Sunday, 20 May 2018

Deplorable condition of Railway Quarters on Indian Railways etc- reg.

Deplorable condition of Railway Quarters on Indian Railways etc- reg.

NFIR

Registration No. : RTU/Nnn/31/2012
No. II/23/Part III
Dated: 19/05/2018
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Sub: Deplorable condition of Railway Quarters on Indian Railways etc- reg.

During NFIR's PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/l4-11-2017, Federation raised the issue of the condition of Railway Quarters outside agenda and stated that the condition of quarters continue to remain deplorable. Federation further said that the deteriorated condition of Railway quarters and the Railway colonies is on account of non-allotment of adequate funds and non-availability of artisan and other support staff under the JEs/SSEs (Works). Federation also stated that the deterioration of conditions has been causing severe hardships to the staff and their families living in the quarters.
Railway Quarters on Indian Railways


Railway Board during NFIR's PNM meeting held on 10/11-5-2018 conveyed following position through Action Taken Statement delivered to the Federation in the meeting:-

"Railway is carrying out repairs and maintenance of quarters along with constructions of new quarters on regular basis and this is ongoing process. Efforts are being made to repair more number of quarters each year with more fund allocation under demand No. 11 (500). For repair and maintenance of residential buildings, Rs. 1790 Cr. (RE) were allotted in year 2017-18 under Demand No. 11 (500). In the year 2018-19, this amount has been increased to Rs. 1899 crores. A Committee was constituted on comprehensive Housing Policy to examine, inter-alia, upkeep and maintenance of colonies as well. The Committee submitted its report on 3110112018. Based on the recommendation of Committee, Board inter-alia has approved the following for implementation in phased
manner:-

(i) For upkeep and maintenance of Railway colonies, setting up of IT based call centres at location of maintenance redressal.

(ii) Setting up of a separate wing for maintenance of infrastructure not related directly with operations. Delhi Division is to undertake this project on pilot basis.

(iii) Fixing of periodicity and scale/schedule of Renovation and maintenance in line with CPWD (CPWD Portal) and practices.

(iv) Specification of Fixtures and Replacement items also need to be in line with CPWD Practice.

(v) Expenditure in PU 32 is to be maximized to 85%. Further PU 32 is to be splitted as under:-

a. PU32A for Type I & II.
b. PU32B for Type III and IV and
c. PU32C for Type V and above houses.

Instructions in this regard have been issued to all Zonal Railways.

Further, as per the full Board's decision taken in the meeting held on 05/10/2017 on maintenance of service buildings and colonies, all Zonal Railways have been asked to adopt user compliance for satisfactory completion of works in service buildings and colonies and to outsource maintenance work for selected colonies.

It may be seen from the above that substantial efforts are being made by Railways to improve the maintenance of Railway colonies and in the years to come the outcome of these steps will be visible".

Above position is conveyed to the affiliates for offering views to the Federation soon,taking into account ground reality and holding discussions with the concerned staff and authorities.

Yours fraternally,
(Dr. M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Media Centre/NFIR.
File No. NFIR/PNM/110.

Source: NFIR

Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 - Exercising of option for fixation of pay

Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules 2016-Exercising of option for fixation of pay

Ministry of Defence
Department of Defence
D(Civ I)

Subject: Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 - Exercising of option for fixation of pay

This is regarding exercising of option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure in terms of following provisions of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016:

Para 5 Save as otherwise provided in these rules, a Governments servant shall draw pay in the Level in the revised pay structure applicable to the post to which he is appointed.

Provisio 1: Provided that a Government servant may elect to continue to draw pay in the existing pay structure until the date on which he earns his next or any subsequent increments the existing pay structure or until he vacants his post or ceases to draw pay in the existing pay structure.

Provisio 2: Provided further that in cases where a Government servant has been placed in a higher grade pay or scale between 1st day of January, 2016 and the date of notification of these rules on account of promotion or upgradation, the Government servant may elect switch over to the revised pay structure from the date of such promotion or upgradation, as the case may be.

2. Regarding the aforesaid provision, clarification was sought from Ministry of Finance/Dept. of Expenditure on the issue of exercising of option for fixation of pay by the government servants in 6th CPC Pay Structure till their promotion which falls after the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 (i.e. 25.07.2016).

3. Now, MoF(DoE) have issued clarification dated 19.03.2018 (copy enclosed) wherein it has been clarified that the option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure after the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 i.e. 25.07.2016 cannot be exercised as Rule 5 of the said Rules provided for option only for promotion taking place upto 25.07.2016 (date of notification of the said Rules)

4. The clarification guidelines mentioned in para 3 above may please be adhered to.
sd/-
(Pawan Kumar)
Under Secretary
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
(E.III.A Branch)

Reference: Notes at p. 9-10/n of Ministry of Defence (Finance) in its File No. 12012/2/2016-AG/PB read with notes at p. 4-5/n in File No. 2(2)/2017-D(Civ.I)

MOD(Finance) may please refer to their notes at p. 9-10/n in File No.12012/2/2016-AG/PB Seeking clarification of this Department as to exercising of option for fixation of pay by the Government Servants in 6th CPC Pay Structure till their promotion which falls after the date of notification of CCS(RP) Rules 2016 (i.e. 25.7.2016).

2. The above matter has been examined in this Department. It is clarified that the option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure after the date of notification of CCS(RP) Rules 2016 i.e. after 25.7.2016 cannot be exercised, as Rule 5 of the said Rules provides for option only for promotion taking place up to 25.07.2016 (date of notification of the said Rules).

3. This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary (Personnel).

sd/-
(Ashok Kumar)
Under Secretary(E.III.A)
Source: http://cgda.nic.in/

DoPT : Grant of Paid Holidays due to election to be held in various places on 28.5.2018


DoPT : Grant of Paid Holidays due to election to be held in various places on 28.5.2018
"Bye-elections to fill clear vacancies in the Lok Sabha Parliamentary constituencies of Maharashtra, Nagaland and Uttar Pardesh and State Legislative Assemblies of Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal to be held on 28.05.2016"

Paid Holidays - Election

F.No.12/3/2016-JCA-2
Government Of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department or Personnel & Training)
Establishment (JCA-2) Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated May 18, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Bye-elections to fill clear vacancies in the Lok Sabha Parliamentary constituencies of Maharashtra, Nagaland and Uttar Pardesh and State Legislative Assemblies of Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal to be held on 28.05.2016 - Grant Of Paid holiday to employees - regarding

The undersigned is directed to state that, as informed by the Election Commission of India vide their letter No.78/EPS/2018/836 dated 11.05.2018, bye- elections to fill the clear vacancies in the Lok Sabha from the following Parliamentary Constituencies in the States of Maharashtra, Nagaland and Uttar Pradesh are to be held on 28.052018 (Monday):

S.No.StateNu mber & Name of Parliamenta Constituency
1.Maharashtra11- Bhandara- Gondiya
2.Maharashtra22- palghar (ST)
3.NagalandNagaland
4.Uttar Pradesh2- Kairana
2. Bye-elections to fill the clear vacancies in the following State Legislative Assemblies of some States are also to be held on 28.05.2018 (Monday):
S No.StateNumber & Name of Assembly Constituency
1.Bihar50 - Jokihat
2.Jharkhand34 - Gomia
3.Jharkhand61- Silli
4.Kerala110 - Chengannur
5.Maharashtra285 - Palus Kadegaon
6.Meghalaya53 - Arnpati (ST)
7.Punjab32 - Shahkot
8.Uttarakhand05 - Tharali (SC)
9.Uttar Pradesh24 - Nourpur
10.West Bengal155 - Maheshtala

3. In this regard the guidelines already issued by this Department vide Office Memorandum No.12/14/99-JCA dated 10.10.2001 would have to be followed for the Central Government Offices, including industrial establishments, in the concerned States.

