Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Transfer Guidelines for LDC posted in Regional Offices

Transfer Guidelines for LDC posted in Regional Offices

Transfer Guidelines for Lower Divisional Clerks posted in Regional Offices under the administrative control of Directorate of Estates.

Directorate of Estates issued orders to frame transfer guidelines for LDCs from one regional office to another regional office. Directorate of Estates under the Ministry of Urban Development has eight regional offices located in different places all over in Inida. The eight regional offices are Kolkata, Shimla, Chandigarh, Faridabad, Ghazidabad, Mumbai, Nagpur and Chennai.

Normally LDCs are not transferred from one to another office, however requests from LDCs for transfer on different gournds. So far there is no guidelines in the regard. The matter has been considered by the Ministry and decided to frame transfer guidelines for LDCs as under…

Directorate of Estates Transfer Orders Dec 2014

Constitution of a Committee for Cadre Restructuring of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS)

Constitution of a Committee for Cadre Restructuring of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS)
No. 15/1/2014-CSJI(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel &Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110 003.
Dated the 29th December 2014

ORDER

Subject:- Constitution of a Committee for Cadre Restructuring of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS).

A Committee for the cadre restructuring of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service with the following composition and terms of reference is constituted:

Composition: -
(i) Establishment Officer 85 Special Secretary, Chairman, Department of Personnel& Training

(ii) Joint Secretary (CS), Department of Personnel & Member Training

(iii) Joint Secretary (Pers.), Department of Expenditure : Member

(iv) Director (CS-II) , Department of Personnel & Training Member Secretary
 

Terms of Reference:-

(i) To review the structure of CSSS cadre so as to harmonise the functional requirements with the career expectations of its members.

(ii) To assess the magnitude of stagnation in various grades of CSSS and suggest remedial measures – both short term and long term – to reduce promotional blocks and at the same time prevent gaps from building up.

(iii) To suggest measures to enhance the effectiveness of service and capacity building of its members.

(iv) To take into view the suggestions of the stakeholders, viz. participating Ministries, Associations and members of the service for cadre review.

(v) To review the entitlement of stenographic assistance to various category of officers of Government of India.

(vi) To examine any issue as referred to it by the cadre controlling authority of CSSS

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Grant of Special Allowance Rs.1000 to staff of Cash and Pay Department

Grant of Special Allowance  Rs.1000 to staff of Cash and Pay Department

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
RBE No. 144/2014.
No. E(P&A)I-2011/SP-1/AC-1
New Delhi, dated 16.12.2014.
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways and Production Units.

Sub: Grant of Special Allowance @ Rs.1000/-p.m. to staff of Cash & Pay Department (Senior Cashier/Head Shroff) on their posting as Accounts Stock Verifiers in GP Rs. 4200/- on passing Appendix IV -A (IREM) Examination.

Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter No. 2000/AC-II/20/23 (Vole) dated 16.09.2009 vide which surplus staff of Cash and Pay department working in GP Rs. 2400/- and upto Rs. 4200/v i.e. Jr. Cashiers/ Sr. Shroffs (PB-1 Rs. 5200-20200/GP Rs. 2400/-) and Sr.Cashiers/ Hd. Shroffs (PB-2 Rs. 9300-34800/ GP Rs. 4200/-) were allowed to be considered for the post of Account Stock Verifiers subject to Non-availability of Account Assistants and Jr. Account Assistants.

2. One of the Zonal railways has made a reference for extending the benefit of Special Allowance @ Rs.1000/-p.m. to Accounts Stock Verifiers, coming from Cash & Pay Department (Senior Cashier/Head Shroff) on the same analogy as has been allowed to Accounts Assistants after their becoming Accounts Stock Verifiers. The matter has been examined and it has now been decided to extend the benefit of Special Allowance @ Rs. 1000/-p.m. to those Accounts Stock Verifiers (PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 with GP 4200/-), who are coming from the category of Senior Cashiers/ Head Shroffs (PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 with GP 4200/-) of Cash & Pay Department on passing Appendix IV -A (IREM) Examination.

3. This Special Allowance will not be counted for fixation of pay on promotion as this allowance is for arduous job of Stock Verification.

4. This Special Allowance will also not be counted for DA, HRA and other Pensionary purposes.

5. These orders will be effective from the date of issue of this Order.

6. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

7. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

(K. Shankar)
Director Estt. (P&A),
Railway Board

Subramanian Swamy raises one-rank one-pension issue with Manohar Parrikar

Subramanian Swamy raises one-rank one-pension issue with Manohar Parrikar

NEW DELHI: Seeking justice for ex-servicemen, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and raised the issue of one-rank one-pension.

He reminded Parrikar that the implementation of same-rank same-pension scheme was BJP’s 2014 election promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the campaigning at Bhiwani.

In his speech at Bhiwani, Modi had stated that if BJP came to power after the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP government would do justice to the ex-servicemen of the armed forces on the same rank-same pension issue.

One-rank, one-pension means soldiers of the same rank and the same length of service get the same pension, irrespective of their retirement date. For an example, a sepoy who retired in 1995 would get the same amount of pension as the one who retired in 1996.

According to Swamy, Parrikar told him that he is seized of the matter and is closely studying the issue with a view to finding a solution to the satisfaction of ex-servicemen.

The Defence Minister assured Swamy that an announcement on the issue of one-rank one-pension is expected to be made by the time of the Budget presentation in February next year.

The decision to implement the scheme was first announced by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the UPA government’s interim Budget in February this year. Chidambaram had allocated Rs 500 crore for it.
The NDA government had allocated Rs 1000 crore for the scheme in its July Budget this year.

Besides one-rank one-pension scheme, Swamy also brought to Parrikar’s notice some strategic issues regarding China’s defence capacity.

Source: The Economic Times

Monday, 29 December 2014

Display of TTE/Conductor name and mobile numbers in the Trains

Display of TTE/Conductor name and mobile numbers in the Trains

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2014/TG-V/4/04
New Delhi, dated 17.12.2014
Chief Commercial Managers,
All Zonal Railways.
(COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR NO. 53 OF 2014)

Sub: Announcement regarding mobile number of TTE/Conductor in the trains.

Recently during the course of annual review meeting held with Central Vigilance Commission, it was inter-aha suggested that the name and mobile number of TTES/Conductors should be displayed on every compartment of the trains so that public can contact them in case of any need.

2. In this connection, attention is drawn to instructions issued vide this office letter no. 2012/TG-I/20/Pt. 1 dated 13:08.2012 (CC 110. 48 of 2012) wherein Zonal Railways were advised to print the name of the TTEs/Conductors manning the coaches on end-to-end basis on the reservation chart through the PRS. It was also informed that for all other trains, the names of the ticket checking staff deployed on the 1st leg should be printed on the chart at the train originating station. Compliance of these instructions may be ensured.

3. The suggestion of CVC as mentioned above was examined keeping in view the ground realities and it was not found practically feasible to implement the same. It is however, desired that in trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi & Duronto Express trains where the provision of announcement is there, the name of the Conductor/TIES manning the coaches earmarked to them and the coach in. which they are available should be announced during the run of the trains after every Commercial halt so that the passengers in need can contact them for assistance.

Necessary instructions may be issued to all concerned.

sd/-
(Vikram Singh)
Director Passenger Marketing
Railway Board

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in

Bank Unions wage increase demand irrational: IBA

Bank Unions wage increase demand irrational: IBA

Indian Banks’ Association said it is the only representative body of banks which acts on the mandate given by the banks for wage settlement, a statement issued here said.

It said IBA’s Negotiating Committee comprise of CMDs of Public Sector Banks as well as Private Sector Banks which are parties to the Bipartite a settlements has started the wage negotiation in justify earnest since October 2012.

