Thursday, 31 January 2019

Expected DA January 2019 - AICPIN for December 2018

Expected DA January 2019 - AICPIN for December 2018

The All India CPI-IW for the December 2018 decreased by one point and pegged at 301 (three hundred and one)

The Labour Bureau under Ministry of Labour and Employment today released the statistical report of All India Consumer Price Index (AICPIN IW) for the month of December 2018.

The index decreased by one point and pegged at 301 (three hundred and one). The calculation of additional Dearness Allowance from Jan 2019 for all Central Government employees and pensioners is completed

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7th CPC: Provisions regulating Casualty Pensionary Awards for Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners

Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Provisions regulating Casualty Pensionary Awards for Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners
7thCPC-Casualty Pensionary Awards for Defence Forces


7th CPC Defence Pension - Modification in Minimum ceiling
DESW Orders dated.29.1.2019

No.16(3)/2017/D(Pen/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
New Delhi-110011,
Dated, 29th January, 2019
To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

Subject: Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Provisions regulating Casualty Pensionary Awards for Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners- regarding.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to the provisions for revision of various kinds of pensionary awards notified in implementation of the Government decision on recommendations of Seventh CPC vide this Ministry's letters No 17(01)/2016-D(Pen/Pol) dated 29th Oct, 2016 amended vide this Ministry's letter No 17(01)/2017/(01) /D(Pension/Policy) dated 4th Sept, 2017 read with letter No 17(01)/2017/(02)/D(Pension/Policy) dated 5th Sept, 2017 for pre-1.1.2016 Armed Forces pensioners/family pensioners and vide letter No 17(02)/2016-D(Pen/Pol) dated 4th Sept, 2017 for post-1.1.2016 Armed Forces pensioners/family pensioners.

2. In partial modification of above said orders, it has now been decided that following minimum ceiling shall be applied to the under-mentioned casualty pensionary awards:

2.1 The Disability/Liberalized Disability/ War Injury pension (i.e. total of service element plus disability/ liberalized disability / war injury element as the case may be), shall be subject to minimum of Rs 18,000/- per month irrespective of degree of disability of the personnel.

2.2 In cases of disability pension where permanent disability is not less than 60%, the disability pension (i.e. total of service element plus disability element) shall not be less than 60% of the reckonable emoluments as defined in above mentioned orders, subject to a minimum of Rs 18,000/- per month.

2.3. The amount of special family pension, admissible to the families of Armed Forces personnel, shall be subject to a minimum of Rs 18,000/- per month.

2.4 The amount of liberalized family pension, admissible to the child/ children of Armed Forces personnel, shall be subject to a minimum of Rs 18,000/- per month.

3. All other provisions stipulated in above mentioned Government orders which are not affected by the provisions of this letter, shall remain unchanged.

4. The provisions of this letter shall take effect from 1.1.2016.

5. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Division of this Ministry vide their ID No. 10(16)2018/Fin/Pen dated 26.12.2018.

6. Hindi version will follow.
Yours faithfully
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(Manoj Sinha)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Copy to:
MoD (Fin/pension)
CGDA, New Delhi.
As per standar distribution list.

Source: Desw.gov.in

7th Pay Commission Budget 2019 expectations

7th Pay Commission Budget 2019 expectations

Budget 2019

Tomorrow (February 1, 2019) Finance Minister Piyush Goyal present Narendra Modi government's sixth and final Budget. Weeks before General Elections, it is an interim budget. Yet, expectations are rife about big bang announcements in the wake of upcoming elections.

7thCPC-Budget-2019-Expectations

Budget 2019 - Central Government employees have been demanding for long salary hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The budget is expected to address the fitment factor and minimum pay hike demand. The central government employees have been demanding a hike in the minimum pay scale to Rs 26,000 from the current Rs 18000 along with a fitment factor of 3.68 times from the present 2.57 times.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Minimum prescribed educational qualification for direct recruitment to the post of Technician Grade III in Level-2 of Pay Matrix of 7th CPC


Minimum prescribed educational qualification for direct recruitment to the post of Technician Grade III in Level-2 of Pay Matrix of 7th CPC
railways-direct-recruitment-Pay-Matrix-7thCPC

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)
RBE No. 13/19
No. E(NG)II/2018/RR-1/51
New Delhi, dated 16.01.2019.
The General Manager (P),
All Indian Railways/PUs
Chairmen, Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs).

Sub: Minimum prescribed educational qualification for direct recruitment to the post of Technician Grade III in Level-2 of Pay Matrix of 7th CPC.
Ref: Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/6 dated 3.8.2001.

Attention is invited to instructions under reference prescribing, inter-alia, minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Technician Grade-III in Level -2 of Pay Matrix of 7th CPC as under:

"Act Apprenticeship/ITI in relevant trade".

Diploma in Engineering should not be considered as an alternative higher qualification. Act Apprenticeship/ITI in relevant trade is the only qualification and no other qualification including Diploma in Engineering should be accepted as an alternative qualification on the ground of being a higher qualification in the same line of training.

2. The inclusion of the Trade of Operator Advanced Machine Tool as an eligibility qualification for the post of Technician Grade III has been under consideration of this Ministry. Accordingly, it has been examined in consultation with the technical directorates of this Ministry and it has been decided by the Board to include the Trade of Operator Advanced Machine Tool as eligibility qualification for the posts as identified and mentioned below:
(a) Tech Gr IT (EMU)
(b) Tech Gr.III Machinist (C&W)
(c) Tech Gr.III Machinist (Workshop)
(d) Tech Gr.III Mechanical (PUs)
(e) Tech Gr.III Turner (Workshop)
3. These instructions will be applicable from the date of issue of this letter. Cases already under process will continue to be dealt in terms of earlier instructions.

4. Please acknowledge receipt.
Sd/-
(M.M. Rai)
Jt. Director Estt.(N)II
Railway Board
Source: Indian Railways

KVS Order: Compensatory Leave to the teaching staff of the Vidyalayas for attending Vidyalayas

KVS Order: Compensatory Leave to the teaching staff of the Vidyalayas for attending Vidyalayas

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, INSTITUTIONAL AREA,
SHAHEED JEET SINGH MARG,
NEW DELHI-110016
फा.स.11029/1/2018/KVS(Hqrs)/Acad/1802-2012
द‍िनांक 08/01/2019
 OFFICE ORDER

In supersession of the Office Order F.No.11029/59/2013-KVS (HQ/JC(Acady)50-1230 dated 13/15 January, 2014, the Compensatory Leave to the teaching staff of the Vidyalayas for attending Vidyalayas on Second Saturday, Sunday & Holidays and during breaks if the period is less than 10 days, may be regulated as follows:
(i) Half day's compensatory leave may be granted for taking extra classes for a minimum of two and upto four hours in a day and full day’s compensatory leave may be granted for taking extra classes for more than four hours in a day.

(ii) Whenever teachers are required for escort duties and training etc. on second Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays, vacation and breaks, normally they required to stay for a full day and they may be granted Compensatory Leave irrespective of the fact that whether they draw TA/DA or not.

(ii) Normally, Compensatory Leave may be granted to the teaching staff within one month of it’s becoming due. However, in exceptional circumstances, where grant of Compensatory leave to all the staff within a month may cause serious dislocation of work, the Compensatory leave may be permitted to be availed subsequently. Further, there will be no limit upto which the Compensatory Leave may be allowed to be availed of at a time. It may be noted that no Leave Encashment is payable for unavailed compensatory leave at the time of superannuation, resignation or death.
Sd/-
(S. Vijayakumar)
Joint Commissioner (Acad)

Source: KVS

DoPT: Appointment of officers working in the Ministries/Departments under CSS/Non-CSS posts to National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog under Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis

DoPT: Appointment of officers working in the Ministries/Departments under CSS/Non-CSS posts to National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog under Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis.

No 7/3/2018-EO (MM-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
(Office of the Establishment Officer)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated, the 29th January, 2019
To,
All Secretaries
Ministries/Departments of Government of India

Subject: Appointment of officers working in the Ministries/Departments under CSS/Non-CSS posts to National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog under Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis.

Sir/Madam,

This is regarding filling up the post of Deputy Secretary/Director level in the National Institution for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog under the Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis. The applications were invited for the post vide circular of even number dated 26.12.2018(copy enclosed).

