Tuesday, 29 November 2016

No Change in the 15th December Parliament March - Confederation

No Change in the 15th December Parliament March - Confederation

MOST IMPORTANT & URGENT

DECEMBER 15th PARLIAMENT MARCH



NO CHANGE

PROGRAMME WILL BE CONDUCTED

ON DECEMBER 15th ITSELF



IT IS REPORTED THAT SOMEBODY IS SPREADING FALSE NEWS IN SOCIAL MEDIA THAT THE DECEMBER 15TH PARLIAMENT MARCH IS POSTPONED.

THIS IS TOTALLY FALSE NEWS.

THERE IS NO CHANGE IN THE DATE OF THE PARLIAMENT MARCH.

IT WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 15TH ITSELF.

DO NOT BELIEVE SUCH FALSE NEWS

M.KRISHNAN
SECRETARY GENERAL
CONFEDERATION

Source: confederationhq

Review the Various Pension related issues requiring close monitoring: Minutes of the Meeting under the Chairmenship of CGA

Review the Various Pension related issues requiring close monitoring: Minutes of the Meeting under the Chairmenship of CGA:

No.CPAO/CO-ORD/(107)/2016-17/496
MINISTRY OF FINANCE, DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIK00T -II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE, NEW DELHI-110066
Dated: 24.11.2016
Minutes of the Meeting

Please find enclosed herewith a copy of minutes of the Meeting held on 11th November, 2016 at 11.00 AM at O/o CGA under the chairmanship of controller General of Accounts to review the various pension - related issues requiring close monitoring by Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs for further necessary action.


(Vijay Singh)
Sr. Accounts Officer

Minutes of the meeting held on 11.11.2016 under the chairmanship of Controller General of Accounts at Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan, INA, New Delhi.

A Meeting was held on 11.11.2016 at 11.00 AM under the Chairmanship of Controller General of Accounts in the Conference Hall 'Swasti' Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan, Office of CGA, Block-E, General Pool Office Complex, INA Colony, New Delhi to discuss pension related issues.

At the outset Chief Controller (Pension) welcomed all the participants. Controller General of Accounts in his opening remarks highlighted the need for quick processing of pension cases to avoid delays and prompt disposal of Pensioners’ grievances and advised all concerned CCAs/CAs that issues regarding pending grievances and delays in receipt of pension & revision cases from HOOs/DDOs should be raised in the Senior Officers’ Meetings chaired by respective Secretaries. He stressed that all Pr. CCAs/CCAs/CAs must use their dashboards provided by CPAO to monitor the disposal of grievances and uploading of lists of retiring employees and submission of pension cases.

List of participants is at Annexure-I.

Following agenda items were discussed and decisions taken:
1. Agenda Item No. 1-A: Pending cases of revision under OM dated 6th April, 2016: Delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years:
It was observed that total 88,550 cases were due for revision. Out of that 61,778 cases were already revised. However, still 26772 cases (30%) were pending for revision. Out of these cases, 2551 2 cases (95%) were pending with 9 ministries/ departments i.e. Home Affairs (23,307), Atomic Energy, Prasar Bharti, CBEC, I&B, Agriculture, HIED, Civil Aviation and Supply. Vide various OMs issued by CPAO, concerned CCAs/CAs were requested to revise pending cases urgently. CGA directed to finalize all the pending cases within one month. PAO wise pendencies were reviewed specifically for MHA & Atomic Energy and they were advised to regularly review the status with their high pendency PAOs.

Action: All Concerned CCAs/ CAs

2. Agenda Item No. 1-B: Status of revision of pending Pre-2006 pension cases

It was observed that total 4617 cases of Pre-2006 (1,199 of Pre-2006 & 3,418 of Pre-90) were pending for revision in civil Ministries/Departments. Highest pendencies pertained to Home Affairs (963), Atomic Energy (442), CBEC, HRD, and Prasar Bharti. It was informed by the CCAs/CAs that these cases are pending due to non-availability of required information either with PAOs or with HOOs & Banks in spite of all out efforts made. Following points decisions were taken:

(i) CPAO to prepare fresh list of live pending cases on the basis of e-scrolls received which may reduce the number of pending cases. This list would be provided to the concerned Ministries/Departments to again review the pendency and check the availability of records. If records are not available even after this exercise, the certificate of non availability of records would be furnished by concerned CCAs/CAs to CPAO to enable it to take further necessary action. If any pensioner represents for revision of his/her pension in future the same would be revised on the basis of records provided by him/her subject to verification of the record.

(ii) The above list would also be provided to concerned pension disbursing banks to check the genuineness of these pensioners on the basis of KYC records available with them and get the relevant records required for revision for such pensioners. The banks will also be asked to furnish the copies of life certificates received from these pensioners to CPAO by 15th Feb, 2017.

Action: All Concerned CCAs/CAs, CPAO and Banks

3. Agenda Item Number-2: Delay in receipt of fresh PPOs

It was observed that only 29 percent of fresh PPOs were received in CPAO from PAOs before the date of retirement of government servants. All the CCAs/CAs present in the meeting informed that delay in finalizing fresh pension cases is because of late submission of pension papers by the HOOs to concerned PAOs. However, status of Atomic Energy was quite satisfactory where 85% fresh PPOs were received before the date of retirement. The Joint CA, Atomic Energy informed that they are regularly reviewing the status of receipt of fresh pension cases with the department and in case of any problem; they are holding the meetings with senior officers so that timely receipt of cases in PAOs may be ensured. CGA appreciated the efforts of Atomic Energy and advised other CCAs/CAs also to take up the matter regularly with concerned Administrative Authorities i.e. HODs/DOOs/DDOs for receiving the pension cases in PAOs as per prescribed time schedule and use the dashboards provided under WRPS to monitor the delays.

Action: All Concerned CCAs/ CAs

4. Agenda Item Number-3: Seeding of Aadhaar

Significant progress was observed in respect of Aadhaar Seeding in fresh PPOs by the Ministries/Departments as overall seeding percentage had reached 61%. Ministries/Departments where seeding percent was low were Home Affairs, PPG and Supply. In some Ministries/Departments, like Health & Family Welfare, HRD, Prasar Bharti and UD seeding was more than 90%, CCA, MHA was requested to ensure increasing the number of Aadhaar seeding in fresh PPOs as the low percentage of IVIHA had brought down overall percentage very significantly. Representative of PPG&P pointed out that low percentage of Aadhaar seeding in PPG&P was due to low Aadhaar seeding by Director of Accounts, Cabinet Secretariat (DACS) which uses PAO code of PPG&P but they are not in the administrative control of CA, PPG&P. On this issue, it was decided that while CPAO may take up the matter with DACS; PPG&P was also advised to coordinate with DACS to resolve this issue on regular basis. Most of the CCAs/CAs informed that PAOs are indicating Aadhaar numbers in fresh PPOs wherever the same is made available by the concerned HOOs and efforts are made to make it 100%.

Action: All Concerned CCAs/CAs

5. Agenda Item Number-4: Web Responsive Pensioners Service:

A. Grievances: Under WRPS, total 570 grievances were received, out of that 375 pertained to the concerned 15 ministries. Out of these 375 grievances, 70 grievances were replied back by PAOs to CPAO and 56 settled. 305 grievances were still pending with PAOs. CGA advised all concerned CCAs/CAs to review the status of pending grievances through WRPS on weekly basis and settle the grievances in time bound manner. CC (P) also requested CCAs/CAs to regularly review the pending grievances available under their dashboards under WRPS and ensure not to allow any pendency beyond 30 days. All the CCAs/CAs assured to regularly review the pending grievances and take necessary action to bring down the number of pending grievances.

Action: All Concerned CCAs/ CAs

B. Quarterly List of retiring Employees: Lists of only 1734 retiring employees were uploaded so far by the PAOs of concerned Ministries/Departments. Since annually about 35 thousand of fresh pension cases are received in CPAO, this small number of uploading of lists showed that still either many PAOs are not uploading complete lists of retiring employees or not uploading at all.

To ensure the timely submission of list of retirees by the HOOs to the concerned PAOs the CCAs/CAs present in the meeting were advised to take up the matter with their HODs on regular basis to get the complete list of retiring employees wherever the same is not being provided by the HOOs. CGA advised CCAs/CAs to pay special attention to those PAOs where details of not even single employee has been uploaded so far.