It said 14 rounds of discussion have been held and two major issues, i.e., effective date of implementation and merger of DA have been clinched.

“In the past 7th and 8th Bipartite Settlements, the wage increase was between 10 percent and 13 percent. The 9th Bipartite Settlement was an exception as compared to earlier settlements and cannot be quoted as precedent.”

In the current wage settlement, a hike of 11 percent on salary and allowances has been offered based on the paying capacity of all the banks, lower profitability, higher requirements for provisions and further capital requirement under Basel-III, which translates into 12.5 percent on the balance sheet cost that too is unaffordable to some of the banks.

“The issues regarding wage negotiation deliberated in Negotiating Committee of IBA are further discussed in a larger forum, i.e., Managing Committee of IBA and the Chairmen of all the banks were unequivocal in saying that the demand of 23% increase of Unions/Associations is unaffordable, illogical, exorbitant and irrational.”

IBA appealed Unions/Associations to give up the agitational path and return with pragmatic approach to the negotiation table and to resolve the issue through bipartism.

“Despite the appeal made by IBA as well as Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) at the conciliation meetings not to resort to strike and resolve the issue through bipartism, the Unions/Associations went on one day strike on November 12, 14 followed by Zonal relay strikes from December 2 to December 5, 2014.
In the meantime, IBA has requested to all member banks to assess their paying capacity and advise IBA accordingly.

“It is, therefore, apparent that IBA is serious to settle the issue at the earliest and not adopting delayed tactics as alleged by the Unions/Association.”

Source : Rising Kashmir

Fixation of pay on appointment from one ex-cadre post to another ex-cadre post.

Fixation of pay on appointment from one ex-cadre post to another ex-cadre post.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. E(P & A)-II/2004/PP-9
New Delhi, dated /11/2014.
The General Manager,
All Indian Railways/Production Units.

Sub.: Fixation of pay on appointment from one ex-cadre post to another ex-cadre post.
Ref.: PNM AIRF Item No. 8/2008.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen have raised the issue regarding fixation of pay on appointment from one ex-cadre post to another ex-cadre post. The issue was discussed in the PNM Meeting and it has been decided to re-iterate the provisions of para 4 of Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-85/PP-24 dated 31-12-1985 in this respect. Para 4 of Board’s letter No. E(P&A)-II-85/PP-24 dated 31/12/1985 states as follows:

“The matter has been carefully considered and the President is pleased to decide that on appointment to a second or subsequent ex-cadre post in a higher pay scale than that of the previous ex-cadre post, the pay may be fixed with reference to the pay drawn in the cadre post and if the pay so fixed happens to be less than the pay drawn in the previous ex-cadre post, the difference may be allowed as personal pay to be absorbed in future increases in pay. This is subject to the condition that on both the occasions the employee should have opted to draw pay in the scales of pay attached to the ex-cadre posts”.

Therefore, it is re-iterated that instructions contained in Board’s letter dated 31/12/1985 and as further clarified from one ex-cadre post to another ex-cadre post.

The above has consent of Finance Dte. of Railway Board.
(K. Shankar)
Director, E(P&A),
Railway Board
Source: airf

Amendment order to the Lokpal Removal of Difficulties Order, 2014

Amendment order to the Lokpal Removal of Difficulties Order, 2014

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)
ORDER

New Delhi, the 26th December, 2014

S.O. 3272(E).- Whereas the Central Government, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 62 of the Lospal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (1 of 2014) (hereinafter referred to as the said Act), made the Lokpal and Lokayaktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014 (hereinafter referred to as the said Order) with effect from the 15th February, 2014 for the purpose of carrying out modifications and amendments in all existing rules regulating the filing of property returns and making of declaration of assets by public servants so as to bring them in conformity with the provisions of the said Act, within a period not exceeding one hundred and eighty days from the date on which the provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 came into force, i.e., the 16th January, 2014;

And whereas, the Central Government initiated the process of modifications and amendments of all existing rules dealing with the subject matter of filing of returns and making of declaration of assets by public servants in consultation with various authorities, such as, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the Election Commission, the Lok Sabha Secretariat, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, the Ministry of Law and Justice (Department of Legal Affairs and Legislative Department), the Department of Financial Services, the Department of Public Enterprises and the State Governments;

And whereas, the comments and suggestions received from above said authorities had been under consideration of the Central Government and the completion of the procedure of finalising the rules under the said Act was likely to take some more time and the process of harmonisation of the existing rules with the provisions of the said Act and the rules made thereunder was taking time beyond the period notified under the said Order, and, therefore, the Central Government amended the said Order on 14th July 2014, extending the said period of one hundred and eighty days to a period of two hundred and seventy days;
And whereas, the Central Government, after consulting the Ministries/Departments, including the Department of Financial Services, the Department of Public Enterprises, the Ministry of Law and Justice and the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, made the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filling Returns) Rules, 2014 (hereinafter referred to as the said rules), in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) read with clause (k) and clause (l) of sub-section (2) of section 59 read with section 44 and section 45 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, and notified the said rules on 14th July, 2014, prescribing therein the forms in which information and annual returns are to be filed by every public servant;

And whereas, the Central Government forwarded the copies of the notification containing the said rules to all Ministries and Departments of the Central Government requesting them to take the follow-up action in terms of the said rules, and for ensuring compliance with the said rules by all officers and staff in the respective Ministries, Departments and organisations and public sector undertakings under their control;

And whereas, the Central Government also forwarded the copies of the notification containing the said rules to the Chief Secretaries of all State Governments and Union territories, requesting them to take the follow-up action in terms of the said rules requiring all officers of the All India Services working in connection with the affairs of the State Governments and the officers and staff working in various organisations and public sector undertakings under their control so as to ensure due compliance with the said rules by all of them;

And whereas, concerns and apprehensions were raised by some Ministries and Departments, Organisations and individuals about the posting of every information provided by the public servant on public domain and the complexities involved in posting such details, in the prescribed formats and also about exacerbation of vuinerbilities of the public servants after filing such details, specifically of movable property and their publication on the websites of respective Ministries and Departments giving rise to the apprehension of the safety and security of the members particularly children of the public servant;

And Whereas, keeping in view the genuine concerns and apprehensions aforesaid, the Central Government constituted a Committee on 28th August, 2014 to simplify the forms and the process in which public servants shall make declaration of assets and liabilities as required under the said Act and the rules made thereunder and the Committed was required to examine the forms prescribed under the said rules and suggest changes therein as may be considered necessary within a period of forty-five days;

And whereas, the exercise of reviewing the existing rules relating to various services and posts with the provisions of the said Act and the rules made thereunder, the process of completion of follow-up action by various Ministries and Departments of the Central Government and the State Governments and the exercise of simplification of forms and process in which public servants shall make declarations of assets and liabilities, was likely take time beyond the period of two hundred and seventy days as specified in the said Order (as amended by the Order, dated 14th July, 2014), it has become necessary to extend the said period of two hundred and seventy days and, accordingly, the Central Government amended the said Order on 8th September, 2014, extending the said period of two hundred and seventy days to a period of three hundred and sixty days for the purposes of section 44 of the said Act;

And whereas, the Committee constituted by the Central Government on 28th August, 2014 to simplify the forms and the process in which public servants shall make declaration of assets and liabilities as required under the said Act and the rules made thereunder, submitted its first Report to the Government on 1st October, 2014, wherein the Committee suggested simplification of form prescribed for submission of statement regarding movable assets and the form prescribed for submission of statement regarding debts and liabilities by public servants, under the aforesaid rules;

