Monday, 10 September 2018

Regarding Payment of Conveyance Allowance to IRMS Doctors

Regarding Payment of Conveyance Allowance to IRMS Doctors

Government of India / Bharat Sarkar
Ministry of Railways / Rail Mantralaya
(Railway Board)
RBE No.125/2018
No. F(E)I/2016/AL-7/1
New Delhi, dated 29.08.2018
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)


Sub: Payment of Conveyance Allowance to IRMS Doctors-reg.

Payment of Conveyance Allowance to IRMS Doctors for paying domiciliary visits outside duty hours and performing other official duties is governed by Board's letter No. F(E)I/2009/AL-7/1 dt. 24.07.2009. This order is based on Ministry of Health & Family Welfare's C.M. No. A-450-12/03/2008­CHS-V, dated 28/04/2009.

Now pursuant to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare's recent C.M. No.Z15025/DIR/CGHS/Conveyance/JACSD0/2017/744252, dated 02/02/2018 on the subject matter of Conveyance Allowance admissible to CHS Doctors working under CGHS, it is reiterated that the instructions as contained in Board's letter No. F(E)I/2009/AL-7/1, dt. 24.07.2009 shall be applicable for payment of Conveyance Allowance to IRMS doctors for paying domiciliary visits outside duty hours and performing other official duties.
(Jitendra Kumar)
Dy. Director Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board

Aadhar not mandatory for booking an International Parcel, says Department of Posts


Ministry of Communications
Aadhar not mandatory for booking an International Parcel, says Department of Posts
10 SEP 2018
The Department of Posts today clarified that it is mandatory to produce an Identity Proof acceptable for important transactions like booking an International Parcel or International EMS (Merchandise) for safety and security reasons. One of the accepted Identity Proof is Aadhaar, along with others like driving license, Passport, Voter ID etc which are also acceptable. Aadhaar, as per the prevailing norms in the country, is not a mandatory document to be produced at the time of booking. Moreover, all such documents are only required for office record and are NOT required to be pasted on the consignments.

The clarification comes in the wake of a news report published in The Times of India, Bengaluru edition dated 10.09.2018 with the heading "India Post asks for display of Aadhaar number on parcels". The department said that it appears that the confusion was created by an erroneous message generated from the twitter account of the office of the Chief Postmaster General, Delhi Circle wherein it was mentioned that pasting of ID proof on consignments is in accordance with international guidelines.

 Instructions are being reiterated to the post offices to ensure smooth booking of articles taking the convenience and regulatory requirements into account together. The Department of Posts said that a copy of any ID proof including Aadhaar is required for booking of International Parcel and International EMS (Merchandise) for security purpose based on requests received from organizations like Narcotics Control Bureau and Wild Life Crime Control Bureau. India Post is committed to ensuring safety and security in its operations.

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Air India LTC 80 Fare List From September 2018