Action: All Concerned CCAs/ CAs

6. Agenda Item Number-5: Discrepancies in the bookie of Expenditure under Pension grant:

It was observed that there were many discrepancies in the booking of expenditure under pension grant No.35 in the year-2016-17 (up to 2nd quarter) by many Ministries/Departments i.e. expenditure in excess of budget, expenditure without budget, misclassification between charged and voted expenditure, expenditure booked in minus etc. An OM dated 11.11.2016 with details of discrepancies had already been issued to CCAs/CAs. All concerned CCAs/CAs were advised to regularly review the booking of expenditure under various heads of pension grant in their Ministries/Departments with the help of reports available under e-lekha/PFMS and ensure to avoid any discrepancies in booking under pension grant.

Action: All Concerned CCAs/ CAs

7. During the meeting, CCA, Home Affairs and CA, Agriculture requested CC (P) to organize workshop for their pension processing PAOs in CPAO on WRPS and various pension related issues. It was agreed that workshop for PAOs of Ministry of Agriculture would be organized on 18th November, 2016 and for MHA on 1st December, 2016 at CPAO. Other Ministries were also requested to work out schedule of workshop for their PAOs in consultation with CPAO.

Action: All Concerned CCAs/CA, CPAO, MHA, Agriculture

The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair.


Annexure-I
List of Participants
SI. No. Ministry/Department Name of Representative
1
CPAO
,
1. Sh. Sanjai Singh ,CC(P)
2. Sh. Subhash Chandra, CA
3. Sh. Davinder Kumar, TD, NIC
4. Sh. S. P. Sharma, Consultant
5. Mrs. Krishna Sharma, Sr. AO
6. Sh. Vijay Singh, Sr. AO
2
Industry Sh. Siya Sharan, CCA
3
CBEC 1. Sh. Pradeep Kr. Berwah, CCA
2. Sh. Laxman Ram Kurnhar, Sr. AO
4
MHA 1. Sh. Rajesh Kumar, CCA
2. Sh. Robin Jain, Sr. AO
5
Urban Development Sh. Shyam S. Dubey, CCA
6
I&B Sh. Jeetendra K. Jha, CA
7
HRD Sh. B. K. Agrawal, CA
8
CBDT Dr. Dilip Kumar, CA
9
Agriculture Sh. Taranjit Singh, CA
10
PPG&P 1. Mrs. Rita Barisal, Dy CA
2. Mrs. Saroj Grover, Sr. AO
11
Atomic Energy -Sh. Chetrarn. Singh, Joint CA
12
Supply Sh. S.K. Arya, Sr. AO
13
Civil Aviation Sh. D.K Saini, Sr. AO

Relaxation on withdrawal of cash from bank deposit accounts - RBI Instructions on 28.11.2016

Relaxation on withdrawal of cash from bank deposit accounts - RBI Instructions on 28.11.2016

Withdrawal of cash from bank deposit accounts - Relaxation

RBI/2016-17/163
DCM.No.1437/10.27.00/2016-17
November 28, 2016

The Chairman / Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer,
Public Sector Banks/ Private Sector Banks / Foreign Banks /
Regional Rural Banks / Urban Cooperative Banks/
State Cooperative Banks/ District Central Cooperative Banks

Dear Sir,
Withdrawal of cash from bank deposit accounts - Relaxation

It has been reported that certain depositors are hesitating to deposit their monies into bank accounts in view of the current limits on cash withdrawals from accounts.

2. As it is impeding active circulation of currency notes, it has been decided, on careful consideration, to allow withdrawals of deposits made in current legal tender notes on or after November 29, 2016 beyond the current limits; preferably, available higher denominations bank notes of Rs. 2000 and Rs. 500 are to be issued for such withdrawals.
Yours faithfully,
(P Vijaya Kumar)
Chief General Manager

Authority: www.rbi.org.in

Monday, 28 November 2016

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) on basic TRCA from 125% to 132% at revised rates w.e.f. 01.07.2016 onwards

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) on basic TRCA from 125% to 132% at revised rates w.e.f. 01.07.2016 onwards

Postal Department Circular on Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates w.e.f. 01.07.2016 onwards

    No. 14-01/2011-PAP
    Government of India
    Ministry of Communication & IT
    Department of Posts
    (Establishment Division)/P.A.P. Section
    Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi - 110 001

Dated 24 Nov, 2016,
To

All Chief Postmaster General

All G.Ms. (PAF)/Directors or Accounts (Posts).

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates w.e.f. 01.07.2016 onwards - reg.

Consequent upon grant of another installment of Dearness Allowance, with effect from 1st July 2016 to the Central Government Employees vide Government of India. Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No, 1/3/2008-E.II(B) dated 9th November 2016 duly endorsed by this Department vide letter No. 8-02/2011-PAP dated 18th November, 2016, the Gamin Dak Sevaks (GDS) have also become entitled to the payment of Dearness Allowances on basic TRCA at the revised rate with effect than 01.07.2016. It has. therefore, been decided that the Dearness Allowance payable to the Gramin Dak Sevaks shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 125% to 132% an the basic Time Related Continuity Allowance, with effect from the 1st July, 2016.

2. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under this order shall he paid in cash to all Gramin Dak Sevaks.

3. The expenditure on this account shall be debited to the Bead “Salaries” under the relevant head of account and should be met from the sanctioned grant.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide their Diary No 227/FA/2016/CS dated 24/11/2016.

(K. V. Vijayakumar)
Assistant Director , General (Estt.)

Defence Minister reply to Lok Sabha regarding number of Beneficiaries of OROP as on 12 November 2016

Defence Minister reply to Lok Sabha regarding number of Beneficiaries of OROP as on 12 November 2016

Defence Minister reply to Lok Sabha - Unstarred question No.1696

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEPARTMENT OF EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1696
TO BE ANSWERED ON THE 25TH NOVEMBER, 2016

ONE RANK ONE PENSION

1696. DR. SATYAPAL SINGH:
SHRI BHARTRUHARI MAHTAB:
SHRI DEEPENDER SINGH HOODA:
SHRI N.K. PREMACHANDRAN:
SHRI K.C. VENUGOPAL:
SHRI RAHUL SHEWALE:
SHRI SUNIL KUMAR SINGH:
SHRIMATI KAMLA DEVI PAATLE:
SHRI PR. SENTHIL NATHAN:
SHRI SANGANNA AMARAPPA:

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Ex-Servicemen are being paid enhanced pension after the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, if so, the details thereof along with the total number of Ex-Servicemen benefited under the scheme;
(b) the total allocation of funds made and utilised under the scheme during the financial years 2015-16 and 2016-17;
(c) whether the Government has received requests / suggestions / objections / grievances from Ex-Servicemen associations on certain shortcomings in the said scheme,if so, the details thereof and the action taken by the Government thereon;
(d) whether it has come to the notice of the Government that an Ex-Servicemen committed suicide due to the denial of the benefit of the scheme, if so, the details of enquiry conducted and its outcome thereof; and
(e) the other steps taken / being taken for effective implementation of the scheme?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF DEFENCE (SHRI MANOHAR PARRIKAR)

(a) Yes, Madam. Details of the beneficiaries of OROP benefits, as on 12.11.2016 are as under:-
No. of cases paid (1st
installment and lump
sum payments)
Amount
disbursed
(Rs. in Crores)
No. of cases
paid 2nd
installment
Amount
disbursed
(Rs. in Crores)
19,43,6063939.4114,02,7552081.56

(b) Details of the allocation and utilization of funds under OROP are as under:
Financial YearAllocation under OROPUtilization on account of arrears of OROP
2015-16No separate allocation
made under OROP
Rs.3000 crores (approx.)
2016-17Rs.12456 croresRs.3020.97 crores
(as on 12.11.2016)

(c) Yes, Madam. Around 3200 representations for addressing the anomalies on OROP were received from individuals / Associations which were examined and issues referred to the Judicial Committee on OROP for its recommendations. The Committee has submitted its report on 26.10.2016.

(d) Ex-Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal had committed suicide at Delhi on 01.11.2016. On enquiry regarding payment of the benefits of OROP to him, the pension disbursing bank has informed that he was drawing pension @ Rs.22,608/- p.m. He was entitled for revised pension under OROP @ Rs.25,634/- p.m. The total amount of arrears of Rs.53,978/- on account of implementation of OROP has been credited to Bank Account of Late Ex Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal on 08.11.2016.

