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Friday, October 31, 2014

Expected dearness allowance from the month of january 2015

No. 5/1/2014- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
‘CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: the Slst October, 2014

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-1W) - September, 2014

The All-lndia CPI-1W for September, 2014 remained stationary at 253 (two hundred and fifty three). On 1-month percentage change, it remained static between August, 2014 and September, 2014 when compared with the rise of 0.42 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (-) 1.04 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Fish Fresh, Poultry (Chicken). Chillies Green, Ginger, Onion, Tomato, Brinjal, French Beans, Lady’s Finger, Apple, Sugar, Medicine (Allopathic), Petrol, etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was restricted to some extent by Rice, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Potato, Cauliflower, Tea (Readymade), Snack Saltish, Bidi, Cigarette, Electricity Charges, Cinema Charges, Toilet Soap, Tailoring charges, etc., putting upward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 6.30 per cent for September, 2014 as compared to 6.75 per cent for the previous month and 10.70 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 6.46 per cent against 7.63 per cent of the previous month and 13.36 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Goa reported a decrease of 10 points followed by Nagpur (5 points). Among others, 4 points fall was observed in 6 centres, 3 points in 4 centres, 2 points in 9 centres and 1 point in 19 centres. On the contrary, Tripura recorded the maximum increase of 6 points followed by Lucknow & Jalpaiguri (4 points each) and Rourkela & Rangapara-Tezpur (3 points each), Among others, 2 points rise was registered in 8 centres and 1 point in 12 centres. Rest of the 13 centres“ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 37_ centres are above and other 41 centres” indices are below national average.

The next index ot‘CPl-IW for the month of October, 2014 will be released on Friday, 28 November, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

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(S. N EGI)
DIRECTOR
Source: http://labourbureau.nic.in/press_note_IW_eng_Sep_2014.pdf

Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination, 2014 Declaration of Result of Written Part

On the basis of the results of the written part of the CAPF (ACs) Examination, 2014 held by UPSC on July 13, 2014, the candidates with the under-mentioned Roll Numbers have qualified for Physical Standards Test/ Physical Efficiency Test and Medical Standards Test.  The candidature of all the candidates whose Roll Numbers are shown in the list is Provisional, subject to their being found eligible in all respects. The candidates will be required to produce the original certificates in support of their claims pertaining to age, educational qualification(s), community etc. at the time of the Personality Test.  They are, therefore, advised to keep the said prescribed certificates ready.

The Central Industrial Security Force (Nodal Authority nominated by Ministry of Home Affairs) will intimate to the candidates about the date, time & venue of the Physical Standards Test/ Physical Efficiency Test (PET) & Medical Standards Test, to be conducted by them.  In case, any candidate does not receive the call letter for Physical Standards Test/ Physical Efficiency Test (PET) & Medical Standards Test (MST) by the November 20, 2014, he/she may contact the   Central  Industrial Security Force on Telephone No. 011–24307747 or FAX No. 011-24361202 or e.mail  i.d. – aigpers@cisf.gov.in

The candidates who have been declared qualified in the written examination are required to get themselves registered and fill up the Detailed  Application Form on-line through the Commission’s Website http://www.upsc.gov.in. Online Detailed Application Form  will be available  on the Commission’s website from 11.11. 2014 to 28.11.2014.  

A hard copy of the On-line filled Detailed Application Form, along-with relevant documents like proof of date of birth, educational qualification, caste, Civilian Central Govt. Service employee, resident of J&K etc. is to be submitted by the candidates to the CISF authorities at the time of conduct of their PST/PET/MST who, in turn, would forward to the Commission, applications, along-with supporting documents & certificates, of those candidates who have either been declared medically fit or their appeal for Review Medical Test have been accepted by the Appellate Authority in the CISF. The Commission would summon only those candidates for interview who, after clearing the PST and PET, have been declared “FIT” in the Medical Standards Test.

Candidates are advised to intimate change in their address, if any, to the CISF Authorities, Block No.13, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 and U.P.S.C.  through letter or FAX immediately, to facilitate delivery of communications  to them promptly.

The marks-sheets of all candidates will be put on the Commission’s  Website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result (after conducting  Personality Test) and shall remain available there for a period of 60 days.
                                 
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Regularization of Casual Labour with Temporary Status

F.No.49014/3/2014- Estt(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block
Dated 16th October,2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Regularization of Casual Labour with Temporary Status(CL-TS)-Proposals from Ministries/Departments on -regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that Casual Labourers (Grant of Temporary Status & Regularisation), Scheme of Government of India, 1993, circulated vide DOPT OM No. 51016/2/90-Estt(C) dated 10.09.1993, stipulated conditions for grant of temporary status and regularization of services to the persons recruited on daily wage basis in the Central Government Offices as on 10.09.1993. It was held in the Mohan Pal Case SLP (Civil) No. 2224/2000 that the Scheme of 1-9-93 is not an ongoing Scheme and the temporary status can be conferred on the casual labourers under that Scheme only if they were in employment on the date of the commencement of the scheme and they should have rendered continuous service of at least one year i.e. at least 240 days in a year or 206 days (in case of offices having 5 days a week). The Scheme inter-alia provided for regularization of CL-TS against Group `D’ posts.

2. Following the acceptance of the recommendation of the 6th CPC, all Group D posts have been upgraded to Group C posts. Recruitment to erstwhile Group `D’ posts placed in Group ‘C’, PB-1, Grade Pay ‘1800/- (non technical as MT Staff) is now made only through Staff Selection Commission and minimum educational qualification for appointment is Matriculation or ITI pass. Regularisation of CL-TS therefore cannot be done by the Ministries/ Departments on their own and requires relaxation of para-8 of the Appendix to the O.M. dated 10.09.1993.

3. This Department vide O.M No. 49011/31/2008-Estt(C) dated 17th February,2009 had requested all Ministries/ Department to provide information relating to CL-TS on their rolls. Information relating to 231 CL-TS was received from 29 Ministries/Departments which were processed. Since then this Department has been receiving proposals piece-meal from different

4. Department of Expenditure have now advised this Department that in order to avoid piece- meal examination of such proposals, a consolidated proposal for regularization of all such remaining CL-TS who were on the rolls of the Ministries/Departments on 10.09.1993 and yet could not be regularized may be forwarded to them for further consideration/examination. Therefore, all Ministries/Departments are requested to review the position at their establishments and send a consolidated proposals for regularization of services of such remaining CL-TS on their rolls (including attached/subordinate and autonomous bodies), if any, latest by 30.11.2014 to this Department in the enclosed format. It may be ensured that complete information in respect of the Ministry/Department and its Attached/Subordinate Offices is sent. The information may also be sent by e-mail(in MS Word) at dse@nic.in.

(J.A.Vaidyanathan)
Director(Estt.)
Telefax: 23093179

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/49014_3_2014-Estt.C-16102014.pdf



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Early Closure of Offices on 30th October, 2014 in connection with the "Run for Unity"

No. 12/17/2014-JCA 2 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel and Training) 
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated the 29th October, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Early Closure of Offices on 30th October, 2014 in connection with the "Run for Unity" flag off at Vijay Chowk by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India

In connection with the arrangements for the "Run for Unity" flag off at Vijay Chowk by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on 31st October, 2014, it has been decided that the Government offices located in the buildings indicated in the Annexure I to this O.M would be closed early at 14:00 hrs. on 30th October, 2014 (Thursday) and will remain closed till 09.30 AM on 31st October, 2014 (Friday).

2. The buildings indicated in the Annexure II to this O.M would be closed early at 14:00 hrs. on 30th October, 2014 (Thursday) and will remain closed till 08.00 AM on 31st October, 2014.

3. Government offices located in Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament House would remain closed from 10.00 PM on 30th October, 2014 (Thursday) till 9.30 AM on 31st October, 2014 (Friday).

4. Hindi version will follow.

(Ashok Kumar) 
Director (JCA) 

ANNEXURE I 
List of Buildings to be closed from 14:00 hrs. on 30th October, 2014 (Thursday) till 09.30 AM on 31st October, 2014 (Friday).
1. South Block
2. North Block
3. Rail Bhawan
4. CSIR Building
5. Krishi Bhawan
6. Shastri Bhawan
7. National Archives
8. Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts
9. National Media Centre
10. Shram Shakti Bhawan
11. Hutment(MOD Office), Dalhousie Road & on K. Menon Marg
12. DRDO Bhawan
13. Vayu Bhawan
14. Sena Bhawan
15. Udyog Bhawan
16. Nirman Bhawan
17. Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan (MEA Office)
18. National Museum & ASI Office
19. Archaeological Survey of India
20. Vigyan Bhawan
21. Vigyan Bhawan Annexe
22. CCA, Min. of Agriculture, 16-A, Aldbar Road.
23. Raksha Bhawan
24. National Stadium
25. Hyderabad House
26. Coast Guard HQ.
27. Baroda House
28. National Gallery of Modern Art

ANNEXURE II 
List of Buildings to be closed from 14:00 hrs. on 30th October, 2014 (Thursday) till 08.00 AM on 31st October, 2014 (Friday).

