Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tax Rebate on Sukanya Samridhi Account ( SSA )


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Side-Effects of Harmful Radiation from Mobile Phones and Towers

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

03-March-2015 14:22 IST

Side-Effects of Harmful Radiation from Mobile Phones and Towers

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has informed that in a number of studies it has been reported that exposure to radiation from mobile phones causes adverse health effects. But there is no conclusive data available so far on this issue, however the growing body of scientific evidences indicates some bio-effects and possible adverse health effects of Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR) which merit further investigations. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) (2011) after reviewing the studies published from year 2000 to 31st May 2011 classified the radio frequency electromagnetic radiations/field emitted from wireless phone under group 2 B-carcinogen category. Due to this fact numbers of countries have developed health based precautionary guidelines for exposure of EMF from cell phone towers including India.

The ICMR has further informed that there is no scientific confirmed evidence that use of mobile phones causes mental and physical diseases. There is no proven scientific evidence yet to suggest that electromagnetic radiations emitted from mobile phone may lead to cancer, tumour, mental imbalance, dementia, headache and even it can damage DNA of a person.

The ICMR is conducting a multi-disciplinary cohort study in Delhi & National Capital Region (NCR) to find out adverse effects of Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR), if any, emitted from cell phone on adult Indian population. Under this study specific absorption rate, power density, wave length and frequency of RFR emitted from various types of cell phones used by the enrolled subjects as well as from cell phone towers installed at various places in Delhi are measured. The physical characteristics of RFR emitted from various cell phones will be correlated with the clinical & laboratory findings to examine whether use of cell phone is associated with reproductive dysfunctions, male infertility, neurological disorders (cognitive behavior, sleep related disorders, depression etc.), cardiovascular disorders, Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) disorders and promote cancer if any, in Human Volunteers.

In addition to the above, the ICMR has also funded few studies on limited basis in India to address this issue. The summary of the finding of the studies conducted in India in this area given below:-

Transfes and Postings in JAG cadre of IPoS Group A

1.Sri V.Upender, DPS Visakhapatnam Region is transferred and posted as DPS, Hyderabad Region.
2. Smt N.R.Visalatchy, DPS Hyderabad Region is transferred and posted as DPS, Visakhapatnam Region.
Click here to view Directorate's memo No. 2-2/2015-SPG dated 3rd March 2015 on the above subject matter.
INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR VP ARTICLE ABOVE Rs 1500/- CLICK HERE for Notification

Department of Posts, Mail Motor Service, Senior Manager (Non-Functional Selection Grade), Senior Manager and Manager Recruitment Rules, 2015 CLICK HERE 

Transfers and postings of Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) officers of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'. (Click the link below for details)

EXAMINATION OF GDS ISSUES

Department has constituted a committee headed by Shri. DKS .Chauhan CPMG Rajasthan Circle under No.17-103/2007/GDS dated 24-02-15 with the following terms of reference.


a) Examining /Revision of existing provisions for filling up of vacant GDS posts (other   than GDS BPM)


(b) Examination / Review of existing point based system of assessing indigence for compassionate engagement.


The Committee has been allowed a time of one month to submit its recommendations.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BANKING SERVICES IN POST OFFICES -- RAJYA SABHA Q & A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.533
TO BE ANSWERED ON 27th FEBRUARY, 2015

BANKING SERVICES IN POST OFFICES
†533. SHRI BHUPENDER YADAV:                                                        
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
(a)       whether Government proposes to entrust banking related services to the Department of Posts;
(b)       whether all post offices in the country would also function as a bank; and
(c)        if so, by when this work is likely to be completed?
ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)
(a)       Yes Sir. The Department of Posts applied to the Reserve Bank of India for issuance of license for setting up of Payments Bank on 30.01.2015.
(b)       No Sir. The Government does not propose to convert all post offices in the country to function as a bank. However, Department of Posts applied for license for setting up a Payments Bank on 30.01.2015, which may utilize a part of existing resources /infrastructure of the Department.
(c)        Date of completion of the above work will be depended on the decision of the Reserve Bank of India.
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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.547
TO BE ANSWERED ON 27th FEBRUARY, 2015