(e) Public Grievance Cell in the Department is receiving grievances of the pensioners / family pensioners and taking up the matter with the concerned offices e.g. Controller General of Defence Accounts, Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension), etc for redressal of their grievances. Disposal of grievances is monitored at the highest level in the Government.

Source : Loksabha

Effect of Penalties on Promotion - Role of Department Promotion Committee Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion

Effect of Penalties on Promotion - Role of Department Promotion Committee Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion

DoPT OM on the Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion



No.22011/4/2007-Estt.(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public and Training
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi - 110 011

November 21, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Sub: Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion - role of Departmental Promotion Committee

The Department of Personnel & Training vide its OM of even number dated 28.4.2014 issued instructions on the above subject. Paragraph 7(d), 7(f) and 7(g) of the said OM provides as follows:

7(d)

If the official under consideration is covered under any of the three condition mentioned in paragraph 2 of OM dated 14.9.1992, the DPC will assess the suitability of Government servant along with other eligible candidates without taking into consideration the disciplinary case / criminal prosecution pending. The assessment of the DPC including 'unfit' for promotion and the grading awarded are kept in a sealed cover. [Paragraph 2.1 of DoPT OM dated 14.9.1992]

7(f)

If any penalty is imposed on the Government servant as a result of the disciplinary proceedings or if he / she is found guilty in the criminal prosecution against him / her, the findings of the sealed cover / covers shall not be acted upon. His / her case for promotion may be considered by the next DPC in the normal course and having regard to the penalty imposed on him / her [paragraph 3.1 of DoPT OM dated 14.9.1992].

7(g)

In assessing the suitability of the officer on whom a penalty has been imposed, the DPC will take into account the circumstances leading to the imposition of the penalty and decide whether in the light of general service record of the officer and the fact of imposition of penalty, the officer should be considered for promotion. The DPC, after due consideration, has authority to assess the officer as 'unfit' for promotion. However, where the DPC considers that despite the penalty the officer is suitable for promotion, the officer will be actually promoted only after the currency of the penalty is over [paragraph 13 of DoPT OM dated 10.4.1989].

2. Questions have been raised by the Ministries and Departments asking whether this is applicable in the case of ‘Censure‘ also. In this regard, it is reiterated that paragraphs 7 (d), 7(f) and 7(g) cited above are applicable in all the recognized penalties under CCS (CCA) Rules including the minor penalty of Censure as well for which no currency has been prescribed, it would mean that as per para 7(g), if the DPC considers the officer fit for promotion notwithstanding the award of censure, he / she can be promoted without referring to the currency of penalty.


(G. Jayanthi)
Director
Download DOPT OM No.22011/4/2007-Estt.(D) dated 21.11.2016

Creamy layer expert committee Loksabha Q&A

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions reply to Lok Sabha on Creamy layer expert committee report.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING)
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 139
(TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.11.2016)


CREAMY LAYER

139. SHRI GANESH SINGH:
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:

(a) whether the previous Government had set aside the report of first creamy layer expert committee and the Department of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions issued an official memorandum No. 36033/5/2004- Est. (SCT) dated 14 October, 2004 clarifying the creamy layer and which carries out two different meanings in its Hindi and English versions and if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether the Government has accepted the mistakes of the said memorandum and if so, the action taken to cancel the said memorandum and the action taken against the officials found responsible therefor,

(c) if not, the reaction of the Government in this regard;

(d) whether the Government has disqualified many candidates of the OBC for IAS and other services despite qualifying the Civil Services Examination, 2015 as a result of the said memorandum and if so, the details in this regard; and

(e) the number of OBC candidates declared disqualified for IAS and other services on the basis of this memorandum from 2004 till date?

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) to (c): The DOPT Office Memorandum (O.M.) No. 36033/5/2004-Estt(SCT) dated 14 October, 2004 is only a clarification explaining the provisions of DOPT O.M. No. 36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) dated 8.9.1993. The O.M. of 8.9.1993 was issued by the DOPT based on the recommendations of an Expert Committee constituted by the then Ministry of Welfare.

The earlier unsigned typed copy of the English version of the O.M. dated 14.10.2004, uploaded on the website of this Department, had certain discrepancies in respect of Paragraph 9 vis-a vis its Hindi version uploaded on the Department's website. It was, therefore, felt necessary to rectify that discrepancy. Subsequently, the signed version of the O.M. was traced and uploaded on the Department’s website and now it is seen that there is no error in Paragraph 9 of the English version of the O.M. dated 14.10.2004 vis-a vis the Hindi version.

(d) & (e): In case of recommendation of name of a candidate by UPSC for service allocation, the candidate is considered for allocation to one of those services by the Government for which he has indicated his preference as per Civil Services Examination Rules and extant instruction on the subject.

Source : Lok Sabha

House Rent Allowance should be paid @ 35, 25 and 15% of pay

Agitational Programme to be held from 05.12.2016 to 09.12.2016
"HRA should be paid @ 35, 25 and 15% of pay"


HRA BPMS


BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)
REF: BPMS/Cir/17th TC/ 11
Dated: 02.11.2016
To,
The President/General Secretary
Unions Affiliated to the Federation
& Office Bearers & Executive Committee Members
BPMS

Subject: Agitational Programme to be held from 05.12.2016 to 09.12.2016.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is hoped that all of you are well and busy in accelerating trade union activities. Under the banner of Government Employees National Confederation, we continuously demanded for removal of anomalies related to pay fixation, bonus, income tax, recommendations of Pay Commissions but the Governments did not pay any heed to our genuine demands and it is leading discontentment amongst the employees. Therefore, Government Employees National Confederation has decided that all the constituent Federation of GENC will observe an agitation programme throughout the country from 05.12.2016 to 09.12.2016.

Being a constituent of GENC, this federation BPMS has decided that all the affiliated unions will organize agitation programme from 05.12.2016 to 09.12.2016 like Gate Meeting, Slogan Shouting, Dharna etc. On 09.12.2016 a memorandum should be submitted to their respective Heads of the establishment addressed to Hon'ble Prime Minister of India mentioning the following demands:

1. Minimum Pay should be fixed Rs 24,000/- and fitment formula should be 3.42 in place of 2.57.

2. Under MACP Scheme, 05 financial upgradation should be granted in promotional hierarchy in the service of 30 years.

3. Annual Increment should be @ 5% in place of 3%.

4. The Benchmark 'very good' should be abolished for granting of promotion, financial upgradation and annual increment.

5. The Grade pay of Group 'C' Rs 1900/- and Rs 2000/- should be merged and upgraded to Rs 2400/-.

6. HRA should be paid @ 35, 25 and 15% of pay.

7. New Pension Scheme should be scraped.

8. FDI should be scraped in Defence and Railway.

9. Bonus should be calculated on Rs 18,000/- in place of 7,000/- because minimum pay has been enhanced from 7,000/- to 18,000/-.

10. Income tax exemption limit (tax free income) should be extended to Rs 8,00,000/-.

11. The wards of employees died in harness should be guaranteed with 100% compassionate ground appointments.

Thanking you

Sincerely yours

(M P SINGH)
General Secretary

Copy to:
1 The General Secretary BMS, New Delhi
2 Shri K.N.Sharma, I/C BPMS, Lucknow For information
3 The Secretary General, GENC, Kanpur

Source: BPMS

Grant of Advance for Cancer treatment in Non-Empanelled Private Hospitals / Private Nursing Home under CGHS / CS (MA) Rules


Grant of Advance for Cancer treatment in Non-Empanelled Private Hospitals / Private Nursing Home under CGHS / CS (MA) Rules

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)

REF: BPMS / MH&FW / Advance / 156 (8/1/L)
Dated: 25.11.2016
To,
The Secretary,
Govt. of India, Min. of Health & Family Welfare,
156 - A, Nirman Bhawan,
New Delhi 110001.

Subject: Grant of Advance for Cancer treatment in Non-Empanelled Private Hospitals / Private Nursing Home under CGHS / CS (MA) Rules.

Respected Sir,
Considering the hardships being faced by cancer patient, vide O.M. No.1967/2013/DEL/CGHS/SZ/D52/CGHS(P) , Dated 30.12.2014 Department of Health & Family Welfare, CGHS (Policy) Division delegated the powers to HOD’s for permission / ex-post facto approval for cancer treatment taken in non-empanelled hospitals subject to reimbursement being restricted to CGHS rates or actual expenditure, whichever is less.

