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Saturday, September 16, 2017

TA/DA entitlements of Non-officials of Committees/Boards/Panels – DoE Orders on 14.9.2017

Government of lndia
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated: 14.09.2017

Subject: TA/DA entitlements of Non-otficials of Committees/Boards/Panels etc,
The undersigned is directed to state that the issues related to payment of TA/DA to Non-officials of Committees/ Boards/ Panels etc. have been examined in D/o Expenditure. lt has been decided that TA/DA entitlement of Non-officials may be regulated by the Administrative Ministries/ Departments in the following manner:-

(I) Retired Govt. otficials nominated as Non-official in the Committees/Boards/Panels etc. : TA/DA entitlement of these Non-officials will be same as per their entrtlement at the time of retirement as per revised rates mentioned in this Department’s O.M. No.19030/01/2017-E.lV dated 13.07.2017.
(II) Persons from various fields nominated as Non-official in Committees/Boards/ Panels etc. : TA/DA entitlement of these Non-official will be same as admissible to oflicers in Pay level-11 (Pre-revised Grade Pay of Rs.6600/-) in the Pay Matrix. TA/DA Entitlements will be as under:-
(i) Travel entitlement within the country – Economy class by Air or AC-ll by train.
(ii) Reimbursement for hotel accommodation/guest house of up to Rs.2250/- per day.
(iii) Reimbursement of non-Ac taxi charges of up to Rs.338/- per day for travel within the city.
(iv) Reimbursement of food bills not exceeding Rs.900/- per day.
(III) Eminent personalities nominated as Non official in the Committees/Boards/Panels: TA/DA entitlement of these Non-officials will be same as admissible to officers in Pay level 14 (pre revised Grade pay Rs.10,000/-) in the Pay Matrix. TA/DA Entitlements will be as under:
i) Regarding travel entitlement of these Non-officials, Secretary in the Administrative Ministry, in consultation with the FA, may allow eminent personalities who are Non-officials in the Committees/Boards/Panels etc., to travel in Executive class in  the Domestic airlines within the country subject to the following conditions:-
a) Where a Non-official is or was entitled to travel by air by Executive class under the rules of the 0rganization to which he belongs or might have belonged before retirement.
b) where the Administrative Ministry is satisfied that the travel by Executive class by air is the customary mode of travel by the Non-official concerned in respect of journeys unconnected with the
performances of Govt. duty.
(ii) Reimbursement for hotel accommodation/guest house of up to Rs 7500/- per day.
(iii) Reimbursement of AC taxi charges as per actual for travel within the city.
(iv) Reimbursement of food bills not exceeding Rs.1200/- per day.
2. ln respect of Non-officials who are local, Mileage Allowance at the following rates will be admissible:-
i) For retired Government officers. TA/DA as per their entitlement at the time of retirement as per revised rates mentioned in this Department’s O.M.N0.19030/01/2017-E.lV dated 13.07.2017.
ii) Other Non-officials nominated from various fields – Reimbursement of non-AC taxi charges of up to Rs.338/- per day for travel within the city.
iii) For eminent personalities nominated as Non-officials – Reimbursement of AC taxi charges as per actual for travel within the city.
3. The TA/DA entitlements mentioned in Para I above will be subject to the following conditions:-
i) These TA/DA entitlements will be applicable in case of Non-officials coming from outside. Local Non officials will not be entitled for TA/DA.
ii) Local Non-officials will be entitled for Mileage Allowance only.
iii) Cases seeking deviation from the above entitlements may be referred to M/o Finance giving full justification for seeking deviation.
4. These instructions will be effective from the date of issue of this O.M.
5. This is issued with the approval of Finance Minister.
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary (EG)
Authority: http://www.doe.gov.in/

7th CPC Special Pay/Special Allowance admissible to officers of the Organized Group ‘A’ services – Dopt Orders

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 14th September, 2017
Subject:- Implementation of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to Headquarters Special Pay/Special Allowance admissible to officers of the Organized Group ‘A’ services on their posting in their respective Headquarters — reg.
This Department’s OM No.2/22(A)/2008-Estt(Pay-ll) dated 3rd September, 2008 provided for rates of Headquarters Special pay/ Special Allowance admissible to officers of the Organized Group ‘A’ services on their posting in their respective headquarters.

