Monday, August 31, 2015

Expected DA January 2016 - AICPIN for the month of July 2015

No. 5/1/2015- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
CLEREMONT, SHIMLA-171004
DATED : 31st August, 2015

Press Release

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

The All-India CPI-IW for July,2015 increased by 2 points and pegged at 263 (two hundred and sixty three). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.77 per cent between June, 2015 and July, 2015 when compared with the increase of (+) 2.44 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Housing group contributing (+) 1.33 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Mustard Oil, Onion, Garlic, Tomato, Gourd, Electricity Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted by Rice, Wheat, Coconut Oil, Coconut, Lemon, Sugar, Primary & Secondary School Books, Petrol, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 4.37 per cent for July, 2015 as compared to 6.10 per cent for the previous month and 7.23 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 3.21 per cent against 6.67 per cent of the previous month and 8.11 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Haldia reported the highest increase of 19 points followed by Jamshedpur (15 points) and Bhilai (8 points). Among others, 6 points increase was observed in 2 centres, 5 points in 6 centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 12 centres, 2 points in 14 centres and 1 point in 9 centres. On the contrary, Quilon centre recorded a maximum decrease of 6 points. Among others, 3 points decrease was observed in 2 centres, 2 points in 4 centres and 1 point in 7 centres. Rest of the 11 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 34 centres are above All India Index and other 43 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Vishakhapathnam is at par with All-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of August, 2015 will be released on Wednesday, 30th September, 2015. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

Sd/-
(S.S.NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL
Source: www.labourbureau.nic.in
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Representation from Government servant on service matters – reiteration of instructions – regarding.

F.No.11013/08/2013-Estt(A-III)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk

North Block, New Delhi
Dated August 31, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Representation from Government servant on service matters – reiteration of instructions – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to O.M. of even number dated 6th June, 2013 wherein instructions have been issued on submission of representation by Government servants about their service matters. In spite of these instructions, it has been observed that Government servants including officers/ officials of para military forces and Army personnel continue to represent directly to the Prime Minister, Minister, Secretary (P) and other higher authorities, directly.

2. As per the existing instructions, wherever, in any matter connected with his service rights or conditions, a Government servant wishes to press a claim or to seek redressal of a grievance, the proper course for him is to address his immediate official superior, or Head of his office, or such other authority at the appropriate level who is competent to deal with the matter in the organisation.

3. Such submission of representations directly to other authorities by- passing the prescribed channel of communication, has to be viewed seriously and appropriate disciplinary action should be taken against those who violate these instructions. This can rightly be treated as an unbecoming conduct attracting the provisions of Rule 3 (1) (iii) of the Central Chill Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964. It is clarified that this would include all forms of communication including through e-mails or public grievances portal etc.

4. Attention in this connection is also invited to the provision of Rule 20 of CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 prohibiting Government servants from bringing outside influence in respect of matter pertaining to his service matter. Representation by relatives of Government servant is also treated as outside influence as clarified vide MHA OM No. F. 25/21/63-Estt.(A) dated 19.09.1963

5. It is reiterated that these instructions may be brought to the notice of all Govt servants including officers/ officials of para military forces and member of armed forces and action taken against those who violate these instructions.

Sd/-
(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (E)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11013-08-2013-Estt-A-III-Eng.pdf
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Confederation News : Countrywide General Strike on 2nd September Stands

Confederation News : Countrywide General Strike on 2nd September Stands

FLASH NEWS

28th August 2015

COUNTRYWIDE GENERAL STRIKE ON 2ND SEPTEMBER STANDS

CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS REASSERT THE CALL FOR UNITED ACTION

MARCH AHEAD UNITEDLY, MAKE THE COUNTRYWIDE GENERAL STRIKE ON 2ND SEPTEMBER A MASSIVE SUCCESS

After two rounds of discussion between the Group of Ministers and the central trade unions on the 12-point charter of demands of the trade unions held on 26th and 27th August 2015, the GoM headed by Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley sent an appeal through the press release dated 27-08-2015 (Press Information Bureau) after 10 pm urging upon the trade unions to reconsider the call for countrywide general strike on 2nd September 2015 claiming that the Govt has given concrete assurance to consider most of the demands of the trade unions and that the trade unions agreed to consider the Govt’s proposals. Similar appeal was also made in the meeting of 27th August. Both the claims of the Govt are totally incorrect.

To put the facts straight, the joint platform of central trade unions have been pursuing with successive governments at the centre with their basic demands since 2009 and observed three rounds of countrywide general strike since 2010, the last being for two days in February 2013. In the two rounds of meeting between the CTUOs and the Group of Minister, nothing transpired in concrete terms except vague statements by the ministers on steps to be taken or being taken on some of the issues, that too not in the justify direction.

The Govt’s press release mentioned, inter alia, certain issues in support of their unfounded claim.

The Govt stated about “appropriate legislation for making formula based minimum wages mandatory and applicable” for all. But despite concrete pointers made by the trade unions that such formula should be what has already been unanimously recommended by the 44th Indian Labour Conference in 2012 and again reiterated by 46th Indian Labour Conference in July 2015 in which the Govt of India is also a party, the Ministers did not give any concrete commitment on the same. In fact said formulae recommended by 44th ILC in 2012 and reiterated by 46th ILC in July 2015, makes minimum wage around Rs 20000/- at 2014 price level and the Trade Unions demanded only Rs 15,000/. The Ministers’ vague formulation does not ensure even half of that. Is such a position worth consideration?

On contract workers, the Govt assured that they will be guaranteed minimum wages. What is there to assure except spreading deliberate confusion? Existing laws of the land lawfully ensures payment of minimum wages to contract workers. The Govt’s statement regarding “sector specific minimum wages for the contract workers” also does not make any sense. The trade unions demanded “same wages and other benefits as regular workers in the concerned industry/establishment to be paid to contract workers.” The 43rd Indian Labour Conference held in 2011 recommended the same and 46th ILC unanimously reiterated the same in 2015, in which, again, the present Govt is a party. How could they deny the unanimous recommendation of the highest tripartite forum in the country like Indian Labour Conference?