Further, as per O.M. No. s.12020/4/97-CGHS (P), Dated 07.03.2000 of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (Department of Health) the Heads of Departments (HODs) may decide the cases of reimbursement of medical claims in respect of treatment obtained in emergency at private hospitals/private nursing home/private clinic, subject to item-wise ceiling as per rates prescribed for CGHS beneficiaries without financial limit on the total amount to be reimbursed.

Now, it has been experienced that a government employee covered under CGHS / CS(MA) Rules and resides in Kanpur, obtains the permission of Head of Department for treatment in Non-Empanelled Private Nursing Home/Hospital (for example Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, New Delhi). After surgical treatment of Cancer, he needs post operative treatment (Chemotherapy) and he wants to continue his treatment from the same non-empanelled private nursing home/hospital. But the HOD refuses to grant advance for post operative treatment on the plea that advance may be granted in emergency for treatment in non-empanelled private nursing home and post operative treatment of cancer (Chemotherapy) does not fall under the category of emergency. In absence of advance, such employee finds himself unable to get treated and cured and that add insult to injury.

In such circumstances, you are requested to issue necessary orders so that the beneficiaries covered under CGHS / CS (MA) Rules may be granted medical advance being restricted to CGHS rates for post operative treatment of Cancer obtained from nonempanelled private nursing home/hospital.
Thanking you,
Sincerely yours
(MUKESH SINGH)
Enclosed: As mentioned

Copy to:
1. The DHS, OFB, Kolkata Secretary/BPMS &
2. The US D(Civ-I), MoD, New Delhi Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)
-With request to take appropriate action.

Source: BPMS

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Implementation of 7th Pay Commission - Railway Board clarification on Calculation of Money Value of posts surrendered and crediting to surplus bank


Implementation of 7th Pay Commission - Railway Board clarification on Calculation of Money Value of posts surrendered and crediting to surplus bank

Ministry of Railways has issued a circular clarifying calculation of Money Value of posts surrendered on implementation of 7th Pay commission

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
New Delhi

RBE No.133/2016

No. E(MPP)2016/1/58

Dated 10.11.2016

The General Managers,

All India Railways Including Production Units.

Sub: Calculation of Money Value of posts surrendered and crediting to surplus Bank on Implementation of 7th Pay Commission.

In view of Implementation of 7th CPC recommendations w.e.f 01.01.2016, references are being received from railways seeking clarification for calculating the money value of the posts surrendered and crediting to surplus Bank on implementation of 7th Pay Commission. As Ministry of Finance (MOF) has not issued instructions in this regard, the following provisional instructions are being issued subject to necessary adjustment in calculation in case MOF issues any orders at variance.

For the purpose of working out the monetary value of the post being surrendered, only the mean pay of the same in a particular level in 7th CPC mentioned in the Matrix and Dearness allowance as on date should be taken into account for calculation of mean value.

The above is explained with the following illustration of surrender of a post in level -7 of the 7th CPC matrix:

PC matrix:

6th CPC Pay Band+GP Level as Per 7thCPC Pay Matrix Pay Structure as per Level Mean Pay of the level.
PB-II 9300-34800 + GP 4600 Level - 7 44900-142400 ((44900+142400)/2)=93650


Similar calculation may be adopted for posts surrendered w.e.f 01.01.2016 and vacancy Bank may be accordingly modified.

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Railway Board.

Receipt of the letter may please be acknowledged.
(Anuradha Singh)
Director (MPP)
Railway Board

Download Railway Board Circular RBE No.133/2016 No. E(MPP)2016/1/58 dated 10.11.2016

6th CPC DA Orders - Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E)


6th CPC DA Orders - Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs (E)

Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2016 to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/grade pay as per 6th pay Central Pay Commission

F.No.1(2)/2004/D (Pay/Services)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi, 23rd November, 2016
To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chier Of the Air staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff

Subject: Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2016 to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/grade pay as per 6th pay Central Pay Commission.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter No. 1(2)/2004/D (Pay/Services) dated 18rh April, 2016 on the subject cited above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank, including Non-Combatants (Enrolled), shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 125% to 132% with effect from 1st July, 2016.

2. The provisions contained in paras 2, 4 and 5 of this Ministry's letter No. 1(2)/2004/D(Pay/Services) dated 25th September 2008 shall continue to be applicable wvhile regulating Dearness Allmvance under these orders.

3. This letter issues with the concurrence of Finance Division of this Ministry vide their Dy. No.1/3/2008-E-II(B), dated 21.11.2016 based on the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) No.1/3/2008-E-II(B), dated 9th November, 2016.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Prashant Rastogi)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Nomination of Representatives of recognized federations of Indian Railways to attend the meeting on Allowances to be held on 28.11.2016

Nomination of Representatives of recognized federations of Indian Railways to attend the meeting on Allowances to be held on 28.11.2016

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
No. PC-VIIl/2016/COS/3
New Delhi Dated: 25.11.2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:Nomination of Representatives of recognized federations of Indian Railways to attend the meeting on Allowances to be held on 28.11.2016.

The undersigned is directed to refer Ministry of Finance’s OM dated 21.11.2016 advising this Ministry to nominate names of representatives of recognized Federations/Staff Associations of Indian Railways to present their views on Allowances pertaining to Ministry of Railways in the meeting scheduled to be held on 28.11.2016 at North Block.

2. It is advised that the following representatives would be representing the recognized Staff Federations of Indian Railways in the aforesaid meeting.

(i) Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, AIRF
(ii) Dr. M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary, NFIR.

3. With regard to the request forwarded by All India Train Controllers Association and All India Guard Council to call them for the aforesaid meeting, it is state that this Ministry is of the view that the request may not be acceded to as both associations are un-recognized and acceding such request will result in similar demands from large number of un-recognized associations in Ministry of Railways. It is also stated that All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) and National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) are only two recognized federations of Indian Railways.

Sd/-
(S. Balachandra Iyer)
Director, Pay Commission
Railway Board
Source: NFIR

Non-payment of Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance (HPCA/PCA) to the Kitchen Staff working in the Railway Hospitals

Non-payment of Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance (HPCA/PCA) to the Kitchen Staff working in the Railway Hospitals

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110 055
Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
No. I/5(g)/Part V
Dated: 23/11/2016
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir

Sub: Non-payment of Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance (HPCA/PCA) to the Kitchen Staff working in the Railway Hospitals-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR's PNM item No. 12/2016.
(ii) Railway Board's letter No. E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 dated 09/01/2008, 20/02/2013 & letter No. E(P&A)II-9/HW-6-Vol III dated 31/07/2015.
(iii) Railway Board's letter No.E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 Vol.III dated 02/06/2016.
(iv) NFIR’s letter No.I/5(g)/Part V dated 09/06/2016.
(v) Railway Board's letter No. E(P&A)II-2016/FE-/2 dated 09/11/2016 addressed to GS/NFIR

On perusal of the report of EDs Committee constituted to examine the feasibility for payment of Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance (PCA) to the Kitchen Staff working in the Railway Hospitals/Health Units, the Federation finds that the following vital points have been ignored by the Committee while finalizing its recommendations:

• Railway Board vide letter No. E(P&A) II-98/HW-6 dated 09/01/2008 issued orders for payment of Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA). Patient Care Allowance (PCA) to the Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ staff working in Railway Hospitals/Health Units/Clinics with effect from 01/01/2008 pursuant to the directives issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide OM No. Z. 28015/24/2001-H dated 4th February 2004 duly removing ambiguity in this regard.

• The Principal Bench/CAT, New Delhi vide order dated 21st February 2014, while deciding OA No. 974/2013, has also relied on Railway Board’s circular dated 09/01/2008 and directed to pay HPCA/PCA to the Kitchen Staff working in the Railway Hospitals/Health Units/Clinics i.e. form 01/01/2008.

• Railway Board have issued orders granting HPCA/PCA to a few more categories such as Physiotherapist, Pharmacist working in the Railway Hospitals/Health Units/Clinics and these staff have been paid the HPCA/PCA w.e.f. 01/01/2008.

