Thursday, 5 January 2017

7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the RRB empanelled candidates


7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the RRB empanelled candidates

Grant of pay fixation under 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the RRB empanelled candidates who have completed training - case of SSEs (S&T)-reg

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chemlmsford Road, New Delhi - 110 055

No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B.
Dated: 28/12/2016
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Grant of pay fixation under 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the RRB empanelled candidates who have completed training - case of SSEs (S&T)-reg.

Representations have since been received that RRB empanelled candidates for the post of SSE (S&T) have completed the prescribed induction training on 1st June 2016 particularly on North Central Railway, but however, they have not been granted pay fixation in 7th CPC Pay Matrix till date. It has further been represented by the recruitees that similarly recruited candidaies as SSE, P. Way, C&W etc., have already been granted pay fixation 7th CPC Pay Matrix. The discrimination against directly recruited SSEs (S&T) has been causing disappointment and resentment among them, who feel that the Administration has been indifferent towards their entitlements of 7th CPC Pay Matrix.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly intervene and issue suitable instructions to the GMs of Zonal Railways (more particularly General Manager, N.C. Railway) for ensuring that all such SSE (S&T) trainees who have completed training are granted 7th CPC pay from the date subsequent to the date of completion of training without loss of time.
Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source : NFIR

Higher Allowances: Central government employees have no option but to wait for cash flow to ease


Higher Allowances: Central government employees have no option but to wait for cash flow to ease

New Delhi: The central government wants to announce higher allowances under 7th Pay Commission award for its 48 lakh employees and 52 lakh pensioners, after taking the steps to ease the cash flow, that has been a major problem ever since demonetisation was announced for higher allowances announcement, official sources said.

The hike in basic pay without allowances is not helpful for maintaining central government employees’ living standard, Finance Ministry sources told on Friday.

They had also said the allowances of government employees besides basic pay should increase which would give them some financial comfort, a step they had hoped might be taken after next budget, when the cash crunch would ease.

They added that the decision on higher allowances to push since getting of payments to made ease and without facing cash crunch. Hence, the Finance Ministry felt it would be wiser to announce of higher allowances when the cash flow to ease.

In the current financial year, the government has given higher basic pay with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016 to its employees on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission but the hike in allowances other than dearness allowance referred to the 'Committee on Allowances'.

It compelled the the central government employees to get the allowances according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.

"The committee on Allowances headed by the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa has finalized the report on the allowances in October but the government don’t want to announce it now, so the government gave extension the committee till February 22, 2017 to submit the report on higher allowances for getting normalized the cash crunch position, " the Finance Ministry sources said.

They also added that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may announce the higher allowances in his budget speech for 2017-18.

TST

Government notifies law on rights of persons with disabilities


Government notifies law on rights of persons with disabilities

New Delhi: Government has notified the recently passed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill which provides for reservation in government jobs for persons with benchmark disabilities from 3 to 4 per cent, and in higher education institutes from 3 to 5 per cent, Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said today.

"The Bill was passed by Parliament in the winter session and then it was sent to the President for his assent. After the nod from the President, it was notified on Wednesday," Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said on the foundation day of the National Trust.
On the occasion, Gehlot launched the mobile app and Facebook Page of the National Trust.

"Through the app, information regarding the schemes and programmes will be disseminated. The Facebook page was launched with an aim to bring together all NGOs and organisation working in this field on the same platform," Gehlot said.

With the enforcement of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, every child with benchmark disability between the age group of 6 and 18 years will have the right to free education.
The legislation has been made to bring Indian laws in line with the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Under the newly enacted Act, the types of disabilities have been increased from the existing seven to 21.

The newly added types include mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, chronic neurological conditions, specific learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, speech and Language disability, thalassemia, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, multiple disabilities including deaf blindness, acid attack victims and Parkinsons disease.

Also, disability has been defined based on an evolving and dynamic concept and government will have the power to add more types of disabilities
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As per the Act, assaulting, insulting, intimidating, denying food to a person with disability or sexually exploiting a differently-abled woman and performing a medical procedure on such women without consent which may lead in termination of pregnancy will draw a jail term up to five years once the law is passed.

Any person who contravenes any provision of the act will be punished with a maximum fine of Rs 5 lakh.

