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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

EXPECTED DEARNESS ALLOWANCE (DA) FROM THE MONTH OF JULY 2015-DA CALCULATION TABLE FOR REFERENCE WITH AICPIN MAY 2015


  DA INCREASE FROM JULY 2015.This is the most popular word among the  central government employees.Definitely  Dearness Allowance will give some relief to compensate the price rise.We have to wait one more month to get exact da hike.Because the AICPIN june release will be on the last working day of July 2015.Any how surely we can calculate the near hike of expected da july 2015 with eleven months of AICPIN points.

USE DA CALCULATION FORMULA TO GET DA FROM THE MONTH OF JULY 2015

FORMULA

(12 Months average AICPIN-115.76)X100
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                         115.76

 MONTH/YEAR
 AICPIN
 TOTAL
 12 MONTH AVERAGE
 EXPECTED DA
 JUNE/2014
 246
 2879
 239.92
 107.25
 JULY/2014
 252
 2896
 241.33
 108.47
 AUG/2014
 253
 2912
 242.67
 109.63
 SEP/2014
 253
 2927
 243.92
 110.71
 OCT/2014
 253
 2939
 244.92
 111.57
 NOV/2014
 253
 2949
 245.75
 112.29
 DECEMBER/2014
 253
 2963
 246.92
 113.29
 JANUARY/2015
 254
 2980
 248.33
 114.52
 FEBRUARY/2015
 253
 2995
 249.58
 115.60
 MARCH/2015
 254
 3010
 250.83
 116.68
 APRIL/2015
 256
 3024
 252
 117.69
 MAY/2015
258 3038 253.17 118.69
 JUNE/2015
 PRESS RELEASE FROM LABOUR BUREAU FOR AICPIN MAY


No. 5/1/2015- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 30th June, 2015

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – May, 2015

The All-India CPI-1W for May, 2015 increased by 2 points and pegged at 258 (two hundred and fifty eight). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.78 per cent between April, 2015 and May. 2015 when compared with the increase of(+) 0.83 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 1.96 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Arhar Dal, Gram Dal, Masur Dal, Moong Dal, Urd Dal, Groundnut Oil, Mustard Oil, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Poultry (Chicken). Onion, Vegetable items, Electricity Charges, Petrol, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted by Wheat. Wheat Atta. Gourd, Torai, Lady’s Finger, Mango, Sugar, Bus Fare, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-1W stood at 5.74 per cent for May, 2015 as compared to 5.79 per cent for the previous month and 7.02 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 5.99 per cent against 5.68 per cent of the previous month and 7.66 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Mercara, Bokaro, Coonoor, Belgaum and Madurai reported the highest increase of 8 points each followed by Tiruchirapally (7 points). Among others. 6 points increase was observed in 4 centres. S points in 5 centres. 4 points in 12 centres, 3 points in 9 centres. 2 points in 10 centres and 1 point in 15 centres. On the contrary, Srinagar and Rangapara Tezpur centres recorded a maximum decrease of 3 points each followed by Darjeeting (2 points). Among others. 1 point decrease was observed in 4 centres. Rest of the 10 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 37 centres are above All India Index and other 40 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Tiruchirapally is at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of June, 2015 will be released on Friday. 31st July. 2015. The same will also be available on the office website www.Iabourbureau.gov. in.


(S.S.NEGl)
DEPUTY DIRECOR GENERAL

Source: http://www.labourbureau.gov.in/Press_Note_Eng_May_2015.pdf

Non-payment of HRA, Transport Allowance to Trainees appointed on compassionate grounds-Railway Board

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)



No.   E(NG)II/2015/RC-1/Genl./2

                          New Delhi, dated 04.06.2015

The  General Secretary, NFIR,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New  Delhi  –  100055.

Sub:

Non-payment   of   HRA,   Transport Allowance   etc.,   to   Trainees appointed  on  compassionate  grounds   in  Grade   Pay  1900/-  in artisan   category etc-reg.

*******

The undersigned is directed  to  refer to your  letter No.II-1A/N’FIR/Pt.19 dated 16.10.2014  on  the  above  subject   and  to state  that  the  matter   has  already   been examined   by  the  Board  and suitably   advised  to  All  Indian   Railways  & Production unit.  A copy  has already   been  endorsed  to  GS/NFIR  vide  this office  letter  of  even number  dated 23.04.2015.    (copy  enclosed)

DA: As above.

Yours sincerely,

For Secretary/Railway Board.

Source:NFIR

SUBMIT 7TH PAY COMMISSION REPORT IN TIME TO FAVOUR CENTRAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES -NATIONAL MAZDOOR SANGH

Expedite completion of 7th Pay Commission: NMC

National Mazdoor Conference (NMC) today urged the Chairman of 7th Pay Commission to expedite completion of its proposals and recommend the report to Jammu and Kashmir government as well.

"We urge upon the Chairman of 7th Pay Commission to expedite completion of recommendations and get it finalised by the stipulated time so that there is no delay in its implementation in favour of both Centre and state government employees and pensioners," NMC President Subash Shastri said.

In a memorandum sent to Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur (retd.), Chairman of the 7th Pay Commission, Shastri appealed to recommend its report to state government as well, "So that the gap arising out of implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations does not mainly go against the interest of state government employees and pensioners."

He also said that keeping in view the rising cost of living, the Pay Commission should effectively formulate strategies to deal with inflation.

Source:http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/expedite-completion-of-7th-pay-commission-nmc-115062900598_1.html

10 years age relaxation for the disabled in central govt jobs

A relaxation of ten years in age will be allowed for the visually-challenged, hearing-impaired, and persons suffering from locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in case of direct recruitment to all posts under the central government.

Further, those belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories will get 15 more years and those from Other Backward Class (OBC) will be entitled for 13 years relaxation, as per new rules formed by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) today.

However, the relaxation is applicable with the condition that maximum age of the applicant shall not exceed 56 years, the new rules said.

Earlier, there was a provision of five years of concession in upper age limit (10 years for SC/ST, eight years for OBC) for recruitment to Group 'A' and 'B' posts, otherwise than through open competitive examination. There was a provision of ten years of concession in upper age limit for Group 'C' and 'D' posts filled through employment exchanges.

"Age relaxation of 10 years (15 years for SC/ST and 13 years for OBC candidates) in upper age limit shall be allowed to persons suffering from (a) blindness or low vision, (b) hearing impairment and (c) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in case of direct recruitment to all civil posts or services under the Central government identified suitable to be held by persons with such disabilities," it said.

The age concession to the persons with disabilities shall be admissible irrespective of the fact whether the post is reserved for person with disabilities or not, provided the post is identified suitable for the relevant category of disability, it said.

"This provision will not apply to the civil services examination, in respect of which the list of services identified suitable for physically disabled category along with the physical requirements and functional classifications is notified separately," the DoPT said.

The relaxation of age limit would be permissible to such persons who have a minimum of 40 per cent disability, it said.

"If a person with disability is entitled to age concession by virtue of being a central government employee, concession to him or her will be admissible either as a 'person with disability' or as a 'central government employee' whichever may be more beneficial to him or her," the rules said.

The ministries or departments are advised to ensure invariably that while sending the requisition to the Union Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission and other recruitment agencies for direct recruitment posts by selection, they should clearly mention in the requisition the category of person with disabilities suitable for the post in question, the DoPT said.