2. As provided in para 7 of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure)’s Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated 25th July, 2016, the matter regarding allowances (except Dearness Allowance) based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) was referred to a Committee under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary and until a final decision thereon, all allowances have been paid at the existing rates in the existing pay structure.
3. The decision of the Government on various allowances based on the recommendations of the 7th CPC and in the light of the recommendations of the Committee under the Chairmanship of the Finance Secretary has since been issued as per the Resolution No.11-1/2016-IC dated 6th July, 2017 of Department of Expenditure.
4. As mentioned at SI.No. 76 of the Appendix-II of the said Resolution dated 6th July, 2017, the recommendation of the 7th CPC for abolition of Headquarters Allowance has been accepted by the Government and this decision is effective from 1st July, 2017. Accordingly, the President is pleased to abolish the Headquarters Special Pay/ Special Allowance in respect of officers of the Organized Group ‘A’ services on their posting in their respective Headquarters.
5. Accordingly, the entitlement and payment of Headquarters Allowance is discontinued from the salary of the month of July, 2017. A copy of Department of Expenditure’s OM No.29/1/2017-E.II (B) dated 11th July, 2017 on Payment on account of discontinued allowances is enclosed for reference.
6. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
(Pushpender Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Authority: www.dopt.gov.in


To view Directorate Memo No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 13.9.2017, please CLICK HERE.

Four Aadhaar linking deadlines you should not miss

There are certain deadlines that you need to meet related to your Aadhaar in order to avoid pain in the coming year, 2018. 

Here's the list of various deadlines set by the government regarding Aadhaar. 

1. Aadhaar and PAN linking deadline is now December 31, 2017 

The government had earlier notified that income tax returns (ITR) filed after July 1, 2017 would be accepted only after a tax assessee linked his/her PAN with Aadhaar. However, many people faced difficulty in doing so even by the extended deadline for filing returns of Aug 5, 2017. 

One of the often cited reasons for inability to link was mismatch of PAN and Aadhaar details due to spelling and other errors. Therefore, the government has given a relaxation to individuals who have filed their ITRs on or before August 5, 2017 but have not linked their PAN with Aadhaar. The new deadline set by the government is now December 31, 2017. Individuals must link their PAN with Aadhaar by this date in order for their returns to be processed. 

Government has made it mandatory to link Aadhaar and PAN for every PAN holder (except certain categories exempted via notification dated May 11, 2017) by amending the income tax laws in the last Union budget. 

However, the above deadline is only for those filing income tax returns this year. If you are not required to file your ITR as per tax laws, i.e., your gross total income in a financial year is less than the exemption limit of Rs 2.5 lakh (for the FY 2017-18), then the last date to link your PAN with your Aadhaar is yet to be notified by the government. 

2. Deadline for providing Aadhaar to financial institutions is December 31, 2017 

Government has asked banks, financial institutions, and intermediaries to ensure that all their customers are know-your-customer (KYC) compliant which, as per new rules, requires verification of their Aadhaar. An amendment has been made in the Prevention of Money Laundering Rules (Maintenance and Records), 2005 to this effect. 

As per the new rules, one has to mandatorily submit his/her Aadhaar and PAN details to be KYC-compliant. If this is not done before December 31, 2017, his/her account will become inoperable till the time the required details are submitted. 

This means that you are required to submit your Aadhaar and PAN details to financial institutions such as banks or where you have made investments like mutual funds, stocks, National Pension System (NPS) etc. You will also need to submit these details if you have taken a loan from any bank, housing finance company or non-banking finance company. 

