Monday, March 31, 2014

RENEWAL OF EMPANELMENT OF HOSPITALS / DIAGNOSTIC LABS / IMAGING CENTRES UNDER CGHS

No.S.11045/36/2012/CGHS(HEC)
Government of India
Directorate General Of Central Govt. Health Scheme

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan,
New Delhi 110108, dated the 31st March, 2014

OFFICE ORDER

Subject: Regarding extension of validity of empanelment of All Health Care Organizations empanelled under CGHS.

Attention is drawn to the Office Memorandum issued earlier extending validity of empanelment of all health care organizations under CGHS till 31st March, 2014.

2. It has now been decided to extend the validity of empanelment of all Health Care Organizations under CGHS for further period of three months or till finalization of next empanelment of health care organizations under CGHS whichever is earlier on same terms and conditions as defined in OM on which they were empanelled earlier.

Sd/-
(Dr.Sharda Verma)
Director CGHS(HQ)

Source:http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File675.pdf

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UPGRADATION OF GRADE PAY OF LDC & UDC - YET ANOTHER CASE IS FILED.

UPGRADATION OF GRADE PAY OF LDC & UDC - YET ANOTHER CASE IS FILED.
    
Dear friends,
All India Association of Clerical Employees of Ordinance Factories, HVF Branch Chennai has filed a case in CAT Chennai vide OA No. 1534/2013 on  LDC/UDC case. This will essentially strengthen the fight for the upgradation of grade pay of LDC/UDC further.

With greetings

TKR Pillai
General Secretary
Mob. 09425372172

Source: http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/
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Grant of MACP benefit to the eligible employees in the hierarchy of promotional grade: BPMS

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS) 
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.) 
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA) 

REF: BPMS / MACPS / 64 (7/3/M)
 Dated: 31.03.2014 
To, 
The Secretary, 
Govt of India, Min of Defence, 
South Block, DHQ PO, 
New Delhi - 110011 

Subject: Grant of MACP benefit to the eligible employees in the hierarchy of promotional grade: Compliance of CAT Principal Bench Directive on 12.03.2014 in OA No. 864/2014. 

Respected Sir, 
 With due regards, I would like to draw your kind attention on the subject wherein the issue of grant of MACP benefit in the hierarchy of promotional grade instead of hierarchy of grade pay is being demanded & discussed by this Federation at every forum. 

 It has now been brought to our notice that an affected employee had challenged the Government’s decision on grant of MACP benefit in the hierarchy of promotional grade vide his O.A. No. 1038/CH/2010 in CAT Chandigarh and that the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh vide its order dated 31.05.2011 granted the prayer of the petitioner and directed the authorities to grant MACP benefit in the hierarchy of promotional grade. Thereafter, the Union of India represented by the Secretary, DoP&T appealed to the Hon’ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana vide CWP No. 19387 of 2011. This appeal of the DoP&T was subsequently dismissed vide order dated 19.10.2011. The Government thereafter approached the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide SLP No. 7467/2013, the Hon’ble Supreme Court dismissed the said SLP. 

Recently, CAT Principal Bench has issued direction on 12.03.2014 in OA No. 864/2014 that once an order has been passed by this tribunal and it has also been upheld at the level of the Supreme Court, there is no question of waiting for an approval from any Govt. department for implementation of the same. 

In view of the above, the issue now stands settled that eligible employee needs to be given MACP benefits in the promotional hierarchy only. 

As such, you are requested to kindly issue necessary directives to all units under your jurisdiction to implement the same immediately. 

Thanking you. 

Sincerely yours
Sd/-
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary

Source:http://bpms.org.in/documents/macps-s2od.pdf
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Guidelines for issue of medicines to CGHS beneficiaries from CGHS Wellness Centres - reg.

S 11011/2/2014-CGHS (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
CGHS (Policy) Division
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated; the 28th March, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Guidelines for issue of medicines to CGHS beneficiaries from CGHS Wellness Centres - reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M No.S.11011/8/99-CGHS (P) dated 13.10.1999 vide which CMO In-charge of CGHS dispensaries have been permitted to issue medicines for a maximum period of 3 (three) months at a time against a valid prescription of Government specialist to CGHS beneficiaries suffering from chronic illness like diabetes, tuberculosis, heart ailment, hypertension, I.H.D,epilepsy, etc.

2. This Ministry has been receiving representations from beneficiaries regarding the requirement of fresh consultation with Government specialist every three months for re-issue of the prescribed medicines. Requests have been received from beneficiaries to relax this condition as getting an appointment with Government specialists is difficult, especially for the old aged and physically challenged beneficiaries suffering from chronic diseases and requiring constant medication.

3. Acknowledging the difficulties being faced by the beneficiaries in obtaining prescription of Government specialist every three months, it has been decided to clarify that the CMO In-charge of CGHS Wellness Centres are competent to revalidate the prescription on the request of patient, after professionally satisfying himself / herself about the medical condition of the patient and repeat the medicines prescribed by Government specialist to beneficiaries for another three months subject to the following conditions :-

a) Medicines shall be issued against a valid original prescription from a Government specialist for advising the same.

b) CMO I/c may issue the medicines prescribed by a Government specialist fix three months at a tine during the entire treatment period indicated clearly (e.g., six months / one year) on the prescription.

c) CMO I/c may examine and advise the patient on whether to continue with the same medicines as prescribed by the Government specialist or may refer him to the Government specialist for fresh consultation, If required medically.

d) CGHS GDMOs of the Wellness Centre may prescribe routine diagnostic tests to the patients before their follow up consultation with the specialist. They should however, use discretion and not to advice specialized tests/investigations as they can only be advised by the specialists, wherever required.

e) Beneficiaries will be issued medicines for maximum three months period at a time. In such cases, where the advice of specialist is only for three months and the CMO I/c is satisfied after professional examination that the same medicines are required to be continued for treatment, the prescription may be re validated and medicines can be issued for another 3 (three) months, i.e., to a total of 6 (six) months. After six months, the beneficiaries will have to consult the Government specialist and obtain fresh prescription or get the prescription re validated from the Government specialist in cases where the treatment period is not clearly indicated on the prescription.

