Sunday, 25 August 2019

DoPT - Exemption from payment of examination fee and application fee in respect of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities

DoPT Orders 2019

Exemption from payment of examination fee and application fee in respect of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities
No.36035/2/2017 -Estt.(Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: August 23, 2019

Subject: Exemption from payment of examination fee and application fee in respect of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. -reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that in a w.P. (Civil) No. 521/2008 with Civil Appeal No. 5389/2016, the Hon'ble Supreme Court, vide Judgment, dated 30.06.2016, inter alia, declared the Office Memorandum No. 36035/3/2004 - Estt.(Res) dated 29.12.2005, as illegal and inconsistence with the Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. This OM, among other, contained a provision for exemption from payment of application fee and examination fee in respect of Persons with Disabilities.

Thereafter, with the enactment of 'THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2016' and issue of notification titled 'THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES RULES, 2017', this Department has issued an Office Memorandum No. 36035/2/2017-Estt. (Res), dated 15.01.2018, regarding reservation for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities, in the posts and services of the Central Government. The said Office Memorandum dated 15.01.2018, however, does not contain any provision for exemption from payment of examination and application fee in respect of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities.

The issue has been deliberated upon at length in the Department and it has, now, been decided that the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities shall continue to be exempted from payment of application fee and examination fee, prescribed in respect of competitive examinations held by the Staff Selection Commission, the Union Public Service Commission, etc. for recruitment to various posts. This exemption shall be available only to such persons who would otherwise be eligible for appointment to the post on the basis of standards of medical fitness prescribed for that post (including any concession specifically extended to the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities) and who enclose with the application form, necessary certificate from a competent authority in support of their claim of disability.
(Debabrata Das)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Ph. 23093307
To,
(i) All Ministries/Departments of the Govt. of India.
(ii) Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Jeevan Deep Building, Parliament Street, New Delhi.
(iii) Department of Public Enterprises, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
(iv) Railway Board, Rail Bhavan, Delhi.
(v) Union Public Service Commission/Supreme Court of India/ Election Commission of India/ Lok Sabha Secretariat / Rajya Sabha Secretariat / Cabinet Secretariat! Central Vigilance Commission/ President's Secretariat / Prime Minister's Office/ Planning Commission.
(vi) Staff Selection Commission, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi.
(vii) Office of the Chief Commissioner for Disabilities, Sarojini House, 6, Bhagwan Das Road,New Delhi -110001.
(viii) Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, 10, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi.
(ix) All Officers and Sections in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and all attached/subordinate offices of this Ministry.
(x) Hindi Section for providing a Hindi translation.
Copy to: Director, NIC, DOPT - with the request to immediately place this OM on the website of this Department ("what's new" tab) for information of all concerned.

Source: DoPT Orders 2019

Defence - Ordnance Factories strike called off

Defence

Ministry of Defence
Ordnance Factories strike called off
24 AUG 2019
Continuing the process of dialogue which had started from 14 August 2019, the fourth meeting was held yesterday with the office bearers of AIDEF, INDWF, BPMS and CDRA under the Chairmanship of Secretary, DDP. While reaffirming that the proposed corporatisation of OFB is under examination of the Government, Secretary, DDP patiently listened to the concerns expressed by the Employees Federations regarding how the benefits/interests of employees in terms of wages, health facilities and other service matters may be affected due to corporatisation of OFB. The Employees Federations inter-alia suggested that their views should be considered while preparing the roadmap for increasing the turnover of the proposed entity from the current levels. After detailed deliberations, it was agreed to recommend to the Government, the setting up of a High Level Official Committee to interact with Employees Federations to examine their concerns and other aspects of the proposed new entity. The Federations on their part have agreed to withdraw the ongoing strike and continue with the process of dialogue. With this, employees will now be resuming their duties with effect from Monday, 26th August, 2019.

PIB

Saturday, 24 August 2019

CBDT issues clarification on eligibility of small Start-ups to avail tax holiday


Ministry of Finance
CBDT issues clarification on eligibility of small Start-ups to avail tax holiday
22 AUG 2019

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has clarified today that small start-ups with turnover upto Rs. 25 crore will continue to get the promised tax holiday as specified in Section 80-IAC of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (the ‘Act’), which provides deduction for 100 per cent of income of an eligible start-up for 3 years out of 7 years from the year of its incorporation.

CBDT further clarified that all the start-ups recognised by DPIIT which fulfilled the conditions specified in the DPIIT notification did not automatically become eligible for deduction under Section 80-IAC of the Act. A start-up has to fulfil the conditions specified in Section 80-IAC for claiming this deduction. Therefore, the turnover limit for small start-ups claiming deduction is to be determined by the provisions of Section 80-IAC of theAct and not from the DPIIT notification.
CBDT dispelled the confusion created by some media report claiming discrepancy that the I-T law was yet to reflect DPIIT’s higher turnover threshold of Rs. 100 crore. CBDT said thatthere was no contradiction in DPIIT’s notification dated 19.02.2019 and Section 80-IAC of the I.T. Act, 1961 because in para 3 of the said notification, it has clearly been mentioned that a start-up shall be eligible to apply for the certificate from the Inter-Ministerial Board of Certification for claiming deduction under Section 80-IAC of the Act, only if the start-up fulfils the conditions specified in sub-clause (i) and sub-clause (ii) of the Explanation of Section 80-IAC. Therefore, the turnover limit for eligibility for deduction under section 80-IAC of the Act, as per the DPIIT’s notification is also Rs. 25 crore.
It is further stated that Section 80-IAC contains a detailed definition of the eligible start-up which, interalia, provides that a start-up which is engaged in the eligible business shall be eligible for deduction, if (i) it is incorporated on or after 1st April 2016, (ii) its turnover does not exceed Rs. 25 crore in the year of deduction, and (iii) it holds a certificate from the Inter-Ministerial Board of Certification.

It was explained that this was the major reason as to why there was a wide difference between the number of start-ups recognised by the DPIIT and the start-ups eligible for deduction under section 80-IAC of the Act. It is pertinent to state that Section 80-IAC was inserted vide Finance Act, 2016 as an exception to the Government’s stated policy of phasing out profit-linked deduction for promoting small start-ups during their initial year of operation. Since the intention was to support the small start-ups, the turnover limit of Rs. 25 crore was considered reasonable for granting profit linking deduction.

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EPFO - Central Board of Trustees (CBT) approved the proposal to recommend for amendment in Employees Pension Scheme (EPS) 1995

EPFO

Central Board of Trustees (CBT) approved the proposal to recommend for amendment in Employees Pension Scheme (EPS) 1995

Ministry of Labour & Employment

CBT Approved Proposal to Recommend Amendment in EPS 1995
225th meeting of CBT held on 21st august, 2019 at Hyderabad

22 AUG 2019
In a major decision, the Central Board of Trustees (CBT) EPF in a meeting held at Hyderabad on 21 August 2019, approved the proposal to recommend for amendment in Employees' Pension Scheme (EPS) 1995 for restoration of commuted value of pension to the Pensioners after 15 years of drawing commutation which will benefit approx. 6.3 lakhs pensioners. This was a long pending demand of the pensioners.

The Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar whose also Chairman CBT, while addressing the CBT expressed satisfaction that Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is settling more than 91 % claims of EPF members in online mode and lauded the efforts made to improve services for settlement of claims of family of deceased members and EPF call centre function 24 by 7.

He also appreciated the good governance strategy adopted by EPFO in saving of Rs.22 crores p.a. due to negotiating reduced OD charges increased FD interest and waiver of collection charges by SBI and further savings of Rs.50 lakhs p.a. due to reduction in collection charges by three banks and achievement of highest yield (8.55%) by Portfolio Managers since July 2015.

The Minister released the educative booklet on seasonal employees regarding special provision in EPS’1995 regarding eligibility of seasonal employees for pension. The contents of booklet brings out the Scheme provision that contributory service in any year, even if contributory period is less than a year is treated as full year of eligible service for seasonal employee and this will help dispel doubts in minds of members/employers.

The Chairman CBT also launched the revamped EPFIGMS 2.0 version which will benefit more than 5 crores subscribers and lakhs of employers by speedy and smooth resolution of grievances.

The Board approved the proposal for Selection and Performance Evaluation of next Custodian by the new Consultant which will be appointed on the basis of Report of Five Members’ Committee constituted by the CBT for the purpose.

In the matter of coupon default of IL&FS Ltd, the Board nominated three officers of Investment Division of EPFO to attend the Debenture - Holders’ Meeting that may be held in future and if need be, vote on behalf of the Central Board, EPF.

Selection of ETF Manufacturers: The Board approved the decision to choose the Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) manufacturers through public bidding by 30/10/2019, extension of the term of the present ETF manufacturers (SBI MF and UTI MF) till then and also to authorized the Finance Investment & Audit Committee (FIAC) to conduct the exercise of choosing ETF manufacturers.

Allocation of investment in Nifty 50 and Sensex: The Board approved the proposal that the fund allocation between Nifty 50 and Sensex ETFs be divided evenly, i.e. in the ratio of 50% to 50%.
Appointment of a Consultant in addition to M/s. CRISIL Ltd: The Board approved the nomination of members from employer’s and employee side in a Committee constituted to select and appoint a separate Agency/Consultant in addition to M/s. CRISIL limited, inter-alia to review the working of the Portfolio Managers (PMs), assist the investment Committee in redemption of ETFs, etc.
Appointment of Portfolio Managers for managing funds of Central Board, EPF: The Central Board approved Request for Proposal (RFP) document for appointment of Portfolio Managers and recommendation of the FIAC on appointment of Portfolio Managers.

Exercise of early redemption options available in DHFL Bonds: The Board approved for early redemption option in DHFL bonds recommended by FIAC.

Consent for Transfer of Non- Convertible Debentures (NCDs) of GSPC to GSIL: EPFO has total investment of Rs.2300 Cr in GSPC NCDs. The Board approved the transfer of NCDs of GSPC to GSIL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Govt. of Gujarat and a better rated company which had made an offer to take over debt of GSPC with budgetary support of Government of Gujarat
Legal Entity Identifier Code (LEI) for participation in non- derivative markets by EPFO: In Nov’18, the Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) issued advisory to all eligible market participants in the Financial Markets to obtain LEI Code. The Board approved the nomination of the EPFO Officers as the authorized Officials to obtain LEI Code.

Withholding Investments in bonds of private sector companies: The CBT approved the decision to withhold any further investment in Private Sector Companies Bonds and to compulsorily consider one of the two required ratings necessarily from CRISIL, CARE, ICRA & India Ratings for investments in PSU Bonds category.