Source:http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/10-years-age-relaxation-for-the-disabled-in-central-govt-jobs-115062900881_1.html

Grant of age concession to the Persons with Disabilities suffering from (a) blindness or low vision, (b) hearing impairment and (c) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy for direct recruitment to civil posts/services under the Central Government.

F.No. 15012/1/2003-Estt.(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi,
dated the 29th June, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of age concession to the Persons with Disabilities suffering from (a) blindness or low vision, (b) hearing impairment and (c) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy for direct recruitment to civil posts/services under the Central Government.

The undersigned is directed to say that the following age concessions have been provided to physically handicapped persons for recruitment under the Central Government:

(i) Provision of ten years concession in upper age limit for Group C and D posts filled through employment exchanges issued vide O.M.No.15012/6/77-Estt.(D) dated 28.1.1978;

(ii) Provision of five years’ concession in upper age limit (10 years for SC/ST, 8 years for OBC) for recruitment to Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ posts otherwise than through Open Competitive Examination issued vide O.M.No.15012/5/92-Estt. (D) dated 27.7.1995; and

(iii) Provision of ten years concession in upper age limit (15 years for SC/ST, 13 years for OBC) for recruitment to Group A,B,C and D Civil Posts/Services filled through Open Competitive Examination issued vide O.M.No.43019/28/86-Estt.(D) dated 1.2.1999.

2. The question of prescribing uniform age-concession for direct recruitment to all Civil Posts/Services under the Central Government has since been examined and in supersession of the OMs referred to at (i), (ii) and (iii) above. the following has been decided:

(i) Age relaxation of 10 years (15 years for SCIST and 13 years for OBC candidates) in upper age limit shall be allowed to persons suffering from (a) blindness or low vision, (b) hearing impairment and (c) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in case of direct recruitment to all civil posts/services under the
Central Government identified suitable to be held by persons with such disabilities. subject to the condition that maximum age of the applicant on the crucial date shall not exceed 56 years.

(ii) The age concession to the persons with disabilities shall be admissible irrespective of the fact whether the post is reserved for person with disabilities or not, provided the post is identified suitable for the relevant category of disability. This provision will not apply to the Civil Services Examination. in respect of which the List of Services Identified suitable for Physically Disabled Category along with‘the Physical Requirements and Functional Classifications is notified separately.

(iii) Relaxation of age limit would be permissible to such persons who have a minimum of 40% disability.

(iv) The definitions of above categories of disabilities, for the purpose of age relaxation, will be same as given in this Department’s OM. No.36035/3/2004-Estt(Reservation) dated 29th December 2005.

(v) If a person with disability is entitled to age concession by virtue of being a Central Government employee, concession to him/her will be admissible either as a ‘person with disability’ or as a ‘Central Government employee' whichever may be more beneficial to him/her. This provision will not apply to the Civil Services Examination, which is governed by the Civil Services Examination Rules, published annually.

(vi) Provisions of this OM. will not be applicable to a post/service for which other specific provision regarding age relaxation is made by notification.

3. The Ministries/Departments are advised to ensure invariably that while sending the requisition to the UPSC/SSC and other recruitment agencies for direct recruitment posts by selection, they should clearly mention in the requisition the category of person(s) with disabilities suitable for the post(s) in question. No change or modification in identified post(s) for physically disabled persons with respect to an Examination, intimated after the Notification of that Examination, shall be acceptable.

4. These instructions come into effect from the date of their issue.

(Mukta Goel)
Director(E.l)
Ph.No.23092479

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/15012_1_2003-Estt.D-29062015.pdf

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ex-servicemen to begin hunger strike for OROP

 Annoyed with the attitude of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre in implementing the one rank, one pension scheme, the Ex-servicemen’s Welfare Association of Jalandhar Cantonment has decided to stage a peaceful hunger strike in front of the District Administrative Complex (DAC) from June 29 to July 1 from 10 am to 7 pm to convey their grievances to the Central government. The Association says the Centre is trying to delay and dilute the demand for OROP.

The hunger strike is being observed in support of those who have been protesting in Delhi. Lt Col Balbir Singh (retd), president, Ex-servicemen’s Wellfare Association, said the BJP government is hurting the sentiments of the ex-servicemen by not fulfilling its promises made during the election rallies and also during the PM’s Mann Ki Baat programme on radio. This is causing discontent and frustration among veterans who may, in an agitated mood, indulge in unlawful activities which may not be good for the government, if they are not attended to with pride and honour.

He said the government is creating a hiatus between officers and other ranks by spreading false news without realising the implications at the national level. Therefore, implementing the one rank, one pension scheme at the earliest is the only solution to calm down the ex-servicemen, Lt Col Balbir Singh (retd) said.

“As many as 30 ex-servicemen will sit on hunger strike tomorrow. However, around 200 people will be supporting them. We will not hesitate to intensify the protest, if the government fails to implement OROP. Plans are being made to organise rallies in Bihar prior to the assembly elections there,” he added.

Lt Col Balbir Singh (retd) said the hunger strike will be observed in other districts too in support of their demands.

Defence Matters: ‘One rank one pension’ quandry

The resolution of ‘one rank one pension’ (OROP) has been hanging fire for close to three decades. The issue arose because of the gross injustice done to the defence services in a range of areas concerning their pay and pension as compared to civil services. Right from the time the demand for OROP was projected, every conceivable ploy has been deployed by successive governments to stall the case. Now, when this issue is expected to be finally resolved, some hearts in the government have started bleeding for the soldier and have come up with the observation that in this OROP, soldiers stand to gain very little as compared to officers. Where were these ‘bleeding hearts’ all these decades when a soldier was persistently and grossly discriminated against?

Till about the fifties, a defence services retiree drew 70% of his last pay drawn as pension, whereas a civil employee’s pension was 30% of his last pay drawn.

Higher pension for defence personnel was due to their rather early retirement and extremely limited promotion avenues, leaving aside the travails of military service. The government reduced the pension of defence services retirees from 70% to 50% and jacked up that of civilian employees from 30%to 50%. This was done without any justification as there was no change in the employment parameters of the two set of employees.

To earn full pension, that is, 50% of the last pay drawn, an employee has to serve for 33 years. But in the case of army, over 85% are compulsorily retired before that length of service. Later, dispensation of 10 years was given which was subsequently increased to 12 years. Even with this dispensation, 80% of military personnel do not get 50% of the last pay as pension. In their case pension works out to approximately 37% of the last pay drawn. It has been a simple case where you compulsorily retire a soldier after 17 years’ service and then tell him that he cannot get full pension because he did not serve up to 33 years.

LATEST MOVE

The latest move has been to instigate some directors general of central police organisations to contend before the Union home minister that the grant of OROP to defence personnel would lower the morale of their police personnel. One has to be a complete moron to weigh in the same scale the one who retires at 60 with another who is compulsorily retired at age 34-37 (even ignoring all the travails of military service) and then demand principle of parity in pensions, based on OROP.

Yet another ploy to delay and perhaps deny OROP is a crude attempt to create some rift between officers and soldiers, when the government alleges that it is the officers who stand to gain more than soldiers. This is being done by highlighting the gap in the increase in pension in the case of officers and that of soldiers. False and mischievous as it is, it has all the portents of creating serious problems in officer-man relationship in the military. Such false projections will greatly harm military as a cohesive and potent force.