4. The above instructions may please be brought to the notice of all concerned for information and compliance.
sd/-
(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary (JCA)
Source: DoPT

Friday, 18 May 2018

Indefinite strike call given by All India Postal Employees Union - GDS from 22.05.2018 in support of their 2 points charter of demands


Indefinite strike call given by All India Postal Employees Union - GDS from 22.05.2018 in support of their 2 points charter of demands

No.08-09/2017-SR(Vol-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of India
(SR Section)
Dated: 17th May,2018
To
The General Secretary,
All India Postal Employees Union - GDS,
Dada Ghosh Bhawan,2151/1,New Patel Road,
New Delhi - 110008

Subject : Indefinite strike call given by All India Postal Employees Union - GDS from 22.05.2018 in support of their 2 points charter of demands.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to your letter no. AIPEU- GDS/CHQ/Strike/2018 dated 17-05-2018 on the above cited subject and to inform you that a meeting with DDG(SR &Legal) has been fixed on 18.05.2018 at 04:00 P.M in that matter.

Please make it convenient to attend the ibid meeting.
Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Daisy Barla)
Director (SR & Legal)
No.08-09/2017-SR(Vol-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of India
(SR Section)
Dak Bhawan,New delhi - 110001,
Dated : 17th May,2018
The General Secretary,
All India Postal Employees Union - GDS,
Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151/1, New Patel Road,
New Delhi - 110008
APPEAL

On behalf of department of Posts, I hereby appeal to you to call off the proposed indefinite strike from 22th May,2018 as no useful purpose is served by such strikes/agitations.

2. The issues submitted by the Unions under active consideration of the Department. Moreover, at a time when the Department is going through a complete IT makeover such agitation will only allow to strengthen the hands of our competitors which agreeably is not in the overall interest of the Postal Department. The proposed indefinite strike may, therefore, be called off.
S/d,
(Daisy Barla)
Director (SR & Legal)
Source : NFPE

Amendment of Rule 16(1) of AIS (Death-Cum- Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 2018


Amendment of Rule 16(1) of AIS (Death-Cum- Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 2018

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)
Death-Cum- Retirement-Benefits
NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 16th May, 2018

G.S.R.457(E). - In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) read with sub-section (1A) of section 3 of the All India Services Act, 1951 (61 of 1951), the Central Government, after consultation with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, hereby makes the following rules, further to amend the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 1958, namely :-

1 (1) These rules may be called the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Amendment Rules, 2018.
(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement- Benefits) Rules, 1958 in rule 16, after the third proviso under sub-rule 1, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely :-

"provided also that a Member of the Service holding the post of Chief Secretary to the Government of Jammu & Kashmir may be given extension of service, under exceptional circumstances, for a period beyond six months but the total term as Chief Secretary not exceeding three years and up to the age of sixty-two years, whichever is earlier, on the recommendations made by the State Government of Jammu & Kashmir, with full justification and in public interest, with the prior approval of the Central Government".

[F.No. 24012/04/2018-AIS-II]
KAVITHA V.PADMANABHAN, Dy. Secy

Note : The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, vide No. G.S.R. 728 (Extraordinary) Part II, Section 3, Sub- section (i) dated the 18th August, 1958 and subsequently amended by the following notifications:-

Sl. No.GSR No.Date
1.52604th September, 1964
2.52703rd April, 1965
3.52803rd April, 1965
4.52903rd April, 1965
5.57217th April, 1965
6.21512th February, 1965
7.191517th February, 1966
8.59003rd March, 1968
9.68706th July, 1974
10.75502nd July, 1974
11.94607th September, 1974
12.27(E)24th January, 1975
13.72414th June, 1975
14.226423rd August, 1975
15.263508th November, 1975
16.203020th December, 1975
17.12831st January, 1976
18.19614th February, 1976
19.31606th March, 1976
20.50410th April, 1976
21.75805th June, 1976
22.75705th June, 1976
23.118214th August, 1976
24.176525th December, 1976
25.57907th May, 1977
26.83002nd July, 1977
27.83102nd July, 1977
28.1598(E)6th November, 1977
29.1700(E)24th December, 1977
30.252(E)18th February, 1978
31.253(E)18th February, 1978
32.460(E)08th April, 1978
33.922(E)22nd July, 1978
34.924(E)22nd July, 1978
35.214(E)02nd January, 1979
36.161(E)03rd February, 1979
37.373(E)03rd February, 1979
38.1151(E)15th September, 1979
39.1291(E)22nd October, 1979
40.512(E)10th May, 1980
41545(E)17th May, 1980
42546(E)17th May, 1980
43978(E)27th September, 1980
44248(E)07th March, 1981
45276(E)14th March, 1981
46705(E)01st August, 1981
47293(E)09th January, 1983
48557(E)03rd July, 1983
49712(E)Olst October, 1983
5033(E)21st January, 1984
51559(E)15th June, 1985
52813(E)31st August, 1985
53275(E)22nd May, 1987
54343(E)03rd April, 1988
55271(E)06th July, 1988
56567(E)16th July, 1988
5791(E)25th February, 1989
58420(E)21st February, 1990
59101(E)16th February, 1991
602890(E)23rd November, 1991
61308(E)19th June, 1993
62717(E)19th December, 1997
63718(E)19th December, 1997
64249(E)13th May, 1998
65252(E)18th May, 1998
66259(E)22nd May, 1998
67548(E)31st August, 1998
68719(E)07th December, 1998
6935(E)14th January, 1999
70702(E)01st September, 2000
71355(E)14th May, 2001
72524(E)11th July, 2001
7349(E)18th January, 2002
74779(E)12th November, 2002
75385(E)07th May, 2003
76105(E)06th February, 2004
77820(E)20th December, 2004
78617(E)30th September, 2005
79699(E)30th November, 2005
80727(E)20th December, 2005
81360(E)12th June, 2006
8220(E)12th January, 2007
8358(E)31st January, 2007
84184(E)09th March, 2007
85585(E)28th July, 2011
86612(E)09th August, 2011
87492(E)12th July, 2013
88175(E)05th March, 2014
89170(E)27th February, 2017

Comprehensive procedure, guidelines and check list for empanelment of private hospitals


Comprehensive procedure, guidelines and check list for empanelment of private hospitals

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No.2016/H-1/11/58/Policy
New Delhi, dated 25.4.2018
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units,

Sub: Comprehensive procedure, guidelines and check list for empanelment of private hospitals.
Ref:- SER’s letter no.CMD/SER/Hosp. Tie-up/2303 Dated 14.11.2017.

PCMD/SER vide their letter under reference had sought necessary guidelines to be followed while empanelling private hospitals in consequence of powers delegated to the GMs for empanelment of private hospitals vide Railway Board letter no. 2017/Trans/01/Policy dated 18/10/17 and to the DRM’s for divisions and CWMs for workshops vide letter no.2017/Trans/01/Policy/Pt 1 dated 30/11/17. Such powers are to be exercised by the delegated officers in person and shall not be delegated below. Hence now no proposal for empanelment is required to be sent to Railway Board.
A comprehensive guideline for procedure and checklist to be followed while empanelling private hospitals are being issued as per Annexure enclosed. Any new guidelines issued from MoH & FW as and when issued shall be duly incorporated and advised.

This is in surprise of all earlier guidelines issued from Railway Board on this subject.

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

(Mrs. H.K. Sanhotra)
Joint Director-II/Health

Comprehensive Procedure Guideline & Check List For Empanelment of Private Hospitals
The empanelled hospitals have been broadly categorised into two groups:-

A. CGHS / E$l / ECHS empanelled hospitals and Government of India / Public Sector Undertaking hospitals like of SAIL, BHEL, Coal India, etc.
B. Other private hospitals which are neither empanelled by CGHS, ECHS & ESI nor are run by Government of India Public Sector Unit. (PSU).