The Board ratified the decision of put option in NCDs of Tamil Nadu Power Finance Corporation and also approved put option in bond issued Kerala Finance Corporation & Tamil Nadu Power Finance and Infrastructure Dev. Corp. Ltd.

Shri Raghunathan, Employees' Representative on the Central Board, EPF appreciated the efforts of the Finance Investment & Audit Committee chaired by the Central Provident Fund Commissioner in finalizing the new Portfolio Managers for investing EPFO's corpus through a very transparent procedure. He further informed the Board that while SBI's Fund Management Arm has quoted 94% lesser than SBI PMS in the last mandate, UTI AMC has quoted 28% lesser. This would result in huge savings in portfolio management fees by EPFO.

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Railways - FACILITIES EXTENDED TO SENIOR CITIZENS

Railways

50% Concession for Male senior citizens and 40% Concession for Lady senior citizens

FACILITIES EXTENDED TO SENIOR CITIZENS

The following facilities have been extended from time to time to Senior citizens:
(i) As per rules, male senior citizens of minimum 60 years and lady senior citizens of minimum 58 years are granted concession in the fares of all classes of Mail/ Express/ Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/ , Jan Shatabdi/ Duronto group of trains. The element of concession is 40% for men and 50% for women.

No proof of age is required at the time of purchasing tickets. However, they are required to carry some documentary proof as prescribed showing their age or date of birth and have to produce it if demanded by on-board ticket checking staff. Senior citizens can book reserved tickets across the reservation counters as well as through internet.

(ii) In the computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) there is a provision to allot lower berths to Senior Citizens, Female passengers of 45 years and above automatically, even if no choice is given, subject to availability of accommodation at the time of booking.

(iii) A combined quota of six to seven lower berths per coach in Sleeper class, four to five lower berths per coach each in Air Conditioned 3 tier (3AC) and three to four lower berths per coach in Air Conditioned 2 tier (2AC) classes (depending on the number of coaches of that class in the train) has been earmarked for senior citizens, female passengers 45 years of age and above and pregnant women.

(iv) Accommodation is also earmarked for senior citizens during specified hours on suburban sections by Central & Western Railways.

(v) Instructions exist for provision of wheel chairs at stations. This facility is provided, duly escorted by coolies (on payment) as per present practice. Moreover, Zonal Railways have also been advised to provide ‘Battery Operated Vehicles for persons with disability and Old Aged Passengers’ at Railway Stations on merit - whether free of cost through commercial publicity route or through ‘user pays’ route. In addition, passenger can book e-wheel chairs online through IRCTC portal www.irctc.co.in.

(vi) To help old and disabled passengers requiring assistance at the stations and to strengthen the existing services, ‘Yatri Mitra Sewa’ is being provided through IRCTC at major stations for enabling passengers to book wheel chair services cum porter services etc.

(vii) After departure of the train, if there are vacant lower berths available in the train and if any person with disability booked on the authority of handicapped concession or a senior citizen or a pregnant woman, who has been allotted upper/ middle berth, approaches for allotment of vacant lower berths, the on board Ticket Checking Staff has been authorized to allot the vacant lower berth to them making necessary entries in the chart.

(viii) Separate counters are earmarked at various Passenger Reservation System (PRS) centers for dealing with the reservation requisitions received from persons with disability, Senior Citizens, Ex. MPs, MLAs, accredited journalists and freedom fighters, if the average demand per shift not less than 120 tickets.
In case there is no justification for earmarking of an exclusive counter for any of these categories of persons including persons with disability or senior citizens, one or two counters depending upon the total demand are earmarked for dealing with the reservation requests for all these categories of persons.

Source: Indian Railways

Pension Adalat to be held on 23.08.2019 - MHRD

MHRD

Pension Adalat to be held on 23.08.2019

No.A .440 11 /26/20 16-E.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of Higher Education
EIV Section
Room No.235, 'C' Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
New Dellhi, the 21st August, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Pension Adalat to be held on 23.08.2019. -reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare DO No.I / 12/2019-P&PW(G) dated 28.06.2019, OM No. 1/12/2019-P&PW(E) dated 05.07.2019 and this Ministry's OM of even no. dated 23.07.2019 on the above mentioned subject and to say that this Ministry had widely circulated the holding of Pension Adalat on 23.08.2019 for quick redressal of the grievances of pensioners within the framework of extant policy guidelines.

2. As regards the pensioners of the Core Secretariat of this Ministry is concerned, no case has been acknowledged for discussion in Pension Adalat on 23.08.2019 till date. All other cases have been transferred to their respective Ministries/ Divisions/ Organisations for appropriate action.

3. At present, this Ministry has received no request representation of the pensioners for redressal. As such, it is not feasible for this Ministry to hold Pension Adalat on 23.08.2019.

Source: MHRD

Issue of OPD Medicines for CGHS beneficiaries going abroad


Issue of OPD Medicines for CGHS beneficiaries going abroad

No.1-40/2019-CGHS/ C&P/DIR/CGHS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110 011
Dated the 19th August , 2019
OFFICE ORDER

Subject: Issue of OPD Medicines for CGHS beneficiaries going abroad

With reference to the above subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention to Circular No 4-20/2003-C&P Section dated the 28th April, 2005 vide which guidelines were issued for supply of OPD Medicines for upto ‘6’ months to CGHS beneficiaries, who are going to stay abroad and to state that the matter has been reviewed by this Ministry and it is now decided in modification of the earlier guidelines that hereinafter, Chief Medical Officer I/C of concerned CGHS Wellness Centre is empowered for issue of OPD medicines for upto six months to the CGHS beneficiaries visiting abroad, subject to submission of the following documents:
(a) Copy of valid CGHS Card.
(b )Valid prescription for six months.
(c) Documentary Proof of going abroad like ticket, visa etc.
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(Dr. Atul Prakash)
Director, CGHS
Source: Confederation

Transmission of e-PPO (PDF & XML) to the authorized banks in fresh pension cases


CPAO/ IT&Tech/ Master Data/ 14 Vol-III/P.F./2018-19/77
19.08.2019
Office Memorandum

Subject:- Transmission of e-PPO(PDF & XML) to the authorized banks in fresh pension cases.

e-PPO project has been started for issuing electronic PPO to pensioners and to digitize the whole pension processing. The e-PPO system aims at online processing of pension cases and movement of online data from Head of Office (HoO) to Pay & Accounts Office (PAO) to CPAO to Bank for fresh as well as revision of pension cases. In this system, all the stakeholders i.e. HOO, PAO, CPAO and Banks would perform their respective work online. The main objective of this exercise is to put in place seamless transmission of pension electronically from head of office to banks for payment of pensions.

At present, pension cases in respect of central civil pensioners are being processed online through PFMS and e-PPO (XML & PDF file) is being forwarded by the Pay & Accounts Offices to CPAO.
It has now been decided to send the e-PPO (XML & PDF file] to the banks for consuming the data in their system after updating their pension software as per requirement. The physical PPO booklet along with the SSA in fresh pension cases will continue to be sent to all the banks as a parallel run till the system stabilizes.

It is also clarified that details given in Physical Booklet of PPO will be sacrosanct and supersede in case any mismatch or discrepancy arises between the data of PDF and XMI, file of e-PPO.

(Md. Shahid Kamal Ansari)
(Dy, Controller of Accounts)

LTC - Change of Home Town while availing LTC-Army Officers

LTC claims

Message Title: Change of Home Town while availing LTC-Army Officers

Message : CGDA Office vide their letter No. AT/IV/4462/Claim/III dated 17/07/2019 have clarified to accept change of Home Town in respect of Army Officers at par with Defence Civilians, and for making the similar provisions of Defence Civilians at Rule 190(5) (ii) TR applicable to Army Officers also. Hence, such cases will be regulated as under:
a. Home town once declared will be treated as final, and the same will be referred to while admitting Home Town LTC claims.
b. In case any change is to be notified through Part II orders and Home Town LTC claim submitted for the changed Home Town, the sanction of Head of Department, or if the officer himself is the Head of Department then sanction of MoD will invariably be enclosed with LTC claim.
c. The change of Home Town is permissible in exceptional circumstances and the change will not be made more than once in the entire service of the officer.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Railway Concessions, Reservation Quota and Other FACILITIES EXTENDED TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITY

Railway Concessions, Reservation Quota and Other FACILITIES EXTENDED TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITY

Facilities extended for the persons with disability by Ministry of Railways include:-

(A) Concessions:

Concessions in Rail fare have been extended to persons with disability, which are as under:

CONCESSION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY

Category of persons with disability
1. Orthopedically handicapped/Paraplegic persons who cannot travel without escort - for any purpose. However, can book ticket with or without escort.
2. Mentally retarded persons who cannot travel without escort- for any purpose. However, can book ticket with or without escort.
3. Blind persons travelling alone or with an escort - for any purpose

Percentage of concession
  • 75% in 2nd, SL; 1st Class, 3AC, AC chair car
  • 50% in 1AC and 2AC,
  • 25% in 3AC & AC chair Car of Rajdhani/ Shatabdi trains
  • 50% in MST & QST
  • One escort is also eligible for same element of concession
4. Deaf & Dumb persons (both afflictions together in the same person) travelling alone or with an escort - for any purpose.
Percentage of concession
  • 50% in 2nd, SL and 1st Class
  • 50% in MST & QST
  • One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.
The procedure for availing concession is (a) Concession tickets are issued directly from Stations on production of copy of prescribed certificate from Govt. Doctor, (b) For Blind persons, certificates issued by RMPs and certain Institutions working of Blind persons (listed in Coaching Tariff) also are accepted. Concessions granted directly at stations on production of . a photocopy of the certificate. The Original certificate will have to be produced for inspection at the time of purchase of concessional ticket and during journey, if demanded. E-ticket are also issued on the basis of Unique ID issued by Indian railways to eligible persons with disability for concession in fare.

Concession is admissible in the basic fares of Mail/ Express/ Rajdhani/ Shatabdi group of trains all other charges like reservation fee, supplementary charges etc. are to be paid in full.

With a view to facilitate persons with disability to avail concessional tickets online, concessional tickets booking facility including online concessional ticket booking facility for the persons with disability using Photo identity card issue by the Railways has been introduced.

(B) Quota in Reservation:

(i) A reservation quota of four sleeper class berths & 2 berths in 3AC class has been earmarked in all trains running on non-suburban sections for persons with disability performing their journey on handicapped concessional ticket. The persons accompanying the persons with disability as escort is also allotted the berth out of this quota.