Air India LTC 80 Fare List From September 2018

AIR INDIA LTC FARES - SEP 2018
SECTOR & V.VHLTC (Economy Class)DLTC (Executive Class)
Basic FareBasic Fare
AgartalaKolkata875017880
AgraDelhi875017880
AgraKhajuraho875017880
AgraVaranasi950019320
AhmedabadChennai1750035400
AhmedabadDelhi1105022440
AhmedabadMumbai875017880
AizawlImphal875017880
AizawlKolkata875017880
AmritsarDelhi875017880
AmritsarMumbai1750035400
AmritsarNanded1750035400
AurangabadDelhi1505030560
AurangabadMumbai825021000
BagdograDelhi1520030600
BagdograKolkata875017880
BengaluruBhubaneshwar1510030600
BengaluruChennai875017880
BengaluruDelhi1990040200
BengaluruGoa950019320
BengaluruGuwahati1990040200
BengaluruHubli875017880
BengaluruHyderabad875017880
BengaluruKolkata1750035400
BengaluruMumbai1105022440
BengaluruTrivandrum950019320
BhopalDelhi950019320
BhopalMumbai1240026960
BhubaneshwarDelhi1510030600
BhubaneshwarHyderabad1135022440
BhubaneshwarKolkata875017880
BhubaneshwarMumbai1750035400
ChandigarhDelhi875017880
ChandigarhLeh875017880
ChandigarhMumbai1750035400
ChandigarhPune1750035400
ChennaiCoimbatore875017880
ChennaiDelhi1990040200
ChennaiGoa970019320
ChennaiHyderabad950019320
ChennaiKochi950019320
ChennaiKolkata1750035400
ChennaiMadurai875017880
ChennaiMumbai1510030600
ChennaiPortblair1750035400
ChennaiTrivandrum950019320
CoimbatoreDelhi1990040200
CoimbatoreMumbai1510030600
DelhiGaya1105022440
DelhiGoa1750035400
DelhiGuwahati1750035400
DelhiHyderabad1510030600
DelhiImphal1990040200
DelhiIndore950019320
DelhiJaipur875017880
DelhiJammu950019320
DelhiJodhpur875017880
DelhiKhajuraho875017880
DelhiKochi1990048240
DelhiKolkata1750035400
DelhiLeh1110019320
DelhiLucknow875017880
DelhiMumbai1510030600
DelhiNagpur1135022440
DelhiPatna1135022440
DelhiPort Blair2870051600
DelhiPune1510030600
DelhiRaipur1205022440
DelhiRajkot1330022440
DelhiRanchi1510030600
DelhiSrinagar960019320
DelhiSurat1330022440
DelhiTirupati1990040200
DelhiTrivandrum2050049680
DelhiUdaipur950019320
DelhiVadodra1125022440
DelhiVaranasi950019320
DelhiVijayawada1750035400
DelhiVishakhapatnam1750035400
DibrugarhKolkata1160022440
DimapurKolkata950019320
GayaKolkata875017880
GayaVaranasi875017880
GoaMumbai875017880
GuwahatiImphal875017880
GuwahatiKolkata875017880
HubliMumbai875017880
HyderabadKolkata1515030600
HyderabadMumbai950019320
HyderabadTirupati875017880
HyderabadVijayawada875017880
HyderabadVishakhapatnam950019320
ImphalKolkata950019320
IndoreMumbai950019320
JaipurMumbai1205022440
JammuLeh1025017880
JammuSrinagar875017880
JamnagarMumbai875017880
JodhpurMumbai1390026960
KhajurahoVaranasi875017880
KochiMumbai1510030600
KochiTrivandrum875017880
KolkataMumbai1990040200
KolkataPort Blair1750035400
KolkataSilchar875017880
KolkataVaranasi950019320
KozhikodeMumbai1325022440
LehSrinagar880017880
LucknowMumbai1510030600
MaduraiMumbai1510030600
MangaloreMumbai950019320
MumbaiNagpur950019320
MumbaiPune810017880
MumbaiRaipur1365022440
MumbaiRajkot1285023240
MumbaiTrivandrum1570030600
MumbaiUdaipur950019320
MumbaiVaranasi1515030600
MumbaiVishakhapatnam1510030600
Port BlairVishakhapatnam1515030600
RaipurNagpur875017880
RaipurVishakhapatnam875017880
BengaluruBelgaum875017880

An Overview of New Contributory Pension System (NPS) - Confederation

An Overview of New Contributory Pension System (NPS) - Confederation

NEW CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SYSTEM (NPS)

M.Krishnan

Secretary General
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers

Pension system was in vogue in India for a century or more and the British Government during the pre-independence era introduced Pension Rules for Government employees and thus made it statutory. In the year 1982 Supreme Court in its landmark judgement in Nakara's case declared that - "as per India's constitution, Government is obliged to provide social and economic security to pensioners and that Government retirees had the fundamental right to pension….. Pension is not a bounty nor a matter of grace depending upon the sweet will of the employer. It is not an ex-gratia payment, but a payment for past service rendered. It is a social welfare measure, rendering socio-economic justice to those who in the hey days of their life, ceaselessly toiled for their employers on the assurance that in their old age, they would not be left in lurch."

During the advent of globalisation policies in 1980's the pension reforms also started simultaneously. IMF & World Bank started publishing so many reports and documents emphasizing the need for pension reforms. They also started studying about the reforms to be undertaken in the pension sector in India. In 2001, "IMF work paper on pension reforms in India" and World Bank India specific report "India - the challenge of old age income security" were published. Their work reports emphasized that "Pension obligations or promises made by the Governments which have potential of exerting pressure on Govt. finances, have been a subject of increased focus in assessing medium to long term fiscal sustainability." In tune with the dictates of IMF and World Bank BJP-led NDA Government appointed Bhattacharjee Committee in 2001 headed by Ex-Chief Secretary of Karnataka, to study and recommend pension reforms. Thus after creating ground for pension reforms, under the pretext of implementing recommendations of Bhattacharyya Committee, the NDA Government introduced New Pension System called Defined Contributory pension system for all employees who join service on or after 01-01-2004. The Congress-led UPA Government which came to power in 2004 continued with the reforms and promulgated an ordinance to legalise NPS. But UPA-I Govt. could not pass the Pension Bill in Parliament due to stiff opposition of Left Parties supporting it. Later when UPA-II Government came to power the Pension Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill was passed in the Parliament with the support of BJP, the then opposition party. Many State Governments governed by political parties other than Left Parties, introduced Contributory Pension System for their employees from various dates after 2004. Left Front Governments of Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura refused to introduce the New Pension Scheme and they continued with the old defined benefit pension scheme. Congress-led UDF Government introduced NPS in Kerala. After BJP coming to power in Tripura also Contributory Pension Scheme is introduced recently. In West Bengal old Pension Scheme continues even now. Not only newly appointed Central and State Government employees, almost all new entrants of public sector and Autonomous bodies are also brought under the purview of NPS.