2. It has been decided to further extend the last date for submission of application till 18.02.2019.

3. This may be brought to the notice of all concerned and the application(s) of the eligible candidate(s) may kindly be forwarded accordingly.
Yours faithfully,
(J.Srinivasan)
Director (MM)
No. 7/3/2018 EO(MM-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
(Office of the Establishment Officer)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 26th December, 2018
To,
All Secretaries,
Ministries/Departments of Government of India

Subject: Appointment of officers working in the Ministries/Departments under CSS/NonCSS posts to National Institution for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog under Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis.

Sir/ Madam,
It is proposed to fill up vacancies of Deputy Secretary/Director level in the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog under the Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis.

2. The officers who are working at DS/Director level in different Ministries/Departments under tile Central Staffing Scheme/Non Central Staffing Scheme/ex-cadre posts will be eligible to apply for these posts. If the officer is selected for the post, it will be treated as a 'lateral shift', which would entail additional tenure of three years as per the special dispensation allowed for appointment in NITI Aayog that permits total deputation tenure up to 8 years on shift to NITI Secretariat or vice versa. The +3 option would be available only to those officers who are already working on a CSS/Non-CSS post/ex· cadre post at the centre. The additional tenure is subject to completion of two years on the present stint on the deputation post and availability of cadre clearance. In the absence of cadre clearance(for +3 tenure), tile tenure will be restricted to tbe balance period of four/five years central deputation tenure.

3. The post may be circulated amongst the officers working on deputation at Deputy Secretary/Director or equivalent level on Central Staffing Scheme/Non Central Staffing Scheme/ex-cadre posts in the Government of India on priority basis. Names of the willing and eligible officers who can be' spared by the Ministries/Departments may be forwarded to this Department along with the approval of the Minister-in-Charge, cadre clearance (for +3 tenure), vigilance clearance, detailed bio-data in the enclosed proforma and attested copies of ACR(s).

4. It is requested that the application(s) of the eligible officer(s) may please be forwarded so as to reach this Department by 28.01.2019.
Yours faithfully
(J. Srinivasan)
Director(MM)
Tel 23092842
Source: DoPT

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions


Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
First meeting of Search Committee for recommending a panel of names for appointment as Chairperson and Members of the Lokpal held
30 JAN 2019
The first meeting of the Search Committee for recommending a panel of names for appointment as Chairperson and Members of the Lokpal was held on 29th January, 2019. All the Members of the Committee were present during the meeting.

The Committee decided to call for applications/nominations from eligible persons to be considered for position of Chairperson and Members of Lokpal through an advertisement at the earliest. The Committee will meet again within a fortnight to carry on further deliberations.

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NJCA: Meeting of the National Joint Council of Action on 8th February 2019

NJCA:  Meeting of the National Joint Council of Action on 8th February 2019
NJCA Meeting on 8.2.2019
National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) on 8th February 2019
NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi - 110055
No.NJCA/2018
Dated January 28, 2019
All Members of the NJCA

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Meeting of the NJCA
Ref : This office letter of even number dated 30.11.2018

It has been decided to hold meeting of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) on 8th February 2019 from 11:00 hrs in JCM Office, 13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi, to take stock of the current situation in regard to non-settlement of major pending issues, viz
(i) Improvement in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula
(ii) No Progress in respect of NPS Covered Central Government Employees
(iii) Other pending issues related to National and Departmental Anomalies.
All of you are requested to make it convenient to attend the aforementioned meeting of the NJCA, so as to take the consensus decision for future course of action in the prevalent scenario.
With Fraternal Greetings,
Comradely yours,
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(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convener
Source : Confederation

Revision of 7th CPC Allowances to University and College Teachers


Revision of 7th CPC Allowances to University and College Teachers

Revision of Allowances as per 7th CPC to University and College Teachers, equivalent academic cadre, Registrars, Finance Officers and Controller of Examinations
7thCPC-Allowances-University-College-Teachers

MHRD issues orders for revision of allowances of teachers, equivalent academic cadre, Registrars, Finance Officers and Controller of Examinations in the Universities and Colleges as per the Recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission

The much awaited orders on revision of allowances and special allowances for teachers and equivalent academic cadre, Registrars, Finance Officers and Controller of Examinations in Central Universities and Colleges there under have been issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. This also includes centrally funded Deemed to be Universities.The orders come into force with immediate effect.

The revised special allowance per month for Vice Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Principal in PG College and Principal in UG College are Rs. 11,250/-, Rs. 9,000/-, Rs. 6,750/- & Rs. 4,500/- respectively.

This is likely to benefit 30000 teaching and equivalent staff in Central Universities and 5500 in Deemed to be Universities.

This will serve as a bench mark for 7 lakh teachers in State Universities.

Source: PIB

Monday, 28 January 2019

7th CPC: Grant of Special Compensatory Allowances subsumed under Tough Location Allowance


Clarification on 7th CPC Special Compensatory Allowance
Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission - Grant of Special Compensatory Allowances subsumed under Tough Location Allowance

No.3/1/2017-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 17th January, 2019
CORRIGENDUM

Subject: Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission - Grant of Special Compensatory Allowances subsumed under Tough Location Allowance.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. of even number dated 19th July, 2017 regarding grant of Special Compensatory Allowances subsumed under Tough Location Allowance consequent upon acceptance of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. In this regard, in Annexure-I to the O.M., where places/areas have been mentioned. Part 'A' Sl.No.4 - Jammu and Kashmir - "Illaqas of Padder and Niabat Nowgam in Kashmir Tehsil’ under Doda District may be read as "Illaqas af Padder and Niabat Nowgam in Kishtwar Tehsil".
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(Nimala Dev)
Dy. Secretary to the Government of India

Clarificatory OM for payment of two family pensions on death attributable to Government Service of a re-employed pensioner

Clarificatory OM for payment of two family pensions on death attributable to Government Service of a re-employed pensioner

No.1/3/2016-P&PW(F)
Government of India
Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare
(Desk-F)
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delh,
Dated the 24th January, 2019
Office Memorandum

Subject: Clarificatory OM for payment of two family pensions on death attributable to Govt.Service of a re-employed pensioner-regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that references have been revived in this Department Seeking clarification as to whether a second family pension is admissible under CCS(EOP)Rules when a military/civil pensioner is re-employed in civil service dies and his death is attributable to government service.

2. Vide this Documents Notification No. G.S.R 938(E) dated 27.12.2012,sub-rule 13A 13B of Rule 54,prohibiting two family pension have been deleted.Subsequently vide OM No 1/33/2012-P&PW(E) dated 16.1.2013,two family pensions have been allowed in the event of death of a re-employed pensioner,in service or after retirement, The financial benefits for the pest cases however is with effect from 24th September 2012 Thus under CCS(Pension) Rules,two family pensions are admissible with effect from 24th September.

3. The matter has been examined in the context of the provisions of CCS(Extra-ordinary Pension)Rules. it is clarified that the provisions of two family pensions,one in respect of Millay/civil service and the other for civil service after re-employment as available i terms of CS(Pension)Rules is also applicable under CCS(EOP)Rules in other words on death of a pensioner who was re-employed civil service where death is attributable to government services family pension under CCS (EOP)Rules in respect of services in re-employment would be admissible in addition to ordinary family pension n respect of the previous military/civil service.

4. Where, however, on death of a re-employed civil Government servant the family is eligible for Special/extra- ordinary family pension under the EOP rules in respect of the first spell of service,family pension for the second spell of service would be admissible under the CCS(Pension)Rules,1972 only.

5. The extra-ordinary family pension shall be granted only in one service in no case both the family pension shall be granted under EOP Rules.

6. The financial benefits in the past cases will accure with effect from 24th September 2012 as in the case of family pension under CCS (Pension)Rules.

