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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

No proposal under consideration for including more places under the conversion of Home Town LTC to All India LTC

LTC to Some Countries

A proposal to provide Leave Travel Concession (LTC) to Government employees to visit some SAARC countries is in its initial stage of consideration. The details are yet to be finalized.

The purpose behind the proposal is to enhance people-to-people contact and bilateral ties in the SAARC region through increase in tourism in the region.


As per the Government’s order dated 26.09.2014, the Government has extended the facility of conversion of home town LTC to visit the states in the North East Region, Jammu & Kashmir and the UT of Andaman & Nicobar Islands for a period of two years up to 25.09.2016. This facility was first introduced in the year 2008.

Presently, no other proposal is under consideration for including more places under the conversion of Home Town LTC to anywhere in the country.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri M. Raja Mohan Reddy in the Lok Sabha today

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Sad news

Sad News.   Only son of  our member, West Bengal, Shri.Amit Dutta's Son  aged 15 years expired  on 11-3-2015 at Calcutta while playing WWW game. ( Asst.Secretary General,Postal Stenographers Association and, Member of confederation west bengal)

 Amitji, we can't  console you with words, HOW CAN? You are one of the active members of  the confederation.

Praying the Almighty to rest the soul of your son in peace. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE. 

THE ALMIGHTY WILL GIVE YOU COURAGE AND STRENGTH TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS TO BEAR THE UNBEARABLE LOSS. 

The whole Confederation  conves its CONDOLENCE to you & your Mrs who has brought your son into the world. Now her world has gone.     

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Meeting at Bangalore

Dear Members,


                          The Secretary General will be available at Bangalore on 30th and 1st May 2015.  It is proposed to call a meeting of all Central Government Stenographers working in and around bangalore and to open a Karnataka branch of the confederation at  Bangalore.  I request all members to cooperate and join in the meeting.  The exact date and venue will be announced after consultation with our members in Bangalore.

M.Harisuthan

Friday, 20 February 2015

Hike in personal income tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh, deduction for housing loans up to 5 lakh and upward revision in the allowance for medical reimbursement are among the main expectations of salaried individuals from the Union Budget 2015, the first full-fledged budget from the Narendra Modi government, according to an ASSOCHAMsurvey released on Thursday. 

An overwhelming 92 per cent of the salaried individuals, both men and women, said the government needs to increase the tax bracket from the current Rs 2.50 lakh to at least Rs 3 lakh so that more money is left in the hand of the common man/woman. While the wholesale price index 
inflation has gone into negative, there are still a host of items of common household use, like fruits, pulses and vegetables, which have witnessed an annual inflation between 8 and 12 per cent per cent during January 2014 and January 2015. 

"Thus, the high prices of these items are still a cause of concern for the common people and the Budget must address the issue," ASSOCHAM Secretary General D S Rawat said, while releasing the survey. 

The salaried income people also want that the tax exemption limit for women should be raised to at least Rs 4 lakh p.a. Besides, the limit for exemption on saving instruments like fixed deposits, national saving certificates and public provident funds should also be raised to Rs 2.50 lakh so that 
savings at the household level get a boost. 

The survey was conducted in major places such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabd, Pune, Chandigarh, and Dehradun, among others. About 500 
salaried class employees from the different sectors were covered by the survey from each city on an average. 

"The 
Finance Minister should increase the 80C deduction limit to Rs 2.50 lakh. With the advent of new investment schemes such as Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana and equity-oriented pension funds, the limit seems very condensed and needs to be inflated to Rs 2.50 lakh in Budget 2015-16. The government may consider increasing the exemption limit to even higher to Rs 3 lakh to promote investments and encourage saving among taxpayers," highlighted the majority of respondents. On top of it, a separate deduction should be allowed for the premium paid for the insurance policies to encourage insurance which has a very low penetration at present. 

Gold imports are declining and hence the government may reduce import duty by around 2 to 4 percent. At present the import duty is 10 percent and reducing it to around 4 to 5 percent should make prospective buyers happy, said nearly 88% of the respondents. 

At present, the limit of deduction of interest on housing loan is Rs 1.50 lakh per annum. This should be increased to Rs 5 lakh to boost the housing sector as also give relief to the middle class families, added 78% of the respondents. 

To encourage investments in infrastructure during the 12th plan period, the deduction under 801A (4) "profit-linked incentives in the form of 100% deduction of income in SEZ development" must be continued, said Rawat. 

