Monday, February 29, 2016

Important Announcements made by Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech 2016-17

Press Information Bureau Government of India
Ministry of Finance

29-February-2016 13:15 IST

Important Announcements made by Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech 2016-17
1.      Big Focus on Agriculture and Farmer’ Welfare

(i)            Farmer’s income to be doubled by 2022.
(ii)           28.5 lakh hectares will be brought under irrigation under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana.
(iii)            89 irrigation projects, requiring Rs. 86,500 crore in next five years, to be fast tracked. 23 of these projects to be completed before 31st March, 2017.
(iv)         Dedicated Long Term Irrigation Fund will be created in NABARD with initial corpus of Rs. 20,000 crore.
(v)            Total outlay on irrigation including market borrowings is R. 12,157 crore.
(vi)            Major programme for Sustainable Ground Water management proposed for multilateral funding at a cost of Rs. 6,000 crore.
(vii)           5 lakh farm ponds and dug wells in rain-fed areas and 10 lakh copost pits for production of organic manure will be taken up.
(viii)         Soil Health Cards will be given to 14 crore farm holdings by March, 2017.
(ix)            2,000 model retail otlets of fertilizer companies with soil and seed testing facilities, will be opened in the next three years.
(x)            Unified Agricultural Marketing E Platform to be dedicated to the Nation on the Birthday of Dr. Ambedkar on 14th April, 2016. 

2.      Rs. 27,000 crore including State’s share to be spent on PMGSY in 2016-17. Target date of completion of PMGSY advanced from 2021 to 2019. 

3.      Rs. 9 lakh crore will be given as Agricultural credit in 2016-17.

4.      FCI will undertake online procurement of food grains. This will bring transparency and convenience to farmers through prior registration and monitoring of procurement. 

5.      Pashudhan Sanjeevani, an animal wellness programme, will be undertaken. Nakul Swasthya Patras to be issued. 

6.      Rural Sector

(i)            R. 2.87 lakh crore will be given as Grant in Aid to Gram Panchayats and Municpalities as per the recommendations of the 14th FC. This translates to Rs. 81 lakh per gram panchayat and over Rs. 21 crore per Municipality.
(ii)            Every Block in drought and rural distress areas will be taken up under Deen Dayal Antoyodaya Mission.
(iii)            300 Rurban Clusters will incubate growth Centres in Rural Area.
(iv)            All villages will be electrified by 1st May, 2018.
(v)            A new Digital Literacy Mission scheme will be launched for rural India to cover around 6 crore households in next three years.
(vi)            Modernisation of Land Records through revamped National Land Records Programme.
(vii)           Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Programme to be launched.

7.      Targeted Delivery of Government subsidies and benefits to ensure that they reach the poor and the deserving. 

(i)            New law fpr targeted delivery of financial and other subsidies etc. using Aadhar framework will be enacted.
(ii)            DBT in fertilizer will be launced on pilot basis.
(iii)            Of the total 5.35 lakh fair price shops in the country, 3 lakh shops to be automated by March,2017.

8.      MUDRA – Loan target of 1,80,000 crore in 2016-17.

9.      Social Sector

(i)            Massive Mission to provide LPG connection to poor households will be launched. 1.5 crore poor households will benefit in 2016-17. Scheme will continue for two more years to cover a total of 5 crore BPL households. LPG connection to be given in the name of woman member of the family.
(ii)            New Health Protection scheme will be launched. Health cover up to Rs. 1 lakh per family and additional Rs. 30,000 for senior citizens to be provided.
(iii)            3000 stores under Prime Minister’s Jan Aushadhi Yojana will be opened in 2016- 17.
(iv)           National Dialysis Services Programme will be launched. Tax exemptions given to certain parts of dialysis equipments.
(v)            A new Eco System for SC/ST entrepreneurs will be set up. SC/ST Hub to be set up in MSME Ministry.

