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Thursday, January 22, 2009

House Building Advance to Central Government Employees

 

1. The Scheme of House Building Advance to Central Government Employees is aimed at providing assistance to the Government employees to construct/acquire house/flats of their own. The scheme was introduced in 1956, as a welfare measure. Ministry of Urban Development & Poverty Alleviation act as the nodal Ministry for the same.

2. House Building Advance is admissible to all those temporary employees also who have rendered 10 years of continuous service. The Ministries/Departments are delegated powers to sanction House Building Advance to their employees in accordance with the House Building Advance Rules.

3.With effect from 27-11-2008, the following provisions of grant of  House Building Advance shall be in operation, until further orders:-

(i).The maximum limit for grant of HBA shall be 34 months'  of pay in the pay band subject to a maximum of  Rs. 7.50 lakh or cost of the house or the repaying capacity whichever is the least, for new construction/purchase of new house/flat.

(ii).The maximum limit for grant of HBA for enlargement of existing house shall be 34 months' pay in the pay band subject to a maximum of Rs. 1.80 lakh or cost of the enlargement or repaying capacity, whichever is the least.

(iii).The cost ceiling limit shall be 134 times the pay in the pay band subject to a minimum of Rs.7.50 lakh and a maximum of Rs.30 lakh relaxable up to a maximum of 25% of the revised maximum cost ceiling of Rs.30 lakh.

4. The rate of interest on House Building Advance is between 5% to 9.5% ,depending on the loan amount.

5. The repaying capacity of Govt. servants who have more than 20 years of remaining service has been revised from 35% to 40% of pay. (Pay means pay in the pay band).

6. The salient features of House Building Advance Rules are as follows-

1. ELIGIBILITY

  • Permanent Government employees.
  • Temporary Government employees who have rendered at least 10 years continuous service.
  • To be granted once during the entire service.

If both the husband and wife are Government of India employees and eligible for HBA, it shall be admissible to only one of them.

2. PURPOSE

HBA is granted for:

  1. Constructing a new house on the plot owned by the official or the Official and the Official's wife/husband jointly.
  2. Purchasing a plot and constructing a house thereon.
  3. Purchasing a plot under Co-operative Schemes and Constructing a house thereon or acquiring house through membership of Co-operative Group Housing Scheme.
  4. Purchasing /construction of house under the Self-Financing scheme of Delhi, Bangalore, U.P., Lucknow etc.
  5. Outright purchase of new ready-built house/flat Housing boards, Development Authorities and other statutory or semi-Government bodies and also from private parties.*
  6. Enlarging living accommodation in an existing house owned by the official or jointly with his/her wife/husband. The total cost of the existing structure (excluding cost of land) and the proposed additions should not exceed the prescribed cost ceiling.
  7. Repayment of loan or advance taken from a Government or HUDCO or Private source even if the construction has already Commenced, subject to certain conditions.
  8. Constructing the residential portion only of the building on a Plot which is earmarked as a shop-cum-residential plot in a Residential colony.

* Private party means registered builders but not private individuals.

3. CONDITIONS:

a) The applicant or spouse or minor child should not already own a house in the town/Urban agglomeration where the house is proposed to be constructed or acquired.

b) The title to the land should be clear. The land may be owned either:


- by the Government employee; or

- jointly by the Government employee and spouse.

c) COST CEILING                                           

134 times of pay in the pay band subject to a minimum of Rs. 7.50 lakh and a maximum of Rs.30 lakh

Administrative Ministry may relax the cost ceiling   to 25% of cost ceiling mentioned above in the individual cases on merits.

(Effective from 27th November, 2008)

d) AMOUNT OF ADVANCE:

  • will be the LEAST of the following:-

(i) 34 times the pay in the pay band.

(ii) The cost of construction.**

(iii) Rs. 7,50,000/- ***

(iv) Repaying Capacity.

** 80% of cost in rural areas.

*** Rs. 1,80,000/- in case of enlargement of existing house.

e) REPAYING CAPACITY:-

Repaying Capacity is computed on the following basis:-

S. No.

Length of remaining service of the applicant.

Repaying Capacity

1.

Retiring after 20 years.

40% of pay @

2.

Retiring after 10 years but not later than 20 years.

40% of pay @ plus 65% of * Retirement Gratuity

3.

Retiring within 10 years

50% of pay @ plus 75% of * Retirement Gratuity.

@ Pay means pay in the pay band

4. DISBURSEMENT OF ADVANCE:

S. No.

Purpose of HBA

Disbursement

(1)

(2)

(3)

(i)

For construction/enlargement (single or double storeyed).

50% -



50%

on execution of mortgage deed

on construction reaching plinth level (Ground Floor).

(ii)

For purchase of land and construction (Single storeyed)

40% or -
actual cost




30% -


30% -

for purchase of plot on execution of agreement and production of Surety Bond.