The following guide lines and check list are to be kept in consideration while empanelling hospitals by Railways. The point common to both these types of hospitals are given below:-

1. Justification for the proposal mentioning the present status of Railway Hospital i.e. number of Doctors & Paramedical on roll vis. a vis. sanctioned strength, services provided by it, any future plan for expansion, no. of Honorary Consultants/Visiting Specialists (specialty wise) & CMPs and despite existing facilities why referral services are still required.

2. Justification for empanelment with technical aspect i.e. number of beds/ facilities/specialties/services offered/medical set up etc. at the proposed hospital.

3. Total number of Railway beneficiaries catered by the Railway Hospital.

4. In the Specialties Specialties for which Railway hospital do not have facilities if there are any reputed Government Hospitals rendering services in those specialties.

5. In CGHS covered states/cities, hospitals should be empanelled only at CGHS rates (in case of Government of India, PSU hospital their own rate) or even lower or some discount etc offered by them. Names of the hospital empanelled by CGHS / ECHS /ESI can be obtained from respective website. Even in places not covered by CGHS, all out efforts should be made to empanel hospital on CGHS (city-specific) rates only. In case of any deviation from CGHS rates, justification to be given by MD / CMS / CMO in charge, duly concurred by Associate Finance before being approved by Competent Authority.

6. Comparative statement of package rates as well as diagnostic charges of the proposed hospital with (i) other empanelled hospitals in the city and (ii) the CGHS rates of that city or the nearest city in tabulated form.

7. Two copies of rate list of hospital duly verified by competent authority. After approval, one copy along with sanction letter to be sent to HQ for uploading on Zonal website.

8. Concurrence of the Associate Finance as applicable along with their verbatim comments

9. Proposal to be sent for approval of GM /DG (RDSO) /DRM /CAO /CWM as the case may be (both for the first time and as well as further renewals).

10. Validity of empanelment will be two years or till it is empanelled or revoked by CGHS / ECHS /.ESI whichever is earlier and for Government of India PSU hospitals too it will be for two years, Same for non CGHS / ECHS / ESI hospitals too. Overall performance of the hospital, patient’s feedback etc. to be kept in mind while extension

11. Further extension may be done with mutual consent of both parties, arid will be sanctioned by GM /DG (RDSO) /DRM /CAO /CWM as the case may be (also see para
A((a) & B(d)).

A. CGHS / ESI/ ECHS empanelled hospitals and Government of India / Public Sector Undertaking hospitals like of SAIL’ 3HEL, Coal India, etc. -

(a) In case of CGHS / ECHS / ESI empanelled & Government of India/PSU run hospitals, a letter of willingness from the hospital be obtained and can be empanelled any time Rates as and when revised by CGHS can be agreed to.

B. Other private hospitals which are neither empanelled by CGHS, ECHS & ESI
a) An open advertisement should be floated once a year or as per requirement for empanelment of private hospitals.

b) Empanelment of such hospitals should be considered only if there is no other CGHS/ ECHS / ESI nor any hospital run by Government of India - Public Sector Undertaking like SAIL, BHEL, Coal India etc. empanelled hospital, preferably within a vicinity of 5kms from the hospital already empanelled.
c) Search committee should be constituted by MD / CMS / CMO, consisting of 3 doctors of at least JAG level and they may co-opt another doctor of particular speciality when required. They will visit the hospitals and give clear justification for approving this hospital.

d) For any increase in rates, at the time of extension same should be justified by MD/CMS/CMO and concurred by Associated Finance and accepted by the concerned competent authority. If such increase in rates is more than 5%, the proposal duly justified by medical in charge and vetted by associate finance and approval of DRM /CWM in case of Division and workshops to be sent to Headquarters for sanction of General Manger. In case of headquarter controlled Central hospitals and Pus, General Manager / DG*(RDSO) will approve such proposals. However, no enhancement in rate is permissible during that period of recognition of two years.

Source: http://www.cghs.gov.in/

Revision of rates of damage for unauthorized occupation of Railway accommodation


Revision of rates of damage for unauthorized occupation of Railway accommodation

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. F(X)I-99/11/1
New Delhi, dated 10.05.2018
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways including Production Units,
(As per Standard Lists No.s I, II, III)

Sub : Revision of rates of damage for unauthorized occupation of Railway accommodation.
Ref.: (i) Board's letter No.2018 /Trans. Cell/Process Reforms/Estt. dated 05.04.2018.
(ii) Ministry of Urban Development, Directorate of Estates' O.M. No. 18011/1/2015-Pol.III dated 07.09.2016.

Transformation Cell in Board's office vide their letter No.2018/TransCell/ Process Reforms/Estt dated 05.04.2018 on the subject "Process Reform- Comprehensive Housing Policy" referring to 'Conclave Sampark, Samanvay, Samvad held on December 16, 2017', has directed all GMs/CAOs/DGs that full Board in its meeting held on 4th April, 2018 considered the issue of improvement in housing policy and approved among other items, implementation of telescopic penal charges in case of unauthorized retention of railway quarters in the line of GPRA (MoUD). Accordingly, it has further been advised that GMs/CAOs/DGs may evolve their comprehensive guidelines for uniform implementation at their end.

2. The flat rates of licence fee (Standard Rent) for residential accommodation over the Indian Railways were last revised w.e.f. 01.07.2010, 01.07.2013 and 01.07.2016 vide Board's letter No.F(X)I-2002/11/2 dated 26.12.2017 circulated to all Zonal Railways, Production Units etc .

3. All Zonal Railways and Production Units etc. may take necessary action accordingly.
S/d,
(Rohit Parmar)
Director, Finance (Exp.)II
Railway Board

Source : AIRF

Amendment in the provisions for retention/allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation on re-appointment


Amendment in the provisions for retention/allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation on re-appointment

No.12035/ 28/ 96-Po1.II(VOI.III)
Government of India
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Directorate of Estates
Policy-II Section
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi-110108
Dated the 25th April, 2018
Office Memorandum

Subject: Amendment in the provisions for retention/allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation on re-appointment in an eligible Central Government Office or fresh appointment/re-appointment in Statutory/autonomous/quasi-judicial bodies etc.

Reference is invited to the Directorate of Estates O.M No.12035/28/96-Pol.II(Vol.ll) dated 8.12.2016 on the subject cited above. The matter has been reviewed by the competent authority and it has been decided to amend the para 1(g) of the O.M No.12035/28/96-Pol.II(Vol.II) dated 8.12.2016 as follows:-

"The officers re-employed by the ACC to continue in the same post after superannuation for the extended period shall be permitted to continue in the residential accommodation occupied by them till the end of the tenure and they will be further eligible for retention on of the said accommodation as per the provisions of rule 40 of the Central Government General Pool Residential Accommodation Rules, 2017 on completion of tenure. If officers are re-employed by the ACC in any other post, further retention of the said accommodations as per provisions of rule 40 of the Central Government General Pool Residential Accommodation Rules, 2017 will not be allowed. Further retention of three months only will be granted on completion of the tenure of re- appointment."

2. The other terms and conditions of O.M No.12035/28/96-Pol.II(Vol.II) dated 8.12.2016 will remain same.

3. The above mentioned modification will be effective from date of issue.
Sd/-
(Swarnali Banerjee)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

NFIR: Small Family Norms in House Building Advance Rules-2017 as per the 7th Central Pay Commission Recommendations


NFIR: Small Family Norms in House Building Advance Rules-2017 as per the 7th Central Pay Commission Recommendations
House Building Advance Rules 2017 as per the 7th Central Pay Commission

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railway (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)
PC-VII No.:102/2018

RBE No.63/2018

New Delhi, Dated 27-04-2018

No.F(E)Spl./2008/ADV.3/6 (7th CPC)
The General Managers and PFAs
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(As per Standard List)

Subject: Small Family Norms in House Building Advance Rules-2017 as per the 7th Central Pay Commission Recommendations.

