Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Elections public holiday has been declare under the N.I. Act, 1881 for the offices located within the extent of the Siliguri Mahakuma.

Government of West Bengal
Finance(Audit) Department
NABANNA,
Howrah - 711102

No 7108 -F (P2)

Dated:28th September, 2015

MEMORANDUM

In view of the elections to the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad under Siliguri Sub-Division area and bye-elections to the 341 (three hundred and forty one) vacant seats of Gram Panchayats, 72 (seventy two) vacant seats of Panchayat samitis and two vacant seats of Zilla Parishads all over the state (as per list enclosed with the memo no. 2626-SE C/5B-7/2015 (Pt.II) dated 17-08-2015 of the State Election Commission) declared under notification No. 649/SS/PN/O/l/lE-03/2015 and No.650/SS/PN/O/1E-03/2015 dated 03-09-2015 respectively to be held on 3rd day of October, 2015 (Saturday), the Governor is hereby pleased to declare the said day as public holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 for the offices located within the extent of the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad, under Siliguri Subdivision and respective areas of Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zilla Parishad seats.

All Government Offices, Organisations under it, Undertakings, Corporations, Boards, Statutory and Local Bodies, Educational Institutions, etc. situated within the above areas shall remain closed on the date of poll so that every employee is able to exercise his/her right of franchise in the election.

2. The Labour Department will issue suitable instructions to shops, Commercial and Industrial Establishments including Tea Gardens to declare the said date for the concerned areas as paid holiday for the workers to exercise their franchise in the election.

3. In case the date of poll is a working day in any central Government or any other establishments within the concerned areas, the employees who are voters to the election shall be permitted to cast their votes by way of special leave.

4. In case of employee working outside the concerned areas and when the date of poll has not been declared as holiday there as in Para I above, he/she shall be allowed special leave for the day.

5. In case of re-poll, the employees/workers shall be allowed to cast their votes on the date of repoll in the manner as in Para 3 and 4 above.

6. The day before the date of poll being the date of dispatch has already been declared as a public holiday under N.I Act.

Sd/- 
A.K.Das
OSD & ex-officio Joint Secretary
Finance Department
Government of West Bengal

Source:http://www.wbfin.nic.in/writereaddata/7108-F(P2).pdf
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Compulsory Retirement under CCS Rules ; Central Government Employees over 50/55 worried

Compulsory Retirement under CCS Rules ; Central Government employees over 50/55 worried

“Compulsory Retirement under CCS Rules – Following are the consequences of a law imposed by DoPT.”

The Armed Forces, Railways, Defence, and Department of Post are among the largest employers under the control of the Central Government. The largest among them, the Railways, employs more than 13 lakh employees. In all, the Central Government employees more than 34 lakh, and has more than 38 lakh pensioners on its list.

The Centre has now ordered the implementation of an old and forgotten law. According to Section 56 (J) and 56 (I) or Rule 48(1) (b) of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972, the performances of those between the ages of 50 and 55, and those who have completed 30 years of service must be reviewed by senior officers once every three months, vis. Jan to Mar, Apr to Jun, Jul to Sep and Oct to Dec. All the departments have been ordered to review the performances and implement this rule immediately. And also advised to constitute a Review Committee consisting of two Members at appropriate level.

Relevant orders to this effect were issued on September 11. Senior officials and employees of various departments are confused and terrified following the orders.

Some claim that the government has taken this step to stifle the indefinite strike to be held in November. The Central Government employees union and the railway employees’ union claim that, armed with this rule, the government can send home workers under the compulsory retirement scheme.

The order quoted, “If conduct of a government employee becomes unbecoming to the public interest or obstructs the efficiency in public services, the government has an absolute right to compulsorily retire such an employee in public interest.”

Worse hit due to the new rule are the senior and experienced members of the staff. These employees are already affected by denial of increments and de-promotions. The federations claim that the Centre is treating these experienced employees as unreliable and talentless manpower and is hell-bent on terminating their services.

The government is conspiring to use this law and give compulsory retirement to employees over the age of 50/55 by branding them as unfit for work. The law also makes it possible for the government to find faults with their work.

The move is intended to intimidate the employees into not participating in the indefinite strike in November.

Source:http://90paisa.org/
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New Pay Revision Committee for MPs : The last revision in salary of MPs was made in 2010 and MPs presently get a basic salary of Rs.50,000 per month.

New Pay Revision Committee for MPs : The last revision in salary of MPs was made in 2010 and MPs presently get a basic salary of Rs.50,000 per month.

Government proposes independent Commission to Recommend MPs’ Salaries 

Inter-Party forums in Legislatures to enhance coordination for better functioning

All India Whips’ Conference at Visakhapatnam to discuss these issues

The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has proposed a 3-member independent Emoluments Commission to recommend salaries and other allowances for the Members of Parliament. This proposal is contained in the Agenda Notes prepared by the Ministry for the two day All India Whips’ Conference to be held at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh during September 29-30, 2015. The Conference will be chaired by the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu.

Chief Whips and Whips of various parties in Parliament and state legislatures will also discuss establishing inter-Party forums in Legislatures for better coordination to enable effective functioning of legislative bodies. Delegates will also discuss the utility and shortcomings of the MPLADS (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) in the light of its implementation over the last 32 years and make suggestions and recommendations.

The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, in the Agenda Notes for the Whips Conference stated that “The setting up of an independent Emoluments Commission for recommending the salaries and allowances of the Members of Parliament will not only put to rest the public outcry and media criticism over MPs themselves deciding their salaries, it will also provide an appropriate opportunity to take into consideration the huge responsibilities and the important role they play in our representative democracy. It would ensure that recommendations on Parliamentary salary are reached in a fair, transparent and equitable way. Once there is consensus on setting up of the Commission, the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act,1954 will suitably amended”.

