Friday, 16 December 2016

Review of Ordnance Factories

Review of Ordnance Factories

Performance of Ordnance Factories is being regularly reviewed by Ordnance Factory Board and the Ministry. Some of the major steps taken in this regard are as follows:

Modernization of Ordnance Factories to keep pace with the latest technology and to maintain the production capacity in tandem with the requirement of Armed Forces. As compared to an expenditure of Rs. 2927 crore in the 11th Plan, already an expenditure of Rs. 4239 crore has been incurred during the first four year (2012-16) of the 12th Plan. In 2016-17, an expenditure of Rs. 116.67 crore is envisaged.
  • To improve upon the production planning in Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Army has started placing 5 years roll-on indents for ammunition items.
  • Quality Audit Group (QAG) have been formed at 10 centres as an independent authority for giving impetus to and ensuring quality in Ordnance Factories.
  • 13 Ordnance Development Centres (ODCs) with identified core technologies have been created to take up product development and improvement in core product areas.
In order to provide greater autonomy and expedite decision making process, Ministry has delegated financial powers towards procurement of Stores and Plant & Machinery to Ordnance Factory Board.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Kapil Moreshwar Patil in Lok Sabha today.


Safety and Security of Women Passengers in Railways

Safety and Security of Women Passengers in Railways

Policing on Railways being a State subject, prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order in Railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of the State Governments, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP). However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of the GRP by providing better protection and security of passenger area and passengers and for matters connected therewith. RPF escorts important trains in affected areas and also provide access control duties at important and sensitive stations.

Besides, the following measures are being taken by Railways for safety and security of passengers including women passengers in trains:
1. On vulnerable and identified routes/ sections, 2500 trains (on an average) are escorted by Railway Protection Force daily, in addition to 2200 trains escorted by Government Railway Police of different States daily.
2. The ladies special trains running in Metropolitan cities are being escorted by lady RPF constables.
3. The ladies compartments in suburban trains running in metropolitan cities are being escorted by RPF and GRP. Staff deployment is made during late night and early morning in such trains to ensure proper security to the lady passengers.
4. Security Help Line number 182 is made operational over Indian Railways for security related assistance to passengers in distress.
5. Regular drives are conducted to prevent entry of male passengers in compartments reserved for ladies, and if found, they are prosecuted under the provisions of Railways Act.
6. Surveillance is kept through CCTV cameras, provided at about 344 stations over Indian Railways, to ensure safety and security of passengers.
7. RPF holds regular coordination meetings with State Police at all levels to ensure proper registration and investigation of crime by GRP
8. Strengthening and upgradation of security infrastructure is an ongoing process.
A total of 344 railway stations have been provided with Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras over Indian Railways. With a view to further strengthening security of passengers including women, 983 A1, A, B & C category railway stations have been nominated for installation of CCTV cameras with allocation of budget under Nirbhaya Fund. CCTV cameras have also been installed on a limited number of coaches of passenger and suburban trains on a pilot basis. Sanction for provision of CCTV cameras in 500 coaches has been obtained under the Rolling Stock Programme 2015-16. Work has already been completed in about 25 passenger coaches and 32 suburban coaches (including ladies compartments) that have been commissioned in service.

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 16.12.2016 (Friday).


Seventh CPC on Autonomous Bodies: Latest Govt statement from Loksabha Q&A

Seventh CPC on Autonomous Bodies: Latest Govt statement from Loksabha Q&A

ANSWERED ON: 09.12.2016

Seventh CPC on Autonomous Bodies


Will the Minister of
FINANCE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government proposes to implement the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission(CPC) also for the employees of the autonomous bodies including the Council of Advancement of Peoples Action and Rural Technology(CAPART) and the employees working on contract basis under Central Government;
(b) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and
(c) the details of the amount paid to the employees after implementing the recommendations of the Commission?


(a) to (c): An appropriate decision in regard to extension of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission pertaining to pay matters, as already accepted and notified by the Central Government in respect of Central Government employees, in regard to employees of the Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations and Statutory Bodies, etc set up and funded/controlled by the Central Government, would be taken having regard to all relevant factors. However, there is no proposal at present under consideration to extend revised pay based on the 7th Central Pay Commission, as accepted by the Government in case of regular Central Government employees, in regard to contract employees.


