Sunday, 12 July 2020

Check List for LTC Claim: PCDA(O) Pune Instructions

Check List for LTC Claim: PCDA(O) Pune Instructions

PCDA

Please ensure:-

1. The claim is preferred on the form Appendix ‘A’ to AO 30/89

2. The claim has been signed by the officer himself and countersigned by the Controlling Officer mentioned in Rule 6 of TR 2014.

3. The claim is receipted by the Officer.

4. Full details of family members (i.e. Name, Age, Relation etc) are filled in the claim.

5. Dependency certificate mentioning income, for Father / Mother and children more than 21 years is enclosed.

6. Details of leave sanctioned are mentioned on the claim, if officer is availing the LTC. Enclose the copy of Leave Certificate/ Leave DO II.

7. All the Air / Railway tickets along with boarding pass are attached with the claim in original. Wait listed tickets of railway are not admissible for LTC, get confirmation of the same signed over the stamp by TT / Railway Auth.

8. The adjustment claim is submitted within 30 days from the date of completion of return journey. Prefer separate claims for Self and Family if moves have taken place on different dates. If claim for any family member will be submitted at latter date mention the same.

9. The details of advances taken for the move are invariably mentioned in the claim. Tickets purchased through DTS (Air/Rail) should be treated as advance and incorporated in the claim by adding in the total amount claimed as well as in advances for proper adjustment.

10. The air tickets must be booked through Booking Counter/direct website of operating air line or through Govt. Authorised travel agents i.e. Balmer & Lawrie, Ashok Travels or IRCTC. Tickets booked through private agencies or private websites like makemytrip.com, yatra.com, Udchalo etc are not admissible.

11. Air Tickets booked should not be more than LTC 80 fare. Officer can book tickets for lowest fare available on the date of booking which also should not be more than LTC 80 rates.

12. Onward and return journey should be done in the same chronology and claim of return journey first & onward journey at latter date is not permissible.

Also check: Air India LTC-80 Fare List – Fares for the period 25 MAY 2020 till 31 MAY 2021

LTC to Home town 177 A - Check List for LTC Claim

13.The Officer and his dependant family members can travel from duty station to home town once in year.

14. Officer posted in field area can travel from duty station to his home town or SPR. Family members residing at SPR can travel from SPR to home town.

15. Officer and family members can travel on different dates, however return journey of family members should be completed within six months only.

16. Home town declared by the officer at the time of commissioning is treated as his declared home town, if the same has been changed get it notified through DO part II.

17. Journey up to the home town has to be shown( may be under own arrangement) in the claim if same differs from NRS/ nearest Air Port for which claim has been preferred.

LTC to Any where in India 177 B - Check List for LTC Claim

18. The Officer and spouse & children can travel from duty station to any station in India once in alternate year in which LTC to home town is not availed.

19. LTC under 177B is not admissible to parents and other dependent family members.

20. Officer and spouse & children can travel at different dates in batches but all the members have to visit the same station only. Return journey of family members must be within six months.

21. Officers posted in field area can travel from their duty station to visit station and their family members can travel from SPR/hometown to visit station.

22. Journey performed by circular routes is not admissible. Officer has to choose one destination and LTC is admissible from duty station to that destination by direct shortest route only.

Also check: Relaxation of purchase of air tickets from authorized Travel Agents for the purpose of LTC

LTC to Officer posted in field area 177C - Check List for LTC Claim

23. The Officer posted in field area and not residing with the family are entitle  to avail LTC 177 C from their duty station to home/SPR in addition to LTC 177A or 177B.

24. The LTC is not admissible to those Officers who have been allotted Govt Accommodation at field unit and are residing with the families.

LTC in lieu of Home Town - Check List for LTC Claim

25. Officers and their family members may avail LTC in lieu of home town to visit any place in NER / Andaman & Nicobar / Jammu & Kashmir by forgoing home town LTC of that year.

26. Officers whose home town and place of posting is the same are not allowed to avail this LTC.

27. Similarly Officers who are serving in field area and their families are residing at home town, family of these are officers are not allowed to avail this LTC, as family do not have title for home town LTC.

28. Journey can be undertaken to J & K, NER, A&N by private airlines however fare will be restricted to LTC 80 fares only. Provisions of purchase of ticket from authorised agent / Air Line are not relaxed.

29. LTC in lieu of home town can be split by family members, i.e. officer can avail LTC 177A to visit his home town /SPR and family residing at SPR can avail the LTC in lieu of home town to visit J&K, A&N, NER.

LTC for children studying and staying at hostel - Check List for LTC Claim

30. Children of the officers staying in hostel can visit the duty station / home town of the officer during the vacation.

31. Claim is to be supported with certificate from Educational Institute regarding child is studying and stating in hostel.

32. LTC not admissible for journey performed for getting admission or leaving Institute after completion.

33. Children availing this concession are not entitled for other LTCs ( 177A or 177B)

Source: PCDA

Payment / Settlement of Transport Allowance to the Employees of National Library, Kolkata

Payment /Settlement of Transport Allowance to the Employees of National Library, Kolkata.

Ref: Confdn/ Transport Allowance Dated - 08.07.2020

To
The Cabinet Secretary
Government of India
Rashtrapati Bhawan
New Delhi- 110 001

Sub: - Payment /Settlement of Transport Allowance to the Employees of National Library, Kolkata.

Sir,
On the recommendations of the V CPC, Transport Allowance was introduced subsuming CCA W.e.f 1st January, 1997. After two revisions at par recommendation of VI and VII CPC, at present, admissibility of Transport Allowance under different conditions viz. Leave, Deputation, Tour and Suspension etc. is regulated under G.O.I, Min. of Finance, Dept. of Expenditure OM No. 21/5/2017E.II (B) dated 07.07.2017, as par Para 3(a) the Allowance will not be admissible for the calendar month(s) wholly covered by leave.

Incidentally it may kindly be noted that Govt. of India, Min. of Finance, Dept. of Expenditure has not yet clarification of “leave” as in the OM dated 17.07.2017 in the context of changed situation. Under normal dispensation Dept. of Expenditure is the competent authority to clarify/ interpret or modify and provision relation to Transport Allowance.

On scrutiny of various OMs issued on different dates by MHA containing Guidelines, Advisories and Standard Operation Procedure as part of measures for containment of COVID-19, it is revealed that Offices of the Govt. of India, its Subordinate Offices other than exempted category are to function with 100% attendance of Deputy Secretary and levels above that. Remaining officers and staff are to attend up to 33%. Moreover, above guideline is subject to strict adherence to restrictions applicable to RED ZONE/ CONTAINMENT ZONE. As per instructions, employees residing in such Zones can attend office only when allowed by the local authorities of concerned State Govt. etc. or restriction is relaxed. As per the above OMs the public transports including suburban train services were under total suspension till first 4 phases of lockdown. Further, as per Standard Operation Procedure of Min. of Health & Family Welfare, the period of work from home shall not be treated as leave.

