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Thursday, April 30, 2015

EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER MAY -2015

FIGHT FOR EMANCIPATION OF GDS

            At the insistence of the Postal JCA the Postal department again wrote to the Government for referring the GDS issues to 7th CPC last month but it is confirmed that the Government has rejected it unjustifiably. There appears to be no place in the heart of the Prime Minister and all his words of Man Ki Baat do not show any reference to this toiling and exploited section of postal family. The Postal Department accordingly is preparing to constitute another Nataraja Murthy type of Officer Committee to go into the wage structure issues of the GDS. This exercise will no doubt result in repetition of our age old experience of denial of justice to GDS and will not even be useful to rectify some fundamental errors in fixation of pay to various categories of GDS on par with its historically comparable category of regular employees. The Postal Employees movement cannot tolerate this type of callous attitude from the Government that spends more time only with the issues of Indian and foreign corporates.

            NFPE and the Postal JCA are committed to fight for the cause of GDS and for their inclusion in the ambit of 7th CPC. NFPE was successful in unifying the entirety of the CG Employees movement including the Railways and Defence to effectively place before the government through the Staff Side JCM as well as an important demand in the charter for struggle by the CG Employees. The distraction caused by the industrial action of GDS at the call of some other organisation has been taken advantage of by the government to foist an officer committee by applying divide and rule theory. NFPE and Postal JCA are not going to fall for the tactics of the Government but will raise the banner of struggle as promised time and again since the formation of the Pay Commission.

            There can be only a single reason for the adamant attitude of the Government. It is clear that if a Pay Commission gives out its recommendations it will be highly difficult for it to reject it but it can reject easily the recommendations of any judicial committee as was done to Justice Talwar Committee recommendations. It can of course obtain a very favourable report through an officer committee. But the movement had lived through this game of the Government throughout its existence. We cannot allow the Government to succeed this time and once again cheat the two and a half lakhs of GDS, who always stood strongly in all struggles of the Postal Employees movement by undergoing all types of sacrifices including during the times of bonus ceiling struggle. It is time to repay to the cause of GDS by the Postal regular employees work force.

            The Task Force Committee’s recommendations to effect a complete structural change of the India Post and open the doors for the ultimate privatisation of the India Post pose a serious challenge to the entire postal movement. The recommendations cannot be ignored as the same are coming out of the high power committee constituted by the Prime Minister and headed by a former Cabinet Secretary. Any let up on our side will result in a fate-accompli situation and once the Government takes a final decision on the recommendations it will be too late for the existence of the Postal Department as a Government Service. The Postal JCA cannot be a silent spectator to the destruction of the entire edifice of Postal Department before its own eyes.

            There are other serious issues in the Charter but the existence of the Postal Department as a government department and referring the wage issues of two and a half lakhs of GDs to 7th CPC as against the decision of the Government to constitute once again an officer committee and cadre restructuring  of all  cadres, are the important  issues  on which no compromise can be made by the postal movement.

            Time to get into the arena of struggle with total confidence that united struggles always win. We appeal to all GDS employees that irrespective of their loyalties all should join this crusade against injustice being perpetrated against them time and again. We appeal to all departmental regular employees that it is time for our movement to be ready for making any sacrifice for the cause of our downtrodden GDS brothers and sisters. Let us march ahead in the path of indefinite strike and register victory.

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RAJYA SABHA Q & A REGARDING POST BANK OF INDIA & TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS ON PBI

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS     
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.163 TO BE ANSWERED ON 24TH APRIL, 2015
POSTAL BANKS

163. DR. PRADEEP KUMAR BALMUCHU:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
(a)       whether it is a fact that Government is urging the Department of Posts to come up with opening of Postal Banks in the country, if so, the details thereof;
(b)       whether the Subramanian Committee, to which the matter had been referred, has submitted its report and has made recommendations in this regard; and
(c)        if so, the details thereof?

 ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)

(a)       Sir, the Department of Posts has submitted an application to Reserve Bank of India on 30.1.2015 seeking license for setting up Post Bank of India under the rubric of “Payments Bank”. The Government is committed to increasing access of the people to the formal financial system and in this context; Government proposes to utilize the vast Postal network with nearly 1, 54,000 points of presence spread across the villages of the country.  The Government hopes that the Postal Department will make its proposed Payments Bank venture successful so that it contributes further to the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. The details of the proposed Post Bank would be finalized once the Reserve Bank of India takes a favourable decision on application submitted by Department of Posts. In the recent budget speech also the Finance Minister has appreciatingly talked about Post Bank.

(b) & (c )         The Task Force on Leveraging the Post Office Network under the Chairmanship of retired Cabinet Secretary Shri. T.S.R.Subramanian, has submitted its report during November-2014. The said task force has recommended for setting up Post Bank of India. The details of the recommendations are reproduced in the Annexure- ‘A’ enclosed herewith.

Annexure-A

Recommendations of Task Force on Leveraging Post Office Network with respect to Setting up of Post Bank of India:-
(i)     The proposal is not to convert the PO Network into a Bank, but to set up a fully professional new Bank to further financial inclusion and meet the objectives of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, which specifically provides for the extension of credit to all Indians resident in every part of India, particularly in rural areas.

(ii)     This opportunity for achieving universal financial inclusion via technology and the institutional reach of the PO Network must not be lost. There is admittedly a risk involved, as there is in any new venture into uncharted waters. The risk involved can and must be managed in the interests of the overall larger national objectives.

(iii)       The PBI must be professionally managed and operated, with credit and other risks being handled by experienced experts hired from the market. In its own interest, its operations must be fully in line and compliant with RBI Guidelines.

(iv)      A new institution, to be called the Post Bank of India or by some other suitable name, should be set up as a commercial bank offering the full spectrum of financial and banking services.

(v)     As the owner of the proposed PBI, the Government of India may take decisions as appropriate on structural and organizational issues and other details, including the funding requirements.

(vi)     The Task Force is of the view that the PBI should be set up under an Act of Parliament and that establishing the PBI as a statutory institution and a Government Bank would enhance its credibility, insulate it from local pulls and greatly facilitate its operations.

(vii)    It is essential to structure the proposed PBI in such a manner as to pre-empt the possibility of outside interests influencing its day-to-day operations.

(viii)   The Task Force also recommends that the PBI should initially be set up as a Public Sector Bank wholly owned by the Government of India.

(ix)     The initial capital requirement, estimated at Rs. 500 crores as per RBI requirements would be fully funded by the Government.

(x)       After the Bank establishes itself in 3 to 5 years, the Board of Directors could take a view on floating an IPO to raise fresh capital.

(xi)     The PBI will focus on fulfilling the Government’s mandate of financial inclusion and on bringing the un-banked and under-banked segments of the population, particularly in rural, semi-rural and remote areas within the ambit of the formal monetized economy.

(xii)    A view needs to be taken on how best to seamlessly integrate the earlier banking operations into the proposed new structure, The best and seamless method would be to fully absorb the POSB in the new proposed Bank (PBI).

(xiii)     The PBI will offer services including credit, which are beyond the remit of the POSB.

(xiv)    The PBI will develop financial products and services which are specially tailored to the needs of the rural and urban unbanked population, if necessary in collaboration with other banks.

(xv)     The PBI will function as a commercially viable and self-sustaining entity without the need for continuing Government subsidies.

(xvi)      After the Initial gestation period, it should generate its own resources and sustain itself in the competitive market environment.

(xvii)     The PBI should price its services on a cost plus basis and revise these rates from time to time, so that its operations do not become a continuing and increasing burden on the Government exchequer.

(xviii)   The PBI will start with a Head Office Main Branch and will thereafter expand its operations by opening Branch offices in the Metro towns and State capitals, to be manned by banking professionals.

(xix)    The longer term objectives would be to establish a Branch Office of the PBI in each District Headquarter over a 3 to 5 year period, to be operated mostly by banking professionals.

