Saturday, May 31, 2014

Central Government may implement Performance based Incentives Schemes for government employees

Central Government may implement Performance based Incentives Schemes for government employees

Following its mantra of maximum governance and minimum government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may implement performance-based incentives schemes for central government employees.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is slated to give a detailed presentation on Performance-Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS), which was recommended by Sixth Pay Commission and accepted by the UPA government, to the Prime Minister soon, officials said.

PRIS could not be implemented by the UPA government which had given its "in-principle" approval.

DoPT is likely to outline the salient features of the scheme aimed at improving governance in its presentation to Modi. "The detailed guidelines will be put in place after Prime Minister gives his go-ahead to it," a senior DoPT official said.

As per the draft guidelines framed during UPA's tenure, performance-related incentive will be payable taking into account the performance of the organisation and employees during the period under consideration.

There are about 50 lakh central government employees. "PRIS may prove to be a big game changer for improving governance and delivering maximum output. The Prime Minister may incorporate some new features," the official said.

The Prime Minister has already asked his Cabinet colleagues to set a 100-day agenda with focus on efficient governance, delivery and implementation of programmes.

Source: The Economic Times
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Expected DA - July 2014: Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-I W) – April, 2014


DATED: the 30th May, 2014

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-I W) – April, 2014

The All-India CPI-1W for April, 2014 increased by 3 points and pegged at 242 (two hundred and forty two). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 1.26 percent between March, 2014 and April, 2014 when compared with the rise of 0.89 percent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 2.53 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Moong Dal, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Milk (Buffalo), Vegetab’es & Fruits, Sugar, Electricity Charges, etc, are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Petrol putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-1W stood at 7.08 percent for April, 2014 as compared to 6.70 per cent for the previous month and 10.24 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.76 per cent against 7.50 per cent of the previous month and 12.39 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Angul-Talcher, Amer and Asansol recorded the maximum increase of 7 points cach followed by Ludhiana, Ernakulam, Kodarma, Giridih and Tiruchirapally (6 points each) and Nagpur, Ghaziabad, Rangapara-Tezpur. Salem and Jabalpur (5 points each). Among others, 4 points rise was registered in 12 centres, 3 points in 16 centres, 2 poInts in 24 centres and 1 point In 8 centres. On the contrary, Munger-Jamalpur reported a decline of 4 points. Indices of remaining 4 centres observed no change.

The indices of 36 centres are above and other 41 centres are below national average. The index of Munger-Jamalpur is at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-1W for the month of May, 2014 will be released on Monday, 30 June, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website www,




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Expected Dearness Allowance for July 2014 : AICPIN for the Month of April 2014.

As per the press release of Labour Bureau, All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial workers Base Year 2001=100) for  the month of April, 2014 increased by three points from 239 to 242.

According to the hike of index for the month of April 14, the Expected DA from July 2014 is also increased by two percent from 3 to 5…aicpin+april+2014
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DOPT Order 2014: Revision of format for OBC Caste Certificate

No.36036/2/2013- Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 30th May. 2014
The Chief Secretaries of all the State Governments/Union Territories

Subject: Revision of format for OBC Caste Certificate

The Government of India had issued instructions on 8th September, 1993 vide DoPT OM. No. 36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) providing for reservation to Other Backward Classes in the services and posts under the Government of India. The format of the Caste Certificate was prescribed vide Annexure A of the O.M. No. 36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) dated 15th November 1993. In the said format, the then Ministry of Welfare’s Resolution No. 12011/68/93-BCC(C) dated 10th September 1993 was mentioned, which contained the list of castes and communities treated as OBC’s till that time. Since then, a large number of castes and communities have been added to the Central List of OBCs through various resolutions of the Ministry of Social Jusiice and Empowerment. The details of the resolutions subsequent to the Resolution dated 10th September 1993 do not find mention in the existing format. The said format also prescribes that the certificate issuing authority should certify that the candidate does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the aforesaid OM. dated 8.9.1993.

2. Representations have been received in this Department wherein candidates belonging to OBC Communities have reportedly faced difficulty in getting the benefits of reservation. This is because of the fact that in the caste certificate issued by the concerned district authorities, although the name of the caste/community is mentioned in the certificate, the specific resolution by which the said caste/community has been included in the Central Listof OBCs is not indicated.

3. Keeping in view such problems faced by the candidates, this issue was examined in consultation with the National Commission for Backward Classes and it has been decided to revise the existing format of OBC Caste Certificate. A copy of the revised format is enclosed(Anuexure). All the certificate issuing authorities are requested to invariably mention the details of the Resolution (Number and Date) by which the castec/community of the candidate has been included in the Central List of OBCs and also to ensure that he/she does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the aforesaid O.M. dated 8.9.1993 as amended from time to time.

4. I am to request that the revised format of the Certificate may please be brought to the notice of authorities under the State Governments/Union Territories who are empowered to issue the Caste Certificate.

Yours faithfully,

(Sandeep Mukherjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


This is to certify that Shri/Smt./Kurnari_______________son/daughter of _______________________of village/town in District/Division __________________________in the State/Union Territory____________________belongs to the __________________community which is recognised as a backward class under the Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’s Resolution No. _________________dated____________________*. Shri/Smt./Kumari ____ ______________ and/or his/her family ordinarily reside(s) in the ____________________________ District/Division of the__________________________ State/Union Territory. This is also to certify that he/she does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the Government of India, Department of Personnel & Training O.M. No. 36012/22/93 - Estt.(SCT)dated 8.9.1993.**

District Magistrate
Deputy Commissioner etc.