A good number of employees who commute from considerable distant places could not attend the office during the months making own arrangement, although, they were inclined to attend their duties being physically present in the offices premises. Further, according to the guidelines of Min. of Health & Family Welfare as well as Ministry of Home Affairs is “to stay at home”, “work from home” to the extent possible, so as to curb the spread /outbreak of the COVID-19. During this period the entire surroundings of the National Library was under Containment Zone as per Govt. of West Bengal notification. In the Ministry of Home Affairs Order dated 15.04.2020 it was also clearly stated, “In these containment zones, the activities allowed under these guidelines will not be permitted….. that there is no unchecked inward/outward movement of population from these zones….. The guidelines issued in this regard…… will be strictly implemented….” Therefore some employee, though willing, could not come, even they have tried their best to join their duties.
This being an unprecedented situation, the condition of one-day attendance in a month, for payment of Transport Allowance, needs to be dispensed with and Transport Allowance for the month of April & May 2020 should not be disallowed.

Your immediate intervention in this matter is highly solicited with a request to issue revised direction to the administration of the National Library and Central Reference Library for payment/settlement of Transport Allowance for the month of April 2020, etc.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

(R. N. Parashar)
Secretary General
Confederation

Friday, 12 June 2020

7th CPC Notional Pay of Havildar granted Hony. Naib Subedar fixed in Level-6 for Pension purpose only

7th CPC Notional Pay of Havildar granted Hony. Naib Subedar fixed in Level-6 for Pension purpose only.




7CPC-Service-Pension-Naib-Subedar-retiring-

Jan-2016


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Government of India
Ministry of Defence (Finance)
O/o THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Circular No. 634

Dated: 01.06.2020
To,
The OI/C Records
PAO/ORs

Subject: Implementation of the Government decision on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – in respect of Service Pension to the Havildar granted Honorary Rank of Naib Subedar retiring on or after 01.01.2016.

Reference: Circular No. 584 dated 07.09.2017.

Reference is invited towards this office Circular No. 584 dated 07.09.2017. In this circular orders and procedure of pensionary award of 7th CPC were circulated with LPCs & its filling instructions. But the Circular is silent in respect of service pension of Havildar granted Hony Rank of Naib Subedar. A clarification was sought for regarding applicability of MoD letter dated 12.06.2009 for post 2016 retirees. It has now been clarified by the competent authority that ibid MoD letter is also applicable to post-2016 retirees Havildar granted Honorary rank of Naib Subedar.

Also check: Retention in Govt. Service beyond the age of 50 years or on completion of 30 years of service

2. Now, it has been decided that in all such cases the field SI No. 93 (Field name-Average Pay) of LPC-Cum Data Sheet of Circular No. 584 dt 07.09.2017 is invariably to be filled with Notional Pay of Havildar granted Hony. Naib Subedar fixed in Level-6 for Pension purpose only.

3. All other terms and condition shall be applied as per various paras of this govt. order as well as the existing provisions on the issue.

4 This circular is applicable in respect of service pension to the Havildar granted Honorary Rank of Naib Subedar retiring on or after 01.01.2016.

5. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in.

Also check: Pension claim submission during lock-down of Defence civilian

6. Hindi version will follow.

No. Gts/Tech/ 0148/LX
(Sushil Kumar Singh)
(Addl.CDA(P)

Counting of the limitation period for the diverse purposes under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972

Counting of the limitation period for the diverse purposes under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972

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Counting of the limitation period for the diverse purposes under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, CCS 

(Pension) Rules, 1972
F.No.11013/9/2014-Estt.A. III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 5th June, 2020

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Counting of the limitation period for the diverse purposes under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972

The undersigned is directed to refer to OM of even number dated 30th March, 2020 whereby, considering the unprecedented situation of lockdown w.e.f. 24th March, 2020, the period of lockdown was decided to be excluded from the time-limits prescribed in various Rules/instructions. While in the initial periods of lockdown, the Government offices were directed to work either with skeletal staff or with 1/3rd of its strength, DoPT’s extant instructions provide for attendance of 100% officers of the level of DS & above and 50% below DS on all working days. Ministry of Home Affairs vide its Order dated 30th May, 2020 has also issued instructions for phase-wise reopening of prohibited activities outside the containment zone. In view of this, it has now been decided that the exclusion of lockdown period w.e.f. 24th March, 2020 shall cease to have further effect with the issue of this O.M. Therefore, after exclusion of lockdown period, action as per time-lines provided under various Rules/ instructions may be completed within the period as explained in paras 2 & 3 of O.M. dated 30th March, 2020 referred above.

(Umesh Kumar Bhatia)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

The undersigned is directed to refer to Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1965 [CCS(CCA) Rules, 1965] and Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 [CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972] and the instructions issued under these Rules wherein certain timelines have been prescribed for various activities/ events/ procedures relating to procedures under the said Rules, For instance, in the said Rules/instructions, time limits have been prescribed for the following:
  • Review of order of Suspension before its expiry date [Rule 10(6) of CCS(CCA) Rules, 1965]
  • Submission of written statement of defence on the charge-sheet by the charged officer ISub Rule 4 in Rule 14 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965]
  • issuance of charge-sheet once a decision is taken by the Disciplinary Authority to initiate Disciplinary proceedings.{DopTs 0. M. No. 425/04/2012-AVDIV(A) dated 29.11.2012],
  • completion of Inquiry and submission of report by the Inquiring Authority [Sub rule (24) in Rule 14 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965]
  • disciplinary proceedings initiated against a Pensioner shall not be in respect of an event which took place four years before such initiation,{Rule 9 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972]
  • Acceptance of notice of VRS under Rule 48Aof CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972
(The list is only illustrative and not exhaustive)

2. Consequent upon the outbreak of COVID-19, and considering the unprecedented situation of the Lockdown w.e.f. 24th March 2020, it may not be feasible to adhere to the timelines prescribed in the said Rules and to the instructions issued under the Rules. It has accordingly been decided not to count the period of the Lockdown for the purposes of adherence to the prescribed timelines, including those listed above. For example, if the due date for completing a process/work/event at the start of the Lockdown falls after 20 days, then the due date will get postponed by the number of Lockdown days and the same number (20) of days will be available to complete the work after the Lockdown is lifted.

3. However, after the Lockdown is lifted, if the time left to complete the task is less than 15 days) then the processes may be allowed to be completed within 15 days.

4. In addition, timelines may have been prescribed for receipt of applications for direct recruitment, deputation, etc. Where the last date of receipt of application for direct recruitment, deputation etc. falls within the period of the Lockdown, the last date shall be extended by the number of days of the Lockdown. Similarly, the time limits prescribed in the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964, for various purposes shall also be extended by the number of days of the Lockdown.

5. These instructions are applicable only in such cases where there is an intervening Lockdown period and it will not be applicable otherwise.