(ii) Instructions have also been issued that in the tickets issued through Computerized Passenger Reservation System, to extent feasible, one lower berth should be allotted to the person with disability and the person accompanying the persons with disability as. escort should be allotted middle/upper berths near the persons with disability subject to availability of accommodation.

(iii) After departure of the train, i'f there are vacant lower berths available in the train and if any person with disability booked on the authority of handicapped concessional ticket, who has been allotted upper/middle berth, approaches for allotment of vacant lower berths, the Conductor/Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) has been authorized to allot the vacant lower berth to them making necessary entries in the Chart.

(C) Other facilities:

(i) Specially designed coaches known as SLRD coaches with wider entrance doors to allow a wheel chair to enter, wider aisles and modified toilet with 4 berths, the lower two for persons with disability and upper berths for attendants have been attached in almost all Mail/Express trains except Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Jan Shatabdi Express Trains and Duronto Express Trains.

(ii) Instructions have been issued that in all Mail/Express Trains, the SLRD coaches should treated as unreserved coaches earmarked for exclusive use of persons with disability. In case of Garib Rath Express Trains which are fully reserved trains, these coaches are treated as reserved for booking by persons with disability travelling on the prescribed certificate on payment of full fare of 3 AC class of Garib Rath Express on first come first served basis.

(iii) Separate counters are earmarked to various Passenger Reservation System (PRS) centres for dealing with the reservation i,requisitions received from persons with disability, Senior Citizens, Ex. MPs, MLAs, accredited journalists and freedom fighters, if the average demand per shift not less than 120 tickets. In case there is no justification for earmarking of an exclusive counter for any of these categories of persons including persons with disability or senior citizens, one or two counters depending upon the total demand are earmarked for dealing with the reservation requests for all these categories of persons.

(iv) Zonal Railways have been authorised to introduce Battery Operated Vehicles (BOVs) at major Railway Stations for persons with disability, elderly and ailing passengers on 'first come first served' basis through sponsorship from individuals, NGOs, Trusts, Charitable institutions, Corporates and PSUs/Corporate Houses under their Corporate Social Responsibility with no charge to passenger or to the Railway. 80 BOVs have already been provided at 54 major railway stations. Further, instructions have also been issued to Zonal Railways to invite Expression of interest for providing the facility of Battery'' operated Car service on payment basis initially at all Al category stations keeping in view the financial sustainability of the service. This facility can be availed by passengers on 'first come first served' basis, however, preference shall be given to Sr. Citizens, persons with disability, pregnant women and medically sick passengers.

(v) Persons with disability friendly toilets, water fountains, ticket counters and earmarked parking facility is provided at all A-1, A and B category of stations.

(vi) In allotment of STD/PCO booths at Railway Stations, 25% booths have been reserved for persons with disability (including blind) with disability of 40% and above.

(vii) Zonal railways have also been instructed to provide one wheel chair per platform and in case of island platforms one wheel chair per two platforms at all A-1 and A category stations.

Yatri Mitra Sewa has a!So been introduced at major railway stations for enabling passengers to book wheel chairs services cum porter services free of cost through NGOs, Charitable trust, PSUs etc. under CSR and responsibility of providing this facility has been entrusted with IRCTC. In case of lack of response from NGOs, Charitable trust, PSUs etc. this service may be arranged on payment basis through a service provider or on its own.

Short term facilities as detailed below have been planned at all stations:
  • Standard ramp for barrier free entry.
  • Earmarking at least two parking lots.
  • Non-slippery walk-way from parking lot to building.
  • Signages of appropriate visibility. At least one toilet (on the ground floor).
  • At least one drinking water tap suitable for use by persons with disability. 'May I help you' Booth.
In addition, long term facilities as detailed below have been planned at 'A-1', 'A' & 'B' category stations:
  • Provision of facility for inter-platform transfer.
  • Engraving on edges of platform.
Source: Indian Railways

LTC Review of charges realised by Indian Railways for verification of PNR details

LTC

Review of charges realised by Indian Railways for verification of PNR details

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No.2016/TG-I/ 20/P/LTC
New Delhi, Dated 18.07.2019
The Principal Chief Commercial Managers,
All zonal Railways.
(COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR NO. 34 of 2019)

Sub: Review of charges realised by Indian Railways for verification of PNR details.

Ref: Letter nos. 2006/TG-I/ 20/P/ LTC dated 10.01.2007, 2006/TG-I/ 20/P/LTC dated 31.08.2010 (CC No. 40 of 2010), 2006/TG­-I/ 20/P/ LTC Pt. dated 13.12.2011 (CC No. 65 of 2011)
In supersession of above referred instructions regarding levy of charges for verification of PNR details etc., Competent Authority have now decided to adopt the following procedure for furnishing information regarding verification of journey details:

(i) Individuals seeking information for self travel under RTI Act or otherwise: It should be provided as per provisions of RTI Act subject to submission of identity proof bearing name and date of birth i.e. Aadhar/PAN card etc. to confirm that the person seeking information is one and the same as one of the passengers on the PNR.

(ii) Individuals seeking information for travel of other person under RTI Act or otherwise: Action should be taken as per relevant provisions of RTI Act and information should not be provided unless consent of third party is available.In case of requests not received under RTI Act, no information shall be provided.

(iii) Government Departments seeking information for their employees for the purpose of reimbursement of travel expenditure: It should be provided on realisation of nominal fee of Rs.50/- per PNR only on receipt of official request from the concerned Department.

(iv) Government Investigating Agencies/ Courts seeking information in connection with investigation/ Court Case: Status quo may be maintained and information shall be provided free of charge on receipt of official request of the Agency.

2. Authority to provide information and to take charges: Concerned Zonal Railways shall decide on the authority to provide information under this policy and to realise charges.
Sd/-
(Shelly Srivastava}
Director Passenger Marketing
Railway Board
Source: Indian Railways

Indian Navy Personnel Serving Retirement And Pension Officers - Pensionary Benefits

Indian Navy Personnel Serving Retirement And Pension Officers

Pensionary Benefits

Introduction
Based on the recommendations of the Vth Pay Commission, the Government has abolished the standard pension of the rank. The normal retiring pension is purely based on two factors i.e. Qualifying Service and Average Monthly Emoluments.

Type of Benefits
If the minimum qualifying service required has been completed officers are eligible for
  • Retiring Pension
  • Retirement Gratuity
Minimum Qualifying Service
In case officers have not rendered the minimum qualifying service for pension, then they are entitled to
  • Retiring Gratuity
  • Retirement Gratuity
4. Qualifying Service
It shall mean the actual qualifying service rendered plus a weightage (in years) appropriate to the last rank held (as given subsequently below). The minimum qualifying service (without weightage) to be eligible for retiring pension is 20 years (15 years in case of a late entrant). The maximum qualifying service including weightage reckonable for pensionary benefits is 33 years.

5. Counting of Other Service
Full pre-commissioned service rendered under the Central Government whether in a Civil Department or in the Armed Forces shall be taken in account while working out the Qualifying service for pensionary benefits and determining the minimum Qualifying service for retiring pension.

6. Calculation of Fraction of Year for Qualifying Service
To calculate the length of the Qualifying service, fraction of a year equal to 3 months and above but less than 6 months shall be treated as a completed one half year and reckoned as Qualifying service.

7. Weightage
The object of the weightage for calculating the Retiring Pension is to give the benefit of entitlement to Retiring pension as close as possible to 50% of reckonable emoluments which is the maximum admissible after 33 years of service. The weightage allowed is as follows

RankWeightage
Sub Lt/Lt9 years
Lt Cdr8 years
Cdr7 years
Capt (TS)7 years
Captain (with less than 3 years and 10 months service)7 years
Captain (with 3 years and 10 months and more service)5 years
Admiral/ Vice Admiral/ Rear Admiral3 years

8. Reckonable Emoluments
For the purpose of working out the Retiring Pension the term Reckonable Emoluments means the average of the Pay. Dearness Pay, Non-practising Allowance and the Rank pay and Stagnation Pay, if any, drawn during the 10 months immediately preceding the date of retirement.

9. Quantum of Retiring Pension
  • The retiring pension is calculated at 50% of average emoluments. The amount so determined is the retiring pension for 33 years of reckonable qualifying service. For lesser period of reckonable qualifying service, this amount is proportionately reduced. The minimum pension shall not be less than Rupee 1,275/- per month wef 01 Jan 1996.
  • Further with effect from 01 Apr 2004, since 50% of Dearness Allowance converted into Dearness Pay is counted for retirement benefits, pension/family pension shall be calculated at 50% and 30% respectively of the pay plus Dearness Pay subject to minimum of Rupee 1,913/- and maximum of 50% and 30% respectively of the highest pay plus Dearness Pay in the Government. The highest pay in the Govt wef 01 Jan 96 is Rupee 30,000/-. The highest pension, as of now, comes to Rupee 22,500/- (i.e. basic pension Rupee 15,000/- + dearness pay Rupee 7,500/- = total pension Rupee 22,500/-).
10. Protection of Retiring Pension
Retiring Pension in the rank of Cdr, Commodore (Captain with 3 years and 10 months , or more service) and Rear Admiral shall in NO CASE be less than the pension admissible to the officer as a Lt Cdr, Captain (with less than 3 years and 10 months service) or as a Commodore, as the case may be, had the officer not been promoted to the higher rank.

11. Retirement/Retiring Gratuity
Please see the details in Chapter IV on Gratuity.

12. Pension Disbursing Authorities
The officers may claim the pension through Govt. Treasury/Pension Payment Masters/ Defence Pension Disbursing Officers. They may also draw the pension through Public Sector Banks, if they so desire. With effect from 09 Jul 05, pensioners can operate the joint account of pension with his/her spouse.

13. Illustration
An illustration showing the procedure for calculation of Retiring Pension is given at appendix H. For a near exact amount of pension and gratuity, officers are advised to browse the NPO website https://www.navpay.gov.in

Source: Indian Navy

FAQ Entitlement of Travel Allowance for Indian Navy Officers


FAQ
Entitlement of Travel Allowance for Indian Navy Officers

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What TA/DA is admissible for moves on permanent duty within Indian limit?
For self
  • By road – one mileage allowance as given in Rule 61 TR.
  • By rail – On warrant, travel on cash TA is not normally authorised as no public interest is thereby served.
  • By Air – Captain, IN and above are entitled to travel by air or ACC I Class at their option. If travelling by ACC, warrant is to be issued for I Class and the extra charges for ACC are re-imbursed. However, Officers of the rank of Cdr may also Travel on their own discretion by air if the distance involved is more than 500 Kms and the journey cannot be performed overnight by a direct train or sleeper coach service.
For Family
  • By Road – One mileage if two members accompanying the officer and one more mileage if more than two members accompany him as per rates given in Rule 61 TR.
  • By Rail – On Warrant. However, if journey is performed on cash TA, one fare of the class in which traveled will be re- imbursed.
  • By Air – Same as that of the Officers.
Composite Transfer Grant Married Single When transfer involves 1 months 80 % of basic pay change of station located at basic pay for a month a distance of 20 Kms or more (Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No 12630/Q MovC/3198/D(Mov)/98 dated 28 Oct 1998).

