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Monday, September 29, 2014

Classification of Residences, eligibility, date of priority and inter-so seniority for type of General Pool Residential Accommodation.

No. 12035/1 1/2008-Pol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhavan,
New Delhi -.110 108.
Dated the 10th September, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Clarification to Supplementary Rules 317-B-5 - Classification of Residences, eligibility, date of priority and inter-so seniority for type of General Pool Residential Accommodation.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to SR 317-B-5 of the Allotment of Government Residences (General Pool in Delhi) Rules, 1963 which provides the classification of residences, eligibility, date of priority and inter-se seniority for various types of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA).

2. - It has also been brought to the notice of the Directorate of Estates that some same batch officers, whose basic pay is more than their counterparts, though both are posted in Delhi under Central Staffing Scheme in various Ministries/Departments but both drawing the same Grade Pay at the Centre. Moreover, some junior officers are drawing more pay in the Pay Band than their seniors. While applying for a particular type of accommodation, a junior officer is placed above the senior officer as he draws more pay in the pay band than his senior officer or same batch officer due to his increase in basic pay acquired from other posting/cadre.

3. The pay of the officers on deputation under Central Staffing Scheme has to be fixed as per the instructions and clarifications issued from time to time by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance in this regard.

4. Another issue which has been brought to the notice of the Directorate of Estates is that some officers have included Non Practicing Allowance [NPA] with basic pay while applying for general pool residential accommodation in their applications though Non Practicing Allowance [NPA] and Military Service Pay [MSP] have not been made as part of basic pay for eligibility of general pool residential accommodation after implementation of 6"‘ CPC recommendations.

5. In order to remove the discrepancies mentioned above, it has been decided with the approval of the competent authority that the following will be followed in preparation of unified waiting lists for allotment of various types of general pool residential accommodation under SR 317-B-5:

i) . While deciding inter-se seniority as per sub-clause (c)(iii) of Explanation to SR 317-B-5, the basic pay + grade pay or basic pay, as the case may be, of the officer shall be restricted to the maximum pay in the Pay Band i.e. Basic Pay + Grade Pay or Basic Pay granted to a post in the Central Government for the purpose of allotment of general pool residential accommodation, though the officer draws more than the maximum pay in the pay band of Central Government due to his/her promotion in other posting/cadre.

ii) The Non-Practicing Allowance [NPA] and Military Service Pay [MSP] shall not be taken into account along with basic pay + grade pay or basic pay, as the case may be, for consideration of eligibility of an officer for General Pool Residential Accommodation.

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(R.D.S.Bhandari)
Deputy Director of Estates

Source: http://estates.nic.in/WriteReadData/dlcirculars/Circulars20349.pdf

Re-institutionalizing the practice of leaving ‘note for the Successor’-DOPT

No.13024/01/2014-Trg.( Tig. Ref.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Training Division

                                                                                                                    Block-IV, Old JNU Campus.
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi —110067
Dated: 26th September 2014


OFFICE MOMORANDUM

Sub: Re-institutionalizing the practice of leaving ‘note for the Successor’.

Knowledge is a key driver of organizational efficiency and effectiveness, an intangible and one of the most valuable assets of an organization. Often, it is seen as the ‘hard’ information available In files, note sheets, correspondence, documents, SOPs, MOPs, and electronic databases. it ¡s much more than that, All employees have Invaluable knowledge of their areas of responsibility, which may be much more nuanced and Integrated than those mentioned earlier.

2. Such innate knowledge is at a risk of getting lost when the incumbent leaves the seat- gets transferred or demits office. New employee will take time to understand issues of current importance, appreciate urgency of actionable points, recognize strengths and weakness of different subordinates for suitable work allocation, and comprehend critical issues by trial and error. This time spent In negotiating the way In new environment, spent In trial and error, may turn Out to be the critical difference between success and failure of the unit, the department or even the organization.

3- Thus, knowledge continuity In wake 01 employee transition needs to be recognized as a key challenge: more so in the government where rule based Personnel polices mandate a fixed tenure. Problem of knowledge continuity can be significantly tackled if Incumbent employee, with overall goal of success of the organization in mind, considers the successor as a part of same team and transfers the knowledge that he/she considers critical. Such knowledge transfer can be by personal interaction and briefing. However, written Notes for the successor serve the purpose more effectively and also help build Institutional memory. In government, though this practice used to be in vogue, of late it is becoming rare.

4. A need for re-institutionalizing the practice of leaving ‘note for the Successor’ was highlighted by Hon’ble Prime Minister during the presentation of the M/o Personnel. PG & Pensions on 12 June 2014.

5. Accordingly, it has been decided that respective Competent Authorities may impress upon officers In their organizations to cultivate the habit of leaving behind “note for the successor” when they move out. It Is also emphasized that all CTIs/ATIs should include inputs on “note for the successor” in their training programs so that officers are sensitized towards this important organizational responsibility.

6. This department may be informed of the steps taken In this regard.

Sd/-
Rajesh Arya
Director(Trg)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02trn/Reinst290914.pdf
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on LTC entitlements of Fresh Recruit

No. 31011/7/2014-Estt.(A-IV)
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment (A-IV)
Dated: 26th September, 2014
North Block, New Delhi

The 6th CPC had recommended that “Fresh Recruits” to the Central Government may be allowed to travel to their Home Town along with their families on three occasions in a block of four years and to any place in India on the fourth occasion. This was accepted by the Government and orders were issued vide DoPT O.M. No. 31011/4/2008-Estt.(A) dated 23rd September, 2008.

2. This Department receives a number of references seeking clarifications from various Ministry/ Departments about the year wise LTC entitlements of Fresh Recruits. Based on the same, a set of frequently asked questions have been answered as under:

Question 1. What are the LTC entitlements of a Fresh Recruit?

Answer: Fresh recruits to the Central Government are allowed to travel to their home town along with their families on three occasions in a block of four years and to any place in India on the fourth occasion. This facility shall be available to the fresh recruits only for the first two blocks of four years applicable after joining the Government for the first time.

Question 2. How are the two blocks of four years applied to the Fresh Recruit?

Answer: The first two blocks of four years shall apply with reference to the initial date of joining the Government service even though the Govt. servant may change the job within the Government subsequently. However, as per Rule 7 of CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988, the LTC entitlement of a fresh recruit will be calculated calendar year wise with effect from the date of completion of one year of regular service.

Question 3. Are the LTC blocks of four years in respect of Fresh Recruits same as the regular blocks like 2010-13, 2014-17?

Answer: No. The first two blocks of four years of fresh recruits will be personal to them. On completion of eight year of LTC, they will be treated at par with other regular LTC beneficiaries as per the prescribed blocks like 2014-17, 2018-21 etc.

Question 4. If a fresh recruit does not avail LTC facility in a particular year, can he/she avail it in the next year?

Answer: No. Carryover of LTC to the next year is not allowed in case of a fresh recruit as he is already entitled to every year LTC. Hence, if a fresh recruit does not avail of the LTC facility in any year, his LTC will deem to have lapsed with the end of that year.

Question 5. How will the LTC entitlements of a Fresh Recruit be exercised after the completion of eight years of service?

Answer: (a) After the completion of eight years of service, when the next LTC cycle of fresh recruit coincides with the beginning of the second two year block (eg. 2016-17) of the running four year block (2014-17), he will be eligible only for ‘Home Town’ LTC if he/she has availed ‘Any Place in India’ LTC in the eighth year. Cases, where the new LTC cycle of fresh recruit coincides with the second year of the running two year block (ex. 2017 of 2016-2017), he will not be eligible for LTC in that year. Refer illustrations 1 & 3 for further explanation.

(b) At the end of the eighth year of LTC, when the new LTC cycle of a fresh recruit coincides with the beginning of a regular four year block, his entitlement in the regular block will be exercised as per the usual LTC Rules. Refer illustration 2.

Question 6. How will the LTC entitlement computed in case of a fresh recruit joining the service on 31st December of any year?

Answer: A fresh recruit who joins the Government service on 31st December of any year, will be eligible for LTC w.e.f. 31st December of next year. Since, 31st December is the last date of a calendar year, his first occasion of LTC ends with that year. Hence, he may avail his first Home Town LTC on the last day of that year. From next year onwards he would be eligible for the remaining seven LTCs. Refer illustration 3.

Question 7. How will the entitlements of a fresh recruit be computed who has joined the Govt. service before 01.09.2008?

Answer: A fresh recruit who has joined Government service before 01.09.2008 (i.e before the introduction of this scheme) and has not completed his first eight years of service as on 01.09.2008 will be eligible for this concession for the remaining time-period till the completion of first eight years of his/ her service. Refer illustration 4.

Question 8. Can a fresh recruit whose Home Town and Headquarters are same, avail LTC to Home Town?

Answer: No. A fresh recruit whose Home Town and Headquarters are same, cannot avail LTC to Home Town. He may avail LTC to any place in India on the fourth and eighth occasion only. As per Rule 8 of CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988, LTC to Home Town shall be admissible irrespective of the distance between the Headquarters of the Govt. servant and his Home Town which implies that Headquarters and Home Town should be at different places.

