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Unforgettable Year for Central Government Employees..! 2014

Unforgettable Year for Central Government Employees..! 2014

 2014 was a year of expectations, disappointments, and trials and tribulations for Central Government Employees and Pensioners too.

About Central Government  Employees at a glance 2014 – This article brings you some important events and announcements…

Strike: The year began with a collective decision of all employees federations to go on a strike demanding, among other things, 50% DA merger, and date of effect of the 7th CPC. When it became clear that there was going to be a change of government at the Centre, the federations began to plan their moves in order to somehow convince the Congress Government to accept their demands. At last, the Confederation alone held protests on February 10 and 11. Other federations announced that they want to resolve the issue by holding talks and withdrew their strike plans. But the Central Government remained unmoved.

Retirement Age: A huge rumour started that in a desperate attempt to secure votes, the party at the Centre would be more than willing to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. Despite a number of questions that were raised in the Parliament, and clarifications that were given for it, the topic somehow never quite died away. At least once every year, the issue makes headlines and vanishes.

7th Pay Scale: All the employees federations and associations, including the National Council – JCM, presented separate memorandums to the 7th Pay Commission listing their demands and expectations. Of particular interest was the ‘Expected Pay Structure‘, which described how the new pay package should be.

Income Tax: Since there were earlier news that the new income tax limit would likely be raised to Rs. 5 lakhs, a lot was expected from Arun Jaitley. But, he raised the income tax limit to Rs. 2.5 lakhs and the 80C limits to Rs. 1.5 Lakhs.

6-day work week: A lot of buzz was created when news appeared that 6-day work week was going to be soon implemented, particularly in Delhi circle.

Aadhaar Based Biometric Attendance System: Biometric attendance system, based on finger prints, were implemented in Central Government offices all over the country. Aadhaar Card-based attendance system was also introduced.

Air Travel on LTC: The popular air travel LTC facility was extended by another two years in September. In addition to J&K and NER, the facility now covers Andaman and Nicobar Islands too.

New announcements kept pouring in after Modi Government took charge.

Clean India: Orders were issued to clean up the country under the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission. Since the movement was going to be launched on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the national holiday was cancelled.

Declaration of Assets: Central Government employees were asked to submit information about their assets and debts to the government.

Digital Life Certificates: In November, the Central Government made arrangements to issue Aadhaar Card-based ‘Digital Life Certificates’ for pensioners.

Retirement Age 58: Fear and tension prevailed among Central Government employees when announcements appeared that the Centre was actually planning to reduce the retirement age. The Government then denied such plans.


Central government employees waiting for Interim relief

Central government employees waiting for Interim relief

Mumbai bureau Venu Gopal Arya writes an article regarding Interim Relief, he said, the declaration by the government may be done during or before the budget session. We present his view here to our blog viewers for easy understanding…

Central government employees waiting for Seventh Pay commission and interim relief
Staff union making up pressure on the Seventh Pay commission

• Pay commission was formed in February 2014
• Workers waiting for Interim Relief
• Pay commission busy with the necessary process
• Conditions will be applicable from 01 January 2016
• More than 50 Lakh Central government employees will be benefitted

Even though the Seventh Pay commission was formed by the Manmohan Singh government before the advent of Election for the sake of a Political advantage, this was pleasant news for the Central Government Employees.

Soon after the formation, the Pay commission has also started meeting the relevant Employee Organisations. Meeting different organisations and obtaining their opinions are still in progress. The Pay commission has also visited various cities for this cause.

Meeting Employees and Organisations in different cities and understanding their living conditions is the general functional procedure of the Pay commission. It is to be known that the recommendation for House Rent Allowance is also given by the Pay Commission.

The Sixth Pay commission was released to the Employees in 2006. The recommendations of the Pay commissions are provisioned to be accepted after 10 years. Now the recommendations of the Pay Commission are to be implemented by the government before Janurary 2016.

Another important point for the Pay commission to work on is the Dearness Allowance which has already crossed 100 percent. It is a common practice that employees are given an Interim relief when the Dearness Allowance crosses 100 percent. This is also to be considered by the Government and the Pay commission.

Sources say that the declaration by the government may be done during or before the budget session. 