The steps taken by the Govt on Labour Law amendments, are meticulously designed to throw out more than 70% of the workers on industries and other establishments from the purview and coverage of almost all basic labour laws and also to eliminate almost all components/provisions of justifys and protections of the workers. This was supplemented by more aggressive steps already taken by a good number of state governments to already amend the labour laws in the similar lines. On this issue, the Govt stated only that they will hold tripartite consultation before taking such steps. The trade unions demanded scrapping of such proposals by the central govt and also not to give assents (through President) to the unilateral amendments made by the state governments. Even in all the tripartite consultations held on some of the proposals of the Govt, the trade unions’ unanimous suggestions has been ignored by the Govt in favour of loud supportive applauds of the employers. Once these retrograde changes in labour laws totally dismantling the justifys and protection measures for the workers and also throwing more that 70% of the workers out of the purview of labour laws are enacted, thereby rendering the almost entire working people a justify-less entity in their workplace, what would ensure even payment of minimum wage and other social security benefits for them, even if those provisions are improved ? Can any trade union, worth its name accept such a machination designed to impose conditions of virtual slavery on the working people ?

Despite repeated insistence by all the trade unions, the Govt refused to concede to the demand for recognizing the Scheme workers, viz., Anganwadi, Mid-day meal, ASHA, Para-teachers and others as “worker” with attendant justifys of statutory minimum wages and other benefits in gross violation of the unanimous recommendation of the 45th Indian Labour Conference in 2013, reiterated again by the 46th ILC in 2015. These workers and all the schemes have been put to further crisis threatening their existance owing to drastic cut in budgetary allocations for those schemes. In such a situation, does the assurance of the Govt to “extend social security measures” and “working out ways” for the same carry any meaning?

On bonus issue, the Govt has assured to revise the eligibility and calculation ceiling to Rs 21000/- and Rs 7000/- respectively from existing Rs 10000/- and Rs 3500/-. Trade Unions’ demand has been that since there is no ceiling on profit, all ceilings in the Payment of Bonus Act should be removed altogether. Trade unions also demanded substantial upward revision of the formula for gratuity calculation and remove the ceiling on gratuity payment. The Govt has negated the demands.

On price rise situation, claim of the Govt that it has gone down does not match with ground reality in respect of commodities for daily necessities of the common people. The demands of the trade unions for putting a ban on speculation/forward trading in essential commodities and services along with universalisation of public distribution system throughout the country have been totally ignored.

Trade Unions demanded stoppage of disinvestment in public sector undertakings playing crucial and supportive role in advancement of the national economy. Govt totally ignored the same, rather has been going on aggressively in disinvestment route in all the major PSUs much to the detriment of the interest of the country’s economy. On the demands for stoppage of further FDI in defence, railways and financial sector, the stance of the Govt is continuing to be a total denial. Rather, the Govt has been aggressively pursuing deregulation and privatization in strategic sectors like electricity, Port & Docks, Airports etc in a big way.

There are other issues as well, statement of Govt continued to be totally vague and their claim is unfounded. How can anybody, rather any trade union worth its name can consider above stands taken by the Govt on vital demands of the workers as a positive development and move out from the programme of united strike action ?

Therefore, there is absolutely no reason for reconsidering the decisions of the Central Trade Unions for countrywide general strike on 2nd September 2015. Rather, the situation demands that there should be no vascillation in carrying forward the call for general strike on 2nd September 2015 throughout the country in all sectors of the economy with firm determination.

The Central Trade Unions appeal to all working people irrespective of affiliations to make the call for countrywide general strike against the anti-worker, anti-people policies of Govt a massive success.

Tapan Sen
General Secretary CITU

Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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BPMS Circular on postponement of Strike of 02.09.2015

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)
No. BPMS / 12 / CIR / 2015

Dated: 29.08.2015

To,
The Office Bearers, CEC Members,
President / Secretary of the unions
Affiliated to BPMS

Subject: Postponement of proposed Strike on 02.09.2015

Dear Brothers & Sisters

Sadar Namaskar,
Your attention is invited to this federation’s Circular No BPMS / 11/ CIR / 2015, dated 17.07.2015 whereby all the unions have been directed to take strike ballot and serve the strike notice to the head of establishments to go on strike on 02.09.2015 on the call of Central Trade Unions along with Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh.

Now, it is worth to mention here that an Inter Ministerial Committee meeting held on 26th & 27th August, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minister and assured for justifys of workers, welfare of labour, concepts of tripartism in the matter of labour relations and appealed to reconsider the proposed call for strike on 02.09.2015.

Since the Government has come forward with positive assurances on the basic demands and assured to continue dialogue, it has been decided to defer/postpone the proposed strike on 02.09.2015 for next date to be decided in future.

Therefore, you are requested to apprise to your Head of Establishment regarding postponement of the proposed strike of 02.09.2015. Kindly see the format in this regard.

With regards,

Brotherly Yours

Sd/-
(M. P. SINGH)
General Secretary

Source:http://bpms.org.in/documents/strike-postponement-circular-lb8x.pdf
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Admissibility of Daily Allowance to Staff Car Drivers

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
RAILWAY BOARD

No.F(E)I12009/AL-28/21

New Delhi, Dated 25 .08.2015

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways/Production Units,
(As per Mailing List)

Sub: Admissibility of Daily Allowance to Staff Car Drivers.

It has been decided by the Board, after discussions with both the Federations, to modify the provisions regarding admissibility of Daily Allowance to Staff Car Drivers contained in para 2 of Board’s letter No.F(E)I/2006/AL-28/15 dt. 12.03.2008. Accordingly, para 2 of the said letter, is partially modified to read as under:

“2. As per the provisions contained in Supplementary Rule 186 and Government of India’s order (1) there under, read with Note 8 under Rule 26 of Staff Car Rules, Staff Car Drivers who perform a ‘local journey’ or journey on tour ‘on, the official vehicle in his charge, may draw travelling allowance under the,ordinary rules as admissible to other Railway employees even if the journey does not involve the absence of at least one night from his Headquarters. When they perform local journeys for distance exceeding 8 Kms. beyond prescribed house of duty and such journeys involve absence of a night from headquartem they Are entitled to draw D.A. under ordinary rules admissible to other employees, for the period beyond duty hours, in addition to OTA. In case the journey does not involve their absence of one night from their headquarters, they are entitled to draw D.A. for the period beyond duty hours subject to the condition that no OTA shall be payable for the period with reference to which D.A. has been drawn In such cases, they have the option to draw either OTA or DA on any day on which such journeys have been undertaken.”

2. This would be applicable to all Drivers irrespective of the type of vehicle they drive.

3. These orders will t e effect from the date of issue. Past cases, will, however, continue to be dealt with under provisions of letter No.F(E)I/2006/AL-28/15 dt. 12.03.08.

