Monday, 18 June 2018

Grant of Non-functional up- gradation to Indian Railway Medical service officers


NFIR

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
PC-VI No.386
No. PC-VI/2089/I/4/R-6/1

RBE No. 83/2018

New Delhi, Dated: 08.06.2018
The General Managers/CAO(R)
All India Railways & production Units.
(as per mailing list)

Sub: Grant of Non-functional up- gradation to Indian Railway Medical service officers.

Attention is invited to Railway Board's letter No. PC VI/2009/I/4/R/1 dated 27.11.2009 (RBE No.209/2009) circulating DOPT's OM No. AB/14017/64/2008-Ectt(RR) dated 24.04.2009 & 25.09.2009 for adoption in favour of Railway officers of organised Group 'A' Services in PB-3 and PB-4.

2. It was subsequently clarified by DOP&T vide their OM No. AB.14017/39/2009- Estt.(RR) dated 02.04.2012 that the NFU to organised Group 'A' services shall not be applicable to the officers in those Organised Services where FCS and DACP Schemes are already operating and where officers are already separately covered by their own in-situ Progression scheme. However, Hon'ble Delhi High court in WP(C) No. 4067/2014 and WP(C) No. 4073/2014 vide orders dated 13.10.2014 quashed the Dop&T's OM dated 02.04.2012. Since the said judgement of Hon'ble High court attained finality as Hon'ble supreme court dismissed the SLP and Review in the case, DoPT&T decided to declare their OM dated 02.04.2012 as non-est, as conveyed vide their OM No.CS-14017/1/2018-Estt.(RR)(Pt.I) dated 25.04.2018.

3. There has been a demand of IRMS officers also for extension of the benefits of NFU Scheme and the issue has been the subject matter of litigation. Hon'ble Central Administrative Tribunal vide their orders dated 28.09.2017 in O.A.No.3290/2017 (Indian Railway Medical Services Association & Anr vs DOP&T & Anr) allowed the relief in terms of the judgement of Hon'ble Delhi High Court in W.P.(C ) No: 4067/2014. The matter was accordingly referred to DOP&T.

4. DOP&T have considered the issue in consultation with Department of Expenditure and conveyed their non-objection to the Ministry of Railways to extend NFU benefits to IRMS doctors. 'Accordingly, Ministry of Railways have decided to grant the benefit of Non- Functional Upgradation CNFU Scheme as applicable to Organized Group 'A' services of Railways to IRMS Officers as per the detailed terms and conditions as have been in vogue from time to time after introduction of the scheme. Accordingly, grant of higher scale / benefits under the scheme would be admissible w.e.f. 1.1.2006, where due and admissible, as provided in the original instructions under reference.

(S.Balachandra Iyer)
Executive Director/Pay Commission -II
Railway Board.
No.PC-VI/2009/I/4/R-6/1

New Delhi, dated 08.06.2018

Source: NFIR

Creamy Layer Income Criteria for CPSE and PS Bank Employees


Creamy Layer Income Criteria for CPSE and PS Bank Employees

Reservation for candidates from Other Backward Classes - Revision of Income Criteria and determining equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), Public Sector Banks, Public Financial Institutions, etc. with Posts in Government for establishing Creamy Layer criteria

F.No.36033/2/2018-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment (Reservation-I) Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated June 8, 2018
To

The Chief Secretaries of all States / Union Territories

Subject:- Reservation for candidates from Other Backward Classes - Revision of Income Criteria and determining equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), Public Sector Banks, Public Financial Institutions, etc. with Posts in Government for establishing Creamy Layer criteria - regarding

Madam/ Sir,

I am directed to invite attention to this Department’s Office Memorandum No. 36012/22/93-Estt,(SCT) dated 08.09.1993 which, inter- alia provided that sons and daughters of persons having gross annual income of Rs.1 lakh or above for a period of three consecutive years would fall within the 'creamy layer' and would not be entitled to get the benefit of reservation available to the Other Backward Classes.

2. The aforesaid limit of income for determining the creamy layer status was subsequently raised to Rs. 2.5 lakh, Rs. 4.5 lakh Rs. 6 lakh and Rs. 8 lakh vide this Department's O.M. No. 36033/3/2004- Estt.(Res.) dated 09.03.2004, O.M. No.36033/3/2004-Estt. (Res) dated 14.10.2008, O.M. No. 36033/1/2013-Estt.(Res.) dated 27.05.2013 and CM. No. 36033/1/2013-Estt. (Res) dated 13.09.2017, respectively.

3. This Department is in receipt of references seeking clarification on the status of equivalence and revision of income criteria, in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and Financial Institutions with posts in Government. In this regard, copies of the following Office Memorandums issued by Department of Public Enterprises, Department of Financial Services and this Department are enclosed for ready reference:
i) O.M. No. 36033/1/2013-Estt.(Res.) dated 13.09.2017 of this Department regarding revision of income criteria;

ii) O.M. No. DPE-GM-/0020/2014-GM-FTS-1740 dated 25.10.2017 of the Department of Public Enterprises on establishing equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) with Posts in Government for establishing Creamy Layer criteria; and

iii) O.M. No. 19/4/2017-Welfare dated 06.12.2017 of the Department of Financial Services on establishing equivalence of posts in respect of Public Sector Banks, Public Financial Institutions, Public Sector Insurance Companies.
4. It is requested to please bring the contents of the above mentioned O.M.s/ instructions to the notice of all concerned for information / compliance.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source: https://dopt.gov.in/

KVS: Revision of pension as per 7th CPC to retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

KVS: Revision of pension as per 7th CPC to retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

KVS

F.11015-3/2017-KVS (Admn-I)/ VoIII
Date: 14.06.2018
The Deputy Commissioner /Director
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
All Regional Offices / ZIETs

Sub: Revision of pension as per 7th CPC to retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan- Reg.

Sir/Madam,
I am to refer to MHRD’s letter F.No. 3-45/2017-UT.2 dated 13th June, 2018 and to convey the approval of the Govt. of India for revision of pension and pensionary benefits to the staff of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan as per the 7th CPC in terms of D/o P&PW OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) dated 4.8.2016, OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) dated 12.05.2017 and OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) dated 6.7.2017. These benefits will be applicable to employees of KVS who retired post 1.1.2016 as well as for revision of pension / family pension of those pensioners / family pensioners who have retired prior to 1.1.2016.

The copies of the D/o P&PWs OMs, above may be downloaded from official website of Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions.

This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr. Shachi Kant)
Joint Commissioner (Pers.)
Source: http://kvsangathan.nic.in/

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Payment of Dearness Allowance to State Government Employees and Dearness Relief to State Service Pensioners/Family Pensioners — Revised rates effective from 01/07/2017— Orders Issued.

GOVERNMENT OF KERALA Abstract

Payment of Dearness Allowance to State Government Employees and Dearness Relief to State Service Pensioners/Family Pensioners — Revised rates effective from 01/07/2017— Orders Issued.

FINANCE (PAY RESEARCH UNIT) DEPARTMENT
 G.O.(P) No 84/2018/Fin. Dated,
Thiruvananthapuram, 07/06/2018


Read: –
1. G.O. (P) No. 7/2016/Fin, dated 20.01.2016
2. G.O. (P) No. 9/2016/Fin, dated 20.01.2016
3. G.M. No. 01/09/2017 – F.-II (B) dated 20/09/2017 of the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. 4. G.M. No. F—No.42/15/2016 P&PW (G) dated 28.09.2017 of the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India.
5. G.M. No. 1/3/2008-E.II(B) dated 26/09/2017 of the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
6. G.0 (P) No. 629/2013/Fin dated 23/12/2013.
7. G.0 (P) No. 61/2016/Fin dated 05.05.2016.
8. G.0 (P) No. 6/2017/Fin dated 19/01/2017.
9. GO (P) No. 55/2017/Fin dated 26/04/2017.
10. GO (P) No. 74/2017/Fin dated 27/05/2017.

ORDER

In the Office Memoranda cited above, Government of India sanctioned revised rate of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief to Central Government employees, Pensioners and Family Pensioners with effect from 01/07/2017. On the basis of the above, the following orders are issued:

2.(i) The rate of Dearness Allowance payable in respect of State Government Employees, Teachers, Staff of Aided Schools, Private Colleges and Polytechnics, Full Time Employees borne on the contingent and work charged establishments and employees of Local Bodies \NM be enhanced from the existing rate of 14% to 15% w.e.f 01.07. 2017.