And whereas, the processing of necessary amendments to the aforesaid rules so as to incorporate the revised forms for filing statement regarding movable properties and statement regarding debts and liabilities and the circulation of the revised formats, after their due notification in the Official Gazette, to all Ministries and Departments of the central Government and the Chief Secretaries of all State Governments and Union territory administrations and the further process of follow-up action in terms of the said rules requiring all officers of the All India Services working in connection with the affairs of the State Governments and the Offices and Staff working in various Organisations and Public Sector Undertakings under their control so as to ensure due compliance with the revised rules by all of them, is a time consuming process and as such the said process cannot be completed within the limit of three hundred and sixty days as contemplated in the principal order as amended by the order dated 8th September, 2014;

And whereas, Central Government has decided to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, to address various deficiencies noticed in the said Act and, in that context, a need has also been felt to amend the provisions of section 44 of the said Act so as to harmonise the provisions of the said section with the relevant provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and rules framed thereunder, the All India Services Act, 1951 and rules framed thereunder, the rules framed by the Central Government in pursuance of article 148 and article 309 of the Constitution and also various statutes setting up autonomous bodies and Public Sector Undertaking and the rules framed thereunder;

And Whereas, the introduction of a Bill to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, and its passing by Parliament and enforcement is also likely to take time; and hence it has become necessary to extend the said period of three hundred and sixty days to a period of eighteen months, and the Central Government has accordingly decided to extend the period to complete this process;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 62 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. 2013 (1 of 2014), the Central Government hereby makes the following amendment further to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014, namely:-

In the said Order, in paragraph 2, in sub-paragraph (1), for the words “within a period not exceeding three hundred and sixty days”, the words “within a period not exceeding eighteen months” shall be substituted.

[F. No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B) 1]
JISHNU BARUA, Jt. Secy.

Note: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014 was published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, vide notification number S.O. 409(E), dated 15th February, 2014 and amended by Order, dated 14th July, 2014 published vide notification number S.O. 1840(E) dated 15th July, 2014; and by Order dated 8th September, 2014 published vide notification number S.O. 2256(E) dated 8th September, 2014.

Source-http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/removaldifficultyorder.pdf

ASSETS AND LIABILITIES UNDER LOKPAL – REVISED FORMAT NOTIFIED

ASSETS AND LIABILITIES UNDER LOKPAL – REVISED FORMAT NOTIFIED
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)
NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 26th December, 2014.
G.S.R. 918(E).-In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) read with clause (k) and clause (1) of sub-section (2) of section 59, section 44 and section 45 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (1 of 2014), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Return) Rules, 2014, namely:-
1. (1) These rules may be called Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Second Amendment Rules, 2014.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in of the Official Gazette.

2. In the Public Servants (Furnishing of information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 (hereinafter referred to as the principal rules), in rule 3, in the proviso to sub-rule (2), for the words “on or before the 31st day of December, 2014”,the words “on or before the 30th day of April, 2015” shall be substituted.
3. In the principal rules, in Appendix II, –

(a) for Form No. II, the following Form shall be substituted, namely:–

“FORM No. II
Statement of movable property on first appointment or as on the 31st March, 20…
(Use separate sheets for self, spouse and each dependent child.)
Name of public servant/spouse/dependent child:_________________________________

S. No. Description Remarks, if any
(i)* Cash and bank balance:
(ii)** Insurance (premia paid):

Fixed/Recurring Deposit(s):

Shares/Bonds :

Mutual Funds(s):

Pension Scheme/Provident Fund

Other investments, if any :
(iii) Personal loans/advance givenTo any person or entityIncluding firm, company, trust,etc. and other receivables from debtors and the amount
(exceeding two months basic
Pay or Rupees one lakh,
As the case may be):

(iv) Motor Vehicles(Details of Make, registrationNumber, year of purchaseAnd amount paid):
(v) Jewellery[Give details of approximate weight(plus or minus 10 gms. In respect ofGold and precious stones; plus or minus 100 gms. In respect of silver).]

Gold:
Silver:

Precious metals and precious stones:

Composite items:(indicate approximate value)***
(vi) Any other assets [Give details of movable assets not covered in (i) to (v) above](a)    Furniture(b)   Fixtures(c)    Antiques (d)   Paintings
(e)   Electronic equipments
(f)     Others
[Indicate the details of an asset, only if the total current value of any particular asset in any particular category (e.g. furniture, fixtures, electronic equipments, etc.) exceeds two months’ basic pay or Rs. 1.00 lakh, as the case may be.]

Date ……………….
Signature …………………………………….
*Details of deposits in the foreign Bank(s) to be given separately.
**Investments above Rs. Rs. 2 lakhs  to be reported individually. Investments below Rs. 2 lakhs may be reported together.
***Value indicated in the first return need not be revised in subsequent returns as long as no new composite item had been acquired or no existing items had been disposed of, during the relevant year.”;

(a) for Form No. IV, the following Form shall be substituted, namely:-
  • for Form No. IV, the following Form shall be substituted, namely:-
“FORM No. IV
Statement of Debts and Other Liabilities on first appointment or as on 31st March, 20….
Sl. No Debtor (Self/Spouse orDependent children) Name and address of Creditor Nature of debt/liability and amount Remarks
1 2 3 4 5













































Date ……………………
Signature ……………………………….
Note 1: Individual items of loans not exceeding two months basic pay (where applicable) and Rs. 1.00 lakh in other cases need not be included.

Note 2: The statement should include various loans and advances (exceeding the value Note 1) taken from banks, companies, financial institutions, Central/State Government and from individuals.”.

[F. No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B)]
JISHNU BARUA, Jt. Secy.

Note.—The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, vide notification number G.S.R. 501(E), dated the 14th July, 2014 and amended vide notification No. G.S.R. 638(E) published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, dated 8th September, 2014.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Change in date of birth/age of family pensioners for payment of additional pension

Change in date of birth/age of family pensioners for payment of additional pension

No. 1(11)/2009-D (Pen/Pol)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
New Delhi – 110011
Dated : 23rd December 2014
To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

Subject : Change in date of birth/age of family pensioners for payment of additional pension.

Sir,
In accordance with the instructions issued vide GOI, MOD letter no. 17(4)/2008(1)-D (Pen/Policy) dated 11.11.2008 and GOI, MOD letter No. 1(11)/2009-D (Pen/Policy) dated 18th Aug 2009, additional pension/ family pension is allowed on the basis of the date of birth/age recorded in the Pension Payment Order/Discharge Certificate or other office records. Only in cases where the details regarding date of birth/age are not available in the PPO/Discharge Certificate or Office records, additional pension/family pension to old pensioners/family pensioners has been allowed on the basis of following documents –

a) PAN Card
b) Matriculation Certificate (containing information regarding date of birth)
c) Passport
d) ECHS Card
e) Driving License (if it contains date of birth)
f) Election ID Card

2. Some representations have been received in the MOD regarding the hardship being caused to old family pensioners in getting the additional pension on account of incorrect recording of the date of birth/age in the PPO. They have been requesting for allowing the change of date of birth in the PPO on the basis of the documents prescribed in Para 1 above. The matter has been examined in the Ministry and (after issue of Deptt. Of P & PW OM No. 1/23/2012 – P&PW (E) dated 13.09.2012) following decisions have been taken :-

(i) Since the date of birth/age of the armed forces personnel is recorded in the PPO on the basis of service records and the date of discharge/retirement/superannuation etc is determined on the basis of this date of birth/age there would be no question of allowing change in the date of birth/age of the retired/deceased pensioner in the PPO. The matter has been examined further. Considering the difficulty in producing any of the above mentioned documents as proof of age by the old pensioners. It has now been decided that the Aadhaar Card issued by UIDAI may also be accepted as proof of date of birth/age for payment of additional pension/family pension on completion of 80 years of age or above.