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(B. Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Ph. (011) 23040341
Source:www.persmin.nic.in

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees for the financial year 2013-2014.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY or RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No. 106/2014.
No- E[P&A)II-2014/PLB-3
New Delhi, dated : 26.09.2014.
The General Managers/CAOS,
All Indian Railways & Production Units etc.
(As per mailing lists No.1 & 2).

Subject: Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees for the financial year 2013-2014.

The President is pleased to sanction provisionally, subject to the approval of competent authority, Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 [Seventy Eight] days wages without any ceiling on wages for eligibility for the financial year 2013-14 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees (excluding all RPF/RPSF personnel]. Where wages exceed Rs. 3500/- per month, Productivity Linked Bonus will be calculated as if‘wages’ are Rs. 3500/- p.m.

2. ‘Wages’ for the purpose of calculating Productivity Linked Bonus shall include ‘Basic pay’ as defined in the Railway Services [Revised Pay] Rules, 2008 and dearness allowance drawn during the financial year 2013-14. Other conditions of eligibility, method of calculation of wages, etc., as prescribed in this Ministry‘s instructions and clarifications issued from time to time, shall remain unchanged.

3. It has also been decided that in the case of eligible employees mentioned in Para 1 above who were not placed under suspension, or had not quit service/retired/expired during the financial year 2013-14 or were on leave where leave salary admissible is not less than that admissible on leave on average pay, may be paid an amount of Rs. 8975/- towards Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2013-14. in the case of employees other than those mentioned above, the amount of Productivity Linked Bonus may be calculated in accordance with the extant instructions on the subject.

4. Further, in relaxation to the provisions in Rules 905(2), 908 and 909 of State Railway Provident Fund Rules, as contained in Chapter 9 of R-l/1985 edition (2003 Reprint edition), such of the subscribers to the SRPF as are entitled to Productivity Linked Bonus may, if they so desire, deposit the whole or part of the amount admissible under the Scheme in their respective State Railway Provident Fund Accounts.

5. Disbursement of Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2013-14 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees mentioned in Para 1 above should be made on priority before the ensuing Puja/Dussehra holidays.

6. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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(K. Shankar)
Director/E[P&A).

Source:http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/Railway%20Board's%20orders%20reg.%20PLB%20-%20RBE%20No.106%20of%202014.pdf

Relaxation to travel by air to visit to JAMMU&KASHMIR,NER and A&N.

No. 31011/3/2014-Estt.(A-IV) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 

North Block, New Delhi-110 001 
Dated: 26th September, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by air to visit NER and A&N.

The undersigned is directed to say that in relaxation to CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988, it has been decided by the Government to permit Government servants to travel by air to North East Region (NER) , Jammu and Kashmir and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N) as per the following scheme

(i) All eligible Government servants may avail LTC to visit any place in NER/ A&N against the conversion of one block of their Home Town LTC. Fresh Recruits are also eligible for this benefit against conversion of one of the three Home Towns in a block of four years applicable to them.

(ii) Government servants entitled to travel by air can avail this LTC from their Headquarters in Economy class.

(iii) Government servants not entitled to travel by air may be permitted to travel by air in Economy class in the following sectors:

a. Between Kolkata/ Guwahati and any place in NER
b. Between Kolkata/ Chennai/ Bhubaneswar and Port Blair.
c. Between Delhi / Amritsar and any place in J&K

Journey for these non-entitled employees from their Headquarters up to Kolkata/ Guwahati/ Chennai/ Bhubaneswar / Delhi / Amritsar will have to be undertaken as per their entitlement.

(iv) Air travel is to be performed by Air India in Economy Class only and at LTC-80 fare or less.

(v) Air travel by non-entitled officers on the sectors mentioned in item (iii) above may be permitted while availing LTC to any place in India (4 year Block) also.

(vi) Air Tickets to be purchased directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. 'M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company', 'M/s Ashok Travels & Tours' and 'IRCTC' (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT's O.M. No. 31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey. Booking of tickets through other agencies is not permitted.

2. These orders shall be in operation for a period of two years from the date of issue of this O.M.

3. All the Ministries/ Departments are advised to bring it to the notice of all their employees that any misuse of LTC will be viewed seriously and the employees will be liable for appropriate action under the rules. In order to keep a check on any kind of misuse of LTC, Ministries/ Departments are advised to randomly get some of the air tickets submitted by the officials verified from the Airlines concerned with regard to the actual cost of air travel vis-a-vis the cost indicated on the air tickets submitted by the officials.

4. In their application to the staff serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

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(B. Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Ph. (011) 23040341

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/31011_3_2014-Estt.A-IV-26092014.pdf

Friday, September 26, 2014

78 DAYS BONUS FOR RAILWAY EMPLOYEES

The General Managers/CAOs,
All India Railways & Production Units etc.
(As per mailing lists No.1 & 2)

Subject: Payment of productivity Linked Bonus to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees for the financial year 2013-2014

The president is pleased to sanction provisionally, subject to the approval of competent authority, productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 (Seventy Eight) days wages without any ceiling on wages for eligibility for the financial year 2013-14 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees (excluding all RPF/RPSF personnel). Where wages exceed ₹ 3500/- per month, productivity Linked Bonus will be calculated as if wages are ₹ 3500/- p.m

2. Wages for the purpose of calculating productivity Linked Bonus shall include Basic pay as defined in the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 and dearness allowance drawn during the financial year 2013-14. Other conditions of eligibility,, method of calculation of wages, etc., as prescribed in this Ministry’s instructions and clarifications issued from time to time, shall remain unchanged.

3. It has also been decided that in the case of eligible employees mentioned in para I above who were not placed under suspension, or had not quit service/retired/expired during the financial year 2013-2014 or were on leave where leave salary admissible is not less than that admissible on leave on average pay, may be paid an amount of ₹8975/- towards productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2013-2014 In the case of employees other than those mentioned above, the amount of productivity Linked Bonus may be calculated in accordance with the extant instructions on the subject.

4. Further, in relaxation to the provision in rules 905(2),908 and 909 of State Railway provident Fund Rules, as contained in Chapter 9 of R-I/1985 edition (2003 Reprint editon), such of the subscribers to the SRPF as are entitled to Productivity Linked Bonus may if they so desire, deposit the whole or part of the amount admissible under the scheme in their respective State Railway Provident Fund Accounts.

5. Disbursement of Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2013-2014 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees mentioned in para 1 above should be made on priority before the ensuing puja/Dussehra Holidays.

6. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

Sd/-
(K.Shankar)
Director/E(P&A),
Railway Board.

Source: http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/Railway%20Board's%20orders%20reg.%20PLB%20-%20RBE%20No.106%20of%202014.pdf

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Government staff to take cleanliness pledge on Gandhi Jayanti

For the first time in the history of India, Gandhi Jayanti will not be a holiday for government staff who will have to report to work to take the 'Swachch Shapath'.

Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, on September 20, directed all central government secretaries to ensure that every employee takes the pledge on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The text of the pledge will soon be sent to all the departments.

Besides this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken several steps to implement one of the biggest public campaigns for cleanliness. The minutes of meeting between Modi and 20 secretaries reveals that a new law may be enforced to ensure cleanliness. The prime minister has asked the law linistry to amend existing laws or to analyse whether a new Act is required to act against those who litter.

The prime minister also directed the Finance Ministry to explore a taxation policy to keep a check on those who pollute.

According to the minutes of meetings, Modi was of the opinion that dairies and cattle are major sources of garbage and pollution in urban areas and towns.

Hence, he directed the animal husbandry department to consider setting up of cattle hostels. The prime minister asked his sub-ordinates to engage Bollywood celebrities in a big way to campaign for his 'Swachch Bharat' mission.

Famous poets and singers should also be a part of the nationwide campaign that will begin on September 25, the prime minister said.

A marathon will be organised by the sports ministry to create awareness about the cleanliness drive in every city with a population of over one lakh.

The Prime Minister further suggested the Department of School and Education to ensure questions on cleanliness in examinations.

Meanwhile, prime minister Modi noted that he had undertaken plans to cleanse the political system and the administration machinery. "Now is the time to cleanse the nation. I want each one of you to contribute in every possible way. It is our vision to present a clean India to the outside world," he asserted.

Coming down heavily on the banking system, Modi wondered whether the banks served the purpose they were set up for. "We need inclusive growth. Our Jan Dhan sceheme will help us achieve it," he said.