The Kithchen staff working in the Northern Railway Central Hospital are disappointed consequent upon issuance of unjustified order by the Railway Board for payment of HPCA/PCA from prospective date i.e. 02/06/2016 instead from 01/01/2008. A copy of representation dated 08/11/2016 received by the Federation from the Kitchen Staff of Northern Railway, Central Hospital is enclosed for reference as the representationists have been rightly demanding payment of HPCA/PCA from 01/01/2008.


NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to re-consider the matter and issue instructions for allowing payment of HPCA/PCA to all Kitchen Staff working in Railway Hospitals/Health Units/Clinics w.e.f. 01/01/2008.

The issue will be discussed in NFIR's PNM meeting to be held with the Railway Board on 22nd/23rd December 2016.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

The Chairman, Railway Board,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,
Sub: Payment of arrears of Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance (HPCA/PCA) to the Kitchen Staff working in the Railway Hospitals-reg.

Ref: Railway Board's letter No. E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 Vol.III dated 02/06/2016.

We the following staff working the Kitchen of Northern Railway Central Hospital are thankful to the Railway Board for issuing orders for payment of Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance vide Railway Board's orders dated 02/06/2016, pursuant to the demand raised vide NFIR's PNM Item No. 12/2016. We are however, constrained to bring to your kind notice that our case has not been dealt with on merit and the payment of HPCA/PCA has been made w.e.f. 02/06/2016 only which is not justified.

In this connection, we place below following facts for the kind consideration and passing further orders in this case:

• That pursuant to the directives issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Railway Board vide letter No. E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 dated 09/01/2008 issued order for payment of HPCA/PCA to the categories of Group 'C' & 'D' staff working in the Railway Hospitals and Health Units/Clinics w.e.f 01/01/2008.
• Subsequently, some more categories of staff working in Railway Hospitals/Health Units/Clinics like Physiotherapist, Pharmacist etc., were added by the Railway Board who have also been paid HPCA/PCA w.e.f 01/01/2008.
• We are disappointed to note that in our case justice has not been awarded because payment of HPCA/PCA has been ordered only with effect from 02/02/2016, though our categories have been included vide Board’s order dated 02/06/2016.
The points mentioned above clearly established that the orders issued vide Board's letter dated 02/06/2016 are discriminatory and do not impart justice to us.
We, therefore, request your kind honour to kindly consider our case for payment of Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance (HPCA/PCA) to us w.e.f. 01/01/2008, similar to other categories of staff receiving the Allowance since 01/01/2008 and remove discrimination.

Date: 08/11/2016

Source: NFIR

Next PNM Meeting between NFIR and Railway Board

Next PNM Meeting between NFIR and Railway Board

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110 055
Affilitated to:
Indian National Treade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)

No. NFIR/PNM/109


Dated: 23/11/2016
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,.
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Next PNM Meeting between NFIR and Railway Board-reg.
Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2016/E(LR)/I/NM I-8 dated 04/10/2016

Railway Board are advised that the following representatives of NFIR will attend the PNM meeting to be held at Rail Bhavan on 22nd/23rd December, 2016.

1. Shri Guman Singh President, NFIR
2. Dr. M. Raghavaiah General Secretary, NFIR
3. Dr. R.P. Bhatnagar Working President, NFIR
4. Shri T.K. Chatterjee Treasure, NFIR
5. Shri K.S. Murty Vice President, NFIR
6. Shri J.G. Madhurkar Vice President, NFIR
7. Shri B.C. Sharma Jt. General Secretary, NFIR
8. Shri R.P. Singh Jt. General Secretary, NFIR
9. Shri P.S. Suriya Prakasam Jt. General Secretary, NFIR
10. Shri Munindra Saikia Asst. General Secretary, NFIR
11. Shri R.C. Sahoo Asst. General Secretary, NFIR
12. Shri Binod Sharma Asst. General Secretary, NFIR
13. Shri Ashok Sharma Asst. General Secretary, NFIR
14. Shri Shaik Rahiman Asst. General Secretary, NFIR
15. Shri Praveen C. Bajpai Asst. General Secretary, NFIR
16. Shri C.P. Singh Asst. General Secretary, NFIR
17. Shri R.G. Kabar Asst. General Secretary, NFIR
18. Shri Ghanshyam sharma Asst. General Secretary, NFIR
19. Shri V. Gopal Krishnan Zonal Secretary, NFIR & Motorman, Chennai Divn, S.Rly.
20. Shri Ramesh Mishra Zonal Secretary, NFIR
21. Smt Kasturi Dutta Chief Matron, Central Hospital, N.F. Rly, Maligaon
22. Smt Pranita Manumdar Chief O.S./CCM/FM Office N.F. Rly, Maligaon
23. Shri P.S. Chaturvedi General Secretary, ECRMC, Patna
24. Shri S.R. Mishra NFIR representative and General Secretary, SERMC
25. Shri Vinod Rai NFIR Representative (working on N.E. Rly)
26. Shri G. Prabhakar Andrew President, SCRES
27. Shri Sharif Khan Pathan President, WRMS

It is requested to advise GMs etc., to see that the above named representatives are granted facilities i.e. special casual leave, pass etc., for their particiaption in the PNM meeting.


Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Observance of Protest Week from 12th to 16th December 2016 by NFIR's affiliates

Observance of Protest Week from 12th to 16th December 2016 by NFIR's affiliates-reg.

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110 055

Affilitated to:
Indian National Treade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)

No. II/95/Part IX

Dated: 23/11/2016
The General Secretaries of
Affilitated Unions of NFIR

Brother,
Sub: Observance of Protest Week from 12th to 16th December 2016 by NFIR's affiliates-reg.
Ref: NFIR’s letter No. II/95/Part IX dated 17/11/2016.

Attention is invited to NFIR’s instructions vide letter dated 17/11/2016 to the affilitated Unions to observe protest week from 12th December to 16th December 2016 against non-fulfillment of commitment given by the Government (Group of Ministers) on charter of demands. It was also conveyed to organize rallies and meetings during the week (12th to 16th December, 2016) on the resolutions passed by NFIR’s National Convention at Maligaon (Guwahati) from 9th to 11th November, 2016.

NFIR once again urges upon the affiliates to make special efforts for the successful observance of All India protest week” by involving largest number of employees on all Zones, Production Units etc.


Yours fraternally,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Calculation of Money Value of posts surrendered and crediting to surplus Bank on Implementation of 7th Pay Commission

Calculation of Money Value of posts surrendered and crediting to surplus Bank on Implementation of 7th Pay Commission

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
New Delhi

RBE No. 133/2016
No. E(MPP)2016/1/58
Dated 10.11.2016


The General Managers,
All India Railways Including Production Units.

Sub: Calculation of Money Value of posts surrendered and crediting to surplus Bank on Implementation of 7th Pay Commission.

In view of Implementation of 7th CPC recommendations w.e.f 01.01.2016, references are being received from railways seeking clarification for calculating the money value of the posts surrendered and crediting to surplus Bank on implementation of 7th Pay Commission. As Ministry of Finance (MOF) has not issued instructions in this regard, the following provisional instructions are being issued subject to necessary adjustment in calculation in case MOF issues any orders at variance.

"For the purpose of working out the monetary value of the post being surrendered, only the mean pay of the same in a particular level in 7th CPC mentioned in the Matrix and Dearness allowance as on date should be taken into account for calculation of mean value".


The above is explained with the following illustration of surrender of a post in level -7 of the 7th CPC matrix:
6th CPC Pay Band+CP Level as Per 7th CPC Pay Matrix Pay Structure as per Level
Mean Pay of the level.
PB-II 9300-34800 + GP 4600
Level – 7 44900-142400
(44900+142400/2)=93650

Money Value = Mean Pay+ DA as on relevant date
Similar calculation may be adopted for posts surrendered w.e.f 01.01.2016 and vacancy Bank may be accordingly modified.
Receipt of the letter may please be acknowledged.
Sd/-
(Anuradha Singh)
Director (MPP)
Railway Board
Source : NFIR

RBI asks banks to be cash-ready for pensioners, armed forces

RBI asks banks to be cash-ready for pensioners, armed forces

RBI has asked banks to ensure cash supply for pensioners and armed forces in the wake of limited currencies in the market following cancellation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

The Reserve Bank said demand for cash from government officials and pensioners is expected after electronic payment of their salary or pension.

Banks are, therefore, advised to take appropriate steps in order to meet this likely demand for cash, RBI said.