* - The authority issuing the certificate may have to mention the details of Resolution of
 Government of India, in which the caste of the candidate is mentioned as OBC.

** - As amended from time to time.

Note:- The term “Ordinarily” used here will have the same meaning as in Section 20 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950. 

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Recommendation of Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Compassionate Appointment - Regarding.

Parliament Committee Matter  

Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel and Training) 

New Delhi 110001
Dated; 26.05.2014


Subject:- Recommendation of Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Compassionate Appointment - Regarding. 

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to the Department of Personnel and Training Office Memorandum of even number dated 25.03.2013 (copy enclosed) on the above mentioned subject wherein all the Ministries/Departments were requested to furnish an annual report in the enclosed proforma latest by 30th April of every year, indicating the status of implementation of Government instructions on compassionate appointment as on 31st March of that year. Initially separate reports for three years covering the period from 01.04.2010 to 31.03.2011, 01.04.2011 to 31.03.2012 and 01.04.2012 to 31.03.2013 should be sent. Thereafter, an annual report covering the period from 15th April of the preceding year to 31st March of the current years be sent.  

2. The requisite information from the Ministries/Departments is still awaited. The Ministries/Departments are once again requested to furnish information urgently. 

(Mukta Goel) 

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay-reg.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi-110 055
Affiliated to :
IndIan National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
Dated: 28/05/2014
Sh. Arun Jaitley
Hon’ble Minister for Finance,
Government of India,
North Block
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay-reg.

While enclosing copy of Federation’s letter No. 1/5(A) dated 27/09/2013, NFIR desires to bring to your kind notice, the following facts for consideration.

2. In the Standing Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of the Secretary DoP&T, on 7th May 2014, the agenda item pertaining to merger of D.A. with pay was discussed by the JCM/Staff Side representatives. There has, however, been no positive response from the Official Side on the issue probably the VII CPC has started working on the terms of reference.

3. Now that the D.A. has become 100% of pay w.e.f. 01/01/2014 and another instalment of D.A. @ 6% of pay is likely to be granted by the Government w.e.f. 01/07/2014 as per the figures of Consumer Price Index, continuing D.A., without merger, is highly unjustified. In the past i.e. during the year 2004, the Government of India had merged 50% DA with pay for all purposes. Similar decision has, unfortunately, not been taken by the previous Government.

4. Seventh Central Pay Commission has already sent communications to JCM constituent organisations etc.. to submit Memorandums. At this juncture, it would be proper to convey to the Chairman, 7th CPC to consider the JCM (Staff Side) demand for merger of DA with pay with retrospective effect and send interim report to the Government for consideration.

NFIR, therefore, requests you to kindly consider our request and see that the Government makes reference to 7th CPC to consider DA merger with pay and to send its interim report to the Government for favourable consideration.

Thanking you.

Yours faithfully,
General Secretary

Source: NFIR
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7th CPC News: Preliminary inter-action meeting between 7th CPC & NFIR — reg.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi-110 055
Affiliated to :
IndIan National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/2013/Pt.Ii
Dated: 29-05-2014
The Chairman,
Seventh Central Pay Commission,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Preliminary inter-action meeting between 7th CPC & NFIR — reg.

Ref: Seventh CPC’s D.O. No.7CPC/22/Meeting dated 12th May, 2014.

We express our sincere gratitude to the 7th CPC for extending invitation to the NFIR to take part in the inter-action meeting. As this being the first meeting of preliminary inter-action nature. NFIR submits certain facts briefly for appreciation. The Federation would, however submit detailed memorandum separately on various issues as well as the proposed pay structure for Railwaymen/ Women and the need for upward revision of various allowances, incentive etc.


NFIR is one of the major Federations in the railways functioning for the cause of rail workforce (serving & retired) and equally for the growth of Nation as well Railways since the last over six decades.

NFIR is one of the major constituents of the Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM).  M. Raghavaiah, General Sccrctary/NFIR, is also the Leader of Staff Side/JCM.


Indian Railways is a unique and complex transportation system under the control of Central Government, serving the needs of people since the last more than 160 years. Indian Railways handle over 19,000 regular trains (Freight & Passenger) per day besides about 3000 special trains a day during various seasons. Its route kilometerage is 65,187.

During the year 2012-13, Indian Railways moved more than 1010 Metric Tonnes of freight traffic and joined as fourth member of the select Billion Tonne Club of USA, China and Russia. The operating ratio has been around 90% barring the 3 years period between 2005-06 & 2008. The Indian Railways incur losses as a result of fulfilling the social service obligations. The approximate loss on this account is around Rupees Twenty Thousand Crores per annum.


The railway employees perform duties for ensuring uninterrupted flow of services. They Work at over 7000 railway stations. Most work places do not have access to facilities and basic amenities for their living. The employees are compelled to work under the open sky and inclement weather conditions. They face hazards associated with the job environment, remoteness. inhospitable terrain etc.,

Although, railway employees are part of Central Government Employees, their nature of work, duties and responsibilities are uncommon and not comparable with any other system/industry. The staff who maintain railway tracks, rolling stock, signal/telecom network, train operations, trains planning, punctuality, safety are skillful and devoted to the system but however, these factors have not been given due weighage by successive Pay Commissions. The running staff i.e. Loco Pilots, Asst. Loco Pilots, Guards. operating staff, station masters, controllers etc.. perform their jobs facing many odds. They are expected lo perform duties even beyond the prescribed duty hours.