(xx)      The 150,000-plus Departmental and Branch POs will act as Banking Correspondents for the PBI.

(xxi)      Careful consideration should be given to the various types, elements and levels of risk involved in the PBI’s operations.

(xxii)     Robust System Protocols and Standard Operating Procedures should be put in place to manage these risks effectively.

(xxiii)    The PBI should recruit/commission the services of banking experts to manage its credit, portfolio and market risks.

(xxiv)    Appropriate management capabilities should be mobilized from the market and robust systems and processes should be put in place to ensure that Non-Performing Assets are kept within acceptable limits.

(xxv)      It is neither necessary nor desirable to mandate a waiting period before the PBI enters into credit and lending operations.

(xxvi)    The PBI should be constituted and begin working as a credit and lending Bank immediately, without any trial/waiting/learning period.

(xxvii)  The PBI should be set up as an independent Statutory and corporate entity offering the full bouquet services, including credit, to its customers.

(xxviii) The PBI will primarily target currently unbanked and under-banked customers in rural, semi-rural and remote areas, with a focus on providing small and affordable loans and simple deposit products.

(xxix)    Customers will be provided with full-fledged Savings Accounts, which can be retained even with zero balances, as provided for in the PMJDY.

(xxx)     Credit risks will be managed by hiring professionals from the banking sector and by developing and implementing robust protocols for building checks and balances in the system. Market and robust systems and processes should be put in place to ensure that Non-Performing Assets are kept within acceptable limits.


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Transparency in Appointments to CPSUs

The Government has not accepted a total of 06 recommendations of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) during the period from 01.04.2014 to 31.03.2015 due to varying reasons including denial/non-receipt of vigilance clearance, court case, procedural/functional issues, etc. As many as 106 recommendations of the PESB were accepted by the Government during the same period. It is evident that the rejection of the PESB recommended panel by the Government on grounds other than those related to vigilance is only in rare cases for which no change on this count is envisaged at this stage.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Vivek Gupta in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Parlimentary panel slams govt for non-implementation of OROP in Armed forces

Taking the government to task on the issue of implementation of One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme for the personnel retiring from the Armed forces, a parliamentary panel today asked the Centre to work out an amicable solution "within stringent timeframe at the earliest".

The Standing Committee on Defence, in its report submitted in the both Houses of Parliament, regretted that even after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a commitment and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had provided Rs 1,000 crore in the General Budget, the OROP has not been implemented.

"It is beyond the understanding of the Committee as to what reasons are preventing the government from making necessary decisions and arriving at a solution," the Committee wondered, adding that it was utmost important that requisite modalities were sorted out and an amicable solution brought with regard to OROP within stringent timeframe at the earliest.

The Committee asked the government to apprise it about the progress made in this regard.

More UNI MK RSA/SB AS1618

Source:http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20150427/2580444.html

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declarations of assets and liabilities by the Railway Servant

RBE No. 40/2015
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(D&A) 2014 GS1-2

New Delhi, 27/04/2015

The General Manager(P) All Indian Railways and Production Units etc.

(As per standard list).

Sub: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declarations of assets and liabilities by the Railway Servant

Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 25.03.2014, whereby the proforma for submission of declarations of assets and liabilities by the Railway servants were circulated.

2. In this regard, Department of Personnel and Training have now issued O.M. No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B) dated 25.04.2015 extending the last date for filing the returns under the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2014. A copy of the O.M. dated 25.04.2015 aforesaid is also enclosed.

DA: As above

(S. Modi)

Dy. Director Estt. (D&A)

Railway Board
Source:http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/E_D%26A/Conduct_Rules/Lokayukt_Date_Extension.pdf

Income Limit for OBC

The Supreme Court in its Judgement in the Indra Sawhney case, inter-alia, directed for exclusion of the socially advanced persons/sections form the benefit of reservation for Other Backward Classes. These advance persons/sections are called the “Creamy Layer”. The Government of India vide its OM dated 8.9.1993 has inter-alia categorised 5 categories of persons for the “Cream Layer”. The present income limit at present under the income criteria of parents of OBC candidates for entry in Government services is Rs. 6 lakh per annum.

The annual income limit of parents of the students for availing scholarship under Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students is Rs.44,500/- and for Post Matric Scholarship for OBC students is Rs.1.00 lakh.

For the Scheme run by Ministry of Human Resources Development, the parental income limit under the Central sector scheme of scholarship for college and university students and Special Scholarship scheme for Jammu & Kashmir is Rs. 6 lakhs per annum.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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LATEST INFORMATION OF FAKE CERTIFICATE

Fake Certificates

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) has informed that information about appointments secured on the basis fake/false caste certificates is not centrally maintained.

However, the Central Government had undertaken a onetime exercise to collect information about appointments secured on the basis of fake/false caste certificates in the year 2010. As per information received from various Ministries/Departments etc. 1832 appointments were allegedly secured on the basis of fake/false caste certificates. Disciplinary proceedings had been instituted in all the cases. It was reported that out of the above 1832 cases, 276 had resulted in suspension/removal etc., whereas 521 cases were entangled into litigations and in remaining 1035 cases disciplinary proceedings were pending.

The Government instructions provide that an appointing authority should verify a caste status of SC/ST candidates at the time of initial appointment as well as at the time of promotion.

Chief Secretaries of States/ Union Territories have been requested to issue instructions to the district magistrates/district collectors/ deputy commissioners of the districts to the effect that when asked to verify the veracity etc. of caste certificates, they should ensure at their own level that veracity of the caste/community certificate referred to the district authorities is verified and reported to the appointing authority within one month of receipt of request from such authority. In order to rule out collusion between candidates holding false/forged certificates and employees at the district level or sub-district level, disciplinary proceedings may be initiated against the officers who default in timely verification of caste status in such cases or issue false caste certificates.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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BSNL told to Improve Services and Win back People Confidence

Bharat Sanchar Nigam has been told to improve services and ensure that better quality of signal is maintained specially in the border and extremism affected areas. Union Minister for Telecom and Information Technology, Sh Ravi Shankar Prasad said these at a meeting with the members of Parliament from the States of Bihar, Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland. The meeting was part of the series of meetings planned to make telecom officials directly answerable to the parliamentary representatives so as to have a firsthand account of public sectors performance, problems faced and possible solutions.

The Union Minister for Telecom and Information Technology, Mr. Ravi Prasad said while the Government is committed to revive BSNL and numbers of initiatives are in the pipeline to bring it back to the position of market leader. He said the management of BSNL will also be expected to regain lost confidence of people by improving services and response. He said a major initiative has been launched by BSNL to improve quality of signal for which it plans to add another 1150 towers during this fiscal in Bihar alone.

Members of Parliament from the States of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and North Eastern States participated in the first meeting. Mr. Prasad has directed the Department to call five such meetings so that all members of parliament are given opportunity to raise issues directly with officials concerned.

Members of Parliament who attended yesterday’s meetings gave overwhelming support to Mr. Prasad initiative to revive glory of BSNL and categorically stated that they are eager to extend all support in this context. They were not only concerned about the deteriorating quality of BSNL services but even apprehended private players role in obstructing growth of BSNL which enjoined lead position in the sector till 2004.They only suggested that meeting of representatives from Defence and Home should be called to address this problem.

Mr. Prasad also directed the Department of Telecom to explore the possibility of setting up a dedicated cell in BSNL to monitor the effectiveness of its network in border areas and also in areas badly affected by extremism.

The meeting was also informed that the public sector which came into being only in October 2000 has a net worth of Rs 51,203 crore with an equity capital of Rs 12,500 crore only. New initiatives taken to improve viability include Wi-FI services, data centre services and introduction of next generation network switching technology. It was pointed out that four million lines in phase -I will have NGN by the end of this fiscal while total number of 14 million ports are planned. 2500 hot spots are planned for the year of which 41 hot-spot have already been deployed.