Equally in this mischief the babu is deliberately concealing some pertinent facts. What is not being adequately explained is that on July 1, 2008, and again on September 24, 2012, as a sort of modified OROP, pension of only other ranks was increased, while officers (other than Lt Gens) were left out. However, in their case, the increase in their pension should have been from 2006, rather than from 2008. Unfortunately, successive governments have been given to cheating and cutting corners when it comes to defence services personnel’s entitlements.

So the aim to now rig up this issue of lesser increase for soldiers compared to officers is to put one more spanner in the works. These ‘bleeding hearts’ who have suddenly come alive should rather pitch in for waiving 33 years’ conditionality to earn 50% of the last pay drawn as pension, in the case of soldiers. This is what the top brass of the defence services must pitch in for. They owe this to their soldiers.

SUGGESTION BY FM

Now, notwithstanding the clarity brought about by the Koshyari Committee of Parliament, the finance minister has come up with yet another suggestion of a base pension for each rank and an additional amount for each year of service, in lieu of OROP. He seems to propose that all this be put before the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) to work out the details. He is merely further muddying the waters.

The Koshyari Committee had opined that payments be made from April 1, 2014, till the award of the 7th CPC was announced. Thereafter, the salaries of the serving personnel may be fixed by the 7th CPC and consequently pensions of defence personnel will follow as per rules. However, in all fairness, the 7th CPC needs to restore the differential of pension as existing prior to the 3rd CPC, which affects the largest number of exservicemen. The increase in civilian pensions and decrease in pensions of defence personnel was patently unjustified and against all norms of justice.

Source:http://www.hindustantimes.com/chandigarh/defence-matters-one-rank-one-pension-imbroglio/article1-1363911.aspx

Behind One Rank One Pension scheme delay, worry about small hike for jawans

MoD sources said that the main reason behind the delay is the minuscule increase that jawans may get if OROP is implemented in its present form.

The fear within political decision-makers is that OROP, if implemented in present form, may result in many dragging the government to courts, and may even create a political crisis. (Source: PTI)

Written by Pranav Kulkarni

As ex-servicemen steadfastly press for the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP), top Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources have said that the main reason behind the delay is not funds, but the minuscule increase that jawans may get if OROP is implemented in its present form.

Sources said that the concern within the government is that the jawans may get an increase of just about “few hundred” rupees per month — a raise that may not justify the decade long OROP agitation.

The fear within political decision-makers is that OROP, if implemented in present form, may result in many dragging the government to courts, and may even create a political crisis. “It is no longer a budgetary concern. The formula to arrive at Rs 8,300-odd crores has already been approved. The real worries within South Block are political. Under the present formula, the jawans may just get about few hundred rupees of increase per month in their present pensions. This amount, the political class within the present government believes, is too small to pacify the agitation that has been spread over almost three decades,” a top Defence Ministry official said.

According to the official, the implementation — which is just short of being announced any moment, may trigger dissatisfaction and will result in soldiers dragging the government to courts and become a political issue. Citing the reason behind the small increase for jawans, the official said: “The government, in 2009, corrected the pensions of retired armed forces personnel to parity as per Sixth Central Pay Commission.

The jawans largely benefited out of the correction as the pension amounts increased. So the gap that earlier existed has largely been bridged. Rs 5000 crore has already been spent on bringing about the parity,” the official said. According to Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) data, OROP — if implemented in its present form — will ensure an increase of between Rs 525 and Rs 1,720 to jawans in their monthly pensions by virtue of percentage of their low basic pensions. Widows will get a hike of Rs 1,500 per month. The officers are likely to get a per month pension increase between Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000

According to sources, UPA too was worried about the political and legal consequences of these “relatively small” monthly increments after implementing OROP and had carried out “three rounds of equalisation” to work out a solution.

The MoD official said that so far, the present government, though committed, has not carried out any such equalisation. Group Captain V K Gandhi, general secretary, IESM said, “Our present demands have been agreed upon not only by officers but even by jawans. We are not willing to accept any dilution in the demands.”

Source:http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/behind-orop-delay-worry-about-small-hike-for-jawans/

Empanelment of private hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centres) and diagnostic centres under CGHS Delhi & NCR.

No: S.II 045/36/2012-CGHS (HEC)
Government of India
Directorate General of Central Government Health Scheme
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
Dated the 24th June, 2015

OFFICE ORDER

Subiect: Empanelment of private hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centres) and diagnostic centres under CGHS Delhi & NCR.

In continuation of this Directorate’s Office Memorandum of even no. dated 01.10.2014 on the above mentioned subject, it is to convey that in addition to the list of the hospitals (including dental clinics & eye centres) and diagnostic laboratories already empanelled, the hospitals (including dental clinics & eye centres) and diagnostic laboratories as per the list attached have also been empanelled under CGHS in Delhi & NCR w.e.f. 24.06.2015. The newly empanelled hospitals (including dental clinics & eye centres) and diagnostic laboratories may be treated as included in the existing list of empanelled health care organizations under CGHS on same terms and conditions as have been indicated in the Office Memorandum dated 01.10.2014.

Encl: As above.
[Dr. D.C. Joshi]
Director (CGHS)
Source:http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File1059.pdf

RBI may give payment bank licence to Post Dept in August: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said he expects Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to grant payment licence to the proposed Post Bank of India...

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said he expects Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to grant payment licence to the proposed Post Bank of India by August.

This will enable the network of 1,54,000 post offices (including 1,30,000 rural post offices) to offer banking services to the masses in the country.

“We expect RBI to give payment bank licence to post (department) in August,” Minister of Communications and IT Prasad said.

In last one year, the Department of Post (DoP) has networked 27,215 post offices into one national unit through computers.

The DoP, which has applied for a payment bank licence, has a hybrid model in mind to operate Post Bank of India.

As per RBI guidelines, payment banks would offer a limited range of products such as demand deposits and remittances. They will not be allowed to undertake lending activities and will initially be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs 1 lakh per individual customer.

They will be allowed to issue ATM or debit cards as also other prepaid payment instruments, but not credit cards.
According to a source, Prasad has approved hybrid model suggested by Ernst & Young which prepared detailed project report on Post Bank of India (PBI).

“E&Y has come out with three models but suggested preference to a hybrid model. Under which about 600 branches will be directly operated by PBI staff in post office premises and transactions in other parts of the country will be supported by India post staff,” a post bank official said.

Post Bank of India is proposed to have its own employees and IT infrastructure. The transaction handled by India Post, employees will be entered in to the server of PBI.

The Department expects revenue of over Rs 550 crore from PBI in first five years.

Besides this, the minister said that Post offices have opened 52 lakh accounts under Sukanya Samridhi Scheme compared with about two-three lakh accounts opened by banks.

“I have also motivated the Department to work on ecommerce business. This year they have seen growth of 37 per cent in revenue from ecommerce business to Rs 500 crore this year compared with last year,” Prasad said.

Source:http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/rbi-may-give-payment-bank-licence-to-post-dept-in-august-ravi-shankar-prasad/90984/
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Change in Venue – Pre Retirement Counselling Workshop On 29 June 2015


PRE — RETIREMENT COUNSELLING WORKSHOP

NOTICE

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare’s Pre-retirement Counselling workshop has been scheduled to be held in Lecturer Room No.2, IIC(Annexe) on 29th June, 2015 from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM.

