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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Clarification on definition of Hometown LTC.

CIRCULAR
Office of the Principal Controller of Accounts (Fys)
10A, S. K. Bose Road, Kolkata — 700001
No. Pay/Tech-I/LTC/2014/04
Dated: 25.04.2014

To
All Controllers of Finance and Accounts (Fys)

Sub : Clarification on definition of Hometown LTC

In continuation to CGDA, Delhi Cantt. letter No. AN/XIV/14162/TA/DA/LTC dated 28- 05-2013 circulated under this office Circular No. 063/AN/VIII/LTC/XIV dated 28-06-2013 on the above subject, HQrs. Office has further clarified vide No. AN/XIV/14162/TA/DA/LTCNol-II dated 04-03-2014 (copy enclosed) that areas falling within Urban Agglomeration of a city but within different districts may be termed as ‘same station’ for the purposes of LTC Rules.

The same may please be circulated to all Branch Accounts Offices under your jurisdiction for information, guidance and necessary action.

Asstt.Controller of Accounts(Fys)

Controller General of Defence Accounts,
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110010
No. AN/XIV/14162/TA/DA/LTC/Vol-II
Dated : 04/03/2014

To

The P C of A(Fys)
10 A, S.K.Bose Road,
Kolkata

Subject: Clarification on definition of Hometown LTC.

Reference: Your Office letter No. Pay/Tech-I/LTC dated 25.11.2013.

The matter has been examined in the light of extant rules on the above subject and the facts brought out under your letter cited above.

2. In this regard, attention is invited to GoI, M.F. O.M. No. 21011/13/89- E.II(B), dated 20.12.89 also reproduced under Rule 5 of FRSR Part IV DA , DR and HRA Rules which clearly stipulates that – “the phrase ‘same station’ includes all places which are treated contiguous to the qualified city/town in terms of paras 3(b)(ii) and Para 3(b)(iii) and those places which are included in the Urban Agglomeration of a qualified city”.

3. In terms of the above OM, areas falling within Urban Agglomeration of a city but within different districts may be termed as’same station”for the purposes of LTC Rules. Hence, practice being followed by your office is in consonance to the rules.

(Upendra Kumar)
For CGDA

source:http://pcafys.nic.in/files/HT%20LTC.pdf

Enhancement of rates of various allowances by 25% everytime DA payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110010 
No. AN/XIV/6th CPC/Corr./Vol-XII
Dated: 29.04.2014
To
All PCsDA/CsDA

Sub: Enhancement of rates of various allowances by 25% everytime DA payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

Consequent on revision of rates of Dearness Allowance from existing 90% to 100% vide MoF OM dated 27.03.2014, references are being received in this HQrs office seeking clarification regarding separate orders for revision of rates of certain allowances/advances where a specific clause indicates that the allowance/ advance shall automatically increase by 25% everytime DA payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

2. The matter has been examined in this HQrs office and it is clarified that automatic revision will take place only in respect of those allowances for which a specific clause of automatic increase has been provided in respective original Govt. orders. Therefore, no separate order is required for revision of allowances/advances by 25% on the original amount w.e.f. 01.01.2014

3. This issues with the approval of Jt. CGDA (AN)

sd/-
(Upendra Kumar)
For CGDA

Source: http://cgda.nic.in/adm/enhancement%20of%20rates%20of%20allowance%20290414.pdf

Enhancement in the rate of various allowances by 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness allowance upto 100% w.e.f 01.01.2014.

Government of India/Bharat Sarkar
Ministry of Railways /Rail Mantraraya
(Railway Board)
PC-VI No. 336
RBE No. 39/2014
No.F(E)1/2011/AL-28/18
New Delhi, dated 29.04.2014
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub: Enhancement in the rate of various allowances by 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness allowance upto 100% w.e.f 01.01.2014.

In accordance with the recommendations of 6th CPC, the rates of various allowances admissible to different categories of railway staff were revised/doubled. The 6th CPC had also recommended that the rates of these
allowances will be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance goes up by 50%.  Railway Board, accordingly, issued instructions in respect of increase in rates of various allowances by 25% vide Board's letter of even number dated 13.06.2011.

2. Subsequent to enhancement in the rate of Dearness Allowance to 100% w.e.f. 01.01.2014 queries are being received from some of the Railways regarding further enhancement of rates of these allowances. The matter has been examined and It is clarified that the rates of allowances listed in the enclosed Annexure shall increase by a further 25% (over original 6th CPC rate prescribed by Ministry of Railways) with Dearness Allowance now having gone up to 100% w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

3. The terms and conditions for grant of these allowances will remain the same.

4. Hindi version is enclosed.

5. Kindly acknowledge receipts

DA: as above
(Amir Chand Jain)
Dy. Dirs Finance(Estt)
Railway Board

LIST OF THE VARIOUS ALLOWANCES THAT STAND REVISED W.E.F. 01.01.2014 ON ACCOUNT OF ENHANCEMENT IN THE RATE OF DA TO 100%
 Sl. No   Name of Allowance  Authority number and date
 1  Daily Allowance  F(E)I/2008/AL-28/14 dated 01.12.2008 (Para 3 of the Annexure to the letter)
 2  Mileage for road journey by taxi/own car/auto-rickshaw/own scooter/bicycle etc.  F(E)I/2008/AL-28/14 dated 01.12.2008 (para 2 D (b) and (c) of the Annexure to the letter
 3  Road Mileage Allowance and rates for transportation of House-hold effects on transfer  F(E)1/2008/AL-28/15 dated 01.12.2008 (Para A (3) & (4) and para C of the Annexure to the letter)
 4   Fixed Conveyance Allowance   F(E)I/2008/AL-7/3 dated 03.10.2008
 5  Cycle Maintenance Allowance  F(E)I/2008/AL-7/2 dated 18.09.2008
 6  Washing Allowance  F(E)I/2008/AL-29/1. dated 30.09.2008
 7   Special Compensatory (Scheduled/ Tribal Area) Allowance  F(E)I/2008/AL-4/7 dated 18.09.2008
 8  Special Compensatory (Hill Area) Allowance  F(E)1/2008/AL-4/4 dated 16.09.2008
 9  Special Compensatory (Bad Climate) Allowance  F(E)1/2008/AL4/5 dated 16.09.2008
 10  Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance   F(E)I/2008/AL-4/6 dated 22.09.2008

(Amir Chand Jain)
Dy. Dir. Finance(Estt.)
Railway Board

Source:http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/RBE%2039_2014.pdf

Revision of Ceiling Rates for various Coronary Stents / Angioplasty & Angioplasty with Balloon for CGHS/CS (MA) beneficiaries.

No. Misc. 1002/2006/CGHS(R&H)/CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
CGHS (P)
Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi 
Dated: the 29th April, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Revision of Ceiling Rates for various Coronary Stents / Angioplasty & Angioplasty with Balloon for CGHS/CS (MA) beneficiaries.

With reference to the above mentioned subject, the undersigned is directed to draw attention to the Office Memoranda of even No. dated 7/2/2013, 21/2/2013 and 7/2/2014 and to state that the ceiling rates for reimbursement of drug eluting coronary stents for CGHS beneficiaries / CS(MA) beneficiaries prescribed in the above referred to Office Memoranda are revised w.e.f. the date of issue of this office memorandum as follows:

Revised ceiling rates of Drug Eluting Stents: Rs. 23,6251- (Inclusive of all taxes). Other terms and conditions shall remain the same.

2. This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

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(Ravi Kant)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File677.pdf

Payment of DA to the CDA pattern employees of 69 CPSEs governed by HPPC recommendations.

F. No. 2(42)/97-DPE (WC)-X/14
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises
Public Enterprises Bhawan,
Block 14, COO Complex, Lodi Road,
New Delhi-110003, the 29th April, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject: - Payment of DA to the CDA pattern employees of 69 CPSEs governed by HPPC recommendations.
The undersigned is directed to refer to Para No. 2 and Annexure-III to this Department's O.M. dated 24.10.1997 wherein the rates of DA payable to the employees of CPSEs following CDA pattern pay scales, who are governed by HPPC recommendations had been indicated.

2. In continuation of this Department's OM of even number dated 29.10.2013, the rates of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.01.2014 payable to the employees of CPSEs governed by the recommendations of HPPC, which have not revised their pay scales in terms of DPE O.M. No. 2(54)/2008-DPE(WC) dated 14.10.2008 may be as follows:-

a) In case of CPSEs who have not allowed the benefit of merger of 50% of DA with basic pay as contained in DPE O.M. dated 24.05.2005 to their employees, the DA payable may be enhanced from existing rate of 233% to 250%.

b) In case of CPSEs who have allowed the benefit of merger of 50% of DA with basic pay as contained in DPE O.M. dated 24.05.2005 to their employees, the DA payable may be enhanced from existing rate of 183% to 200%.

3. The payment of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded off to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

4.. All administrative Ministries/Department of Government of India are requested to bring the foregoing to the notice of the Central Public Sector Enterprises under their administrative control for action at their end.

sd/-
(Samsul Hague)
Under Secretary

Source: http://www.dpe.nic.in/sites/upload_files/dpe/files/glch04b153_300420140001.pdf
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EXPECTED DEARNESS ALLOWANCE(DA) JULY 2014-AICPIN FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH RELEASED.

Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW)- March 2014

According to a press release issued by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for March, 2014 increased by 1 points and pegged at 239 (two hundred and thirty nine). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.42 per cent between February, 2014 and March, 2014 compared with the rise of 0.45 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food Group contributing 0.99 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Wheat, Goat Meat, Milk (Buffalo), Vegetables and Fruit items, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Groundnut Oil, Fish Fresh, Poultry, Eggs (Hen), Onion, etc. putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 6.70 per cent for March, 2014, as compared to 6.73 per cent for the previous month and 11.44 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.50 per cent against 13.21 per cent of the previous month and 14.98 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Bokaro recorded the highest increase of 8 points each followed by Godavarikhani & Chhindwada (7 Points each), Rangapara Tezpur (6 points) and Kanpur & Durgapur (5 points each). Among others, 4 points rise was registered in 7 centres, 3 points in 6 centres, 2 points in 9 centres and 1 points in 22 centres. On the contrary, Quilon and Guwahati reported a decline of 5 points each followed by Coimbatore (3 points), 2 points in 3centres and 1 point in 6 centres. Indices of 16 centres observed no change.

The indices of 36 centres are above All-India Index and other 41 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Tiruchirapally centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of April, 2014 will be released on Friday, 30 May, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

Source:pib

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NPS funds for government workers gave worst ever returns in 2013-14

NEW DELHI: Aggressive equity investors in the NPS made hay in 2013-14 but the funds for government workers churned out their worst ever performance during the year. The Central government schemes of the NPS gave average SIP returns of 5.37% while State government employees had to be content with 4.96%. These calculations are based on SIP returns on monthly contributions from April 2013 till March 2014.More than 28 lakh central and state government employees who joined service after 1 January 2004 have to compulsorily invest in the NPS. Their retirement savings account for 93% of the total NPS corpus of roughly Rs 45,000 crore.

On the other hand, private sector NPS investors who put the maximum 50% in equities earned an average 13.7% during 2013-14. Balanced investors who split the corpus equally between stocks, corporate bonds and gilts made 10.64%. But ultra-safe investors who abstained from equities and binged on government bonds earned only 3.2% on average. Private sector workers account for only Rs 2,265 crore, or 5% of the total NPS corpus.

NPS votaries have often argued that stock investments give the scheme a distinct advantage over the 100% debt-based EPF. However, the pension funds managing the savings of government workers tend to shy from stocks. As on 30 November 2013, the Central government scheme of SBI Pension Fund had only 7.15% of its corpus in stocks while the fund managed by UTI Retirement Solutions invested only 7.72% in equities.

As the returns of the funds for the general public show, a higher allocation to stocks would have proved beneficial, because the Nifty rose 18.4% during 2013-14. "Young government workers should ask the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority why they are being forced to invest in schemes that put only 6-7% in equities," says Gautam Bharadwaj, co founder and managing director of Invest India Micro Pension Services.

The disappointing performance of the funds for central and state government workers comes a year after the schemes posted spectacular double-digit returns in 2012-13. The poor show during 2013-14 has dragged down the long-term SIP returns of these funds to below 8%.

Experts say the unexpected downturn in government bonds is to blame for the poor showing by the NPS funds. Bond yields rose sharply in July 2013, resulting in significant marked-to-market losses on the long-term bonds in the portfolios of these funds. The SBI Pension Fund, which has been the worst performer with 4.12% (Central govt) and 3.93% (state govt), also had to contend with poorly chosen bonds that turned NPAs. A senior official of SBI Pension Fund says the NPAs constitute only a minuscule fraction of the total corpus. He contends that the dip in the NAVs is temporary and the funds will do well when interest rates decline. "In any case, we intend to hold the government bonds till maturity so the losses will get recouped," he told Economic Times.

Worst ever performance by NPS funds

 Year Central govt workers   State govt workers
 2010-11  6.91%

 7.91%

 2011-12

 7.28%

 8.04%

 2012-13

 11.24%

 11.82%

 2013-14

 5.37%

 4.95%
 Since launch  7.55%  7.87%

Figures are average SIP returns of the three pension funds that manage the govt workers retirement savings. 

LATEST NEWS FROM NFPE AND FNPO- CADRE RESTRUTURING FINALISED IN POSTAL DEPARTMENT.

NFPE- FNPO
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATION
CENTRAL HEAD QUARTERS, NEWDELHI
28/04/2014
* CADRE RESTRUCTURING AGREEMENT SIGNED *

At last after several round of protracted negotiations with the administration, JCM Staff side, Departmental council ( NFPE & FNPO) has signed the cadre restructuring proposal. The staff side has tried to the best of its ability to make maximum improvement in the proposal. In spite of our hard bargaining we could not achieve 100 percent success. Our demand for separate higher pay scale for PO& RMS Accountants, Creation of separate cadre for System Administrators or grant of special pay/allowance, bringing MTS also under cadre restructuring etc is not accepted by the administration. Regarding Postmaster Cadre after much bargaining, it is agreed to examine our claim for higher pay scale after the present proposal is approved by the government.

As Govt has already appointed 7th CPC and the Pay Commission has already published the questionnaire, any further delay in completing the cadre restructuring will adversely affect the interest of Postal employees. We will take up the remaining issues, which are not agreed by the administration in the cadre restructuring committee with the 7thCPC in our memorandum and make one more effort to get a favourable recommendation.

Taking into consideration all the above aspects and also keeping in mind the larger interest of the employees, we have decided to sign the agreement

Copy of the agreement is published below (**Text of agreement reproduced  - see above**)

The Salient features of the agreement are as follows :

1. Number of LSG posts will increase from 8 % to 22 %
2. Number of HSG II posts will increase from 2 % to 12 %
3. Number of HSG I posts will increase from 1.5 % to 4 %
4. After completion of 2 years in HSG I the official will be promoted to 4800 GP (Non-functional Basis)
5. The above proposal will be applicable to RMS, Circle Office and SBCO in the same ratio
6. Postman/Mail guard will get the same ratio of promotion.

The present proposal is to be approved by Postal Board, DoPT & Finance Ministry. We will make all out effort to get the proposal implemented at an early date.

Yours sincerely

D. Theagarajan
Secretary General
FNPO                                                                           M. Krishnan
 Secretary General
NFPE


MEETING OF COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED ON CADRE RESTRUCTURING OF GROUP 'C' EMPLOYEES HELD ON 28th APRIL 2014 IN ROOM NO.347-D, DAK BHAWAN, SANSAD MARG, NEW DELHI.


RECORD OF DISCUSSIONS

The Committee constituted by the Department on cadre restructuring of Group 'C' employees vide No. 25-04/2012-PE I dated 23' Oct 2013 held its final discussions on 28 April 2014 at 1100 hours under the Chairmanship of Shri V.P. Singh, DDG (Personnel). The following were present:-


OFFICIAL SIDE   STAFF SIDE
 1. Shri V.P. Singh, DDG (P) — Chairman
2. Shri Alok Saxena, Secretary PSB — Member
3. Ms. TrishaIA Sethi, DDG (E) — Member
4. Sh. Surender Kumar, ADO (PCC) — Member Secretary

 1. General Secretary, AIPEU, Group 'C'
2. General Secretary, NAPE, Group 'C'
3. General Secretary, AIRMS &MMS, Group 'C'
4. General Secretary, NU RMS & MMS Group 'C'
5. General Secretary, AIPEU, Postman &MTS
6. General Secretary, NUPE, Postman &
Multi-Tasking Employees

2. The Committee had earlier met on 27th Nov 2013, 04th & 05th Feb 2014 and had detailed discussions.

3. The representatives of the Staff side informed that Postal Assistant cadre officials are getting promotions in promotional hierarchy to Grade Pay of Rs. 2800/- [PB-1] in Lower Selection Grade at a time when they are already placed in the Grade Pays' of Rs. 4200/- [PB-2] or Rs. 4600/-[PB-2] on award of financial upgradation(s) under MACPS. Taking note of this factual position and detailed discussions, the following recommendations in respect to the cadre restructuring of Group 'C' employees were agreed to:-

(a) The post of SPMs in Single Handed Post Offices and Double Handed Post Offices will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.2800/- in the Pay Band PB-I.

(b) The post of Sub Postmasters in Triple Handed Post Offices and all other existing norm based HSG Posts in Post Offices will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- in the Pay Band PB-II.

(c) All existing posts in HSG-II will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- in the Pay Band PB-II along with the existing HSG 1 Posts.

(d) After the implementation of the above restructuring/the officials in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/-, who have completed 2 years of regular service, will be granted the Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- in the Pay Band -II on non-functional basis after following the usual procedure of non-functional upgradation(s).

(e) Cadre ratio as per the agreed position mentioned at (a) to (d) above, will be worked out and the ratio so worked out will be replicated to the SA cadre of RMS, PA cadre of Circle & Administrative Offices as also to the PA cadre of SBCO.

(f) In respect of Postmaster Grade I, Grade II and Grade III Posts, once the recommendations of this Committee are implemented; the matter will be examined in the light of the same.