Source: DoPT

Change of Nomenclature of posts- Assistant to Assistant Section Officer, Upper Division Clerk to Sr. Assistant and Lower Division Clerk to Jr. Assistant in CAT: DoPT Notification

Change of Nomenclature of posts- Assistant to Assistant Section Officer, Upper Division Clerk to Sr. Assistant and Lower Division Clerk to Jr. Assistant in CAT: DoPT Notification

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Central Administrative Tribunal Rules 2017
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)
NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 5th June, 2020


G.S.R. 350(E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 13 read with clause (b) of section 36 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 (13 of 1985), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules to amend the Central Administrative Tribunal (Salaries, allowances and conditions of service of the officers and employees) Rules, 2017, namely:-

1. Short title and commencement.- (1) These rules may be called the Central Administrative Tribunal (Salaries, allowances and conditions of service of the officers and employees) Amendment Rules, 2020.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Central Administrative Tribunal (Salaries, allowances and conditions of service of the officers and employees) Rules, 2017, in the Schedule, -
  • in column (2), against serial number 15, for the words “Assistant”, the words “Assistant Section Officer” Shall be substituted;
  • in column (2), against serial number 26, for the words “Upper Division Clerk”, the words “Senior Assistant” shall be substituted;
  • in column (2), against serial number 29, for the words “Lower Division Clerk”, the words “Junior Assistant” shall be substituted.
[F. No. A-11019/1/2019-AT]
RASHMI CHOWDHARY, Addl. Secy.

Note.- The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (1) vide notification number G.S.R. 1020(E), dated the 17™ August, 2017

Also check: Latest DoPT Orders 2020

Monday, 8 June 2020

Attendance - SOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in offices

Latest DoPT Orders 2020

F.No.11013/9/2014-Estt. A.III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 5th June, 2020

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Preventive measures to be taken to contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Attendance regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to OM of even number dated the 17th March, 2020, 18th May, 2020 and 19th May, 2020 whereby advisory for well-being of Government employees and attendance in Government offices with staggered timings were issued by Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT).

Also check: Daily attendance is being sought by DoPT telaphonically, officers are requested to convey attendance by 11 am

2. Kind attention is also drawn to Ministry of Home Affairs’ Order dated 30.05.2020 whereby ‘Additional Directives for Work Places’ have been prescribed. Further, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW) on 4th June, 2020 has issued Standard Operating Procedure on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in workplace settings (copy enclosed).

3. It is emphasized that strict adherence to the practices of social distancing norms and health & hygiene practices, as enunciated in these guidelines, is of paramount importance and the Government servants as responsible employees should abide by these practices so that the Government offices function in the most efficient manner in the given situation. All the Ministries / Departments/offices as well as the Central Government employees are, therefore, directed to ensure strict compliance of instructions issued by DoPT as well as MHA and MoH&FW.

(Umesh Kumar Bhatra)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
4th June, 2020

Government of IndiaMinistry of Health & Family Welfare
SOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in offices

1. Background
Offices and other workplaces are relatively close settings, with shared spaces like work stations, corridors, elevators & stairs, parking places, cafeteria, meeting rooms and conference halls etc. and COVID-19 infection can spread relatively fast among officials, staffs and visitors.
There is a need to prevent spread of infection and to respond in a timely and effective manner in case suspect case of COVID-19 is detected in these settings, so as to limit the spread of infection.

2. Scope
This document outlines the preventive and response measures to be observed to contain the spread of COVID-19 in office settings. The document is divided into the following sub-sections
(i) Generic preventive measures to be followed at all times
(ii) Measures specific to offices
(iii) Measures to be taken on occurrence of case(s)
(iv) Disinfection procedures to be implemented in case of occurrence of suspect / confirmed case.

Offices in containment zones shall remain closed except for medical & essential sevices. Only those outside containment zones will be allowed to open up.

3. Generic preventive measures
Persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes. Office management to facilitate the process.
The generic preventive measures include simple public health measures that are to be followed to reduce the risk of infection with COVID-19. These measures need to be observed by all (employees and visitors) at all times. These include:

i. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet in public places as far as feasible.
ii. Use of face covers/masks to be mandatory.
iii. Practice frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be made wherever feasible.
iv. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue / handkerchief / flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly.
v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to the immediate supervisory officer.
vi. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited.
vii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App by employees.

4. Specific preventive measures for offices:

i. Entrance to have mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizes dispenser) and thermal screening provisions.

ii. Only asymptomatic staff/visitors shall be allowed.

iii. Any officer and staff residing in containment zone should inform the same to supervisory officer and not attend the office till containment zone is denotified. Such staff should be permitted to work from home and it will not be counted as leave period.

iv. Drivers shall maintain social distancing and shall follow required dos and don’ts related to COVID-19. It shall be ensured by the service providers/ officers/ staff that drivers residing in containment zones shall not be allowed to drive vehicles.

v. There shall be provision for disinfection of the interior of the vehicle using 1% sodium hypochlorite solution/ spray. A proper disinfection of steering, door handles, keys, etc. should be taken up.

vi. Advise all employees who are at higher risk i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions, to take extra precautions. They should preferably not be exposed to any front-line work requiring direct contact with the public. Office management to facilitate work from home wherever feasible.
vii. All officers and staff / visitors to be allowed entry only if using face cover/masks. The face cover/mask has to be worn at all times inside the office premises.
viii. Routine issue of visitors/ temporary passes should be suspended and visitors with proper permission of the officer who they want to meet, should be allowed after being properly screened.
ix. Meetings, as far as feasible, should be done through video conferencing.
x. Posters/ standees/ AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19 to be displayed prominently.

xi. Staggering of office hours, lunch hours/coffee breaks to be done, as far as feasible.

xii. Proper crowd management in the parking lots and outside the premises – duly following social distancing norms be ensured.
xiii. Valet parking, if available, shall be operational with operating staff wearing face covers/ masks and gloves as appropriate. A proper disinfection of steering, door handles, keys, etc. of vehicles should be taken up.

xiv. Any shops, stalls, cafeteria etc., outside and within the office premises shall follow social distancing norms at all times.

xv. Specific markings may be made with sufficient distance to manage the queue and ensure social distancing in the premises.

xvi. Preferably separate entry and exit for officers, staff and visitors shall be organised.

xvii. Proper cleaning and frequent sanitization of the workplace, particularly of the frequently touched surfaces must be ensured.

xviii. Ensure regular supply of hand sanitisers, soap and running water in the washrooms.

xix. Required precautions while handling supplies, inventories and goods in the office shall be ensured.

xx. Seating arrangement to be made in such a way that adequate social distancing is maintained.

xxi. Number of people in the elevators shall be restricted, duly maintaining social distancing norms.

xxii. For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which inter alia emphasises that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30°C, relative humidity should be in the range of 40¬70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate.

xxiii. Large gatherings continue to remain prohibited.

xxiv. Effective and frequent sanitation within the premises shall be maintained with particular focus on lavatories, drinking and hand washing stations/areas.

xxv. Cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.) shall be done in office premises and in common areas

xxvi. Proper disposal of face covers / masks / gloves left over by visitors and/or employees shall be ensured.

xxvii. In the cafeteria/canteen/dining halls:
a.Adequate crowd and queue management to be ensured to ensure social distancing norms.
b. Staff / waiters to wear mask and hand gloves and take other required precautionary measures.
c.The seating arrangement to ensure a distance of at least 1 meter between patrons as far as feasible.
d. In the kitchen, the staff to follow social distancing norms.

