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JOIN THE “SAVE BSNL, SAVE NATION CAMPAIGN” OF BSNLEU

Organise Save BSNL – Save Nation campaign from 13th to 30th April, 2019.

To counter the systematic manner in which BSNL is being debilitated, the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, has decided to organise a “Save BSNL – Save Nation campaign” throughout the country. In this campaign, street corner meetings will be organised, seeking the support of the general public, to save BSNL and to ensure it’s financial revival. This campaign will start on 13th April, 2019. This is the date on which the Jalian Walla Bagh massacre took place. Saving BSNL is a patriotic duty. So the Ghaziabad CEC meeting has decided to commence the “Save BSNL – Save Nation campaign” from this date of Jalian Walla Bagh massacre. The Ghaziabad CEC meeting has decided that this “Save BSNL – Save Nation campaign” should be conducted independently by BSNLEU. The CHQ calls on the circle and district unions to take all out efforts to conduct this campaign effectively.

All the AIBDPA units are requested to get in touch with the repective BSNLEU branches and join the campaign program and make it  a grand success.

MASSIVE MARCH TO SANCHAR BHAWAN BY AUAB

Huge March to Sanchar Bhawan and massive meeting at Jantar Mantar.

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As per the call of the AUAB, thousands of Executives and Non-Executives participated in the massive March to Sanchar Bhawan held today, 5th AprilL, 2019. The rally started from Eastern Court at 11:45 hrs. It was stopped at Jantar Mantar where a huge meeting was conducted. Com.Chandeshwar Singh, Chairman, AUAB & General Secretary,NFTE, presided. It was addressed by Com.Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, Com.Kango, Vice President, CITU. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS and Com.Rasheed Khan, AGS, TEPU. We heartily thank the thousands of comrades who enthusiastically participated in this rally from the nooks and corners of the country, to demand the implementation of the charter of demands of the AUAB.

Later the AUAB leaders had a discussion with Shri.Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary, DoT on the issues in the charter of demands.

(Courtesy: BSNLEU website)

Pension Procedure Simplification-Pension papers and Undertaking

Simplification of pension procedure – submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant along with pension papers & Handing over of PPO booklet to Pensioners by Head of Office

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

CPAO/IT&Tech/11(Vol-VI)/Simplification/2018-19/01

01.04.2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Simplification of pension procedure – submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant along with pension papers & Handing over of PPO booklet to Pensioners by Head of Office – reg.

The Scheme for Payment of pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners through Authorized Banks’, issued by the Central Pension Accounting Office provides for an undertaking to be submitted by the retiring Government servant/pensioner to the pension disbursing bank before commencement of pension. The pensioner undertakes to refund or make good any amount to which he is not entitled.

In view of the above Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare issued instructions vide its O.M. No. 1/27/2011-P&PW(E) dated 07.05.2014 which were also communicated through this office O.M. No. CPAO/Tech/Simplification/2014-15/53 dated 28.05.2014. These provisions are reiterated below:

(a) It has been established that the first payment of pension after retirement gets delayed mainly due to two reasons. One, the delay in receipt of intimation by the pensioner that pension papers have reached the bank and two, delay on part of the pensioner in approaching the bank for submission of the undertaking.

(b) The required undertaking may be obtained by the Head of Office from the retiring Government servant along with Form 5 and other documents before his retirement. This undertaking shall be forwarded to the pension disbursing bank along with the Pension Payment Order by the Accounts Officer/CPAO following the usual procedure.

(c) The pensioner would no longer be required to visit the bank to activate the first payment of pension. Therefore, after ascertaining that the Bank’s copy has been dispatched by the Central Pension Accounting Office, the pensioner’s copy of the Pension Payment Order (PPO) may be handed over to him at the time of retirement along with other retirement dues. This should be feasible in all cases where the Government servant had submitted pension papers within the time-limits prescribed in the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.

(d) However, if any employee posted at a location away from the office of the Head of Office or who for any other reasons feels that it would be more convenient to him to obtain his copy of PPO from the bank, may inform the Head of Office of his option in writing while submitting his pension papers.

Pension Procedure Simplification-Pension papers and Undertaking

Pay & Account Office/Head of Office should not wait for the copy of PPO (SSA) for confirmation of the dispatch of the same by CPAO to bank for handing over of the pensioner’s copy to the retiring government servant along with other retirement dues. PAO/Ho0 may confirm the dispatch of Banks Copy of PPO by visiting CPAO’s website i.e www.cpao.nic.in -> See your PPO Status.

It has been observed that pensioner’s portion of the PPO is not being handed over to the pensioner, but being sent to the bank through CPAO. It seems that the timeline for submission of finalizing the pension cases as mentioned in the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 are not being adhered to by HoO/PAO.

All Pr. CCAs/CCA/CAs/AGs (with independent charge)/JS(Admin) are requested to issue instructions to all Pay and Accounts Offices/ Head of Offices under their jurisdiction to ensure timely submission of pension papers so that the correct procedure is followed strictly. Timeline for finalization of pension cases as prescribed in CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 is annexed herewith.

This issues with the approval of Chief Controller (Pension).

