Thursday, 25 August 2016

Panel on OROP not hearing individuals: ex-serviceman tells HC

Panel on OROP not hearing individuals: ex-serviceman tells HC

New Delhi: Delhi High Court was today told that the one-member judicial commission, set up to deal with grievances of ex-servicemen on One Rank One Pension (OROP), was not hearing issues raised by an individual but dealing only with contentions raised by organisations.

The Centre refuted the claims before a bench of justices B D Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar saying the commission was hearing the grievances raised before it not only by organisations but by individuals also.

The bench was hearing a plea seeking directions to Ministry of Defence and the commission, headed by Justice (Retd) L Narasimha Reddy, “to give an effective public hearing to those affected or aggrieved by implementation of OROP”.

When the matter came up for hearing, petitioner S P Singh told the bench he had approached the commission with his grievances but was not heard and told that the panel was only hearing the contentions of organisations.

The petitioner also claimed that armed forces officers were sitting with the panel despite the fact that it was a one-member judicial commission.

Central government standing counsel Anurag Ahluwalia refuted the claims of the petitioner saying the commission was also hearing the grievances of individuals and the officers were present to assist the panel.

He also said the petitioner was heard by the panel.

The bench then asked the petitioner to file an affidavit stating that he was not given an opportunity by the commission to put forth his grievances and posted the matter for further hearing on September 28.

The Centre had earlier told the court it has extended by six months the term of the one-member panel on OROP.

The petitioner, who is an ex-serviceman, has said that as per a Ministry letter dated April 13, “Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners, Defence Pensioners’ Associations can submit their suggestions/views on the revised pension as notified, to the MoD, through post or by email within 15 days i.E. By April 29, 2016″.

The petitioner had contended that this information was not published in the newspapers and, therefore, people were not informed about it. He had said that the time given to forward the representations was “very short”.

The Centre had told the court that date for forwarding suggestions and representations was later extended to May 15.

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Implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC – Fitment Factor and Pay Fixation for Running Staff

Implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC – Fitment Factor and Pay Fixation for Running Staff
NFIR
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. IV/NFIR/7CPC( Imp)/2016/R.B.
Dated: 23/08/2016
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC – Fitment Factor and Pay Fixation for Running Staff-reg.
Ref: (i) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7CPC(Imp)/20161R.B. dated 13/07/2016.
(ii) Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2 dated 02/08/2016 (RBE No. 93/2016).
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7CPC(Imp)/2016/R.B. dated 04/08/2016.
In continuation to NFIR’s letter of even number dated 04/08/2016, Federation desires to highlight some facts as mentioned below:-
  • The Fitment table issued by the Railway Board vide letter No. PC-VI/2008/1/RSRP/1 dated 12/09/2008 was very clear, consequently correct pay fixation was done in favour of Running Staff with effect from 01/01/2006.
    This time, no fitment table has been issued resulting disappointment among Loco and Traffic Running Staff in Railways.
  •  A statement showing the revised pay fixation on the 7th CPC Pay Matrices is enclosed. The statement shows that 14.29% hike is not ensured.
  •  According to the notification issued by Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure vide Para 12 of Resolution No. 1-2/2016-IC dated 25th July 2016, while revising the Pay of Running Staff it should be ensured that actual raise in Pay at the time of initial fixation of pay should be 14.29% as recommended by the 7th CPC. It is however, disappointing to note that the Railway Board’s decision communicated vide letter No. PC-VII/2016/ RSRP/2 dated 02/08/2016 (Annexure C) has not ensured Pay raise of 14.29%, consequently each Running Staff is deprived of more than Rs. 2000 p.m.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to review and ensure pay raise of not less than 14.29% for the Running Staff while revising the pay in the 7th CPC Pay Matrices. Federation also urges the Railway Board to issue the revised fitment table duly ensuring 14.29% hike as was done on 12th September 2008 when 6th CPC Grade Pay/Pay Band was given effect from 01/01/2006.