NNK/MD
(Release ID :119838)

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

REVISED DEARNESS RELIEF TO CENTRAL PENSIONERS FROM I-I-2015-DOPT ORDER

F. No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date: 27th April, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners — Revised rate effective from 1.1.2015.


The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/10/2014- P&PW(G) dated 29th September, 2014 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 107% to 113% w.e.f. lst January, 2015.

2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates,
(iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (v) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs. 3500/- p.m. in terms of this Department’s OM No. 2311/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department’s OM No. 23/3/2008- P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.

3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department’s OM No. 4/59/97-P&PW (0) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 113% w.e.f. 1.1.2015 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lump sum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the 0.M. dated 14.07.98. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s OM No.4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated. 12.7.2000 refer.

4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9
th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

8. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-11dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure conveyed vide their ID No. 1(4)/E.V/2004 dated 24thApril, 2015.

11. Hindi version will follow.

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

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PPWG_270415_11231.pdf

Monday, April 27, 2015

Central govt employees demand scrapping of NPS, merger of DA

Central Government employees have decided to hold a demonstration near Parliament on April 28 for bringing to notice their long-pending demands such as scrapping of the new pension scheme, merger of dearness allowance, and putting a stop to outsourcing, among others.

According to a release, the demonstration would press the long-pending demands of Central Government employees including scrapping the New Pension Scheme (NPS), merger of dearness allowance (DA) in Pay, redressal of pending anomalies of the Sixth Central Pay Commission, interim relief, scrapping foreign direct investment, and public private partnership schemes, filling of vacancies, stopping outsourcing, enhancement of the limit of bonus, and on the other side various amendments in labour laws, among others.

On the call of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), the Convener of NCJCA Shiva Gopal Mishra said in a release various associations will participate in the demonstration including the All-India Railway Men’s Federation, the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen, the All-India Defence Employees’ Federation, the Indian National Defence Workers’ Federation, the National Federation of Postal Employees’ Federation, the Federation of National Postal Organisation, and the Confederation of Central Government Employees. Besides, some state employees will also participate in the demonstration.

Mishra further said if the Government does not take the “united movement seriously” to resolve the issues, they would be forced to take precipitate action for which the Centre would be responsible.

(This article was published on April 26, 2015)

Source:http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/central-govt-employees-demand-scrapping-of-nps-merger-of-da/article7143500.ece

Ex-servicemen Meet Union Minister to discuss about OROP (one rank one pension) issue.

Ex-servicemen Meet Union Minister

Delegates of the National Ex-servicemen Coordination Committee, led by chairman Thaneswar Sen, vice-chairman V S John and secretary general V N Mishra, discussing the OROP issue with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi on Wednesday


KOCHI:Delegates of the National Ex-servicemen Coordination Committee met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at his office in New Delhi on Wednesday and took up the issue of ‘One-Rank-One-Pension’ (OROP), which is pending before the Ministry for some time.

The Committee briefed the Minister about the concerns of the ex-servicemen community over the non-implementation of the OROP scheme by the Defence Ministry, though he had promised prompt action at a meeting held on March 18.

National Ex-servicemen Coordination Committee vice-chairman V S John, who was part of the delegation, said the Minister assured that all modalities and formalities to implement the One-Rank-One-Pension scheme were completed for issuing order. However, the Minister said the matter required a second approval from the  Parliament. “The Minister was very considerate of the Pension of Personnel Below Officer Rank issue, and assured that he would obtain the approval of Parliament in the current session itself. The orders to implement the decisions will be issued before the current Parliament session concludes,” he said.

Source:http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/Ex-servicemen-Meet-Union-Minister/2015/04/26/article2783507.ece

Railway Lunches Mobile App for Public Complains/Suggestions

A portal on Complaint Management was launched on 2nd March 2015, both in English and Hindi. However, the mobile application which was launched on same day is available only in English on Android platform.

The public complaints and suggestions are being monitored on a real time basis. Necessary instructions have been issued to concerned officials to finalize the complaints at the earliest. However, no time frame has been set to redress the complaints.

Bonafide passengers can send their valuable suggestions also through this newly launched portal.

The details of the Railway Mobile App have been given wide publicity through Indian Railways’ Press Release, sharing the details on Indian Railways social networking sites such as Facebook and twitter with URL Rail Min India were also used to publicize this app.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

AKS/HK/SK/KD/RV
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7th Pay Commission recommendations likely this year : Jaitley

 New Delhi: The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on  pay revision of the central government employees is expected to be submitted to the government this year, the Lok Sabha was  today informed.

Responding to a supplementary, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, ”Additional  Tencent revenue share for the state being provided by the Centre from this year and the recommendations of the pay commission– that are expected to be made this year– are bound to put additional burden on the fiscal situation.”

“Keeping this in mind, we have opted to extend the deadline from two to three  years for attaining the targeted mark of fiscal budgetary deficit,” he said.

Presently, the government’s annual income is around Rs 11.5 lakh crore against the expenditure of around Rs 17.5 lakh crore leaving a budgetary deficit of about Rs 5 lakh crore.  – UNI

Source:http://www.dayandnightnews.com/2015/04/7th-pay-commission-recommendations-likely-this-year-jaitley/

Appointment on compassionate grounds -Latest clarification from Railway Board

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD) 

No. E(NG)H/2015/RC-l/Genl./2
New Delhi, dt.23.04.2015

The General Manager(P),
All Indian Railways
Production Units.

Sub: Appointment on compassionate grounds - Clarifications - regarding.

Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 14.092012 issued under RBE No. 102/2012. Some of the Zonal Railways have sought clarification as regards to the allowances and benefits allowed to a trainee under Board’s letter dated 14.09.2012(RBE No. 102/2012) should be given to a trainee appointed against a working‘post where it is mandatory for persons being appointed to clear the entire training period before joining a working post.

The matter has been examined in Board’s office and it is clarified that in terms of one of the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission, as accepted by the Government of India, candidates not possessing the minimum qualifications of Matriccould not be recruited in the Government service. At the same time, Commission also recommended that in exceptional circumstances like appointment on compassionate grounds, Government might need to provide employment opportunities to certain classes of persons not immediately meeting the minimum educational standards and Government could recruit them as “trainees” who would be given a regular pay band and Grade Pay only on acquiring the minimum qualification prescribed under the Recruitment rules.

Thus, it is amply clear that Board’s instructions dated 14.09.2012 applies exclusively in cases, where candidate being considered for appointment on compassionate grounds are not meeting the minimum qualification for entry into the Government service that is, in Grade Pay 1800/- and the word ‘trainees’ have been coined only for this limited purpose. It has nothing to do with trainees (who get stipend and not salary) in various posts of Grade Pay 1900 & above, where it is mandatory for persons to complete the training successfully, before joining a working post.

Please acknowledge receipt.
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(Lily Pandeya)
Director Estt. (N)II
Railway Board

Source: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B40Q65NF2_7UVWJrTDUzNFF2aTdKS0VWZWlEYjIxWTJMOXpz/view

Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary – Implementation of Courts Judgements.BPMS

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSH MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)

REF: BPMS / MOD / NDA / 200 (8/2/L)
Dated: 24.04.2015
To,
Shri R K Mathur,
Secretary, Department of Defence,
Min of Defence, Govt of India,
South Block, New Delhi – 110011

Shri G Mohan Kumar,
Secretary, Department of Defence Production,
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
South Block, New Delhi – 110011

Ms. Vandana Srivastava,
Financial Adviser (Defence Services),
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
South Block, New Delhi – 110011

Subject: Prior Intimation for Contempt Petition: Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary – Implementation of Courts Judgements.

Respected Sir / Madam, With due regards, it is submitted that the issue of payment of Night Duty Allowance based on actual salary instead of notional pay of Rs.2200/- was under consideration in the Ministry of Defence consequent of Courts judgments. Hon’ble CAT Jodhpur has already passed the following directions in OA No 34/2008 dated 5.11.2009:

(i) The Night Duty Allowance shall be paid to the applicants and the similarly situated persons on the basis of the actual salary after taking out the pay structure determinants like HRA etc., which have no actual relation to the work performed and on the basis of this pay, thus arrived at, Night Duty Allowance is payable to the applicants.

