Friday, November 21, 2014

Dopt – Amendment of provisions of the CCS (Joining Time) Rules, 1979

Amendment of provisions of the CCS (Joining Time) Rules, 1979.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Block-IV, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi,
November 17, 2014
Subject: Amendment of provisions of the CCS (Joining Time) Rules, 1979.
The undersigned is directed to state that a review of the provisions of the CCS (Joining Time) Rules, 1979 has been carried out and it has been decided to amend some of the rules and sub-rules of the Central Civil Services (Joining Time) Rules, 1979, as detailed below:
  1. No.

Existing Provision
For appointment to post under the Central Government on the results of a competitive examination and/or interview open to Government servants and others, Central Government employees and permanent/provisionally
permanent State Government employees will be entitled to joining time under these rules.
For appointment to posts under the Central Government on the results of a competitive examination and/or interview open to Government servants and others, Central Government
employees and permanent/ State Government employees will be entitled to joining time under these rules in case such Government servants opt for having    their    past     service     in     the

Central/State Government counted for
all purposes in the Central Government.
But temporary employees of the Central Government who have not completed 3 years of regular continuous service,
though entitled to joining time would not be entitled to joining time pay.
May be deleted.

Note: Distance means actual

distance   and       not             weighted
mileage for which fare is charged by the Railways in certain ghat/hill sections.
Note I: Distance means actual distance travelled and not weighted mileage for which fare is charged by the Railways in certain ghat/hill sections.

May be added under rule 5(4):
Note II: In case of transfer of a Government servant to or from North Eastern Region, including Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and Ladakh two days additional time will be admissible over and above the normal joining time reckoned on the basis of actual distance between old and new place of posting.
6(1)                                         When         a
Government servant joins a new post without availing full joining time by reasons that
The number of days of joining time admissible…subject to a maximum of 15 days reduced by the number of days of joining time actually availed of shall be credited to his leave account as earned
leave…….. Provided….shal

I not exceed 240 days.
The period of unutilized joining time shall be regulated in terms of the provisions of rule 26(1)(a)(ii) of the Central Civil Service (leave) Rules, 1972.
May be added under rule 7 :
Note: The sanction of the admissible joining

time shall be accorded by the competent
authority            exercising            the    administrativecontrol   over     the       Government            servant proceeding on transfer. However the joining time pay shall be paid for by the             new
administrative              authority                 where     such

Government servant joins on transfer.

(Mukul Ratra)3. The process to amend the CCS (Joining Time) Rules, 1979 on the above lines is underway. The Department of Personnel & Training solicits comments on above by 28th November 2014.

List of Allowances & Advances increased 25% due to DA raised to 100% with effect from 01.01.2014.


List of Allowances & Advances increased 25% due to DA raised to 100% with effect from 01.01.2014.

Aadhaar Based Digital Life Certificate for Central Govt Pensioners

Life Certificate for retired employees to be submitted in November every year.
Retired Central Government employees, pensioners and those drawing family pension will have to submit Life Certificates at the banks where they draw their pensions.

Until about a few years ago, pensioners had to go to their respective banks in order to withdraw their monthly pensions. Usually there would always be some clerical glitches or delays in distributing the pension funds causing immense hardship to the pensioners. In order to rectify this hurdle, the Government began distributing pension via ATM cards through their respective banks. Pensioners didn’t have to go to the banks anymore to collect their pensions. But, once every year, they are required to go to the banks in person, sign and withdraw the pensions.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Guidelines on RTI Internship for 2014