The general principles suggested by the Ministry for determination of salary should be:

i. Salary should not be so low as to defer suitable candidates or so high as to make pay the primary attraction for the job;

ii. Salary should reflect level of responsibility; and

iii. Those with outside interests should not be deterred from entering Parliament, those who chose to make Parliament a full-time career should be adequately rewarded to reflect their responsibilities.

Presently, as per Article 106 of the Constitution of India, salaries of MPs are determined by the Act of 1954, amended from time to time. The last revision in salary of MPs was made in 2010 and MPs presently get a basic salary of Rs.50,000 per month. Salaries of Members of State Legislatures are decided as per Article 195 of the Constitution.

As per a comparative analysis of Members of Parliament in 37 developing and developed countries, basic salary of MPs is in the range of Rs.7,952 in Tunisia to a high of Rs.6,16,675 per month in Israel. MPs of only in six countries i.e Tunisia, Venezuela , Sri Lanka, Nepal, Haiti and Panama are drawing salary less than that of Indian MPs.

As per a survey conducted by Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) of 138 chambers from 104 Parliaments, 69 chambers indicated that it is the Parliament which determines the salaries of Members, in reference to another salary scale. 31 of these stated that MPs’ salaries are determined in reference to the Civil Service salary scale. In case of Bhutan, Namibia and the UK House of Commons, salaries are determined by independent bodies.

While referring to the growing challenges of House management further to increase in the number of parties in the legislatures, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, in the Agenda Notes has stressed the need for enhancing floor coordination for better functioning of legislatures in the country. In this regard, the Ministry has proposed an inter-Party forum in Parliament and every state legislature to freely discuss various issues to be included in the list of Business of the House ahead of every session.

Presently, there are 6 National Parties, 53 State Parties besides 1,737 Registered/Unrecognised Parties in the country, of which, as many as 37 political parties and groups are represented in the 16th Lok Sabha.

The Conference will also deliberate the implementation of MPLADS scheme, introduced in 1993-94, under which funds being provided for each MP has increased from Rs.5.00 lakhs to Rs.5.00 cr in 2011-12. All India Whips Conference was conceived as early as in 1952, to provide a suitable forum for periodical meetings and mutual exchange of views on matters of common concern and to evolve standards to strengthen Parliamentary Democracy.

Whips of both the ruling and opposition parties play an important role in informing MPs about the business of the day, ensuring their attendance and formulating a collective opinion of the Party on major issues. They also interact with the presiding offices and Secretariat of the House on behalf of their parties to ensure coordination.

Since the first All India Whips Conference held in Indore in 1952, periodicity of the Conferences varied mostly from 2 to 11 years. Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has desired to hold Whips Conferences regularly and the 16th such Conference was held last year.

Source: PIB News
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Primary out-patient medical care to the general public at CGHS Centres for dengue treatment

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Primary out-patient medical care to the general public at CGHS Centres for dengue treatment

As part of the various initiatives taken by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to deal with the situation arising out of spread of Dengue, all doctors at various CGHS Wellness Centres in Delhi and NCR shall provide consultation services and primary out-patient medical care to all citizens- whether CGHS beneficiaries or not- who may visit the Wellness Centres with symptoms of Dengue, primarily high fever.

CGHS Wellness Centres function from 7.30.A.M. to 2 P.M. on all working days. The location of CGHS Wellness Centres may be ascertained from CGHS website at www.http://msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.2015.

F. No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date : 28th Sept, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.2015.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/10/2014- P&PW(G) dated 27th April, 2015 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 113% to 119% w.e.f. 1st July, 2015.

2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensloners and (v) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are lndian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs. 3500/- p.m. in terms of this Department’s OM No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department’s OM No. 23/3/2008- P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.

3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department’s OM No. 4/59/97- P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 119% w.e.f. 1.7.2015 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lump sum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the a.M. dated 14.07.98. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s OM No.4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated. 12.7.2000 refer.

4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and reemployed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

8. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-11 dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CPL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No. 1/3/2015-E.II(B) dated 23rd September, 2015.

11. Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(Charanjit Taneja) 
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/ppwg_280915.pdf
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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees — Revised rates effective from 01.07.2015.

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

S.No. PC-VI/356

RBE NO. 115 /2015

No. PC-VI/2008/1/7/2/1

New Delhi, dated 24.09.2015

The GMs/CAO(R),
All Zonal Railways & Production Units,
(as per mailing list)

Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees — Revised rates effective from 01.07.2015.

Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 13.04.2015 (S.No. PC-VI/349, RBE No. 35/2015) on the subject mentioned above. The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 113% to 119 % with effect from 1 st July, 2015.

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

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

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

Sd/-
(M.K. Panda)
Jt. Director, Pay Commission
Railway Board

Source: www.indianrailways.gov.in
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

DA Order for Central Government Employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2015.

No, 1/3/2015-E-II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 23rd September, 2015.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2015.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No. 1/2/2015-E-II (B) dated 10th April, 2015 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 113% to 119% with effect from 1st July, 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

Source:http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/da/da01072015.pdf
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

7th Pay Commission to Submit Report Soon – NDTV

Seventh Pay Commission is ready with its recommendations on revising emoluments for nearly 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners, and will soon submit report to the Finance Ministry.

Earlier in August, the government had extended Commission’s term by another four months till December 31 to give recommendations.

“The Commission is ready with recommendations and the report will be submitted soon,” according to sources.

The Commission, whose recommendations may also have a bearing on the salaries of the state government staff, was given more time by the Union Cabinet just a day before its original 18-month term was coming to an end.

Headed by Justice A K Mathur, the Commission was appointed in February 2014 and its recommendations are scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2016.

The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often states also implement the panel’s recommendations after some modifications.

As part of the exercise, the Commission holds discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as defence services.