Yours faithfully,
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(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Clarification on Children Education Allowance (CEA) – Dopt orders on 22.8.2016

Clarification on Children Education Allowance (CEA) – Dopt orders on 22.8.2016

No.A-27012/01/2015-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, dated 22nd August, 2016.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Children Education Allowance (CEA) – Clarification

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Personnel & Training’s O.M. No.12011/ 03/ 2008-Estt.(Allowance) dated 2nd September, 2008 and subsequent clarifications issued from time to time on the subject mentioned above and to say that E-Receipts produced by Central Govt. employees as a proof of payment of fee, etc., may be treated as original and hence may be allowed for claiming reimbursement of CEA.

2. This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary (Establishment).

3. Hindi version will follow.
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(Mukul Ratra)
Director
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Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

Instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet – Dopt Orders on 23.8.2016

Instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet – Dopt Orders on 23.8.2016

F.No.11012/04/2016-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk
North Block, New Delhi — 110001
Dated August 23, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 – instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to DoP&T’s O.M. No.11012/17/2013-Estt.A-III dated 3rd July, 2015 on the above mentioned subject and to say that in a recent case, Ajay Kumar Choudhary vs Union of India Civil Appeal No. 1912 of 2015 dated 16/02/2015, the Apex Court has directed as follows:
“14 We, therefore, direct that the currency of a Suspension Order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges/Chargesheet is not served on the delinquent officer/employee; if the Memorandum of Charges/Charge sheet is served a reasoned order must be passed for the extension of the suspension. As in the case in hand, the Government is free to transfer the concerned person to any Department in any of its offices within or outside the State so as to sever any local or personal contact that he may have and which he may misuse for obstructing the investigation against him. The Government may also prohibit him from contacting any person, or handling records and documents till the stage of his having to prepare his defence Furthermore, the direction of the Central Vigilance Commission that pending a criminal investigation departmental proceedings are to be held in abeyance stands superseded in view of the stand adopted by us.”
2. In compliance of the above judgement, it has been decided that where a Government servant: is placed under suspension, the order of suspension should not extend beyond three months, if within this period the charge-sheet is not served to the charged officer. As such, it should be ensured that the charge sheet is issued before expiry of 90 days from the date of suspension. As the suspension will lapse in case this time line is not adhered to, a close watch needs to be kept at all levels to ensure that charge sheets are issued in time.

3. It should also be ensured that disciplinary proceedings are initiated as far as practicable in cases where an investigating agency is seized of the matter or criminal proceedings have been launched. Clarifications in this regard have already been issued vide O.M. No. 11012/6/2007-Estt.A-Ill dated 21.07.2016.

4. All Ministries/ Departments/Offices’ are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all Disciplinary Authorities under their control.

5. Hindi version will follow.
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(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (E)
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Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

Revision of Casualty Pensionary awards in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forced Officer and JCOs/ ORs Pensioners/ Family pensioners

Revision of Casualty Pensionary awards in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forced Officer and JCOs/ ORs Pensioners/ Family pensioners.

Office of the Principal CDA(Pensions) Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad– 211014
REGISTERED
Circular No. 565
Dated: 22.08.2016
To,
1. The Chief Accountant, RBI, Deptt. Of Govt. Bank Accounts, Central office C-7, Second Floor, Bandre- Kurla Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandre East Mumbai- 400051
2. All CMDs, Public Sector Banks including IDBI Bank
3. Nodal Officers, ICICI/ HDFC/ AXIS/ IDBI Banks
4. Managers, All CPPCs
5. Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
6. The PCDA (WC), Chandigarh
7. The CDA (PD), Meerut
8. The CDA, Chennai
9. The Director of Treasuries, All States…
10. The Pay and Accounts Officer, Delhi Administration, RK Puram and Tis Hazari, New Delhi
11. The Pay and Accounts Office, Govt of Maharashtra, Mumbai
12. The Post Master Kathua (J&K)
13. The Post Master Camp Bell Bay
14. The Pr. Pay and Accounts Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair

Subject: Revision of Casualty Pensionary awards in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forced Officer and JCOs/ ORs Pensioners/ Family pensioners.