It also asked them for arrangements at military outposts for cash requirements of armed forces.

Source : economictimes

Friday, 25 November 2016

Pay Parity between Military and Civilian Personnel


Press Information Bureau
Government of India

25-11-2016
Pay Parity between Military and Civilian Personnel

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), an expert body constituted by the Government, gave its  recommendations on emolument structure of government employees, including personnel belonging
to Defence Forces, after due consultation with various stakeholders and thorough examination of various aspects involved. The Commission recommended separate Pay Matrix for Defence Forces
after considering: (i)principles and philosophy adopted in devising the Pay Matrix for civilian employees; and (ii)some of the aspects in the rank structure unique to Defence Forces. The Government accepted the Commission’s recommendations on Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor, Index of Rationalization, Pay Matrices and general recommendations on pay with certain exceptions in Defence Pay Matrix, namely, (i)revision of Index of Rationalization of Level 13A (Brigadier) from 2.57 to 2.67; and (ii)addition of three stages in Level 12A (Lt Colonel), three stages in Level 13 (Colonel), and two stages in Level 13A (Brigadier).

As and when issues regarding anomalies in the pay of defence personnel are brought to notice, the same are examined by the Government, on case to case basis.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Sultan Ahmed and others in Lok Sabha today.

Poor Functioning of CGHS

Poor Functioning of CGHS

Some grievances have been received from CGHS beneficiaries through grievance portals and other channels regarding functioning of CGHS. These are mainly regarding non-issue of medicines, plastic cards, shortage of doctors/ specialists and long queue of patients in Wellness Centres.


Following action has been taken by the government in this regard:
(i) Appointment of retired doctors on contract basis as a stop gap arrangement to fill the vacant posts.

(ii) Medicines, which are not available at CGHS Wellness Centres are procured through Authorized Local Chemists.

(iii) A special drive was undertaken to clear the pendency of issue of CGHS Plastic cards

(iv) Option for self-printing of CGHS cards for existing CGHS beneficiaries.

(v) Introduction of on-line registration for consultation at selected Wellness Centres in Bengaluru and in one zone in Delhi.

(vi) Initiation of tele-consultation on trial basis in Delhi from two CGHS Wellness Centres with specialists of Dr. R.M.L Hospital.

Regular internal audits and also external audits/studies on the functioning of CGHS have been carried out. 

Outcome of some of the important studies are as under:

 (i) Staff Inspection Unit (SIU) was carried out by Ministry of finance for Staff Pattern Norms based on patient attendance.  Recommendations of the SIU have been implemented.

(ii) Based on the study carried out by Kaul Committee, computerization of all the CGHS Wellness Centres has been done

(iii) On the basis of recommendations of the CAG Audit on procurement of medicines, Medical Stores Organization (MSO) has initiated e-tender for procurement of Anti Cancer and other Lifesaving medicines. It has also been decided to procure only L1 Rate medicines under formulary for Branded Medicines.

(iv) Committee of Secretaries (COS) has also been monitoring the functioning of CGHS since 2008 and various steps have been implemented to make CGHS beneficiary friendly. As per the recommendations of COS, UTI-ITSL has been appointed as Bill Clearing Agency for settlement of credit bills of empanelled hospitals and diagnostic centres pertaining to the treatment of CGHS pensioner beneficiaries.

(v)  The functioning of CGHS is also monitored by the Hon’ble Prime Minister and as per the directions under ‘PRAGATI’, the process of linking of Aadhar Number with CGHS beneficiary Numbers has been started.

A special drive was undertaken to clear the pendency of issue of CGHS Plastic cards. Provision has been made for self-printing of CGHS cards by existing CGHS beneficiaries.

(vi) DAR&PG conducted a study through Quality Council of India (QCI)   to identify   areas of Grievances in Different Ministries and organizations including CGHS and suggested possible solutions.


Based on the inputs so received:

  • Financial Powers of Additional Directors of CGHS have been enhanced for early settlement of medical claims of Pensioners.
  • Introduction of on-line registration for consultation at selected Wellness Centres in Bengaluru and in one zone in Delhi.
  • Aadhar-based Bio-metric attendance for the staff at CGHS Wellness Centres has been implemented in Delhi and NCR.


The following steps have been taken for improvement in the functioning of CGHS in the country:

1. Regular Inspection of Wellness Centres is carried out.

2. Monthly advisory committee meetings are held for each Wellness Centres with CMO   (Incharge)

3. Regular monitoring of empanelled hospitals by a team constituted by Additional Directors, CGHS of cities for this purpose.

4. Regular meeting of Additional Directors, CGHS with pensioner associations.

SMS alert facility to CGHS beneficiaries.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Faggan Singh Kulaste stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

7th Pay Commission: Enhanced allowances with arrears to be paid in January

7th Pay Commission: Enhanced allowances with arrears to be paid in January

New Delhi: The government is going to pay of enhanced allowances to its 4.8 million central government employees according to 7th Pay Commission recommendations in January along with five months arrears, when situation will return to normalcy after cash crunch period.

The payments will be made after cabinet nod following the the committee on allowances report, the finance ministry source said.

The government has to pay the arrears of enhanced allowances this time because the enhanced allowances under recommendations of 7th Pay Commission have not been paid in August when the pay hike and its arrears were paid, he added.

The committee on allowances, which was set up in July this year on the direction of the cabinet, is looking into the provision of allowances other than dearness allowance under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations as the pay commission had recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

The committee met up with the deadline of four months given to it by the cabinet to submit the report, the official revealed.

We are ready to submit our report, when the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up, the committee on allowances head Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said recently.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, which accounted for 86% of all cash in the economy, in a move to catch out Indians with black money, earned by corrupt means or evading taxes. But a bumpy rollout of the new currency has seen millions of people line up outside banks and ATMs.

The situation is worse in in all India. There is an acute shortage of cash supply. Dirty, soiled and non-issuable notes are also being re-circulated.

So, people continue to suffer after demonetisation from November 9 on account of cash crunch and it compels the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to keep in abeyance the enhanced allowances till things normalize and it is likely to implement from January next with arrears, Finance Ministry official today told on condition of anonymity.

Model Recruitment Rules for the various categories of posts in the Draughtsman cadre

Model Recruitment Rules for the various categories of posts in the Draughtsman cadre

No. AB-14017/7/2013-Estt (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi
Dated the 23 rd November , 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Model Recruitment Rules for the various categories of posts in the Draughtsman cadre - reg.

The Department of Personnel and Training is considering issuing Model RRs for the various categories of posts in the Draughtsman cadre. The revised Model Recruitment Rules for the same are enclosed to this Office Memorandum.

2. It is requested to send comments on the same to direl-dopt@nic.in positively by 21st December, 2016
(G. Jayanthi)
Director (E-I)

Click to Download : Model Recruitment Rules for the various categories of posts in the Draughtsman cadre

Updating Bank Details of Public Authorities (PAs) in RTIMIS for transfer of 'RTI Fees' and 'Additional Payment' received through RTI online portal


No.1/l/2013-IR (Vol-V)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi.
Dated 24th November, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Updating Bank Details of Public Authorities (PAs) in RTIMIS for transfer of  'RTI Fees' and 'Additional Payment' received through RTI online portal - reg.

With reference to the subject mentioned above, the undersigned is directed to say that, as per existing procedure, the 'RTI Fees' and 'Additional Payment' received by the Public Authorities (PAs) through RTI online portal, are being deposited into the consolidated account of Government of India. However, of late, demands have been received from several PAs (other than the Central Ministries/Departments) for transfer of 'Additional Payments' & 'RTI Fees', to their respective bank accounts.

2. In the light of suggestions and feedbacks received from various PAs (i.e. attached /subordinate offices, autonomous bodies and PSUs etc) who are currently using RTI online web portal of DoP&T, it has been decided to initiate the process where the amount received from the citizen in form of 'RTI Fees' and 'Additional Payments' (if any) will be credited to the concerned PA's bank account.

3 . Accordingly, all Nodal Officers of attached/subordinate offices, autonomous bodies and PSUs (other than the Central Ministries/ Departments) are requested to update the Bank details of their respective organization on their RTI online portal. NIC has already provided facility to Nodal Office to fill in their bank details online. This data can be used by the bank for transferring the 'fees' to the concerned organization/PAs.