Nearly 82% of the salaried class said that it is necessary to have a separate deduction of Rs 50,000 for the payment towards annuity or pension plans. Deduction of the amount paid towards annuity plans u/s 80CCC and NPS u/s 80CCD also comes under the threshold limit of section 80C. Section 80C is already is flooded with various savings and investment schemes and with the new kind of equity-oriented pension plans, it becomes utmost necessary to have a separate deduction of Rs 50,000 for the payment towards annuity or pension plans.



Source:-The Economic Times
In order to give boost to the tourism sector, the Budget for 2015-16 is likely to expand the scope of LTA and LTC by including hotel and other expenses besides travel for the purpose of tax benefit. 

The Ministry, sources said, it is also considering a proposal to allow employees to availLeave Travel Concession (LTC)/ Leave Travel Allowance (LTA) every year as against the current practice of two times in a block of four years. 

At present, LTA or LTC covers only economy class air travel or first class (AC I Class) rail fare. An announcement in this regard is likely to be made in the Budget to be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 28. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier expressed his keenness to promote tourism. Experts are of the view that encouragement to the tourism sector will promote development of different regions and create employment opportunities. 

"To boost domestic tourism and also provide some tax relief to the individuals, the Leave Travel Concession benefit should be increased to one visit for every financial year," KPMG (India) Partner Vikas Vasal said. 

He further suggested that tax concessions should also be made available for stay in hotel may also be covered to help families avail of a holistic benefit. 

The LTC/LTA is available to the individual and his family including spouse, two children, parents, brothers and sisters, who are wholly dependent on the assessee. 

"There is a huge scope for developing the tourism industry in India which provides direct and indirect employment to millions of people. Therefore, an enhanced tax relief to individuals on LTC will benefit the overall economy," Vasal said.

Source:-The Economic Times

Thursday, 19 February 2015

7th Pay Commission : Highlights of the demands of Central Government Employees to 7CPC

7th Pay Commission : Highlights of the demands of Central Government Employees to 7CPC

1. Pay scales are calculated on the basis of pay drawn pay in pay band + GP + 100% DA by employee as on 01-01-2014.

2. 7th CPC report should be implemented w.e.f. 01-01-2014.

3. Scrap New Pension Scheme and cover all employees under Old Pension and Family Pension Scheme.

4. JCM has proposed minimum wage for MTS (Skilled) Rs.26,000 p.m.

5. Ratio of minimum and maximum wage should be 1:8.


6. General formula for determination of pay scale based on minimum living wage demanded for MTS is pay in PB+GP x 3.7

7. Annual rate of increment @ 5% of the pay.

8. Fixation of pay on promotion = 2 increments and difference of pay between present and promotional posts (minimum Rs.3000).

9. The pay structure demanded is as under:-

Existing Proposed (in Rs.)
PB-1 GP Rs.1800 - 26,000

PB-1 GP Rs.1900  - 33,000
PB-1 GP Rs.2000  - 33,000

PB-1 GP Rs. 2400 - 46,000
PB-1 GP Rs.2800 - 46,000

PB-2 GP Rs.4200  - 56,000

PB-2 GP Rs.4600 - 74,000 
PB-2 GP Rs.4800 - 74,000

PB-2 GP Rs.5400  - 78,000

PB-3 GP 5400 - 88,000

PB-3 GP 6600 - 1,02,000

PB-3 GP 7600 - 1,20,000

PB-4 GP 8900 - 1,48,000

P4-4 GP 10000 - 1,62,000

HAG - 1,93,000

Apex Scale - 2,13,000

Cabinet Secretary - 2,40,000

10. Dearness Allowances on the basis of 12 monthly average of CPI, Payment on 1st Jan and 1st July every year.

11. Overtime Allowances on the basis of total Pay+DA+Full TA.

12 Liabilities of all Government dues of persons died in harness be waived.

13. Transfer Policy – Group `C and `D Staff should not be transferred. DoPT should issue clear cut guideline as per 5th CPC recommendation. Govt. should from a Transfer Policy in each department for transferring on mutual basis on promotion. Any order issued in violation of policy framed be cancelled by head of department on representation.