Additional Journey to previous duty station. An additional fare/free warrant by the entitled class i.e. the class at the time of initial moves for both onward and return journey will be allowed for journey to previous duty station in case the officer has to leave his family behind due to non-availability of Govt. accommodation at the new duty station.

Transportation of private conveyance at public expenses
  • All first grade officers are entitled for conveyance at public of one motor car or one motor cycle/scooter or one expenses horse on permanent transfer.
  • As there is no provision in Military Tariff for booking of private cars on railway warrant, such vehicle to the extent authorised will be transported against cash payment.
  • The car may be transported by passenger or goods train. In the case of goods train, the cost of packing and of transporting the car to and from the goods shed at the station of departure and arrival may also be allowed provided the total cost claimed will not exceed the freight by passenger train.
  • When an officer transports his motor car by road under its own power between stations connected by rail he may draw an allowance at the rates for taxi approved by Director of Transport at the starting point limited to the expenditure on transportation by passenger train. If, however, the car is moved between stations connected by road only, (including those where the road journey is in continuation of the rail or steamer journey) he may draw an allowance at the rates for taxi approved by Director of Transport at the starting point.
  • In case of the car transported by loading on a truck between stations connected by rail the officer may be allowed the actual expenditure on transportation limited to the rates for taxi approved by Director of Transport at the starting point or the freight charges by passenger train whichever is less. If however, the car is moved between stations not connected by rail, he may draw actual expenditure limited to the rates for taxi approved by Director of Transport at the starting point.
  • If an officer owned a car at a station other than from which he is transferred, he may draw the cost of transportation of the car from that station to which he is transferred, limited to the cost of its conveyance from his old to the new duty station, provided it is conveyed within prescribed time limit of 6 months extendable to one year with the sanction of the competent authority. In the case of an officer who does not own a motor car at the time of his transfer from one station to another but purchases one to take it to the new duty station from some other place, the above expenses may be allowed with the sanction of the Government.
  • Advance for the transportation of car may be drawn if the prior sanction of the competent authority is obtained.
2. What elements of pay are reckoned for calculating the entitlement of daily allowance?
Basic pay and rank pay where applicable, are treated as pay for determining the rate of daily allowance. In the case of Surgeons, non practicing allowance is also to be taken into account.

3. How is DA on Ty duty to be calculated?
DA for the entire absence from headquarters will be calculated as given below: – Full DA is to be granted for each completed calendar day of absence reckoned from mid night to mid night. For absence from headquarters for less than 24 hours the DA will be admissible at the following rates
  • If the stay is up to six hours – Nil
  • If stay is more than 6 hrs but does not exceed 12 hours – 70%.
  • If the stay exceeds 12 hrs – full DA (Rule 114 TR) Note : In case the period of absence from Headquarters falls on two calendars days it is reckoned as two days and DA is calculated for each day as above. Similarly, DA for days of departure from and arrival at headquarters will be regulated accordingly.
4. From what point of time will absence entire the entire absence from HQs be counted for the purpose of grant of DA?
Journey by Rail – The from HQs will be reckoned with reference to the scheduled departure / arrival time of the train from / at the Railway Station. However, where the train is late by more than 15 minutes,. actual arrival times will be taken into account. Journeys by Bus – The entire absence will be reckoned with reference to the actual departure/arrival time from/at the bus stand. Journey by Air – The entire absence from HQs will be reckoned with reference to scheduled reporting/arrival time from/ at the airport. However, where the plane is late by more than 15 minutes actual arrival time will be taken into account. (Authority : Para 5(a) to Govt of India, Min of Def OM No B/89621/II/Q Mov C/4214/ D(Civ-ii) dated 16 May 75.)

Source: Indian Navy

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Anomaly in fixation of pay of Chief Loco Inspectors appointed prior to 01.01.2016 with reference to their juniors appointed after 01.01.2016 and drawing more pay than the seniors

Anomaly in fixation of pay of Chief Loco Inspectors appointed prior to 01.01.2016 with reference to their juniors appointed after 01.01.2016 and drawing more pay than the seniors

O/o The Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension),
Draupadighat, Allahabad - 211014
Circular No. C- 202
No.G1/C/0199/ Vol-II/Tech
Dated: 06.08.2019.
To,
(All Head of Department under Min. of Defence)

Sub:- Revision of pension wef 01.01.2006 of Pre-2006 pensioners who retired from the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500- 10500/- or equivalent pay scale in the earlier Pay Commission periods.

Ref: -This office Important Circular No.195, dated 04.02.2019.

Attention is invited to this office circular No. C-195 dt. 04.02.2019 under which instruction has been issued to PDA for revision of pension/family pension wef 01.01.2006, consequent on the decision issued by GOI DP&PW vide OM No.38/33/12- P&PW (A) dated 04.01.2019 to consider the Grade Pay Rs. 4600 as the corresponding Grade pay in the case of Pre-2006 pensioners who retired/died in the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500-10500/- or equivalent pay scale in the earlier Pay Commission periods.

2. For revision of pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016 of pre-2016 pensioners by notional fixation of pay in the 7th CPC Department of P&PW has issued concordance tables vide OM F. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) dated 06.07.2017. Tables No. 24 & 25 in these concordance tables indicated the revised pension/family pension based on the corresponding 6th CPC grade pay of Rs. 4200/- in respect of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners who retired/died in the 5th CPC scale of Rs 6500-10500/-or equivalent pay scale in the earlier Pay Commission periods. Consequent on the decision to consider the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- in above cases, revised tables No. 24 & 25 have been issued vide DP&PW OM No. 38/33/12-P&PW (A) dt.09.07.2019 (copy enclosed).

3. For implementation of above OM dt.09.07.2019, you are requested to issue instructions to sub offices under your administrative control to submit the revised LPC-cum-data sheet in affected cases, as procedure prescribed in this office circular No. C-164 dated 30.05.2018, so that corrigendum PPOs for the same may be issued at the earliest.
Sd/-
(Yashasvi Kumar)
Dy.CDA (P)
Source: PCDA (Pension) Circular

Ex-Servicemen Welfare - Payment and Re-imbursement of Medical expenses under ECHS

Ex-Servicemen Welfare - Payment and Re-imbursement of Medical expenses under ECHS; Processing of Online Bills by Bill Processing Agency (BPA)

File No.25(01)/2018/WE/D(Res-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence .
(Deptt. of Ex-Servicemen Welfare )
B wing, Room No.220
Sena Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated 09 July, 2019
To,
The chief of Army Staff .
The chief of Naval Staff
The chief of Air Staff

Subject: Payment and Re-imbursement of Medical expenses under ECHS; Processing of Online Bills by Bill Processing Agency (BPA).

Sir,
With reference to Govt. of India Ministry of Defence letter No.22A(10)/2010/US(WE)/D(Res)-Vol-V dated 10th July 2014 on the subject, I am directed to convey sanction of the Competent to the following amendments:

For

Payment and Re-imbursement for Medical Treatment (Online Billing)
(i) Director Regional Centre ECHS - Upto Rs.3,00,000/-
(ii) Dy MD, ECHS - Upto Rs.5,00,000/-
(iii) MD, ECHS - Upto Rs.10,00,000/-
(iv) Joint Secretary, ESW - Upto Rs.25,00,000/-
(v) Secretary, ESW - Above Rs.25,00,000/-

Read
(i) Director Regional Centre ECHS - Upto Rs.4,00,000/-
(ii) Dy MD, ECHS - Upto Rs.8,00,000/-
(iii) MD, ECHS - Upto Rs.15,00,000/-
(iv) Joint Secretary, ESW - Upto Rs.40,00,000/-
(v) Secretary, ESW - Above Rs.40,00.000/-

The powers delegated within the Ministry (bill above Rs.15 lakhs ) will be exercised in consultation with MoD (Finance/Pension).

This issues with the concurrence of MoD (Finance/Pension) vide U.O. No.32(14)/2018/Fin/Pen dated 17-6-2019.
Yours faithfully,
(A.K. Karn )
Under Secretary to Govt. of India
Source: DESW

Anomaly in fixation of pay of Chief Loco Inspectors appointed prior to 01.01.2016 with reference to their juniors appointed after 01.01.2016 and drawing more pay than the seniors

Anomaly in fixation of pay of Chief Loco Inspectors appointed prior to 01.01.2016 with reference to their juniors appointed after 01.01.2016 and drawing more pay than the seniors

PC-VII/ 143
RBE No.133/2019

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(P&A)II/2017/RS-06

New Delhi, dated 16.08.2019

The General Manager,
AU Indian Railways &
Production Units.

Sub : Anomaly in fixation of pay of Chief Loco Inspectors appointed prior to 01.01.2016 with reference to their juniors appointed after 01.01.2016 and drawing more pay than the seniors.
It has come to the notice of the Board that staff appointed prior to 1.1.2016 as Chief Loco Inspectors in the pre-revised pay structure, whose pay has been fixed in the 7th CPC pay structure for Chief Loco Inspectors under the RS(RP) Rules, 2016, are drawing less pay than their juniors appointed to the Supervisory post after 1.1.2016.

The anomaly has arisen due to the fact that the benefit of pay element granted at the time of promotion of running staff to a stationary post has been granted to the junior in the revised pay structure, whereas, the same benefit granted to the senior is of lesser value as the same has been calculated on pre-revised pay structure.

2. Rule 7(10) of RS(RP) Rules: 2016 contains the provisions for stepping up of pay in case of anomaly in pay fixation between senior and junior employees, subject to certain conditions.

The anomaly in the case of Chief Loco Inspectors has arisen due the benefit of pay element reckoned for fixation of pay on promotion of running staff to a stationary post being granted in pre-revised pay structure or revised pay structure.