7. Formal amendment in Central Civil Service (Extraordinary Pension)Rules will be made in due course.

8. This issues with the approval of Department of Expenditure, vide their ID No.1 (5)/EV/2012 dated 3/4/2017 and 15/01/2019.
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(Sujasha Choudhury)
Director

Process Simplification-Referral of patients for Treatment, Investigation, Physiotherapy, etc. to the Private Empanelled and other Government Hospitals


Process Simplification-Referral of patients for Treatment, Investigation, Physiotherapy, etc. to the Private Empanelled and other Government Hospitals

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

NO.2018/Trans Cell/Health/Medical Issues
Dated: 24.01.2019

The General Manager, All Indinan Railways/PUs, NF(Con), CORE
The DG/RDSO/Lucknow, DG/NAIR/Vadodara
CAOs,DMW/Patiala, WPO/Patna. COFMOW/NDLS, RWP/Bela, CAO/IROAF

Sub: Process Simplification-Referral of patients for Treatment, Investigation, Physiotherapy, etc. to the Private Empanelled and other Govt. Hospitals.

Ref:1. Railway Board's letter no. 2018/Trans cell/Health/Zonal Hospitals dated 13.06.2018.
2. GM/NWR's letter no. G/HQ/NWR/TC dated 08.01.2019

With reference to GM/NWR's letter at (2) and Board's letter at (1) above, Board(MS, FC & CRB) in consultation with Health Directorate have approved the following:-

Railway Medical Beneficiary may be referred for treatment, investigation, physiotherapy, dental treatment etc. to the private empanelled and other Government Hospitals by two doctors. The treating doctor and One Other Doctor from administrative side of as nominated by MD/CMS/CMO in-charge of the hospital.

Other extant instructions/guidelines issued from Board on the subject shall remain unchanged or as modified from time to time.

This issues with the concurrence of Associate Finance of Transformation Cell of the Railway Board.

Kindly acknowledge the receipt and ensure compliance.
Umesh Balonda
Executive Director/S&T
Transformation Cell
Dr. Amitava Datta
Executive Director/Health (G)
Source: Indianrailways

Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota will not affect existing reservation


Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota will not affect existing reservation

Madurai (TN), Jan 27 (PTI) Virtually sounding the Lok Sabha poll bugle in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday hit out at critics of the 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker sections.

A few in the state were creating an "atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust" for 'selfish' interests, he said addressing a well-attended BJP rally here.

He took a swipe at the proposed grand alliance of opposition parties, saying they had set aside their 'differences' to "remove this watchman" in the forthcoming Parliamentary elections.

The government was taking effective steps to rid the country of corruption and nepotism, he said, while assuring firm action against economic offenders, even if put up abroad.

The Centre's 10 per cent quota for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the general category in education and government jobs will not impact the existing reservation benefits for Dalits, Tribals and OBCs, Modi said.

The EWS quota had been earmarked with the 'spirit' of providing opportunities to all in education and employment.

"This decision has been taken in such a way that it doesn't impact Dalits, tribals and OBCs who are already availing the benefits of reservation," he added.

"It is unfortunate that an atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust is being created by a few people in Tamil Nadu to serve their own selfish interest. I urge all of you to be vigilant and against such negativity," he said.

Opposition DMK and some other parties in the state have opposed the 10 per cent quota, saying social backwardness alone should be the criterion for reservation.

The DMK has moved the Madras High Court challenging the Constitution amendment providing for the EWS quota.

Modi further said any political thought which opposes the poor cannot benefit anyone, adding opportunities for all cannot be guaranteed as long as there were artificial concepts of high and low or ours and theirs.

Further, the union government was taking effective steps to rid the country of corruption and nepotism, he said.

"Any person who has cheated or looted the country shall be brought to justice. This is regardless of whether he is in India or abroad," he said, in an apparent reference to economic offenders Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, all of whom are staying abroad.

Modi said the Centre's effort against corruption has created a "stir from Chennai to Delhi," and that all those who were "used to making bills in government contracts, "different bills, and welfare schemes, are now facing the music."

That was why they were all coming together, he said in an apparent reference to a proposed grand alliance of major opposition parties, including the Congress and DMK.

"They say that keeping aside all other considerations they must unite to remove this watchman. However big a group they form, out of fear and negativity, Narendra Modi will stand firmly with the poor," he said.

"And I call upon the people of Madurai and the youth of Tamil Nadu to reject these forces of negativity," he said.

Modi, who started his address by extending salutations in Tamil, hailed Madurai for being a seat of the ancient Tamil Sangam, and a pilgrimage city. He also paid tributes to the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on the occasion.

Modi, who earlier laid the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at nearby Thoppur, said it the hospital would be "ready soon."

Work was on to establish one medical college in every three Lok Sabha constituencies which was being done with the objectives of improving medical services and providing avenues of education and employment to the youth, he said.

Besides direct intervention in health care, the Centre was also focused on preventive health care and the Swachh Bharat initiative has become a people's movement with marked increase in rural sanitation, he said.

Nine crore toilets have been built in the last four years, with 47 lakh of them in Tamil Nadu, he said.
The government was working to improve the ease of living for the poor and middle class, Modi said while highlighting the increased focus on connectivity including highways and airways.
The speed of building highways and laying railway lines has doubled, he said, adding projects pending for years have been expedited.

The government has started work on a Rs 2,100 crore project to link the holy island of Rameswaram and Pamban in the state, while a new a Pamban bridge is being constructed to facilitate people in the region, he informed.

Madurai and Chennai will be now connected through the 'ultramodern' Tejas train while the country's fastest Train 18 will in times to come provide high speed connectivity across the country, he said.
Developed at the Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Train 18's largescale production will create jobs for Tamil Nadu youth, the Prime Minister said, adding several other countries have also evinced interest in it.

On the Devendra Kula Velalar community's demand to be scrapped from the Scheduled Castes list, Modi said he was "fully sensitive" about it.

A 'significant' progress has been made on the matter, he said and assured 'justice' to the community, which wants to be included in the OBC list.

Railway Recruitment: Minimum Education Qualification for Junior Engineer (Level 6) & Sr.Section Engineer (Level 7)

Railway Recruitment: Minimum Education Qualification for Junior Engineer (Level 6) & Sr.Section Engineer (Level 7)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. E (NG) II/2001/RR-1/6.
RBE No. 7/2019
New Delhi, Dated 10.01.2019
The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units
Chairmen/Railway Recruitment Boards.

Sub: Educational qualification for recruitment to Group 'C' posts in S&T Departments on the Railways.

Attention is invited to this office letter of even number dated 07/03/2016 (RBE No.25/2016) prescribing minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the posts of Junior Engineer and. Senior Section Engineer in S&T Department on the Railways.

2. Pursuant to reference received from one of the field units, review of the same has been undertaken in consultation with Signal & Telecommunication Directorates of this Ministry and it has been decided in the Board that henceforth minimum qualification for Direct Recruitment to post of JE/SSE stand modified as under:-

Junior Engineer (Signal),Junior Engineer (Tele.),Junior Engineer, (Drawing, Design & Estimation) Level - 6Three years Diploma in(a) Electrical/Electronics/Information Technology/ Communication Engineering/Computer Science & Engineering/Computer Science/ Computer Engineering
OR
(b) a combination of any sub stream of basic streams of Electrical/Electronics/Information Technology/Communication Engineering/Computer Science & Engineering/Computer Science/ Computer Engineering from a recognized University/Institute.
Sr. Section Engineer (Signal)Sr. Section Engineer (Tele)Sr. section Engineer (Drawing, Design & Estimation)Level -7Four years Bachelor's Degree in(a) Electrical/ Electronics/ Information Technology/ Communication Engineering/Computer Science & Engineering/ Computer Science/ Computer Engineering or M.Sc. Electronics
OR
(b) a combination of any sub stream of,basic streams of Electrical/Electronics/
Information Technology / Communication Engineering/Computer Science & Engineering/ Computer Science/ Computer Engineering from a recognized University/Institute.

3. These instructions will be effective from the date of issue recruitment notification published under Centralized Employment 03/2018 issued by Railway Recruitment Boards.

4. As regards Direct Recruitment to the post read in conjunction with this office letter 25.10.2018, circulated under RBE No. 166/2018.

5. Please acknowledge receipt.

((This disposes of RRB Secunderabad letter No. RRB/SC/JE/CEN/2018/).
(M.M.Rai)
Jt. Dirbctor Estt [N)-II
Railway Board.
No. E(NG)II/200l/RR-1 /6
New Delhi. Dated: 10.01.2019
Source: NFIR

Sunday, 27 January 2019

GPF Interest 8% from 1.1.2019 to 31.3.2019

GPF Interest 8% from 1.1.2019 to 31.3.2019
GPF and similar funds Interest Rate - 8% (Eight percent) w.e.f. 1st January, 2019 to 31st March, 2019

(PUBLISHED IN PART I SECTION 1 OF GAZETTE OF INDIA)
F.NO. 5(1)-B(PD)/2018
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
(Budget Division)
New Delhi, the 03 January, 2019
RESOLUTION

It is announced for general information that during the year 2018 -2019, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 8% (Eight percent) w.e.f. 1st January, 2019 to 31st March, 2019.