Source:http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/cleanliness-pledge-swachch-shapath-gandhi-jayanti-government-employee-ajit-seth-narendra-modi/1/384734.html

Advance payment of wages to industrial employees of OFs for the month of Sept, 2014

Urgent/ Immediate
FAX/Speed Post

Office of the Principal Controller of Accounts ( Fys)
10-A, S.K.Bose Road, Kolkata- 700 001

No. Pay/ Tech-I/0826/Disb/2014/
Date :- 24/09/2014

To..
1. All CFA ( Fys)
O I/C AO, OF (P),Nalanda

2. 0 I/C AO, OF (P),Korwa

Sub:- Advance payment of wages to industrial employees of OFs for the month of Sept, 2014 (payable in October, 2014) on account of Durga Puja Festival/ Dussera/ Bakri-Eid falling during 01.10.2014 to 06.10.2014

Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance, Dept. of Expenditure vide U.O. No. 3(2)/2012/TA/477 dated 17.09.2014 on the above subject received under OFB, Kolkata No. 111/A/A dated 24/09/2014 has accorded approval for disbursement of wages for the month of September, 2014 in advance on 29.09.2014. The same may be communicated to all the LAOs under your jurisdiction for necessary action at their end, please.

In this connection it is requested that advance payment of wages on account of the aforesaid festival should be made positively on 29.09.2014 for the month of September,2014 subject to fulfillment of following conditions:-

1. The amount of advance wages to be paid on 29.09.2014 for the month of 09/2014 should be the actual wage for the month of 08/2014 drawn and disbursed to the respective Industrial Employees.

2. The Br. AO should adjust the advance wages, thus paid on 29.09.2014, while generating the regular wage bill for the month of 09/2014, which is required to be prepared by 07/10/2014 based on actual hours worked by each IE of the respective OF (i.e. w.r.t. actual attendance data).

3. Over payments , arrived at as a result of such actual generation of regular wage bill for the month of 9/2014 on due date i.e. 7-10-2014, should be adjusted by recovery through actual wage bill, generated for the month of October, 2014, payable in November, 2014.

4. Br. AOs should also take care of the dues in respect of the individuals on EOL/ long leave/ prolonged absence etc.

5. It is requested to note, while taking account of the actual payments made in the previous month (i.e. wage for 08/2014), Br. AOs should calculate the actual monthly wages to arrive at the advance amount after deducting any arrear payments/ supplementary payments (if any) made with the wages for the month of 08/2014.

Strict compliance to the above instructions may please be ensured.

-sd-
Asst. Controller of Accounts ( Fys)

Source:http://pcafys.nic.in/files/advance.pdf
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How to mark Attendance using the common biometric attendance system on wall mounted terminals

To get your Attendance ID, register online at attendance.gov.in. The Attendance ID will be generated from you Aadhaar number, the 6 digit number will be generated based on the last 6 or first 6 digits of your Aadhaar number. The attendance ID will only be active to mark attendance only when your Aadhaar information is verified by UIDAI and activated by you Nodal officer.
Attendance ID has been sent by SMS to your registered Mobile Number.

Enter your 6-digit Attendance ID on Screen

A Red light will start to glow on Finger Print Scanner

Now put any one of your fingers on the Finger Print Scanner

DO NOT move your finger on scanner otherwise finger prints will not be properly scanned

DO NOT Press very hard on Finger Print Scanner

Once the screen shows “Authenticating, Please Wait”. Remove your finger from the scanner
A pop-up screen will show your Photo and Attendance Type as “Opening” for the first time you mark the attendance for that day

If Attendance Type is “Closing” then it will be counted as OUT Time. However, OUT time would be the LAST “Closing” time marked by you. Any “Closing” time in-between “Opening” time and Last “Closing” time would be ignored

If, you see a CROSS instead of your photo, then some ERROR has occurred while marking attendance.

You will be able to mark your attendance in any bio-metric terminal installed in various Central Government buildings

You can also mark your attendance in any of finger print devices, which have been connected on Windows 7 or Windows OS. Presently client attendance software is not available for MAC OS

If you are having difficulty in marking attendance-using fingerprints scanning devices, please try marking your attendance through Iris Device, which may be available with NIC In-charge in your organization

What each ERROR means

Error 300 or 500 – Mark your attendance using other finger/thumb
Error 997 – Your finger prints are not properly registered at UIDAI. Please get your Finger Prints and Iris re-scanned at permanent Aadhaar Centers near you. Don’t forget to mention your Aadhaar number.
UIDAI HELP LINE – 1800 300 1947

Source:http://attendance.gov.in/faq/attendance_faq

Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to Civilian Employees of Defence Production Establishments for the year 2013-14

No. 10(2)2014/D(Estt/NG)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
(Department of Defence Production)
New Delhi dated 23rd September, 2014.

To
The Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board,
10-A, S.K. Bose Road, Kolkata – 700 001, New Delhi
The Director General of Quality Assurance, New Delhi
The Director General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance, New Delhi

Subject: Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to Civilian Employees of Defence Production Establishments for the year 2013-14

Madam/Sir,
I am directed to refer to this Ministry’s Letter No. 48(4)/98/D(B&C) dated 27th July, 2000 on the above subject and to convey the sanction of the President to payment of Productivity Linked Bonus for the year 2013-14 equivalent to 40 days wages to the eligible employees in Defence Production Establishments as mentioned therein with an overall ceiling of wages of Rs. 3500/- per month.

2. The casual labour who has worked for at least 240 days, in each year, for 03 years or more, will be eligible for this PLB payment. The amount will be paid on a notional monthly wages of Rs. 750/-. In case where the actual emoluments fall below Rs. 750/- per month, the amount will be calculated on actual monthly emoluments.

All payments under these orders will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

3. The above sanction is subject to the following conditions:-

(a)OFB will submit a Monthly Status report on the progress achieved to review the formula for calculation of PLE3 which otherwise would have been reviewed after three years from implementation i.e. from the accounting year 1999-2000.

(b)GMs of each of the respective factories should submit the Certificate regarding standard man-hours for jobs whenever there is a change in production processes or when new labour saving machines are introduced, incorporating the following details:-

(i) Standard Man Hours .before the installation of CNC Machines.
(ii) Standard Man Hours after the installation of CNC Machines.
(iii) Difference between the above two leading to savings in Standard Man Hours.

In the event of more than one CNC Machine being installed on two different occasions, each time figures are to be updated for additional subsequent addition of CNC Machine.

4. The expenditure will be debited to Major Head 2079 of the Defence Services Estimates (Ordnance Factories).

5. This issues with concurrence of Ministry of Finance and MoD (Finance Division) vide their Dy. No. 471/IF/DP-I dated 23.09.2014.

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

Source:http://www.bpms.org.in/documents/plb-ofb-qyqe.pdf

Trial of e-Catering Service on Selected Trains on Delhi Amritsar Section begins from Today

Now Book a Meal of your Choice in Trains through Phone or SMS

The Ministry of Railways has decided to start trial of e-catering service in trains. Its PSU, Indian Railways Catering &Tourism   Corporation (IRCTC), has been entrusted with the job of implementation of this service. IRCTC on a trial basis is starting e-catering services on a few trains on Delhi – Amritsar section from today i.e. 25th September 2014. This is a service where a passenger will be able to place an order for a meal, to be served at his seat in the train enroute, through a phone call or an SMS. Formal launching of e-catering service will be decided on the success of the above trial.
This service has started, on a trial basis, w.e.f. 25th September 2014, only in the Delhi – Amritsar section in six pairs of trains, which are:

15707/15708 (Katihar-Amritsar Exp),
11057/11058 (Amritsar-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Exp),
12497/12498 (Shane Punjab Exp),
14037/14038 (Delhi-Pathankot Exp),
12459/12460 (New Delhi-Amritsar Exp) and
14673/14674 (Shaheed Exp)
These trains are without Pantry Cars.

During this TRIAL, passengers will be served food at the five nominated stations viz. New Delhi, Delhi, Nizamuddin, Amritsar and Ludhiana only.  Passengers may order for breakfast and meals (thalis) only, both Veg and Non-Veg. The food will be served from the IRCTC Food Plazas or Catering Units at the above stations.The passengers will have to make a call or to send an SMS to the dedicated numbers, with the PNR number, for e-catering service. Services will be available only for the confirmed PNR numbers.

ORDER THROUG A PHONE CALL
One may make a call to 1800 1034 139 (Toll free) or 0120 4383892-99 (8 lines) to book a meal. For placing an order by making a phone call, the passenger will have to give his PNR number first which will be verified (about its confirmation status, train no., coach no., seat no.). The passenger will thereafter be advised about the available menu e.g. Veg Thali, Non-Veg Thali, Veg Breakfast, Non-Veg Breakfast etc. along with their prices. The order will thereafter be taken as per preference and availability along with his mobile number and email-id.

ORDER THROUGH SMS
One may send an SMS to 139 along with the PNR number to book a meal.
The format of the SMS will be: MEAL (SPACE) (PNR)
Once the SMS is received the PNR number will be verified (about its confirmation status, train no., coach no., seat no.) and the passenger will be contacted with the details of menu available e.g. Veg Thali, Non-Veg Thali, Veg Breakfast, Non-Veg Breakfast etc. along with their prices and the order will then be taken as per preference and availability.
 Once the order is taken, either through a phone call or an SMS, the confirmation of the order will be sent to the passenger through an SMS and also an e-mail stating the detailed item wise order, the PNR no., the train no., Coach/Seat no. and the billed amount. An SMS and an e-mail will also be sent to the respective Food Plaza/Catering Unit about the order with the above details. The food will be served on CASH ON DELIVERY (COD) basis i.e. the passenger will be served at the station at his seat in the train and the payment will be received on giving the bill.The minimum booking period or the lead time will be 2 hours i.e. a passenger can place an order to be served after at least two hours from the time of placing the order.