Reference: This office Circular No.456 dated 18.03.2011, Circular No.503 dated 17.01.2013, Circular No. 542 dated 27.05.2015, Circular No. 547, 548 dated 11.09.2015 and Circular No.560 dated.08.06.2016

(Available on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in)

Consequent upon issue of GOI, MOD letter No.16(01)/2014/D(Pen/Pol) dated 18.05.2016, the Circular No. 560 dated 08.06.2016 was issued by this office for revision of Casualty Pensionary Awards in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forced Officers and JCOs/ORs w.e.f. 01.01.2006. As per above Govt. letter, ‘the minimum guaranteed rates of Disability Element/ Liberalised Disability Element/ War Injury Element which were already revised w.e.f. 24.09.2012 vide GOI, MOD letter No 16(01)/2014-D(Pen/Pol) dated 10.04.2015 circulated vide this office Circular No. 542 dated 27.05.2015 has now been made applicable w.e.f. 01.01.2006 instead of 24.09.2012.

2. As per Para-5 of ibid Govt. letter, the aggregate of Service Element (revised in terms of Para 2.1 of GoI, MoD letter No 16(6)2008(1)/D(Pension/Policy) dated 04.05.2009 circulated vide Circular No. 410 dated 13.05.2009 and War Injury Element as amended from time to time, shall not exceed the minimum of the fitment table for the rank in the revised pay structure issued for implementation of recommendations of 6th CPC introduced from 01.01.2006 corresponding to the pre-revised Pay Scale held by the Armed Forces Personnel at the time of retirement/ discharge/ Invalidment. This ceiling of aggregate of War Injury Pension (Service Element plus War Injury Element) with reference to minimum of fitment table in the revised pay structure applicable from 01.01.2006 as mentioned above shall stand removed with effect from 01.07.2009 vide GoI, MoD letter No.10(01)/D(Pen/Pol)2009/Vol.II dated 19.01.2010.

3. Therefore, the arrears in respect of War Injury Pension shall be calculated in two phase viz. w.e.f 01.01.2006 to 30.06.2009 with ceiling/ cap as mentioned in Para-2 above and w.e.f. 01.07.2009 to 23.09.2012 without cap. It is also mentioned that the Service Element has also been revised vide GoI, MoD letter No.1(04)/2015(II)-D(Pen/Pol) and 1(04)/2015(I)-D(Pen/Pol) dated 03.09.2015 circulated vide this office Circular No. 547 and 548 dated 11.09.2015 respectively to ascertain current entitlement of the service element.

4. Accordingly, to facilitate the PDA’s for the revision of War Injury Pension, corrigendum PPO was considered to be necessary. Annexure attached with Circular No.560 dated 08.06.2016 in all such affected cases was called for with certain information. Now, considering the hardship to the Ex- Servicemen located in remote areas, it has been decided that the requirement of Annexure to the Circular No. 560 for revision of War Injury Pension will be dispensed with and revision will be done by the PDAs on the basis of minimum of fitment table attached herewith. No corrigendum PPO will be issued by this office in this regard.

5. For revision of War injury Pension, minimum fitment table has been enclosed as annexure ‘A’ to ‘F’ and PDAs are authorized for revision of pension within the cap (i.e. aggregate of Service Element and War Injury Element to revised amount till 30.06.2009. Thereafter, the revision shall be done as per table annexed to GoI, MoD letter No. 16(01)/2014/D(Pen/ Pol) dated 18.05.2016, circulated vide Circular No. 560 dated 08.06.2016 for calculating the arrears up to 23.09.2012 i.e. without cap.

6. It is also mentioned that vide this office circular No. 560 dated 08.06.2016 cited under reference, rates/ tables for modified parity of Special/ Liberalized Family Pension and Disability/ War Injury Element for various ranks was already prepared and circulated. In the said circular, there is no table for Hony. Naik, Hony. Havildar and Havildar granted Hony. rank of Nb Subedar. In view of above, it is hereby clarified that since Hony. Rank of Naik, Havildar and Havildar holding Hony rank of Nb Sub are drawing pay in the pay scale of Sepoy, Naik and Havildar respectively, therefore, they are entitled for modified parity with reference to substantive rank held at the time of retirement/ discharge/ invalidment except Naik (TS) who draws the pay of Naik. Therefore, Naik (TS) should be entitled for modified parity with respect to Naik rank.