Government, RBI taking steps to lower digital transaction cost: FM

Government, RBI taking steps to lower digital transaction cost: FM

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the government and the Reserve Bank are taking measures to bring down the digital transaction cost with an aim to move towards a less-cash economy.

Chairing the 5th Meeting of the Consultative Committee attached to his ministry, Jaitley said digital transactions are a parallel mechanism, not a substitute, for cash transactions and "cashless economy is actually a less cash economy as no economy can be fully cashless".

He told the participating Members of Parliament (MPs) that the government is trying to encourage digitisation as much as possible because an excessive cash economy has its own social and economic costs and consequences.

Less cash, he said, can be gradually substituted to the possible extent through digital transactions.
According to an official release, Jaitley said the Centre has announced various incentives to attract people to shift to digital mode of payment and the response is quite positive so far in this regard.
Jaitley further said the government and the RBI have taken various steps to bring down the cost of digital transactions and specifically mentioned about MDR charges.
The Finance Minister added that 55 per cent petrol pumps in the country are accepting payment through digital means and with the government providing incentives, more people are switching to this mode.

Jaitley further said the government is conscious of the need of cyber security of high level to secure digital payments.

He told the MPs that the government and RBI are fully aware of cyber security challenges and ensuring strong firewalls around the systems.

As part of efforts to promote e-payments, the Finance Minister said the government is providing various incentives for digital transactions including on debit card use.

Regarding the availability of POS machines, he said POS machines are manufactured by two companies in China and the government has waived duties on them so that these machines become cheaper and reach the shopkeepers easily.


Revised classification and mode of filling-up of non-gazetted posts - Scheme for filling-up of vacancies

All India Railwaymen's Federation
NEW DELHI 110055
No.AIRF/Revised Classification(525)
Dated: December 15, 2016
The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir,

Sub: Revised classification and mode of filling-up of non-gazetted posts -  Scheme for filling-up of vacancies - Reg.

Ref: RailwayBoard’s letter No.E(NG)I-2008/PM1/15 dated 09.02.2016 (RBE No.15/2016)
The scheme of filling-up of higher grade non-gazetted posts, both "selection and non- selection", on the basis of benchmarking, is invogue on the Indian Railways for quite some time and is working well, facilitating smooth and hassle-free promotions of the non-gazetted staff. This scheme has, therefore, proved its worth and the delay in the name of selection has virtualy been weeded-out on its implementation.

AIRF had, therefore, requested to continue this scheme as "open -  ended" forever rather than extending its currency from time to time in installments.

We would, therefore, seek your personal intervention in the matter, so that timely instructions are issued to all the railway administrations to keep this scheme opened forever as the present currency is going to be expired on 31st December, 2016.

An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.
Yours faithfully,
(S.K. Tyagi)
Asstt. General Secretary
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Selection for Promotion to Group 'B' post of Law Officers in Level 8 in Pay Matrix (equivalent to Pay Band PB-2 (Rs.9300-34800) with Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/-)

Selection for Promotion to Group 'B' post of Law Officers in Level 8 in Pay Matrix (equivalent to Pay Band PB-2 (Rs.9300-34800) with Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/-)

RBE No.: 136/2016
No. E(GP)2005/2/26
New Delhi, dated:. 21.11.2016
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways and Production Units.

Sub: Selection for Promotion to Group 'B' post of Law Officers in Level 8 in Pay Matrix (equivalent to Pay Band PB-2 (Rs.9300-34800) with Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/-)

Consequent upon restructuring of gazetted cadre of legal department of new Zones and Divisions, instructions were issued vide Board’s letter no.E(P)2005/2/26 dated 18/05/2007 for filling up of those upgraded Group 'B' posts of Law Officers from amongst the senior most Chief Law Assistants after screening process consisting of written examination, viva-voce and assessment of record of service as prescribed for Group 'B' selections. Thereafter, vide Board’s letters of even number dated 04/02/2008 and 16/11/2011, instructions were issued for filling up of normal Group 'B' vacancies arising in the cadre through Selection from amongst eligible Chief Law Assistants.

