Monday, July 06, 2015

Children Education Allowance - Frequently asked questions.

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

No.E(W)2008/ED-2/4
New Delhi, Dated: 01-06-2015

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

Sub: Children Education Allowance - Frequently asked questions.

Please refer to Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 01.10.2008 followed by subsequent letters regarding revised policy instructions /clarifications on Children Education Allowance admissible to Railway Servants, based on the recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission.

2. Now, DOP&T has inter-alia issued clarification on reimbursement of Children Education Allowance in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQ) in terms of their Office Memorandum No. 1-11020/1/2014-Estt.(AL).

The text of OM is tabulated below for guidance of all concerned.

Completer Railway Board Orders RBE 53/2015 has been uploaded below :-

S.No./Question/Answer

1. Whether reimbursement of Children Education Allowance is admissible for the 

(a) Nursery/LKG/UKG as there is no provision of recognition of these classes in most of the States/UTs'; 
Reimbursement is permissible only if the child is studying in a recognised educational institution.

(b) Third child if either of the first two children is disabled to the extent that he/she cannot go to school; 
Reimbursement is allowed to only the two eldest surviving children of the Government servant except when the 2nd child birth in multiple births of the Child is born due to failure of sterilization operation.

(c) The children borne out of second marriage or the children of second wife/husband in additions to children from first marriage; 
Reimbursement is allowed to only the eldest surviving children of the Government servant.

(d) Entitlement of number of Note Books; 
Reimbursement is permissible for any number of note books as may be prescribed by the recognised educational institution.

Source: AIRF
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Increase of Retirement Age to Kerala State Employees…

Kerala Pay Revision Commission may Recommend Increase of Retirement Age to  Kerala State Employees…

Increasing the retirement age for Kerala government employees by two years to 58 may be one of the recommendations of the 10th Kerala Pay Revision Commission. The commission, led by Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair, will submit its report on July 10.

The commission is expected to recommend the increase of retirement age to balance the extra burden on the treasury due to a pay rise across the board. The report recommends a minimum salary of Rs 16,000 and a maximum salary of Rs 1 lakh for employees.

The youth wings of all political parties are against increasing the retirement age in the government service. Even the United Democratic Front government’s policies do not favour later retirement. The retirement age was raised to 56 from 55 during the previous Left Democratic Front rule.

Other recommendations include lowering the minimum eligibility for full pension to 25 years in service from the present 30. Full pension is equivalent to half of the basic pay. The report would also have recommendations intended to raise the efficiency of the employees along with their pay scale.

The commission is also expected to recommend appointment at the middle level, redeployment and health insurance. Since many government employees are without any particular duties in various departments, the commission wants them to be redeployed to departments with a shortage of staff.

The Kerala government spends Rs 39,000 crore on its employees’ pay and pension per year. Salaries cost Rs 26,000 crore while pensions cost Rs 13,000 crore.

The government has extended the tenure of the pay commission to November 30.

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DoPT Order: Instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet regarding.

F. No. 11012/17/2013-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment  A-III Desk

North Block, New Delhi - 110001
Dated July 3rd, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 — instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to DoP&T O.M. of even no. dated 2nd January, 2014 regarding consolidated instructions on suspension and to say that in a recent case, Ajay Kumar Choudhary vs Union of India Civil Appeal No. 1912 of 2015 dated 16/02/2015 the Apex Court has directed as follows:

We, therefore, direct that the currency of Suspension Order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges/ Chargesheet is not served on the delinquent officer/ employee;

2. It is noted that in many cases charge sheets are not issued despite clear prima facie evidence of misconduct on the ground that the matter is under investigation by an investigating agency like Central Bureau of Investigation etc. In the aforesaid judgement the Hon’ble Supreme Court has superseded the direction of the Central Vigilance Commission that pending a criminal investigation departmental proceedings are to be held in abeyance.