1. Transport Bhawan
2. RBI
3 Yojna Bhawan
4. Sardar Patel Bhawan
5. Nirvachan Sadan
6. Punjab National Bank Building, Patel Chowk
7. Akashwani Bhawan/AIR Sansad Marg
8. Dak Bhawan
9. Sanchar Bhawan
10. Jeevan Tara Building
11. Jeevan Deep Building
12. Jeevan Vihar Building
13. SBI Building

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/No12-17-2014-JCA2.pdf
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

7th Central Pay Commission’s visit to Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

The Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Shimla, Himachal Pradesh from 12th to 13th November, 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of reference of the Commission to present their views.

Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in. The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail.



The last date for receiving request for meeting is 7th Nov. 2014 (1700 hours).

Source: http://7cpc.india.gov.in/news05.html

Revised Guidelines regarding Centralisation of Cadre Management of CSS with the CS Division of DOP&T

No.21/20/2014-CS.I (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi- 110003,
Dated 28th October 2014

Office Memorandum

Subject: Revised Guidelines regarding Centralisation of Cadre Management of CSS with the CS  Division of DOP&T

           After the first Cadre Restructuring of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) in the year 2003, cadre management of CSS was centralized in CS.I Division. Detailed instructions regarding carrying out of various cadre management functions were issued vide O.M. No. 21/01/2004-CS.I dated 20.04.2005.

Thereafter, there have been changes in the procedure followed in the cadre management activities necessitating revised guidelines to correctly reflect the extant position. Accordingly, in supersession of 0M dated 20.4.2005, revised instructions are issued as under:

2.         (i) Direct Recruitment to Assistant Grade: CS.I Division, DoPT will be responsible for direct recruitment to the grade of Assistant. The Division will also maintain Post Based Reservation Roster for the purpose

   (ii) Promotions: Promotions to all grades of CSS will be carried out by DoPT as under:

I. Assistant Grade:
(a) SQ promotion CS.ll, Division, DoPT will be responsible for SQ promotion to the grade of Assistant on the basis of All Secretariat Common Seniority List in the grade of UDC. CS.ll Division will issue the zone for promotion and the Ministries/ Departments concerned will conduct the DPC in terms of CSS Rules, 2009. CS.ll Division will issue the Select List on the recommendations of DPCs by Ministries/ Departments.

(b) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LOCE) : CS.ll Division, DoPT will be responsible for promotion to Assistant Grade on the basis of LDCE CS.ll Division will maintain Post Based Reservation Roster for these purposes.
II. Section Officer
(a) SQ promotion CS.I, Division, DoPT will be responsible for SQ promotion to the grade of Section Officer on the basis of All Secretariat Common Seniority List in the grade of Assistant. CS.I Division will issue the zone for promotion and the Ministries/ Departments concerned will conduct the DPC in terms of CSS Rules, 2009. CS.I Division will issue the Select List on the recommendations of DPCs by Ministries/
Departments.

(b) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE) : CS.I Division, DoPT will be responsible for promotion to Section Officer Grade on the basis of LDCE conducted by the UPSC.

CS.l Division will maintain Post Based Reservation Roster for these purposes.

III. Under Secretary:
The only mode of recruitment to this grade is promotion. CS.I Division will be responsible for bringing out Select List for regular promotion to this grade in consultation with UPSC. CS.I Division will also maintain Post Based Reservation Roster.

IV. DS/Dir :
Promotion is the only mode of recruitment to these grades CS.I Division will be responsible for bringing out Select List for regular promotion to these grades on the recommendations of DPC constituted for the purpose.

(iii) Transfers: Transfer of officers ¡n all the grades of CSS either on promotion or on rotational transfer or otherwise will be made by the CS.l Division.

(iv) Maintenance of APARs: ACRs/APARs of Under Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries and Directors of CSS will be maintained by CS.l Division. ACR/APAR dossier in respect of SOs and Assistants will continue to be maintained by the respective Ministries/ Departments. However, Ministries /Departments will scan and upload the ACRs/APARs of all the grades in the web based cadre management system.

(v) Deputation : Cadre clearance for deputation of CSS Officers of US and above grades will be granted by CS.l Division. Officers of these grades will report to CS.I Division on repatriation from deputation for further posting. In the grades of Assistant and SO, cadre clearance for deputation will be granted by the respective Ministries/Departments and offices of these grades will report to the same cadre units on expiry of deputation.

(vi) Long leave : Officers of US and above grades on expiry of long leave one year or more will report to CS.I Division for further posting. No substitute will be provided to Ministries / Departments in case of leave less than one year.

(vii) Private Foreign Visit: Permission for private visit abroad in respect of CSS Officers of all grades will be granted by the Ministries / Departments concerned subject to CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and any other instructions on the matter. Cadre Clearance by CS.I Division will not be required for this purpose. However, application for private foreign visit and permission granted should be captured in the web based cadre management system.

(viii) Short Term Foreign Training: Ministries / Departments may nominate officers for short term foreign training, not exceeding three months. However, for foreign training beyond three months cadre clearance from CS.l Division will be required in case of US and above level officers of CSS. Details of foreign training should be entered in the web based cadre management system.

(ix) Domestic Training: Ministries/ Departments may nominate officers for domestic training not exceeding one year. In case of domestic training exceeding one year, cadre clearance from CS.l Division should be obtained for US and above level officers of CSS. Details of training should be entered in the web based cadre management system.

(x) Voluntary retirement: Approval of competent authority for voluntary retirement of CSS Officers of US and above levels will be conveyed by CS.I, DoPT. Requests for voluntary retirement should be forwarded to this Department with the approval of Secretary of the Department and after obtaining vigilance clearance from AVD, DoPT. Approval for voluntary retirement of Assistant and SO will, however, be granted by the concerned Ministry / Department with the approval of the Minister concerned. Requests for voluntary retirement and approval granted should be entered in the web based cadre management system.

(xi) Grant of study leave: Any request for grant of study leave to a CSS officer (of the grades of Under Secretary and above) would require prior approval of CS.I Division of DOP&T.

(xii) Commercial employment: Proposal for commercial employment after retirement of a CSS officer in the grades of Under Secretary and above will be processed by the Ministry/Department concerned with reference to provisions of CCS (Conduct) Rules and referred to CS.l Division for approval.

3. This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.

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(Utkaarsh R Tiwaari)
Director

Source : http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/CM.pdf

Labour Minister Stresses for Early Completion of Construction Activities in ESIC

While reviewing the progress of construction activities of various projects of Employee`s State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), the Union Minister of Labour & Employment, Steel and Mines, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar exhorted Project Incharges to identify the problems responsible for delaying the projects and fix strict timelines for solving the same. He directed all Project Incharges to escalate the problems in case they are not able to solve to Director General, ESIC and thereafter to the Ministry. He advised that wherever possible ostentatious/ ornamental features in the projects should be reduced without comprising on functionality.

The Minister further advised the Project Incharges to fix revised timelines and intermediate milestones for each project separately and conduct a monthly review of the progress made in each project in the presence of construction agencies and Architectural & Engineering Agencies and in case the construction agencies are found lax in completing the projects, show cause notices should be served and they should be called for a final meeting with him. If necessary, the contract may be terminated. He emphasized that the work should be speeded up so that maximum possible number of new medical colleges could start functioning from 2015-16.

He took note of the fact that there are about 50 ongoing projects under execution of which 21 are medical education projects, 15 Hospital projects and 14 other projects. There are additional 48 new projects under process.

The Meeting was also attended by the Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Ms. Gauri Kumar, Director General, ESIC, Shri Anil Kumar Agarwal and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Shri A.K. Sinha.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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The Rising Force of Postal Banking in the Retail Banking Market

The Minister for Communications & IT and Law and Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that a group constituted by the Prime Minister consisting of the Secretary of the Postal department is looking into making of a financial institution for Postal savings. He was inaugurating the Postal Savings Banks Forum being organised by World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI), the National Savings Organisation of the Finance Ministry and the Department of Posts in New Delhi today. He said the present government wants to promote financial inclusion and the Jhan Dhan Yojana is a big effort in this direction. Another programme of the government of ‘Digital India’, which is steered by his ministry, also aims at digital inclusion and digital empowerment of rural poor.

Shri Prasad informed delegates from various countries that Post Office Savings Bank is one of the oldest and largest savings institution in the country and it also has the largest outreach in rural India, and more so, in backward and remote areas. The minister expressed happiness that the major asset of the postal institution, that is its connectivity on the ground is sought to be used for promoting e commerce in the country.