(ii) The Dearness Allowance payable in respect of those employees continuing in the pre-revised scale of G.0 (P) No.85/2011/Fin dated 26.02.2011 will be enhanced from the existing rate of 109% to 112 % w.e.f. 01.07.2017.

(iii) The Dearness Allowance payable in respect of those employees continuing in the pre-revised scale of G.O.(P) No.145/2006/Fin dated 25.03.2006 will be enhanced from the existing rate of 255% to 259% w.e.f. 01.07.2017

(iv) The Dearness Allowance payable in respect of teachers coming under UGC/AICTE/Medical Education Schemes (in whose case DA up to 50% has been converted as Dearness Pay) will be enhanced form the existing rate of 264% to 268% w.e.f. 01.07.2017.

(v) The Dearness Allowance payable in respect of the teaching staff coming under UGC/AICTE/Medical Education Schemes who have changed over to revised UGC/AICTE scale from 01.01.2006 or thereafter and judicial officers will be enhance from the existing rate of 136% to 139% w.e.f 01.07.2017.

(vi) The Dearness Allowance payable to those employees who are continuing in the 1997 pay scales even after 01.07.2017 will be enhanced from the existing rate of 314% to 318% w.e.f 01.07.2017 (up to the date of effect of option under Pay Revision 2014).

(vii) The Dearness Allowance payable to those employees in public Sector undertakings who were getting pay and allowances based on the scales of pay admissible under 1992 pay Revision will be enhanced as follows with effect from 01.07.2017.
  
Date of effect Pay Range Rate of Da per month
01.07.2017 Basic pay up to ₹ 3,500 p.m 932% of Pay
Basic pay above ₹3,500 up to ₹6000 p.m 835% of pay subject to a minimum of ₹ 32,620
Basic pay above ₹6,000 796% of pay subject to a minimum of ₹ 50,100

(viii) The Dearness Allowance at the enhanced rate will be paid in cash along with arrears for the period from 01-07-2017 to 31-05-2018 with the salary for the month of June 2018. It is applicable to those employees continuing in the pre-revised scale even after 2014 pay revision, and even after 1996 UGC/AICTE/Medical Education Scheme.

(ix) The enhanced rate of Dearness Allowance will also be applicable to part-time and part-time contingent employees on the basis of pay drawn by them.

(x) The Dearness Relief payable to state service pensioners, Family pensioners, Ex-gratia Pensioners/Ex-gratia Family Pensioners 9whose pension/family pensin has been revised as per G.O.(P) No.09/2016/Fin, dated 20.01.2016) will be enhanced from the existing rate of 14% to 15% with effect from 01.07.2017.

(xi) Re-employed pensioners whose pay has been revised as per G.O.(P) No.2/17/Fin dated 04/01/2017 are eligible for payment of DA at the enhanced rate of 15% w.e.f. 01-07-2017 as admissible to state Government Employees and they are eligible for this enhanced rate of DA Based on a general letter of authority issued by the Accountant General.

(xii) The Dearness Relief payable to state Service Pensioners and Family Pensioners (whose pension/family pension has not undergone revision as per G.O.(P) No.09/2016/fin, dated 20.01.2016) will be enhanced from the existing rate of 109% to 112% with effect from 01.07.2017.

(Xiii) the Dearness Relief payable to state service pensioners and Family Pensioners whose pension/Family pension has not undergone revision as per G.O.(P)No.87/2011/fin dated 28.02.2011, and also to the Pensioners/Family Pensioners coming under UGC/AICTE/Medical Education Schemes (who retired prior to 01-07-2004 and whose family pension has been revised as per G.O.(P) No.81/2007/Fin. dated 28.02.2007 and whose pension has not undergone revision as per G.O.(P)No.211/2011/Fin dated 07-05-2011), will be enhanced from the existing rate of 255% to 259% with effect from 01.07.2017.

(xiv) The Dearness relief payable to retired state judicial officers (who are drawing Dearness Relief at central rates and whose pension or family pension has not been revised as per G.O (Ms) No.236/10/Home dated 02.11.2010) and the pensioners/Family pensioners, coming under the category UGC/AICTE/Medical Education schemes (who retired after 01.07.2004 and whose pension/family pension has been revised as per G.O.(P) No.84/2007/Fin dated 01.03.2007 and has not undergone revision as per GO (P) No.211/2011/Fin dated 7/5/2011) will be enhanced from the existing rate of 264% to 268% w.e.f. 01-07-2017.

(xv) The Dearness Relief payable in respect of Ex-Chairman and Members of kerala public service Commission, will be enhanced as follows w.e.f 01.07.2017

Category Date of termination of service Rate of DR
Chairman and Members who were appointed from outside Government service and whose pension structure was modified as per G.O.(P) No.23/2017/GAD dated 21-08-2017 Prior to or after 01.01.2006 139%
Chairman and Members who were appointed from outside Government service and whose pension structure was modified as per G.O.(P) No.23/2017/GAD dated 21-08-2017 Prior to or after 01.01.2006 112%
Chairman and Members having prior service in Government and opted benefits of combined service Prior to or on or after 01.01.2006 112%
  (xvi) (a) the Dearness Relief payable in respect of Ex-Chairmen/other Members of Kerala Public Service Commission, whose pension has not undergone revision as per G.O.(Ms.) No.339/2013/GAD dated 30.11.2013, will be enhanced as follows with effect from 01.07.2017.
Category Date of termination of service Rate of DR
Chairman and Members who were appointed from outside Government service Prior to or after 01.01.2006 259%
Chairman and Members having prior service in Government and opted benefits of combined service Prior to 01.07.2004 259%
Chairman and Members having prior service in Government and opted benefits of combined service On or after 01.07.2004 268%

(xvii) The rate of Dearness Relief payable to the teaching staff coming under UGC/AICTE/Medical Education Streams who have changed over to revised UGC/AICTE scale from 1.1.2006 and those who retired after 1.1.2006 and that to the state judicial officers whose pension has been revised as per G.O.(Ms)No.236/2010/Home dated 02.11.2010, will be enhanced from the existing rate of 136% to 139% w.e.f 01.07.2017. This rate will be adopted only after the formal sanctioning of revision of their pension in terms of G.O.(P) No.211/2011/Fin dated 07.05.2011. The teaching staff coming under the UGC/AICTE/Medical Education streams who have retired prior to 01.01.2006 and whose pension has been revised in terms of G.O.(P)No.211/2011/Fin dated 07.05.2011 will also be eligible for Dearness Relief at the above rate.

(xviii) The Dearness Relief payable in respect of the State Service Pensioners/Family Pensioners whose pension has not undergone revision as per G.O.(P)No.180/2006/Fin, dated 18.04.2006 and who are drawing pension/family pension as per pension revision 1997, and in respect of pensioners/Family Penisoners coming under UGC/AICTE/Medical Education Schemes whose pension has not undergone revision as per G.O.(P)No.81/2007/Fin. dated 28.2.2007 or G.O.(P) No.84/2007/Fin dated 1.3.2007 will be enhanced from the existing rate of 314% to 3185 w.e.f. 01.07.2017. This will be applicable only till such date of effect of option for pension Revision 2004, after which the Dearness Relief payable will be as indicated in para 2(xiii) above and after the date of effect of option for pension Revision 2009, Dearness Relief will be payable as indicated in para 2 (xii) above.
  1. The enhanced rate of Deanress Relief due from 01.07.2017 will be paid along with the pension for July 2018 and arrears from July 2017 to June 2018 will be released in cash along with the pension for July 2018.
  2. The conditions laid down in the G.O.read as 5th above shall be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief undr these orders.
By Order of the Governor
S/d,
MANOJ JOSHI
Principal Secretary to Government (Finance).
Signed Copy

7th CPC Transport Allowance to Railway employees – NFIR

7th CPC Transport Allowance to Railway employees – NFIR

No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp) / Allowance/2016/Part I

Dated: 08/06/2018
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Government’s decision on recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission – Transport Allowance to the Railway employees – Deprival of higher rate to those working in pay Level 1 & 2 – reg.