Meena Agarwal is the secretary of the Commission. Other members are Vivek Rae, a retired IAS officer of 1978 batch and Rathin Roy, an economist.

Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, the fifth from January 1, 1996 and the fourth from January 1, 1986.

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50% DA Merger and Retirement age 58 : Rumor Spreading in Social Networks

50% DA Merger and Retirement age 58 : Rumor Spreading in Social Networks

Order for Merger of 50% DA, Retirement age news.

Recently rumour mill went overdrive in social media with the following news that

1. Central Government decided to merge 50% DA with basic pay with effect from 1.1.2015.

2. It went on to say that age of Retirement will be on completion of 33 Years of service or at the age of 58 Years whichever is earlier.

The 7th CPC is expected to submit its report shortly and due to Bihar elections the Central Government cannot take any policy decisions in this regard. Hence it is clarified that none of the above news are correct.

Source: http://karnatakacoc.blogspot.in/
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DA Over 100% – Admissible of supplementary claims for difference on arrears of TA/DA

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

RBE No. 108/2015

No.F(E)I/2015/AL-28/46

New Delhi, dated 21.09.2015

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub: Payment of difference on arrears of TA/DA arising out of Railway Board’s letter No.F(E)I/2011/AL-28/18 dt.29.4.14.

One of the Railways has sought clarification regarding a supplementary claim for difference of TA/DA arising out of enhancement of Dearness allowance upto 100% w.e.f. 1.1.14 after issue of Board’s letter No.F(E)/2011/AL/28/18 dt. 29.04.14.

2. The matter has been examined in Board’s office and it is clarified that where TA/DA has been paid at old rates supplementary claims for difference of TA/DA would be admissible in respect of official tours made on or after 01.01.14 consequent to increase in the rates of TA/DA by 25%, w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

3. This disposes of South Eastern Railway’s letter No.ENG/Bills/TA&DA/604 dated 25.08.2015.

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

5. Hindi version is enclosed.

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

Source : NFIR
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Fixation of Pay of re-employed ex-servicemen pensioners: Clarification by DoPT

FILE NO. 01-01/2011-PAP
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND I.T.
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS(ESTABLISHMENT DIVISION)
DAK BHAWAN, SANSAD MARG, NEW DELHI-11001.

 15th September, 2015.

TO
All Chief Postmasters General,
Chief General Managers, PLI, BD&MD,
Deputy Director General (PAF), Postal Dte.,
All General Managers(Finance),
All Directors of Accounts (Postal),
The Director Postal Staff College of India, Ghaziabad,
All Directors of PTCs.

Sub: Clarification regarding fixation of Pay of re-employed ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before attaining age of 55 years and who hold post below commissioned officer rank in the Defense Forces.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to forward herewith a copy of clarification issued by the Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training, New Delhi, DoPT ID Note No.1101965/2015-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 28th August 2015 on the subject and above, for kind information and further necessary action at your end.

2. Clarification may be circulated to all sub-ordinate offices concerned, with direction to dispose all cases of pay fixation of re-employed ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before attaining age of 55 years and who hold post below commissioned officer rank in the Defense Forces, in light of clarification issued.

Enclosed: As above

Yours faithfully,

(Major S.N. Dave)
Assistant Director General(Estt.)
Tele: 011 – 2303 6268

COPY FOR KIND INFORMATION TO:-
PS to MOC&IT/MOS(C&IT).
PPS to Secretary (Posts)
PPS to Members of Postal Services Board.
JS & FA. /Director (Finance)
All DDs.G./Secretary (PSB).
ADG (Admn.)

(S.B.Swarnkar)
Assistant Accounts Officer(PAP)

Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (Pay-II)

Reference preceding notes

D/o Posts may please refer to their proposal on preceding page seeking clarification regarding fixation of pay of re-employed/ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before attaining the age of 55 years, who held posts below commissioned officer rank in the Defence Forces and also whether the last pay drawn before retirement is subject to protection.

2. The matter has been examined in this Department. It is pointed out that paras 4(a), 4(b)(i) and 4(d)(i) of CCS (Fixation of Pay of Re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986 as amended vide this Department’s O.M. No.3/19/2009-Estt.(Pay.II) dated 5.4.2010, provide that in case of ex-servicemen who held post below Commissioned Officer rank in the Defence Forces and in the case of civilians who held posts below Group ‘A’ posts at the time of their retirement before 55 years of age, the entire pension and pension equivalent of retirement benefits shall be ignored, that is, no deduction on this count is to be made from the initial pay fixed on re-employment. Also, in terms of the Para 4(b)(i) of CCS (Fixation of Pay of Re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986, as amended vide this Department’s O.M. No./19/2009-Estt.(Pay.II) dated 5.4.2010, the initial pay on re-employment shall be fixed as per the entry pay in the revised pay structure of the re-employed post applicable in the case of direct recruits appointed on or after 1.1.2006 as notified vide Section II, Part A of First Schedule to CCS(Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. These instructions do not provide for protection of last pay drawn before retirement, in such cases.

3. Deputy Secretary (Pay) has seen.

(Pushpender Kumar)
Under Secretary (Pay)

D/o Posts [ADG (Estt.)], Dak Bhawan, New Delhi
DoPT ID Note No. 1101965/2015-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 28th August 2015

Source: www.indiapost.gov.in
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Removal of ceiling for Compassionate Appointment, Payment of Gratuity to NPS Beneficiaries and Minimum Guaranteed Benefits under NPS

BPMS Resolutions adopted in CEC Meeting held in Hyderabad

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(An All India Federation of Defence Workers)
(An Industrial Unit of B.M.S.)
(Recognized by Govt of India, Min of Defence)
Central Office: 2A, NaVin Market, Kanpur – 208001

REF: BPMS/ RESOLUTION/ 10(7/1/M)

Dated: 21.09.2015

To,
The Secretary,
Govt. of India, Min of Defence,
South Block, DHQ PO,
New Delhi – 110011

Subject: Resolutions adopted in the Central Executive Committee meeting of BPMS.