Due to unavoidable circumstances, Air- Conditioner problem in Lecturer Room No.2, IIC(Annexe), the venue of Pre-retirement Counselling workshop has been shifted from Lecturer Room No.2, IIC(Annexe) to Auditorium, (Main Building), India International Centre 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi-110003 .

US (Admn)
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
Phone No.24644637

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/prc_260615.pdf

Recognition of qualification acquired through distance learning mode from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi Diploma/Degrees -Acceptance for purpose of employment on the railways.

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)
RBE No. 67/2015
No. E (NG)-11/201 0/RR-1 /17
 New Delhi, dated: 16.06.2015

The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units, CORE/Allahabad,
MTP/Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai,
CAO (R), DMW/Patiala, COFMOW/New Delhi,
Director General, RDSO/Lucknow & NAIRNadodra,
Director, IRISET/Secundrabad, IRICEN/Pune, IRIEEN/Nasik &
IRIM&EE/Jamalpur and Chairmen/Railway Recruitment Boards.

Sub: Recognition of qualification acquired through distance learning mode from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi Diploma/Degrees -Acceptance for purpose of employment on the railways.

Ref: Letter No. 2002/AC-II(CC)/37/8 dated 17/11/2004 and No. 2002/ACII(CC)/37/8(Vol.l) dated 24/9/2012.

Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the category of Junior Engineer (Information Technology), has been prescribed in terms of instructions referred to above.

An issue has been raised by one of Railway Recruitment Boards whether qualification of Bachelor in Computer Application (BCA) obtained from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) New Delhi through distance learning mode is acceptable for employment on the railways, in lieu of qualification prescribed for the post of Junior Engineer (IT) vide letters ibid.

The issue has been examined in consultation with Accounts and C&IS Directorates of this Ministry. It has been decided by the Board that Qualification of BCA obtained through distance mode cannot be accepted in lieu of the minimum qualification prescribed for the post of Junior Engineer (II).

Please acknowledge receipt.

(This disposes of RRB/Kolkata’s letter No.RRB/KOL/JAA/SRC/ECRC/16/Pt.I. 19/12/2014)

-sd-
(Lily Pandeya)
Director Estt. (N)-11
Railway Board
Source: http://www.airfindia.org/


Friday, June 26, 2015

One Rank One Pension: Know reason why Modi govt is delaying scheme

Posted by: Mukul Kumar

 In the midst of ongoing protest against one rank one pension by Army veterans, sources have revealed the reason why Modi government is delaying the plan. Reportedly, the government is in the favour of implementing the scheme as soon as possible, but there is a major hiccup in the way of the scheme.

Defence sources say that government is apprehensive about the fact that Army Jawans will be at the receiving end if OROP will be implemented in its present form.It is being said that the Centre has sufficient funds for the scheme, but biggest worry is that Jawans will get only peanuts in terms of monetary benefits if scheme will be followed upon.

The defence sources say that the Army Jawans will get a hike of only "few hundred" rupees per month in comparison to the officers and that is why policy makers are not going ahead with the plan. This little hike after a long agitation and protest will give all the Jawans a good reason to hold grudge against government. According to an Indian Express report, the Centre believes that sulking jawans may drag it to the court, leading to a big political crisis.

 Expressing deep concern about the scheme, a Defence Ministry official was quoted by this daily as saying, "It is no longer a budgetary concern. The formula to arrive at Rs 8,300-odd crores has already been approved. The real worries within South Block are political. The official further said, "Under the present formula, the jawans may just get about few hundred rupees of increase per month in their present pensions.

 This amount, the political class within the present government believes, is too small to pacify the agitation that has been spread over almost three decades". When prodded further why the Jawans will get such a low increment, Defence official told this to the daily, "The government, in 2009, corrected the pensions of retired armed forces personnel to parity as per Sixth Central Pay Commission.

 The jawans largely benefited out of the correction as the pension amounts increased. So the gap that earlier existed has largely been bridged. Rs 5000 crore has already been spent on bringing about the parity".

OROP in its present form will give a hike of around Rs 525 and Rs 1,720 to jawans while the officers will get increment of around Rs 10,000 to 20,000. Army officers have been protesting for the OROP scheme since long. Modi government has assured them that it will be implemented soon but has not given specific deadline for the same.

Source:http://www.oneindia.com/india/orop-scheme-know-why-modi-govt-is-delaying-it-1788917.html

No more late Latifs for central government employees

New Delhi: The central government has directed all its employees to strictly observe punctuality in attendance.

Observing habitual late attendance, the DoPT has warned all ministries and departments besides autonomous bodies, CBI, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats and the UT administrations that habitual late attendance will be viewed as conduct unbecoming of a government servant, and that disciplinary action may be taken against them, a press release from Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions on Thursday said.

The department has issued a circular saying that all government servants have to strictly observe punctuality in attendance and that employees at all levels should mark their attendance in the Biometric Attendance System (BAS) portal on a regular basis.

Citing provisions under the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 the Memorandum reiterates that habitual late attendance will be viewed as conduct unbecoming of a Government servant and disciplinary action may be taken against such offenders.

Source:http://www.tkbsen.in/2015/06/no-more-late-latifs-for-central-employees/




Protest against decision for private maintenance of Loco Free Train Sets-reg.

NFIR
National Federation Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD FIOAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055

Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No. IV/NFIR/S.R/2014/Part.III(HLRRC)

Dated: 23/06/2015

Shri Suresh Prabhu,
Hon’ble Minister for Railways,
Rail Bhavan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Protest against decision for private maintenance of Loco Free Train Sets-reg.

The disturbing reports received by NFIR from different quarters reveal that the Railways is floating global tenders worth Rs. 2500 crore for procurement-cum-maintenance of l5 sets of Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) Train Sets i.e. 315 coaches from private player in a period of 4-5 years.

While expressing disappointment over the decision, the Federation contends that the existing Running and Technical Staff of Railways are fully capable to acquire new technological skills for running and maintaining the new trains proposed to be procured.

Allowing private players for maintenance of Loco Free Train Sets is amounting to privatisation of activities in contravention to the assurance given by the Hon’ble Prime Minister that Railways shall not be privatised.

The Federation opposes this move of the Railway Ministry as the maintenance of all types of EMU/DMU/MEMU are presently being done by the existing Railway employees efficiently. NFIR further proposes that the new Loco Free Train Sets should be allowed to be maintained by the Supervisors and other technical staff of Indian Railways who may be got trained in the new technology being procured by the IR.

NFIR therefore, solicits intervention of the Hon’ble MR to kindly see that the safe guards as suggested above by the Federation are incorporated in the tender document proceeding for procurement of Loco Free Train Sets. Federation will be happy to have discussions on the issue.

Yours sincerely,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: http://nfirindia.com/
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO CGHS BENEFICIARIES REGARDING CGHS PLASTIC CARDS

CGHS plastic cards

CGHS card beneficiaries (both pensioners and service) who have not applied for plastic cards have to submit required documents at their respective wellness centres by Tuesday, June 30, according to a press release from additional director, CGHS, Hyderabad A. Vijaya Kumar.

