Thursday, 30 March 2017

Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2017


Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2017
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DA Order Jan 2017 - Finmin Released Dearness Allowance Order

No. 1/3/2017-E-II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th March, 2017.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2017.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry's Office Memorandum No. 1/2/2016-E-II (B) dated 4th November, 2016 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 2% to 4% of the basic pay with effect from 1st January, 2017.

2. The term 'basic pay' in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

3. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of FR 9(21).

4. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of Tess than 50 paise may be ignored.
5. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of March, 2017.

6. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

7. 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 of India.
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
DA Order Jan 2017

Grievances of the Central Government Employees : NC JCM

Grievances of the Central Government Employees : NC JCM

NC JCM writes to the Cabinet Secretary to settle various issues, including revision of HRA

Grievances of the Central Government Employees - Secy./Staff Side writes to Cabinet Secretary

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
Ph: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi - 110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.NC/JCM/2017
Dated: March 29, 2017
The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India,
Cabinet Secretariat,
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Grievances of the Central Government Employees

Owing to serious discontentment on various retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC, there had been countrywide resentment among the Central Government Employees, and the Staff Side(JCM), under the aegis of the NJCA, had decided for an "Indefinite Countrywide Strike", commencing from 6th July, 2016, which was deferred after negotiations with the GoMs, comprising of Hon'ble Minister for Home Affairs, Finance Minister, Railway Minister and State Minister for Railways, held on 30.06.2016, wherein it was assured that, demands of the Central Government Employees, viz. improvement in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula, Rates of Allowances, Guaranteed Pension/Family Pension in lieu of NPS etc. would be resolved within a fixed time frame of four months, for which committees were constituted by the Government of India.

While substantial delay took place in setting-up of various committees itself, however, it is a matter of deep concern that, the committees have not yet finalized their reports despite lapse of more than eight months time.
The Staff Side had, at the very outset, opposed setting-up of Committee on Allowances, demanding upward revision and restoration of certain allowances which were recommended to be abolished by the 7th CPC, nevertheless, the government on the contrary constituted the said committee.

It may be recalled that, it has been an established convention in the past also that, payment of the revised rates of the allowances is done w.e.f. the date of implementation of the report of the Central Pay Commission, but this time, unlike previous occasion, the Central Government Employees are still being paid House Rent Allowance, Transport Allowance etc. on the pre-revised rates.

It was being expected that, Committee on Allowances would complete its proceedings within the fixed timeframe and the CGEs would be paid allowances on the revised rates w.e.f. the date of implementation of the 7th CPC report, but unfortunately, it is being delayed inordinately, owing to which there is serious resentment brewing among the CGEs.

While Committee on Allowances also met on the previous day, i.e. 28.03.2017, and we were expected that it would finalize its recommendations in the said meeting, but on enquiring we have been made to understand that, the issue of revision of rates of HRA was even not discussed in the said meeting.

We, therefore, take this opportunity to apprise you that, unjustified and inordinate delay in finalizing the reports of the committees is not only breach of the assurance given to the Staff Side by the GoMs, but also creating an uncongenial atmosphere among the CGEs.

It would, therefore, be quite appropriate that, the issue may be considered with all seriousness as per assurance given to the Staff Side, and revision of the rates of the allowances, NPS, Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula and Pension/Family Pension, along with restoration of certain allowances abolished by the 7th CPC, be finalized without further loss of time in the larger interest of industrial harmony in the country.
With Kind Regards!
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary
Source: www.ncjcmstaffside.com

Request for payment of salary to the employees & payment of pension on 01.04.2017


Request for payment of salary to the employees & payment of pension on 01.04.2017

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Ref: P/4-1/Staff
Dated : 29.03.2017
To,
Shri B. V. Sudhakar
Secretary (P)
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi - 110001

Sir,
Sub:- Request for payment of salary to the employees & payment of pension on 01.04.2017 - Reg.
Ref:- (1) Dte. Lr. No. 2-1/2007-08/PA-(TECH-I) D 813-897 dated 11.12.2014.
(2) Controller General of Accounts Manual Part III Section II Rule 64.

Being it is End of Year and there is transaction holiday in Finacle on 1st April and subsequently 2nd April 2017 happens to be Sunday, payment of salary to the employees and payment of pension to the pensioners could not be effected through salary account credit/payments.

As per the Statutory rules of the Dept. and as per the reference (2) cited above pay and allowances are earned and shall be due for payment on the last working day of the month to which they relate and the pay and allowances for the month of March shall be paid on the first working day of April.

As per CCS Pension Rules 1972, it is mandatory to pay the pension on the last working day of the month and during the month of March, it is on 1st April of the year.

It is therefore requested to kindly cause suitable action in this regard and issue orders to the pay drawing and disbursing authorities, for making payment of the pay and allowances of the working staff by cash through Roll payment on 01.04.2017 itself and pension manually, instead of crediting the same into their PO SB/Bank Accounts on any subsequent date after 2nd April. This was ordered during the year 2015 and 2016.