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted for your kind information that the Central Executive Committee meeting of this federation has held on 08th & 09”” Sep. 2015 at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Complex, DRDO Township, Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad and 03 Resolutions have been unanimously adopted by the CEO of the federation & the same are enclosed herewith for your kind consideration and further necessary action please.

This federation is in full hope to get favourable consideration in this regard.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Sincerely yours

(M P SINGH)
General Secretary

RESOLUTION No. 1: Payment of Gratuity to NPS Beneficiaries

In spite of our strong opposition, the Government has made the New Pension Scheme applicable to all recruits after 01-01-2004. While continuing our opposition to the scheme, BPMS have given several inputs from time to time to ensure that maximum benefit be given to the employees.

As a part of this, the entire bye-laws and other issues pertaining to the formulation of the New Defined Contribution Pension System (popularly known as the NPS) was studies and it was found that as per clarification issued by the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) the NPS is a replacement for only Pension, and thus, other benefits provided to employees like Gratuity remains constant i.e. the employees enrolled under NPS are also eligible for Gratuity as per provision of extant law.

After vigorously pursuing the issue, the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare had issued O.M. No. 38/41/06/P&PW (A) DT. 05-05-2009, with the approval of Cabinet to provide for Invalid Pension, Family Pension, Disability Pension, Extra-Ordinary Family Pension, Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity in respect of NPS subscribers on provisional basis.

Consequent thereof, BPMS has been consistently demanding that this “Provisional” basis be converted into a PERMANENT BASIS feature of the NPS. The Government has, now vide DC. No. 1(4)/E-2006 DT. 17-08-2015 of JS (Pers) of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) circulated a note proposing that the budget for the payment of gratuity be projected from the office of the Controller General of Accounts.

RESOLUTION No. 2: Minimum Guaranteed Benefits under NPS

In spite of our strong opposition, the Government has made the New Pension Scheme applicable to all recruits after 01-01-2004. While continuing our opposition to the scheme, BPMS have given several inputs from time to time to ensure that maximum benefit be given to the employees.

Even after a lapse of more than 10 years since the arbitrary implementation of the scheme, the Government has failed to formulate a policy ensuring “Guaranteed Minimum Pension” to the subscribers of the NPS.

Having examine the issue in detailed, BPMS now demands that without any further waste of time, the Government should frame a policy to ensure that irrespective of the financial/market conditions at the time of Retirement and/or Death of the NPS subscriber, he should get a minimum guaranteed pension equivalent to FIFTY PERCENT of his last drawn Basic Pay plus dearness relief for neutralization of price rise.

This Central Executive Committee Meeting of the Federation held at Hyderabad, on September 08th, 2015, hereby RESOLVES, to call upon the Government to frame a policy to ensure that the NPS subscribers receive a minimum guaranteed pension equivalent to FIFTY PERCENT of his last drawn Basic Pay plus dearness relief thereupon at par with Central Government Employees/Pensioners.

RESOLUTION No. 3: One time relaxation & removal of ceiling for Compassionate Appointment

The Government has imposed an arbitrary limit of 5% only for filling up of vacancies on compassionate grounds, subject to several conditions. As a result of this decision, many families are living in distress and the very concept of helping the families of those employees who die in harness, stands defeated due to imposition of this ceiling.

The Federation has been taking up the issue at all levels to relax the ceiling to enable the deserving candidate get employment and thereby provide help to the families of the deceased. Having examine the issue in detailed, BPMS now demands that without any further waste of time, the Government should frame a policy to ensure that as a onetime measure, all existing cases of compassionate appoints are provided suitable employment assistance immediately.

This Central Executive Committee Meeting of the Federation held at Hyderabad, on September 08th , 2015, hereby RESOLVES, to call upon the Government to frame a policy to ensure that one time measure, all existing cases of compassionate appoints are provided suitable employment assistance immediately and to further scrap the artificial ceiling of 5% with immediate effect.

(M P SINGH)

Source: BPMS
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Fraudulent Collection of Funds in the name of National Pension System – Public Notice

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority
First Floor, ICADR Building, Plot No 6, Institutional Area Phase II,
Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070 Tel. 011-26897948

PUBLIC NOTICE

It has come to notice of the Authority recently that some organizations, NGOs, societies, individuals, etc. are resorting to offer employment to students/ members of general public under and/or in the name of National Pension System. It has also been reported that some of these entities are also collecting funds from the students in the name of security money for offer of jobs or using the National Emblem and PFRDA logo on their website and other documents. It is hereby informed that PFRDA has not authorized any entity to engage in any such activity, which is illegal and fraudulent. Any entity/ or person found to be engaged in such fraudulent activities, is liable to be prosecuted in law.

The Authority is the regulatory body for National Pension System and other pension schemes under the provisions of the PFRDA Act, 2013, and detailed information pertaining to its functions are available on its website being www.pfrda.org.in.

Members of general public are hereby advised not to pay heed to or act on such false and misleading propaganda issued by such organizations/ individuals. Authority shall not be liable for any loss suffered by any person on account of any dealings with such unauthorized entities/individuals which shall be at his/ her own risk. Members of the general public are also requested to report such unauthorized activities to local authorities/ police department with a copy addressed to grc@pfrda.org.in;

This public notice is issued in interest of members of the general public.

Date: 20.08.2015

Ashish Kumar
General Manager

Source: www.pfrda.org.in
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Government asks departments to verify employees service 5 years before retirement

NEW DELHI: All central government departments have been asked to verify services of employees working under them mandatorily five years before retirement in order to check delay in processing pension cases.