4. Hindi version is enclosed.

5. ReceiRt of the letter may be acknowledged.

Sd/-
(Sonali Chaturvedi)
Dy.Director Finance (Estt)
Railway Board.

Source:www.indianrailways.gov.in
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Extension up to 31.12.2015 of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission - Cabinet

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Cabinet

Extension of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the extension of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission by four months up to 31.12.2015. 

Background:

The 7th Central Pay Commission was constituted by the Central Government on 28.2.2014. According to the Resolution dated 28.2.2014, by which the Commission was constituted, it is to make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution that is by 27th August, 2015. 

In view of its volume of work and intensive stake-holders' consultations, the 7th Central Pay Commission had made a request to the Government for a four month extension up to 31.12.2015. 

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Seventh Pay Commission Chairman to submit report by end of September 2015

The Seventh Pay Commission set up by the government to revise remuneration of about 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners will submit its report next month, said its chairman Justice A K Mathur.

The Union Cabinet, according to sources, is expected to extend the term of the Commission by two months until 31 October at its meeting on Wednesday. The term of the Commission ends this month.

“The Commission will submit its report by the end of September,” Justice Mathur told PTI.

The Commission, which was set up by the UPA government in February 2014 to revise remuneration of central government employees, defence personnel and pensioners, was required to submit its report by August-end.

The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modifications.

The Commission has already completed discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as Defence services. It’s now in the process of finalising its recommendations.

The recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission are scheduled to come into effect from 1 January 2016.

The other members of the Commission are Vivel Rae, Rathin Roy and its secretary Meena Agarwal. The Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from 1 January 2006, the fifth from 1 January 1996 and the fourth from 1 January 1986.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Travel by Premium Trains on LTC/Official Duty/Tour/Training/Transfer etc. —Clarification reg.

OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF ACCOUNTS (FYS)
10-A, S.K. BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA — 700 001.

No. T/1/72/Circular — 29

To
1. The Secretary,OFB, 10-A, S.K.Bose Rd., Kol — 700 001
2. All Sr. General Managers / All General Managers Ordnance / Equipments Factories
3. All Group Controllers & Br. SAO/AOs.

Date:24/08/2015

Sub: Travel by Premium Trains on LTC/Official Duty/Tour/Training/Transfer etc. —Clarification reg.

Attention is invited to DoPT O.M. No. 31011/2/2015 Estt.(A-IV) dated 27th January 2015 and Deptt. of Expenditure, Min of Finance, O.M.No. 19046/2/2008-E.IV dated 22/04/2015, it is clarified that travel by Premium Trains by Central Government servants on LTC/Official Duty/Tour/Training/Transfer etc. is not allowed and therefore, the fare charged for Premium Trains by the Indian Railways for the journey performed by Premium Trains shall not be reimbursable. In cases where journey on Official Duty/Tour/Training/Transfer etc. has already been performed by Premium Trains, the amount reimbursed shall be restricted to the admissible normal fare for the entitled class of train travel or the actual fare paid, whichever is less.

It is, therefore, once again impressed upon all concerned not to travel by premium trains on LTC/Official duty / Tour / Training / Transfer etc. and Controlling / Countersigning Officers are requested to regulate the said claims in terms of the Govt. of India letters cited above.

Sd/-
Dy.Cont.of Accounts (FYs.)

Source:www.pcdacc.gov.in
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Agitation for Granting Merger of DA and lower the Retirement age of Central Government Employees

The news item published by Tribune News Service regarding agitation to be held by DPCC for granting merger of DA and opposing the move to lower the retirement age of central government employees. The News is provided below..

“………Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken along with a large number of party workers will sit on a daylong dharna tomorrow at Jantar Mantar seeking merger of Dearness Allowance (DA) with basic pay and also to oppose the move by the BJP-led Central Government to lower the retirement age of government employees.

DPCC chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee said party workers, government employees, teachers, pensioners and others will join Maken in the dharna to press their demand for merger of DA with basic pay and also to oppose the move to lower the retirement age of government employees.

Addressing a press conference, Mukherjee said the Congress would be seeking the merger of 100 per cent DA with basic pay, which is 113 per cent as on January 1, 2015. The Congress-led UPA II government was to take a decision on merger of DA with basic pay, but due to the announcement of the general elections, it had to be deferred.

She said the BJP-led Narendra Modi government was now trying to drastically curb non-plan expenditure, for which the Central government employees, academicians and scientists, etc have been made soft targets as the salaries and allowances of the government employees had touched Rs 2.54 lakh crore during the financial year 2013-2014, and another Rs 74,076 crore was spent in the same period on pensioners and family pensioners.

About 80 per cent expenses on salary and allowances are spent on Railways, Defence, paramilitary forces, posts and revenue, and thus it is apparent that 80 per cent non-plan expenses are incurred on vital organizations.

She also said the Modi government was trying to lower the retirement age from 60 to 58 years.

“The BJP government at the Centre is keen to reduce the non-plan expenditure drastically and the easiest way is to prune the strength of employees and by reducing the retirement age, not merging DA with basic pay, and also to prevail upon the 7th Central Pay Commission to submit anti-government employees’ report,” Mukherjee added.

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One Rank One Pension, PM Announcement Likely This Week – NDTV

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is handling One Rank One Pension or OROP himself now and “positive movement” is expected on the issue this week, sources have told NDTV.

There is speculation that an OROP announcement could come as early as Friday, August 28, the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with Pakistan.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar met PM Modi yesterday and sources said only final touches now remain to be given to the new pension plan that the government will announce for ex-serviceman.

OROP, a two-decade old demand for pension parity, was widely expected to be announced by PM Modi in his Independence Day speech on August 15 this year. But it had to be dropped because ex-serviceman and the government failed to agree on when the new package would be effective from.

A protest by veterans at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar escalated into a hunger strike by three Army veterans after OROP did not feature in the Prime Minister’s list of announcements on Independence Day.

Stepping in to pacify agitating ex-servicemen, the Prime Minister’s Office held talks with representatives of the protesters, asking them to give the government 10 more days to iron out differences.

One veteran on hunger strike, Col (retd) Pushpender Singh, was taken to hospital yesterday after he took ill.

Ten former service chiefs wrote to Prime Minister Modi last week expressing “dismay” at the government’s handling of OROP and urging it to “settle this issue expeditiously and in an urgent time frame.”

The veterans have repeatedly reminded PM Modi that OROP was one of his key promises in the run-up to the national election last year.