With regards,
Yours faithfully,
(R. N. Parashar) General Secretary
Copy to: -All CWC Members Press
Via: aipeup3chq.com

Women to get 26 weeks maternity leave, President nod to new law


Women to get 26 weeks maternity leave, President nod to new law

New Delhi: Women employees will now be able to get paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, up from 12 weeks, as per a new law.

President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 that has made changes in some of the provisions of over 55-year-old law entitling certain benefit to women employees.

The new law makes it mandatory for every establishment with fifty or more employees to have the facility of creche within a prescribed distance.

The employer is also bound to allow four visits a day to the creche by a woman.

Every establishment shall intimate in writing and electronically to every woman at the time of her initial appointment regarding every benefit available under the new law, the statute says.

An employer can also permit a woman to work from home after she has availed maternity leave.
"In case where the nature of work assigned to a woman is of such nature that she may work from home, the employer may allow her to do so after availing of the maternity benefit for such period and on such conditions as the employer and the woman may mutually agree," it says.

The law also allows maternity leave of 12 weeks for a woman who adopts a child below the age of three months, and for commissioning mother (a biological mother who uses her egg to create an embryo implanted in any other woman).

The entitlement of 26 weeks paid leave under the law is only for first two children. A woman with two or more children will be entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave, says the law which will apply to all establishments employing 10 or more people.

The statute that will help approximate 1.8 million women workforce in organised sector, has amended Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 that regulates grant of maternity benefit to women employees in certain establishments.

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill was passed by Lok Sabha on March 9 and Rajya Sabha on March 20.

India is at third position globally in terms of the number of weeks of maternity leave after Canada (50 weeks) and Norway (44 weeks).

The president gave his assent on Monday.

PTI

National Council (JCM)-Nomination/ re-nomination of the Staff Side on behalf of NFIR


National Council (JCM)-Nomination/ re-nomination of the Staff Side on behalf of NFIR

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
Rail Bhawan,New Delhi-110 001,
dated:27.03.2017
No.2008/E(LR)I/JCM 1-1
The General Secretary,
NFIR.
3. Chelmsford Road.
New Delhi - 110 055.

Dear Sir,
Sub: National Council (JCM)-Nomination/ re-nomination of the Staff Side on behalf of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen.

Ref: NFIR’s letter No.IV/NC/JCM/Part IV dated 19.01.2017.

Ministry of Personnel, Public &Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training) vide their O.M.No.1/3/2008-JCA-1 dated 27.02.2017has since conveyed the approval of the Competent Authority to the nominations/re-nominations of the following representatives of National Federation of Indian.
Railwaymen as Staff Side members of National Council(JCM) on behalf of NFIR for a period of three (3) years with effect from 27.2.2017:

S/Shri
1. Guman Singh
2. M. Raghavaiah
3. R.P. Bhatnagar
4. K.S. Murty
5. J.C. Mahurkar
6. T.K. Chatterjee
7. B. C, Sharma
8. R.P. Singh
9. P.S.Suriyaprakasam
10. Ashok Sharma
11. Munindra Saikia
yours faithfully
(D.Mallik)27/3/2017
Director, Esst(IR)
Signed copy

Admissibility of HRA in the event of non- acceptance/surrender of Railway residential accommodation


Admissibility of HRA in the event of non- acceptance/surrender of Railway residential accommodation
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
RBE No. 23/2017
No. E(P&A)II-2015/HRA-6
New Delhi, dated 16.03.2017.
The General Managers(P)/CAOs,
All Indian Railways
and Production Units etc.

Sub: Admissibility of HRA in the event of non- acceptance/surrender of Railway residential accommodation.

A reference from North Western Railway was received for clarification on the issue of admissibility of HRA in the event of non-acceptance/surrender of railway residential accommodation by a railway employee. The matter was examined and considered in this office in the light of policy guidelines on the issue in consultation with the Finance Directorate of Railway Board. In this connection, it is stated that the provisions of letter No. E(P&A)II-87/HRA-15 dated 16.05.1988 still hold good regarding admissibility of House Rent Allowance (HRA) in the event of non¬acceptance/surrender of Railway residential accommodation. However, refusal by a Railway servant of a quarter of a different class from that for which he is eligible shall not constitute refusal for the purpose of these orders unless he has the option to apply for accommodation of a class next below the one to which he is entitled by virtue of his emoluments and he refuses such accommodation when allotted on the basis of his application.

2. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

3. Please acknowledge receipt.
(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Deputy Director/E(P&A)II,
Railway Board.
Signed copy

Age Relaxation in Job


Age Relaxation in Job

Relaxation of age up to 35 years (up to 40 years for members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) for the widows, divorced women and women judicially separated (JSW) from their husbands who are not re-married, for employment to Group 'C' and erstwhile Group 'D' post already exists in Department of Personnel & Training’s (DoP&T) Office Memorandum (OM) No. 15012/13/79-Estt (D) dated 19.01.1980. Similar relaxation also exists for Group 'A' and Group 'B' posts except where recruitment is made through open competitive Examination in DoP&T OM No. 15012/1/87-Estt.(D) dated 05.10.1990. All the above mentioned instructions have been reiterated vide DoP&T OM No. 41034/1/2014-Estt.(D) dated 30.01.2014.

