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Friday, April 21, 2017

General Provident Fund Interest Rate for 1st April to 30th June 2017 – Finmin Orders

(PUBLISHED IN PART I SECTION 1 OF GAZETTE OF INDIA)
F.NO. 5(1)-B(PD)/2017
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
(Budget Division)
New Delhi, the 18th April, 2017

RESOLUTION

     It is announced for general information that during the year 2017-2018, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 7.9% (Seven point nine per cent) w.e.f. 1st April, 2017 to 30th June, 2017. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st April, 2017. The funds concerned are:—
1. The General Provident Fund (Central Services).
2. The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
3. The All India Services Provident Fund.
4. The State Railway Provident Fund.
5. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
6. The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund.
7. The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
8. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.
9. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.
2. Ordered that the Resolution be published in Gazette of India.
(Navin Agarwal)
Director

Government of India to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18 – Series I

The issue price of the Gold Bonds will be Rs. 50 per gram less than the nominal value 
The investors will be compensated at a fixed rate of 2.50 per cent per annum payable semi-annually on the nominal value 

Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has decided to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18 – Series I. Applications for the bond will be accepted from April 24, 2017 to April 28, 2017. The Bonds will be issued on May 12, 2017.
The Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange.
The features of the Bond are given below:


Sl. No.
Item
Details
1
Product name
Sovereign Gold Bond 2017-18 – Series I
2
Issuance
To be issued by Reserve Bank India on behalf of the Government of India.
3
Eligibility
The Bonds will be restricted for sale to resident Indian entities including individuals, HUFs, Trusts, Universities and Charitable Institutions.
4
Denomination
The Bonds will be denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of 1 gram.
5
Tenor
The tenor of the Bond will be for a period of 8 years with exit option from 5th year to be exercised on the interest payment dates.
6
Minimum size
Minimum permissible investment will be 1 gram of gold.
7
Maximum limit
The maximum amount subscribed by an entity will not be more than 500 grams per person per fiscal year (April-March). A self-declaration to this effect will be obtained.
8
Joint holder
In case of joint holding, the investment limit of 500 grams will be applied to the first applicant only.
9
Issue price
Price of Bond will be fixed in Indian Rupees on the basis of simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Limited for the week (Monday to Friday) preceding the subscription period. The issue price of the Gold Bonds will be Rs. 50 per gram less than the nominal value.
10
Payment option
Payment for the Bonds will be through cash payment (upto a maximum of Rs. 20,000) or demand draft or cheque or electronic banking.
11
Issuance form
The Gold Bonds will be issued as Government of India Stocks under GS Act, 2006. The investors will be issued a Holding Certificate for the same. The Bonds are eligible for conversion into demat form.
12
Redemption price
The redemption price will be in Indian Rupees based on previous week’s (Monday-Friday) simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by IBJA.
13
Sales channel
Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices as may be notified and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange, either directly or through agents.
14
Interest rate
The investors will be compensated at a fixed rate of 2.50 per cent per annum payable semi-annually on the nominal value.
15
Collateral
Bonds can be used as collateral for loans. The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is to be set equal to ordinary gold loan mandated by the Reserve Bank from time to time.
16
KYC Documentation
Know-your-customer (KYC) norms will be the same as that for purchase of physical gold. KYC documents such as Voter ID, Aadhaar card/PAN or TAN /Passport will be required.
17
Tax treatment
The interest on Gold Bonds shall be taxable as per the provision of Income Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961). The capital gains tax arising on redemption of SGB to an individual has been exempted. The indexation benefits will be provided to long term capital gains arising to any person on transfer of bond
18
Tradability
Bonds will be tradable on stock exchanges within a fortnight of the issuance on a date as notified by the RBI.
19
SLR eligibility
The Bonds will be eligible for Statutory Liquidity Ratio purposes.
20
Commission
Commission for distribution of the bond shall be paid at the rate of 1% of the total subscription received  by  the  receiving offices and receiving offices shall share at least 50% of the commission so received with the agents or sub agents for the business procured through them.