OROP is expected to benefit more than three million retired servicemen. It will give equal pension to servicemen retiring at the same rank regardless of when they retire. At present, a soldier who retired many years ago is paid far less than someone several ranks junior to him retiring now.

Source:www.ndtv.com
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MACP Anomalies: Railway Board’s meeting with Federations

Government of India
Ministry of Railway
(Railway Board)

No.2014/E(LR)II/1/4

New Delhi. dated: 19.08.2015

The General Secretary,
All India Railwaymen’s Federation,
4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi-110055

General Secretary,
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi-110055.

Subject: Grievances of Staff – MACP Anomalies.

Ref.: Board’s letter No. 2013/E(LR)II/1/17 dated 18.02.2014.

In the above connection, a meeting of the Federations with Board (MS and FC) has been fixed for 27.08.2015 at 11.00 hrs. in the Committee Room (Room No. 237). A list of issues to be discussed

2. President and General Secretary of the Federations are requested to kindly make it convenient to attend the above meeting

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Naveen Kumar)
Dy. Director, E(LR)-I

Enclosure to Railway Board’s letter No.2014/E(LR)II/1/4 Dated 19.08.2015

(1) Financial up-gradation under MCPS to the directly Graduate Engineer – Considering entry Grade Pay as Rs. 4600/- for the purpose of MACP to all the directly recruited Engineering Graduates in Design/Drawing Cadre and other Cadres

(2) Third financial up-gradation under MACPS on completion of 20 years of service from the first promotion or 10 year after second promotion or 30 years after regular appointment – whichever is earlier?

(3) Grant of financial up-gradation under MACP Scheme in the promotional hierarchy (instead of Grade Pay hierarchy) – as per judgment of various Courts’

(4) MACPS benefits to railway employees – cases of employees joining another unit/organization on request.

(5) provision of all benefits on financial upgrading under MACPS – including entitlements for travel & treatment in hospital etc.

(6) Non-grant of benefit of financial up-gradation under MACPS to the staff on North Western Railway.

(7) Grant of Financial Up - gradation under MACPS to the staff who are in the same Grade Pay for more than 20 Years.

(8) Abolition of pay Scale and Introduction of up-graded Pay Scale with revised designation – Senior Section Engineers (Drawing) – Clarification on entry Grade Pay.

(9) Non-grant of financial up gradation under MACP Scheme to the Stock Versifiers working in Zonal Railways/Production Units. ‘

(10) Grant of financial Up-gradation under MACP Scheme – Wrongful clarification issued by the Railway Board.

(11) Wrong implementation of MACP Scheme in IT Cadre/ Granting of financial benefit under MACP Scheme to EDP Staff.

(12) Grant of Transport Allowance to the employees availing the facility of Workmen Trains.

Source: NFIR
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Rajasthan Civil Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 2013, Appendix- l: List of 'Approved Hospitals'

GOVERNMENT OF RAJASTHAN 
FINANCE DEPARTMENT 
(RULES DIVISION) 

No. F. 6 (2) FD (Rules) / 2013 Pt-lll 

Jaipur, dated:  24 AUG 2015

ORDER 

Sub; Rajasthan Civil Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 2013, Appendix- l: List of 'Approved Hospitals' 

Health Benefit Empowered Committee (HBEC) constituted under Rule 4 of the Rajasthan Civil Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 2013 in its meeting dated 04-06-2014 decided that empanelled hospitals shall be bound not to charge from State Govemment employees, more than the rates as fixed by the State Government. 

As per the decision of HBEC following affidavit was taken from approved private hospitals:-

 "Hospital shall be bound not to charge from the State Government employees and pensioners, more than the rates as may be fixed by the State Government from time to time for approved private hospitals for various inpatient and outpatient treatments, investigations and implants." 

Accordingly, Finance Department issued order number F. 6(2) FD/Rules/2013 Pt-ll dated 27-06-2015 to adopt the rates of CGHS, Jaipur, as may be amended from time to time, as maximum chargeable rates. 

As Saket Hospital, Jaipur has now denied to provide treatment as per FD Order dated 27-06-2015 (mentioned above), in violation Of the affidavit submitted by it, the State Government in exercise of the powers conferred under rule 4 Of the Rajasthan Civil Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 2013 hereby terminates the empanelment of Saket Hospital, Jaipur as an approved hospital in the rules with immediate effect, Appendix-I to these rules is amended accordingly. 

By order of the Governor,

Sd/-
(Siddharth Mahajan) 
Special Secretary, Finance (Budget) 

Source:http://finance.rajasthan.gov.in/RULES/F6(2)2013PT-III-24-08-2015.pdf
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Extension of CGHS facilities to the retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan – regarding.

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110 116
Fax:26514170, Tel:26858570
e-mail:kvssao@hub.nic.in
website: www.kvsangathan.nic.in

F.No.11086/01/2012-KVS HQ (Admn.II)/793-805

Dated: 21.08.2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Extension of CGHS facilities to the retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan – regarding.

Consequent upon KVS proposal of even No dated 01.05.2015 routed through Ministry of HRD, the Director, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare CGHS (P) Section, Government of India,Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi vide office memorandum No.S 11016/8/2015-CGHS (P) dated 29.05.2015 has conveyed the decision of the Ministry regarding extension of CGHS facilities to the retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) with the following guidelines:-

a. CGHS facilities shall be extended to the retired employees of KVS only in Delhi/NCR. They will be entitled to OPD facilities and medicines from CGHS dispensaries in Delhi/NCR only on the same lines as is being done in case of serving employees of KVS.

b. They may avail treatment from CGHS empanelled hospitals at CGHS approved rates. The medical expenses for IPD/hospitalization treatment will be borne by KVS and they will not be eligible for cashless medical facilities.

c. The pensioner’s card will be issued to those pensioners who have been recommended by KVS and on payment of service charges on cost to cost basis in advance on yearly basis at the rates determined by Department of Health and Family Welfare in consultation with O/o the Chief Advisor (Cost), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.

d. The CGHS membership card will have to be renewed annually by KVS in advance for both serving as well as retired employees (wherever applicable). Failure to renew the CGHS membership within the specified time period will lead to de-activation of the CGHS card.

e. There is no provision for issue of life-time CGHS cards to the pensioner beneficiaries of KVS.

