CGHS contribution raised w.e.f 01.01.2017 for central government employees




Consequent to revision in the pay structure of Central Govt. employees, CGHS contribution is going to be enhanced from 01.01.2017 at the following rate :

Sr. No.
Level in the Pay Matrix
Contribution per month (Rs)
1
Level 1 to 5
250
2
Level 6
450
3
Level: 7 to 11
650
4
Level 12 and above
1000

Click here to view the O.M. for change in other entitlements.

Government employees need not file asset details under Lokpal for now




Government employees need not file asset details under Lokpal for now


New Delhi: The Centre has extended indefinitely the deadline to file details of assets and liabilities by central government employees under a mandatory provision of Lokpal Act.

A new format and fresh set of rules are being finalised by the government in this regard.
The last date for filing such details was December 31.

"There is no requirement for filing of declarations of assets and liabilities by public servants now. The government is in the process of finalising a fresh set of rules. The said rules will be notified in due course to prescribe the form, manner and timelines for filing of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants under the revised provision of the said (Lokpal) Act.

"All public servants will henceforth be required to file the declarations as may be prescribed by the fresh set of rules," an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
There are about 50.68 lakh central government employees.

As per rules, notified under the Lokpal Act, every public servant shall file declaration annually pertaining to his assets and liabilities as on March 31 every year or on or before July 31 of that year.
For 2014, the last date for filing returns was September 15. It was first extended till December, then till April 30, 2015 and third extension was up to October 15. The date was again extended to April 15, 2016 and then July 31 for filing of the returns.

The last date was further extended till December 31 after Parliament had passed a bill to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.

The declarations under the Lokpal law are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules.

The DoPT had last year also issued an order bringing NGOs receiving more than Rs one crore in government grants and donations above Rs 10 lakh from abroad under the ambit of the Lokpal.
The order had mandated filing of returns of the assets and liabilities by such organisations and their executives - director, manager, secretary or any other officer.

PTI

Enhancement of withdrawal limits from ATMs and Current Accounts


RBI/2016-17/213
DCM (Plg) No.2559/10.27.00/2016-17

January 16, 2017

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,

Enhancement of withdrawal limits from ATMs and Current Accounts

Please refer to our circulars DCM (Plg) No. 127413171437 and 2142/10.27.00/2016-17 dated November 14, 21 and 28 and December 30, 2016, respectively, on the above subject.

2. On a review of limits placed on withdrawals from ATMs and current accounts, it has been decided to enhance the same, with immediate effect as under:

(i) The limit on withdrawals from ATMs has been enhanced from the current limit of ₹ 4,500/- to ₹ 10,000/- per day per card (It will be operative within the existing overall weekly limit).

(ii) The limit on withdrawal from current accounts has been enhanced from the current limit of ₹ 50,000/- per week to ₹ 1,00,000/- per week and it extends to overdraft and cash credit accounts also.

3. There are no changes in the other conditions. The relaxations as provided in our circular dated November 28, 2016 will continue.

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

Yours faithfully,

(P Vijaya Kumar)
Chief General Manager

FAQ's - Inward and Outward Clearing in DOP Finacle



1. What is Inward Clearing?
Inward clearing is a cheque drawn by a drawer (DoP customer) from a drawee bank (DoP) in favor of a customer belonging to other bank which is the presenting bank.

2. What is Outward Clearing?
Outward clearing is when cheques drawn by other bank customers are presented for clearing by presenting bank (DoP) in favor of their customer (DoP customer) to drawee bank for clear funds.

3. How do I open a zone in finacle and make entries in the zone?
For Inward Clearing zone can be opened by using menu option HMICZ and respective entries can be made in the zone by using HICTM menu.

For Outward Clearing zone can be opened by using menu option HMCLZOH and respective entries can be made in the zone by using HOCTM menu.

4. What are the steps to be followed in case of Inward Clearing zone?
In Inward Clearing below step by step process can be followed:

a. Open zone in HMICZ using function ‘O’.
b. Make entries manually using menu HICTM or for bulk entries use menu HRMI to upload a file.
c. Authorizer to login and use menu HMICZ menu to suspend the zone. 
d. Then invoke menu HICTM to verify the entries uploaded.
e. Then invoke validation run report in HMICZ.
f. Check HPR validation report for any discrepancies in the accounts under clearing.
g. Then invoke HMICZ revoke the zone so that action can be taken on accounts with discrepancy.
h. User to appropriately take action by rejecting the instruments in HICTM
i. Authorizer to verify the modified instruments in HICTM.
j. Then invoke HMICZ suspend the zone.
k. Invoke HMICZ check for account statistics and check for fields received but not listed and listed but not received and make sure it is zero so that unnecessary credit to short claim and excess claim account can be avoided. Posting can be invoked after checking the account statistics screen.
l. Once posting is complete proceed with closure of zone in HMICZ.