It is incumbent upon all the Ministries/Departments of Government of India to follow the above mentioned instructions.

This was stated by the 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 in a written reply to a question by Shri B. Sriramulu in the Lok Sabha today.

PIB

Expansion of ESI Hospital Services


Expansion of ESI Hospital Services

The Employees State Insurance (ESI) Corporation has taken a number of reform initiatives to expand the services of ESI Hospitals in the country. The ESI Corporation in its 167th meeting decided to establish ESI hospitals and dispensaries based on geographical necessity i.e. the health facility should be created not based on the present Insured Persons population but on the basis of projected population of the Insured Persons after a period of three years for dispensaries and five years for hospitals. Also, ESI Corporation has accepted the recommendation of 46th Indian Labour Conference to upgrade its dispensaries into 6 and 30 bedded hospitals in phased manner.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

PIB

Vacant Posts in Central Government for different Categories


Vacant Posts in Central Government for different Categories 

Category-wise data on vacant posts is not maintained centrally.

As per the data received from 79 Ministries/Departments for the year 2014-2015, 18822 employees (8.56%) were recruited from Minority Communities in Government services and PSUs.

As per the data received from 44 Ministries/Departments for the year 2015- 2016, 2851 employees (7.5%) were recruited from Minority Communities in Government services and PSUs.

As per information available on the URL www.rrcps.nic.in, in respect of 74, 69 and 50 Ministries/Departments for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively, the representation of SC, ST and OBC categories in the appointments made through Direct Recruitment is as following:

Representation of SCs, STs and OBCs in the appointment made through
Direct Recruitment: 

Calendar Year2013 (74 Ministries) 2014 (69 Ministries) 2015  &nb sp;  (50 Ministries)
SCs26908 (17.72%) 21366 (16.92%)2556 (16.09%)
STs13766 (09.06%) 10692 (08.46%)1176 (07.40%)
OBCs52254 (34.41%) 40019 (31.69%)4704 (29.62%)
Others58913 (38.79%) 54184 (42.91%)7441 (46.86%)
Total151841126261</ td>15877

The posts sanctioned in Government Ministries/ Departments are required to be filled as per the Recruitment Rules as and when vacancies arise. The filling up of posts is a continuous process depending on the vacancies arising across Ministries/Departments during the years and action calendars of the recruitment agencies. In this regards all Ministries/Departments have been requested to take advance action for reporting vacancy position with respect to Direct Recruitment Posts to recruitment agencies such as Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and Staff Selection Commission (SSC) etc. Further all Ministries/ Department have also been requested for timely convening of the Departmental Promotion Committee meeting for filling up of promotional posts.

This was stated by the 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 in a written reply to a question by Shri Nalin Kumar Kateel in the Lok Sabha today.

PIB

Retirement Facilities for Employees Resigned from CPSEs


Retirement Facilities for Employees Resigned from CPSEs

Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
29-March, 2017

Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) issued OM No. W-02/0017/2014-DPE (WC) dated 01.02.2017 clarifying the term "technical formality clause" as mentioned in point xvi) of OM No. W-02/0017/2014-DPE (WC) dated 21.05.2014. This has no effect on the provisions of the OM dated 21.05.2014.

In term of para vii) read with para x) of Department of Public Enterprises (DPE)'s OM dated 21.05.2014, any employee resigning from service of CPSEs and joining another CPSE having broadly similar schemes of pension and post superannuation medical benefit the entire amount of employer's and employee's contribution along with interest accrued thereon would be transferred to such CPSE. The services rendered in CPSEs prior to resigning would also be counted for the schemes. Thus, these provisions are available even prior to issue of the OM dated 01.02.2017 on ‘Technical formality'.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Babul Supriyo in reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha today.

PIB

30% add on pay element to the retiring Loco Inspectors for reckoning pensionary benefits


30% add on pay element to the retiring Loco Inspectors for reckoning pensionary benefits

No.IV/RSAC/Conf./Part VII
Dated:28/03/2017
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Thirty percent (30%) add on pay element to the retiring Loco Inspectors for reckoning pensionary benefits- reg.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2015/RS-25 dated 24/01/2017

The Railway Board vide letter dated 24th January 2017 has clarified to the Zonal Railways that the Running Staff are entitled for 55% add on pay element on their 7th CPC Pay for Pensionary benefits. However, clarification with regard to continuance of 30% add on pay element for retiral benefits to the retiring Loco Inspectors has not been incorporated in Board’s letter dated 24th January 2017, referred to above. Railway Board's attention is also invited to its letters No.E(P&A)II/83/RS-10 (iv) dated 25/II/l992 and No.E(P&A)II-2005/RS-34 dated 26/12/2008 (RBE No.20212008) on the subject.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue clarification for reckoning 30% add on pay element to the last pay drawn by retiring Loco Inspectors for payment of pensionary benefits. Copy of Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2005/RS-34 dated 26/12/2008 is also enclosed.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

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