Friday, 27 November 2015

Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY oF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
S.No. Pc-VI/ 358
No, PC-V,/ 2008/Ps/1(Stipend)
RBE No:144/2015
New Delhi, dated 16-11-2015
The General Managers
All Indian Railways and pUs
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 15.12.2008 (s.No. PC-VI/61, RBE No.198/2008 and Railway Board’s letter No. PC-III/93/Stand/Pt.II dated 01-12-1998.

Consequent upon the revision in training period of JE (Drawing/Design), item Nos. 34 & 35 under Drawing Office of the Schedule in Board’s letter of even number dated 15-12-2008 stand modified as under:-

S.No. Category Revised Designation Training Period Revised Pay Band of the Post (Rs.) Grade Pay (Rs.) Revised rates of stipend alongwith correspondi
ng grade pay (Rs.)
34. Draftsman ‘B’ in Mech/Elect. and S&T Deptt. (Diploma holders) Jr. Engineer (Drawing/Design) in Mech/Elect. and S&T Deptt. (Diploma holders) 52 weeks 9300 – 34800 4200 9300 + 4200
35. Draftsman ‘B’ in Civil Engg. Deptt. (Diploma holders) Jr. Engineer (Drawing/Design) in Civil Engg. Deptt. (Diploma holders) 52 weeks 9300 – 34800 4300 9300 + 4200

2. The above revised rate of stipend are applicable to those batches that undergo the modified training modutes as indicated against the category.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.
(N.P.Singh)
Dy. Director/ pay Commission-V
Railway Board
Source: NFIR

Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2015: RAILWAY BOARD

Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2015

Rates of Night Duty Allowance RAILWAY BOARD


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
RBE No.149/2015
No.E(P&A)II-2015/HW-1
New Delhi, dated 23-11-2015
The General Managers/CAOs
All Indian Railways & Prod. Units etc.

Subject: Rates of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2015

Consequent to sanction of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance vide this Ministry’s letter No.PC-VI/2008/I/72/1 dated 24.09.2015, the President is pleased to decide that the rates of Night Duty Allowance as notified vide Annexures “A” and “B” of Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2015/HW-1 dated 08.06.2015 stand revised with effect from 01.07.2015 as indicated at Annexure “A” in respect of “continuous”, “Intensive”, ‘Excluded’ categories and workshop employees, and as indicated at Annexure ‘B’ in respect of ‘Essentially Intermittent’ categories.

2. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
(Sd/-)
(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Dy.Director/E(P&A) II
Railway Board.
Annexures

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Grant of Transport Allowance at Rs.7000 + DA thereon to officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10000 on Non-functional basis

Grant of Transport Allowance @ Rs.7000/- + DA thereon to officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs. 10000/- on Non-functional basis – Clarification

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)
S.No.359
No PC-V/2010/A/TA/1
RBE No.145/2015
New Delhi, dated 17.11.2015
The General Managers/CAO(R)
All Zonal Railways/PUs
(As Per mailing list)

Grant of Transport Allowance @ Rs.7000/- + DA thereon to officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs. 10000/- on Non-functional basis – Clarification

Attention is invited to Board’s letter of even number dt. 12.09.2014 (RBE No.100/2014) whereby it has been clarified that the officers of organized services drawing Grade Pay of Rs. 10000/- under NFU Scheme are not eligible for grant of Transport Allowance @ Rs. 7000/-p.m +D.A thereon. References have been received from some of the Zonal Railways seeking guidelines as regards effecting recovery or otherwise of overpayments made to such officers due to erroneously allowing Transport Allowance @ of Rs. 7000/-p.m +D.A thereon.

2. In context of the above, it is stated that as per general principles of financial proprietary, any amount paid to an employee in excess of what is due to his has to be recovered. Further, the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of chandi Prasad Uniyal and Ors Vs State of Uttrakhand & Ors (civil Appeal No.5899/2012) vide their order dt 17.08.2012 have observed that “any amount paid/received without authority of law can always be recovered barring few exceptions of extreme hardships but not as a matter of right, in such situations law implies an obligation on the payee to repay the money, otherwise it would amount to unjust enrichment”.

3. As per mandate of the aforementioned rulings of the Hon’ble Supreme court, necessary action to recover the excess payment made against Transport Allowance may please be taken immediately.