This rate will be in force w.e.f.1st January, 2019. The funds concerned are:
  1. The General Provident Fund (Central Services).
  2. The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
  3. The All India Services Provident Fund.
  4. The State Railway Provident Fund.
  5. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
  6. The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund.
  7. The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen's Provident Fund.
  8. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen's Provident Fund.
  9. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
  10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.
2. Ordered that the Resolution be published in Gazette of India.
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(Akhilesh Kumar Mishra)
Director (Budget)

Supreme Court agrees to examine Centre's decision to grant 10 pc quota to poor in general category


Supreme Court agrees to examine Centre's decision to grant 10 pc quota to poor in general category

The Supreme Court Friday decided to examine the Centre's decision to grant 10 percent reservation in jobs and education to poor candidates belonging to general category.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notice to the central government on various petitions challenging the validity of the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019, which paved the way for grant of quota to poor belonging to general category.

"We are examining the matter and hence issuing notice returnable within four weeks," the bench said.
The bench, however, did not stay the operation of the Centre's decision granting quota to the poor in the general category.

In poll year, the Narendra Modi government had come out with the constitutional amendment bill giving quota benefits to the poor among general category candidates.

The petitions were filed by parties including organisations like Janhit Abhiyan and Youth For Equality challenging the Centre's decision.

The petition, filed by Youth For Equality, has sought the quashing of the bill saying that the economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation.
The plea has said the bill violates basic feature of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general categories and the 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached.

A similar plea has been filed by businessman Tehseen Poonawalla seeking to quash the bill, saying that backwardness for the purpose of reservation cannot be defined by "economic status alone".
The quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation to SCs, STs and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha cleared the Bill on January 8 and 9 respectively and it has also been signed by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Source: PTINews

Guidelines for merger of 33 Postal Dispensaries with CGHS + DoP Order dated 25.01.2019


Guidelines for merger of 33 Postal Dispensaries with CGHS + DoP Order dated 25.01.2019

Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110 011
No S.11011/01/2016/CGHS-III
Dated the 25th January, 2019
OFFICE ORDER
Subject: - Guidelines regarding Merger of 33 Postal dispensaries with CGHS

With reference to the above subject reference is invited to the Order no. S.11011/01//2016-CGHS-III-EHS dated 21.12.2018 vide which orders have been issued for takeover of 33 postal dispensaries by CGHS. In this regard a communication No 2-3/2009-Medical dated the 23rd January 2019 from Assistant Director (Medical) Department of Posts has been received vide which it was clarified that the budget for the current financial year has already been allocated to the Circles (subordinate offices)

in connection with Postal Dispensaries and hence, Department of Posts agrees to bear the expenditure for the remaining part of financial year prior to merger/takeover instead of transferring the allocated budget for Postal Dispensaries to the MoH&FW. It is also requested that all necessary formalities for takeover w.e.f. 01.04.2019 may be undertaken forthwith so that beneficiaries or doctors are not put to any difficulties. A copy of the communication is enclosed.

In view of the above, the undersigned is directed to state that necessary action may be taken by the concerned Additional Directors of CGHS to complete the requisite formalities, so that the 33 dispensaries shall function as CGHS Wellness Centres w.e.f. 01.04.2019. The guidelines to be followed in this regard along with the list of Additional Directors under whose administrative control the 33 dispensaries shall function are enclosed.

Encl as above.
(Dr. Atul Prakash)
Director, CGHS
GUIDELINES FOR THE ADDL. DIRECTORS OF CGHS TO BE FOLLOWED FOR TAKEOVER OF POSTAL DISPENSARIES BY CGHS

1. Administration / Manpower related:
Meeting with the concerned local Postal Authorities for obtaining the following information /Data.
(a) Sanctioned staff strength and the staff in position as on date.
(b) Last Pay Certificate of the doctors and staffs available as on 28.02.2019.
(c) Detailed list of consumable and dead stock article available as on date.
(d) Detail of infrastructure like area, land holding etc.
(e) Liabilities as on 31.03.2019.
Formation of a coordination committee for merging of dispensaries:-
A committee will be constituted with four members. Postal Authorities shall nominate two persons and two persons shall be nominated from CGHS.
iii) Allocation of permanent advance imprest money to that dispensary

2. Beneficiary /CGHS Card / Computerization related:
To take note of existing number of beneficiary in the postal dispensary and approximate number of pensioner beneficiaries who are likely to be shifted from nearby CGHS Wellness Centres to the newly formed dispensary may be ascertained-
The subscription after takeover by CGHS shall be at CGHS rates and deducted from the Salary in case of serving employees.
Action may be taken for procurement of computer, printer, Flat Bed Scanner and accessories and Leased Line Connectivity/ Telephone with Broad Band. Data Card for immediate operations may be procured, wherever they are needed.
Necessary Electrical wiring / points and LAN wiring for computers may be undertaken. Action may be initiated for online UPS as in case of other CGHS Wellness Centres
NIC may be contacted and meeting may be organized with NIC for subsequent computerization and putting IP address of the system- User names /Pass words in consultation with NO, CGHS(MCTC)
Areas covered under the new CGHS Wellness Centre shall be identified and notified- since it is a new WC it shall be limited to a radius of approx…5 Kms.
Training of the staffs of Postal dispensary in receipt and entry of Data for issuance of CGHS card.

3. Medicines Related:
Estimate of the medicine required for those dispensaries may be ascertained based on the basis of approximate number of beneficiary in those dispensaries.
Action may be initiated for procurement of medicines as per the guidelines prevalent and action may be taken to register with GMSD.
The exiting local chemist of the postal dispensary may be contacted to continue to provide services on the same terms and conditions as an interim measure and approval of Directorate General of CGHS may be taken for engaging the chemist on same terms and - conditions for six months or till finalization of new tender process, whichever is earlier.

4. Accommodation Related
In dispensaries functioning in rented accommodation the owners of the building may be contacted to continue the existing agreement for at least one year and seek approval of Directorate. For revision of rent assessment by CPWD may be undertaken subsequently.

5. Meeting may be held with the local Pensioners' Association and action may be taken for formation of Local Advisory Committee.

6. E-Tender Processes
Action may be initiated for e-tender for appointment of Local Chemist and for outsourcing of House-keeping and Security Services.

7. Empanelment of private Hospitals / Diagnostic Centres at the CGHS rates of the City of the concerned Additional Director.

Minimum Disability /War Injury Pension, Special and Liberalised Family Pension Rs.18000 w.e.f. 01.01.2016


Minimum Disability /War Injury Pension, Special and Liberalised Family Pension Rs.18000 w.e.f. 01.01.2016

It is announced in the official twitter handle of the Minister of Defence @DefenceMinIndia that Minimum Disability/War Injury Pension, Special Family Pension and Liberalised Family Pension shall be Rs.18000 with effect from 1.1.2016. The tweet of the Raksha Mantri is given below

Raksha Mantri
@DefenceMinIndia

With approval from Smt @nsitharaman, it has been decided that the disability/war injury pension, special family pension and liberalised family pension shall be minimum Rs 18,000 per month for Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners, with affect from 1/1/2016.

Payment of Dress Allowance - CGDA

Payment of Dress Allowance - CGDA

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF ACCOUNTS (FYS)
PAY TECH SECTION
10-A, SA. BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA: 700001
Part I Office Order No. AT- 02
Dated: 17 /01/2019
Subject: Payment of Dress Allowance : Civ Emp

A copy of CGDA, Delhi Cantt AT Order No. AT/II/2366/Dress Allowance/Vol-I dated 31-12-2018 regarding payment of dress allowance is forwarded herewith for information and necessary action, please. It is also requested to circulate the same to all AOs under your jurisdiction, please.

