Thursday, February 8, 2018

Subject:- Timely commencement of family pension in favour of spouse by banks in the event of death of the pensioners. dt : 30.01.2018

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI-110066
PHONES : 26174596, 26174456, 26174438 

CPAO/IT&Tech/Bank Performance/37 Vol.III(PF)/2017-18/191
30.01.2018

Office Memorandum 
Subject:- Timely commencement of family pension in favour of spouse by banks in the event of death of the pensioners.
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 Attention is invited to this office OM No. CPAO/Tech/ Bank Performance/2016-17/255 dated-27.02.2017 whereby Heads of all the CPPCs and Government Business Divisions of the Banks were advised to Commence the family pension to the spouse immediately on receipt of death certificate of the pensioner, proof of spouse age/date of birth and under taking of recovery of excess payment latest within a month. 

However, analysis of reports prepared in CPAO regarding time taken in conversion of pension to family pension in favour of spouse of deceased pensioners shows inordinate delay in many cases. The details of these cases are available in CPPC logins http://eppo.nic.in 

In view of the above, Heads of CPPCs and Government Business Divisions of the banks are advised to review the latest position and ensure compliance of the above instructions and submit the status report to CPAO alongwith reasons for delay by 9th February, 2018 positively by e-mail at vijay.cpao@gmail.com 

It is, further, requested to give the acknowledgement of receipt of application and death certificate to the family pensioner regarding commencement of family pension.

(Subhash Chandra)
(Controller of Accounts)
Ph. No. 011-26174809

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Resolution - Reconstitution of SCOVA

NITI AAYOG DARPAN Registration ID and grant-in-aid received for 2017-2018

Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to Central Government Civil Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS








Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance to Central Government Civil Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS 

F.No.4/34/2017-P&PW(D) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare 

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, 
Khan Market, New Delhi 
Dated: 31/01/2018 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Sub: Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance to Central Government Civil Pensioners residing in areas not covered under Central Government Health Scheme -reg. 

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No.38/99/99-P&PW(C) dated 17-4-2000 on the subject mentioned above and to say that in accordance with the instructions contained therein, Central Government Civil Pensioners, residing in an area not served by any CGHS dispensary or any corresponding Health Schemes administered by other Ministries/Departments, as the case may be, even though their places of residence may fall within the limits of a CGHS covered cities, are required to submit the following documents for claiming Fixed Medical Allowance: 
a) An undertaking in the prescribed format. 

b) A certificate from the Medical Authorities of CGHS or from authorities of corresponding Health Schemes of the concerned Ministries/Departments, as the case may be, that the area where the pensioner is residing is not served by any dispensary under CGHS or the corresponding Health Scheme administered by the Ministry/Department. 

2. Keeping in view the difficulties being faced by the pensioners in obtaining the required certificate from the concerned Medical Authorities, the matter has been reconsidered in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It has now been decided that the pensioners, residing in areas not covered by CGHS or any corresponding Health Schemes administered by other Ministries/Departments, as the case may be, would no longer be required to submit a certificate referred to in para 1 (b) above.
However, such pensioners would continue to submit an undertaking in the following format: 

I , ______________ a retired employee of _____ (Office Address) ___________ declare that I am residing at _______________  (Residential Address indicated in PPO) ________________, which area is not covered under CGHS or any corresponding Health Scheme administered by the Ministry/Department of , _________________________ (as the case may be). I have also not obtained and do not wish to obtain a CGHS Card for availing out-door facilities under CGHS/Corresponding Health Scheme of other Ministries/Departments from any dispensary situated in an adjoining area. 

3. A Central Government Civil Pensioner is also required to fill the enclosed Form along with above mentioned undertaking. 

4. All the pension disbursing authorities are required to obtain the above undertaking along with the Form, as mentioned in Para 3 above, from such pensioners before sanctioning Fixed Medical Allowance. An entry to this effect should also be made in their PPOs. 

