Sunday, 30 July 2017

Acceptance of the recommendations of the Committee on Allowances-7th CPC reg

Acceptance of the recommendations of the Committee on Allowances-7th CPC reg
No. 11022/1/2017-MS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, dated the 25.07. 2017
To,
The Chief Secretaries of
All States/ Union Territories.

Subject: Acceptance of the recommendations of the Committee on Allowances-7th CPC reg.

Sir,

I am directed to enclose herewith a copy of the Department of Expenditure resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC, dated 6th July 2017 regarding on the above mentioned subject and to say that allowances as accepted by the Government related to House Rent Allowance, Leave Travel Concession and Child Education Allowance will also be applicable to the All India Services officers.

End: As above.
Yours faithfully,
(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to Government of India
Tel. 23094714
More info  @ DoPT

Special Allowances and Special Duty Allowances to AIS officer belonging to North-East Cadre as per the acceptance of recommendations of 7th CPC

Special Allowances and Special Duty Allowances to AIS officer belonging to North-East Cadre as per the acceptance of recommendations of 7th CPC

No. 11022/1/2017-AIS -11
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated the 25.07. 2017
To
The Chief Secretaries of
North Eastern States (Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunchal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim).

Subject: Special Allowances and Special Duty Allowances to AIS officer belonging to North-East Cadre as per the acceptance of recommendations of 7th CPC. 

Sir,

I am directed to enclose herewith a copy of the Department of Expenditure resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC dated 6th July 2017 on the above mentioned subject and to say that as per this Department's OM No. 14017/4/2005 -AIS (II) dated 10th February 2009, 'Special Allowances for officers belonging to North-East Cadres of AIS officers was granted @ 25% and Special Duty Allowances was granted @12.5%.

2. Now, as per above mentioned resolution, both these allowances namely 'Special Allowance for officers belonging to North-East cadres of AIS and Special Duty allowances shall continue to
be paid separately as at present at the revised rates of 20% and 10% respectively.

End: As above.
Yours faithfully,
(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to Government of India
Tel. 23094714
Source: DopT

Women Personnel in Defence Forces

Women Personnel in Defence Forces 

Presently, women are recruited in Indian Army as Officers through Short Service Commission (SSC) on all India merit basis along with men candidates.  Women Officers are inducted in Army Service Corps, Army Ordnance Corps, Army Education Corps, Judge Advocate General Branch including Engineers, Signals, Intelligence and Electrical & Mechanical Engineering branches.  In addition, they are also commissioned in Medical Branch Army Medical Corps (AMC), Army Dental Corps (ADC) and Military Nursing Service (MNS).  Further, Women Officers are eligible for grant of Permanent Commission in Judge Advocate General (JAG) Department and in Army Education Corps (AEC) of Army.

The IAF has pioneered the entry of women as officers in flying and ground duty.
In Indian Navy, women officers are inducted through Short Service Commission, in Logistics, Law, Observers, Air Traffic Control (ATC), Pilots (Maritime Reconnaissance Stream), Naval Armament Inspectorate cadre (NAIC), Naval Architecture and Education Branch.

The details of women officers in Army (excluding Medical, Dental & Nursing Branch), in Indian Air Force (excluding Medical and Dental Branch) and in Indian Navy recruited during the last three years, Service-wise, are as under:-

Year
Army
Navy
Air Force
2014
104
57
155
2015
72
35
223
2016
69
43
108
The percentage of women officers in the three services of armed forces are as under:-
Percentage of women officers
Army
Navy
Air Force
3.64%
(as on 1.1.2017)
4.49%
(as on June 2017)
13%
(as on July 2017)

In 2011, the Government approved consideration of women Short Service Commission Officers (SSCOs) for grant of permanent commission along with men SSCOs in specific branches in the three services viz. Judge Advocate General (JAG), and Army Education Corps (AEC) of the Army and their corresponding branches in Navy and Air Force, Naval Constructor in Navy and Accounts Branch in Air Force.
 In March 2016, approval has been accorded for induction of women Short Service Commission (SSC) officers as Pilots in Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) stream and in the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) cadre.  The inductions are planned commencing from mid 2017.

 In the Indian Air Force since 1993, women officers have been inducted in all branches and stream as Short Service Commissioned Officers except in the fighter stream.  However, IAF has revised Short Service Commission scheme to induct women into the fighter stream on experimental basis for five years.  The first batch of three women officers was commissioned in the fighter stream on June 18, 2016.

In addition, steps like increasing tenure of women officers and improving promotional prospects in Army have been taken to increase participation of women in the Army.

This information was given by Minister of state for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Harish Chandra alias Harish Dwivedi in Lok Sabha today.

 Source : PIB

Reckoning of pay element for fixation of pay of running staff in stationary posts in Group 'B': Railway Board Order No. RBE No. 74/2017

Reckoning of pay element for fixation of pay of running staff in stationary posts in Group 'B': Railway Board Order No. RBE No. 74/2017

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No. 74/2017
No. E(P&A)II-2014/RS-22
New Delhi, dated:28.07.2017
The General Manager,
All Indian Railways
and Production Units.

Sub.:- Reckoning of pay element for fixation of pay of running staff in stationary posts in Group 'B'.

Eastern Railway and South East Central Railway had requested for a clarification whether 30% pay element will be reckoned for pay fixation of a running staff who has been selected to a Group 'B' post through selection/LDCE.

2. The issue has been under consideration in this office and it has been decided to clarify that the provisions regarding fixation of pay of running staff in stationary posts contained in Rule 25 (i)(d) of 'The Rules for the payment of running and other allowances to the Running staff on the Railways 1981' and paragraph 924 (i) (d) of IREM-I would also apply in the case of fixation of pay of running staff posted on promotion to the stationary posts in Group 'B' also.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
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(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Deputy Director/E(P&A)II,
Railway Board.
Source: www.indianrailways.gov.in

7th CPC Allowances extension of Govt decision to Quasi-govt Org, Autonomous Org, Statutory Bodies funded by CG

7th CPC Allowances extension of Govt decision to Quasi-govt Org, Autonomous Org, Statutory Bodies funded by CG
F. No. 1/1/2016-E-III(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 26th July, 2017
Office Memorandum

Subject: Revision of rates of Allowances -extension of Government decisions on the recommendations the 7th Central Pay Commission in respect of employees of Quasi Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies set-up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government-regarding.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department's OM of even number dated 13.1.2017, regarding extension of revised pay scales based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in respect of employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies set-up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government and to say that in terms of para 6 thereof, it was mentioned that the Central Government has not taken any decision in regard to various allowances based on the recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission in respect of Central Government employees and, therefore, until further orders, the existing allowances in the autonomous organizations shall continue to be admissible as per the existing terms and conditions, irrespective of the revised pay scales having been adopted.

2. The decision of the Central Government on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in regard to allowances in respect of Central Government employees have since been announced as per this Department's Resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC dated 67.2017 and the consequent Government orders have also been issued by this Department in regard to allowances like HRA, Travelling Allowance, Transport Allowance, Family Planning Allowance, etc. The attention is also invited to this Department's OM No.29/1/2017-E-IIB dated 11th July, 2017 regarding non-disbursal of discontinued allowances.

