Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Posting of ASO in the VII CPC Implementation Cell – regarding

Posting of ASO in the VII CPC Implementation Cell – regarding
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F. No.7 16/2016-CS.I(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
(Department of Personnel & Training)
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-11 0003
Dated the 16th March, 2016.
ORDER

In exercise of powers conferred under Rule 19 of Central Secretariat Service Rules, 2009, the competent authority in this Department hereby orders the inter-cadre transfer of Shri Ashish Sharma, Assistant Section Officer (DR-2011), presently posted in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to the Implementation Cell, 7th CPC upto 31.12.2016 or till further order.

2. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is requested to relieve the concerned officer immediately.

(V. Srinivasaragavan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel: 24642705
Copy to:

1. Shri Ashish Sharma, ASO, M/o Health & Family Welfare – for compliance.
2. M/o Health & Family Welfare, (US, Admn), Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi-11 0011.
3. Department of Expenditure, (US, Admn), North Block, New Delhi.
4. Implementation Cell, 7th CPC, North Block, New Delhi, with reference to their D.O. Letter dated 03.03.2016. It is also informed that 4 ASOs have already been posted to Department of Expenditure against newly created post of Implementation Cell vide order no.7/1 0/2015-CS.I(A) dated 03.03.2016.


Official Order

Physical Verification of Retired Employees in Indian Railways

Physical Verification of Retired Employees in Indian Railways

As per extant instructions, every pensioner/family pensioner is required to submit a life certificate to the pension disbursing authority in the month of November every year. The pension for the month of November and onwards is released to the pensioner/family pensioner by the pension disbursing authority on submission of the life certificate. No specific directives have been given for physical verification of pensioners aged between 80 and 100 years. The total number of pensioners on Indian Railways is 1378937.

The total pension expenditure incurred by Railways during 2014-15, including pension payment to pensioners above age of 80 years is `28642.08 crore. There are approximately 286093 pensioners/family pensioners above 80 years of age. However, no separate expenditure is recorded agewise.

The exercise of obtaining life certificates is carried out by pension disbursing authorities in the month of November, every year. However, the certificate is accepted in subsequent months also.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 16.03.2016 (Wednesday).

PIB

Allocation of funds for development of sports and youth affairs

Allocation of funds for development of sports and youth affairs

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Details of funds allocated and actual expenditure during last three years under various schemes of the Ministry are given is:

Department of Youth Affairs
(Rs. in Crore)
Year Allocation Actual Expenditure
2012-13 345.60 340.99
2013-14 341.17 333.87
2014-15 384.61 350.32
Department of Sports
(Rs. in Crore)
Year Allocation Actual Expenditure
2012-13 660.00 657.88
2013-14 866.59 809.69
2014-15 772.00 766.64

He said, the outcome of these expenditures for youth affairs has been youth club mobilization and organization, youth development and empowerment, training and deployment of youth volunteers for engagement in social action for nation building, skilled and employable youth Work Force, enrollment of NSS volunteers, conducting of their Special camps and adoption of villages by them for community service, promotion of national integration, communal harmony, adventure, life skills education, youth employability, counseling, career guidance etc. for both school going and out of schools adolescents, professionally trained Postgraduates and Researchers in youth work, training of trainers for creating a Cadre of master trainers, capacity building of youth functionaries, mainstreaming of tribal youth in north eastern region, promotion of youth travel in the country, promotion of Scouts and Guides movement in the country and exchange of delegations with friendly countries for promoting exchange of ideas, value and culture amongst the youth.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, the outcome of expenditures for Sports has been creation/development of sports infrastructure in rural areas, urban areas, conduct of sports competitions at block, district, state and national levels, organizing of coaching camps preparatory to participation in international tournaments, participation of Indian sportspersons and teams in international tournaments, engagement of foreign coaches and support personnel, procurement of sports equipment, conduct of national championships, conduct of international tournaments in India, disbursement of cash awards to medal winners in international tournaments and their coaches, pension to meritorious sportspersons, customized training of elite athletes and medal prospects in international sports events, grant of sports awards to sportspersons and coaches, identification of talented sportspersons and nurturing of identified talented sportspersons for their participation in national and international tournaments, preparing highly qualified teachers and leaders in the field of Physical Education and Sports, anti-doping measures etc.