(ii) The request for change of date of birth/age of the family pensioner (Parents and Spouse) in the PPO may be submitted by the armed forces pensioner/family pensioner, to the concerned Record Office in case of JCO/Ors and, service HQrs in case of Commissioned Officers along with at least one of the documents mentioned in Para I above/Aadhaar Card and declaration on a non-judicial stamp paper regarding the correct date of birth of the family pensioner. If the Head of the Department/Record Office is satisfied then the change in the date of birth of the family pensioner may be allowed provided a bona-fide mistake has been made in recording the date of birth in the PPO. As the entry in the PPO needs to be rectified, it would be carried out by PSA by issuing the Corr PPO on the advice of OIC Records/Head of Office.

(iii) No other document except as indicated in Para 1 above and Aadhaar Card issued by UIDAI will be accepted for change in date of birth/age of the family pensioner in the PPO.

3. In order to avoid any possibility of recording an incorrect date of birth in the PPO, in future the Armed Forces Personnel would be required to submit one of the documents indicated / in Para 1 above or Aadhaar Card issued by UIDAI as proof of date of birth of spouse or parents along with the details of family as indicated in service records of service officer / personnel. In the case of children, certificate of birth from the Municipal authorities or from the local Panchayat or from the head of a recognized school if he/she is studying in such a school or from a Board of Education may be accepted as proof of age.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) vide their ID No. 31(7)/09/FIN/PEN dated 21/11/2014.

Yours faithfully,
(Prem Prakash)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source - http://www.desw.gov.in/sites/upload_files/desw/files/pdf/1%2811%292009-D%28Pension%20Policy%29.pdf

Grant of Family Pension and gratuity to the eligible member of the family of an employee/pensioner/family pensioner reported missing- consolidated instructions regarding.

Grant of Family Pension and gratuity to the eligible member of the family of an employee/pensioner/family pensioner reported missing- consolidated instructions regarding.

No. 1(1)/2010-D(Pension/Policy)
Government of India,
Ministry of Defence.
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
New Delhi, the 23 December
To
The Chief of the Army Staff,
The Chief of the Naval Staff,
The Chief of the Air Staff,

Subject : Grant of Family Pension and gratuity to the eligible member of the family of an employee/pensioner/family pensioner reported missing- consolidated instructions regarding.

Sir,
 
The Provisions for grant of Ordinary family pension and DCRG to the eligible members of families of the deceased Armed Forces Personnel/Pensioners are contained in AI 51/80 and AI 8/S/70 as modified from the time to time. The instructions regarding grant of family pension and gratuity to the eligible member of the Family of an Armed Forces Personnel/Pensioner reported missing have been issued vide this Ministry’s letter No 12(16)86/D (Pen/Ser) dated 03.06.1988 and No 12(16)/86/ D(Pen/Ser) dated 23.03.1992. Clarifications/ amendments in this regard have also been issued vide letter No. 12(16)/85/D (Pen/Ser) dated 26.08.1993, letter No.1(1)/2010/D (Pen/Pol) dated 15.02.2011 and MoD letter No. 1(1)/2012/D (Pen/Pol) dated 05.06.2013.

2. It has now been decided to issue consolidated instructions in supersession of previous instructions as mentioned above regarding grant of family pension to the eligible members of family of the Armed Forces Personnel / Pensioner/ family pensioner reported missing and whose whereabouts are not known. It includes those kidnapped by insurgents/terrorists but does not include those who disappear after committing frauds/crime/desertion etc.

3. In the case of a missing Armed Forces Personnel/pensioner/family pensioner, the family can apply for the grant of family pension, amount of salary due, leave encashment due and the amount of DSOP/AFPP fund and gratuity (whatever has not already been received) to the IHQ/Record office concerned, where the officers and JCOs/Ors in Army and equivalent in Navy and Air Force, had last served, six months after lodging of police report. The family pension and/ or retirement gratuity may be sanctioned by the respective Pension Sanctioning Authority’s (PSAs) after observing the following formalities:-

(i) The family must lodge a report with the concerned Police station and obtain a report from the police, that the Armed Forces Personnel/Pensioner/ family pensioner has not been traced despite all efforts made by them. The report may be a First Information report or any other report such as a Daily Diary / General Diary Entry, filled by the Police authorities concerned, as per the practice prevalent in the state /UT.

(ii) An indemnity bond should be taken from the nominee/dependents of the Armed Forces Personnel / pensioner / family pensioner that all the payments will be adjusted against the payments due to the Armed Forces Personnel/Pensioner / family pensioner in case she/he appears on the scene and makes any claim.

4. In the case of a missing Armed Forces Personnel, the family pension, at the ordinary or enhanced rate, as applicable, will accrue from the expiry of leave or the date up to which pay and allowances have been paid or the date of the police report, whichever is later. In the case of a missing pensioner/family pensioner, it will accrue from the date of the police report or from the date immediately succeeding the date till which pension/family pension had been paid, whichever is later.

5. The retirement gratuity will be paid to the family within three months of the date of application. In case of any delay, the interest shall be paid at the applicable rates and responsibility for delay shall be fixed. The difference between the death gratuity and retirement shall be payable after the death of the employee is conclusively established or on the expiry of the period of seven years from the date of the police report.

6. Before sanctioning the payment of gratuity, Service HQrs/ Records office will assess all Government dues outstanding against the employee/pensioner and affect their recovery in accordance with instruction in force.

7. The amount of salary due, leave encashment due and amount of DSOP/AFPP fund will be paid to the family in the first instance as per the nominations made by the Armed Forces Personnel / Pensioner on filing of police report and submission of an indemnity bond as indicated above.

8. The benefits to be sanctioned to the family/ nominee of the missing Armed Forces Personnel / pensioner will be based on and regulated as per the emoluments drawn by him/her as on the last date he/she was on duty including authorized periods of leave.

9. Formats of separate Indemnity Bonds to be used in the case of missing Armed Forces Personnel, missing pensioners and missing family pensioners are available at the official website of PCDA (Pension) Allahabad.

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) vide their ID No. 10(3)/2010/Fin/Pen dated 08/12/2014.

11. Hindi version will follow.
sd/-
(Prem Parkash)
Under Secretary (Pension/Policy)

Source-http://www.desw.gov.in/sites/upload_files/desw/files/pdf/1%281%292010-D%28Pension-Policy%29.pdf

Clarification regarding issue of medicines under CGHS

Clarification regarding issue of medicines under CGHS

No. 2-2/2014/CGHS(HQ)/PPTY / CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi 110 108
Dated: the 23rd December, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Clarification regarding issue of medicines under CGHS

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to state that the situation arising out of issue of Office Memorandum No 2/2014/CGHS(HQ)/PPTY / CGHS(P) dated the 25th August ,2014 has been engaging the attention of Government for quite some time. Various representations about the difficulties being encountered have been received from different stakeholders i.e., beneficiaries and doctors, necessitating a review of the matter. It was accordingly considered by a Committee under the Chairmanship of AS&DG,CGHS. After careful review and keeping the recommendations of the Committee in mind, the following guidelines are issued to streamline the functioning of the Wellness Centres:

i. The medicines are to be issued as per the CGHS Formulary and guidelines issued by this Ministry in this behalf.

ii. In case the prescribed medicines are not available in CGHS formulary, but are essential for the treatment of the patient, they can be issued / indented by the doctors of the CGHS Wellness Centre on the basis of a valid prescription of the authorized specialist subject to the condition that such medicines are neither dietary supplements/ food items nor banned drugs. Instructions on this issue i.e., non-admissibility of food items etc. issued vide O.M .No. 39-3/2003-04/CGHS/MSD/RS dated 23rd July 2009 and 3rd August 2009 must be followed.

iii. In case of anti-cancer drugs and other life-saving drugs that are not approved by the DCG1 for use in India, each case should be considered by the Expert Committee under the Chairmanship of Special DG(DGHS).

iv. The technical Standing Committee constituted vide 2-2/2014/CGHS(HQ)/PPTY / CGHS(P) dated 27.08.2014 of this Ministry will review addition or deletion of drugs in the CGHS Formulary/ list of Treatment procedures / investigations / listed implants. The Technical Committee will meet once in three months or as per need, whichever is earlier. In the meantime reimbursement for unlisted procedures / implants will be made at the rates approved by AIIMS/GB Pant Hospital / actuals, whichever is less.