3. Accordingly, it has been decided that such of the existing allowances at present admissible in case of employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies set-up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government, as are exactly as per the Central Government pattern, may be revised in accordance with the decision contained in the aforesaid Resolution dated 6.7.2017 read with the Government orders issued in the matter. The provisions contained in this Department's OM No. 29/1/2017-E-IIB dt. 11th July, 2017 regarding non-disbursal of discontinued allowances shall also be strictly followed.

4. All other stipulations including the modalities for additional financial impact on allowances, as contained in the OM dated 13.1.2017 referred to in para 1 above, shall continue to be applicable in regard to these orders.

5. Hindi version of these orders is attached.
(Amar Nath Singh)
Director
Source: [www.doe.gov.in]

CGHS WARD ENTITLEMENT AND MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION IN 7TH CPC

CGHS WARD ENTITLEMENT AND MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION IN 7TH CPC

(A)Ward Entitlement and CGHS Contribution Entitlement of wards in private hospitals empanelled under CGHS (Based on basic pay in pay band): 

S NWard EntitlementCorresponding Basic pay drawn by the officer in 7th CPC per month
1General WardUpto Rs. 47,600/-
2Semi Private WardRs. 47,601 to 63100/-
3Private WardRs. 63101 and above

(B) Revised Monthly Subscription for CGHS facility w.e.f. 1st January 2017 

Corresponding levels in Pay Matrix as per 7th CPCContribution per month
Level 1-5Rs. 250
Level 6Rs. 450
Level 7-11Rs. 650
Level 12 and aboveRs. 1000

Contribution to be made by the Pensioners/Family Pensioners would be the amount that they were subscribing at the time of their retirement or at the time of the death of government servant.

(C) Monetary Ceiling for Free Diet:
The monetary ceiling for free diet for CGHS beneficiaries is revised to pay/ pension / family pension of Rs. 44,900/- per month.

(D) Monetary ceiling for free diet for beneficiaries suffering from TB or Mental disease
The monetary ceiling for free diet in case of beneficiary suffering from TB or Mental diseaseis revised to pay/pension/family pensionof Rs 69,700/-per month.

(E) Pay slab for determining the entitlement of Nursing Home facilities in Government / State Government / Municipal Hospitals

The monetary ceiling for determining the entitlement The monetary ceiling of nursing home facilities in Central Government / State Government / Municipal Hospitals is revised to pay / pension / family pension Rs. 47,600/- per month and above.

(F) Monetary Ceiling for direct consultation with Specialists in Central Government / State Government / Municipal Hospital

The monetary ceiling for determining the entitlement for direct consultation with Specialists in Central Government / State Government /Municipal Hospitals will continue at the existing rates until revision of the Same after consultation with Ministry of Finance. (G)Pay slab for determining the entitlement of accommodation in AIIMS, New Delhi. The revised entitlement, as per the pay drawn by the officials, is as follows:

Sl.No.Corresponding Basic Pay drawn by the Officer in 7th CPC per monthWard entitlement
1.Up to Rs. 63,100/-General
2.Rs. 63,101/- to Rs. 80,900/-Private
3.Rs. 80,901/- and aboveDeluxe /Private

Source: CGHS

7th CPC Promotion : Fixation of Pay on Promotion from the Date of Next Increment Option - Dopt Orders with Illustration

7th CPC Promotion : Fixation of Pay on Promotion from the Date of Next Increment Option - Dopt Orders with Illustration

Availability of option for fixation of pay on promotion from the Date of Next Increment (DNI) in the lower post and method of fixation of pay from DNI, if opted for, in context of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016-regarding.
No.13/02/2017-Estt.(Pay-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi Dated 27th July, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Availability of option for fixation of pay on promotion from the Date of Next Increment (DNI) in the lower post and method of fixation of pay from DNI, if opted for, in context of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016-regarding.

Prior to implementation of 6th CPC Report, the pay fixation on promotion was governed by provisions of FR 22(I)(a)(1). In 6th CPC context, the first part of FR 22(I)(a)(1) was replaced by Rule 13 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008. Similarly, consequent upon implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 in 7th CPC context, the pay fixation on promotion is regulated by the provisions of Rule 13 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016. This rule regulates pay fixation on promotion if the same is opted by the employee from the date of promotion itself. The issue of relevancy of provisions of FR 22(I)(a)(1) as well as the methodology of fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying duties and responsibilities of greater importance, of a Government Servant in case he opts for pay fixation from the Date of Next Increment (DNI) has been considered in this Department.

2. In this context, proviso under FR 22(I)(a)(1) inter-alia provides that the Government Servant (other than those appointed on deputation basis to ex-cadre post or on ad-hoc basis or on direct recruitment basis) shall 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 or to have the pay fixed from the date of accrual of next increment in the scale of the pay in lower grade.

3. After due consideration in this matter, the President is pleased to decide as follows:

(i) FR 22(I)(a)(1) holds good with regard to availability of option clause for pay fixation, to a Government Servant holding a post, other than a tenure post, in a substantive or temporary or officiating capacity, who is promoted or appointed in a substantive, temporary or officiating capacity, as the case may be, subject to the fulfilment of the eligibility conditions as prescribed in the relevant Recruitment Rules,to another post carrying duties or responsibilities of greater importance than those attaching to the post held by him/her. Such Government Servant may opt to have his/her pay fixed from the Date of his/her Next Increment (either 1st July or 1st January, as the case may be) accruing in the Level of the post from which he/she is promoted, except in cases of appointment on deputation basis to an ex-cadre post or on direct recruitment basis or appointment/promotion on ad-hoc basis.

(ii) In case, consequent upon his/her promotion, the Government Servant opts to his/her pay fixed from the date of his/her next increment (either 1st July or 1st January, as the case may be) in the Level of the post from which Government Servant is promoted, then, from the date of promotion till his/her DNI, the Government Servant shall be placed at the next higher cell in the level of the post to which he/she is promoted.

7th CPC Promotion Chart



(iii) Subsequently, on DNI in the level of the post to which Government Servant is promoted, his//her Pay will be re-fixed and two increments (one accrued on accoun tof annual increment and the second accrued on account of promotion) may be granted in the Level from which the Government Servant is promoted and he/she shall be placed, at a Cell equal to the figure so arrived, in the Level of the post to which he/she is promoted; and if no such Cell is available in the Level to which he/she is promoted, he/she shall be placed at the next higher Cell in that Level.

Promotion Chart 7th CPC


(iv) In such cases where Government Servant opts to have his/her pay fixed from the date of his/her next increment in the Level of the post from which he/she is promoted, the next increment as well as Date of Next Increment (DNI) will be regulated accordingly.

4. It is further reiterated that in order to enable the officials to exercise the option within the time limit prescribed, the option clause for pay fixation on promotion with effect from date of promotion/DNI shall invariably be incorporated in the promotion/appointment order so that there are no cases of delay in exercising the options due to administrative lapse.