We may incidentally cite para 2.3 of the report of the Chairman, High Level Safety Review Committee headed by Dr.Anil Kakodkar submitted to the Railway Ministry. According tlo the said report the number of railway employees killed in the course of performing duties has been higher as can be seen from the following figures (period 2007—08 to 2011)

                                                                       Killed                                      Injured
(a) Railway employees                                      1600                                         8700
(b) Passenger/Public                                         1019                                         2110
(e) Unmanned Level crossing                              723                                           690

The nature of work, duties, responsibilities of railway staff justify grant of better pay structtire and other benefits treating the Railway Workforce as unique and not comparable with other Central Government employees. We shall explain the facts through our memorandum for consideration of Hon’ble 7th CPC.


As the NFIR is one of the major constituents of the JCM, our memorandum will be drafted and finalized after the submission of memorandum by JCM (Staff Side). In view of this, we reques that we may be given time to submit our memorandum by 31st July, 20l4.

As the Hon’ble Pay Commission is aware that 1.3 million staff belonging to hundreds of caegories are working in the railways, we request that the Federation be given more slots in phases to facilitate us to explain the case of every important category cogently.


We may submit that the 6th report, more particularly the conccpt of Grade Pay and Pay Band had generated many anomalies. This led to dis-satisfaction among diffcrent categories of railway employees. These anomalies are yet to be rectified by the Government. The proposals of Railway Ministry on 6th CPC issues are pending with Finance Ministry. MACPS aberrations have also been very large in number. Our efforts at the level of Railway Ministry as well Ministry of Personnel/MoF have not yielded positive result.

We hope that the Seventh Central Pay Commission would look into these issues in a realistic manner for mitigating the injustice caused to staff.


Hon'ble Pay Commission may kindly appreciate that the Dearness Allowance (D.A.) has become 100% of pay w.e.f. 01/01/2014. This scenario was never anticipated by the 6th CPC. It may however be appreciated that in the past, the Government had merged DA with pay when it crossed 50% (In the year 2004). We are expecting 6% DA w.e.f. July 1, 2014, thus the DA% would be 106% of pay in July, 2014.

We therefore, request the Hon’ble Pay Commission to kindly consider this aspect for sending interim report to the Government recommending merger.


NFIR assures its co-operation to the Pay Commission by way providing facts and material & equally hopes that this Pay Commission would render justice to the Railway employees.

Yours faithfully,
General Secretary/NFIR

Forwarded to the Affiliated Unions of NFIR. lt was explained very effectively the uniqueness and uncommon working of the rail work force justifying different pay package. Speciai thrust was DA merger. The response has been positive.

Source: NFIR
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Eligibility of officers to be considered for promotion by DPC- Fixing of Crucial Date – Regarding.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 28th May, 2014


Subject: – Eligibility of officers to be considered for promotion by DPC- Fixing of Crucial Date – Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to the Department of Personnel and Training’s Office Memorandum No. 22011/3/98-Estt(D) dated September 17, 1998 regarding subject mentioned above, which provides that the crucial date for determining eligibility for promotion in case of financial year-based vacancy year would fall on January 1, immediately preceding such vacancy year and in case of calendar year-based vacancy year also, the first day of the vacancy year i.e.1st January itself would be the crucial date.

2. In case of financial year-based vacancy year, there is a clear gap of 3 months between the crucial date of eligibility and the date of commencement of vacancy year i.e. between January 1 and April 1. Due to this gap, for any such vacancy year, even if the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting is held in time as per the Model Calendar, there is always a possibility of few officers not fulfilling the eligibility criteria as on the crucial date of eligibility, though they are fulfilling the same as on the date of commencement of the vacancy year.

3. The matter has been examined in consultation with Union Public Service Commission. It has been decided that the crucial date of eligibility shall be 1st April of the vacancy year in case of financial year based vacancy year i.e. where the Annual Performance Appraisal Reports (APARs) are written financial year-wise. In case of calendar year based vacancy year, i.e. where APARs are written calendar year-wise, the crucial date of eligibility shall remain as 1 st January of the vacancy year. These instructions shall come into force in respect of vacancy year 2015-16 (financial year) commencing from April 1, 2015 and vacancy year 2015 (calendar year) commencing from January 1, 2015 and shall, accordingly, be applicable to all such subsequent vacancy years.

4. These instructions shall be applicable to all services/posts All Ministries / Departments are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned including attached and subordinate offices.

(Mukta Goel)

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7th CPC News: Preliminary submission to the VII CPC

(Estd, 1924)
4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi - 110055
Dated: May 28, 2014 
Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur, 
Seventh Central Pay Commission, 
New Delhi 

Dear Sir 
Sub: Preliminary submission to the VII CPC 

I, on behalf of 13 lakh Railwaymen, welcome you and the Members of the VII CPC, would like to submit the following as a preliminary step towards our approach and expectations from the VII CPC. 