2. The O.M. of even number dated 25.08.2014 is superseded to the above extent while O.M. of even number dated 1.10.2014 is withdrawn.

Sd/-
(Bindu Tiwari)
Director, CGHS(P)
(Tel 2306 1831)
Source:http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File866.pdf

Concession to students in special trains/Coaches booked on Full Tariff Rates.

Concession to students in special trains/Coaches booked on Full Tariff Rates.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No. TC-II/2033/2014/Student Concession New Delhi,
Dated 8.12.2014
(Commercial Circular No. 52 of 2014)
The General Managers (Comml.)
All Zonal Railways.

Sub: Concession to students in special trains/Coaches booked on Full Tariff Rates.

Ministry of Railways have decided as a special case to grant 60% concession to the eligible students in special trains/coaches booked by IRCTC on Full Tariff Rates from any part of the country to the North Eastern States including New Jalpaiguri.

The above concession shall be admissible subject to the following conditions:-

(i) The concession shall be admissible only for the tours organised by IRCTC by booking of special trains/coaches on Full Tariff Rates. This concession shall not be admissible on the rail tour packages operated as chartered trains with separate fare structure.
 
(ii) Concession shall be admissible only in the basic fare. Other charges applicable in case of booking of special trains/coaches on Full Tariff Rates shall be taken in full.
 
(iii) Concession shall be admissible only in second/Sleeper class.
 
(iv) IRCTC will collect the prescribed certificate of eligible students issued from the Head of the recognised school/College/Institutions and will surrender the same at stations at the time of furnishing list of passengers. Concessional facility may be given after due verification of the concession certificates.
 
(v) Other terms and conditions as regards eligibility of students and others will be same as applicable in the normal train services as per existing rule.
 
(vi) The instruction shall come into effect w.e.f 15.12.2014 and shall remain valid for one year i.e. upto 14.12.2015.

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance(commercial) Dte. Of the Ministry of Railways.
Necessary instructions may be issued to all concerned.
(A. Madhukumar Reddy)
Executive Director Passenger Marketing
Railway Board
No. TC-II/2033/2014/Student Concession New Delhi, Dated 8.12.2014
For Financial Commissioner/Railways

Friday, 26 December 2014

Commission’s visit to Kolkata / Andaman & Nicobar Islands has been rescheduled

Commission’s visit to Kolkata / Andaman & Nicobar Islands has been rescheduled

The Commission, proposes to visit Kolkata from 04th to 06th January 2015 But Due to unavoidable circumstances, the Commission’s visit to Kolkata / Andaman & Nicobar Islands has been rescheduled. As per the revised schedule, the Commission will visit Kolkata from 11th – 14th January, 2015.

Source: http://7cpc.india.gov.in/ 

Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants extension of last date-reg

Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants extension of last date

No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B)
Bharat Sarkar/Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi, the 25th December, 2014

Office Memorandum

Subject: Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 —extension of last date for filing of revised returns by public servants who have filed property returns under the existing service rules – regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s D.O. letter of even No. dated 8th September, 2014 regarding the furnishing of information relating to assets and liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and forwarding therewith copies of the Central Government’s notifications dated 8th September, 2014 containing —

(a) amendment to the Lokpal & Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014, for the purpose of extending the time limit for carrying out necessary changes in the relevant rules relating to different services from “two hundred and seventy days” to “three hundred and sixty days”, from the date on which the Act came into force, i.e., 16th January, 2014; and

(b)the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2014, extending the time limit for filing of revised returns by all public servants from 15th September, 2014 to 31st December, 2014 .

2. In this regard, the undersigned is directed to convey that the last date for filing of revised returns by public servants under the rules indicated in para 1 (b) above has been extended by a period of four months, i.e., from 31st December, 2014 to 30th April, 2015. Formal amendments to the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 and to the Lokpal & Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order,2014 are being notified separately. The formats for submission of statements regarding movable properties (Form-II) and for submission of statements regarding debts and liabilities (Form-IV) under the said rules are also being revised and will be notified as part of the amendments to the aforesaid rules. They will also be uploaded on the website of this Department, i.e., http://persmin.nic.in/DOPT.asp.

3. All Ministries/Departments and cadre authorities are requested to kindly issue orders towards ensuring compliance with the revised Rules by all officers and staff in the respective Ministry/Department/ Organisations/PSUs under their control, within the revised time-limit mentioned therein.

sd/-
(Jishnu Barua)
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tele: 23093591
source-http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/lokpalassets.pdf

Proposal for improved Voluntary Retirement Scheme

Proposal for improved Voluntary Retirement Scheme for Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited employees

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Cabinet
24-December-2014

Proposal for improved Voluntary Retirement Scheme for Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited employees

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for an improved Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) for the employees of Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited (CIWTC) and disinvestment of CIWTC thereafter. The VRS currently in vogue in CIWTC is under the existing Central DA 1996/ Industrial DA 1997 is not attractive to employees and therefore does not evince much interest from the existing workforce of CIWTC.

The VRS benefit would be computed on 2006 pay scale for the employees covered under Central DA. For other category of employees, it would be based on 2007 Industrial DA linked pay scale. The improved VRS scheme would be opened for a period of three months from the date of its offer with a provision of extension by another one month. Necessary Grant-in-Aid from Government of India under Non-Plan would be given for this purpose.

Implementation of the improved VRS package would offer a better severance package to the employees of CIWTC. This would improve the prospects of finding an investor to either take over the assets or ensure viable commercial use of assets.

Source: PIB

Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to various posts on the Railways

Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to various posts on the Railways

RBE No. 141/2014
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBF No. 145/2014.
No. E(NG)II/2012/RR-1/16/Pt.A.
New Delhi, Dated: 17.12.2014.
The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units/Chairmen/RRBs.

Sub: Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to various posts on the Railways

The issue of enhancement of minimum qualification from Matriculation to 12th (+2 standard) to various posts on the railways which presently have minimum entry qualification of Matriculation in Pay Band-1 of Rs. 5200-20200 having Grade Pay of Rs. 1900, Rs. 2000 and Rs. 2400 has been under consideration of this Ministry.

After detailed deliberations it has now been decided by the Board that henceforth following categories in Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) will have the revised qualification as shown in the table below:-
Sl. No. Category of Post Pay Band  & Grade Pay Existing Qualification Essential Minimum Prescribed
Qualification
(1) Office Clerk PB-1 Rs.5200-
20200
(GP: Rs.
1900)
Matriculation or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks is not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST/Ex-servicemen. 12th (+2 stage) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks is not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST/Ex-servicemen.
(2) Accounts Clerk PB-1 Rs.5200-
20200
(GP:Rs.
1900)
Matriculation or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks is not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST/Ex-servicemen. 12th (+2 stage) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks is not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST/Ex-servicemen.
(3) Ticket Collector PB-1 Rs.5200-
20200
(GP: Rs.
1900)
Matriculation or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks is not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST/Ex-servicemen. 12th (+2 stage) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks is not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST/Ex-servicemen.
(4) Commercial Clerk PB-1 Rs. 5200-
20200
(GP: Rs.
2000)
Matriculation or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks is not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST/Ex-servicemen. 12th (+2 stage) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks is not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST/Ex-servicemen.
(5) Trains Clerk PB-1 Rs. 5200-
20200
(GP:Rs.
1900)
Matriculation or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 12th (+2 stage) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate.
(6) Library Clerk PB-1 Rs.5200-20200
(GP:Rs.
1900)
Matriculation or equivalent from a recognized Institution and Certificate in Library Science from a recognized Institution. 12th (+2 stage) or its equivalent from a recognized Institution and Certificate in Library Science from a recognized Institution.
3. These instructions will be effective from the date of its issue and ongoing recruitment for the above said categories where notification has been published will b governed by past instructions on the subject.