5. In so far as their application to the employees belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department is concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller &Auditor General of India.
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(Pushpender Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Authority: www.dopt.gov.in

7th CPC Allowances Order: Abolishment of Sumptuary Allowance - DoPT OM

7th CPC Allowances Order: Abolishment of Sumptuary Allowance - DoPT OM

No. 17014/2/2014-Trg.(7th CPC)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Block-IV, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi.
Date: July 25th 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission - abolishment of Sumptuary Allowance.

Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission by the Government conveyed vide Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure Resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC dated July 6, 2017, the President, in supersession of all existing orders issued on the subject from time to time, is pleased to decide that Sumptuary Allowance in all the Training Establishments/ Academies/ Institutes stands abolished.

2. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

3. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General.

(Biswajit Banerjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India.

Grant of Extra Work Allowance as per 7th CPC

Grant of Extra Work Allowance as per 7th CPC

No.12-3/2016-E.III(A)
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
(E.III-A Branch)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 20th July, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Grant of Extra Work Allowance- (abolition of existing Caretaking Allowance, Extra Duty Allowance, Flag Station Allowance, Flight Charge Certificate Allowance, Library Allowance, Rajbhasha Allowance and Special Appointment Allowance) - decision of the Government on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (7th CPC).

The undersigned is directed to say that the decisions of the Government on various allowances based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission and in the light of the recommendations of the Committee under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary have since been notified vide Resolution No.11-1/2016-IC, dated 6th July, 2017.

2. As mentioned in the Appendix-II of the said Resolution, dated 6th July, 2017, the existing allowances viz.Caretaking Allowance (SI. No. 22 of Appendix-II, as at present governed under this Departments OM No. 7(21)/2008/E.IIIA dated 22.9.2008), Extra Duty Allowance (S{. No. 57 of Appendix-II), Flag Station Allowance (SI. No. 64 of Appendix-II), Flight Charge Certificate Allowance (SI. No. 65 of Appendix-II), Library Allowance (SI. No. 100 of Appendix-II), Rajbhasha Allowance (SI. No. 136 of Appendix-II) and Special Appointment Allowance (SI. No. 157 of Appendix-II) have been abolished as a separate allowance and the eligible employees are now to be governed by the newly proposed Extra Work Allowance.

3. Accordingly, the above allowances shall stand abolished and the President is pleased to decide that the eligible employees shall now be covered under a new Extra Work Allowance which shall be governed as under:
a) Extra Work Allowance will be paid at a uniform rate of 2% (two percent) of the basic pay per month.
b) An employee shall receive this allowance for a maximum period of one year, and there should be minimum gap of one year before the same employee is deployed for similar duties again.
c) This allowance shall not be combined i.e. if the same employee is performing two or more such duties and is eligible for 2% (two percent) allowance for each add-on, then the total Extra Work Allowance payabale will remain capped at 2% (two percent) of basic pay.
4. In respect of the existing Special Appointment Allowance, which stands abolished, apart from the existing eligible employees, Assistant Sub-Inspector (Radio Mechanic), Assistant Sub Inspector (Radio Operator) and Sub Inspector (Radio Mechanic) are also to be included in the list eligible for Extra Wok Allowance at the rate of 2% of Basic Pay per month with the conditions recommended by the 7th CPC.

5. These orders shall effective from 1st July, 2017,

6. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issues after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
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(Annie George Mathew)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India
Authority: www.doe.gov.in

Amendment to the Rule 152 of General Financial Rule

Amendment to the Rule 152 of General Financial Rule

No.F.26/2/2016-PPD
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Procurement Policy Division
516, Lok Nayak Bhawan
New Delhi Dated :25th July, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Amendment to the Rule 152 of General Financial Rule, 2017 -Reg.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to the provisions of Rule 152 of GFRs, 2017 which inter-alia states that as per the Compulsory Enlistment Scheme of the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, it is compulsory for Indian agents, who desire to quote directly on behalf of their foreign principals, to get themselves enlisted with the Central Purchase Organization (eg.DGS&D). However, such enlistment is not equivalent to registration of suppliers as mentioned under Rule 150.

2. This department has received reference from Directorate General of Supplies & Disposals (DGS&D) to decentralize the activities of enlistment of Indian agent under Compulsory Enlistment Scheme as DGS&D is winding up by 31.10.2017. Hence, it is decided in consultation with major procuring Ministries/ Departments that the existing provision of Rule 152 at Chapter 6 of General Financial Rule, 2017 which deals with
‘Procurement of Goods and Services” shall be substituted by the provision indicated as under:

"Rule 152: Enlistment of Indian Agents: Ministries / Departments if they so require, may enlist Indian agents, who desire to quote directly on behalf of their foreign principals."

3. This OM is also available on our website http: http://doe.gov.in -> Notification -> Circular –> Procurement Policy OM.

4. Hindi version of this OM will follow.
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(Vinay k T.Likhar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Authority : www.doe.gov.in

Scrapping of Interview for lower level Posts in Central Government to curb corruption - Government press release

Scrapping of Interview for lower level Posts in Central Government to curb corruption - Government press release

As per information available as on 24th July, 2017, 18 States and 7 Union Territories have discontinued the practice of interview in recruitment for lower level posts.

The objective of discontinuation of interview in selection process at lower level posts is to curb corruption, more objective selection in transparent manner and substantially easing the problems of poor aspirants. Union Territory Administration of Daman & Diu has informed that it has benefitted them economically by way of savings on account of non-application of Travelling Allowance/ Daily Allowance and other expenditure involved in calling candidates for interview. Further, Union Territory Administration of Lakshadweep has informed that local aspirants have economically benefitted from this initiative of the Government.

The States of Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are yet to decide about discontinuation of interview in the recruitment of lower level posts. The States of Sikkim and Meghalaya have not adopted the process of discontinuation of interviews in recruitment to lower level posts. However, information regarding the State of Nagaland is not available. Further, it has been informed by the State of Odisha that steps have already been taken to implement scrapping of interview system concerning junior level posts (Group B & C) of all Departments.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Naranbhai Kachhadiya in the Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB

Flexi fare in Premium Trains

Flexi fare in Premium Trains

Railways regularly monitor earning and occupancy of all trains including trains under flexi fare scheme. Review of all existing schemes is a continuous and ongoing process to effect further improvement. Accordingly, an interim review of the flexi fare scheme has been made and the following changes were made with effect from 20.12.2016 :-

(i) 10% rebate in basic fare on vacant berths/seats after preparation of first chart in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains.

(ii) Tatkal quota has been reduced in flexi fare trains from maximum 30% to 10% of the total available berths.

(iii) Discounted fare has been offered in T. No. 12015/12016 New Delhi-Ajmer Shatabdi Express for the passengers travelling between Jaipur-Ajmer and Ajmer-Jaipur and in T.No. 12007/12008 Chennai Central-Mysuru Shatabdi Express for the passengers travelling between Bengaluru-Mysuru and Mysuru- Bengaluru.
Operating cost of running of passenger services is increasing year after year resulting in adverse impact on profitability of passenger segment. Passenger segment is being cross subsidised by the freight segment. In order to generate additional revenues from passenger segment and reduce cross-subsidisation from freight, flexi fare system has been introduced with effect from 09.09.2016 in all classes of reserved accommodation except First AC and Executive class of premium segment trains (Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains) which offer faster transit time and higher level of amenities. Additional earnings of about `551 crore has been generated from the trains under flexi fare scheme (Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains) during the period from 09.09.2016 to 30.06.2017.