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Reservation for SCs and STs in Allotment of Shops/Stalls at Railway Stations

Reservation for SCs and STs in Allotment of Shops/Stalls at Railway Stations

The Catering Policy 2010, presently in force on the Railways, provides for 25% reservation in allotment of minor static catering units at A, B & C categories of stations and 49.5% reservation in allotment of minor static catering units at D, E & F categories of stations, with a view to protect interests of socially backward and economically weaker sections of the people. Out of the total 25% reservation at A, B and C category stations, a quota of 6% for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 4% for Scheduled Tribes (STs) has been reserved for allotment of minor catering units. Similarly, out of the total reservation of 49.5% at D, E & F category of stations, a quota of 12% and 8% for SCs and STs respectively, has been reserved. Allotment of stalls for SCs/STs is done by zonal railways by calling application through press notification.

1572 shops/stalls have been earmarked for allotment to SCs and STs out of which 532 shops/stalls have already been awarded to SCs and STs as per extant provisions of the Catering Policy. Allotment of stalls for SCs/STs and clearance of backlog thereof is an ongoing process

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 16.03.2016 (Wednesday).

PIB

Implementation of schemes for promotion/development of sports

Implementation of schemes for promotion/development of sports
 
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports is implementing only one Centrally Sponsored Scheme for development of sports, namely the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA), w.e.f. 01.04.2014. This Scheme provides for construction of an integrated sports complex in each block of the country both for outdoor and indoor sports disciplines and also provides for grant-in-aid for holding competitions at block, district, State and National levels. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, in addition, the Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous body under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, implements the following sports promotional schemes all over the country in order to identify young sports talent in the age group ranging from 8-25 years and to nurture them to excel at National and International competitions:
• National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC)
• Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC)
• SAI Training Centre (STC)
• Special Area Games (SAG)
• Extension Centres of STC/SAG
• Centre of Excellence (COE)
• SAI National Sports Academies
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) Scheme provided for funding of infrastructure component through convergence of various schemes implemented by Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Development of North East Region, and erstwhile Planning Commission. However, no funds could be obtained towards infrastructure due to non-convergence of various schemes by the concerned Ministries. Accordingly, the Government of India, after consultation with the State Governments/Sports Authority of India (SAI), etc., has decided to restructure and merge a number of Centrally Sponsored Schemes, including the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of RGKA, into one Central Sector Scheme to address talent search, grooming of talent and provision of infrastructure to ensure its effective implementation.
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Grant of HRA at a higher rate (“B” Category) to the Central Government Servants Posted at Aizawl (Mizoram)

Grant of HRA at a higher rate (“B” Category) to the Central Government Servants Posted at Aizawl (Mizoram) – Court Case regarding
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COURT-CASE
MOST URGENT
F.No.4-23/2000-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, THE 01ST MARCH, 2016.
TO
The Chief Post Master General
N.E.Postal Circle
Shillong – 793001
ORDER

Subject: Grant of HRA at a higher rate (‘B’ Category) to the Central Government Servants Posted at Aizawl (Mizoram) – Court Case regarding.

Central Government Employees Federation of Mizoram, General Head Quarters, Aizawl, Mizoram made a representation to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India claiming House Rent Allowance at “B” Class City rates and Compensation in lieu of Rent Free Accommodation at the rate of 10% to the Central Government Employees Posted in Mizoram State based on the judgement passed by Supreme court of India in Civil Appeal No.2715/91-Union of India & Ors V/s Shri S.K.Ghosh & Others and Department of Posts Order No.8-40/87-PAP dated 7.3.1994 & No.4-52/98-PAP dated 27.02.1999. On rejection of their claim, the Central Government Employees posted in the State of Mizoram approached the Central Administrative Tribunal, Guwahati under O.A.No.381/2000. The Hon’ble CAT, in Para -5 of its order dated 12.04.2002 pronounced as under:-

“In view of the position enumerated above,I am of the-view that the applicants are entitled to House Rent Allowance at the rate prescribed for B class cities to the Central Government Employees which should be payable to the applicants at the rate of 15% from 1.1.1986 to 30.9.1986 and from 1.10.86 to 30.9.1986 and from 1.10.86 to 30.9.86 and from 1.10.1986 at flat rate prescribed under O.M.dated 7.8.1987 read with another O.M.dated 13.11.1987 and the Notification GSR No.623 (E) amending the Fundamental Rule 45 A with effect from 1.7.1987.