5. Measures to be taken on occurrence of case(s):
Despite taking the above measures, the occurrence of cases among the employees working in the office cannot be ruled out. The following measures will be taken in such circumstances:

i. When one or few person(s) who share a room/close office space is/are found to be suffering from symptoms suggestive of COVID-19:
  • Place the ill person in a room or area where they are isolated from others at the workplace. Provide a mask/face cover till such time he/she is examined by a doctor.
  • Immediately inform the nearest medical facility (hospital/clinic) or call the state or district helpline.
  • A risk assessment will be undertaken by the designated public health authority (district RRT/treating physician) and accordingly further advice shall be made regarding management of case, his/her contacts and need for disinfection.
  • The suspect case if reporting very mild/mild symptoms on assessment by the health authorities would be placed under home isolation.
  • Suspect case, if assessed by health authorities as moderate to severe, will be treated as per health protocol in appropriate health facility.
  • The rapid response team of the concerned district shall be requisitioned and will undertake the listing of contacts.
  • The necessary actions for contact tracing and disinfection of work place will start once the report of the patient is received as positive. The report will be expedited for this purpose.
ii. If there are large numbers of contacts from a pre-symptomatic / asymptomatic case, there could be a possibility of a cluster emerging in workplace setting. Due to the close environment in workplace settings this could even be a large cluster (>15 cases). The essential principles of risk assessment, isolation, and quarantine of contacts, case referral and management will remain the same. However, the scale of arrangements will be higher.

iii. Management of contacts:
  • The contacts will be categorised into high and low risk contacts by the District RRTas detailed in the Annexure I.
  • The high-risk exposure contacts shall be quarantined for 14 days.
  • These persons shall undergo testing as per ICMR protocol.
  • The low risk exposure contacts shall continue to work and closely monitor their health for next 14 days.
  • The flowchart for management of contact/ cases is placed at Annexure – II.
6. Closure of workplace
i. If there are one or two cases reported, the disinfection procedure will be limited to places/areas visited by the patient in past 48 hrs. There is no need to close the entire office building/halt work in other areas of the office and work can be resumed after disinfection as per laid down protocol.
ii. However, if there is a larger outbreak, the building/block will have to be closed for 48 hours after thorough disinfection. All the staff will work from home, till the building/block is adequately disinfected and is declared fit for re-occupation.

7. Disinfection Procedures in Offices
Detailed guidelines on the disinfection as already issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare as available on their website shall be followed.

Annexure I

Risk profiling of contacts
Contacts are persons who have been exposed to a confirmed case anytime between 2 days prior to onset of symptoms (in the positive case) and the date of isolation (or maximum 14 days after the symptom onset in the case).

High-risk contact
  • Touched body fluids of the patient (respiratory tract secretions, blood, vomit, saliva, urine, faeces; e.g. being coughed on, touching used paper tissues with a bare hand)
  • Had direct physical contact with the body of the patient including physical examination without PPE
  • Touched or cleaned the linens, clothes, or dishes of the patient.
  • Lives in the same household as the patient.
  • Anyone in close proximity (within 1 meter) of the confirmed case without precautions.
  • Passengers in close proximity (within 1 meter) in a conveyance with a symptomatic person who later tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 6 hours.
Low-risk contact
  • Shared the same space (worked in same room/similar) but not having a high-risk exposure to confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Travelled in same environment (bus/train/flight/any mode of transit) but not having a high-risk exposure.

Central Government employees and attendance in Government offices with staggered timings 

DoPT order
Source: DoPT


Grant of annual increment due on 1st July to the employees retiring on 30th June of the year

A person who retires on the last working day would not be entitled for any increment falling due on the next day and payable next day thereafter, because he would not answer the tests in these Rules
File No.PC-VI/2018/ R-I/1 -Part(1)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
NO. PC V1 / 2018/R-I/1 Pt.

 Grant of annual increment due on 1st July retiring on 30th June of the year
New Delhi, dated 21.05.2020

The General Manager
All Indian Railways and Production Units
(As per standard mailing list)

Sub: Grant of annual increment due on 1st July to the employees retiring on 30th June of the year

A number of representations are being received in this office seeking grant of one notional increment as due on 1st July in favour of employee retiring on 30th June before drawing the same, exclusively for the purpose of pensionary benefits.

Also check: 7th Pay Commission Annual Increment

2. As the Railways are aware, the annual increment is granted to railway employees on completion of laid down qualifying service for the purpose. Based on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission, as accepted by the Government of India, Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 were notified on the lines of Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. As per Rule 10 of above Rules, it was stipulated that there will be a uniform date of annual increment, viz. 1st July of every year and the employees completing 6 months and above in the revised pay structure as on 1 of July will be eligible to be granted the increment. There has been no change in the above rule / extant policy so as to enable grant of increment (notional or actual) on 30th June, where it was due on the following 1st July.

3. In the various representations being received in this office, certain Judgments in the case of Shri Ayyamperumal, an employee of Department of Revenue are being cited. As the details of above court matter and policy decision of concerned nodal departments were not available in this office, the matter was referred to concerned departments of Government of India seeking their advice / guidelines.

4. DOP&T vide their O.M dated 11.11.2019 have stated that the Judgment passed in the case of Shri P. Ayyamperumal is in personam. Further, the judgment pronounced by Hon’ble High Court of Madras in P. Ayyamperumal case, as endorsed by Hon’ble Supreme Court, is based on the decision in the case of M. Balasubramaniam, which was related to Fundamental Rules of State Govt. However Central Government employees are governed by Central Government Rules. Further, Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad in C. Subbarao case has inter-alia observed that “A person who retires on the last working day would not be entitled for any increment falling due on the next day and payable next day thereafter, because he would not answer the tests in these Rules.” A copy of DOP&T O.M dated 11.11.2019 is enclosed herewith.

5. The Railways are therefore advised to take further necessary action to dispose off the pending representations on the issue based on above position and advice of DOP&T. The pending court cases may also be defended accordingly. Further, in case any clarification / inputs are required relating to railway Fundamental Rules and Railway Pension Rules, Finance (Estt.) dte. may also please be consulted being the nodal directorate on these aspects. This issues with the approval of DG/HR, Railway Board.

DA: As above

(U. K. Tiwari)
Joint Director, Pay Commission
Railway Board

Appeal to unfreeze the DA/DR is dismissed by Delhi High Court Order




Delhi high court order on dearness allowance
Appeal to unfreeze the DA/DR is dismissed by Delhi High Court Order

IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
W.P.(C) 3308/2020
HITESH BHARDWAJ ….. Petitioner
Through: Dr. Pradeep Sharma with Mr. Harsh,
Advs.
versus
MINISTRY OF FINANCE, UNION OF INDIA AND ANR
….. Respondent
Through: Mr. Jasmeet Singh, CGSC.
Ms. Shobhana Takiar, ASC, GNCTD.

freezing-of-da-and-dr-delhi-high-court-judgement-01-06-2020.