(g) In the light of peculiar situation of Postman/Mail Guard cadre where the work for bulk of the cadre continues to remain the same; as a special case the Committee recommends the ratios as worked out in pursuance of (e) above may be considered for implementation for these cadres as well and that the cadre so restructured may concurrently get the benefit of MACP also.

(h) MTS being a common cadre in all Central Government Ministries/Departments' will be extended the same benefits as commonly decided for them.

(M. Krishnan)
General Secretary
AIPEU Group 'C'
(NFPE)

(Giri Raj Singh)
General Secretary
All India RMS & MMS
Employee Union, Group 'C'
(NFPE)

(R. Seethalakshmi)
GeneralSecretary
AIPEU Postmen &
Group D'/MTS
(NFPE)

(D. Theagarajan)
General Secretary
National Union of RMS &
MMS, Group 'C'
(FNPO)


(T.N. Rahate)
General Secretary
National Union of Postal
Employees, Postmen &
Group D'/MTS (FNPO)


(D. Kishan Rao)
General Secretary
National Association of Postal Employees,
Group 'C' (FNPO)
(Surender Kumar)
ADG (GDS/PCC) &
Member Secretary
(Alok Saxena)
Deputy Director General
(PMU)/Secretary PSB
(Trishaljit Sethi)
Deputy Director General
(Establishment)



(V. P. Singh)
Deputy Director General (Personnel) &
Chairman

Source:http://nfpe.blogspot.in/

Quota for differently-abled persons; HC asks Centre to respond

 Irked over non-filing of response, the Delhi High Court today asked the Centre to file a report on implementation of the apex court's directions to identify the vacancies and provide three per cent quota in government jobs for differently-abled persons.

"The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) seeks time to file the status report. If the status report is not filed within two weeks, then the Secretary, DoPT, will have to appear in person on the next date of hearing," a bench comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog said.

The court, which had granted the last opportunity to DoPT for filing the report on March 12, has posted the matter for hearing on May 21.

The bench was hearing a PIL, filed by National Federation of Blind in 2006, seeking implementation of earlier directions issued by the High Court and the apex court on providing quota to differently-abled, including visually-impaired, persons.

The apex court had on October 8 last year asked the Centre and state governments to provide 3 per cent quota in jobs to disabled persons in their departments, firms and PSUs, observing that it was an "alarming reality" that they are unemployed due to social and practical barriers

Source:Business Standard

Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion — role of Departmental Promotion Committee

No. 22011/4/2007-Estt. (D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 28th April, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion — role of Departmental Promotion Committee

The Department of Personnel & Training had in its O.M. No.22011/5/86-Estt (D) dated 10.04.1989 issued consolidated instructions on Departmental Promotion Committee and matters related thereto. Para 6.2.3 of said O.M. provides that "before making the overall grading after considering the CRs for the relevant years, the DPC should take into account whether the officer has been awarded any major or minor penalty or whether any displeasure of any superior officer or authority has been conveyed to him as reflected in the ACRs." These guidelines further provide that "the DPC should not be guided merely by the overall grading, if any, that may be recorded in the ACRs (now APARs) but should also make its own assessment on the basis of entries in the CRs (now APARs) because it has been noticed that sometimes the overall grading in a ACR (now APAR) may be inconsistent with the grades under various parameters or attributes".

2. It further provides that an officer whose increments have been withheld or who has been reduced to a lower stage in the time scale, cannot be considered on that account to be ineligible for promotion to the higher grade as the specific penalty of withholding promotion has not been imposed on him/her. The suitability of the officer for promotion should be assessed by the DPC as and when occasions arise for such assessment. In assessing the suitability, the DPC will take into account the circumstances leading to the imposition of the penalty and decide whether in the light of the general service record of the officer and the fact of the imposition of the penalty he should be considered suitable for promotion. However, even where the DPC considers that despite the penalty, the officer is suitable for promotion, the officer should not be actually promoted during the currency of the penalty.

3. Further this Department's O.M. No. No.22034/5/2004-Estt (D) dated 15.12.2004 provides that a Government servant, on whom a minor penalty of withholding of increment etc. has been imposed, should be considered for promotion by the Departmental Promotion Committee which meets after the imposition of the said penalty and after due consideration of full facts leading to imposition of the penalty, if he is still considered fit for promotion, the promotion may be given effect after the expiry of the currency of the penalty.

4. The procedure and guidelines to be followed for promotion of Government servants against whom disciplinary/court proceedings are pending or whose conduct is under investigation has been laid down in this Department's O.M. No.22011/4/91-Estt(A) dated 14.9.92 and O.M. No.22034/4/2012-Estt (D) dated 02.11.2012 and 23.1.2014.

5. The role of Departmental Promotion Committee(DPC) in assessment of the officers being considered for promotion, including the officer(s) against whom a chargesheet has been issued or on whom a penalty has been imposed, has been examined by the Supreme Court in several judgments. The observations of Supreme Court in some of the important cases are summarized as under:

(a) In A.K. Narula case (AIR 2007 SC 2296), the Hon'ble Supreme Court has observed:
"the guidelines give a certain amount of play in the joints to the DPC by providing that it need not be guided by the overall grading recorded in the CRs, but may make its own assessment on the basis of the entries in the CRs. The DPC is required to make an overall assessment of the performance of each candidate separately, but by adopting the same standards, yardsticks and norms. It is only when the process of assessment is vitiated either on the ground of bias, malafide or arbitrariness, the selection calls for interference. Where the DPC has proceeded in a fair, impartial and reasonable manner, by applying the same yardstick and norms to all candidates and there is no arbitrariness in the process of assessment by the DPC, the court will not interfere".
(b) In Union of India vs. K.V. Jankiraman case(AIR 1991 SC 2010), the Supreme Court has taken cognizance of role of DPC the case of an officer on whom a penalty has been imposed and has held that:
"An employee has no right to promotion. He has only right to be considered for promotion. The promotion to a post and more so, to a selection post, depends upon several circumstances. To qualify for promotion, the least that is expected of an employee is to have an unblemished record. That is the minimum expected to ensure a clean and efficient administration and to protect the public interest. An employee found guilty of misconduct cannot be placed on par with the other employees, and his case has to be treated differently....... In fact, while considering an employee for promotion his whole record has to be taken into consideration and if a promotion committee takes the penalties imposed upon the employee into consideration and denies him the promotion, such denial is not illegal and unjustified."
(c) In UOI & Anr. Vs. S.K. Goel & Ors. (Appeal (Civil) 689/2007 -SLP(C)-2410/2007), the Hon'ble Supreme Court has held that:
"DPC enjoyed full discretion to devise its method and procedure for objective assessment of suitability and merit of the candidate being considered by it. Hence interference by High Court is not called for. "
While delivering the above judgement, the Division Bench has observed that:
"...it is now more or less well settled that the evaluation made by an Expert Committee should not be easily interfered with by the Court which do not have the necessary expertise to undertake the exercise that is necessary for such purpose."

6. It has been brought to the notice of this Department that DPCs have been adopting varying criteria in assessment of officials undergoing penalty that are not consistent with the extant instructions of the DOPT for e.g., downgradation of grading in ACR/APAR, denying promotion for specified number of years, etc.

7. The matter has been examined in consultation with the Department of Legal Affairs. It is a settled position that the DPC, within its power to make its own assessment, has to assess every proposal for promotion, on case to case basis. In assessing the suitability, the DPC is to take into account the circumstances leading to the imposition of the penalty and decide, whether in the light of general service record of the officer and the effect of imposition of penalty, he/she should be considered suitable for promotion and therefore, downgradation of APARs by one level in all such cases may not be legally sustainable. Following broad guidelines are laid down in respect of DPC:

a) DPCs enjoy full discretion to devise their own methods and procedures for objective assessment of the suitability of candidates who are to be considered by them, including those officers on whom penalty has been imposed as provided in DoPT O.M. dated 10.4.89 and O.M. dated 15.12.2004.

b) The DPC should not be guided merely by the overall grading, if any, that may be recorded in the ACRs/APARs but should make its own assessment on the basis of the entries in the ACRs/APARs as it has been noticed that sometimes the overall grading in a ACR/APAR may be inconsistent with the grading under various parameters or attributes. Before making the overall recommendation after considering the APARs (earlier ACRs) for the relevant years, the DPC should take into account whether the officer has been awarded any major or minor penalty.
(Refer para 6.2.1(e) and para 6.2.3 of DoPT OM dated 10.04.89)

c) In case, the disciplinary/criminal prosecution is in the preliminary stage and the officer is not yet covered under any of the three conditions mentioned in para 2 of DoPT O.M. dated 14.09.1992, the DPC will assess the suitability of the officer and if found fit, the officer will be promoted along with other officers. As provided in this Department's O.M. dated 02.11.2012, the onus to ensure that only person with unblemished records are considered for promotion and disciplinary proceedings, if any, against any person coming in the zone of consideration are expedited, is that of the administrative Ministry/Department.

d) If the official under consideration is covered under any of the three condition mentioned in para 2 of O.M. dated 14.09.1992, the DPC will assess the suitability of Government servant along with other eligible candidates without taking into consideration the disciplinary case/criminal prosecution pending. The assessment of the DPC including 'unfit for promotion' and the grading awarded are kept in a sealed cover. (Para 2.1 of DoPT OM dated 14.9.92).