3. Therefore, in accordance with Rule 7(10) ofRS(RP) Rules, 2016, it has been decided that the anomaly be resolved by granting stepping up of pay to the seniors at par with the juniors subject to the following conditions:-

(a) Both the junior and the senior Railway servants should belong to the same cadre from which they have been promoted to the higher post and the posts in which they have been promoted should be identical in the same cadre;

(b) The existing pay structure and the revised pay structure of the lower and higher posts in which they are entitled to draw are identical;

(c) The senior Railway servants at the time of promotion are drawing equal or more pay than the junior;

(d) The stepping up of pay will be allowed to running staff appointed as Chief Loco Inspectors only in whose cases extant quantum of pay element (at present 30%) is reckoned for pay fixation. The stepping up of pay will not be admissible to the non-running staff appointed as Loco Running Supervisors as in their cases the question of pay element in the running allowance does not arise;

(e) If even in the lower post, revised or pre-revised, the junior was drawing more pay than the senior by virtue of advance increments granted to him or otherwise, stepping up will not be permissible;

(f) In cases where the conditions are not met, stepping up of pay would not be admissible. For instance a Chief Loco Inspector promoted from Loco Pilot (Goods) prior to 1.1.2016 and the junior promoted to Chief Loco Inspector from Loco Pilot (Passenger) or from Loco Pilot (Mail/Express) [i.e. from a different post/cadre] after 1.1 .2016 are not identical and such would not come under the purview of instructions relating to stepping up of pay.

(g) In this connection, it is stated that LP (Goods), LP (Passenger) and LP (M/E) form three different and distinct seniority units and would, therefore, constitute different cadres/posts in the context of clause (a) above as clearly brought out in (f) above.

(h) Stepping up will be allowed only once, the pay so fixed after stepping up will remain unchanged;

(i) The senior shall be entitled to the next increment on completion of his required qualifying service with effect from the date of refixation of pay.

4. This has the approval of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

No.E(P&A)II/2017/RS-06

Joint Director/E(P&A)
Railway Board
New Delhi, dated 16.08.2019

Source: AIRF

CBSE Central Board of Secondary Education will conduct the 13th edition of Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) on 08- 12-2019


Ministry of Human Resource Development

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct the 13th edition of Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) on 08-12-2019
16 AUG 2019

The Central Board of Secondary Education will conduct the 13th edition of Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) on 08-12-2019 (Sunday). The test will be conducted in 20 (Twenty) languages in 110 cities all over the country. The detailed Information Bulleting containing details of examination, syllabus, languages, eligibility criteria, examination fee, examination cities and important dates will be available on CTET official website www.ctet.nic.in from 19-08-2019.
The candidates are requested to download the Information Bulletin only from above mentioned website and read the same carefully before applying. The aspiring candidates have to apply online only through CTET website www.ctet.nic.in. The online application process will start from 19-08-2019. The last date for submitting online application is 18-09-2019 and fee can be paid upto 23-09- 2019 till 15.30 PM.

PIB

Filling up the post of Executive Director (Engg./IT) (JS Level) in Food Corporation of India, New Delhi under the Department of Food & Public Distribution

Filling up the post of Executive Director (Engg./IT) (JS Level) in Food Corporation of India, New Delhi under the Department of Food & Public Distribution

F No 9/1/2019-EO(SM-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel , Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Office of the Establishment Officer

New Delhi, the 16th August, 2019
To
  1. The Chief Secretaries, All State Governments
    2 The Secretaries of all the Ministries/Departments of Government of India.
Subject: Filling up the post of Executive Director (Engg’/IT) (JS Level) in Food Corporation of India, New Delhi under the Department of Food & Public Distribution.

Sir/ Madam,
It is proposed to fill up the post of Executive Director (Engg.IT) (JS Level) in Food Corporation of India, New Delhi under the Department of Food & Public Distribution with pay at Level 14 (Rs. 1,44,200-2,18,200/-) of the Pay Matrix on deputation basis vice Shri Syedian Abbasi , IAS (AM 1990).

2. Names of willing and eligible officers, who have been empanelled to hold Joint Secretary or equivalent posts at the Centre under the Central Staffing Scheme, may be recommended to this office along with cadre clearance, vigilance clearance, detailed bio-data, viz name, date of birth , service, batch , contact telephone number, email address, educational qualifications, complete experience/posting details etc. CR dossiers/certified ACRs for the last five years and details of debarment & cooling off in respect of past central deputation. In case the officers are currently on Central deputation , the nomination may be forwarded with the approval of the Minister- in-charge concerned.

3. The post is a Non-Central Staffing Scheme post to be filled up through the Civil Services Board (CSB) procedure. It may be noted that no 'Mandatory Posting Certificate' for allotment retention of Government accommodation would be issued by this office to the officer appointed on the above referred post. However, those officers who have served and are currently serving on Central Staffing Scheme post in Delhi for at least four years and require to retain Government accommodation, would be issued a certificate to the effect that the officer concerned has served for at least four years in CSS post and he/she needs to retain Government accommodation for his/her tenure on non-CSS post.
4. It is requested that the applications of the eligible candidates may be forwarded so as to reach this Department by 13.09.2019.
Yours faithfully,
(Smita Sarangi)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Source: DoPT

Defence MoD clarifies there is no proposal to privatise OFB

Ministry of Defence
MoD clarifies there is no proposal to privatise OFB
16th AUG 2019

In continuation of the meeting held on August 14, a Committee of senior officials of Ministry of Defence led by Additional Secretary, Department of Defence Production alongwith Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) once again met the office bearers of the All India Defence Employees Federation, Indian National Defence Workers Federation, Bhartiya Pratiksha Mazdoor Sangh and Confederation of Defence Recognized Association here today on the issue of Strike notice given by them starting with effect from August 20,2019. The meeting was also attended by officials from the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India.

The Committee also pointed out that the employees’ call for 30 days’ strike was unprecedented, especially when Government has already agreed to their demand to hold discussions at the MoD level and is in process of continuously engaging with them.

The Committee explained to the employee organisations that there is no proposal to privatise OFB. The proposal under consideration of Government is to make it into Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), which is 100 per cent Government owned. Rumours being spread that OFB is being privatised are misguiding and with the intent to mislead the workers. Corporatisation of OFB will bring OFB at par with other DPSUs of MoD. This is in the interest of OFB as it will provide operational freedom and flexibility to OFB which it presently lacks. Besides, the interests of the workers will be adequately safeguarded in any decision taken on the subject.

The Committee also pointed out that Government has been continuously trying to strengthen the functioning of OFB, including having taken several steps to modernise the factories, carry out capital upgradation, re-train and re-skill OFB employees at Government costs, enable development of products and components with indigenous technology. The Committee urged the employee organisations to recognise Government’s efforts to make OFB into a competitive, productive and efficient organisation with higher turnover and enhanced profitability, which would also be in the interest of the employees. Therefore, the Committee once again urged the employee organisations to withdraw their proposed strike.

PIB

Friday, 16 August 2019

NPS payment for GDS employees in Premature exit will be settled within 3 months - Department Of Posts


NPS payment for GDS employees in Premature exit will be settled within 3 months - Department Of Posts

No.17-31/2016-GDS
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(GDS Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110001
Dated : 16.08.2019

Office Memorandum

Subject : Implementation of recommendation of Kamlesh Chandra Committee in case of premature exit from GDS post.

I am directed to say that Kamlesh Chandra Committee recommended vide para 18.48.5 that, in case of premature exit from GDS post, the sanction for payment or transfer of due amount to NPS as the case may should be issued by the competent authority within 3 months from the date of relief from the GDS post.

2. The matter has been examined and following orders are issued:-

(a) All DDOs/DA(P)s should ensure to take up the case with NSDL for payment of due amount to NPS Lite well in advance along with all required/supporting documents and claim forms.

(b) All DDOs/DA(P)s must ensure that GDS is fulfilling all the terms and conditions applicable for grant of due amount to NPS Lite at the time of processing of claims for premature exit withdrawal.

(c) All DDOs/DA(P)s will ensure that in case of premature exit from GDS post by a GDS, the sanction for payment or transfer of due amount to NPS Lite, as the case may be, is issued by the competent authority within 3 months from the date of discharge from the GDS post.

(d) In no case should payment of due amount to NPS Lite be delayed beyond 3 months from the date of discharge from the GDS post.

3. The above instruction will come into effect from the date of issue of this O.M.

4. Hindi version will follow.

(SB Vyavahare)
Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)
Tele No. 011-23096629
Email-adggds@indiapost.gov.in

Defence Employees Strike from 20 August to 19 September 2019


Defence Employees Strike from 20 August to 19 September 2019

Contd. Annexure-I
Annexure-I

UNANIMOUS VIEWS EXPRESSED BY AIDEF,
INDWF, BPMS & CDRA IN THE MEETING HELD
WITH ADDITIONAL SECRETARY /DP ON 14-8-2019.

1. The entire workforce of the Ordnance Factories are totally demoralized and there is a total discontentment prevailing in all the Factories due to the sudden decision taken by the Government to corporatize Ordnance Factories. The of Ordnance Factories have to work in a peaceful atmosphere with lot of motivation and vigil since they are involved in highly hazardous and risky operations in manufacturing Defence equipments. Due to the decision taken by the Government the 82.000 employees and their family members are in deep distress. The employees working in the hazardous condition should be allowed to work with full motivation and peace of mind.

Already more than 25 factories including OEF Group, Small Anus group, VFJ are struggling for workload since 275 items manufactured in these factories are declared as Non-Core and outsourced.

3. The present decision of the Government to corporatize the Ordnance Factories is in violation of all the previous agreements and assurances. In this regard the following assurances were given in the past by the Ministry of Defence.

(i) Defence Secretary’s written assurance on 19-4-2002, through the minutes of the meeting held with the Federations, post Nair Committee’s recommendation on corporatization.

(ii) The then honourable RM late Shri. George Fenumdes’s written assurance through the minutes of the meeting held on 22/04/2002 with the Federations to discuss post Nair Committee’s recommendation on corporatization.

(iii) The then RM, Shri. Pranab Mukherjee’s written assurance through the minutes of the meeting held on 18-9-2006 with the Federations to discuss Kelkar Committee’s report.

(iv) Secretary (DP)’s written assurance through the minutes of the meeting held on 31-8-2006 with the Federations.

(v) The then RM, Shri. A.K. Antony’s written assurance through the minutes of the meeting held with the Federations on 26-6-2007.

(vi) The then RM Slui. ManoharParikar’s written assurance dated 15-4-2015, in reply to the AIDEF representation dated 7-2-2015.