Forms for applying for cards can be downloaded from CGHS website (www.cghs.nic.in). A link to apply for CGHS plastic cards has been provided in the website for the beneficiaries. “Serving beneficiaries should submit the application through their respective departments.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/cghs-plastic-cards/article7352307.ece
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Vij visits ex-servicemen, supports OROP

Health Minister Anil Vij is all for granting one rank one pension (OROP) to ex- servicemen and said that he would take up the matter with the party high command.

Vij met the ex- servicemen on a hunger strike for the past eight days at the polytechnic chowk in Ambala City. “The PM wants to implement OROP at the earliest but for some reasons it has been delayed. A provision of Rs.1000 crore has been made in the budget in this context, he added.

Criticising the Congress government, he said it did not fulfill any of its commitments to the ex-servicemen. The NDA has full sympathy for ex- servicemen and the PM was serious about resolving this issue, he said.
Subedar Atar Singh Multani, president, Ex-servicemen Welfare Association said although the PM had promised OROP in the Rewari rally but nothing has been done. But we are still hopeful, he added.

It is unfortunate that jawans who fought on the borders had been forced to sweat it out in the heat now. The hunger strike would continue till our demand was not met, he added.

Source:http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/community/vij-visits-ex-servicemen-supports-orop/98087.html

One Rank One Pension: Less about money, more about honour

Ex-servicemen at a relay hunger strike for one rank one pension in New Delhi. Manit Balmiki dna
One Rank One Pension (OROP) is a national matter and with every passing day, the delay in its approval is hurting the morale of soldiers - not just of retired personnel, but also serving men who will someday bear the consequences. A large number of ex-servicemen are on a relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and in many other cities of the country. Some have even started returning their gallantry medals, pushing for OROP, while others are openly venting strong views on television channels. It was sad to see Vir Chakra awardee Colonel Anil Kaul removing his eye-patch and hand guard that covered his injured body parts on a TV channel and vowing not to wear them again till OROP was cleared.

In ancient times, if a soldier had to beg for his rights, the king and the State were considered to have failed in their promise to the nation’s guardians. A Major General who retired 30 years back cannot get lesser pension than a Colonel who retires today. The only other emotive issue for the Armed Forces is the 50-year-old demand for a National War Memorial and Museum at New Delhi to remember the martyrs. Doesn’t every patriotic Indian want to honour and remember the martyrdom of those who sacrificed their yesterday for our today?

All political parties support the OROP in principle, and while this is heartening, time is of essence. PM Narendra Modi (BJP) and Rahul Gandhi (Congress) made it a poll promise in the last elections. However, the finance ministry bureaucracy has been scuttling its implementation for decades, by scaring politicians with inflated financial implications. But the numbers are now in public domain. The cost of implementing OROP today has gradually increased over the years to Rs 8,000 crore which is around 3 percent of the Union defence budget. More recently, the Para Military Forces and Police have been ‘incited’ to seek the same. Ninety percent of Armed Forces personnel retire at ages below 50 years, while all others organisations have a retirement age of 60 years. The comparisons are thus flawed and mischievous.

The situation is the same as depicted in the famous British sitcom Yes Minister. The bureaucracy has been playing the one-upmanship power game to lower the relative status of the Armed Forces. In the past too, the bureaucracy has tried to interpret the Pay Commission and other government decisions in a manner that gives reduced benefits to the Armed Forces. Servicemen had to fight and win the ‘Rank Pay’ case in the Apex court. A large number of ex-servicemen and widows of martyrs have to keep fighting for disability and service pension in courts because some lower level babu has denied them the same.

The OROP issue has been simmering for 30 years. A strong, clear-thinking, pro-Armed Forces Prime Minister can push a political decision and override the bureaucracy. The Indian Armed Forces has so far invested all their hopes in PM Narendra Modi. Luckily, the country also has a quick-at-uptake Defence Minister in Manohar Parrikar and he personally supports the concept. Two prominent ex-soldiers, former Army Chief General VK Singh and Olympic medal winner Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, as well as Central Ministers are also supporting proper interface with the government. Opposition parties are already jumping the bandwagon to score political points against the NDA government. The time for action is now. Any delay may affect the morale of serving personnel and could well have security implications.            

The author is a retired Air Marshal.

Source:http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/standpoint-one-rank-one-pension-less-about-money-more-about-honour-2098803

Provisions of Income Tax Rebate in the deposits under "Sukanya Samriddhi Accounts" regarding.

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001, Dated: 08.06.2015

To
All Heads of Circles/Regions
Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi.

Subject: - Provisions of Income Tax Rebate in the deposits under "Sukanya Samriddhi Accounts" regarding.
Sir/ Madam,

This office has been receiving references regarding provisions of Income Tax rebate in the deposits under Sukanya Samridhi Accounts. Following provisions are now available in the Income Tax Act 1961 amended up todate:-

(a) Sukanya Samriddhi Account has been specified under clause (viii) of Sub Section (2) of Section 80(C) of lncoem Tax Act 1961 and deposits under these accounts enjoy benefit of this Income Tax Section up to the overall maximum limit of Rs.one Lakh Fifty Thousand (1,50,000).

(b) By Finance Act 2015, a new clause (11A) has been inserted under Section 10 of Income Tax Act 1961 under which any amount withdrawan from Sukanya Samriddhi Account will not be included in the total income of a previous year of a person for the porpose of calculation of Income Tax.

(c) By Finance Act 2015, a new clause (ba) has been inserted under clause (viii) of sub-section 4 of Section 80C of Income Tax Act 1961 under which a Legal Guardian can claim Income Tax benefit for the amount deposited by him or his/her girl child under the Sukanya Samriddhi Account.

2. This may be brought to the notice of all the Post Offices for information, guidance and wide publicity for opening of Sukanya Samriddhi Accounts. These amendmends are available in the web site of Income Tax Department.

3. This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.

Yours faithfully,

(Kawal Jit Singh)
Assistant Director (SB-II)

Source: http://www.indiapost.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=1471

FINAL REPORT OF SEVENTH PAY COMMISSION UNDERWAY-INFORMATION FROM 7TH CPC

Latest

Further to the memoranda received from a variety of Organisations, Federations, Groups representing civil employees in the Government of India as also from the Defence Services, the Commission has had fruitful and wide ranging discussions on relevant issues with all stakeholders. Such interactions have now been concluded. Valuable inputs have been received and the work of compilation and finalization of the report is underway, so that the Commission completes its task in the time frame given to it. Accordingly, any future requests for meeting with the Commission will not be entertained

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

SMS based alert service for cancelled Trains

Ministry of Railways has started yet another passenger friendly measure on pilot basis, under which SMS messages would be sent to passengers informing about train cancellation in case the train in which they have booked their tickets for is cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances. Under this pilot project, the SMS messages are being sent to those passengers who are boarding at originating station. At a later stage, this will be extended to cover enroute station also. This exclusive SMS based service has been commenced on all India basis.

The SMS will be sent to their respective mobile numbers entered by them in reservation slips while buying tickets from PRS counters or while purchasing online e-tickets. The cancellation information would be sent quite in advance to the passengers for their convenience so that it may help them plan alternative arrangement in time. To avail this facility, passengers are advised to invariably mention their mobile numbers on the reservation slips.