A copy of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (Housing-III section)’s OM No.I.17011/11(4)/2016-H-III dated 31.01.2018 pertaining to small family norms in HBA rules-2017 is sent herewith for applying mutatis-mutandis to Railway Employees. As per the said OM, interest rebate avaliable to HBA beneficiaries for promoting small family norms shall cease to exist with effect from 01.07.2017. Ministry of finance's OM dated 07.07.2017 cited in the aforesaid MoH&UA's OM dated 31.01.2018 has already been circulated by pay commission directorate vide Board’s letter No.PC-V/2017/A/FPA/1 dated 28.07.2017 (RBE No.77/2017)
Encl: as above

S/d,
(G.Priya Sudarsan)
Joint Director Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board
I-17011/11(4)/2016-H.III
Government of India
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
Housing -III Section
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: 31.01.2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Small Familly Norms in House Building Advance Rules-2017 as per the recommendations of 7th CPC- reg.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to Ministry of Finance's OM No.12(4)/2016-EIII.A dated 7th July 2017 on the above mentioned subject and to say that interest rebate available to HBA beneficiaries for promoting small family norms shall cease to exist with effect from 01.07.2017

S/d,
(shallendra Vikram singh)
Director (IFD)
Tel: 011-23062798

Source: NFIR

Restructuring of certain Group 'C' cadres - promotion benefit to the staff vacancies exited as on 01/11/2013

NFIR

No. 1/8/CRC/09/Vol.11

Dated: 08/05/2018
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Restructuring of certain Group 'C' cadres - promotion benefit to the staff vacancies exited as on 01/11/2013- reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR's PNM Item No. 4/2014.
(ii) NFIR's letter No. 1/8/CRC/09/Vol. 10 dated 03/06/20t6.
(iii) NFIR's letter No. 1/8/CRC/09Vol. 11dated 04/09/2017.
(iv) Railway Board's lette rNo.PC- lII/2014/FE-II/2 dated 11/09/2017.

In the NFIR's PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/14-11/2017, the Official Side gave position relating to the number of vacancies which existed as on 01/11/2013 and claimed that more than 95% normal vacancies which existed as on 01/11/2013 pertain to the same year i.e. 2013. In response Federation agreed to make back reference based on the facts and position provided by the Official Side.

In this connection, Federation desires to state that on many Zonal Railways vacancies pertaining to the year 2012 continued unfilled. Similarly, Federation takes note that in the year 2011 also, a total of 258 posts which is around 0.46% have also been lying unfilled. This position is sufficient to strengthen Federation's demand to consider for granting proforma benefit to the staff w.e.f. 01/11/2013 who got promoted against these vacancies subsequently.

NFIR, therefore, once again urges upon the Railway Board to consider Federation's demand and issue instructions to the Zones etc., to grant proforma benefit to the staff who have been promoted against vacancies existed prior to 01/11/2013. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)

Source:NFIR

DoPT: Contract for providing Tent/Furniture/ for organizing sports tournaments by CCSCSB for the year 2018-19


DoPT: Contract for providing Tent/Furniture/ for organizing sports tournaments by CCSCSB for the year 2018-19
DoPT-CCSCSB

DoPT

Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board
Department of Personnel and Training
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Government of India
No.43/ 02/ 20 18-19-CCSCSB
361 , B-Wing, 3rd Floor

Lok Nayak Bhawan
New Delhi- 110003
11.05.2018

Sub: Contract for providing Tent/Furniture/ for organizing sports tournaments by CCSCSB for the year 2018-19.

Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board organises tournaments for Central Government Employees in 19 disciplines of sports at its 5 venues i,e, Vinay Marg Sports Complex, R,K. Puram Lawan Tennis Centre, Bharti Nagar, Brassey Avenue and Nirman Bhawan. The Board also provides tents, furniture etc during the matches organized by the Board at its complexes The Board generally requires following items of Tent and Furniture for its Inter-Ministry and AICS tournaments, which are held at sports facilities of the Board mentioned above.

S.No ItemsRate
1.Tent (15 x 15 with side covers)
2.Centre Table with Cover
3.Chairs with covers
4.Sofa (5 seater)
5.Table with Cover
6.Carpet (15 x iS)
7.Duries
8.Mat(30x5)
9.Haloqen Liqht
10.White Chadder
11.P.A. System

2. Quotations are invited from the firms for all the items indicating rent per day per item including labour & cartage. Taxes if any should also be clearly spelt out. If any ambiguity is seen in the quotation then the quotation will summarily be rejected . The quotation should be addressed to the Secretary CCSCSB and sent in a sealed cover at the above mentioned address latest by 08.06.2018 by 2.30 pm. The quotations will be opened at 3.00 pm on 11.06.2018.

3. The rate contract would be valid initially for one year and the Board reserves the right to extend the va lidity of contract on mutual consent on the same rates and terms & conditions for a maximum of two more years. The contract wi ll be extended after assessment of services and quality of goods supplied by suppliers and found to be satisfactory.

4. The bidder should have the requsite experience of providing similar works for at least one year in any of the Department/Autonomous Institutions/Universities/Public Sector Undertakings of the Government of India or Government of NCT of Del hi or any other State Government or Public Sector Banks or Local Bodies/Municipalities/Stadiums. Proof to this effect to be attached with Bid Document.

5. The tenderer firm/agency/company should have valid registrations such as Permanent Account Number (PAN) of the Income Tax Deptt; Service Tax Registration Number; Registration No. of the Agency/Firm.

6. The tenderer should submit an undertaking with the Bid to the effect that he or his firm has not been black listed by any of the Departments/Organizations of the Government of India/Government of NCT of Delhi and no criminal case is pending against the said firm on the date of submission of this bid .

7. The Bids will be rejected in the event of information being found false or detected incorrect or incomplete at any stage prescribed in the tender or any ineligibility being detected, and no correspondence thereof shall be entertained, whatsoever.

8. The payment shall be made on submission of the bills (In triplicate) after the satisfactorily completion of the work assigned, at approved rates after deducting penalties if any No advance payment will be made.

9. In case of any dispute, CCSCSB/any office authorized by the Board on their behalf will be the sole arbitrator to settle the dispute and his decision will be binding on both the parties.

(Kulbhushan Malhotra)
Secretary(CCSCSB)

Source: DoPT

Prescription of Timelines under CGHS for settlement of Medical claims of Pensioner CGHS beneficiaries


Prescription of Timelines under CGHS for settlement of Medical claims of Pensioner CGHS beneficiaries

Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS
Office of the Director, CGHS

No: Z.15025/38/2018 /DIR/CGHS

545-A Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi

Dated the 14th May, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject :- Prescription of Timelines under CGHS for settlement of Medical claims of Pensioner CGHS beneficiaries

With reference to the above subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention to the OM No Z 15025/79/1/DlR/CGHS dated the 5th October 2016 and to state that it has now been decided to review the timelines prescribed for processing and settlement of medical claims of pensioner CGHS beneficiaries in compliance of the directions of Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in their Judgement in the WP(CiviI) No 694 of 2015 between Shiva Kant Jha Vs UOI delivered on 13th April 2018 and in supersession of the earlier guidelines as per the details given under:

Medical Claims not requiring Special approvals
Pensioner CGHS beneficiaries shall submit the Medical claims to the CMO I/C of the CGHS Wellness Centre , where the CGHS Card is enrolled . CMO I/C of CGHS Wellness Centre issues Serial Number and sends the claim papers to the office of the Addl. Director, CGHS for processing. The Bills shall be processed by the Dealing Asstants and CMO and after the approval by the Additional Director, the bill for payment shall be sent to the Pay & Accounts Office for payment to the beneficiary by ECS. The payment shall be completed within 30 days of submission of the Medical claim papers at the CGHS Wellness Centre.