14. Transport Allowance –
X Class Cities Y Class Cities
Pay up to Rs.75,000 Rs.7500 + DA Rs.3750 + DA
Pay above Rs.75,000 Rs.6500 + DA Rs.3500 + DA

13. Deputation Allowance double the rates and should be paid 10% of the pay at same station and 20% of the pay at outside station.

14. Classification of the post should be executive and non-executive instead of present Group A, B, C.

15. Special Pay which was replaced with SPL/Allowance by 4th CPC be bring back to curtail pay scales.

16. Scrap downsizing, outsourcing and contracting of govt. jobs.

17. Regularize all casual labour and count their entire service after first two year, as a regular service for pension and all other benefits. They should not be thrown out by engaging contractors workers.

18. The present MACPs Scheme be replaced by giving five promotion after completion of 8, 15, 21, 26 and 30 year of service with benefits of stepping up of pay with junior.

19. PLB being bilateral agreement, it should be out of 7th CPC perview.

20. Housing facility:-
(a) To achieve 70% houses in Delhi and 40% in all other towns to take lease accommodation and allot to the govt. employees.
(b) Land and building acquired by it department may be used for constructing houses for govt. employees.

21. House Building Allowance :-
(a) Simplify the procedure of HBA
(b) Entitle to purchase second and used houses

22. Common Category – Equal Pay for similar nature of work be provided.

23. CP appointment – remove ceiling of 5% and give appointment within Three months.

24. Traveling Allowance:-
‘A1’ and ‘A’ Class Cities Other Cities
A. Executives Rs.5000+DA per day Rs.3500+DA per day
B. Non-Executives Rs.4000+DA per day Rs.2500+DA per day

25. Composite Transfer Grant :-
Executive Class 6000 kg by Goods Train/ Rate per km by road 8 Wheeler Wagon Rs.50+DA(Rs.1 per kg and single container per km)
Non-Executive Class 3000 kg – do – -do-

26. Children Education Allowance should be allowed up to Graduate, Post Graduate, and all Professional Courses. Allow any two children for Children Education Allowance.

27. Fixation of pay on promotion – two increments in feeder grade with minimum
benefit of Rs.3000.

28. House Rent Allowance
X Class Cities 60%
Other Classified Cities 40%
Unclassified Locations 20%

29. City Allowance
`X’ Class Cities `Y’ Class Cities
A. Pay up to Rs.50,000 10% 5%
B. Pay above Rs.50,000 6% minimum Rs 5000 3% minimum Rs.2500

30. Patient Care Allowance to all para-medical and staff working in hospitals.

31. All allowances to be increased by three times.

32. NE Region benefits – Payment of Special Duty Allowance @ 37.5 of pay.

33. Training:- Sufficient budget for in-service training.

34. Leave Entitlement
(i) Increase Casual Leave 08 to 12 days & 10 days to 15 days.
(ii) Declare May Day as National Holiday
(iii) In case of Hospital Leave, remove the ceiling of maximum 24 months leave and 120 days full payment and remaining half payment.
(iv) Allow accumulation of 400 days Earned Leave
(v) Allow encashment of 50% leave while in service at the credit after 20 years Qualifying Service.
(vi) National Holiday Allowance (NHA) – Minimum one day salary and eligibility criteria to be removed for all Non Executive Staff.
(vii) Permit encashment of Half Pay Leave.
(viii) Increase Maternity Leave to 240 days to female employees & increase 30 days Paternity Leave to male employees.

35. LTC – Leave Travel Concession
(a) Permission to travel by air within and outside the NE Region.
(b) To increase the periodicity once in a two year.
(c) One visit outside country in a lifetime

36. Income Tax:
(i) Allow 30% standard deduction to salaried employees.
(ii) Exempt all allowances.
(iii) Raise the ceiling limit as under:
(a) General – 2 Lakh to 5 Lakh
(b) Sr. Citizen – 2.5 Lakh to 7 Lakh
(c) Sr. Citizen above 80 years of age – 5 Lakh to 10 Lakh
(iv) No Income Tax on pension and family pension and Dearness Relief.

35. (a) Effective grievance handling machinery for all non-executive staff.
(b) Spot settlement
(c) Maintain schedule of three meetings in a year
(d) Department Council be revived at all levels
(e) Arbitration Award be implemented within six month, if not be discussed with Staff Side before rejection for finding out some modified form of agreement.