CORAM
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE VIPIN SANGHI
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJNISH BHATNAGAR


O R D E R

01.06.2020
CM APPL. 11606/2020
Exemption allowed, subject to all just exceptions.
The Court fees be paid within a week.
The application stands disposed of.

W.P.(C) 3308/2020

The present writ petition has been preferred in public interest seeking following reliefs:

a) Issue a Writ of Mandamus or any other appropriate Writ, order or direction to the Respondents to withdraw the notification issued by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India

b) Issue a Writ of Mandamus or any other appropriate Writ, order or direction to the Respondents to withdraw the endorsement against the notification, issued by the Ministry of Finance, Government of NCT of Delhi.


c) Issue a Writ of Mandamus or any other appropriate Writ, order or direction to the Respondents to defreeze and release the enhanced Dearness Allowance to the Central Government Servants and pensioners as per norms.


d) Issue a Writ of Mandamus or any other appropriate Writ, order or direction to the Respondents to defreeze and release the enhanced Dearness Allowance to the Government Servants and pensioners of GNCTD as per norms.”

 
The respondent no. 1/Union of India issued an Office Memorandum dated 23.04.2020 which is the cause for the petitioner’s grievance in the present writ petition. The said Office Memorandum reads as follows:

Freezing of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners at current rates till July 2021.

The petitioner is also aggrieved by the consequent order issued by respondent no. 2/GNCTD dated 24.04.2020, whereby the GNCTD has followed suit in terms of the Office Memorandum dated 23.04.2020 issued by respondent no. 1. The Office Memorandum dated 23.04.2020, in effect, conveys the decision of the Central Government that Dearness Allowance due to the Central Government Employees and Dearness Relief due to the Central Government Pensioners from 01.01.2020 shall not be paid. It also states that additional installment of the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief due from 01.07.2020 and 01.01.2021 shall also not be paid. Pertinently, Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief at the current rates would continue to be paid. The said Office Memorandum further states that as and when the decision to release future installment of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief due from 01.07.2021 is taken by the Government, rates of the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief as effective from 01.01.2020, 01.07.2020 and 01.07.2021 will be restored prospectively, and will be subsumed in the cumulative revised rate effective from 01.07.2020. No arrears from the period 01.01.2020 till 30.06.2021 shall be paid.

The first submission of the petitioner is that Central Government Employees and Central Government Pensioners have a vested right to receive the enhanced Dearness Allowance/ Dearness Relief which has already been declared effective from 01.01.2020. The said increase was declared at 4%. The petitioner also claims that such employees and pensioners also have vested right to continue to receive enhancement in Dearness Allowance/ Dearness Relief on and from 01.07.2020 and 01.01.2021.

To examine the merit of this submission, we may refer to the All India Services (Dearness Allowance) Rules, 1972. These statutory rules have been framed by the Central Government after consultation with the Government of the States concerned in exercise of powers conferred by SubSection (1) of Section 3 of All India Services Act,1952. Rule 3 of the said Rule is relevant and which reads as follows:
“3. Regulation of dearness allowance:
Every member of the Service and every officer, whose initial pay is fixed in accordance with sub-rule (5) or sub-rule (6A) of rule 4 of the Indian Administrative Service (Pay) Rules, 1954 or sub-rule (5) of rule 4 of the Indian Police Service (Pay) Rules, 1954 or sub-rule (6) of rule 4 of the Indian Forest Service (Pay) Rules, 1968, shall be entitled to draw dearness allowance at such rates, and subject to such conditions, as may be specified by the Central Government, from time to time, in respect of the officers of Central Civil Services, Class I.”
(emphasis supplied)
From the above Rule, it would be seen that Central Government servants shall be entitled to draw Dearness Allowance “at such rates, and subject to such conditions, as may be specified by the Central Government, from time to time, in respect of officers of the Central Civil Service, ClassI”. We may notice that there is no other statutory rule brought to our notice relating to payment of Dearness Allowance or Dearness Relief and it appears that the said Rule governs the payment of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief to Government servants and Government Pensioners of the Union in respect of all the classes of employees.

The above rule shows that the entitlement to draw Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief is determined by the Central Government. The same may be specified by the Central Government from time to time, subject to whatever conditions the Government may deem fit to impose.

From the above Rule, it is clear to us that, firstly, there is no statutory rule which obliges the Central Government to continue to enhance the Dearness Allowance or Dearness Relief at regular intervals i.e. to revise the same upwards from time to time. Consequently, there is no vested right in the Central Government Employees, or Central Government Pensioners to receive higher Dearness Allowance or Dearness Relief on regular intervals.

Pertinently, by the impugned Office Memorandum, the Central Government has frozen – and not withdrawn, the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief being paid to Central Government Employees and Central Government Pensioners at the time of issuance of the said Office Memorandum.

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So far as the submission with regard to increase of 4% Dearness Allowance or Dearness Relief with effect from 01.01.2020 is concerned, the impugned Office Memorandum does not seek to take it away. All that it does is to postpone its payment till after 01.07.2021. That power, in our view, resides with the Central Government, by virtue of Rule 3 of the All India Services (Dearness Allowance) Rule, 1972, since the Central Government is empowered to take the decision to make payment of Dearness Allowance / Dearness Relief, subject to such conditions as the Central Government may specify from time to time.

The submission of learned counsel for the petitioner is that the Central Government in the impugned Office Memorandum has referred to COVID19 pandemic as the reason for its decision contained in the said Office Memorandum. However, the impugned Office Memorandum has not been issued by the competent authority under the Disaster Management Act. We do not find merit in this submission. The provisions of the Disaster Management Act are not the only repository of the power of the Government to take action in the light of the pandemic. As noticed above, the power to determine as to how much Dearness Allowance is to be paid, i.e. at what rates, and subject to what condition, resides with the Central Government by virtue of Rule 3 of All India Services (Dearness Allowance) Rules, 1972. Merely because the said impugned Office Memorandum makes reference to the COVID-19 pandemic, it does not follow that the only provision which the respondents could have invoked are those contained in the Disaster Management Act. The Central Government, by referring to COVID-19 pandemic in the impugned communication, has merely provided its reasons and justification for its decision contained in the said Office Memorandum.

The next submission of the learned counsel for the petitioner is that the impugned Office Memorandum is also in violation of Article 360(4) (a)(i) of the Constitution of India. Article 360 of the Constitution of India contains the provision as to financial emergency, and it provides that if the President is satisfied that a situation has arisen whereby the financial stability of credit in India or any part of the territory thereof is threatened, he may, by a proclamation make declaration to that effect. The submission is that President of India has not declared financial emergency. The further submission is that it is only during financial emergency declared by the President, that by virtue of Sub-Article 4(a)(i) – a provision could be made requiring reduction of salaries and allowances of all or any class of persons serving in connection with the affairs of the State. Since no financial emergency has been declared, the Office Memorandum in question could not have been issued which is referable to Article 360(4)(a)(i) of the Constitution of India.

