Wednesday, 1 April 2020

AICPIN for the month of February 2020

AICPIN February 2020 = 328

According to the Labor Bureau's press release, the All India Consumer Price Index (AICPIN) for the month of February 2020 has been reduced by two points and stood at 328

Expected DA 2020


DATED: 31st March, 2020

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) - February, 2020

The All–India CPI-IW for February, 2020 decreased by two points and stood at 328 (three hundred and twenty eight). On 1-month percentage change, it went down by (-) 0.61 per cent between January,2020 and February, 2020 whereas no change was observed between corresponding months of previous year.

The maximum downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (-) 2.67 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Arhar Dal, Eggs-Hen, Fish Fresh, Poultry Chicken, Onion, Brinjal, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Cucumber, French Bean, Gourd, Palak, Peas, Potato, Radish, Tomato, Petrol, Toilet Soap, etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was checked by Rice, Wheat Atta, Goundnut Oil, Goat Meat, Milk-Buffalo, Cooking Gas, etc., putting upward pressure on the index.

Year-on-year inflation based on all-items stood at 6.84 per cent for February, 2020 as compared to 7.49 per cent for the previous month and 6.97 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, Food inflation stood at 8.33 per cent against 10.61 per cent of the previous month and 2.63 per cent during the corresponding month an year ago.

At centre level, Munger-Jamalpur recorded the maximum decrease of 8 points followed by Giridih (7 points) and Tiruchirapally, Tripura and Surat (6 points each). Among others, 5 points decrease was observed in 11 centres, 4 points in 5 centres, 3 points in 18 centres, 2 points in 21 centres and 1 point in 12 centres. On the contrary, Bhavnagar recorded a maximum increase of 4 points. Rest of 5 centres indices remained stationary.

The indices of 34 centres are above All-India Index and 44 centres’ indices are below national average.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of March, 2020 will be released on Thursday 30th April, 2020. The same will also be available on the office website www. in.

(Amirtlal Jangid)
Deputy Director

Complete Table of AICPIN 2019

Year / MonthAICPIN
January 2019307
February 2019307
March 2019309
April 2019312
May 2019314
June 2019316
July 2019319
August 2019320
September 19322
October 2019325
November 2019328
December 2019330

Retirement of Government Servants on 31st March, 2020

Latest DoPT Orders 2020

Retirement of Government Employees on 31st March 2020 - 

DoPT Orders 2020

 Central government employees who reach the age of retirement on 31 March 2020 under or under Fundamental Rule 56 and who are due to retirement. On 31 March 2020, they shall retire from the Central Government workforce, regardless of whether they working from home or working from office.

F No.33/12/73 Estt-A
Government of India
Department of Personnel and Training
(Establishment A-Ill Desk)

North Block. New Delhi
Dated the 31st March. 2020


Subject: Retirement of Government Servants on 31st March, 2020 - clarification

In view of the unprecedented situation arising out of country-wide lock down declared by the Government consequent to we outbreak COVID-19, it is clarified that the central Government employees who are attaining the age of superannuation on 31st March, 2020 in terms or Fundamental Rule 56 and due to retire. shall retire from Central Government service on 31st March, 2020, irrespective of whether they are working from home or working from office.

(Umesh Kumar Bhatia)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: DoPT

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

Latest DoPT Orders 2020

Nevertheless, after the Lockdown has been removed, if the time left to complete the assignment is less than 15 days, the processes should be completed within 15 days
F.No.11012/09/2016 – Estt.A-III
Government of India
Department of Personnel and Training
(Establishment A-III Desk)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th March, 2020


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

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 time-limes 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 [Sub 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. [DoP&T’s O.M. No. 425/04/2012-AVD-N(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 48A of 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.

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.

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

(Sujata Chaturvedi)
Additional Secretary to the Government of India

Source: DoPT

Indian Railways getting ready to provide medical support to National efforts in fighting COVID 19 in a big way

Ministry of Railways
  • Indian Railways getting ready to provide medical support to National efforts in fighting COVID 19 in a big way
  • Coaches being modified as Isolation coaches to be available for contingency; 5000 coaches being planned initially
  • More than 6500 hospital beds of Railways to be made available as prescribed medical specifications
  • Railways to supplement the efforts of Government in tackling COVID-19
MAR 2020
In In order to prevent the spread of COVID 19, Indian Railways is making an all out effort to supplement the health care efforts of Government of India. The spectrum of steps include modification of passenger coaches as isolation coaches, equipping the existing Railway Hospitals to meet the COVID needs, earmarking of hospital beds to meet the contingencies, recruitment of additional doctors & paramedics etc.

All these facilities will be made available as mandated by the Government of India to those in need.The preparations are being done across all the zones under the supervision GMs and Medical professionals of Indian Railways.

Indian Railways is planning to initially modify 5000 passenger coaches to meet the requirement of any possible exigency of keeping some corona patients in isolation as and when required by Government. These coaches would be equipped with basic facilities needed for isolation as per medical guidelines. In case need be, more coaches can be modified. Coaches are also going to be equipped with mosquito nets,charging points for mobiles & laptop, space for paramedics etc. These coaches would be prepared zone wise.

Railways has 125 hospitals in India and of that more than 70 are being planned to be kept ready to be for any contingency as and when required. Efforts are being made to designate dedicated COVID wards or floors in these hospitals. Approximately 6500 hospital beds are being made ready to meet the possible needs of patients.

Indian Railways has already given a go ahead to Zonal heads to explore the possibility of hiring doctors and paramedics from the market and also to re-employ retired railway doctors as a temporary measure to meet the increased requirement of medical supervision and assist the authorities in charge of COVID 19 control management in the region.

It may be noted that these efforts of Indian Railways have been mounted not only to supplement the efforts of the Government of India but also to contribute to the national efforts to fight the Corana Virus.


Reimbursement of OPD Medicines Special Sanction in view of COVID-19

Reimbursement of OPD Medicines Special Sanction in view of COVID-19

Z 15025/12/2020/ DIR/CGHS
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 27th March, 2020.


Sub: Reimbursement of OPD Medicines Special Sanction in view of COVID-19

In view of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) , all out efforts are made by the Government to contain its impact by instituting measures at community as well as at individual level.

Guidelines for maintaining social distancing between individuals have already been issued by the Government. In the spirit of above guidelines the undersigned is directed to state that CGHS beneficiaries getting medicines for chronic diseases may purchase medicines based on the prescription held (prescribed by CGHS Medical Officers / CGHS Specialists /other Govt. Specialists/ Specialist of empanelled hospital) till 30th April 2020 irrespective of Non-Availability certificate from CGHS or otherwise . The idea behind the measures is that CGHS beneficiaries need not visit CGHS Wellness Centres to collect medicines till 30th April 2020.

The medical claim shall be submitted to CGHS by pensioners, ex-MPs etc., through CGHS Wellness Centre , where the card is registered , to concerned Ministry /Department in case of serving employees , to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat / Lok Sabha Secretariat ,as the case may be in respect of Hon’ble Members of Parliament and to the concerned Autonomous Body in case beneficiaries of Autonomous Bodies.

These orders shall come into force with immediate effect.

(Dr. Sanjay Jain)
Director, CGHS

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