Saturday, October 31, 2015

Implementation of “Digital Life Certificate Programme”

Implementation of “Digital Life Certificate Programme” in respect of Defence civilians and Defence civilian pensioners

SPEED POST

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Central Command)
Cariappa Road, Cantt., Lucknow, Pin Code – 226002
Office Phone No. 0522-2451547
Office Fax No. 0522-2451993

No. PT/3088/DLCP/Vol-I

Date: 26/10/2015

To,
1) The Area Accounts (CC)
Allahabad
2) The Area Accounts Office (CC)
Kanpur
3) All AO GE
4) AAO/SO(A)
Pay I,II,III (Local)

Sub:- Implementation of “Digital Life Certificate Programme” – regarding.

Ref:- HQrs Office letter AT/II/2666/NDA-X dated 24/04/2015.

To implement the Digital Life Certificate Programme in respect of Defence civilians and Defence civilian pensioners, it is necessary to get all the pensioners enrolled for Aadhar Card.

It is therefore requested to obtain confirmation from the formations/ units whether Defence civilians under their juridictions have been enrolled for Aadhar Card. Please get the data from the units under you jurisdiction and a weakly report may be submitted showing total number of employee enrolled with UIDAI for Aadharr Similar procedure may be adopted for pensioners under their jurisdiction.

Desired information may please be forwarded to this office by speed-post/ return fax immediately, to enable this office to submit the information to CDA (IDS) who is a Nodal Office to act as a registrar with UIDAI.

Sr. Accounts Officer (PT)
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Friday, October 30, 2015

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

No.5/1/2015-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

CLEREMONT, SHIMLA-171004

DATED : 30th October, 2015

Press Release

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

The All-India CPI-IW for September, 2015 increased by 2 points and pegged at 266 (two hundred and sixty six). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.76 per cent between August and September, 2015 which was static between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 1.78 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Arhar Dal, Masur Dal, Moong Dal, Urd Dal, Mustard Oil, Onion, Cauliflower, Green Coriander Leaves, Potato, Tea (Readymade), Sugar, Electricity Charges, Private Tuition Fee, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted by Wheat, Fish Fresh, Poultry (Chicken), Eggs (Hen), Apple, Coconut, Tomato, Petrol, Washing Soap, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 5.14 per cent for September, 2015 as compared to 4.35 per cent for the previous month and 6.30 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 5.71 per cent against 3.55 per cent of the previous month and 6.46 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Chhindwara reported the highest increase of 10 points followed by Varanasi (9 points), Pune, Tripura, Jalpaiguri and Bhilwara (6 points each). Among others, 5 points rise was observed in 5 centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 8 centres, 2 points in 16 centres and 1.point in 19 centres. On the contrary, Goa recorded a maximum decrease of 4 points followed by Ernakulam 3 points. Among others, 2 points decrease was observed in 4 centres and 1 point in 2 centres. Rest of the 9 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 36 centres are above All India Index and other 42 centres’ indices are below national average.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of October, 2015 will be released on Monday, 30th November, 2015. The same will also be available on the office website www. labourbureau.gov. in.

Sd/-
(S.S.NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL

Source: http://labourbureau.nic.in/
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

7th CPC likely to Recommend work-from-home options for physically handicapped and women employees

7th Pay Commission likely to recommend work-from-home options for physically handicapped and women employees

“The 7th Pay Commission is finding out if there are possibilities for differently-abled and women employees of the Central Government to work from home.”

According to sources, the 7th Pay Commission has sought for the opinion of the Department of Information and Technology regarding this option. The 7th Pay Commission has asked to study the possibilities of differently-abled and women workers to perform simple and specialized tasks from home and stay connected via the internet and other telecommunication tools.

The 7th Pay Commission has asked the Department of Information and Technology to identify such jobs for the less than 10,000 differently-abled workers who are currently employed by the Central Government.

Sources also say that Flexi-time Working Hours options are being considered for the more than 3.5 lakh women who are employed by the Central Government.

Since it is impossible for both these segments of workers to work during night shifts, the 7th Pay Commission is looking for options to employ them in specialized monetary and supervisory works which could be performed from home. It is being said that the step will be of tremendous relief for employees who have to travel long distance to reach their offices, and for the employees who work in congested offices.