Ref: (i) Railways Board’s letter No. PC-V/2017/A/TA/1 dated 17/08/2017 (RBE No. 96/2017)
(ii) NFIR’s Letter No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC/Allowance/2016/ Part I dated 28/08/2017.
(iii) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-V/2015/PNM/NFIR/4 dated 17/20-11-2017.
(iv) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/ Allowance/2016/Part I dated 05/04/2018.

Kind attention of Railway Board is invited to the references cited above.

NFIR reiterates that pursuant to issuance of instructions dated 17/08/2017, situation has arisent wherein the Railway employees in Pay Level 3, drawing pay Rs. 21,700/- and above and also upto Pay Level 8 hitherto entitled for Transport Allowance @ Rs. 3600 + DA thereon (in A1/A class cities and in other cities @ Rs 1800 + DA thereon) have been deprived of the said rate (due to the new norm for entitlement)

In this context, Federation furnishes below the rates granted pursuant to acceptance of the recommendations of the 5th CPC and 6th CPC:-

(a) Recommendations of 5th CPC – Transport Allowance
RBE No. 179/1997 (rates w.e.f 01/08/1997)

S.No. Pay Scale of the employees A1/A Class City Other Places
1 Rs. 8000-13500 or above 800 400
2 Rs. 6500-10500 or above but below Rs. 8000-13500 400 200
3 Below Rs. 6500-10500 100 75
From the above, it could be seen that those in pay scale below Rs.6500-10500 i.e. upto Rs. 6000-9800 (S1 to S10A) were allowed Transport Allowance at the uniform rate of Rs. 100/- p.m. in A1/A class cities irrespective of their pay. (b) After introduction of 6th CPC Pay Band/Grade Pay, the Railway Board vide circular (RBE No. 111/2008 – effective from 01/09/2008 and RBE No. 95/2015) had prescribed following rates for payment of Transport Allowance to the employees.

Employees drawing Grade Pay of Rate of Transport AllowanceFor A1/A class cities
GP 5400 & above 3200 + DA
GP 4200 – 4800,GP below 4200 and pay in pay band = RS 7440 1600 + DA
GP below 4200 and Pay below RS 7440 600 + DA
A comparison of two tables mentioned above, reveals that Railway employees were allowed higher rate of Transport Allowance on their drawing pay Rs. 7440/- irrespective of Grade Pay/Pay Band. However, the modified Board’s instructions issued vide letter dated 03/08/2017 and 17/08/2017,have deprived the Transport Allowance @ Rs. 3600+DA thereon to those in Pay Level 1 and 2 (7th CPC) due to imposition of restriction i.e. reaching the pay Rs. 24700/- Federation, therefore requests the Railway Ministry to kindly refer the matter to Ministry of Finance, for mitigating the problem.

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

Friday, 15 June 2018

7th Pay Commission – Dearness Allowance to Haryana Government Employees on revised scales i.e. 5% to 7% effective from 01.01.2018

7th Pay Commission – Dearness Allowance to Haryana Government Employees on revised scales  i.e. 5% to 7% effective from 01.01.2018

No.4/3/2016-5FR/9986
GOVERNMENT OF HARYANA
FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Dated, Chandigarh, the 8th June,2018
To
1. All the Heads of Department and Commissioners of Divisions.
2. All the Deputy Commissioners and Sub Divisional Officers (Civil) in Haryana.
3. The Registrar, General Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh.
Subject:- Payment of Dearness Allowance to Haryana Government Employees on revised scales (7th Pay Commission) i.e. 5% to 7% effective from 01.01.2018.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to invite reference to Finance Department circular letter No.4/3/2016-5FR/30416 dated 23rd October, 2017 on the subject noted above and to say that the Governor of Haryana is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Haryana Government employees on revised scales of pay shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 5% to 7% of the pay w.e.f. 1st January, 2018.

2. The installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Haryana Government employees with the salary for the month of June, 2018 to be paid in July, 2018.

3. The payment of arrears of enhanced Dearness Allowance for the month from January, 2018 to May, 2018 shall be made in the month of July, 2018.

4. The provisions contained in para 3,4,5,& 7 in FD’s instruction No. 4/3/2016-5FR/35222 dated 25th November, 2016 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these instructions.

5. Copy of these orders may also be downloaded from the web site www.finhry.gov.in.

Yours faithfully
S/d,
(Omwati)
Under Secretary Finance
for Principal Secretary to Government Haryana,
Finance Department.
Signed Copy

Grant of Overtime Allowance (OTA) to Railway employees consequent upon revision of pay scales and allowances – date of effect

Grant of Overtime Allowance (OTA) to Railway employees consequent upon revision of pay scales and allowances – date of effect

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAY
(Railway Board)
S.No.PC-VII/105
No.PC-V/2017/A/OTA/1
RBE No.77/2018
New Delhi, dated 01-06-2018
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways & Pus
(As per mailing list)
CORRIGENDUM

Sub :- Grant of Overtime Allowance (OTA) to Railway employees consequent upon revision of pay scales and allowances — date of effect.

Please refer this office letter of even number dt. 20.03.2018 (RBE No. 41/2018) on the above subject. In partial modification to the letter dt. 20.03.2018 ibid, it is advised that the second sentence of the said letter may be read as under:-

“This issue of revising the date of effect of OTA w.e.f. 01-01-2016 was taken up by the Federations (NFIR & AIRF), and was also raised in PNM forum by NFIR as item No. 06/2018. The issue has been considered and it has been decided that the basic pay and DA element for the purpose of OTA may be antedated to 01-01-2016 and other elements constituting emoluments for the purpose of OTA viz. HRA and Transport allowance etc. shall be taken into account at revised rates w.e.f. 01-7-2017 as per the 7th CPC recommendations.”

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

3. Hindi version will follow.
S/d,
(Subhankar Dutta)
Dy. Director, Pay Commission-V
Railway Board
Source : NFIR

Contractual engagement of retired railway staff on “Consultant-cum- Coach” basis for preservation of Railway Heritage

Contractual engagement of retired railway staff on “Consultant-cum- Coach” basis for preservation of Railway Heritage

Railway Heritage

(Government of India)
Ministry of Railways (Railway Board)
No. 2018/Heritage/Misc/1
New Delhi; Dated: 12.06.2018
General Manager(s)
All Indian Railways
Sub: Contractual engagement of retired railway staff on “Consultant-cum- Coach” basis for preservation of Railway Heritage.

For meaningful preservation and revival/ restoration of railway heritage items like steam locomotives, vintage coaches, steam cranes, semaphore signals, station equipment, steam powered equipment etc., Board (MS & FC) has approved contractual engagement of retired railway staff on "Consultant-cum-Coach" basis as per following stipulations initially for a period of one year:
(i) Principal HODs (PHOD) of Zonal Railways shall be empowered to engage retired railway employees having adequate skills for consulting and guiding the process of revival and preservation of heritage items like steam locomotives, vintage coaches, steam cranes, semaphore signals, station equipments, steam powered equipments etc.

(ii) PHODs shall be empowered to 'Search' & 'Select' appropriate retired railway staff for aforesaid engagement keeping in view his/ her good health and level of his/her relevant skills/ knowledge.

(iii) The engagement will be purely on contractual short term basis with a maximum tenure of six months at a time and not against vacancies for doing regular work.

(iv) Number of retired staff and period of engagement will be decided by concerned PHOD in consultation with PFA & PCPO depending upon the actual workload. PHODs can engage up to a maximum of 10 (Ten) retired railway staff (considering that there may be more than one location in the Railway like Workshops, Museums etc. where such engagements are needed concurrently) at any point of time.

(v) The retired railway staff will be paid Rs. 1200/- (Rupees One Thousand Two Hundred only) per day on consolidated basis. However, in no case the remuneration for retired staff shall exceed last pay drawn when added to pension. No other remuneration like OT, TA, DA, accommodation or transport will be admissible.

(vi) The upper age limit for engagement of retired railway staff shall be 65 years.
Sd/-
(Subrata Nath)
Executive Director/Heritage
Railway Board Sd/-
(A K Chandra)
Executive Director/ Transformation Cell
Railway Board
Source: www.indianrailways.gov.in

Policy regarding uniformity in the Medical Identity Cards issued to employees and other beneficiaries on Indian Railways.