On execution of Mortgage deed.

On construction reaching plinth level.
 

(iii)

For purchase of land and construction (Double storeyed)

35% or actual cost




32.5% -


32.5% -

for purchase of plot on execution of agreement and production of Surety bond.

On execution of the mortgage deed.

On construction reaching the plinth level.
 

(iv)

For purchase of ready built house/flat

100% - in one lumpsum.

(v)

For acquiring flat/house from Co-operative Group Housing Society.

20% -




80% -

Towards purchase of land by the Society.

in suitable installments on receipt of demand (pro-rate basis)

(vi)

For purchase of flat under SFS of Development Authorities etc.

 

No payment for initial registration Deposit.

May be released in not more than 5 instalments. But the fifth and final instalment should not be less than 10% and is to be released for making final payment.

5. TIME SCHEDULE FOR UTILISATION OF HBA:

S. No.

Purpose

Time limit

(a)

Purchase of registered plot on which construction can commence immediately.

Sale deed to be produced within 2 months.

(b)

Purchase of ready built house.

Acquisition and mortgage to Government to be completed within 3 months.

(c)

Purchase/construction of new flat

Should be utilised within one month of sanction.

6. REPAYMENT OF ADVANCE:

The recovery of advance shall be made in not more than 180 monthly installment and interest shall be recovered thereafter in not more than 60 monthly installments. In case Government servant is retiring before 20 years, repayment may be made in convenient installments and balance may be paid out of Retirement Gratuity.

7. INTEREST

The rate of interest on Housing Building Advance with effect from 1st April, 2003 are as follows:-

S. No.

Amount of Advance sanctioned to a Government Servant

Rate of Interest on HBA (Per Annum).

1.

Upto Rs. 50,000/-

5%

2.

Upto Rs. 1,50,000

6.5%

3.

Upto Rs. 5,00,000/-

8.5%

4.

Upto Rs. 7,50,000/-

9.5%

8.COMMENCEMENT OF RECOVERY:

Construction of a house or enlargement of living accommodation

* From pay for the month following the completion.

Or

The pay for the 18th month after date of payment of the 1st installment, whichever is earlier.

Purchase of land and construction.

* From pay for the month following the completion of the house.

Or

The pay for the 24th month after date of drawl of instalment for purchase of land, whichever is earlier.

COMMENCEMENT OF RECOVERY (CONT'D):

Ready built flat.

* Pay for the month following the month in which advance was drawn.

Purchase of Flat under SFS from Development Authority/Housing Society.

* From the pay for the 18th month after date of payment of 1st instalment.

* The sanctions of HBA should invariable stipulate a higher rate of interest at 2.5% above prescribed rates with the stipulation that if conditions attached to the sanction are fulfilled, rebate of interest to the extent of 2.5% will be allowed.

9. CREATION OF SECOND MORTGAGE:

The Government servants who have obtained HBA from the Government may be permitted to create a second charge on the property provided they obtain prior permission of the Head of the Department and the draft deed of second mortgage is submitted to the Head of the Department for scrutiny. Such a second charge may be created only in respect of loans to be granted for meeting the balance cost of houses/flats by recognised financial institutions.

10.PROVISIONS FOR SAFE RECOVERY OF HOUSE BUILDING ADVANCE:   

(i). As a safeguard of the House Building advance, the  loanee Government employee has to insure the house immediately on completion or purchase of the house, as the case may be, at his own cost with Life Insurance Corporation of India and its associated units.   The house/flat constructed/purchased with the help of House Building advance can also be insured with the private insurance companies which are approved by Insurance Regulatory Development Authority(IRDA).  However, the insurance should be taken for a sum not less than the amount of advance against damage by fire, flood and lightning, and has to be continued till the advance together with interest is fully repaid to Government.

(ii).The house constructed/purchased with the help of House Building Advance has also be mortgaged in favour of the President of India within a stipulated time unless an extension of time is granted by the concerned Head of the Department. After completion of the recovery of the advance together with interest thereon, the mortgage deed is re-conveyed in a proper manner. 

Monday, January 19, 2009

Setting up of Anomaly Committee to settle the Anomalies arising out of the implentation of the 6th CPC recommendations.

 

The Government has released orders for constituting National Anomaly Committee and Departmental Anomaly Committees for settlement of anomalies arising out of implementation of 6th CPC recommendations.