36. Appoint Arbitrator for shorting all pending anomalies of the 6th CPC.

37. Date of Increment – 1st January and 1st July every year. In case of employees retiring on 31st December and 30th June, they should be given one increment on last day of service, i.e. 31st December and 30th June, and their retirements benefits should be calculated by adding the same.

38. General Insurance: Active Insurance Scheme covering risk upto Rs. 7,50,000/- to Non Executive & Rs. 3,50,000/- to Skilled staff by monthly contribution of Rs. 750/- & Rs. 350/- respectively.

39. Point to point fixation of pay.

40. Extra benefits to Women employees (i) 30% reservation for women.
(ii) Posting of husband and wife at same station.
(iii) One month special rest for chronic disease
(iv) Conversion of Child Care Leave into Family Care Leave
(v) Flexi time

41. Gratuity:
Existing ceiling of 16 ½ months be removed and Gratuity be paid @ half month salary for every year of qualifying service.
Remove ceiling limit of Rs.10 Lakh for Gratuity.

42. Pension:
(i) Pension @ 67% of Last Pay Drawn (LPD) instead of 50% presently.
(ii) Pension after 10 years of qualifying service in case of resignation.
(iii) Increase pension age-based as under:
65 years – 70% of LPD
70 years – 75% of LPD
75 years – 80% of LPD
80 years – 85% of LPD
85 years – 90% of LPD
90 years – 100% of LPD
(iv) Parity of pension to retirees before 1.1.2006.
(v) Enhanced family pension should be same in case of death in harness and normal death.
(vi) After 10 years, family pension should be 50% of LPD.
(vii) Family pension to son upto the age of 28 years looking to the recruitment age.
(viii) Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.2500/- per month.
(ix) Extend medical facilities to parents also.
(x) HRA to pensioners.
(xi) Improvement in ex-gratia pension to CPF/SRPF retirees up to 1/3rd of full pension.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Secretary General sought appointment with VII CPC

                                                                                                                                No.CAICGSA/VIICPC-01/2015
                                                                                                                Dated Kollam the 11th Feb”2015

From,

             Secretary General,
             Confederation of All India Central Government Stenographers Association (CAICGSA)
             Post Box No.17, CHQ,Kollam-Kerala,South India
             Pin-691001, Phone-09446010980
             Email.harisuthan@rediffmail.com

To

            The Secretary,

            VII CPC, New Delhi.

Madam,

            Sub:-    Request for  Personal Hearing -



             With profound regards, I would like to add here that CAICGSA  submitted the  memorandum to the 7th CPC in time and which was acknowledged by the commission also.  However, the CAICGSA representing the voice of the Stenographers working  in Subordinate Central Government Departments (Other than Central Secretariate Stenographer5s) through  out India  is yet to get a chance to present our grievances  as mentioned in the elaborated memorandum already submitted.   When I contact the CPC office, I was informed that  Hon'ble Chairman and Members will visit each state headquarers and  all federations/associations  wherever their  headquarters  situated  will be given a chance for personal hearing.


               The Stenographers working in Central Government departments(other than Central Secretariat Stenographers) through out the country are aggrieved  for the non-implementation of total pay parity with the  Central Secretariat Stenographers, though we are doing the same nature of duties/recruitment etc. 


                 I on behalf of the entire Stenographers working in all Central government departments through out the Country would request the Hon’ble Commision  to  kindly permit us personal hearing at  Commission’s headquarters of any other convenient  place so as to present our grievances before the  Hon'ble Commission.

                  Thanking you Madam,
                                                                                                                             Yours faithfully,
                                                                                                (M.Harisuthan)


Monday, 2 February 2015


Biometric Attendance Mandatory for all Govt Employeees

Department of Personnel & Training asked Secretaries of all departments to ensure that all employees to mark their attendance in biometric attendance system. It is observed that a large fraction of employees are not marking their attendance in the new format.

It is once again reminded that all employees in all offices are required to mark their attendance in Aadhar Based Biometric Attendance System.
To view the memo Please CLICK HERE

Medical Insurance Scheme for Central Govt Employees instead of CGHS

It is learnt that the Health Ministry has moved a proposal for ending the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in its current form and moving to an insurance-based scheme - the Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS) — in an apparent attempt to cut costs. Instead of the government directly paying the medical bills of CGHS beneficiaries, the new scheme will be implemented through insurance companies registered with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority and selected through bidding.