Medical claims reguiring approval of higher authorities
Total time within 45 days in Delhi
Total time within 60 days in other cities
Medical claims reguiring opinion of specialists
Total time 45 days
2. Chief Medical Officer in charge shall thoroughly check the papers initially for the completeness of the requisite documents before accepting the claim papers to ensure that the claim papers are not returned subsequently for want of some documents.

3. If approval of Directorate or Ministry is involved, the Addl. Directors shall submit only e-file with self-contained note and recommendation, enclosing only relevant scanned documents. Care shall be taken not to regret medical claims of pensioner CGHS beneficiaries on minor technical objections if , they fall under procedural lapses, which can be condoned.
Sd/-
(Dr.D.C.Joshi)
Director, CGHS
Source: cghs.gov.in

CGHS Eligibility of Permanently Disabled Unmarried Son of a CGHS Beneficiary to avail CGHS Facility


Eligibility of Permanently Disabled Unmarried Son of a CGHS Beneficiary to avail CGHS Facility

No. 4-24/96-C&P/CGHS (P)/EHS
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
EHS Section

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
Dated: the 7th May, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Eligibility of Permanently Disabled Unmarried Son of a, CGHS Beneficiary to avail CGHS facility - Reg.

Permanently Disabled CGHS Facility


The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry's Office Memoranda of even number dated 31.05.2007, 29.08.2007 and. 02.08.2010 vide which the entitlement of the son of a CGHS beneficiary beyond the age of 25 years was conveyed. As per the two Office Memoranda under reference, it was indicated that an unmarried son of a CGHS beneficiary suffering from any permanent disability of any kind (physical or mental) will be entitled to CGHS facility even after attaining the age of 25 years.

2. Since then this Ministry is in receipt of several representations for inclusion of more conditions in , view of modification to the PWD Act, 1995 by "The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (Act No. 49 of 2016)" as notified by WHO Law and Justice, Govt. of India on 27.12.2016. The matter has been reviewed by the Ministry and it is now decided that for the purpose of extending the CGHS benefits to dependent unmarried son of CGHS beneficiary beyond 25 years of age , the definition of 'Permanent Disability' shall include the following conditions:

I. Physical disability:

A. Locomotor disability including
a) Leprosy cured person- suffering from loss of sensation in hands or feet as well as loss of sensation and paresis in the eye and eye-lid but with no manifest deformity or suffering from manifest deformity and paresis or having extreme physical deformity as well as advanced age which prevents him/her from gainful occupation
b) Cerebral palsy - caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain usually occurring before, during or immediately after birth.
c) Dwarfism- a medical genetic condition resulting inLan adult height of 147 cms or less;
d) Muscular dystrophy - a. group of hereditary genetic muscle diseases characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness
e) Acid attack victims - disfigured due to‘ violent assaults by throwing acid or similar corrosive substance

B. Visual impairment:
a) Blindness - where a person has any of the following conditions alter best correction:
(i) Total absence of sight or
(ii) Visual acuity less than 3/60 or less than 10/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with best possible correction
(iii) Limitation of field of vision subtending an angle of less than 10 degree
b) "Low vision" means any of the following conditions:
(i) visual acuity not exceeding 6/18 or less than 20/60 upto 3/60 upto 10/200 (Snellen) in the bettereye with best possible corrections; or
(ii) limitation of the field. of vision subtending an angle of less than 40 degree upto 10 degree

C. Hearing Impairment
(a) "deaf" means persons having 70 db hearin g loss in speech frequencies in both ears;
(b) "hard of hearing" means persons having 60 db to 70 db hearing loss in speech frequencies in both ears;

D. "Speech and Language disability" - permanent disability arising out of conditions such as Laryngectomy or aphasia affecting one or more components of speech and language due to organic or neuronal causes.
II. Intellectual disability- characterized by significant limitation both in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem solving) and in adaptive behavior , which cover a range of every day, social and practical skills , including, social and practical skills , including-
(a) "Specific language disabilities" a heterogeneous group of conditions Wherein there is deficit in processing language, spoken. or written, that may manifest itself as a difficulty to comprehend, speak, read, write, spell, or to do the mathematical calculations and includes conditions such as perceptual disabilities, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and developmental aphasia
(b) "Autism spectrum disorder" - a neuro-developmental disorder typically appearing in the first three years of life that significantly affects a person’s ability to communicate, understand. relationships and relate to others, and frequently associated with unusual or stereotypical rituals or behaviour.

III. Mental behaviour
"Mental illness"- a substantial disorder of thinking, mood, perception, orientation or memory that grossly impairs judgement, behaviour, capacity to recognize reality or ability to meet the ordinary demands of life, but does not include retardation.

IV. Mental Retardation

V. Disability caused due to
(a) Chronic neurological conditions such as
(i) Multiple Sclerosis
(ii) Parkinson's disease

(b) Blood disorder
(i) Haemophila
(ii) Thalassemia
(iii) Sickle Cell Disease

VI. Multiple Dis-abilities ( more than "one of the above disabilities)- including deaf blindness

3. Bench Mark Disability- unmarried permanently disabled and financially dependent sons of CGHS beneficiaries suffering 40% or more of one or more- disabilities as certified by a Medical Board shall be eligible to avail CGHS facilities even after attaining the age of 25 years.

4. This OM will be effective from the date or its issue.
Sd/-
(Rajeev Attri)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: CGHS.GOV.IN

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh discusses Insurance and Pension related issues with Dr Jitendra Singh


Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh discusses Insurance and Pension related issues with Dr Jitendra Singh

14 MAY 2018

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh Pension issues

A delegation of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), represented by its Pratiraksha (Industrial) unit called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and discussed wide range of issues related to Central Government employees, including Insurance, Pension, promotions and other matters.

In a memorandum presented to the Minister, the delegation submitted that the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme was notified on 1st November 1980 and came into effect from 1st January 1982. The scheme is intended to provide Central Government employees, at a low cost, on a wholly contributory and self-financing basis, the twin benefits of an insurance cover to their families in the event of death in service and a lump-sum payment to augment their financial sources on retirement. However, the BMS demands that the government should immediately notify the customized Group Insurance Scheme for Central Government employees with low premium and high risk cover.

The memorandum also expressed discontentment of a section of employees for being left out from the provision of minimum guaranteed pension under National Pension Scheme (NPS). It requested that a minimum pension be guaranteed equivalent to 50% of the employee's last drawn Basic Pay plus Dearness Relief for neutralization of price rise.

Among other issues raised by the delegation was the demand for one-time relaxation for compassionate appointments. This has become important because a large number of wards are waiting for their appointment on compassionate grounds to look after their family.
The delegation also demanded the framing of an appropriate transfer policy in all cadres in favour of single woman/single mother employees. They requested that whenever such women are given postings, it should be mandatorily ensured that they are placed at stations closest to their hometown or the place of their choice.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that he will direct the DoPT to process the issues related to them, while other issues related to other Ministries will be referred for the perusal and views of the respective Ministries.

PIB

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Railways: Relieving of staff on transfer on mutual exchange basis


Relieving of staff on transfer on mutual exchange basis

RBE No. 65/2018

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(NG)I-2017/TR/24
New Delhi, dated 09.05.2018
The General Manager(P)s,
All Zonal Railways & Production Units.
(As per standard list).

Sub : Relieving of staff on transfer on mutual exchange basis.

Instructions were issued vide Board's letter of even number dated 15.09.2017 ( R.B.E. No. 130/2017) advising Zonal Railways and Production Units to spare staff awaiting mutual transfer where the requests had been accepted by both the Railways/Production Units. Detailed guidelines were subsequently issued under Board’s letter of even number dated 22.09.2017 (R.B.E. No. 131/2017) regulating the process of mutual transfer stipulating time limit for each step involved therein.