3. In this connection, attention is invited to this Department G.M. No. 35014/1/81- Estt.A dated 9.11.1982 which contained the guidelines for timely issue of charge-sheet to Charged officer and to say that these instructions lay down, inter-alia, that where a Government servant is placed under suspension on the ground of “Contemplated” disciplinary proceedings, the existing instructions provide that every effort would be made to finalise the charges, against the Government servant within three months of the date of suspension. If these instructions are strictly adhered to, a Government servant who is placed under suspension on the ground of contemplated disciplinary proceedings will become aware of the reasons for his suspension without much loss of time. The reasons for suspension should be communicated to the Government servant concerned at the earliest, so that he may be in a position to effectively exercise the right of appeal available to him under Rule 23 (i) of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, if he so desires. The time-limit of forty five days for submission of appeal should be counted from the date on which the reasons for suspension arc communicated.

4. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all concerned officials for compliance.

Sd/-
(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (E)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11012_17_2013-Estt.A-03072015B.pdf
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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Reactivation of PRAN post exit from NPS

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

PFRDA/2015/19/CSG/1

Date: 30th June, 2015

All Central Government Ministries & Departments/ State Governments
PrAOs, PAOs, CDDOs, NCDDOs & other CG Nodal offices;
DTAs, DTOs, DDOs & other SG Nodal offices
Autonomous Bodies

Subject: Reactivation of PRAN post exit from NPS

PFRDA has been receiving requests from various government nodal offices to reactivate the PRANs for credit of missing NPS contributions, wherein withdrawal requests have already been settled towards final payment to the subscribers.

Currently, the exit process is initiated with the generation of claim ID six months prior to the date of superannuation. As per PFRDA Exit & Withdrawal Regulations 2015, the employee’s and employer’s contributions of last three months prior to superannuation shall not be uploaded in the NPS account but would be credited to the some other account of the subscriber, directly by the employer. During the withdrawal process which stretches over 6 months, both the subscriber and the nodal office have sufficient time to ensure and to confirm that all the missing contributions have been uploaded in the respective PRAN.

In light of the above, PFRDA shall not entertain any such request forthwith, for uploading contributions of arrears/ missing credits after final settlement of exit/ withdrawal of the subscribers and consequent closure of their NPS account. Henceforth, missing credits, if any, should be settled mutually between the subscriber and the Nodal office as per their internal administrative process and outside the NPS architecture, as is currently applicable to last three months contributions before superannuation in line with the guidelines issued by PFRDA in this regard.

Therefore, all government nodal offices are instructed to ensure uploading of all the pending contributions in the PRANs, before initiating/ processing/forwarding the withdrawal requests to the CRA and take necessary action as per this circular.

Sd/-
Ashish Kumar
General Manager
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Regarding grant of pay during period of extension in service.

No.fin(C)-A(3)-2/2013-L
Government of Himachal Pradesh 
Finance (Regulations) Department 

Dated, Shimia-171002 23-06-2015. 

From
The Principal Secretary (Finance) to the 
Government Of Himachal Pradesh. 

To
All the Administrative Secretaries to the
Government Of Himachal Pradesh. 

Subject: - Regarding grant of pay during period of extension in service.

Sir,
I am directed to invite a reference to this department notification No. Fin(C)-A(3)-3/98 dated 30-07-1998 on the subject cited above and to say that extension in service is granted by the Government under FR 56(d) to a government servant after he/she attains the age of fifty eight years with the sanction of the appropriate authority if such extension is in the public interest.

The matter regarding fixation of pay during extension in service was under consideration of the government and it has been decided that no increase in pay will be admissible to a government employee during the period Of extension in service beyond the superannuation date and he will continue to draw the same pay which he was drawing at the time Of superannuation i.e. on attaining the age Of 58 years Or 60 years as the case may be. Similarly, the pensionary benefits will be allowed on the basis Of last pay drawn by a government employee. 

These instructions may be brought to the notice Of all concerned under your administrative control for strict compliance. 

Yours faithfully, 

Sd/-
Special Secretary (Fin.Reg.) to the 
Government Of Himachal Pradesh. 

Source:http://himachal.nic.in/index.php?lang=1&dpt_id=1
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