4. Advance Correction Slip (ACS) to Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume-I (Revised Edition-1989), First Re-print Edition, 2009 will follow.

(Lily Pandeya)
Director Estt(N)-II
Railway Board

Recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission – Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners etc

Recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission – Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners etc

No.25014/10/2014-A/S-II(Pension)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
(Department of Personal and Pension)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 21/11/2014
To
The Chief Secretary of all State Governments

Subject: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission – Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners etc.

Sir,
I am directed to state that in pursuance of Government’s decision on the recommendations of Sixth Pay Commission, sanction of the President was accorded to the regulations w.e.f. from 1/1/2006 and the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare vide its O.M. No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1/9/2008 had issued orders for revision of pension/family pension of all the pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners. The said orders were made applicable to all pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners of All India Services who were governed by the All India Services (Death Cum Retirement Benefits), Rules, 1958. Clarification on certain provisions were also issued vide their O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A)(Pt.1) dated 03-10-2008.

2. It may be stated that a large number of representations were received in the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare in regard to delay payment of revised pension/family pension and arrears to the pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners. Accordingly, to facilitate early payment of revised pension, family pension, enhanced pension and arrears, the Department of Pension and Pensioners vide its O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A)(Pt.1) dated 14-10-2008 and O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 21-05-2009 have issued guidelines providing the modalities and methodology for release of revised pension, family pension arrears and enhanced pension of pre-2006 pensioners. The cited O.M.s is self explanatory, however the gist of the O.Ms. dated 14-10-2008 and 21-5-2009 are as under:

(i) Disbursement of revised pension/family pension and the arrears in accordance with the ready reckoner and also the additional pension to old pensioners/family pensioners (wherever the date of birth is available in the PPO) within a week

(ii) All the pension disbursing public sector banks were to revise and disburse the enhanced pension (with dearness relief) and arrears within one month from the date of issue of O.M. dated 14-10-2008.

(iii) Suitable entry regarding the revised pension to be recorded by the pension Disbursing Authorities in both halves of the Pension Payment Order and intimate regarding disbursement of revised pension to be sent by the pension disbursing authorities to the Office of the CPAO and Accounts Officer which had issued the PPO in the revised from given at Annexure-III of the said O.M. so that they could verify the pension so revised and update the Pension Payment Order Register, etc.

(iv) In cases where the information in Annexure-III has been received by the Pay and Accounts Officer from the Pension Disbursing Banks etc., he should verify the same and issue a revised authority for payment of pension. In case there is any discrepancy in the revision of pension by the Bank, the bank should be informed by the Pay and Accounts Officer immediately for making necessary adjustment. In cases where the information in Annexure-III has not been received by the Pay and Accounts Officer from the Bank, the Pay and accounts Officer should issue revised authority for payment of pension based on the PPO/available records and send to Bank for making the payment of revised pension accordingly.
(v) It was also provided that in case any information regarding date of birth, scale of pay or the qualifying service, etc was not available with the bank, the bank may obtain the requisite information from the concerned Pay and Accounts Officer/CPAO. It would be the responsibility of the concerned Pay and Accounts Officer/CPAO to provide the information from the available records within two weeks of the receipts of request from the bank.
(vi) Adoption of the methodology/documentation for determination of date of birth for payment of additional pension to old pensioners/family pensioners in cases where the date of birth is not available in the PPO as well as in the office records of CPAO/Pay and Accounts Office.

3. Further, the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare vide their O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.1.2013 have also revised the pension, Family, enhanced pension of the pre-2006 pensioners w.e.f. 24-9-2012 with reference to the fitments tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August 2008 which is self explanatory. The said O.M. was extended to All India Services pensioners of pre-2006 by this Department vide letter No. 25014/1/2013-AIS-II dated 19.2.2014.

4. Now, it has been brought to the notice of this Department that a large number of cases relating to All India Services pensioners/family pensioners of pre-2006 have not yet been revised/disbursed their pension/family pension by the State and UT Governments and Accounts Generals of the respective States in adherence to O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A)(Pt. 1) dated 14-10-2008. O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 21-05-2009 and O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.1.2013 issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare which are also similarly applicable to All India Services pensioner of pre-2006.

5. Therefore, all the Chief Secretaries, Development Commissioners, Advisers to the Administrator and Accountant Generals of State/UT are requested to look into the matter and instruct the concerned authorities of the States/UTs to take appropriate action immediately in implementing the above orders issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare.

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(Diwakar North Misra)
Director (Services)

One time relaxation in Rules for leave encashment during service: Railway Board Order

One time relaxation in Rules for leave encashment during service: Railway Board Order

One time relaxation in Rules for leave encashment during service – Permission for leave encashment to Railway Employees who have failed to avail leave encashment during the previous blocks: Railway Board Order

RBE No. 141/2014
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. F(E)111/2008/LE-1/1
New Delhi, Dated: 15.12.2014
The GMs/FA&CAOs,
All Zonal Rallways/Pus,
(As per Mailing List).

Subject: One time relaxation in Rules for leave encashment during service – Permission for leave encashment to Railway Employees who have failed to avail leave encashment during the previous blocks.

Representations have been received in this office to allow leave encashment to Railway employees who have failed to avail the benefit during the previous blocks despite availing Pass/PTO and leave during a block on the ground that the concept of block period was new for the Railway employees and it was introduced during the 2nd block period resulting in some of the employees failing to apply for the same due to various reasons.

2. The matter has been sympathetically considered by Board and it has been agreed to allow leave encashment to the employees who have failed to avail the same during the previous block period (first three block periods) despite fulfilling the condition of availing of Pass/PTO and leave during the block, as one time exemption, with the condition that leave encashment will be made at the rate of pay applicable at the time of availing of leave, subject to fulfillment of the conditions as laid down in Railway Board’s letter of even Nos. dated 29.10.2008 and 11.06.2009, as applicable on the day of leave availed, with the approval of leave sanctioning authority.

3. The above relaxation is made as one time measure and the employees have to apply for the same along with the proof of grant of leave and pass during the block period within four months from the date of issue of this letter.

4. It is reiterated that it is a one-time relaxation and in future including the current block no claim from a retrospective date shall be entertained. All the claims for leave encashment should be done with prior approval of the competent authority as per the block system of Leave encashment.
5. This issues with the approval of Board (MS & FC).

(Amitabh Joshi)
Deputy Director Finance(Estt.)III,
Railway Board
Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in
[http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/finance/FE-III/2014/F(E)-2008-LE-1-1_15-12-2014.pdf]

LTC 80 for non entitled Government Servants: Clarification by DoPT in Rajya Sabha Q&A

LTC 80 for non entitled Government Servants: Clarification by DoPT in Rajya Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO 2907
ANSWERED ON 18.12.2014
LTC 80 for non entitled Government Servants
2907 SHRIMATI BIMLA KASHYAP SOOD

Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to satate :-

(a) whether travel by air under LTC 80 fare is allowed to non-entitled Government Servants in certain sectors;
(b) if so, whether they are permitted to travel by air from their headquarters, if not, the reasons therefor;
(c) whether split journey from headquarters to Kolkata, Chennai, or Bhubaneswar by train in entitled class and thereafter by air in economy class from Air India burden more on the exchequer than the direct flight through flexi fare from Air India; and
(d) whether Government proposes to allow such employees to travel by air from headquarters in economy class on flexi fare by Air India?