2. In partial modification of instructions contained in Board’s letter No. ERP/Portalm-Transfer/2013 dated 30.042014 stipulating that once the mutual transfer order is issued the senior person should be relieved first, it has now been decided by the CRB that all mutual transfer cases where NOC has been given by both the Railways/Units i.e. accepting and relieving, both the employees should be spared immediately within a week, without either unit waiting for the reliever.

3. A photocopy of Service Record and unvetted LPC should be given to the employee for submission at the new Division. Original Service Records/LPC should also be sent positively within 15 days.
Please acknowledge receipt.

Hindi version will follow.

S/d,
(M.K. Meena)

Deputy Director Estt (N) Railway Board

Selfies can't be used as photographs in pension forms for retiring central government employees


Selfies can't be used as photographs in pension forms for retiring central government employees
pension forms for retiring central government employees

No selfies please, this is a pension form, govt tells retiring employees
Selfies can't be used as photographs in pension forms, the personnel ministry has told central government employees readying for retirement.


Issuing a fresh set of dos and don'ts for civil pensioners, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has also ruled out photographs with coloured and dark glasses and long hair covering the eyes.

Do not paste/upload black and white photographs. Dimensions of photographs and signature should not be smaller that the box provided in the application form. Photograph should not be in the form of selfie, it said in its recent directive.

Central government civil pensioners are required to submit three copies of a joint photograph (or separate photographs) with their wives or husbands (duly attested by head of office) along with form 5 of the Central Civil Service Pension Rules 1972 for affixing on a payment pension order.
A government servant must get the form, which has fields to fill in personal details, from the head of office eight months before the date of his or her retirement.

According to the ministry, a photograph with a dark background or in uniform, or with eyes hidden under coloured or dark glasses will not be accepted. Photograph in computer print will not be accepted, it said.

The photograph is not to be signed and the eyes must not be covered by hair, the ministry said.
Glares on eyeglasses should be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head, it said.
The ministry has issued the fresh set of guidelines to all central government departments.
The purpose behind issuing these guidelines is to ensure prompt disposal of pension cases so that retired government employees do not have to wait for long to get their pension, a senior ministry official said.

There are about 48.41 lakh central government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners.

PTI

DoPT: Posting of Stenographers Grade D of Stenographers Grade C and D Examination, 2016 in the cadre units of CSSS


Posting of Stenographers Grade D of Stenographers Grade C and D Examination, 2016 in the cadre units of CSSS

No. 6/1/2018-CS-II(C) (i)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated: 14th May, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Posting of Stenographers Grade 'D' of Stenographers Grade 'C' & 'D' Examination, 2016 in the cadre units of CSSS - reg.

The undersigned is directed to inform that this Department is in the process of nomination of 69 Stenographers Grade 'D' of Stenographers Grade 'C' & 'D' Examination, 2016 who are undergoing SDR Foundational Training Programme at ISTM w.e.f. 23rd April, 2018 to 15th June, 2018.

2. These Stenographers Grade 'D' will be posted to participating Ministries/Departments of CSSS as per the vacancy position be received from the respective cadre units. All the Ministries/Departments concerned are, therefore, requested to furnish the vacancy position in the grade of Stenographers Grade 'D' of CSSS in the format at annexed only by e-mail chirabrata.sark81@nic.in & sumit.k13@nic.in by 18th May, 2018 positively.

3. In cease of no response by stipulated date is received, nomination of Stenographers Grade 'D' in that Ministry/Department will be made as per data available in this Department.

(Chirabrat Sarkar)

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
To
All Ministries/Departments of CSSS.

Annexure

• Name of the Cadre unit:-
• Sanctioned Strength of Stenographer Grade 'D' :-
• Vacancies in Stenographers Grade 'D':-
• Details of Stenographers Grade 'D' presently working:-

Source: DoPT

7th CPC Cadre Review of Medical Laboratory Staff


7th CPC Cadre Review of Medical Laboratory Staff

Condition for payment of 7th CPC HPCA/PCA and Cadre Review of Medical Laboratory Staff

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 6554
ANSWERED ON: 06.04.2018

Cadre Review of Medical Laboratory Staff

ANWHAR RAAJHAA
SUDHEER GUPTA
T. RADHAKRISHNAN
GAJANAN CHANDRAKANT KIRTIKAR
KUNWAR HARIBANSH SINGH
NARANBHAI KACHHADIA
VIJAY KUMAR S.R.
BIDYUT BARAN MAHATO

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether his Ministry has finalised draft rules regarding minimum standards for clinical laboratories, framed under Clinical Establishments Act, 2010, if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether his Ministry is aware that presently most of the work of clinical and research laboratories of even prestigious department i.e. ICMR and Central Government Hospitals is performed and supervised by professionally qualified and technically competent BSc, MSc, PhD medical laboratory professional in lab sciences who are not MBBS/MD, if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether the cadre review of medical laboratory staff approved earlier has not been implemented in complete manner so far and most of issues like pay fixation, DPC, MACP, revision of recruitment rules, filling of vacant promotional posts are still pending, if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor;

(d) whether his Ministry has not issued any order till date regarding grant of Patient Care Allowance/Hospital Patient Care Allowance (PCA/HPCA) to health employees as per the accepted recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission and if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor; and

(e) whether his Ministry has also approved the short term certificate courses/ programmes which are neither formal degree nor diploma in allied health sciences and run under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and are very contrary to the core curricula designed by his Ministry in terms of course content and duration of courses etc., if so, the reaction of the Government thereto?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE (SMT. ANUPRIYA PATEL)

(a): Yes. The draft notification to amend the Clinical Establishments (Central Government) Rules, 2012 regarding minimum standards of medical diagnostic laboratories is available on the website of Clinical Establishment Act <clinicalestablishments.gov.in>.

(b): As per the information received from ICMR most of the work of clinical and research laboratories is performed and supervised by professionally qualified and technically competent technical staff and Scientists having B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D and MBBS, MD qualification.
As far as Central Government hospitals in Delhi viz. Safdarjung Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Hospitals are concerned, all the diagnostic work is performed and supervised by professionally qualified and technically competent MBBD/MD professionals.

(c): The cadre of the Medical Laboratory Staff of Central Government Hospitals in Delhi namely Safdarjung, Dr. RML and Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Hospitals has already been restructured and implemented by giving benefits of 7th Central Pay Commission.

(d): The order containing condition for payment of HPCA/PCA after implementation of Seventh Central Pay Commission has not been issued so far. The matter is under consideration in this Ministry in consultation with Ministry of Finance.

(e): This Ministry has developed a course curricula for short term skill training. The National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) level of the skill development curricula is kept lower than the level of Diploma and Degree in core allied health courses developed by this Ministry. A skilled worker will only reach the higher levels after acquiring adequate qualification (either Diploma or Degree) through an accredited institute/university. There are no contradictions in the short term courses as compared to the core curricula developed by the Ministry.

Source: Loksabha

BSNL: Review of extension of without voucher medical facility to Retired Employees

BSNL

Review of extension of without voucher medical facility to Retired Employees

BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED
Admn. Section
Corporate Office
Bharat Sanchar Bhawan
New Delhi

No. BSNL/Admn.I/15-22/14

Dated: April 25, 2018
Office Memorandum

Sub: Review of extension of without voucher facility to Retired Employees.

Ref: 1. No. 7-8/2010/EF/Part/I dated 5.9.2011
2. OM No. BSNL/Admn.l/15-22/14 dated 11th April 2017.

Facility of extension of without voucher facility which was withdrawn vide EF Branch letter No. 7-8/2010/EF/Part/l dated 5.9.2011 was revived vide this office OM of even no. dated 11th April 2017 to retired employees and it was decided that the decision will be reviewed after six months.

The issue was reviewed, there has been an increase in expenditure on this account. Whether to continue the scheme for the year 2018-19 and if it is continued the quantum of allowance to be paid is under active consideration. It is learnt that the last two quarterly instalments payable to the optees (retired employees) for the year 2017-18 have not been released. To avoid inconvenience to retired employees, it is therefore requested that two instalments due may be released. Decision on continuation of the scheme and other related issues will be conveyed immediately after its approval.
This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.