DEPARTMENT OF POSTS ENTERING INTO BANKING SERVICES

†547. SHRI RAM NATH THAKUR:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state?
(a)       whether Government plans to establish Post Bank of India by converting the wide network of post offices spread across the country into commercial banks, if so, the details thereof;
(b)       whether the Department of Posts had expressed its intention before the Government of entering into banking services in the rural areas during a discussion on the suggestions of a task force constituted on India Post; and
(c)        if so, the details thereof and the action plan made by Government in this regard?
ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)
(a)      The Government does not propose to convert the wide network of post  offices spread across the country into commercial banks. The proposed Post Bank of India is envisaged as an independent entity.
(b)     During the discussions on the suggestions put forward by task force constituted for leveraging the Post Office Network, the Department of Posts expressed the view that it is ready to enter into the banking space with focus on rural areas.
(c)    Based on a consideration of all relevant aspects, the Department of Posts has submitted an application to Reserve Bank of India seeking License for setting up a Payments Bank as an independent entity.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Change in Holiday from 6-3-15 to 21-03-2015 for Telugu New year's Day UGADI - AP Circle


Quote of the Day March 3

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. - Ferdinand Foch



A piece of past, sealed and preserved

The post office in Thalayar is functioning since October 21, 1898 
The post office in Thalayar is functioning since October 21, 1898
 
A sleepy village in Munnar has one of the oldest post offices in the country which is still in use.
 
Thalayar, a sleepy plantation village in Munnar, has carefully preserved a piece of its colonial past, housed in a typical tin-sheeted estate building of the British era. White letters on blue background scream out, ‘Post Office.’
History aficionados are welcome to go through the building’s origin, 117 years ago. Though the record is difficult to read, since the lower portion is damaged, the date of its setting up is legible. The post office was set up on October 21, 1898 and is one of the oldest post offices still in use in the country.
Munnar, replete with tea estates, had a wide communication network started by the British. The Thalayar post office was the third one in the region, the other two, at Munnar town and Devikulam, were launched in 1888 and 1892 respectively. The post office still works in a rented building of the estate company. India Post has employed three persons here, including a postmaster. The two post offices at Mattupetty and Marayur were later carved out of the area under the Thalayar post office, said a senior official here.
The original documents pertaining to the post office were intact just because of the determination of the British to keep, and protect, records of major happenings, he said.
There were also records of some of the transactions during the British era and these were later moved to a museum at Mysuru. “A few days ago, two postal employees from Germany visited the post office. British tourists too drop in to have a look,” he said. It is believed that the place got the name ‘Thalayar’ (meaning head of the river) during the British period as it is the originating place of the Pambar, one of the three east-flowing rivers of Kerala.
The post office was set up on October 21, 1898 and was part of the communication network started by the British in the Munnar region.

Central Government staff demand early implementation of wage revision



 Employees of Central government organisations staging a protest near the Collectorate in the city on Monday.— Photo: G. Moorthy
Employees of Central government organisations staging a protest near the Collectorate in the city on Monday.— Photo: G. Moorthy
Members of the Joint Council of Action South Zone which represents employees from the Railway, Defence, Postal and other Central Government departments organised a protest meeting near the Collectorate premises here on Monday.
 
More than 300 members of various associations, including Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU), All India Defence Employees’ Federation (AIDEF) and National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), participated in the protest meeting. Zonal president Raja Sridhar and divisional secretary J.M. Rafiq addressed the meeting.
 
The members also submitted a petition at the Collectorate along with a copy of the demands adopted by the National Convention of the Central Government Employees in December 2014.
 
In their 37-point charter of demands, the employees asked for the implementation of wage revision for Central government employees, which should be done once in every five years.
 
‘No privatisation’
 
They also demanded that no privatisation or Foreign Direct INVESTMENT should be allowed in railways and defence establishments, and opposed corporatisation of postal services.
 