4. This issues with the approval of Additional Secretary and Director General, CGHS.

Sd/-
(V.P.Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File674.pdf
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

KVs Order 2014: Dearness Allowance to KVS Employees

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (HQ)
18, Institutional Area, SJS Marg
New Delhi – 110016

F. No. 125-4/2013-04/KVS (HQ)/Budget

Dated: – 28.03.2014

           A copy of Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, Office Memorandum No. 1/1/2014-E-II (B) Dated 27th March, 2014 regarding payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.01.2014 is forwarded for information and necessary action.

Sd/-
(S. Muthusivam)
Assistant Commissioner (Fin.)

Source:http://kvsangathan.nic.in/GeneralDocuments/ann-28-03-14(1).pdf
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Productivity Linked Bonus admissible for the employees of ESI Corporation – 2012-13 - regarding

HEAD QUEARTERS OFFICE
EMPLOYEES STATE INSURANCE CORPORATION
PANCHDEEP BHAWAN, CIG MARG, NEW DELHI-2
No. G-31/11/1/2005-E-III  
Dated: 28/03/2014

Sub: Productivity Linked Bonus admissible for the employees of ESI Corporation – 2012-13 - regarding

Consequent upon approval of Ministry of Labour & Employment and in continuation of this Office Memorandum of even number dated 8.10.2003, the approval of the Competent Authority is hereby communicated for the payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equal to 60 (Sixty) days wages subject of Maximum of Rs.7000 (Rupees Seven thousand only) to the employees of the Corporation for the year 2012-13 as worked out on the basis of the exiting scheme of Productivity Linked Bonus.

Accordingly the advance already paid to the employees may be adjusted and no recovery is to effected and the undertaking be treated as null and void.

However, in case if employees who have not been paid the advance, action may be initiated for all payment of Productivity Linked Bonus  (PLB) equal to 60 (Sixty) days wages subject to the maximum of Rs.7000/- (Rupees Seven Thousand Only) for the year 2012-13 as worked to the basis of the exiting scheme of Productivity Linked Bonus.

The other terms conditions governing the PLB shall remain the same.

Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(S.K.SINHA)
DIRECTOR

Source:http://www.esic.nic.in/CIRCULARS/cir_EIII_28.3.14j.pdf
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CGDA Order 2014: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Defence employees

Controller General of Defence Accounts

Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110010

No.AN/XIV/19015/Govt.Orders/2014

Dated 27-03-2014

All PCsDA/CsDA

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised rates effective from 01/01/2014

A copy of Government of India, Ministry of Finance, department of Expenditure Office Memorandum No.1/1/2014-E-II (B) dated 27th March 2014 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for your information, guidance and necessary action please

 Payment of Dearness Allowance to Defence employees with effect from 01-01-2014

Source:http://www.cgda.nic.in/adm/payment%20of%20da%20270379.pdf
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Both the SPOUSES, if Posts are available- BE POSTED IN THE SAME PLACE [GUWAHATI CAT]

Both the SPOUSES, if Posts are available- BE POSTED IN THE SAME PLACE [GUWAHATI CAT]

CAT JUDGEMENT

As per OM, dated 30-9-2009 of Government of India, it is stipulated that both huaband and wife working in the same department of central service should mandatorily be posted in the same station, If posts are available, especially to look after the welfare of their children.

Facts: This OA is filed praying to set aside the impugned / allocation order, dated 5-2-2013 in respect of the Applicant whereby the Applicant is sought to be transferred to I&B, Kolkata.

The Applicant, an Assistant Accounts Officer in the office of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIAI), Planning Commission, Government of India, Regional Office Guwahati was sought to be

transferred to I&B, Kolkata on the ground of abolition of the post held by him in Guwahati vide Letter, dated 18-1-2013. O.M., dated 12-6-1997 stipulates that posting of husband and wife at the same station which subsequently amended stipulating that if both the husband and wife are working in the same department and if posts are available, they must mandatorily be posted in the same station. Child care stipulates both being posted in the same station up to the children attaining 18 years of age. As the children of the Applicant are aged 17 and 7 years and his wife is serving as Sr. Accountant in the office of PAO (SSB) Guwahati, the Applicant is entitled to get the benefit of OM, dated 12-6-1997 and O.M., dated 30-9-2009. Against his transfer, the Applicant initially made a representation for allowing him to stay at Guwahati. But during the pendency of his representation, the impugned transfer order was issued. Further having spent 22 years of his service out of his home Town i.e., Guwahati-only one and half years back he was transferred to Guwahati.

The Tribunal read the OM, dated 12-6-1997 wherein it is stipulated that both the spouses should invariably be posted together to lead a normal life especially till children are 10 years of age. If both the spouses are working in the same department or in the same central service, they should be mandatorily be posted at the same station if posts are available. Those instructions are not taken note of by the Respondents while issuing the transfer order of the Applicant, dated 5-2-2013 and effected transfer while the Applicant’s request for retaining him at Guwahati is pending.

In the case of Sarvesh Kumar Awasthi v. U.P Jal Nigam and others [2003 (11) SCC 740], the Apex Court held that transfer of officers is required to be effected on the basis of set norms or guidelines. But the transfer of the Applicant is issued violating set norms laid in O.Ms.. dated 12-6-1997 and 30-9-2009. Hence the Applicant is directed to make a comprehensive representation in two weeks from the date of receipt of this order enlisting all his grievances and the departmental authority should dispose of the said representation by a reasoned order in four months’ time giving opportunity to the Applicant for a personal hearing to explain his grievances. Till such time the representation of the Applicant is disposed of, the impugned order, dated 5-2-2013 shall be kept in abeyance.

OA is ordered accordingly.

[Sri Gautam Das v. Secretary Ministry of Finance and others. 3/2014, SwamysnewS 74, (Guwahati). date of judgment 18-2-2013. 

Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/2014/03/both-spouses-if-posts-are-available-be.html
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Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees — Revised rates effective from 01.01.2014.

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
S.No.PC-VI/333
RBE No. 32/2014
No. PC-VI/2008/1/7/2/1
New Delhi, dated 28.03.2014
The GMs/CAO(R),
All Zonal Railways & Production Units,
(as per mailing list)

Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees — Revised rates effective from 01.01.2014.

Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 25.09.2013 (S.No. PC-VI/325, RBE No. 98/2013) on the subject mentioned above. The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 90%to 100% with effect from 1st January, 2014.

2. The provisions contained in Paras 3, 4 & 5 of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No. PC-VI/3, RBE No. 106/2008) shall Continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of March, 2014. The arrears may be charged to the salary bill and no honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.