7. All the Public Sector Banks disbursing defence pension would render a monthly progress report to the office of the PCDA(P) Allahabad as per the Proforma attached as APPENDIX- ‘Y’ (both for ICOs and JCOs/ ORs). All PDAs are therefore, requested to ensure rendition of the said monthly report both in hard and soft copy (Excel Format) by name to Shri S. Basumatary, Sr. Accounts Officer (P) (Audit Co-ordination) on e-mail ID: cda-albd@nic.in by 15th of the following month. It is also enjoined upon that all the columns of APPENDIX- ‘Y’ must be filled in complete and correct manner. It is also requested that one more copy of the requisite APPENDIX- ‘Y’ may invariably be sent along with the pension payment scrolls in which arrears of pension will be shown.

8. The DPDOs will render the said monthly progress report in APPENDIX- ‘Y’ to the office of the PCDA (P) Allahabad as well as respective CDAs i.e. CDA (PD) Meerut and CDA Chennai as the case may be.

9. A copy of arrear sheet shall invariably be provided to the concerned pensioner by the PDAs for information.

10. All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.

11. The provisions of this circular shall take effect from 01.01.2006 and arrears, if any, shall be allowed from 01.01.2006 up to 23.09.2012.

12. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination of Defence pensioners and Pension Disbursing Agencies.
No. Gts/Tech/05/LXXVII,

Dated: 22.08.2016
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(C.B. Yadav)
Dy. Controller (P)
Source : http://pcdapension.nic.in/

100 government websites differently-abled friendly soon

100 government websites differently-abled friendly soon

New Delhi: Work is on to make 100 government websites differently-abled friendly and 16 such websites are ready, Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.
Optical fibre measuring 1.39 lakh kms to connect village panchayats with internet has been laid since last two years as against 398 km from 2011-14 during the UPA.

He claimed nearly 104 crore people, comparable to the size of population of Italy and France, are in the ambit of the Aadhar and mobile connections in India since last two years.

“What is Digital India? We are seeking to bridge the divide between Digital Haves and Digital Have-nots,” he said while listing the achievements of Modi government since last two years.

“Of 125 crore people 104 have Aadhar card. They are digitally verifiable. With one click, you can view your face, your iris and finger-tip. It has happened in a completely secure condition and we have are the first ones to have done this,” Prasad claimed.

He was speaking at the launch of Sugamya Pustakalaya- an online library for persons with visual disabilities.
The online library was launched by Prasad, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot, and his two deputies Krishan Pal Gurjar and Ramdas Athawal.

Books are available in accessible formats for people with visual impairment and other print disabilities.
People can access over two lakhs books in diverse languages, integrating libraries across India and the globe, including the largest international library ‘Bookshare’.

“We have linked ‘divyangjans’ with the common service centres in our country. National Informatics Centre (NIC) is in the process of making 100 Government websites ‘divyang’ friendly of which 16 have already been made ‘divyang’ friendly,” Prasad said, as he urged NGOs and citizens to use ‘My Gov’ to provide valuable inputs on central schemes.

Prasad said in order to help children suffering from autism, an e-learning tool has also been developed by the National Institute of Mentally Handicapped and all the scholarships will be under one banner.

Javadekar said there are 23 lakh people special ability under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

As the HRD Minister, Javadekar said, he receives invitations for convocations, but he has accepted the first invitation from the University meant for differently abled in Thiruvanathapuram.

Gurjar said people with special abilities don’t need sympathy of the people but deserve their love, affection and support.

PTI

Electronic receipts acceptable for claiming Children Education Allowance (CEA) by central government employees

Electronic receipts acceptable for claiming Children Education Allowance (CEA) by central government employees

New Delhi: Electronic receipts are valid for claiming Children Education Allowance (CEA) by central government employees, the Centre has said.

“E-receipts produced by central government employees as a proof of payment of fee, etc., may be treated as original and hence may be allowed for claiming reimbursement of CEA,” an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.

The decision comes as employees have been facing problems in getting reimbursement of education fees paid by them for their children due to lack of clarity over acceptance of the E-receipts.

As per norms, the reimbursement is allowed to only the two eldest surviving children of the government employees.

Reimbursement is also permissible for any number of note books as may be prescribed by the recognised educational institution for children of the government employees.

PTI

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