It can be inferred that the 7th Pay Commission is particular about giving priority to women and differently-abled workers. Sources say that the 7th Pay Commission believes that greater productivity could be expected from them.

It is a well-known fact that telecommuting and work-from-hope options have become very popular in the private sectors and highly specialized tasks are sometimes performed this way. The 7th Pay Commission wants to bring in this work culture to the Central Government jobs too.

Meanwhile, news and updates about the 7th Pay Commission continue to flow into the news media. The Commission is very likely to submit its report to the Government by the end of December. Sources say that the final stage of preparing the report is now on.

Speculations about 35 percent salary hike, increasing the minimum pay to Rs.21,000, 4 MACP promotions, modernizing the CGHS medical facilities, and most importantly, about the retirement age, continue to surface. Readers are requested to not believe in any of them because all of them are mere figments of the writers’ imagination.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Central Govt. setup a Committee to simplify the provisions of the Income Tax Rules

Central Govt. setup a Committee to simplify the provisions of the Income Tax Rules

Government Sets-Up A Committee to Simplify The Provisions of The Income Tax Act, 1961

The Government of India has constituted a Committee with a view to simplify the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961, with the following composition:

(i) Justice R.V. Easwar, (Retd.), former Judge, Delhi High Court and former President, ITAT – Chairman

(ii) Shri V.K. Bhasin, former Law Secretary – Member

(iii) Shri Vinod Jain, Chartered Accountant – Member

(iv) Shri Rajiv Memani, Consultant – Member

(v) Shri Ravi Gupta, Sr. Advocate – Member

(vi) Shri Mukesh Patel, Tax-Advocate – Member

(vii) Shri Ajay Bahl, Consultant – Member

(viii) Shri Pradip P. Shah, Investment Adviser – Member

(ix) Shri Arvind Modi, IRS (IT:81009) – Member

(x) Dr. Vinay Kumar Singh, IRS (IT:95006) – Member

The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Committee shall be as follows:

i) To study and identify the provisions/phrases in the Act which are leading to litigation due to different interpretations;

ii) To study and identify the provisions which are impacting the ease of doing business;

iii) To study and identify the areas and provisions of the Act for simplification in the light of the existing jurisprudence;

iv) To suggest alternatives and modifications to the existing provisions and areas so identified to bring about predictability and certainty in tax laws without substantial impact on the tax base and revenue collection; and

The Committee shall set its own procedures for regulating its work. The Committee can also work in Sub-Groups and the draft prepared by the Sub-Groups can then be approved by the whole Committee. The Committee will put its draft recommendations in the public domain. After stakeholder consultations, the Committee will formalise its recommendations. The Committee can give its recommendations in batches. The First Batch containing as many recommendations as possible shall be submitted by 31st January, 2016.

The Term of the Committee shall be for a period of one year from the date of its constitution.

Source: PIB News
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Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2014-15 — Extension of orders to Autonomous Bodies.

F.No.7/22/2008 E-III(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E III (A) Branch

New Delhi, the 26th October, 2015.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2014-15 — Extension of orders to Autonomous Bodies.

Orders have been issued vide this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.7/24/2007 E-III(A) dated 16th October, 2015 authorizing 30 days emoluments as Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) for the accounting year 2014-15 to the eligible Central Government employees not covered by the Productivity Linked Bonus Schemes, subject to terms and conditions laid down therein.

2. The undersigned is directed to say that it has now been decided that the Non-PLB (Ad-hoc) bonus so admissible subject to the terms and conditions laid down in the aforesaid orders, may be extended to the employees of autonomous bodies, partly or fully funded by the Central Government which (i) follow the pattern of pay structure and emoluments identical to that of the Central Government and (ii) do not have any bonus or ex-gratia or incentive scheme in operation.

3. In case of doubt as to the operation of these orders the clarificatory orders, circulated vide this Ministry’s O.M. No.14(10)E-Coord/88 dated 4.10.88, as amended from time to time, may be kept in view, mutatis mutandis.

4. Any request for funding by the Government to meet the liability on account of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) in respect of various autonomous organizations would not be considered by the administrative Ministries concerned, as the expenditure on Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) should be met from within the existing budgetary provisions of the respective organizations. While the Autonomous Bodies not funded by the Central Government may also adopt these orders as per their own administrative and financial judgment in respect of their employees, no liability for funding will, in any case, lie on the Central Government on this account.