Encl.: Annexure

(Praful Dabral)
Sr. A.O. (IT & Technical)

Aadhaar PAN Linking last date 30th September 2019

Central Board of Direct Taxes has extended the last date for linking of Aadhaar with PAN to 30th September 2019. The Notification is reproduced below

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes

NOTIFICATION No. 31/2019

New Delhi, the 31st of March, 2019

In exercise of the powers conferred under sub-section (2) of section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (Act), the Central Government, hereby notifies that every person who has been allotted permanent account number as on the 1st day of July, 2017, and who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number, shall intimate his Aadhaar number to the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) or Principal Director of Income-tax (Systems) in the form and manner specified in Notification no. 7 dated 29th of June, 2017 issued by the Principal Director General of Income Tax (Systems) by 30th of September. 2019.

Aadhaar PAN Linking last date 30th September 2019

This notification shall not be applicable to those persons or such class of persons or any State or part of any State who/which are/is specifically excluded under sub-section (3) of section 139AA of the Act.

However, notwithstanding the last date of linking of Aadhaar number with PAN being extended to 30.09.2019 in para 1 above, it is also made clear in Circular No. 6 of 2019 that w.e.f. 01st of April 2019, it is mandatory to quote Aadhaar number while filing the return of income as required under Section 139AA(1)(ii) unless specifically exempted as per any notification issued under sub-section (3) of section 139AA of the Act. It is also made clear that the returns being filed either electronically or manually cannot be filed without quoting the Aadhaar number.

(Rajarajeswari R.)
Under Secretary (ITA.II), CBDT

(F.No.225/75/2019-ITA.II)
Notification No. 31/2019

CIRCLE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF KERALA.

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Kerala Circle Executive Committee Meeting was held at P&T House, Thiruvananthapuram on 02-04-2019. Com. R A Nair, Circle President controlled the proceedings. Com.N Guruprasad, Circle Secretary welcomed one and all and presented a brief report on activities since the Kollam Circle Conference.

Com. V A N Namboodiri, Advisor inaugurated the CEC and explained the current position with regard to pension revision, wage revision, crisis in BSNL, Sanchar Bhawan March and NCCPA Fasting Dharna on 15-03-2019 etc. Com.P V Chandrasekharan, Patron addressing the CEC highlighted the importance of the ensuing general election and appealed to ensure the victory of LDF candidates in the best interest of the country. Com.R Muraleedharan Nair , AGS, K Arjunan , Circle Patron also addressed the CEC. Most of the Circle Office bearers and District Secretaries participated in the discussion.

EPFO pension: Retiring private employees get relief as Supreme Court dismisses plea filed against Kerala HC order

 

The Employees’ Provident Fund is a retirement benefits scheme that was structured to provide financial security to employees of factories and other establishments. The Supreme Court dismissed the petition filed against a Kerala High Court order that had asked EPFO to provide pension to all retiring employees.

The bench comprising the CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna dismissed the plea filed by EPFO saying that it finds no merit in the special leave petition.
EPFO Private Sector Employees Pension Scheme: The Supreme Court Monday dismissed the Special Leave Petition filed against a Kerala High Court order that had asked Employees Provident Fund Organisation to provide pension to all retiring employees, rather than capping the figure to Rs 15,000 per month. In effect, all retiring employees will now get pension on their full salary instead of the Rs 15,000 cap.

The bench comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna dismissed the plea filed by EPFO saying that it finds no merit in the special leave petition.

The Kerala High Court in 2018 had nullified the amendments made to the Employees’ Pension Scheme in 2014. According to the new rules, new employees who earned more than the capped wages would not be eligible for EPS. Existing employees who were contributing on higher salary could continue to do so provided they made fresh applications along with the employer in a year’s time, failing which their contributions would be restricted to the capped wages.

The Employees’ Provident Fund is a retirement benefits scheme that was structured to provide financial security to employees of factories and other establishments.

While 12 per cent of the basic salary and dearness allowance have to be contributed by all employees earning up to Rs 15,000 per month (not mandatory for others), the employer component (12%) has to be contributed mandatorily in case of all employees. The employer’s component is split into EPF (3.67%) and the Employees’ Pension Scheme (8.33%).

Small Savings Scheme Interest Rate from 1st April 2019

The rate of Interest on various small saving schemes for the first quarter of financial year 2019 -20 starting 1st April 2019 shall remain unchanged from those notified for the fourth quarter of financial year 2018-19

SB Order 02/2019

F. No 113-03/2017-SB 
Govt. of lndia 
Ministry of Communication 
Department of Posts 
(F.S. Division)

Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-l10001 
Dated:29.03.2019

To,

All Head of Circles/Regions 
Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi

Subject ; Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes.

Sir/Madam,

The undersigned is directed to say that vide their OM No.01/04/2016-NS dated 29.03 2019 (copy enclosed), The Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs (Budget Division), New Delhi have informed that the rate of Interest on various small saving schemes for the first quarter of financial year 2019 -20 starting 1st April 2019 shall remain unchanged from those notified for the fourth quarter of financial year 2018-19.

Small Savings Scheme Interest Rate from 1st April 2019

2.This is for information & necessary action by all concerned.

3.This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.

Yours faithfully, 
(P L Meena) 
Assistant Director(SB-l)