Secretary, Department of Posts Srimati Kavary Banerjee, in her key note address informed that the Department’s network of thousand post offices significantly out-numbers the combined number of branches of all commercial banks taken together. The post office savings schemes hold a total of 312 million accounts, which is more than the number of accounts held by any commercial bank. More importantly, the social sector disbursements done through the post offices have succeeded in bringing a total of about 80 million previously unbanked individuals into the fold of formal financial institutions in the last five years. All these have led to a change in the perception about the Post Office among the public as also within the organization. Consequently India Post is now perceived as a potential key facilitator of financial inclusion in the country, having a role in promoting the country’s socio-economic development, she added.

The theme of this year’s Postal Savings Banks Forum will be "The rising force of postal banking in the retail banking market".

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Holding of National Convention of the National Council(JCM) (Staff Side)

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New DelhI — 110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmaii.com

Ref. No.NC-JCM/2014/SC

Dated: October 25, 2014

All Constituent Organisations,
National Council(JCM)

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Holding of National Convention of the National Council(JCM) (Staff Side)

As you are aware, the Staff Side, JCM National Council had, as desired by the  7th  CPC, submitted a separate memorandum on lnterim Relief and Merger of DA, copy of which had also been sent to the Finance Ministry. During the Informal Discussions the Staff Side had with the Pay Commission, they had assured us to take up the issue with the Government seeking amendment to the Terms of Reference to enable them to act upon our memorandum. We have received reply from the Finance Ministry, which is indicative of a refusal of both the demands. The NDA Government has adopted the same plea made by the UPA II Government to reject our demands. The 7th CPC have so far not communicated to us, the decision they have taken on our memorandum.

From the steps so far taken by the BJP Government, it is unambiguous that they would be pursuing the neo-liberal economic policies with much more intensity than even the UPA Government. Having got a clear majority in the Parliament, they would be able to push through necessary legislations to pursue reforms. The outsourcing of Railway functions, privatization of Defence manufacturing Units, increased FDI inflow in various core sectors of economy, dismantling of the administrative price mechanism, de-nationalization efforts in the Banking, Insurance and Coal Sectors and above all the adherence to New Contributory Pension Scheme are some of the bold anti worker steps taken by the new Government.

The matter of fact approach and urgency which was visible in the initial days of the 7th CPC appears to have vanished. It is a matter of pride for all of us that we could submit our final memorandum on common issues to the Commission within the stipulated time frame. We are also happy to note that almost all service organizations of Central Government employees have endorsed our formulations on the wage structure and other service benefits. It is also a fact that all these organizations have submitted their memoranda on department-specific issues before 30 July, 2014. Despite having received such large number of memoranda, the 7th CPC has so far not commenced taking oral evidence giving an indubitable impression that the Commission might not be able to submit its report within the stipulated time of 18 months.

All these issues came up for the consideration of the members of the Staff side when they met a few days back. The unanimous opinion was to pursue the issues through organizational methods. Accordingly, it was decided Lo hold a National Convention, eliciting the participation of the representatives of all Service organizations participating in the JCM to discuss the emerging situation and decide upon future course of action. Incidentally, we must mention that the JCM conceived as a negotiating forum has been made ineffective by the Government over the years by not convening its meetings periodically.

The National Convention will be held at MPCU Shah Auditorium, Sree Gurjarathi Samai, Rai Niwas Road, Civil Lines(Opposite Civil Lines Metro Station), Delhi, on 11th December, 2014. The Convention will commence at 12 Noon and will be concluded by 4.00 PM. 740 delegates will participate in the convention, of which 370 shall be Railway men(AIRF and NFIR), 150 will be Defiance Civilian employees (AIDEF and INDWF) and the rest 220 will be represented by other Central Government employees (Confederation of Central Government employees and workers). The participating organizations will issue separate circular letter indicating the number of delegates of each Branch/Unit, Divisions/Zones, Circles/States, and affiliates may deploy to the Convention.

The Staff side will meet again to finalize the draft declaration to be placed before the Convention for discussion and adoption. The date and venue of the meeting will be intimated in due course.

With greetings,

Comradely yours

            Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)
NC/JCM
&
Convener

Source :http://ncjcmstaffside.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Holding-of-National-Convention_28.10.20141.pdf

Reimbursement of Medical claim pertaining to in-patient treatment to the Defence Civilians who are getting Fixed Medical Allowance.

BHARTIYA PRTIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)
Ref: BPMS / CSMA / 156 (8/1/L)
Dated: 25.10.2014
To,
The Under Secretary, D(Civ-II),
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
‘B’ Wing, Sena Bhawan,
New Delhi - 110011

Subject: Reimbursement of Medical claim pertaining to in-patient treatment to the Defence Civilians who are getting Fixed Medical Allowance.

Reference: MOD ID No. 9(1)/2010/D(Civ-II), Dated 09.09.2014

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that this Federation has raised the subject matter before the Secretary, MOH&FW and Min of Defence on 05.07.2011and reminded from time to time that Fourth Central Pay Commission (04th CPC) recommended in Para 16.9 as under;

“We  recognize  that  employees  covered  by  Medical  Reimbursement Scheme (MRS) under the Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 are experiencing difficulties as regards the treatment and reimbursement of expenses incurred by them. There is also considerable administrative and accounting work involved in the settlement of claims. Various kinds of malpractices in the scheme have also brought to our notice. We, therefore, recommend grant of a Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 25/- per month for outdoor treatment to all employees covered by MRS. The expenses incurred on special diseases (cancer, diabetes, mental diseases, poliomyelitis, tubercular diseases and leprosy) and hospitalization may continue to be reimbursed to all employees as at present under the scheme”.

The above recommendation of 04th CPC was discussed in National Council (JCM) in length and official side concluded the matter, thereupon Govt decided & issued instructions vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 11.07.1990 published as Govt of India’s Decisions No. (9) below Rule 2 of CS (MA) Rules, 1944 which reads as under:

“Subject: CS (MA) Rules, 1944 – Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance to the staff working in the interior.

In the National Council of J.C. M., the Staff Side has demanded for grant of Medical Allowance to the staff working in the interior where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 5 kms.

2. This matter has been considered by the Government and now it has been decided that quantum of medical allowance of Rs. 25/- (Rupees twenty five only) per month per employee working in the interior where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 5kms, may be granted on the condition,

(i) The Head of the Department should obtain a Certificate from an appropriate District Authority that there is no State Government/Local Body Hospital/Dispensary available within a radius of 5 kms. and also there is no qualified medical practitioner available and if available he is not willing to be appointed as Authorized Medical Attendant.

(ii) The position will be reviewed every three years and a fresh certificate is to be obtained by the Head of Department.

This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure and the Department of Personnel and Training.”

It is worth to mention here that it was not introduced as optional / replacement of CS (MA) Rules but it was supplement or additional benefit for the employees residing in interiors. Hence, the reimbursement of medical expenses for indoor treatment were allowed by the Govt of India though the employee was drawing Rs. 25/- per month FMA.

It is also to be noted that the matters concluded by the Official side at meeting of the National Council (JCM) will not be reversed by later decision of the Govt as per instructions issued by Govt of India on Joint Consultative Machinery & Compulsory Arbitration.

Subsequently, Fifth Central Pay Commission (5thCPC) also recommended in Para 114.24 on the subject matter as under;

“We are in favour of a greater freedom of choice in obtaining medical aid and advice, where Central Government is unable to organize its own facilities for employees. Such a freedom, while aiming at development of employees within their own responsibilities, will reduce much of clerical work involved in medical reimbursement claims for day-to-day need. For serious ailments and hospitalizations, however, we still do not see any justification for removal of restrictions. Accordingly, we recommend that in areas presently covered by Medical reimbursement Scheme for outpatient purposes a medical allowance of Rs. 100/- per month per employee may be granted only for outpatient facilities, not provided by either CGHS or any departmental medical facilities.”

Thereupon Govt issued instructions to enhance the quantum of FMA to Rs. 100/- from Rs. 25/- per month per employee vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 18th Jan, 1999, for employee working in interior where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 05 km, and if available, he is not willing to be appointed as AMA.

But this O.M. does not prohibit for reimbursing the medical expenses in case the Government Employee or his dependant is being treated as ‘indoor patient’ because the employee is being granted the Fixed Medical Allowance for the reimbursement of consultation fees paid to any doctor available in the interior areas. Even the employee has to bear the cost of medicines prescribed by such doctors and in such circumstances he is authorized for reimbursement of cost of medicines, any pathological test etc. as ‘Out Door Patient’.

Simultaneously, on the recommendation of 5th CPC, Govt introduced Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 100/- per month from 01.12.1997 to Central Government Pensioners/family Pensioners not covered under CGHS vide DOP&PW, O.M. No. 45/57/97-P&PW, dated 19.12.1997. According to this scheme, a pensioner/family pensioner may opt either CGHS facility or Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 100/ which has been enhanced to Rs. 300/- vide your O.M. No. 390/2010-MS, Dated 14th July, 2010. Since the issuance of the O.M. dated 19.12.1997 the medical reimbursement of the Govt employee and their family members has been discontinued.