e) Para 7 of DoPT OM dated 14.09.92 provides that a Government servant, who is recommended for promotion by the DPC, but in whose case, any of the three circumstances on denial of vigilance clearance mentioned in para 2 of ibid O.M. arises after the recommendations of the DPC are received but before he/she is actually promoted, will be considered as if his/her case had been placed in a sealed cover by the DPC. He/she shall not be promoted until he/she is completely exonerated of the charges against him/her.

f) If any penalty is imposed on the Government servant as a result of the disciplinary proceedings or if he/she is found guilty in the criminal prosecution against him/her, the findings of the sealed cover/covers shall not be acted upon. His/her case for promotion may be considered by the next DPC in the normal course and having regard to the penalty imposed on him/her (para 3.1 of DoPT OM dated 14.9.92).

g) In assessing the suitability of the officer on whom a penalty has been imposed, the DPC will take into account the circumstances leading to the imposition of the penalty and decide whether in the light of general service record of the officer and the fact of imposition of penalty, the officer should be considered for promotion. The DPC, after due consideration, has authority to assess the officer as 'unfit' for promotion. However, where the DPC considers that despite the penalty the officer is suitable for promotion, the officer will be actually promoted only after the currency of the penalty is over (para 13 of DoPT OM dated 10.4.89).

h) Any proposal for promotion has to be assessed by the DPC, on case to case basis, and the practice of downgradation of APARs (earlier ACRs) by one level in all cases for one time, where a penalty has been imposed in a year included in the assessment matrix or till the date of DPC should be discontinued immediately, being legally non-sustainable.

i) While there is no illegality in denying promotion during the currency of the penalty, denying promotion in such cases after the period of penalty is over would be in violation of the provisions of Article 20 of the Constitution

j) The appointing authorities concerned should review comprehensively the cases of Government servants, whose suitability for promotion to a higher grade has been kept in a sealed cover on the expiry of 6 months from the date of convening the first Departmental Promotion Committee which had adjudged his suitability and kept its findings in the sealed cover. Such a review should be done subsequently also every six months. The review should, inter alia, cover the progress made in the disciplinary proceedings/criminal prosecution and the further measures to be taken to expedite the completion. (Para 4 of O.M. dated 14.09.1992)

k) In cases where the disciplinary case/criminal prosecution against the Government servant is not concluded even after the expiry of two years from the date of the meeting of the first DPC which kept its findings in respect of the Government servant in a sealed cover then subject to condition mentioned in Para 5 of this Department's O.M. dated 14.09.1992, the appointing authority may consider desirability of giving him ad-hoc promotion (Para 5 of this Department's O.M. dated 14.09.1992).

8. All the administrative authorities in the Ministries/Department are advised to place relevant records, including chargesheet, if any, issued to the officer concerned, penalty imposed, etc., before the DPC/ACC who will decide the suitability of officer for promotion keeping in view the general service records of the officer including the circumstances leading to the imposition of the chargesheet or penalty imposed. If such an officer is found suitable, promotion will be given effect after the currency of the penalty is over.

9. All Ministries/Departments are, therefore, requested to keep in view the above guidelines while convening DPC for promotion of the Government servants on whom either penalty has been imposed or where there are adverse remarks in the reckonable ACRs/APARs.

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(Mukta Goel)
Director

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
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REVISED RECRUITMENT RULES AFTER 6TH CPC FOR THE POSTS OF MTS

A186320/RR/MTS/DGQA/Adm-10
27 Mar 2014
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE 
DGQA(ADM-10) 

REVISED RECRUITMENT RULES AFTER 6TH CPC FOR THE POSTS OF MTS(OFFICE), MTS(SECURITY), MTS(SANITARY), MTS(HORTICULTURE) AND MTS (BARBER) IN DGQA ORGANISATION PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA ON 01 Feb 2014 VIDE SRO 02 DATED 11 Dec 2013 

1. Reference further our note No. A/86320/RR/MTS/DGQAJAdm-10 dated 14 Aug 2012

2. The Recruitment Rules after 6th CPC of Multi-Tasking Staffs were published in the Gazette of India on 09 Jun 2012 vide SRO 39 dt 31 Mar 2012. Now, these Recruitment Rules have been revised for the posts of, MTS(Office), MTS(Security), MTS(Sanitary), MTS(Horticulture), MTS (Barber) and MTS (Nursing) except Senior MTS(Office) in DGQA Organisation and published in the Gazette of India on 01 Feb 2014 vide SRO 02 dated 11 Dec 2013. A copy of the same is forwarded herewith for posting on DGQA website.

3. The copy of these Recruitment Rules may be downloaded from DGQA website No. www.dgqadefence.gov.in.
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(JL Sharma)
Asstt Director
Encls : As above.

Source:http://www.dgqadefence.gov.in/Recruitment_rules/A-86320-RR-MTS-DGQA-ADM-10-27-MAR-2014.pdf

Clarification on increase in certain allowances by further 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowances w.e.f. 1.1.2014

No.A-27012/1/2014-Estt. (Allowance)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
Block-IV, Old JNU Campus
New Delhi, 28th April, 2014.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Clarification on increase in certain allowances by further 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowances w.e.f. 1.1.2014

The undersigned is directed to refer to para 1(j) of this Department’s OM. No.12011/03/2008-Estt. (Allowance) dated 2.9.2008. This provides that the limits of Children Education Allowance would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%. References are being received from various quarters with regard to the amount of Children Education Allowance admissible consequent upon enhancement of Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees @ 100% w.e.f. 1 January, 2014 announced vide Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No.1/l/2014-E-1I (B) dated 27th March, 2014.

2. In accordance with the above, the following shall be the revised limits:

a) The annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance shall be Rs.18,000/- per child. Accordingly, the quarterly claim could be more than Rs.4500/- in one quarter. The Hostel Subsidy shall be Rs.4500/- per month per child;

b) The rates of Special Allowance for Child Care to women with disabilities stands revised to Rs. 1500/- per month; and

c) The annual ceiling for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance for disabled children of Government employees shall be treated as revised to Rs.36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel Subsidy for disabled children of Government employees shall be treated as revised to Rs.9000/- per child per month.

3. These revisions are applicable with effect from 1st January, 2014.

4. These revisions shall be subject to other terms and conditions mentioned in this Department’s O.M. No.12011/03/2008-Estt (Allowance) dated 2.9.2008, O.M. No.12011/04/2008 dated 11.9.2008 and 12011/07(i)12011-Estt.(AL) dated 21.2.2012.

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(Mukul Ratra)
Director

Source:www.persmin.nic.in

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Extension of retention of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) to the officers and staff of CPWD.

No.12035/13/92-Pol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhavan
New Delhi — 110 108.

Dated the 16th April, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Extension of retention of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) to the officers and staff of CPWD on posting to Border works projects in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and J&K at Indo-Pakistan Border and in Uttarakhand at Indo-China Border for the period upto 31.3.2015.

In continuation of this Directorate’s Office Memorandums of even number dated 13.4.2011 and 13.7.2011, the undersigned is directed to say that it has been decided to extend the concession of retention of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) at the last place of posting to the officers and staff of CPWD posted to Border fencing, flood lighting, road works, projects etc. in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and J&K at Indo-Pakistan Border and in Uttarakhand at Indo-China Border for the period upto 31.3.2015 subject to the following conditions:

(i) The allottees, who are in possession of entitled type of accommodation, shall be eligible for retention on payment of double the normal licence fee or opt for allotment of accommodation one type below their entitlement on payment of one and half times of the normal licence fee. The allottees, who are already in possession of accommodation one type below their entitlement, shall be eligible to retain the same accommodation on payment of one and half times of the normal licence fee. Such retention shall be admissible beyond the period of retention permissible under SR-317-B-11.

(ii) The entitlement of such allottees will be determined as per Grade Pay drawn as on the crucial date on which he/she has been posted to the aforesaid area.

2. The above concession has been extended keeping in view the fact that these projects are time bound and of national importance being carried cut in difficult and risky areas.

3. This issues with the approval of Hon’ble UDM,

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(S.K JAIN)
Deputy Director of Estates(Policy)

Source: http://estates.nic.in/WriteReadData/dlcirculars/Circulars20323.pdf
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Friday, April 25, 2014

CENTRAL EMPLOYEES VIEWS ON RETIREMENT AGE AND DA MERGER AFTER POLL PREDICTION.

Majority of the central government employees may have done their democratic duty to select a new federal government.As per the poll prediction, Bharatiya Janata party may form the government.According to central employees, their anticipation is to have a friendly government to fulfil their demands which have been brought by them in front of the previous government.

Most of the central government employees are expecting to increase their retirement age. In 1962 central government increased the retirement age from 55 to 58. Again in 1998   Government increased the retirement age from 58 to 60. Few months ago this demand took an important place among central employees as well as in the news papers.Now this is the right time to re collect the views  about this demand. To get best result in the government schemes ,employees co-operation is essential. So govt  should  keep the experienced officers and employees for at least two more years(60to 62).This step  may help the government to get positive result of their programmes.

Merger of Dearness allowance with basic pay

This is also a major issue to central employees. But 6 th CPC  has not recommended  to merge dearness allowance  with basic pay. Few weeks ago mostly all central employees federations websites and related blogs assured about DA merger.But at last the government has not announced the merger news. DA merger helps employees to draw  higher allowances as it is a proportion  of basic pay.