Among other things, they also opposed outsourcing and privatisation of governmental functions and asked the government to withdraw the proposed move to close down printing presses.
 
Stating that many residential quarters needed renovation, the employees urged the Central government to carry out repairs, not to compel staff to stay in inhabitable quarters, and pay house rent allowance.

Government dept. unions demand wage revision

The Joint Council of Action (JCA), South Zone, representing unions of Railways, Defence, Postal and other Central government departments organised a demonstration near the Chennai Collectorate stressing various demands including wage revision and prevention of privatisation. They submitted a memorandum containing over 37 demands to the Collector after the demonstration.
 
More than 1,000 members of various unions including the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU), All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF) and National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) took part in the two-hour long demonstration that started at noon.
Among the various demands were: to effect the Central Government Wage Revision for employees from January 1, 2014; ensure wage revision for employees once in five years; ban privatisation, public private partnerships or foreign direct INVESTMENTS in railways and defence establishments and give up corporatisation of postal services.
 
They also wanted the government to avoid outsourcing of government activities and withdraw the move to close down the printing presses, publication forms store, stationery departments and medical stores depots. The Unions also wanted the government to improve the condition of railway hospitals. 
 
N. Kanniah, general secretary, SRMU and the convener of JCA, South Zone mentioned that this was the first time the ‘defence’ unions were taking part in a protest in association with other Central government Unions. 
 
C. Srikumar, general secretary, AIDEF, said only the Railways offers 100 percent appointment on compassionate grounds — the other Central government departments offer only 5 percent.
 
“Due to this, hardly one or two candidate obtain jobs under this category every year. We want the government to remove this slab,” he added.

After 14th Finance Commission, 7th pay panel's report looms

FINANCE minister Arun Jaitley at a press conference after the 14th FINANCE Commission report. The Seventh Pay Commission will submit its report by October 2015. Photo: AP  

New Delhi: After the recommendations of the Fourteenth FINANCE Commission (FFC) forced the government to reduce its plan expenditure in the 2015-16 budget, the Union FINANCE ministry fears its revenues will remain constrained in 2016-17 as well since it has to absorb the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission (SPC) in that year. 

The SPC will submit its report by October 2015.  

“The 7th Pay Commission impact may have to be absorbed in 2016-17. The phase of consolidation, extended by one year, will also be spanning out in this period. Thus, in the medium-term framework, the fiscal position will continue to be stressed,” the FINANCE ministry said in the macroeconomic framework statement laid before Parliament along with the budget on Saturday.  

The Union Budget reduced the plan expenditure for the first time in many years by Rs.2,657 crore to Rs.4.7 trillion in 2015-16 from the revised estimate of 2014-15, as the centre shared an additional Rs.1.86 trillion with states. The FINANCE Commission has raised the untied share of states in net central taxes to 42% from 32%. 

The tight fiscal situation forced the government to revise its fiscal consolidation road map and set a less ambitious fiscal deficit target of 3.9% of the gross domestic product (GDP) for 2015-16 against the earlier target of 3.6% set in last year’s budget.  

The fiscal deficit of 4.1% for 2014-15 was also achieved through a sharp reduction in plan expenditure up to Rs.1.1 trillion. Finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech said he had deferred the 3% fiscal deficit target to fiscal 2017-18 from 2016-17. 

The government appointed the Seventh Pay Commission on 28 February 2014 under chairman justiceAshok Kumar Mathur with a timeline of 18 months to make its recommendations. Though the deadline for submitting the report ends in August this year, the SPC is likely to seek extension till October.

The Sixth Pay Commission which was constituted in October 2006 had submitted its report in March 2008.

As a result of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, pay and allowances of the Union government employees more than doubled between 2007-08 and 2011-12—from Rs.74,647 crore to Rs.166,792 crore, according to the Fourteenth FINANCE Commission estimates. 

“As a ratio of GDP, it jumped from a little over 0.9% in 2007-08 to 1.2% in 2008-09 and about 1.4% in 2009-10 on account of both pay revision and payment of arrears. However, it moderated to little over 1% in 2012-13,” the FINANCE Commission said.  

The recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission were implemented by states with a delay mainly between 2009-10 and 2011-12, with “significant expenditure outgo” in arrears on both pay and pension counts, the FFC said. 

The FFC said that while the FINANCE ministry projects an increase in pension payments by 8.7% in 2015-16, a 30% increase is expected in 2016-17 on account of the impact of the Seventh Pay Commission, followed by an annual growth rate of 8% in subsequent years.  

However, it maintained that given the variations across states and the lack of knowledge about the probable design and quantum of award of the Seventh Pay Commission, it is neither feasible, nor practicable, to arrive at any reasonable forecast of the impact of the pay revision on the Union government or the states. “Further, any attempt to fix a number in this regard, within the ambit of our recommendations, carries the unavoidable risk of raising undue expectations,” added the FINANCECommission. 

A senior Pay Commission official, speaking under condition of anonymity, said its recommendations will surely have significant impact on the revenues of the central government. “The 14th FINANCECommission was at a disadvantage since it did not have the benefit of the recommendations of the Pay Commission unlike its predecessors,” he added. 

N.R. Bhanumurthy, professor at the National Institute of Public FINANCE and Policy, said the FFC has tried to factor in the impact of the recommendations of the SPC on the central government expenses. “The FFC report shows the capital outlay of the central government will dip in 2016-17 to 1.4% of GDP from 1.64% a year ago due to the implementation of the Pay Commission recommendation before it starts rising to 2.9% of GDP by 2019-20,” he added. 

The FFC said that all states had asked it to provide a cushion for the pay revision likely during the award period. The FFC advocated for a consultative mechanism between the centre and states, through a forum such as the Inter-State Council, to evolve a national policy for salaries and emoluments. 

The FFC also recommended that pay commissions be designated as Pay and Productivity Commissions, with a clear mandate to recommend measures to improve productivity of employees, in conjunction with pay revisions. “We recommend the linking of pay with productivity, with a simultaneous focus on technology, skills and incentives. We urge that, in future, additional remuneration be linked to increase in productivity,” it said.  

The Pay Commission official quoted earlier said it has been mandated to recommend incentive schemes to reward excellence in productivity, performance and integrity, which it will do. “Though previous Pay Commissions have talked about linking pay with productivity, the earlier governments have not accepted such recommendations. Since this government has shown strong political will, we hope they will accept our recommendations,” he added.

After 14th Finance Commission, 7th pay panel's report looms

FINANCE minister Arun Jaitley at a press conference after the 14th FINANCE Commission report. The Seventh Pay Commission will submit its report by October 2015. Photo: AP  

New Delhi: After the recommendations of the Fourteenth FINANCE Commission (FFC) forced the government to reduce its plan expenditure in the 2015-16 budget, the Union FINANCE ministry fears its revenues will remain constrained in 2016-17 as well since it has to absorb the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission (SPC) in that year. 

The SPC will submit its report by October 2015.  

“The 7th Pay Commission impact may have to be absorbed in 2016-17. The phase of consolidation, extended by one year, will also be spanning out in this period. Thus, in the medium-term framework, the fiscal position will continue to be stressed,” the FINANCE ministry said in the macroeconomic framework statement laid before Parliament along with the budget on Saturday.  

The Union Budget reduced the plan expenditure for the first time in many years by Rs.2,657 crore to Rs.4.7 trillion in 2015-16 from the revised estimate of 2014-15, as the centre shared an additional Rs.1.86 trillion with states. The FINANCE Commission has raised the untied share of states in net central taxes to 42% from 32%. 

The tight fiscal situation forced the government to revise its fiscal consolidation road map and set a less ambitious fiscal deficit target of 3.9% of the gross domestic product (GDP) for 2015-16 against the earlier target of 3.6% set in last year’s budget.  

The fiscal deficit of 4.1% for 2014-15 was also achieved through a sharp reduction in plan expenditure up to Rs.1.1 trillion. Finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech said he had deferred the 3% fiscal deficit target to fiscal 2017-18 from 2016-17. 