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 Lok Sabha on 26.07.2017 (Wednesday).

7th CPC Pension Revision of pre-2016 pensioners - Application not required from Pensioners - Department should take suo-moto action

7th CPC Pension Revision of pre-2016 pensioners - Application not required from Pensioners - Department should take suo-moto action 

F.No. 4/23/2017-P&PW(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated 25th, July, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Implementation of Government's decisions on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission-Revision of Pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc- Procedural actions for revision.

The undersigned is directed to say that orders for revision of pension of pro-2016 pensioners/family pensioners by notional pay fixation in the 7th Central Pay Commission Matrix have been issued vide this Department's O.M. No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12.05.2017 Subsequently, concordance tables for fixation of revised pay and pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners have also been circulated vide this Department's O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 06.07.2017.

2. Attention Of Ministries/Departments is invited to Para-18 of this Department's O.M. No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12/05/2017 whereby responsibility has been cast on Head of Department and Pay and Pay and Accounts Office attached to the office from which the Government servant had retired or was working last before his death to revise the pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners with effect from 01.01.2016

3, It has however, come to the notice of this Department that the process of revision of pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners has not been started by a large number of Ministries/Department/Organizations/Offices. It has also brought to the notice of this Department that pensioners/family pensioners are being asked to make a formal application for revision of their pension/family pensioners. The instructions issued by this Department do not provide for submission of application by individual pensioners/family pensioners for revision of pension/family pension Ministries/Departments, etc. are, therefore, once again requested to suo moto proceed to process the revision cases immediately to avoid delays in issuance of revised PPOs of pre-2016 retirees.

4. All the Ministries/Departments are also requested to furnish the status of revised cases as on 16-08-2017 in the enclosed proforma so as to reach this Department latest by 31-08-2017.

(Sanjay Wadhawan)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: Bharat Pensioners Samaj

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Government mulls induction of private sector talent in central government offices


Government mulls induction of private sector talent in central government offices

New Delhi: A proposal for induction of private sector talent in central government departments through lateral entry is under consideration, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said the government was committed to appoint best talents subject to provision of rules.

“Niti Aayog in the three year action agenda for 2017-2020 has recommended for inducting specialists into the system through lateral entry in policy making areas on fixed term contract. This recommendation along with suggestions received from other quarters are under consideration,” he said in a written reply to the Lower House.

The PTI had recently reported that the government was mulling to open its doors for private sector specialists in its select departments.

PTI

New Post Offices will be opened in this fiscal-Manoj Sinha


New Post Offices will be opened in this fiscal-Manoj Sinha 

The Government has planned to open 81 Sub-Post Offices and 100 Branch Post Offices during the current financial year 2017-18 under the Scheme - "Rural Business & Access to Postal Network". Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today that the Department of Posts has also planned to open 66 Branch Post Offices by creation of new posts in 32 worst affected Left Wing Extremism (LWE) districts in the country under the aforesaid scheme in the current financial year.

Shri Sinha informed that out of 25,350 post offices in the States of the Country, 25,348 are computerised. He said that the Department of Posts takes action, from time to time, to induct technology and upgrade the system to cater to the growing market requirements and to increase revenue earnings. The Minister said that the increase or revision of rates of postal products and services is an ongoing exercise carried out from time to time and that there is no proposal to increase the rates of premium Business Development products at present.

Hiring of staff in Government service


Hiring of staff in Government service

The vacant posts in Government Ministries/Departments are required to be filled as per the Recruitment Rules for the post. Information related to recruitment of staff by Government of India is not centrally maintained.

Recruitment to various posts in Government of India is made through various recruitment agencies constituted for the purpose such as Union Public Service Commission, Staff Selection Commission etc. Recruitment agencies conduct examinations based on indents received from various Ministries/Departments/offices of Government of India. Ministries/Departments and the recruitment agencies have been sensitized to take all the required steps for filling up of the posts.

The Government is always committed to appoint best available talent subject to provisions of rules. NITI Aayog in the Three Year Action Agenda for 2017-2020 has recommended for inducting specialists into the system through lateral entry in policy making areas on fixed term contract. This recommendation alongwith suggestions received from other quarters are under consideration.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Dr. K. Gopal and Shri Sisir Kumar Adhikari in the Lok Sabha today.

PIB

Violation of DoPT guidelines


Violation of DoPT guidelines 

Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure (CSMOP) lays down broad procedures for process management in the Central Secretariat. The CSMOP does not contain any provision for initiating disciplinary action against an official for non-compliance of procedure laid down in the CSMOP. It is for the concerned Central Secretariat office to take action against its officials, under the relevant Conduct Rules of service. Information relating to disciplinary action taken by Central Government offices against their officials for not following the procedure of CSMOP is not centrally maintained.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Dr. Anupam Hazra in the Lok Sabha today.

Revision of Flat rate of Licence Fee for GPRA throughout country: Directorate of Estates OM dt 19.07.2017


Revision of Flat rate of Licence Fee for GPRA throughout country: Directorate of Estates OM dt 19.07.2017
No. 18011/2/2015-Pol.III
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated:19 July, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of flat rate of licence fee for General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) throughout the country.

In terms of the provisions of the Rule 74 of the "Central Government General Pool Residential Accommodation Rules. 2017, the Government has decided to revise the flat rates of licence fee recoverable for the residential accommodation available in General Pool and also in Departmental Pools of Ministries/Departments of the Government of India throughout the Country (except in respect of substandard/unclassified accommodation of Ministry of Defence, accommodation for service personnel of the Ministry of Defence and accommodation under the control of Ministry of Railways), as shown in the Annexure.

2 The revised rates of licence fee would be effective from 1st July, 2017. All Ministries/Departments are requested to take action to recover the revised licence fee in accordance with these orders in respect of accommodation under their control all over the country.

3 This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing of the Ministry of Urban Development vide Note dated 6/7/2017.
Sd/-
(Swarnal Banerjee)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)
Annexure
(To OM No. 18011/2/2015-Pol.III dated 19 July, 2017)
Revised flat rates of licence fee applicable for General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) throughout the country w.e.f. 01-07- 2017

Sl. No.Type of AccommodationRangeExisting flat rates of Licence fee as per 2013 revisionLicence after merger of various areas in a type of   accommodation   as per % of accommodation- rounded to Rs. 10
1.IUpto 30115150
2.IUpto 30135
3.II26.5 to 40245310
4.II41 to 50310
5.III44 to 55370470
6.III56 to 65450
7.IV59 to 75500640
8.IV76 to 91.5625
9.IV (Special)59 to 75500680
10.Iv (Special)76 to 91.5625
11.V AUpto 1068751190
12.V ABeyond 1061065
13.V BBeyond 10610651270
14.VI AUpto 159.513051560
15VI BBeyond 159.515651870
16VII189.5 to 224.518352190
17VIII243 to35026303920
18VIII350.5  to 5223875