5. What if my zone is not getting posted?
a. Check for error report in HPR.
b. Check HICTM if all instruments are verified
c. Check validation status in HMICZ to be complete

6. How do I check the status of individual instruments lodged in Inward Clearing from front end?
Invoke menu HICI and give account number and click on GO.

7. What if my zone is locked?
Invoke menu HUNLKZ to unlock the locked zone.

8. What if duplicate instrument is added in the zone?
Section A – shows the Information when the issue is faced.

If duplicate instrument is added in the zone and user did not check the validation report and posting has been initiated. In such case system will create a partly posted transaction with un-posted part tran in entered status and consolidated amount in SHORT CLAIM account for all the duplicate cheque entries.

Section B – shows steps to be taken to solve the issue

In such cases user to follow below approach:
Mark the duplicate instrument as rejected with appropriate reject reason code. Also see that if any charges are applied to the customer, the same need to be reversed / amount of the charges to be collected can be made as “zero” in HICTM screen. Please refer the below document for step by step process.

9. What are the steps to be followed in case of Outward Clearing?

a. Open zone in HMCLZOH using function ‘O’.
b. Make entries manually using menu HOCTM or for bulk entries use menu HCLUPLD to upload a file.
c. Authorizer to login and use menu HMCLZOH menu to suspend the zone. 
d. Then invoke menu HOCTM to verify the entries uploaded.
e. In case of any bank not participating in return clearing for Inward invoke menu HMARKPND to markpend all those instruments or bank as a whole to hold these instruments.
f. Then invoke HMCLZOH to release the zone to shadow balance.
g. For rejection of outward instruments user to open inward zone OWRTN-MICR.
h. User to appropriately take action by rejecting the instruments in HICTM
i. Authorizer to verify the modified instruments in HICTM.
j. Then invoke HMICZ suspend the zone.
k. Invoke HMICZ check for account statistics and check for fields received but not listed and listed but not received and make sure it is zero so that unnecessary credit to short claim and excess claim account can be avoided. Posting can be invoked after checking the account statistics screen.
l. Once posting is complete proceed with closure of zone in HMICZ.
m. Similarly in HMCLZOH, initiate regularization of the zone and proceed with closure of the zone in HMCLZOH.

10. What if a customer had deposited a non DoP cheque in outward clearing and funds are not available in the account?
  • User to invoke HOIQ menu to check the status of the deposited cheque.
  • Check HACLI to check for field “Funds in Clearing”.

11. How do I check the status of inward and outward zone?
  • Invoke HMCLZOH for outward clearing and inquire on the zone status.
  • Invoke HMICZ for inward clearing and inquire on the zone status.
12. What if I have all part transaction released to shadow balance have not been posted?
  • Invoke HMCLZOH to check the status of the zone. If in released status proceed with regularization.
  • Invoke HTM and post the transaction.
13. What if regularization of zone is not happening?
Invoke menu HMARKPND and check for any mark pending done for any instrument or bank. If record exists, invoke menu HREVPND for revoking the mark pending done. Post this regularization can be done in menu HMCLZOH.

14. What if a wrong date (stale date or future date which is more than 3 months from existing date) is entered?
  • User to check validation run report and modify the record in HICTM and correct the date.
15. What if accounts in outward clearing have received the credit and the zone status shows as released to shadow balance?
This is due to mark pend done on some instruments in menu HMARKPND and regularization done in HMCLZOH where other than mark pend instruments receive the credit and others remain in released to shadow balance along with the outward zone MICROW. Invoke HREVPND to revoke the mark pend and proceed with remaining zone regularization of zone in HMCLZOH.

Facility of accepting postal charge free RTI petitions should be extended to all post offices




The Indian Postal Department deserves all compliments for providing unique facility of accepting RTI petitions addressed to Central Public Authorities without requiring any postal charge. 

However, this facility is presently available at just about 4500 post-offices out of a total of about 160,000 post-offices in the country. 

The Department of Posts should make this facility available at all 160,000 post-offices in the country. 

There should be no operational problem in extending this service at all post-offices of the country, because every post-office, however small it may be, sends a post-bag in the evening to the head post-office. 

This post-bag apart from other items and currency also contains articles booked through registered and speed post etc.

This post-bag sent from each post-office can also easily contain collected RTI petitions to be delivered at central public-authorities.