10.  Education

(i)            62 new Navaodaya Vidyalayas to be opened in remaining uncovered districts in next two years.
(ii)            An enabling regulatory architecture will be provided to 10 public and 10 private institutions to emerge as world class teaching and research institutions.
(iii)            Higher Education Financing Agency will be set up with an initial capital base of Rs. 1,000 crore.
(iv)            Digital Depository will be set up for educational certificates, mark-sheets, awards etc.

11.  Skills

(i)            1500 Multi Skill Training Institutes will be set up under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana
(ii)            National Board for Skill Development Certification will be set up in partnership with industry and academia.
(iii)            Entrepreneurship education and training will be provided in 2200 colleges, 300 schools, 500 govt. it is and 50 vocational training centres through open online courses. 

12.  Job Creation

(i)            Government of India will pay EPS contribution of 8.33% for all new employees enrolling in EPFO for the first three years of employment. Applicable to those with salaries  of Rs. 15,000 per month
(ii)            Section 80 JJAA of Income Tax Act being amended to broaden the scope of employment generation incentives.
(iii)            Interlinking of State Employment Exchanges with National Career Service Platform.
(iv)            Small and medium shops to be permitted to remain open all 7 days a week on voluntary basis. New jobs in retail sector. 

13.  Measures in the sectors of Infrastructure, Investment, Banking, Insurance etc.

(i)            Rs. 2,18,000 crore will be spent on capital expenditure of roads and railways in 2016-17.
Includes: Rs. 27,000 crore PMGSY
                     55,000 crore Road Transport and highway
                     15,000 crore NHAI Bonds
                     1,21,000 crore Railways
(ii)            Unserved and underserved airstrips to be revived by AAI and also in partnership with State Governments.
(iii)            Road transport sector (passenger segment) to be opened up by removing permit system. This will benefit the poor and middle class, encourage new investment, promote start up entrepreneurs and create new jobs. This is a major reform measure.
(iv)            Discovery and exploration of fas in difficult areas will be incentivized by giving them calibrated marketing freedom. This is a major reform measure.
(v)            To promote private participation in infrastructure projects, Public Utility (Resolution of Disputes) Bill will be introduced; and guidelines for renegotiation of PPP agreements will be issued, without compromising transparency.
(vi)            Changes in FDI Policy.
(vii)           For the benefit of farmers, 100% FDI through FIPB route will be permitted for marketing of food products, produced and manufactured in India. This will give big encouragement to food processing industry and create new jobs.
(viii)         Guidelines for strategic disinvestment have been approved and will be spelt out.
(ix)            Individual units of CPSEs can be disinvested to raise resources for investment in new projects.
(x)            In the financial sector, a comprehensive Code on Resolution of Financial Firms will be enacted. Together will the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law, this will fill a major systemic vacuum. This is a big reform measure.
(xi)            SARFAESI Act to be amended to strengthen Asset Reconstruction Companies. This will help in dealing with stressed assets of Banks.
(xii)           Public Sector Banks (PSB) – (a) Recapitalisation of PSBs; (b) roadmap to be spelt out for consolidation of PSBs; (c) considering reduction of Government equity in IDBI Bank to 49% of below; (d) DRTs to be strengthened with computerized processing of court cases.
(xiii)         General Insurance Companies will be listed in stock exchanges for improving transparency, accountability and efficiency.
(xiv)         Comprehensive Central legislation to deal with Illicit Deposit Taking schemes will be enacted.

14.  ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ will be launched to link States and Districts. 

15.  Technology Driven Platform for Government procurement of goods and services will be set up by DGS&D. This will improve transparency, efficiency and reduce cost of procurement. 

16.  Fiscal Discipline

(i)            Fiscal deficit target of 3.5% of GDP in 2016-17
(ii)            Committee for review of FRBM Act.
(iii)            Removal of -/Non Plan classification from 2017-18
(iv)            Rationalisation of Central Plan Schemes. More than 1500 Central Plan schemes have been restructured to about 300 Central sector and 30 centrally sponsored Schemes.