The CGHS facilities have been extended to the retired employees of KVS as per the terms and conditions laid down in the aforesaid Memorandum with the following conditions:-

*. The retired employees of KVS residing in Delhi/NCR and whose serving counter parts are covered by CGHS medical facilities in Delhi/NCR can opt for this scheme. The details of such posts covered by CGHS medical facilities are given in Annexure – I.

*. The rate of contributions in such cases will be determined by the Department of Health & Family Welfare from time to time with reference to the grade pay drawn by the KVS employee at the time of retirement/death. The present rates of contribution are as under:-

Sl. No Grade Pay drawn by the Pensioner      Contribution (in Rupees)
                       at the time of retirement
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Monthly      Annual

1             Up to Rs.1,650/- per month                      50       600

2          Rs.1,800/-, 1,900/-, Rs.2,000/-
             Rs.2,400/-, and Rs.2,800/- per Month                 125          1,500

3             Rs.4,200/- per Month                              225          2,700

4         Rs.4,600/-, Rs.4,800/-, Rs.5,400/- 
                    and Rs.6,600/- Per Month                      325          3,900

5               RS.7,600/- and above per month               500         6,000

*. The willing retired employee(s)/family members (if otherwise eligible) may submit their application in prescribed proforma (Available on CGHS website msotransparent.nic.in with link Circulars) along with Demand Draft of his/her own subscription, self attested copy of relevant documents to the respective authority from where the terminal benefits were settled (Pension Sanctioning Authority of KVS HQ/Deputy Commissioner, Regional office as the case may be applicable).

*. The Deputy Commissioner of the Region concerned, after detailed cross verification and examining the case will forward such duly completed application(s) to the joint commissioner (pers.) KVS, Headquarters along with prescribed contribution in the form of Demand Draft/Cheque equivalent to one year CGHS subscription in favour of “Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (HQ)”.

*. In respect of officers/employees of KVS, HQ, such request applications will be processed by the Deputy Commissioner (Finance) who looks after the pension section and who will forward the same with all necessary documents to the joint commissioner (Pers.), KVS.

*. The payment of Fixed Medical Allowance will be discontinued by the concerned pension sanctioning authority in KVS/Regional Office from the date of receipt of CGHS card in K.V.S. on case to case basis, after due verification.

*. The reimbursement of medical claims of beneficiaries, if any, will be done by respective Regional Office as per rules. It will take effect from the date of issue.

This issues with the approval of Commissioner, KVS.

Sd/-
(Dr.E.PRABHAKAR)
JOINT COMMISSIONER (PERS.)

Source:http://www.kvsangathan.nic.in/CircularsDocs/cir-admn-21-08-15.pdf
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

7th CPC will Increase Central Government Pay only by 15% - Finance Minister Shri.Arun Jaitely

Big Expectations from 7th CPC and Low possibilities projected by Union Finance Minister!

Honourable Finance Minister Shri.Arun Jaitely had spoken about the possible impact of 7th CPC recommendations in Parliament.

The Speech is critically reviewed by Comrade Elangovan of DREU.

7th CPC will Increase Central Government Pay only by 15%  - Finance Minister Shri.Arun Jaitely

SHOULD WE ACCEPT?

R.ELANGOVAN,
WORKING PRESIDENT, DREU

1.     The Medium Term Expenditure Framework statement has not yet been uploaded in Finance Ministry’s website.However I have taken the figures provided by print media including The Hindu.As per their statement the expenditure on salaries will rise by 9.56% in the fiscal 2015-16 as a result of 7th CPC implementation over the normal estimated expenditure in the 2015-16 budget to Rs.100619 crores. This means that the expenditure projected was Rs.91,839cr which if increased by 9.56% becomes Rs.100619 crores.

2.     While going through the earlier framework statements I have come to the conclusion that the ‘salaries’ shown is pay with normal increments plus DA projected.

3.     As per the estimated strength and provision there of statement laid as part of finance budget,the normal projection as PAY was Rs.60731 cr and so DA is Rs 31,108 as deducted from Rs 91 839 cr. The budget document does not give the DA expenditure separately. It gives the total expenditure on all allowances. I have therefore arrived at the figure based on calculations. However I have sought the expenditure on DA, HRA, and Transport Allowance separately through RTI.

4.     The increase proposed is Rs.100619 cr from Rs.91,839cr  which means that there will be an increase of Rs.8780 cr. There won’t be any DA after 1-1-2016 up to 31-3-2016 in the fiscal 2015-16. Therefore the whole increase is on basic pay in this fiscal.

5.     As we have already seen that the basic pay is Rs.60731 cr. the increase of Rs.8780 cr. is over this Rs.60731.This increase is 14.45% only.The expenditure projected for 2016-17 is Rs.1,12,000cr which is Rs.11,400 more over 2015-16 which works out to 11.32%. This is due to Increment, DA,HRA, TRA etc.The projection for 2017-18 is 1,16,000 cr.

6.     If 40%  of Basic Pay is to be given,the increase of expenditure in the fiscal 2015-16  must  be Rs. 24000 cr as against the Rs. 8780 cr. The demand of JCM Staff side is that there must be an increase of 371% of basic pay as on 1-1-2016. With the 119% DA we would be drawing 219% already. The real increase demanded is 152% of Basic Pay.So not the 152% or 40% of 5th and 6th CPC is intended to be given to us. Only around 15% is going to be given.As The Terms Of Reference of 7TH CPC directs them to recommend only what is‘FEASIBLE AND DESIRABLE’ to the Government.Now the Government In Parliament states only 15% is FEASIBLE AND DESIRABLE. ARE WE TO ACCEPT IT.? Some PSUs got 15%. But that is for 5 years. But for Central Government Employees it is for Ten Years.Are We To Accept?

7.     Pension expenditure for civilian pensioners was estimated to be Rs.27,145cr and defence pension Rs.54,500 cr. The total is Rs.81645 cr. This is expected to go up to Rs.88521 cr, which is an increase of Rs.6876 cr.As there will be no Dearness Relief for the fiscal 2015-16 the increase is to be accounted only to Basic Pension.

8.     I have sought the expenditure break up for dearness relief under RTI. However the rough calculation shows a near increase of same 15% in Pension.

9.     The impact of 6th CPC on expenditure as per estimated strength of establishment and provision there of in respect of Central Government civilian employees was as follows:

ARREARS Rs 26084 cr.  For three  years mostly on Pay and DA regular PAY Increase per annum:   Rs 8685 cr.  These are actual figures. The 219% of Rs. 8685 cris  Rs.19000 cr.  EVEN THIS IS NOT GIVEN.

