Tuesday, 22 April 2014

7th Pay Commission Questionnaire – Ratio of Minimum & Maximum Salary, Grade Pay Suggestion, Increment Date, Determination of HRA and NPS...

7th Pay Commission Questionnaire – Ratio of Minimum & Maximum Salary, Grade Pay Suggestion, Increment Date, Determination of HRA and NPS...
NEW DELHI-110001
Meena Agarwal
D.O No. 7CPC/15/Questionnaire
9th April, 2014
Dear ………..,
As you may be aware the Seventh Central Pay Commissions has been constituted by the Government on 28 February 2014 with a view to go into various issues of emoluments’ structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of Central Government employees and to make recommendations on the changes required. The terms of reference of the Seventh Central Pay Commission are available on the http://7cpc.india.gov.in .
2. A Questionnaire seeking the considered views of all stakeholders is enclosed. The response of your Ministry to this Questionnaire is sought. I shall be grateful if the replies are furnished to the Commission on or before 10th May, 2014, so as to enable the Commission to take them into account as part of its examination of the issues that it is mandated to address. The reply may be sent to Post Box No. 4599, Hauz Khas P.O, New Delhi 110 016, and in the case of email to secy-7cpc@nic.in.
Encl:- As above.
With Regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Meena Agarwal)
To all Secretaries to Govt of India

7th CPC Questionnaire
1. Salaries
1.1 The considerations on which the minimum salary in case of the lowest Group ‘C’ functionary and the maximum salary in case of a Secretary level officer may be determined and what should be the reasonable ratio between the two.
1.2 What should be the considerations for determining salary for various levels of functions falling between the highest level and the lowest level functionaries?
2. Comparisons
2.1 Should there be any comparison/parity between pay scales and perquisites between Government and the private sector? If so, why? If not, why not?
2.2 Should there at all be any comparison/parity between pay scales and perquisites between Government and the public sector? If so, why? If not, why not?
2.3 The concept of variable pay has been introduced in Central Public Sector Enterprises by the Second Pay Revision Committee. In the case of the Government is there merit in introducing a variable component of pay? Can such variable pay be linked to performance?
3. Attracting Talent
3.1 Does the present compensation package attract suitable talent in the All India Services & Group A Services? What are your observations and suggestions in this regard?
3.2 To what extent should government compensation be structured to attract special talent?
4. Pay Scales
4.1 The 6th Central Pay Commission introduced the system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay as against the system of specific pay scales attached to various posts. What has been the impact of running pay bands post implementation of 6th CPC recommendations?
4.2 Is there any need to bring about any change?
4.3 Did the pay bands recommended by the Sixth CPC help in arresting exodus and attract talent towards the Government?
4.4 Successive Pay Commissions have reduced the number of pay scales by merging one or two pay scales together. Is there a case for the number of pay scales/ pay band to be rationalized and if so in what manner?
4.5 Is the “grade pay” concept working? If not, what are your alternative suggestions?
5. Increment
5.1 Whether the present system of annual increment on 1st July of every year uniformly in case of all employees has served its purpose or not? Whether any changes are required?
5.2 What should be the reasonable quantum of annual increment?
5.3 Whether there should be a provision of variable increments at a rate higher than the normal annual increment in case of high achievers? If so, what should be transparent and objective parameters to assess high achievement, which could be uniformly applied across Central Government?
5.4 Under the MACP scheme three financial up-gradations are allowed on completion of 10, 20, 30 years of regular service, counted from the direct entry grade. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the scheme? Is there a perception that a scheme of this nature, in some Departments, actually incentivizes people who do not wish to take the more arduous route of qualifying departmental examinations/ or those obtaining professional degrees?
6. Performance
What kind of incentives would you suggest to recognize and reward good performance?
7. Impact on other organizations
Salary structures in the Central and State Governments are broadly similar. The recommendations of the Pay Commission are likely to lead to similar demands from employees of State Governments, municipal bodies, panchayati raj institutions & autonomous institutions. To what extent should their paying capacity be considered in devising a reasonable remuneration package for Central Govt. employees?
8. Defence Forces
8.1 What should be the considerations for fixing salary in case of Defence personnel and in what manner does the parity with civil services need to be evolved, keeping in view their respective job profiles?
8.2 In what manner should the concessions and facilities, both in cash and kind, be taken into account for determining salary structure in case of Defence Forces personnel.
8.3 As per the November 2008 orders of the Ministry of Defence, there are a total of 45 types of allowances for Personnel Below Officer Rank and 39 types of allowances for Officers. Does a case exist for rationalization/ streamlining of the current variety of allowances?
8.4 What are the options available for addressing the increasing expenditure on defence pensions?
8.5 As a measure of special recognition, is there a case to review the present benefits provided to war widows?
8.6 As a measure of special recognition, is there a case to review the present benefits provided to disabled soldiers, commensurate to the nature of their disability?
9. Allowances
9.1 Whether the existing allowances need to be retained or rationalized in such a manner as to ensure that salary structure takes care not only of the job profile but the situational factors as well, so that the number of allowances could be at a realistic level?
9.2 What should be the principles to determine payment of House Rent Allowance?
10. Pension
10.1 The retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on or after 1.1.2004 a re covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS). What has been the experience of the NPS in the last decade?
10.2 As far as pre-1.1.2004 appointees are concerned, what should be the principles that govern the structure of pension and other retirement benefits?
11. Strengthening the public governance system
11.1 The 6th CPC recommended upgrading the skills of the Group D employees and placing them in Group C over a period of time. What has been the experience in this regard?
11.2 In what way can Central Government organizations functioning be improved to make them more efficient, accountable and responsible? Please give specific suggestions with respect to:
a) Rationalisation of staff strength and more productive deployment of available staff;
b) Rationalisation of processes and reduction of paper work; and