The government appointed the Seventh Pay Commission on 28 February 2014 under chairman justiceAshok Kumar Mathur with a timeline of 18 months to make its recommendations. Though the deadline for submitting the report ends in August this year, the SPC is likely to seek extension till October.

The Sixth Pay Commission which was constituted in October 2006 had submitted its report in March 2008.

As a result of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, pay and allowances of the Union government employees more than doubled between 2007-08 and 2011-12—from Rs.74,647 crore to Rs.166,792 crore, according to the Fourteenth FINANCE Commission estimates. 

“As a ratio of GDP, it jumped from a little over 0.9% in 2007-08 to 1.2% in 2008-09 and about 1.4% in 2009-10 on account of both pay revision and payment of arrears. However, it moderated to little over 1% in 2012-13,” the FINANCE Commission said.  

The recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission were implemented by states with a delay mainly between 2009-10 and 2011-12, with “significant expenditure outgo” in arrears on both pay and pension counts, the FFC said. 

The FFC said that while the FINANCE ministry projects an increase in pension payments by 8.7% in 2015-16, a 30% increase is expected in 2016-17 on account of the impact of the Seventh Pay Commission, followed by an annual growth rate of 8% in subsequent years.  

However, it maintained that given the variations across states and the lack of knowledge about the probable design and quantum of award of the Seventh Pay Commission, it is neither feasible, nor practicable, to arrive at any reasonable forecast of the impact of the pay revision on the Union government or the states. “Further, any attempt to fix a number in this regard, within the ambit of our recommendations, carries the unavoidable risk of raising undue expectations,” added the FINANCECommission. 

A senior Pay Commission official, speaking under condition of anonymity, said its recommendations will surely have significant impact on the revenues of the central government. “The 14th FINANCECommission was at a disadvantage since it did not have the benefit of the recommendations of the Pay Commission unlike its predecessors,” he added. 

N.R. Bhanumurthy, professor at the National Institute of Public FINANCE and Policy, said the FFC has tried to factor in the impact of the recommendations of the SPC on the central government expenses. “The FFC report shows the

After 14th Finance Commission, 7th pay panel's report looms

FINANCE minister Arun Jaitley at a press conference after the 14th FINANCE Commission report. The Seventh Pay Commission will submit its report by October 2015. Photo: AP  

New Delhi: After the recommendations of the Fourteenth FINANCE Commission (FFC) forced the government to reduce its plan expenditure in the 2015-16 budget, the Union FINANCE ministry fears its revenues will remain constrained in 2016-17 as well since it has to absorb the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission (SPC) in that year. 

The SPC will submit its report by October 2015.  

“The 7th Pay Commission impact may have to be absorbed in 2016-17. The phase of consolidation, extended by one year, will also be spanning out in this period. Thus, in the medium-term framework, the fiscal position will continue to be stressed,” the FINANCE ministry said in the macroeconomic framework statement laid before Parliament along with the budget on Saturday.  

The Union Budget reduced the plan expenditure for the first time in many years by Rs.2,657 crore to Rs.4.7 trillion in 2015-16 from the revised estimate of 2014-15, as the centre shared an additional Rs.1.86 trillion with states. The FINANCE Commission has raised the untied share of states in net central taxes to 42% from 32%. 

The tight fiscal situation forced the government to revise its fiscal consolidation road map and set a less ambitious fiscal deficit target of 3.9% of the gross domestic product (GDP) for 2015-16 against the earlier target of 3.6% set in last year’s budget.  

The fiscal deficit of 4.1% for 2014-15 was also achieved through a sharp reduction in plan expenditure up to Rs.1.1 trillion. Finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech said he had deferred the 3% fiscal deficit target to fiscal 2017-18 from 2016-17. 

The government appointed the Seventh Pay Commission on 28 February 2014 under chairman justiceAshok Kumar Mathur with a timeline of 18 months to make its recommendations. Though the deadline for submitting the report ends in August this year, the SPC is likely to seek extension till October.