10.We must issue a warning to the government afresh demanding acceptance of our demand.I recall my earlier note where in I had quoted BibekDebroy’s report that the 7th CPC will not be that destabilising to the Government as that of 6th CPC. GOVERNMENT PROVES THAT.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Grievance redressal policy under National pension System in r/o PC of A (Fys)

OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF ACCOUNTS (FYS)
10-A, S K BOSE ROADM KOLKATA – 700 001
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
Ph- 033-22488878/5077-5080(Ext-665), Fax-03322480991, e-mail cda-cal@nic.in

Grievance redressal policy under National pension System in r/o PC of A (Fys)

Introduction:-

Office of the principal controller of factories has been envisaged to control the functioning of forty one branch AO under 9 Group controllers. The following PAO comes under purview of this office as being pr.PAO so far as NPS is concerned. The main aim/objective behind the creation in factory organization is to render efficient, correct, prompt accounting and payment services besides financial/expertise services to factory management and OFB Authorities.

Government of India has introduced a New Pension Scheme replacing the defined benefit pension scheme. The New Pension Scheme comes into operation w.e.f from 01.01.2004 and applicabel to all new entrants of Central Government Service on or after 01.01.2004. The New Pension Scheme is working on defined contribution basis and will have two tiers-Tier-I and Tier-II. Tier-I is mandatory for all Govt. Servants/employees of autonomous institutes. In Tier-I government will have to make a contribution of 10% of the Basic pay, DP and DA which will be deducted from his salary bill every month. Government will make equal matching contribution and will deposit the same in non-withdrawal pension Tier-I account.

Scope:-

Under NPS system Branch Accounts Offices are termed as “Pay Accounts Offices (PAO)”, As a Central Govt. Office, the correct and timely deposit of contribution in Tier-I account by the respective Branch Accounts Offices (PAOs) is the prime concern. As a part of PFRDA (Redressal of Subscriber Grievance) Regulation, 2015, every intermediary is required to follow the Grievance Redressal policy. Accordingly, the below stated Grievance Redressal policy (GRP) is made for prompt redressal of the grievances arising out of various services offered by the Branch Accounts Offices in the capacity of intermediary. The scope of this GRP is restricted to redressal of grievances raised against intermediary.

The term “Grievances”is defined as “Grievances of complaint”includes any communication that expresses dissatisfaction, in respect of the conduct or any act of omission or commission or deficiency of service on the part of Branch Accsilnts offices, an intermediary and in the nature of seeking a remedial action but do not incrude following:

(i) Complaints that are incomplete or not specific in nature;

(ii) communications in the nature of offering suggestions:

(iii) Communications seeking guidance or explanation.

(iv) complaints which are beyond the powers and functions of the PAOs/Pr.AO or beyond the provisions of the PFRDA Act and the rules regulations framed there under; and

(v) complaints that are subjudice (cases which are under consideration by court of law or quasi-judicial body) except matters within the exclusive domain of the PFRDA under the provisions of the Act.

Objectives:

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the policies and procedures to be followed in receiving, handling and responding to any grievance against the concerned PAOs in respect of the services offered by them. The following are broad objectives for handling the customer grievances.

1. To Provide fair and equal treatment to all employees of respective Factory/Branch Offices without bias at all times.

2. To ensure that all issues raised by employees are dealt with courtesy and resolved in stipulated timelines.

3. To develop an organizational framework to promptly address and resolve employees Grievances fairly and equitably.

4. To Provide enhanced level of satisfaction.

5. To provide easy accessibility to the employees of respective Factory/Branch offices for an immediate Grievance redressal.

6.To put in place a monitoring mechanism to oversee the functioning of the Grievance Handling Policy.
How to raise the grievance:- (Tier-I)

The subscribers can raise grievances through the following mode:

By raising a grievance in writing – in the specified format/letters/representation addressed to the Grievance Redressal Officer,PAO/Chief Grievance Redressal Officer, pr.AO.
Resolution mechanism for grievances:-

The grievance will be resolved by concerned PAO and then appropriate reply will be sent to the complainant by the PAO/Pr.AO.
Turn Around time (TAT)

Every grievance has to be disposed – Off by the PAO within a period of thirty days of its receipt at both the redressal tiers.
Grievance Redressal Officer (GRO) and chief Grievance redressal Officer (CGRO):-

The details of respective Grievance Redressal Officer (GRO) at PAO level are:

Sl.No          Name and address

1            Shri Nabarun Dhar, IDAS
           Joint Controller of Accounts (Fys)
     Grienvance Redressal Officer (GRO), NPS
     O/O the PCA(Fys), AYUDH BHAVAN,
    10-A S.K.Bose Road, Kolkara – 700 001.
      Phone No. (033) 22484341 Fax No. (033) 22480991.
       Email address: nabarundhar@gmail.com

2.          Shri Abhiram Mandal, IDAS
        Deputy controller of Accounts (Fys)
        Grievance Redressal Officer (GRO), NPA
         O/O the PCA (Fys), AYUDH BHAVAN,
        10-A S.K.Bose Road, Kolkata – 700 001.
        Phone No. (033) 22484341 Fax No. (033) 22480991.

3.                Shri Vidhu Aggarwal, IDAS
            Assistant Controller of Accounts (Fys)
        Grievance Redressal Officer (GRO), NPS
         O/O the PCA(Fys), AYUDH BHAVAN,
        10-A S.K.Bose Road, Kolkata – 700 001.
     Phone No. (033) 22484341 Fax No. (033) 22480991
           Email address: vidhugupt @gmail.com

4.              Shri Rajesh Kumar, Sr A.O.
       Grievance Redressal Officer (GRO), NPS
                  O/O the AO OF NALANDA,
       Ordance Factory Nalanda(P), Rajgir 803121
       Phone NO. (06112) 257105 Fax No. (06112) 257102.
                  Email address: ao-ofn-bih@nic.in

If the complainant is not satisfied with the refressal of his grievances or if it has not been resolved by Grievance Redressal Officer, concerned PAO by the end of thirty days of the filing of the complaint, he/she may escalate the grievance to the chief Grievance Redressal Officer (CGRO).

The present Chief Grievance Redressal Officer (CGRO) details are:-

Shri M.C.Chakrabortty, IDAS
Controller of Accounts (Fys),
Chief Grievance Redressal Officer (CGRO), NPS
O/O the PCA(Fys), AYUDH BHAVAN,
10-A S.K.Bose Road, Kolkata – 700 001.
Phone No. (033) 22484341 Fax No. (033) 22480991
Email address: moloycc.cgda@nic.in

The record of grievances will be maintained by the concerned Redressal Officer.