Sd/-
(Amar Nath Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/bonus/26-10-2015.pdf
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Employment News Weekly: 1489 Vacancies in Delhi Metro Rail

Job Highlights

1. DELHI METRO RAIL CORPORATION LTD, DELHI.
Name of Post – Station Controller, Train Operator, Customer Relations, Assistant , Jr. Engineer, etc.
No. of Vacancies – 1489
Last Date –25.11.2015



2. EASTERN COALFIELDS LTD, WEST BENGAL.
Name of Posts –Mining Sirdar, dy. Surveyor, Overseer.
No. of Vacancies – 722
Last Date – 12.11.2015

3. EMPLOYEES’ STATE INSURANCE CORPORATION, NEW DELHI
Name of Posts – Assistant Professor, Professor, Associate Professor.
No. of Vacancies – 329
Date- 15.11.2015

4. HEADQUARTERS SOUTHERN NAVAL COMMAND, KOCHI.
Name of Posts – Scientific Assistant.
No. of Vacancies –23
Last Date – – Within 21 days from publication of advertisement

5. OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, INDIA, NEW DELHI.
Name of Post –Office Superintendent, Stenographer, Senior Translator.
No. of Vacancies -51
Last Date: – Within 60 days from publication of advertisement.


Source: www.employmentnews.gov.in
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Inter - Railway Transfer cases – 5 years Compulsory Service for transfers of Non-Gazetted Railway Employees

NORTHERN RAILWAY

Headquarters Office,
Baroda House,
New Delhi.

PS NO. 14438/2015
No. 940E/O/XI/EIV

Dt: 12.10.2015

All DRMs 8: Heads of EDUs,
Northern Railway,
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Inter- Railway Transfer cases- Streamlining

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. E (O) II/2014/PL/05 dated 31.08.2015.

While reviewing the transfer policy and issuing comprehensive guidelines on the subject, Railway Board under Para .(xi) of their aforementioned letter dated 31.08.2015, have also directed the following in case of non-gazetted staff:

”In case of non-gazetted Railway employees, no inter-Railway transfer request will be considered till completion of 05 years of joining Railway.”

2. Furthermore, it is also desired that, on Divn/Unit two separate priority registers should be maintained, one for registering requests for transfer within the Northern Railway and another for Inter – Railway transfer to other Zones/PUs etc.

The aforesaid instructions may be adhered to strictly while dealing with transfer request cases.

(Iranius Tirkey)
For General Manager (P)
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Haryana Government Employees on Revised Scales of Pay

No.4/1/2009-5FR/22501
GOVERNMENT OF HARYANA
FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Chandigarh, the 19th October, 2015

To

1. All Heads of Department, All Commissioners of Divisions,
    All Deputy Commissioners and Sub Divisional Officers (Civil) in Haryana.

Subject:- Payment of Dearness Allowance to Haryana Government Employees on revised scales of pay i.e. 113% to 119% effective from 01.07.2015.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to invite a reference to Finance Department circular letter No. 4/1/2009-5FR/8555 dated 5th May, 2015 on the subject noted above and to say that the Governor of Haryana is pleased that the Dearness Allowance payable to Haryana Government employees on revised scales of pay shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 113% to 119% of the pay w.e.f. 1st July, 2015.

2. The additional instalment of DA payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Haryana Government employees for the month of October, 2015 paid in November, 2015.

3. The payment of arrears of enhanced Dearness Allowance for the month from 01.07.2015 to September, 2015 shall be made in the month November, 2015.

4. Copy of these orders may also be downloaded from the web site www.finhry. gov. in.

Sd/-
(Santosh Sharma)
Under Secretary Finance
for Additional Chief Secretary to Government Haryana,
Finance Department.