(vii) In reply to an untanned question no. 833, raised by MP, Slui. Tapan Kumar Sen, the then Hon’ble RM, on 3-3-2015, informed RajyaSablia that there is no proposal to corporatize the OFB and also informed that such an assurance was given to the Federation in the past.

4. The entire workforce including Officers are against the decision of the Government to convert the Ordnance Factories in to a corporation due to the following reasons which has been communicated to the Honourable Defence Minister vide joint letter dated 26-7-2019

(i) For the past 218 years the Ordnance Factories have been kept as a Departmental Organization due to the reason that considering the special nature of Defence Industry like volatility, non uniform demand from Armed Forces and Pam Military Forces, uneconomic quantities to be produced to meet strategic needs etc. which a public sector / corporation will not be able to manage and sustain.

(ii) OFB are the forth force of the Defence of our Country and to be treated as “War Reserve” at par with the Armed Forces to maintain idle capacities to take care of surge demand is emergent war situation. This “war reserve” only came to the country’s rescue during Kargil crisis.

(iii) In a purely commercial tenn, maintaining idle capacity would be detrimental to the business interest of the Corporation/ PSU. Therefore, Ordnance Factories should continue as a Departmental Organization.

(iv) Converting the Ordnance Factories into a PSU / Corporation is not a commercially viable option due to :

(a) fluctuations in orders.
(b) Orders after Long Gap
(c) Uneconomical Order Quantity.
(d) Life Cycle support required for 30-40 Years after introduction of equipment.

(v) Risk to national security in case of growth of private players in the event of possible failure of the proposed OFB Corporation resulting in disinvestment. closure etc.

(vi) The so called private vendors are not able to supply even raw materials, spares and components in time to the Ordnance Factories, which affects the timely manufacturing of the allotted workload. Therefore, their ability to supply to the Armed Forces after the Ordnance Factories Corporation becomes sick due to withdrawal of placement of indent through nomination system.

(vii) The experience of BSNL even through it is a revenue earning service PSU which is struggling even to disburse the monthly salaries to their own employees, what will be the fate of the Ordnance Factories which totally depends on the orders from the Armed Forces and the Government. The present crisis being faced by DPSU, HAL is another living example.

(viii) Market principles cannot be applied in the case of Ordnance Factories since the Defence Industry represents a genuine domain based on Government Orders as to what to produce, what resource to use, what price to charge and even to whom to sell and to whom not to sell.

(ix) Interference and expectations from Political / Bureaucracy would increase.

(x) The experience for the past two decades is corporatization / PSU is a route to privatization against the service conditions of the employees who are basically recruited as Central Government Employees / Defence Civilian Employees through All India Competitive/Selection process etc.

(xi) More than 44 thousand employees are in the age group of 25 to 50 yrs., with lot of Family, social and financial commitments. Their future will become uncertain and will be completely mined.

The Federations and CDRA finally concluded the following:

1. The decision taken to corporatize the Ordnance Factories should be withdrawn and OFB should be allowed to continue as a Government organization in the present structure with more empowerment, delegation of more financial powers, total integration of finance and accounts functioning both at OFB and Factory Levelso that it will continue to remain as a “War Reserve” playing its established role.

2. The statement given in the Cabinet note prepared for Corporatization of OFB is to augment the OFB target to Rs.30,000 Crore during 2024-25. The same target may be given to the Ordnance Factories in the present setup and the workforce will ensure that the above target is reached if Government extends all support including salary budget and indent for all the items including those items declared as Non-Core from Armed forces especially Army.

3. It is also proposed that in case DDP has identified certain Experts who can turn around OFB production to Rs. 30,000 crore by 2024-2025, once it become a corporation, then such experts may be posted to OFB in the present structure itself as a Government Organization so that he / they can guide / assist OFB to achieve the above target

4. The Army should place at least 3 years indent in advance for all the items since delay in indent is the main cause for delay in supply since procurement of raw material and other components gets delayed as these are not readily available in the market. Sufficient time may be provided for material procurement.

5. After the above mentioned 4 policy decisions Government may closely monitor the performance of Ordnance Factories up to 2024 -25 and there after a review can take place. The Federations and tDRA assures that they will take all efforts to motivate the workforce and achieve the above task.

6. The assurance given by the Secretary (DP) in the meeting held with the Federations and CDRA on 17-12-2018, 11-1-2019 and subsequent meeting of the National Council ICM that steps are being taken to implement the proposal of the Staff side for separate allotment of Salary expenditure and to delink the same and various overheads from the cost of the products is under active consideration of the Government and a decision would be taken soon. Once this decision is taken then the Army would come forward to place indent on almost all the items to the Ordnance Factories.

7. In ease the Government is not considering their demand favourably then the Federation.si Workforce are left with no other option than to pieced with the one month strike commencing hum 20-8-2019 to 19-9-2019 as a first phase of our Trade Union action.

8. They further requested that the above view of theirs may be brought to the notice of the Honourable RM and they are confident that a favourable decision would be taken by the Government in the interest of the Ordnance Factories its employee and their families.

Source: Confederation

AIDEF
Shri S.N. Pathak, President

Shri C. Srikumar, General Secretary

INDWF
Shri Ashok Singh. President

Shri R. Srinivasan, General Secretary.

BPMS

Shri Sadhu Singh, Vice presdient

CDRA

Shri B.K Singh, President.

Increment Issue: for those retired on 30th June, due increment is 1st July. Supreme Court of India dismissed Review petition No.1731/2019


Increment Issue: for those retired on 30th June, due increment is 1st July. Supreme Court of India dismissed Review petition No.1731/2019

Text of the Supreme court judgement follows:

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
INHERENT JURISDICTION

R.P.(C) No. 1731/2019 in S.L.P. (C) No.22008/2018

UNION OF INDIA & ORS.
Petitioner(s)
VERSUS
P. AYYAMPERUMAL
Respondent(s)

O R D E R

Delay in filing the Review Petition is condoned.

This review petition has been filed against Order dated 23rd July, 2018 whereby the Special Leave Petition was dismissed.

We have considered the review petition on merits. In our opinion, no case for review of Order dated 23rd July, 2018 is made out. Consequently, the review petition is dismissed on merits.

Pending application filed in the matter also stands disposed of.

(N.V. RAMANA)

(DEEPAK GUPTA)

NEW DELHI;
8TH AUGUST, 2019.
Digitally signed by
VISHAL ANAND
Date: 2019.08.09
16:55:01 IST
ITEM NO.1004
SECTION XII

S U P R E M E C O U R T O F I N D I A

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

R.P.(C) No. 1731/2019 in SLP(C) No. 22008/2018

UNION OF INDIA & ORS.
Petitioner(s)
VERSUS

P. AYYAMPERUMAL
Respondent(s)

(FOR ADMISSION and IA No.98411/2019-STAY APPLICATION and IA No.98414/2019-CONDONATION OF DELAY IN FILING REVIEW PETITION )

Date : 08082019 This petition was circulated today.

CORAM :
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE N.V. RAMANA
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE DEEPAK GUPTA

By Circulation
UPON perusing papers the Court made the following

O R D E R

Delay in filing the Review Petition is condoned.

The review petition is dismissed on merits in terms of the signed order.
Pending application filed in the matter also stands disposed of.

(VISHAL ANAND)
COURT MASTER (SH)
(RAJ RANI NEGI)
ASSISTANT REGISTRAR

(Signed Order is placed on the file)

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Increment Issue: for those retired on 30th June, due increment is 1st July. Supreme Court of India dismissed Review petition No.1731/2019 judgement dt.8th Aug. 2019 filed by the Government, indicated based on the merit, review petition submitted by Government was dismissed. Now, the national forums responsibility is to insist the government to implement the same to all the central government servants who are similarly placed, instead of everybody approaching the court of law for justice and it is shear waste of money and time.

Source: SUPREME COURT ORDER

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme 1980 – Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.07.2019 to 30.09.2019

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme 1980 – Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.07.2019 to 30.09.2019

No. 7(2) / EV / 2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 13th August, 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme 1980 – Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.07.2019 to 30.09.2019.

The Tables of Benefits for Savings Fund to the beneficiaries under the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980, which are being issued on a quarterly basis from 01.01.2017 onwards, as brought out in this Ministry’s OM of even number dated 17.03.2017, for the quarter from 01 .07.2019 to 30.09.2019, as worked out by IRDA based on the interest rate of 7.9% per annum (compounded quarterly) as notified by the Department of Economic Affairs as per their Resolution No. 5(2)-B(PD)/ 2019 dated 12.07.2019, are enclosed.

2. The Tables enclosed are of two categories as per the existing practice. As hitherto, the first Table of Benefits for the savings fund of the scheme is based on the subscription of Rs.10 p.m. from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and RS.15 p.m. w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards. The second Table of Benefits for savings fund is based on a subscription of Rs.10 p.m. for those employees who had opted out of the revised rate of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990.

3. While these orders are in respect of Table of Benefits for the period from 01 .07.2019 to 30.09.2019, the Tables already issued for the first quarter and second quarter i.e. for the period 01 .01.2019 to 30.06.2019 are also reproduced for the sake of convenience and consolidation.

4. In their application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders are issued after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

5. Hindi version of these orders is attached.

(Amar Nath Singh)
Director

To

  1.     All Ministries/ Department of the Central Government as per standard list.
  2.     Copy with spare copies for information and necessary action to C&AG, UPSC, all State  Government etc. as per standard list.
Source: DoE



Tuesday, 13 August 2019

MoD: Modernisation of Armed Forces top priority, says Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh

MoD: Modernisation of Armed Forces top priority, says Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh

PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU (DEFENCE WING)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Modernisation of Armed Forces top priority, says Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh;
Attends Golden Jubilee event of BDL in Hyderabad

New Delhi: Sharavana 12, 1941
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh said modernisation of the Armed forces is the top priority of the government to enhance the defence capability and preparedness of the country. He visited Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) in Hyderabad on August 3, 2019 on the occasion of Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Defence PSU.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh said Indigenization will be encouraged to the maximum possible extent and defence equipment will be imported only when it cannot be manufactured indigenously. He added that the defence sector will play a key role in making the country a 5-trillion economy through FDI and offset investments in manufacturing. He hoped that defence exports will reach to a significant level by 2025.

Shri Rajnath Singh said BDL is an important defence organisation and with organizations like DRDO, ISRO, BDL has enhanced the prestige of the country through its achievements. Shri Rajnath Singh appreciated BDL for manufacturing more than one lakh missiles in the last 50 years.