ANSWER

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a): Yes, Sir.
(b): Government servants not entitled to travel by air may be permitted to travel by air in Economy class in the following sectors between:

(i) Kolkata/Guwahati and any place in NER
(ii) Kolkata/Chennai/Bhubaneswar and Port Blair
(iii) Delhi/Amritsar and anyplace in J&K
(c): It is not possible to quantify in exact terms as this would depend on multiple factors like distance between the Headquarters and Kolkata/Chennai/Bhubaneswar, entitlement of class of journey by train, i.e. II Tier AC or III Tier AC etc.

(d): There is no such proposal at present.

Source: Rajyasbha.nic.in

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan Order: Integration of AADHAR UID in student data base

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan Order: Integration of AADHAR UID in student data base

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (HQ)
18, Institutional Area, SJS Marg,
New Delhi – 110016
F. No. 110240/4/2014/KVS/ HQ/ Budget/PF-l
Date: – 23rd December, 2014
To,
The Deputy Commissioner
All Regional Offices.

Sub: – Integration of AADHAR UID in student data base-Reg.

Madam/Sir,
In the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting held on 1oth December, 2014, a direction was issued to KVS to integrate the AADHAR Unique Identity No. (UID) issued by Government of India in the student data base to be compiled on UBl Portal for fee collection.

In compliance with the direction of BOG, a column of AADHAR UID no. of student has been inserted in the Excel sheet forwarded to the Regions for compilation of student data for third phase so that same can be uploaded online by respective KVs. AADHAR UID no. has been incorporated at serial no 17 of the proforma, making the revised proforma of 27 column against the earlier 26 columns.

It may please be emphasized to all of students studying in your Region to enroll themselves for AADHAR UID so that student data base can be also linked to AADHAR UID in future through appropriate intervention in the software for fee collection through UBI.

The compliance of above may be reported after issuing necessary direction to all KVs under your Region.

Yours faithfully
(Rajesh Yadav)
Deputy Commissioner (Fin.)
Source/View/Download: http://www.kvsangathan.nic.in

General Instruction for online OPD Registration-Delhi

General Instruction for online OPD Registration

This application can be used for generating Online OPD registration Card for availing outpatient services in 24 Delhi Govt. Hospitals.

Upto 100 Registration per facility per hospital per day can be done.

The facility is available upto 8.00 am for the current date.

Please bring the print of OPD Registration slip generated to the hospital on the day mentioned on the card between 9.00 a.m. and 12.00 Noon and proceed directly to the selected speciality OPD and wait for your turn in front of any room for the speciality.

“THIS SLIP CANNOT BE USED FOR MEDICO LEGAL / MEDICAL LEAVE PURPOSES”.

In case the beneficiary opts for a wrong department / referral to other Department is required, the same slip will be valid for the day.

This slip will not give entitlements to any preferential treatment.

For every revisit please login as registered user and generate a new OPD ticket.

Source-http://dshm.delhi.gov.in/mis/(S(nkmxht14yv5pla0ppzrr12nm))/opr/home.aspx

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

INCOME-TAX DEDUCTION FROM SALARIES DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2014-15

INCOME-TAX DEDUCTION FROM SALARIES DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2014-15

CIRCULAR NO : 17/2014
F.No. 275/192/2014-IT(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
******
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 10th December, 2014

SUBJECT:  INCOME-TAX DEDUCTION FROM SALARIES DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2014-15 UNDER SECTION 192 OF THE INCOME TAX ACT, 1961.
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Reference is invited to Circular No.08/2013 dated 25.10.2013 whereby the rates of deduction of income-tax from the payment of income under the head “Salaries” under Section 192 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (hereinafter ‗the Act‘), during the financial year 2013-14,were intimated. The present Circular contains the rates of deduction of income-tax from the payment of income chargeable under the head “Salaries” during the financial year 2014-15 and explains certain related provisions of the Act and Income-tax Rules, 1962 (hereinafter the Rules). The relevant Acts, Rules, Forms and Notifications are available at the website of the Income Tax Department- www.incometaxindia.gov.in.

2. RATES OF INCOME-TAX AS PER FINANCE (No. 2) ACT, 2014:
As per the Finance (No. 2) Act, 2014, income-tax is required to be deducted under Section 192 of the Act from income chargeable under the head “Salaries” for the financial year 2014-15 (i.e. Assessment Year 2015-16) at the following rates:

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Details of benefits provided to the civilians working in the Defence sector

Details of benefits provided to the civilians working in the Defence sector are annexed.

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
19-December-2014
Civilians Working in Defence Sector

Details of benefits provided to the civilians working in the Defence sector are annexed.

From time to time Defence Civilian employees have been raising the demands that they should be granted Field Area allowance and Modified Field Area allowance as applicable to the Service Personnel and for providing other allowances like Aeronautical Technical Allowance, Airworthiness Certificate Allowance, Flight Charge Certificate Allowance etc. at par with technical defence personnel. It has not been found feasible to accept these demands as the job requirements and service conditions of Service Personnel and Defence Civilian employees are totally different.

In addition to pay and allowances, civilians working in the Defence Establishments located in Field Areas / Modified Field Areas are granted the concessions / allowances as under:

(I) Field Service Concessions in Field Areas (except static units):

(a) Free rations on scale applicable to combatants of the Army or Air Force, as the case may be, and fuel.

(b) Free tented / basha accommodation and connected service to the extent possible.

(c) Free clothing on minimum scale of Army Personnel if the Corps Commander / AOC-in-C Air Force Command considers the issue of such clothing essential for operational reasons.

(d) Free remittance of family allotments.

(e) Free medical treatment and hospital treatment.

(f) Wound / injury or family pension or gratuity revised from time to time, as the case may be, or compensation under the Workmen’s Compensation Act where applicable.

(g) 2 postage free Forces letters per individual per week.

(h) Remittance within Indian limits of money orders and Indian Postal orders free of Commission upto maximum value of Rs.30/- per month per individual.

(i) Retention of family accommodation allotted by Government at the old duty station on payment of normal rent. If the accommodation retained is required to be allotted to another entitled personnel for exigencies of service, the families may be shifted to an alternative accommodation whether appropriate or inferior to the status of the individual concerned.

(II) Field Service Concessions in Modified Field Areas (except static units):

(a) Free remittance of family allotments.

(b) 2 postage free Forces letters per individual per week.

(c) Remittance within Indian limits of money orders and Indian Postal Orders free of Commission upto maximum value of Rs.30/- per month per individual.

(d) Retention of family accommodation allotted by Government at the old duty station on payment of normal rent. If the accommodation retained is required to be allotted to another entitled personnel for exigencies of service, the families may be shifted to an alternative accommodation whether appropriate or inferior to the status of the individual concerned.

(III) Special Duty Allowance in the North Eastern Region.
(IV) Remote Locality Allowance with certain restrictions.
(V) House Rent Allowance in Field Areas in certain conditions.
(VI) House Rent Allowance in Modified Field Areas in certain conditions.

Defence Civilian employees are also provided Canteen Stores Department (CSD) facilities.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Ratna De (Nag) in Lok Sabha today.