Source:http://finhry.gov.in/writereaddata/Instruction/FR%20Branch/6296.pdf
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Exemption of Railway Employees from New Pension Scheme/National Pension System (NPS)-reg

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI. 1 1O 055
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No. IVA/NPS/PFRDA BILL/Part I

Dated 24.10.2015

The Suresh Prabhu,
Hon’ble Minister for Railways.
(Railway Board)
Rail Bhavan
New Delhi

Sub: Exemption of Railway Employees from New Pension Scheme/National Pension System (NPS)-reg

Ref: GS/NFIR’s letter No. IVA/NPS/PFRDA BILL dated 26/08/2015 addressed to the Railway Board (MS)

The Government of India had introduced New Pension Scheme (NPS) applicable to the Central Government employees appointed on or after 01/01/2004. Under the scheme, 10% of the Pay of each employee is deducted from his/her salary every month and equal amount is contributed by the employer and credited to the NPS Trust controlled by the PFRDA. However those who were appointed prior to 01/01/2004 have been covered under “Liberalized Pension Scheme” and their pensionary benefits like Pension, Family Pension etc., are guaranteed by the Government. While the New Pension Scheme now being re-named as “National Pension System” is not applicable to Defence Forces, the same had unfortunately been made applicable for Railway employees with effect from 01/01/2004.

2. The duties, responsibilities, risk involved, remoteness, arduous and hazardous conditions of railway employee are akin to that of Army Personnel and therefore NFIR has been urging upon the Government as well the Railway Ministry to exempt Railway employees from New Pension Scheme. The Federation was compelled to take strike ballot on pending demands, among them “Abolition of New Pension Scheme” was one of the most important issues. Responding to the demands, the Railway Board (CRB, MS, FC) had held separate meeting with the Federations on 7’th February 2014, wherein the justification for exempting railway employees from New Pension Scheme was discussed, consequently the Railway Ministry had agreed to approach the Government. Hon’ble MR Shri Mallikarjun Kharge had sent communication to the Finance Minister on 29th March, 2014 explaining case and justifying that the Railways deserves to be exempted from NPS. Unfortunately, there has been no positive decision from the Government till now.

3. In this context, NFIR also brings to your kind notice that the JCM (Staff Side) as well the Federations have decided to launch industrial action as the Government has not responded to the charter of demands of Central Government employees. During the meeting with you on 6th August,20l5, we have also mentioned some of the issues continued unresolved when CRB and Member Staff were present.

Railway Board (CRB, NPS & FC) held another meeting with the Federations on lst October 2015 on eight short listed demands which include “Exemption of Railway Employees from New Pension Scheme”. After discussions, the Railway Board has agreed to pursue the case with the Government again. In this connection, NFIR has earlier sent a communication with full details to the Railway Board (MS) vide letter No. IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL dated 26/08/2015 (copy enclosed) to facilitate Railway Ministry to prevail upon the Government to grant exemption to Railway from NPS. Federation is confident that the Railway Ministry is taking necessary action on the inputs given by the NFIR for presenting the case before you.

4. It is, however, shocking to note that a notice has been issued by the National Pension System Trust (NPS Trust) to all the subscribers under NPS that the Trust will start recovering fee/charge @ 0.01% of the AUM on daily accrual basis to meet its expenditure w.e.f. 1st November 2015. This provocative and arbitrary decision has generated deep sense of disappointment and anger among railway employees”

ln view of the above, NFIR invites your kind attention to the communication dated 29th March 2014 of your predecessor (Shri Mallikarjun Kharge) to the Finance Minister and in-puts given by the Federation vide letter dated 26/08/2015 for taking special initiative at the level of Government for exempting Railway employees from “New Pension Scheme” (NPS) as a special case.

With regards.

Yours Sincerely

(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Government Approves Hike in Bonus Ceiling from Rs. 3500 to Rs 7000

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet decided to double the wage ceiling for calculating bonus to Rs 7,000 per month for factory workers and establishments with 20 or more workers.

“The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to enhance the monthly bonus calculation ceiling to Rs 7,000 per month from existing Rs 3,500 was approved by Union Cabinet here,” a source said after the Cabinet meeting.

The amendment bill will be made effective from April 1, 2015. Now the bill will be tabled in Parliament for approval.

The bill also seeks to enhance the eligibility limit for payment of bonus from the salary or wage of an employee from Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 21,000.

The Payment of Bonus Act 1965 is applicable to every factory and other establishment in which 20 or more persons are employed on any day during an accounting year.

The bill also provides for a new proviso in Section 12 which empowers the central government to vary the basis of computing bonus.

At present, under Section 12, where the salary or wage of an employee exceeds Rs 3,500 per month, the minimum or maximum bonus payable to employees are calculated as if his salary or wage were Rs 3,500 per month.

The last amendment to both the eligibility limit and the calculation ceilings under the said Act was carried out in 2007 and was made effective from April 1, 2006.