The above scheme will be started on a Trial basis and it will be launched on other trains only on its success.

Source:pib
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Labour Minister Shri Tomar announces launch of Minimum Pension Scheme across 120 locations in India

37 Union Ministers to felicitate pensioners on September 30 

The Union Minister of Labour & Employment, Steel and Mines, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar announced the launch of a guaranteed minimum pension of Rs 1000 per month under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. Speaking to journalists at a press conference in here today, he said, the Union Government has decided to organize functions in every office of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation spread across 120 locations in the country. It has also been decided that in 37 locations, Union Ministers will preside over the functions and felicitate the pensioners whose pension is getting increased.

Shri Tomar stated that this is being done to interact with the pensioners and to ensure that no eligible person is left out. He expressed confidence that this interaction will help the EPFO to design its pension re-engineering process in a better way. The Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Smt Gauri Kumar and Central PF Commissioner Shri K.K. Jalan were also present on the occasion.

The Minister said that the long-pending demand for increase in the pension will soon see the light of day. At present, a large number of pensioners are getting only paltry amounts as pension under the scheme. Nearly two-thirds of the pensioners are in receipt of pension of less than 1000 rupees. Thus, this move would benefit approximately 32 lakh out of a total of 49 lakh pensioners who are getting below Rs 1000 as pension, he added.

It is relevant to note that the wage ceiling for coverage under the three schemes of EPFO i.e. Employees Provident Fund Scheme, Employees’ Pension Scheme and Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme (EDLI) has also been increased from monthly Rs 6500 to Rs 15000. This increased wage ceiling is expected to bring in an additional 50 lakh employees under the ambit of these social security programmes. The increased wage ceiling will also result into higher benefit under the EDLI from a maximum of Rs.1,30,000 to a maximum of Rs 3,60,000.

In the recent past EPFO has taken a series of measures to bring in greater transparency and efficiency in its functioning. These include the facility for online registration of establishments (OLRE), Online Transfer Claim Portal (OTCP), e-passbook and electronic payment of PF and Pension benefits through NEFT (National Electronic Fund Transfer) and CBS (Core Banking Solution).

Source:pib

DRDO to Recruit 899 Candidates in its Technical and Administrative Cadres

Centre for Personnel Talent Management (CEPTAM) an independent recruitment body under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has invited applications from candidates for recruitment to 899 position in its Defence Research & Technical Cadre (DRTC) and other administrative and ministerial cadres. Under the DRTC, 419 vacancies of senior technical Assistant and 235 vacancies of Technician ‘A’ Grade are to be filled up by this advertisement.

The qualification requirement for Sr. Tech. Asst ‘B’ grade is three year Diploma in Engineering subjects or BSc. Degree in concerned subject from recognised University/Institutes. For the post of Technician ‘A’ grade candidates must have at least one year ITI certificate from recognised institutes. 245 vacancies of Administration and allied cadre posts such as Administrative Assistant, Store Assistant, Personal Assistant, Security Assistant, Vehicle Operator, Fire Engine Driver etc will also be filled up for which essential qualifications are 10th pass or 12th pass certificate along with specific job related qualification requirement as mentioned against each in the advertisement. For posts under DRTS category candidates will be required to apply through Online mode only, whereas for posts like Technician ‘A’ Security Asst ‘A’, clerk (Canteen Manager) Vehicle Operator ‘A’, Fire Engine Driver ‘A’ and Asst Cook, candidates have the option to apply online as well as offline mode.

The last date of receipt of applications is 17 October 2014. Recruitment examination for the posts will be held by the CEPTAM on 01 February 2015. Candidates desirous of applying for the posts can get details regarding these posts by visiting the DRDO website www.drdo.gov.in. The Details of the posts will also be available in 27th Sep 2014 to 03 Oct 2011 edition of Employment News.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PL Bonus should be announced and paid in cash-NFIR

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
No. 1/10/Pt. IV
Date: 23rd Sept 2014

The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

The Financial Commissioner (Rlys)
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub:- Productivity Linked Bonus payment — reg.

Pressure mounted from railway employees of different zones that the PL Bonus should be announced and paid in cash to enable them to make purchases for celebrating Dussehra. It is needless to mention that Puja days (Navratra) will commence from 25th Sept 2014 onwards hence there is need to arrange payment in cash

NFIR, therefore, requests to kindly arrange to issue suitable instructions for payment of P.L. Bonus in cash as a special case.

Yours faithfully

(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Seventh Pay Commission has sought information on the parity of pay scales manifests in posts of a similar nature

IMPORTANT

MEENA AGARWAL
SECRETARY
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION
7CPC/99/RR/2014/1
Dated: 8th September, 2014
Dear

The 7th Central Pay Commission has been receiving a number of memoranda, representations from associations/federations as well as individual cadres on pay and related issues. As part of its working, the Commission is also hearing various groups of employees both in Delhi and during its visits outside Delhi.

2. One of the major issues raised before the Commission centres on the subject of parity. One aspect of parity manifests in how posts of a similar nature are placed. Certain cadres/category of employees have, in their deposition before the Commission, stated that there are cases when identical or similarly placed cadres/categories of employees in different Ministries/Departments are placed differentially in terms of pay and promotional prospects.

3. With a view to examining and addressing this aspect of parity amongst apparently similarly placed cadres/posts, the Commission has devised a template to be filled in for posts being administered by your Department. The template seeks to elicit information that would be readily available in the Recruitment Rules for the concerned post(s)/cadres. In case your Department only operates posts involving common cadres like the Central Secretariat Service (CSS), Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS), Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS), a NIL report may kindly be furnished to the Commission.

4. Since the Work of the Commission is time bound may I request that information as sought is furnished by 25 September 2014. Perhaps a copy of the RRs themselves could be sent as advance information.

Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(Meena Agarwal)
Source:NFPE

DOPT CLARIFICATION REGARDING BOOKING OF AIR TICKETS ON LTC.

NO.31011/5/2014-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated: 24th September, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Procedure for booking of air-tickets on LTC- Clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the conditions laid down by this Department's O.M. No. 31011/4/2014-Estt.(A.lV) dated 19th June, 2014, as per which the Government employees are required to book the air tickets directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. 'M/S Balmer Lawrie & Company', 'M/s Ashok Travels & Tours' and 'IRCTC' (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT O.M. No. 310111612002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey(s).

2. The matter has further been reviewed and it is clarified that the web-portal of authorized travel agents, namely M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Ltd., M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC will also be treated as an acceptable mode for purchase of air tickets on LTC. However, booking of air tickets through web-portals of these authorized agents would also be governed by the provisions of Department of Expenditure's O.M. No. 19024/1/2012-E-IV dated 5th September, 2014 which are as under:

(i) No feel service charges (by whatever nomenclature), which are not included in the 'tariff' charged by Air-India/airlines, are required to be paid to the aforementioned authorised travel agents.
(ii) As far as possible, air tickets on Government account may be obtained directly from the Air India/Airlines (booking counters/offices/websites) and if obtaining tickets directly from Air India/Airlines is not possible, should the services of authorised travel agents be availed of.

3. All Ministries/Departments are advised to bring these guidelines to the notice of all their employees.

sd/-
(B. Bandopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source:www.persmin.nic.in

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CONFEDERATION STRUGGLE PROGRAMME – THIRD PHASE MASS DHARNA AT JANTAR MANTAR, NEW DELHI ON 25.09.2014 FROM 10:30 AM

Confederation National Secretariat congratulates entire Central Government Employees for making the nationwide agitational programmes a grand success. Submission of memorandum and demonstration on 11.09.2014, Mass Protest Dharnas at all important centres on 19.09.2014, are organised everywhere with larges participation of employees.

Next Phase of programme is Mass Dharna at Jantar Mantar (Parliament Street) New Delhi by leaders and workers of Confederation and all its affiliated organizations.

12 – POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS IS FURNISHED BELOW

1.      Merger of DA with pay for all employees w.e.f. 01.01.2014 including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.

2.      Grant of Interim Relief to all employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.

3.      Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sewaks under the purview of 7th Central Pay Commission

4.      Scrap PFRDA Act and grant statutory defined pension to all including those appointed on or after 01.01.2004.

5.      Date of effect of 7th CPC recommendation should be 01.01.2014.

6.      Regularisation and Revision of wages of casual labourers and contract workers.

7.      Removal of 5% condition for compassionate appointment.

8.      Fill up all vacant post and creation of New Post wherever justified.

9.      Stop Downsizing, Outsourcing, Contractorisation and Privatisation of Government function.

10.   Grant productivity Linked Bonus to all without ceiling; Computer bonus as weighted average of PLB for those not covered by PLB agreement.