It has been observed that processing of pension cases of the employees retiring from government service quite often gets delayed on account of issues relating to verification of service from time to time by authorities, the Personnel Ministry said in a directive.

Existing rules provided for issuing of a certificate regarding qualifying service after completion of 18 years of service of an employee and again five years before the date of his or her retirement.

The rules further provide that verification done under it shall be treated as final and shall not be reopened except when necessitated by a subsequent change in the rules and orders governing the conditions under which the service qualifies for pension, the Ministry said.

“It has been noticed that the certificates regarding qualifying service are not invariably issued to the government servant as required under the rules. All ministries, departments etc. are therefore requested to bring these provisions to the notice of Heads of Offices and Pay and Accounts Officers for strict compliance.

“Non-compliance of this statutory requirements may be viewed seriously,” it said.

A report has also been sought from all the ministries on the status of service verification of employees already done or pending by October 15, the order said.

There are about 50 lakh central government employees and 56 lakh pensioners.

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Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary – BPMS writes to OFB

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

REF: BPMS / OFB / NDA / 200 (8/2/L)

Dated: 14/09/2015

To,
The DDG (IR),
Ordnance Factory Board,
10 A, S.K.Bose Road,
Kolkata – 700001

Subject: Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary

Reference: PC of A (Fys) Kolkata letter No. Pay/Tech-II/1206/2015/13, dated 09.09.2015

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that the issue of payment of Night Duty Allowance based on actual salary, instead of notional pay of Rs.2200/- was resolved vide MOD ID No. 17(4)/2012/D(Civ-II), Dated 08.05.2015 in compliance of Contempt Petition (CP No. 200/2014 Shri Arvind Girija Singh & Ors versus UOI & Ors.) based on the CAT Jodhpur directions in CA No 34/2008 dated 5.11.2009 and subsequent ratifications by Hon’ble High Court and Supreme Court of India.

We are surprised to see the PC of A (Fys) letter cited under reference whereby ceiling for entitlement of Night Duty Allowance has been revised to Rs. 12380/- pay in Pay Band. We have strong objection on the issuance of this letter because PC of A (Fys) is not the competent authority to revise the ceiling of entitlement for NDA unilaterally as the original order has been issued by Ministry of Defence in consultation with Min of Finance, DoP&T, Def (Finance) and if there was any doubt regarding eligibility, PC of A (Fys) should have asked for clarification from the competent authorities through prescribed channels.

Further, all the court cases regarding revision of night duty allowance was related to the notional ceiling of Rs. 2200/- per month and this issue was resolved by ordering the NDA on the actual salary and nowhere court further fixed any real or notional ceiling. Even it has been already clarified in the earlier order which states that entitlement ceiling of Rs. 2200/- is not applicable to existing categories who are getting NDA. Prior to implementation of recommendations of 6th CPC, IEs / NIEs / NGOs upto Assistant Foreman (Technical) was entitled for Night Duty Allowance being a non-gazetted supervisory staff but now the post of Assistant Foreman is merged with JWM which is a gazetted supervisory post in OFB. Hence, all the Industrial / Non-Industrial & Non – Gazetted Supervisory staff are entitled for NDA on the basis of actual salary.

Therefore, you are requested to intervene into the matter so that all IEs/NIEs/NGOs may get the NDA as per actual salary in compliance with the court pronouncements in letter and spirit.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours

Sd/-
(M P SINGH)
General Secretary

Source: BPMS
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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Full pension for those with less than 30 years but more than 20 years QS

In view of the fact that review Petition filed by UOI RP (C) NO. 2565/2015 in SLP (C) No. 6567/2015 UOI Vs M.O. Inasu dismissed by HSC on 28.8.2015, and Following file notings of DOPW (obtained under RTI)let us hope DOP&PW will now issue necessary instructions extending benefit of full min. pension to all pre 2006 pensioners irrespective of Q.S. rendered.

The extract from the File Noting obtained from DOP&PW under RTI ACT, on pro rata pension matter.

Extract from File Noting of DOP&PW OM 30.7.2015 obtained under RTIA:

12. It may be mentioned that in its order dated 22.1.2013 and 16.8.2013 in OA No. 715/2012 and OA No. 1015/2012 respectively, Hon’ CAT Ernakulam Bench directed that the revised pension fixed in terms of para 4.2 of OM dt. 1.9.2008 would not be reduced pro rata in cases where the qualifying service of a pre 2006 pensioner was less than 33 yrs. This order of Hon CAT was challenged by D/o Revenue in the H.C. of Kerala in OP(CAT) No. 4/2012 and No. 8/2012. Hon’ H.C. of Kerala dismissed the Op(CAT) No. 4/2012 and No. 8/2012 vide order dt. 7.1.2014. The SLP filed by the Dept. of Revenue against the order dt. 7.1.2014 has also been dismissed by Hon’ S/C. in its order dated 20.2.2015. Learned ASG, Sri P.S.Narsimha has advised to file a Review Petition. The concerned file is presently with MOL(CA Section) and Ms. Rekha Pandey, Adv. is drafting the RP.