F. No 14/9/2014-IR
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated : 10th November,2014.
Office Memorandum
Subject: Guidelines on Internship for Undergraduates pursuing five year integrated course in Law or graduates pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Law under the Centrally sponsored Scheme on “Improving Transparency and Accountability in government through effective implementation of Right to Information Act”
1.0 Introduction
The Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT), Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India, is the nodal Ministry for the Right to Information Act. It is administering a Plan scheme titled ‘Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through effective implementation of the Right to Information Act’. The primary goal of the scheme is to contribute towards more accountable and transparent government and it has several components including programmes for awareness generation, training and e-governance initiatives for RTI for achieving the purpose.
Department of Personnel and Training has been conducting Internship Programme for the Ministries and Departments in the Government of India, which is beneficial both to the Departments and the interns. This will help the Ministry/ Department consolidate and document its experience in the implementation of RTI, its successes, constraints in implementation, identify the areas which need more attention, address the gap areas and suggest what more needs to be done to help achieve the objectives of the Act. The interns would be familiarized with the process of seeking information and enabling access to information under the RTI regime.
Under the scheme, DOPT is offering short-term internships to Undergraduates who are in the second year pursuing five year integrated course in Law or graduates in the first year pursuing three year graduation course in Law from a recognised and reputed University to conduct an analysis of RTI Applications in select public authorities.
2.0 Areas of Study and Research Output
The RTI Internship is being offered to analyze a sample of the RTI applications received in the calendar year 2014 by select public authorities. The analysis of the applications would aim to get an overall picture of the applications received and do an in-depth study of the information sought and the response by the CPIO/ Public Authority. Templates of the expected outputs are enclosed. Template I covers the preliminary analysis of the Public Authority while Template II covers the detailed analysis of the selected RTI applications. The interns would also study the status of suo motu disclosure of the Ministry/Department allotted to them for their internship and would submit a report in this regard, as per the guidelines mentioned at Annexure I.
3.0 Guidelines/ Salient Features of the Internship Programme
Duration • The internships would be for duration of one month starting 1st December, 2014 onwards.
• The internship programme is neither a job nor any such assurance for a job in the Department of Personnel of Training or any other Ministry/ Department in Government,
Remuneration Travel costs of interns will be reimbursed on actual basis up to Rs.5000/- on submission of reports.
Logistic Support Interns will be provided with the necessary logistics support i.e, office space and photocopy facility.
Submission of Paper The Interns will be required to submit to the Department of Personnel and Training and the selected Ministry/ Department a report on the Areas of study as detailed above.
Placement The Interns will be placed in selected Ministries/ Departments
Certificate of internship Certificates will be issued on satisfactory completion of their internships and on submission of their Reports
4.0 Methodology
a) The Department of Personnel and Training will coordinate with the selected Public Authorities for the internship programme.
b) An initiation workshop will be held for the interns at the beginning of the internship. The work of the interns will be monitored through weekly interactions with the interns by the Department of Personnel and Training.
c) The interns will be allotted to selected Public Authorities. The interns will report to a nodal officer of the selected Public Authority. The interns will spend 2(two) weeks to study and analyze the RTI applications and one week to study the status of suo motu disclosure of the Ministry/Department concerned. The last week would be devoted to writing the report.
d) The interns will be required to study the applications received by atleast 5 CPIOs within the public authority which receive the maximum applications. They will be required to select randomly 20 applications( which are not older than 6 months) from each CPIO for study.
e) Copies of all RTI applications analysed will be submitted to DOPT alongwith the report. A soft copy of the templates and report on suo motu disclosure has to be submitted to the email id by 28th February, 2015 Non submission of either will be treated as an incomplete report.

