Thursday, 2 June 2016

Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir – Extension orders issued by Dopt on 1.6.2016

Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir – Extension orders issued by Dopt on 1.6.2016

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Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir – Extension reg.

No.31011/7/2014-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: June 1st, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir – Extension reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014- Estt.(A-1V) dated 26th September, 2014 where Government servants in relaxation to CCS(LTC) Rules, were allowed to travel by air to visit Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), North East Region (NER) and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N) on LTC for a period of two years against conversion of one block of Home Town LTC. The relaxation was given subject to air travel by Air India only.

2. Later vide DoPT’s O.M. of even no. dated 28.11.2014, the Government decided to allow travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir under this special dispensation scheme subject to certain conditions. The scheme was valid for a period of one year from the date of issue of the O.M. and expired on 27.11.2015.

3. It has now been decided to extend the scheme for a further period from the date of issue of this O.M., till the date of expiry of the of the special dispensation scheme of travel by air to J&K, NER and A&N, i.e. 25.09.2016. All other terms and conditions prescribed in this Department’s O.M. dated 28.11.2014 shall continue to apply.
(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (Establishment)

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: 28th November, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit J&K.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014- Estt.(A-1V) dated 26th September, 2014. It has been decided that the Government servants while availing Leave Travel Concession (LTC) to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) under the special dispensation scheme allowed by the aforesaid O.M. may also travel by private airlines subject to the following conditions:-
(i) Officers entitled to travel by air may also travel by private airlines from their headquarters;
(ii) Officers not entitled to travel by air may be permitted to travel by private airlines between Delhi /Amritsar and any place in J&K.
2. Air travel by private airlines is to be performed in Economy Class only an at LTC-80 fare of Air India or less.

3. Air Tickets to be purchased directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’ (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT’s O.M. No. 31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey. Booking of tickets through other agencies is not permitted.

4. All other conditions prescribed in this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014-Estt.(AIV) dated 26.09.2014 would continue to apply.

5. The order will remain in force for a period of one year from the date of issue of this order.
(B. Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Authority: www.persmin.gov.in
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Dr Jitendra Singh awards Certificates of Appreciation to the Ministries/Departments for their performance in CPGRAMS

Dr Jitendra Singh awards Certificates of Appreciation to the Ministries/Departments for their performance in CPGRAMS

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh awarded the Certificates of Appreciation to the Ministries/Departments based on their performance in the Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the number of grievances received have increased in the last two years. It is an indication of increasing faith of the citizens in the grievance redressal mechanism, he added. He also said that he himself and the senior officers of Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) have been personally calling the citizens whose grievances have been redressed. These calls are made at random to the citizens to take feedback from them and to ascertain their satisfaction level.

The following Ministries/ Departments have been awarded:

CPGRAMS


From each category one Ministry/Department is selected for issue of Certificate of Appreciation based on the parameters of percentage of disposal and quality of disposal. A three member Committee evaluates the performance for each quarter.

The CPGRAMS is an online web enabled application to facilitate speedy redress of public grievances as it allows for online lodging and status tracking of grievances by the citizens. The system is flexible enough to be extended to multiple levels as per the requirement of concerned Ministry/Department/ Govt. Organization for speedy forwarding and redress of grievance. There has been a five-fold jump in Public Grievances to 10 lakh complaints in 2015-16 over previous year. With continuous monitoring a record disposal of 95% has been achieved.

For greater motivation towards redress of public grievances and also for introducing a sense of competiveness among the nodal officers for public grievances belonging to different Ministries/Departments, a decision was taken to issue Certificate of Appreciation to the best Ministries/Departments based on their performance with reference to the percentage of disposal and the quality of disposal of public grievances in the defined three categories for each quarter.

The aim of the Government is to have minimum Government and maximum Governance with citizen centric approach. Accordingly, an attempt to put in place a mechanism to make all grievances count is by encouraging all Ministries/ Departments to view public grievances with utmost importance and give effective and speedy redress. Award Scheme is expected to bring a sense of competitiveness in Ministries/ Departments to address public grievances.

