Saturday, 10 August 2019

Clarification on grant of Non-functional Scale in Indian Railways

Clarification on grant of Non-functional Scale to Gr. 'B' officers in Level-11 of Accounts Department and Level-10 in organized departments of Indian Railways


No. E(GP)2003/2/22
New Delhi,  dated: 06.08.2019

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units

Sub.: Clarification on grant of Non-functional Scale to Gr. 'B' officers in Level-11 of Accounts Department and Level-10 in organized departments of Indian Railways- reg.

In terms of Ministry of Railways' Gazette Notification G.S.R. 210(E) dated 08.03.2018 (RBE No. 37/2018), the higher scale of Level-11 in Accounts department and Level-10 in other organised departments has to be operated to the extent of 100% of the Gr. 'B' officers on-roll including Gr. 'B' officers officiating in Level-11 on ad-hoc basis after completion of 4 years of regular service in the respective grades in organized departments. Subsequently, detailed guidelines outlining the procedure have also been issued vide Board's letter no. E(GP) 2003/2/22) dated 12.12.2018 (RBE No. 192/2018).

2. It has been observed that references are being received from various Zonal Railways seeking clarification on issues relating to the aforementioned scheme. In the past, several clarifications have been issued to various Zonal Railways over a number of issues. Therefore, in order to provide clarity on the issue, these clarifications are being summarised as under:

S.No.Doubt Remarks
Whether Gr. 'B' officers completing 4 years of regular service are to be granted NFS from the next date or from 1st January or 1st July of the following year.
The date of effect of placement in the higher Group 'B' non-functional grade will be the date when the officer becomes eligible i.e. when the officer completes four years of regular service in the relevant grade.
Clarification whether Gr 'B' officers on deputation, on the date of their consideration for grant of NFS to be taken to be on roll or total no. of Gr. 'B' officers be computed excluding their names.
Officers on deputation to other departments may be granted Non­ functional Scale of Level-10 notionally from 08.03.2018 while the actual benefit will accrue to them on return from deputation and joining the cadre.
Grading of APAR for allotment of higher scale of Level-11 to Gr. 'B' officers of Accounts Department and Level- 10 of other organised Departments.
The benchmark for grant of NFS of Level-11 to Gr. 'B' officers of Accounts Department and Level-10 of other organised Departments would continue to be 'Good'.
Whether Gr. 'B' officers 'On-roll' includes officers on deputation.
Yes. The term Gr. 'B' officers on-roll mentioned in Board's letter dated 08.03.2018 also include officers who are having their lien on the Railway but are working elsewhere on deputation.
Five years APARs are required to be considered. If any APARs is not available, the APARs of the immediately preceding year/years to that extent may be taken into account even if it pertains to non-gazetted period of service.
Whether a senior employee can be considered for grant of NFS with his junior having already completed 4 years of service.
For consideration of officers for placement in the higher Gr. 'B' Scale of Level-10 (Level-11 in case of Accounts department), the senior Group 'B' employee shall be deemed to have rendered the service put in by his immediate junior and if that happens 4 years or more he should be considered for placement in higher Gr. 'B' scale of Level-10 (Level-11 in case of Accounts department).
Extended Panel is required to be formed in lieu of officers who would be retiring during the intervening period.
Since the posts are being operated at 100% and officers are being granted the benefit from the date on which they are becoming eligible (through assessment being done on the prescribed date), formation of extended panel is not required.
Whether service rendered in the Gr. 'B' in the previous unit can be considered for grant of NFS.
The issue may be decided in terms of Board's Letter No. E(GP)2005/1/43 dated 16.12.2005.


Registration opens for farmers to register for the Pension Scheme – Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

Registration opens for PM Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana; Union Agriculture Minister urges farmers to register for the Pension Scheme

Registration for the PM Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana begins today said Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, while addressing a Press Conference in Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi today. Appealing farmers across the country to join the old age pension Scheme, the Minister said that the scheme has been envisioned with an aim to improve the life of small and marginal farmers of the country. The Minister said that the operational guidelines have been shared with the States and Agriculture Secretary Shri. Sanjay Agarwal conducted a Video Conference with States in this regard to ensure proper information dissemination and speedy implementation of the Scheme.

Elucidating the salient features of Scheme, Shri. Tomar said that the scheme is voluntary and contributory for farmers in the entry age group of 18 to 40 years and a monthly pension of Rs. 3000/- will be provided to them on attaining the age of 60 years. The farmers will have to make a monthly contribution of Rs.55 to Rs.200, depending on their age of entry, in the Pension Fund till they reach the retirement date i.e. the age of 60 years. The Central Government will also make an equal contribution of the same amount in the pension fund. The spouse is also eligible to get a separate pension of Rs.3000/- upon making separate contributions to the Fund. The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) shall be the Pension Fund Manager and responsible for Pension pay out.

