Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Railway Minister gives directions for "comprehensive training programme" for all employees of Indian Railways to boost productivity & efficiency

Railway Minister gives directions for "comprehensive training programme" for all employees of Indian Railways to boost productivity & efficiency.
 
 Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
14-November, 2017

Railway Minister gives directions for "comprehensive training programme" for all employees of Indian Railways to boost productivity & efficiency.

This comprehensive training programme is being launched under the name "Project Saksham".

The week-long training in skills and domain knowledge will be imparted to all the employees of Indian Railways.

The focus of all such training is to 'make a difference' to the job performance.

Under the direction of Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal, a comprehensive plan for imparting training to all employees of Indian Railways is being prepared with a view to upgrade skill & knowledge. This comprehensive training programme named as "Project Saksham" will help boost productivity and efficiency.

Under this plan, all employees in each zone will be put through a week's training in skills and knowledge relevant to their work area over next one year. A communication to this effect from Chairman Railway Board, Shri Ashwani Lohani, has been sent to all General Managers of zonal railways and railways production unit.

General Managers have been advised that such priority training need should be quickly identified for each category of employees (employees can be grouped into their work areas) based on the needs of respective zone. Identification of training needs and formulation of planned training calendar will be required to be completed by December 31st, 2017, ensuring that each employee is imparted training.

It has been emphasized that while continuous learning and education/training has been an integral philosophy and approach of the Railways, there is a need to do a concentrated capsule of training for all employees in a short period of time to boost their productivity and efficiency. This training programme will fulfill this need.

With growing rail network, new trains, different high quality services designed by the railways and the promise of the government to deliver superior and safe rail services and growing expectation of our passengers and commuters for better amenities and services, it is imperative that the railway employees rise to the occasion to deliver on the promise. Employees can and do deliver only when they have the right skills, knowledge and the mindset to deliver to the new standards of excellence that the organization hold from them all. This training will help achieve these objectives.

This training shall be a five-day on the job training or as classroom training in Railway Training Centre depending on the nature of training. However, the reporting managers of all employees receiving training need to be actively involved in the Pre-training and post training process to ensure that the benefits of training get reflected on the job performance and there is improvement within a short time after the training is imparted. The focus of all such training has to be to ‘make a difference’ to the job performance of all departments and employees and thus Indian Railways.

The training, as per the calendar, must be completed within 9 months. You may personally monitor the completion of the plans and their progress. The zone must also devise a few metrics to monitor the impact of Project Saksham.

This training will not only upgrade skill of each of the employees but also go a long-way in improving the performance of the Indian Railways.

PIB

Rotational transfer of Under Secretaries of CSS Relieving of officers

Rotational transfer of Under Secretaries of CSS Relieving of officers

No.5/10/2017-CS-I(U)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
CS-I(U) Section
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated 10th November, 2017.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Rotational transfer of Under Secretaries of CSS Relieving of officers -regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Order of even number dated 13.10.2017 on the subject mentioned above, wherein the concerned Ministries/ Departments were requested to relieve the officer(s) concerned immediately so that the officers could join the allocated Ministry/ Department. However, it has been observed that not all the officers have been relieved so far.

2. The concerned cadre units as well as the officers concerned are, therefore, requested to comply with the above referred order. A copy of relieving/ joining order may also please be furnished to this Department for records.
(Anil Tripathi)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Provision of seats for TTEs/Conductors


Provision of seats for TTEs/Conductors
seats-for-railway-tte-conductors


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2003/TG-I/20/P/2
New Delhi, Dated: 02.11.2017
The Principal Chief Commercial Managers,
All Zonal Railways
(COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR NO. 72 OF 2017)

Sub: Provision of seats for TTEs/Conductors.