Shri C. Viswanath, Secretary, DARPG, Smt. Usha Sharma, Additional Secretary, DARPG and other senior officers of the Department were also present on the occasion.

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Special Aadhaar Enrolment drive for Pensioners, from May 30 to June 10, 2016


Special Aadhaar Enrolment drive for Pensioners, from May 30 to June 10, 2016

Pensioners will also get opportunity to seed data for digital life certificate

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a special enrolment drive for pensioners who are yet to enroll for Aadhaar. The drive is being conducted to enable Pensioners avail the convenience of Jeevan Pramaan, an initiative of Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare, Government of India.
Every year, pensioners need to provide a life certificate to an authorized pension disbursing agency such as a Bank, Post office etc., for receipt of pension. To get a life certificate the pensioner is required to either personally present oneself before the Pension Disbursing Agency or have the Life Certificate issued by the department/authority where they served earlier and have it delivered to the disbursing agency. This entails considerable hardship to the senior Citizens.

Jeevan Pramaan, a digital life certificate which utilises the Aadhaar identity platform, addresses this very problem by digitizing the whole process of securing a life certificate. A pensioner just needs to biometrically authenticate at the nearest centre. After successful authentication, the digital life certificate is stored in a Life Certificate Repository, which can be accessed by the Pension Disbursing Authority.

To facilitate pensioners to avail the facility of Jeevan Pramaan, which is based on Aadhaar Identity platform, UIDAI and Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare have taken initiative to carry out special enrolment drive for Pensioners through banks which are Registrars for enrolment for Aadhaar as well as Pension Disbursing Authorities.

The banks which include names like State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Allahabad Bank, Canara Bank, have also been asked to conduct special Aadhaar seeding camps where Pensioners will be requested to provide their Aadhaar details to their respective banks from which they draw pension so that they can get a digital life certificate – Jeevan Pramaan.

The enrolment drive and the Aadhaar seeding camp is being run from May 30 to June 10, 2016.

“We hold special enrolment drives to help people who are yet to enrol for Aadhaar. This particular exercise has been initiated to make sure pensioners get an Aadhaar number if they still don’t have one and seed the Aadhaar details of pensioners so that they can get a Jeevan Pramaan,” said Director General & Mission Director of UIDAI, Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

So far over 15.41 Lakh pensioners have already registered for the Aadhaar-enabled Jeevan Pramaan service.

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Retirement age increased to 65 for Central Government Doctors – MOHFW orders on 31.5.2016

Retirement age increased to 65 for Central Government Doctors – MOHFW orders on 31.5.2016

Enhancement of Age of superannuation of Specialists of Non-Teaching and Public Health Sub-Cadres of CHS and General Duty Medical Officers of CHS

No.A.12034/1/2014-CGHS-V
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated: the 31st May, 2016

The President is pleased to enhance the age of superannuation of the specialists of Non-Teaching and Public Health sub-cadres of Central Health Services (CHS) and General Duty Medical Officers of CHS to 65 years with immediate effect.
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(B.Bandyopadhyay)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Authority: www.mohfw.nic.in

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Two Years Achievements of Ministry of Railways (May 2014 to May 2016)

Two Years Achievements of Ministry of Railways (May 2014 to May 2016)