The pay commission is also taking a memorandum from the Employee Unions and Organisations. As always, even this time every Employee is looking forward to the Railway Federation, as the Railway Employee Union is believed to be very strong. It is believed that the conditions and directions of the Pay commission are influenced to a very large extent by the Railway union. The defence organisation is also very strong, but they didn’t accept the conditions of the Sixth Pay Commission, and later their pay scale was modified. For this reason, all the Central government employees have fixed their sight on the Railway Union.

This time, Railways has been divided into two big Employee unions for the sake of Pay. Now, only time can tell how fruitful will this strategy will prove to be.

Fixed Medical Allowance to Railway Pensioners and Family Pensioners – Enhanced FMA payable with effect from 19th November, 2014

Fixed Medical Allowance to Railway Pensioners and Family Pensioners – Enhanced FMA payable with effect from 19th November, 2014

(Railway Board)
S.No. PC-VI/348
No. PC-V/2010/A/Med/1
RBE No.146/2014
New Delhi. dated 19.12.2014
The General Managers/ CAO(R).
All Indian Railways & PUs
(As per standard mailing list)

Subject- Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Railway pensioners/family pensioners-regarding.

At present Fixed Medical Allowance is granted to the Railway pensioners/family pensioners residing in areas beyond 2.5 Kms of Railway Hospital/Health Unit for meeting expenditure on their day-to-day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization. Orders were issued Vide Board’s letter of even number dated (RBE No.92/2010) for enhancement of the amount of Fixed Medical from Rs.100/- to Rs.300/-p.m. w.e.f. 01.09.2008.

2. In this connection, Department of Pension Welfare (DoP&PW). the nodal department on the subject, have advised vide their O.M. No. 4/25/2008-P&PW(D), dated 19.11.2014 that the demand for enhancement of Fixed Medical Allowance has been under consideration of the Government for some time past and the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance has been enhanced from Rs.300/- to Rs.500/- per month, subject to the fulfilment of the conditions (i) pensioner should be residing beyond 2.5 kms from the nearest health unit and (ii) the pensioner should not be availing OPD facility (except in case of chronic disease).  The other conditions for grant of fixed Medical Allowance shall continue to be as contained in Board’s letter No. PC-V/98/I/7/1/1, dt. 19.05.1999 (RBE No.109/99) read with Board’s instructions dt. 01.03.2004.

3.  These orders will take effect from 19th November, 2014 i.e. the date of issue of DOP&PW’S OM on the subject.

4. This issue with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways

5. Hindi version is enclosed.
(N.P. Singh)
Dy.Director, Pay Commission – V
Railway Board

Modimetrics raises efficiency of Central government employees

Modimetrics raises efficiency of Central government employees

Central government employees seem to be on their toes and are spending extra time in their offices ever since the Aadhaar enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) was launched in September 2014.
An analysis of the last three months show that employees are spending nearly twenty minutes extra in office every day. If this is converted into man-days with an average of 8.5 hours per working day, the gain is equivalent to an additional workforce of almost 1,900 employees every single day.

The assessment is based on the ‘in-time’ and ‘out-time’ recorded by the system that has shown an increase over the last three months. “Ever since the system was launched, the average presence time in office of the registered employees has risen by about 20 minutes per day. Considering that over 47,000 employees are using it now, an average gain of 20-minutes per day means an approximate gain of 16,000 man-hours,” said a government official.

The study shows that the average ‘in-time’ of the staff was 9.28 am and the average ‘out-time’ of the staff has been recorded at 5.46 pm.

Marking attendance has still not been made mandatory, once that happens the average presence of employees is expected to increase further by 15 to 20, according to the analysis. Sources say, officials spending more time at work could also lead to more productivity and cutting down on pendency. Currently, 387 organisations have implemented the biometric system of attendence. The project is being expanded to all government offices.

The government has already issued orders for all central government offices across India to have an Aadhaar enabled Biometric Attendance System by Republic Day.

“The manual system of attendance may be phased out accordingly. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) will provide the technical guidance for installing the system. These orders come into force with immediate effect. All ministries are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned,” the order of the Department of Personnel and Training said.

The government has also specified that disciplinary actions may be taken against officials who are habitual late-comers and also stated that early departure from work will also be treated as a violation similar to late-coming.