4. This issue with the concurrence of Finance Dte. of Railway Board.

5. Hindi Version will follow.
Sd/-
(N.P.Singh)
Dy.Director, Pay commission-V
Railway Board
Source: NFIR

7th Pay Commission Shortcomings – BPS writes to FM

7th Pay Commission Shortcomings – BPS writes to FM

Bharat Pensiners Samaj, one of the oldest & the largest Federation of Indian pensioners writes to Finance Minister regarding the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission. The Federations insists to redress the eight serious shortcomings in the recommendations of 7th CPC. Particularly in the fitment factor issue, the Federation appeal to provide 2.81 fitment benefit for all employees without any discrimination. Read the detailed letter is reproduced and given below for your kind information...

BPS writes to Finance Minister pointing out 7th CPC shortcomings.

BHARAT PENSIONERS’ SAMAJ
(All India Federation of Pensioner’s Associations)
New Delhi -110014
SG/BPS/ 10/2015
New Delhi-Dt. 25-11-15
To
Dear Shri Arun Jaittleyji,
Honourable Minister of Finance
Government of India

Subject : 7th Central Pay Commission report released on 19.11.2015

Sir.
With deep resentment and pain BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ( BPS) the oldest & the largest Federation of Indian pensioners which is a conglomerate of over 650 Pensioners Associations appeal to you to redress the following issues which 7th CPC failed address:

1. Ratio between minimum and maximum: Instead of reducing it is raised which is against the preamble of the Constitution of Indian Republic.

2. Minimum salary has been intentionally calculated to be lower to keep common fitment factor low. Counting employees’ wife as 0.80 unit is gender biase and is totally unjustified. Quantities & rates taken for the items in basket are unrealistic for example Rs 524.07 per month is provided Even the lowest category of Govt. accommodation is not available at this rate. Similarly rate of ‘Dal’ is taken to be 97.84 per Kg. No ‘ Dal‘ is or was available in the market at this rate. Quantity of Milk is taken to be 200 ml per unit per day which is too little for a vegetarian rate of Milk is taken to be Rs 37.40 per Kg which is lower than market rate.

3. According to 7th CPC 2.57 fitment factor is for all employees. But, in fact. 2.81 fitment has been given at Secy level. This is robbing Peter to pay Paul, violative of CPC own recommendation and that of Article 14 of the constitution of India. 2.81 fitment benefit should be provided to all employee without any discrimination.

4. Raising percentage of pension based on sustenance: Analysis given by CPC is silent on sustenance this is unjustified rejection.

5.OROP recommended by 7th CPC for all. But through the jugglery of pay matrix, for promotee officers and group ‘C.‘ it will end up only in modified parity. This needs rectification to ensure absolute parity for all.

6. Additional pension at 75 yrs of age is denied only because Defence Ministry did not agree this is rather absurd. If Defence Ministry does not want to have it, let them not have it. Why make others suffer on this account?

7. Medical facilities : While the Commission’s recommendations regarding merging of all postal dispensaries with CGHS dispensaries and inclusion of non CGHS covered postal Pensioners are welcome.

However, its recommendations regarding Health insurance for pensioners do not suit existing pensioners on account of no coverage of existing disease without lock-in period, no provision of OPD facility , payment of premium and less amount of coverage.

Under signed, wish to draw your kind attention to para 9.5.18 (iii) of the 7th CPC and request you to create without delay a combined entity of CGHS, ECHS-RELHS which in terms of 7th CPC would result in a very strong network of health facilities for the Central Government employees/pensioners across the length and breadth of the country.

8.Scraping of New Pension scheme(NPS) :It has come out through 7th CPC report that though NPS was introduced more than a decade back Govt; to date could not firm up rules in this regard. With the result over 300000 employee recruited after 2004 may not have enough funds in their accounts at retirement to ensure financial security. Center and state Govt’s share of contribution is insufficient and these governments are not depositing their contribution in time, investments are subjected to service tax & withdrawals are taxable under Income Tax with the result there would not be enough money for reasonable post retirement financial security. Due to ever rising inflation, this situation will go on worsening year by year and will go out of hand by the time of retirement of the beneficiary. This is more than sufficient reason to scrap NPS & to revert to pre 2004 defined benefit Pension Scheme.

Thanking you in anticipation.
sd/-
S.C.Maheshwari
Secy. General Bharat Pensioners Sama

Uniform Fitment Factor recommended by 7th Pay Commission

Uniform Fitment Factor recommended by 7th Pay Commission

The existing PB-1, this index is 2.57, increasing to 2.62 for personnel in PB-2 and further to 2.67 from PB-3. The rationalised entry pay so arrived has been used in devising the new pay matrix.