The software for this service has been developed by Center for Railway information systems (CRIS), the information technological (IT) wing of the Indian Railways.

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

The Government has directed all Government servants to strictly observe punctuality in attendance. All Ministries and Departments besides Autonomous Bodies, CBI, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariats and the Union Territories Administrations have been asked to issue necessary directions to all employees at all levels to mark their attendance in the Biometric Attendance System (BAS) portal on regular basis.

In a recent Office Memorandum, it is reiterated that the BAS is only an enabling platform and there is no change in the instructions relating to Office Hours, late attendance etc.

Citing provisions under the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 the Memorandum reiterates that habitual late attendance will be viewed as conduct unbecoming of a Government servant and disciplinary action may be taken against such offenders.

The Memorandum is available on the DoPT website with the following link:
http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11013_9_2014-Estt.A-III-22062015.pdf

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

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ex-Servicemen Begin Protest at Jantar Mantar Over Delay in One Rank One Pension Scheme

NEW DELHI:  About 70 ex-servicemen today sat on a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the delay in implementation of the 'One Rank One Pension' or OROP scheme even as the relay-hunger strike by retired soldiers on the issue entered its ninth day.

The ex-servicemen demanded that the government fulfill the promises made with regard to implementation of the long- pending OROP scheme.

The former soldiers wore black bands on their arms while Sikh ex-servicemen even wore black bands on their turban. "We served the nation with all our heart, but when today we are having a hard time living on our meagre pension, the government is not hearing our grievances," Durga Dutta, who served in the Punjab regiment for 24 years, said.

Shiv Kumar Rana, a retired havildar who had served in the Kumaon regiment and works as a private security guard now, said it is difficult to manage with a pension of just Rs. 15,000.

Retired Havildar Gurjant Singh from Sangrur in Punjab said, "A jawan's pension is very little. But it becomes more difficult for a widow because first the pension is even less and more importantly she has to run the family on her own as she doesn't have the support of her husband."

The Narendra Modi government has said it was committed to OROP, a key promise made during Lok Sabha polls. It is, however, yet to implement the scheme.

Around 22 lakh ex-servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be the immediate beneficiaries of the OROP scheme, which envisages a uniform pension for defence personnel who retire in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

Currently, the pension for ex-servicemen is based on the recommendations of the Pay Commission of that time when they had retired. So, a Major General who retired in 1996 draws a lower pension than a Lieutenant Colonel who retired after 1996.

However, the real crisis lies in the ranks below the officers as their pension is very low. There is a possibility that the government might extend OROP to non-officers first.

Source:http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/ex-servicemen-begin-protest-at-jantar-mantar-over-delay-in-one-rank-one-pension-scheme-774635

Minutes of the meeting held by EDE(IR) with Federation(AIRF) on 10.06.2015 on the left over PNM/AIRF items.

Adv.(Safety)

26/2010: Implementation of the recommendation of the Railway Safety Review Committee, 1998.
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29/2012: Punishment to be imposed in accidents and derailment.
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Federation was advised that the matter was again put up to the Board whereupon the Board has decided that it will not be feasible to change the existing instructions. Federation requested for a separate meeting with Board which was agreed to. ED/Safety-I informed the Federation that punishment norms for SPAD issued vide Board’s letter No.99/Safety (A&R)/6/1 dated 23.04.1999, have provision that the punishment is reduction to lower grade if there are contributory factors like loss of brake power on the run which he could not have detected when he took charge. The removal or compulsory retirement is awarded only when SPAD is entirely due to the driver’s fault. It was also agreed to reiterate these instructions so as to avoid any undue hardship to the staff as brought out by the Federation. AIRF however demanded that the clause of minimum punishment of dismissal/removal should be removed in case of SPAD.

34/2012: Accident Free Service Certificates.
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Instructions have been reiterated vide Board’s letter No.86/ Safety-I/24/35 dated 17.02.2014 to all Zonal Railways to ensure grant of Accident-Free Service Award to all eligible categories of staff and to maintain proper records as per guidelines laid down in Board’s letter No.86/Safety-I/24/35 dated 06.07.1998. Federation, however, requested for zone-wise figures of last two years in this regard; the same was agreed to.

ED(T&MPP)

17/2009: Upgradation of the facilities in the Zonal Railway Training Schools/ Centres.
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The Federation was apprised of the budgetary allocation made in 2015-16. They were also informed that a separate plan Head for HRD has been created and now it would be possible to care for Training Centres in a better way. AIRF pointed out that there was a need to improve the living condition, quality of food etc. in the Training centres. It was also agreed to visit ZRTI, Bhuli which is being fixed for 27.06.2015.

23/2010: Revision of the rates of Training Allowance and Sumptuary Allowance to the Faculty Members of different Training Centers.
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File has been submitted to Board.

11/2011: Provision for training institutes for various disciplines in East Central Railway.
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File being put up to Board for inclusion in next work programme the setting up of a new multi-disciplinary Training Centre in and around Danapur.

23/2011: Creation of posts for additional workload provided to Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala by the Railway Board.
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A separate meeting is being fixed for 16.06.2015 at 11:00 hrs.

52/2012: Sanction of additional staff for manning newly constructed railway lines opened for traffic.
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Position already explained to the Federation in a separate meeting held by ED(T&MPP) on 09.05.2015.

12/2013: Action Plan Targets for the year 2012-13 in respect of Manpower Planning.
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Vision 2020 envisages 1% reduction to be achieved in the sanction strength every year as a corporate objective. Indian Railways has been undertaking 1% reduction of sanctioned strength as it action plan since 2007-08, whereas this was 2.5% and likewise since 2001-02. It may be mentioned that despite the above in the last few years, creation have outpaced surrenders as a result of which sanctioned strength has actually increased.

ED(T&C)

29/2014: (A) Grievances of the Commission Vendors/ Bearers of Catering Department of Indian Railways.(B) Compassionate ground appointment to the wards of Commission Vendors/ Bearers of Railway Catering Services.(C) Issue of Form 16-A to Commission Vendors.
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Necessary instructions have been issued to the Zonal Railways regarding absorption of commission Vendors/Bearers in Railway service over Indian Railways as per available vacancies by giving them three opportunities for absorption with complete relaxation of educational qualification in compliance of various Court orders including order passed by Hon’ble Supreme Court in this regard.

Accordingly, all Commission Vendors/ Bearers working in departmental catering units of different railways whose age is below sixty year to be absorbed in the railway service in group “D” post (now in group–C in PB I grade pay Rs.1800/-).

In case of those Commission Vendors/ Bearers who are absorbed as Group “D” staff on the Railways, direct compassionate appointment to their widow/ward will be permissible as per the extant rules in case of their death or medical incapacitation before their retirement. All commission Vendors/ Bearers should retire at an age of 60 years. Also legal heir of deceased commission vendors/ bearers cannot be appointed as commission vendor as per extant rules.

As far as comparing commission vendors with coolies are concerned, Commission Vendors/ Bearers were engaged by the Railways on commission basis hence their engagement cannot be compared with coolies etc.

AIRF demanded that those commission vendors who wants employment for their wards should be given opportunity.

No instruction regarding issuing of Form 16-A reg. TDS towards Income Tax deposit has been issued from Railway Board. However, comments have been sought from IRCTC and CCM/ Northern Railway and the same is still awaited. A copy of reference made to Northern Railway given to Federation.