The Biometric Attendance System Dashboard (www.attendance., which keeps updating itself in real time, throws out some interesting statistics. The dashboard on January 3, which was a Saturday and an off day for government employees, showed that 31.6 per cent of the staff showed up before the office start time of 9 am while, 38.8 per cent of the registered employees marked their presence between 9 and 10 am.

Despite a holiday, the dashboard shows that 6,267 employees who turned up for work and were in office quite early. Currently the office timing in ministries and departments of the government are from 9 am to 5.30 pm and for attached or subordinate office from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm without any option of flexi-time.


Appointment of meritorious Sportspersons in relaxation of the procedure – Dopt Orders

Appointment of meritorious Sportspersons in relaxation of the procedure – Dopt Orders

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi-110001
Dated 24th December, 2014

Subject: Appointment of meritorious Sportspersons in relaxation of the procedure — regarding.
The undersigned is directed to invite reference to Paragraph 3 of this Department’s Office Memorandum No.14015/1/76-Estt.(D) dated 4th August, 1980 on the above subject, as under:

Extant of such recruitment

a) Ministries/Departments of Government of India can recruit meritorious sportsmen in any year in relaxation of the recruitment procedure, to the extent that these including all other reservations under existing orders do not exceed 50% of the total number of vacancies proposed to be filled
by direct recruitment.

b) For the purpose of making appointment of meritorious sportsmen, the appointing authorities may at their discretion notify to the Staff Selection Commission, in all cases where the recruitment to the posts have been entrusted to that Commission, vacancies reduced by upto 5% thereof and may fill such vacancies so held back by appointing meritorious sportsmen subject to the overall limitations mentioned in sub-para (a) above.

2. It has come to the notice of this Department that some Ministries/Departments of Government of India are not adhering to / following the above mentioned provisions / instructions scrupulously. Accordingly, all Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the aforesaid instructions mentioned in the preceding paragraph to the notice of all concerned for appointment of meritorious sports persons to Central Government Civil posts.
(Rakesh Moza)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Year wise enrolment of ECHS members

Year wise enrolment of ECHS members

Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) was launched with effect from 01 April 2003. Growth of ECHS Membership. Year wise enrolment of ECHS members in beneficiary base over the years is as under:-

Date as on Members Dependents Total
31 Mar 05 78,999 2,84,262 3,63,261
31 Mar 06 2,60,876 7,21,778 9,82,654
31 Mar 07 4,24,823 10,82,589 15,07,412
31 Mar 08 6,33,596 14,69,295 21,02,891
31 Mar 09 9,51,763 20,70,157 30,21,920
31 Mar 10 10,64,225 23,03,185 33,67,410
31 Mar 11 11,58,559 25,00,704 36,59,263
31 Mar 12 12,41,700 27,31,732 39,73,432
31 Mar 13 13,25,567 29,49,268 42,74,835

26th meeting of SCOVA to be held on 3rd February, 2015

26th meeting of SCOVA to be held on 3rd February, 2015

26th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 03rd February, 2015 in New Delhi: Pensioners Portal Order

SCOVA Meeting
F. No. 42/39/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New’Delhi – 110003
Date: Dec, 2014

Subject: 26th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 03rd February, 2015 in New Delhi.

In continuation to this Department’s OM of even no dated 24th Nov, 2014 regarding holding of the 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies(SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP), the date and time of the meeting is indicated below:

Date:- 03rd February,2015
Time:- 11.00 AM.

2. The Venue of the meeting will soon be intimated. Because of the consideration of space, only one representative may attend the above said meeting. It is requested that the name of the member nominated for the meeting may kindly be sent to this Department to the undersigned through fax/email (Fax/Email address given below) and also in the hard copy.