c) Economy in expenditure.
12. Training/ building competence
12.1 How would you interpret the concept of “competency based framework”?
12.2 One of the terms of reference suggests that the Commission recommend appropriate training and capacity building through a competency based framework.
a) Is the present level of training at various stages of a person’s career considered adequate? Are there gaps that need to be filled, and if so, where?
b) Should it be made compulsory that each civil service officer should in his career span acquire a professional qualification? If so, can the nature of the study, time intervals and the Institution(s) whose qualification are acceptable, all be stipulated?
c) What other indicators can best measure training and capacity building for personnel in your organization? Please suggest ways through which capacity building can be further strengthened?
13. Outsourcing
13.1 What has been the experience of outsourcing at various levels of Government and is there a case for streamlining it?
13.2 Is there a clear identification of jobs that can be outsourced?
14. Regulatory Bodies
14.1 Kindly list out the Regulators set up unde r Acts of Parliament, related to your Ministry/ Department. The total number of personnel on rolls (Chairperson and members + support personnel) may be indicated.
14.2 Regulators that may not qualify in terms of being set up under Acts of Parliament but perform regulatory functions may also be listed. The scale of pay for Chairperson /Members and other personnel of such bodies may be indicated.
14.3 Across the Government there are a host of Regulatory bodies set up for various purposes. What are your suggestions regarding emoluments structure for Regulatory bodies?
15. Payment of Bonus
One of the terms of reference of the 7th Pay Commission is to examine the existing schemes of payment of bonus. What are your suggestions and observations in this regard?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Closing of Central Govt. offices in connection with general elections to the Loksabha and State Legislative Assemblies and Bye Elections to Legislative Assemblies during 2014.

Department of Posts: India
Office of the Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices,Puri Division, Puri-752001

 Puri Division, Puri
No:      B-30-1/Ch II                                                                              Dated at Puri the 16.04.2014

Sub:     Closing of Central Govt. offices in connection with general elections to the Loksabha and State Legislative Assemblies and Bye Elections to Legislative Assemblies during 2014.

Ref:      CO letter no. Tech/3-2/2010 dated 07.04.2014.