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

Sd/-
(Vikram Gulati)
Director, Pay Commission-II
Railway Board.

Source:http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/pay_comm/PC6/2014/RBE_32_2014.PDF
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Important Message for Pensioners : SANKALP Opportunity to Register for Voluntary Work

Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare

Recognising the fact that retired government servants have experience and skills which could be channelized into constructive activities for betterment of Society, the Government has introduced an initiative called ‘Sankalp’. It is hoped that this initiative will help retired government servants in leading a fuller and more meaningful existence post-retirement. 

This project is initially being run as a pilot to cover 500 Central government pensioners on a first-come-first-served basis. The pensioners willing to be associated with this initiative may visit the website http://www.pensionersportal.gov.in/sankalp for registration. 

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EPFO panel grant regular tax exemption to 68 private PF trusts

EPFO panel grant regular tax exemption to 68 private PF trusts

An empowered committee of the retirement fund body EPFO today approved granting regular tax exemption to 68 private provident fund trusts, which would provide tax benefits for subscribers of these firms.

The meeting was called as Finance Minister P Chidambaram did not extend a March 31 deadline for the trusts to get regular tax exemption through the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

Chidambaram made it mandatory in 2006 for these trusts to procure an exemption certificate by March 31, 2007, a deadline that has been extended and is now set to expire on March 31.

"The first meeting of an empowered committee held today for granting regular tax exemption to private PF trusts. We have approved 68 such cases," EPFO Central PF Commissioner K K Jalan told PTI.

Regular tax exemption is granted by the EPFO's apex decision-making body, the Central Board of Trustees, headed by the Labour Minister. However, the power to grant exemption was delegated to the committee by the trustees on January 13.

According to a senior official, EPFO is still processing applications from 168 such trusts, for grant of regular tax exemption. EPFO head office has received around 30 more such applications after January this year.

Jalan, who is also heading the committee, said that the panel would take up more such applications in the next meeting which may be called in next fortnight.

Private PF trusts are formed by firms that manage the money and accounts of their workers themselves and have exemption from filing PF returns. The members of these trusts enjoy income tax and other benefits at par with EPFO subscribers.

Such trusts can start functioning after seeking ad hoc tax exemption from the regional commissioner after which they apply for regular tax exemption.

Once approved, a PF trust's regular tax exemption is notified by the Labour Ministry or state government.

According to an official, if the deadline for getting regular tax exemption is not extended in the full-fledged budget to be presented by the next government after the general elections then the defaulting trusts would come under the income tax net.

At present, the EPF subscribers are exempted from paying income tax on deposits, accrual of interest and withdrawal of their funds.

Meanwhile, the EPFO has made it mandatory for all such trusts to file their returns online from April 1, 2014.

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Scheme for providing monthly allowance to the freedom fighters and their dependent family members who were receiving such allowance under the Assistance to Political Sufferer Scheme.

Government of West Bengal
Finance (Audit) Department
A.P.S. Branch
131/A, B.B. Ganguly Street, Kolkata-700012

No. 04 A.P.S.
 Dated, Kolkata, the 15th January, 2013

MEMORANDUM

Subject: Scheme for providing monthly allowance to the freedom fighters and their dependent family members who were receiving such allowance under the Assistance to Political Sufferer Scheme.

In view of discontinuation of the Assistance to Political Sufferer Scheme vide Finance Department Memo. No. 03 A.P.S. dt. 15.01.2013 the State Government has been considering introduction of a new Scheme for the freedom fighters and their dependent family members in the following categories who were receiving such allowance under the earlier Scheme as mentioned above to get the same quantum of assistance;

A) Indian National Army

B) Rani Jhansi Regiment

C) Andaman Prisoners

D) Swtantrata Sainik Samman Pension

The Governor, is now pleased to decide that:-

i) A new Scheme namely, ‘Assistance to Freedom Fighters’ Scheme’ is hereby introduced for providing monthly allowance to the freedom fighters and the dependent member(s) of their family already in receipt of such allowance under the earlier one since discontinued.

The term “family” for this purpose includes the following relations of a recipient of a freedom fighter.

(a) Widow of the recipient of the monthly allowance.

(b) Dependent unmarried and unemployed daughter/daughters.

(c) Dependent minor child/children.

ii) The quantum of allowance will be Rs.3250/- only per month for the freedom fighters.

After death of a freedom fighter, the aforesaid amount of Rs.3250/- only per month will be granted to the widow of the freedom fighter.

After death of the widow of a freedom fighter, an amount of Rs. 1500/- only per month will be granted to the other dependents as mentioned in (b) & (C) above. In that case all of them will select one among themselves for receiving the amount. The recipient will have to furnish an affidavit sworn on a non-judicial stamp paper worth Rs.10/- that she will take care of all other dependents.

iii) In case of death of a freedom fighter receiving such monthly allowance, his dependent family members will not be entitled to have the monthly allowance automatically. They will have to apply afresh for it with the proof of death of the recipient of the monthly allowance and of their own eligibility otherwise. Sanction of this monthly allowance to dependents will be effective from the month of issuance of Government Order sanctioning such allowance.

2. Persons belonging to any of the categories but not in receipt of such allowance and consider themselves eligible for such monthly allowance under this scheme may also apply in such Form as will be prescribed in this regard by the State Government. The Form duly filled in is to be accompanied with such particulars and documents as mentioned therein.

3. The payment of allowance sanctioned under this scheme shall be made through Treasuries.

4. For the purpose of payment of monthly allowance under this Scheme, the Accountant General (A&E), West Bengal will issue necessary P.P.O to the concerned Treasury on the basis of sanction order issued by the Finance Department for making payment therefrom.

5. This will take effect from the 1st day of February, 2013.

Sd/-
H. K. Dwivedi
Principal Secy. to the Govt. of West Bengal.
Finance Department
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

DA Order: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2014.

No.1/1/2014-F-II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 27th March, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2014.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.I-8/2013-E-II (B) dated 25th September, 2013 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 90% to 100% with effect from 1st January, 2014.

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

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

4. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of March, 2014.

