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.

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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

DoPT: Training of Non- Statutory Departmental Canteens employees on Food Safety & Standards norms by Food Safety & Standards Authority of India


DoPT: Training of Non- Statutory Departmental Canteens employees on Food Safety & Standards norms by Food Safety & Standards Authority of India

No. 17/I/2018-Dir (C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel & Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market
New Delhi, dated 5th June, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Training of Non- Statutory Departmental Canteens employees on Food Safety & Standards norms by Food Safety & Standards Authority of India.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. of even number dated 24.05.2018 on the above subject and to state that no nomination for the aforesaid training has yet been received by FSSAI from any Ministry/ Department.

2. All the Ministries /Departments are, therefore, once again requested to nominate individual for aforesaid training programme latest by 12.06.2018 on e-mail I.D- Shantnu@green-foods.in and ensure their active participation in the same, under intimation to this Department.

3. For further information queries, Sh. Shantnu Gupta, Food Technologist, FoSTaC (Mobile No. 09717171919 and e-maiII.D- Shantnu@green- foods.in) may be approached.
(Kulbhushan of India)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel No. : 011-24646961
Source: DoPT

Review of Model constitution and Rule and Regulations for the Residents Welfare Associations recognised by the government of India, Department of Personnel and Training


Review of Model constitution and Rule and Regulations for the Residents Welfare Associations recognised by the government of India, Department of Personnel and Training

No. 5/02/2018-Welfare
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi, Dated 4th June, 2018
To
1) All Area Welfare Officers.
2) Presidents of all RWAs.
3) Secretary of all RWAs.
4) All Ministries/Departments.
5) Placed on website of Department of Personnel and Training.

Sub:- Review of Model constitution and Rule and Regulations for the Residents Welfare Associations recognised by the government of India, Department of Personnel and Training- regarding.

Sir/Madam,
Keeping the following objectives in view, the Government of India, Department of Personnel & Training has been encouraging the formation of Residents' Welfare Associations in Government residential colonies as well as private colonies in which 2 or more Central Government employees are residing in one compact area:-
(a) To foster a spirit of mutual help and goodwill among the inhabitants of the colonyin general, and the members of the Association in particular, thereby, promoting communal harmony and national integration.
(b) To make all possible effort to achieve general amenities. Consumer protection such as interaction with traders on quality and quantity of goods, over charging etc. monitoring of the public distribution system including supply of essential and
consumable items and environmental protection such as steps to curb pollution, ensure cleanliness, plantation of tress, interaction with authorities on any environmental aspects and for this purpose, represent the interest of the residents
before appropriate authorities.
(c) To undertake all such other lawful acts, deeds or thing including Sports Cultural activities as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of any or all of the above objects including the general welfare of the Employees and their families.
(d) To promote such welfare and socio-economic activities as may be approved by the Department of personnel and Training.
2. Welfare Division of the Department of Personnel and Training, with a view to bring about uniformity and to provide guidance to these Association in their organizational matters have formulated a "Model constitution" and "Rules and Regulations" for the Residents Welfare Association. A copy of these documents is enclosed as ready reference.

3. Lately, it has been noticed that the very objective of fostering a spirit of mutual help and goodwill among the inhabitants of the colony has gone on back foot due to growing disputes among the office bearers and members of RWAs and lack of transparency in the functioning of RWAs.

4. In view of the above, a need has been felt to re-visit the Model Constitution and Rules and Regulations for the RWAs. Accordingly, all RWAs and AWOs are requested to suggest modification/amendment in the existing Model Constitution and Rules and Regulations for the RWAs in the following format for comparative analysis and consideration of the suggestion.