Sd/-
(Nabarun dhar)
Joint Controller of Accounts (Fys)

Source:www.pcafys.nic.in                                         
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CSD Canteen: Frequently Asked Question

Q1 Do I have to pay any penalty for making new Smart Card after I have lost the old Card? 

A1  (a) Penalties on Loss of Smart Cards Yes, In case of loss of Canteen  Smart  Card (Grocery/Liquor) by an individual following penalties will be levied in addition to costs of Smart Card and penalty amount will be merged with the URC profit :-

Loss/Card                                                                                                Liquor                  Grocery
First Time                                      Rs. 500/-           Rs. 500/-
Second and subsequent Time      Rs. 1000/-          Rs. 1000/-

Note. Chairman of the URC may wave off the Penalty depending upon the genuineness of the loss, in exceptional cases. 

(b) There have been few cases of misuse of lost Smart cards. Therefore, loss of Canteen Smart Card is being dealt with strictly. In addition to person applying afresh for the card and giving wrong details, responsible scrutinizing staff/ countersigning authority will also be held accountable for wrong details in application for fresh Individual Smart Card.

Q2. Why restrictions are laid by some URCs on entry as well as issue of items to authorized persons?

A2. Misuse of canteen facilities is detrimental to the welfare of the genuine buyers. This needs to be curbed. Sometimes temporary restrictions are also put on place due to short supply of certain items or excess purchase of certain items by customers during particular season. The responsibility to manage the available inventory as also to curb misuse of facility, lies with the Chairman of URCs. In order to streamline and further refine the procedures, following is being implemented:-

(a) No Bulk Purchases by Individuals. No bulk purchases by an individual are permitted. URCs can lay down restrictions at local level to ensure the same. However, all bulk purchases, if valid reasons necessitate, will be supported by one time use written permission of the Chairman of URC.

(b) Strict check on entry and allowing only authorized persons to avail canteen facilities. Entry into any URC will be purely Smart Card based by personal appearance.

Q3 . What are orders on the issue of liquor?

A3 Liquor Quota. There is no change in liquor authorization. However, it is limited as per brand/type for better planning and control over quality & quantity. As such, following restrictions are presently enforced:-

(i) Officers. Scotch whisky permitted up to 50% of total entitlement.

(ii) JCOs & Eqvl. Not more than three Whisky bottles including one Scotch Whisky of the entitlement.

(iii) Others. Not more than two Whisky bottles including one Scotch Whisky of the entitlement.

Note. This restriction will be revised by the DDGCS from time to time as per requirement, availability of funds and stock position.

Q4 What is the entitlement for purchase of car?

A4 Four Wheelers(Car). An entitled person based on his purchasing power will be entitled to purchase first or subsequent car only after years and up to capacity as mentioned below:-

(a) Officers (Incl Retd) – Four years and upto 2500 cc capacity.

(b) JCOs/Eqvl granted Hony Commission (lncl Retd) – Seven years and upto 1500 cc capacity

(c) JCOs/OR & Eqvl (Incl Retd) – Once while in service and once after retirement up to 1400cc capacity.

Q5. Is there a minimum service limit for purchase of car by JCOs/ OR?

A5. Yes, A JCO/ OR should have rendered min 15 years of color service to apply for a car.

Q6. What are restrictions on purchase of a 2-Wheeler?

A6 All categories (Incl Retd) can buy a 2- wheeler after every three years. .

Q7. Is there any restriction on AFD items?

A8. AFD Items like Refrigerator, TV, Washing Machine etc can be purchased after every three years by all categories.

Note: Control Over AFD Items will be reviewed from time to time as per requirement, availability of stores and budgetary situation of CSD.

Q8. What are the orders for entry into a URC?

A9. Entry into any URC will be purely Smart Card based by personal appearance. In case a particular Offr/JCO/OR/Equivalent is unable to present himself personally due to valid reasons like old age or acute medical problem, a permission, signed by the Chairman/ CO/OC of the unit/ establishment running the URC must accompany the Smart Card with photo of the authorized person carrying it. Validity period and genuineness of requirement of such permission will be decided by the Chairman of the URC on case to case basis.

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Special IT Return Counters to be Organised for Salaried Tax Payers (Including Pensioners) to File Paper Returns Between 24th August to 31st August, 2015

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

Special IT Return Counters to be Organised for Salaried Tax Payers (Including Pensioners) to File Paper Returns Between 24th August to 31st August, 2015 at Pratyaksha Kar Bhawan in National Capital; 

Special Facilitation Counters for Senior Citizens and Differently Abled Persons; 

These Counters to Facilitate Smaller Tax Payers Having Salary/Pension Income But Their Total Income do not Exceed Rs. 5 Lakhs or Their Returns do not Contain any Claim for Refund

The Principal. Chief Commissioners of Income Tax, New Delhi will be organizing Special Return Counters for Salaried Tax Payers (including pensioners) between 24th August to 31st August, 2015 at Pratyaksha Kar Bhawan, Civic Centre, Minto Road, New Delhi. The camp will be inaugurated by Chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT), Smt. Anita Kapur at 10.00 am. on Monday,24th  August 2015

The special counters are being organized to facilitate smaller tax payers having salary/pension income, to file paper returns. Taxpayers may note that for the assessment year 2015-16, corresponding to the financial year 2014-15, e-filing of return of income is mandatory for persons whose total income exceeds Rs. 5 lakhs or if the return contains a claim for refund. Paper Returns in such cases will not be accepted.

However, the income limit of Rs. 5 lakhs and claim of refund will not apply to taxpayer over the age of 80 years deriving salary/pension income. In such cases paper returns will be accepted.

The special counters would be set-up jurisdiction wise as follows:

·         For PCIT-22 Charge (Government salary)-‘B’ Block, Ground floor of Civic Centre, Minto Road, New Delhi.
·         For PCIT-23 Charge(PSUs/Bank employees/School and College employees)-‘C’ Block, Ground floor, Civic Centre, Minto Road, New Delhi.
·         For PCIT-24 Charge (Private salaries)- ‘C’ block, Civic Centre, Minto Road, New Delhi.
There will be special facilitation counters for senior citizens and differently abled persons.

Facilities like a Helpdesk, assistance of Tax Return Preparers (TRPs), UTI/NSDL counters, banking, tax payment facility, PAN verification counters, drinking water, and emergency medical aid will be available at the venue.