            The 7th Central Pay Commission has submitted its report to Government of India. The recommendations given by the Pay Commission are most retrograde. The Chairman, Pay Commission did not consider even a single demand of unions. The demand of minimum wage as per Dr. Aykhroyid formula has been negated totally. The National Council JCM demanded minimum wage as Rs. 26000/- but the Pay Commission has recommended only Rs. 18000/-. Other demands  like rate of increment  as 5% , upgraded  pay  scales to the various cadres of Postal Department , 5 promotions , Deletion of Bench Mark  in MACP, Revision of wages  and other service conditions  of GDS ,wage revision of Casual part time  and contingent employees, cashless   hassle free Medical   facility , One time LTC to visit abroad, Removal of ceiling of 5% on compassionate  appointments, Scrapping of New Pension Scheme , 67% of pay as pension  on superannuation  along with other  demands have not been considered .Beside this the Pay Commission has  recommended to abolish  52 existing  allowances and advances like HBA, Festival Advance , TA Advance and Medical Advance. The percentage of HRA has been reduced as 24%, 16%, 8% instead of 30%, 20% & 10%.

            This Pay Commission is one of the worst Pay Commission ever seen. It has recommended only 14.29% increase like 2nd Pay Commission.

            The NJCA after  detailed  discussions in  several Meetings with all constituents organizations  of National Council  JCM  has submitted  memorandum and Charter of demands to the Government  of India with the warning  that if the same  is not settled , NJCA (Railway, Defence, Confederation) will  be  forced  to go on indefinite strike  from 11th April -2016 for which the notice will be served  to Cabinet  Secretary  along with all heads of departments and at all levels on 11th March, 2016.

            The Government has set up implementation Cell in Finance Ministry which will work as Secretariat to Empowered Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary for processing and implementation of recommendations of 7th Pay Commission. First meeting has been taken by the Chairman implementation Cell with NJCA leaders on 19th February, 2016. NJCA leaders have very clearly told that Employees will go on indefinite strike from 11th Apeil, 2016.

            The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers and national Federation of Postal Employees along with Postal JCA have endorsed the decision of NJCA.
            All Central leaders will address rallies in the Capital Cities to popularize the strike demands and to mobilize the employees for which campaign programme has been chalked out and circulated among all.

            29th March -2016 will be observed as Solidarity day throughout the country by all constituents of NJCA.

            We as NFPE being on the forefront of all struggles have more responsibility to carry on all agitational programmes more successfully.

            Keeping in view all the above mentioned facts NFPE appeals to the entirety of Postal, RMS and GDS employees to make all the agitational programmes  cent per cent success and make all efforts to make the indefinite strike  from 11th April-2016 a historic success to achieve the genuine  and justified demands.

We have won on so many occasions and this time also we will win.

Friday, February 26, 2016


Memorandum to GDS Pay Committee - Hindi & English version

All GDS are requested to send this copy of memorandum / feedback to the Chairman, GDS Pay committee either in English or in Hindi with signature & designation of the GDS from their work places in an ordinary post.

Dear GDS Comrades,

The One man Committee headed by Shri Kamalesh Chandra asked to submit feed back from all Gramin Dak Sevaks. Letter addressed to all GDS in English & Hindi also.

It is informed to our CHQ in many Circles / Divisions the local administration asked our GDS comrades to send their views to divisional heads to forward to the GDS Committee through administration also.

AIPEU GDS (NFPE) prepared one model copy on all GDS demands/issues for the information and awareness of the GDS comrades to forward it to Shri Kamalesh Chandra, Chairman, GDS Committee individually from each GDS with their address and signature.

The copy shall be posted to the Chairman, GDS Committee at the earliest from GDS in all divisions in all Circles.

All CHQ office bearers / Circle Secretaries / Divison & Branch Secretaries / Representatives of AIPEU GDS (NFPE) is requested to circulate the copy among GDS members and request them to send the same to the Chairman, GDS Committee by their own from BOs as early as possible.

Further requesting our NFPE leaders in the divisions to cooperate and guide the GDS comrades in the divisions to send the feed-back to the GDS Committee at an early date.

Hindi version of the Memorandum copy - Feedback to the GDS Pay Committee :

 English version of the Memorandum copy - Feed back to the GDS pay committee :
Posted: 19 Feb 2016 08:21 AM PST
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