All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) was established in the year 1924, and the leadership of this federation was heralded by the eminent personalities like Shri V.V. Giri, who was one of the founder members of the AIRF and was the General Secretary of the AIRF for long 10 years from 1927-37. Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan was the President of this federation from 1947-57. Last President of the AIRF was Shri Umraomal Purohit, from 1980 to till his death in February 2014. He was also Secretary, Staff Side, National Council(JCM) since 1977. 

All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) participated in the Independent struggle. It also saved Railway Industry from economic depression of 1930 and faced other challenging tasks at different times. 

Railwaymen are the second line of defence, and during 1962 Chinese aggression, 1965 Pakistan War and 1999 Kargil War etc., Railwaymen stood firm in the duty post and carried out army and the necessary equipments to war front. 

During natural calamities, like floods, earthquake etc., the Railwaymen transport necessary helps to the victims, and in far-flung areas in the country for conducting smooth elections. The Railwaymen run thousands of Special Trains, and during the 16th Lok Sabha elections, Indian Railways run 5,000 Special Trains in addition to split coaches for ferrying security personnel and election materials. 

The Railways is a common man’s transport, cheaper than other modes of transport as also eco-friendly. The Indian Railways is the symbol of national integrity. 
The Railways generate resources, internally also to a substantial quantity. The Railways is having 16 Railway Zones, 06 Production Units and Metro Rail, Kolkata(a new Railway Zone). 

Comparative Statement of improvement in productivity of the Railwaymen is as under:- 

Net Ton Kilometer (Million)
+ 45.29
Passenger Kilometer (Million)
+ 78.37
Staff Strength (In Thousands)
(-) 8.86%

Traffic Unit for 1000 employees*, which is an indicator of improvement is as follows:-

*Traffic Unit represents Passenger Kilometer and NTKM 

Indian Railways working is of belt system. It is not an individual’s performance, but collective efforts of all sections of the Railwaymen, which represents improvement in the performance. 

Safety gets paramount importance in the working of the Indian Railways. Unfortunately, new trains are being introduced as per the demands, but without increasing line capacity, rolling stock and manpower. Rather manpower is decreasing violating the provision of the Hours of Employment. A committee in respect of Working Hours etc. of the Railwaymen was appointed by the Ministry of Railways, which had submitted its report to the Railway Board in August 2013, but unfortunately, no decision has yet been taken on the report of the said committee despite repeated representations. National average for training is 2% of the total expenditure, but the Railways spent only 0.50%. 

Railwaymen are the Industrial Workers and govern under the Industrial Disputes Act and Hours of Employment & Regulations, framed under the Railway Act and Factory Act. 

There are more than 7,000 railway stations, of them over 6,000 are road side stations. Large-number of stations are in the forest and terrorist infested areas. Staff working at the roadside stations are bereft of housing, potable water, sanitation, medical aid, and children education is a far cry. 

Railwaymen work round the clock, and they have to remain vigilant all the 24 hours in 365 days. A committee was appointed on the Safety of the Railways under the chairmanship of Dr. Anil Kakodkar. Para 2.3 of the said report is cited below:- 

(Unmanned Level Crossing)

The wages of the Railwaymen are low in comparison to the workers of the PSUs. This has been constantly agitating the minds of the Railwaymen. 

1st to 7th CPC appointed only after the series of agitations, submission of Charter of Demands or after the Strike Notice. 

AIRF had to launch country-wide strike against anti-labour report of the 2nd CPC in the year 1960 and against the report of the 3rd CPC(20-day long 1974 strike). 

LIVING WAGE was propagated by the 1st CPC as back as 1946-47. It has been embodied in the Article 43 of the Constitution of our country, wherein directive principles have been enshrined. Unfortunately, the same is yet to be achieved after 66 years of the Independence and 62 years of adoption of the Constitution. 

The 4th CPC in para 7.32 of its report at page 85 had recommended periodical revision/review of wages through bilateral negotiations. 

Railwaymen need separate consideration in respect of wages, allowance and other benefits. This matter was agitated before the VI CPC also, and the VI CPC in para 7.36.100 of its report had observed as follows:- 

“Various Railway Federations have demanded a special dispensation for Railway employees keeping in view the profitability of their organization. The demand is not without substance especially as employees have to be rewarded for efficient performance of the entire organization that has yielded continuous profits without resorting to any substantial increase in the passenger/freight fares in the recent years. A separate dispensation in terms of pay scales and allowances is not, however, possible, as long as the organization continues to be a Ministry in the Central Government because it will then need to be governed by the common pay scales and allowances for the entire Central Government. In such a scenario, the optimal solution would be corporatization of Indian Railways as a Public Sector Enterprise. This would allow the Railways flexibility in determining its own compensation package”. 

The Staff Side, National Council(JCM) Standing Committee, had a discussion with the Government on Terms of Reference of the VII CPC on 24.10.2013 and requested to have another round of discussions in the matter, but unfortunately the government issued the said ToR unilaterally, which was protested by the Staff Side, NC/JCM. A meeting of the Standing Committee of NC/JCM was also held on 07.05.2014, wherein the issue of Interim Relief and merger of Dearness Allowance were again raised. 