I .PASSENGER AMENITIES AND DIGITAL INDIA INITIATIVES
  • Indian Railways launched three social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube with the handle @railminindia.  Ministry of Railways employed first of its kind, a real time 24×7 public grievance system through Twitter and provided medical, security and other emergency assistance to travelling passengers
  • All India Security Helpline 182 set up to report any untoward incident and seek emergency help during travel
  • The All India Passenger Helpline ‘138’ provided for all other query/complaints during travel
  • A mobile based application viz. Complaint Management System (COMS) launched
  • E-catering facility launched at 100 stations. 408 railway    stations designated for providing E-catering
  • A massive scheme for providing Water Vending Machines (WVMs) to provide RO Water at affordableprices is under implementation by Railway PSU IRCTC
  • Reservation quota of two lower berths per coach in Sleeper class enhanced to four lower berths per coach for Senior Citizens and Women
  • Tatkal reservation timings have been staggered to serve dual purpose of providing convenience to the passengers and for staggering traffic on the e-ticket portal.All agents are debarred from booking tickets during first thirty minutes of opening of booking
  • Automatic refund of Confirmed /RAC e-tickets on cancellation of trains similar to waitlisted e-tickets is granted without filing of TDR
  • Time limit for booking reserved tickets was increased to 120 days w.e.f. 01.04.2015
  • Destination alert and wake up alarm services launched on 139
  • Automatic Destination Alerts to passengers through SMS for Rajdhani and Duronto trains.
  • E-ticketing facility launched for disabled persons and for accredited journalist on concession pass.
  • Mobile charging facilities in all new general class coaches initiated.
  • Out of 1252 Stations identified for upgradation to Adarsh Stations’, 986 stations have so far been developed. 160 developed in last two years
  • Scheme namely ‘SMS Gateway’ launched enabling passengers to get SMS alerts on the status of reserved tickets
  • New Generation system put in place which can book 7200 online tickets instead of 2000 tickets per minute and can attend 2,00,000 enquiries instead of 50000 per minute
  • Rationalization of Computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) done to enable passengers to buy tickets even after the preparation of reservation charts
  • Paperless unreserved ticketing including Paperless Platforms tickets through mobile phone introduced in suburban sections of Western Railway, Central Railway, South Central Railway, Southern Railway, Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway
  • Pilot Project of hand Held Terminals for TTEs launched
  • E-booking of disposable linen started on trains at New Delhi Railway Station and Nizamuddin Railway Station, Mumbai Central (BCT), Chattarpati Shivaji Terminus (CSTM), Southern Railway
  • E-booking of Wheel chair launched
  • Currency Coin cum Card operated Automatic Ticket Vending Machines installed at select stations.
  • Initiated one of the largest free public wifi fi systems in the world. Launched at 26 stations with a plan to extend it to 100 Stations by December this year and to 400 stations by 2018.
  • The booking of retiring rooms at different railway stations made online making it convenient and transparent
  • E-Ticketing portal in Hindi launched
  • 60 lifts and 150 escalators provided in last 2 years at Railway stations
  • Model Rake (a passenger carrying train with 24 coaches) developedwith improved interiors, colour scheme, aesthetics and amenity fittings. This is running as a train between New Delhi and Varanasi.
  • Cancellation of confirmed, RAC and Waitlisted PRS counter tickets made easy using IRCTC website or phone No. 139.
  • Provision made for acceptance of international debit and credit cards for payment of E-ticket through IRCTC website
  • Yatri Ticket/Sewa Kendra (YTSK) Scheme launched to allow private agents to operate ticketing terminals for selling reserved as well as unreserved tickets
  • Indian Railways started six pilgrims’ special tourist trains. More such trains being planned in subsequent phases
  • Dustbins to be provided in non AC coaches also
  • NIFT, Delhi has been engaged for designing of bedroll etc.
  • A new ‘Rail Neer’ plant for package drinking water set up at Ambernath (Mumbai).
  • In order to increase availability of accommodation for general class passengers on long distance Mail/Express trains, GMs were delegated powers to de-reserve Sleeper Class (SL) coaches as General Coaches (GS) in identified trains & sectors
  • Suvidha Trains with graded pricing structure introduced with facility for booking on PRS in addition to e-tickets and facility of limited refund on cancellation of ticket
  • The Defense Travel System to eliminate exchange of defense warrants was rolled out on the NGeT platform. Till date about 2000 Defense units have started issuing tickets through this platform without exchange of warrants
  • Number of berths available for physically challenged has been increased from 2 to 4
  • ‘VIKALP’, Alternative Train Accommodation System (ATAS)  launchedwith a view to provide confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers and also to ensure optimal utilization of available accommodation. This facility is now available on New Delhi – Jammu, New Delhi – Lucknow, Delhi-Howrah, Delhi- Chennai, Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Secunderabad Circuits,
  • Launched pre-cooked (ready-to-eat) meals of reputed brands on some trains.
  • Commencement of provision of Braille signage on 3000 coaches has been given in order to facilitate travel to visually impaired passengers.
  • Provision of foldable ladder in First AC coaches launched