While submitting these details, you are also required to undergo an authentication process to verify that the Aadhaar submitted by you is actually yours, as per the notified rules. 

3. Aadhaar based e-KYC verification for all mobile phone subscribers must be done by February 6, 2018 
The department of telecommunications (DoT), after the Supreme Court judgment on February 6, 2017, has asked telecom operators to re-verify all the existing mobile subscribers (pre-paid and post-paid) via Aadhaar-based e-KYC. It has also become mandatory to provide Aadhaar details while buying new mobile SIM connections. 

As per the Supreme Court order, the process of re-verification of all existing mobile subscribers must be completed by February 6, 2018. 

However, as per the directive issued by DoT in its circular dated March 23, 2017, it is not clear what will happen if Aadhaar details are not linked to a customer's mobile number by February 6, 2018. At the same time, the telecom companies, on their websites, are cautioning users that their mobile connection services might get restricted or their numbers might become inactive in case Aadhaar-based compliance is not done. There have been news reports that all unlinked mobile numbers will be deactivated after the deadline. 

4. Aadhaar details must be submitted by December 31, 2017 to enjoy benefits of social security schemes 

Recently, government in the Supreme Court said that it has extended the deadline for mandatorily providing Aadhaar details in order to avail benefits of social schemes. The new extended deadline is now December 31, 2017. Earlier deadline for the same was September 30, 2017. 

Aadhaar details are required for various benefits such as availing subsidy on LPG cylinders, the Human Resource Development ministry's scholarship schemes, availing pensions and subsided ration under Public Distribution System scheme. 

Source:-The Economic Times

Revision of commission payable to SAS agents on Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) : Department of Economic Affairs

All 1.55 lakh Post offices to offer Payments Bank service

NEW DELHI: India Post Payments Bank is gearing up to provide its financial services through all of 1.55 lakh post offices and 3 lakh employees by the end of 2018 -- which will create India's second-largest payments bank in terms of reach. 
"We will have post bank footprint in every district by March 2018, and before the end of the calendar year, all 1.55 lakh post offices and every postman and grameen dak sevak, which is another 3 lakh, will be equipped with a device which will provide full range of payment solutions that we will be hosting," India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) Chief Executive Officer A P Singh said at an event organised by United Nations on Financial Inclusion. 
In the private space, AirtelBSE -0.70 % Payments Bank, launched in January this year, started operations with a network of 2.5 lakh merchants. 
Payments banks can accept deposits of up to Rs 1 lakh per account from individuals and small businesses. 
The new model of banking allows mobile firms, supermarket chains and others to cater to banking requirements of individuals and small businesses. It will be set up as a differentiated bank and will confine its activities to acceptance of demand deposits, remittance services, Internet banking and other specified services. 
IPPB offers an interest rate of 4.5 per cent on deposits up to Rs 25,000, 5 per cent on Rs 25,000-50,000 and 5.5 per cent on Rs 50,000-1,00,000.
"While our private sector counterparts will, I take it very positively, skim the market from the top, you need someone who works bottoms up. That is our choice," Singh said. 
He said that similar to State Bank of India BSE 0.20 % that was created to take banking to people, IPPB is going to take digital payments to masses. 
At the event, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Chairman R S Sharma said transaction cost on digital payment should be very minimal and it should be made affordable. 
IPPB, according to Singh, will use Aadhaar as payment address of an individual, indicating that the postal bank may bring the transaction charge close to 1 paisa. 
"We will convert it (Aadhaar) into payment address. We will get this activated by offering a host of payment services," Singh said. 
"We have taken up the challenge on ourselves as to how we make a Rs 10 transaction viable. Aadhaar authentication cost less than 1 paisa. There is no reason why a payment transaction should be transacting anything more," Singh said. 
At present, private players and even public banks charge transaction fee even on digital payments, depending on the nature of the transaction. 
Source : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/