Similar facilitation counters are being set-up in other metropolitan cities based on the local requirement.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Free Health Check-up Camp for the benefit of Central Government Employees and their dependents

No.12015/1/2015-Welfare
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
(Welfare Section)

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market
New Delhi, Dated 20.08.2015

CIRCULAR

Subject: Free Health Check-up Camp for the benefit of Central Government Employees and their dependents at Samaj Sadan, Grih Kalyan Kendra, Peshwa Road, New Delhi on 22nd August, 2015 (10.00 AM to 2.00 PM).

Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India is organizing Free Health Check-up, Eye Check-up and Blood Donation Camps at Samaj Sadan, Grih Kalyan Kendra, Peshwa Road, New Delhi on 22nd August, 2015 (10.00 AM to 2.00 PM) for the benefit of Central Government employees and their dependents.  Details of the Camps are as follows:-

S.No.               Types of Check-Ups                     In Association with

1.               Health Check-Up                       Rockland Hospital, New Delhi.
                      (This includes free OPD
                consultation by renowned Doctors
              on Cardiac, Orthopedics and
                Gynecology/Free tests of Sugar
               (Randum), BP, Height, Weight,
                 BMD, PAP Smear & ECG.


2.       Eye Check-Up                                 Sha Sights Centre, New Delhi

2. All are requested to avail the facility of free Health Check-up and Eye Check-up Camps.

Sd/-
(Chirabrata Sarkar)
Under Secretary (Welfare)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/check-up.pdf
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Jammu and Kashmir government announces 6% hike in DA of its employees

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government today announced a six per cent hike in the Dearness Allowance (DA) of its employees with effect from January this year.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed here.

Announcing the cabinet decisions at a press conference here, Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar said “we announce a hike in DA from 107 to 113 from January this year.”

“This is in fact for the first time that the government employees are getting DA without resorting to agitation,” Akhtar, who was also flanked by Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, said.

He said it was a practice here that the DA was not released till there was an agitation.

“Today as part of its duty, the government had taken a decision, which also belies the rumours about money not coming (from centre) and also gives out a message that the system is getting streamlined in the state,” he said.

Drabu said the idea behind the decision was to keep pace with the centre announcing DA for its employees.

“We have announced DA from January 15 to July 15 (and will be paid to the employees) through Provident Fund route, post that it will in cash, thereby we are moving to a system whereby the nearest amount will be given in cash,” he said.

He said the large part will be in cash.

“In respect of employees who are at the new pension scheme, the installments will be in cash. Financial implications is about Rs 285 crores for the year. Of that Rs 240 crore is salary and the rest is pension. We have made provision for that in the Budget.

“The idea is to build system. In the last three-four months, we have got a lot of liabilities at various levels and we are trying to work out a system wherein there will be a transparency and finance will not be a constraint for development activities,” the finance minister said.

Source: PTI
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CSD facilities for Retired employees – MoD Order with Application Forms

CSD CANTEEN FACILITIES TO RETIRED DEFENCE CIVILIANS

1. Refer Army Order 02/2006/QMG

2. Government of India has decided to extend the CSD Canteen facilities to the Retired Defence Civilian Employees vide MoD letter No. F.No.8(14)/2015-D(Mov) dated 31 Jul 2015.

3. Eligibility : Retired Defence Civilian Employees of following departments who were not entitled to avail CSD facilities will now be entitled for CSD facilities:

(a) Ministry of Defence including those working in their respective attached offices and those working in lower military formations.

(b) Defence Audit Departments.

(c) Executive Officer Cantonment Board

(d) Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd personnel retired from Air Force Station Hyderabad, Jorhat, Air Force Academy, Dundigal (Hyderabad) and Air Force Station Yelahanka(Bangalore)

(e) Indian Defence Accounts Services.

(f) Secretariat Border Roads Development Board and HQ Director General Border Roads.

(g) Retired employees of Canteen Stores Departments who are getting pension from CSD Fund.

(h) MES Employees.

4. Entitlement : They will be entitled for only Grocery Stores. No Liquor will be authorised.

5. Validity : The cards will have a validity of 10 years, from the date of issue and will be renewed every year.

6. Process for applying for Retired Defence Civilian Employees Card : All Retired Defence Civilian Employees will apply for the Smart Card to the URC through which they want to avail the Canteen facilities after authentication of the application.

7. Authentication : The application form will be authenticated for its correctness by the Department from which the employees has retired. The form will be countersigned by an officer not below the Rank of Under Secretary or equivalent.

8. Documents to be submitted to Department URC : The following attested documents will be submitted to the URC :
(a) Application for Canteen Smart card duly countersigned by the competent authority.
(b) Govt order for Retirement.
(c) Copy of Pension Payment Order (PPO)
(d) Address Proof and Copy of PAN card.
(e) Payment of Rs.135 to the URC.

9. Guidelines for Authenticating Authority:
(a) Each concerned department should appoint officer authorised to countersigned and promulgate orders and forward details to this office.
(b) Countersigned officer will verify that all columns are filled correctly prior to countersigned.

10. Guidelines for URC : Vetting of application will be done at URC for correctness. The following will be checked :
(a) That application is filled in all respect and no column is left blank.
(b) Signature of Countersinging authority.
(c) All personal particulars are checked for correctness with PPO and other supporting documents.
(d) In case an application is rejected the same will be informed to the applicant.
(e) New card will be sent by M/s. Smart Chip Ltd to the URC for issue to applicant. URC will check details with individuals Departmental retired identity Card prior to issue of new Canteen Smart Card.

(f) Since large number of applications are likely to be received initially at the URCs, the URC Manager must exercise due diligence while scrutinising and verifying the applications.

11. Guidelines for SCL : The following will be ensured ;
(a) All applications are sent by CCTS to M/s. Smart Chip Ltd, at the earliest.
(b) On receipt of application check for correctness with existing records through old Grocery Card Number.
(c) Verify applicants personal details through PAN No. on www.verifypan.in
(d) Ensure previous card of applicatin is hotlised prior to handing over of new card for Retired Defence Civilian Employees.

12. The application form (Blue Color) for Retired Defence Civilian Employees attached as Appendix will be made available in the URCs at the earliest by M/s. Smart Chip Ltd.

13. This letter be given vide publicity by displaying at prominent places like URSs, Station HQs, CAO and other controlling HQs.

Source: INDWF
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