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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

No annual increment for non-performing employees: Government

Non-performing Central government employees will not get annual increment if their performance is not upto the mark, the Centre has said. 

The benchmark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradation has been enhanced to "very good" from "good" level, the Finance Ministry said in an order notifying implementation of Seventh Central Pay Commission's recommendations. 

The Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) scheme will continue to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years of service as before, the Ministry said as it "accepted" the pay panel's recommendations. 

The recommendation of "withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service" has been "accepted", it said. 

The pay panel had in its report to the Centre said that there is a widespread perception that increments as well as upward movement in the hierarchy happen as a matter of course. 

"The perception is that grant of MACP, although subject to the employee attaining the laid down threshold of performance, is taken for granted. This Commission believes that employees who do not meet the laid down performance criterion should not be allowed to earn future annual increments. 

"The Commission is therefore proposing withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service. This will act as a deterrent for complacent and inefficient employees," it had said. 

There are about 50 lakh Central government employees.

Source:-The Economic Times

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Inclusion of languages in Eighth Schedule

At present there are demands for inclusion of 38 more languages including Tulu and Rajasthani in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. These are:

(1) Angika, (2) Banjara, (3) Bazika, (4) Bhojpuri, (5) Bhoti, (6) Bhotia, (7) Bundelkhandi, (8) Chhattisgarhi, (9) Dhatki, (10) English, (11) Garhwali (Pahari), (12) Gondi, (13) Gujjar / Gujjari (14) Ho, (15) Kachachhi, (16) Kamtapuri, (17) Karbi, (18) Khasi, (19) Kodava (Coorg), (20) Kok Barak, (21) Kumaoni (Pahari), (22) Kurukh, (23) Kurmali, (24) Lepcha, (25) Limbu, (26) Mizo (Lushai), (27) Magahi, (28) Mundari, (29) Nagpuri, (30) Nicobarese, (31) Pahari (Himachali), (32) Pali, (33) Rajasthani, (34) Sambalpuri/Kosali, (35) Shaurseni (Prakrit), (36) Siraiki, (37) Tenyidi and (38) Tulu.

Many of these languages are spoken in several States, and their use is not restricted by State boundaries.

As the evolution of dialects and languages is dynamic, influenced by socio-eco-political developments, it is difficult to fix any criterion for languages, whether to distinguish them from dialects, or for inclusion in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India. Thus, both attempts, through the Pahwa (1996) and Sitakant Mohapatra (2003) Committees to evolve such fixed criteria have not borne fruit.

The Government is conscious of the sentiments and requirements for inclusion of other languages in the Eighth Schedule, and will examine the requests keeping in mind the sentiments, and other considerations such as evolution of dialects into language, widespread use of a language etc.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to question by Kumari Shobha Karandlaje and Shri Hariom Singh Rathore in the Lok Sabha today. 


The 7th CPC:- Upgraded Level for Inspector Posts, Assistant Superintendents of Posts and Superintendents of Posts in Department of Posts



The Level in the revised pay structure mentioned in column (5) for the posts mentioned in column (2) of the Table below have been approved by the Government and the initial fixation as on the 1st day of January, 2016 shall be made in accordance with sub-rule (2) of rule 7: 

Department of Posts

Sl. No.
Name of the Post
Existing Grade Pay
Revised Pay Structure
Existing Grade Pay
Grade Pay corresponding to which revised Levels have been recommended
Level in Pay Matrix
Para No. of the Report

Inspector Posts
Assistant Superintendents of Posts
Superintendents of Posts

Government notifies pay panel report, Centrral Government Employees to get Salaries from next month

The Government on Tuesday notified the 7th Pay Commission report, which means Centrral Government Employees will get the new pay boost in their August salaries. 

There shall be two dates for grant of increment namely, 1st January and 1st July of every year, instead of existing date of 1st July; provided that an employee shall be entitled to only one annual increment on either one of these two dates depending on the date of appointment, promotion or grant of financial up-gradation. 

The recommendations on Allowances (except Dearness Allowance) will be referred to a Committee comprising Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health and Family Welfare, Personnel and Training, Posts and Chairman, Railway Board as Members. 

Till a final decision on Allowances is taken based on the recommendations of this Committee, all allowances will continue to be paid at existing rates in existing pay structure, as if the pay had not been revised with effect from 1st day of January, 2016. 

The Military Service Pay, which is a compensation for the various aspects of military service, will be admissible to the Defence forces personnel only. 

As before, Military Service Pay will be payable to all ranks up to and inclusive of Brigadiers and their equivalents. 

Short Service Commissioned Officers will be allowed to exit the Armed Forces at any point in time between 7 and 10 years of service, with a terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments. 

They will further be entitled to a fully funded one year Executive Programme or a M.Tech. programme at a premier Institute. 
Here's a brief snapshot of what this means for government employees

1. There will be an overall hike of 23.55 per cent in the basic salary and allowances of government employees. 

2. The 23.55 per cent overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension would entail an additional annual burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore, or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP, to the exchequer. 

5. Entry level pay will be raised to Rs 18,000 a month from the current Rs 7,000. 

6. The maximum pay - which is drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh a month, up from the current Rs 90,000. 

7. This is the lowest pay hike for government employees, in terms of a pay panel report, in the last 70 years. 

8. 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 an interim allocation for different ministries. 

9. Experts said the higher payout will boost consumption, especially of consumer durables and services.

Source:-The Economic Times

Department of Posts fails to pay tax, CBEC faults officials

The Department of Posts could not pay its service tax because of "unwarranted refusal" by the officials concerned who did not exercise their discretionary power in letting it pay the levy through cheque. 

The Service Tax Rules, 1994, stipulate that while every assessee shall pay the levy electronically through Internet banking, the jurisdictional deputy/assistant commissioner may for reasons to be recorded in writing allow the assessee to deposit service tax through any other mode. 

"In spite of these provisions, the Department of Posts (DoP) has informed that in certain jurisdictions, officers are not allowing them permission to pay by cheque," said a communication from the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) to its senior officials. 

DoP has been refused permission by Controller General of Accounts to open a current account, which in any case would have allowed electronic payment. 

"Under the circumstances, they can make a payment by cheque only," CBEC said. 

The Board, tasked with the responsibility to collect indirect taxes, including service tax, further said the assessee in question is a government department and "the question of jeopardy to revenue cannot exist". 

It noted that refusing permission to DoP amounts to "expecting them to comply with the law while simultaneously preventing them from doing so". 

"The purpose of giving discretion in the law gets defeated," CBEC noted while directing officials concerned to use powers vested in them "judiciously and rationally". 

Accordingly, whether it is Department of Posts or any other assessee, CBEC "directed" that discretion vested in the jurisdictional deputy/assistant commissioners should be exercised judiciously and rationally. 

Also, the supervisory officers should, from time to time, check such exercises of discretion so that there are no "unwarranted refusals", CBEC added.

Source:-The Economic Times

The Seventh Central Pay Commission - Revised Pay Rules, 2016

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The Seventh Central Pay Commission - Resolution

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Amendments in All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968.

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