3. Only one outstation member will be paid TA/DA and charges local members will be paid conveyance charges in accordance with the rules/instructions. Outstation members will be paid TA/DA as per their last entitlement on retirement. Therefore, members are requested to bring copy of PPO for determining the entitlement of TA/DA claims. However, outstation members arriving from a station more than 1000 kms are entitled to get reimbursement for travel as per this Department’s letter no F.No 42/11/2014-P&PW(G) dated 19th May, 2014

4. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.
Yours faithfully
(Sujasha Choudhury
Dy. Secretary (P)
Telephone : 24635979




(The file has been updated only for those States for which IBA has released the final list. Will soon be updated)

BANK HOLIDAYS AS NOTIFIED BY IBA / RBI under Negotiable Instruments Act for THE YEAR 2015 FOR DIFFERENT STATES IN INDIA – State Wise Links Are Given Below. These are also called ‘Gazetted Holidays under NI Act’

STATE WISE  –  BANK HOLIDAYS – In India   2015
State/Union Teritorry January February March April May June July August Sept Oct. Nov Dec
Andaman&Nicobar islands                        
Andhra pradesh 4, 15, 26 17 5, 21 1, 3, 14     18 15 17, 24 2, 20, 22, 24 11 24, 25
Arunachal pradesh *** 14, 26 20 6 1, 3, 15 4   18 15   2, 22 11, 25 1, 25
Bihar 26   5, 6, 22, 28 1, 3, 14,  1   18 15 5, 25 2, 22, 23, 24 11, 17, 18 25
Daman & Diu 4, 26   6, 28 1, 2, 3     18 15 25 2, 22, 24 11, 25 19, 25
Delhi 26   6 1, 2 4   18 15 5, 25 2, 22, 24 11, 25 24, 25
Goa 26   6, 21 1, 3, 14 1   18 15 17, 18, 25 2, 22,  10 3, 19, 25
Gujarat 4, 14, 26   6 1, 14     18 15, 29 17, 25 2, 22 11, 12 24, 25
Haryana 26 3, 17 6 1, 2, 14     18 15 5 2, 22, 27 11, 25 25
Himachal pradesh 26 3 6, 28 1, 15 4   18 15, 29(w) 5, 25 2, 24, 27, 30(w) 11, 13(w) 25
Jammu&Kashmir 4, 9, 26 17 5, 21 1, 14 4   5, 13, 15, 17, 18 15 5, 25, 26 2, 22, 24 11, 25 5, 25
Jharkhand 4, 26   6, 23, 28 1, 2, 3 4   18 15 24, 25 2, 21, 22, 24 11, 17, 25 24, 25
Karnataka 4, 15, 26 17 21 1, 2, 3, 14, 21 1   18 15 17, 24 2, 12, 22, 23, 24, 27 1, 10, 12, 28 24, 25
Kerala 3, 26 17   1, 3, 5, 14, 15 1   18 15, 27, 28, 30 21, 24  2, 22, 23 10 25
Maharastra 4, 26 17, 19 6, 21, 28 1, 2, 3, 14 1, 4   18 15, 18 17, 25 2, 22, 24 11, 12, 25 24, 25
Manipur 1, 3, 26 15 6, 21 1, 3, 14 1   18 13, 15    2, 21 1, 11, 13 25
Madhya pradesh 4, 26 17 6, 28 1, 2  4   18 15 25 2, 22, 24 11, 25 25
Nagaland ***                        
Orissa 24, 26 17 6, 28 1, 3, 14     18 15 5, 17, 18 2, 21, 23, 24 11 25
Puducherry&karaikal Region 1, 3, 15, 16, 26     1, 3, 14 1   18 15, 16 17, 24 2, 21 1, 10 24, 25
Pudecherry-Mahe pegion 1, 3, 26     1, 3, 14, 15 1   17 15, 16, 27, 28 23 2, 15, 21 1 24, 25
Pudecherry-yanam region 1, 3, 15, 26   4, 21 1, 3, 14 1   18 15, 16  17, 24 2 1, 10 24, 25
Rajasthan 26   6 1, 2, 14     18 15, 29 25 2, 22, 24 11, 25 25
Tamil nadu 1, 4, 15, 16, 17, 26   21 1, 2, 3, 14 1   18 15 5, 17, 24 2, 21, 22, 23 10 23, 25
Telangana 4, 15, 26 17 21 1, 3, 5, 14     18 15 17, 24 2, 22, 24 11 25
Tripura 23, 26     1, 14, 15, 21 1   18, 24 8, 15 25 2, 12, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26 11 25
Uttar Pradesh                        
Uttarakhand * 4, 26 17 5, 6, 28 1, 3, 14 4   18 15, 29 5, 25 2, 22 11, 12, 13, 25 25
West Bengal 12, 23, 25, 26   5 1, 3, 14, 15 1, 9   18 15 25 2, 12, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26 10, 25 25
Lakshadeep  Union (UT)                                 