As regards the claim for compensation in lieu of Rent Free Accommodation the respondents are to act in conformity with the Office Memorandum No.12-11/60-ACC-I dated 2.8.1960,O.M.dated 23.2.1986 and 22.5.1987 and also to O.M.dated 13.11.1987. The respondents shall examine the each case on merits and thereafter shall pass necessary order in individual cases. Rent free unfurnished accommodation is admissible to Central Government Employees having all India transfer liability only those who are posted in Mizoram or HRA at the rate prescribed from time to time. Compensation and admissible HRA shall be granted to those persons who are entitled to rent free accommodation and could not be provided accommodation and the above benefit shall be granted only to the Central Government employees having all India Transfer liability and Posted in Mizoram vide letter No.11015/1/E/(B)/76 dated 31.7.1977. The respondents shall examine the individual cases and thereafter pass necessary orders in those Cases, others will not be eligible for the same.The application is allowed in part, No Costs”.

2. The Department filed WP No.2955/2003 in the Hon’ble High Court of Guwahati against the orders of the CAT dated 12.04.2002. The Hon’ble High court in its judgment dated 25.4.2003, “disposed of the appeal with the observations that the directions given by the Learned Tribunal in the last part of the judgment quoted above shall be complied with by the Central Government after taking due consideration of the observations recorded within a period of 6 Months. The High court observed that the case of each and every Central Government employee posted in the state of Mizoram will have to be taken separately and appropriate orders shall be passed thereon after such consideration in terms of OM dated 23.09.86, 19.03.87 and 13.11.87. The Hon’ble High court, however, observed that the employees posted in Aizawl Headquarters of the State of Mizoram being a “C”Class city may not be entitled to HRA as prescribed for “B” class cities.”

3. Aggrieved by the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Guwahati, the Central Government Employees filed a civil appeal No.646/2005 in the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme court stayed the operation of the judgment order dated 25.04.2003 of the high court of Guwahati in WP No.2955/2003. The Honble supreme Court of India has dismissed the civil appeal and passed the orders dated 17.07.2013 as under:-
“We have thoughtfully considered the submissions of the learned counsel. In our view, the direction given by the Tribunal, which has been confirmed by the High Court, merely ordains consideration of the cases of each employee for grant of City compensatory Allowance in accordance with O.M. dated 02.08.1960, O.M. dated 23.02.1986 and 2.5.1987 as also O.M.dated 13.11.1987 and nothing more. Therefore, the impugned order as also the one passed by the Tribunal do not call for interference by this court under Article 136 of the Constitution.
With the above observation, the appeal is dismissed.
However, it is made clear that if the Government of India has issued fresh instructions after 13.11.1987 then the cases of the respondents shall be considered in accordance with the latest instructions.”
4. Consequent upon obtaining the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing of this Department, the, matter was referred to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure for decision.

5. Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has considered the matter and accorded their approval in view of the decision taken by the Department of Posts to not to file any Review petition in the matter and as the Ministry of Law & Justice has advised Department of Posts to take administrative decision for implementation of the said order of Hon’ble Tribunal, implementation of the Order dated 12.04.2002 passed by the Hon’ble CAT, Guwahati Bench in O.A.No.381/2000 for grant of House Rent Allowance at “B/Y” class cities rates, as admissible from time to time, is agreed to.

6. Since, the Department of Posts had represented the Union of India on behalf of all the respondents Ministries/Departments/Offices, the approval accorded by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance is therefore conveyed to all the Respondent Ministries/Departments/Offices for issuing appropriate instructions for compliance of orders dated 12.04.2002 of Hon’ble CAT, Guwahati Bench in respect of the employees working under their administrative control who were/are applicants in the said OA No.381/2000.

7. This has the approval of the Competent Authority.
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(K.V.Vijayakumar)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)

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