This amendment in the Act to increase wage ceiling and bonus calculation ceiling was one of assurance given by the Centre after 10 central trade unions went on one-day strike on September 2.

The government had hinted at meeting workers’ aspirations on nine out of 12 demands submitted by the unions.

Source : AIRF
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ministry of Railways decides to modify Tatkal ticket rules for the convenience of passengers

Modification in Tatkal Scheme : Remove the condition of providing photocopy of identity card or indicating its number at the time of purchase of Tatkal ticket

Ministry of Railways decides to modify Tatkal ticket rules for the convenience of passengers

Under the proposed modifications, some existing anomalies are being corrected for the benefit of the passengers

Under the modification, it is proposed to remove the condition of providing photocopy of identity card or indicating its number at the time of purchase of Tatkal ticket

The requirement of the passenger to carry one of the permitted photo-identity cards during travel continues to prevent any possible misuse

The modified tatkal provisions to come to effect by 1st September, 2015. The exact date of effect will be notified separately

Ministry of Railways has decided to modify some of the rules pertaining to purchase of tatkal tickets. Under the modified rules, there will be no need to furnish photocopy of proof of identity while booking Tatkal ticket from computerised reservation counter or to indicate its number at the time of booking of Tatkal ticket at the counter or through internet.

In addition, as per the proposed changes, in case of ticket booked under Tatkal scheme, one of the passengers has to produce anyone of the following proofs of identity in original during the journey, failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket will be treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly : –

(i) Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India.
(ii) Passport
(iii) PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
(iv) Driving Licence issued by RTO
(v) Photocopy Identity Card having serial number issued by Central/State Government
(vi) Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their Students
(vii) Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph
(viii) Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph
(ix) Unique Identification Card “Aadhar”
(x) Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertaking of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations.

These modifications will come into effect by 1st September, 2015. The exact date of effect will be notified separately.

Rationale For Changing Rules For Tatkal tickets Booking :-

1. As per extant/present instructions for undertaking journey on Tatkal tickets, the passenger at the time of booking a ticket from PRS Centre has to provide a photocopy of identity card which he/she will carry during the journey. The number of this identity card is indicated on the ticket as well as reservation chart and during the journey the passenger has to carry the same original proof of identity failing which he/she is treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. Similarly, in case of passengers booking ticket through internet, the number and type of identity card to be carried by the passenger during the journey is indicated at the time of booking of ticket and the passenger has to carry the same original proof of identity during the journey failing which all the passengers are treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. This provision has been done away to facilitate passengers to buy Tatkal tickets since it is possible that a person may be booking ticket for his parents (aged) /children who are staying in a different city (hostel) and may not have photocopy of their photo identity card. Now it would be possible to book tickets in such situations. However, the requirement of the passenger to carry one of the permitted photo Identity Card in original to prove his identity at the time of travel continues to ensure there is no misuse.

2. Presently the number given in the identity card has to be entered while generating the Tatkal ticket. This is increasing the transaction time. The transaction time for individuals booking through PRS and internet is getting increased due to requirement of entering the identity card number while the agents are able to book faster using scripting software and thereby getting unfair advantage. By doing away with entering the identity card number, the transaction time is reduced. Further in case the identity number is wrongly typed by the railway clerk and found to be not tallying with the original identity card number, the TTE has no discretion but to treat the passenger as without ticket. There have been reports of passengers having suffered due to this problem. The proposed modification solves this problem.

3. Presently if the passenger is carrying a valid photo-identity card (Aadhaar Card/Passport/Driving Licence/PAN Card etc.) but is not the same as mentioned in the ticket at the time of booking the passenger will be treated as without ticket. Many complaints have been received in this regard where the passengers to continue travel had to pay the fare of the ticket plus penalty for not showing the same photo-identity card as mentioned at the time of booking. In case the passenger misplaces the identity card mentioned in the ticket but is carrying any of the other identity card in the prescribed list the present system will treat him as without ticket. A large number of uneducated, senior citizen, women and people from rural areas were getting affected due to this rule. This was also highlighted by Hon’ble MPs in various meetings of the Parliamentary Standing Committee. This issue will also get resolved under the proposed changes.