Encls: As above.
Dy. Controller of Accounts (Fys)

Thursday, 24 January 2019

7th CPC on Over Time Allowance (OTA) preparation a list of those staff coming under the category of Operational Staff


Implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Over Time Allowance (OTA) preparation a list of those staff coming under the category of Operational Staff
7thCPC-OverTime-Allowance-OTA-CG-Employees

F.No.52-01/2018-PAP
Government of India
Ministry of Communication
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)

Dak Bhawan, Sanand Marg, New Delhi - 110001
Dated: 22nd January, 2019

Sub: Implementation of the recommendation of 7th CPC on Over Time Allowance (OTA) preparation a list of those staff coming under the category of 'Operational Staff' reg.

I am directed to refer to Department of Personnel and Training OM No.A-27016/03/2017- Estt.(AL) dated 19.6.2018 circulated vide letter No.52-0/2018-PAP dated 4.7.2018 on the above subject. According to the said O.M. Government has decided to discontinue OTA for categories other than Operational Staff and industrial employees.

2. As per para 1 of this OM "Ministries/Departments to prepare a list of those staff coming under the category of "Operational Staff. The following definition shall be used to define Operational Staff.
"All non-ministerial non-gazetted Central Government servants directly involved in smooth operation of the office including those tasked with operation of some electrical or mechanical equipment."

3. In this regard, it is requested to prepare a list of operational staff with full justification based on the above parameters for inclusion of a particular of a particular category of staff in the list of operational staff and submit it to this office latest by 04.02.2019.
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(D.K.Tripathi)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)
Source: Confederation

Fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying higher duties and responsibilities but carrying the same grade pay: Clarification by DoE to CBIC dated 16.01.2019


Fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying higher duties and responsibilities but carrying the same grade pay: Clarification by DoE to CBIC dated 16.01.2019

F.No.A-26017/05/2015-Ad IIA
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 16th January, 2019
To
All Pr. Chief Commissioners/ Chief Commissioners of GST & Central
Excise/Customs/ Directors General under CBIC.

Subject: Fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying higher duties and responsibilities but carrying the same grade pay - reg.

Madam/Sir,

I am directed to say that the matter related to a clarification on pay fixation under FR 22(1)(a)(I) on re-designation/promotion to a post carrying higher duties and responsibilities but carrying the same pay scale has been examined in the Board in consultation with Department of Expenditure. Department of Expenditure has advised that -

"in case the issue is for pay fixation on movement from the post of Office Superintendent (OS) to Administrative Officer (AO) taking place on dates prior to merger of the posts of OS with AO on 01.01.2006, the pay fixation may be considered in the light of Department of Expenditure OM No.169/2/2000-IC dated 24.11.2000".

2. It is advised to take necessary action in the matter in terms of provisions contained in Department of Expenditure OM No.169/2/2000-IC dated 24.11.2000. A copy of Department of Expenditure O.M. dated 24.11.2000 is enclosed.
Encl: As above.
Yours faithfully,
(A.K. Qasim)
Director
Source: www.cbic.gov.in

House Building Advance Rules - DOP


House Building Advance Rules - DOP
F.No.12-01/2018-PAP
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi - 110001
Dated: 22 January, 2019.
To
All Chief Postmasters General/ Postmasters General
Chief General Manager, ED Directorate/Parcel Directorate/ PLI Directorate
Director RAKNPA/ GM CEPT/ Directors of All PTCs,
Director General, Army Postal Service, R.K. Puram, New Delhi
All General Managers (Finance)! DAP/ DDAP

Sub: House Building Advance Rules (HBA)- regd.

I am directed to forward herewith a copy of the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs Office memorandums No. 1-17011/11(4)/2016-H-III dated 31.1.2018, 29.06.2018 & OM No. I-17011/6(3)/13/2018-H.III dated 01.08.2018 on the subject cited above for kind information and further necessary action in this regard.
(D.K. Tripathi)
Assistant Director General (Estt)
House_building_advances_DOP

DoPT: Grant of Paid holiday on the day of poll - General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan, 2018


DoPT: Grant of Paid holiday on the day of poll - General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan, 2018

Election-poll-holiday

F. No.12/3/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (JCA-2) Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the January.24, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan, 2018 - Grant of Paid holiday on the day of poll - regarding

The undersigned is directed to state that, as informed by the Election Commission of India vide their letter No. 78/EPS/2019/163 dated 16.01.2019, general election to a State Legislative Assembly seat (67-Ramgarh) in the State of Rajasthan will be held on 28.01.2019 (Monday).

2. In this regard, the guidelines already issued by this Department vide OM No. 12jl4/99-JCA dated 10.10.2001 would have to be followed for the Central Government Offices, including industrial establishments, in the concerned State.

3 . The above instructions may please be brought to the notice of all concerned.

4 . Hindi version will follow.
(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary (JCA)
Tel. 230921 10
To,
1. All Ministries / Departments of Government of India.
2. UPSC/ CVC/ C&AG/Lok Sabha Secretariat/ Rajya Sabha Secretariat/ President's Secretariat/ Vice President's Secretariat/ PM's Office
3 . Supreme Court/High Court of Rajasthan / Central Administrative Tribunal
4. All attached and subordinate offices of Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions/ MHA
5. Secretary, Staff Side, National Council (JCM), 13-C, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi
6. Chairmen / Secretaries, Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee, in the State Capital of Rajasthan.
7. National Commission for Scheduled Castes/National Commission for Scheduled Tribes/ National Commission for Backward Classes
8. The Chief Secretary of the State Government of Rajasthan.
9 . The Election Commission of India, New Delhi w.r.t. letter no. 78/EPS/2019jl63 dated 16.01.2019.
10. Hindi Section, DoPT- with the request to provide the Hindi Translation.

Source: DoPT

AIRF Meeting with Railway Minister - Burning Issues Discussed

AIRF Meeting with Railway Minister - Burning Issues Discussed

Railways-Railwaymen-issues

   Brief of the meeting held today with Hon'ble Minister for Railways on the burning issues of the Railwaymen

A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen's Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi - 1100055
No.AIRF/24(C)
Dated: January 22, 2019
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions

Dear Comrades,
Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with Hon'ble Minister for Railways on the burning issues of the Railwaymen

Today I had detailed discussions on the pending major issues in a meeting with Hon'ble Minister for Railways in the presence of CRB and Member Staff. The meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere and I noticed quite positive attitude of Hon'ble MR on almost all the major issues. Brief details of the discussions held is as under:-

(i) Revision of rates of Running Allowances and other allowances related to Running Staff - This issue was discussed threadbare and Hon'ble MR had reservations about the proposed rates on the plea that, it will result in further increase in operating ratio. He also said that, according to Finance it comes to Rs.398/-. I explained the matter in detail and also advised him about the formula, on the basis of which it comes out to Rs.648/-. Finally, he agreed to further process the case file to MoF for Rs.525/- and advised the CRB and MS accordingly. It is expected that the case will be sent to MoF shortly.

(ii) Four-grade structure(in the ratio of 10:20:20:50) to Track Maintainers - This issue was also discussed in details and it was explained to Hon'ble MR that; the entire process is financially neutral. He directed the MS to issue orders immediately, because it has been already agreed with the AIRF in previous negotiations.

(iii) Restructuring of IT Cadre - I explained that, all the Cadre Restructuring have always been based on the sanctioned strength of the cadre and not on roll as also entire process of Cadre Restructuring is always with financial neutrality, as such, same principle should be applied in case of Cadre Restructuring of IT Cadre also. I also reminded him that, this issue has been agreed by the FC in his chamber during discussions. Hon'ble MR agreed to it and advised the MS to take action accordingly.

(iv) Promotional prospects of educated staff working in lower grades in GP Rs.1800(Level-1 of VII CPC) - I mentioned that, a large-number of highly educated people are available now in the lowest grade, who are very much curious for their career advancement. I further mentioned that, AIRF has already proposed the Railway Board to divert 10% posts, earmarked for Direct Recruitment, to LDCE open to all, so that, qualified Track Maintainers and staff of all departments and categories, who are having academic qualification, prescribed for Direct Recruitment on these higher grade posts, can be considered for promotion, which will definitely give some relief to such staff. Hon'ble MR was in an agreement with this proposal and asked the CRB and MS to take necessary action in the matter.