Shri Rajnath Singh said in the new world many countries have developed counter to missile technology by developing Air Defence Systems and gave a call for the development of Hypersonic Missiles technology to enhance defence capabilities of the Armed Forces. He reiterated that defence policy of the country is for peace and stability at regional, continental and global level.

He unveiled a statue of former President and Bharat Ratna Dr A P J Abdul Kalam to commemorate his legendary vision. The brainchild of Dr Kalam, Integrated Guided Missile Development (IGMD) Programme that was launched during late 80s, gave BDL plenty of opportunities to develop its skilled manpower and invest in high-end technology areas to manufacture the missiles contemplated under this Programme. The Raksha Mantri also visited the state-of-the-art production facilities at Kanchanbagh Unit of the Company. He also released a commemorative stamp on BDL on the occasion.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh handed over Medium Range Surface-to-AirMissile (MR SAM) to Indian Air Force in the function. Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal R K S Bhadauria received MR SAM on behalf of the IAF.

Raksha Mantri felicitated ‘Veer Naris’ from the State of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the BDL. Shri Rajnath Singh interacteded with 22 Veer Naris who were invited to BDL on this occasion.

Raksha Mantri also inaugurated the Rain Water Harvesting facility named as ‘Jal Nidhi’ at the upcoming Unit of BDL at Ibrahimpatnam as a part of Jal Shakti Abhiyan of the Government of India. This is expected to help in meeting storage of 24 Lakh litre of water and increasing the level of underground water levels.

A five MW Solar power plant was also inaugurated by Shri Rajnath Singh at BDL, Ibrahimpatnam, which demonstrates commitment of DPSU towards environment protection.

Earlier, Raksha Mantri was given a warm welcome by Chairman-cum-Managing Director of BDL Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd) at its premises at Kanchanbagh. Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development and Chairman, DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy was present of the occasion.

Source: MoD

Monday, 12 August 2019

Central Government approves extension of benefits of Child Care Leave to single male civilian employees

CCL

Central Government approves extension of benefits of Child Care Leave to single male civilian employees

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has approved extension of benefits of Child Care Leave (CCL) to single male service personnel and certain relaxations of CCL provisions in case of woman officers of defence forces, in line with a recent DoPT order extending similar benefits of CCL to civilian employees.

Presently, CCL is being granted to woman officers in defence forces. Recently, DoPT has made certain amendments for grant of CCL to civilian employees, whereby the CCL granted to woman employees till now has been extended to single male government servants also. The age limit of 22 years prescribed earlier in the case of a child with 40 percent disability has been removed for the purpose of availing CCL. Further, the minimum period of CCL that can be availed at a time has been reduced to 05 days instead of 15 days.

Now the proposal of Ministry of Defence extending similar benefits to Defence personnel has been approved by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh. With this, single male service personnel will be able to avail the benefit of CCL. Single male service personnel and woman officers of defence forces will also be able to avail CCL in respect of child with 40 percent disability without any restriction of age limit of the child. Further, the minimum period of CCL that can be availed in each spell has been reduced to 05 days from the earlier limit of 15 days.

PIB

Premature Retirement of Railway Servants: Periodic review Salient Points – Railways

Premature Retirement of Railway Servants: Periodic review Salient Points – Railways

भारत सरकार/GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
रेल मंत्रालय/MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(रेलवे बोर्ड/RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No.- 130/2019
No. E(P&A)I-2019/RT-21
New Delhi Dated: 08.08.2019

The General Managers, All Indian Railways/PUs.
The DGs
RDSO & NAIR
The Directors,
IRICEN/IRIEEN/ IRIMEE /IRITM

(Attn: PCPOs)

Sub: Reiteration of salient points regarding strengthening of administration by periodic review under Rule 1802(a)/ 1803(a)/ 1804(a) – R.11,1987 Edition.

Ministry of Railways has issued instructions from time to time regarding improving of efficiency and strengthening of administrative machinery at all levels by the Govt. by exercising of its powers under Rule l802(a)/ 1803(a)/ 1804(a) – R.Il, 1987 read with Rule 66(b) of RSPR, 1993 to reti re a Railway servant in public interest before the normal date of his retirement subject to fulfillment of conditions laid down in the instructions. The salient points of the various instructions on the subject have been consolidated with a view to improving clarity and understanding and are enclosed for reference. This summary, however, must be read with all the relevant instructions on the subject.

Kindly acknowledge receipt. Hindi version will follow.

DA: As above.

(N.P. Singh)
Jt. Director/Estt.( &A)
Railway Board

Premature Retirement of Railway Servants: Periodic review Salient Points

With a view to improving efficiency and strengthening administrative machinery at all levels, Government has the absolute power under Rule 1802(a), I 803(a), 1804(a) of IREC Vol-II 1987 and Rule 66(b) of RSPR 1993 to retire a Railway employee in public interest, before his normal date of retirement, on attaining a specified age or on completing a specific length of service on the grounds of (i) inefficiency/ ineffectiveness, or (ii) doubtful integrity, or (iii) for conduct unbecoming of a Railway Servant. Criteria and procedure have been laid down to ensure that power is exercised fairly and impartially and not arbitrarily.

2. Instructions in this regard have been circulated from time to time, both by Department of Personnel and Training (DoP&T) and the Ministry of Rail ways (Railway Board). The following codal provisions and instructions contain all the relevant instructions on the subject.

1) Railway Board ‘s instructions vide PC-68/RT/5 dated 08.09.1969;
2) Rail way Board ‘s instructions vide E(O)I-69 SR I 0/ 13 dated 12. 12.1969;
3) Consolidated instructions of RB issued vide letter No. E(P&A)I-77 /RT-53 dated 15.11.1979;
4) RB’s instructions v ide E(P&A)l-87/RT-4 dated 17.10.1989;
5) DoP&T’ s instructions vide OM No. 250 13/ 1/20 13-Estt(A) dated 21.03.2014;
6) DoP&T’ s instructions vide OM No. 250 1 3/ 1/20 13-Estt.A-I V dated 1 1.09.2015;
7) RB’s instructions vide (P&A)I-2015/RT/38 dated 10/12.11.2015;
8) Provisions under FR 56(j), 56(1) or Rule 48(1)(b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972; Corresponding provisions in IREC, Vol.I I , 1987 – Rule I 802(a)/ l 803(a)/ l 804(a).

An attempt has been made to bring the main elements of these instructions together in one document. However, this is only to improve clarity and understanding. This summary has to be read with all relevant instructions already issued on the subject.

4. Criteria for review of Services:

a) Age and Service rendered:

1) Group A and B:After attaining 50 years (if entered service before age 35);
2) Group A and B: After attaining 55 years (if entered service after age 35);
3) Group C: After attaining 55 years of age;
4) Group C: After completion of 30 years of service, if not governed by any pension rules, under Rule I 804(a).
5) Group D: I n pensionable cases, can be done after completion of 30 years of pensionable service.
(Reference: Rule 2046 R.11 (old), Letter No. PC-68/RT/5- I dated 27.1 1.1976, E(P&A)- 76/RT/38 dated 24.07. 1976. Now I 803(a) of R-11, 2005 Edition)
6) Any employee, irrespective of age, can be retired prematurely by giving him three month’s notice after he has completed 30 years of qualifying service.
( Reference: E.48-CPC/208 dated 08.07.1 950 as amended vide F(E) ll I 69 PN -1/15 dated
27.08.1969 incorporated as para 620 of Manual of Railway Pension Rules, 1 950.)

b) Service Records:

The entire service records should be considered in every review. Based on the service records, a comprehensive brief is to be prepared for consideration of the ‘Review Committee’. ‘Service records’ would take into account the following:

1) ACR/APAR dossiers;
2) Personal file;
3) Work and performance of the officer to be assessed by looking into the files dealt with by hi m or i n any papers or reports prepared and submitted by him;
4) Un-communicated remarks in ACRs/A PARs may be taken into consideration;
5) If the officer was promoted during the last 5 years (on the basis of seniority-cum-fitness and not on the basis of merit), the previous entries in the ACRs may be taken into account.
( Reference: E(P&A) l-201 5/RT/38 dated 10/12.11.2015)

c) Ground of Ineffectiveness vis-a-vis Doubtful Integrity:

1) No employee should ordinarily be retired on grounds of ineffectiveness if his/ her service during the preceding 5 years or where he/she has been promoted to a higher post during that 5 year period, hi s/her service i n the highest post, has been found satisfactory.

2) There is no such stipulation if the employee is to be retired on grounds of doubtful integrity.

3) No employee should be ordinarily retired on ground of ineffectiveness, if in any event, he/she would be retiring on superannuation with in a period of one year from the date of consideration of his/her case. However, if there is a ‘sudden and steep fall in competence, efficiency or effectiveness of an officer’, it would be open to review his case for premature retirement. This condition is not relevant in cases of doubtful integrity.
(Reference: E(P&A)I-20 15/RT/38 dated 10/ 12.11.2015)

d) Integrity

1 ) Actions or decision taken by the employee which do not appear to be above board, complaints received against him or suspicious property transactions, for which there may not be sufficient evidence to initiate departmental proceedings, may be taken into account for prematurely retiring an employee.
(Reference: Observations of Supreme Court in S. Ramachandra Raju Vs. State of Orissa and K. Kandaswamy vs UoI, cited in E(P&A)l-201 5/RT/38 dated 10/12.1 1.2015)

2) CVO in the case of gazetted officers, or his representative in the case of non-gazetted officers, will be associated in case of record reflecting adverse) on the integrity of any employee.
(Ref: E(P&A)J-20 I 5/RT-38 dated 10/12.11.2015)

e) Conduct unbecoming of a Government Servant as basis for Compulsory Retirement:

If conduct of a government employee becomes unbecoming to the public interest or obstructs the efficiency in public services, the government has an absolute right to compulsorily retire such an employee in public interest.
(Reference: Observation of Supreme Court i n State of U P and others vs. Vijay Kumar Jain, appeal case, cited in E(P&A) I-20 1 5/RT/38 dated 10/12.11.2015.)

5. Procedure and Guidelines:

a) Cases of Railway Servants to be reviewed 6 months before attaining the age of 50155 years or on completion of 30 years of service/ 30 years of qualifying service, whichever occurs earlier.

b) No show-cause notice need be issued to any government servant before a notice of retirement is issued to him under these rules.

c) Internal Committees may be constituted to assist the Review Committees in reviewing the cases. The Committees would ensure that service records of the employee being reviewed, along with summary bringing out all relevant information, is submitted to the Cadre Authorities at least 3 months in advance before the due date of review.

d) Composition of the Review Committee will be as under:

(i) For ACC Appointees and non-ACC Appointees (i.e., all Group A Gazetted officers including those of RBSS, RBSSS and Miscellaneous/ ex-cadres):

The Committee will be headed by CRB and would comprise of the functional Board Member of the department (to which the officer whose service is being reviewed) and Member Staff. In case, the officer belongs to Personnel Department or RBSS/RBSSS or IRMS, Member (Traction) would be the other Member.