We find this submission to be completely misplaced. This is for the reason that Article 360(4)(a)(i) deals with a situation where the Government seeks to reduce the salary or allowance of all, or any class of persons, serving in connection with the affairs of the State. In the present case, the Office Memorandum does not seek to reduce either the salaries or allowances, which includes Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief in respect of serving Government servants, or its pensioners. All that it does is to freeze the payment of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief at the pre-existing level, and to put in abeyance any increase in Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief till July, 2021. The said freeze does not tantamount to reduction of either salary, or allowances, of persons serving in connection with the affairs of the State.

The further submission submission of learned counsel for the petitioner is that the Office Memorandum could not have been issued by mere issuance of an office order, and the same should have been either framed as a statutory rule, or by issuing a gazette notification. We do not find any basis for this submission. We have noticed Rule 3 of the All India Services (Dearness Allowance) Rules, 1972. The said Rule does not state that the Central Government can form, or communicate, its decision with regard to entitlement to draw Dearness Allowance, subject to conditions, only by framing another rule, or by a gazette notification. There is no such requirement in law. Therefore, we do not find any merits in this submission as well.

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So far as the right to receive the increase of Dearness Allowance / Dearness Relief already declared by the Government with effect from 01.01.2020 is concerned, it falls well within the domain of the Central Government to decide as to when to disburse the said increase. There is no obligation in law upon the Central Government to disburse the increase in Dearness Allowance/ Dearness Relief within a time bound manner. Rule 3 of All India Services (Dearness Allowance) Rules referred to above, itself empowers the Central Government to lay down the conditions subject to which Dearness Allowance may be drawn by officers of Central Government.

For the aforesaid reasons we do not find any merit in this petition and the same is, accordingly, dismissed.

VIPIN SANGHI, J
RAJNISH BHATNAGAR, J

JUNE 01, 2020



Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Stepping up of pay of senior Assistants of CSS drawing less pay on promotion in the Section Officers Grade than their juniors


Stepping up of pay of senior Assistants of CSS drawing less pay on promotion in the Section Officers Grade than their juniors
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Orders 2020
Stepping up of salaries of senior Assistants of CSS earning less salary on promotion in the Section Officers Grade than their juniors
सं.-18/2/2014-CS-I (S)
भारत सरकार Government of India
कार्मिक,लोक शिकायत और पेंशन मंत्रालय /
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
कार्मिक एवं प्रशिक्षण विभाग /
(Department of Personnel & Training)
2nd Floor, A Wing, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
New Delhi -110003, the 01st June, 2020

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Latest DoPT Orders 2020

Subject: Stepping up of pay of senior Assistants of CSS drawing less pay on promotion in the Section Officers Grade than their juniors – OM No. 18/2/2007- CS-I dated 20.05.2014 – Writ Petitions filed in the matter -regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 01.07.2019 wherein instructions, for dealing with stepping up of pay cases consequent to directions of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi vide their interim orders in various Writ Petitions filed in the matter, were issued.

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2. In this connection it is reiterated that the pay of the petitioners and similarly placed non-petitioners is to be restored only if they submit the ‘Affidavit of Undertaking’ as directed by the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in the format attached with this Department’s OM under reference.

3. As regards the manner in which the pay is to be restored, it is clarified that the pay of the petitioners and non-petitioners, who submit the affidavit of undertaking in the prescribed format, may be restored notionally from the date with effect from which the stepping up of pay was granted earlier and regularly from the date of submission of the affidavit of undertaking as directed by Hon’ble High Court of Delhi subject to the outcome of the Writ Petitions or orders of any competent court in related matters.

4. If an officer, whose pay has been restored in accordance with the above instructions, superannuates or retires voluntarily, his/ her case may be dealt as per the provisions of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 relating to provisional pension, payment of gratuity etc.

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5. This issues in consultation with Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their ID No. 1(5)E-H1(A)/ 96 dated 27.05.2020 (eFTS 1377323).

(P Bairagi Sahu)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

To
All the Ministries/ Departments of Government of India
Ministry/ Department of …………………….
(Director/ Deputy Secretary (Admn./Estt.)
New Delhi

Source: DoPT

CGDA - Retention in Govt.Service beyond the age of 50 years or on completion of 30 years of service

Retention in Govt.Service beyond the age of 50 years or on completion of 30 years of service

CGDA

Retention in Govt.Service beyond the age of 50 years or on completion of 30 years of service

OFFICE OF CONTROLLER GENERAL OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
ULAN BATAR MARG, PALAM, DELHI CANTT. -110010

No.AN/II/2604/F R-56(j)/Q.E 03/2020

Date:01.06.2020

To
All PCsDA/PCA (Fy)/CsDA/AN-4 Section (local)
(Through CGDA website)

Subject: Retention in Govt. Service beyond the age of 50 years or on completion of 30 years of service- Sr.AOQs/ AOs/AD(OL)/ Sr.PS under FR-56(j) 

In terms of Para 4, Appendix of DOP&T O.M. No. 25013/1/2013-Estt. (A) dated 21.03.2014 (copy enclosed), in order to ensure that the powers vested in the appropriate authority are exercised fairly and impartially and not arbitrarily, following procedure and guidelines have been prescribed for reviewing the cases of government employees covered under the aforesaid rules:

(1) The cases of Govt. Servants covered by FR 56(j) or FR 56 (I) or Rule 48 (1)(b) of CCS (Pension) Rules should be reviewed six months before they attained the age of 50/55 years or complete 30 years’ service/30 years of qualifying service, whichever occurs earlier.

(ii) Committee shall be constituted in each Ministry/ Department/ Office to which all such cases shall be referred for recommendation as to whether the officer concerned should be retained in service or retired from service in the public interest.

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2. In this connection, please refer to HQrs Office letter No. AN/II/02604/99 dated 13.09.1999 vide which all controllers were requested to review all cases covered under FR 56(j) at least 6 months in advance.

3. However, it has been observed that some of the controllers are not adhering the time line as stipulated in the aforesaid orders. It is found that review under FR 56(j) in respect of some SAOs/AQOs who attaining the age of 50 years between January, 2020 to June, 2020 has not been carried out by the controller’s office.

4. It is therefore, requested to adhere strictly the time line mentioned in the aforesaid DOP&T orders and review all such cases at the earliest. Reviewed cases may be forwarded to HQrs office. If already forwarded, the same may be ignored.

(Amit Gupta)
Sr. Dy.CGDA (AN

Source: CGDA

Reimbursement of Briefcase allowance in the Defence Accounts Department

Reimbursement of Briefcase allowance in the Defence Accounts Department
Reimbursement of Briefcase allowance in the Defence Accounts Department
 

CGDA
Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Satar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt- 110010
No. AN/14/14114/III/ JCM/Briefcase

Dated: 29.05.2020

IMPORTANT CIRCULAR

To
All PCsDA/CsDA/PCA (Fys)
(Through Website)

Sub : Reimbursement of Briefcase allowance in the Defence Accounts Department.

