Friday, 21 October 2016

Pay Fixation and grant of increment in revised Pay structure


Pay Fixation and grant of increment in revised Pay structure

Railway Order

Government of India(Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)
RBE No: 124/2016
S.No.6/PC-VII
File No.PC-VII/2016/1/6/2
New Delhi, dated: 20.10.2016
The General Manager/CAOs(R),
All India Railways & Production Units,
(As per mailing list)

Sub:- Fixation of pay and grant of increment in the revised Pay structure - clarifications - regarding.

Following the notification of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, Railway Board has received references seeking clarifications regarding various aspects of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure as also pay fixation and grant of increment in future under revised pay structure. These matters have been considered by Ministry of Finance and the paints of doubts are clarified as under:

Sl.No.Point of doubtClarification
1As per the provisions of FR 22 (l)(a)(1), the Government Servants (other than those appointed on deputation to ex- cadre post or ad-hoc basis or on direct recruitment basis) have the option, to be exercised within one month from the date of promotion, to have the pay fixed under this rule from the date of such promotion/appointment or from the date of next increment.Some of the employees, promoted between 01.01.2016 and the date of notification of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 had opted for their pay fixation on promotion/financial up-gradation under MACPS from the date of their next increment in the lower grade. Consequent upon notification of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 i.e. 28th July, 2016, the option submitted by such employees has now turned out to be disadvantageous.Whether such employee may be allowed to revise their option under FR 22(I)(a)(1) at this stage.
Whether employees appointed/promoted/granted financial upgradation during 02.01.2015 and 01.07.2015 will be entitled to grant of one increment on 01.01.2016
Under the changed circumstances after notification of RS(RP) Rules, 2016, the employee may be allowed to exercise revised option for fixation of pay under FR 22(I)(a)(1). Such revised option shall be exercised’ within one month of issue of this letter. Option so revised shall be final.Since, the provisions of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 are effective from 01.01.2016, no increment shall be allowed on 01.01.2016 at the time of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure.

(JAYA KUMAR.G)
Deputy Director, Pay Commission-VII
Railway Board
Railway Order

Permission to Travel by Airlines other than Air India


Permission to Travel by Airlines other than Air India

airlines-air-india

Government of India / Bharat Sarkar
Ministry of Railways / Rail Mantralaya
(Railway Board)
RBE No.122/2016
New Delhi, Dated 17.10.2016
No.F(E)I/2016/AL-28/25
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub: Permission to Travel by Airlines other than Air India.

In terms of Board’s letter of riven number dated 16.05.2016 on the subject, certain guidelines were issued regarding grant of permission to travel by airlines other than Air India for official air travel (both domestic and international) by railway officers.

2. However, in some of the cases, the requests seeking relaxation/permission to travel by airlines other than Air India are being received without complete particulars, and requisite documents. Occasionally, even the sector(s) for which permission is sought for travel by private airlines are not indicated.

3. It is therefore requested that the reference seeking relaxation/permission to travel by airlines other than Air India may be made to Railway Board following the guidelines of air travel circulated along with the letter dated 16.05.2016 ,Some of which are reiterated below and additional particulars as indicated below may also be furnished.
(i) The request for relaxation/permission must be submitted to Railway Board at least 10 working days in advance from the date of travel, in the prescribed proforma also indicating the telephone number fax number (if an official email ID and grade / level of the officer travelling.
(ii) Request for post-facto permission should be avoided.
(iii) Those seeking relaxation on ground of non-availability of seats (NAS) must enclose NAS certificate issued by authorized travel agent / a copy of the sector specific snapshot of Air India Website.
(iv) Those seeking relaxation on ground of attending meeting at a particular time, must attach meeting notice and approved tour programme.
4. Hindi version is enclosed.

5. Please acknowledge receipt.
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(Sonali Chaturvedi)
Dy. Director Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board
Source : http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/

Indication of Aadhaar number in Pension papers of all employees


Indication of Aadhaar number in Pension papers of all employees-regarding

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI-110066

CPAO/Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/(3) Vol-11/2015-16/156
20.10.2016
Office Memorandum

Subject:- Indication of Aadhaar number in Pension papers of all employees-regarding.