It is to be kept in the mind that the DOP&PW, O.M. No. 45/57/97-P&PW, dated 19.12.1997 is concerned with the payment of Fixed Medical Allowance to the pensioners/family pensioners, where CGHS facility is not available, on the recommendation of 5th CPC, whereas this federation is raising the issue of Fixed Medical Allowance being granted to serving employees residing in the interior area and who are under the purview of CS (MA) Rules, 1944 and have been granted Rs. 25/ per month vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 17th July, 1990, 28th Sep, 1991 and the quantum enhanced to Rs. 100/- per month vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 18th Jan, 1999.

The employee residing in the interior area has no option to avail outpatient medical facility from any source of Central Government/State Government/Local Municipality/Private Medical practitioner appointed as Authorized Medical within a radius 05 km, hence he has been compelled/granted by Central Government to accept Rs. 25/- or 100/- as FMA and whenever such medical facility will be provided to him, this FMA will be discontinued forthwith.

Further, this federation has raised the issue through online Public Grievance Redressal System before Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India (Grievance Registration No. DHLTH/E/2014/00820) & Department of Expenditure, Min of Finance (Grievance Registration No. DOEXP/E/2014/00164). Dept of Exp, Min of Finance has intimated that the proposal sent by MoHFW for reimbursement of in-patient medical expenses to serving Govt. employees in remote areas, is being considered by them.

Therefore, you are requested to liaise with the concerned authorities of Min of Finance, Dept of Expenditure (SO E.V) so that genuine grievances of the serving employees who are getting FMA Rs. 100/- per month may be resolved without further delay by reimbursement of the medical expenses for indoor treatment.

Thanking you.
Sincerely yours

(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)

PORTAL FOR
PUBLIC GRIEVANCES
Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances
Government of India

Status as on 25 Oct 2014

Registration Number  :DOEXP/E/2014/00164

Name Of Complainant : Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh

Date of Receipt: 06 Sep 2014

Received by: Department of Expenditure
Forwarded to: SO E.V
Contact Address: 28, North Block, New Delhi 110001
Contact Number: 23092604

Grievance Description : Reimbursement of Medical Expenses where Payment of Fixed Medical Allowance is allowed to staff working in the interior (mostly Defence Civilians) where AMA not available. The employee residing in the interior area has no option to avail outpatient medical facility from any source of Central Government or State Government or Local Municipality or Private Medical practitioner appointed as Authorized Medical within a radius 05 km, hence he has been compelled or granted by Central Government to accept Rs. 100 per month as FMA. This issue is being considered by Department of Health and Family Welfare under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which states (grievance Regn no. DHLTH/E/2014/00820) that the matter is already under consideration in the Ministry and the views/comments have been sought from Dept. of Expenditure, DoPT and Ministry of Defence. It is requested to issue necessary directives to the authorities to reimburse the medical claims for indoor treatment where the serving employees are getting FMA Rs. 100/- per month.


Current Status: CASE CLOSED

Date of Action: 08 Oct 2014

Details: The proposal sent by MoHFW for reimbursement of inpatient medical expenses to serving Govt. employees in remote areas, is being examined in this Department.


Source:http://bpms.org.in/documents/fma-51g7.pdf

Absence of own specialists troubles CGHS patients

NAGPUR : The Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) beneficiaries are suffering due to prolonged absence of specialists in the OPD (out patient department) clinics. They have to shuttle between CGHS clinics and the other government hospitals to consult with the specialists and yet do not get the prescribed medicines for varied reasons. The additional director general (ADG) of CGHS in city Dr D O Tikas, however, says the issue will be resolved soon as the various regulations are still evolving.

CGHS clinics in city only have specialists of medicine, eye, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology and skin. For treatment of all other specialities like neuroscience, psychiatry, orthopaedics, nephrology etc the CGHS clinics refer patients to either the corporation hospitals or any other government hospital including medical colleges. Unfortunately, when they come back with the medicines prescribed by them to CGHS dispensaries, patients are mostly told either drugs are not available or they are not as per combinations and formulae permitted under CGHS scheme. They are also refused medicines on the pretext that they are expensive imported medicines or are not generic formula and so not included in the CGHS list.

Whatever the reason, the patients, majority of whom are senior citizens, have to run from pillar to post for no fault of theirs. "I have a dependent daughter who has been suffering from neurological problem for many years. She is referred to the NMC OPD clinic in Sadar but the medicines prescribed by the psychiatrists and neuro-physicians are never available in Shankar Nagar CGHS dispensary. I cannot afford to buy them from private shops," a patient's father told TOI.

Dr Tikas, not denying the problem exists, assured that things would soon be streamlined. This year, the union ministry of health and family welfare issued an order on August 25 that changed the entire process of procurement, inclusion, exclusion of drugs for CGHS beneficiaries, investigations, treatment procedures, implants that has caused a lot of confusion across the country. When VIP beneficiaries in the capital protested the changes, certain drugs, especially those for chronic diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, heart diseases, that were earlier deleted were hastily included back on August 27. The present list includes 1447 generic and 622 branded medicines.

"The August 27 order is also under modification. Suggestions and lists of medicines most commonly prescribed from various cities are being compiled. A lot of medicines relating to neuro and psychiatry, cardiovascular, diabetics, gastrointestinal, analgesics and rheumatoid, vaccines, kidney diseases, ENT, eye, paediatric, antidiuretic, skin etc have been included," Dr Tikas said. Nagpur CGHS has also sent a huge list to the Centre. We hope all these will be included and in near future patients will start getting all medicines except the imported ones whose Indian versions are available, he added.

WHAT HAS CHANGED

* Restrictions brought by order dated August 25, 2014

* CGHS only supplies medicines included in its formulary. Those outside can be substituted by identical formulations or those with same therapeutic effect

* Imported anti-cancer and other drugs are to be given on case to case basis. Only medicines approved by Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) are to be issued. A cheaper Indian version, if available, will be supplied

* Only the listed investigations, treatment procedures, implants and devices with prescribed rates will be allowed in CGHS empanelled diagnostic centres and hospitals

* ADG, CGHS of city can take decisions for unlisted investigations, procedures, reimbursement etc

* In case any unlisted device or implant is installed, the reimbursement should be only as per CGHS rates

* Every CGHS beneficiary has to register his mobile number to guard against misuse of CGHS card


TIMELINE

August 27- A technical committee constituted to update mechanism and listing of medicine, inclusion and exclusion of drugs, investigations, treatment procedures etc.

Sept 9- CGHS allows ESIS, ECHS formularies to be adopted while its own is revised. Many antihypertensive drugs, lipid lowering agents, hormonal preparations prescribed by obstetric and gynaecological doctors, bronchodilators, anti-worming, eye preparations, antiviral, anti-Parkinson's, nephrology, anti-psychiatry, gliptins and insulin analogues included in the list

September 19- Cancer and kidney treatment drugs and liver and kidney transplant drugs stopped under August 25 order allowed on case to case basis

October 1- Formulary still under revision. Drugs under ex-servicemen contributory health scheme (ECHS), Employees State Insurance Corporation still not covered under the schemes will be issued provided if the prescription is for not more than seven days and cost is less than Rs1500 per week. Otherwise, permission of local ADG of CGHS is necessary

October 21- Medicines that were restricted to one month now allowed for three months and patients going abroad can avail medicines for six months

Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Absence-of-own-specialists-troubles-CGHS-patients/articleshow/44942899.cms
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A Curtain Raiser on Postal Savings Banks Forum

The Minister for Communications & IT and Law and Justice World Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad will inaugurate the Postal Savings Banks Forum in New Delhi tomorrow This year’s forum is being organised by World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) jointly with the National Savings Organisation (Ministry of Finance) and the Department of Posts.

The theme of this year’s Postal Savings Banks Forum will be "The rising force of postal banking in the retail banking market".

The role of postal operators in the world of retail banking is often overlooked. Post Offices worldwide hold 1.6 billion savings and deposit accounts. This is second only to commercial banks, which hold about 2.5 billion accounts. Thus, post offices are critical to the pursuit of financial inclusion, which is recognised today as a vital pre-requisite to socio-economic development.

The Universal Postal Union estimates that several hundred million people, often without an account, use the Post to make and receive basic payment transactions such as domestic and international transfers, government payments and utility payments. Postal operators, in all their activities, have always relied on a business model based on large volumes and low costs. Combined with the universal service obligation through which the State gives the mandate to the Post to serve the entire population, these specific features make the Post a worthwhile ally in the fight against financial exclusion.