Please refer to this office letter No. 2001-TG-I/13/P dated 03.10.2002 wherein instructions have been issued regarding earmarking of accommodation for TTE/Conductors in Mail/Express trains, Rajdjani Express trains, Shatabdi Express trains, day journey trains and Jan-Shatabdi Express trains. The matter has been further reviewed keeping in view the trains which have been introduced subsequently e,g, Duronto, Humsafar, Suvidha Special trains etc. Moreover, the capacity of 3AC conventional coaches is 64 berths whereas that of LHB 3AC coaches is 72 berths and that of 3E coaches is 78 berths & hence 3E coaches should be considered at par with 3AC coaches. Accordingly, it has been decided to earmark the following accommodation for onboard Ticket Checking Staff & RPF/GRP:-
a. Mail/Express trains with sleeping accommodation and leg-wise manning (Covering normal Mail/Express trains, Mahamana etc.)
(i) Berth No. 5 in A-1 Coach only for Conductor manning 1st AC/ AC 2 tier/First Class coaches.
(ii) Berth No. 7 in B-1/ BE-1 Coach only for TTE manning AC3 tier/3E coaches.
(iii) Berth No. 7 in alternate sleeper class coaches for TTEs manning Sleeper Class coaches.
b. Mail/Express trains with sleeping accommodation and end to end manning (covering Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto type trains)
(i) Berth No. 5 in A-1 Coach for TS manning 1st AC and 2nd AC coaches.
(ii) Berth No. 7 in B-1, B-3, B-5, & B-7 coaches of Dy. TS manning AC-2/3-tier coaches. In case of 3E, similar arrangements should be made in BE-1, BE-4 and BE-7 or G-1, G-3, G-5 & G-7 coaches in case of Garib Rath type trains.
c. Mail/Express trains with sitting accommodation and end to end manning. (Shatabdi type trains)
(i) Seat No.1 in Coach No. C-1, C-3, C-5 & C-7 coaches for TS/Dy. TS.
(ii) Trains superintendent will occupy the seat in the coach adjacent to the executive class coach.
d. Mail/Express trains having sitting accommodation and leg-wise manning (Inter-city type trains)
(i) Seat No.1 in every alternate second class coach for ticket checking staff manning these coaches.
(ii) Seat No.1 in alternate Chair Car coach.
(iii) In case composite coach with sitting and sleeping accommodation is attahced, seat no.1 in the sitting portion of the composite coach should be earmarked, for the ticket checking staff.
e. Accommodation for RPF/GRP: One side lower berth (berth no. 63 in coach S1) may be earmarked in sleeper class coach in the entire train in which this staff is travelling. To make it clearer, if the train is being escorted by GRP, one berth will be earmarked for GRP and in case the train is escorted by RPF, one berth in sleeper class will be earmarked for RPF. In case no RPF/GRP is escorting the train, no accommodation will be earmarked for them.

2. The number of berths/seats to be earmarked in a train for onboard ticket checking staff will be keeping in view the composition of the train. In case the number of staff manning a train on regular basis (working as per roster) is less, the number of berths/seats to be earmarked for onboard ticket checking staff can be reduced and the same can be reviewed also subsequently based on manning on regular basis (working as per roster) subject to maximum yardstick indicated above. In the train also the number of berths/seats to be utilized by the onboard ticket checking staff will be equal to the number of staff and the berths/seats in excess will be released to RAC or other passengers.
sd/-
(Vikram Singh)
Director Passenger Marketing
Railway Board
Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/

Consumer Price Index Numbers on Base 2012=100 for Rural, Urban and Combined for the month of October 2017


Consumer Price Index Numbers on Base 2012=100 for Rural, Urban and Combined for the month of October 2017

 The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has revised the Base Year of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from 2010=100 to 2012=100 with effect from the release of indices for the month of January 2015.

2. In this press note, the CPI (Rural, Urban, Combined) on Base 2012=100 is being released for the month of October 2017. In addition to this, Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) for all India Rural, Urban and Combined are also being released for October 2017. All India Inflation rates (on point to point basis i.e. current month over same month of last year, i.e., October 2017 over October 2016), based on General Indices and CFPIs are given as follows:

All India Inflation rates (%) based on CPI (General) and CFPI
Note: Figures of October 2017 are provisional.
4. Provisional indices for the month of October 2017 and also the final indices for September 2017 are being released with this note for all-India and for State/UTs. All-India provisional General (all-groups), Group and Sub-group level CPI and CFPI numbers for October 2017 for Rural, Urban and Combined are given in Annexure I. The inflation rates of important categories of items are given in Annexure II. State/UT wise provisional General CPI numbers for Rural, Urban and Combined are given in Annexure III. Inflation rates of major States, having population more than 50 lakhs as per population Census 2011, are given in Annexure IV. State/UT–wise Group CPIs are available on the Ministry’s website (www.mospi.gov.in).

5. Price data are collected from selected towns by the Field Operations Division of NSSO and from selected villages by the Department of Posts. Price data are received through web portals, maintained by the National Informatics Centre.

Next date of release: 12th December 2017 (Tuesday) for November 2017.

Authority: http://www.mospi.gov.in/

Army organised a mega event Youth Fest : 2017 on 13 Nov 2017 at the historic Chowgan ground of Kishtwar


Army organised a mega event Youth Fest : 2017 on 13 Nov 2017 at the historic Chowgan ground of Kishtwar
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
13-November-2017 18:26 IST

Army Organised Youth Fest at Kishtwar

Army organised a mega event Youth Fest : 2017 on 13 Nov 2017 at the historic Chowgan ground of Kishtwar.