Policy regarding uniformity in the Medical Identity Cards issued to employees and other beneficiaries on Indian Railways.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No. 2018/Trans.Cell/Health/Medical Cards
New Delhi, dated: 08.06.2018
The General Manager, All lndian Railways/PUS, NF(Con), CORE
The DG/RDSO/Lucknow, DG/NAlR/Vadodara
CAOs, DMW/Patiala, WPO/Patna, COFMOW/NDLS, RWP/Bela, CAO/IROAF

Sub: Medical Identity Cards - Uniformity and renewal

For bringing uniformity in the Medical Identity Cards issued to employees and other beneficiaries on Indian Railways, Board (MS, FC & CRB) have approved the following.

1. The Medical Identity Card should be a plastic based card, the size of which should be same as that of the debit/credit cards issued by banks.

2. A strip at the top of the card should have different color for serving and retired employees and their dependents as per extant instructions on color of Medical Identity Cards.

3. A separate Medical Identity Card, with unique all India number, should be issued to the employee as well as each dependent. The card of the dependent may also bear the Medical Card number of the primary serving/retired employee. The numbering scheme is to be decided by Establishment Directorate.

4. The level of entitlement of employee, which indicates the level of facilities to be provided to the beneficiaries, should be indicated on the card. The pattern being used by CGHS may be adopted with suitable modifications, if required. Health directorate may decide the same.

5. The Medical Identity Card for beneficiaries upto the age of 15 years should be made valid for 5 years, after which these should be renewed. For beneficiaries above the age of 15 years, the Medical Identity Card should be renewed on attaining the age of 40 years and at the time of retirement. The Medical Identity Card should also be reissued on change of level of entitlement.

6. Only bare minimum information of the beneficiary may be visible on the card. The following data may be printed on the card:

a. The name of the Railway
b. Medical Card Number
c. Name & Medical Card Number of the Primary holder in case of card of dependent
d. Name of the card holder
e. Year of Birth
f. Date of validity of the card
g. Level of entitlement of medical facilities
h. Health Unit
i. Blood Group
j. Photograph
k. Signature/LTI of the beneficiary
l. Signature/Designation of issuing authority
m. Electronic card reading may be incorporated where such systems are implemented.
This issues with the concurrence of Associate Finance of Transformation Cell of Railway Board.

(Rajesh Gupta)
Executive Director
Transformation Cell
Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in

Payment of Pension on higher wages - delay in implementation of Hon'ble Supreme Court Order: EPFO

Payment of Pension on higher wages - delay in implementation of Hon'ble Supreme Court Order: EPFO

EPFO

EMPLOYEES' PROVIDENT FUND ORGANISATION
(Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India)
Head Office
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan, 14, Bhikaiji Came Place, New Delhi - 110 066
No: ACC/HQ/Pension/Distribution of work/3896
Dated: 08 JUN 2018
To
All Regional Provident Fund Commissioners
In charge of Region
Sub: DELAY IN IMPLEMENTATION OF HON'BLE SUPREME COURT ORDER ON PAYMENT OF PENSION ON HIGHER WAGES - REGARDING.

Sir,
Attention is drawn to Head Office Circular dated 23.03.2017 vide which instructions were issued to all field offices to take necessary action in accordance with the order dated 04.10.2016 of the Hon‘ble Supreme Court in SLP No.33032-33033 of 2015 as approved by the government and as per the provisions of the EPF & MP Act, 1952 and Schemes framed thereunder.
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2. However on review of the information received from field offices it is noticed that following offices as mentioned below have reported for compliance on revised pension on higher wages as referred above.

No. of cases revised for higher wages for the year ending 31st March 2018

3. It has also come to notice that some offices have not complied the instructions of Head Office based on the Hon'ble Supreme Court order dated 04.10.2016 as referred above on revision of the pension on higher wages despite applications received in this regard, by taking the plea that reference has been made by those offices to Head Office and that reply has not been received for the clarifications / guidelines sought from Head Office.

4. In this context, the following observations may be noted:

i) Payment of benefits to the members of the EPS-95 have to be regulated as per the provisions of the scheme and all concerned are required to comply with the said provisions.
ii) The manual for settlement of pension alongwith the module for calculation in the software has already been circulated from time to time.
iii) Even prior to the Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 04.10.2016 Pension cases on higher wages were being settled as per the scheme provisions by utilizing the existing software.
iv) IS Division has already clarified that the revision of pension on higher wages can be processed by utilizing the 10D special module.
v) No instructions can be kept aside for compliance only on the ground that reference has been made to Head Office for further clarification on assumption basis without attempting to comply those instructions practically. Moreover, the revision of cases as detailed out in Para 2 above clearly shows that many field offices are taking appropriate actions on the detailed order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court duly circulated by Head Office for compliance by utilizing the provisions already existing in the relevant software, whereas some offices are deliberately not taking any action to revise the pension claims to eligible members by taking one plea or the other.
vi) Field functionaries are expected to know the provisions of the Act and Scheme and comply accordingly.
vii) Most of the references made to Head Office are sent directly bypassing the Zonal Office and containing no recommendations / suggestions of RPFC-I and Addl.CPFC (Zone)
viii) Non-settlement of pension cases in respect of eligible members in light of the Supreme Court order dated 04.10.2016 has not only put the concerned members to inconvenience but may also amount to disobedience of instructions of Head Office for compliance of the order of the Hon'ble Apex Court.

5. Therefore, it is once again directed to take appropriate steps to revise the pension cases of all the eligible members as per the existing software and the provisions in the Pension Scheme. All references made to Head Office on modalities of revision of pension as per the Hon'ble Supreme Court order on the matter may be treated as disposed and Non est.

6. The number of grievances due to non-settlement of eligible cases is rising and it is made clear that the concerned RPFC-I / Incharge of the Region will be held responsible for denial delay in settlement of such cases to eligible applicants. If any applicant is found not eligible for revision of pension as per Hon'ble Supreme Court order, the same must be conveyed to the applicant within seven days of receipt of such request.

7. All the reference made to the Head Office on the issue of revision of pension on higher wages are accordingly diSposed of and in case any Field Office still requires any clarification/guideline, specific query may be forwarded through proper channel to the Head Office duly incorporating the observations/Suggestion of RPFC-I/OIC and ACC Zone in this regard.

Yours faithfully,
(R M. Verma)
Addl.Central P.F.Commissioner (Pension)
Source: https://www.epfindia.gov.in

7th CPC Sports Incentive in the form of Personal Pay to CGE: DoPT OM dated 11.06.2018

7th CPC Sports Incentive in the form of Personal Pay to CGE: DoPT OM dated 11.06.2018

7th CPC Sports Incentive

No. 6/1/2017-Estt (Pay-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 11th June, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of special increment in the form of personal pay to Central Government Servants for participation in sporting events and tournaments of National or International importance, in the 7th CPC Scenario- reg.

Subsequent to the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC and issuance of CCS(RP) Rules 2016, the system of running Pay Bands and Grade Pays have been replaced by pay matrix. Accordingly, in partial modification of this Department’s OM No. 6/1/2013-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 19.09.2013, the President is pleased to revise the rates of special increment granted in the form of personal pay to Central Government Servants, for participation in sporting events and tournaments of National or International importance, as indicated in Column 5 of Annexure to this Office Memorandum.

2. The revised rates and these guidelines will be effective from 01.07.2017.

3. In respect of the Government Servants who are already getting the special increments as Personal Pay in accordance with this Department’s OM dated 19.09.2013, the rates for them have also been revised as per Column 5 of the Annexure to this Office Memorandum. The rate of revised Personal Pay to these Government servants is to be granted based on the Grade Pay attached to the post in which they were placed at the time of participating in the sporting event for which they are getting special increment as Personal Pay.

3.1. Illustration: (a):
Grade Pay at the time of participating in sporting event : Rs.2000/-
Personal Pay granted on the basis of OM dated 19.09.2013 : Rs.710/-
Revised Personal Pay w.e.f. 01.07.2017 : Rs.480/-

3.2. Illustration: (b):
Grade Pay at the time of participating in sporting event : Rs.4200/-
Personal Pay granted on the basis of OM dated 19.09.2013 : Rs.400/-
Revised Personal Pay w.e.f. 01.07.2017 : Rs.900/-

4. The Central Government servants who become eligible for grant of special increment in the form of personal pay on or after 01.07.2017, shall be entitled to the Personal Pay prescribed in Column (5) of the Annexure to this OM, corresponding to the level of the post in the Pay Matrix [indicated in Column (4)], in which the Government Servant is placed at the time of participating in the sporting event.