DE(W)

21/2010: Revision in the Dress Regulations – 2004.
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The finalized report of the Uniform Committee has been put up for Board (MS)’s approval. 19/2011: Raising of upper age limit in case of entitlement of Privilege Passes/ PTOs for dependent sons.

It was explained to the Federation that as decided in the earlier meeting the matter was reviewed but the demand could not be found feasible of acceptance. AIRF however giving the argument of 35 yrs age for recruitment asked for reviewing the issue so that wards of railway employees should not face the hardship.

7/2012: Implementation of various welfare schemes announced by the then Hon’ble Minister for Railway during her Rail Budget Speech.
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Position on Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, Engineering Colleges and Polytechnics was apprised to the Federation A list of twelve new Civil Sector Kendriya Vidyalayas was also given to Federation as desired.

12/2012: Provision of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes in favour of widows of ex-railway employees.
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1-A/2013: Provision of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes to the spouse/widow of deceased railway employees appointed on compassionate ground.
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Matter has again been reviewed in consultation with Finance Dte after the separate meeting held on 6.5.2015 but could not be found feasible of acceptance. AIRF made arguments that widows must get the passes/PTOs of the entitlement of their husband and desired review in the light of discussion.

28/2012: Sanction of Flood Relief Fund for the flood affected staff over the Indian Railways.
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A letter has been written to Ministry of Home Affairs to provide financial grant of Rs.100 crores to cyclone affected Railwaymen in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha under East Coast Railway. Further, Board has also approved Rs.40 crores towards repairs & resurrection of damaged Railway property in Waltair Division of E.Co. Railway. Meanwhile an amount of Rs.8.09 lakhs has been released from Calamity Relief Fund for relief work in the aftermath of
Hudhud cyclone. AIRF felt quite anguish for not providing any relief to the employees for loss of their property and demanded an early relief to them.

A letter was written to Northern Railway regarding financial assistance to flood affected railway employees in Jammu & Kashmir. However, no response has been received from Railway in this regard till date. Copy of reference given to federation.

07/2014: Issue of Special Passes on medical ground in favour of two attendants in case of kid patient.
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It was advised to the Federation that the issue has been re-examined but the demand has not been found feasible of acceptance due to financial and other implications. Federation however, requested that apart from mother who is the natural guardian, one attendant may also be allowed. This is to be examined.

10/2014: Provision of two sets of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes to retired railway employees working in GP Rs.1800.
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Matter is under examination in consultation with Finance and Pay Commission Dtes.

DE(LL)

58/2006: Privatisation/ Contractorisation/ Outsourcing/ offloading of various activities of the Indian Railways.
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Federation stated that the railways be advised to adhere to connected labour laws in the matter and to particularly ensure the following:

(i) payment to the contract labour through bank/ cheque,
(ii) issue of Identity Card,
(iii) P.F. deduction,
(iv) E.S.I.

It will be the responsibility of the CPO/ CWM to ensure implementation of the above and other connected labour laws. It was agreed to advise the Railways accordingly.

Federation further emphasised that jobs of perennial nature not to be contractorised.

20/2009: Rest Rules for Running Staff.&19/2014: Implementation of the Report of High Power Committee constituted to review duty hours of Running Staff and other Safety related Categories of Staff.
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Views of the both Federations have since been received on the recommendation of the Committee and the matter is under further consideration.

JDE(G)

29/2011: Retention of railway quarter in favour of totally medically incapacitated railway employees.
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The matter is under consideration of Board.

EDE(IR)

3/2008: Facilities to the recognised Unions.
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Discussed.

(Closed)

27/2013: AC Card Passes to the Divisional Office Bearers of the AIRF affiliated unions.
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Federation pointed out that in case of All India SC & ST Railway Employees Association and All Indian OBC Railway Employees Association, the jurisdiction of the 1st Class card passes issued to their Divisional office bearers are available over the entire Zonal Railway. The same be extended to the Divisional office bearers of the recognised Unions. This to be examined.

SUMMARY:

Discussed : 24
Closed : 01
Balance :  23

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/E%28LR%29/MinAIRF2015_05_10-Leftover.pdf
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Pay panel may recommend Rs 16,000 as minimum salary for Kerala State Government Employees

 The Kerala Pay Revision Commission is likely to recommend Rs 16,000 as the minimum salary and Rs 1 lakh as the maximum for state government employees. Salaries will go up 13 per cent when the dearness allowance of 80 per cent is merged into it. There was a 12 per cent increase in the previous pay revision.

The previous pay commission had recommended a minimum salary of Rs 8,500 and a maximum of Rs 59,840.

The 10th pay commission, headed by Justice N. Ramachandran Nair, is also likely to include measures to increase efficiency in proportion to the pay rise. The commission may submit its report before June 30, when its term ends.

The commission will base its recommendations on the increase in everyday essential commodities and the Consumer Price Index in the last five years. The pay rise, however, will be limited by the budgetary allocation of Rs 6,000 crore. The state government budget was strained by Rs 3,000 crore with the previous pay revision.

The report is also expected to have a recommendation for providing medical insurance for government employees in association with public sector insurance companies, in place of the current system where the government is paying the bill.

The commission’s recommendations would affect employees of the state government and local self-government bodies, teachers in government and government-aided schools and colleges and university employees.

Kerala government is spending about 75 per cent of its revenue on salaries and pensions, on an average.

Source:http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/pay-panel-may-recommend-rs-16000-as-minimum-salary.html

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Minutes of the 46th Main Meeting of III level JCM Council of the CGDA HQrs. held on 11.05.2015

OFFICE OF CONTROLLER GENERAL OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
ULAN BATAR MARG, PALAM, DELHI CANTT.-110010

Subject: Minutes of the 46th Main Meeting of III level JCM Council of the CGDA HQrs. held on 11.05.2015 at 11:00 am in the Conference Hall, Office of the CGDA, Delhi Cantt.-10.

Present:

Shri Arvind Kaushal, CGDA in Chair

Official Side
Shri A.N. Das, Jt. CGDA (Admin)
Shri Sangeet, Dy. CGDA (Admin)
Shri Ambarish Barman, Sr. ACGDA (Admin)
Shri R. Renganathan, Sr. AO (Admin)
Shri Manoj Kumar, Sr. AO (Admin)
Shri S.C. Gupta, Sr. AO (Admin)
Smt. N. Rajeswari, Sr. AO (Admin)
Shri Shiv Kumar Rao, AAO (Admin)

Staff Side
AIDAA (CB) Pune
Shri S.N. Safai
Shri L.C. Dangi
Shri Arup Chatterjee
Shri M. Prabhu

AIDAEA (HQ) Kolkata
Shri S. K. Deb Roy
Shri Sandeep Mukherjee
Shri K.K. Choudhary
Shri P.S. Mann

At the outset, Dy. CGDA (Admin) welcomed all the participants. Thereafter, The Chairman, in his opening remarks emphasized the need for timely conduct of the JCM meetings and highlighted that the 46th meeting has been organized after a gap of eight months. He advised to organize JCM meetings regularly in each quarter. Then he invited AIDAA (CB) Pune and AIDAEA (HQ) Kolkata for their opening remarks.