4. Presently in case of normal (non-Tatkal) ticket a passenger can travel by showing anyone of the 10 prescribed proof of identity in original. For Tatkal it was restricted to only the identity proof mentioned in the ticket at the time of booking the ticket. This anomaly has now been corrected in the proposed changes and the Tatkal Ticket holder can also travel by showing anyone of the ten prescribed proof of identity.

5. In a nutshell, even after the modified rules, there is no dilution on proving identity at the time of travel by showing the original photo-identity card. The proposed change is only to facilitate easy booking of Tatkal tickets by correcting existing anomalies.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Seventh Pay Commission likely to Reduce Grade Pay, stay MACP

New Delhi: Seventh Pay Commission is likely to recommend to reduce “Grade Pay” and to stay “MACP” systems for central government employees, which was recommended by the sixth pay commission in 2006.

The Pay panel sources today said the Seventh Pay Commission is considering reducing the provision of Grade Pay and staying Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme for the central government employees.

Grade Pay was derived from USA and it has increased in prominence in the early 21st century in USA. Federal employees in USA at all levels are paid based on Grade Pays. The six pay commission followed them.

“Central government has 15 grade pays now from Rs 1,800 to Rs 12,000 for job level pay variance of its employees. Generally, multi tasking staff (MTS) and clerical jobs that require formal education, just a high school or higher secondary, who are at are at the lower levels from grade pays 1,800 to 2,000.

One common factor in the grade pays 2,400 to 12,000 that’s where bachelor’s degrees are required for jobs in non-technical and non-scientific departments.

Hence We decided to reduce grade pays from 15 to 10,” the sources added.

A grade pay is a structured pay format where employees are placed at a given pay level based on their level of education and work experience related to the position.

“Every employee does not get promotion in time. So, if Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme is not maintained it will be seriously affected,” the official said.

The MACP provides central government employees upper grade scale when they do not get promotion in time.

Accordingly, the sources said the Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme is likely to be kept the current status quo.

The Seventh Pay Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur, was appointed by the previous UPA government in February 2014 and its recommendations are scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2016.

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.

The Seventh Pay Commission was appointed for 18 months, its terms was extended in August 2015 by four months till December 31, 2015.

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.

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

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

Source: TST
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Govt may effect Bonus Ceiling hike to Rs 21,000 from the present Rs.10000

Govt may effect Bonus Ceiling hike to Rs 21,000 (basic + DA) a month soon – More Central Government Employees to be be covered for payment of Bonus

Workforce of the country has another reason to cheer in this festive season as the Narendra Modi-led government is set to promulgate an ordinance to amend Payments of Bonus Act 1965 to make more employees eligible for annual bonus.

Ministry of Labour has hinted that the ceiling of Bonus is likely to be hiked from the current ceiling of Rs.10,000 (basic + DA) per month to Rs.21,000 (basic + DA) a month.

After the Bihar elections Union Cabinet may discuss about this ordinance to amend Payments of Bonus Act 1965 to make more employees eligible for annual bonus.

If the Ordinance is approved, those earning up to Rs.21,000 (basic + DA) a month will now be eligible bonus. This would be a steep jump from the current ceiling of Rs.10,000 (basic + DA) per month.

The government is already in the process of revising the minimum wages. The Election Commission has approved the Labour Ministry’s proposal and the Union Cabinet is likely to take up the issue on promulgating ordinance next week. From this year onwards, bonus will be linked to minimum wages.

Ministry in a recent meeting with trade unions said that the government agreed to amend the Bonus Act by enhancing the eligibility ceiling under section 2(13) of the Act from Rs.10,000 per month to Rs.21,000 month. It also agreed to calculate ceiling under section 12 from Rs.3,500 per month to Rs.7,000 per month, or the minimum wage notified by the government for the category of employment.

Trade unions View

All the trade Unions demanded the abolition on ceiling on payment of bonus due to rising inflation, the Government rejected it.

Source: Deccan Herald
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Monday, October 19, 2015

BSNL to allow landline users avail free call benefit on Mobile

BSNL mobile subscribers will soon be able to avail free calling benefits offered on their landline phone as the state-run firm is going to roll out a convergence platform that will sync subscribers’ mobile and fixed line connections.

“We are in the process of rolling out fix mobile convergence platform by Diwali. This will enable consumers avail value added service in mobile phones, make free night calls from mobile phones if they have subscribed to landline and host of other modern facilities,” BSNL Chairman and MD Anupam Shrivastava told PTI.