Financial inclusion brought about through the postal network is called postal financial inclusion. India has about 1.55 lakh post offices, which is more than the combined branch strength of commercial banks (about 1 lakh). The number of savings accounts held in post offices in India is about 31 crore, which is more than that of any commercial bank in the country. The postal network possesses excellent cash management abilities and is trusted for its governance practices. Thus India seems to have the right mix of ingredients to deliver concrete results in postal financial inclusion. Hence the WSBI Postal Savings Bank Forum is of considerable interest to the Banking Sector in India.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Guidelines for discretionary out of turn allotments of general pool residential accommodation in Delhi

No. 12035/2/97.Pol II(Vol III)
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhavan,
New Delhi — 110 108.

Dated the 7 October, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Guidelines for discretionary out of turn allotments of general pool residential accommodation in Delhi — allotment of ground floor residential accommodation to the applicants with disabilities under discretionary quota on medical grounds.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Personnel and Training OM. No.36O35/3/2013.Es(Res) dated 31.3.2014 and to say that it has been decided by the competent authority that preferably ground floor accommodation will be allotted to the applicants with disabilities under the discretionary allotments on out of turn basis on medical grounds as per the extant guidelines of the Directorate of Estates issued vide O.M.No.12035/2/97Pol(pt) dated 17.11.1997.

(Roop Lal)
Deputy Director of Estates

Source :http://estates.nic.in/WriteReadData/dlcirculars/Circulars20364.pdf
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Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week from October 27 to November 01, 2014

This year’s theme is ‘Combating Corruption – Technology as an enabler’

The Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed this year from October 27, 2014 to November 01, 2014 and this year’s theme is “Combating Corruption – Technology as an enabler”. The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) as the apex integrity institution of the country has been thriving to promote transparency, probity and integrity in public life. One of the outreach measures to promote these values in various Central Government offices and public sector undertakings is the observance of Vigilance Awareness Week every year wherein all the stakeholders are encouraged to fight corruption. The CVC believes that efficiency and objectivity in governance hold the key to eradication of corruption from public life and for this purpose it has to be ensured that transparent and fool proof systems and procedures are put in place which provide for appropriate accountability at every level of hierarchy in public administration.

Leveraging of technology in functioning of the Government and its organisations can address the challenges of corruption to a large extent. The adoption of technology initiatives can mitigate various factors which lead to corruption like lack of transparency, cumbersome procedures and delays in decision making. By re-engineering government processes, limiting discretion and enhancing accountability, departments / organisations can effectively bring about transparency and efficiency in the service delivery system which effects ordinary citizen the most. By using information technology, the process can become faster and to that extent, the scope of corruption can be reduced. The Commission has therefore, been advocating leveraging of technology by organisations to combat corruption.

On the occasion of Vigilance Awareness Week the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in his message observed - “Corruption is a complex problem that needs multi-faceted action. One of them is the use of technology that can help promote, openness and transparency. Use of modern technologies can play an important role in eliminating human interface in service delivery systems. It is the collective responsibility of citizens as well as government departments to adopt technology initiatives in combating corruption to maximize benefits”.

The Vice-President of India, Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari in his message noted “Eradication of corruption from our society is not only a legal obligation but also a moral duty of every Indian. Towards attainment of this goal, observance of Vigilance Awareness Week plays an important role in promoting integrity through greater efficiency, transparency and accountability in government”.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in his message on the occasion conveyed “It is needless to point out that integrity of public servants and transparency in public offices is utmost necessary in making transparent and efficient administration free of corruption. I appreciate the CVC’s outreach initiatives and endeavours to combat corruption with optimum use of technology. I call all government employees for making Vigilance Awareness Week a success and congratulate CVC on this occasion”.

Vigilance Awareness Week commenced in the CVC and all Ministries / Departments of the Central Govt., public sector undertakings, public sector banks, insurance companies, autonomous bodies and local authorities across the country today with a pledge by officers and employees at 1100 hrs. All officers and employees of the Government affirmed that they shall continuously strive to bring about integrity and transparency in all spheres of activities, work unstintingly for eradication of corruption, remain vigilant and work towards the growth and reputation of the organisation, and do their duty conscientiously and act without fear or favour.

Ministries / Departments / PSUs / Banks / and other Organisations would be conducting various outreach activities involving all stake holders during the week through seminars, workshops and lectures by prominent persons. In the schools and colleges across the country, debates, lectures, quiz competitions and such other activities for creation of awareness on corruption as well as anti-corruption measures to fight corruption are being organised during the week.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Meetings held by 7th CPC (as on 21.10.2014)

Date                            Meeting with
13.10.2014 At Leh: Personnel of Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Defence Institute of High                                     Altitude Research, DRDO, BRO, ITBP, MES, All Ladakh Central Government                                      Employees Association

09.10.2014 At Dehradun: Non-Gazetted Officers’ Association, LBSNAA; National Institute for                             the Visually Handicapped Employees’ Union; Ministerial Staff Association, Survey of India; Topographical Staff Association, Survey of India; Class III Service Association, Survey of India; Central Government Library Association; Faculty, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy; Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy Staff Association; Faculty, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education

08.10.2014 At Dehradun: National Defence Medical Laboratory Technical Staff Association; All India Association of Clerical Employees of Ordnance Factories; Employees Union Ordnance Factory, Dehradun; All India Association of Non-Gazetted Officers of Ordnance & Equipment Factories and Quality Assurance Organization; Staff Association, Rashtriya Indian Military College; All India DGQA Engineers Association; Wildlife Institute of India

24.09.2014 Indian Ex-servicemen Movement

23.09.2014 CRPF Officers

22.09.2014 BSF Officers; Forum of retired CAPF officers

17.09.2014 Aviation Research Centre

16.09.2014 RPF Group 'A' Officers, IIM Bangalore

15.09.2014 Disabled War Veterans (DISWAVE) Association, DG Bureau of Police Research and Development

26.08.2014 At Bangalore: IAS Officers' Association, IPS Officers' Association, IFS Officers' Association

25.08.2014 At Bangalore: IIM Bangalore, ISRO

24.08.2014 At Bangalore: Army Base Workshop (EME) Diploma Holders Association, Bangalore, Air Force Store Keepers Association, All India NCC Defence Civilian Employees Association, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers - Karnataka State, Atomic Energy Employees Federation, All India Central Excise Inspectors Association, The Indian Hospital Pharmacist Association, The Indian Railway Loco Pilot Association, South Western Railways Engineers Association, Railway Wheel Factory, South Western Railway Employees Sangh, All India DRDO Personal Staff Association, DoS Pensioners Forum, Central Government Pensioners Association, Indian Institute of Horticulture Research Employees’ Association, NIMHANS, Veterans Association

21.08.2014 Physiotherapy Forum; Indian Ordnance Factories Group'B' Gazetted Officers Association

20.08.2014 Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan; Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Sangathan

24.07.2014 Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers Association; National Ex-Servicemen Co-ordination Committee; Indian Ex-Services League

23.07.2014 Bharat Central Pensioners Federation; Bharat Pensioners Samaj; Group ‘B' Indian Information Service Association; Indian Postal Service Officers Association; DANICS Officers Association; Group ‘B' Indian Ordnance Gazetted Officers Association

22.07.2014 Police Commissioner, Delhi; DG Coast Guard; IOFS Officers Association

21.07.2014 Director, IB; Director, CBI; Director, RAW

19.06.2014 Indian Economic Service Officers Association; Indian Statistical Service Officers Association; IFS Officers Association; DGs of CAPFs (BSF+ITBP+Assam Rifles+Sashastra Seema Suraksha Bal); DGs of CAPFs (CISF+CRPF+NSC)

18.06.2014 IFS Officers Association; PFRDA; Officers of Department of Financial Services, MOF; Officers of Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare; P&T Finance Accounts Gr.A Officers Association; IRAS Officers Association; Central Health Service Association

17.06.2014 IAS Officers' Association; Central Engineering Services Officers' Association (Water+Power+Architecture); Central Engineering Services Officers' Association (Civil+Electrical+Mechanical+Road Transport+Telecom); Income Tax Officers' Association; Custom Officers Association; Central Excise Officers Association

16.06.2014 IPS Officers' Association; Representative of Pay Commission cells of Army, Navy and Airforce; Indian Audit and Accounts Service Association; Cost Accounts Association; Civil Accounts Association; Federation of Railway Officers


Source:http://7cpc.india.gov.in/meetings.html

Friday, October 24, 2014

Retention of excess cash balance in Post offices

File No.21-03/2014-PO
Government of India
Ministry. of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(PODivision) 
October 13, 2014
Subject: Retention of excess cash balance in Post offices

P&T Audit team during visits to a number of'post offices has found that a large volume of cash have been retained by the post offices in violation of their prescribed limits fixed by the Circle. The weekly statement of cash balance report sent by HPOs/GPOs to Divisional / Circle Officesfor verification / investigation is not complied with by the Post Offices and Circles are not ensuring the submission of report. in case, the excess balancesare retained frequently in any Post Office, SSPO should properly investigate the matter and report the same to Circle Office. Excess retention of cash beyond the prescribed limits is also not desirable on the reasons of security in post offices.