PTI

Opening of New Kendriya Vidyalaya in Khanpur Distt, Roopnagar, Punjab


Opening of New Kendriya Vidyalaya in Khanpur Distt, Roopnagar, Punjab

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110 016
F. 11029-06/2013-KVS/(HQ)/(Admn-1)/Vol-II
Date: 20.12.2016
OFFICE ORDER

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) vide office-order of even number dated 04.03.2014, conveyed approval of Government of India, for establishing 54 new Kendriya Vidyalayas under Civil Sector with the stipulation that the sponsoring authority concerned is required to transfer the identified and demarcated land and also to give possession of the same to KVS prior to opening of the new Kendriya Vidyalaya. Kendriya Vidyalaya. Khanpur, Distt. Roopnagar, Punjab is one of these 54 new Kendriya Vidyalayas sanctioned.

Since the land in the matter of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Khanpur, Distt. Roopnagar, Punjab has been transferred in favour of Kendriya Vidyalaya concerned, the sanction of the Commissioner, KVS is hereby conveyed to start this new Kendriya Vidyalaya under Civil Sector with effect from 01.04.2017 in academic session 2017-18 at the following location:

S.No.Name of Kendriya VidyalayaKendriya Vidyalaya will be made functional at:
1Kendriya Vidyalaya, Khanpur,
Distt. Roopnagar, Punjab
C/o Power Colony, GGSSTP, Roopnagar, Distt.
Roopnagar, Punjab.

The above Vidyalaya will start functioning from class I to V (single section in each class) during the academic year 2017-18 and thereafter will grow consequently based on feasibility.

The admission process may be completed within the time schedule as per extent admission guidelines of KVS.
(S.Vijayakumar)
Joint Commissioner (Admin)
Order Copy

Indian Railways Measures to Promote Digital Payments


Indian Railways Measures to Promote Digital Payments

In pursuance of this announcement made by Government of India for promotion of Digital & Cashless Economy, Ministry of Railways has initiated some additional following package of incentives and measures. This shall be made effective from 1st January 2017.

1. Ministry of Railways has decided to instruct Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendras (YTSKs) to install POS machines and accept payments through all banks debit/credit cards for issuing both reserved and unreserved tickets. They are encouraged to accept payments through other modes also like UPI, USSD, e-wallet, Aadhar enabled payments system.

2. Ministry of Railways has decided to instruct Jan Sadharan Ticket Booking Seva (JTBs) are also instructed to accept payments through other modes like UPI, USSD, e-wallets, Aadhar enabled payments system to issue unreserved tickets.

3. Ministry Of Railways have decided to allow 5% Discount for booking of Retiring Room through digital means like using debit/credit cards.

4. Ministry of Railways have decided that 0.5% discount in the base fare of season tickets (Monthly, quarterly, Half yearly, yearly) over suburban section shall be granted in case the payment is made through digital means through debit card, credit card etc.. Other charges like MUTP surcharge, Mela surcharge, service tax etc., if applicable shall be levied separately on the base fare arrived at after giving the 0.5% concession.

PIB

7th CPC Report : Revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor etc., Assurance given by Senior Ministers


7th CPC Report : Revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor etc., Assurance given by Senior Ministers

7th-CPC-Latest-News


No.IVA {JCA (Ny2014/Part III)}
Dated: 27.12.2016
Shri Narendra Modiji,
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
South Block,
Raisina Hill,
New Delhi-110001

Respected Sir,

Sub: 7th CPC Report - Revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor etc., Assurance given by Senior Ministers-reg.

NFIR brings to your kind notice that the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) - consisting JCM constituent organizations of Central Government employees have deferred the Indefinite Strike action on the assurance of Senior Cabinet Ministers on 30th June 2016 that a High Level Committee will be constituted to consider the demands of JCM (Staff Side) within four months for improving the minimum wage and applying revised multiplier factor for pay fixation in 7th CPC Pay Matrices to the Central Government employees which include over 1.3 million Railway employees.

Pursuant to the assurance of Group of Ministers as mentioned above, the decision to go on indefinite strike by Railway employees has been deferred, hoping that there shall be a negotiated settlement on the Charter of demands already submitted to the Cabinet Secretary by the JCM (Staff Side).

NFIR however expresses its deep sense of disappointment over breach of commitment as more than five months passed from the date of assurance given to the Leaders of JCM (Staff Side) by the Group of Ministers (Hon’ble Finance Minister, Home Minister, Railway Minister and Minister of State for Railways). The Railways specific issues on which agreement was reached between the Railway Board and the Federations have also not been implemented till date.

The Railway employees of all categories are greatly disappointed over non-fulfillment of assurances, consequently, there has been a feeling among Rail workforce that the Government is not sensitive towards resolving their genuine grievances and equally not sincere to honour its commitments.