4.1. Illustration:
Level of the post in the Pay Matrix in which the Government Servant is placed at the time of participating in sporting event : Level 7

Amount corresponding to Level 7 in Column (5) of the Annexure to this OM : Rs.1020/-

5. This Personal Pay shall not count for any service matters like pay fixation on promotion, retirement benefits or any other allowances like HRA etc.

6. The entitled Central Government servant should claim the benefits within six months from the date of completion of the overall sporting event.

7. All the other terms and conditions governing the subject matter shall remain unchanged and will continue to apply.

8. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

9. Hindi version will follow.
(A.K. Jain)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Annexure

Revised Rates of Personal Pay for participating in sporting events of National/International importance , in the 7th CPC Scenario.
Source: https://dopt.gov.in/

Entitlement of various types of accommodation based on the revised pay scale recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission: Railway Board's clarification

Entitlement of various types of accommodation based on the revised pay scale recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission: Railway Board's clarification

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
No. 2018/LMB-II/2/26
New Delhi, dated: 21/05/2018
General Manager
South Eastern Railway
Kolkata

Sub: Entitlement of various types of accommodation based on the revised pay scale recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Ref: SER's letter No. L/Housing Policy/Improvement/225 dated 16.05.2018

This is in reference to SER's letter quoted above.

It is advised that the level of pay scale recommended by the 7th CPC are corresponding to grade pay, as such the instruction issued vide Board's letter under reference still holds good. It is further advised that there has been no change in the entitlement of the railway employees for Railway accommodation. Eligibility of entitlement and eligibility to register for the waiting list of a particular type of quarter are two different issues, should be dealt with separately.
(Chander Shekhar)
Joint Director/Land & Amenities
Railway Board.
Source: secr.indianrailways.gov.in

7th CPC: Grant of Ration Money Allowance to Officers of Defence Forces: PCDA(O), Pune's instructions

7th CPC: Grant of Ration Money Allowance to Officers of Defence Forces: PCDA(O), Pune's instructions

RATION MONEY ALLOWANCE

As per the provisions of Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No. 03(01)/2016/D(QS) dt. 31st July 2017, provision of free ration for officers of Defence Forces was discontinued in peace areas. Ration Money Allowance will be admitted by PCDA(O) by Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) through individual bank accounts. Amount of Ration Money will be remitted alongwith the salary and reflected in Pay Slip as "Ration Money Allowance"

SOP FOR CLAIMING RATION MONEY/ RATION ALLOWANCE :

(1) Ration Money will be admitted based on the Part-II order published by the units.

(2) Ration money will be admitted as per the monthly rate of Ration Money Allowance by Govt. from time to time.

(3) The casualty will be published in the Part- II notifying casualty POSIN (Posting in) and admissible from the date of TOS (Taken on strength of new unit)

(4) Ration money will continue to be admitted till receipt of Part-II order for 'POSOUT'/'STPRMONY'

(5) Officer on Ty. Duty is not entitled to Ration Money, however, ration money paid during ty. duty period will be adjusted by ‘T’ wing while processing the claim for temporary duty.

(6) Copy of initial Part-II order for grant of Ration Money w.e.f. 01.07.2017 should be supported with a certificate for ‘Non-drawal of Ration Money in cash or kind beyond 01.07.2017 till the date of publication of Part-II order for GTDRMONY” for grant of Ration Money by this office.
Amendment to revised Documentation Procedure for publication of Part-II Orders (Officers) for claiming Ration Money/Ration Allowance is as follows :

1. Ration Money Allowance (in peace)

A new code is to be generated for Ration Money Allowance to officers posted in peace area and the same is to be published on POSIN/POSOUT, as the case may be.

Sr. No. Occurrence Code
3.107(a) GTDRMONY
3.107(b) STPRMONY

A certificate to the effect is also be enclosed with the DO Part II orders:

a. Certified that the conditions laid down in GoI, MoD letter No. 03(01)/2016/D(QS) dated 31/07/2017 have been fulfilled.

ii. The officer is posted to peace station i.e................... (name of the station)

iii. No free messing/ration in kind was provided for the period.

iv. The officer has not claimed, paid Daily Messing Allowance for the period for which Ration Money Allowance is claimed.

Source: https://pcdaopune.gov.in

Classification of casualties of ammunition accidents of 31.5.2016 at Central Ammunition Depot(CAD) Pulgaon and grant of Liberalized Family Pension(LFP) to NoK

Classification of casualties of ammunition accidents of 31.5.2016 at Central Ammunition Depot(CAD) Pulgaon and grant of Liberalized Family Pension(LFP) to NoK

No.16(5)/ 2016/D(Pen/Pol)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

New Delhi, Dated: 31st May, 2018
To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

Subject: Classification of casualties of ammunition accidents of 31.5.2016 at Central Ammunition Depot(CAD) Pulgaon and grant of Liberalized Family Pension(LFP) to NoK-reg.

Sir,

I am directed to refer to IHQ of MoD(Army) letter No. 12841/13/2016/PC/AG/MP 5(d) (Cas Sec) dated 20.12.2016 on the subject mentioned above wherein it was informed that on 31.5.2016 a fire broke out in the Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) Pulgaon. While fire-fighting operations were in progress, at about midnight the entire quantity of mine stores in Explosive Stores House 192 with net explosive content of 135,275 Kgs detonated resulting in death of 19 and grievous injuries to 17 military, DSC and civilian personnel. As per the existing provisions, the death/disability of Armed Forces Personnel were classified as Physical Casualty(PC), attributable to Military Service.

2. Representations were received from Next of Kin (NoK) of the casualties for the classification of the aforesaid casualty as Battle Casualty(BC) to make them eligible for Liberalized Family Pension and Ex-gratia compensation under Category D of MoD letter No. 1(2)/97/D(Pen-C) dated 31.01.2001.

3. High number of casualties has resulted due to detonation of huge amount of explosive material contained in mine Stores of CAD, Pulgaon. The case for classification of said casualties as BC has been considered in this Ministry. It has been decided with the approval of the Competent Authority that as an exception, Military Personnel who died/disabled/injured in the above mentioned ammunition accident shall be eligible for BC status for compensation/pension/gratuity as is admissible in terms of MoD letter No. 1(2)/97/D(Pen-C) dated 31.01.2001

5. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Division of this Ministry vide their ID
No.10(4)/2010/FIN/PEN dated 31.05.2018.

6. Hindi version will follow.

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Manoj Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Monday, 11 June 2018

Railways : Appointment on compassionate grounds- Suitability Test

Appointment on compassionate grounds- Suitability Test

Compassionate grounds

RBE 81/2018
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No. 81/2018

No. E(NG)II/20 li/RC-1/GenI/f New Delhi, dated 07 .06.2018

The General Manager(P)
All Indian Railways & PUs.

Sub: Appointment on compassionate grounds- Suitability Test- regarding .

Attention is invited to this Ministry's letter No.E(NG)II/84/RC-1/174 dated 25.06.1985, No. E(NG)ll/88/RC-1/1/Policy dated 02.11.1989 read with para 2(i) of letter No. E(NG)Il/88/RC- 111/Policy dated 16.05.1991, stipulating inter-alia, that suitability of a person to be considered for appointment on compassionate grounds should be assessed by an appropriate suitability test, keeping the compassion in view. Board’s letter dated 25.06.1985 has laid down that such appointment be considered as per the educational qualification possessed by the candidate.

2. As regards number of chances, this Ministry's letter dated 28.04.1999 (RBE No. 84/1999), 21.09.2001(RBE No. 192/2001) and dated 02.03.2012 ( RBE No. 28/2012), specify the number of chances to be given to a candidate (wards as well as widow/wife), for appearing in the suitability test for appointment on compassionate grounds to Non-Gazetted posts on the Railways. Accordingly, at present, there are three (03) and four (04) chances available for wards and widow/wife respectively.

