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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Ministers can give 7-year foreign posting tenure to babus: Government

 IAS and IPS officers can now stay on foreign posting for seven-years at a stretch from existing five years with due permission from the ministers concerned. 

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has relaxed rules to allow any ministry to further extend the tenure of an officer beyond seven years provided "recruitment rules for such deputation post" are amended accordingly. 

The move comes after various ministries approached the DoPT for relaxation of the five-year deputation tenure condition citing exigencies, officials said. 

It has now been decided with the approval of the competent authority that if the administrative ministries or departments and other borrowing organisations wish to retain an officer beyond five years, they may extend the tenure of deputation where absolutely necessary in the public interest, upto a period not exceeding seven years at a stretch, the new rules said. 

"This shall be done with the approval of the Minister of the borrowing ministry or department concerned and in respect of other organisations with the approval of the Minister of the borrowing ministry or department with which they are administratively concerned, keeping in view the exigencies and subject to fulfilment of all other requirements," it said. 

In a directive to all state governments and central government ministries, the DoPT has said that no case of extension shall be referred to it. 

"In cases where the necessity to have deputation tenures longer than seven years is felt, the concerned administrative ministries, departments or borrowing organisations may amend the relevant recruitment rules of such deputation post accordingly, after following the requisite procedure. 

"No extension of deputation beyond 7 years is to be allowed unless provided in the relevant recruitment rules of such deputation post. It is reiterated that no case for extension beyond five years shall referred to DoPT," the communique said. 

The new rules are applicable to the officers of all India services only--Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).

Source:-The Economic Times

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet may clear higher increase tomorrow


New Delhi, Jun 28 () The Cabinet tomorrow is likely to approve higher increase in basic pay than the nearly 15 per cent recommended by the 7th Pay Commission for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners.
The pay panel had in November last year recommended 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.
After considering the increase proposed in allowances, the hike in remunerations comes to 23.55 per cent.
"Considering the tight fiscal position this year, the government may improve upon the Pay Commission recommendation for basic pay to 18 per cent or at best 20 per cent," a senior official said.
The 7th Pay Commission report will be effective from January 1, he said, adding that the Cabinet will decide if the arrears for the six months have to be paid in one go or in installments.
A secretaries' panel, headed Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, has already vetted the 7th Pay Commission recommendation and its report is being translated into a note for Cabinet.
"It in most likelihood will come up before the Cabinet tomorrow," the official said.
The government had in January set up the high-powered panel to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.
The Commission had recommended 23.55 per cent overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP.
The entry level pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000.
The secretaries' panel may have recommended raising minimum entry level pay at Rs 23,500 a month and maximum salary of Rs 3.25 lakh.
While the Budget for 2016-17 fiscal did not provide an explicit provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government had said the once-in-a-decade pay hike for government employees has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries.
Around Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned for it, the official said. 


Source:-The Times of India

Enhanced Financial Powers to different Ministries

Government of India has decided to revise the financial limits for appraisal and approval of Non-Plan Schemes/Projects by competent authorities. As per the revised delegation, the Committee on Non-Plan Expenditure (CNE), which serves as an appraisal forum for all non-plan proposals of Central Government Ministries/Departments, will now appraise proposals involving expenditure of Rs.300 crore and above. The earlier limit for this was Rs.75 crore. Non-plan Schemes/projects of less than Rs.300 crore can now be appraised by Ministry / Standing Finance Committee of the Ministry concerned. 

The financial power of the Minister-in-charge of the administrative Ministry for approval of the Non-Plan schemes/projects has also been enhanced and the schemes/project costingless than Rs.500 crore can now be approved at his/her level. Earlier, the Minister-in-charge could approve projects costing less than Rs.150 crore. Finance Minister shall be competent financial authority for approving scheme/projects having financial implications of Rs.500 crore and above and upto Rs.1000 crore. 

Proposal having financial limits of Rs.1000 crore and above shall require approval of the Cabinet/Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. Concurrently, financial limits regarding appraisal and approval of increase in cost estimates have also been revised. Increase in cost upto 20% of the firmed up cost estimates can now be appraised by the Financial Adviser and approved by Secretary of the administrative Department, if the absolute cost escalation is upto Rs.75 crore, and by the Administrative Minister-in-charge if absolute cost escalation is above this. 

With this enhancement of financial powers, the financial limits for appraisal and approval of plan and non-plan schemes/projects of Central Government Ministries and Departments have been brought almost at par. This is expected to expedite appraisal and approval process in the Central Government Ministries/Departments. 