As per New Contributory Pension Scheme an amount of 10% of pay plus Dearness Allowance will be deducted each month from the salary of the employees covered under NPS and credited to their pension account. Equal amount is to be credited by the Government (employer) also. Total amount will go to the Pension Funds constituted under the PFRDA Act. From the pension fund the amount will go to the share market. As per the PFRDA Act - "there shall not be any implicit or explicit assurance of benefit except (share) market based guarantee mechanism to be purchased by the subscribers". Thus the amount deposited in Pension Fund may or may not grow depending on the fluctuations in the share market. After attaining 60 years of age i.e., at the time of retirement, 60% of the accumulated amount in the Pension Account of the employee will be refunded and the balance 40% will be deposited in an Insurance Annuity Scheme. Monthly amount received from the Insurance Annuity Scheme is the monthly pension i.e., Pension is not paid by Government, but by the Insurance Company and hence NPS is nothing but Pension Privatization..

Thus it can be seen that the growth of the accumulated amount in the Pension fund depends upon the vagaries of share market. If the share markets collapse, as happened during the 2008 world financial crisis, then the entire amount in the pension fund may vanish. In that case employee will not get any pension. Every fluctuation in the share market will affect the future of pension of those employees who are covered under NPS. Uncertainty about pension and retirement life looms large over their heads. Even if there is a stabilized share market the 40% amount in the annuity scheme is not enough to get 50% of the last pay drawn as pension, which is the minimum pension as per old pension scheme. Many employees who entered in service after 01-01-2004 has retired in 2017 and 2018 after completing 12 & 13 years of service. They are getting Rs.1400- to Rs.1700- only as monthly pension from Insurance Annuity Scheme. If they have entered service in 2003 i.e., in the old pension scheme, they would have got 50% of the last pay drawn as pension subject to a minimum of Rs.9000- as minimum pension, that too without giving any monthly contribution towards pension from their salary. In short, NPS is nothing but NO PENSION SYSTEM.

As per clause 12(5) of the PFRDA Act even the employees and pensioners who are not covered under NPS, can be brought under the Act by a Gazette notification by the Government. Thus NPS is a Damocles' sword hanging over the head of all employees and pensioners.

Who is the beneficiary of this pension reforms? As in the case of every neo-liberal reforms, the ultimate beneficiary is the Corporates. The huge amount collected from the workers through pension fund is invested in share market by the Pension Fund Managers and this amount in turn can be utilied by the multi-national Corporates for multiplying their profit. Amount deducted and credited to the Pension fund from each newly recruited employees plus the employer's share amount will remain with the pension fund and share market for a period of minimum 30 to 35 years i.e., till the age of 60 years. During this long period of 35 years crores and crores of rupees will be at the disposal of share market controlled by multinational corporate giants. Ultimate causality will be the poor helpless employee/pensioner.

Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers and All India State Government Employees Federation (AISGEF) has been opposing the NPS from the very beginning and a one day strike was conducted on 30th October 2007. It was one of the main demand in all other strikes during these period. The campaign and struggle against NPS continued and as of now the subjective and objective conditions for a bigger struggle against NPS has emerged as almost 50% of the total employees in Central, State, Public sector and Autonomous bodies are now covered under NPS and are becoming more and more restive and agitated. 7th Central Pay Commission Chairman Retired Supreme court Judge Sri. Asok Kumar Mathur has correctly pointed out that "Almost a whole lot of Government employees appointed on or after 01-01-2004, were unhappy with New Pension Scheme. Govt. should take a call to look into their complaint".

As per the recommendations of 7th CPC, Central Government appointed a Committee called "NPS Committee" for streamlining the functioning of NPS. The Staff-side has demanded before this Committee to scrap NPS and guarantee for 50% of the last pay drawn as minimum pension subject to a minimum of Rs.9000-. Even though, the Committee has submitted its report 18 months back, the Government has not yet disclosed the recommendations of the Committee.

Confederation and AISGEF has decided countrywide intensive campaign culminating in one day strike on 15th November 2018 demanding that the Defined Contributory Pension Scheme (New Pension Scheme - NPS) imposed on new entrants must be scrapped and the Government should reintroduce the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme (Old Pension Scheme - OPS) that was in vogue for a century or more. We are also exploring the possibility of organizing an indefinite strike in the coming days exclusively on one demand i.e., SCRAP NPS, RESTORE OPS for which wider consultations are being made with all like-minded organizations.
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Source: Confederation

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