(ii) The applicants are entitled to such arrears as is applicable to them from April 2007 on the basis of actual pay thus arrived at without any interest if the amount is calculated and arrears paid to them from six months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order and thereafter with 6% interest.

(iii) The O.A is allowed to the extent as aforesaid. No order as to costs It is learnt that vide I.D. No. 17(4)/2012/D (Civ-II), dated 04.01.2013 MOD had asked for some data from all the Dtes/Hqrs and since then the matter was pending. Meanwhile, O.A. No. 2017/2014 was filed in CAT Mumbai on 17th January, 2014 as ‘All Employees of Ordnance Factory Ambajhari, Nagpur (1598 applicants) versus Union of India through Secretary, Min of Defence’ for payment of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of actual salary. The O.A. was disposed of at the admission stage with the directive to consider the said representations of the applicants in the light of the judgement passed by Jodhpur within 12 weeks. Aggrieved by the non-compliance of the above directive, Contempt Petition (CP No.200/2014 Shri Arvind Girija Singh & Ors versus UOI & Ors.) was filed and the subject CP was heard on 23.02.2015 and after hearing both sides Hon’ble CAT Mumbai disposed of the contempt petition with an order to grant night duty allowance as per revised rate within 03 months from the date of receiving the order.

As the period granted by the Hon’ble CAT is going to expire on 23.05.2015, all the concerned authorities are requested to take appropriate action so that Night Duty Allowance may be paid on the actual salary as per CAT directive to the petitioners as well as nonpetitioner, failing which by this federation BPMS will be compelled to file Contempt Petition.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours

(M. P. SINGH) General Secretary

Copy to:
Shri Nripendra Mishra,
Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India
Prime Minister office,
152, South Block, New Delhi – 110011

– With due regards, to bring to your kind notice that due to lethargic attitude of the concerned authorities thousands of Central Government Civilian employees are being compelled to approach the judicial forums to redress the service matters whereas the courts are already overloaded and several lakhs of litigants are waiting for judgment for decades.

Ironically, with the approval of Additional Secretary (R), vide MOD ID No. 18 (2)/2014-D(JCM), dated 09.12.2014, all the concerned have been directed that wherever feasible, the grievances of the similarly placed employees about service matters shall be resolved through administrative channels which would help in reducing unnecessary litigation as well as resentment amongst employees.

Source: http://www.bpms.org.in/documents/contempt-tke2.pdf

Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2015 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their a in the pre revised scale as per 5th Central Pay Commission.

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

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 24th April, 2015.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2015 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their a 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 25th September, 2014 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 212% to 223% w.e.f. 1.1.2015. 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.

(A. Bhattacharya)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/MX-M452N_20150424_191339.pdf

Saturday, April 25, 2015

'Complaints of over-billing, unsatisfactory services at Central Government Health Scheme

NEW DELHI: The Government has received complaints of "over-billing and unsatisfactory services" from beneficiaries of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and has constituted a committee to look into the issue, the Lok Sabha was told today.

"Yes. Some complaints from CGHS beneficiaries regarding over-billing and unsatisfactory and deficient services have been received by CGHS and the same has been taken up with Director Forsan Healthcare Pvt Ltd," Health Minister J P Nadda informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply to a question.

Forsan is the service provider for dental clinics run in the CGHS dispensaries.

The Minister said that an internal committee comprising of dental specialists has been constituted to look into the complaints received.

"About 3,000 bills of CGHS Delhi for period of 2011-13 have been checked by the committee and it has recommended refund of Rs 3.13 crore from the pending bills of the agency.

"Additionally, bill amount of Rs 1.79 crore (approximately) has been withheld," Nadda said.

He informed the Upper house that CGHS has also constituted two standing committees to look into the working and other related issues to keep a check over the quality of services provided by the agency.

Additionally the bills submitted by the agency are now scrutinized by the CMO of the wellness centres to which these dental units are attached, Nadda said.

Replying to another question, he said that the Indian Council of Medical Research has informed that so far 14 Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDL) have been established by the council.

He said that the department of health research has launched a scheme on "Establishment of a Network of Laboratories for Managing Epidemics and Natural Calamities" for implementation during the 12th Plan period.

"The target under the scheme is for 10 regional labs, 30 state level labs and 120 medical college level labs. 30 VRDLs have been established under the scheme," he said.

He said that the funds released under the scheme for establishment of VRDLs during 2013-14 are Rs 34 crores and Rs 30 crores respectively. The approval committee constituted under the scheme has approved 51 VRDLs and funds have been released for 30 VRDLs, he added.

Source:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/complaints-of-over-billing-unsatisfactory-services-at-central-government-health-scheme/articleshow/47039026.cms

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Central Employees Asked To File Lokpal Property Returns After Office Hours, On Holidays

New Delhi: The Central government employees should file details of their assets and liabilities under the new Lokpal Act after office hours and on holidays, the government has said as the deadline for submitting the declarations by them ends on Thursday.

Many employeess have also complained of slow speed of an online system meant for filing these declarations.

“Officers are also advised to use Google Chrome browser to access the system as it runs better in this browser,” the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in an order.

Several telephonic messages have been received regarding slow speed of the system making it difficult for officers in filing the return, it said.

“As the system is accessed by thousands of officers at the same time during office hours, it makes the system slow,” the order said.

The DoPT has taken up the issue of slow speed of system with National Informatics Centre (NIC) authorities for upgradation of the server. “At the same time, it is also informed that as it is online system, officers may try filing their return after office hours and on holidays when the system is less congested,” it said.

An online system has been hosted at www.Cscms.Nic.In for filing the assets declarations by Central Secretariat Service (CSS) officers.

Similarly, an online system PRISM (Property Related Information System) has also been developed by NIC for IAS officers, the DoPT has earlier said.

The first return under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act as on August 1, 2014 should be filed on or before April 30.

Government employees have to also file next annual return under the Act for the year ending March 31, 2015, on or before July 31, this year.

The declarations under the Lokpal Act are in addition to the Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) filed by them under existing services rules.

The DoPT had last year notified the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2014.

As per the rules, every public servant shall file the returns of his assets and liabilities, including that of his spouse and dependent family members, as on March 31, every year on or before July 31 of that year.

For 2014, the last date for filing these returns was September 15 last, which was later extended to December-end and now till April 30, 2015.

All Group A, B, and C employees are supposed to file a declaration under the new rules.

Inputs with PTI

Source:http://www.tkbsen.in/2015/04/central-employees-asked-to-file-lokpal-property-returns-after-office-hours-on-holidays/

Railways: LTC rules changed, more benefits for unmarried employees

New Delhi, April 24: Unmarried central government employees can now avail benefits of Leave Travel Concession (LTC) for visiting any part of the country, as per a relaxation in the rule, which earlier restricted them to use the facility for going to their hometown only.

"It has been decided that the facility of conversion of home town LTC to allow travel to different parts of the country, under the special dispensation scheme, will also apply to an unmarried central government servant, who is eligible to avail the benefit of LTC to visit hometown every year," a fresh order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), said.

Railways

The facility may be availed by converting one occasion of hometown LTC out of the block of four years, it said.

As per norms, an eligible government employee gets to-and-fro journey reimbursement after availing LTC.

However, employees are supposed to undertake the visit from the place of their posting to their hometown.

The DoPT has been allowing special dispensation to the government servants for taking LTC from time to time by relaxing rules.

Presently, one such dispensation in operation is the relaxation for the government servants to travel by air to visit North East region, Jammu and Kashmir or to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands by converting one block of hometown LTC available to them.

The DoPT has received references seeking clarification on the admissibility of conversion of hometown LTC facility into travel to different parts of the country, which is permissible under special dispensation, to such unmarried government servants.