(Brahm Parkash)
Assistant General Manager (Admn.IV)

Source: http://www.intranet.bsnl.co.in

E-Pension Payment Order: New Step in the Right Direction

Ministry of Defence
E-Pension Payment Order: New Step in the Right Direction
14 MAY 2018
Furthering the Digital India-initiatives of Govt. of India, Principal Controller of Defence Accounts(Pensions), Allahabad has startedissuance of electronic-Pension Payment Orders (e-PPOs) to the pensioners along with their Pension Disbursement Agencies viz., Banks, Defence Pension Disbursement Offices, Post Offices, etc. What began in the first phase, for all Commissioned Officers and JCOs/ORs of Armed Forces from the month of October 2017, has now been extended to all defence pensioners including defence civilians.

Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions), Allahabad is the sole agency under Ministry of Defence which sanctions Pensions for the Defence Services viz., Army, Coast Guard, Defence Research and Development Organization,General Reserve Engineer Force, Border Roads Organization, Military Engineering Services and other Defence organisations including Defence Account Department and Defence Civilians.

The shift from manual system to e-PPO system is expected to minimize delays in pension disbursement and further revision as and when needed. This initiative also eliminates the occurrence of human errors in data entry at multiple levels.

PIB

7th CPC HBA - Amendment to Rules on House Building Advance


7th CPC HBA - Amendment to Rules on House Building Advance
"Grant of Advances- Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations- Amendment to rules on House Building Advance (HBA) to Railway servants"
Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)
No. F(E)Spl./2008/ADV.3/6 (7th CPC)
New Delhi, Dated: 28.03.2018
The General Managers and PFAs
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(As per standard list)

Subject: Grant of Advances- Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations- Amendment to rules on House Building Advance (HBA) to Railway servants.

Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 05.12.2017 on the above cited subject, vide which, the revised provisions relating to the grant of House Building Advance (HBA) as issued by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (Housing-Ill Section) vide their OM No.l.17011/11 (4)/2016-H-111 dated 09.11.2017 pursuant to acceptance of 7th CPC recommendations, were mutatis-mutandis made applicable to Railway employees.

2. Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs vide their OM dated 31.01.2018 (copy enclosed) have now issued clarifications to the fulfilment of extant conditions mentioned in para- 2(viii) of their aforesaid OM dated 09.11.2017, which shall be applicable mutatis-mutandis on the Railways.

3. Please acknowledge receipt.

4. Hindi version will follow.
sd/-
(G. Priyt Sudarsani)
Joint Director Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board

Source: AIRF

Posting of Husband and Wife at the Same Station - Dopt


Posting of Husband and Wife at the Same Station - Dopt

Concerning the posting at the same place of husband and wife who are working in Government service, the transfer issues have been raised in Parliament on several occasions. In 1980's these demands began to show its seriousness, because the percentage of women employees were increased in joining the Government services. The Central Government also observed this issue from various forums, a circular had been issued by the Department of Social Welfare in Feb 1976 to all Head of Departments to give serious consideration to the requests of posting of husband and wife at the same station. In order to that order, lot of women employees started to send their request to transfer at the place where their husbands are posted.

The Central Government gave its utmost importance to this issue and as far as possible and within the constraints of administrative feasibility, the husband and wife should be posted at the same station to enable them to lead a normal family life and to ensure the education and welfare of their children. The Department of Personnel and Training issued an OM on 3.4.86, in accordance with the guidelines and instructions in the order given by the Government, all cadre controlling authorities should consider such requests with the utmost sympathy.

The Department of Personnel and Training issued various office memorandums regarding this matter from time to time. The motive of the Government on the petitioners, said in the orders repeatedly, to give utmost importance attached to the enhancement of women's status in all walks of life and to enable them to lead a normal family life as also to ensure the education and welfare of the children.
Till recently, the persmin has issued total of six orders pertaining the above subject on its website. After implementation of the 6th CPC, the last order has been issued on 30.09.2009. The order said that "On the basis of the 6th CPC reprot, Government servants have already been allowed the facility of Child Care Leave which is admissible till the children attain 18 years of age". The consolidated guidelines concerened this subject has been provided in the OM dated 12.06.1997. The consolidated guidelines has been amended and published in the last order after implementation of 6th CPC.
In the main guidelines, "The husband & wife, if working in the same Department and if the required level of post is available, should invariably be posted together in order to enable them to lead a normal family life and look after the welfare of their children especially till the children attain 18 years of age. This will not apply on appointment under the central Staffing Scheme. Where only wife is a Govt. servant, the above concessions would be applicable to the Govt. servant. Complaints are sometimes received that even if posts are available in the station of posting of the spouse, the administrative authorities do not accommodate the employees citing administrative reasons. In all such cases, the cadre controlling authority should strive to post the employee at the station of the spouse and in case of inability to do so, specific reasons, therefor, may be communicated to the employee".

We have made a table of orders for your kind consideration…

No.O.M. No./O.M. DateSubject Link
1.No.28034/7/86-Estt.(A)
03/04/1986
Posting of husband and wife at the same station
2.No.A-B14017/41/90-Estt(RR)
10/05/1990
Posting of Physically Handicapped Candidates
3.No.AB14017/41/90- Estt.(RR)
15/02/1991
Posting of Government employees who have mentallyretarded children
4.No. 28034/2/97-Estt. (A)
12/06/1997
Posting of husband and wife at the same station
5.No.14017/16/2002-Estt(RR)
13/03/2002
Posting of physically handicapped candidates
6.No. 28034/9/2009-Estt.(A) 30/09/2009Posting of husband and wife at the same station
7.No. 41017/10/2015-Estt.(A)
17/04/2015
Status of implementation of the Supreme Courtjudgement dated 31.10.2013 in WP(Civil) No. 82/2011 in the matter of Shri
T.S.R. Subramanian and Others vs. UOI and Others - Parliament Assurance in
Rajya Sabha Unstarred Q.No.988, answered on 17.07.2014, on Amendment in Rule
3(3) of All India Service (Conduct) Rules - regarding
8.No. 11013/10/2013-Estt.(A) 02/07/2015Framing a Transfer Policy in all cadres - regarding

The affected employees feel that although the all guidelines for implementing the facility issued by the Government, the Head of Departments are not feasible to make it clear to stricken employees.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

7th CPC: Inter Railway mutual transfer of Railway Staff working in GP 1800/Level 1

Inter Railway mutual transfer of Railway Staff working in GP 1800/Level 1 (7th CPC)-reg.
mutual-transfer-7thCPC


No. II/14/2018

Dated: 08/05/2018
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Inter Railway mutual transfer of Railway Staff working in GP 1800/Level 1 (7th CPC)-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR's letter No. II/14/Pt. dated 27/02/2017 addressed to GM, N.F.Railway and GM, S.C. Railway.
(ii) GM (P), N.F. Rly's letter No. E/283/60/M/C&W/IRMT/PSK dated 25/05/2017.
(iii) NFIR's letter No. II/14/Part VIII dated 19/06/2017.
(iv) Railway Board's reply to GS/NFIR vide Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2017/TR/19 dated 02/08/2017.
(v) Railway Board's letter No. E(NG) I-2017/TR/24 dated 22/09/2017.

Federation vide its letter dated 19/06/2017 brought to the kind notice of Railway Board, a specific case of inter railway mutual transfer of Railway Staff working in erstwhile GP I 800/Pay Level 1 and requested to issue modified instructions for approving mutual transfer request of Railway employees working in lowest entry pay scale even though working in different Departments/Units.

