7th Pay Commission: Good news is finally here for central government employees! The Dearness Allowance (DA) of central government employees is going to increase from July 1, 2021. The dearness allowance will get increased to 28% from 17%, leading to an impressive hike in the salaries of the employees.
Pending installments to be given
Apart from this, another good news for the employees is that they will also be paid the three pending installments. DA is currently paid at the rate of 17 percent to central government employees. When the DA will increase to 28 percent, then obviously there will be a tremendous increase in the salary of the employees.
The employees are going to get the benefit of two years DA directly, because the dearness allowance of the central government employees had increased by 4 percent in January 2020, then there was an increase of 3 percent in the second half i.e. in June 2020. In January 2021, the dearness allowance increased once again by 4 percent. That means the total has gone up to 28 percent. However, these three installments have not yet been paid.
How much salary will increase
As per report, currently, the minimum salary according to the pay matrix of central employees is Rs 18,000. Overall, a 15 percent dearness allowance is expected to be added to the salary, which will roughly translate to an increase of Rs 2700 per month. On annual basis, the total dearness allowance will increase by Rs 32,400.
4% DA to be increased in June as well
The government is yet to announce the dearness allowance of June 2021. Harishankar Tiwari, former president of AG Office Brotherhood and president of Citizens Brotherhood, told Zee Business that by June 2021, DA is expected to rise by 3-4 percent. With this hike, dearness allowance will increase to 32% after June 2021.
Last year due to Covid-19, the government froze the dearness allowance from 1 January 2020 to 1 July 2021. Dearness relief, (DR) for pensioners will also not increase till 1 July 2021. With this decision, the government has saved a total of Rs 37000 crore in the financial year 2021-2022. However, the central employees demand that they should be paid arrears from 1 January onwards. But, the central government has made it clear that arrears will not be paid.
Lost your ATM card? Here is how to get it blocked
Have you lost your State Bank of India (SBI) debit card? Don’t panic! You can easily get your ATM cum Debit Card blocked through OnlineSBI.
“You can now Block your SBI ATM cum Debit Card through OnlineSBI, in case your card is lost or stolen,” SBI said.
Step 1: Log in to www.onlinesbi.com with your username and password.
Step 2: Select “ATM Card Services>Block ATM Card” link under the “e-Services” tab.
Step 3: Select the Account, under which you want to block your ATM cum Debit Card.
Step 4: All the Active and blocked cards will be displayed. You will be shown the first 4 and last 4 digits of the card(s).
Step 5: Select the Card and click “Submit”. Next, verify the details and confirm.
Step 6: Select the mode of authentication as either SMS OTP or Profile Password.
Step 7: Enter the OTP password /Profile password as chosen earlier and Click “Confirm” on the next screen.
Step 8: A success message would be displayed with a Ticket No. after successful blocking of your ATM cum Debit Card. You are advised to note this Ticket No. for future reference.
Now, get a driving licence without taking a test at the RTO
Soon, you will be able to get your driving licence without undertaking a driving test at any RTO. Seems like a dream come true? There is a catch, of course. Licences won’t be doled out indiscriminately and learners will have to undergo training at an accredited driver training centre and pass the test there.
“This entire process will be tech-driven and without any human interference. The accreditation will be given to centres that meet the criteria of space, driving track, IT and biometric system and carry out the training as per prescribed syllabus. Once the centre issues a certificate, it will reach the motor vehicle licence officer concerned,” an officer was quoted in The Times of India.
On their official Twitter handle, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) posted the salient features of accredited driver training centres. Those are:
1) The centre shall be equipped with simulators and dedicated driving test track to provide high quality training to candidates.
2) Remedial and refresher courses, as per the requirement of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, can be availed at these centres.
3) The candidates, who successfully pass the test at these centers, will be exempted from the driving test requirement at the time of applying for driving license, which is currently being taken at the Regional Transport Office (RTO). This will help the drivers in getting the driving licence after completing training from such accredited driving training centers.
4) These centers are allowed to provide industry- specific specialized training as well.
The MoRTH, also tweeted on their social media handle saying, “Shortage of skilled drivers is one of the major issues in the Indian roadways sector. A large number of road accidents occur due to lack of knowledge of road regulations.
Big decisions by Modi government: Details Here
The GST Council on Saturday decided to slash rates of several Covid-relief items to 5% from existing 12 to 18% levels but kept the much-anticipated tax rate on vaccines unchanged at 5%.
Addressing the media, post the GST Council meeting, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the council agreed to go with the recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM) that was single point agenda on the council. It further agreed to stick to a 5% GST rate on the COVID-19 vaccine. There will be no change in the GST rate for vaccines, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
The GST Council has also decided to slash rates for Tociluzumab, Amphotericin to nil level. Besides that, the Council also gave approval to GST rate reduction for Remdesivir from 12% to 5%. The GST on ambulances has been reduced to 12%.
No GST would be levied on Amphotericin B, the antifungal drug used for black fungus treatment, Nirmala Sitharaman said following the 44th GST Council Meeting.
“GST on electric furnaces and temperature checking equipment brought down to 5% and on ambulances to 12%. These rates will be valid till September as against August end recommended by the GoM,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on the outcome of the 44th GST Council meeting.
The special duty cuts would be applicable till September 30, 2021.
Sitharaman said that though the GoM recommended the rate cuts till August, the council decided to keep it till September end and later decide if further extension was required.
In another major move, the GST rate on ambulances has been reduced to 12% from the previous 28%.
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