4. Following details are required to be fed by Nodal officer (Nodal officer Account -> Utilities -> Bank Details):
1. Name of Bank
2. Branch Name
3. IFS Code
4. Account Number

5. For any clarification and further information please contact: Project Monitoring Unit (PMU) at 0 11-24648977 /78 or rtipmu-dopt@nic.in.

Source: Dopt Orders 2016

Meeting on 7th CPC Allowances: View points of BPMS

Meeting on 7th CPC Allowances: View points of BPMS

REF: BPMS / MOD / 07th CPC / Allowances / 251A (8/2/M)

Dated: 23.11.2016
To,
The Dy Secretary (CP),
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
Sena Bhawan, DHQ PO,
New Delhi 110011

Subject: Meeting on Allowances: View points of BPMS
Reference: This federation’s letter of even no. dated 15.11.2016

Respected Sir,
With due regards, your attention is invited to power point presentation in the meeting held on 18.11.2016 under the chairmanship of Defence Secretary on the allowances payable on the recommendations of 7th CPC.

Some of the following issues raised during the meeting, need to be considered by the committee in addition to the points mentioned by BPMS vide letter cited under reference:

1. Extra Work Allowance (Chapter No. 8.3) (Para 8.3.23):
(a) Caretaking Allowance (Para 8.3.20) at the rate of 10% of Basic Pay is being paid to Group ‘C’ Staff. Now 7th CPC has recommended for 2% of Basic Pay per month. It is demanded that this Care taking Allowance should also be admissible to Defence Civilians performing the similar duties.

2. Allowances related to Knowledge Updates (Chapter 8.4)
(a) Professional Update Allowance (Para 8.4.7): This allowance should be extended to Group 'A', 'B' & 'C' incumbents engaged in Ordnance Development Centre (OFB), Group 'B' & 'C' of DRDO and Laboratory Technicians in Pathology of Govt Hospitals.

3. Allowances related to Working on Holidays (Chapter 8.6)
(a) Holiday Monetary Compensation (Para 8.6.6): Group 'B' Gazetted Supervisory Staff (Junior Works Manager) in Ord Fys have to work on Sunday and other holidays. This allowance should be extended to this Cadre also.

4. Qualification Allowance (Chapter 8.9)
(a) Air Worthiness Certificate Allowance (Para 8.9.5): At present this allowance is being paid to Technical Tradesman in Aircraft trade @ Rs. 225/- to 450/- per month. But their Civilian counterparts are not granted this allowance. This should be looked into.

5. Allowances related to Risk and Hardship (Chapter 8.10)


(a) Boiler Watch Keeping Allowance (Para 8.10.7): Presently it is admissible to Boiler Watch Keepers on Naval Ships @ Rs. 3000/- per month. Similar nature of work is performed by the Boiler Attendants of Ord Fys. Hence, this allowance should be admissible to Boiler Attendants of OFB.

(b) Field Area Allowance (Para 8.10.18):
This allowance is granted to Defence, CAPF and Indian Coast Guard. Civilian counterparts of Ministry of Defence should also be granted the Field Area Allowance.

(c) Operation Theatre Allowance (Para 8.10.35):
This allowance @ Rs. 240/ per month is granted to Staff Nurse in Central Government Hospitals, who work in ICU/Operation Theatre. This federation is not agree with the 7th CPC's recommendation (Para 8.10.80) to abolish this allowance as the amount is meagre rate. Hence, this allowance should be continued and enhanced.

(d) Submarine Technical Allowance (Para 8.10.54):
It is granted to Naval Artificers and Mechanicians for the period they are deployed for submarine maintenance duties. The present rate is Rs.300 pm. Civilian counterparts of Navy should also be granted this allowance.


6. Allowance related to Travel (Chapter 8.15)
(a) Daily Allowance (Para 8.15.15): The 7th CPC has recommended for reimbursement of Travelling Charges for Level 5 and below at the rate of Rs. 113 per day. This is very meagre amount. Hence, it should be enhanced to Rs. 200 per day.

(b) TA on Transfer (Para 8.15.41)
The 7th CPC has recommended for reimbursement of charges on transportation of personal effects at the rate of Rs. 25 per km for Level 5 and Rs. 15 per km for Level 4 and below category. It is not understandable how a transporter will discriminate among the employees of different categories for rate for transportation by road. Hence, it is demanded that the rate for transportation by road should be equal for all categories of employees.

This is submitted for your kind consideration and necessary action.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)


Source: BPMS

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

7th Central Pay Commission Pay Hike

7th Central Pay Commission Pay Hike


Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

23-November, 2016
Pay Hike

The 7th Central Pay Commission in its Report contained in Para 5.1.46 titled 'Withholding Annual Increments of Non-performers after 20 Years has inter-alia recommended for withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service. The Government of India vide Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated 25.7.2016 has accepted this recommendation.

This was stated by the the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Shri Ram Charitra Nishad in the Lok Sabha today.

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Threshold Limit for Coverage under ESIC

Threshold Limit for Coverage under ESIC

The Government, in principle, decided to enhance the threshold limit of wage for coverage under the Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Act, 1948 from existing Rs.15,000/- pm to Rs. 21,000/- pm. For this purpose, a Notification had been issued on 06.10.2016 inviting suggestion/objections from all stakeholders.

As on 31.03.3016, the number of Insured Persons(IPs) under ESI Scheme were 2.14 crores. The additional number of IPs on account of wage revision are estimated to be 35 Lakhs.

The ESI Corporation has taken a number of decisions to absorb the increased number of workers under its net like-

Increasing hospital bed strength of ESI Hospitals by 50%, if the bed occupancy of the concerned hospital has been consistently more than 70% in last three financial years.

Up-gradation of its dispensaries into 6 & 30 bedded hospitals in a phased manner.

Partnering with private medical practitioners & private clinics for providing healthcare facilities in those areas where ESI does not have them.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Relaxation from payment of Service Charge in internet booking of Railway tickets through IRCTC

Relaxation from payment of Service Charge in internet booking of Railway tickets through IRCTC

Ministry of Railways has decided that in order to help passengers and incentivise the payment through credit/debit/cash cards instead of cash payment for booking of reserved tickets, Service Charge shall not be collected on booking of e-tickets/ i-tickets from 23rd November to 31st December, 2016.

Service Charge is Rs. 20 on sleeper/ 2nd Class and Rs. 40 on AC classes for booking through IRCTC.

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7th Pay Commission: Higher allowances from January

7th Pay Commission: Higher allowances from January



New Delhi: The central government employees to get their higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from January next, the top Finance Ministry sources told today.

When asked whether the arrears would be paid too, they said, “Higher allowances will be paid with retrospective effect from August 2016 but the central government employees unions demanded for implementation of the allowances with retrospective effect from January 2016.”

“The central government employees unions wanted that House Rent Allowance (HRA) be fixed at range 10, 20 and 30 per cent of the basic linked to the classification of the town of posting when the Pay commission recommended 24%, 16% and 8% respectively of new pay matrix, the union also asked to enhance children education allowance of Rs 3,000 and hostel subsidy of Rs 10,000 with tax exempt.” the sources said.

The union also demanded inclusion of post-graduate and professional courses in children education allowance and to hike the ‘Fixed Medical Allowance’ to Rs 2,000 with Dearness Allowance Indexation,” they added.

The unions put their demands before the Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, which met last Thursday.

The Union Cabinet cleared the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension on June 29 but decision on its suggestions relating to allowances has been referred to the Committee on allowances as the pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances. So, there was resentment among employees over suggestions to scrap some allowances.

Fearing a jump in footfalls to deposit or withdraw cash following the demonetisation of Rs 500 and 1,000 banknotes, the Finance Ministry is likely to scale down the the higher allowances proposal.

“As people continue to suffer after demonetisation from November 9 on account of cash crunch, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley compels to keep in abeyance the higher allowances till things normalize and it is likely to implement from January next,” Finance Ministry sources revealed.