The Fest was an amalgamation of varied programmes highlighting the rich culture of different regions of India and stalls of food, entertainment and games for people of all the age groups to rejoice & cherish. The event also encompassed display of various ethnic specialities from across the country.
Students from various schools of Kishtwar district & professional artists from other parts of the country participated in the event to showcase their talent and performed folk dances of Rajasthani, Punjabi & Kashmiri culture. Kalbeliya, Gatka, Bhangra and an electrifying performance by the rock band were the highlights of the day. Stalls manifesting the talent of ITI and paintings, clay models were praiseworthy and the preponderant performance of the local youth of Kishtwar was highly commendable. Over 8000 people from all sections of society witnessed the event.

The event was graced by officials of Army, civil administration, Police, CAPF and other civil dignitaries. The youth & spectators quoted that the fest was an enlightening & enriching experience that has surely changed their perspective towards contributing to a peaceful & harmonious tomorrow.
Speaking on the occasion, the GOC, Delta Force expressed his gratitude to civil administration & local populace for their whole hearted support and enthusiastic participation in making the event a grand success. He emphasized that close coordination between civil administration and Army will take Chenab Valley towards meaningful progressive growth. The overwhelming response of youth in such events will send the message of peace & unity in the region, he added.
Col Aman Anand
PRO (Army)
PIB

7th Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government - Payment of National Holiday Allowance to non-gazetted Staff in Pay Level 9 and 10 on Indian Railways

7th Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government - Payment of National Holiday Allowance to non-gazetted Staff in Pay Level 9 and 10 on Indian Railways

No. V/5(g)/Part VI
Dated: 20/10/2017
The Member Staff
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir.
Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government - Payment of National Holiday Allowance to non-gazetted Staff in Pay Level 9 and 10 on Indian Railways-reg.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A[-2017/HL/1 dated 30/08/2017.

Federation invites kind attention of the Railway Board to their letter dated 3010812017, quoted under reference, wherein instructions have been for payment of National Holiday Allowance to the non-gazetted staff in Level-l to Level-8 of 7th CPC Pay Matrix. Federation however points out that the said instructions do not cover those non-gazetted Railway employees working in Level-9 and above (erstwhile GP 5400).

In this connection, Federation desires to mention that large number of non-gazetted Railway employees have been working in Level-9 and above, but have now been deprived payment of National Holiday Allowance as a result of issuance of Board’s instructions dated 30/0812017. Incidentally, Federation desires to mention that these staff (Level 9 and 10) are fully covered for payment of National Holiday Allowance as they fulfill the conditions laid down vide Board’s policy instructions contained in letter No. E(P&A)I-97/HL/2 dated 1810211998, therefore exclusion of these staff for payment of National Holiday Allowance is not justified.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue amendment to the Board’s instructions dated 30th August, 201,7 duly covering the non-gazetted staff working in Level-9 and above for payment of National Holiday Allowance. A copy of revised instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Empanelment of Fortis Escorts Hospital under CGHS Jaipur regarding


Empanelment of Fortis Escorts Hospital under CGHS Jaipur regarding

Government of India
Central Government Health Schemes
Kendirya Sadan Parisar, 'B' Block,
Ground Floor, Sector-10, Vidyadhar Nagar, Jaipur - 302039

No.CGHS/JPR/ RPH&DC/2017(Admn.)/8722-44
Dated: 26-07-2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Empanelment of Private hospitals under CGHS Jaipur

With reference to letter F.No. S-11045/36/2012-CGHS(HEC) dated 16th October, 2015 allowing benefit of continuous empanelment scheme to NABH/NABL accredited Health Care Organisation / Diagnostic Centres [HCOs] under CGHS, the undersigned is directed to convey that in addition to the list of the hospitals (including dental clinics & eye centres) and diagnostic laboratories already empanelled following Health Care Organization (HCO) has also been empanelled under CGHS Jaipur with the issuance of this order. The newly empanelled Health Care Organisation may be treated as included in the existing list of empanelled HCOs under CGHS Jaipur with the same terms and conditions as have been indicated in the Office Memorandum dated 14.11.2014. from the date of the issue of this pm to 16.08.2017.