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

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

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

Source:http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/da/da01012014.pdf
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LDC-UDC Issue : Case Filed for Grade Pay 2400 to LDC

LDC-UDC Issue : Case Filed for Grade Pay 2400 to LDC

CASE FILED

Dear friends,

A case for the upgradation of the grade pay of LDC to Rs. 2400 has been filed before the CAT Jabalpur by this Association. Since UDC is a promotion post of LDC, the grade pay of the UDC would automatically go up. However, this Association is thinking to file a separate case for granting of Rs. 4200/ Grade pay to UDCs. The case of Steno Grade III (Rs. 2400 GP) is similar to UDC and as such a mention of their name has also been made in the table submitted.

Copy of the case filed will be published in this web site in an appropriate time.

With warm greetings

TKR Pillai
General Secretary

Source:http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/2014/03/case-filed-dear-friends-case-for.html
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EXPECTED DEARNESS ALLOWANCE FROM JULY 2014

EXPECTED DEARNESS ALLOWANCE FROM JULY 2014

This is the first thing that all Central and State Government employees alike would eagerly like to know!

We are the first to calculate and write about ‘Expected DA’. We have been meticulously doing this task for the past five years. Without fail, we publish all the relevant information pertaining to DA, which is given twice every year (January 1st, and July 1st). It is our practice to calculate these numbers on the basis of certain indicators. 

Dearness Allowance is calculated entirely on the basis of price rise and inflation. Of utmost importance for the calculation is the AICPIN (All India Consumer Price Index). Labour Bureau, a Government agency releases these figures each month. 

The Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) Base 2001 =100 is calculated based on the prices of 24 crucial items. They are also called “Fixed Basket of Goods.” They take into account the change in retail prices of these items. 

Three most important constituents of the CPI-IW are the centre specific weighting diagrams, the retail price data and the house rent data. 78 towns are chosen and the list is formulated from the information gathered from these places. Each month’s AICPIN is released in the following month. 

After 01.01.2006, according to the formula recommended by the 6th CPC, an approximate dearness Allowance for the month is calculated. At the end of June and December, the precise Dearness Allowance is calculated.

In order to calculate this year’s second instalment of Additional Dearness Allowance, AICPIN points of six months are required. As of now, the AICPIN of only one month has been released. In these circumstances, it wouldn't be right to make predictions. Actually, it would be wrong. 


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EXPECTED DA FROM JULY 2014 CALCULATOR

EXPECTED DA FROM JULY 2014 CALCULATOR

DID YOU KNOW? YOU CAN CALCULATE DA FOR JULY 2014 YOURSELF!

We have been waiting eagerly for the announcement of 50% DA merger and interim relief for quite some time now, but still no announcement about it has come out! This is really disappointing.

As you know, we got the 50% DA merger(5th pay commission) and interim relief(2nd to 4th pay commission) in the last pay commission to compensate for the increased commodity prices and economic burden. So our present expectation cannot be unreasonable. We only get our DA to manage the price rise of essential commodities. As of now it has reached 100% raise and some allowances are expected to rise only by 25%. When this is the case, calculating the DA rise in the coming July 2014 is somewhat difficult. As of now, the announcement of only one month’s AICPIN has come out. In the coming five months, we will get a complete picture of the AICPIN value. Only after that we can calculate the DA rise accurately.


The value of AICPIN in the past two months has gone down considerably when compared to the previous months. After 1.1.2006, AICPIN has seen a sharp fall during the following periods: March 2007, Dec 2008, Feb 2010,Dec 2011,Dec 2013 and Jan 2014. As AICPIN is fluctuating considerably, predicting the DA of July 2014 is very difficult.

A simple calculator has been created to calculate the DA by yourself. You have to input the AICPIN value (that you think will be in the forthcoming months) and can calculate the DA for July 2014. I have provided a link for the calculator. Using this simple calculator, you can calculate the DA for July 2014 by yourself.

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Grant of parity to Stenographers working in field offices of the Indian Railways with those in Ministry of Railways

All India Railwaymen's Federation

4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi - 110055

No.AIRF/405(Vl CPC)(13)
 Dated: March 15, 2014
The Secretary(E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Grant of parity to Stenographers working in field offices of the Indian Railways with those in Ministry of Railways(Railway Board)

Ref.: AIRF’s PNM Item No.26/2011 and DC/JCM item No.11/2011

The issue regarding grant of parity in grade pay and pay band to Stenographers, working in the Zonal Railways with those in Ministry of Railways(Railway Board), is being deliberated with the Railway Board for quite some time and is also pending as AIRF’s PNM agenda item No.26/2011 and also figuring in the agenda of the DC/JCM vide item No.11/2011.

In this connection, attention is also invited towards our letter of even number dated 14th August, 2012(photocopy enclosed for ready reference), wherein the issue has been elaborated in detail. It may be recalled that the VI CPC under para 3.1.10 had categorically recommended in the case of Stenographers as under:-

“The Secretariat Stenographers cadre is identical to the CSS/analogous cadres in non-participating Ministries/Organizations with the exception that the scale of Rs.14300-18300 does not exist in the hierarchy. Keeping in view the general principle envisaging multi-skilling and de-layering that this Commission is recommending for the entire Government, no justification exists for maintaining a distinct Stenographers cadre in any Government office. The emphasis should be on recruiting multi-skilled personnel at Assistant level to be designated Executive Assistants who will discharge the functions of present day Assistants besides performing all the Stenographic functions. This should not be difficult as almost all the Central Government Offices now use Computers for office work. Keeping this object in view where the Secretariat and Stenographers cadres would stand merged in future, there is a need for ensuring full parity between these two cadres right from this stage.”

The said Pay Commission had further recommended under para 3.1.14 that, “in accordance with the principle established in the earlier paragraphs, parity between Field and Secretariat Offices is recommended”. There was, therefore, gross justification that complete parity should have been granted in grade pay and pay band to all the Stenographers posted in the Field Offices of the Zonal Railways with those working in the Ministry of Railways, i.e. Railway Board’s Office, but ironically enough, this has not been done till date. Serious sense of frustration and resentment is therefore brewing among this category of staff on this account, which is highly unfair.

This federation has been persistently pursuing this issue, and this was discussed in detail with the Railway Board in detail for a number of times and despite several assurances, the final outcome is yet to be evolved. This demand was also enlisted in the 36-point Charter of Demands of the AIRF for Strike Ballot, on which Full Board discussion was held on 23.08.2013 and 07.02.2014 as well.