Responding to Federation’s letter, the Railway Board vide letter dated 02/08/2017 addressed to General Secretary, NFIR conveyed that the General Managers of Zonal Railways have been authorized to decide the cadre of the employees seeking mutual transfer and further stated that the individual cases may be taken up by the affiliates of the Federation at Zonal level to be sorted out in consultation with the respective Zonal Railway. Subsequently, Railway Board vide instructions dated 15/09/2017 (RBE No. 130/2017) directed the General Managers of Zonal Railways and Production Units that all cases of mutual transfer which have been accepted by the Zones/Units should be implemented within the next 15 days and all employees involved in such transfer should be spared by 30th September, 2017. Thereafter Railway Board vide letter dated 22/09/2017 (RBE No. 131/2017) issued yet another instructions simplifying the procedure for mutual transfer particularly in respect of divisionally controlled posts as well head quarter controlled posts and fixed a timeline.

It has since been represented by the staff of various categories working in Pay Level-1 (lowest scale of Pay) through our affiliated Unions that while issuing instructions and simplifying the procedure, the Railway Board in its letter dated 22/09/2017 has fixed a condition vide note placed below Item No. 2 (b) (iii) which is reproduced below:-

Note : Mutual Exchange is between two employees of the same grade and cadre. This must be verified by the Personnel Department at every stage of processing of applications.

Reports received by the Federation reveal that the Divisions/Zones etc., have not been entertaining the inter-divisional/inter-railway mutual transfer request of staff working in the lowest grade pay in different Departments are not being accepted citing the condition of note laid down in Board’s letter dated 22/09/2017. Federation feels sad to convey that the Board’s instructions have failed to simplify the procedure and on the other hand complicated the matters.

NFIR, therefore, once again urges upon the Railway Board to issue clarificatory instructions on the subject to the Zonal Railways etc., to accept the inter-divisional/inter- railway mutual transfer requests of staff working in the lowest Pay Level-1 without any restriction relating to their working in the category/cadre/department as this being lowest post to be filled by open market recruitment.

A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source : NFIR

Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr.III in the Medical Department on the Railways


Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr.III in the Medical Department on the Railways

No.II/1/2018

Dated: 08/05/2018
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr.III in the Medical Department on the Railways.

Ref: Railway Board's letter No.E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 22/05/2015 (RBE No.49/2015) and 05/04/2018 (RBE No.54/2018)

Federation desires to bring to the notice of Railway Board that the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (CGHS Division) vide Notification dated 11th March, 2015, circulated in the Gazette of India published weekly (March 8 - March 14-2015, at New Delhi), issued recruitment rules with the approval of the President. citing following educational and other qualification for direct recruitment of Pharmacists from open market in supercession of all previous instructions to be followed by the other Central Ministries and the Central Government Health Scheme Organization:-

(i) 12th Class Pass with Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), or equivalent from a recognized Board or University.

(ii) Diploma in Pharmacy from recognized institution and registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948; and

(iii) Two years' experience as Pharmacist in any recognized Hospital or Pharmacy after duly registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948; and

OR

(i) Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy (B. Pharm.) from a recognized University or equivalent; and

(ii) Registered as a Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.
Federation is surprised to note that the Railway Board vide letter No. E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 22/05/2015 (RBE No. 49/2015) had issued instructions after reviewing the minimum educational qualification for direct recruitment to the posts of various categories in the Medical Department on the Railways in consultation with the Health Directorate of Railway Ministry decided to prescribe the qualification for recruitment of Pharmacists Gr. III (PB-1/GP 2800) as mentioned below of course without discussing with the Federation.
"10+2 in Science or its equivalent with 02 (two) years Diploma in Pharmacy and registration with Pharmacy Council of India or registration with State Pharmacy Council"

Federation has also come across instructions issued by the Railway Board vide letter No.E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 05/04/2018 (RBE No.54/2018) wherein the minimum educational qualification for recruitment of Pharmacists Gr.III from open market in the Medical Department on the Railways have been reviewed arbitraily, without consultations with the Federations. The revised educational qualification for recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr.III in Railways is as follows:-

"10+2 in Science or its equivalent with Diploma in Pharmacy from recognized institution and registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.

OR

Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy (B.Pharma) from a recognized University or equivalent and Registered as a Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act 1948."

Federation is surprised to note that the Railway Board while reviewing the educational qualification for the post of Pharmacist has totally ignored the Gazette Notification issued by the Government of India as published by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the nodal Ministry and issued its own instructions. This action of the Railway Board in therefore not justified.

In this context, Federation desires to mention that in the Board’s letter dated 05/04/2018 (in Para 2) it has been discussed by the Board with both the recognized Federations. In this context, NFIR desires to clarify that the NFIR has never agreed for review of qualification for the post of Pharmacists Gr. III only. On the other hand Federation had urged the Railway Ministry to consider upgradation of the posts with respect to upgrading the Pay Scale/Pay Level which commensurate with the Pay Scales/Structure given to the other categories having Degree qualification, accordingly the Pharmacist after review of educational qualification should have been placed in erstwhile GP 4600/Level-7. In this connection, our letter No. IV/NFIR/7th CPC/CORRES/Pt. V dated 27/05/2015 and 28/05/2015 addressed to the Secretary, 7th CPC and the Secretary (E), Railway Board demanding improvement in the entry qualification with improved Pay Scale commensurating with the improved and upgraded educational and technical qualification for the post of Pharmacist may be connected. However, copies of Federation’s letters dated 27/05/2015 and 28/05/2015 are enclosed for ready reference.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to withdraw its instructions issued vide letter dated 05/04/2018 (RBE No. 54/2018) and convene a meeting with the Federation to discuss the subject matter for finding an amicable solution.

Federation may be replied of the action taken on this letter.

DA/As above

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Reduction of Duty Hours and revision of classification of Engineering & Traffic Gate-man as "Continuous"

Reduction of Duty Hours and revision of classification of Engineering & Traffic Gate-man as "Continuous"

NFIR

No.IV/HOER/3/2006 (DC)/HPC
Dated: 08/05/2018
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Reduction of Duty Hours and revision of classification of Engineering & Traffic Gate-man as "Continuous"-reg.

Ref:
(i) NFIR's PNM Item No.31/2015 & 34/2016.
(ii) NFIR's letter No.IV/HOER/4 dated 04/05/2017 & 2/05/2017

Through the Action Taken Statement (during NFIR's PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/14-11-2017) it was conveyed that instructions have been issued vide letter No. 2012/E(LL)/HER/23 dated 30/09/2016 to conduct job analysis on duty hours of Gate Keepers.

In this connection, Federation invites kind attention of the Railway Board to its PNM Agenda Item No.31/2015 wherein NFIR demanded that duty hours of all safety category staff in EI category, specially the Gate Keeper should be reduced irrespective of the distance of quarter/residence of the employee from the work place (Para 5.5.5 of the recommendations of High Power Committee/R&S refers). Federation also highlighted Para 5.5.6 of the same report wherein the HPC (R&S) had recommended that on high density routes where the number of trains in each direction are more than 72 (on double line sections) or more than 24 (on singly line sections) no safety category staff (excepting the shunting staff) should be classified as EI category.

Federation conveys that the instructions issued by the Railway Board vide letter dated 30th September, 2016 asking the Zonal Railway Administration to conduct "factual job analysis" for deciding classification/duty hours of Gate Keepers, is not enough as there has been no positive results though over 1 1/2 years have passed.

Apart from above, Federation vide its letters dated 04/05/2017 & 24/05/2017 brought cases of Gate Keepers (Engineering) who are forced to perform 12 hours duty continuously day or night. Federation however feels sad to mention that there has been no response from the Railway Board so far.

NFIR, therefore once again urges upon the Railway Board to look into the genuine demand for reduction of duty and revision of classification of Engineering and Traffic Gate Keepers as "continuous" under HOER and issue instructions to the Zonal Railways accordingly as recommended by the HPC/R&S. A copy of instructions issued may be endrosed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

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