Sl.No.Provision in existing Model constitution and Rules and Regulation for the RWAsModification/amend ment suggestedJustification for suggesting the modification/amen dment
5. Your suggestions should focus on:-
i) Transparency and accountability in the functioning of the RWAs;
ii) Enhancing effectiveness and efficiency of the RWAs;
iii) Any other point you may wish to add.
6. You may submit your suggestions to the welfare Division of the Department of Personnel and Training by 30.06.2018 by post or email (i.e.- cgerwa123gmail.com) positively.
Yours faithfully,
(Kulbhushan Malhotra)
Under Secretary (RWA)
Source: DoPT

World Bank approves Rs. 6,000 crore Atal Bhujal Yojana


Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

World Bank approves Rs. 6,000 crore Atal Bhujal Yojana

06 JUN 2018

The World Bank has approved Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY), a Rs.6000 crore Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The scheme is to be implemented over a period of five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23, with World Bank assistance. The scheme proposal has already been recommended by the Expenditure Finance Committee and the Ministry will be seeking Cabinet approval for the project shortly.

Atal Bhujal Yojana has been formulated by the Ministry to address the criticality of ground water resources in a major part of the country. The scheme aims to improve ground water management in priority areas in the country through community participation. The priority areas identified under the scheme fall in the states of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. These States represent about 25% of the total number of over-exploited, critical and semi-critical blocks in terms of ground water in India. They also cover two major types of groundwater systems found in India - alluvial and hard rock aquifers- and have varying degrees of institutional readiness and experience in groundwater management.

Funds under the scheme will be provided to the states for strengthening the institutions responsible for ground water governance, as well as for encouraging community involvement for improving ground water management to foster behavioural changes that promote conservation and efficient use of water. The scheme will also facilitate convergence of ongoing Government schemes in the states by incentivizing their focussed implementation in identified priority areas. Implementation of the scheme is expected to benefit nearly 8350 Gram Panchayats in 78 districts in these states. Funds under the scheme will be made available to the participating states as Grants.

Ensuring active community participation in groundwater management is among the major objectives of the scheme. The scheme envisages active participation of the communities in various activities such as formation of Water User Associations, monitoring and disseminating ground water data, water budgeting, preparation and implementation of Gram-Panchayat wise water security plans and IEC activities related to sustainable ground water management. Community participation is also expected to facilitate bottom-up groundwater planning process to improve the effectiveness of public financing and align implementation of various government programs on groundwater in the participating states.

The implementation of the scheme is expected to have several positive outcomes like better understanding of the ground water regime, focused and integrated community based approach for addressing issues related to ground water depletion, sustainable ground water management through convergence of on-going and new schemes, adoption of efficient water use practices to reduce ground water use for irrigation and augmentation of ground water resources in targeted areas.

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MACP - Grant of financial upgradations under Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme


MACP - Grant of financial upgradations under Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme
MACP - Grant of financial upgradations under Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme


No.A-26011/20/MACPS/2017/MF.CGA(A)/NGE/162

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CONTROLLER GENERAL OF ACCOUNTS

MAHALEKHA NIYANTRAK BHAWAN
'E' BLOCK, GPO COMPLEX, INA
NEW DELHI-110023
Dated: 4th June, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of financial upgradations under Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme.

Reference is invited to this office OM No. A- 26011/20/MACPS/2017/MF.CGA(A)/NGE/39 dated 13th April, 2018 and its subsequent reminder of even no. 110 dated 31.05.2018 vide which Ministries/Departments were requested to forward the cases of such AAOs/PS who are eligible for grant of financial upgradation upto 31.03.2019, in the enclosed proforma along with Service Book, complete CR Dossier upto 2016-17 and latest vigilance clearance certificate respectively by 15.05.2018 & 31.05.2018.

In this regard, it is stated that the requisite information is yet to be received from the Ministries/Departments mentioned below.

In view of above, it is requested that the matter may please be expedited and the cases of eligible AAOs/PS may be forwarded in the enclosed proforma alongwith Service Book, complete CR Dossier upto 2016- 17 and latest vigilance clearance certificate by 11.06.2018 positively. In case of NIL information the same may also be furnished.

End: As above.
S/d,
(S.K.Gupta)
Senior Accounts Officer
To
All Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs
(CBEC,Coal,Commerce,CPAO,E&F,MEA,Health,HRD,INGAF,L &E,MNRE,RD,S&T,SRTH,H&UA)
Sr.A.O. (ITD)for uploading the OM on the CGA website.

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