  • Provision of Bio degradable garbage bags to passengers started on pilot basis

  • Escorting ladies special trains and ladies compartment by security squad

  • Security helpline 182 activated and real time complaint resolution through Twitter employed with a high priority to women security issues

  • Fitment of CCTV surveillance cameras for women security in trains initiated with first such fitment undertaken in Amritsar-New Delhi-Shan-e Punjab Express
  • Development of security App over some of the Zonal Railways
  • Middle bay reserved for women
  • Pilot Project of Sale of Unreserved Tickets  through Hand Held Terminals initiated at Hazrat Nizammudin Railway Station of Northern Railway.

  1. INFRASTRUCTURECREATION AND SUPPORT TO MAKE IN INDIA INITIATIVE
  • Indian Railways has taken a giant leap forward in ‘Make in India’ drive by signing Agreement for setting up of Diesel Locomotive Factory (DLF) at Marhowra, Saran district, Bihar for procurement and maintenance of mainline most modern high power Diesel Electric Locomotives with M/s GE Diesel Locomotive Pvt. Ltd. A separate agreement signed with M/S ALSTOM for setting up of electric locomotive factory at Madhepura, Bihar for procurement and maintenance of most modern high power electric locomotives, both major PPP and FDI tenders of Indian Railways. This would be one of the highest FDI’s in India amounting to order book of almost Rs 40,000 Crore.

  • The Ministry has initiated process for procuring high speed train sets which will improve average speed of passenger carrying trains thereby reducing journey time.

  • MoU between India and Japan signed for Mumbai–Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project using Shinkansen Technology covering a total of 508 kms. A new entity named National High Speed Ra Extension of newly introduced cancellation facility for PRS
  • il Corporation Limited has been set up in February, 2016 to implement the project

  • Further high speed studies are being conducted by Ministry of Railways on Diamond Quadrilateral High Speed Rail network. Feasibility studies of Delhi- Mumbai, Mumbai- Chennai and Delhi- Kolkata are underway.  The feasibility studies of Delhi-Nagpur and Mumbai –Nagpur corridors are being taken up through G2G cooperation with Chinese and Spanish governments respectively

  • Ministry of Railways launched Gatimaan Express, country’s first semi high speed train with a maximum speed of 160 kmph between Delhi and Agra heralding a new era of high speed rail travel in India

  • Redevelopment of 400 Stations to be developed on e-bidding on as is where is basis; 10 stations handed over to IRSDC

  • Indian Railways commissioned 2828 Km of Broad Gauge lines, highest ever in 2015-16 against an average of 1528 Km from 2009-14.

  • IR commissioned two mega bridges over river Ganga at Patna and Munger.With these, the Railway networks of North and South Bihar have been integrated.

  • The executions of the biggest infrastructural projects in the country, Eastern and Western DFCs have been fast-tracked.  Revised cost estimates have been approved by the Cabinet and funding has been tied up.  Rs.25,320 Cr worth of contracts have been awarded in the last two years, which is more than double of the total contracts of Rs.12,240 Cr awarded since commencement. The first ever section on DFC of 56 km between Durgawati-Sasaram has been commissioned. The project is progressing well for commissioning in phases by 2019

  • Rail Wheel Plant, Bela commissioned and regular production started

  • Diesel loco factory at Varanasi is being expanded

  • DEMU factory at Haldia was commissioned and Mid-life Rehabilitation Workshop for coaches at Jhansi completed.

  • One of the most challenging railway projects, conversion of 1500 V DC to 25000 V AC traction system has been successfully completed over the entire Mumbai division of Central Railway.

  • During 2014-16, 3105 route kilometres have been electrified, which is an average of 1552.5 RKM/ annum as against 1236 RKM/annum during previous five years.