2. The Directorate has viewed excess retention of cash by the Post Offices seriously and thus instructs the Circles to follow the prescribed limits, norms and guidelines issued by the Directorate time to time. Circles are instructed strictly implement the monitoring mechanisms (weekly report) to ensure retention of prescribed cash limit and review the authorized cash balance of the Post Offices, if they require more cash. Circle shall ensure proper implementation of other related instructions which shall ensure-that only. prescribed cash is retained at the post offices such as post offices with large cash transactions having cash turnover more than 40 lac per annum may be allowed to open bank accounts directly and issue cheques instead of making cash payments wherever applicable. The matters relating to excess retention of cash balances are properly investigated by the Divisions / Circles.

3. The receipt of this letter may be acknowledged and instruction shall be complied with immediate effect.

(M.S. RANA)
ADG (PO)

Source:http://www.indiapost.gov.in/DOP/Pdf%5CCirculars%5CRetention_Excess_Cash_1590_181020114_Pub_upload.PDF



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Payment of Dearness Relief @ 107% w.e.f. 01/7/2014-KVS



KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SAN GATHAN (HQ)
18, Institutional Area, SJ. Marg, New Delhi-110016.

F. No.110230/1.Corr.-SBI/2014/KVS/P&I/1077
Dated: 20-10-2014
The Manager(Instt.)
State Bank of India,
Main Branch(4th Floor),
Parliament Street,
New Delhi-110001.

Sub.: Payment of Dearness Relief @ 107% w.e.f. 01/7/2014.

Sir,

The Department of Pension & Pensioner Welfare, Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pension vide O.M. No.42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 29th September,2014 has already enhanced the existing rate of Dearness Relief @ 100% to 107% w.e.f. 01/7/2014, the same has already been implemented by the KVS.

You are therefore, requested to ensure payment of Dearness Relief @ 107% to all the Pensioners of KVS w.e.f. 01/07/2014.

Yours faithfully,
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(B.C.D. KUMAR)
Assistant Commissioner(Fin.)

Source:http://www.kvsangathan.nic.in/GeneralDocuments/ANN-22-10-14%281%29.PDF



Issue of medicines / reimbursement of expenditure on investigations / treatment procedures / implants and other medical devices under CGHS

F.No 2-2/2014/CGHS PPT/CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi 110 108

Dated: the 21st October , 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub- Issue of medicines / reimbursement of expenditure on investigations / treatment procedures / implants and other medical devices under CGHS- regarding

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention to paragraph (c) and (d) of the Office Memorandum of even No dated the 25th August 2014 and to state that in response to the representations received from CGHS beneficiaries in this regard , it has now been‘decided by the competent authority to withdraw the provisions under para (c) and para (d) of the Office Memorandum No 2-2/2014/CGHS HQ/ PPT/CGHS(P) dated the 25th August , 2014 [view] and to restore the status existing prior to the issue of above stated OM dated the 25th August, 2014.

In other words medicines under CGHS can be issued for up to 3 months at a time in chronic diseases on the basis of a valid prescription and for up to 6 months for those beneficiaries who are going abroad, as was the case prior to issue of OM dated 25.8.2014.

sd/-
(RAVI KANT)
Under Secretary to Government of India

Source:http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/linkimages/4934498220.pdf

Rotational Transfer Policy for Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service

No.25/28/2014~CS-II(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market
New Delhi, Dated the 21st October 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Rotational Transfer Policy for Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS) / Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) personnel - calling for comments from all stakeholders.

The undersigned is directed to say that it has been desired to revisit the existing Rotational Transfer Policy applicable to Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (personnel). Accordingly, a draft RTP for CSCS and CSCS personnel has been framed after due deliberations which is enclosed herewith.

2. The stakeholders viz. Ministries/ Departments, CSSS/CSCS Associations and individual officers may submit their comments, if any, on the draft Rotational Transfer Policy latest by 7.11.2014.

sd/-
(Kameshwar Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/RTPcomments.pdf

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ISSUE OF WHITE ECHS SMART CARDS TO THE SPOUSES OF WAR DISABLED/ BATTLE CASUALTY/ DISABLED VETERANS

Central Organisation ECHS
Adjutant General’s Branch
IHQ of MOD (Army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt - 110 010
B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS (i)
17 Oct 2014
ISSUE OF WHITE ECHS SMART CARDS TO THE SPOUSES OF
WAR DISABLED/ BATTLE CASUALTY/ DISABLED VETERANS

1. Further to this office letter No B/29701-PR/AG/ECHS dt 04 Jun 2010, B/4971 l/AG/ECHS dt 29 Mar 2011 and B/40701-PR/AG/ECHS dt. 12 Dec 2013.

2. Many of war disabled/ battle casualty/ disabled veterans are unable to Visit the ECHS Polyclinics and their spouses are required to attend in their place to procure the requisite medicines and seek doctor’s advice. Some of them are required to wait long hours. Many of these spouses cannot afford to leave their husbands unattended and invariably take the unavoidable step of ignoring the necessary continued treatment.

3. Even when both the injured war disabled/ battle casualty/ disabled veteran and his spouse visit ECHS Polyclinic together needing to be seen by the doctor separately, the fact of immediate medical treatment is defeated when the veteran is required to wait long hours for his spouse.

4 This becomes more important for other ranks where many spouses are illiterate and unable to fend for themselves.

5. In View of above, it is directed that white ECHS Smart Card facility will be extended to the spouses of war disabled/ battle casualty/disabled veterans. All Polyclinics will give priority to these veterans for registration, consultation, referrals and issue of medicines.

(Sanjeev Saroch)
Dir (Ops & Coord)
for MD ECHS

Source: http://echs.gov.in/images/pdf/ops/ops104.pdf


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Re-engagement of retired staff on daily remuneration basis in exigencies of services.

RBE No. 112/2014
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(NG)II/2010/RC-4/6
New Delhi, dated 17.10.2014
The General Manager (P)
All Indian Railways/PUs

Sub: Re-engagement of retired staff on daily remuneration basis in exigencies of services.

Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 12.09.2013 (RBE No.94/2013) on the above subject. Keeping in view the acute shortage of staff in various categories of posts and consequent hampering of the Railway’s services, Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to extend the said scheme, in exigencies of services, for a further period of one year, i.e.,up to 14.09.2015, in the same terms & conditions as mentioned in the Board’s letter of even number dated 27.09.2012. While implementing the scheme, General Managers may keep in view the fresh recruitment made in the vacant posts.

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways (Railway Board).

sd/-
(Lily Pandeya)
Director Estt. (N)ll
Railway Board

Source: http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/RBE_112_2014.pdf


JCM STAFF SIDE NATIONAL CONVENTION ON 11TH DECEMBER 2014 AT NEW DELHI. WILL DECLARE JOINT PROGRAME OF ACTION ON CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES COMMON DEMANDS

JCM Staff Side leadership has decided to organize a National Convention of all Central Government Employees (Railway, Defence & Confederation) on 11th December 2014 at New Delhi from 12 PM to 4 PM. Convention will adopt a joint resolution on the common demands of the Central Government Employees viz; Merger of DA, Interim Relief, Inlcusion of GDS under 7th CPC, Scrap New Pension Scheme etc and will declare joint programs of action. Further details regarding number of delegates to be participated from each affiliated Organisation & State C-O-Cs of Confederation will be published shortly.


M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Uploading of RTI replies on the respective website of Ministry/ Department

No.1/1/2013-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi-1
Dated : 21-10-2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Uploading of RTI replies on the respective website of Ministry/ Department.

Attention is invited to DOPT’s guidelines on suo motu disclosure issued vide 0M. No.1/6/2011-IR dated 15-4-2013 whereby Public Authorities have an obligation to proactively disclose RTI applications and appeals received by them and their responses on their websites.

2. In order to facilitate uploading of RTI applications/appeals received and their responses on the website, a new feature has been added to the CPIO/FAA’s module on the ‘RTI online” portal on pilot basis for DOPT. This feature provides an option to the CPIO and FAA to upload the reply to RTI application and first appeal respectively on the website of the Department.

3. This feature is now being extended to other Ministries/Departments of Government of India. For displaying the RTI applications received in the Ministry/Department and the reply furnished thereof, by the use of the said feature, web services would be provided through a URL to each Ministry/Department by NIC/DOPT. The concerned Ministry/Department needs to consume this web service (by writing a program) to display the desired contents on its respective website. Accordingly, it is requested that the Ministries/Departments may contact NIC/DOPT (Shri Y. V. Ramana and Shri Manu Garg, Scientist D’/NlC — Ph- 23040281) for this purpose. An immediate action is requested so that the facility to upload the reply to RTI application and first appeal respectively on the website of the respective Ministry/Department may be started w.e.f. 31st October, 2014.