Until acceptance of higher allowances, the allowances are now paid according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

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Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion - role of Departmental Promotion Committee

Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion - role of Departmental Promotion Committee.
No .22011/4/2007-Estt. (D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public and Training
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi - 110 011
November 21, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion - role of Departmental Promotion Committee

The Department of Personnel & Training vide its OM of even number dated 28.4.2014 issued instructions on the above subject. Paragraph 7(d), 7(f) and 7(g) of the said OM provides as follows:
7(d) If the official under consideration is covered under any of the three condition mentioned in paragraph 2 of OM dated 14.9.1992, the DPC will assess the suitability of Government servant along with other eligible candidates without taking into consideration the disciplinary case / criminal prosecution pending. The assessment of the DPC including 'unfit' for promotion and the grading awarded are kept in a sealed cover. [Paragraph 2.1 of DoPT OM dated 14.9.1992]

7(f) If any penalty is imposed on the Government servant as a result of the disciplinary proceedings or if he / she is found guilty in the criminal prosecution against him / her, the findings of the sealed cover / covers shall not be acted upon. His / her case for promotion may be considered by the next DPC in the normal course and having regard to the penalty imposed on him / her [paragraph 3.1 of DoPT OM dated 14.9.1992].
7(g) In assessing the suitability of the officer on whom a penalty has been imposed, the DPC will take into account the circumstances leading to the imposition of the penalty and decide whether in the light of general service record of the officer and the fact of imposition of penalty, the officer should be considered for promotion. The DPC, after due consideration, has authority to assess the officer as 'unfit' for promotion. However, where the DPC considers that despite the penalty the officer is suitable for promotion, the officer will be actually promoted only after the currency of the penalty is over [paragraph 13 of DoPT OM dated 10.4.19891.

2. Questions have been raised by the Ministries and Departments asking whether this is applicable in the case of 'Censure' also. In this regard, it is reiterated that paragraphs 7(d), 7(f) and 7(g) cited above are applicable in all the recognized penalties under CCS (CCA) Rules including the minor penalty of Censure as well for which no currency has been prescribed, it would mean that as per para 7(g), if the DPC considers the officer fit for promotion notwithstanding the award of censure, he / she can be promoted without referring to the currency of penalty.
(G. Jayanthi)
Director
Tel. no. 2309 2479
DoPT Order 2016

Recommendations of the High Power Committee to review the duty hours of running staff - Decisions thereof on Breach of Rest Allowance

Recommendations of the High Power Committee to review the duty hours of running staff - Decisions thereof on Breach of Rest Allowance.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No. 135/2016
No. 2014/E(P&A)II/HPC Report
New Delhi, dated 18.11.2016
The General Managers(P)/CAOs,
All Indian Railways
and Production Units etc.

Sub: Recommendations of the High Power Committee to review the duty hours of running staff - Decisions thereof on Breach of Rest Allowance.

The High Power Committee, constituted to review the duty hours of running staff and other safety related categories made its recommendations on various aspects related to working hours of these categories. The recommendations have been duly considered by the Board and the following decisions relating to Beach of Rest Allowance have been made:
(i) The provisions contained in Rule 10 regarding Breach of Rest Allowance in the "The Rules for the Payments of Running and other Allowances to the Running Staff on Railways, 1981" are reiterated. Breach of rest whether at Headquarters or at outstation should be permitted only in emergent situations like accidents, natural calamities and national emergencies subject to operational exigencies.

(ii) There should be no Breach of Rest Allowance for breach of rest at Outstaions. It will, however, continue to be admissible for breach of rest at Headquarters.

(iii) There should be no Breach of Rest Allowance for breach in periodical rest. However, if need does arise for curtailment of periodical rest, it should be permitted only if the running staff has availed a complete night in bed during the periodical rest.

(iv) The present rates for payment of Breach of Rest Allowance will continue.

(v) Cases of breach of rest should be regularly monitored at a sufficiently high level in divisional offices and zonal offices.
2. This issues with the conncurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

3. Please acknowledge receipt.
(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Dy.Director/Estt. (P&A)II,
Railway Board
Authority: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/

Bank Employees demands Overtime Allowance for Extra Work and Working on Holiday - BEFI

Bank Employees demands Overtime Allowance for Extra Work and Working on Holiday - BEFI

Overtime Allowance for Extra-Work
BEFI
BANK EMPLOYEES FEDERATION OF INDIA
NARESH PAUL CENTRE
53, Radha Bazar Lane, (1st Floor), Kolkata – 700 001
e-mail:pradipbefi@yahoo.co.in Website: www.befi.in
(Ph):033- 2225-4414/2236-5108 (M) 94331 44271 Fax: 033-2236-5109/2242- 0690

11th November 2016
By Fax: 022-22184222
The Chief Executive
Indian Banks’ Association
World Trade Center Complex, Centre - 1, 6th Floor
Cuffe Parade
Mumbai - 400 005

Overtime Allowance for Extra-Work

You are aware of RBI directive to Banks on working beyond scheduled business hours on 10th and 11th as also to keep the Banks open on 12th (Second Saturday) and 13th (Sunday) of this month with a view to facilitating customers, as also those having no Bank account, deposit/exchange //500// and //1000// Rupee Notes since demonetized. Accordingly, all the Banks have issued necessary instructions to the employees for working extra-hours on two working days and on two holidays as aforesaid. However, while so issuing instruction to their respective employees, most of the Banks have not issued any direction to the respecting paying authorities for payment of appropriate Overtime Allowance to the employees concerned, as provided for in the Bipartite Settlement, for such extra-work and/or working on holidays.

Notwithstanding our serious reservations about the justification of the present demonetization and/or the manner and authority for making the announcement, etc., we cannot and have not been oblivious to the untold inconveniences the general public have been put to because of such shock announcement. To mitigate at least a little of the harassment they have been forced to endure because of the whims of the authorities that be, we have suitably advised our members, and have also called upon the Bankmen beyond our fold, to exert as much as possible to help

the constituents deposit and other sections of the public (non - Account holders) exchange the demonetized currencies in their passion.

Simultaneously, interests of the employees being the topmost priority of our agenda, we wish to ensure that they are not put to unnecessary inconvenience in realizing their legitimate dues, in respect of the extra work and/or working on holidays, from their respective employer-Banks.

In the circumstances, we request your suitably advising your member Banks to issue appropriate instruction for payment of Overtime Allowance, in terms of the Bipartite Settlement, to the employees concerned, for the extra-work as aforesaid.

Your await your appropriate positive action at your earliest convenience.
Yours Sincerely,
sd/-
(PRADIP BUSWAS)
GENERAL SECRETARY
Source: www.befi.in
Text of PRESS HAND OUT dated 10.11.2016

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

7th CPC recommendation on Disability Pension of Ex-Servicemen

7th CPC recommendation on Disability Pension of Ex-Servicemen

Government vide Notification dated 30th September 2016 have issued detailed recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission relating to pensionary benefits of Defence Forces Personnel and the decisions taken thereon by the Government. The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended the following on disability pension :

The Commission is of the considered view that the regime implemented post VI CPC needs to be discontinued, and recommended a return to the slab based system. The slab rates for disability element for 100 percent disability would be as follows:

RankLevelsRate per month (INR)
Service Officers10 and above27000
Honorary Commissioned Officers
Subedar  Major / Equivalents6  to  917000
Subedar / Equivalents
Naib
Subedar / Equivalents
Havildar / Equivalents5  And  below12000
Naik / Equivalents
Sepoy / Equivalents

The above recommendation has been accepted with the approval of the Cabinet and Resolution dated 30.09.2016 issued accordingly.

The 6th CPC dispensation of the calculation of disability element on percentage basis, however, continues for civil side which has resulted in an anomalous situation. The issue has accordingly been referred to the Anomaly Committee.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Shukla in Rajya Sabha today.

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Reduction in Disability Pension for Soldiers

Reduction in Disability Pension for Soldiers

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended the following on disability pension:

The Commission is of the considered view that the regime implemented post VI CPC needs to be discontinued, and recommended a return to the slab based system. The slab rates for disability element for 100 percent disability would be as follows:

RankLevelsRate per month (INR)
Service Officers10 and above27000
Honorary Commissioned Officers
Subedar  Major / Equivalents6  to  917000
Subedar / Equivalents
Naib Subedar / Equivalents
Havildar / Equivalents5 and below12000
Naik / Equivalents
Sepoy / Equivalents

The above recommendation has been accepted with the approval of the Cabinet and Resolution dated 30.09.2016 issued accordingly. The 6th CPC dispensation of the calculation of disability element on percentage basis, however, continues for civil side which has resulted in an anomalous situation. The issue has accordingly been referred to the Anomaly Committee.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Neeraj Shekhar in Rajya Sabha today.

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