Any how many employees  are eagerly waiting to enjoy the announcement of increasing retirement age and DA merger with basic pay.It keeps the employees cool and will help the government  to get maximum support from staff side.

Federations and Associations will look and discuss about the demands again and preparing for  future course of action . The new government may not take  any negative action regarding central government employees demands and will try to give some more benefits to the employees.

S.Vijaya

REPLY TO 7 CPC QUESTIONNAIRE-CONFEDERATION

Reply to be submitted to 7CPC on Questionnaire is being prepared by Confederation CHQ under the able and experienced guidance and leadership of Com.S.K.Vyasji (Advisor, Confederation) and Com.KKN.Kutty ( National President, Confereration). Suggestions if any, by the C-O-C s and Affiliated Organisations may be sent by e-mail to Confederation CHQ (e-mail-ID confederationhq@gmail.com ormkrishnan6854@gmail.com ). Karnataka C-O-C  has already sent its valuable comments and feedback to the CHQ.

Final Draft of the reply to the Questionnaire will be exhibited in the Confederation website.
It will be better if all the affiliates of Confederation submit the reply on the same line

  M.Krishnan

  Secretary General
  Confederation

Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Substitute employee can't claim family pension against norms'ourt held-TOI

NAGPUR: Allowing Central Railway's plea, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court has ruled that temporary employee is not eligible for family pension without following procedure. "Though service of more than six months as a 'substitute' employee was rendered, that would not be sufficient to hold the respondent entitled for the family pension. The procedure prescribed has not been shown to be followed and, hence, mere acquisition of the status of a temporary employee would not make his family eligible for the pension," a division bench comprising justices Vasanti Naik and Atul Chandurkar held.

Hari Borkar was employed as a 'substitute' ladderman with the Indian Railways on January 16, 1967, and after working for about three-and-a-half years, he expired on August 12, 1970. His wife Kamlabai sought settlement of dues, including family pension. However, the railways informed her in 1996 that there was no provision for it since her husband worked as 'substitute'. She then knocked Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) door which granted her pension from November 12, 1994.

The railway challenged this order contending that there was no automatic absorption/appointment to its service of a 'substitute' employee unless the prescribed procedure was followed and therefore, Kamlabai was not entitled for the pension.

Kamlabai, in reply, argued that if a 'substitute' completed six months continuous service, the status of a temporary employee was attained, and on that basis, their family members were entitled for the pension.

The petitioners, however, pointed out that the Indian Railway Establishment Manual defines 'substitute' as persons engaged in the railway establishments on a regular scale of pay and allowances applicable to posts against which they are employed. It also clarifies that the conferment of temporary status on a 'substitute' on completion of six months continuous service would not entitle him to automatic absorption/appointment to the service unless the person is selected in the approved manner for appointment to the regular post.

"It is clear that mere completion of six months continuous service by a 'substitute' would not automatically have the effect of absorption/appointment to railway service unless the procedure prescribed for absorption/appointment has been followed," the court held.

Source:TOI
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Review of Rules 32,33 and 56 to 82 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 — suggestions regarding.

No. 1/19/2013-P&PW (E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 24th April, 2013
Circular
Sub: Review of Rules 32,33 and 56 to 82 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 — suggestions regarding.

The Department is in the process of reviewing rules governing the determination and authorisation of amounts of pension, gratuity, family pension and death gratuity. Some amendments to rule 32, 33 and 56 to 82 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 have been proposed to be made. A proposed text of these rules is uploaded at the website of the department.

2. Suggestions/comments are invited on the proposed provisions of these Rules from all stake holders, i.e., employees, Heads of Offices, Pay and Accounts Officers, Central Pension Accounting Office, 0/o Controller General of Accounts, pensioners, pensioners' associations and the Directorate of Estates. It is requested that while giving suggestions/comments, the revised Forms as notified by this department recently may be kept in mind.
3. Suggestions may be forwarded to the Deputy Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare, at her e-mail sujashachaudhary.edu@nic.in, within 15 days.

(D.K. Solanki)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Particulars to be obtained by Head of office from the retiring govt. servant eight months before the date of his retirement.

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Central Pension Accounting Office
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi 
CPAO/Tech/Simplification/2014-15/19
04.04.2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject: Particulars to be obtained by Head of office from the retiring govt. servant eight months before the date of his retirement.

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions vide its notification dated 20th Feb 2014 has provided a checklist of documents to be submitted by the retiring personnel along with form 5 (under Rule 59(1)(c) & 61(1) of CCS(Pension)Rules) by adding" Undertaking for refunding any excess payment made by pension disbursing bank".

Earlier this undertaking was required to be submitted by the pensioners to their opted bank at the time of first time identification before the commencement of pension. Henceforth this undertaking has become an integral part of the Pension Payment order booklet.

All Pr CCAs/CCAs/CAs/A.Gs and designated authorities in the case of AIS officers with independent charge are requested to issue instructions in this regard to all concerned and forward the PPOs to CPAO along with this undertaking without fail in the Proforma enclosed/Annexure-XI to the Scheme for Payment of Pension for onward transmission to the CPPC of the bank. It may be ensured that no fresh PPO is sent to CPAO without this undertaking in future.

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(Suman Bala)
Chief Controller (Pensions)


Source: http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/cpao_tech_simplication_2014-15_19.pdf

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The issues raised by the Pensioners in the Awareness Programme on Pensioners Portal

Government of India .
Central Pension Accounting Office
Department of Expenditure
Ministry of Finance
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi-110066 
CPAO/Tech/Clarification/2014-15/11
07.04.2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
Subject: - The issues raised by the Pensioners in the Awareness Programme on Pensioners Portal held in Science City, Kolkata under the Chairmanship of Secretary (DOPPW) on 7th December, 2013.

Attention is invited to para 4.5 of CPPC Guidelines which states that the CPPC will receive Government Orders and disseminate the same to all concerned agencies for necessary action. The CPPC should have direct access to the websites of the Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Consumer Affairs so that these are regularly browsed and orders on dearness relief issued by various Departments are acted upon immediately. At the time of credit afforded at CPPC, a confirmation report must be generated and monitored at CPPC to ensure that the pension/family pension etc. in respect of all pensioners of the CPPC have been credited.

2. But during the Awareness Programme on the Pensioners Portal organized by the DPPW under the Chairmanship of Secretary (DOPPW) on 7th December, 2013 at Kolkata, some pensioners raised the issue of inordinate delay in the payment of DR/IDR by Banks, particularly by UCO Bank, Bank of India, Allahabad Bank. It indicates the slackness of the CPPC in providing the services to the satisfaction of the pensioners.

3. In view of the above, all CPPCs are hereby instructed once again to be more attentive towards the timely payment of all dues to pensioners and ensure that no such complaint is received in future.
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(Dr.Dilip Kumar)
Controller of Accounts

Source: http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/cpao_tech_classification_2014-15_11.pdf

Procedure regarding switchover of Payment channel from PAO Counter/ Treasury to Bank.

Central Pension Accounting Office
Department of Expenditure 
Ministry of Finance
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi-110066

No. CPAO/A-2/2013-14/K.Sundaram/2013-14/23
Dated: 26.03.2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject:- Procedure regarding switchover of Payment channel from PAO Counter/ Treasury to Bank.

While making the payment of revised pension in accordance with the recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission, some banks have highlighted that some pensioners are being paid by them without any proper authorization of CPAO and consequently they have stopped their payment. This is total deviation of the procedure outlined in Para 7.7.2/Para 9 of Civil Accounts Manual and Scheme for payment of pensions to Central Govt. Civil Pensioners by authorized banks. Taking into consideration the seriousness of the situation these cases were examined in depth and it has been observed that these cases are only sample cases and possibilities of repetition of such type of action cannot be denied.

Keeping in view the hardship being faced by the pensioner due to negligence at any stage of pension process, all concerned are advised to adopt a proper route (H.O.D PAO >CPAO-)-Bank) while dealing with authorization of pension and change of payment channel from PAO counter to authorized bank through CPAO. If any previous case of authority is come to the notice necessary corrective measures should be taken immediately to regularize the pension payment.

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(Suman Bala)
Chief Controller (Pensions)

Source: http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/CPAO_A-2_2013-14_k_Sundaram_2013-14_23.pdf
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

HON'BLE MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS SH. MALIKARJUN KHARGE HAS WRITTEN A DO LETTER TO MINISTER FOR FINANCE FOR ABOLISHING NEW PENSION SYSTEM (NPS) FROM INDIAN RAILWAYS.

The text of the letter reproduced given below

MALLIKARJUN KHARGE
MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
NEW DELHI
No. 2012/F(E)III/1/4-Part
29 March, 2014.

Dear Shri P. Chidambaram ji,

Through this letter, I wish to draw your attention to a long standing demand raised by both Staff Federations of Railways on National Pension Scheme (NPS) for employees of Indian Railways. The Federations have been expressing resentment over operation in the Railways of the National Pension Scheme, which is perceived as a lower social security cover for Railway employees. Their contention is that there are enough grounds for Railway employees to be treated differently from other civil employees of the Government, and that Indian Railways should operate the traditional defined .benefit pension scheme available to pre-01-01-2004 appointee's.