Opening of joint Account by pensioner with first name of pensioner

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-11, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI-110066
PHONES 25174596. 26174456, 26174438
CPAO/IT & Tech/Bank Performance/37( Val-II)/2016-17/14
19.04.2017
Office Memorandum
Subject:- Opening of joint Account by pensioner with first name of pensioner.
Attention is invited to Correction Slip No.1 dated – 08.02.2006 of Scheme for Payment of Pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners by Authorized Ranks on crediting of pension in the Joint Account of Pensioners with spouse (copy enclosed).
It has been reported that in some cases Banks are allowing the pensioners to open their pension account as Joint Account with first name of his/her spouse which may create difficulties for pensioner at the time of filing the Income Tax Returns as the income tax is assessed on the income of the pensioner and not of the spouse.
Heads of CPPCs/Government Account Divisions of all the banks are advised to instruct their bank branches to facilitate the retiring employees approaching them for opening their pension accounts before their retirement. In case of Joint. Account, the same may be opened with first name of pensioner only.
This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.
Encl:-As above
(Vijay Siingh)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)
Amendment to the Scheme for Payment of Pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners by Authorised Banks (Fourth Edition, 3rd December, 2004)
Correction Slip No.
The following lines may be added at the end of existing pars 4.1
Page-2: Paying branch may also credit in his or her joint account operated by pensioner with his I her spouse in whose favour an authorization for family pension exists in the Pension Payment Order (FPO). The joint account Of the pensioners with the spouse could be operated either by “Former or Survivor’ or ‘Either or Survivor’ basis subject to the following conditions:-
(a) Once pension has been credited to a pensioner’s bank account, the liability of the Government/bank ceases. No further liability arises, even if the spouse wrongly drawn the account
(b) As pension is payable only during the life of a pensioner, his I her death shall be intimated to the bank at the earliest and in any case within one month of the demise, so that the bank does not continue crediting monthly pension to the joint account with the spouse, after the death of the pensioner. if, however any amount has been wrongly credited to the joint account, it shall be recoverable from the joint account and / or any other account held by the pensioners I spouse either individually or jointly. The legal heirs, successors, executors etc_ shall also be liable to refund any amount, which has been wrongly credited to the joint account.
(c) Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules 1953 would continue to be applicable to a Joint Account with Pensioner’s spouse. This In-plies that if there is an ‘accepted nomination’ in accordance with Rules 5 and 6 of these Rules, arrears mentioned in the Rules shall be payable to the nominee.
Existing pensioners desiring to get their pension credited to a joint account as indicated above are required to submit an application to the branch bank, from where they are presently drawing pension in the enclosed form that is i.e. Annexure XXIX. This would also be signed by the pensioner’s spouse in token of having accepted the terms and conditions laid down in this Office Memorandum. These instructions are also applicable to the Govt. servants who will be retiring after the issue of this Office Memorandum.
Authority: http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/CPAO_IT_Tech_Bank_Perf_37_2016-17.pdf

Comparision between Savings account in SBI and Post office


Grant of maternity leave for female government servant - Clarification

IMPORTANT CIRCULAR
CGDA, Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt - 110 010
AN/XIV/19404/Leave Matters/Vol-III
Dated: 19-04-2017
To

All PCsDA/CsDA/PCA (Fys)

Subject: Grant of maternity leave - Clarification

A reference was made to DoP&T regarding quantum of maternity leave admissible to a female government servant consequent upon death of the child(s) after birth.

2. In reply, DoP&T has clarified that - " in case of death of child shortly after birth, the woman employees may be granted Maternity Leave of two months for recovery after delivery of the child".

3. Similar cases/requests may be regulated accordingly.

                                                                                                      (Kavita Garg)
                                                                                                      Sr.Dy.CGDA (AN)
 Signed Copy

Thursday, April 20, 2017

NOTIFICATION FOR THE POSTS OF GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS IN UTTARAKHAND CIRCLE


Click below link to view the notification

Cabinet approves encashment of accumulated leave to certain Defence Services Personnel who died or were invalidated out while in service between 30 December 1991 to 29 November 1999 with less than 15 years of service


Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
19-April-2017 14:53 IST

Cabinet approves encashment of accumulated leave to certain Defence Services Personnel who died or were invalidated out while in service between 30 December 1991 to 29 November 1999 with less than 15 years of service 
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved leave encashment up to 180 days in respect of those Defence personnel who died or were invalidated out of service between 30.12.1991 to 29.11.1999 with less than 15 years of service.
The decision will benefit the families of 9777 Officers and other personnel of Defence Services who died or were invalidated out of service during this period. This period is very significant as a large number of casualities took place during the Kargil conflict (“Operation Vijay”) and in counter insurgency operation in J&K and North East during the period.

Source : PIB