(v) Advancement prospects for the staff in erstwhile GP Rs.1800 and GP Rs.4600 - I explained to Hon'ble MR that, in view of poor prospects of advancement, there is serious discontentment amongst the staff working in the said two grade pay. AIRF has, therefore, proposed that, 50% posts in GP Rs.1800, i.e. Level-1 of VII CPC, be upgraded to GP Rs.1900, i.e. Level-2 of VII CPC, with financial neutrality. Hon'ble MR also agreed to this proposal and advised the CRB and MS to take necessary action in the matter.
So far as promotional prospects of the staff in GP Rs.4600 is concerned, it was informed that, Board is working out some solution to convert some posts of GP Rs.4600 to Gazetted Cadre.

(vi) LARSGESS - On the issue of LARSGESS, Hon'ble MR said, that, the Attorney General has very clearly written that, this scheme is unconstitutional, hence will not sustain before the Hon'ble Supreme Court. In the wake of this, we are proceeding to Hon'ble Supreme Court with those cases who have completed all formalities. On the issue of LARSGESS, AIRF is also likely to file a petition in the Hon'ble Supreme Court, and for that we are in consultation with the eminent lawyer.

Apart from the above, I also discussed the issues of Guaranteed Pension to NPS covered employees and improvement in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula and requested Hon'ble MR to convene a meeting with Hon'ble Prime Minister on these significant issues. He assured that he would take these issues with all seriousness and would try to arrange a meeting with Hon'ble Prime Minister.
Yours faithfully,
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(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: AIRF

10% Reservations for EWS in Railway Recruitment


10% Reservations for EWS in Railway Recruitment

First major recruitment with the benefit of 10% reservations for EWS
Ministry of Railways

First major recruitment with the benefit of 10% reservations for EWS after the 103rd Constitutional Amendment recently passed by Parliament

Recruitment drive will result in massive employment generation with 2,30,000 direct jobs
Recruitment shall be conducted in two-phases duly observing the laid down criteria of reservation in Government of India

Phase-I (starting February-March, 2019 and completed by April-May, 2020) will comprise of 1,31,428 posts
Phase II (starting May-June 2020 and completed by July-August, 2021) will comprise of 99,000 posts

About 34,000, 17,000 and 62,000 posts reserved for SC, ST and OBC candidates respectively. Further, as per 103rd Constitutional Amendment, 10% of these vacancies, i.e. around 23,000 shall be reserved for candidates from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)

In line with the mega recruitment process for recruitment of 1,51,548 employees initiated 14 months ago, Indian Railways will initiate fresh recruitment of ~2,30,000 more employees under various cadres of Indian Railways, which will be recruited over the next two years in two phases.

In line with the vision of Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, Indian Railways is consistently expanding its workforce to match the manpower requirements of new projects and increase the overall efficiency of the entire railway network. These recruitment drives will fix long-standing issues of overtime work, delay in project implementation, low efficiency, and constraints on upgradation. With the increase in investment in Railways being threefold since 2014, recruitment needs have also increased, which will lead to job-led growth and expansion of Indian Railways.
Presently, Indian Railways has a sanctioned strength of 15,06,598 employees. Out of these, 12,23,622 personnel are on roll. The remaining 2,82,976 are vacant posts. Recruitment for 1,51,548 posts is going on, leaving 1,31,428 posts still vacant. Further, it may also be noted that approximately 53,000 and 46,000 railway employees shall retire in 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively, causing an additional vacancy of approximately 99,000 employees. Thus, after accounting for the current recruitment's in progress, there will be total net vacancies of 1,31,428 and approximately 99,000 i.e. approximately 2,30,000 employees in the railways over next two years.

These are proposed to be recruited over the next two years in two phases. The first phase of fresh recruitment of 1,31,328 posts shall be initiated in the month of February-March, 2019. As per reservation policy of the Government, around 19,715, 9,857 and 35,485 number of vacancies shall be reserved for SC, ST and OBC candidates respectively. Further, as per 103rd Constitutional Amendment recently passed by the Parliament, 10% of these vacancies i.e. around 13,100 shall be filled in from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). This cycle shall be completed by April- May, 2020.

After the first phase of fresh recruitment of 1,31,328 personnel is completed, the second phase of recruitment of approximately 99,000 personnel against the vacancies arising out of retirements shall be initiated. As per the reservation policy of the Government, approximately 15,000, 7,500, 27,000 and 10,000 posts shall be reserved for SC, ST, OBC and EWS candidates respectively.

Recruitment shall be for various cadres and minimum eligibility criteria shall vary from certification from Industrial Training Institutes or Diploma/above in Engineering or Graduation in any discipline, depending on the post for which the candidate is applying.

These recruitment cycles will result in massive direct and indirect employment generation. Recruitment of 1,31,328 persons in first phase followed by recruitment of 99,000 persons shall create around 2,30,000 direct jobs. The resulting increase in efficiency and investment will boost the regional economies, while boost in connectivity through the Railways will integrate the economic potential of regions and give further rise to job opportunities for the youth of the nation.

Source: PIB

Election Commission of India Firmly Stands by fool proof nature of ECI EVMs


Election Commission of India Firmly Stands by fool proof nature of ECI EVMs.

Election Commission of India Firmly Stands by fool proof nature of Electronic Voting Machines
Election Commission of India

Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001
No.ECI/PN/8.2019
Dated: 21st January, 2019
Press Note

Subject: Election Commission of India Firmly Stands by fool proof nature of ECI EVMs.

It has come to the notice of Election Commission of India that an event claiming to demonstrate EVMs used by ECI can be tampered with, has been organised in London.

Whereas, ECI has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest, ECI firmly stands by the empirical facts about fool proof nature of ECI EVMs deployed in elections in India.

It needs to be reiterated that these EVMs are manufactured in Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) under very strict supervisory and security conditions and there are rigorous Standard Operating Procedures meticulously observed at all stages under the supervision of a Committee of eminent technical experts constituted way back in 2010.

It is being separately examined as to what legal action can and should be taken in the matter.
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Pawan Diwan
(Under Secretary)

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

NPS: Authorisation of withdrawals under National Pension System

NPS: Authorisation of withdrawals under National Pension System

NPS

Authorisation of withdrawals under National Pension System (NPS) - Online Partial/ Premature/ Superannuation/ Exit/ Death Withdrawal Requests: Railway Board

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBA No. 5/2019
No. 2017/AC-II/21/2
New Delhi, dated 15.01.2019
PFAs
All Zonal Railways and PUs

Sub: Authorisation of withdrawals under National Pension System (NPS)

At present, the Personnel Deptt are exercising function of initiation as well as authorisation (approval) of withdrawal requests of staff of Personnel Deptt. It has been decided that as per maker/checker concept, the Personnel Deptt shall perform the function of initiator and Proposer' and Accounts Deptt. of 'Recommender and Authoriser' for processing the withdrawal requests.

 The functionality to initiate aforementioned withdrawal requests has been enabled by NSDL for all PAOs. Accordingly, the withdrawal requests will be initiated by Subscribers/DDOs/Personnel Dept and further authorisation will be done by Accounts Dept login under CRA application. NSDL has also forwarded the SoP pertaining to the following withdrawals:
  • SOP_Online Partial Withdrawal Request
  • SOP_Online Premature Exit Withdrawal
  • SOP_Online Superannuation Withdrawal
  • SOP_Online Death Withdrawal Request
The above are available on Indian Railway website - www.indianrailways.gov.in under the following location Railway Board Directorates => Accounts => Instructions on New Pension System (NPS). Kindly ensure compliance and arrange to disseminate the procedural guidelines with all concerned.