4, It may be noted that RTI applications and appeals received and their responses relating to the personal information of an individual may not be disclosed, if they do not serve any public interest.

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(Sandeep Jain)
Director(IR)

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02rti/1_1_2013-IR-1-A.pdf
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Govt. employees start work late, stay late

On most days, Central government staff work for eight hours

The occasional surprise checks by Union Ministers to see if government employees are reporting to work on time may not have brought in 100 per cent compliance, but employees aren’t as late to office as widely perceived.

The Hindu got exclusive access to one week of Central government attendance data, thanks to the first publicly available database of employees, and found that employees tend to be a bit late in getting to work, but most work a full day.

Two weeks ago, the Union overnment launched attendance.gov.in, a web portal that allows live tracking of over 50,000 Central government employees the moment he signs in and out of work.

Using a Unique Identification Number (UID)-enabled back-end, the system allows the employees’ sign-in to be authenticated and uploaded to the website in under two seconds. Personally identifiable information about individual employees is not available for public view.

Getting to work at 9 a.m. sharp is still a challenge. Just over 20 per cent of the employees swiped in by 9 on most days, but attendance picks up in the 9 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. period, when the largest number of swipe-ins takes place. The median in-time, The Hindu found, is 9.18 a.m.

Consequently, the employees leave office a little late, with 5 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. being the swipe out time among most. The median exit is 5.45 p.m.

The numbers show that on most days — except Friday, the last working day, — eight of 10 Central government employees worked for at least eight hours. This figure is only indicative as some employees appear to be making errors while swiping in or out.

Junior employees come in earlier than those higher up the bureaucracy, but this could be on account of the fact that senior bureaucrats’ days often begin with meetings in other offices and locations, an Additional Secretary whom The Hindu reached for comment said.

“We are very clear that what we are offering are the tools for measurement. Decisions on what to do with attendance data is not our job — that is for the personnel ministry,” Ram Sewak Sharma, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, who is responsible for the project, told The Hindu.

Mr. Sharma launched Jharkhand’s version of the attendance portal during his stint there as Chief Secretary after his posting as Director-General of the Unique Identification Authority of India.

Individual employees’ data in the new Central government portal is not available for public view, but the organisation shared one week’s data — after anonymising it — with The Hindu for analysis.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/govt-employees-start-work-late-stay-late/article6515579.ece

7 CP Commission’s visit to Mumbai

The commission has, in its first phase of interaction, been seeking the views of various stakeholders on its terms of reference. To this end, meetings have been held in Delhi with various organisations and heads of various agencies.

In its second phase of interaction, the Commission has started holding meetings in different parts of the country to facilitate stakeholders staying in various areas to present their views personally before the Commission and ensure larger representation. This exercise is being undertaken to enable the Commission to get a first-hand impression about the functioning and the condition of service prevailing in different parts of the country.

Accordingly, the Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Mumbai from 6th November, 2014 to 8th November, 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of Reference of the Commission to present their views.

Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in. The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail.  The last date for receiving request for meeting is 30th October, 2014 (1700 hours).


Source: http://7cpc.india.gov.in/news04.html

Monday, October 20, 2014

In-house Weekly Training in all Ministries/Departments-DOPT

F.No.T-17/1/2014-CTP(CSS)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
(Training Division)
New Delhi, 17th October, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: To start in-house Weekly Training in all Ministries/Departments

In this era of rapid transformation and heightened expectation of prompt and effective public service delivery, Government has initiated a number of reform strategies/steps aiming at improving the Knowledge, Skill and Attitude (KSA) of its employees thereby empowering them to function in citizen-centric manner. The effectiveness with which the new policies are implemented will largely be dependent on the quality of civil service administration and the ability of its members to operate effectively in the changed environment. This requires a continuous focus on training of employees, who are our most important asset. An important part of valuing and managing them effectively is to ensure that they have access to relevant, high quality, accessible and on-going training.


2. At present, the senior civil servants are exposed to a number of training programmes at different stages such as induction training, mandatory mid-career training, in-service training etc. These trainings are mostly organised service wise and within services at same level. Perhaps there is no training being imparted at Ministry/Department level covering all its Group B and C employees on same subject.

3. A need for starting in-house training in each Ministry/Department was emphasised by the Hon’ble Prime Minister during the presentation of the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions on 12.09.14. Such training session in each Ministry/Department should ideally have 45 persons and should be for duration of one hour to be held on weekly basis. Subjects and master trainers could also be identified in-house for this purpose.

4. The objective of an hour in-house weekly training is to provide training to all employees of the Ministry/Department on a regular basis without dislocating their work. This being in-house training, there may not be any additional financial burden as well. The Departments would be free to choose training topics as per their requirements and utilise in-house expertise for imparting training. This will also help in achieving the National Training Policy 2012 objective of training of all employees.

5. Following the directions of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, the Department of Personnel & Training has started in-house weekly training for its employees which was inaugurated by the Additional Principal Secretary to PM on 9th October 2014. All officials from LDC up to Under Secretaries will be nominated in batches of 45-50 and the training will be conducted every Wednesday from 10.00 am to 11.00 am. You or your representative can attend this training after giving prior intimation, so that your Ministry/Department is familiarised to start in-house training.

6. Accordingly, all Ministries/Department are requested to start hourly in-house weekly training for their employees up to Under Secretaries immediately. In case the Ministries/Departments require training module on a particular subject to be developed/ procured, they may either contact the Institute of Secretariat Training & Management (ISTM), New Delhi or get it sourced through their own training institutes. The tentative learning schedule of DOPT is enclosed. If any assistance in this regard is required, kindly let DOPT know.

7. It is also requested that action taken may be informed to this Department for apprising the PMO.

(Sanjeev Kumar Jindal)
Director (Trg.) Tel. No: 26107960
email: sanjeev.jindal@nic.in

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02trn/inhouse171014.pdf
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Partial modification of Rule 27 of PO Guide-INDIA POST

F. No. 1-3/2014 -PO
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
PO Division 
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi 110001
Dated: 30 /09/2014.
To,
Addl. Directorate General of APS

Subject: Method of Address -reg.

I am directed to intimate that in partial modification of Rule 27 of PO Guide Part-I, the method of address of the mails addressed to Defense Service Personnel serving in Army and Air Force may be read as follows:


No.
Rank
Name
Unit
PIN- C/O 56 or 99 APO (9000056 or 9000099)
Mobile No (Optional)

This may be brought to the notice of all the concerned for compliance.
The receipt of the same may kindly be acknowledged.
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(M.S.Rana)
Asst. Director Genereal (PO)

Source: http://www.indiapost.gov.in/DOP/Pdf%5CCirculars%5CMethod_of%20_Address_1561_13102014_pub_upload.PDF

Friday, October 17, 2014

LATEST CLARIFICATION REGARDING CADRE RESTRUCTURING IN CBEC

Cadre restructuring in CBEC – Cadre wise distribution of 1194 sanctioned posts of Appraisers
OCTOBER 17, 2014 BY ADMIN LEAVE A COMMENT

CBEC again make cadre-wise distribution of the posts and cadre-wise distribution of the 1194 sanctioned posts of Appraisers amongst three cadres is indicated below…

F.No. A-11019/08/2013 Ad.IV (Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise & Customs

Dated: 16th October, 2014

To,
All Chief Commissioners of Central Excise & Customs,
All Chief Commissioners of Customs,
All Chief Commissioners of Customs (Preventive),
All Directors General,
Chief Commissioner (AR). CESTAT, New Delhi,
Chief Commissioner (Tax Arrear Recovery),
Director, Central Revenues Control Laboratories,
Chairman, Settlement Commission,

Sub –  Allocation of posts in Group ‘A’. ‘B’ & ‘C’ amongst Reorganized Zones / Commissionerates and Directorates General / Directorates/Other Formations, consequent upon cadre restructuring of the Field Formations under CBEC- regarding.

Sir / Madam,
I am directed to refer to the Board’s letter F No. A-11019/08/2013 Ad. IV dated 01 08.2014, regarding allocation of the posts ïn various grades amongst the field formations under CBEC.

2. There are three Cadres of Appraiser grade posts, viz. Mumbai Custom Cadre, Chennai Customs Cadre and Kolkata Customs Cadre. Appraisers belonging to the said three Appraiser cadres are posted to Customs Commissionerates (including Customs Commissionerates manned by Central Excise Staff) as well as Central Excise Commissionerates. After notification of revised staff strength, vide Board’s order F. No. A-11019/08/2013 Ad. IV dated 01.08.2014; it has become necessary to again make cadre-wise distribution of the posts. Accordingly, cadre-wise distribution of the 1194 sanctioned posts of Appraisers amongst three cadres is indicated in the Annexure-A to this letter.