  • Construction of Electric Lolo Assembly & Ancillary Unit of CLW at Dankuni in West Bengal completed

  • Modern LHB Coach manufacturing facility commissioned at ICF Chennai.

  • The Chhapra factory has started regular production of cast wheels for rolling stock. The installed capacity of the plant is 1Lac wheels per annum.

  • Foundation stone laid for setting up Traction Alternator Factory at Vidisha to manufacture 100 traction alternators per annum of high horse power diesel locomotives which are currently being imported

  • Significant boost in elimination of unmanned level crossing which has resulted in safe operations. In 2015-16, a total of 1253 unmanned level crossings were eliminated and 1024 Road over/ Road under bridges were constructed. This marks an improvement of 35% against the average number from 2009-2014

III.REFORMS
  • A Memorandum of Understanding with LIC of India for obtaining funds to the tune of Rs.1.5 lakh Cr signed.
  • MOF approved issue of tax free bonds by IRFC amounting to Rs.6,000 Cr
  • Discussions initiated with World Bank for setting up a Railway Infrastructure Development Fund of around USD 30 Bn
  • Powers delegated and decentralized for improving efficiency and transparency. Measures for E-tendering, E-auctioning, E-ticketing, E-Governance, E-Freight Demand, E-Catering, E-Wheel Chair, E-Concierge etc. takenfor efficiency and transparency
  • Ministry of Railways (MoR) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for formation of Joint Venture Companies with six State Governments viz. Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.JVs would undertake project development works for an identified basket of projects, which will inter-alia include surveys, preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) and getting requisite approvals, processing for sanctioning of identified projects and monitoring
  • Ministry of Railways conducted world’s largest online exam for recruitment for almost 90 lakh aspirants. With a view to increase transparency, a new system of handing over the Question Booklets to the candidates has been introduced.A pilot project of uploading of Answer Keys and Cut-off marks has also been initiated.
  • Deloitte, a consulting firm has been engaged for studying the manpower rationalization of the Group A services.  Report submitted and is under examination
  • Four Centres of Railways Research set up in premier educational institutions
  • Development of an online system initiated for grievance redressal of both serving as well as retired railwaymen
  • Railways signed MoU to set up its own Railway Design Centre in collaboration with  National Institute of Design (NID)
  • The process for putting in place a regulator “Rail Development Authority” has been initiated. A concept note was uploaded to receive feedback from all stakeholders. Process for drafting of a bill/executive order underway.
  • 100 % FDI allowed in identified areas of railway sector and sectoral guidelines on FDI formulated
  • Ministry of Railways implemented 100% E-procurement solution for all kinds of contracts – goods, works and services. It isIndia’s largest e-procurement system
  • A web-enabled IT-Application “Project Monitoring and Information System (PMIS)” launched which will be implemented in Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramullah Rail Link (USBRL) project, followed by other mega and complex projects of Indian Railways. This will increase transparency in project monitoring

  • “Technology Mission on Indian Railways (TMIR)” for Development/Research/Innovations in Railway Technologies in association with Department of Science & Technology, MoHRD and representatives of Industry has been set up
  • Creation of Mobility Directorate in Railway Board’s Office
  • Creation of Non-Fare Revenue Directorate in Railway Board’s Office
  • Release of Handout on ‘Railway initiatives for Ease of Doing Business’ and Nomination of ‘Key Customer Managers’