3. It has come to the notice that not only the procedure adopted for conducting suitability test and additional chances to be given to candidates for appointment on compassionate grounds by the Zonal Railways vary from the instructions issued at paras I and 2 above, but the directives/intent of stipulation made in the instruction ibid are also not being followed in true spirit.

4. Accordingly, the matter has been looked into. It has now been decided by the Board that in compliance of letters mentioned at para 2 above, maximum of three such chances to the wards and four chances may be given to widow/wife commensurate with their educational qualification to the post and suitability may be adjudged accordingly. Second chance should be given as a rule and uniformally followed.

5. It is also reiterated that 2nd chance to wards and widow should be given with the approval of competent authority (DRMs/HODs/CWMs as the case may be). However, 3rd chance to ward/widow/wife and 41h chance to widow/wife will require personal approval of the General Manager.

6. In case a request has been received from the candidate for appointment on other Railway, his/her case may be transferred alongwith all relevant papers to that Railway. Assessment of suitability may be done by the Railway where the candidate is to be appointed.

Please acknowledge receipt.

Source: airfindia.org

Brief of the meeting held today with Hon'ble Minister for Railways, who is also looking after the portfolio of MOF

Brief of the meeting held today with Hon'ble Minister for Railways, who is also looking after the portfolio of MOF

AIRF

No.AIRF/24(C)
Dated: June 6, 2018
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades,
Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with Hon'ble Minister for Railways, who is also looking after the portfolio of the Finance Ministry

Met today with Hon'ble Minister for Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal Ji, who is also looking after Finance portfolio, at North Block, and pursued him for early settlement of the significant issues related to the Central Government Employees, viz. NPS, Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula as well as important issues related to THE Railwaymen, viz. LARSGESS, upgradation of Trackmen in the ratio of 10:20:20:50 and Running Allowance, etc. etc.

 Though he heard all the issues very patiently, but said that, the issues related to Finance Ministry would be dealt by the regular incumbent, Shri Arun Jaitley Ji, but promised that he would arrange a meeting.

Regarding Railways related issues, he said that, certain issues are in the process, and major issues like promotion of the staff, Running Staff, upgradation of the Trackmen in the ratio of 10:20:20:50, etc. etc., would be resolved amicably.

This is for your information.
Yours faithfully,
Shiva Gopal Mishra
General Secretary
Source: Airfindia.org

Sunday, 10 June 2018

7th CPC - Post Graduate Allowance

7th CPC -  Post Graduate Allowance

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAY
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(P&A)I-2017/AL-2

PC-VII No. 104,
RBE No. 75/2018

New Delhi, dated 28.05.2018
The General Managers and Principal Financial Advisers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units.

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government - Post Graduate Allowance.

Consequent upon the decisions taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to decide that Medical Officers will be granted Post Graduate Allowance as detailed below:

Post Graduate Allowance

S. NO CATEGORY REVISED RATES
1 Railway Doctors up to the level of non-functional selection grade having Post Graduate degree qualification recognised under Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. 2250/- p.m
2 General Duty Doctors up to the level of non-functional selection grade having P G Diploma qualification recognised under Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. 1350/- p.m


2. The rates of this allowance will further rise by 25 percent each time DA payable on revised pay scales rises by 50 percent. The revised rates of the allowance shall be admissible with effect from 1st July, 2017.

3. The terms & conditions as contained in para 1426 of IREC Vol.II (Sixth Edition - 1987, Second Reprint Edition 2005), will remain unchanged.

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

5. Please acknowledge receipt.
S/d,
(N.P.Singh)
Jt. Director/Estt.(P&A)
Railway Board.
New Delhi, dated 28.05.2018
No. E(P&A)I-2017/ AL-2

Payment of arrears to GDS - Implementation of recommendations of GDS Committee


Payment of arrears to GDS - Implementation of recommendations of GDS Committee
IMMEDIATE

F.No.17-11/2018-GDS
Government of India
Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.
Dated: 08/6/2018
To
All HOCs

Sub: Payment of arrears to GDS - Implementation of recommendations of GDS Committee - reg.

Sir,

The report of the GDS Committee is likely to be implemented very shortly. In this connection the competent authority has directed that payment of arrears on account of TRCA may be made through Post Office Saving Accounts only.

Therefore, I am directed to request you to ensure opening of SB Accounts for every GDS at their Post Office before 15/06/2018. Compliance report may be submitted to the Dte. by 15/06/2018


Yours faithfully

S/d,
(R.I.Patel)
A.D.G.(GDS)

GDS-committee-department-posts

Army Persons to buy Personal Clothing


Army Persons to buy Personal Clothing
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

Army Persons to buy Personal Clothing
07 JUN 2018

The Seventh Pay Commission has awarded monetary compensation to jawans for allowing purchase of personal clothing items of uniform to be purchased under arrangement to be made by the Army. An annual remuneration of Rs 10,000/- has been paid to all jawans in lieu of selected items of personal clothing. Accordingly, Army has made arrangements for purchase of quality cloth to be made available through CSD outlets and stitching to be carried out under unit arrangements or any other means that the individual jawans may wish to get their clothing stitched as per authorized specifications. This provision is applicable to Central Armed Police Forces as well. It is, therefore, incorrect and inappropriate to single out Army on this issue through inadequately researched articles in the media.

Col Aman Anand

PRO (Army)

Source : PIB

Friday, 8 June 2018

GDS Arrear Tables for BPM and ABPM with effect from 1.1.2016

GDS Arrear Tables for BPM and ABPM with effect from 1.1.2016

Yesterday Cabinet Committee has approved the revision of pay structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of Department of Posts. Arrears for the period 1.1.2016 to the date of implementation will be paid by increasing the basic TRCA drawn during the period by a factor of 2.57. The arrears will be paid in one instalment.

Here we present the arrears table for BPM, MD/SV, MC/MP/MM separately…








PCDA Circular No. 599 : 7th CPC - Revision of Disability / War Injury Pension for Pre 01.01.2006 Deference Forces Pensioners


PCDA Circular No. 599 : 7th CPC - Revision of Disability / War Injury Pension for Pre 01.01.2006 Deference Forces Pensioners

Office of the Principal CDA (Pensions)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad 211014
Circular No. 599
Dated : 05/06/2018.
To
1. The Chief Accountant, RBI, Deptt. Of Govt, Bank Accounts, Central Office C-7, Second Floor, Bandra- Kuria Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandra East, Mumbai-400 051.
2. All CMDs, Public Sector Banks.
3. The Nodal Officers, ICICI/HDFC/AXIS/IDBI Banks.
4. All Managers, CPPCs.
5. Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal.
6. The PCDA (WC), Chandigarh.
7. The CDA (PD), Meerut.
8. The CDA Chennai.
9. The Director of Treasury, All States.
10. The Pay and Accounts Officer, Delhi Administration, R K Puram and Tis Hazari, New Delhi.
11. The Pay and Accounts Office, Govt of Maharashtra, Mumbai.
12. The Post Master Kathua (J&K).
13. The Post Master Camp Bell Bay.
14. The Principal Pay and Accounts Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair.

Subject : Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC)-Revision of Disability / War Injury Pension for Pre 01.01.2006 Deference Forces Pensioners : Clarification Regarding.

Reference : This office Circular No. 582 dated 05.09.2017, Circular No. 585 dated 21.09.2017 and Circular No. 596 dated 09.02.2018.

Of late complaints are being received from the pensioners that PDAs are not revising the pension of Pre-01.01.2006 retiree Armed Forces Pensioners in terms of Got, MoD letter No. 17(01)/2017(01)/D (Pen/Policy) dated 23.01.2018 (circulated vide this office Circular No. 596 dated 09.02.2018) under which method of re-computation of Disability/War Injury Element before applying the multiplication factor of 2.57 has been provided.

In view of the above, PDAs are requested to revise the Disability/War Injury Pension of Pre-01.01.2006 retired Armed Forces Personnel strictly in terms of GoI, MoD letter dated 23.01.2018 till receipt of Corr. PPO based on Notional Pay Fixation method. Cases in which PDAs are facing any difficulty to identify the pensioner, if any, as mentioned at Para 5 of Circular No. 596 dated 09.02.2018, the case may be forwarded to Audit Section of this office. The revision of such cases may be done on priority basis.