The matter was examined in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and it has been decided to allow unmarried government employees to visit any other part of the country under the LTC scheme, it said.

PTI
Source:Railways: LTC rules changed, more benefits for unmarried employees

Tax Relief To Family Members of Differently Abled

Section 80DD of the Income Tax Act, 1961, inter alia, provides for a deduction to an individual or HUF, who is a resident in India, and

Incurs expenditure for the medical treatment (including nursing), training and rehabilitation of a dependant, being a person with disability; or

Pays any amount to LIC or any other insurer in respect of a scheme for the maintenance of a disabled dependant.

The section provides for a deduction of fifty thousand rupees if the dependant is suffering from disability and one hundred thousand rupees if the dependant is suffering from severe disability.

“Dependant” in the case of an individual, has been defined to mean the spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters of the individual or any of them, and in the case of a Hindu undivided family, a member of the Hindu undivided family, if such person is dependant wholly or mainly on such individual or Hindu undivided family for his support and maintenance.

In view of the rising cost of medical care and special needs of a differently abled person, Finance Bill, 2015 proposes to amend section 80DD of the Income-tax Act so as to raise the limit of deduction in respect of a person with disability from fifty thousand rupees to seventy five thousand rupees and in respect of a person with severe disability, from one hundred thousand rupees to one hundred and twenty five thousand rupees.

This was stated by Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State in Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Leave Travel Concession (LTC) entitlements of unmarried Government servants - Conversion of Home Town LTC facility into travel to different parts of the country permissible under the special dispensation scheme

F. No. 31011/1/2013-Estt (A..IV)
Government of india
Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

Establishment A-IV Desk
North Block. New Delhi-110 001
Dated April 21, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Leave Travel Concession (LTC) entitlements of unmarried Government servants - Conversion of Home Town LTC facility into travel to different parts of the country permissible under the special dispensation scheme Clarification - regarding.

In relaxation to the Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988, special dispensation is allowed to the Government servants from time to time. Presently, one such dispensation in operation is the relaxation to the Government servants to travel by air to visit North-East Region or to Jammu & Kashmir or to the Andaman & Nicobar islands by converting one biock of Home Town LTC available to them.

2. Vide this Department’s Office Memorandum No. 31011/17/85-Estt.(A) dated 03.04.1986, unmarried Central Government employees, who have left their wholly dependent parents/sisters/minor brothers at their home town are allowed the benefit of LTC to visit their home town every year. This concession is in lieu of all other LTC facilities admissible to the Government servant himself and to his/her parents/sisters/minor brothers.

3. This Department is in receipt of references seeking clarification on the admissibility of conversion of Home Town LTC facility into travel to different parts of the country, which is permissible under special dispensation, to such unmarried Government servants.

4. The matter has been examined in consultation with Ministry of Finance. It has been decided that the facility of conversion of Home Town LTC to allow travel to different parts of the country. under the special dispensation scheme, will also apply to an unmarried Central Government servant, who is eligible to avail the benefit of LTC to visit Home Town every year. This facility may be availed by converting one occasion of Home Town LTC out of the four Home Town LTC occasions available in a block of four years.

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/31011_1_2013-Estt.A-IV-21042015.pdf

Issue of Medicines by Empanelled Private Hospital for 7 days Post Discharge

No.22D(07)/2014/ (WE)/D(Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Sena Bhawan, New Delhi

Dated : 22nd April, 2015

To,
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief of Naval Staff
The Chief of Air Staff

ADDENDUM

Subject : Issue of Medicines by Empanelled Private Hospital for 7 days Post Discharge
Sir,

With reference to Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No.24(8)/03/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 19th December 2003, I am directed to convey the sanction of Competent Authority for adoption of modification in procedure for reimbursement of medical expenses.

2. With a view to alleviate the inconvenience to ECHS beneficiaries in getting medicines immediately after discharge from empanelled private hospitals, it has been decided that ECHS beneficiaries who had taken inpatient medical treatment from a ECHS empanelled private hospital will be issued medicines from the treating private hospital at the time of discharge for a period up to seven (7) days. The hospital will raise bill for the medicines separately and submit it along with the hospital bill for inpatient treatment to ECHS for payment in case of ECHS beneficiaries who are entitled to avail cashless medical treatment at the hospital.

The above facility will however, be subject to the following conditions.

(i) Only essential medicines in generic form for continuity of treatment will be issued by the hospital. :
(ii) No Nutritional supplements, tonic, cough syrup, vitamins, irijections will be issued by the hospital. These are not allowed.

(iii) No non-drug items/equipments/appliances will be issued.

(iv) Total cost of such medicines issued by the hospital must not exceed Rs.2000/- in any case.

4. This facility will be applicable to only those bills raised by empanelled hospitals providing cashless medical treatment to ECHS beneficiaries for all diseases and treatments. However, the conditions as mentioned in Para 6 & 7 of letter under reference wili continue to be applicable for re-imbursement claims of ECHS beneficiaries for the period beyond 7 days from the date of discharge provided empanelled hospitals have issued medicines under this letter.

5. The provisions in this letter will be effective from date of issue of this letter.

6. Sanction of competent authority is hereby granted to regularize the issue of medicines in response to Central Organisation ECHS policy letter B/49761/ AG/ECHS/Eqpt/G-Corres dated 14 Nov. 2012. The re-imbursement of bills of the period from 14 Nov. 201,2 to the date of issue of this letter will be governed by provisions of this letter.

7. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) vide their U.O. No 33(207)/2014.Fin/Pen dated 8-4-2015.

Yours faithfully,

(H.K. Mallick)
Under secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://www.desw.gov.in/sites/upload_files/desw/files/pdf/D%28WE%29-22nd-April-15.pdf
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Submission of Fake Caste Certificates


Information about appointments secured on the basis of fake/false caste certificates is not centrally maintained.

However, the Central Government had undertaken a one-time exercise to collect information about appointments secured on the basis of fake/false caste certificates in the year 2010. As per information received from various Ministries/Departments etc. 1832 appointments were allegedly secured on the basis of fake/false caste certificates. Disciplinary proceedings had been instituted in all the cases. It was reported that out of the above 1832 cases, 276 had resulted in suspension/removal etc, whereas 521 cases were entangled into litigations and in remaining 1035 cases disciplinary proceedings were pending.

The Government instructions provide that an appointing authority should verify the caste status of SC/ST/OBC candidates at the time of initial appointment as well as at the time of promotion.

Chief Secretaries of States/Union Territories have been requested to issue instructions to the District Magistrates/ District Collectors/ Deputy Commissioners of the Districts to the effect that when asked to verify the veracity etc. of caste certificates, they should ensure at their own level that veracity of the caste/community certificate referred to the district authorities is verified and reported to the appointing authority within one month of receipt of request from such authority. In order to rule out collusion between candidates holding false/forged certificate and employees at the district level or sub-district level, disciplinary proceedings may be initiated against officers who default in timely verification of caste status in such cases or issue false certificates.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Rattan Lal Kataria in the Lok Sabha today.

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

Aadhaar-based biometric verification system – Jeevan Pramaan

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

Message

In November, 2014, the Prime Minister has launched an Aadhaar-based biometric verification system “Jeevan Pramaan” to enable pensioners to submit a digital Life Certificate on-line. This is an important step in realising the vision of Digital India. This facility has been provided in addition to the other existing methods of submitting Life Certificate.

2. “Jeevan Pramaan” aims at sparing the pensioners and family pensioners the trouble of visiting bank or any other pension disbursing agency for submission of Life Certificates. It is possible to submit the Life Certificate from personal computers and laptops or by visiting a conveniently located Common Service Centre. Further, banks will ensure authenticity of pension and other payments by linking Aadhaar number with bank accounts and PPO numbers.

3. All the pensioners/family pensioners are, therefore, advised to get themselves and their family members registered for Aadhaar and furnish this information to the Pension Disbursing Authority. This exercise may be completed at an early date so as to avoid inconvenience at the time of submission of Life Certificate in November, 2015.