  1. GREEN INITIATIVES
  • Commissioned 26 MW wind mill power plant at Jaisalmer
  • 10MW Solar Plants installed in two years. Massive solarisation (1000 MW Solar Power Plants) planned in next Five years with an eye on making Railways, the largest solar power producer in the country
  • Railways provided27,000 bio-toilets in trains in the last two years.A target of 30000 bio-toilets setfor the next financial year
  • First ‘Green’ DEMU train introduced on Northern Railway to run between Rewari-Rohtak section
  • A hybrid toilet system, combining best features of a   vacuum toilet system and indigenous bio-toilet system has been installed for trial in a First Class air conditioned coach of Dibrugarh Rajdhani which is running wellsince September 2015. The system does not require any waste handling facilities for evacuation and processing of waste. This system uses significantly less quantity of water is used for flushing
  • A new separate Environment Management Directorate formed to address all environment related issues in a focused and integrated manner
  • M/s. RITES has been engaged for setting up of two pilot plants at NDLS and JP for disposal for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in an environment friendly manner including conversion of Waste to Energy (bio-methanation)
  • A major push was given to get additional sanction of more than 30 Water Recycling Plants during 2015-16. As against this, less than 30 WRPs have been functioning all these years
  • Setting up of Automatic Coach Washing Plants in major coach maintenance depots
  • After field trails, IR has now developed the environmental friendly composite sleepers made up of recycled plastic waste, which will be used over all girder bridges in future for improved maintainability and facilitating higher speeds and higher axle loads.
  • Indian Railways has started a massive exercise of planting trees alongside Railway Track with the signing agreement with Haryana & Punjab Government in the first phase.
V. CLEANLINESS
Indian Railways joined the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan in a big way. It formulated an integrated policy on cleanliness

  • 27 Charitable Institutions/Social Organizations invited to take part in ‘Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ through Shramdaan campaign

  • Criterion for qualification of OBHS trains revised to include all importantmail &express trains. 7 more Clean Train Stations added and 240 new trains added on OBHS in last two years

  • “Clean My Coach” Servicelaunched for any cleaning requirement in the coach. A passenger can send an SMS on a mobile number 58888 or book through app and his request is attended to

  • 16 more mechanised laundries set up in the last two years. Now around 45 percent linen is cleanedthrough mechanised laundries

  • Intensive mechanised cleaning of coaching in coaching depots through professional agencies – 132 Coaching Depots in different Railways already have the system

  • Cleaning of 50 major stations has been outsourced to professional agencies

  • Cleanliness audit through 3rd party started for Railway stations institutionalised. Ranking of stations based on cleanliness would be generated periodically

  1. CONNECTIVITY IN NORTH EAST AND J&K
  • Indian Railways completed Udhampur-Katra Broad gauge line in the State of Jammu and Kashmir bringing Katra on Broad Gauge Railway map
  • Lumding-Silchar Broad gauge section inaugurated giving seamless BG connectivity to Barak Valley of Assam
  • Meghalaya came on the rail map with the flagging off the first ever train from Guwahati to Medipathar in Meghalaya
  • The Prime Minister laid the foundation for a new line to take rail connectivity to Mizoram’s capital Aizwal
  • The Tripura’s Capital Agartala came on the broad gauge rail map
  • Meter gauge will be fully eliminated in North-East in near future
  • IR commissioned 545 KM of Broad Gauge lines in North East in 2015-16 in comparison to 110 KM per year from 2009-2014

VII.PPP IN RAIL LINE PROJECTS
  • In 2015-16, Indian Railways generated an investment of Rs.15,000Cr through PPP. This is the highest achieved till now.
  • Partnership with State Governments, Industry is being encouraged to undertake coal and mining connectivity projects.
  • To encourage port connectivity projects, thrust has been given to implementation of projects under the participative model policy of 2012. Rail connectivity to Tuna Port at a cost of 142 Cr has been implemented in 2015. Also approvals under Joint Venture model have been granted to build rail connectivity to the ports of Jaigarh (Rs 771 Cr.), Rewas (Rs.349 Cr), and Dighi (Rs.724 Cr.)

  • Ministry of Railways for the first time has decided to launch three annuity projects Badrak- Nargundi 3rd line (900Cr.), Nagpur – Wardha 3rd line 550Cr. and Kazipet- Vijayawada 3rd line 1566 Cr in the current calendar year.