3. Customs Commissionerates (manned by Central Excise staff) and Central Excise Commissionerate will fill the posts of Appraiser allocated to them by concerned cadre controlling Zone, namely Mumbai, Kolkata &  Chennai.

4. All Chief Commissioners of Customs & Central Excise are also hereby authorized to post such Appraisers as drawn from the respective Cadre Controlling Authorities to any post of Appraiser under their jurisdiction.

5. Cadre Controlling Chief Commissioners of the three Cadres shall ensure that officers belonging to the cadre under their respective control are posted on rotational basis to all the Commissionerate sharing staff strength from the cadre under their respective control. Further, the working strength and vacancies in the cadre shall be proportionately shared with all
the Commissionerates of Customs and Central Excise sharing the cadre strength.

6. Cadre Controlling Chief Commissioners shall also ensure that the number of officers deputed to any Commissionerate does not exceed the quota of posts earmarked to that Commissionerate.

Yours faithfully,
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(Bharati Sridhar)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

ANNEXURE

(referred to in the CBEC Letter No. A-11019/08/2013 Ad. IV dated .10.2014)

1. Mumbai Customs Cadre of Appraiser :
(CCA- Chief Commissioner of Customs Mumbai-I)
(i) Mumbai Customs (General) :25
(ii) Mumbai Customs (Export-l) : 20
(iii) Mumbai Customs (Import-I) 25
(iv) Mumbai Customs Import-lI) 25
(v) Mumbai Customs (Export-li) : 20
(vi) Nahva Sheva-I : 35
(vii) Nahva Sheva-Il : 35
(viii) Nahva Sheva-III : 35
(ix) Nahva Sheva-IV : 35
(x) Nahva Sheva-V : 35
(xi) Nahva Sheva General : 35
(xii) Mumba’ Customs-I (AP): 10
(xiii) Mumbai Customs-lI :27
(xiv) Mumba’- Customs-Ill :27
(xv) Mumbat Customs-IV : 27
(xvi) Mumbai Customs-V : 27
(xvii) Mumbai Customs (P) : 20
(xviii) Goa Custom House : 35
(xix) Pune-I CE : 3
(xx) Pune Customs : 5
(xxi) Nashik-l CE : 1
(xxii) Aurangabad CE : 5
(xxiii) Nagpur-I CE : 5
(xxiv) Ahmedabad Customs : 14
(xxv) Kandla Customs : 11
(xxvi) Jamnagar Customs (P) : 6
(xxvii) Mundra Customs : 24
(xxviii) Delhi Customs Airport : 20
(xxix) Delhi Customs ACC Export : 4
(xxx) Delhi Customs (PPG & Other ICDs): 10
(xxxi) Chandigarh-l CE : 6
(xxxii) Jodhpur Customs (P) : 10

Total : 622

Chennai Customs Cadre of Appraiser (CCA- Chief Commissioner of Customs, Chennai)
(i) Chennai Customs (Airport) : 10
(ii) Chennai Customs Sea North : 35
(iii) Chennai Customs Sea CentraI : 35
(iv) Chennai Customs Sea East : 35
(v) Chenriai Customs Sea West : 35
(vi) Chennai Customs Sea South : 25
(vii) Chennai Customs ACC : 35
(viii) Chennai Sea General : 20
(ix) Cochin Customs (P) : 2
(x) Cochin Custom House : 25
(xi) Vizag Custom House : 20
(xii) Bangalore Customs (Airport & ACC):20
(xiii) Mangaore Customs : 10
(xiv) Thirvanthapuram CE : 5
(xv) Coimbatore CE : 3
(xvi) Tuticonri Customs : 5
(xvii) Trichy Customs (P) : 10
(xviii) Hyderabad Customs : 20
(xix) Guntur CE : 5
(xx) Delhi Customs Airport : 10
(xxi) Delhi Customs ACC Export : 3
(xxii) Delhi Customs (PPG & Other ICDs)’ : 10
(xxiii) Amritsar Customs (P) : 5

Total : 383

III. Kolkata Customs Cadre of Appraiser (CCA- Chief Commissioner of Customs, Kolkata)
(i) Kolkata Customs Port : 96
(ii) Kolkata Customs Airport & ACC: 39
(iii) Kanpur CE : 7
(iv) Meerut CE : 3
(e) NOIDA Customs : 6
(vi) Lucknow Customs (P) : 4
(vii) Shillong Customs (P) : 2
(viii) Bhubaneshwar Customs (P) : 4
(ix) Delhi Customs Airport : 10
(X) Delhi Customs ACC Export : 3
(xi) Delhi Customs (PPG & Other lCDs): 10
(xii) Ludhiana Customs : 5

Total : 189

Total Cadre-wise Strength:
I. Mumbai Customs Cadre : 622
II. Chennai Customs Cadre : 383
III. Kolkata Customs Cadre : 189

Grand Total : 1194

Source: http://www.cbec.gov.in/deptt_offcr/cadre-restruct/alloctn-gp-abc.pdf

Pay Commission team visits Siachen to get first-hand experience: India Today

The 7th Pay Commission visited forward areas in Jammu and Kashmir, including the world's highest battlefield on the Siachen glacier, to get the first-hand feel of the freezing temperatures and hardship faced by soldiers.

The 16-member team headed by the panel's chairman, retired judge A.K. Mathur, spent time at the base camp in Siachen and went to other forward areas. The three services have submitted a joint memorandum to the Pay Commission regarding their "wish list". The panel will visit other defence installations as it continues its deliberations till January 1, 2016.

The panel spent considerable time at the Siachen base camp, interacting with soldiers and asking them about the conditions in one of the toughest areas of the world. They were also flown over the glacier and landed at a forward post. The soldiers work under extreme climatic conditions where the weather is a constant enemy. The soldiers shared their experience and talked about the harsh climatic condition they face on the line of duty. The punishing weather does not allow a person to spend more than a week at the glacier and the forward posts, they told the panel.

The panel members also witnessed ice craft and mountaineering training being carried out at the Siachen Battle School.

The Pay Commission team also landed at the advanced landing ground at Daulat Beg Oldie on the border with China. It is the world's highest landing strip and air operations in the rarefied high altitude air are a challenge.

During their visits to the forward areas, the delegation laid floral wreaths at the Siachen War Memorial, Kargil War Memorial and the Rezangla War Memorial while paying tributes to our martyrs, a defence PRO said.

At the Line of Actual Control, the Pay Commission members interacted with personnel from the Indian Air Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

Officials said the panel will have to consider the unique situation faced by the jawans, who are exposed to severe medical conditions because of the inhospitable environment. "The climate does not suit human habitation but the army jawans are positioned in the area manning the territory all through the year," an official said.

This is only the first round of interaction and more inputs would be sought by the team in the coming months.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the All Ladakh Central Government Employees (ALCGE), which comprises staff of Doordarshan, High Altitude Research Centre, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Institute of Buddhist Studies and Air Force Authority of India, met Justice Mathur's team.


Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/7th-pay-commission-jammu-and-kashmir-siachen-glacier-indian-army/1/395791.html

Armed forces want higher allowances for 'hardship' postings

 NEW DELHI: The armed forces are seeking an enhancement of allowances for their personnel posted in "hardship" areas on the pattern of high-altitude Siachen in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Many of the areas where the armed forces operate are hardship areas. So what one is looking at is an enhancement in allowances," a defence official said.

 While officials agree that allowances for other areas cannot be matched with that of the Siachen, they are looking at an increase in the 7th Pay Commission which is currently assessing the situation.

At present, a soldier posted in Siachen gets around Rs 8,000 per month as hardship allowance, which is the highest.

At present the allowances vary from area to area. Those involved in counter insurgency operations in northeast and Kashmir get an 'insurgency' allowance while those posted in higher altitude get other allowances.


The official said the Joint Services Memorandum, submitted about two months ago, has raised a number of expectations before the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Incidentally, the Pay Commission is on a four-day visit to Ladakh region, particularly world's highest battlefield at Siachen glacier to meet soldiers performing their duties in challenging operational conditions.

The Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur and comprising former IAS officer Vivek Rae, full-time member Meena Agarwal, Secretary and 14 other members are vising Ladakh from October 12 to 15.

They were briefed on the peculiarities of difficult terrain, inclement weather and challenging operational conditions under which our soldiers are performing duties in various parts of Ladakh, including Siachen glacier.

The Commission members also visited remote posts in Eastern Ladakh and Kargil. They also landed at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO), the scene of last year's face-off between Indian and Chinese troops.

They interacted with soldiers from the Air Force, ITBP, BRO, and representatives of the DRDO.

Source: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-10-15/news/55059465_1_siachen-glacier-7th-central-pay-commission-allowances
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