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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Panel Recommends Raise In HRA, Other Allowances

The Ashok Lavasa committee on allowances submitted its report to the finance ministry on April 27.
 The 7th pay commission had recommended that 52 allowances be abolished altogether.

Employee union officials are likely to meet top government officials later this week and among other things, allowances, including HRA, related to 7th pay commission are likely to feature in discussion, a top employee union official said. Officials from the finance ministry are likely to be also present at the meeting, he added. The Ashok Lavasa committee on allowances, which examined the 7th pay commission's recommendations on allowances, submitted its report to the finance ministry on April 27. "Modifications have been suggested in some allowances which are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories such as railwaymen, postal employees, scientists, defence forces personnel, doctors, nurses etc," the finance ministry said in a statement.

The allowance committee report is being currently examined by the Department of Expenditure. It will be placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) set up to screen the 7th pay commission recommendations and to firm up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet. While recommendations of the 7th pay commission on pay and pension were implemented with the approval of the Cabinet, allowances continued to be paid at old rates.
The 7th pay commission had recommended that house rent allowance or HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay, depending on the type of city. The 7th pay commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent when DA crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent. With regard to allowances, employee unions have demanded HRA at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent. (Also read: House rent allowance claims under scrutiny. How to avoid rejection)  
The 7th pay commission had recommended that of a total of 196 allowances, 52 be abolished altogether and 36 be abolished as separate identities by subsuming them in another allowance. The 7th pay commission had recommended abolition of or subsuming of allowances like acting, assisting cashier, cycle, condiment, flying squad, haircutting, rajbhasha, rajdhani, robe, shoe, shorthand, soap, spectacle, uniform, vigilance and washing. The Ashok committee, the finance ministry said, held extensive stakeholder consultations and detailed examination of the recommendations so as to address the concerns of the stakeholders.
Source: NTDV

Bank restrictions prove a boon to Postal Department

Tirupati: The restrictions in bank transactions post demonetisation have proved to be a boon to the Postal department with the number of accounts and revenue increasing at a faster rate now. Tirupati postal division has accrued revenue of Rs.33.57 crore during the last fiscal from savings and related accounts only. About 21406 new savings accounts were opened during the last financial year. Significantly, out of that more than 50 per cent accounts were opened during the last quarter.


  • Postal customers  will have the facility of withdrawing the money by a phone call and the amount will be handed over to them at their door step by the postman, says G Sreenivasa Murthy, Superintendent of Tirupati Division.  
  • All post offices will be linked to Rural Integrated Communication Technology (RICT) soon
This is a clear indication of people’s apprehensions on banks and the restrictions they have imposed after demonetisation. The rural people were relatively tilting more towards postal savings accounts when compared to urban areas given the fact that out of the 12509 accounts opened during January-March 2017 in the division, 5832 accounts opened in Chandragiri Head Office limits only. The other two head offices are Tirupati and Sri Kalahasti.
The Revenue on SB accounts alone was to the tune of Rs.28.53 crore. The government’s decision to link the NREGS accounts to the post offices also helped the department, through which the division has accrued considerable revenue of Rs.3.01 crore from and another Rs.1.79 crore from social security pensions giving ample evidence that the post office accounts were well within the reach and receiving the faith of the common people.
Not only SB accounts but significant increase was recorded in other deposit accounts also.  About 1.11 lakh recurring deposit accounts were added during 2016-17 taking the total tally to 8.02 lakh accounts. The experiences at banks immediately after demonetisation and the announcements by the RBI during that period created lot of confusion among the customers of various banks. The restrictions banks have implemented for depositing and withdrawing the currency raised the ire of the customers.

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Profile about Anant Narayan Nanda, Secretary, Department of Posts


Full Name : Anant Narayan Nanda (A N NANDA )
Date of Birth : October 11, 1959
Batch :IPoS 1982
Work and Designation : Secretary, Department of Post from 29.04.2017.
He graduated from Fakir Mohan University in Balasore and completed in his post-graduation from Utkal University,Bhubaneswar.

Shri Anant Narayan Nanda, (IPoS, 1982), Member (Banking & HR), a peace loving personality and  a native of Balasore, Odisha having a Master’s Degree in History, another in Computer Application and also having a Post Graduate Diploma in Management takes over the Charge of the Secretary, Department of Posts, Govt. of India.

After Shri S C Mahalik, former D G & Secretary (Posts), Shri A N Nanda is the second Odia to be place in this highest post of the Department and the first Odia to be the Secretary (Posts) after separation of DG(Posts) and Secretary (Posts).

Apart from a successful bureaucrat, he has also established a separate identity of his own as a writer. His creative mood swings with poems and short stories, book reviews and humorous prose, travelogues and photography, reflections and translations, both in English and Hindi.

His selective published works are “In Harness”, poetry collections, “The Remix of Orchid”, short story collections with foreword by Mr. Ruskin Bond, “Virasat” and “Ek Saal Baad”, short Story collections in Hindi.

He has already worked in different capacities in Odisha Circle, viz, as SSPOs, Director and PMG and Chief PMG.  His tenure as SSPOs, Bhubaneswar Division will be ever remembered for his pro-staff activities.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved repatriation/appointments of officers at Joint Secretary/equivalent level

PM releases stamp on Ramanujacharya's 1,000th birth anniversary

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday released a commemorative stamp on the 1,000th birth anniversary of Saint Ramanujacharya and said the central message of his life was inclusive society and religion.
"The central message of Saint Ramanujacharya's life was inclusive society, religion and philosophy," Modi said at a function here.
He said Ramanujacharya saw manifestation of God in human beings and saw all devotees of God as equal.
"He broke the settled prejudice of his times. Indian society's liberal and tolerant characteristic was strengthened. Several social movements were born in these 1,000 years inspired by his thoughts," Modi said.
Source: The Times of India