Sanction of the Ministry of Defence (Fin.) is hereby conveyed for revision of rates and entitlement for reimbursement of briefcase allowances to the Officers and Staff of DAD as follows. The revised rates/ entitlement will be effective from 01st June 2020:-


Level of Officers/ Officials (Ministry)Level of Officers/ Officials (DAD)Level (7th CPC) Rates (Rs.)
Secretary/ Special SecretaryCGDALevel-1710000/-
Addi. Secretary & equivalentAddl.   CGDA/   PCsDA/   PIFA and equivalentLevel-16/ 158000/-
Joint Secretary & equivalentCsDA/ IFAs and equivalentLevel-146500/-
Director/ Dy. Secy./Sr. PPS & equivalentAddl. CsDA/Jt. CsDA and equivalentLevel-13/ 125000/-
Under Secretary/ PPS & equivalentDCsDA/ PPSs and equivalentLevel-114000/-
Desk Officer/ Section Officer & equivalentACsDA/ADs (OL)/Sr.AOs/AOs/ AAOs/SPSs and equivalentLevel-10- 84000/-
Assistant Section Officer/ PA or equivalentPS Senior Translation Officer and equivalent  Staff  in the  Grade  pay Rs. 4600/- and above.Level-73500/-
Senior Secretariat Assistant (SSA) Steno or equivalent with made pay Rs. 4200 and above.Sr. Auditor/ DEO-C/ Steno-I/ Junior Translation Officer in the Grade pay Rs. 4200/- and above.Level-63500/-
2. The sanction is being conveyed within the existing budget and no additional allocation would be made on this account.

3. The officers/ staff entitled for Briefcase allowance can purchase briefcase/ office bag/ ladies purses of their own choice from any private/ public outlet. However, the reimbursement shall be restricted to the above mentioned ceiling limits.

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4. The reimbursement for briefcase allowance shall be made to the entitled officers/ staff on joining the Department or on completion of three years from the date of issue of earlier one.

Sd/-
(Rajeev Ranjan Kumar)
Dy. CGDA (AN)

Friday, 8 May 2020

One-time relaxation to General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) allottees of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Retention period extended

One-time relaxation to General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) allottees of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Retention period extended

Central Government Employees News

No.12035/2/2020-Pol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Directorate of Estates
Policy-II Section

Nirman Bhavan
New Delhi-110108
Dated the 5th May, 2020

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: One-time relaxation to the allottees of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) in view of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - extension of retention period.

In continuation of the OM of even number dated 25-3-2020 on the above subject, it has been decided by the competent authority that suo-moto extension of retention of quarters granted to the allottees vide OM dated 25.3.2020 for the period from 17.3.2020 to 31.5.2020 shall remain extended upto 30-6-2020.

2. The other terms and condition of the OM dated 25-3-2020 will remain the same.

(M. C. Sonowal)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)


No.12035/2/2020-Pol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Directorate of Estates
Policy-II Section

Nirman Bhavan
New Delhi-110108
Dated, the 25th March, 2020

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: One-time relaxation to the allottees of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) in view of Novel Coronavirus (COVID- 19).

Ministry has been receiving calls from various allottees of Government accommodations, who were / are due to vacate their flats / houses and are not able to do so in the light of the advisories regarding social distancing issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) under the current global Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19). Further, Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has issued Guidelines with do’s & don’ts for government personnel vide their O.M. dated 17.03.2020 to contain the spread of this virus. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) vide its Order dated 24.03.2020 has issued directions for nation-wide complete lockdown to contain the fast spreading infection.
This extraordinary situation has been considered by the Ministry and it has been decided by the Competent Authority to allow suo-moto retention for the period from 17.03.2020 to 31.05.2020 for all such allottees under the Central Government General Pool Residential Accommodation (CGGPRA) Rules, 2017. This relaxation will be applicable to the following categories:
  • Rule 24(2) - where two allottees, who are in occupation of separate accommodation allotted under these rules marry each other, and are directed to surrender one of the accommodation within one month of their marriage;
  • Rule 40 - which provides for concessional period of retention of GPRA under different cases; and
  • Rule 44 (7 & 8) - which provides for change of accommodation.
2. The suo-moto retention period will be on the payment of licence fees as applicable to the allottee under these rules. No damage will be charged for this period.

3. These relaxations will be given to such allottees also where she/he has become unauthorized occupant of government accommodation before 17.03.2020. However, in such cases, after the retention period of 75 days i.e. upto 31.05.2020, the damage charges at telescopic rates, as was continuing prior to this period, will be resumed.

4. D.D.(Computers) will flash this message on the website for giving wide publicity.

(Vijay Andley)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)

India Post delivers Covid-19 testing kits from ICMR regional depots to testing labs across the country including remote areas


Ministry of Communications

India Post delivers Covid-19 testing kits from ICMR regional depots to testing labs across the country including remote areas

08 MAY 2020

India Post has entered into a tie up with ICMR for delivery of its Covid-19 testing Kits from its 16 regional depots to the 200 additional labs designated for Covid-19 Testing across the length and breadth of the country. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has set a target of carrying out around 1 lakh tests across the country per day. For this crucial work, India Post with its vast network of 1,56,000 post offices has once again geared up for performing as a strong COVID warrior. India Post has delivered consignments to remote areas such as Imphal, Aizawl apart from Dungarpur, Churu, Jhalawar, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Ranchi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kota and other places.
Union Minister of Communications, E & IT and Law and Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad appreciated the renewed commitment and partnership between ICMR and Department of Posts. He said that India Post has been delivering mails, medicines, financial assistance at doorsteps and even distributing food and ration to needy during lockdown. He further acknowledged that postmen of India Posts Department have risen to the occasion and stood shoulder to shoulder with the nation during these challenging times.

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The Government is taking all measures to ensure timely delivery of kits. Special arrangements has been made by India Post with ICMR for kits being delivered from 16 depots (located in 14 postal Circles/ States), to 200 labs located across the country even in remote areas such as Shivamogga, Tirunelveli, Dharmapuri, Tirupati, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Leh, Jammu, Udhampur, Jhalawar, Bhavnagar Sholapur , Darbhanga, Rishikesh, Faridkot to mention a few. These kits are being delivered packed in dry ice.

The India Post staff is working round the clock to ensure timely deliveries. Rising to the call of duty, deliveries are being made even at 11:30 pm. India Post is committed to ensure that the delivery of kits is made as per requirements even in far flung areas like Zoram Medical College , Mizoram.
Nodal officers have been identified from both the agencies (DoP & ICMR ) for each regional depot to ensure smooth operations . The Circles have made necessary arrangements with timelines for the priority transportation of the consignments to the concerned laboratories either as per the existing system or new arrangements depending on the requirement and have communicated the same to the ICMR nodal officers.