NFIR also beings to your kind notice that even though the successive Railway Ministers have sent proposals to Finance Minister that Railways should be exempted from National Pension System (NPS) in view of complexities, unique nature of working of Railway employees and their arduous working conditions, the Government has not given its approval till now, resultantly, the Railway employees who had joined from 01/01/2004 are extremely agitated as there is no social security to them and their families in the form of guaranteed pension at par with those appointed prior to 0110112004. The unique nature of duties are comparable with Defence Forces Personnel. The death rate of Railway employees in the course of performing duties is 700 per aturum and the average number of staff injured on duty is about 3000 per annum as reported by the High Level Safety Review Committee headed by Dr. Anil Kakodkar.

NFIR further brings to your kind notice that the Indian Railways has the track record of dedicated working on account of unquestionable loyalty, dedication and devotion of Railway employees to Indian Railways. Most of them perform duties at remote places, jungle areas where minimum living facilities are not available. It needs to be appreciated that not a single man day was lost on employees’ account during the past four decades.

NFIR, therefore, requests your kind intervention in ensuring that the Government implements its commitments on revision of minimum wage and multiplier factor for the Central Governrirent employees which include rail workforce. Federation also requests that other issues which are pending before various Committees constituted by the Government may be got finalized on the basis of submissions made by JCM (Staff Side) before those Committees and also before the Cabinet Secretary. NFIR at the same time requests to kindly arrange to issue appropriate directive for solving Railways’ specific issues through negotiated settlement very soon. Also kind attention of Hon’ble Prime Minister is invited to NFIR's communication vide letter of even number dated 0111112016 and subsequent reference by the PMO to the Secretary, Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) vide PMO ID No. PMOPG//D1201610326695 dated04lIl12016, endorsing copy to the Federation, in this regard.
With regards,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Copy to Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister, Government of India, Room No. 104, North Block, Central Secretariat, New Delhi-110001 for necessary action please.
Copy to Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of lndia, North Block New Delhi- 1 I 000 I for necessary action please.
Copy to Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Government of India, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi for necessary action please.
Copy to Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways, Government of India, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi for necessary action please.

Source: NFIR

Railways announces 10 pct rebate in vacant berths from January 1


Railways announces 10 pct rebate in vacant berths from January 1

New Delhi: The Railways on Thursday announced 10 per cent rebate in the basic fare for vacant berths after finalisation of the reservation charts from January 1 onwards.

The rebate will be effective for six months beginning from January 1 next year. All other charges like reservation and super fast will be levied accordingly.

According to a railway notification, a passenger can avail 10 percent rebate in basic fare for availing the vacant berths in all reserved categories including AC and Sleeper class after the finalisation of the chart.

ANI

After 7th Pay Commission salary hikes, move on to raise minimum wage ceiling under EPF


After 7th Pay Commission salary hikes, move on to raise minimum wage ceiling under EPF

The minimum wage ceiling under the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) could soon be raised to Rs 25,000 from the existing Rs 15,000.

A hike in the wage limit as proposed would mean all employees drawing basic salary Rs 25,000 would have to compulsorily contribute to the provident fund.

The minimum wage ceiling under the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) could soon be raised to Rs 25,000 from the existing Rs 15,000. A proposal to to enhance the limit is likely to be sent by the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to the government. A decision to propose the change has been taken at a recent meeting of Sub-committee of the Central Board of Trustees, EPFO, on contract workers held on November 7. Central Board of Trustees (CBT) is the highest decision-making body of the EPFO.

A hike in the wage limit as proposed would mean all employees drawing basic salary Rs 25,000 would have to compulsorily contribute to the provident fund. However, those drawing above that limit will have the option to become member of the provident fund, and can opt out if they want to.

The move comes in wake of changes in the wage structure in accordance with the proposal of the 7th Pay Commission. Trade union representatives at the CBT sub-committee meeting pointed out that the minimum wage of Central government employees after implementation of the Pay Commission report has been hiked to Rs 18,000. and hence the EPFO's wage ceiling of Rs 15,000 needs to be altered. They pointed out that there could be further increase in minimum wages from the Rs 18,000 is likely with the trade unions demanding a minimum wage of at least Rs 21,000 to Rs 22000.

In fact, the Employees' Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme (EDLI) is directly linked to the minimum wage ceiling. At present, If an employee is earning up to Rs 15,000 he or she can avail of benefits under the Employees Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme (EDLI). The scheme provides life insurance of up to Rs 6 lakhs.

Source: FE

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