S. No Name of the HCOs/ DC Address
& Tel. No.
NABH /Non-NABH Facilities Empanalled for
01 Fortis Escorts Hospital Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur-302017 (Raj.)
TeI.No. 254 7000 E-mail contactus.jaipur [at] forlishealthcare. com

Empanelled w.e.f. 26.07.2017.
NABH
w.e.f. 16.06.2014 to 14.08.2017

NABL
w.e.f. 02.09.2016 to 01.09.2018

Imaging/ Radiology will be treated as Non-NABL
Anaesthesiology, Cardiac Anaesthesia, Cardiology (invasive and Non invasive) Cardiothoracic Surgery, Clinical Psychology, Critical Care (Adult, Paediatrics, Neonate), Dentistry, Ear Nose and Throat, Endocrine Surgery, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology {Adult and Paediatric], General Surgery, GI Surgery & Bariatric Surgery. Hand Micro Surgery. internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Nephrology including Dialysis, Neurology (Adult & Paediatrics] Neurosurgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, including infertility, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic (including Joint Replacement Surgeries), Paediatric Cardiology, Paediatric Surgery, Paediatrics and Neonatology, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Psychiatry (Only OPD), Renal Transplant, Respiratory Medicine, Rheumatology, Skin & Venereal Diseases, Sports injury Management, Surgical Oncology. Urology and all other available facilities.


Source: CGHS

Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices


Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)
S. No. PC-VII/ 66
RBE No. 144/2017
No. PC-V/2017/PS/1 (SCRA)
New Delhi, dated 06-10-2017
The General Manager
All Indian Railways & PUs (As per mailing list)

Sub: Revised rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices.
Ref: Railway Board's letter No.PC-V/2008/PS12(SCRA) dated 25.11.2008

Consequent upon the promulgation of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, on the basis of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the issue of revision of the rates of stipend to Special Class Railway Apprentices has been under consideration. The President is pleased to decide the following revised rates of stipend for SCRAs:

YearExisting rate of stipend (Rs.)Amount on
fixation (2.57
times of
stipend)
(Rs.)
(3)
Increment © 3%
of previous rate
of stipend at cot.
(5)
(Rs.)
(4)
Proposed rate of
stipend (Rounded
off to next
hundred) (Rs.)
 (5)
(1)(2)
1st year91002338723400
2nd year910023400
3rd year940070224200
4th year (first six months)940024200
4th year (last six months)970072625000

2. These orders will take effect from 01.8.2016.2. These orders will take effect from 01.8.2016.

3. The apprentices will draw the revised rates of Dearness Allowance appropriate to the revised rates of stipend.

4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.5. Hindi version is enclosed.
(N. P Singh)
Dy. Director/ Pay Commission-V
Railway Board
Source : AIRF

Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies - October 4, 2017- Banking Facility for Senior Citizens and Differently abled Persons


Banking Facility For Senior Citizen And Differently Abled Persons - RBI Notification
RESERVE BANK OF INDIA
RBI/2017-18/89
DBR.No.Leg.BC.96/09.07.005/2017-18
November 9, 2017

All Scheduled Commercial Banks (including RRBs) All Small Finance Banks and Payments Banks

Dear Sir/ Madam
Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies - October 4, 2017- Banking Facility for Senior Citizens and Differently abled Persons

Please refer to Paragraph 8 of Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies, released by Reserve Bank of India on October 4, 2017 as part of Fourth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2017-18, a copy of which is enclosed. It has been observed that there are occasions when banks discourage or turn away senior citizens and differently abled persons from availing banking facilities in branches. Notwithstanding the need to push digital transactions and use of ATMs, it is imperative to be sensitive to the requirements of senior citizens and differently abled persons.

2. In view of the above, banks are required to put in place appropriate mechanism with the following specific provisions for meeting the needs of such customers so that they are able to avail of the bank’s services without difficulty.

(a) Dedicated Counters/Preference to Senior Citizens, Differently abled persons Banks are advised to provide a clearly identifiable dedicated counter or a counter which provides priority to senior citizens and people who are differently abled including visually impaired persons.

(b) Ease of submitting Life Certificate
As per extant guidelines issued by Department of Government and Bank Accounts, in addition to the facility of Digital Life Certificate under "Jeevan Praman" Scheme (refer circular DGBA.GAD.H-2529/45.01.001/2014-15 dated December 9, 2014), pensioners can submit physical Life Certificate form at any branch of the pension paying bank. However, it is observed that often the same is not updated promptly by the receiving branch in the Core Banking Solution (CBS) system of the bank, resulting in avoidable hardship to the pensioners. It is, therefore, advised that banks shall ensure that when a Life Certificate is submitted in any branch, including a non-home branch, of the pension paying bank, the same is updated/ uploaded promptly in CBS by the receiving branch itself, to avoid any delay in credit of pension.
(c) Cheque Book Facility
(i) Banks shall issue cheque books to customers, whenever a request is received, through a requisition slip which is part of the cheque book issued earlier.
(ii) Banks are advised to provide minimum 25 cheque leaves every year, if requested, in savings bank account, free of charge.
(iii) Banks shall not insist on physical presence of any customer including senior citizens and differently abled persons for getting cheque books.
(iv) Banks may also issue cheque books, on requisition, by any other mode as per bank’s laid down policy.