Since this genuine demand is hanging fire for substantially long period of time, it would be in all fairness that complete parity in grade pay and pay band should be granted with retrospective effect to the Stenographers working in the Zonal Railways with those posted in the Ministry of Railways, i.e. Railway Board Office, without further loss of time in the interest of justice and parity.

The Board are requested to take urgent action in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source: AIRF
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Coupon Re-set of Postal Life Insurance Government of India Special Floating Rate Security, 2022

Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Economic Affairs 
(Budget Division) 

New Delhi, the March 25, 2014 

NOTIFICATION 

Coupon Re-set of Postal Life Insurance Government of India Special Floating Rate Security, 2022 

 F. No 5 (12)-PD/2001: Government of India Postal Life Insurance Special Floating Rate Bonds, 2022 will bear interest at the rate of 8.14 per cent per annum for the financial year 2014-15. Interest rate on these bonds is in line with daily average yield of 10 years Government Securities in the preceding calendar year i.e. January-December 2013. Interest will be payable half yearly on September 30 and March 30. 

By Order of the President of India 

 (Dr. Rajat Bhargava ) 
 Joint Secretary to the Government of India 

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Amendment of Recruitment Rules/Service Rules -regarding.

No.AB.14017/61/2008-Estt. (RR) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi 

Dated : the March 25, 2014 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject: Amendment of Recruitment Rules/Service Rules -regarding. 

The UPSC has undertaken an analysis with respect to the Ministries/Departments from whom RR proposals have either rarely been received or not received at all in the Commission during the last three years. From the aforesaid analysis the following conclusions have been drawn by UPSC: 

i) There are cases where the Ministries were granted approval by the Commission for filling up the post as a one-time measure, pending finalization of recruitment rules. However, the Ministries have not framed the recruitment rules of such posts as a follow up to the same. 

ii) Recruitment Rules are not being amended on a regular basis (every five years) as required as per the norms of DoPT. 

iii) Instances have been noticed where the regular posts are filled up by the Ministries/Departments themselves without consulting the Commission, by appointing consultant or by making ad-hoc appointments. 

iv) Ministries/Departments have not specified the posts which are exempted from consultation with the U.P.S.C. or taken out of the purview of the U.P.S.C. 

2. DoPT instructions contained in O.M. No. 39021/5/83-Estt. (B) dated 9th July, 1985 and OM No. AB 14017/79/2006-Estt.(RR) dated 6th September, 2007 provide that where no Recruitment Rules exist or where the existing Recruitment Rules are repealed as per the prescribed procedure, the option of approaching the UPSC for suggesting one time method for recruitment to the post would be available. Accordingly, Ministries/Departments are advised to ensure that no ad-hoc appointment should be made in the absence of recruitment rules. In case there are overriding compulsions for filling up any Group A or Group B post in the absence of Recruitment Rules, they should make a reference to the UPSC for deciding the mode of recruitment to fill up the post on regular basis. 

3. DoPT guidelines on framing/amendment/ Relaxation of Recruitment Rules dated 31.12.2010 vide Para 3.1.5 provide that the Recruitment Rules should be reviewed once in 5 years with a view to effecting such change as are necessary to bring them in conformity with the changed position, including additions to or reductions in the strength of the lower and higher level posts. Further, consequent upon the implementation of 6th CPC recommendations, DoPT vide OM dated 24.3.2009 issued instructions to all the Ministries/Departments to initiate action to amend the existing Service Rules/Recruitment Rules in view of the revised pay structure/merger of pre-revised pay scales/up-gradation etc.

UPSC has observed that many Ministries/Departments are not adhering to these instructions and requisitions are being received from them to operate recruitment rules notified even twenty five years ago. Ministries/Departments are, therefore, once again directed to effect necessary amendments to the Recruitment Rules/Service Rules after following the due procedure of furnishing proposals to the Department of Personnel & Training and the UPSC. 

4. Ministries/Departments need to ensure that appointment to all posts are effected as per the provisions in the Recruitment Rules which are statutory in nature and adhere to these instructions scrupulously.

Sd/-
(Mukta Goel)
Director (E-I)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/AB.14017_61_2008-Estt-RR_25032014.pdf
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Non-Functional upgradatlon for Officers of Organized Group 'A' Services in PB-3 and PB-4.

No. AB.14017/30/2011-Estt.(RR) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 

New Delhi, the 25th March, 2014 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject:- Non-Functional upgradatlon for Officers of Organized Group 'A' Services in PB-3 and PB-4. 

A reference is invited to this Department OM No._AB.14017/64/2008- Estt.(RR) dated 24.04.09 on the above subject. The details of batch of the officers belonging to the Indian Administrative Service who have been posted at the Centre in the various grades of PB-3, PB-4 and HAG was last circulated in this Department OM of even No. dated 24.07.2013. 

2. The details of the IAS officers who have been subsequently posted in the Centre in the various grades as well as the date of posting of the first officer belonging to the batch is annexed. Necessary action may be taken for grant of higher scale for the Officers belonging to batches of Organized Group A Services that are senior by two year or more and have not so far been promoted to that particular grade in accordance with the provisions of this Department's OM No. AB.14017/64/2008-Estt.(RR) dated 24.4.2009. 

3. Hindi version will follow. 

Sd/-
(Mukta Goel)
Director (E-1)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/AB-14017_30_2011-Estt.RR-25032014.pdf
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Mobility of personnel amongst Central/State & Autonomous Bodies while working under Pensionable Establishments — regarding.

F-25014/1/2013-AIS(II) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pension 
Department of Personnel & Training 

North Block, New Delhi, 
Dated: 18 /03/2014.

To 
The Chief Secretaries of 
All States/Union Territories. 

Sub: Mobility of personnel amongst Central/State & Autonomous Bodies while working  under Pensionable Establishments — regarding. 

Sir, 
I am directed to refer to the Department of Pension & Pensionen' Welfare by its O.M. No. 28/30/2004-P&PW(B) dated 28/10/2009 (copy enclosed) relating to mobility of personnel amongst Central/State and Autonomous bodies while working under Pensionable establishment. The applicability of the provisions/guidelines of the aforesaid O.M. dated 28/10/2009 to members of All India Services who have been appointed on or after 01/01/2004 were considered by this Department and it is clarified that the provisions of the aforesaid O.M. dated 28/10/2009 issued by the Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare in this respect shall be applicable Mutatis-Mutandis to members of All India Service who were a government servant/autonomous body employee appointed on or before 31.12.2003 and who were governed under the old pension non-contributory Pension scheme of their respective Governments/Organizations. 