It may be mentioned here that, Interim Relief was recommended by the 3rd CPC, and the 4th CPC had recommended two Interim Relief. Before appointment of the V CPC, discussions were held on different dates in September 1993 with the Cabinet Secretary, when an Interim Relief of Rs.100 p.m. to Group `C’ and `D’ employees was sanctioned prior to appointment of V CPC and subsequently V CPC had recommended two Interim Relief. Interim Relief requires to bridge the gap of erosion in the real wage during interregnum period.  

25% Dearness Allowance was merged in the Pay after series of negotiation with the Cabinet Secretary in September 1993. 

The V CPC in its report had also recommended merger of Dearness Allowance when it crosses 50%, and the same was done. 

It is necessary to point out here that the inflation trend prevailing during 01.01.1996 to 31.12.2005 and from 01.01.2006 to 01.01.2004 inflation was 74%, whereas from 01.01.2006 to 01.01.2011, it was 51%, and further raised to 100% on 01.01.2014. 

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

 Source: AIRF
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7th CPC News: Feedback of AIRF’s Preliminary Meeting held with the VII CPC

(Estd, 1924)
4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi - 110055

Dated: May 28, 2014 
The Secretaries, 
All Affiliated Unions, 

Dear Coms., 
Sub: Feedback of AIRF’s Preliminary Meeting held with the VII CPC 

On the invitation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission for having Preliminary Interaction with All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF), a delegation of the AIRF, comprising of Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, General Secretary AIRF, Com. Rakhal Das Gupta, Working President AIRF, Com. Ch. Sankara Rao, Asstt. General Secretary AIRF and Com. J.R. Bhosale, Treasurer AIRF, met today, i.e. 28th May, 2014, the Seventh Central Pay Commission(Hon’ble Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur, Chairman, Shri Vivek Rae, Member, Dr. Rathin Roy, Member and Ms Meena Agarwal, Secretary, Seventh Central Pay Commission) in Hotel Janpath(Camp Office of the VII CPC), New Delhi.  

The following points were raised by the AIRF before the VII CPC:-  

(i) Extension and improvement in Railway Services 
(ii) Safety & Training 
(iii) Wages, Dearness Allowance and Other Allowances 
(iv) Living Wage 
(v) Interim Relief 
(vi) Merger of Dearness Allowance 

It was asserted by the AIRF that the Railwaymen are Industrial Workers and are governed by the Industrial Disputes Act, Factories Act and Hours of Employment Regulations etc. 

It was stressed by the AIRF that, out of 7,000 railway stations, over 6,000 are road side stations where staff are bereft of all civic facilities like housing, electricity, drinking water, sanitation, medical facilities etc., and the education of their children suffers. 

Indian Railways run 19,000 trains daily and additional train services are being introduced without developing infrastructure and adding manpower, rather manpower is being reduced day-by-day. In spite of all impediments, there has been tremendous improvement in carrying goods traffic and passenger services. 
AIRF further stressed that, the Railwaymen are working round-the-clock in all weathers and arduous conditions, even sacrificing their lives to keep the lifeline of the nation(Indian Railways) in operation. On the one hand it used to be said that we(the Railwaymen), are the second line of defence, on the other, when the issue of Wage Structure and Allowances comes, the Railwaymen always get raw-deal, saying, they are “Common Categories”. Quoting examples of the Running Staff, Technician, Technical Supervisor, Operating & Commercial Staff, AIRF asked, where we are common? The VII CPC agreed that they would definitely look into these aspects while deciding wages and allowances of the Railwaymen. 

It was impressed upon to the Seventh Central Pay Commission that AIRF would lead broad categories/ departments’ representation to VII CPC during oral evidence. 

It was also stressed that the Seventh Central Pay Commission should consider the matter of granting Interim Relief as well as merger of Dearness Allowance with the Pay. 

The Members of the Pay Commission, mainly the Chairman himself, interacted with AIRF’s representatives. The Pay Commission gave patient hearing and assured that they could understand the complexity and gravity of the Railway Industry, devotion and dutifulness of the Railwaymen and would try to administer justice to the Railwaymen by way of their recommendations. 

Thereafter, representatives of the Staff Side, National Council (JCM), lead by Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side, National Council(JCM), along with Com. Rakhal Das Gupta, Com. Ch. Sankara Rao and Com. J.R. Bhosale, Members, Standing Committee, NC/JCM/AIRF, held discussions with the VII CPC. 

The issues of Fixation of Wages, allowances and the matters of Anomalies of VI CPC, Scrapping of New Pension Scheme, Promotional Policy, General Grade Structure along with the demands of Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance with the Pay were raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM. Apart from AIRF representatives, in the delegation, Coms. M. Raghavaiah, Guman Singh, S.N. Pathak, S.K. Vyas, Sri Kumar, K.K.N. Kutty and B.C. Sharma were also present on the occasion. 

The Chairman, VII CPC, on persistent demand of the Staff Side, NC/JCM, suggested that the Staff Side can submit separate Memorandum on Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance, so that VII CPC can seek necessary advice from the Government, as to how to deal with these issues since there has been no specific reference in the matter from the Government to VII CPC on these subjects. 

It was decided that detailed memorandum on behalf of Staff Side, National Council(JCM) should be submitted by 30th June 2014, and all the departments, like Railways and others should submit their memorandum by 15th July, 2014. 

This is for your information and giving wide circulation amongst all sections of the Railwaymen. 