 DA: As above
(Sanjeev Sharma)
Director Finance/Accounts
Railway Board
Source: Indianrailways

Grant of notional annual increment due on 1st July or 1st January after superannuation for pensionary benefits - DoP's clarification


Grant of notional annual increment due on 1st July or 1st January after superannuation for pensionary benefits - DoP's clarification
No. 100-10/2018-Pension
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Pension Section)
 Dak Bhawan. Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.
10th January. 2019.
Office Memorandum

Sub : Grant of (notional) annual increment due on 1st July or 1st January after superannuation for calculating pensionary benefits - Regarding

The undersigned is directed to forward herewith a copy of representation dated 04-12-2018 along with its enclosures received from Shri R. Ganesan. Secretary. Department of Posts (Retd.) & President. India Posts Retired Officers Association (IPROA) requesting to consider grant of notional annual increment due on 1st July or 1st January after superannuation in case of officials retiring on 30th June or 31st December after completion of one full year service, for calculating pensionary benefits. The request has been made on the basis of an order dated 15-09-2017 passed by Hon'ble High Court of Judicature at Madras in Writ Petition No. 15732/2017 in the matter of Shri P. Ayyumperumal. wherein the High Court had directed that the petitioner shall be given one notional increment for the period of one full year's service from the date of his last increment till the date he retired 30th June next year for the purpose of pensionary benefits. The appeal preferred by UOI by way of filing SLP Civil Dy. No. 22283/2018 challenging the High Court order was dismissed by Hon'ble Supreme Court. vide order dated 23-07-2018

 2. The issue raised in the representation does not come under the purview of Department of Post. Therefore, the representation Is being forwarded to the nodal Ministry (Department of Expenditure) for their consideration and appropriate action.
(Tarun Mittal)
Asstt. Director General (Pension)

Source : Confederation

CBDT identifies non-filers through Non-filers Monitoring System (NMS) by using Data Analytics and request the Non-filers to assess their tax liability for AY 2018-19 and file the Income Tax Returns (ITR) or submit online response within 21 days


Ministry of Finance
CBDT identifies non-filers through Non-filers Monitoring System (NMS) by using Data Analytics and request the Non-filers to assess their tax liability for AY 2018-19 and file the Income Tax Returns (ITR) or submit online response within 21 days
22 JAN 2019
The Non-filers Monitoring System (NMS) aims to identify and monitor persons who enter into high value transactions and have potential tax liabilities but have still not filed their tax returns. Analysis was carried-out to identify non-filers about whom specific information was available in the database of the Income Tax Department. The sources of information include Statement of Financial Transactions (SFT), Tax Deduction at Source (TDS), Tax Collection at Source (TCS), information about foreign remittances, exports and imports data etc.

Data analysis has identified several potential non-filers who have carried-out high value transactions in Financial Year 2017-18 but have still not filed Income Tax Return for Assessment Year 2018-19 (relating to FY 2017-18).

The Department has enabled e-verification of these NMS cases to reduce the compliance cost for taxpayers by soliciting their response online. It is reiterated that there is no need to visit any Income Tax office for submitting response, as the entire process is to be completed online. Taxpayers can access information related to their case from the ‘Compliance portal’ which is accessible through the e-filing Portal of the Department at https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. The PAN holder should submit the response electronically on the Compliance Portal and keep a printout of the submitted response for record purposes. User Guide and FAQs are provided under the "Resources" Menu on Compliance Portal.

Non-filers are requested to assess their tax liability for AY 2018-19 and file the Income Tax Returns (ITR) or submit online response within 21 days. If the explanation offered is found to be satisfactory, matters will be closed online. However, in cases where no return is filed or no response is received, initiation of proceedings under the Income-tax Act, 1961 will be considered.

PIB

Increase Age Limit from 67 to 70 for Doctors in CGHS


Increase Age Limit from 67 to 70 for Doctors in CGHS

Enhancement in age of contractual doctors from 67 years to 70 years for
contractual engagement in CGHS Delhi

F.No.4- 07/2018/CGHS/GE
GOVT OF INDIA
OFFICE OF THE ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR
C.G.H.S. (HQ), Estt(GO Section)
Sector-12, Rama Kraishna Puram,
New Delhi - 110022
Date: 21.1.2019
Sub: Enhancement in age of contractual doctors from 67 years to 70 years for contractual engagement in CGHS Delhi reg

In continuation to this office letter of even no. dated 12.12.2018 it is informed that the age limit for contractual engagements of doctors in CGHS is enhanced from 67 years to 70 years. Those medical officer who have completed 67 years of age but are less than 69 of years as on 31.01 .2019 may apply a fresh to this office by 3 1.01 .2019 either by post or by hand.
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Additional Director
Central Government Health Scheme
Delhi

Monday, 21 January 2019

NATIONWIDE STRIKE - To Scrap NPS and To Restore OPS

NATIONWIDE STRIKE - To  Scrap  NPS  and  To  Restore  OPS
SCRAP-NPS-RESTORE-OPS-Central-Govt-Employees
2019 JANUARY 8th & 9th HISTORIC TWO DAYS NATIONWIDE STRIKE AND OUR FUTURE TASK
M.Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & workers
WE SHALL NOT STOP, TILL OUR GOAL IS ACHIEVED
WE SHALL MARCH TOWARS BIGGER STRUGGLE IN THE COMING DAYS
TO SCRAP NPS & TO RESTORE OPS
TO DEFEAT THE PERPETRATORS OF DISASTROUS NEO-LIBERAL POLICIES

Congratulations and big salute to all those leaders and workers who worked tirelessly and organised the most wide-spread and largely participated two days nationwide strike under the banner of Confederation, which is the vanguard of the Central Government employees movement.

Central Government employees had created history again. The two days nationwide strike on 2019 January 8th & 9th was not only widespread but a thundering and magnificent success in all respect, surpassing all the recent past strikes in percentage of participation. Of course, there was weakness in some sections and in some areas, but that didn’t affect the overall success and impact of the strike.
When the dominant leadership of the JCM National Council staffside and National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) ie., Railway Federations, are reluctant to go on strike against the betrayal of the BJP-led NDA Government on Minimum Pay & Fitment formula, NPS, Option-I of Pensioners, HRA arrears etc, inspite of the fact that Confederation and Defence Federation has authorised the Railway Federations leadership to serve strike notice reviving the deferred indefinite strike of 2016 July 11th, it is Confederation, Confederation alone, has shown its commitment to the cause of the 32 lakhs Central Government employees and 33 lakhs Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners, by organising two days historic strike along with the 20 crores workers of Indian working Class.

Confederation organised one day strike on 12-12-2012 and two days strike on 2014 February 13th & 14th demanding appointment of 7th Central Pay Commission, One day strike on 16-03-2017 demanding scrapping of NPS and honouring of assurance given by Group of Ministers and one day strikes on 2nd September 2015 and 2016 along with the mainstream of the working class against the neo-liberal economic policies. We decided to go on strike, demanding 10 points charter of demands of which the first and the main demand is "Scrap NPS & Restore OPS" in the mass convention of Central Government employees held at Hyderabad on 10th June 2018. Intensive campaign for the strike started from July 2018 onwards.

The message of the two days strike went to every nook and corner of the country and reached almost all central Govt. Offices and employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks, Casual/Contract Workers and Autonomous body employees and Pensioners. We are proud that we have stood with the workers and peasants of our country as a class-oriented militant trade union and Confederation represents the hope and aspirations of lakhs and lakhs of Central Government Employees and Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners.
NDA GOVERNMENT AND CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES - OUR EXPERIENCE:
(1) NEW CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SCHEME (NPS):
Everyone of us is aware that it is the previous BJP-led NDA Government which introduced the NPS in 2003 through a Gazette Notification dated 22nd December 2003, to all new entrants recruited on or after 01-01-2004. We are also aware that the Congress-led UPA-II Government passed the PFRDA Bill in Parliament to legalise NPS, with the full support of opposition BJP MPs in 2013 and thereafter PFRDA Act came into effect from 18th September 2013. Only 43 MPs of Left Parties, TMC, JDU, BSP, SP & RJD opposed the bill in Lok Sabha against 125 votes of Congress & BJP. In Rajya Sabha 25 MPs opposed while 115 supported. Confederation along with All India State Govt. Employees Federation (AISGEF) conducted series of agitational programmes against NPS from 2003 onwards including National Convention, Parliament March, signature campaign and strikes.

7th Central Pay Commission headed by Shri. Ashok Kumar Mathur, Retired Justice of Supreme Court of India, in Para 1.24 of its Report made the following observations:

"Almost a whole lot of Central Government employees appointed on or after 01-01-2004 were unhappy with the New Pension Scheme. While National Pension System (NPS) did not form a part of our Terms of Reference; we have recorded the sentiments of the affected employees. The Government should take a call and step into to look into their demands".

In Para 10.03.11, the 7th CPC again made the following comments:

"The larger Federations and Staff Associations advocated scrapping of the NPS on the ground that it discriminate between two sets of Government employees. Individuals covered under NPS have pleaded for reverting to Old Pension Scheme (OPS) on the grounds of uncertainty regarding the actual value of their future pension, on the face of market related risks."