13. As already mentioned above, in the order dt. 29.4.2013 of Hon HC of Delhi in WP No. 1535/2012, it was observed that the only issue which survived was, with ref. to para 9 of OM dt. 28.1.2013 which makes it applicable from 24.9.2012 instead of 1.1.2006. In view of this observation of the Hon H.C. of Delhi, we may issue orders for giving effect to the OM dated 28.1.2013 w.e.f. 1.1.2006 instead of 24.9.2012. The question whether or not the revised pension in terms of OM 28.1.2013 would be reduced proportionally would be examined once the order of the Hon S.C. in the RP to be filed against dismissal of SLP 21044/2014 is available ( para 12 above)( emphasis added)

Sd. S.K. Makkar US
17.4.2015
Noting of Secy(P)

6. Thus the court ruling has become law of the land

7. Given the fact the review/curative petition in the same matter has once been dismissed by Hon. Apex Court, as also the fact that Civil Appeal of Ministry of Defence with which the SLPs in question got tagged, has also failed, there is no chance that a review petition may yield a different result. On the other hand this will not only engage the govt. machinery in uncessary litigation but will also result in attendant avoidable expenditure. ( emphasis added)

Sd.
Alok Rawat Secy/ Pension 22.4.2015

Hon MOS(PP)
Sd. 7.5.2015

Source:http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2015/09/full-pension-for-those-with-less-than.html
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Grant of 30% HRA to staff working Umdanagar, Medchal and Gundlapochampally on par with the staff working in GHMC limits.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E (P & A) II-2012 / HRA-1

New Delhi, dated 18.9.2015.

The General Manager (P),
South-Central Railway,
Secunderabad.

Sub: – Grant of 30% HRA to staff working Umdanagar, Medchal and Gundlapochampally on par with the staff working in GHMC limits.

Please refer to your office letter No. SCR / P-HQ / Ruling / O / 811 / HRA dated 29.06.15 on the above noted subject.

As per the dependency certificates dated 23.6.2015 issued by the District Collector of Ranga Reddy District, Umdanagar, Medchal & Gundlapochampally in Andhra Pradesh fulfill all the conditions prescribed in Para 2 of Board’s letter No.PC-65 / HRA-1/3 dated 22-7-1965, as amended from time to time. The President is, therefore, pleased to decide that Railway employees posted at Umdanagar, Medchal and gundlapochampally, in Andhra Pradesh may be paid House Rent Allowance at the rates applicable to those posted with the classified city of Hyderabad (UA) [‘X’ class city] subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down for grant of House Rent Allowance.

2. These orders will be valid from 01.06.2015 (a) for a period of 3 yrs ie upto 31.05.2018 or, (b) till the conditions prescribed in Para 2 of Board’s letter 22-7-1965, referred to above continue to be fulfilled in respect of Umdangar (ii) Medchal & (iii) Gundlapochampally or (c) until issue of any further orders in this regard by the Ministry of Railways, whichever is earliest.

3. The period at (a) of Para 2 above may, however, be extended after obtaining a fresh Dependency Certificate as prescribed in clause (ii) of Para 2 of Board’s letter dated 22-07-1965, as amended from time to time and in accordance with the provisions of Board’s letter No. E (P & A) II-85 / HRA-12 dated 11-3-1986.

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

Sd / –
(Md Salim. Ahmed)
Dy. Director, Estt. (P & A) II
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Cashless health scheme for Punjab Govt staff and pensioners

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 17

In a significant decision benefiting over 6.5 lakh employees and pensioners of the state government, the Cabinet today gave its nod for implementing a cashless health insurance scheme in lieu of the existing policy of reimbursement of medical expenses.

A decision to this effect was taken during the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal held at Punjab Bhawan this evening.

In a Rs 107 crore gift to the employees, the facility of cashless treatment would be provided to government employee/pensioners and their dependents in more than 250 empanelled public and private hospitals in Punjab, Chandigarh and NCR (Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida).

To safeguard the interests of general public against frauds by financial establishments, the Cabinet okayed the Punjab Protection of Interests of Depositors (in Financial Establishments) Bills, 2015.

The Cabinet also approved the creation of 417 posts of beldar in the Forest and Wildlife Department to regularise those beldars who have completed 10 years in service and were left out in 2011.

To enable the Excise and Taxation Department to maximise the collection of taxes and duties and provide prompt and hassle free services to the tax payers, the Cabinet gave green signal for restructuring of the Excise and Taxation Technical Services Agency.

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Verification of qualifying service after 18 years service and 5 years before retirement.

No.1/19/2013-P&PW(E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003,
Dated the 16.9.2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Verification of qualifying service after 18 years service and 5 years before retirement.

It has been observed by this Department that processing of pension cases of the employees retiring from the government service quite often get delayed on account of the issues relating to verification of service from time to time by the concerned authorities during the service of the concerned employee. Although detailed instructions regarding verification of service have been issued by Department of Personnel & Training and by this Department, these instructions are not meticulously adhered to resulting in delay in sanctioning of retirement benefit of the employees.

2. Rule 32 of the CCS (Pension) rules, which existed prior to December, 2012 provided for issuing of a certificate in Form 24 by the Head of Office in consultation with by the Account Officer regarding completion of qualifying service of 25 years. These rules have been amended subsequently and as per the existing provisions, a certificate regarding qualifying service is required to be issued by the HOO after completion of 18 years of service and again 5 years before the date of retirement of an employee. Rule further provide that verification done under that rule shall be treated as final and shall not be reopened except when necessitated by a subsequent – change in the rules and orders governing the conditions under which the service qualifies for pension.

3. It has been noticed that the certificates regarding qualifying service are not invariably issued to the government servant as required under the rules. All Ministries/Departments etc. are therefore requested to bring these provisions to the notice of Heads of Offices and PAOs for strict compliance. Non-compliance of this statutory requirements may be viewed seriously.

4. In order to review status regarding compliance of these rules, all Ministries/Departments are requested that the information may be collected from all establishments / office under them and the same may be compiled and sent to this Department by 15th October, 2015 in the enclosed proforma.

Sd/-
( Sujasha Choudhury)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/ppw_170915.pdf
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Strengthening of administration-Periodical review under FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972

No.25013/0 I /2013-Estt.A-IV
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 11th September, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Strengthening of administration-Periodical review under FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 25013/1/2013-Estt(A) dated 21/03/2014 on the periodical review under Fundamental Rule 56 or Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules.