He said that with this roll out, consumers will be able to link their mobile and landline accounts.

“The sync between the two accounts will be such that it will enable our subscribers receive their landline calls on mobile phones,” Shrivastava said.

BSNL has invested over Rs 400 crore to modernise its landlines.

The company slipped to sixth position in terms of overall subscriber base in April. At the end of August, BSNL’s total subscriber base was around 7.8 crore. After a long period, BSNL in July and August 2015 ranked among top five mobile players in terms of net addition of monthly subscribers.

BSNL, however, has been losing customers in landline space despite offering free night calls from landline to any phone in India.

“We have been able to arrest decline rate in landline connections. In a few months and with launch of fix mobile convergence, our landline should turn positive. We have already turned gainer for mobile subscribers under mobile number portability scheme,” Shrivastava said.

The company has launched free roaming scheme which enables its subscribers to attend free incoming calls while travelling anywhere in the country at no extra cost.

“Free roaming scheme has become one of the major growth drivers for uptake in mobile subscriber number,” Shrivastava added.

The company is also in the process to tie up with Hitachi’s ATM business unit which will allow its landline customers, who pay bill offline, to make payment anytime during the day.

Read more at : The Hindu
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7th CPC cannot recommend revising the Retirement age of Central Government Employees

7th CPC cannot recommend revising the Retirement age of Central Government Employees

Revising Retirement age does not come under the purview of 7th Pay Commission

Recently the news about retirement age is blown out of proportion in Social Media. In Social Media it has been signaled casually that the retirement age will be brought down to 58 years. Initially it was said that 7th pay commission going to recommend the criteria for retirement age as either 33 years of Service or 60 Years of age whichever comes first.

And gradually it is reduced to 58 years of age or 33 years of service and finally ends up with 30 years of service or at the age of 55 years.

7th pay commission Vs Retirement Age

Does it worth to believe the news circulated in social media about 7th pay commission recommendation and retirement age..? We asked the Federation sources about this and they want to maintain anonymity told that it depends upon the individuals to decide whether it is true or not. We should not blame the media for everything. We should be able to know the difference between the news and rumors.

One of our Sources told that revising the retirement age will not fall under the purview of Pay commission. It should be decided by central government only. No Pay commission has recommended anything about Retirement age so far.

Federation Leaders were asked about this retirement age issue, when it became sensational in Print and e-Media, why don’t they come forward to clear the doubts on this sensational issue?. They told that they didn’t want do give importance to the rumors and hear says.

They said, “We need to clarify the doubts of our cadres across the country whenever it was rumored in social media about their service related sensational issues. But when sensational becomes routine, it’s not our business to respond to such hearsays on daily basis”

“As far as retirement age is concerned we know that 7th pay commission cannot recommend revising the retirement age of central government employees, since it does not fall under the purview of 7th Pay Commission. Even we won’t accept it if the central government tries to reduce the retirement age,” the sources added.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fixation of pay on promotion of pre-revised merged pay scales between 1.1.2006 and date of notification of CCS(RP)Rules 2008

No.F-2-1/2015-E.III (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 16th October, 2015

Office Memorandum

Subject: Cases of promotion taking place in the pre-revised pay structure between 1.12006 and the date of notification of CCS(RP) Rules ,2008 and the subsequent merger of the pre-revised pay scales of the promotional and the feeder posts in a common Grade- fixation of Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to Say that consequent upon coming into force of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2008, which were notified on 298.2008 but are effective from 1.1.2006, fixation of pay on promotion on or after 1.1,2006 is carried out as per Rule 13 thereof. This Rule is invoked only in cases of promotion from one Grade pay to another in the revised pay structure.

2. In terms of Section I of Part-A of the First Schedule of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2008, which provides for revised pay structure in the form of applicable pay Bands and Grades pay corresponding to various pre-revised pay Scales, certain pre-revised pay Scales have been merged in a common Grade pay in the revised pay structure w.e.f. 1.1.2006, In view of this, the posts in those pre-revised pay scales which have been merged in a common Grade pay w.e.f. 1,1.2006, are normally required to be merged even if these posts constituted feeder and promotional grades in the pre-revised pay structure.