For Servant Quarters & Garages
Sl. No.ParticularsExisting Rates (p.m.)Revised Rates rounded to Rs. 10 (p.m.)
1Servant QuartersRs. 60/-70
2GaragesRs.35/- 40

For categories of Suite, living area and proposed flat rates of licence fee for Hostel Accommodation
Sl. No.Category ofSuiteLiving  Area (Sq. mtr.) Existing ratesRevised Rates rounded  to  Rs.10 (p.m.)
1Single Room(without Kitchen)21.5 to 30335/-400
Single Room (with Kitchen) 30.5 to 39.5475/-560
2Double Room47.5 to 6o650/-770

VACANCIES IN KENDRIYA VIDYALAYAS (KVs)


VACANCIES IN KENDRIYA VIDYALAYAS (KVs)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT OF SCHOOL EDUCATION & LITERACY
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1342
TO BE ANSWERED ON 24.07.2017
VACANCIES IN KENDRIYA VIDYALAYAS
1342. KUMARI SUSHMITA DEV:
Will the Minister of HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
  1. (a)          the number of Kendriya Vidyalayas in North Eastern Region of the country, State/UT-wise; and
  2. (b)          the number of teaching and non teaching positions in these KVs along with the number of positions vacant?
  3. ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
(SHRI UPENDRA KUSHWAHA)

(a) & (b):     The number of Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) functioning in North Eastern Region of the country including the State of Sikkim, and the sanctioned strength/ vacancies position of teaching/ non-teaching staff in these schools is as under:-

S.No.
Name of State
No. of
KVs
Teaching & Non-teaching
(status as on 1.7.2017)
Sanctioned
Post
In- PositionVacant Posts
1Arunachal Pradesh16533252281
2Assam5625441600944
3Manipur8291161130
4Meghalaya7295189106
5Mizoram41206654
6Nagaland617571104
7Sikkim2715615
8Tripura9317189128
Total108434625841762
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EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK


EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1294
TO BE ANSWERED ON 24.07.2017

EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

1294. SHRI KANWAR SINGH TANWAR:
SHRI HARI MANJHI:
SHRI INNOCENT:

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:

(a)whether the Hon'ble Supreme Court has given a ruling that the theory of equal pay for equal work should be implemented and if so, the details thereof;
(b)whether the Hon'ble Court has also reiterated that there should be no disparity in the salary of regular and casual workers in a welfare State if both are doing same nature of work and if so, the details thereof;
(c)whether the Government is aware that the contract workers are being deprived from equal pay for equal work by their employers and if so, the details thereof;
(d)whether the Government has set up/proposes to set up a suitable redressal mechanism in this regard and if so, the details thereof; and
(e)the other measures taken/proposed to be taken by the Government for the welfare and social security of workers including casual/contract workers in the country?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT 
(SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a) & (b): In civil appeal number 213 of 2013 the issue for consideration ofthe Hon'ble Supreme Court was as under:

"whether temporarily engaged employees (daily-wage employees, ad- appointees, employees appointed on casual basis, contractual employees and the like), are entitled to minimum of the regular pay-scale, alongwith dearness allowance (as revised from time to time) on account of their performing the same duties, which are discharged by those engaged on regular basis, against sanctioned posts".

The Hon'ble Supreme Court held that:
"There can be no doubt, that the principle of ‘equal pay for equal work' would be applicable to all the concerned temporary employees, so as to vest in them the right to claim wages, at par with the minimum of the pay-scale of regularly engaged Government employees, holding the same post"

(c) & (d): In so far as the contract labour is concerned, the ContractLabour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970 and the rules framed thereunder regulate the employment of contract labour. Rule 25(2)(v)(a) of the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Central Rules, 1971 provides for parity as mentioned below:
"in cases where the workmen employed by the contractor perform the same or similar kind of work as the workmen directly employed by the principal employer of the establishment, the wage rates, holidays, hours of work and other conditions of service of the workmen of the contractor shall be the same as applicable to the workmen directly employed by the principal employer of the establishment on the same or similar kind of work"

A well-established Central Industrial Relations Machinery (CIRM) is in place to enforce the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970. The country-wide network of Dy. Chief Labour Commissioners (Central) and Regional Labour Commissioners (Central) under the control of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) is mandated to settle the complaints/claims of the contract workers in terms of the provisions of the said Act and the Rules framed thereunder
(e): In order to provide social security benefits to the workers in theorganised sector, the Government has enacted the Employees' Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 and Employees' State Insurance Act, 1948.

For providing social security benefits to the workers in the unorganised sector, the Government has enacted the Unorganised Workers' Social Security Act, 2008 which stipulates formulation of suitable welfare schemes for unorganised workers on matters relating to:

(i) life and disability cover,
(ii) health and maternity benefits,
(iii) old age protection and
(iv) any other benefit as may be determined by the Central Government through the National Social Security Board. Various Schemes, formulated by the Government to provide social security cover to the unorganized workers as listed in Schedule I of the above Act.

Central Government has also launched the Atal Pension Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana for all citizens especially targeting unorganised workers to provide them comprehensive social security.

Source : Lok Sabha

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Ex-gratia amount for CAPF personnel


Ex-gratia amount for CAPF personnel

The amount of ex-gratia lump sum compensation available to the families of Central Government Civilian employees, who die in the performance of their bona fide official duties under various circumstances, has been increased on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission w.e.f. 01/01/2016 vide DoP&PW OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(i) dated 04/08/2016, as under:

Circumstances
Earlier amount ( Rs.)
Revised amount (Rs.)
Death occurring due to accidents in course of performance of duties.10
lakh
25
lakh
Death in the course of performance of duties attributed to acts of violence by terrorists, anti social elements etc.10
lakh
25
lakh
Death occurring in border skirmishes and action against militants, terrorists, extremists, sea pirates.15
lakh
35
lakh
Death occurring while on duty in the specified high altitude, unaccessible border posts, etc. on account of natural disasters, extreme weather conditions.15
lakh
35
lakh
Death occurring during enemy action in war or such war like engagements, which are specifically notified by Ministry of Defence and death occurring during evacuation of Indian Nationals from a war-torn zone in foreign country.
-
45
lakh

The rate of ex-gratia lump sum compensation for 100 percent disability to CAPFs & Assam Rifles personnel, who are disabled in the performance of their bonafide official duty under various circumstances and are boarded out from service on account of disability attributable to aggravated in service, has been revised vide this Ministry OM No.27011/64/2010-R&W (Part) dated 07/06/2017 from Rs. 09 lakhs to Rs. 20 lakhs w.e.f 01/01/2016.

The 7th CPC has recommended a common regime of Risk and Hardship Allowance for Army and CAPFs which has been accepted by the Government.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to question by Shri Bahadur Singh Koli in the Lok Sabha today.

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14th President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind Profile


Profile: 14th President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Ram-Nath-Kovind-14th-President-of-India
A lawyer, veteran political representative and long-time advocate of egalitarianism and integrity in Indian public life and society, Shri Ram Nath Kovind was born on October 1, 1945, in Paraunkh, near Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. His parents were Shri Maiku Lal and Smt Kalawati.