Source:-PIB

20% pay hike likely for govt servants

NEW DELHI: The Centre is likely to announce the implementation of the seventh pay commission recommendations soon after a panel headed by Cabinet secretary P K Sinha to examine the proposals submitted its report.


"Committee of secretaries has finalised its report on pay commission recommendations... We will soon draft a Cabinet note based on the report," finance secretary Ashok Lavasa said. Government sources said the proposal is likely to be taken up by the Cabinet later this week.
"We will soon announce it. The increase would be a little below 20%," a source said but did not elaborate. The Centre has said adequate provisions have been made in the 2016-17 Budget to absorb the impact recommendations.


In November last year, the seventh pay commission had recommended a 23.55% increase in pay and allowances, a 24% rise in pensions and one-rank-one-pension for central employees and paramilitary personnel - estimated to cost the government Rs 1.02 lakh crore in 2016-17.

Source:-The Times of India


Govt pay hike may be implemented soon; CoS submits report

New Delhi, Jun 27 () The government is likely to soon announce the implementation of 7th Pay Commission that would hike the salaries and allowances for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners by at least 23.5 per cent.
A Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha has submitted its report on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which may be accepted, a financial ministry official said.
Based on the panel's report, the Finance Ministry is preparing a Cabinet note and the issue may come up for approval by the Cabinet as early as June 29.
"Committee of Secretaries (CoS) has finalised its report on Pay Commission recommendations... We will soon (file) draft Cabinet note based on the report,"Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said here today.
The government had in January set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.
The Pay Commission had recommended 23.55 per cent overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP.
The panel recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.
The 23.55 per cent increase includes hike in allowances.
The entry level pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000.
Sources said the secretaries' panel may have recommended higher pay increase, with minimum entry level pay at Rs 23,500 a month and maximum salary of Rs 3.25 lakh.
While the Budget for 2016-17 fiscal did not provide an explicit provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government had said the once-in-a-decade pay hike for government employees has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries.
Around Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned for it, officials said.

Lavasa said the 7th Pay Commission report will be effective from January 1. 

Source:-The Times of India

Monday, June 27, 2016

Online system to check delay in pension soon: Govt

All Central government ministries will soon be connected to an online system to ensure quick grant of pension and check any delay in its disbursal. 

Besides, the Centre has decided that all Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) will be digitised. 


Addressing a conference of pensioners association, Union Minister Jitendra Singh suggested an institutionalised mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. 

"All central ministries and departments will be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System 'Bhavishya' very soon," he said. 

With this step, the pension release will be expedited and it will also help in quick resolution of pending issues, the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, said. 

Singh said India has a large number of pensioners and to make best use of them is a "challenge". 

"Retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelise their energiesBSE 2.10 % in a productive direction. We should learn from the pensioners' experience," he said addressing the 28th Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) here. 

Singh said that a focused approach and emphatic attitude need to be developed towards the pensioners. 

Earlier, C Viswanath, the Secretary, Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, and Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, directed that the Pension Payment Order (PPOs) sbe digitised. 

The online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System 'Bhavishya' has introduced transparency and accountability into the pension sanction and payment process, thereby helping eliminate delays and bring satisfaction to the retiring employees and pensioners. 

The system keeps retiring employees and administration informed of the progress of pension sanction process through SMS and e-mail. 

In the year 2015-16, the scheme was scaled up and will eventually cover all 9,000 Drawing and Disbursal Offices (DDOs) in the country, the Secretary added. 

Source:-The Economic Times

Ministries asked to put online info on their works every month

All central government ministries have been asked to highlight their achievements by putting online the details of the work undertaken by them on a monthly basis for greater transparency. 

The Cabinet Secretariat has recently issued instructions in this regard to secretaries of all the ministries. 

In order to ensure greater transparency and availability of information in public domain, it has been decided that henceforth, all ministries and departments may upload, on a monthly basis, their major achievements, significant developments and important events for the month on their official websites, the instructions said. 

Senior officials in the Cabinet Secretariat said it has been observed that some of the departments are hesitant in putting governance-related information in public domain. 

The secretaries will be responsible for ensuring that maximum information is put in public domain, they said. 

The Centre had recently asked all ministries to update their websites. Over 920 websites of various departments had failed quality audits following which the secretaries were asked to ensure that there is up-to-date governance related information on the websites and no "page under construction" links. 


The availability of information in public domain will also result in less number of Right to Information (RTI) applications filed by people with the ministries, the officials said. 

Source:-The Economic Times

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