Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Now, cancelling train tickets will be just a phone call away

Now, cancelling train tickets will be just a phone call away

Indian Railway is set to launch a facility next month for the hassled passengers who find it hard to reach its counters within the stipulated time to cancel their confirmed tickets and claim refund.

Come April and cancelling a confirmed train ticket would only be a phone call away.

Indian Railway is set to launch a facility next month for the hassled passengers who find it hard to reach its counters within the stipulated time to cancel their confirmed tickets and claim refund.

“One has to dial 139 giving details of the confirmed ticket for cancelling it and the sender will get a one-time password (OTP). Passenger has to reach the counter the same day and reveal the OTP to claim refund,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

After the change in refund rules, a lot of passengers are now finding it difficult to reach counters to cancel the reserved tickets within the stipulated time and as a result they are losing money.

According to the new refund rules, railways has doubled the ticket cancellation charge with the aim of helping genuine passengers get confirmed tickets.

“The refund rules were revised to discourage touts and ticketing agents who engage in black marketing of tickets,” said the official, adding “however, it has also resulted in inconvenience in some genuine cases. So we are now providing the 139 facility for cancellation.” Coming to the aid of harried passengers, railways will launch the cancellation facility through 139 service so that one does not have to rush to the counter to cancel confirmed tickets. The tickets which are booked online can be cancelled on the ticketing websites. The 139 facility is for those who bought tickets from counters. The software is ready and the facility is likely to be formally launched in the second week of April.


Filling up the post of Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India Brussels JS level

Filling up the post of Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India Brussels JS level 

File No.1 0/4/2016-EO(SM-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi, 29th March, 2016
1. The Chief Secretaries, All State Governments.
2. The Secretaries of all the Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

Subject: Filling up of the post of Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in the Embassy of India, Brussels (JS Level) under the Department of Commerce.

It is proposed to fill up the post of Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in the Embassy of India, Brussels (JS Level) under the Department of Commerce. The following eligibility criteria have been laid down for making selection to the post

Mandatory Qualifications:

(i) The Officer must have been em panelled to hold Joint Secretary or equivalent posts at the Centre.
(ii) The officer should be at least 3 batches below the batch next to be considered for empanelment at the Additional Secretary level.
(iii) The officer must have worked for at least 2 years at the Centre under Central Staffing Scheme.
(iv) The selected officer will not be permitted to take up foreign assignment, or study leave, or training till the expiry of the assignment.
(v) The officer must be below 54 years as on the date of vacancy.
(vi) The officer should not have been on an assignment to foreign/captive post of the Government of India earlier.
(vii) The officer should not be under debarment from Central deputation.
(viii) The officer should be clear from vigilance angle and their integrity certified.
(ix) The officer should have prior working experience of Commerce or Agriculture or Industry in the State Government or in the Government of India; experience in an Economic Ministry of the Government.

Government Desirable qualifications

(i) Experience in bilateral/international negotiations/cooperation.

2. It is requested that the names of the officers, who possess the mandatory qualification/experience, as stated above, may be sent to this Department along with their detailed bio-data, CR dossiers of the officers, their vigilance clearance and integrity certificate, within a period of four weeks of issue of this letter.

Yours faithfully,
(Nandini Paliwal)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Tel: 23092187
Copy to:
1. Department of Commerce (Ms. Rita A Teaotia, Secretary), W.r.t DO No. 10/1/2016-TAITC dated 04.03.2016, New Delhi.
2. Technical Director, NIC, Computer Cell, DOPT, North Block, New Delhi for uploading this vacancy circular on the official website of this Department.
3. Deputy Secretary (MM), DoPT, New Delhi with a request to arrange to upload this
vacancy circular through bulk e-mailing system of officers.

Shri J P Nadda launches GIS-enabled HMIS application, self-printing of e-CGHS Card

Shri J P Nadda launches GIS-enabled HMIS application, self-printing of e-CGHS Card

“A significant steps towards Digital India and for easy access of health services to the common man”: Shri J P Nadda

Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched two major Digital initiatives to provide easy access to health services to the public: GIS-enabled HMIS application and the self-printing of e-CGHS cards, here today. Launching these initiatives of the Health Ministry, the Union Minister stated that the Health Ministry remains committed to strengthening public health systems and providing user-friendly health services in the country. He further stated that that this will provide a tremendous opportunity to further strengthen and enhance the reach of key interventions.