Attention is invited to CPAO OM No. CPAO/Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/2015-16/1770 dated 07.03.2016 and D.O. letter dated 30.07.2015 from CGA to all Secretaries (Civil Ministries) followed by OM No. CPAO/Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/2016-17/07 dated-07.04.2016 regarding incorporation of Aadhaar number in the fresh PPOs.

2. In terms of Section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefit and Services) Act, 2016 “The Central Government or, as the case may be, the State Government may, for the purpose of establishing identity of an individual as a condition for receipt of a subsidy, benefit or service for which the expenditure is incurred from, or the receipt therefrom forms part of, the Consolidated Fund of India, require that such individual undergo authentication, or furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or in the case of an individual to whom no Aadhaar number has been assigned, such individual makes an application for enrollment: Provided that if an Aadhaar number is not assigned to an individual, the individual shall be offered alternate and viable means of identification for delivery of the subsidy, benefit or service”. Further, DP&PW has intimated vide OM No. 1/20/2016 P&PW (E) dated-08.08.2016 (copy enclosed) that it has issued a revised format for the application for pension by retiring employees (Form-5) in which Aadhaar number is to be indicated, if available. DP&PW has also requested Secretaries of the Ministries/ Departments to ensure that only the latest revised Form 5 & 7 complete in all respects including Aadhaar number, where available, are forwarded along with pension papers to the PAO.

3. In view of above, all Pr. CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs/ Administrators of UTs are again requested to issue instructions to PAOs to invariably watch the mention of Aadhaar Number in Pension paper received from Heads of Offices. Further it is also requested to take up the matter with JS (Admin) and Heads of Department/ Heads of Offices of respective Ministries/ Departments to ensure for providing Aadhaar number in pension papers in all cases being submitted to concerned PAOs to enable them to incorporate the same in PPO booklets.
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(Subhash Chandra)
Controller of Accounts
Source : CPAO

Government decides to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme 2016 -17 Series III; Applications for the bond to be accepted from October 24, 2016 to November 02, 2016 and the Bonds will be issued on November 17, 2016


Government decides to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme 2016 -17 Series III; Applications for the bond to be accepted from October 24, 2016 to November 02, 2016 and the Bonds will be issued on November 17, 2016.

Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has decided to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17  Series III. Applications for the bonds will be accepted from October 24, 2016 to November 02, 2016. The Bonds will be issued on November 17, 2016. The Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange.
The features of the Bond are given below:

Sl. No.ItemDetails
1.Product nameSovereign Gold Bond 2016-17 - Series III
2.IssuanceTo be issued by Reserve Bank India on behalf of the Government of India.
3.EligibilityThe Bonds will be restricted for sale to resident Indian entities including individuals, HUFs, Trusts, Universities and Charitable Institutions.
4.DenominationThe Bonds will be denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of 1 gram.
5.TenorThe tenor of the Bond will be for a period of 8 years with exit option from 5th year to be exercised on the interest payment dates.
6.Minimum sizeMinimum permissible investment will be 1 grams of gold.
7.Maximum limitThe maximum amount subscribed by an entity will not be more than 500 grams per person per fiscal year (April-March). A self-declaration to this effect will be obtained.
8.Joint holderIn case of joint holding, the investment limit of 500 grams will be applied to the first applicant only.
9.Issue pricePrice of Bond will be fixed in Indian Rupees on the basis of simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Limited for the week (Monday to Friday) preceding the subscription period. The issue price of the Gold Bonds will be 50 per gram less than the nominal value.
10.Payment optionPayment for the Bonds will be through cash payment (upto a maximum of Rs. 20,000) or demand draft or cheque or electronic banking.
11.Issuance formGovernment of India Stock under GS Act, 2006. The investors will be issued a Holding Certificate. The Bonds are eligible for conversion into demat form.
12.Redemption priceThe redemption price will be in Indian Rupees based on previous week's (Monday-Friday) simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by IBJA.
13.Sales channelBonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices as may be notified and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange, either directly or through agents.
14.Interest rateThe investors will be compensated at a fixed rate of 2.50 per cent per annum payable semi-annually on the nominal value of investment.
15.CollateralBonds can be used as collateral for loans. The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is to be set equal to ordinary gold loan mandated by the Reserve Bank from time to time.
16.KYC DocumentationKnow-your-customer (KYC) norms will be the same as that for purchase of physical gold. KYC documents such as Voter ID, Aadhaar card/PAN or TAN /Passport will be required.
17.Tax treatmentThe interest on Gold Bonds shall be taxable as per the provision of Income Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961). The capital gains tax arising on redemption of SGB to an individual has been exempted. The indexation benefits will be provided to long term capital gains arising to any person on transfer of bond
18.TradabilityBonds will be tradable on stock exchanges/NDS-OM from a date to be notified by RBI.
19.SLR eligibilityThe Bonds will be eligible for Statutory Liquidity Ratio purposes.
20.CommissionCommission for distribution of the bond shall be paid at the rate of 1% of the total subscription received by the receiving offices and receiving offices shall share at least 50% of the commission so received with the agents or sub agents for the business procured through them.