Comradely yours,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Source: AIRF
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Bihar Govt. hikes D.A. @ 10% for employees and pensioners

The Bihar cabinet on Tuesday raised the DA of its three lakh employees and pensioners, availing of the revised payscales as per the sixth pay commission's recommendation, from 90% to 100% with effect from January 1, 2014.

According to principal secretary (cabinet coordination) Brajesh Mehrotra, the DA for the employees and pensioners still in the unrevised fifth pay commission payscales has been increased to 200% as against the existing 183%. The government would have to incur additional financial burden of Rs 1378.16 crore per annum on account of the raise.

The cabinet gave its nod to the parliamentary affairs ministry's proposal to convene the budget session of the state legislature from June 27. The session will continue till July 31 and will have 25 sittings.

The budget session could not be held in March as the electoral process was underway and the model code of conduct in force. A vote-on-account, however, had been passed for the financial exigencies of the state government.

The cabinet sanctioned a sum of Rs 1685.29 crore (both the central and state share) for the implementation of the midday meal scheme in the current financial year. It also OK'd Rs 74.57 crore for the installation of water treatment plants in nine districts where iron content in water is high. This also includes the cost of the plants' maintenance for five years.

The cabinet gave its go-ahead to the public health and engineering department's proposal to install 55,228 hand pumps in the state at an estimated cost of Rs 258.68 crore.

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As per the request of the JCM National Council Staff side, 7th Central Pay Commission has granted extension of time upto 15.07.2014 (15th July 2014) for submission of memorandum by individual organizations other than JCM staff side. The following is the revised time schedule (Last date).

1.  JCM National Council Staff side                :  30.06.2014 

2.  All other Federations/Unions/Associations  :  15.07.2014

JCM National Council Staff side will be submitting a common memorandum before 30.06.2014 on the common demands of the Central Government Employees. The Copy of the JCM Staff side memorandum will be placed in the website.

All affiliated organizations of the Confederation are requested to prepare their sectional memorandum well in advance and be ready to submit it before 15.07.2014 to the 7th CPC. New Pay scales demanded by the JCM Staff side will be available in the common memorandum of the JCM Staff side.

Confederation National Secretariat meeting will be held on 31.05.2014 at ITEF Head Quarters (Rajouri Garden) at 2 PM as already notified to finalise the common memorandum. (Please note the time change from 11 AM to 2 PM). All National Secretariat members are requested to attend the meeting.

(M. Krishnan) 
Secretary General 

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Enhancement of monetary ceiling for issue of sanction of medical claims.


1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi -110001 

Ref: CONFD/GENL/2014
Dated : 28-05-2014
The Secretary 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Expenditure 
North Block, New Delhi

Sub: Enhancement of monetary ceiling for issue of sanction of medical claims.

At present the monetary ceiling for sanctioning medical claims is restricted to Rs.2 lakhs for Head of the Department. The Internal finance division is delegated for the sanction of medical claims above two lakhs to five lakhs. Now a days the medical  treatment has become too costly. The claims above two lakhs are increasing and accumulating at Internal finance division of the various Departments/Ministries.

Hence, it is requested to enhance the monetary limit for sanction of medical claims as per the prescribed list to five lakhs from the present two lakhs to the Head of the Department.

A line in reply is highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully, 

Secretary General

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Arun Jaitley takes over as Defence Minister

Arun Jaitley takes over as Defence Minister 

Shri Arun Jaitley took over as Defence Minister here today. On his arrival at the Ministry of Defence in South Block, Shri Jaitley was received by Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur and other senior officials. After taking over as the Defence Minister, Shri Jaitley informally interacted with the media and outlined the priority areas of the government. He said “Security of India is a matter of prime importance and predominantly the external security of India is the responsibility of this Ministry”. For this he stated that “preparedness and support to our Armed Forces and speeding up all equipment required for their support are going to be the priority areas as far as our government is concerned”. He also remarked that over the last few years some of the areas in the Ministry had slowed down and therefore, expediting them will be a matter of top priority. 

Replying to a question of enhancing the FDI limit beyond the existing 26 percent, he said, this is an issue which will be dealt with by his two Ministries and added that it has already come up in his preliminary discussions in the Finance Ministry, today. 

Later, the Defence Minister took stock of various developments in the Ministry by interacting with the Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur, Secretary (Defence Production) Shri GC Pati, Secretary Ex-Servicemen Welfare Smt Sangita Gairola and Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister Shri Avinash Chander. This was followed by the three Service Chiefs calling on the Defence Minister in his chamber. Shri Jaitley also took a meeting of senior officials of the Ministry, where he discussed the working of the Ministry and other important issues. 

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Reimbursement of Medical bills in r/o Defence Civilians

Important Circular

No. Pay/IV/Med/7007/Ord
Dt: 23.05.2014

The Officer-In-Charge

Sub:- Reimbursement of Medical bills in r/o Defence Civilians

During the audit of Medical Claims pertaining to your office some shortcomings have been noticed to your office which are appended below.

1. The medical claims are submitted along with the Hospital Bills without PAN,TIN,TAN printed on the Bills,

2, The claims/treatments of Emergency nature are submitted without any assessment from the Addition A Director of the concerned CGHS cities.

3. Most of the claims of more than Rs. 2 lacs are forwarded to this office without necessary permission from the HOD, New Delhi/Ministry of Hearth and Welfare, New Delhi.