2. Hence, all concerned State/UT Governments and respective cadre controlling authorities of All India Services may examine and decide such issues subject to verification of service prior to 01.01.2004.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Manoj Kumar Dwivedi)
Director (Service)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/25014_1_2013-AIS-II-18032014.pdf
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Why 9:1 Ratio between maximum & minimum Salary/Pension being demanded by ‘BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ’

Why 9:1 Ratio between maximum & minimum Salary/Pension being demanded by ‘BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ’

Ironically in India where the poor are struggling to breath with just Rs  27.2 a day in rural areas and 33.3 in cities.  The net worth of the billionaire community increased 12-fold in 15 years, enough to eliminate absolute poverty in this country twice over. In a telling comment, the International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde warned that income inequality is increasing dangerously.

Inequality is a sociological construct. Larger income/wealth Inequality breeds discontent, inefficiency, corruption & finally the revolt which is now creeping up   in the shape of Maoism & Naxalism. India can ignore this only at its own peril. What is worrying is that the monthly per capita consumption expenditure of the top 5% of the rural population is nearly nine times that of the bottom 5%. Where as In cities and towns, the average consumption by the top 5% of the population has gone up dangerously to 14.7 times that of the bottom 5%.(latest report of the National Sample Survey Organisation on people’s spending patterns).

As an immediate measure to contain & to bring  inequality at least to rural level. Ratio of 9:1 between  maximum & minimum  Salary is being demanded which is feasible in the present economical scenario of the Country.

Source:http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/03/why-91-ratio-between-maximum-minimum.html
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Income Tax Offices shall remain open on 29th, 30th and 31st of March, 2014

F.No.225/138/2014/ITA.II
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
New Delhi, the 24th March, 2014

Order under Section 119(1) of the Income tax Act, 1961.

The Financial Year 2013-14 closes on 31.3.2014. In view of closer of office on 29th and 30th of March being Saturday and Sunday and also on 31st March at some stations being Gudi Padava, Ugadi etc. the field Income Tax Offices through-out India shall remain open and the receipts counters shall also work during normal office hours on 29th, 30th and 31st of March, 2014. This direction is issued for administrative convenience by the Central Board of Direct Taxes in exercise of powers conferred under section 119 of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Special arrangements may also be made by way of opening additional receipt counters, wherever required on 29th, 30th and 31st March 2014 to facilitate filing of return of income and other related work of tax payers. These instructions may be given wide publicity.

Sd/-
(Richa Rastogi)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/archive/BreakingNews_CBDT_NewDelhi_25032014.pdf
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fixed medical allowance payable to the serving as well as retired employees of the EPFO for outdoor treatment-Clarification.

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation
(Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. Of India)
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan, 14-Bhikaiji Cama Place, New Delhi-110 066

No. HRM-8/V/12/1/2003/FMA/Vol-II/26632

Dated: – 14th March 2014

To, 
     All Addl. Central P.F. Commissioner (Zones)/Director (NATRSS)
     All RPFCs-In-Charge of the Region (including RPFC (ASD)
     All Officer-In-Charge of SROs

Subject: Fixed medical allowance payable to the serving as well as retired employees of the EPFO for outdoor treatment-Clarification.

Reference: HRM-8/V/12(1)2003/FMA/Vo1.-II/6160 dated 13.06.2013

Sir/Madam,
The Employees & Pensioners of the EPFO, who are not covered under Central Government Health Scheme, (CGHS) are paid Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) per month to cater to the cost of medicines/treatment etc. where hospitalization is not involved. At present, FMA is being given to employees/pensioners @ Rs. 2000 p.m.

Several references have been received regarding admissibility of Fixed Medical Allowance to both the spouse ,who are working or retired. In this regard it is clarified as under:-

a) In the following cases, only one of the spouse will be eligible for the facility of Fixed Medical Allowance

i) If both husband and wife are working in the EPF Organisation or both of them have retired from EPFO & are in same station.

ii) In case where one is EPFO employee & the spouse is EPFO pensioner & are in same station.

iii) In case where one is serving/retired official of EPFO and spouse is serving/retired Government or any other organization (including private Firm/Office).

Notwithstanding anything said above, if any one of the spouse is posted outside station (working), residing separately and need medical facilities as per entitlement without spouse, then both of them will be eligible for FMA.

b) As per the aforementioned circular dated 13.06.2013, if two or more members of ‘family’ are working in the EPFO, only one of them will be eligible for the facility of Fixed Medical Allowance. In this regard, it is further clarified that besides the spouse, other members of the ‘family’ as defined in CS (MA) Rules, 1944, who are working in EPFO & who are not dependent and also not residing with govt. servant shall be considered as a separate entity.

c) In the case of an EPFO employee whose wife/husband is an employee of a Government or any other organization (including private Firm/Office) he/she will be required to give an undertaking that his/her spouse is not availing of medical facilities in cash, if any, granted by their respective employers, so as to be eligible to receive FMA in EPFO.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(UDAY BAXI )
REGIONAL P.F. COMMISSIONER-I (HRM)

Source:http://www.epfindia.com/Circulars/Y2013-14/HRM8_FMA_26632.pdf
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KVS Order 2014: Disbursement of March 2014 Salary on the basis of the existing employee code.

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
18, Institutional Area,
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi- 110 602

F. No. 110222-3/2009/KVS HQ (A/C)/ 124 
Dated: 21.03.14

To
                                                                              Personal Attention
The Dy.Commissioners
All Regional Offices and ZIETs

SUB:- Disbursement of March 2014 Salary on the basis of the existing employee code.

Madam/Sir,
In continuation to this office letter of even No. dated 03.02.14 & 27.02.2014 on the subject matter of stream lining of various financial aspects related to disbursement of salary and it was decided that salary for the month of March, 2014(to be paid in April, 2014) is to be disbursed on the basis of employee code allotted by the KVS Hqrs and dummy employee code to be deleted.

As, for the time being all of the employees could not get correct employee code allotted by KVS Hqrs and the task is still in process and therefore, it has been decided that salary for the month of March, 2014 will be disbursed on the basis of existing employee code as usual. The deletion of Dummy employee code will be taken up during April, 2014.