It is reiterated that where the disability of the pensioner was assessed as 50% in discharge cases, then it will be rounded to 75% as mentioned in Para -3 of the Circular No. 596. However, if the individual has already been given rounding off benefit through PPO (in invalid out cases) then rounding off benefit in such cases should not be given.
S/d,
(Sushil Kumar Singh)
Jt. CDA (P)
No. Grants/Tech/7th CPC/0181/V
Dated : 05/06/2018.

7th CPC - Risk and Hardship Allowance to the Fire-fighting staff working under various Defence Establishments


7th CPC - Risk and Hardship Allowance to the Fire-fighting staff working under various Defence Establishments

No. 02(01)/2017/D(Civ-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Defence
B-Wing, Sena Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated, the 29th May, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Risk and Hardship Allowance to the Fire-fighting staff working under various Defence Establishments - Implementation of VII CPC Recommendations.

Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission by the Government vide Ministry of Finance Resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC dated 06th July, 2017, the President is pleased to sanction Risk and Hardship Allowance for Fire-Fighting staff employed in various Defence Establishments at the following rates:

S. NO.
LEVEL IN PAY MATRIX
CELL NAME
RATE PER MONTH(IN RS.)
1
Level 8 and below
R2H3
2700
2
Level 9 and above
R2H3
3400

2. The above rates shall increase by 25 percent whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure rises by 50 percent.

3. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance (Deptt. of Expenditure) vide their ID No. A-27023/4/2017/E.II B/7th CPC dated 10th May, 2018 and Ministry of Defence (Finance/AG/PB) vide their Dy. No. 28/AG/PB/2018 dated 24th May, 2018.
S/d,
(Dalpat Singh)
Under Secretary to the Govt

APAR of top management incumbents of CPSE and revised benchmarking of the grade from the year 2017- 18


APAR of top management incumbents of CPSE and revised benchmarking of the grade from the year 2017- 18

F. No. 18(1)/2013-GM
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises

Block No.14, CGO Complex,
Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003
Dated the 1st June, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Writing of Annual Performance Appraisal Reports (APARs) of top management incumbents of CPSEs from the year 2017-18 onwards

The undersigned is directed to state that in order to correlate the earlier and the new system of award of MoU scores with the system of awarding APAR rating/grade and to ensure that the overall grades are properly calculated in APARs, it has been decided to change the system of award of grade for APAR attributes and benchmarking of grade as contained in para 6 and 7 of Section III and para 10 of instructions of extant guidelines dated 5.4.2010.

2. The revised para 6 and 7 of Section III (Assessment of the achievements made against the targets) and Assessment of Personal Attributes and Functional Competencies) along with revised table for benchmarking of the Grade is enclosed.

3. All administrative Ministries/Departments are requested to take note of the above decision and bring it to the notice of CPSEs under their respective administrative control for information and compliance for completing the APARs of top management incumbents of CPSEs from the year 2017-18 onwards

Encl : As stated
(B.N. Mishra)
Director
Revised Table for Benchmarking Guide

10. Benchmarking of the Grade
The overall grade obtained by the officer shall be benchmarked as under :

Outstanding 90-100
Very Good Less than 90 to 70
Good Less than 70 to 50
Fair Less than 50 to 33
Poor Less than 33 to 0

Source: Dpe

Recruitment Process followed in CPSEs - Validity of degrees / diplomas acquired in Open and Distance Learning mode


Recruitment Process followed in CPSEs - Validity of degrees / diplomas acquired in Open and Distance Learning mode
No. DPE~GM-12/0001l2015-GM-FTS-3756
Government of India
Ministry of industries and Heavy Industries &Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises
Public Enterprises Bhawan,
Block no. 14. 060 complex.
Lodhi Road. New Delhi-110003.
Dated 25th May 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Recruitment Process followed in CPSEs.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Secretary, M/o Human Resource Development (MHRD). D/o Higher Education DO No.4- 17712015-DL dated 13th May 2018 (copy enclosed) regarding non-recognition by CPSE of degrees / diplomas acquired in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode from UGC recognized Universities for the purpose of employment.

2. As recruitment to the below Board level posts are done by Board of CPSEs, the administrative Ministries / Departments of the CPSEs are requested to advise their respective CPSEs to take cognizance of the various notifications / circulars / public notices of MHRD and UGC regarding the recognition of ODL mode degree for the purpose of employment while making recruitment in CPSEs.
(J. N. Prasad)
Director
R Subrahmanyam IAS
Secretary
Ministry of Human Resource Devolopment
Department of Higher Education
Government of India
D.O. No.4-177/2015-DL

01.5.2018

Dear Madam
This Ministry has been receiving many complaints about PSUs not recognising degrees/diplomas acquired in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode from UGC recognised Universities for the purpose of employment.

2. In this regard, it is mentioned that Government of India has consistently maintained that degree acquired through ODL mode are valid for employment in Govt. and PSUs. A copy of MHRD Gazette Notification is attached. The University Grants Commission has also issued guidelines/ circular/ public notices from time to time in past for awareness of general public and others on the recognition / equivalency of the 001. degrees with the degrees acquired from regular universities. In this regard, UGC has issued a Public Notice dated 23rd February, 2018.

3. However, for the programmes for which AICTE is the regulator, its approval for ODL courses is necessary. In brief, AICTE does not recognize ODL degrees in subject areas other than management and information technology. But for all other non- professional courses/degrees acquired by individuals from the UGC recognised ODL programmes are valid degrees for appointment to post and services in the Central Government & PSUs.

4. In view of above, I would therefore, request you to kindly issue the necessary instructions to all the Central PSUs and Public Enterprises to take cognizance of the various notifications / circulars / public notices of MHRD and UGC regarding the recognition of ODL mode degrees for the purpose of employment.

With regards,
Encl: As above
Yours sincerely,
Sd/-
(R. Subrahmanyam)
Smt. Seema Bahuguna
Secretary
Department of Public Enterprises
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Block No.14, CGO Complex
LOdl Road, New Delhi-110003

Source: DPE.NIC.IN

Thursday, 7 June 2018

One nation one tax, one nation one election, why not one nation one retirement age?

One nation one tax, one nation one election, why not one nation one retirement age?

Retirement age?

Our country has replaced its numerous Union and state taxes with the Goods and Services Tax (GST), designed to unify the country into a single market. In other words, we may call, the GST brought ‘one nation one tax‘ regime in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and all state assemblies, under the banner of ‘one nation one election’ citing reasons of massive expenditure; diversion of security and civil staff from primary duties; impact on governance due to the model code of conduct and disruption to normal public life.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pitch for ‘one nation one election’ has been backed by the opposition parties especially Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav.

However, The Election Commission (EC) has suggested “one year one election” as an alternative to Modi’s pitch for “one nation one election”.

So,’one nation one retirement age’: Why not government employees? Why not now?

The retirement age is different for different states. The retirement age of government employees of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Arunachal pradesh, Maharastra, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Manipur, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Jharkhand is 58 years.

About the rest of states except Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh- government employees retire at 60, but existing Kerala government employees who have to retire on completion of 56 years, as the increase in the superannuation age 60, is cover only new comers, who joined service from the fiscal 2014-15.

The Central government had already raised the retirement age to 60 years in 1998.

However, Madhya Pradesh government has recently been increased the retirement age to 62 years from 60 for its employees and Chhattisgarh government already increased the retirement age to 62 years from 60 for its employees in 2013.

The World Economic Forum said that retirement age must rise as lifespans increase.

The Forum also said that employees should continue working until 70 in nations such as Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States.

A parliamentary committee of India in 2014 also recommended that retirement age should be increased from 60 years to 65 years, citing the increase in ageing population and their productivity.

While aging populations and longer lifespans have forced to raise retirement ages but the retirement comes India quite early, when government employees are required to hang up their boots.

According to ‘one nation one tax’ and ‘one nation one election’, the central and state governments will require to implement ‘one nation one retirement age’ for central and state government employees.

“So, the central government is seriously thinking of enhancing the retirement age of the its employees to 62 to cover the cost of ageing population and existing employees productivity,” a government official told

“Keeping in mind the national balance if the central government increases retirement age to 62 years, then states should also do the same,” he added.