4.The Medical claims are submitted in a casual nature without enclosing the BHT sheet duly verified by the treating doctor

5.. CGHS Hospitals are not giving 10% discount on every cash payment.

To avoid the return of the medical claims repeatedly and inconvenience faced by the individuals the o I/C of the units/formations you are advised to rectify the shortcomings before forwarding the claims to this office. And it has been decided by the competent authority that the units/formations may liaise with hospitals of the concerned cities for bills/documents bearing printed PAN,TAN,TIN(wherever applicable). It has also been decided that no medical claims will be entertained w.e.f 01/07/2014 if printed PAN,TIN TAN(where applicable) are not embossed on the bilis.

Please acknowledge receiipt.

Accounts Officer

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Consolidated instructions relating to the appointment of personal staff attached to Union Council of Ministers- regarding.

No.8/50/201 3-CS-I -(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-100003
Dated: the 26 May, 2014.


Subject: Consolidated instructions relating to the appointment of personal staff attached to Union Council of Ministers- regarding.

The undersigned s directed to state that instructions have been issued relating to the appointment of personal staff attached to Union Council of Ministers from time to time. A need has been felt to compile all the rules/instructions at one place so as to facilitate the cadre units to deal with the cases of matters regarding appointment of personal staff of Union Council of Ministers scrupulously and in a time bound manner. The contents of important/relevant OEM/order on the subject have been further consolidated for the facility of reference and guidance and are being made available on this Department’s website in the dynamic form (CentraL Secretariat> CSSS> Instructions (Minister’s Staff).

2. This may be brought to the notice of alt concerned for information, guidance and necessary action.

Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Tenure at Hard /North-East Region/ Stations in r/o Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ (SO and above) implies i.e. SO, AO, FO, VP, Principal, and AC; - Reg.

18, Institutional Area, S.J. Marg, New Delhi-110016.

F.No. 11048/1-1/2014/KVS(HQ)/Estt-I
Dated: 22.05.2014

The Deputy Commissioner
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathau
All Regional Offices.

Subject: Tenure at Hard /North-East Region/ Stations in r/o Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ (SO and above) implies i.e. SO, AO, FO, VP, Principal, and AC; - Reg.


A reference is invited to this office letter of even number dated 12.03.2014 which was "addressed to DC, KVS, RO, Tinsukia and copy endorsed to all Regional Offices on the subject cited above. In this context it is clarified that the tenure in respect of Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ (SO and above) i.e., SO, AO, FO, VP, Principal and AC in North East Region and Hard Station is three years instead of two years as mentioned in the above referred letter. The tenure at Very Hard Station is two years. The tenure in r/o above mentioned employees will be reckoned on 30th June of the year with the clause that period of continuous absence exceeding 30/45 days would not be counted.

Further the letter no. F.1-l/2014-l5/KVS(HQ)/Estt-II/1050-150 dated 03.10.2013 circulated by AO (Estt) is applicable to only‘ teachers upto PGTS and non-teaching posts upto Assistants. Hence, the letter dated 12.03.2014 as referred in preceding para is withdrawn from the date of its issue.

You are therefore, requested to circulate the same to all KVs under your region as a part of clarification in r/0 transfer guidelines effective from 01.04.2011 as there is no change in r/o above mentioned Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ (SO and above) employees.

This issues with the approval of competent authority.

Yours faithfully,

(Ms. Neelam)
Assistant Commissioner (Admn) (Estt.)

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Fixation of ‘range of seniority’ for promotion of Stenographers Grade ‘D’ to Personal Assistant (PA) Grade of CSSS for the Select List Year — 2013.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

3rd floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003
Date: 22nd May, 2014


Subject: Fixation of ‘range of seniority’ for promotion of Stenographers Grade ‘D’ to Personal Assistant (PA) Grade of CSSS for the Select List Year — 2013.

The undersigned is directed to say that it has been decided to fix the ‘range of seniority’ (zone of promotion) for making additions to the Select List of PA Grade (Seniority Quota) of CSSS for the Select List Year 2013 as follows:
UR/SC/ST Category
All unabsorbed and eligible Stenos Grade ‘D’ of the previous zones and Steno Grade ‘D’ upto the Select List year 2002.
3. All the Cadre Units of CSSS are requested to place the cases of all eligible Stenographers Grade ‘D’, who are covered within the prescribed ‘range of seniority’ and who have not yet been included in the Select List of PAs of CSSS, before the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) to assess their suitability or otherwise for promotion to the PA Grade of CSSS. The recommendations of the DPC along-with vigilance clearance in respect of all the eligible officer(s) concerned who are working in the Cadre Units, including those who have been transferred to the Cadre Units from other Cadre Units on their ad-hoc promotion to PA Grade of CSSS, may be furnished to this Department in the Annexures — I. II. III & IV so that a consolidated order for their regular promotion may be issued by this Department. Detailed incumbency position in the PA grade may also be furnished to this Department in the Annexure-V.

4. Cadre Units are also requested to get the Annexure-VI filled up from the concerned Steno Grade ‘D’ who have been found suitable for promotion as PA and forward the same along with the recommendations of the DPC and vigilance clearance. In case, no option for preference for posting is received from any official, the nomination/transfer shall be made keeping in view the number of vacancies in Cadre Units of CSSS. It is requested that complete information in the prescribed annexures be furnished to this Department by 10th June, 2014 positively.