It is further clarified that providing such facility in BSBDA will not render the account to be classified as non-BSBDA (c.f. Bank’s response to query number 14 and 24 of our circular "DBOD.No. Leg. BC.52/09.07.005/2013-14 dated September 11, 2013 on Financial Inclusion - Access to Banking Services - BSBDA - FAQs").

(d) Automatic conversion of status of accounts
Presently, in some banks, even fully KYC - compliant accounts are not automatically converted into ‘Senior Citizen Accounts’ on the basis of date of birth maintained in the bank’s records. Banks are advised that a fully KYC compliant account should automatically be converted into a ‘Senior Citizen Account’ based on the date of birth available in bank’s records.

(e) Additional Facilities to visually impaired customers
Banks are advised that the facilities provided to sick/old/incapacitated persons vide Paragraph 9 of our Master Circular DBR.No.Leg.BC.21/09.07.006/2015-16 dated July 1, 2015 on Customer Service in Banks (regarding operations of accounts through identification of thumb/toe impression/mark by two independent witnesses and authorising a person who would withdraw the amount on behalf of such customers) shall also be extended to the visually impaired customers.

(f) Ease of filing Form 15G/H
Banks are advised to provide senior citizens and differently abled persons Form 15G/H once in a year (preferably in April) to enable them to submit the same, where applicable, within the stipulated time.

(g) Door Step Banking

We have issued instructions on Doorstep Banking vide circular DBOD.No.BL.BC.59/22.01.010/2006-2007 dated February 21, 2007 under Section 23 of Banking Regulation Act, 1949. However, in view of the difficulties faced by senior citizens of more than 70 years of age and differently abled or infirm persons (having medically certified chronic illness or disability) including those who are visually impaired, banks are advised to make concerted effort to provide basic banking facilities, such as pick up of cash and instruments against receipt, delivery of cash against withdrawal from account, delivery of demand drafts, submission of Know Your Customer (KYC) documents and Life certificate at the premises/ residence of such customers.

3. Banks are advised to implement these instructions by December 31, 2017 in letter and spirit and give due publicity in their bank branches and website.
Yours faithfully
(Saurav Sinha)
Chief General Manager
Source : RBI

Simplification of procedure for treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS/CS (MA) Rules,1944


Simplification of procedure for treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS/CS (MA) Rules,1944

Z 15025/105/2017/DIR/CGHS/EHS

Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare EHS Section
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 9th November,2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Simplification of procedure for treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS/CS (MA) Rules, 1944

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to state that this Ministry has been receiving representations for simplification of procedure for undergoing treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS. The matter has been examined and it has now been decided that CGHS beneficiaries are allowed to undergo treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS of specific treatment procedures listed under CGHS rate list are advised by a Specialist in a Central Government / State Govt. Specialist hospital or a CGHS Medical Officer without any requirement of any other referral (permission) letter.

2. Private empanelled hospitals shall perform the treatment on cashless basis in respect of pensioners, ex-MPs, Freedom Fighters, Regular employees {both CGHS and CS (MA) beneficiaries} of this Ministry & other categories of CGHS beneficiaries, who are presently eligible for credit facility and shall enclose the prescription issued by Government Specialist or a CGHS Medical Officer, in original (or a self-attested photocopy) along with the hospital bill submitted to the competent authorities.

3. Serving government employees shall enclose the prescription issued by a Government Specialist or a CGHS Medical Officer in original (or a self-attested photocopy), while submitting the medical claim to the concerned Ministry /department/office for reimbursement.

4. CGHS Medical Officer / Government Specialist shall not refer the beneficiaries to any particular empanelled hospital by name but, shall specify the treatment procedure and mention 'referred to any CGHS empanelled centre'.

5.These orders are applicable only in respect of treatment procedures for which CGHS rates are available.

6.This issue with the concurrence of IFD vide FTS No. 3130849, dated 09.11.2017.
S/d,
[Sunil Kumar Gupta]
Under Secretary to Government of India
Tel- 011-2306 1986

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