The Sixth Pay Commission which was constituted in October 2006 had submitted its report in March 2008.

As a result of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, pay and allowances of the Union government employees more than doubled between 2007-08 and 2011-12—from Rs.74,647 crore to Rs.166,792 crore, according to the Fourteenth FINANCE Commission estimates. 

“As a ratio of GDP, it jumped from a little over 0.9% in 2007-08 to 1.2% in 2008-09 and about 1.4% in 2009-10 on account of both pay revision and payment of arrears. However, it moderated to little over 1% in 2012-13,” the FINANCE Commission said.  

The recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission were implemented by states with a delay mainly between 2009-10 and 2011-12, with “significant expenditure outgo” in arrears on both pay and pension counts, the FFC said. 

The FFC said that while the FINANCE ministry projects an increase in pension payments by 8.7% in 2015-16, a 30% increase is expected in 2016-17 on account of the impact of the Seventh Pay Commission, followed by an annual growth rate of 8% in subsequent years.  

However, it maintained that given the variations across states and the lack of knowledge about the probable design and quantum of award of the Seventh Pay Commission, it is neither feasible, nor practicable, to arrive at any reasonable forecast of the impact of the pay revision on the Union government or the states. “Further, any attempt to fix a number in this regard, within the ambit of our recommendations, carries the unavoidable risk of raising undue expectations,” added the FINANCECommission. 

A senior Pay Commission official, speaking under condition of anonymity, said its recommendations will surely have significant impact on the revenues of the central government. “The 14th FINANCECommission was at a disadvantage since it did not have the benefit of the recommendations of the Pay Commission unlike its predecessors,” he added. 

N.R. Bhanumurthy, professor at the National Institute of Public FINANCE and Policy, said the FFC has tried to factor in the impact of the recommendations of the SPC on the central government expenses. “The FFC report shows the capital outlay of the central government will dip in 2016-17 to 1.4% of GDP from 1.64% a year ago due to the implementation of the Pay Commission recommendation before it starts rising to 2.9% of GDP by 2019-20,” he added. 

The FFC said that all states had asked it to provide a cushion for the pay revision likely during the award period. The FFC advocated for a consultative mechanism between the centre and states, through a forum such as the Inter-State Council, to evolve a national policy for salaries and emoluments. 

The FFC also recommended that pay commissions be designated as Pay and Productivity Commissions, with a clear mandate to recommend measures to improve productivity of employees, in conjunction with pay revisions. “We recommend the linking of pay with productivity, with a simultaneous focus on technology, skills and incentives. We urge that, in future, additional remuneration be linked to increase in productivity,” it said.  

The Pay Commission official quoted earlier said it has been mandated to recommend incentive schemes to reward excellence in productivity, performance and integrity, which it will do. “Though previous Pay Commissions have talked about linking pay with productivity, the earlier governments have not accepted such recommendations. Since this government has shown strong political will, we hope they will accept our recommendations,” he added.

Source : http://www.livemint.com/ capital outlay of the central government will dip in 2016-17 to 1.4% of GDP from 1.64% a year ago due to the implementation of the Pay Commission recommendation before it starts rising to 2.9% of GDP by 2019-20,” he added. 

The FFC said that all states had asked it to provide a cushion for the pay revision likely during the award period. The FFC advocated for a consultative mechanism between the centre and states, through a forum such as the Inter-State Council, to evolve a national policy for salaries and emoluments. 

The FFC also recommended that pay commissions be designated as Pay and Productivity Commissions, with a clear mandate to recommend measures to improve productivity of employees, in conjunction with pay revisions. “We recommend the linking of pay with productivity, with a simultaneous focus on technology, skills and incentives. We urge that, in future, additional remuneration be linked to increase in productivity,” it said.  

The Pay Commission official quoted earlier said it has been mandated to recommend incentive schemes to reward excellence in productivity, performance and integrity, which it will do. “Though previous Pay Commissions have talked about linking pay with productivity, the earlier governments have not accepted such recommendations. Since this government has shown strong political will, we hope they will accept our recommendations,” he added.