(K. Suresh kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Early Closure of Offices in connection with the Swearing in Ceremony of the newly elected Prime Minister of India on 26.05.2014

No. 12/15/2014-JCA 2 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel and Training) 

North Block, New Delhi 
Dated the 23rd May, 2014 


Sub: Early Closure of Offices in connection with the Swearing in Ceremony of the newly elected Prime Minister of India on 26.05.2014 

In connection with arrangements for the Swearing in Ceremony of the newly elected Prime Minister of India on 26.05.2014, it has been decided that the Government offices located in the North Block, South Block and Hutments would be closed early at 13:00 hrs, on 26th May, 2014 (Monday) 

2. Hindi version will follow. 

(Ashok Kumar) 
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

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Friday, May 23, 2014

School Pass-permitting student wards of railway employees in Duronto Express Trains.

RBE No 47/2014


E(W) 2009/PS5-1/30
New Delhi, Dated 19.05.2014

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

Sub: School Pass-permitting student wards of railway employees in Duronto Express Trains.

In terms of provisions contained in Schedule III of Railway Servants (Pass) Rules 1986 (revised editlon-1993) eligible student son/daughter of railways employees are granted 3 full sets or 6 half sets of School Pass in a year. These Passes at present are not valid for journey in the Duronto Express Trains.

2. The Issue regarding making School Pass valid for Journey in Duronto Express Trains has been considered by Board and it has now been decided that School Pass issued eligible son/daughter of railway employees may be made valid for Journey on Duronto Express Trains, subject to "Normal Duty Pass Quota". The condition of entitlement shall be the same as on privilege pass of railway employees.

3. An endorsement “Valid for journey in the entitled class of Duronto Express Trains”, shall be made on the School Pass by the Pass issuing authority

4. This issues with the concurrence of Finance and Commercial Directorates of Ministry of Railways.

(Debasis Mazumdar)
Director Estt.(Welfare)
Railway Board

Source: AIRF
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Enhancement in the rate of various allowances again by 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance to 100 % w.e.f. 01.01.2014


RBE No. 50/2014

No. E(PA)I-2014/SP-1/Genl. 2
New Delhi, dated 19.05.2014.

The General Managers/FA & CAOs,
All Indian Railways/Production Units.

Sub: Enhancement in the rate of various allowances again by 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance to 100 % w.e.f. 01.01.2014

In accordance with the recommendations of VI CPC, the rates of various allowances admissible to different categories of railway staff were doubled.  The VI CPC while making recommendations in this regard had also recommended that the rates of these Allowances will be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance goes up by 50%. Railway Board accordingly issued instructions in respect of various allowances listed in the enclosed Annexure.

2. Consequent upon the enhancement in the rate of Dearness Allowance to 51% from 01.01.2011 it was reiterated vide Board's letter No. No. E(P&A)I-2011/SP-1/Misc.1 dated 13.06.2011 that the rates of allowances shall increase by 25%.

3. The rate of Dearness Allowance has now been enhanced to 100% w.e.f 01.01.2014.  In order to dispel any doubts that may arise in the Railways, it is clarified that the rates of allowance listed in the enclosed Annexure shall again increase by 25% (on original VI CPC rates prescribed by Ministry of Railways) with Dearness Allowance now again having gone up by 50% w.e.f. 01.01.2014

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

5. There is no change in the other terms and conditions for grant of these allowances.

6. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

(K. Shankar),
Direfior Estt.(P&A)
Railway Board.

Source: AIRF
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Amendments in the Rajasthan State Pensioners’ Medical Concession Scheme, 2009.



No. F.1 (6)FD/Rules/2012
 Jaipur, Dated: 16th May 2014

Sub: Amendments in the Rajasthan State Pensioners’ Medical Concession Scheme, 2009

The Governor is pleased to make the following amendment in the Rajasthan State Pensioners’ Medical Concession Scheme 2009, namely:

In the said Scheme :-

(i) In Para 8(B), the words “Drug Distribution Centre (DDC) under Mukhyamantri Nishulk Dava Yojna”shall be inserted after the existing words "Jan Aushadhj Kendra” appearing in the first sentence.

(ii) In Para 14(1), the words “and Drug Distribution Centre (DDC) under Mukhyamantri Nishulk Dava Yojna”shall be inserted between the existing words “Rajasthan Sahkari Upbhokta Bhandar” and “shall be authorized shop” in the second line.

(iii) Below existing Para 14 A, the following new Para 14B shall be inserted, namely-

14B- Issuance of Non Availability Certificate to the Pensioner in respect of medicines not available at Drug Distribution Centre under Mukhyamantrj Nishulk Dava Yojna.

(1) The pensioner shall present the medical diary along with photocopy of the prescription, which will be kept by the Drug Distribution Centre who shall provide medicines to the pensioner free of cost.

(2) In case the medicines prescribed by the Authorised Medical Attendant in the medical diary of the pensioner are not available with the DDC, the incharge of the shop shall issue a Non Availability Certificate (NAC) to the pensioner.

(3) The pensioner shall purchase the medicines from the licensed medical shop and shall submit the claim of medicine purchased on the basis of NAC to the respective Treasury Officer.

This order shall be deemed to have come into force with immediate effect.

By order of the Governor,

(Siddharth Mahajan)
Special Secretary to the

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