1. Sundays are Holidays under NI Act. Holidays falling on Sundays are mentioned for the Sunday banking Branches.
2. Muslim festivals which are dependent on the sighting of the moon will be decalred as Holidays by the Competent Authority for date on which the festival would be actually observed in lieu of the date originally notified as Holiday for this festival.
3. ‘W’- Holiday for Woman employees only.
4. List of Holidays may have minor variations as some of the states are yet to finalize the same or may announce changes at the last moment.
5.*** Holiday list for Aruranchal Pradesh and Nagaland are yet to be officially received and thus are subject to change.      

* For these States, IBA is yet to issue the circular for holidays under NI Act and thus these will be uploaded as and when the information is available

PS : We have tried to update the details as far as possible from authentic sources. However, there may be changes / discrepancy in the list on account of various issues and thus readers are advised to check with their respective banks for final list of holidays.

Most of the State governments consider the holidays declared for Banks under N I Act to be”Public Holidays”.

IBA has notified that ‘Public Holiday’ declared by Central/State Governments/ Union Territory, includes ‘Sundays’ as indicated under the explanation to Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act. Branches of banks working on Sundays observe their weekly-off on any other day of the week as decided by the Bank and notified to members of staff and public. Therefore, all Sundays will be working days for Sunday working branches, except those Sundays declared as holidays by the Central/ State Government/ Union Territory for a specified festival/occasion in a particular year, under the Negotiable Instruments Act.


RTGS Holidays 2015 by RBI
S No Date Occasion
1 26th January 2015 (Monday) Republic Day
2 1st April 2015 (Wednesday) Annual closing of banks
3 18th July 2015 (Saturday) Id-Ul-Fitre
4 15th August 2015 (Saturday) Independence Day
5 2nd October 2015 (Friday) Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
6 22nd October, 2015 (Thursday) Dasara / Vijaya Dashami
7 25th December 2015 (Friday) Christmas Day

Who is Supposed to Declare A Holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881?
In terms of Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, the expression “public holiday” includes Sunday and any other day declared by the Central Government by notification in the Official Gazette to be a public holiday. However, this power has been delegated by the Central Government to State Governments vide the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs’ Notification No. 20-25-56-Pub-I dated 8 June, 1957. While delegating the power to declare public holidays within concerned States under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, the Central Government has stipulated that the delegation is subject to the condition that the Central Government may itself exercise the said function, should it deem fit to do so. This implies that when Central Government itself has notified a day as “public holiday” under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, there is no need for banks to wait for the State Government notification.

Grant of Savings Bank allowance to Postal Assistants working in Savings Bank/Certificate Branches – clarification by Department of Posts

Grant of Savings Bank allowance to Postal Assistants working in Savings Bank/Certificate Branches – clarification by Department of Posts

SB ORDER No.13/2014
F.No. 113-07/2010-SB
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(F. S. Division)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110001
Dated: 24.12.2014
All Heads of Circles/ Regions,
Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi

Subject : Grant of Savings Bank allowance to Postal Assistants working in Savings Bank/Certificate Branches – clarification reg.

Sir/ Madam,

It has come to notice of this office that some Circles are giving SB allowance to those who have completed one year service and are working in SB / SC branch after qualifying the SB Aptitude Test and some Circles are interpreting it as if the eligibility to appear in the Aptitude Test is completion of one year service but the eligibility for getting SB Allowance is completion of five years service even if the Aptitude Test has been qualified after completion of one year of service and the official is working in the SB / SC Branch.

2 To clear the confusion of circles, the grant of SB allowance at prevailing rates approved by Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs, to those officials who have passed SB aptitude test after issue of SB Order dated 23.08.2011 with one year service condition and their services are utilized in SB/SC branch of Post Offices has been allowed.

This issues with the concurrence of JS & FA and with the approval of Secretary (Posts).
Yours faithfully,
(K. Ramalingaiah)
Assistant Director (SB-I)

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