The Minister stated that, in case of death of the farmer before retirement date, the spouse may continue in the scheme by paying the remaining contributions till the remaining age of the deceased farmer. If the spouse does not wish to continue, the total contribution made by the farmer along with interest will be paid to the spouse. If there is no spouse, then total contribution along with interest will be paid to the nominee. If the farmer dies after the retirement date, the spouse will receive 50% of the pension as Family Pension. After the death of both the farmer and the spouse, the accumulated corpus shall be credited back to the Pension Fund. The beneficiaries may opt voluntarily to exit the Scheme after a minimum period of 5 years of regular contributions. On exit, their entire contribution shall be returned by LIC with an interest equivalent to prevailing saving bank rates.

The farmers, who are also beneficiaries of PM-Kisan Scheme, will have the option to allow their contribution debited from the benefit of that Scheme directly. In case of default in making regular contributions, the beneficiaries are allowed to regularize the contributions by paying the outstanding dues along with prescribed interest. The initial enrollment to the Scheme is being done through the Common Service Centres in various states. Later on alternative facility of enrollment through the PM-Kisan State Nodal Officers or by any other means or online enrollment will also be made available. The enrollment is free of cost. The Common Service Centres will charge Rs.30/- per enrolment which will be borne by the Government.

There will be appropriate grievance redressal mechanism of LIC, banks and the Government. An Empowered Committee of Secretaries has also been constituted for monitoring, review and amendments of the Scheme.

Shri Tomar also said that under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi the target of 10 crore beneficiaries for this year will be achieved. The Minister added that till date, 5, 88,77,194 and 3,40,93,837 farmers’ families have availed 1st and 2nd instalments respectively under the PM-Kisan Scheme.



Source: PIB

“Pension Adalat” for all Central Civil Pensioners will be held on 23rd August 2019: CPAO

“Pension Adalat-2019” will be held on 23rd August – CPAO

Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO)
Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure
Trikoot-II, Bhika Ji Kama Place-110066

All Central Civil Pensioners are informed that the Central Pension Accounting Office is going to organize a Pension Adalat, which will be held on 23rd August, 2019 at Central Pension Accounting Office, Bhikaji Kama Place, Trikoot-II, New Delhi-110066.

Therefore, all Central Civil Pensioners/Family Pensioners (except Railway, Defence, Post and Telegraph) are requested to send their complaint filled in as per the prescribed format through e-mail to Sr. Accounts Office, Grievance Cell at or via post to this office by 14th August, 2019. The prescribed format is available at Your complaint will be resolved in the Pension Adalat to be organized on 23rd August, 2019. Kindly send your PPO Number, Account Number, Contact Address and telephone Number along with your complaint. If the complaint is being sent by post, then please mention “Pension Adalat-2019” on the top of the closed envelope.

Dated: …………

New Delhi
{Chief Controller (Pensions)}

Details/Information of Pensioner/ Family Pensioner Grievances for redressal

Name of Pensioner/Family Pensioner:- …………………………….

Pension Payment Order: – …………………………….

Number of Pensioner/FP

Bank Name & Account number:- …………………………….

Full address:- …………………………….

Contact number:- …………………………….

e-mail ID:-

Type of grievance-(Related to Bank/CPAO/PAO)

Grievance Description:

(Signature of Pensioner/Family Pensioner)

Retirement and death gratuity to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan employees - Rajya Sabha Question & Answers

Retirement and death gratuity to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan employees - Rajya Sabha Question & Answers


ANSWERED ON-25.07.2019

Retirement and death gratuity to KVS employees

3742 . Shri G.C. Chandrashekhar

(a) whether Government has extended the benefit of retirement and death gratuity to employees of autonomous bodies under the Central Government;

(b) if so, whether the Ministry has directed the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) for stoppage of retirement and death gratuity to the employees under the National Pension System (NPS);

(c) if so, the reasons therefor;

(d) the details of KVS employees benefitted so far;

(e) whether representations have been received from various stakeholders regarding restoration of the above benefit; and

(f) if so, the steps taken by Government in this regard?



(a) Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has conveyed approval for revision of pension as per recommendation of the 7th CPC to the employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan who retired after 1.1.2016 as well as revision of pension/family pension of those pensioners / family pensioners who retired prior to 1.1.2016. Several other autonomous bodies under the MHRD have also been extended these benefits on a case to case basis in consultation with Ministry of Finance.

(b) Yes, Sir.

(c) As per the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No. F. No. 1/1/2016-E.III(A) dated 13th January, 2017, the benefits implemented by Central Government in respect of Central Government employees (as part of their service conditions) are not directly applicable to the employees working in autonomous organizations. An advisory had accordingly been issued on 12.4.2017 that in case the benefits of retirement gratuity and death gratuity have been extended to the employees of any autonomous bodies / organisations covered under NPS, the same may be withdrawn till a final decision is taken in the matter with the approval of Department of Expenditure.

(d)to (f): Do not arise.

Source: Rajya Sabha

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