You will recall that a few organizations/categories of Government employees were specifically exempted from the purview of NPS on consideration of special, riskier and more onerous nature of duties. The Federations have been drawing parallel with of nature of duties performed by most categories of Railway employees with those in the Armed Forces. They contend that during British period, Railways was conceived and operated as an auxiliary wing of the Army. It was also realized that by virtue of its complex nature, Railways required a high level of discipline and efficiency to be able to perform its role as the prime transport mode. Railways is an operational organization required to be run round the clock through the year. Railway employees have to work in inhospitable conditions, braving extreme weather, unfriendly law and order scenario, and inherent risks associated with the Railway operations itself. As in the Armed Forces, many have to stay away from their families for long periods while performing duties in areas where adequate facilities are lacking.

I feel that there is considerable merit in the contention of the Staff Federations. Besides the critical and complex nature of duties of Railway employees, the hazards involved are also high. Despite best efforts for enhanced safety measures, a large number of Railway employees lose their lives or meet with serious injuries in the course of performance of their duties each year.

During the period 2007-08 to October 2011, the number of Railway employees killed during the course of their duty has been more than number of passengers/other members of public killed in Rail related accidents including accidents at unmanned level crossings. While the nature of duties of Railway employees is inherently high risk during peace time, they also perform functions of critical importance during war time and times of natural calamities, in moving men and materials across the country to maintain supply of essential commodities and safeguard integrity of the nation.

In my view, there are adequate grounds for the Government to consider exemption for Railway employees from the purview of NPS. The implications of this would be that Government expenditure would reduce over the next few years through discontinuance of Government Contribution under the NPS, but the long term liabilities would increase, as financial commitments in the defined benefit pension scheme would be higher. Since Railways are required to meet the pensionary outgo from their internal resources, switchover to defined benefit pension scheme would call for a more systematic provisioning under the Pension Fund through appropriate revenue generating measures. With Rail Tariff Authority on the horizon, I believe that this would be possible.

In the light of the above, I suggest that our request for exemption from operation of the NPS be considered sympathetically and necessary approvals communicated.

A copy of each demands raised by the two Federations is enclosed.
With regards,

Yours sincerely,

(Mallikarjun Khagre)
Shri P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister,
Government of India, North Block,
New Delhi-110001.

Source:http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/MOR%20to%20MOF%20on%20NPS_29.04.2014.pdf

TREATMENT OF ECHS BENEFICIARIES AT INSTITUTE OF LIVER AND BILIARY SCIENCES AT CGHS RATES

ASCON:36833
Central Organisation, ECHS
Adjutant General's Branch 
Integrated Headquarters 
Ministry of Defence (Army) 
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt-110010
B/49773/AG/ECHS/Rates/Policy
17 Apr 2014

TREATMENT OF ECHS BENEFICIARIES AT INSTITUTE OF LIVER AND BILIARY SCIENCES AT CGHS RATES

1. Institute of Liver Biliary Sciences Vasant Kunj New Delhi has been set up by Govt of Delhi to provide a comprehensive set up for diagnosis and treatment of Liver and Biliary Diseases.

2. The institute has informed that the ECHS beneficiaries holding a valid ECHS Card can avail treatment/investigation facilities on cash basis as per entitlement of the beneficiary as per CGHS rates or AIIMS rates or actual whichever is less vide their letter No F. 15 (15/2)/HO (M)/ILBS/Ernpanel/(1/2 8)/05 dt 27 Feb 14 (copy enclosed). The reimbursement, however in respect of items for which ceiling has been prescribed will be limited to the ceiling rates or actual which ever is less.

3. ECHS beneficiaries desirous of taking treatment at ILBS can do so by taking a referral as reimbursement claim from any ECHS Polyclinic in Delhi. The entitlement of the ECHS beneficiaries for indoor treatment (Gen ward, Semiprivate and Private) would be mentioned on the referral letter. A recommendation of Service Spl will be required before undergoing any unlisted procedure/test.

4. All RCs are advised to info all the ECHS Polyclinics under their AoR in this regard.

(Vijay Anand) 
Col
Dir (Med)
for MD
Encls: As above.

Source: http://echs.gov.in/images/pdf/med/Med94.pdf

Registration of Government employees aged 60 years and above under National Pension System (NPS)

PFRDA 
PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
22 April, 2014
PFRDA/2014/3/PDEX/12

Subject: Registration of Government employees aged 60 years and above under National Pension System (NPS)

The Authority has been receiving several requests from various governments (central & state) to approve the registration of subscribers under National Pension System (NPS) who are aged 60 years and above and which are being approved on case by case basis by PFRDA at present.

Keeping in view of the difficulties being faced by subscribers, now the Authority has decided to enroll all eligible Government employees (central & state) who are on the rolls of the government in to NPS, irrespective of the age at the time of entry, subject to the condition that the total period of contribution to NPS account shall not be more than 42 years. The NPS applications of such subscribers need to be submitted through the appropriate nodal officer of the Govt/ Deptt, in line with the procedure adopted for NPS registration for Government employees aged below 60 years. Also, the responsibility for ensuring that the employee is eligible for being covered under NPS and that the NPS contribution is not paid beyond 42 years during the entire service period for such an employee, lies with the department submitting the subscriber registration form.

This is for the information of all concerned.

Sd/-
Venkateswarlu Peni
General Manager
Source:www.pfrda.org.in

Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2012


            The results of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2012 were declared vide Press Note dated 03.05.2013 recommending 998 candidates in order of merit for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and Central Services Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ against 1091 vacancies.

            The Commission, in accordance with the Rule 16 (4) & (5) of the Civil Services Examination Rules, was also maintaining a Consolidated Reserve List in order of merit below the last recommended candidate under the respective category.

            As sought by the Department of Personnel & Training, the Commission has now recommended 90 candidates which include 67 General, 22 OBC and 01 ST, to fill up the remaining posts based on the Civil Services Examination, 2012. Particulars of these candidates are indicated below. The candidates so recommended will be communicated with directly by the DOP&T.

            The candidature of one candidate bearing Roll No. 342887 is provisional.

            The list of these 90 candidates is also available on the UPSC website i.e. http//www.upsc.gov.in.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2014 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies

No.1(3)/2008-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 22nd April, 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2014 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay In the pre-revised scale as per 5th Central Pay Commission.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even No. dated 7th October, 2013 revising the rates of Dearness Allowance in respect of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies who continue to draw their pay and allowances in the pre-revised scales of pay as per 5th Central Pay Commission.

2. The rates of Dearness Allowance admissible to the above categories of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous bodies shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 183% to 200% w.e.f. 1.1.2014. All other conditions as laid down in the O.M. of even number dated 3rd October, 2008 will continue to apply.

3. The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of the organizations under the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.

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(Subhash Chand)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

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Mobile and Desktop APP on Windows 8.0 for National Train Enquiry System (NTES) Commenced

A new mobile app and desktop app on Windows 8 platform for train enquiry as an enhancement to National Train Enquiry System (NTES) has been developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the IT wing of Indian Railways in consultation with and support from Microsoft. NTES is the backend system which provides information to the public about train running on near real time basis through various interfaces like nationwide unique rail enquiry number 139, website (www.trainenquiry.com), mobile interfaces, Touch Screens, face to face enquiry and Display Boards at stations. The NTES app is now available for download and public use from today onwards i.e. 23rd April 2014. As the first step the App has been started for Windows 8.0 and subsequently the app will be developed for other mobile platforms.

A new interface of NTES website along with Mobile version was launched in September 2013 earlier which received wide appreciation by the travelling public and has been quite useful in meeting the requirements of passengers.

A strong need was felt for launching the mobile app with richer user interface keeping in view the current technology trends and which can be downloaded on the device and comfortably made use for train running related enquiries.

·  To download the app, go to windows store and search for NTES app. App will be listed. Select NTES app and click to install.

·   Link  also has been provided on NTES website (www.trainenquiry.com andenquiry.indianrail.gov.in) to download the app.

The current Mobile application has the following main features:-

“Spot your train” - This query offers information about a train. Current running status, expected time of arrival/expected time of departure (ETA/ETD) at the queried station can be easily known through this query.
“Live Station” - This query has been given to replicate the display boards at station. One can see the trains expected to arrive/depart at any station in next 2 or 4 hours.

“Train Schedule”-This provides complete schedule of a train with all public stoppages enroute and schedule arrival/departure at the station, distance and day count.

“Trains between Stations” - One can find out the list of all types of trains available between any two stations over Indian Railways.

“Cancelled Trains”  - This query displays all trains marked as cancelled on Indian Railways. The option displays trains which are cancelled through entire route as well as trains which are cancelled on partial route
.
“Rescheduled Trains” -This query displays all trains marked as rescheduled on Indian Railways. The option displays trains’ rescheduled timings.

“Diverted Trains” – This query displays all trains marked as diverted on Indian Railways.
CRIS, has constantly been involved in taking new initiatives and developing various applications for Railway users and interfaces for general public to provide quality information about train running and other services with enhanced user experiences. Member Traffic, Railway Board, Shri D.P.Pandey while reviewing the IT projects with MD/CRIS and other officers of Railway Board and CRIS on 22nd April, 2014 appreciated the Mobile app developed by CRIS and expressed his hope that the app will be well received by mobile users and will certainly add great value to the services.