The 7th Pay Commission recommended uniform fitment factor for all group of Central Government employees. The commission says that the fitment recommended by the VI CPC was in the form of grade pay. Any inconsistency in the computation of grade pay or in the spacing between pay bands has a direct bearing on the quantum of fitment benefit. Therefore, these issues have also been raised by numerous stakeholders. It has been demanded by a majority of the stakeholders that there should be a single fitment factor which should be uniformly applied for all employees.

The 6th CPC had mentioned that grade pay would be equivalent to 40 percent of the maximum of the pre-revised scale and that the grade pay will constitute the actual fitment, yet the computation varied greatly. After the implementation of recommendations, the difference became more pronounced in Pay Band 4 as compared to the other three pay bands. This resulted in varying fitment factors for various levels and promotional benefits that were perceived to be rather differentiated. The same pattern was discernible in the pension fixation too.

And also explained in its report that the starting point for the first level of the matrix has been set at Rs.18,000. This corresponds to the starting pay of Rs.7,000, which is the beginning of PB-1 viz., Rs.5,200 + GP1800, which prevailed on 01.01.2006, the date of implementation of the VI CPCrecommendations. Hence the starting point now proposed is 2.57 times of what was prevailing on 01.01.2006. This fitment factor of 2.57 is being proposed to be applied uniformly for all employees. It includes a factor of 2.25 on account of DA neutralisation, assuming that the rate of Dearness Allowance would be 125 percent at the time of implementation of the new pay. Accordingly, the actual raise/fitment being recommended is 14.29 percent.

Finally, the fitment of each employee in the new pay matrix is proposed to be done by multiplying his/her basic pay on the date of implementation by a factor of 2.57.

7th Pay Commission: More flaws than plus points

7th Pay Commission Report : More flaws than plus points

7th-Pay-Commission-Report-More-flaws-than-plus-points


The much-awaited 7th Pay Commission report was submitted to the government last Thursday. The 900-page long report was perused swiftly within a day or two and criticisms have already started coming.
The very next day of submitting the report, M. Krishnan, the Confederation Secretary, gave a scathing criticism. “No other Pay Commission had submitted such a terrible report,” he said. At the very beginning of the press release, he had mentioned that the backward mindset of the recommendations of the Pay Commission have been a huge disappointment for the Central Government employees.

Contrary to all the wild speculations, a raise of only 14.29 percent was finally given to the Central Government employees. This increment is akin to two installments of the Dearness Allowance. He has strongly stated that more than 50 lakh Central Government employees and Defence Personnel have been cheated.

The 6th Pay Commission recommended 10 percent, 20 percent, and 30 percent House Rent Allowance for ten years starting from 01.01.2006. The intention behind reducing it to 24 percent, 16 percent and eight percent was not explained. Despite being very well aware of the fact that the recommendations will be in effect until 2026, the fact that the Pay Commission had tried to reduce the allocation has left the Central Government employees greatly disappointed.

MACP Promotions: Among the biggest disappointments of the 7th Pay Commission report is the fact that promotions, which are given once every ten years, so not earn any substantial benefits for the employees. They stand to gain only 3 percent hike. Another painful observation is the fact that the gap between Grade Pay 2800 and 4200 has been completely reduced.

The next big disappointment is the method of calculating the dearness allowance. This was one of the much-anticipated parts of the report. There is no clear explanation as to the reason why changes had to be made in the CPI IW BY 2001=100 method, or the 115.76 Factor.

On top of it all, the commission has introduced a new “Pay Matrix.” Our expectations of a detailed explanation about it were never fulfilled. 3 percent of the amount has been rounded off and given for each CELL.

In short, the 7th Pay Commission report is on the receiving end of lot of criticism. Central Government employees are now hoping that the Centre would intervene and do something positive for them.

Source: www.cgstaffportal.in

Promotion of Section Officers of CSS to Grade-I (Under Secretary) on ad-hoc basis – reg.

Promotion of Section Officers of CSS to Grade-I (Under Secretary) on ad-hoc basis – reg.

No.5/3/2015-CS.I(U)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
*********
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 26th November, 2015
ORDER

Approval of the President is hereby conveyed for promotion of 12 Section Officers of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) to Grade-I (Under Secretary) of CSS in PB-3 (Rs.15600-391 00) with Grade Pay of RS.6600/- purely on ‘ad-hoc’ basis for a period up to 31.12.2015 or till the posts are filled up on regular basis, or until further orders whichever is earlier. The ‘ad-hoc’ promotion is subject to the following conditions:
(i) The ad-hoc promotion shall not confer any right to continue in the grade indefinitely or for inclusion in the Select List for regular appointment or to claim seniority in the Grade I of the CSS.