2. Various instructions issued on the subject deal with compulsory retirement under the above mentioned provisions. The Supreme Court has observed in State of Gujarat Vs. Umedbhai M. Patel, 2001 (3) SCC 314 as follows:

(i) Whenever the services of a public servant are no longer useful to the general administration, the officer can be compulsorily retired for the sake of public interest.

(ii) Ordinarily, the order of compulsory retirement is not to be treated as a punishment coming under Article 311 of the Constitution.

(iii) “For better administration, it is necessary to chop off dead wood, but the order of compulsory retirement can be passed after having due regard to the entire service record of the officer.”

(iv) Any adverse entries made in the confidential record shall be taken note of and be given due weightage in passing such order.

(v) Even un-communicated entries in the confidential record can also be taken into consideration.

(vi) The order of compulsory retirement shall not be passed as a short cut to avoid Departmental enquiry when such course is more desirable.

(vii) If the officer was given a promotion despite adverse entries made in the confidential record, that is a fact in favour of the officer.

(viii) Compulsory retirement shall not be imposed as a punitive measure.

3. In every review, the entire service records should be considered. The expression ‘service record’ will take in all relevant records and hence the review should not be confined to the consideration of the ACR / APAR dossier. The personal file of the officer may contain valuable material. Similarly, the work and performance of the officer could also be assessed by looking into files dealt with by him or in any papers or reports prepared and submitted by him. It would be useful if the Ministry/Department puts together all the data available about the officers and prepares a comprehensive brief for consideration by the Review Committee. Even uncommunicated remarks in the ACRs/APARs may be taken into consideration.

4. In the case of those officers who have been promoted during the last five years, the previous entries in the ACRs may be taken into account if the officer was promoted on the basis of seniority cum fitness, and not on the basis of merit.

5. As far as integrity is considered, the following observations of the Hon’ble Supreme Court may, while upholding compulsory retirement in a case, may be kept in view:

The officer would live by reputation built around him. In an appropriate case, there may not be sufficient evidence to take punitive disciplinary action of removal from service. But his conduct and reputation is such that his continuance in service would be a menace to public service and injurious to public interest.

S. Ramachandra Raju vs. State of Orissa
[(1994) 3 SCC 424]

Thus while considering integrity of an employee, actions or decisions taken by the employee which do not appear to be above board, complaints received against him, or suspicious property transactions, for which there may not be sufficient evidence to initiate departmental proceedings, may be taken into account. Judgement of the Apex Court in the case of Shri K. Kandaswamy, L.P.S. (TN:1966) in K. Kandaswamy vs Union Of India & Anr, 1996 AIR 277, 1995 SCC (6) 162 is relevant here. There were persistent reports of Shri Kandaswamy acquiring large assets and of his getting money from his subordinates. He also indulged in property transactions which gave rise to suspicion about his bonafides. The Hon’ble Supreme Court upheld his compulsory retirement under provisions of the relevant Rules.

6. Similarly, reports of conduct unbecoming of a Government servant may also form basis for compulsory retirement. As per the Hon’ble Supreme Court in State Of U.P.And Others vs Vijay Kumar Jain, Appeal (civil) 2083 of 2002:

If conduct of a government employee becomes unbecoming to the public interest or obstructs the efficiency in public services, the government has an absolute right to compulsorily retire such an employee in public interest.

7. Many changes in the nomenclature and in the areas of responsibility of various departments/Ministries have taken place. In order to simplify and speed up the procedure of review, a need is felt to reconstitute the Review Committees. In partial modification of the OM 25013/15/86-Estt (A) dated 27/06/1986, it has been decided that the Secretaries of the Cadre Controlling Authorities will constitute Review Committees consisting of two Members at appropriate level. The Review Committees in the case of various levels of employees will be as under:

(A) In case of officers holding Group A posts:

(a) In r/o ACC appointees:

Review Committee may be headed by the Secretary of the concerned Ministry/Department as Cadre Controlling Authority.

(b) In r/o Non-ACC appointees:

(i) Where there are Boards viz CBDT, CBEC, Railway Board, Postal Board, Telecom Commission, etc. the Review Committee may be headed by the Chairman of such Board.

(ii) Where no such Boards/Commissions exist, the Review Committee may be headed by Secretary of the. Ministry/Department.

(B) In case of Group B (Gazetted) officers:

Additional Secretary/Joint Secretary level officer will head the Review Committee.

(C) In the case of Non-Gazetted employees:

(i) An officer of the level of Joint Secretary will head the Committee. However in case the Appointing Authority is lower in rank than a Joint Secretary, then an officer of the level of Director/Deputy Secretary will be the head.

(ii) In the case of Non-Gazetted employees in other than centralised cadres, Head of Department/Head of the Organisation shall decide the composition of the Review Committee.

8. CVO in the case of gazetted officers, or his representative in the case of non-gazetted officers, will be associated in case of record reflecting adversely on the integrity of any employee.

9. hi addition to the above, the Secretary of the Ministry/Department is also empowered to constitute internal committees to assist the Review Committees in reviewing the cases. These Committees will ensure that the service record of the employees being reviewed, along with a summary bringing out all relevant information, is submitted to the Cadre Authorities at least three months before the due date of review.

10. The procedure as prescribed from time to time has been consolidated and enclosed as Appendix to the OM issued by this Department on 21/03/2014. As per these instructions the cases of Government servant covered by FR 56(j), FR 560), or Rule 48(1) (b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 should be reviewed six months before he/she attains the age of 50/55 years, in cases covered by FR 56(j) and on completion of 30 years of qualifying service under FR 56(I)/Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 as per the following calendar:

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Reckoning of GP 4600 (PB-2) as entry Grade Pay for Graduate Engineers (Drawing) for the purpose of MACPS-reg

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELH] . 11O 055
Affiliated to :

Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (lTF)

No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 9

Dated:16/09/2015

Sub: Reckoning of GP 4600 (PB-2) as entry Grade Pay for Graduate Engineers (Drawing) for the purpose of MACPS-reg

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM item no. l8l20ll.