Before assuming charge of the office of the 14th President of India on July 25, 2017, Shri Kovind served as the 36th Governor of the state of Bihar from August 16, 2015, to June 20, 2017.

Educational and Professional Background
Shri Kovind completed his school education in Kanpur and obtained the degrees of B.Com and L.L.B. from Kanpur University. In 1971, he enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi.
Shri Kovind was Union Government Advocate in the Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979 and Union Government Standing Counsel in the Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993. He became Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India in 1978. He practised at the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for 16 years till 1993.

Parliamentary and Public Life
Shri Kovind was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh in April 1994. He served for two consecutive terms of six years each till March 2006. Shri Kovind served on various Parliamentary Committees like Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes; Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs; Parliamentary Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas; Parliamentary Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment; and Parliamentary Committee on Law and Justice. He was Chairman of the Rajya Sabha House Committee.

Shri Kovind also served as Member of the Board of Management of the Dr B.R Ambedkar University, Lucknow, and Member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. He was part of the Indian delegation at the United Nations and addressed the United Nations General Assembly in October 2002.

Positions Held
2015-17: Governor of Bihar
1994-2006: Member of the Rajya Sabha, representing the state of Uttar Pradesh
1971-75 and 1981: General Secretary, Akhil Bharatiya Koli Samaj
1977-79: Union Government Advocate at the Delhi High Court
1982-84: Union Government Junior Counsel in the Supreme Court

Personal Details
Shri Kovind married Smt Savita Kovind on May 30, 1974. They have a son, Shri Prashant Kumar, and a daughter, Miss Swati. An avid reader, the President has keen interest in reading books on politics and social change, law and history, and religion.
During his long public career, Shri Kovind has travelled widely across the country. He has also visited Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom and the United States in his capacity as a Member of Parliament.

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Pay Commission For Unorganised Sector


Pay Commission For Unorganised Sector

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1352
TO BE ANSWERED ON 24.07.2017

PAY COMMISSION FOR UNORGANISED SECTOR
1352. SHRI MALLIKARJUN KHARGE:

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government reviews the working conditions and pay scales of the workers working in unorganized sector by appointing commissions at regular intervals on the lines of employees of the Central Government;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) if not, whether the Government has any such proposal in this regard at present; and
(d) if so, the details thereof along with the time by which final decision is likely to be taken in this regard?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a) to (d): The Minimum Wages Act, 1948, provides for fixation/periodic revision of minimum wages in employment to prevent exploitation of workers. Under the Act, the appropriate Government, both the Centre and the States, fixes/revises the minimum wages in scheduled employments falling in their respective jurisdiction. This Act provides for fixation of hours of work, payment of overtime wages besides providing penalties for offences under the Act and the Rules made thereunder.

Source : Lok Sabha
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Inoperative EPF Accounts


Inoperative EPF Accounts

The Government vide notification no. G.S.R. 1065 (E) dated 11.11.2016 has amended paragraph 72(6) of the Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952 wherein changes have been made in the conditions leading to a Provident Fund (PF) account becoming an Inoperative Account. As per amended definition of Inoperative Account (w.e.f. 11.11.2016), an account becomes inoperative after the age of 58 years, i.e., 36 months after the retirement age of 55 years. The details of inoperative accounts and amounts involved therein, consequent upon implementation of the above notification, have not been ascertained by Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) presently as the date of birth in respect of many employees is not available in the EPFO database presently.

As per paragraph 60(6) of EPF Scheme, 1952, interest shall not be credited to the account of a member from the date on which it has become an inoperative account under paragraph 72(6) of EPF Scheme, 1952. However, as per amended definition, an account shall be classified as Inoperative after the member attains the age of 58 years. Hence, interest shall be credited to the account of a member upto the age of 58 years.
This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, today.

Number of Central Government Employees who retired during the last three years & appointed against the vacancies


Number of Central Government Employees who retired during the last three years & appointed against the vacancies
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-587
ANSWERED ON-20.07.2017

EMPLOYEES RETIRED AND APPOINTED

587. SHRI NARAYAN LAL PANCHARIYA:
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:
(a) the number of Central Government employees who retired during the last three years, group-wise;
(b) the number of employees appointed during that period against the vacancies caused due to retirement, etc.;
(c) the number of employees who have been retired compulsorily during that period, group-wise; and
(d) the present position regarding vacant posts in the Central Government?

ANSWER
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a): Centralized data regarding employees who retired during last three years is not maintained.
(b): Vacancies caused due to retirement, death, promotion etc. are required to be filled following provisions of Recruitment Rules for the post. The number of direct recruitments made by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) during the last three years is as per table below:

YearNumber of candidates recommended by UPSCNumber of candidates recommended by SSC
Recruitment by ExaminationDirect Recruitment by SelectionAll India Competitive ExaminationSelection posts
2014-155969230357542524
2015-165659120724604534
2016-174612112368496384

(c): Information on premature retirement in respect of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), which is not in the form of penalty, in terms of Rule 16(3) of All India Services (Death Cum Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958 in the past three years are as follows:

YearNumber
2014Nil
2015Nil
20161

Penalty of Compulsory Retirement upon completion of Departmental Proceeding in terms of the All India Services (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1969 has been imposed against one IAS officer in the year 2015. In respect of Central Services, as per the information made available by various Ministries/Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities, provisions under FR 56(j)/similar provisions have been invoked/recommended in case of 30 Group 'A' officers and 103 Group 'B' officers, till May, 2017. (d): As per the Annual Report on Pay and Allowances of Central Government Civilian Employees 2015-16 as on 1.3.2015, published by Pay Research Unit, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, the number of vacant posts in position in various Ministries/Departments is 4,20,547 out of total sanctioned strength of 36,49,468.

Source: ENGLISH VERSION HINDI_VERSION

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Allowances on 7th CPC recommendation and audit of TA/DA, LTC and PT claims thereof – Orders issued

Allowances on 7th CPC recommendation and audit of TA/DA, LTC and PT claims thereof – Orders issued

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF ACCOUNTS (FYS)
T SECTION
10-A, S.K. BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA: 700001

No.T/1/72/Circular-41

Dated: 17.07.2017

To
1. The Secretary, OFB, 10-A, SK.Bose Rd., Kol-700 001
2. All Sr. General Managers/All General Managers Ordnance/Equipments Factories
3. All Group Controllers & Br. SAO/AOs

Sub: Publication of Gazette Notification by Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure dated 06/07/2017 regarding allowances on 7th CPC recommendation and audit of TA/DA, LTC and PT claims thereof.

Consequent upon the publication of Gazette Notification by Ministry Of Finance, Deptt. Of Expenditure dated 06/07/2017 regarding different allowances namely TA/DA, LTC etc , it is seen that entitlement of Govt. servant for different kind of journey and also entitlement for their mode of transport, stay and lump sum amount etc directly linked with Pay Levels of the Pay Matrix.

Hence, it is enjoined upon all concerned that, claim of the Govt. servant, who commence journey on or after 1st July 2017, may invariably to be indicated with Pay Levels of the Pay Matrix positively, to process the same as per entitlement at this end.

Kindly ensure maximum / wide publicity of the above points within your jurisdiction for effecting compliance.

sd/-
Dy. Controller of Accounts (Fys.)