Source: PIB

Calendar for Mid-Career interaction between Armed Forces and Civil Services Officers : 2016-17


Calendar for Mid-Career interaction between Armed Forces and Civil Services Officers : 2016-17

MonthInstitute Theme Date States/ UTs and Central Ministries proposed to be requested for sending nominations in r/o Civil Officers
September2016DOPTAssam
Administrative
Staff College,
Guwahati
Drug Trafficking02-03September,
2016
Punjab, Maharashtra, Utter Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Kamataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa & MHA
October2016DOPTMahatma Gandhi
State Institute of
Public
Administration,
Chandigarh,
Punjab
Counterfeit Currency06-07 October,2016Punjab, Maharashtra, Utter Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Kamataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Telangana, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh & MHA
November2016MOD- NavyMaritime Warfare
Centre, Vishakhapatnam
Eastern Maritime TheaterOpportunities, Challenges and sea based threats01-04 November,2016Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Goa, Gujarat, Kamataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Tamilnadu, Telangana, West Bengal & MHA
December2016MOD-ArmyHQ Western
Command, Jalandhar
Misuse of social mass comm. (Media) Facilities for anti National activities and remedial measures05-06 December,2016Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan,. Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, NCT of Delhi and MHA
January2017DOPTSardar
Vallabhbhai Patel
National Police
Academy,
Hyderabad
Cyber Security and Crime16-18 January,2017Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Kamataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal & MHA
February2017MOD- Air ForceCAW
Secundrabad
Low Intensity Conflict Operations; Employment of Air Power07-10 February2016Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Kamataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Punjab. Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep, NCT of Delhi, Puducherry

Source: Official Order

Merger of Dearness Allowance with the Basic Pay - Computation of emoluments of Running Staff for granting retirement benefits

Merger of Dearness Allowance with the Basic Pay - Computation of emoluments of Running Staff for granting retirement benefits
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
E(P&A)II-2012/DC/JCM/1
New Delhi, Dated 17.10.2016
The General Secretary,
NFIR,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi - 110055

Sub: Merger of Dearness Allowance with the Basci Pay w.e.f. 01.04.2004 - computation of emoluments of Running Staff for granting retirement benefits - reg.

Ref: NFIR's letter No.IV/RSAC/Conf./Part VII dated 05.09.2016

I am directed to refer to your letter dated 05.09.2016 wherein the Federation has mentioned that Northern Railway has vide letter 720/EW/Misc/Union-Items/2015/E.IV/Loose dated 16.11.2015 correctly computed the emoluments of Running Staff with reference to Dearness Allowance and 30% thereon for the purpose of allowing the retirement benefits to those Running Staff who had retired during the period 01.04.2004 and 31.12.2005.