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Excess pay given due to dept mistake cannot be recovered from

Madras High Court today said that if excess pay was granted to an employee due to the mistake of the department and not due to any misrepresentation by him, that amount shall not be recovered from the worker from the retiral benefits, that too after retirement.

Allowing a petition from K Syed Razack, a retired Police Inspector, Justice D Hariparanthaman set aside the order of the Commissioner of Police, Chennai, to recover Rs 36,312 from the DCRG (Death-Cum-Retirement Gratuity) of the petitioner.

He directed the authorities not to make any recovery on the ground of any wrong fixation done during the service, as it was not the petitioner's mistake.

The judge also directed that the amount be refunded if any already recovered from the petitioner within six weeks.

Razack submitted he was appointed Grade-II constable on June 1, 1971. After two promotions, he was listed in 'C' list of head constables fit for promotion to Sub-Inspector's post on Sep 22, 1985. As there was no vacancy, he was not promoted at that time.

Later, he was promoted temporarily as SI on September 15, 1987 and also paid salary by fixing his pay to the post. He was regularised in the post with effect from August 17 1992, promoted as Inspector on October 15,2003 and retired from service on January 31, 2009.

When the pension proposals were sent, the Accountant General opined that the benefit of fixation was given from September 15, 1987 and should be given only from the date of regularisation of service (August 7, 1992).

The CoP then passed an order to recover Rs 36,312 from the DCRG of Razack towards alleged excess payment due to the fixation.

Citing a judgment of a division bench, which held such recovery was bad, the judge said he was also of the view that the judgement applies to the facts of this particular case.

"Any wrong fixation that was said to have been made in 1987 shall not be sought to be recovered, after retirement in 2009, more particularly, when it is not the case of the authorities that the wrong fixation was done at the instance of the petitioner by way of misrepresentation."

"Even, if there was any error, the petitioner cannot be made to suffer after retirement, by way of recovery," the judge said.

Source:http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/excess-pay-given-due-to-dept-mistake-cannot-be-recovered-from-114041801014_1.html
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Computation of reservation — Implementation of the judgment of Hon’ble Supreme court in the matter of Union of India & Anr. Vs. National Federation of Blind & Ors.

Immediate
Court Matter
No.36012/24/2009-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Pubic Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 17th April, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Computation of reservation — Implementation of the judgment of Hon’ble Supreme court in the matter of Union of India & Anr. Vs. National Federation of Blind & Ors.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM. of even no. dated 20.03.2014 regarding judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court pronounced on 08.10.2013 in the matter of Civil Appeal No.9096 of 2013 (arising out of SLP(civil) No.7541 of 2009 titled Union of India & Anr. Vs. National Federation of Blind & Ors. and this Department’s O.M. of even no. dated 03.12.2013.

2. The Ministries/Departments/Organisations of the Government of India were requested to furnish data on vacancies available and posts identified for persons with disabilities in all the cadres under their control, including attached offices, subordinate offices, public sector undertakings/Government companies, cantonment board and the services under their administrative control so that consolidated Status Report could be filed before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi before the next date of hearing on 28.04.2014.

3. The Ministries/Departments who have already furnished requisite information may furnish data in regard to the Services, if any, which are being administered by them.

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(Debabrata Das)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/36012_24_2009-Estt-Res.pdf
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Correlation of Piece Work rates on implementation of 6th CPC Pay Scales -OFB

Instruction No. 3408/A/A

834/PWCR/A/A
Government of India 
Ministry of Defence 
Ordnance Factory Board 
10A, S.K.Bose Road 
Kolkata- 700 001

Dated: 22/04/2014
To

The Sr. General Manager/General Manager
Ordnance & Ordnance Equipment Factories

Sub: Correlation of Piece Work rates on implementation of 6th CPC Pay Scales

Ref: OFB Instruction of no. 3400/A/A dated 11th March 2014

In continuation of OFB Instruction referred above, with reference to para no. 4.0 of OFB Instruction No. 1372/A/A dated 12-04-1991, the following clarification is issued for payment of incentive bonus to the maintenance workers of Ordnance and Ordnance Equipment Factories in 6th CPC pay scales w.e.f. March 2014:

Since the piece work rates for all categories/grades of workers are correlated at Rs. 7100/- in the e CPC pay scales w.e.f. march, 2014 essential maintenance workers covered under MoD letter No. 754/A/A/1623/11/D(Fy-I) dated 31-07-1972 may be paid incentive bonus at the rate of 50% of the average piece work profit percentage, earned by piece workers in the particular production shop or the whole factory as the case may be. This will calculated as follows :

7100XNo. of days+7100XTotal No. of OT Hrs workedX50% of the average
PW profit % of the
production section
 or of the whole
factory as the case
may be
N-(S+H)200

Where, N= Total number of days
S= No. of Sundays
H=No. of Holidays

(Arti C. Srivastava)
Director/Admin

Source: http://bpms.org.in/documents/admin_pwcr-wov2.pdf
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7th CPC QUESTIONNAIRE-BPS VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS ON NPS,PENSION,OROP AND FMA

Bharat Pensioners Samaj Draft Reply to 7th CPC questionnaire for comments & Suggestions

Ms Meena Agarwal
Secretary  GOI Seventh  Central Pay Commission
Post Box No 4599 Hause Khas
P.O. New Delhi -110016
e.mail: secy-7cpc@nic.in

Madam,

Subject: 7th Questionnaire

Reference: D.O. No 7cpc/15/questionnaire   dated 9th April 2014

‘Bharat Pensioners Samaj’. One of the identified Pensioners Federation by GOI  M/O Personnel,  PG & Pensions-DOPPW and a stake holder. In its capacity as one of the oldest &  largest  Pensioners Organization with over 500 Affiliated associations, submits here under reply to items Nos 10.1 &  10.1.2 under the head ‘Pension’ in the questionnaire
However, as Pension is not independent of Salary suggestions for basic structure are for Salary/Pension.

Item No 10.1 New pension Scheme i.e The retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on or after 1.1.2004 are covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS). What has been the experience of the NPS in the last decade?

Withdraw New Pension Scheme: for following reasons:
(i) Pension of Govt. employees is a deferred wage. Since wage paid out to them during the course of work tenure is kept low by design, to cater for pension.
(ii) He/She forgoes with interest 8.33% of govt. matching contribution to PF.
(iii) Pension is a social security measure & cannot be subjected in any way to Market risks (iii) It does not guarantee minimum return & thus lacks the basic fiber of Social Security Scheme (iv). It is in no way better than the existing Scheme (vi)It does not provide guaranteed Family Pension to dependents & disabled siblings which exist in present scheme, even in case of spouse & dependent parents where death of the employee occur in early years of service there is no adequate social security.

Item 10.1.2  i.e.  As for as pre 2004 appointees are concerned, what should be the principles that govern the structure of pension and retirement benefits?

Basic structure of Pay/ Pension

1. Keeping in view the Socialistic structure of the country , constitutional provisions & to reduce vast  inequality between have & have lots, it is proposed:  The Ratio between maximum & minimum of Salary/ Pension be brought down to  9:1. Ensuring uniformly equal rise in Salary/Pension of all employees/pensioners, irrespective of pre- retiral status. By adopting common multiplication factor for revision of Pension/Pay, as raising the ratio between minimum & maximum of salary/pension to 1:12.85 by 6thCPC  , instead of reducing it,  was  unconstitutional .

In order to cater to the need of talent attraction in all cadres 7th pay commission is requested to  first workout the top most revised salary/pension, divide it by 9 to arrive at the minimum revised salary & then derive a uniform multiplication factor  by dividing minimum of revised Salary/Pension by minimum of pre-revised salary/Pension for  revision of  Pay & Pension with the condition that Pension shall not in any case be less than 65% & family Pension 45% of the last Pay  in Pay Band i.e. Pay in Pay Band+ GP  /Pay scale or of average of last 10 months emoluments (Whichever is more beneficial) as was worked out & recommended by TECS (Tata Economic Consultancy Services)  consultant to Vth CPC (Para 127.9 Vol III 5th CPC report)

2.One Rank one pension: ‘Justice must be equal for all’. Otherwise, it breeds contempt, discontentment, inefficiency, corruption & finally the insurgency. We have seen it happening in Tribal areas of N.E, Chhatishgarh, Jharkand, Orisa, MP etc.

Vast inequality of income and wealth between lowest & the highest paid, violation of Article 14 has already induced contempt, discontent, inefficiency & corruption, in Civil services.

Govt. granted One Rank One Pension (OROP) to Armed forces, Judges granted it to themselves even a period of private practice of lawyer judges, to be counted towards qualifying service. Higher Bureaucracy got it through modified parity.   All other Central Govt. employees & Pensioners are definitely not the 2nd grade citizens!  One Rank one Pension to all retirees is constitutional requirement to ensure equality.