Terming these as significant and forward looking steps contributing to Digital India, Shri J P Nadda said: “The initiative will not only monitor the performance and quality of the health services being provided under the NHM, but will also provide effective healthcare to the rural population throughout the country”. The GIS-enabled HMIS services will provide comprehensive data on a GIS platform on 1.6 lakh Government Health facilities spread across the country. The project has been developed with the objective of enabling the effective usage of the HMIS application, enhancing analytical capabilities of States/UTs and providing a geographical display of HMIS data using GIS. The application also has scope of incorporating map layers of roads and water bodies which will provide comprehensive information regarding health facilities and disease vulnerable areas of the country. At present, the application is available in login domain of HMIS portal. It is planned to put it in public domain in near future. Moreover, the mapping provides data only on public health facilities presently, which shall soon be expanded to cover private facilities also, the Union Minister informed.

Health Management Information System (HMIS) is a web-based monitoring system that has been put in place by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) to monitor its health programmes and provide key inputs for policy formulation and interventions. It was launched during October, 2008 with uploading of district consolidated figures. To make HMIS more robust and effective and in order to facilitate local level monitoring, “facility based reporting” was initiated since April, 2011. At present, 1.94 lakh health facilities (across all States/UTs) are uploading facility wise data on monthly basis on HMIS web portal. Data are presently being made available to various stakeholders in the form of standard & customized reports, factsheets, score- cards etc. HMIS data are widely used by the Ministry and States for policy planning, monitoring and supervision purpose.

The Union Health Minister, while launching the self-printing of the E-CGHS card, stated that this will provide ease and access to all those beneficiaries such as the pensioners who may find it difficult to go to the CGHS centres for renewal, and in the event of loss/misplacement of the card. As this can be printed from any location once the process of application based on authentic documents has been approved, this enables easy reprinting by the beneficiary himself/herself. The beneficiary can access this facility by visiting the CGHS portal at cghs.nic.in where simple steps for this have been enumerated.

Also present at the meeting were Shri B P Sharma, Secretary (HFW), and senior officers of the Health Ministry.


Implementation of Bhavishya in the Ministries/Department: Minutes of the meeting held on 17.03.2016

Implementation of Bhavishya in the Ministries/Department: Minutes of the meeting held on 17.03.2016

Minutes of the meeting held on 17.03.2016 at 10.00 AM under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (P&PID on the status of Implementation of Bhavishya in the Ministries/Department including their attached & subordinate offices

A meeting to review implementation of Bhavishya was conducted on 17.03.2016 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension) at 10.00 AM at CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Center, New Delhi.

2. List of Participating Ministry/Department is at Annexure-I

3. JS (Pension) welcomed the participants in the meeting and briefed about the status of implementation of Bhavishya . Till date 1814 DDOs are registered with Bhavishya Portal and 4975 DDOs from attached/subordinate offices/Para Military forces are yet to be registered.

4. Secretary (P&PW) stated that 52 Ministries/Department have not taken follow-up action on the decision taken in the last Review Meeting held on 05.02.2016 and this is not acceptable. After taking stock of status of implementation in different ministries/department the following decisions have been taken in the meeting:
i) Nodal Officer of each Ministry/Department should ensure that all the Salary/Pension DDOs of their Departments including Attached/Subordinate offices/Para Military forces must register on to Bhavishya before 31st March, 2016.
ii) Nodal Officer of each Ministry/Department should upload the complete/updated information about their attached offices, subordinate offices, and DDOs, etc in the prescribed tables under ‘Organizational status -Utility’ on Bhavishya Portal.
iii) NIC-DOP&PW will include a column ‘Remarks’ for Nodal Officer under ‘Organizational status -Utility’
iv) DDOs already registered on Bhavishya should upload the information of all the retirees on Bhavishya portal by way of uploading XML file of their salary package on Bhavishya. In this regard ‘User Manuals’ may be referred which are uploaded on the Bhavishya portal
v) DoP&PW will call a meeting of NIC and those Ministries/Department who are unable to get the NIC-Email ID for their DDOs, HOOs and PAOs, which is mandatory for registration in Bhavishya.
vi) Nodal Officers of Ministries/Department is requested to approach NICSI for the training on Bhavishya of their DDOs/HOO/Staff at a single point. Attached and Subordinate offices will also route their training requirement through the Nodal Officers of Ministries/Department. A meeting with NICSI and their empanelled agency will be called alongwith those ministries who are facing problem for conduction of training programme for their officers.
vii) DoPPW will contact each registered DDOs and HOOs through Call Center set up by this Department to know the status of implementation of Bhavishya. All DDOs and HOOs may be instructed by the Nodal Officer to cooperate with representative of Call Center and provide necessary inputs.
viii) Secretary (P&PW) has taken a serious note, of not attending the Review meeting by some of the Ministry/Department and directed to write a d.o. letter to the Secretary of the concerned Ministry/Department.
ix) Secretary (Pension) also directed to incorporate regional offices of D/o Official Language in Bhavishya Portal.
x) There was mismatch in some cases of data uploaded on the Bhavishya Portal under ‘Organizational Status-Utility’ and the data as stated by the Nodal Officer/representative of some ministries in the meeting. Secretary (Pension) directed to reconcile the data discrepancy.
5. The next Review Meeting on Bhavishya under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (P&PW) with the Nodal officers of all Ministries/Department will be will called shortly.

6. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

Source: Pensioners Portal

Court Cases relating to demand of Loco Inspectors for reckoning of pay element of 55% at the time of retirement

Court Cases relating to demand of Loco Inspectors for reckoning of pay element of 55% at the time of retirement.


New Delhi, dated 22.03.2016.

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways.

Sub: Court Cases relating to demand of Loco Inspectors for reckoning of pay element of 55% at the time of retirement.

Kindly refer to this office letter of even no. dated 17-02-2016 on the above subject whereby it was informed that SLP against the verdict dated 09-Io-2015 of Hon‘ble High Court of Delhi in the matter of UOI Vs. Sh. Kishan Lal Sharma has been filed before the Hon‘ble Supreme court of India. In this connection, it is stated that the SLP has been converted to Civil Appeal 3110 of 2016. The matter was last heard on 18-03-2016 and upon hearing the Hon’ble Supreme Court had made the following order:-

“Delay condoned.
Mr.Satya Mitra Garg, Adv. accepts notice on behalf of all the respondents.
Leave granted.
Hearing expedited.
There shall be stay of the operation of the impugned judgment until further orders.”

2. It is advised that if any similar issue is pending before any Court of Law on your Railway, the above position may be brought to their notice. A copy of the said order may be downloaded from the website of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. It is requested to take adequate care to defend and assign similar case, if any, to an SAG level officer for proper monitoring and follow up. The status of such cases may be informed to this office from time to time.

DA: As above
(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Deputy Director, E(P&A)II
Railway Board

Source: indianrailways.gov.in

TA/DA and Honorarium payable to Official and Non-official Members/experts

TA/DA and Honorarium payable to Official and Non-official Members/experts

NEW DELHI - 110 002

No.F.21-1/2015 (FD-I/B)
16th March, 2016


In supersession of UGC OM. No.21-1/20l5 (FD-l/B) dated 29th July, 2015, the Rules for TA/DA and Honorarium payable to the official and non-official members and experts will be as under:-

The categories. of Official and Non-Official Members are as follows:-

Serving (State/Central) Government servants, Semi Government/ Autonomous Bodies, Employees paid from the Consolidated Fund of indie or through Grants~in-aid are treated as Official Members.
All others including retired Government Servants and retired/ex-member of the University Grants Commission or Statutory Bodies viz. Universities, Institutions, Councils, Boards and Societies etc. are to be treated as Non-Official Members.
“Permanent Account Number (PAN) allotted by the Income Tax Authorities has to be indicated by the member/expert invariably while filling up the Bill”. Payment of TA/DA will be made through E-mode in the bank accounts of members mandatorily. Hence, Experts are required to attach a copy of a cancelled cheque leaf with their claims.


1. Rs.3,000/- per day for per meeting subject to maximum of Rs.5,000/- per day irrespective of number of meeting in a day.