PED/Vigilance (as CVO of the Ministry) i s to be associated i n the said review.

Internal Committee to assist the Review Committee will be headed by Secretary, Railway Board and would comprise JS(Confidential ) and JS (Establishment). ED/Vigilance (or Di rector/Vigilance in case of no ED is available) shall be associated.

(ii) For Group B officers in Railway Board (RBSS/RBSSS/ Miscellaneous/ex-cadres):

a) AM(Staft) as Head of Review Committee;
b) JS(G) and JS(E) as members of Review Committee; DV(Intelligence) is to be associated in the said review.

Internal Committee to assist the Review Committee would be headed by EDE(GC) and would comprise Director (GA) and DS(E). J D/Vigi lance (Confidential) shall be associated.

(iii) For non-Gazetted officials of Railway Board including those of RBSS, RBSSS and Miscellaneous/ ex-cadres:

a) JS as Head of Review Committee;
b) EDE(N) and JS(D) as members of Review Committee; DY(intelligence) is to be associated in the said review.

Internal Committee to assist the Review Committee to comprise Dir (A) and Director (GA). J D/Vigilance (Confidential) shall be associated.

(iv) For Group B officers/ officials in Railways:

The Committee wi ll be headed by the General Manager of the Rail way and would comprise PCPO and PHOD (of the department to which the officer belongs}. In case of an officer from Personnel department, another PHOD in addition to the PCPO would be nominated by the General Manager.

SDGM of the Rail way is to be associated in the said review.

Internal Committee to assist the Review Committee to be headed by AGM of the Railway. Composition of the Committee may be decided by the General Manager of the Railway .

(v) For Group C officials of Railways: The following are the instruction s issued by Board. However, the General Managers, may make any modification which they deem fit in administrative interest. Composition of the Internal Com mittees may also be decided by the respective General Managers of the Railways. In respect of ROSO and NAIR, the respective DGs can constitute the Committees.

(i) At Head Quarter Level:

(a) For non-Personnel official :

PHOD or GM where he is appointi ng authority as Chairman, PCPO.

(b) For Personnel branch official:

PCPO to be Chairman. GM to nominate an SAG Officer to be member.
If GM is Chairman, he may nominate a PHOD as a member.
Additional PHOD may act as Chairman i f he is higher in rank than that of appointing authority.
SDGM/Dy GM who is i n charge of the Vigilance Department shall be associated as a Third Member of the Committee.

(ii) At Division Level:

(a) Other than Personnel Department:

    One JAG officer of the employee’s department;
    One JAG officer of another department;
    Sr DPO/DPO

Where ORM is the ‘appointing’ authority, Committee will consist of ADRM as Chairman, Sr DPO/SPO and another JAG officer as members

(b) Personnel Department:

    Sr DPO/DPO
    Two JAG officers of other Departments
    In case of ‘doubtful integrity, papers are to be transmitted to Headquarters for SDGM to record his views before final orders are passed by ‘appropriate authority’.

(iii) Workshop Level:

Review to be done at the Workshop level itself where the Workshop is headed by an SAG/SG/J AG officer. If workshop is headed by an officer of the rank of Sr Scale or below, the review of the Workshop staff would be done by the Headquarters.

Board have also decided that the Divisional , HQ or Workshop Review/ Representation Committee of the appropriate level should not be drawn from the same division/ workshop/HQs but from the adjacent division, railway establishment, zone, workshop, production uni t etc. as the case may be except for the departmental representative who will be of the appropriate JAG/Senior scale of the Division/Workshop/HQ etc. itself. In cases of doubtful integrity, since all records are available only with the SDGM/CVO of the Reviewing Organisation, he will continue to be associated with it.

(iv) Group A & B: Railway Board

For all Railway Servants i n Group A and B service/post and for Group C staff in Board ‘s office, Railway Recruitment Boards, NAIR and Centralised Training Institutes, review will be done in Board’s office. Following procedure is to be followed:

(i) List of Group A and B officers who come under review to be prepared sufficiently in advance, ensuring that there are no omissions.

(ii) The confidential reports/ files of officers whose confidential reports are not maintained in Board’s office and whose cases are to be reviewed should be brought up to date in all respects and sent to Secretary Railway Board along with the above list through a responsible member of the staff. Half yearly time table has been prescribed for the same. (This has been revised to quarterly vide DoP&T’s circular dated 21.03.2014 mentioned at para 2 above.) (Ref: E(O)I-69 SR 10/13 dated 12.12.1969)

f) Complete bio-data particulars of the employee who is to be reviewed should be circulated to the members of the Review/ Representation Committees as per the prescribed proforma (Annexure-I to this letter). Proforma is to be carefully and meticulously filled and should be free from all errors. Findings of Review/ Representation Committees/SDGMs in ‘doubtful integrity ‘ cases should be entered in the proforma itself.

g) Rule relating to premature retirement should not be used:

(i) To retire on ground of specific misconduct as a short-cut to initiating formal disciplinary proceed ings. (CAT/PB/New Delhi i n 0.A No. 1827/201 7, i n the matter of Sangeeta Rao vs. UOI vide order dated 18.09.2018, dismissed the plea of the government servant who was compulsorily retired under 56(J) for habitual late coming); or

(ii) For reduction of surplus staff on ground of effecting general economy without following rules of retrenchment.

h) Any adverse entries made in the confidential record shall be taken note of and be given due weightage in passing such order.

i) Even un-communicated entries in the confidential record can also be taken into consideration.

j) If the officer was given a promotion despite adverse entries made in the confidential record, that is a fact in favour of the officer. (Ref: ( Reference: E( P&A)l-2015/RT/38 dated 10/12.11.2015)

k) Once a decision has been taken by appropriate authority to retain an employee beyond the age of 50 years after review, he would ordinarily continue in service till he attains the age of retirement. If however, the appropriate authority considers at any time after review that retention would not be in public interest, that authority may take necessary action to retire as per the laid down procedure.

l) If the ‘appropriate authority ‘decides to differ with the recommendation of the Review Committee, he may remit the papers to the next higher authority for a final decision.

m) A notice longer than 3 months can be given, but the date from which he is required to retire as specified in the notice should not be before he attains the age of 50/55 years or before be completes 30 years of service.

n) While computing the notice period of ‘not less than 3 months’, the date of service of notice and the date of expiry shall be excluded. The date of premature retirement should be on the forenoon of the day (which should be treated as a non-working day) following the day of expiry of the notice.

o) If the Railway employee refuses to accept the notice or order of retirement, it should be ensured that the ‘refusal’ is witnessed by two gazetted officers. In such a case, the notice/order should be sent under registered post with AD. In such a case, the date of effect of notice of retirement/ order of retirement would be the forenoon of the date following the date of refusal.

6. Procedure for Consideration of Representation (Reference: E(P&A) l-77/RT-53 dated 15.11.1979 and E(P&A)I-2015/RT /38 dated I 0/ 12.11.2015):

a) A Railway employee, who has been served with a notice/order of premature retirement, may submit a representation within 3 weeks from the date of service or such notice/order.

b) On receipt of the representation, the administration would examine the same to see if it contains any new facts or any aspect not hitherto taken into consideration. Examination to be completed within 2 weeks from the date of receipt. Thereafter, it should be placed before the appropriate Committee for consideration.

c) Composition of the Representation Committee (Reference: E(P&A)l-87/RT/4 dated 17.10.1989):
Same as the Review Committee with the modification that it should include at least one member of the appropriate status who was not in the said Committee earlier.

d) Final order on representation against premature retirement: To be passed by the authority superior to the authority which issued order of premature retirement only after obtaining approval of the Ministry of Railways. Where, however, the order of premature retirement shall be issued by President, final orders on the representations shall be passed by the Minister-in-charge of the Ministry/ Department concerned.

(Railway Board’s decision: A decision on the recommendation of the Representation Committee, considering the appeal of the compulsorily retired employee may be taken by the Additional General Manger. Papers to be put up to GM only i n cases where the AG M differs from the findings of the Committee. If AGM/GM confirms the decision of the Representations Committee to retire the employee was correctly taken, papers i n original should be submitted to Board within the prescribed time schedule.) (Reference: E(P&A)l-87/RT/4 dated 17.10.1989)

e) The Representations Committee shall make its recommendation within two weeks from the date of receipt of reference from the administrative authorities concerned.

t) Authority which is empowered to make final orders on the representation should pass its orders within two weeks from the date of receipt of the recommendation of the Committee provided that approval of the Ministry of Railways would be necessary before passing final orders i n cases where the appropriate authority proposes to reject the representation/ appeal against the premature retirement.

g) If decided to reinstate, the intervening period would be treated as duty or as leave or as dies-non depending on the merits of each case. (If Review Representation Committee finds that premature retirement was on account of political or personal victimization , it would be ‘duty’ with full pay and allowances. In other cases, it would be leave or dies­ non, as the authority may decide).

h) In case the employee gets a stay order from court, representation is not to be considered by the administration , nor sent up to the Committee until disposal of the court case. Thereafter, the cases may be examined taking into account any material of substantive nature that may feature in court’s judgement.

i) As and when fresh representations are received against such rejection and also against premature retirement relating to period of emergency, these should be examined by appropriate ‘Representation’ Committees which shall take special care to see that over-rigorous standards were not applied or done out of over-zealousness or out of political or personal victimization at the time of the original review.

Time Schedule for Review (Reference: DoP&T’s OM 25013/1/2013-Estt(A) dated 21.03.2014:

(i) Suitable register(s) of employees under their control to be maintained by Railway Administrations who are due to attain the age of 50/55 years or would complete 30 years of service. Subordinate offices to be instructed to take similar action too.

(ii) Register should be scrutinized at the beginning of every quarter by a Senior Officer in the Administration and in Subordinate offices.

Schedule:

Sl No. Quarter in which review to be made Cases of employees who would be attaining the Age of 50/55 years or completing requisite service in the quarter


  1.     January to March July to September of the same year
  2.     April to June October to December of the same year
  3.     July to September January to March of the subsequent year
  4.     October to December April to June of the subsequent year
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Cabinet approves release of an additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2019

Cabinet approves release of an additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2019   ...