Naturally, in tune with the recommendations of 7th CPC, when the NDA Govt. decided to appoint a High Level Committee called "NPS Committee", the Central Government employees, especially the younger generation, expected that their anxiety and concerns will be taken into account by the Central Government and NPS will be scraped and OPS will be restored. But the final decision of the Government not to scrap NPS but only to increase the percentage of contribution by the Government from 10% to 14% was a great blow to the NPS employees. Their hopes are shattered, "their legitimate aspirations are guillotined" and a situation is created where their "hopes ended in despair".
Their hope faded further when Shri. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, in his letter dated 3rd January 2019 addressed to Shri. Nitin Gadkari, another Cabinet Minister in the NDA Government, justified the continuation of NPS as follows:

"NPS is expected to provide old age income security to subscribers besides providing capital for the social and economic development of the economy".

The final blow came when the NDA Government made its stand clear without any ambiguity in a reply dated 25-12-2018 given in Parliament stating that - "Representations have been received which inter-alia also include the demand that Government may revert to Old defined benefit pension system. However, due to the rising and unsustainable pension bill and competing claims on the fiscal, there is no proposal to replace the National Pension System (NPS) with Old Pension System (OPS) in respect of Central Govt. employees recruited on or after 01-01-2004".

During the past 2-3 years many NPS employees, mainly Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual Labourers promoted to departmental posts after 01-01-2004 (as their previous service is not treated as regular service) and also aged dependents of deceased employees who got compassionate appointment after 01-01-2004 etc, retired from service after completing 10 to 13 years service. Their Annuity Pension under NPS is Rs.700/- to Rs.2700/- maximum per month, thus confirming our apprehension that “NPS is nothing but No Pension System".

Unlike the BJP led NDA Government at the Centre, certain State Governments understood the seriousness of the situation and they have declared that they want to scrap NPS. (Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu during Jayaalitha’s time, Karnataka and Kerala Governments). Some of them appointed expert Review Committees to work out modalities for coming out of NPS. From the stand taken by the above State Governments it can be seen that it is the political stand of the ruling party that matter. At the centre, it is the political stand of the Political Party ruling the country which is crucial.

2. Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula:

After the continuous struggle by Confederation including strikes from 2011 onwards, the then UPA Government was compelled to announce appointment of 7th Central Pay Commission. Gujarat State Government objected the decision of the UPA Government to appoint 7th CPC. Shri. Narendra Modiji was the Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time. After coming to power at the Centre in 2014, the BJP led NDA Govt. made deliberate attempt and intervention to delay and deny the legitimate demands of the Central Govt. employees and Pensioners including the demands relating to Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, HRA from 01-01-2016, Option-I for pensioners etc.

When the entire Central Government employees ,under the banner of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) decided to go on indefinite strike from 11th July, 2016 a Group of Cabinet Ministers including Shri. Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, Shri. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister and the then Railway Minister Shri. Suresh Prabhu, gave categorical assurance on 30-06-2016 that Minimum Pay and Fitment formula will be increased and for that purpose a High Level Committee will be constituted. Even after a lapse of 2½ years neither High Level Committee was constituted nor Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula is increased.

The Finance Ministry in its Lok Sabha reply dated 11-12-2018, categorically stated as follows:

"The fitment factor for the purpose of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure, based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission is 2.57 which is uniformly applicable to all categories of employees. As the same is based on the specific and considered recommendations of the 7th CPC, no change ,thereon is envisaged".

Thus the BJP led NDA Government has betrayed 32 lakhs Central Govt. employees and 33 lakhs Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners. The Hon'ble Supreme Court in the case of Bhupendra Nath Hazarika and Another Vs. State of Assam and others (reported in 2013(2)Sec.516) observed as follows, which is quoted by 7th CPC in its preface -

"It should always be borne in mind that legitimate aspirations of the employees are not guillotined and a situation is not created where hopes end in despair. Hope for everyone is gloriously precious and that a model employer should not convert it to be deceitful and treacherous…… A sense of calm sensibility and concerned sincerity should be reflected in every step. An atmosphere of trust has to prevail and when the employees are absolutely sure that their trust shall not be betrayed and they shall be treated with dignified fairness, then only the concept of good governance can be concretized. We say no more".

The NDA Government has "guillotined" our aspirations. NDA Govt. has betrayed the employees and Pensioners and created an atmosphere where "Hopes ended in despair". NDA Govt. converted our hope to be "deceitful and treacherous", "Dignified Fairness", "Calm sensibility" and "Concerned Sincerity" in treating our case is lacking on the part of NDA Government. Hence we have no alternative but to defeat the betrayers in the coming biggest battle of democracy.

The fate of the following other demands raised by the Confederation are also met with the same fate from the NDA Government:

Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual/Contract Workers. Implementation of the remaining favourable recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee on GDS.
Grant of HRA arrears from 01-01-2016, removal of bench mark for MACP and grant of promotional hierarchy and date of effect of MACP from 01-01-2006.
Fill up of all vacant posts. Reintroduce Regional Recruitment for Group B and C Posts.
Implement Option-I formulation of 7th CPC for Pensioners.
Settle anomalies arising out of 7th CPC.

Parity in Pay scales between Central Secretariat Staff and similarly placed staff working in field units of various departments.
Withdraw closure orders of Govt. of India Printing Presses. Stop closure of Govt. establishments and outsourcing of Govt. functions. Stop proposed move to close down salt department.
Implement 7th CPC Wage Revision and Pension revision in remaining Autonomous bodies. Grant Bonus to Autonomous body employees pending from 2016-17 onwards.
Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointment and grant appointments in all deserving cases.
Grant five Assured Career Progression to all Group B and Group C employees.
Stop attack on Trade Union rights. Ensure prompt functioning of all JCM forums. Withdraw the draconian FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
ELECTION AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES:
In a democratic country like in India, elections to the Legislative bodies are also part of the struggle against the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the ruling class. Com.K.G.Bose, the legendary leader of the Central Govt. Employees movement has observed as follows:

“It is a common say, particularly among the Government employees that the Unions should remain aloof from the politics. All the confusion has arisen because of the fact that the correct definition of the "Politics and Trade Union" has not been understood by most of us. Those two things are not separate from each other rather they are inseparable. Politics do not mean the policies of a particular political party. Each and every demand of the Govt. employees is linked with the politics of the country. It is high time that the age old confusions be removed from the minds of the Govt. employees and their unions. Collective thinking on the problems of life in the context of a nation is a fundamental right of every section of the people and therefore, the Central Govt. employees cannot be deprived of their birth right on the plea of "Political influence".

It is in the above background, we have to take position in the coming General Elections. Our experience during the last five years have proved that BJP-led NDA Government is the most anti-worker and anti-people Government the country had since independence. This Govt. is by the corporates, of the corporates and for the corporates. The working class, including Central Govt. employees, should be made aware of this challenge and prepared to defeat it. It should be kept in mind that defeat of this Government is not the end, but our struggle for reversal of the neo-liberal policies has to continue with increased vigour even after ensuring defeat of the anti-worker government. In any case, continuation of this Government is against the interest of the working class, especially the Central Govt. employees. Change is the need of the hour.

As a class-oriented militant trade union, it is our responsibility to channelize the discontentment and anger of the employees on proper direction with the objective of strengthening united struggles to defeat the neo-liberal policies and ultimately pave the way for taking the struggle towards an exploitation free society. Let us make 2019 that started with the two days historic strike, a year of heightened struggles leading to decisive struggles against the neo-liberal policies. Let us be prepared for a bigger struggle in coming days to “SCRAP NPS & RESTORE OPS” and also for the realisation of our long pending demands.

Let us not forget that the ruling class may use all tricks at their command, all weapons in their armoury to divert the attention of the people and workers, away from their burning day to day livelihood issues, to divide and disrupt their unity to engineer polarisation of the society on caste and communal lines for their electoral gains. We should be prepared to defeat all such machinations and should preserve our unity.

Let us remember the following lines from the famous speech of Late Martin Luther King, Jr -
"Change does not roll in the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle, and so, we must straighten our backs and work for our goal."

Source: Confederation

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