Thursday, 24 January 2019

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Madam/Sir,

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

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

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

House Building Advance Rules - DOP


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

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

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

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


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

Election-poll-holiday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: DoPT

AIRF Meeting with Railway Minister - Burning Issues Discussed

AIRF Meeting with Railway Minister - Burning Issues Discussed

Railways-Railwaymen-issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10% Reservations for EWS in Railway Recruitment


10% Reservations for EWS in Railway Recruitment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: PIB

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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