                        In accordance with the DO P & T letter no. 12/7/2014-JCA-2 dated 21.03.2014 communicated vide CO letter under reference,  it is intimated that the relevant offices/organizations shall remain closed on the day of poll in the notified areas where general elections to the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assembly are scheduled to be conducted.

                                      This may be widely circulated among all concerned. SPMs are requested to circulate the same duly entered in  BO slip without fail..

                                      This is issued in continuation to this office latte of even no. dated 10.04.2014.

Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices
Puri Division,Puri-752001

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Postal Exam ( PA / SA ) date announced

Schedule of Examination (Paper I) for the following Postal Circles is as follows : -

Postal CirclesExam DateExam Time
Delhi (15), Kerala (22), Rajasthan (28)             27-Apr02:00PM to 04:00PM
Assam (12), Chhattisgarh (14), North East (25), Odisha (26)             27-Apr10:00AM to 12:00NOON

Candidates may download the Admit Cards for above stated Postal Circles by Logging into the recruitment website from 14.04.2014 to exam date.

Please keep visiting the website http://www.pasadrexam2014.in/ for exam schedules for other Postal Circles & updates.

Friday, 11 April 2014

SB Order No. 5/2014 : Changes in Statutory Rules in the backdrop of implementation of CBS- regarding.

Vide Directorate SB order No. 5/2014 dated 24.03.2014 the following Changes in Statutory Rules in the backdrop of implementation of CBS.
1) Deposits and withdrawals can be done through any electronic mode in CBS Post Offices.
2) Inter Post Office transaction can be done between CBS Post Office.
3) ATM/Debit Cards can be issued to Savings Account holders having prescribed minimum balance on the day of issue of card which will be circulated separately of CBS post offices.

4) In case of deposit made in RD Account by cheque. Date of credit of cheque into Government Accounts shall be treated as date of deposit.
5) If next monthly deposit in RD account opened between 1st and 15th of a month is not deposited by 15th of following month and next monthly deposit in RD account opened between 16th and last working day of a month is not deposited by last working day of the following month , default fee @5 paisa for every 5 rupees shall be charged .This will be applicable to both CBS and non CBS post offices.
6) If in any RD account ,there is monthly default(s) the depositor has to first pay the defaulted monthly deposit with default fee and then he can pay the current month deposit. This will be applicable for both CBS and non CBS post offices.
7) In CBS post office ,when any TD account is matured , the same TD account will be automatically renewed for the period for which the account was initially opened.e.g.2 years TD account will be automatically renewed for 2 years. Interest rate applicable on the day of maturity will be applied.
8) Lock up period for six months for premature closure of TD account has been removed and as and when any TD account is closed before one year, interest @ savings account applicable from time to time shall be payable. This will be applied for both CBS and Non CBS post offices.
9) In Case of MIS accounts standing at CBS post offices. Monthly interest can be credited into savings account standing at any CBS post office.
10) In Case of SCSS accounts, quarterly interest shall be payable on 1st working day of April, July, October and january at any CBS post Office.
11) Quarterly interest of SCSS accounts of SCSS accounts standing at CBS post offices can be credited in savings account at any other CBS post office.
12) minimum amount for opening of PPF account shall be Rs 100/- for all CBS and non CBS post offices.
13) In case NSC VIII and IX issue ,transfer of certificate from one person to another can be done only once from date of issue to date of maturity.
14) At the time of transfer of Certificates from one person to another, old certificate will not be discharged. name of old holder shall be rounded and name of new holder shall be written on the old certificate and Purchase application ( in case of non CBS post offices ) under dated signatures of the authorized Postmaster along with his designation stamp and date stamp of Post Office.
15) Rule relating to Conversion of one denomination of certificate to other denomination is deleted.
This may kindly be circulated to all field units for guidance and necessary action. These changes should also be placed-on the Public Notice Board of all the post Offices. Post Office working in Sanchay Post shall continue to follow the existing procedure till new Patch is deployed in Version 7.5.
This issues with the approval of DDG(FS)

Sunday, 6 April 2014


SSPOs,PURI DIVISION, Sri Shreekanta Kar HAS ARRIVED IN THE DEICE and meeting has started