11.   Revise OTA and NDA and implement arbitration awards.

12.   Settle all pending anomalies of 5th and 6th Pay Commission.

Confederation National Secretariat will meet on 26.09.2014 to decide further course of action.


(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob: 09447068125
Source:http://nfpe.blogspot.in/

DA from July, 2014-POSTAL DEPT ORDER

F.No. 8-01/2012-PAP
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION & IT
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
(ESTABLISHMENT DIVISION)/P.A.P. SECTION
DAK BHAWAN, SANSAD MARG. NEW DELHI - 110 001.
Dated 22nd September, 2014.

To

1. ALL HEADS OF-CIRCLES
2. ALL HEADS OF POSTAL ACCOUNTS OFFICES,
3. DEPUTY DIRECT GENERAL (PAF)/CGM.PLI/CGM,BD,
4. ADG (ADMN), POSTAL DIRECTORATE,
5. ALL HEADS OF POSTAL STAFF COLLEGE/P.T'.Cs.

Sub: Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.7.2014 to the Employees of Central Government. REG.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to forward herewith a copy of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s Office Memorandum No. 1/2/2014-E-II(B) dated 18th September, - 2014 on the subject cited above for information, guidance and further necessary action.

This Issue with the approval of the competent authority.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Maj. S.N. Dave)
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR GENERAL (ESTT.)


Source:http://nfpe.blogspot.in/search?updated-max=2014-09-23T13:29:00%2B05:30&max-results=15

Monday, September 22, 2014

60 DAYS BONUS FOR POSTAL EMPLOYEES-NFPE

F.NO.26-04/2014-PAP
Government of India
Ministry of Communication & Information Technology
Department of Posts,
(Establishment Division)

Dak Bhawan, Sensed Marg,
New Delhi – 110 001

No. 26-04/2014-PAP

Dated: 19. September, 2014

1. All Chief Postmasters General
1 All Postmasters General
3.Deputy Director General (PAP), Department of Posts.
4.All General Managers (Finance)
5.Directors/Deputy Directors of Accounts (Postal)
6. Director, RAKNPA/Directors of All PTCs

SUB:PRODUCTIVITY LINKED BONUS FOR THE ACCOUNTING YEAR 2013-2014.

Sir/Madam,

The undersigned is directed to convey the sanction of the President of India to the payment of Productivity Linked Bonus for the accounting year 2013-14 equivalent of emoluments of 60 (sixty) Days to the employees of Department of Posts in Group `D/MTS, Group ‘C’ and non-gazetted Group ‘B’. Ex-Gratia payment of bonus to Gramin Dak Sevaks who are regularly appointed after observing all appointment formalities, and Ad-hoc payment of bonus to Casual labourers who have been conferred Temporary Status are also to be paid equivalent to allowances / wages respectively for 60 (sixty) Days for the same period.

1.1 The calculation for the purpose of payment of bonus under each category will be done as indicated below.

2, REGULAR EMPLOYEES

2.1 Bonus will be calculated on the basis of the following formula: –

Average emoluments  X  Number of days of bonus
—————————————-
30.4 (average no of days in a month)

click below link to read rest of the order

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GRANT OF MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY-IOFGOA

GRANT OF MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY-
Indian Ordnance Factories Gazetted Officers Association writes to Government

Indian Ordinance Factories Gazetted Officers Association (IOFGOA)had written a letter (given above) to the Government in view of the CAT Principle Bench New Delhi judgment dated 01/05/2014, directing the Government to implement MACP on promotional hierarchy within 3 months from the date of the judgment. Since the Government has not taken any action on the matter so far the Association has filed contempt of Court and the next date of hearing of the case is 11/11/2014.

As regards the SLP filed against Shri Babu Ram & Ors, according Shri S B Chaubey, General Secretary, his Association has decided to bear the expense of one Advocate to defend the case in Supreme Court.

-TKR Pillai, GS

INDIAN ORDNANCE FACTORIES GAZETTED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AS PER CCS (RSA) RULE,1993)
FOUNDED ON 19-08-1994
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE
HD.QTR.:SMALL ARMS FACTORY, KALPI ROAD, KANPUR-208009

No. : IOFGOA/NEHQ/SAF/MACP/2014
Dated. 16/05/2014

To,
The DGOF & Chairman
Ordnance Factory Board
10-A, S. K. Bose Road,
Kolkata-700 001 (W.B.)


Sub: Implementation of Hon ’ble Principal CAT Judgment dtd: 01/05/2014 in OA No-1493/2014 Filed by IOFGOA for grant of MACP in the hierarchy of promotional posts after completion of 10, 20, and 30 years of service.


Ref: ( 1). Our representation to OFB vide No: IOFGOA/NE/SAH MACP/ 2013 Dt 30/ 10/2013.
(2). Our Representation to OFB vide No: IOFGOA/NE/SAF/MACP/2014 Dtd: 26/03/2014.
(3). Our Representation to OFB vide No:IOFGOA/NEHQ/SAF/2014 dtd:18/04/2014.
(4). Hon’ble Principal CAT Judgment dtd: 01/05/2014 in OA No. 1493/2014 filed by IOFGOA (certified copy enclosed)

Respected Sir,

With reference to Implementation of Hon’ble Principal CAT Judgment dtd: 01/05/2014 for grant of MACP in the hierarchy of promotional posts after completion of 10, 20 and 30 years of service the following is submitted for needful action within stipulated time please.

(1). Indian Ordnance Factories Gazetted Officers Association (IOFGOA) has been representing vide ref-1, 2 & 3 for grant of MACP in the hierarchy of promotional posts after completion of 10, 20, and 30 years of service to its members in light of the various court orders. Due to non implementation of the same in Ordnance Factories IOFGOA filed a suit in Hon’ble Principal CAT vide PT-17/2014 converted in to OA-1493/ 2014.

(2) Hon’ble Principal CAT has passed its Judgment on 1“ May 2014 vide ref-4 in Our OA No-1493/2014 to grant MACP In the hierarchy of post with direction to DGOF Chairman/OFB to implement the same within a period of 3 months. In the judgment dated 1“ May 2014 in OA-1493/2014 Hon’ble Principal CAT has directed DGOF Chairman/OFB to take final decision within 3 months considering the order of Hon’ble Pricipal CAT passed in OA No: 864/2014.

(3) A certified copy of the Judgment dated 1“ May 2014 in OA No-1493 has been received in OFB on 15"‘ May 2014 in its record section and in its NG Section. However another certified copy of the same is enclosed herewith with as ANNEXURE-1 for implementation please. The operative part of the judgment is reproduced below for ready reference please.

“QUOTE: In an other OA No:864/2014 Shri Om Prakash & others v. Secretary(NCERT) decided by this Tribunal the following directions were issued.

In our considered view, once an order has been passed by this Tribunal and it has also been upheld at the level of the Supreme Court; there is no question of waiting for an approval from any Govt. department for implementation of the same. The respondents, therefore, should have considered the representations of the applicants on merits.

In view of the above position, we dispose of this all at the admission stage itself with the direction to the respondents to consider the representations of the applicants in the light of the judgment of Punjab and Haryana High Court in CWP No.19387/2011 (supra) as upheld by the Apex Court in SLP (CC) No.7-167/2013(supra) and decide their cases under intimation to them. The aforesaid exercise shall be completed within a period of one month from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. There shall be no order as to costs‘.UNQUOTE.”

QUOTE: The respondents be directed to dispose the long pending matter and to take final decision after considering the afore noted order of this Tribunal. UNQUOTE.”

QUOTE: We agree with the arguments of the learned counsel for both parties and accordingly direct the respondents to consider the applicants representation in light of the related instructions and the scheme of MACP, and while doing so shall also keep in view the afore noted order of this Tribunal . Respondents shall thereafier , pass a reasoned and speaking order to be communicated to the applicants within a period of three months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. Any consequential action arising out of the aforesaid decision taken by the respondents on the representation shall be regulated within a further period of eight weeks from the date of decision. OA is disposed with aforesaid direction. UNQUOTE."

(4) It is also very much pertinent to mention that Hon,ble CAT Chandigarh has already implemented the MACP in hierarchy of post for its own employees as per the existing orders passed by Hon,ble High Court Chandigarh & Supreme Court. After implementation of the same by Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh there is no matter to think more in implementation by any other Department. A copy of the Implementation order of Hon,ble CAT Chandigarh No. 28/4/ 2009-Estt/ 1978, Dt. 07.02.2014 is enclosed herewith as ANNEXURE-2. for reference please.

(5). Prayer:

1. It is requested that OFB may please implement the order dated 15‘ May 2014 in OA No-1493 passed by Hon’ble Proncipal CAT and issue instruction to all Ordnance Factories/ Units under OFB at the earliest to grant MACP in the hierarchy of Post after completion of 10, 20 & 30 years of service.