Authority: http://pcafys.nic.in/

Meeting with Senior Officers Committee – Confederation

Meeting with Senior Officers Committee – Confederation

MEETING WITH SENIOR OFFICERS COMMITTEE

As notified earlier, the meeting with the senior officers Committee was held on 21.07.2017. The Committee was represented by Additional Secretary, Expenditure (Chairman), Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell), Joint Secretary (Personnel) and Joint Secretary (DOP&T). Staff Side was represented by all 13 Members, Standing Committee, National Council JCM.

Eventhough no specific agenda was notified, the staff side expected that the Committee will hold serious discussion on the demand of Increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula as assured by group of Ministers on 30.06.2016. But the Committee just briefed the decision of the Govt. on Allowances. Staff side raised the issue of Minimum Pay and fitment formula and demanded an early decision as per the assurance given by the Cabinet Ministers. Along with that staff side also raised various issues arising out of implementation of govt. decisions on allowances. As usual the meeting ended without any positive outcome.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
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Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Outcome of Standing Committee of National Council(JCM) held on 22.7.2017

Outcome of Standing Committee of National Council(JCM) held on 22.7.2017

Brief of the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council(JCM) held today with the Additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
Ph.: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.NC/JCM/2017
Dated: July 21, 2017
All Constituents of National Council JCM(Staff Side),

Dear Comrades!

Sub: Brief of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) held today with the Additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure

A meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council(JCM) with the Additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure, has taken place today to discuss about the issues arising after the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations.

At the beginning of the meeting: the Official Side briefed about the decision taken by the Government on the Allowances. The Staff Side thereafter raised the following issues:-

1. The Central Government Employees are dissatisfied by the decision taken by the Government not to revised the HRA percentage recommended by 7th CPC. The demand of the Staff Side is reiterated for retaining the existing percentage of 30%, 20% and 10%.

2. The low paid employees who were getting Transport Allowance @ Rs.3600 + DA a on 1.1.2016 is subject to huge financial loss since their Transport Allowance has been reduced to Rs.1300+DA. This injustice should be rectified. Official Side agreed for a review.

3. Even though the demand of the Staff Side is that, Allowances should also be revised from the date of revision of pay i.e.1.1.2016, at least Government should have given the same from the date of notification of 7th CPC as was done during the previous pay commissions. The Official Side is requested to consider this demand. The Staff Side also drawn attention of the Official Side towards the Awards given by the Board of Arbitration in favour of the employees in the past in the regard.

4. As regards Minimum Pay Fitment Formula, the Staff Side has already the justification for increasing Minimum Pay and Fitment Factor. However, Official Side has not yet responded till date on this demand. Since Minimum Pay is not derived on the basis of Dr.Akryod Formula / 15th ILC norms and Supreme Court judgement, the issue requires the review by the Government. Morever, even in the existing Pay Matrix there is discrimination between the low paid employees and high paid officers. Therefore, this demand should be discussed with the Staff Side by the Official Side so as to settle this major issue which was agreed to be considered by the Group of Ministers.

5. Government may restore various advances withdrawn and should also issue orders for revision of HBA as recommended by 7th CPC and accepted by the Cabinet.

6. While thanking the government for restoring Risk Allowance to the Defence Civilian Employees, the revised rate is very negligible. It should be at least at par with the Risk Matrix given to the Fire fighting Staff.

7. Staff Side, while thanking the government for restoration of some of the allowances, abolished/subsumed by the 7th CPC, asked the Finance Ministry to remove the barrier of coming back to Finance Ministry in case of 12 allowances meant for the Running Staff of the Indian Railways, being bilateral settlement with the Railway Ministry.

The Staff Side informed the Chairman that, considering the discontentment prevailing amongst the Central Government Employees, the Official Side may convey the feelings of the Staff Side to the Government on the above issues, and in case if ther is no positive approach from the Government, then there will be alternative than to plunge into Action Programmes.

The chairman, after a patient hearing, responded as follows :-
1. The views expressed by the Staff Side would be conveyed to the Government.
2. As regards, Minimum Pay and Fitment Factor, the Staff Side may give additional grounds and justification for any revision, so that the Official Side can consider the same.
3. After receipt of the above note from the Staff Side, the next meeting would be convened.

Comradely Yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)
Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com/

Restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners in view of the order dated 01.09.2016 of Hon'ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 604812010 and Civil Appeal No. 637112010.

Restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners in view of the order dated 01.09.2016 of Hon'ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 604812010 and Civil Appeal No. 637112010.

F.No.4/34/2002-P&PW(D).Vol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 21st July, 2017
Corrigendum

Subject: Restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners in view of the order dated 01.09.2016 of Hon'ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 604812010 and Civil Appeal No. 637112010.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM of even no. dated 23-06-2017 on the above subject. As per the said OM, the benefit of the orders of Hori'ble High Court of Madras dated 02-08-2007 and the Orders of Hon'ble Supreme Court dated 01-09-2016 would be extended to all similarly placed absorbee pensioners. Accordingly, the words “absorbee petitioners” in para 8 of the above OM may be read as “absorbee pensioners”.
sd/-
(Harjit Singh)
Director
Authority: http://www.pensionersportal.gov.in/

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Housing Facilities to Defence Personnel

Housing Facilities to Defence Personnel

Government has sanctioned construction of 1,98,881 Dwelling Units (DUs) for the Married Military officers / soldiers. Apart from construction of DUs, hiring of houses is also undertaken for Defence personnel to meet the deficiency of housing. In addition, Service personnel are authorized to House Rent Allowance (HRA) / Compensation in Lieu of Quarter (CILQ) / Family Accommodation Allowance (FAA).
Married Accommodation Project (MAP) was approved in 2002 for providing 1,98,881 Dwelling Units (DUs) to serving defence personnel. Under this project DUs with improved specifications are being constructed. Besides, under Annual Major Works Programme (AMWP) residential accommodation projects are undertaken as per special needs from time to time.

Phase-I comprising 57875 DUs has been completed. Out of 69904 DUs meant for Phase-II, 38811 DUs have been constructed & balance 31093 DUs are under construction. Balance 71102 DUs are planned for phase- III projects. Provision exists for construction of Field Area Family Accommodation (FAFA) in peace stations for the families of Officers / soldiers serving in field areas. In view of shortfall of FAFA accommodations, Defence Personnel are provided HRA / CILQ / FAA at the rate of selected place of residence of family.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel in Lok Sabha today.

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Pension to IAF Veterans

Pension to IAF Veterans 

Pension of pre-2006 retired Junior Commissioned Officers/ Other Ranks (JCOs / ORs) have been assessed on the basis of rank continuously held for 10 months or more. However, protection of minimum of fitment table under 6th Pay Commission for the last rank held has been provided.

A Junior Warrant Officer (JWO) who has not served for 10 months or more continuously in the rank is entitled to receive initial pension in the rank of Sergeant. However, where the revised pension as on 01.07.2014 worked out in terms of OROP order, happens to be less than the existing pension as on 01.07.2014, the pension has not been revised to the disadvantage of the pensioner.