Source : http://www.merinews.com

Reasons for non generation of interest for TDA accounts(SCSS/TD/MIS) in DOP Finacle

  • Generally in DOP we will give the interest for the SCSS accounts on quarterly basis on 1st of every quarter completion i,e., on 1st April,1st July,1st October and 1st January.
  • Also for MIS interest will be generated on due date of every month in DOP Finacle and for TD system will generate the interest on yearly basis in DOP Finacle
  • In DOP Finacle we can check whether the SCSS/TD/MIS interest amount is generated by the system, or not using the menu HTDTRAN.
  • To know the step by step procedure of HTDTRAN users can CLICK HERE
  • For example if we want to know whether interest amount is credited to sundry or customer SB account check in HTDTRAN as shown in the below example.
  • Invoke the menu HTDTRAN enter the account number and then click on Go then the system will show the below screen as shown


  • In the next step click on the field Transaction Date then the system will show in which account interest got credited as shown in the figure.

  • In the right side for users purpose i have highlighted the account number in which interest amount credited in the system.
  • But in some cases interest generation will not happen due to the below mentioned reasons.

Reasons for non generation of quarterly interest in SCSS/MIS/TD accounts in DOP Finacle : -

Reason 1 :- 
  • First check the scheme of the SCSS/TD/MIS account if the scheme code is SCEXP(SCSS Exceptional Scheme code) then the system will not generate the interest for exceptional scheme code accounts.
Solution for the above Reason :-
  • Always users are advised not to open the accounts exceptionally and to know the scheme code of an account users can check in HACCDET menu.
Reason 2 :- 
  • If there is any pending verification for SCSS/MIS/TD account then the system will not generate the interest for the said pending accounts.
  • Users can check with the menu HAFI to know which SCSS/TD/MIS accounts are pending for  verification or not by using the below procedure.
  • Invoke HAFI and enter the following fields 
  1. Enter the field SOL ID __________________________________
  2. Give two blank spaces in the field Ref No.
  3. Enter the field General Ledger Subhead Code  __________________ (check for the codes 30018,30019,30016,30011,30012,30013,30014 and 30020 individually)
  4. Select the field Authorized as "Not Authorized "  as shown in the below figure


  • Finally click on Go then the system will show list of SCSS accounts ( 30020 scheme code means SCSS General accounts ) for which verification is pending as shown in the figure

  • From the above list we can find the pending verification accounts, for the above mentioned accounts system will not generate the interest.

Solution for the above Reason :- 

  • For the above said accounts kindly verify or cancel the accounts by using the respective menus in order to clear the pending verification.
  • After verification then the system will generate the interest on the next day.

Obtain PAN or Form no 60 from account holders by Feb 28, 2017 - Income Tax Rules Amended



Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
08-January-2017 18:17 IST

Income-tax Rules amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017.

Income-tax Rules have been amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017, if not already done. In this connection, it may be mentioned that RBI vide circular dated 15.12.2016 has mandated that no withdrawal shall be allowed from the accounts having substantial credit balance/deposits if PAN or Form No.60 is not provided in respect of such accounts. Therefore, persons who are having bank account but have not submitted PAN or Form No.60 are advised to submit the PAN or Form No. 60 to the bank by 28.2.2017.

The banks and post offices have also been mandated to submit information in respect of cash deposits from 1.4.2016 to 8.11.2016 in accounts where the cash deposits during the period 9.11.2016 to 30.12.2016 exceeds the specified limits.

It has also been provided that person who is required to obtain PAN or Form No.60 shall record the PAN/Form.No.60 in all the documents and quote the same in all the reports submitted to the Income-tax Department.

The notification amending the relevant rules is available on the official website of the Income-tax Department i.e. www.incometaxindia.gov.in 

http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/communications/notification/notification_2_2017.p

2nd Anomaly Committee Meeting to be held on 11.1.2017

Second Meeting of the Anomaly Committee on the calculation methodology of the Disability Pension for Defence forces personnel as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission

IMMEDIATE
MEETING NOTICE

F.No.11/2/2016-JCA(Pt)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 6th January, 2017
MEETING NOTICE

Subject: Second Meeting of the Anomaly Committee on the calculation methodology of the Disability Pension for Defence forces personnel as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

With reference to the subject as cited above, this is to inform that the second meeting thereon is scheduled to be held under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) at 4.00 p.m. on 11th January, 2017 in Room No.119, North Block, New Delhi.

2. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.

sd/-
(D.K.Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary (CPC/JCA)

All Members of National Council (JCM) for the Anomaly Committee Members (As per list attached)

Source: Confederation

7th Pay Commission: No arrears on allowances to Central Government employees

7th Pay Commission: No arrears on allowances to Central Government employees
New Delhi, January 5: Central government employees eagerly waiting for the implementation of 7th Pay Commission will won’t be happy to learn that the Union Government has decided that ‘no arrears on allowances will be given to central government employees’ after the recommendations made by 7CPC is implemented. The 7th Pay Commission recommendation made by the committee will be implemented only after elections in five state comes to a conclusion. After Elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur is completed central government employees can expect higher allowances, a Sen Times report suggested.
According to Sen Times report which quoted an unidentified source from Finance Ministry confirmed that “No arrears on allowances will be given to employees”.
The announcement of both higher allowances and implementation of 7CPC will come after March, almost nine months after Union Government implemented the recommendations made by Justice A K Mathur committee.
In November 2015, Justice A K Mathur, Chairman, 7th pay Commission had tabled a report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recommending 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay, an increase in overall salary, allowances and pensions to be increased by 23.55 per cent. The increase in allowance will be higher by 63 per cent while pensions to rise by 24 per cent.
Justice Mathur had recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances, so the government hiked the basic pay but referred hike in allowances other than dearness allowance.
In October the ‘Committee on Allowances’ finalised the report but the government gave then the extension till February 22, 2017, to submit its report for getting normalised the cash crunch position.
The Election Commission on Wednesday announced elections to state assemblies in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur. In these five states, the election will start on February 4 and will end on March 8 and the results of which will be announced on March 11.
On Wednesday the Election Commission also made it clear that the model code of conduct will come into force with immediate effect.

The central government employees are getting allowances under the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

Inter SOL limit changed from 25,000 to 1,50,000 temporarily



  • After discussions with L2 and Directorate, as a work around, Inter SOL limit is changed from 25,000 to 1,50,000 temporarily 
  • It will allow to do inter  SOL transactions ( including inter SOL cheque deposits)  upto 1,50,000 
  • Please instruct the users NOT TO DO INTERSOL WITHDRAWAL  beyond 25, 000
  • This relaxation only for Inter SOL deposits 
  • Hence the users should check manually while doing withdrawal for inter sol accounts i.e., maximum withdrawal allowed is 25000/- for inter sol accounts.


Central Staff are not yet given the full Benefit of 7th CPC Recommendation


The actual increase on account of implementation of 7th CPC recommendation is still not fully available to Central govt Staffs.

The recommendation of 7th Pay Commission has been implemented with effect from 1.1.2016 and the revised salary is being paid from this effective date. The Central Government, after implementing the Pay Panel report, hasn’t announce any decision about Allowances even after 12 months, created frustration among central government employees.


The Pay Commission is constituted once in Ten Years to revise the Pay and Allowances and Pension for Govt Servants and Pensioners. Accordingly, the 7th Pay Commission was formed and it submitted its report to the Government on 19-11-2015. The Government Accepted the Report without any major changes and announced on 29.6.2016 that it would be implemented with effect from 1.1.2016.

Since the increase in salary which is paid from 1.1.2016 was very less, it has demolished the expectations of CG Staffs.

Very important aspect in revising Pay and Allowance is House Rent Allowance. The rates of HRA is determined based on the Population of the Cities in which the Govt Servants are working. Accordingly, 10,20 and 30% of Basic Pay is paid as HRA in Sixth CPC. The 7th CPC has recommended to revise it as 8%, 16% and 24%.

The Unions and Federations demanded to increase the HRA rates or at least to restore the Sixth CPC rates. Hence the Government has announced that a committee would be constituted to examine the Allowances, until then all the Allowances would be paid in Sixth CPC rates. As a result of this, HRA is being paid in old rates (Sixth CPC ) along with revised 7th CPC Basic Pay to CG Staffs. Now the CG Staffs have realized that very purpose of forming a high-level committee is not for resolving the issues but it is a delaying tactics.

Consequent to Pay Revision, the major increase in Salary is used to come from HRA only. Though one year is completed after the implementation of 7th CPC recommendation, the Government is delaying to take the decision over allowances. Due to this, the CG staffs are losing monitory benefits considerably

For example ..
The increase in Pay and HRA of a Government servant who is drawing Rs.10000 in pre revised scale is given below …
6th CPC
Basic PayDA (125%)BP + DA10% HRA20% HRA30% HRA
100001250022500100020003000
 7th CPC  
Basic PayDA (0%)BP + DA10% HRA20% HRA30% HRA
25700025700257051407710
 Hike
3200157031404710
If the Monthly salary of Government servant with 10Years of service is Rs.22500, now the Actual increase of his salary is only Rs. 3200. Through this example it is quite obvious that, one can get the real increase in salary only after the HRA is paid in 7th CPC revised rates.

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