2. It is also requested that the same be implemented for all entitled in Ordnance Factories Organization because this case was filed by a cadre representing Association IOFGOA in larger interest of the employees.

3. It may please be implemented within three months from 15/05/2014 because the order is to be implemented within three months of receipt of the order and the order has been received in Record & NG both sections of OFB on 15/05/2014.

Submitted for timely implementation please.

With Profound Regards,
Sincerely Yours
sd/-
(S. B. Chaubey)
General Secretary/IOFGOA

Copy to:

Honorable Raksha Mantri Govt. of India, South Block, New Delhi-110 011
Honorable Raksha Rajya Mantri, Govt. of India, South Block, New Delhi-110 011
Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, South Block, New Delhi-110 011
Secretary, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (PPG&P), Govt. of India, Room No-112, North Block, New Delhi - 110 001.
Secretary, Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, South Block, New Delhi-110 011
Secretary, Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure, Govt. of India, North Block, New Delhi
Jt. Secretary/P&C, Defence Production, Ministry of Defence Govt. of India, South Block, New Delhi- 110 011
DDG/Admin, OFB, 10-A, S.K. Bose Road, Kolkata-01
DDG/IR & NG, OFB, 10-A, S.K. Bose Road, Kolkata-01
Dy. Secretary(P), Defence Production, Ministry of Defence Govt. of India, B-Wing, Sena Bhawan New Delhi-110 011
Director/IR, OFB, 10-A, S.K. Bose Road, Kolkata-01
Director/NG, OFB, 10-A, S.K. Bose Road, Kolkata-01
Under Secretary]D(Esttablishment-Gazetted) Govt. oflndia, B-Wing, Sena Bhawan New Delhi-110 011
General Secretary] CDRA & Member-JCM-II-MOD and JCM-I96-Defence Apartment, 17-Paschim Vihar, Rohatak Road, Delhi-87
Leader/Staff Side-JCM-III-OFB & JCM-II-MOD and Member JCM-I-GOI C/o Ordnance Clothing Factory, AVADI-600 54 (TN)
Secretary/Staff Side-JCM-III-OFB & JCM-II-MOD and Member-JCM-I-GOI No.-6, Sixth street, Vaishanavi Nagar, RCC Post, Chennai-600 054 (TN)
General Secretary/AIANGOs & Member-JCM-III-OFB C/o Field Gun Factory, Kanpur-2008 009.
Copy of above letter has published by Shri TKR Pillai on his blog [http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/2014/09/indian-ordnance-factories-gazetted.html] with following message:-


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bharat Pensioners’ Samaj donates to Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund

A delegation of “Bharat Pensioners’ Samaj” (BPS), the largest and oldest organization of Pensioners in India met Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Space and Atomic Energy, here today. The delegation handed over a cheque as donation to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) in the aid of flood victims of Jammu & Kashmir and also dispatched two trucks full of relief material including ration and clothes to Jammu & Kashmir.

Acknowledging the contribution made by the Pensioners’ Association, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that even though the money and material contributed by them were going to be of immense help in carrying out the relief work, but more than that, it is the symbolic gesture of these elder retired officials, which is like a blessing for all of us who are engaged in pulling Jammu & Kashmir out of this ordeal.

Expressing solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir in their hour of distress, Secretary General of BPS, Shri S.C. Maheshwari informed Dr. Jitendra Singh that their organization is a conglomerate of 648 organizations of pensioners from different departments with branches spread all over India and in the days to come, more donations for Jammu & Kashmir relief will be handed over on behalf of these different groups of pensioners.

Shri Maheshwari said that BPS has also launched a campaign for organ donation and wherever needed in the rescue and relief of flood victims in Jammu & Kashmir, they would be ready to help medically also.

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

Additional Benefits on death/disability of Government servant covered by NPS

RBE No.96/2014

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2012/F(E)III/1(1)/4 New
Delhi, Dated: 03 09.2014.
The GMs/FA&CAOs,
All Indian RailwayslProduction Units/RDSO.
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Additional benefit on death/disability of Government servant covered by New Pension System- clarification regarding.

A copy each of the Ministry of Finance. Department of Financial Services O.M No.11/23/2013-PR dated 21.05.2014 and the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)’s letter No.PFRDA/24/FXIT/10 dated 22.08.2014 is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also

2. The Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s OM dated 05.05.2009 and the PFRDAs circular No.PFRDA/2013/2/PDEX/Z dated 22.01.2013 mentioned in the Ministry of Finances OM dated 21.05.2014 were circulated to the Zonal Railways vide Boards letter No.2008/AC-II/21/18 dated 29.05.2009 and letter No.2010./AC-II/21/18 dated 02.02.2013 respectively.

3. Please acknowledge receipt.

sd/-
(Amitabh Joshi)
D.A.: Two. Deputy Director Fi V ce (Estt.)III,

No.11/23/2013-PR 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Financial Services
Jeevan Deep Building, Parliament Street
New Delhi. dated 21st May, 2014

Office Memorandum

Subject: Additional benefits on death/ disability of Government servant covered by National Pension System (NP5)- clarification -reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Railway Board, Ministry of Railways OM No. 2012/F(E)III/1/4 dated 14th January 2013 on the subject above and to say that the comments of this Department on the Ministry of Railways’ reservations as under Para 3 of above OM, are as under:
"The PFRDA s clarification that the benefit granted vide the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare (DPPW) OM. dated 05. 05 2009 are over and above the benefits admissible under Notional Pension System (NPS), needs to be modified to the extent that the employee or the legal heirs of the employees. who wish to opt for pension or family pension as per the DPPW order; can not avail of two pension related benefits under the NPS and CCS (Pension) Rules. 1972 simultaneously."

2. For any further clarification on the DPPW OM dated 05th May 2009, Ministry of Railways may kindly get in touch with the DPPW itself.

3. This issues with approval of Joint Secretary, Departrnentof Financial services, Ministry of Finance.


(Surinder Kaur)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
1st Floor, ICADR Building, Plot No. 6.
Vasant Kunj Institutional Area,
Phase - II, New Delhi - 110070
Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager

PFRDA/24/EXIT/10
22nd Aug, 2014
Mr. Amitabh Joshi
Deputy Director Finance (Estt.)III,
Railway Board,
Ministry of Railways,
Rail Bhawan, New Delhi-01

Subject: Additional Benefits on death/disability of Government servant covered by NPS

Dear Sir,

This has reference letter No. 2012/F-El‘ (lll)/1/4 dt. 30”‘ June, reference the OM No. 11.23/2013 dt. 21th May, 2013 with respect to Railway Board, Ministry of Railways OM No. 2012/F(E)lll/1/4 dated 14th January 2013 on the subject cited above.

In this regard, we wish to inform you that we have included the same in our proposed Exit Regulations and which shall ensure that in case if the government or government authority or entity registered as government sector) (as employer) under the NPS with the central record keeping agency (ORA) provides any additional relief or benefit to the family members of a deceased NPS subscriber/subscriber due to any ground like invalidation leading to loss of employment in lieu of the benefits available under National Pension System, the claimants to the accumulated pension wealth of the deceased subscriber/subscriber would be free to avail such benefits subject to the condition that they specifically agree and undertake to transfer the accumulated pension wealth to the Government dept unconditionally’.

We have already provided this information t.o Department of Financial Services (DFS), vide letter no. PFRDA/24/101E-82, dt. 13* July 2014, copy of which is enclosed herewith for your information.

Yours faithfully,

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Venkateswarlu Peri

Source:http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/RBE%2096_2014.pdf

Army establishes cell for ex-servicemen-BS

An Eastern Command Army Veteran Cell has been set up at Fort William here to meet the welfare needs of ex-servicemenrmy establishes cell for ex-servicemen

"The army remains committed to its ESM (ex-servicemen) for their overall welfare. Grant of post-retirement benefits, health-care, canteen facilities as well as meeting the aspirations of the veterans towards daily care are being looked with due alacrity by serving warriors of the east," a defence release said.

The cell will be headed by a Brigadier-ranked officer may be approached by veterans at the toll free number 1800-325-2477, it said.

It has been set up along the lines of the army veteran cell formed at the Army headquarters last year to look into all issues relating to the veterans and ensure speedy resolution of their cases, it said.

A grievance handling web portal already exists at the Army's official website where veterans can lodge their grievances.

Source:http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/army-establishes-cell-for-ex-servicemen-114081900721_1.html

Revision of guidelines regarding Purchase of Note Book, Lap-Top, etc., by Ministries/ Departments.

F. No. 8(25)l2012-Ell (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 19th September, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subiect: Purchase of Note Book, Lap-Top, etc., by Ministries/ Departments - revision of guidelines reg.

In supersession to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum bearing nos. 1(15)/E.ll(A)/2009 dated 26 May 2009 and 14th May 2012 regarding purchase of Note Book/Lap-Top computers by Ministries/Departments and delegation of powers thereof. it has been decided that lap-top; tablet; notepad; ultra-book; notebook, net-book or devices of similar categories may be issued to officers of the rank of Deputy Secretary/equivalent and above for discharge of official work. These powers shall continue to be exercised by the Secretary of the Ministry/Department concerned in consultation with the Financial Adviser. It would be the prerogative of the Administrative Secretary to decide on the nature of gadget to be issued to the eligible officers.