Yours faithfully

(RAJESH YADAV)
DY.COMMISSIONER(FIN.)

Source:http://www.kvsangathan.nic.in/
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Allotment of improved Pay Scale to Railway Accounts Staff w.e.f 1/1/1996 on actual basis.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No PC-V/2003/CC/25/SR
New Delhi, dated 19/03/2014.

The General Secretary
NFIR
3, Chelmsford Road.
New Delhi-110065

Sub:- Allotment of improved Pay Scale to Railway Accounts Staff w.e.f 1/1/1996 on actual basis.

The undersigned is directed to refer to NFIR’s letters No. NFIR/VI/CPC/Main/10/Pt IX dt 28.02.13, NFIR/VI/CPC/Main/10/Pt IX dt 9.5.13, NFIR/VI//CPC/Main/10/Pt.9 dt 13.8.13 and NFIR/VI/CPC/Main Pt.9 dt 5.11.13 on the above subject and to state that in context of another case involving identical issue the matter was under consideration in consultation with Central Agency Section/Department of Law and Justice, and based on opinion of Ld. Additional Solicitor General of India an SI.P has been filed in that matter before the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The said SLP is pending before Hon’ble Supreme Court. As such the matter at present is sub-judice.

Yours faithfully
Sd/-
For Secretary/Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 - Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year and placing the same in public domain on the websites of the Ministries/ Departments

No. 11013/3/2014-Estt(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi- 110 001
Dated March 20,2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 - Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year and placing the same in public domain on the websites of the Ministries/ Departments

The undersigned is directed to say that the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 has come into force on 16.01.2014. Section 44 of the Act requires making of a declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servant to the competent authority in the manner provided under the said Act. Section 44 of the said Act also requires furnishing of information relating to assets and liabilities, (i) by the public servant on the occasion of entering upon office within thirty days from the date of assumption of office, and (ii) by a public servant holding his office as such within a period of thirty days from the date of coming into force of the Act. It also requires the filing of annual return of such assets and Liabilities with the competent authority, on or before the 31st day of July every year; and the competent authority in respect of each Ministry or Department shall ensure such statements are published on the website of such Ministry or Department by the 31st day of August of that year.

2. As per the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014 notified on 15.02.2014, a time period of 180 days from the date of coming into force of the provisions of the said Act i.e., 15.07.2014 has been allowed for modification or amendment of the relevant rules and also for framing of appropriate rules under section 44 of the Act. The public servants who have filed the declarations, information and returns under the provisions of the relevant rules shall file revised declarations, information or returns, as the case may be, in compliance of the rules framed under Section 44 of the said Act within the period specified therein.

3. The Act and the Order dated 15.02.2014 are available on this Department’s website at http://persmin.nic.in/dopt.asp --> Gazette Notifications --> Services —> Others. Extracts from the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 relating to the following
are enclosed for ready reference:

(i) Section 2(1)(c) relating to ‘competent authority’ (Annexure-1);

(ii) Section 2(1)(o) relating to definition of ‘public servant’ (Annexure-II); and

(iii) Section 14(1) relating to categories of persons to whom the jurisdiction of Lokpal extends (Annexure-III).

4. The Rule 18 of the Central Civil Services (Conduct Rules), 1964 contain provisions relating to Movable, immovable and valuable property. The Rule stipulate that every Government servant shall on his first appointment to any service or post submit a return of his assets and liabilities, giving the full particulars regarding (a) the immovable property inherited by him, or owned or acquired by him or held by him on lease or mortgage, either in his own name or in the name of any member of his family or in the name of any other person; (b) shares, debentures and cash including bank deposits inherited by him or similarly owned, acquired, or held by him; (c) other movable property inherited by him or similarly owned, acquired or held by him; and (d) debts and other liabilities incurred by him directly or indirectly. The Rule also stipulates that every Government servant belonging to any service or holding any post included in Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ shall submit an annual return in such form as may be prescribed by the Government in this regard giving full particulars regarding the immovable property inherited by him or owned or acquired by him or held by him on lease or mortgage either in his own name or in the name of any member of his family or in the name of any other person. Similar provisions exist in the Conduct Rules governing other civil services.

5. With the enactment of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, it is necessary to obtain disclosures from public servants as defined in the Act and bring the existing formats for disclosures, if any, in sync with the Section 44 of the said Act. A draft format, based on the forms prescribed in the Central Civil Services (Conduct Rules), 1964 for declarations of assets and liabilities, is annexed (Annexure-IV). It is requested that comments/ suggestions with respect to 'Public Servants’ falling in the jurisdiction of your Ministry/ Department/ Organisation may be provided to this Department. The approved format will then be formally issued by this Department. It is further requested that the comments may kindly be provided positively by 04.04.2014, with a soft copy sent by email to Director(Establishment) at dse@nic.in.

Sd/-
(Mamta Kundra)
Joint Secretary (Establishment)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11013_3_2014-Estt.A-20032014.pdf
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Strengthening of administration — Periodical review under FR 56 / Rule 48 of CCS(Pension) Rules

No.25013/1/2013-Estt (A) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 

North Block, New Delhi-110 001 
Dated :21st March, 2014 

Office Memorandum 

Subject : Strengthening of administration — Periodical review under FR 56 / Rule 48 of CCS(Pension) Rules 

Instructions exist on the need for periodical review of performance of Government  servants with a view to ascertain whether the Government servant should be retained in service or retired from service in the public interest. Provisions in this regard are contained in FR 56 (i), FR 56 (I) and Rule 48 (1) (b) of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

2. As per these instructions the cases of Government servant covered by FR 56(i), 56(1) or Rule 48(1) (b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 should be reviewed six months before he / she attains the age of 50/55 years, in cases covered by FR 56(j) and on completion of 30 years of qualifying service under FR 56(1) / Rule 48 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 as per the following time table:-
S.NO
Quarter in which review is to be made
Cases of employees who will be attaining the age of 50/55 years or will be completing 30 years of service or 30 years of service qualifying for pension, as the case may be, in the quarter
1
January  to March
July to September of the same year
2
April  to June
October to December of the same year
3
July to September
January to March of the next year
4
October to December
April to June of the next year
  3. The procedure as prescribed from time to time has been consolidated and enclosed as Appendix to this O.M. 

