointed to look into the anomalies of implementation of OROP. The Committee has submitted its report on 26.10.2016 which is under examination. Out of 20,63,529 pensioner beneficiaries, 1429 complaints have been received from Ex-Servicemen and the Family Pensioners with regard to OROP benefits. Public Grievance Cell in the Department is receiving grievances of the pensioners / family pensioners and taking up the matters with the concerned Departments for redressal of their grievances. Disposal of grievances is monitored at the highest level in the Government. This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Sh

Reply in Lok Sabha regarding Creamy Layer Issue

Reply in Lok Sabha regarding Creamy Layer Issue Now there is no error in Paragraph 9 of the English version of the O.M. dated 14.10.2004 vis-a vis the Hindi version GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS (DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING) LOK SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 139 (TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.11.2016) CREAMY LAYER 139. SHRI GANESH SINGH: Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state: (a) whether the previous Government had set aside the report of first creamy layer expert committee and the Department of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions issued an official memorandum No. 36033/5/2004- Est. (SCT) dated 14 October, 2004 clarifying the creamy layer and which carries out two different meanings in its Hindi and English versions and if so, the details thereof; (b) whether the Government has accepted the mistakes of the said memorandum and if so, the action taken to cancel the said memorandum and the act

Withdrawal of Specified Banknotes : Cash requirements of pensioners and Armed Forces Personnel

Withdrawal of Specified Banknotes : Cash requirements of pensioners and Armed Forces Personnel RBI/2016-17/154 DCM (Plg) No.1384/10.27.00/2016-17 November 24, 2016 The Chairman / Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Public Sector Banks / Private Sector Banks / Foreign Banks / Regional Rural Banks / Urban Co-operative Banks / State Co-operative Banks/ District Central Co-operative Banks Dear Sir, Withdrawal of Specified Banknotes : Cash requirements of pensioners and Armed Forces Personnel In view of the withdrawal of legal tender character of the Specified Banknotes (SBN) demand for cash is expected from Government officials and pensioners after the electronic payment of their salary/pension. 2. Banks are therefore advised to take appropriate steps in order to meet this likely demand for cash by: (i) Ensuring adequate cash availability for taking care of the requirements of pensioners (ii) Ensuring adequate supply at the military outposts for

Meeting on Allowances held on 18.11.2016 - Viewpoints of BPMS

BPMS views on Allowancee REF: BPMS / MOD / 07th CPC / Allowances / 251A (8/2/M)  Dated: 23.11.2016 To, The Dy Secretary (CP), Govt of India, Min of Defence, Sena Bhawan, DHQ PO, New Delhi 110011 Subject: Meeting on Allowances: View points of BPMS Reference: This federation’s letter of even no. dated 15.11.2016 Respected Sir, With due regards, your attention is invited to power point presentation in the meeting held on 18.11.2016 under the chairmanship of Defence Secretary on the allowances payable on the recommendations of 7th CPC. Some of the following issues raised during the meeting, need to be considered by the committee in addition to the points mentioned by BPMS vide letter cited under reference: 1. Extra Work Allowance (Chapter No. 8.3) (Para 8.3.23): (a) Caretaking Allowance (Para 8.3.20) at the rate of 10% of Basic Pay is being paid to Group ‘C’ Staff. Now 7th CPC has recommended for 2% of Basic Pay per month. It is demanded that this C

Government Committee for consideration of issues of 7th CPC recommendations

Government Committee for consideration of issues of 7th CPC recommendations GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF FINANCE RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-713 ANSWERED ON-22.11.2016 Government Committee for consideration of issues of 7th CPC recommendations 713 . Shri Neeraj Shekhar (a) whether Group of Ministers including Union Minister for Finance had assured the representatives of various trade unions/JCM to set up a Committee to consider the demand of revision of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula under 7th CPC with a mandate to finalize its report within four months; (b) if so, the present status of the Committee; (c) the reasons for the delay in report by the said Committee even after elapsing of more than four months; (d) whether the Committee on Allowances has finalized its report; (e) if so, the details thereof along with the salient recommendations thereof; and (f) if not, the reasons therefor? ANSWER MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF F

Guidelines fo the Ministry of Defence for Penalties in Business Dealings with Entities

GUIDELINES OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE FOR PENALTIES IN BUSINESS DEALINGS WITH ENTITIES (A) Introduction A.1   It is imperative that the highest standards of propriety be maintained throughout the process of procurement of defence equipment. A.2 The procurement process needs to proceed without loss of credibility and therefore, there is a need to put in place appropriate measures to deal with acts of impropriety. A.3 The following paragraphs lay down the policy and guidelines for Levy of Financial Penalties and/ or Suspension/Banning of business dealings with entities seeking to enter into contract with/having entered  into a contract for the procurement of goods and services by the Ministry of Defence. A.4 In applying the measures provided for under the guidelines, the concerned authorities shall be guided by the need to ensure probity, transparency, propriety and compliance in the defence procurement process. Equally, the concerned authorities shall also e

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