NPS is far beneficial than Government Pension

NPS is far beneficial than Government Pension – Comparison of New Pension Scheme (National Pension Scheme) and Central Government Pension
The Central Government employees who have joined after 1/1/2004 and are put under National Pension Scheme (NPS) have been demanding abolition of NPS and have been persuading the Central Government to make the government pension scheme applicable to them.
This only exhibits their ignorance of the fact that the New Pension Scheme is highly lucrative and make the government employees who joined after 1/1/2004 far richer than the government employees who enjoy government pension scheme. By doing so they are in the process of ruining the great fortunes that lies in store under New Pension Scheme. Let me compare both the scheme:
Benefits under NPS
Let me take a case of Upper Division Clerk(UDC) who joins government service in 2014 at the age of 25 and renders 35 years of service till attaining 60 years of age. He / She gets 3% annual increment every year and gets one promotion every 10 year under M.A.C.P. Although he / she is likely to get 14 to 20% increase in D.A every year as per Consumer Price Index I just take 12%(assuming 6 + 6%) 2 times D.A in a year
YEARD.A. assumed @
with 3% annual increment
(employee and Govt)
AnnualAppreciationof Investments @
2016131%105201378124301486058320 12511 183039
2017143%108401550126341526863216 18903 265158
2018155%111701731428484569668352 26290 359800
2019167%115101922230732614673752 34779 468331
2020179%118602122933089661879416 44487 592234
2021191%122202334035560711285344 55546 733124
2022203%125902555838148763091560 68097 892781
2023215%129702788640856817298064 82293 1073138
2024*227%1413032075462059240110880 98589 1282607
2025239%1456034798493589872118464 117170 1518241
2026251%15000376505265010530126360 138041 1782642
2027263%15450406345608411216134592 161433 2078667
2028275%15920437805970011940143280 187596 2409543
2029287%16400470686346812694152328 216809 2778680
2030299%16900505316743113486161832 249371 3189883
2031311%17410541457155514312171744 285614 3647241
2032323%17940579467588615178182136 325893 4155270
2033335%18480619088038816078192936 370601 4718807
2034*347%21060730789413818828225936 421184 5365927
2035359%21700779039960319920239040 478101 6083068
2036371%223608295610531621064252768 541139 6876975
2037383%230308820511123522248266976 610878 7754829
2038395%237309373411746423492281904 687954 8724687
2039407%244509951212396224792297504 773068 9795259
2040419%2519010554613073626148313776 866975 10976010
2041431%2595011184513779527560330720 970498 12277228
2042443%2673011841414514429028348336 1084535 13710099
2043455%2754012530715284730570366840 1210066 15287005
2044*467%2964013841916805933612403344 1348977 17039326
2045479%3053014623917676935354424248 1501283 18940857
2046491%3145015442018587037174446088 1668876 21055821
2047503%3240016297219537239074468888 1853953 23378662
2048515%3338017190720528741058492696 2057162 25928520
2049527%3439018123521562543126517512 2280169 28726201
* MACP / Promotion Years
(A) Therefore, the total pension wealth of a government servant who joined in 2014 and retiring under New Pension Scheme shall at the time of his retirement be Rs. 2,87,26,201/-
(B) 60% of the lump-sum pension wealth which he / she will be getting on retirement:
(C) 40% invested in an annuity scheme which he / she can receive before 70 years:
(D) Earned Leave Encashment: Rs. 215625 x 10 months : Rs. 21,56,250
TOTAL of (A) (B) (C) and (D) will be Rs. 3,08,82,451
Death Gratuity:
Although not entitled for retirement gratuity, but eligible for Death Gratuity If died during the service
Monthly Pension:
At the assumed Interest at the rate of 8.7% per annum on the other 40% of pension wealth of Rs.1,14,90,481 invested in annuity shall fetch
monthly pension of at least : Rs.83,306/ –
Not only this, before he / she attains the age of 70 he / she can withdraw the remaining 40% of his pension wealth of Rs. 1,14,90,481/- which if invested in Fixed Deposit of a nationalised bank can fetch interest and take care of not only of his wife and children but his descendants also for generations to come.
This is just a tip of the iceberg. If we consider the other 4 pay commission benefits that materialize on 1/1/2016, 1/1/2026, 1/1/2036 and 1/1/2046 which a NPS pensioner who joins as UDC shall be getting before his retirement in 2049,his total pension wealth will be undoubtedly double the above amount which comes to more than Rs.5 crores. While a person who joins as U.D.C. gets this much, one will be rocked out of stupor to know what a Group A officer who renders 35 years of service may get – undoubtedly his total pension wealth will be more than Rs.10 crores.
Benefits under Central Government Pension Scheme
Now let us see what will be the retirement benefits of the above person if he / she is put in government pension scheme:
1.Gratuity for 16.5 months :
Rs.2,15,625 x 16.5 months = Rs.35,57,812/- Restricted to Rs.10,00,000
2. Earned Leave Encashment:
Rs. 215625 x 10 months : Rs.21,56,250
3. Pension Commutation:
Rs.17195 x 40% = Rs.6878 x 12 x 8.194 years Rs 6,76,300
Total Benefits under Central Government Pension Scheme: Rs.38,32,550
4. GPF Balance:
As it is a general tendency of the government servants to withdraw from GPF frequently, there will be very little left at the time of retirement
5. Monthly pension
i) Rs.34390 / 2 = Rs.17195 (basic pension being 50% of pay and grade pay Less 40% of basic pension towards commutation (Rs 6878) which will be restored after 15 years
Balance basic pension is Rs. 10317
ii) DA @ 527% of basic pension of Rs.17195 = Rs. 90617 (subject to increase in DA every 6 months based on consumer price index)
Total pension is Rs.1,00,934 per month.
After the death of government servant say after 67 years, spouse can take only 60% of the basic pension i.e.Rs.17195 x 60% = Rs.10317 plus the prevailing rates. After spouse’s death children are unlikely to draw the pension as they would have already crossed the age limit. Thus, unlike the dependents of NPS pensioners, there will be nothing left for financial security of the dependents of the government pensioners .
Thus it is unwise on the part of government servants who have joined after 1/1/2004 to demand for abolition of NPS scheme and grant of government pension.
Deputy Director
ESIC Model Hospital,
Bangalore (Ministry of Labour, Government of India) is the author of this Article.