No.11/2/2008-JCA

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Dated the 12th January, 2009
Subject:- Setting up of Anomaly Committee to settle the Anomalies arising out of the implentationof the 6th CPC recommendations.
Definition of AnomalyAnomaly will inculde the folllwing cases:
(a) Where the Official Side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that any recommendation is in contravention of the principle or the policy enunciated by the 6th CPC itself without the Commissionassigning any reason: and
(b) Where the maximum of the revised scale is less than the amount at which one is entitled to be fixed except in those cases where the same is as a result of modified fixation formula adopted by theGovernment and
(c) Where the amount of revised allowance is less than the existing rate.
(2) Composition: There will be 2 levels of Anomaly Committees, National and Departmental, consisting of reprensentativesof the Official Side and the Staff Side of the National Council and the Departmental Council respectively.
(3) The Departmental Anomaly Committee may be chaired by the Additional Secretary (Admn.) or the JointSecretary (Admn.), if there is no post of Additional Secretary (Admn.). Financial Adviser of the Ministry/Departmentshall be one of the Members of the Departmental Anomaly Committee.
(4) The National Anomaly Committee will deal with anomalies common to two or more Departments and inrespect of common categories of employees. The Departmental Anomaly Committee will deal with anomaliespertaining exclusively to the Department concerned and having no repercussions on the employees of anotherMinistry/Department in the opinion of the Financial Adviser. The items already taken up by the Fast Track Committeewill not be considered by the Anomaly Committee.
(5) The Anomaly Committee shall receive anomalies through Secretary, Staff Side of respective Council upto six months from the date of its constitution an it will finally dispose of all the anomalies within a period of one yearfrom the date of its constitution. Any recommendations of the Anomaly Committee to resolve the anomaly shallto the approval of the Govenment.
(6) Cases where there is a dispute about the definition of "anomaly" and those where there is a disagreementthe staff side and the official side on the anomaly will be referred to and "Arbitrator" to be appointed out of apanel of names proposed by the two sides. However, this arbitration will not be a part of the JCM scheme.
(7) The Arbitrator so appointed shall consider the disputed cases arising in the Anomaly Committees at the National as well as Departmental level.
(8) Orders regarding appointment of the Arbitrator and constitution of Anomaly Committee at NationalLevel will be issued separately.
(9) All Ministries/Departments are accordingly requested to take urgent action to set up the Anomaly Committeesfor settlement of anomalies arising out of implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations as stipulated above.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Expected DA for Central Government Employees from 1.1.2009 - 22%

All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of November, 2008 remained stationary at 148 (one hundred and fortyeight).
During November, 2008, the index recorded maximum increase of 5 points each in Quilon and Madurai centres, 3 points each in Mysore, Ernakulam, Bhilwara and Coonoor centres, 2 points in 13 centres and 1 point in 14 centres. The index decreased by 1 point in 19 centres and 2 points each in Jalandhar, Nasik, Bhavnagar, Siliguri, Asansol and Howrah centres, while in remaining 20 centres the index remained stationary.
The maximum increase of 5 points in Quilon centre is mainly due to Fish, Fresh Vegetable Items and Washing Soap etc., while that in Madurai centre is mainly due to Rice and Vegetable Items. The increase of 3 points each in Mysore, Ernakulam, Bhilwara and Coonoor centres is due to Rice, Onion, Fish Fresh, Vegetable Items, Tea Readymade, Toilet Soap etc. While the decrease of 2 points each in Jalandhar, Nasik, Bhavnagar, Siliguri, Asansol and Howrah centres is due to decrease in the prices of Vegetable items, Mustard Oil, Groundnut Oil etc.

The point to point rate of inflation for the month of November, 2008 remained constant 10.45% at the level of October, 2008.
The CPI-IW for December, 2008 will be released on the last working day of the next month, i.e. 30th January, 2009.

All India Consumer Price Index Industrial Workers BASE YEAR 2001 = 100
Month Base year 2201=100 Total of 12 Months 12 Month Average % Increase over 115.76 for DA
Nov2007 134 1562 130.17 12.45
Dec2007 134 1569 130.75 12.95
Jan-2008 134 1576 131.33 13.45
Feb-2008 135 1583 131.92 13.96
Mar2008 137 1593 132.75 14.68
Apr-2008 138 1603 133.58 15.39
May2008 139 1613 134.42 16.12
Jun-2008 140 1623 135.25 16.84
Jul-2008 143 1634 136.17 17.63
Aug2008 145 1646 137.17 18.50
Sep-2008 146 1659 138.25 19.43
Oct-2008 148 1673 139.42 20.44

Expected Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees from 1.1.2009 - 22% (As per Swamy's News - Jan-2009)


Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year cheers for armed forces with increased pay

There is good news on New Year for over 12,000 officers in the armed forces.

After months of uncertainty, Lieutenant Colonels and their equivalent officers in the Indian Air Force and Navy will now be placed in a higher pay category and status, Defence Ministry sources said.

As first reported by NDTV on December 22, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has cleared the proposal that will put at least Rs 12,000 more in the pockets of the officers every month.

The notification in this regard is expected to be issued shortly.

However, the other proposal to equate Lieutenant Generals and their equivalent officers in the other two services with Director Generals of state police has been rejected by the government, despite being aware that this decision is likely to create functional problems between the civilian officers and Lieutenant Generals.