Sd/- 
(Sanjay Wadhawan) 
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India


Source: www.pensionersportal.gov.in
[http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/ppwd_31jan2018.pdf]


Extracts from Finance Minister,s budget speech on 01.02.2018

Extracts from Finance Minister,s budget speech on 01.02.2018
Relief to salaried taxpayers
The Government had made many positive changes in the personal income-tax rate applicable to individuals in the last three years. Therefore,
I do not propose to make any further change in the structure of the income tax rates for individuals. There is a general perception in the society that individual business persons have better income as compared to salaried class. However, income tax data analysis suggests that major portion of personal income-tax collection comes from the salaried class. For assessment year 2016-17, 1.89 crore salaried individuals have filed their returns and have paid total tax of
`1.44 lakh crores which works out to average tax payment of `76,306/- per individual salaried taxpayer. As against this, 1.88 crores individual business taxpayers including professionals, who filed their returns for the same assessment year paid total tax of `48,000 crores which works out to an average tax payment of `25,753/- per individual business taxpayer.


143.          In order to provide relief to salaried taxpayers, I propose to allow a standard deduction of `40,000/- in lieu of the present exemption in respect of transport allowance and reimbursement of miscellaneous medical expenses. However, the transport allowance at enhanced rate shall continue to be available to differently- abled persons. Also other medical reimbursement benefits in case of hospitalization etc., for all employees shall continue. Apart from reducing paper work and compliance, this will help middle class employees even more in terms of reduction in their tax liability. This decision to allow standard deduction shall significantly benefit the pensioners also, who normally do not enjoy any allowance on account of transport and medical expenses. The revenue cost of this decision is approximately `8,000 crores. The total number of salaried employees and pensioners who will benefit from this decision is around 2.5 crores.
Relief to senior citizen
144.          A life with dignity is a right of every individual in general, more so for the senior citizens. To care of those who cared for us is one of the highest honours. To further the objective of providing a dignified life, I propose to announce the following incentives for senior citizens:
·         Exemption of interest income on deposits with banks and post offices to be increased from `10,000/- to `50,000/- and TDS shall not be required to be deducted on such income, under section 194A. This benefit shall be available also for interest from all fixed deposits schemes and recurring deposit schemes.
·         Raising the limit of deduction for health insurance premium and/ or medical expenditure from `30,000/- to `50,000/-, under section 80D. All senior citizens will now be able to claim benefit of deduction up to `50,000/- per annum in respect of any health insurance premium and/or any general medical expenditure incurred.
·         Raising the limit of deduction for medical expenditure in respect of certain critical illness from, `60,000/- in case of senior citizens and from `80,000/- in case of very senior citizens, to `1 lakh in respect of all senior citizens, under section 80DDB.

These concessions will give extra tax benefit of `4,000 crores to senior citizens. In addition to tax concessions, I propose to extend the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana up to March, 2020 under which an assured return of 8% is given by Life Insurance Corporation of India. The existing limit on investment of `7.5 lakh per senior citizen under this scheme is also being enhanced to `15 lakh.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Extension of the period of retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting for one year upto 31.12.2018 - RBE No. 08/2018



R.B.E No. 08/2018
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No.E(G)2009 QR-l-2 
New Delhi, dated: 19.01.2018
The General Manager,
All Indian Railways and
Production Units.
(Others as per standard list). 

Sub: Extension of the period of retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting in favour of officers/staff posted to E.C. Railway. 

Ref: Board’s letter No.E(G)2009 QR-1-2 dated 22.03.2017. 


The issue of permitting the Railway officers/staff posted on E.C.Railway to retain Railway quarters at their previous place of posting beyond 31.12.2017 has been considered by the Board. 

2. In exercise of its powers to make reasonable relaxations in public interest for a class/group of employees, in all or any of the existing provisions regarding house allotment/retention, the Board have decided that permission for retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting in favour of officers/staff posted to E.C.Railway be further extended for 1 (one) year i.e. upto 31.12.2018. 

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways. 


4. Please acknowledge receipt.
Sd/-
(Sanjay Gauri)
Deputy Director/Estt.(Genl.)
Railway Board