Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018 passed by Parliament
Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 :-
- The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 applies to establishments employing 10 or more persons.
- The main purpose for enacting this Act is to provide social security to workman after retirement, whether retirement is a result of superannuation, or physical disablement or impairment of vital part of the body.
- Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 is an important social security legislation to wage earning population in industries, factories and establishments.
Present Situation Under Gratuity Act, 1972 :-
- The present upper ceiling on gratuity amount under the Act is Rs. 10 Lakh.
- The provisions for Central Government employees under Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 with regard to gratuity are also similar.
- Before implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission, the ceiling under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 was Rs. 10 Lakh. However, with implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission, in case of Government servants, the ceiling has been raised to Rs. 20 Lakhs.
Therefore, considering the inflation and wage increase even in case of employees engaged in private sector, this Government decided that the entitlement of gratuity should also be revised in respect of employees who are covered under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.
Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018 :-
- The bill ensures harmony amongst employees in the private sector and Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous Organisations under Government who are not covered under CCS (Pension) Rules. These employees will be entitled to receive higher amount of gratuity at par with their counterparts in Government sector.
- In addition, the Bill also envisages to amend the provisions relating to calculation of continuous service for the purpose of gratuity in case of female employees who are on maternity leave from ‘twelve weeks’ to such period as may be notified by the Central Government from time to time.
- After enactment of the Act, the power to notify the ceiling of the amount of gratuity under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 shall stand delegated to the Central Government so that the limit can be revised from time to time keeping in view the increase in wage and inflation and future pay commissions.
Niti aayog Initiates implementation of strategy on Resource efficiency
The First meeting of the inter-departmental group of stakeholders on implementation of strategy on resource efficiency was held at NITI Aayog today. After detailed discussion,a road map for implementation of the Resource Efficiency in the country was evolved.
Following measures related to implementation of strategy on resource efficiency was announced by the Principal Advisor, NITI Aayog :-
- Resource Efficiency is cross-cutting, has implications for all sectors. Synergies need to be established for a robust implementation agenda
- NITI Aayog will facilitate the RE strategy implementation. Implementation however will be the responsibility of the line ministries/departments
- A baseline survey on RE could be considered for better targeting.
- A Status paper on RE and Four sectoral strategy papers on RE are to be prepared
- SWACH Bharat also means a clean production/mining environment, therefore resource efficiency and circular economy are also a part of this initiative
- One pilot study on Ease of Doing RE Business in collaboration with DIPP could be considered.
- Finally RE is a potential instrument for generating wealth from waste. Measures for promoting effective recycling of scrap generated in the country could be explored
In November 2017, the NITI Aayog along with EU Delegation to India released the Strategy paper on Resource Efficiency (RE).
The objective of the RE Strategy is to make recommendations for enhancing the resource-use efficiency in the Indian economy and industry, develop indicators for monitoring progress, and create an ecosystem for improving the resource security and minimising environmental impacts.
The implementation agenda of the RE Strategy consists of Core Action Agenda (2017-2018) and Medium-term Action Plan (2018-2020) in the thematic areas of institutional development, promotion and regulation. The first action agenda was to constitute an inter-departmental group of stakeholders for steering the strategy.
Environment Ministry Reviews Mitigation Measures to combat air pollution in Delhi-NCR
A meeting held in the Environment Ministry reviewed the mitigation measures to combat air pollution in Delhi-NCR. The meeting decided that all agencies will be held accountable for implementation of the decisions taken.
Following detailed discussions, the following decisions were taken:
- Government agencies like PWD, DDA, DMRC and NHAI have been strictly directed to ensure that dust mitigation steps are taken at their construction sites. Default by any of these organisations will result in action against the defaulting officers of these organisations.
- Dumping of Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste in DDA/Public lands should be stopped immediately. DDA, MCD should prepare a list of approved dumping sites and ensure that dumping takes place only at such sites.
- All the four municipal corporations have prepared detailed action plans carrying out paving/greening on a large scale. It was decided that this activity should be completed by October 2018.
- Process of procurement of mechanised road sweeping machines has been initiated by the MCDs. It was decided that procurement and deployment of all machines should be completed by September, 2018. It was also decided that all the roads where mechanised sweeping is possible should be brought under the same.
- MCD had formulated plans for procurement of water tankers. It was decided that all roads where mechanised sweeping is not possible, should be covered with water sprinklers.
- It was decided that the daily deployment of mechanised sweepers and water sprinklers will be published on the respective website of the Municipal Corporations with the help of GPS data, so that the public is informed of the deployment details.
- The tendering process for remediation of landfill sites at Ghazipur and Bhalswa has been initiated and work will start in the next four months.