4. All Ministries / Departments are requested to follow these instructions and periodically review the cases of Govt. servants as required under FR 56(i)/FR56(I)/Rule 48(1)(b) of CCS (Pension) Rules,1972. 

Sd/-
(B.Bandyopadhyay) 
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/25013_1_2013-Estt.A-21032014.pdf
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Minutes of the 1st meeting of the 7th Pay Commission Committee (PCC) held on 26.02.2014

Minutes of the 1st meeting of the 7th Pay Commission Committee (PCC) held on 26.02.2014

Minutes of the 1st meeting of the Pay Commission Committee (PCC) held in the Conference Room with the representatives of the Federations and Associations at 11.00 hours on 26.02.2014.

List of those present in the meeting is annexed.

1. At the outset, Smt. Arti C.Srivastava Member – Secretary extended a warm welcome to all the invites. Member-Secretary further informed that a Pay Commission Cell (PCC) had been constituted under the chairmanship of Shri.Aidtya Mishra Sr.DDG/CP at OFB Hqrs to initiate deliberations and invite suggestions from all the stakeholders. Three preliminary meetings of the PCC have already been held. The meeting with the representatives of the Federations and Associations has been convened, as a part of the series of the meetings proposed to be held with all stakeholders to formulate views on various issues. A portal has also been launched on the OFB COMMENT to seek views of the officers, staff and employees on matters concerning 7th Pay commission and the General Mangers/Head of the Units have also been required vide Letter dated 14.02.2014 from the Chairman, PCC to have wide-ranging consultations in this regard and communicate their views and recommendations in the matter.

2. The Chairman of PCC, Terms of Reference ToR of the 7th Pay Commission are yet to be framed. However, at this stage, it is desirable if we pro-actively initiate all preparatory actions and crystallize our views and recommendations so that the same could be collated and compiled in the form of a comprehensive presentation before the pay commission at the appropriate time. Particularly, views are being sought on the methodology to the followed by the PCC, issues to be projected before the 7th Pay Commission and the areas/material/data to justify special considerations to the OF organisation vis-a-vis other organisations/cadres. In this connection, Chairman, PCC highlighted that issue relating to anomalies arising for the organisation, uniqueness about OFB, best practices in manufacturing sector, structural and policy limitations of the current system and the emerging ethos in line with other organisation could be deliberated. Therefore, Chairman, PCC invited representatives of the Federations and Associations to share their views in the matter.

3. From the views offered by the representatives of the Federations/Associations, it emerged that detailed proposals can be prepared only after the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the 7th CPC are finalised. The representatives of each Federation/Association however briefly raised the issues which would merit detailed consideration/deliberations at a later stage. Also based on the experience of the previous pay commission, it was proposed that :

1. it should be impressed upon the 7th CPC that the Ordnance Factories Organisation as an Industry has a different role to play and that its working is different from other Central Government Deptts. with employees working under hazardous conditions and hard stations.

2. All Cadre review proposals to be finalised immediately.

3. Anomalies arising out of the 6th Pay commission be settled.

4. Categories found to be not adequately taken care of in the 6th Pay commission be given thrust.

5. Recast skills, functions, roles of employees and pay structure to bring parity among various categories. 

6. Outstanding of activities to be discouraged.

7. OFB to take lead in interacting with 7th CPC as done on earlier occasions.

4. After detailed discussions, it emerged that pending finalisation of the Terms of Reference of the 7th pay commission by the Government, certain issues summarised below, were required to be addressed and the views concretised to establish a platform for formulating clear and effective recommendations on various issues :

i. Early finalisation of all cadre review proposals – Action by DDG of the respective Cadre Controlling Authority Division

ii. Settlement of anomalies arising out 6th Pay commission – DDG/Admin, DDG/G&DDG/IR (for ii, iii and iv and v)

iii. Examine issues which have resulted in litigations

iv. Policy issues which require immediate consideration

v. Strengthening of the PPC Cell at OFB Hqrs.

5. The meeting ended with thanks to the Chair.

Sd/- 
(Smt. Arti C.Srivastava) 
Member Secretary

Source:http://indwf.blogspot.in/
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Armed Forces Tribunal grants ex-serviceman 50% disability pension

Armed Forces Tribunal grants ex-serviceman 50% disability pension

CHENNAI: The opinion of medical board should be given primary credence and the authority of Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA) (Pensions) for awarding disability pension is very limited, said the Chennai bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal, granting an ex-serviceman 50% disability pension around three decades after he was discharged from service on medical grounds. 

In 1983, M Natarajan joined the Madras Engineer Group as a sepoy. While undergoing basic training at the regimental centre, he met with an accident and his right little finger was crushed. 

In 1985, he was invalided from service. The medical board said the injury was permanent. It granted him 20% disability pension for two years. 

In 1987, the review medical board said his condition was "static and likely to be permanent" and recommended to continue the pension. However, the Army did not pay him pension. After an appeal, he was reassessed by a medical board in 1994 which said there was no change in Natrajan's condition since the last review. 

However, while assessing his disability, the board fixed his disability as below 20% for 10 years. The Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA) (P), Allahabad rejected his plea. He then moved AFT in 2010. 

In its counter, the Army said during hospitalization, he was "tenaciously adamant for not doing physiotherapy exercises" which aggravated his injury leading to his discharge. Further, the PCDA (P), being the competent medical authority, said his disability was less than 20%. As such, he was not provided pension. 

His subsequent appeals too were dismissed. It said his case was "barred by limitation" as he had approached the tribunal with an "insurmountable delay" (of 5,679 days). 

Natarajan said the delay was "neither wilful nor wanton" and he could not file the application because of "want of money." If the delay was not condoned, he would continue to suffer, he said. 

The bench comprising judicial member V Periya Karuppiah and administrative member K Surendra Nath said the injury might have been exacerbated because Natarajan was unable to understand the physiotherapy instruction as he was not conversant with either Hindi or English. It also noted despite the recommendation of the medical board, the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) reduced the disability as below 20% in 1987. "No reasons were adduced for lowering the disability," it said.

Finding contradictions in the second medical board's opinion, the bench said, "We are inclined to question the opinion of the medical board and feel it erred on both counts." 

It then allowed Natarajan disability pension for life which, according to the provisions of the central government, was rounded from 20%to 50%. However, the arrears had to be paid only for three years before he approached the tribunal. 

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