Each booking circle has opened a BNPL (Book Now Pay Later) account of Speed Post with the concerned Depot to make the arrangement hassle free for the agency. The delivery information is shared with the labs on daily basis through whatsapp. A Google spreadsheet has been shared with all nodal officers to update the details of booking and delivery of the testing kits to flag any operational glitches.

Union Minister of Communications, E & IT and Law and Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad called upon the Department to continue with its good work and leave no stone unturned in making timely delivery of medicines, testing kits and other medical equipments. He asked the Department to galvanise its vast network and leave no gaps in delivery of essential items.

16 Depots of ICMR are NIMR, New Delhi, PGI Chandigarh, KGMU Lucknow, RMRI Patna, NIRNCD Jodhpur, NIOH Ahmedabad, NIREH Bhopal, NICED Kolkata, NIV Pune, NIV field unit Bangalore, NIN Hyderabad, NIE Chennai, RMRC Dibrugarh, RMRC Bhubaneswar, NIRRH Mumbai, GMC Guwahati.

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DoE - Closure of booking of Rooms of all the Holiday Homes due to COVID-19

DoE - Closure of booking of Rooms of all the Holiday Homes due to COVID-19 

Closure of booking of Rooms of all the Holiday Homes due to COVID-19

 

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No. D-11016/74/2019-Regions
Government of India
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
Directorate of Estates
(Regions Section)

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated : 06 May 2020

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Suspension / Closure of booking of Rooms of all the Guest Houses/ Touring Officers’ Hostels/ Holiday Homes which are under the aegis of Directorate of Estates across the Country as a preventive measure to spread the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - regarding.
In continuation of the OM of even number dated 20-3-2020 on the above subject, it has been decided by the competent authority that suo- moto extension of suspension /closure of the booking system for rooms of all the Guest Houses /Touring Officers’ Hostels / Holiday Homes which are under the aegis of Directorate of Estates across the Country shall remain extended upto 17.05.2020

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2. Further, an amount towards the bookings will be refunded to the applicants, whose booking in the holiday homes /officers touring hostel / guest house are upto 17 May, 2020. The applicants will have to apply online for refund on the website of Holiday Home.

(P.P. Bandopadhayay)
Deputy Director of Estates(Regions)
Email: Regions-estates@gov.in

Age of superannuation of Government servants from 58 years to 59 years and orders

Age of superannuation of Government servants from 58 years to 59 years and orders
 
PERSONNEL AND ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS (S) DEPARTMENT

Age of superannuation of Government servants from 58 years to 59 years
G.0.(Ms)No.51

Dated: 07.05.2020

G.O.(Ms)No.532, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (Personnel-M) Department, dated 25.04.1979.

ORDER:

The Government have decided to increase the age of superannuation of Government servants from 58 years to 59 years and orders accordingly. This will apply to all those who are in regular service as on date and due to retire on superannuation from 31.05.2020.

The retirement age of Tamil Nadu state government employees increased from 58 to 59

This order shall also be applicable to all teaching and non-teaching staff working in aided educational institutions and employees of all Constitutional / Statutory Bodies, Public Sector Undertakings including all State Corporations. Local Bodies, Boards. Commissions, Societies, etc.

The relevant provisions under rule 56 of Tamil Nadu Fundamental Rules will be modified to the above extent. Necessary amendment to the above rules will be issued accordingly.

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)
K. SHANMUGAM,
CHIEF SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

Appeal for review of decision; And Grant of option to credit the Additional DA to Provident Fund

Appeal for review of decision; And Grant of option to credit the Additional DA to Provident Fund

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INDIAN RAILWAYS TECHNICAL SUPERVISORS ASSOCIATION
(Estd. 1965, Regd. No.1329) Website http://irtsa.net
CHq. 32, Phase 6, Mohali, Chandigarh-160055.

No:IRTSA/CHQ/Memo. 2020-3

Date: 30.4.2020

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman,
Hon’ble Minister for Finance,
Government of India,
North Block, New Delhi-110001.

Respected Madam,

Subject: Freezing of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners at the current rates till July 2021 - Appeal for review of decision; And Grant of option to credit the Additional DA to Provident Fund

Ref: Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No.1/1/2020-E-II (B), dated 23-04- 2020

Appeal for review of decision Freezing of Dearness Allowance to Central Govt 

employees
1) Indian Railways Technical Supervisors Association (IRTSA) extends its fullest support and cooperation to the Government of India in its all-out effort to control COVID-19 pandemic. Railway men are working on the forefront risking their lives to keep freight & parcel services operational for ensuring uninterrupted supply of essential commodities across the country. Indian Railways have taken up many special tasks to fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

2) Railways’ and other government employees and pensioners have contributed generously to PM CARES for the fight against COVID-19.

3) It is, however, very disheartening that the Government has decided, as per the order cited above, that the DA/DR is frozen and would not be revised up to July 2021; and that no arrears will be paid. This has adversely affected the morale of the employees.

4) DA is a part of Pay, compensating for the erosion in the real value of the salary. DA can only be deducted either as a punitive measure or with the consent of the employees.

5) Assuming 4% additional DA & DR for each of 3 spans of six months, the total loss of employees and pensioners would be over 1.5 months of Pay & Pension and possibly even more than that, if the inflation is higher than 4 % in the next 2 spans.

6) Freezing of DA will also delay the revision of HRA rates since as per decision of the Government on 7th CPC, whenever DA crosses 25%, rates of HRA will be revised.

7) It will also cause additional heavy loss to the employees who retire between 1-1-2020 to 30-6-2021 in terms of Gratuity and Leave encashment as the DA is counted for the same.

8) We fully realize that a lot of funds are required to combat the social & economic impact of COVID. But freezing the DA & DR would be counter-productive, as freezing this huge amount would give a further blow to the market as well as to the employees and the pensioners since the amount paid as DA and DR will actually flow out to the market. This will help boost the sagging economy in post-COVID times.

9) Government had advised all private sectors to pay their employees for the lockdown period. Government, as a model employer should set an example by not making any cut in the pay & allowances of its own employees.

10) Lower and middle class employees and pensioners are hard pressed to meet their liabilities due to heavy inflation which is bound to increase in the post-COVID-19 scenario especially in respect of cost of Medicines and household requirements.

11) In the past,when funds were required for a National calamity like War, Floods or Cyclones etc., DA installments were deposited in the Provident Fund with the consent of the employees. It was never frozen as of now.

12) It is, therefore, requested that, keeping in consideration all the above aspects, the following proposals may please be considered sympathetically to avoid heart burning amongst employees and pensioners:
  • Order for freezing of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief may please be withdrawn.
  • Instead option may please be given to Employees for crediting of the amount of Additional DA to their Provident Fund in case of pre-1-4-2004 employees and to the Pension Fund (Tier 2) in case of those covered under the NPS.
  • Employees and pensioners may be encouraged to invest in Infrastructure Bonds etc. by increasing the ceiling limit thereof. This would provide the government with the requisite funds and the employees will not be at a loss in the long run.
Thanking you
Yours faithfully,
(HARCHANDAN SINGH)
General Secretary.

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