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Amid the ruckus created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of India has come up with more easy and simplified family pension rules for central government employees. Announcing the changes in rules made by the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW), Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh said in a statement that there will be new rules in place and provisional family pension will be given once the receipt of a claim for Family Pension and Death Certificate from the eligible family member is confirmed and that too without any basic formalities or procedural requirements.

The new rules under the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW) will bring relief for employees who are suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Jitendra Singh said, “A provision was recently made for the provisional family pension to be sanctioned immediately on receipt of a claim for family pension and death certificate from the eligible family member without waiting for other formalities or procedural requirements to be completed.” This provision is further applicable to deaths caused due to the pandemic or a non-COVID issue.

According to the Rules 80 (A) of the CCS (Pension) Rule 1972, after a government employee dies doing his/her duty, the Provisional Family Pension will be sanctioned to his/her family members once the Family Pension case has been given to the Pay and Accounts Office. But now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are fresh instructions that implies that the Provisional Family Pension may be sanctioned immediately after getting the Family Pension and Death Certificate from the family member, without waiting for forwarding of the Family Pension case to Pay and Accounts Office.

Meanwhile, the second reform that has happened is that the payment of provisional pension will be extended for one year after the date of retirement with the concurrence of PAO and after the approval by the Head of the Department.

Basically, if we look at Rule 64 of CCS (Pension), 1972, it says that provisional pension can only be given for six months, especially in cases when a government servant is likely to retire before finalization of his pension.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, “In the wake of the pandemic, the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare has been, from time to time, very sensitively responding to each of the issues concerned with Pensioners and elder citizens. Reforms are also being undertaken accordingly.”

 

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Lost your ATM card? Here is how to get it blocked

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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.

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Now, get a driving licence without taking a test at the RTO

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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.

 

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Big decisions by Modi government: Details Here

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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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13 Jun 2021, 7:27 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

29,439,989 Total Cases
370,407 Death Cases
28,043,446 Recovered Cases

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