Defence Pensioners:  As far as Armed forces are concerned they do the supreme sacrifice for the country & must be the highest paid .For them the ratio between highest & lowest paid must not be more than 1:5 and instead of being thrown out at an early age they must be transferred to paramilitary/police force after active tenure in armed forces. Otherwise, if these retired army personnel trained in all sort of weaponry are left uncared, they may fall prey to undesirable anti National outfits. In their case it is also essential that retirees from uniformed cadre & civilian defence Pensioners are treated at Par for all purpose

2.Dearness relief : 100% neutralization with automatic Merger with Pension whenever it goes to 50%  :The Pension of Central Government Pensioners undergo revision only once in 10 years during which period the pension structure gets seriously dis-aligned; 50% increase in price takes place even in less than 5 years. This results in considerable erosion of the financial position of the pensioner. DR does not adequately take care of inflation at this level. Working employees are getting automatic relief by way of 25% increase in their allowances with every 50% rise in Dearness Allowance. As pensioners do not get any allowances, they feel discriminated against. In order to strike a balance, DR may be automatically merged with Pension whenever it goes to 50% .

3.Additional old age Pension :  5% upward enhancement in pension be granted every five years’  after the age of 60 years & upto 80 years & thereafter as per existing dispensation.       As in the present scenario of climatic changes, incidence of pesticides and rising pollution old age disabilities/diseases set in by the time an employee retires and go on manifesting very fast, needing additional finances to take care of these disabilities and diseases, especially as the cost of health care has gone very high.

4. Pension to be net of Income Tax :  The purchase value of pension gets reduced day by day due to continuously high inflation and steep rise in cost of food items and medical facilities. Retired persons/Senior citizens do not enjoy fully public goods and services provided by Government for citizens due to lack of mobility and many other factors. Their ability to pay tax gets reduced from year to year after retirement due to ever-increasing expenditure on food and medicines and other incidentals. Their net worth at year end gets reduced considerably as compared to the beginning of the year. Inflation, for a pensioner is much more than any tax. It erodes the major part of the already inadequate pension. To enable pensioners, at the far end of their lives, to live in minimum comfort and to cater for ever rising cost of living, they may be spared from paying Income Tax.

5. Restoration of commuted value of Pension in 12 years: Commutation value in respect of employee superannuating at the age of 60 years between 1.1.1996 and 31.12.2005 and commuting a portion of pension within a period of one year would be equal to 9.81 years Purchase. After adding thereto a further period of two years for recovery of interest, in terms of observation of Supreme Court in their judgment in writ petitions No 395-61 of 1983 decided in December 1986, it would be reasonable to restore commuted portion of pension in 12 years instead of present 15 years. In case of persons superannuating at the age of 60 years after 31.12.2005 and seeking commutation within a year, numbers of purchase years have been further reduced to 8.194. Also, the mortality rate of 60 plus Indians has considerably reduced ever since Supreme Court judgment in 1986; the life expectancy  stands at 76 years now. Therefore, restoration of commuted value of Pension after 12 years is fully justified.

6. The 6th Central Pay Commission’s improved benefits, e.g. full pension for 20 years of service/10 years in superannuation cases, last pay drawn or average of last 10 months’ pay whichever is beneficial to the retiring employee as emoluments for computation of pension etc., have been limited only to post-1.1.2006 retirees.  This is in violation of the letter and spirit of Hon’ble Apex Court judgment in Nakara Case.

We appeal to the 7th CPC to extend the above benefits to all pre-1.1.2006 retirees with monetary benefit from 1.1.2006 to do them equal justice. And that new/improved benefits which 7th CPC may recommend, too be made equally applicable to present & past pensioners

7..Medical facilities: “Health is not a luxury” and “not be the sole possession of a privileged few”. It is a Fundamental Right of all present & past Employees!
To ensure hassle free health care facility to Pensioners/family pensioners, Smart Cards be issued irrespective of departments to all Pensioners and their Dependents for cashless medical facilities across the country. These smart cards should be valid in
all Govt. hospitals
all NABH accredited Multi Super Specialty hospitals across the country which have been         allotted land at concessional rate or given any aid or concession by the Central or the State govt.
all CGHS, RELHS & ECHS empanelled hospitals across the country.
Medical attendants. For  reimbursement of bills for treatment & for hospitalization . No referral should be insisted in case of medical emergencies. For the purpose of reference for hospitalization & reimbursement of expenditure thereon in other than emergency cases Doctors/Medical officers working in different Central/State Govt. department dispensaries/health units should be recognized as Authorized medical attendant.

The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is recognized as a fundamental right of all workers in terms of Article 21 read with Article 39(c), 41, 43, 48A and all related Articles as pronounced by the Supreme Court in Consumer Education and Research Centre & Others vs Union of India (AIR 1995 Supreme Court 922) The Supreme court has held that the right to health to a worker is an integral facet of meaningful right to life to have not only a meaningful existence but also robust health and vigour. Therefore, the right to health, medical aid to protect the health and vigour of a worker while in service or post retirement is a fundamental right-to make life of a worker meaningful and purposeful with dignity of person. Thus health care is not only a welfare measure but is a Fundamental Right.

            We suggest that, all the pensioners, irrespective of pre-retiral class and status, be treated as same category of citizens and the same homogenous group. There should be no class or category based discrimination and all must be provided Health care services at par .

8. Hospital Regulatory Authority: To ensure that the hospitals do not avoid providing reasonable care to smart card holders and other poor citizens, a Hospital Regulatory Authority should be created to bring all NABH-accredited hospitals and NABL-accredited diagnostic Labs under its constant monitoring of quality, rates for different procedures & timely bill payments by Govt. agencies and Insurance companies. CGHS rates be revised keeping in mind the workability and market conditions.

9.Fixed Medical allowance (FMA): As is recorded in Para 5 of the minutes of Committee of Secretaries (COS) held on 15.04.2010 (Reference Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhavan No 502/2/3/2010-C.A.V Doc No. CD (C.A.V) 42/2010 Minutes of COS meeting dated 15.4.2010) which discussed enhancement of FMA: CGHS card estimates for serving Personnel since estimates are not available separately for pensioners M/O Health & Family Welfare had assessed the total cost per card p.a. in 2007-2008 = Rs 16435 i.e. Rs.1369 per month for OPD. Adding to its inflation the figure today is well over Rs 2000/- PM. Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India vide its letter no. G-25012/2/2011-SSI dated 07.06.2013 has already enhanced FMA to Rs 2000/- PM for EPFO beneficiaries. Thus, to help elderly pensioners to look after their health, Adequate raise in FMA will encourage a good number of pensioners to opt out of OPD facility which will reduce overcrowding in hospitals. OPD through Insurance will cost much more to the Govt. As such the proposal for raising Fixed Medical allowance to Pensioners is fully justified and is financially viable.

            We suggest that FMA for all C.G. Pensioners be raised to at least Rs 2000/- PM without any distance restriction linking it to Dearness Relief for automatic further increase. We further demand that FMA be exempted from INCOME TAX: Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) is a compensatory allowance to reimburse the medical expenses. As Medical Reimbursement is not taxable, FMA should also be exempted from Income Tax.

10.Grievance redressal Mechanism: Pensioners/Family Pensioners are exploited, harassed and humiliated by their own counterparts in chair, who at the sight of an old person adopt a wooden face and indifferent attitude. Pensioners do not have representation even in Forums & Committees wherein pension policies and connected matters are discussed. The forum of Pension Adalat too is not of much avail as it meets only once a year which is too long a period for an elderly nearer to his end. Moreover, these Adalats deal with settlement claims only. SCOVA too meets only twice a year for about 3 hours at each occasion. Moreover, the scope of SCOVA is limited to feedback on Government policies. DOP (P&PW) is perceived as a toothless authority which lacks direct Service Delivery Capability. It has been striving over the years to redress the Pensioners’ grievances through the ‘Sevottam’ model of the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public grievances; in the absence of strict timeline with punitive clause it is, however, proving to be a failure. Grievances are either not resolved for years or closed arbitrarily without resolving.

We therefore, appeal that for resolving Pensioners complaints of all pensioners,

(i) A strict time line with punitive clause be introduced in “Sevottam model”
(ii) Grievances are not allowed to be closed without resolving.
(iii) SCOVA be upgraded to JCM level covering all Pensioners by introducing suitable legislative amendment if required.


11. Representations in various committees : As recommended vide Vth CPC report Vol III para 141.30 Pensioners’ representatives should be included in various committees & other Fora of Govt where issues relating to the welfare of pensioners are likely to be discussed &debated: Discussing, debating and deciding the matters / Policies relating to Pensioners, with representatives other than those of pensioners, is unfair & against the Rules of ‘Natural Justice’. At present various Committees like National Anomaly Committee (NAC) and JCM (on Pensioner matters), are there wherein matters / policies relating to pensioners’ welfare are discussed and decided, but they do not have pensioners’ representatives with the result their viewpoints, hardships & anomalies are not properly represented. As pensioners are a homogenous class, there is an urgent need to constitute separate Committees for pensioners wherein matters / policies / anomalies relating to pensioners of all Groups, categories &departments may be discussed.

With regards
Truly Yours,

ER.S.C.Maheshwari
Secy.Genl. Bharat Pensioners Samaj

Copy: Sh.Shiv Gopal Mishra Secretay JCM (Staff side) for necessary favourable action.

S.C.Maheshwari
Secy. Genl. BPS

Source:http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/04/bharat-pensioners-samaj-draft-reply-to.html

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