2. Shri S. N. Safai, AIDAA (CB) Pune in his opening remarks appreciated the efforts of CDA (Funds) for issuing CCO-9 well in advance. He raised the point of delay in issue of Transfer Order. Jt. CGDA (Admin) informed that this is a very valid point and all efforts are made to issue the transfer orders in time. However, certain business process re-engineering is required to streamline the entire process. Shri S. K. Deb Roy, AIDAEA (HQ) Kolkata extended the welcome to the Chairman and all officers. He requested for powerpoint presentation for further meetings.

3. Thereafter, the minutes of 45th MM held on 12.08.2014 were confirmed and action taken reports on the 45th meeting were discussed as under:

i. Issue of Brief case to Non-Gazetted staff drawing grade pay of Rs. 4600/-.

Reply: It was informed that the information was sought from the C&AG and other Accounting Department and the reply was still awaited.

Further Direction: The Chairman directed to ascertain the procedure in C&AG and Civil accounts and finalizer the issue at the earliest.
(Action: AN-XIV Section)

ii. Publication of Roster & Inclusion of information in merit list.
(Discussed and dropped)

iii. Recruitment of Canteen Employees
(Discussed and dropped)

iv. Reconstitution of IV level ROC of PCA (Fys) Kolkata.
(Discussed and dropped)

v. Reconstitution of III level JCM of CGDA HQrs.
(Dropped)

vi. Permanent Identity Card for DAD Employees.

Reply: The matter of printing/supply of Identity Card has been taken up with Dte. Of Org(P&F), Air HQ(VB) vide this office letter dated 28/10/2014 and subsequent reminder dated 30.01.2015 and latest reminder issued on 25.03.2015. Reply in this regard is still awaited.

Further Direction: The chairman emphasized the need to have a uniform and modern Identity Card with the latest security features as available in the SLIC issued by the Chief Security Office, Ministry of Defence. He directed to resolve the issue of Identity Card at the earliest.
(Action AN-III Section)

vii. Shortage of Staff

Reply: The Chairman directed to ascertain the procedure regarding pre appointment formalities in the sister organization (i.e.) C&AG, Civil Accounts before initiating any further action. AIDAEA(HQ) Kolkata requested that Ex-Serviceman may not be insisted for fresh police verification.
(Action: AN-VIII Section)
vii. Promotion of Auditor to the grade of Sr. Auditor as per SSC merit list.
(Discussed and Dropped)

4. Agenda points discussed in 46th Main Meeting:

i. Construction of more DAD Guest Houses at popular stations e.g. Simla, Srinagar, Darjeeling, Mount Abu, Udaipur, Bangalore city etc. minimum 50% of rooms should be allotted to group B&C staff. Booking of these guest houses to be made online and payment/ cancellation should also be made online.

Reply: Dy. CGDA informed that the transit facility at Simla is already in progress and was expected to be ready by end of June 2015. The website for on line booking of accommodation for DAD Guest Houses has also been developed and ready for pilot run. The same would be launched on completion of the security audit by the agency approved by the NIC. The Chairman directed to explore the feasibility of construction of Guest House at Bengalaru also. Feasibility for holiday homes at Srinagar, Darjeeling, Mount Abu, Udaipur would also be explored.
(Action: AN-XII Section)

ii. Financial powers to PCsDA/CsDA for civil work upto 10,00,000/- (Rupees ten lakhs only) in a year for getting work done from private/MES registered contractors.

Reply: The chairman directed to take up the issue with the Ministry.
(Action: AN-XII Section)

iii. Deficient stations/DAD offices in each category – Accounts Officer’s / AAO’s / Non gazette group ‘B’ and ‘C’ staff along with information like peace/Hard/tenure station/ period of tenure, availability of DAD accommodation to be loaded on CGDA website.

Reply: The information of peace / Hard / Tenure Station is already available on CGDA’s website. Regarding availability of DAD Accommodation, the Controllers have been asked to upload the requisite information at their website.
(Action: AN-XII Section)

iv. Powers to be delegated to PCsDA/CsDA for sanction of medical claims up to Rs. 5,00,000/-

Reply: The Chairman directed to take up the matter with Ministry of Health and family welfare to enhance the powers of head of the Department of settle reimbursement claims from Rs. 2,00,000/- to 5,00,000/-.
(Action: AN-XIV Section)

v. Auditor post should be merged in Sr. Auditor post: Auditor posts were restructured in this Department from 01.04.1987 by creating two functional grades in the pay scales of Rs.1400-2600 for Sr. Auditor as 80% and Rs. 1200-2040 for Auditor as 20%. Staff side requested to merge the Auditor cadre in Sr. Auditor cadre.

Reply: The chairman advised the staff side that the issue could be taken up with the 7th CPC, as this issue is not in the purview of this Department.
(Dropped)

vi. Re-categorization of DEO’s in Auditor grade.

After introduction of IT in Defence Accounts Department, need of centralized EDP Section become necessary and data entry work was treated as specialized work and DEOs were recruited in DAD. Now after advancement in modern information technology, these centralized EDP Centres have become outdated and are of no relevance and data entry in no way specialized job. So in coming days no specialized job of data entry as mentioned in Recruitment Rules of DEOs category will be having any relevance. As such DEO to be re-categorized in Auditor category in DAD. At present also most of the DEOs are deployed on the job of Sr. Auditor in DAD.

Reply: The chairman directed to examine the issue for re-categorization of DEOs in Auditor grade.
(Action: AN-VIII Section)

vii. Graduate MTS to be allowed to appear Departmental examination for grade of Auditor after completion of 2 years of service and they also should be allowed to appear SAS examination.

Reply: It was intimated that the action is being initiated for amendment of Recruitment Rules at par with provision in the C&AG RR for Auditor.
(Action: AN-VIII Section)

viii. Non Graduate MTS having minimum qualification of 12th standard should be allowed to Departmental clerk examination after completion of two years of service.

Reply: It was intimated that the action is being initiated for amendment of Recruitment Rules for the post of Clerk in our Department.
(Action: AN-VIII Section)

ix. Workshop on JCM: All regional training Centre should be directed to hold workshop of JCM / Association matters inviting association office bearer and administrative staff officers dealing with JCM.

Reply: The workshop on JCM is to be held on 26th May, 2015 at CGDA (HQrs.) Ulan Batar Road, Delhi Cantt.
(Action: AN-VI Section)

x. Combined Seniority list in a particular grade in respect of Group ‘C’ & ‘B’ official- publishing of.

Reply: The chairman directed to furnish the combined seniority list of Auditor by end of this month.
(Action: AN-XI Section)

5. Extra Points

i. One increment may be allowed to Auditor who have passed SAS Part-I Examination.

Reply: The chairman directed to examine the feasibility of the issue.
(Action AN-XIV Section)

ii. Employee of the Sports quota may be posted /transferred in their own state.

Reply: The chairman directed to post them in any place in their state if feasible.
(Action: AN-X Section)

iii. Pay protection may be granted of the Ex-Servicemen who are re-employed in our Department.

Reply: The chairman directed to examine the issue.
(Action AN-XIV Section)

(Sangeet)
Dy.CGDA(AN)

All Members
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UO No. AN/VI/17022/46th MM dated: 19.06.2015

Source:http://cgda.nic.in/adm/circular/JCM11052015.pdf
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