4. For further details please visit https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in.

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(Vandana Sharma)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India
All pensioners/family pensioners of Government of India

‘Operation Five Minutes’ Now Unreserved Ticketing on your Mobile Phone


Suresh Prabhu Launches Mobile App for Paperless Unreserved Ticketing 

Fulfilling yet another commitment of the Railway Budget 2015-16, the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu launched Mobile Application for Paperless Unreserved Ticketing through video conferencing on Egmore–Tambaram Suburban Section of Chennai, at a function here today. This is a pilot project covering 15 stations in Southern Railway and will be extended to entire country in phases. Referring his Railway Budget announcement, the Railway Minister said that for the passenger, the Indian Railways is committed to ‘Operation Five Minutes’ – that is, purchase of an unreserved ticket within five minutes and today’s launching of Paperless Unreserved Mobile Ticket is the first step in this area. He said that it will allow the passenger to buy a ticket on the move and allow him or her to board the train with the ticket secured on his or her mobile phone, without any need for printing the ticket. Shri Suresh Prabhu commended all the members of CRIS to develop the Paperless Unreserved Ticketing Mobile Application and hoped for speedy implementation of other IT projects in the pipeline. The railway Minister said that the innovative ideas are always welcome and said that he has set up ‘Kayakalp’ Council which will consider innovative ideas for the betterment of Indian Railways. 

Shri Suresh Prabhu also unveiled the plaque for the foundation of the Indian Railways Datacentre in Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), an IT wing of Indian Railways, which will provide state-of-the art facilities to house the required computer equipment. Shri Prabhu said that he would expect this new building to be environmental friendly and called upon the officials to complete the construction of this building before scheduled deadline ensuring quality with less cost. 

Speaking on the, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A.K.Mital said that CRIS, a IT arm of Indian Railways since 1986, has proved capable of managing large railway-wide IT applications such as Passenger Reservation System, Unreserved Ticketing System and Freight Operations Information System. He said that over the years, CRIS has implemented other centralised applications such as Control Officer Application, Crew Management System and Integrated Coaching Management System. Shri Mital said that with CRIS taking up the challenge of developing and implementing these large system, the Indian Railways will see a sea-change in the effectiveness and utilisation of its assets, cutting down cost and improving its services. 

Member Traffic, Railway Board, Shri Ajay Shukla said that the Unreserved Ticketing System is an important revenue generating system developed by CRIS. He said that nearly two crore passengers obtain unreserved tickets daily through nearly 11470 counters and 5836 locations generating about Rs. 52 crore of revenue per day. He congratulated CRIS for successfully developing Application App for paperless unreserved ticketing system on Indian Railways. 

To move forward in line with digital India, Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has developed a paperless Unreserved Ticketing feature in Mobile Application “utsonmobile” both for Android and Widows platforms. This will eliminate the need for printing of Unreserved Tickets on ATVMs at the stations. User can download ‘App’ from Google Play Store or Window Store. 

The application is being rolled out as a pilot between Chennai Egmore & Tambaram suburban Section of Southern Railway covering 15 stations. For paperless ticketing, GPS co-ordinates of suburban railway track on the Chennai Egmore-Tambaram section, plus 15 meters on either side of the tracks have been earmarked as Geo-Fencing area within which no ticket booking is allowed in order to ensure that passengers have ticket before commencing the journey. After implementation of paperless ticketing, facility of printing paper ticket at ATVM will not be available on Chennai-Egmore to Tambaram Section. 

The application provides necessary on-screen alerts to guide the passenger during the booking process. Payment for the ticket is done through the “Railway Wallet” feature in the “App”. After booking the ticket, the passenger will get the ticket confirmation screen which contains limited information of the ticket. The paperless journey ticket will be stored in the local mobile application database in the encrypted form which cannot be tampered with. The passenger has to start the journey within 1 hour as per policy for suburban sections. Ticket booked in paperless mode cannot be cancelled in order to prevent claiming of refund after travel. 

The ticket has distinct colour scheme everyday and it is embedded with Quick Response (QR) code. It cannot be forwarded to another mobile or edited or printed. The old invalid tickets will be removed from the mobile device through a sync feature in the ‘App’. 

For the purpose of ticket checking, the application has various features such as colour scheme, show ticket features, secret code of the day, booking time of the ticket and scrolling of legend “IR UNRESERVED TICKETING’. In case of mobile in disconnected mode, it will be checked through QR Code. 

The Indian Railways Datacentre will be a new building in the premises of existing CRIS office. Indian Railways depends heavily on Information Technology for its customer facing commercial activities, train operations, and internal management. Critical IT applications run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the year, to support Railway operations. These applications cannot be shut down for even a minute on account of any outage of power or cooling. 

Sensitive computer equipment used by these IT applications such as high-end servers, storage, network switches etc. needs a controlled environment with precision air-conditioning, uninterruptible power supply (UPPS) , adequate network bandwidth, fire suppression, access control and comprehensive security/surveillance. 

The existing datacenters of Indian Railways are nearing their fully capacity. As the number of critical applications increases, this capacity needs to be expanded and the infrastructure brought in line with global standards. To achieve this, the IR Datacentre in CRIS has been planned to ensure state of the art infrastructure for continuous power, precision cooling and protection to the equipment. Complete redundancy and physical security will be provided in the datacenter facilities through the latest technologies in this area. A secure Internet gateway with high bandwidth datacom circuits already exists, and will be expanded further.

The Indian Railways Datacentre can also cater to its PSUs and will help Railways to provide better services to its customers and management. 


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SEVENTH PAY COMMISSION -Request for oral evidence by All India Civil Accounts Employees Association

All India Civil Accounts Employees Association
(RECOGNISED BY GOVT. OF INDIA)                                 
CENTRAL HEADQUARTER

No .AICAEA/HQ/ A-41/7CPC/2015/246
 Dated 30th March 2015

To
The Member Secretary,
7th Central Pay Commission,
Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
1st Floor, B-14/A, Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi 110016
Tel Number:- 26517097
E-mail:- secy-7cpc@nic.in

Subject:- Submission of Memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission – request for oral evidence regarding.

Madam,

This Association, vide its forwarding letter No.AICAEA/HQ/A-41/7CPC/2014/988 dated 28th July 2014 has submitted a “Memorandum” to the 7TH Central Pay Commission.

This Association is a part of the JCM Scheme and one of the members of the Departmental Council of Ministry of Finance.

This Association represents nearly 7000(Seven thousand) employees belonging to the cadres of MTS, LDC, Staff Car Driver, DEO, Computer Operator, Accountant, Senior Accountant, Stenographer, Private Secretary, Hindi translator/officer etc. of the Departmentalized Accounts organization functioning under the Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.

I, on behalf of this Association, request you to kindly extend us the opportunity of tendering oral evidence in support of the Memorandum submitted by us. We may kindly be intimated the date for tendering oral evidence at least a fortnight ahead so that our representatives from other stations are able to take part.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely

(V. BHATTACHARJEE)
Secretary General

Source:http://nfcaahqnd.blogspot.in/2015/04/a.html

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates w.e.f. 01.01.2015 onwards-INDIA POST

No. 14-01/2011-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 : 20th April, 2015.

To,

All Chief Postmaster General
All G.Ms. (PAH/Directors of Accounts (Posts).

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates w.e.f. 01.01.2015 onwards – reg.

Consequent upon grant of another installment of Dearness Allowance, with effect from 1st January, 2015 to the Central Government Employees vide Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s OM. No. 1/2/2015-E-ll (8) dated 10.04.2015, duly endorsed vide this Department’s letter No. 8-1/2012-PAP dated 13.04.2015, the Gramin Dal: Sevaks (GDS) have also become entitled to the payment of Dearness Allowances on basic TRCA at the revised rate with effect from 01.01.2015. It has, therefore, been decided that the Dearness Allowance payable to the Gramin Dak Sevairs shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 107% to 113% on the basic Time Related Continuity Allowance, with effect from the 1st January, 2015.

2. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under this order shall be paid in cash to all Gramin Dak Sevaks.

3. The expenditure on this account shall be debited to the Head “Salaries” under the relevant head of account and should be met from the sanctioned grant.

4. This issues with the concurrence of integrated Finance Wing vide their Diary No. 10/FA/2015-CS dated 20.04.2015.

(Major S.N.Dave)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)


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FIVE LAKHS CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES MARCH TO PARLIAMENT-CONFEDERATION

MARCH TO PARLIAMENT
DELHI  CHALO !
28TH APRIL 2015

FIVE LAKHS CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES MARCH TO PARLIAMENT.
CLARION CALL OF JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL STAFF SIDE
FOR SETTLEMENT OF TEN POINTS CHARTER OF DEMANDS.
INDEFINITE STRIKE IF DEMANDS ARE NOT SETTLED BY GOVT.
RAILWAY FEDERATIONS, DEFENCE FEDERATIONS AND CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS WILL SPEARHEAD THE NATIONWIDE STRUGGLE.
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ALL AFFILIATES OF CONFEDERATION AND ALL STATE COMMITTEES (C-O-CS) ARE ONCE AGAIN REQUESTED TO ENSURE MAXIMUM PARTICIPATION OF EMPLOYEES IN THE RALLY AS PER QUOTA ALREADY FIXED AND CIRCULATED.  PLEASE BRING FLAGS, BANNERS AND PLAYCARDS ALSO.
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COME IN THOUSANDS TO MAKE THE RALLY THE BIGGEST RALLY IN THE HISTORY OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES.  LET US DEMONSTRATE THE ANGER, PROTEST AND DETERMINATION OF THIRTY LAKHS CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES IN FRONT OF NARENDRA MODI GOVERNMENT.

M. KRISHNAN
SECRETARY GENERAL
CONFEDERATION OF CGE&W

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

Special concessions to Central Government Employees working in Kashmir Valley-DOPT

No. 18016/3/2011-Estt.(L) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training) 
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New Delhi, the 20th April, 2015.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Special concessions to Central Government Employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached/subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control of Central Government.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No.
18016/3/201l-Estt.(L) dated 27th February, 2014 on the subject mentioned above and to state that it has been ·decided by the competent authority to extend the package of concessions/incentives to Central Government employees working in Kashmir Valley for a further period of two years w.e.f. 01.01.2014. The package of special incentives for the year 2014 will continue to be the same as in 2013 and the package from 01.01.2015 to 31.12.2015 has been revised. The package for two years is as per Annexure.

2. The package of incentives is uniformly applicable to all Ministries/ Departments and PSUs under the Government of India and they should ensure strict adherence to the rates prescribed in the package. The concerned Ministry/Department may ensure implementation and monitoring of the package in conformity with the approved package, and therefore, all Court cases in which verdicts are given contrary to the package would have to be contested by the. Ministries/Departments concerned.

(Mukul Ratra)
Director
Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/18016_3_2011-Estt.L-20042015.pdf
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Government Decides to Fix Interest Rates at 8.7% for General Provident Fund(GPF)-PIB

 Government Decides to Fix Interest Rates at 8.7% for General Provident Fund(GPF)and other Similar Funds Including Special Deposit Scheme, 1975(SDS,1975) for Non-Government Provident, Superannuation and Gratuity Funds for the Financial Year 2015-16

            It was decided by the Government to link the interest rates of State PFs (General Provident Fund and other similar funds) including Special Deposit Scheme, 1975 (SDS, 1975) for Non-Government Provident, Superannuation and Gratuity Funds for the FY 2015-16 to Public Provident Fund (PPF) rates. In pursuance of that decision, the Government has decided to fix the rates 8.7% per annum applicable to the following:-

·         The General Provident Fund (Central Services).
·         The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
·         The All India Service Provident Fund.
·         The State Railway Provident Fund.
·         The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
·         The Indian Ordnance Provident Fund.
·         The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
·         The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.
·         The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
·         The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.
         
         The rate of interest is applicable to the above funds w.e.f. 1st April, 2015 and until further orders.

Recently, the Government had kept the interest rates for PPF and other Small Savings Schemes intact.  However, interest rates for 5 year Senior citizen Saving Scheme and Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme have been increased from 9.2 to 9.3% and 9.1 to 9.2% respectively, keeping in view the commitment of the Government towards the welfare of the girl child and the senior citizens.

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Inviting suggestions for changes in existing guidelines on cadre review.-DOPT

No.1-11019/17/2013-CRD
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
New Delhi-110003

20th April, 2015

Office Memorandum

Subject: Inviting suggestions for changes in existing guidelines on cadre review.


The Instructions and the Monograph on Cadre Review were last revised in 2010 and since then cadre review of 11 services have been completed and 16 proposals of cadre review are in various of consideration.

2.     Certain changes are being proposed in the existing guidelines to make the cadre review exercise more scientific and comprehensive. Therefore all the cadre controlling authorities are requested to send their suggestions on the existing guidelines and procedures to the undersigned on email id singh.mona@nic.in by 1st may 2015.

3.     In this regard a presentation dated 19th December on “Reforming Personnel Management in Gujarat” by Shri Dhananjay Dwivedi, Secretary (Services, ARTD, NRI), Government of Gujarat (osd1sys@gmail.com) is being uploaded for information. This presentation has the details of many new initiatives of the Government of Gujarat including the details of restructuring and recruitment calendar (slide number 16-47).The link is http://persmin.gov.in/DOPT/CSWing/CRDivision/HRReforms_Guj.pdf.

(Mona Singh)
Dir(CRD)


Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/MX-M452N_20150420_195201.pdf

LATEST NEWS OF OROP -National Ex-servicemen Coordination committee meets Defense Minister 22.4.2015

Office of the Defense Minister invited National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination committee (NeXCC) for having a meeting with Defense Minister Mr. Manohar Parikkar on 22nd April 2015 at 11:30 Hrs to discuss various points of Ex-Servicemen and also on OROP implementation.

NeXCC delegation of 10 members under the leadership of our Chairman Mr. Taneswar Sen, including Vice Chairman Mr. John VS ( Kerala), Secretary General Mr. VN Mishra ( UP), Delhi State general secretary Mr. Vilas rai ( Delhi), Western Zonal Chairman Mr. HR Mattu ( Haryana), Orissa general secretary Mr. GC Senapathi, Thelungana General Secretary Mr. Subba Rao and others.

Source: http://7thpaycommissionnews.in/

DELAY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP)

IESM LETTER TO Sh RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR

Dear Sh Rajeev Chandrashekhar

You have been leading the fight for Defence Personnel both serving and ex-servicemen (ESM) inside and outside of Parliament and with every Government. ESM have appreciated your gesture of not accepting increased pay and perks of MP since last two years and your resolve that you will not accept the pay raise and perks till Government grants OROP for ex-servicemen.

            IESM on behalf of ESM family thanks you for your unstinted support. OROP, one of the crucial demands of ESM, is close to approval. OROP has the approval of two Parliaments, all political parties and has been approved twice in the budget. Yet OROP notification has not been issued since last one year. The reason for this undue delay in issuing the notification is a common knowledge that Bureaucracy is not happy to give OROP to Armed Forces and veterans. The work on draft GL and the tables will start only after the approval of OROP by the Government.  Raksha Mantri has extended full support to OROP and is personally monitoring the progress of the file.

            This undue delay in issuance of notification is not good for morale of Ex-servicemen. They have started getting doubts on the Government’s resolve to give OROP. Government has missed three deadlines given to veterans for issuance of GL. Parliament session is about to start and Government will get busy in running the session and notification for OROP will get relegated to yet another date. IESM requests you and your friends to raise pertinent questions which will nail the Government to fixed dead line and Government is not permitted to give stereotype reply on OROP. Some of the questions which come to our mind are
Government has been giving stereotype reply since last three Parliament sessions that OROP is under consideration and will be given as and when it is formalized. Please give firm date for issuance of notification. Ambiguity on such an important demand of Armed Forces is having adverse impact on their morale.