Further, the issue whether in the case of JCOs / ORs, the pension is to be paid on the basis of the last rank held instead of last rank pensioned under OROP was referred to the Judicial Committee on OROP. The Committee has submitted its report to the Ministry which is under examination.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. P. Venugopal in Lok Sabha today.

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NPS: Extension of benefits of Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity to the Central Government employees covered by New Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System) - regarding.

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSION)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD-211
Circular No C-170
No.G1/C/MISC/NPS-II/Tech
O/o the PCDA (P), Allahabad
Dated: 13-07-2017

Sub: NPS: Extension of benefits of Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity to the Central Government employees covered by New Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System) - regarding. 

Ref:- This office Circular No. 79 dated 29/10/2010 and No. 110 dated 12/08/2013

Benefits of Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity to the Central Government employees covered by New Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System) has been extended vide Govt. of India, Ministry of PPG & P, Deptt. of P&PW in their O.M. No. 7/5/2012- P&PW (F)/B dated 26.08.2016 (copy enclosed)on the same terms and conditions as are applicable to employees covered by Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules, 1972. The Ministry has further clarified vide O.M.No.28/03/2017-P&PW(B) dt. 18/05/2017, that CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 are otherwise not applicable to the Central Government employees covered under NPS. Hence, they would obviously not be eligible for Service Gratuity or Pension under the CCS (Pension) Rules.

2. The phrase 'terms and condition' in the ibid O.M. dated 26.08.2016 refers to the requirement of qualifying service, the rates on which retirement gratuity is to be paid, the limit of amount of gratuity, nominations, disciplinary provisions, etc. in the CCS(Pension) Rules. All these condition would be equally applicable for grant of gratuity to employees covered under NPS. The decision to extend retirement gratuity and death gratuity vide the O.M. dated 26.08.2016 is absolute and not provisional. Separate rules on gratuity for Central Government employees under NPS would be framed in due course.
3. Now, it has been decided that to submit the claims of above beneficiaries for Retirment Gratuity and Death Gratuity, the following procedures shall be adopted by HOO and Pay Audit Controllers:-
i. H.O.O. will prepare a claim in case of NPS beneficiaries going to retire in accordance with the procedure as prescribed for Defence Civilian Personnel appointed before 01.01.2004 and will submit the same along with service boom and all the relevant documents (Which is required in case of pre 01.01.2004 Cases) to PAO concerned i.e.LAO/RAO. The Permanent Retirement account No. (PRAN) of the concerned Government Servant Allotted by National Security Depository limited (NSDL) will also be indicated. In cases where PRAN has not been allotted by NSDL to a NPS subscriber being non-effecting account as on 0104.2008, permanent pension account No.(PPAN) allotted to subscriber will be indicated.

ii. PAO will carry all necessary checks with reference to the entries in service book and as admissible under the OM No.38/41/06 P&PW (A) dated 05.05.2009 (already circulated under this office circular no.79 dt. 29-10-2010) to ensure that entries made in claim are in as per records in the service book of the individual. After signing and affixing the seal, the PAO concerned i.e.LAO/RAO will pass on the claim to the PCDA(P) Allahabad. The service book will be returned by PAO to HOO concerned.

iii.HOO will also maintain a separate register for recording entries for PRAN /PPAN No., Name of Government Servant, PPO No. and awards notified.
iv. On receipt of PPO from PCDA(P) Allahabad, HOO will check the same and after recording the entries in the register retransmit PDA's copy to PDA, Pensioner copy to Pensioner and retain
HOO copy for their own record.

v. Other procedures prescribed for pre 01-01-2004 pensioner will also be followed by the HOO in case of NPS beneficiaries.
4. In view of the foregoing, you also are requested to issue suitable instructions (along with copy of this circular) to all the Head of Offices under your administrative control to ensure that claim on the subject matter henceforth are floated in accordance with instructions given in above Para.
(Rajeev Ranjan Kumar)
Dy.CDA (P)
Source: [PCDA.nic.in]

Extension of CGHS facilities to the pensioners of post and Telegraph Department

Extension of CGHS facilities to the pensioners of post and  Telegraph Department

No.S-11016/2/2015-CGHS(P)/EHS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
CGHS(P)/EHS
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110011
Dated the 19th July, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Extension of CGHS facilities to the pensioners of post and  Telegraph Department

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention the Memorandum No.S-11011/46/95-CGHS D- II/CGHS(P) dated 1st August 1996 and state it has now been decided to revoke OM dated 1.8.1996, in  compliance of the Orders of Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam Bench dated 12th  July 2005 in O.A.N0. 563/2004 and 590/2004 and dated 01.06.2017 in C.P/180/21/2017 arising aut of OA No.180/563/2004 between Central Government Pensioners’ Association (Kerala) and Ors. Vs UOI & Others.

2. The retired employees of Post and Telegraph Department shall hereinafter, be entitled to  the CGHS facility, irrespective of whether they were members of CGHS prior to retirement or  not, subject to the payment Of prevalent subscription for availing themselves of this facility as  per rules as in the case of other Central Government pensioners.

3.  This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.
(Sunil Kumar Gupta)
Under Secretary to Government of India
Source: Confederation

Inclusion of more holidays in national calendar

Inclusion of more holidays in national calendar 

The Government has received proposal to make Patriots Day, observed on 13th August, and Ningol Chakkouba, which coincides with Bhai Duj, as restricted holidays and include them in the National Calendar.
As per existing policy, the Central Government administrative offices observe 17 holidays in a year. Out of these 17 holidays, 14 are pre-notified, compulsory holidays, which include three National holidays, namely, Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. The remaining three holidays are required to be selected, by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee (CGEWCC), functioning in respective states, from another list of 12 occasions. In addition, individual employees are allowed two restricted holidays in a year to be selected from a notified list of such Restricted Holidays.

In view of the ceiling on the total number of holidays that can be declared in a year by the Government, it has not been found possible to declare additional Restricted Holiday for the above occasions.
As per policy, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals choose three holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance.

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri K. Bhabananda Singh in the Rajya Sabha today.

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As per extant instructions, Ministries and Departments can recruit meritorious sportspersons to Group 'C' posts under the Government of India up to 5% of the vacancies in any year subject to the condition that these including all other reservations do not exceed 50% of the total number of vacancies proposed to be filled up by direct recruitment.

Consolidated instructions on incentives for sportspersons including recruitment under sports quota have been issued vide Department of Personnel and Training's OM No 14034/01/2013-Estt.(D) dated 3rd October 2013. At present no proposal to increase the quota is under consideration of the Government.

Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) lays down the policy for recruitment of meritorious sportspersons which is implemented by the administrative Ministries/Departments. The details regarding number of sportspersons recruited by various Ministries/Departments are not Centrally maintained.

As per extant instructions 43 sports disciplines have been identified for appointment of meritorious sportspersons. These instructions inter alia provide relaxation in upper age limit upto a maximum of 5 years (10 years in case of those belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) for the recruitment of meritorious sportspersons to Group 'C' posts. Government servants with medal winning performance in specified sports events are also eligible for out of turn promotion.

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Parimal Nathwani in the Rajya Sabha today.

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