VIII. FREIGHT
  • Massive rationalization of freight policies initiated
  • Merry-Go-Round system introduced to capture short lead traffic near steel plants and thermal power house
  • Post congestion charges withdrawn which will help in increasing traffic from the Ports to hinterland
  • Two-Point/Multi Point/Mini Rake facility extended to maximize traffic.
  • Roll on – Roll off scheme launched on Digha Rail Bridge over River Ganges near Patna. Under this scheme loaded trucks would be moved on the flat wagons to avoid congested roads across Ganges
  • Busy season charge withdrawn.
  • Automatic Freight Rebate Scheme for traffic loaded in Traditional Empty Flow Direction introduced
  • Computerized system to register demands for wagons introduced. Electronic forwarding note and Electronic Railway Receipts introduced to enhance efficiency and transparency in freight operations
  • Liberalised Wagon Investment Scheme, Wagon Leasing Scheme, Special Freight Train Operator Scheme, Private Freight Terminals, Automobile Freight Train Operator Scheme, accelerated to improve freight
  • Auto hub at Walajabad in Chennai Division developed for automobiles moment
  • Flagging off of Roll-On-Roll-Off(Ro-Ro) train Ex.-Bihta to Turki in Bihar.

  1. SAFETY IN RAIL OPERATIONS

  • Working towards ‘Zero Accident’ Mission.
  • TPWS is a safety Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system conforming to European Train Control System (ETCS) Level-1.    TPWS trials at 160 Kmph were successfully conducted.
  • 282 Level Crossing Gates have been interlocked with Signals to enhance safety.
  • A cost effective indigenous safety system – Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) is being developed indigenously by RDSO and the trails are on.
  • Pilot Project initiated for Improving Safety at Unmanned Level Crossing which include automatic warning to road users through flasher light and Sensing of Obstruction on level crossing and visual warning to train drivers

  1. MISCELLANEOUS
  • In the last two years, 14 MoUs/MoCs/other agreements for cooperation in rail sector have signed with Railways/Governments of Czech Republic, China, South Korea, Canada, Kazakhstan, Slovak Republic, UK, Japan, Germany, France, Russia & Sweden.
  • Under Skill India Initiative, 53 locations across the country have been identified by setting up training centres
  • Indian Railways made successful arrangements to transport drinking water to drought-affected areas of Latur district in Maharashtra
  • Indian Railways lent helping hand during the Nepal earthquake tragedy by providing ‘Rail Neer’ bottles and by transporting Nepal evacuees
  • Railways also helped during the J&K floods
  • Railways were in the forefront in extending help to the Indian nationals returning from Yemen
  • Indian Railway weightlifters (5 Women & 1 Men) represented India in the Commonwealth Youth; Junior & Senior Weightlifting Championship held at Pune from 11th to 15th November, 201. All Railway players won medals in this Championship
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed Ministry of Railways and PEC University of Technology for setting up of ‘Kalpana Chawla Chair’ on Geospatial Technology for Indian Railways at PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh.
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Non-statutory Departmental Canteens functioning in Central government Offices-procuring Licence under Food Safety and Standards Act,2006 and Rules & Regulations framed thereunder

Non-statutory Departmental Canteens functioning in Central government Offices-procuring Licence under Food Safety and Standards Act,2006 and Rules & Regulations framed thereunder

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File No. 10/1/2004-Dir(c)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Director (Canteens)
Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market
New Delhi, dated 30th May, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens functioning in Central Government Offices- procuring Licence under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and Rules & Regulations framed thereunder.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 11.8.2004 and para 9.9 of Administrative Instructions on Departmental Canteens in Government Offices and Industrial Establishments (Green Book) wherein it has been mandated that the Managing Committees of the Departmental canteens/ Tiffin Rooms run in various Central Government Offices would obtain the requisite licence from the concerned authority under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 an~ Municipal Act applicable to them.

The erstwhile PFA Act, 1954 has since been repealed after enactment of Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006.

Since the erstwhile PFA Act, 1954 has been repealed after enactment of FSS Act, 2006 the Departmental Canteens are now required to obtain licence under FSS Act, 2006.