2. This would, however. be subject to the following conditions:

i. Cost of the device, including standard software should not exceed Rs. 70,000/-

ii. Purchase procedures prescribed under GFRs/CVC guidelines may be followed.

iii. The officer who is given the device, shall be personally responsible for its safety and security, which shall continue to remain Government property. In case of its loss, cost will be recovered from the officer based on the book value of the device. The officer concerned will be at liberty to get the device insured at his personal cost.
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iv. Only one device may be issued to an entitled officer. The officer will have the option to retain the device after four years by paying 10% of the original cost.

v. For the purpose of calculation of the book value, a depreciation of 25% per year, on reducing balance. be adopted.

vi. No new device may be sanctioned to an officer, who has already been allotted a device, in a Ministry/Department, up to four years or till the fitness of such device is certified by NIC of that Ministry/Department, whichever is later. Upon the transfer of the officer to another Ministry/Department of the Government of India, he may exercise the option of carrying this device to his new posting with the approval of the Administrative Secretary. No new device may be issued to a new incumbent if the device is returned by his predecessor upon his transfer from that Ministry/Department. except when such device has completed the stipulated period of four years or its useful lifespan, whichever is later.

vii. Disposal of the gadgets may be as per extant norms prescribed for e-waste disposal.

3. This issues with the approval of Secretary Expenditure
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(Anil Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/misc/laptopnotebookpurchase19092014.pdf
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees-Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2014.

F. No. 1/2/2014-E.II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 18th September, 2014.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees-Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2014.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1/ l/2014-E.II(B) dated 27th March, 2014 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Deamess Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 100% to 107% with effect from 1st July, 2014.

2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No. 1(3)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

4. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

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(A. B arya)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

7 th Pay Commission's visit to Mussoorie/Dehradun

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 Mussoorie/Dehradun between 8th October and 10th October 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 September, 2014 (1700 hours).

http://www.7cpc.india.gov.in/news03.html

REMOVE THE BONUS CEILING OF Rs.3500-BPMS

To,                                                        

The Prime Minister,                     The   Minister of Labour & Employment
Govt. of India,                                           Government of India,
South Block, Raisina Hill,                        Shram Shakti Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110001                                  Rafi Marg, New Delhi- 110001

Through: Proper Channel

SUB: Submission of memorandum of demand
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Hon’ble Sir,
‘Government Employees National Confederation’ is a confederation of all industrial unit of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh which decided in its meeting held on 08.09.2014 to observe a week long agitation throughout the country from 15th Sep to 20th Sep 2014 in protest/demands of one of the various prevailing National issues.  Accordingly, being a constituent of BPMS/GENC/BMS this union has observed an agitation programme from 15.09.2014 to 20.09.2014 through Gate Meetings, Demonstration at Main Gate of the establishment, Wearing Black Badges and other peaceful methods
and we are submitting a memorandum of demand through proper channel for your kind consideration and suitable action at the earliest please–

Section 12 of the Payment of Bonus Act has been amended by Act 45 of 2007 (w.e.f. 01.04.2006) regarding calculation of bonus with respect to certain employees which states as under:-

“Where the salary or wage of an employee exceeds three thousand and five hundred rupees per mensem, the bonus payable to such employee under Section 10 or, as the case may be, under Section 11, shall be calculated as if his salary or wage were three thousand and five hundreds rupees per mensem.”

Meanwhile, Central Government has accepted the recommendations of 06th CPC with effect from 01.01.2006 and fixed the minimum basic pay plus grade pay as Rs. 5200 + 1800 = 7000. Therefore 28,06,369 Group ‘C’ (Non Gazetted) and 1,13,477 Group ‘B’ (Non Gazetted) total thirty lakh approx. Central Government employees are getting the bonus @ Rs. 3500/- per mensem under the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 or Productivity Linked Bonus whereas none of them is drawing wages less than Rs. 7000/- per mensem excluding other allowances which has been causing discontentment amongst the employees.

Therefore, you are requested to issue necessary directives to remove the ceiling of Rs.3500/- per mensem under the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 and Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme.

An early action is solicited please.

With regards,
Sincerely yours

(Name of Secretary)
Secretary
Copy to:
1. The General Secretary/B.M.S.,
2426, Ram Naresh Bhawan, Tilak Gali,
Pahar Ganj, New Delhi-110055

2. The General Secretary,
Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh,
02, Navin Market, Kanpur–208001
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For your kind information please.

Source: http://www.bpms.org.in/documents/genc-memorandum-5vxz.pdf

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Enforce ‘One Rank One Pension', Say Ex-Servicemen

KOCHI: Their demand for ‘One Rank One Pension’ started in 1983. Even after 30 years, the plea of ex-servicemen, the first to raise such a demand, is falling on deaf ears, when the judges, MPs, MLAs, bureaucrats and many others receive pensions based on their rank.

The former UPA Government has thrice earmarked fund in its budget for ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme. But the ex-servicemen, who once served the country, are yet to get their due. Left with no other alternative, ex-servicemen across the country have decided to go for hunger strike on Wednesday.

“After the sixth Pay Commission in 2006, the Army personnel who retired a day before it and after it with the same rank get a pension with wide gap. Those who retire early gets a considerably lower pension than those who retire recently. It has been 30 years, since we had requested them to bridge the gap,” said  Pratapan, secretary, National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination Committee, Ernakulam.

Many committees constituted to study the subject were also in their favour of the ex-servicemen. In 2009, the UPA government allocated Rs 2,144 crores in the budget for the scheme. In 2012, they allocated Rs 2,300 and finally in 2014, the Central Government set aside Rs 500 crore. The then Defence Minister A K Antony said the ‘One rank one pension’ scheme would be implemented from April 1, 2014.

The K M Chandrashekar committee also submitted a report in favour of ex-service men. “But the officials conveniently brushed aside the directive by the then Defence Minister aside. The officials of the Ex-servicemen Welfare Department at Delhi is throttling every efforts taken in this regard,” he said. The Modi Government has now allotted Rs 1,500 crore for it. But various other committees state that it needs around Rs 3500 to implement the scheme.

Source:Indian Express

Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2013-14.

No.7/24/2007/E III (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E III (A) Branch
New Delhi, the 16th September, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2013-14.

The undersigned is directed to convey the sanction of the President to the grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) equivalent to 30 days emoluments for the accounting year 2013-14 to the Central Government employees in Groups ‘C’ and ‘D’ and all non-gazetted employees in Group ‘B’, who are not covered by any Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme.

The calculation ceiling for payment of ad-hoc Bonus under these orders shall continue to be monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500/-, as hitherto. The payment of ad-hoc Bonus under these orders will also be admissible to the eligible employees of Central Para Military Forces and Armed Forces. The orders will be deemed to be extended to the employees of Union Territory Administration which follow the Central Government pattern of emoluments and are not covered by any other bonus or ex-gratia scheme.

2. The benefit will be admissible subject to the following terms and conditions:-

(i) Only those employees who were in service as on 31.3.2014 and have rendered at least six months of continuous service during the year 2013-14 will be eligible for payment under these orders. Pro­rata payment will be admissible to the eligible employees for period of continuous service during the year from six months to a full year, the eligibility period being taken in terms of number of months of service (rounded off to the nearest number of months).

(ii) The quantum of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) will be worked out on the basis of average emoluments/calculation ceiling whichever is lower. To calculate Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) for one day, the average emoluments in a year will be divided by 30.4 (average number of days in a month). This will thereafter be multiplied by the number of days of bonus granted, To illustrate, taking the calculation ceiling of monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500 (where actual average emoluments exceed Rs. 3500), Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) for thirty days would work out to Rs. 3500×30/30.4=Rs.3453.95 (rounded off to Rs.3454/-).

(iii) The casual labour who have worked in offices following a 6 days week for at least 240 days for each year for 3 years or more (206 days in each year for 3 years or more in the case of offices observing 5 days week), will be eligible for this Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) Payment. The amount of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) payable will be (Rs. 1200×30/30.4 i.e.Rs.1184.21 (rounded off to Rs.1184/-). In cases where the actual emoluments fall below Rs.1200/- p.m., the amount will be calculated on actual monthly emoluments.

(iv) All payments under these orders will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

(v) The clarificatory orders issued vide this Ministry’s OM No.F.14 (10)- E. Coord/88 dated 4.10.1988, as amended from time to time, would hold good.

3. The expenditure on this account will be debit able to the respective Heads to which the pay and allowances of these employees are debited.

4.The expenditure incurred on account of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) is to be met from within the sanctioned budget provision of concerned Ministries/Departments for the current year.