TST

BIG SALUTE TO ALL THE FIGHTING GDS: Pay Revision

ALL INDIA GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS UNION (AIGDSU)
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION - GDS (AIPEU-GDS)
NATIONAL UNION OF GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS (NUGDS)
Central Head quarters, New Delhi

BIG SALUTE TO ALL THE FIGHTING GDS  - HATS OFF
WE HAVE WON THE BATTLE
UNION CABINET APPROVED GDS COMMITTEE REPORT
FULL DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER
GDS UNIONS HAVE COME OUT WITH FLYING COLOURS
16 DAYS INDEFINITE STRIKE CALLED OFF
IF ANY ADVERSE CONDITIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE GOVT ORDERS,
IF MAJOR POSITIVE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE DILUTED,
GDS UNIONS SHALL RESORT TO NATIONWIDE AGITATIONAL PROGRAMME AGAIN
CONDUCT NATIONWIDE VICTORY RALLIES AND CELEBRATIONS
Dear friends / comrades,

Union Cabinet today approved the Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report. Full details given in the PIB Bulletin is enclosed.

An emergency meeting of all three striking GDS unions (AIGDSU, AIPEU-GDS & FNPO) held today at AIGDSU office and after reviewing the entire situation, unanimously decided to call off the 16 days historic indefinite strike of 2.76 lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks.

The three GDS Unions further decided that, if any adverse conditions are there in the Govt orders, if major positive recommendations are diluted, GDS unions shall resort to nationwide agitational programmes again.

We congratulate the entire GDS who stood unitedly like a rock and defeated all the anti-strike propaganda of the Postal Board and their Agents. We salute the GDS for their courage, bravery and determination. This strike is a history and it will be written in golden letters in the history of Postal Trade Union movement and Indian working class movement. Not only all Central Trade Unions but the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) also extended full support and solidarity to this strike for emancipation of most down trodden section called GDS.

This strike is significant because, it fought against the adamant attitude of the Govt and Postal Board, rejecting their sweet-coated appeals and also threat of "withdraw the strike, then only we will talk" and finally ended in thumping victory and came out with flying colours. All credit goes to the three lakhs GDS who fought heroically and unitedly, even though they are scattered in 1,29,500 rural Branch post offices. This is the great victory of the poor, oppressed, downtrodden and marginalized section of the society who have nothing to loose but chains.

We convey our deep condolences to the families of brave GDS whose shocking sudden deaths and suicide while on strike has shaked the conscience of right thinking persons.

We convey our sincere thanks and gratitude to all Central Trade Unions, WFTU, Political parties, Chief Ministers, people’s representatives in Parliament and State Assemblies, distinguished personalities and all fraternal organizations and their leaders who stood with GDS in the hours of crisis and extended full support and solidarity to the striking GDS till the end of the strike. We also convey our sincere thanks to the electronic and print media of Delhi and all other states. We seek their continuous support and guidance in our future struggles for achieving our prime demand i.e., grant of civil servant status to GDS.

CONDUCT VICTORY RALLIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

All Circle / Divisional Secretaries are requested to organize nationwide victory rallies, demonstrations and celebrations at all places on 7th & 8th June 2018.

Remember this is only one step forward and there are miles to go before we achieve our final goal - "civil servant status to all GDS". Definitely our dreams shall become true one day. Keep the unity intact and march forward. Final victory shall be ours.
With struggle greetings,
Yours sincerely

S.S.MAHADEVAIAH
General Secretary
AIGDSU
  
P.PANDURANGARAO
General Secretary
AIPEU-GDS
  
P.U.MURALIDHARAN
General Secretary
NUGDS
Source: Confederation

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts


Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS)


Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts



Cabinet Decision

June 06, 2018
  • The revision in the wage structure would entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 1257.75 crore (Non-recurring expenditure - Rs 860.95 crore and Recurring expenditure of Rs.396.80 crare) during 2018- 19. 3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks will be benefitted by this wage revision.
Details:
  • Time Related Continuity allowance (TRCA) structure and slabs have been rationalised. The total GDSs have been brought under two categories viz. Branch Postmasters (BPMs) and other thanBranch Postmasters namely Assistant Branch Postmaster (ABPMs).
  • The present 11 TRCA slabs will be merged into only three TRCA Slabs with two levels each for BPMs and other than BPMs.
  • Introduction of new Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) will be as below:
Minimum TRCA of two types of proposed categories of GDSs as per working hours / levels
S.No.CategoryMinimum TRCA for 4 Hours/level 1Minimum TRCA for 5 Hours/level 2
1BPMRs.12000/-Rs.14500/-
2ABPM/Dak SevaksRs.10000/-Rs.12000/-
  • It is decided to continue the calculation of the ex- gratia bonus by applying the calculation ceiling of Rs.7000 as basic TRCA + DA till such time a new scheme is devised.
  • Arrears for the period 1.1.2016 to the date of implementation will be paid by increasing the basic TRCA drawn during the period by a factor of 2.57. The arrears will be paid in one instalment.
  • Annual increase at the rate of 3% and the same may be given on 1st January or 1st July of every year as the case may be based on the one time written request of GDSs.
  • Dearness Allowance will continue to be paid as a separate component, and also revised from time to time whenever it is revised for Central Government Servants.
  • A new Riskand hardship Allowance has been introduced. Other allowances Viz. Office maintenance allowance, Combined duty allowance, Cash conveyance charges, Cycle maintenance allowance, Boat allowance and Fixed Stationery Charges have been revised.
Implementation strategy and targets:
The revision would result in improving the wages, allowances and discharge benefits of Gramin Dak Sevaks resulting in providing efficient & cost-effective basic postal facilities in the rural area. The proposed increased emoluments will enable him to improve his socio-economic standing.

Impact:
The Branch Post Offices are the fulcrum for provision of Communications and financial services in the village and are located in remote areas. The Post Master has to deal with large sums while making payments to customers; hence accountability is already built into his work. The enhanced remuneration will increase the sense of responsibility. Moreover, with the roll out of the India Post Payment Bank (IPPB), the CDS network is expected to play a key role in the process of financial inclusion of the rural population.

Background:
The Extra Departmental system in the Department of Posts was established more than150 years ago to provide basic, economical and efficient postal services in the rural areas where there was no justification for engaging full time regular employees. One Lakh Twenty- Nine Thousand Three Hundred forty-six (1,29,346) Extra-departmental Branch post offices are primarily manned by Gramin Dak Sevak Branch Postmasters. In addition, Gramin Dak Sevaks other than Branch Postmasters are also working in Branch, Sub and Head Post offices. The main features of the engagement of Gramin Dak Sevaks are that they work for part time ranging from 3 to 5 hours per day and supplement their income from other vocations so as to have adequate means of livelihood for themselves and their families. They remain in service up to the age of 65 years.

PIB

Need Uniform Format to Claim Children Education Allowance - NFIR


Need Uniform Format to Claim Children Education Allowance - NFIR

NFIR writes to Railway Board to issue proper unifrom format to claims for reimbursement of CEA to avoid delay…

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

Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers; Federation (ITF)

No.I/13(a)
Dated: 04/06/2018
Sub: Grant of Children Education Allowance to the railway employees implementation of Board's decision - problems - reg.

Ref: Railway Board's RBE No.147/2017 letter No.E(W)2017/ED- 2/3 dated 12/10/2017.

Pursuant to Government decision on the recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission, the DoP&T vide No.A-27012/02/2017- Estt.(AL) dated 16/08//2017 had issued instructions revising the amount for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy. The Railway Board vide RBE No.147/2017 dated l2th Oct, 2017 has issued corresponding instructions to the General Managers for ensuring payment of Children Education Allowance & Hostel Subsidy at revised rates from 01/07/2017.

On Zonal Railways, the staff are facing much inconvenience on account of non-issuance of proper proforma/format for preferring claims, consequently the reimbursement is delayed and claims continued to remain pending due to queries being raised at different levels. It is further learnt that the Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway and Central Railway have issued proforma/format which are however not common. Other Zonal Railways have not at all issued proforma for preferring the claims. It has however been found that the Eastern Railway Administration has not only circulated format, but also issued JPO.

NFIR is of the view that it would be necessary to bring reimbursement to avoid delay as well staff grievances.

NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to arrange to issue proper format to enable the employees to prefer claims without hassles together with certificate from the Heads of the Institutions. Such uniform format will be advantageous to the Railway Administration as well to staff who are entitled for reimbursement of Children Education allowance/Hostel Subsidy.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

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