(ii) Ad-hoc appointments may be terminated at any point of time without giving any reason there for.

(iii) The appointment on ad-hoc basis will take effect from the date of assuming the charge of the post of Under Secretary in the Ministry/Department to which the officer has been allocated.

(iv) The service rendered on ad-hoc basis in the Under Secretary grade would not count for the purpose of seniority in that grade or for promotion to the next higher grade.

(v) The appointment is subject to vigilance clearance in terms of DoPT’s OM No.22034/4/2012-Estt.(D) dated 02.11.2012 and other relevant instructions on the subject. The Ministry/ Department where the officer is working should relieve him/her or promote him/her only after verifying that no disciplinary proceedings are pending or contemplated against the officer.

(vi) The Officers, who have not undergone mandatory Level ‘0’ Training as enjoined in Cadre Training Plan for the CSS, will have to undergo the aforesaid training as per nominations made by this Department.

(vii) No request for retention of the Officers who are transferred on promotion would be entertained.

(viii) The officers who fail to avail ad-hoc promotion would not be considered for ad-hoc promotion for a period of one year from the date of issue of this promotion order.

(ix) Officers undergoing any training other than mandatory training under CSS (CTP) will not be allowed proforma promotion and the officer has to join the post to avail promotion. In this regard attention is invited to this Department’s O.M. No. 21/3/2015-CS.I(P) dated 19.3.2015.
2. The posting of officers on their promotion is as shown against their names in the Annexure to this OM. Allocation has been made in terms of the revised Rotational Transfer Policy for CSS Officers.

3. The Officers promoted vide this order will be required to join the allocated Ministries/ Departments by 30.11.2015 and failure to do so may attract punitive action by DoPT. It will also be incumbent upon the Ministry/ Department and the officer concerned not to draw salary beyond the stipulated date. If any Officer fails to join by the stipulated date, the promotion order is liable to be cancelled.

Officers covered in this order and presently on deputation should repatriate to the cadre immediately to avail promotion, failing which promotion order will be cancelled.

4. Notification appointing the officers will be issued by the Ministry/Department and a copy of the notification issued should be endorsed to this Department.

5. Web Based Cadre Management System: Promotion of officers have been reflected in the Web Based Cadre Management System. Accordingly, relieving/ joining of officers should be immediately updated in the Transfer module of the Web Based Cadre Management System hosted at cscms.nic.in. This is the responsibility of the nodal officers concerned.

6. This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.
(V Srinivasaragavan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tele: 24629412
Copy to:
1. The Joint Secretaries (Admn.lEstt.) of all Ministries / Departments concerned.
2. Officers concerned.
3. SO(PR/CMS)/SO(S)/SO(APAR)
4. Guard File.

Source:  http://ccis.nic.in

Railway Reservation for Physically Challenged made easier

Railway Reservation for Physically Challenged made easier

New Delhi: In a much-needed relief to the physically challenged persons availing concessional rail fares, Railways has rationalised provisions for allotment of berths in a sleeper class under such quota by earmarking middle seat for the accompanying passenger.

As per the revised provisions, which are to come into effect from December 22, there will be two types of physically-challenged quota of two berths each — one lower and one middle — in the same cabin.
One will be for physically challenged persons who can utilise concession only when accompanied by an escort and the second for those for whom it is optional to take an escort with them, Railways announced in a release today.

It has also been decided that whenever a physically handicapped person books ticket on concession and if no berth is available in handicapped quota, the system will automatically try to allot the lower berth to the travelling passenger and middle berth to escort, subject to availability of same at the time of booking, the release said.

These changes were necessitated following some cases of the handicapped persons for whom it is optional to take an escort were not allowed to book single berth against this quota on the ground that the second berth will go vacant (as middle berth cannot be allotted to physically handicapped persons) was brought to the notice of the Railway Ministry, it said.

This issue has now been examined by the Ministry of Railways and further rationalisation has been done to ensure optimum allotment and utilisation of handicapped quota, the release said.

According to Railways, the berths for the physically handicapped persons, who can utilise concession only when accompanied by an escort, can be booked on first come first serve basis.

Similarly, for those handicapped persons having option of taking an escort, the berths will be booked together (in the same cabin), it said.

The release also said that at the time of preparation of reservation charts, the untiled lower berths under this quota can be released to physically handicapped passenger(of either category who were kept in general waiting list due to exhaustion of their quota), single senior citizen travelling alone on priority or to waitlisted passengers as per priority.

PTI

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