5.In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Sd/-
(Amar Nath Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt, of India

Source:http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/bonus/bonus2014.pdf

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MINUTES OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING FOR WEB-BASED PENSIONERS’ PORTAL HELD ON 29th AUGUST, 2014

MINUTES OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING FOR WEB-BASED PENSIONERS’ PORTAL HELD ON 29th AUGUST, 2014 UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SECRETARY (PENSION, AR&PG)

A list of participants is annexed.

2. A meeting of the Advisory Committee for Web-Based Pensioners’ Portal under NeGP was held on 29th August, 2014 under the chairmanship of Secretary (P, AR&PG) in Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi with a view to seek suggestions etc. for further improvements of the Pensioner Portal.

3. Secretary (P, AR&PG) welcomed the participants and requested J S (Pension) to give a brief background of constitution and role of the Advisory Committee. JS (Pension) while giving the background mentioned that the Pensioner Portal has been progressing well based on the inputs provided from time to time by user Departments forming part of the Advisory Committee. The participants were also informed that since the last meeting of the Advisory Committee was held in June, 2013, the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW) have added to the Portal two new components namely Bhavishya (an On-line Pension Sanction and Tracking System) & Sankalp (an initiative to channelize the skill and expertise of pensioners in to meaningful social activities post retirement). While giving a brief description of background and concept of these two new applications, a brief glimpse of these two web based applications was also shown online to the participants. Both initiatives were well appreciated by the member of Advisory Committee. The participants were also informed that the website of Pensioners Portal which includes latest circulars/instructions/activities of the Department is regularly being updated.


4. At this point of time and in the context of Bhavi a software, the issue regarding timely processing of pension papers of prospective pensioners also came up. Secretary (PARPG) desired that the Departments/Offices dealing with pension papers should play a pro-active role in discussing with the pensioners any existing discrepancies/shortcomings in the service records and how best these could be rectified! overcome to avoid delay in processing the pension papers. He desired that all required actions should be completed well before the date of the retirement for timely disbursement of retirement dues.

5. The representative of Bharat Pensioner Samaj felt that software similar to Bhavishya should also be introduced for Railway Pensioners. To this, ED, Railway Board informed that Railways is already in the process of setting up separate Portal for Railway Pensioners named Arpan. He also informed that Railways, on pension matters, have been following the circulars/guidelines etc issued by DoPPW. Secretary (Pension) mentioned that circular issued by DoPPW should get percolated to all lower formations/implementing agencies as soon as possible to avoid any erroneous interpretations of Rules etc. and BHAVISHYA utilised in all Ministries/Departments for ensuring timely sanction of pension.

6. Thereafter, the agenda points were taken up. I S (Pension) explained the Action Taken Report (ATR) on the decisions taken in the last Advisory Committee meeting. The representative of Bharat Pensioner Samaj had sought some clarifications on point No. 4 of the ATR regarding FAQ format, linkage with the Website of Pensioner Portal and extending cooperation with Pensioner Association, which was explained by the representative of M/o Railways. With regard to extending cooperation to the identified Pensioner Associations by We Railway, it was decided that the DoP&PW will reiterate their earlier instructions on the same. The representatives of Bharat Pensioner Samaj and Indian Ex-Service League also stated that the computers with Scarmer & Printers which were supplied to them in 2008-2009 under Pensioner Portal Scheme are now obsolete (being old version) and it should be replaced by new one with latest compatible version. On this, it was felt that National Informatics Centre (NIC) team may visit these Associations in Delhi and give a feedback on the issue.

7. Giving a lead for discussions for further improvement of Pensioner Portal, Secretary (Pension) wanted to know from the representative of D/O Electronics & Information Technology (Deity) whether the evaluation of Pensioner Portal has reached its maturity and whether the mechanism of the Advisory Committee imbibed to play Advisory Role for improvement of Pensioner Portal still exists. The representative of Deity informed that new technologies such as Mobile Service Delivery, Cloud Computing ( Meghraj), AppStore etc. have recently emerged in the field of Information Technologies. The Deity has taken an initiative to study 5 big NeGPs for revamping those NeGPs by incorporating these technologies. DoP&PW can also think of new architecture for revamping of Pensioner Portal. This matter can be further discussed with Deity and on the basis of discussions Deity may come up with a new Project. Use of mobile applications would be desirable. J S (Pension) also pointed out to the representative of Deity for completing the lrnpact Assessment of Pensioners Portal by an independent agency for which DoP&PW has been writing to Deity for the last one year or so.

8. The DDG, NIC was of the View that since the Portal is meant for Pensioners who may not be so computer savvy and other stakeholders, the users of the Pensioner Portal should be visited to have more realistic view of improving the Pensioner Portal. The representative of D/O Ex- Serviceman Welfare mentioned that the present format of CPENGRAMS do not contain provisions for sending reminders by nodal officers to its subordinate formations. This facility should be created and there should be a provision of ‘Alert’ for ‘Directions’ subsequently issued by nodal Ministry to its subordinate formations. He also desired that there should be such facility for search of cases of Defence Personal on the basis of Army ID number which is carried by Defence Personnel throughout their service period and thereafier.

9. The representative of National Ex-Service League felt the need for simplification of use of Grievance Redressal facility for rural areas as most of the Ex-Servicemen reside in these areas. He was, however, informed that since internet facilities are speedily percolating to rural areas also through Common Service Centres (CSC), there should not be any difficulty even for pensioners from rural areas to make use of facilities under Pensioner Portal. However, the use of CSCs by pensioners in village areas could be worked out as this would lead to more optimum utilisation of resources.

l. Decisions
 i) All required actions for completion and processing of Pension papers should be completed well before the date of the retirement for timely disbursement of retirement dues.
(Action: All Ministries/Department)

ii) All circulars issued/uploaded by DOPPW on their website should get percolated to all formations and implementing agencies as soon as possible to avoid any erroneous interpretations of Rules etc. In addition to this M/O Railway will also make a link with FAQS of DoP&PW through their website.
(Action: All Ministries/Department)

iii) For extending cooperation to the identified Pensioners Associations by M/o Railway, the DoP&PW will reiterate their earlier OM.
(Action: DoP&PW & M/O Railways)
iv) The representatives of Bharat Pensioner Samaj and Indian Ex-Service League also stated that the computers with Scanner & Printers were supplied to them in 2007-2008 under Pensioner Portal Scheme are now obsolete (being old version) and it should be replaced by new one with latest compatible version. On this, National Informatics Centre (NIC) mentioned that a team of NIC-DOPPW will look into the matter and accordingly give their views in the matter.
(Action: NIC-DoP&PW)
v) Consideration of a new project on architecture for revamping of Pensioner Portal with new technologies
(Action: Deity, NIC & DoP&PW)
vi) Impact Assessment of Pensioners Portal by an Independent Agency.
(Action: Deity)
(vii) Present format of CPENGRAMS under Pensioner Portal do not contain provisions of sending reminders by nodal officers to its subordinate formations and also make provision of ‘Alert” for directions subsequently issued by nodal Ministry to its subordinate formations
(Action: NIC-DoP&PW)

2. Concluding the meeting, Secretary (Pension) observed that there is a large force of pensioners’ which needs to be handled with dignity. We should be able to take forward this message ‘by improving the facilities available under Pensioner Portal. He also thanked all participants and other Ministries for extending all cooperation for achieving the objectives of Mission of Pensioners Welfare.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS IN THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING FOR WEB-BASED PENSIONERS’ PORTAL HELD ON 29st AUGUST, 2014

Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

Sh. N.Ravi Shanker, Secretary (P, AR&PG) - In Chair
Ms. Vandana Sharma, Joint Secretary (Pension) C
Ms. Tripti P. Ghosh, Director (PP)
Ms. Sujasha Choudhary, DS (P)
Sh. Prem Kumar, Sr. Consultant
Sh. S.P. Kakkar, Consultant

Ministry of Home Affairs

Ms. Shyarnala Mohan, Director (Admn. & Vigt.)
Sh. U.S Banerjee, Under Secretary

Department of Ex-Serviceman & Welfare

Sh. T.R. Singhal, DS (PG)
Sh. Gaurakh Nath

Ministry of Railways

Sh. Rajiv Kishore, ED (ERP)

Department of Post

Ms. Trishaljeet, DDG (Establishment)
Sh. Amit Pankaj, ADG

Department of Telecommunications

Sh. M.L.Sindhi, ADG
Ms. Geeta Arora

Department of Electronics & Information Technology(Deity)

Ms. Renu Bhudiraja, Sr. Director
Sh. Tushar Rai, Consultant NeGD
Sh. Ajoy Agarwal, Consultant, NeGD

NIC

Shri GK Gaur, DDG
Shri S.N.Sowpari, Sr. Tec. Dir. NIC-DOPT
Shri Sriram, Tec. Dir. NIC-DOPPW
Sh. Ani1Bansal, SSA

Indian Ex-Service League

Col. K.S. Yadav
Capt. Ratan Singh

Bharat Pensioners Samaj

Sh. S.C. Maheshwari, Secy. Gen.

Source:http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/09/minutes-of-advisory-committee-for-web.html

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