Source- PIB

EPF Claim settlement period reduced from 30 days to 20 days

EPF Claim settlement period reduced from 30 days to 20 days

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
19-December-2014 18:53 IST

Shri Bandaru Dattareya chairs 205th meeting of Central Board of Trustees of EPF
Claim settlement period reduced from 30 days to 20 days
Union Minister of State (IC) for Labour & Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattareya, today chaired the 205th meeting of CBT, EPF in New Delhi. The meeting was attended by representatives of employers, employees, the Central Governments and State Governments.

During the meeting, certain important issues were deliberated and decisions taken. It was decided that a separate Committee shall be constituted for looking into the question of deployment of EPFO funds for low cost housing, especially matters related to investment. It was decided that ultimate aim would be to benefit the EPF subscribers by providing avenues for housing. It was decided to allow EPFO to open accounts with other nationalized banks in addition to State Bank of India so as to facilitate collection of EPF contributions from employers. The Board recommended that necessary enabling provisions may be made in the scheme. In a major decision, the Board also recommended that the maximum permissible time for EPF claim settlement be brought down from the existing 30 days to 20 days thereby providing quicker service to the subscribers. The challenges posed in the existing investment environment was also discussed by the Board and it was decided that in order to maximize the yield on investment, an expert Committee shall be constituted for making appropriate recommendations. A mechanism for regulating the investments made by exempted funds shall also be worked out by an expert Committee.

The annual report for the year 2014 in respect of EPFO was approved by the Board. As per the report, on an average single day in EPFO, 211 establishments are newly registered and 1,16,206 members are enrolled. Rs 379 crore is received as contribution and Rs. 174 crore is disbursed to beneficiaries. Also, on an average, every single day 49,344 claims are settled and 5.43 lakh member accounts are updated. Also, the organization disposes 778 pubic grievances every single day.

The Board also approved the Revised Estimates for the year 2014-15 according to which 79,377 crore are received (expected) as contribution showing an increase of 14.77%. Out of the above, Rs. 59,346 crore is expected as EPF contribution, Rs. 19,000 crore as pension contribution and Rs. 1,031 as EDLI contribution. Likewise, income (administrative charges) is expected to be Rs. 4,905 crore which is an increase of almost 16% over the last financial year.

SOURCE- PIB

How to Join CGHS after Retirement

How to Join CGHS after Retirement
The central Government Employees those who are on the verge of Retirement are having many doubts about joining CGHS after retirement. Many queries have been raised by our viewers about registering with CGHS and availing the CGHS facility after retirement. Hence the details of joining CGHS and entitlement for availing treatments and its benefits, list of empanelled Hospitals are compiled and given under for viewer’s reference.

Medical Benefits for Retirees
All Central Government pensioners/family pensioners who were eligible for taking treatment under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) while in service are eligible for availing CGHS facilities after retirement, irrespective of whether they were or were not availing CGHS facilities while in service. Further, it is not necessary that these pensioners / family pensioners should be living in the areas covered under the CGHS.

Presently the CGHS facilities are available in the following cities:
Allahabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, New Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Meerut, Mumbai, Nagpur, Noida, Patna, Pune, Shillong, Thiruvananthapuram.

The Central Govt. Health Scheme provides comprehensive health care to the CGHS Beneficiaries in India. The medical facilities are provided through Wellness Centres (previously referred to as CGHS Dispensaries) /polyclinics under Allopathic, Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidha and Homeopathic systems of medicines.
a. 273 allopathic dispensaries, 19 polyclinics, 85 Ayush dispensary/ units
b. 3 Yoga Centres
c. 73 Laboratories
d. 17 Dental Units

The pensioners / family pensioners have to get their names registered with any of the CGHS dispensaries after submitting an application in the prescribed proforma for the issue of a CGHS identity card.

Procedure to Register with CGHS
1. One can get a CGHS card made from the office of AD / JD of the City.
2. Forms can be downloaded from CGHS Website or can be taken from office of AD / JD of city.
3. Documents required
i. Application in prescribed format
ii. Proof of Residenceroof of Stay of dependents
iii. Proof of age of son
iv. Disability certificate, if any in case of sons aged 25 & above, who would otherwise cease to be a beneficiary.
v. Photos of eligible family members
vi. Surrender Certificate of CGHS Card while in service ( only in those cases where CGHS Card was issued while in service)
vii. Attested copies of PPO & Last Pay Certificate
viii. Draft for required amount towards CGHS contribution – in the name of ‘P.A.O., CGHS New Delhi’ in Delhi-and in the name of ‘AD, CGHS of the city’.
ix. In case PPO is not ready for any reason there is option to get a provisional card on the basis of Last Pay Certificate.
x. The data is entered through computers and entered in data base and a printout is issued same day for immediate use. Plastic cards are subsequently sent to the residence of the card holder by post

DOWNLOAD : Proforma to apply for enrolment in CGHS
DOWNLOAD : ISSUE OF CGHS CARD FAQ

Annual and One Time Life Time fee for joining CGHS
Pensioners who want to avail CGHS facilities can make contribution either on yearly basis or one time ( ten yrs ) contribution for whole life validity.

Payment can be made by Demand Draft in favour of “P.A.O., CGHS New Delhi’ in Delhi-and in the name of ‘AD, CGHS of the city’. Contribution in respect of Pensioners are calculated on the basis of grade pay they are entitled had they been in service, but for superannuation.

Monthly Contribution for availing CGHS Facility

S.No Grade Pay Drawn Contribution(Rupees per Month)
1 Up to Rs.1650/- Per Month
2 Rs.1800/-; Rs.1900/-; Rs.2000;- Rs2400/-; and Rs.2800/- per Month 125
3 Rs.4200/- per month 225
4 Rs..4600/-; Rs.4800/-;Rs.5400/-; and Rs.6600/- 325
5 Rs.7600/- and above 500

One Time Payment for Life Time validity

Pensioners have an option to get their CGHS pensioner Card either by making CGHS Contribution on an annual basis (12 months Contribution) or by making contribution for 10 years (120 Months Contribution) for getting a Pensioner Card with Life Time Validity. Those who are willing to get CGHS card with Life Time validity should Pay the amount of 120 Months Contribution prescribed for respective Grade pay at the time of applying for CGHS Card.

Download OM : Contribution for joining CGHS

Entitlement of Wards in Private Hospitals
S.No Ward entitlement Pay drawn in Pay Band
1 General Ward Upto Rs. 13950/-
2 Semi-Private ward Rs.13960/–Rs.19530/-
3 Private Ward Rs.19540/- and above

Download : Medical Reimbursement Form

Medical Allowance For Retirees Residing In Areas Not Covered Under CGHS.

a. Pensioner residing in non- CGHS covered areas have the option to become CGHS beneficiary and avail CGHS facilities from the nearest CGHS covered city.

b. b.Pensioners residing in non-CGHS areas have also the option to avail Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.500/- per month and opt not to avail CGHS facility.

c. Pensioners residing in non-CGHS areas have also the option to avail Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.300/- per month for OPD treatment and obtain CGHS card from nearest CGHS covered city for inpatient facilities under CGHS. No OPD medicines shall be issued in such cases.

d. CGHS pensioner beneficiaries (and their dependant and eligible family members) who are holding a valid CGHS Card and residing in a non-CGHS area shall be eligible to

i. obtain inpatient medical treatment and also follow up treatment from Govt. Hospitals / CS(MA) /ECHS approved hospitals on proper referral from CGHS dispensary and submit the medical reimbursement claim to the Addl. Director/ Joint Director of CGHS of city where the CGHS card is registered.

ii. In case of medical emergency , treatment may be obtained from any hospital and medical claim shall be submitted to AD/JD , CGHS of the concerned city.

iii. Reimbursement shall be limited to the CGHS rates of the city where the card is registered and as per the ceiling rates and ward entitlements or as per actuals, whichever may be less.

Source: http://www.gservants.com/

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