2. The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 along with the Rules & Regulations framed thereunder provides the statutory framework for regulating, inter-alia, the manufacture, storage, distribution and sale of food so as to ensure its safety. Regulation 2.1.2 of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing & Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011 stipulates that ”No person shall commence any food business unless he possesses a valid license”. Schedule 1 of the above mentioned Regulations places food catering services in establishments and units under Central Government agencies under the purview of Central Licensing Authority. All Departmental Canteens, Tiffin Rooms, etc. housed in various offices of the Central Government are, accordingly required to obtain licenses to be able to continue to manufacture and sell food.
3. It may be stated here that the Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens, set up as measure of staff welfare, have been functioning in the Central Government Offices since early fifties. The Office of the Director(Canteens) in the Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance & Pensions is concerned only with the laying down broad policy guidelines for running such canteens. However, day to day administration of the canteens are the responsibility of the concerned Ministries/Departments through their Managing Committees set up for this purpose.

4. It is the responsibility of respective Managing Committee to register/obtain licence under provisions of Food Safety and Standards (Licencing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations 2011. The concerned officers may please get in touch with FSSAI (Contact No.O 11··2323168) for implementation of FSS Act, 2006 and rules and regulations thereunder.

5. Accordingly, all the Ministries/Departments are requested to take further necessary action, as suggested above, with reference to all canteens functioning under their administrative control in attached and subordinate offices/field formations under intimation to this Department.

6. The receipt of this OM may be acknowledged please.
(Pratima Tyagi)
Director(Canteens)
Tel:-24624722
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Parity in Pension between Old & New Pensioner in 7th CPC: NCCPA Circular

Parity in Pension between Old & New Pensioner in 7th CPC: NCCPA Circular

NCCPA CIRCULAR
NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS.
13/c Feroze shah Road,
New Delhi. 110 001
Dated: 30.5.2016
Dear Comrades,
We send herewith a copy of the NJCA Circular letter dated 27th May, 2016. The same is self-explanatory. You could see there-from that the Government might not positively react to the demands placed by the NJCA over the recommendations of the 7th CPC. Simply raising the minimum wage by a few rupees without any consequential change in the fitment formula or pay matrix will not bring about any tangible benefit. The revision of the minimum wage along would benefit only those who are likely to be recruited to the cadre of MTS in future. As you are aware, the 7th CPC had not accepted any demand of the employees. It is beset with dissenting notes in many chapters. The fight between the personnel in the organized Group A Services and all India Services had triggered such dissenting note on the part of the Member who retired from the IAS. A significant section of the Secretaries to various Departments, we were told, were against any revision over the recommendations of the 7th CPC. In any case, we are to await the outcome of the discussions at the NJCA meeting scheduled to be held on 3rd June, at New Delhi.

Coming to the issues pertaining to the Pensioners, we must recall that the 7th CPC had rejected almost all the demands unanimously placed before them by the Pensioners organizations. While tendering oral evidence the Staff Side had inter alia pressed for the parity for the past pensioners before the Commission, especially in the background of the granting of one rank one pension to the Defence Personnel. It is ironic to note that the Defence Ministry which had piloted the demand of the Ex-service men for one rank one pension i.e.parity between the past and present pensioners has now taken a stand against such parity for civil servants. No personnel either in the organized Group A services or All India Services would stand benefited by the present recommendation of the 7th CPC except a few as most of them were in receipt of almost time bound promotion in their career. The modified parity one must recall has only benefited the upper echelons in the bureaucracy. One can understand that the Govt. refusing to make improvements over the suggestion made by a Commission. But it must be most intolerable when the Govt. refuses to implement a recommendation which was the outcome of a persistent presentation jointly by almost all the beneficiaries. The plea advanced for non acceptance of the recommendation is the alleged impracticability due to the non availability of the relevant records. Should the pensioner suffer for the reason that the concerned department of the Government has not kept the records properly? It is the most callous approach and must be resisted with all the force that we can command. We cannot afford to have this situation to develop. We are certain that most of the individual pensioners would be able to provide the requisite information needed to consider the first option in the pension fixation to the concerned department and most of the Departments would be able to verify the same with the available documents with them. We must however await the decision of the NJCA in the matter.

In the meantime, all affiliates will take such action needed to mobilize the pensioners and undertake a serious educational campaign.
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
KKN.Kutty.
Secretary General.

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