 As per principle of OROP a senior rank officer/JCO/OR will not be paid pension less than his junior.  Will this aspect be the adhered to and OROP notification will include suitable safe guard for this?
Honorable courts have given many decisions in favor of Defence Personnel. Some of them have been complied with and only litigants have been given the benefits of court decision. Will GL include all decisions given by courts in favor of Defence Personnel whether litigants or not. This will ensure equal justice for all affected ESM and will also save Court’s time and Government’s time. It may be noted that non litigants if not included in GL will definitely move the courts and will get decision in their favor from AFT/High court /Supreme Court.

There are only very few Major rank officers who are drawing pension. Most of them are very senior and 75 and above. This group of officers needs sympathetic consideration as they had all put in service of more 20 years. This group needs to be given Lt Col basic pension with Major’s grade pay, since after 2004 officers with 13 years service one eligible for the rank of Lt Col .  Most of them are pre – 96 retired. Government had denied giving them Lt Col pension. One Major Thomas pre 96 retiree has won the case and has been awarded Lt Col Pension. Lt Col pension with Major’s grade pay needs to be given to all Majors pre 96 or post 96 retiree. This will again save Government time on litigations by Majors.

Status of National War Memorial. When will the work start on it and when will nation pay homage to fallen soldier at the National Memorial?
Status of Ex-Servicemen Commission. Government to confirm that it will be headed and manned by Ex-servicemen and will have statutory powers to order Government departments for delay in actions.  
            Sh Rajeev ji, ESM are getting restive because of this undue delay and shifting of goal post on one pretext or other. IESM is worried that some of the local organizations may get disturbed and may deviate from the non-violent path of IESM and may resort to Rasta Roko or Rail Roko agitations. It will not be good for country and ESM. May I therefore request you to kindly meet PM/RM and confirm the latest position and issue a statement to sooth the nerves of the agitated ESM.

            I am sure we will see some of the questions being raised in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on the suggested lines in the coming session.

            I will be grateful to get a reply giving plan of action and your advice for future course of action.

            With regards,
                                                            Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)
                                                            Chairman IESM
                                                            Mob: +919312404269, 0124-4110570                                                                                            
                                                            Email : satbirsm@gmail.com

Posted by M B Chandran Menon. M.com.,AIII,DME

Source:http://www.ex-airman.blogspot.in/2015/04/iesm-letter-to-sh-rajeev-chandrasekhar.html

Improvement in Passenger Amenitieis on Railways

In compliance of the pronouncements made in Rail Budget 2015-16 with regard to passenger security, food, complaints helpline numbers, a number of new initiatives has been taken by the Railways. For strengthening of surveillance mechanism in trains, Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras have been fitted on two SLRs on experimental basis to gain experience and feedback. For the year 2015-16, an enabling provision of CCTV cameras on 500 coaches has also been made.

All zonal railways have been advised to make 138 helpline number functional through Divisional Commercial Control as a public interface for queries/complaints related to medical emergency, cleanliness, food and catering, coach maintenance, linen etc. (except security), and this is being operated round the clock since 26th February, 2015. In addition to this a three digit Security Helpline number 182 has been made functional through Security Control Rooms of Railway Protection Force to provide round the clock security related assistance to passengers over Indian Railways.

The scheme of concession based ticketing for the physically challenged persons using Photo Identity Card issued by the Railways has been implemented w.e.f. 29.01.2015 over Northern Railway on pilot basis. Further, instructions have been issued to all Zonal Railways for implementation of the scheme on all India basis. Under this scheme, a Photo Identity Card is issued by the Railways to the Physically Challenged Persons upon submission of relevant documents subject to verification of the authenticity of the documents. The validity of the card is five years from the date of issue or till the last date up to which the concession certificate is valid, whichever is earlier. The passenger has to carry the Photo Identity Card issued by the Railways in original during the journey and shall be required to produce the same for certification during on-board/off-board checking.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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

Railways Takes Steps to Improve Fire Safety in Trains

In order to improve the safety of passengers, a number of steps are being taken by the Indian Railways to prevent fire accidents in trains. Indian Railways have always endeavored to enhance fire worthiness of coaches by using fire retardant furnishing materials to mitigate effect of fire. Specifications for such furnishing materials have been periodically reviewed to incorporate fire retardant parameters in line with UIC and other international norms. All new manufacture of coaches/periodical overhauling of existing coaches is being carried out with fire retardant specifications of the furnishing materials wherever condition based replacements are warranted.

With a view to improve fire safety in running trains, a pilot project for provision of Comprehensive Fire and Smoke Detection System has been taken up in one rake of New Delhi – Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express on East Coast Railway. Besides, one LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) New Delhi – Jammu Tawi Rajdhani and one rake of LHB AC Double Decker Coaches running between Kachiguda – Tirupati/Guntur have also been provided with such a system.

Fire extinguishers are being provided in all Air-conditioned coaches, Second class – cum – guard and luggage vans, Pantry cars and train locomotives. Improved materials for electrical fittings and fixtures such as MCB, light fittings, terminal boards, connectors, etc., are being used progressively. Detailed instructions have been issued to zonal railways for observance of safe practices in handling of pantry cars and for ensuring periodical inspection of electrical and LPG fittings in the pantry cars. Further with an aim to spread awareness among passengers ,intensive publicity campaigns are being launched to prevent the travelling public from carrying inflammable goods along with them.

Fire fighting arrangements have also been made at railway stations by Indian Railways Each station is provided with two dry chemical powder type fire extinguishers. Fire buckets filled with dry sand and water are provided at all stations. Safety posters for operating various types of fire extinguishers have been displayed at stations. At large stations, smoke detectors are being installed. Front line staff such as Station Masters have been imparted regular training to operate fire extinguishers. Periodic drills on fire fighting are being conducted on regular basis. The telephone number of nearby fire brigades is kept available at Railway stations. Frequent drives against carrying of inflammable/dangerous articles in trains as well as station premises are undertaken. This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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CSS Officers demand parity with IAS and other services

A delegation of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) employees today met Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and demanded parity in pay/salary, promotion and perks with IAS and other services.

Shri R.K. Ojha, the representatives of the Central Secretariat Service Forum led the delegation and said that Central Secretariat Service Group ‘A’ has a cadre strength of over 2200 officers starting from Under Secretary level up to the Deputy Secretary, Director, Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary. Prior to the 6th CPC, the only facility which was permitted to other organised Group ‘A’ services was provision of Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) or Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG). However, the 4th, 5th and 6th Pay Commission Reports have never said that the benefits which are given to organised Group ‘A’ service will not be available to Central Secretariat Service. Therefore, in the interest of harmonious relationship between different officers of same rank and different services, it is important to have a proper harmony and parity as far as environment and conditions of work are concerned. In a memorandum to the Minister, the CSS forum pointed out a number of anomalies and said that in certain cases, a Deputy Secretary of CSS who has put in more than 15 years of service neither gets the same pay scale nor promotion as Joint Secretary nor the Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU).

Dr. Jitendra Singh gave a patient hearing and said, the Central Secretariat Service is one of the earliest organised services in the country and an important constituent of the Central Government machinery. While important structural changes have been made several times since the inception of the service, one common thread running through all the stages of the evolution of the service has been the role of the service in ensuring continuity of administration in the Central Secretariat. He said that it is responsibility of the government to create a congenial working environment for them.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has, in the last ten months, taken several steps for improving the service conditions of its employees and the same approach will also be followed in case of CSS employees who provide strength to the set- up at middle management level of the government. The demands and proposal put forth by them will be processed sympathetically and sought to be addressed to the maximum extent, he assured.

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