The matter has been examined in Baord's office and its observed that the methodology for computation contained in Northern Railway's letter referred to above, is not in conformity with the instructions on the matter as laid down in Baord's letter No.E(P&A)II-2004/RS-13 dated 12.10.2004, Northern Railway has accordingly been advised to take immediate corrective action in the matter vide Board's letter No.E(P&A)II-2014/RS-24 dated 22.07.2016.
Yours faithfully,
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For Secretary/Railway Board
Source: NFIR

2 DAYS POSTAL STRIKE ON 9TH & 10TH NOVEMBER 2016


2 DAYS POSTAL STRIKE ON 9TH & 10TH NOVEMBER 2016

Confederation National Secretariat calls upon all C-O-Cs and Affiliated organisations to extend full support and solidarity to the Postal employees strike and Conduct demonstrations on 9th & 10th in front of important Postal/RMS offices.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob: 09447068125

E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL THE WEAK AND DOWNTRODDEN NEED PROTECTION

The Government of India decided to extend the benefit of enhancement of bonus calculation ceiling from 3500 to 7000, to Central Government employees also, in the wake of 2016 September 2nd General strike, in which this was an important demand of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers and NFPE. Orders enhancing the ceiling to 7000/- was issued by Government of India on 29th August 2016 with retrospective effect from 01.04.2014. i.e; from Financial year 2014 to 15. Payment of arrears for the year 2014-15 was made to the departmental employees in the month of September 2016 itself.

Unfortunately, the benefit of enhanced bonus calculation ceiling is not extended to three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks till this date. They have neither been paid arrears for 2014-15 nor the enhanced bonus for 2015-16 also. Each GDS employee has suffered a loss of Rs. 14,000 for two financial years on account of limiting the bonus to the old ceiling of 3500. There is no convincing or valid reason for denial or delay in payment of enhanced bonus to Gramin Dak Sevaks.

Last time, the Nataraja Murthy committee’s recommendation had resulted in denial of enhancement of bonus calculation ceiling from 2500 to 3500. Nataraja Murthy has recommended that GDS should be paid only 50% of the bonus of regular employees, as their productivity is only 50% of full time employees. Government accepted this recommendation and refused to grant enhanced bonus calculation ceiling of 3500/- to GDS, Against this decision of the Government NFPE, Al PEU-GDS and Postal Joint Council of action conducted series of agitational programes including strike and finally Government approved 3,500/-bonus calculation ceiling to GDS also. Thus the issue was settled once for all and there is no need of raising any doubt by the Postal Board, this time.

But, surprisingly, the Postal Board instead of issuing orders for grant of enhanced bonus to GDS referred the issue to GDS Committee. Fortunately, unlike Nataraja Murthy (a sadist officer who snatched away many of the benefit of GDS through his most retrograde and inhuman recommendations), the present GDS committee Chairman Shri Kamalesh Chandra (Retired Postal Board Member) submitted a reasonable, balanced and judicious recommendation to the Postal Board. In his recommendation Shri Kamalesh Chandrahas made it clear that the difference between the revenue generated by Branch Post Offices (GDS) and the expenditure incurred for running the BOs is only 200 Crores, where as the total deficit of the Department of Posts is more than 6000 crores. That shows that major portion of the loss of the Postal Department is not due to GDS system. He recommended that as the productivity of GDS is equal or in some cases more than departmental employees, GDS are eligible for enhanced bonus ceiling of Rs.7000/-.

Inspite of this unambiguous recommendation, the Postal Board refused to issue orders. Instead, it has referred the file for approval of Finance Ministry. Now the file is pending with Finance Ministry. More than two months are over, after the Government issuing the enhanced bonus calculation ceiling order. Three lakhs GDS are totally disappointed and their anger and protest is increasing day by day. Grave injustice is done to the GDS and it cannot be tolerated.

There are 5.5 lakhs employees working in the Postal Department, out of that 2.75 lakhs are Gramin Dak Sevaks. Denial of enhanced bonus to 50% of the work force is a clear case of discrimination. It is not a case of GDS alone. In a family if somebody is affected, then it becomes the issue of all members of the family. Every member of the family shall stand together to help the affected member and to resolve the problem. Here also, the problem of GDS who are the most oppressed and down-trodden section of the Postal department is the problem of all. An injury to one is an injury to all.

It is in this background, Postal JCA comprising NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS & NUGDS has decided to organise two day's nationwide strike on 9th & 10th November 2016, demanding (1) enhanced bonus to GDS and (2) payment of arrears of revised wages from 01.01.2006 to all casual labourers.

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