2. Rs.5,000/- per day for inspection/visit of various committees to institutions/ Universities /organizations. Commission members would also be entitled for honorarium @ Rs.5,000/- per day on the date of Commission Meetings.
Note: Officials of Govt. of India who are nominated as Govt. representatives would not be entitled for honorarium as they attend the meeting in their official capacity as Govt. nominee/nominee of Secretary or on ex-officio basis.
Outstation Member/experts:
(i) Travel by Air: The members (officials as well as non-official) will be entitled to travel by air as per entitlement in service or before retirement as the case may be. Non-entitled members will be entitled for journey by air, on specific prior approval of Chairman, UGC. The journey by Air is to be performed by Air India on the sectors where it ply. On other sectors, journey by private airlines will be allowed. Any deviation would require prior approval of competent authority. The members/experts entitled to travel by air may travel by helicopter in case place is not connected by air. However, hiring of charter helicopter, will not be permissible. The claim for air/helicopter journey is to be supported by original boarding cards.

(ii) Travel by Train: The members/experts will be entitled to travel by all trains including Rajdhani Express/Shatabadi Express, by AC-2 Tier/Chair Car.

(a) Train/Air tickets will be arranged by (the UGC, Travel Desk for UGC Meetings, if TA/DA is to be paid by the UGC.
(b) The cancellation charges shall also be reimbursable in case of cancellation or postponement of meeting by the UGC [For Sl. No. 2. (i) & (ii)]. The specific approval for the same would be" required for claiming such amount.

(iii) The outstation members/experts for intercity travel from the place of residence/Office to the place of meeting and back or in between the places of residence and meeting place & back (located not more than 350 kms. each side) may travel by their own vehicle or by hired taxi (receipt to be produced). ln such case, road mileage @Rs.16/- per KM. for journey performed between A & A-1 Class cities and North Eastern Regions/Hilly Regions (both stations)and @Rs.12/-per KM. in other cities will be allowed on point to point basis. No night halting or driver allowance will be allowed. if the particular routes have toll plazas, the taxi/car claim will be admitted only if it is supported with the receipts of toll taxes or inter-state entry fee as the case may be. The toll taxes/entry tax etc.., will additionally be reimbursed in such cases.
If the distance is more than 350 kms (each side), either the road mileage will be restricted to 350 kms or to the fare of train as per train entitlement AC bus as available on that particular route (as per the option of member.)

(iv) The local taxi fare at State Transport Authority (STA) rates applicable in the State from residence/office to Airport/Railway Station/Bus Stand and from Place of meeting to Airport/Railway Station/Bus Stand is payable. Where there are no rates notified by State Transport Authority, the Taxi or Own Car fare @Rs.14/- per km and AC Taxi Rs.16/- Per Km. (Rs.25/- for first km upon downing the meter) and Auto-Riksha @ Real-per km (Rs.25/- for first 2 km upon downing the meter) and thereafter Rs.8/- per km shall be reimbursable. The re-imbursement of pre-paid or post-«paid taxi fare (including toll taxes) on point to point basis will be allowed on actual basis on production of receipt. Taxi fare for full day will not be reimbursed.

(v) The night charges @25% will additionally be allowed if starting the journey by road/ by own car or taxi between 11.00 pm. to 5.00 am. 
[For Sl. No. 2. & (iv)]
Local Experts
Local Experts will be reimbursed taxi charges @ Rs.14/- per km. and for AC Taxi @ Rs.16/- per km. from residence/office, as per entitlement, to the place of meeting & back on point to point basis. Taxi for full day will not be allowed for reimbursement.
(i) Outstation Members/Experts:
Following rates of Boarding & Lodging etc. as applicable to the Central Govt. Employee will be applicable to the Experts:-
S.No. Classification Rate per day of Boarding
Rate per day of Lodging*
1. Experts working/retired in GP. or AGP of Rs.10,000/- and above and also those in pay scale of HAG + and above 750/- 7,500/-
2. Experts in GP or AGP of Rs..7600/- and above but less than Rs.10,000/- 450/-  4,500/-
3. Experts in GP or AGP of Rs.5400/- but less than Rs.7600/- 300/-  2,250
4. Experts in GP or AGP less than Rs.5400/- 225/- 750/-
*1. Lodging charges are admissible subject to actual on production of receipt.

2. Boarding charges will be reimbursed on production of receipt/self certification.

3. No lodging charges will be paid if self arrangement is made.

(ii) Local Members/Experts:

 No DA, is payable to Local Members/Experts.

4. UGC Officers/Officials will be covered under FR/SRs (TA) Rules.

5. This issues with the approval of CM Dy. No.51194 dated 9.3.2016.
(Dr. Jitendra Tripathi)
Joint Secretary (Finance)

Source: http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/6080851_Honorarium.pdf

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