2. Vide Board's letter No. 2003 E (GC) 12-14(64) dated 30.05.2016, consequent upon restructuring of Gazetted cadre in the old zones and Railway Board, 43 posts of Chief Law Assistants have been upgraded to Group 'B' posts of Law Officer.

3. The procedure for filling up all Group 'B' posts of Law Officers (including all the upgraded posts) has been reviewed and it has been decided in supersession of the aforementioned earlier instructions on the matter that the Group 'B' posts of Law Officers may now be filled up as per the provisions of Indian Railway Establishment Manual, VOLI and extant Rules i.e. through Selection comprising of written test and viva-voce (including assessment of record of service) from amongst Chief Law Assistants in Level 7 in Pay Matrix (equivalent to Pay Band PB-2 (Rs. 9300-34800) with Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/-) provided they have rendered not less than 2 years of non-fortuitous service in the grade (including non-fortuitous service rendered in the pre-revised scale).

4. It is further advised that the above procedure for filling up of upgraded Group 'B' post of Law Officer may be followed subject to the outcome of SLP filed against Hon’ble High Court/Allahabad’s judgement dated 03.10.2007 in CMWP No.48471/2007 arising out against CAT/Allahabad’s order dated 02.02.2007 in OA No. 906/2006 filed by Late Shri H.K. Tiwari, CLA, N.C. Railway.

5. Please ackowledge receipt.
(Meenakshi Saluja)
Dy. Director, Estt. (GP)-III
Railway Board
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7% DA for Tamilnadu State Government Employees from July 2016

Tamil Nadu CM announces seven per cent DA hike for govt employees

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today announced a Dearness Allowance hike of seven percent for government employees and pensioners effective July one this year.

Increasing the DA to 132 per cent from the present 125 per cent would benefit 18 lakh government employees, pensioners and family pensioners and it would entail an approximate additional annual burden of Rs.1,833.33 crore to the state, he said in release here.

The increase in DA for the July 1 to November 30 period will be remitted in lumpsum in the bank accounts of employees, he said, adding the hike from the current month will be paid together with their salaries.

Following the hike in DA for Union government employees, Panneerselvam said government employees would get a hike ranging between Rs 427 and Rs 5,390, pensioners and family pensioners would get an increase from Rs 214 to Rs.2,695.

He said the hike would also be applicable to municipal bodies, those working in State-aided educational institutions, teachers, village assistants, Anganwadi and nutritional meal programme staffers.

On the hike, he said he was following the footsteps of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in ensuring the welfare of government employees as they delivered the State’s welfare schemes to the people


Steps For E-Revision Six Pay Commission To Seven Pay Commission

Steps For E-Revision Six Pay Commission To Seven Pay Commission

Open internet explorer
Enter Address
Enter user id and password

Digital Signature Registration
Now click on DSC Registation and register your digitial signature

e-Revision Steps
• Click on Post 1st Jan 2016 Revision tab
• Enter PPO No. And click on search button
• Now click on Seven CPC Revision a window will be opened 7 PC Revision
• Now in left side select Check box Pensioner or family pensioner
• Now select anyone from

o Commutaion Paid By Pao or
o Commutaion Payble By Bank or
o Not Applicable
• Now click on Calculate button then a message box will appeared Updated success fully then click on OK button.
• Now check in right side, seven cpc revised value will be filled and in bottom of same page click on Save button
• After click on save button a message box will be appeared Record Saved Successfully and click on OK button.
• Now close 7 PC Revision window

Steps for Sign PDF Revised case

Click on e-Sign Tab
Now plug in your digital key into computer/laptop in USB port.There are three options View PDF, Digital-Sign and Delete

View PDF - you can view e-Revision PDF which is revised
Digital-Sign - Digital sign is for sign case
Delete - if in any case has any issue than case can be deleted by click on delete button
Now select a case which has to be signed click on Digital-Sign
Now a window will be appeared and click on Sign button

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