(ii)Railway Board’s letter No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 20/06/2011 (RBENo.93/2011)

(iii) Discussion held by NFIR with the MS/FC in the meeting held on 19/05/2015

The issue of placement of Graduate Engineers (Drawing) joined railways prior to 01/09/1998 came up for discussion in the separate meeting held between the Federations and the Board (MS/FC) on 1910512015. During the meeting following key points were emerged:-

In a Production Unit like ICF, there are 11 Graduate Engineers. These were recruited prior to 1998 in the pre-revised Scale of Pay of Rs. 5500-9000.

These Engineers were promoted to the pre-revised Scale of Pay of Rs. 6500-10,500 through normal promotion and a few through LDCE.

Since LDCE quota for promotion to pre-revised Scale of Rs. 6500-10,500 was very very limited, only a couple of persons were accommodated and the remaining persons were promoted through normal promotion against promotion quota.

Federation also desires to highlight a peculiar case of Shri Karthikeyan. N of ICF. He was working as JE-II in the pre-revised Scale of Rs. 5000-8000 (required entry qualification is Diploma in Engineering only) during the period 1992 to 1996. Since he was holding Engineering Degree he was subsequently recruited against DR Quota in the V CPC Pay scale of Rs. 5500-9000 on 11/12/1996. However he was treated as holder of entry Grade Pay Rs. 4200/- only from the date of his appointment.

2. Although in the meeting held on 19/05/2015 with the Railway Board (MS & FC) the discussions were inconclusive, the Federation did mention that those Drawing cadre staff recruited with the entry qualification of B. Tech were allotted incorrectly the pay Scale of 5500- 9000 (6th CPC/GP 4200/-), instead granting them the 5th CPC pay Scale of 6500-10500(6th CPC GP 4600/-). To remedy this Anomalous situation, it was suggested that in the case those Engineering Graduates (Drawing), they be reckoned as holders of entry Gp 4600/- -PB-2for the limited purpose of MACP duly appropriately modifing the Board’s ietter dated 20th June 2011 for covering all such cases.

As another meeting date has not yet been fixed, the issue continues to remain unresolved. It is also relevant to place on record that while some Engineering Graduates benefited on account of induction against LDCE quota, the similarly placed Engineering Graduates who got appointed against promotion quota vacancies of Rs. 6500-10,500 (5th CPC) have not been covered-for the against LDCE Quota. This anomalous situation needs to be rectified for ensuring equal reatment to all the Engineering Graduates of Drawing cadre whether reached pay scale of Rr. 6500-10500 through promotion or through LDCE quota.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to reconsider their decision and see that all Engineering Graduates of Drawing cadre are granted MACP duly treating them as holders of entry Grade Pay of Rs.4600/-(PB-2).

Yours faithfully,

(Dr. M. Rajhavaiath)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR
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Retired Employees Liberalized Health Scheme (RELHS-97)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.2013/H/PNM/NFIR.

New Delhi, dated- 08.09.2015.

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways,
(Including Production Units & RDSO).

Sub:- Retired Employees Liberalized Health Scheme (RELHS-97).

Ref:- (i) Board’s letters No.2003/H/28/1/RELHS dated 28.01.2005, 21.10.2005, 30.12.2005, 10.05.2006, 10.01.2007 & 16.03.2009.
(ii) Board’s letter No. 2011/H/28/1/RELHS/Court case dated 31.05.2012.

The question of extending RELHS 97 facility to those retired railway employees also who joined Railways late but retired at the normal age of superannuation before completing 20 years of service i.e. the minimum qualifying service required for joining RELHS, has been engaging attention of Ministry of Railways for some time. The issue was also been raised by both the recognized employee Federations (AIRF & NFIR).

After careful consideration in the matter, the Competent Authority in the Ministry of Railways has decided to extend RELHS 97 to all those railway employees who retired at the age of superannuation irrespective of number of service before superannuation. If such employees have any previous service from an other Government Department which makes them eligible for medical facility of that Department also, they should opt or one of the two facilities viz. medical facility of the Department o previous service or . RELHS-97.

Other terms and condition of joining RELHS-97, mentioned in Board’s letters cited under reference, will remain unaltered.

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

Wide publicity should be given to the above position.

Sd/-
(Dr. Amitava Dutta)
Executive Director, Health( G)
Railway Board
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 - Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by public servants belonging to CSSS & CSCS - regarding.

Immediate

No.25/1/2014-CS-II(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated 11th September, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 - Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by public servants belonging to CSSS & CSCS - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 15.04.2015 regarding declaration of assets and liabilities by CSSS & CSCS officials under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and to say that, vide Notification No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B) dated 27.04.2015 and also OM No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B) dated 25.04.2015 of this Department,the last date for filling of returns by public servants, as on 01.08.2014 and as on 31.03.2015, has been extended to 15th October, 2015.

2. All CSSS/CSCS officials are requested to file the returns as on 01.08.2014 and for the year 2015 (as on 31.03.2015) online at cscms.nic.in at the earliest without waiting for the last date to approach to avoid rush and slowing down of the system at the last moment. All officers of PPS and above levels of CSSS should also take a print out of the return filed online and submit the same to this Department duly signed.

3. Ministries/Departments are requested that the contents of this OM be widely circulated among all CSSS/CSCS officials working under their control. They should also monitor and ensure that the returns are submitted by all officials within the stipulated period without fail through Web Based Cadre Management System.

4. In case of any difficulty, nodal officers may contact CMC officials who have developed Web Based Cadre Management System at Telephone No. 011-24629890.

Sd/-
(kameshwar Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/lokpal11092015.pdf
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