3. However, in cases where such merger of feeder and promotional posts in the wake of their come to lie in the Same grade pay has not taken place due to administrative reasons and the posts continue to retain their promotional and feeder character as per the relevant Recruitment Rules, this Ministry issued instructions vide OM 10/2/2011-E.III A dated 7.1.2013 providing for fixation of pay on promotion in such cases under Rule 13 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 subject to the conditions laid down therein.

4. Now, instances have been brought to the notice of this Ministry where the feeder and promotional posts have been merged in view of the merger of the pre- revised pay scales applicable to the erstwhile feeder and promotional posts in a common grade/post after the promulgation of CCS(RP) Rules), 2008, due to which the character of posts being promotional and feeder grades as existing during the period from 1.12006 to the date of notification of CCS(RP) Rules, 2008 stood rescinded with retrospective effect from 1.12006 and, consequently, a question has been raised as to whether Rule 13 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2008 may apply for fixation of pay on promotion taking place during the period between 1.1.2006 and the date of notification of the said Rules, when the fixation of pay was actually done as applicable in the event Of promotion in the pre-revised Structure.

5. The matter has been considered in the light of the provisions contained in the OM No. 20020/4/2010-Estt.D dt.13.9.2012 issued by the Department of Personnel & Training, which has been issued in the context of the posts/grades merged in pursuance Of the recommendations of the 6th Central pay Commission. This OM provides, inter-alia, that the Status of a government servant as on 29.8.2008 including those who have earned promotion between 1.12006 and 29.09.2008 will be protected as appointment/promotions are made as per the provisions of the recruitment rules applicable to the post/grade.

6. Accordingly, it has been decided that in cases where promotion took place in the pre-revised pay structure during the period between 1.12006 and the date of notification of CCS(RP) Rules, 2008 when the pre-revised and revised pay scales were different and the posts carried the character of feeder and promotional grades, pay fixation on such promotion Shall be allowed under Rule 13 of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2008, subject to the following conditions:-

(i) The promotion had taken place between 1.1.2006 and the date of notification Of CCS(RP) Rules, 2008 as per the Recruitment Rules then in vogue, which clearly provided for such posts being promotional grade for the feeder grade from where the promotion took place and where the posts were subsequently merged in a single post/grade consequent upon promulgation of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2008.

(ii) FR. 22 (r) I), which was applicable for fixation Of pay on promotion before promulgation of CCS(RP) Rules, 2008, was invoked for fixation of pay in these cases in the pre-revised structure during the period between 1.1.2006 and the date of notification of the CCS(RP) Rules 2008.

(iii) The concerned employees had opted to come over to the revised pay structure from a date occurring prior to the date Of notification of CCS(RP) Rules, 2008.

(iv) The concerned Recruitment Rules have been amended subsequently to provide for merger of these grades into a single grade/post.

7. This order applies only in case of promotions carried out in the pre-revised structure during 1.1.2006 and the date of notification of CCS(RP) Rules, 2008. Thus, the benefit of Rule 13 of CCS(RP) Rules, 2008 would not apply in Cases of appointment to the post which was in the higher pay scale in the pre-revised pay structure, where such appointment is made after the date of notification of CCS(RP) Rules, 2008.

8. In its application to the employees serving under the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, this order issues with the concurrence Of the office Of CMG.

9. The Hindi Version of this OM is attached.

Sd/-
(Amar Nath Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: www.finmin.nic.in
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Friday, October 16, 2015

Bonus Orders 2015 : Grant of Ad-hoc Bonus to Central Government Employees for the year 2014-15.

No.7/24/2007/E III (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E III (A) Branch

New Delhi, the October 16, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: – Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2014-15.

The undersigned is directed to convey the sanction of the President to the grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) equivalent to 30 days emoluments for the accounting year 2014-15 to the Central Government employees in Groups ‘C’ and ‘D’ and all non-gazetted employees in Group ‘B’, who are not covered by any Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme. The calculation ceiling for payment of ad-hoc Bonus under these orders shall continue to be monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500/-, as hitherto. The payment of ad-hoc Bonus under these orders will also be admissible to the eligible employees of Central Para Military Forces and Armed Forces. The orders will be deemed to be extended to the employees of Union Territory Administration which follow the Central Government pattern of emoluments and are not covered by any other bonus or ex-gratia scheme.

2. The benefit will be admissible subject to the following terms and conditions:-

(i) Only those employees who were in service as on 31.3.2015 and have rendered at least six months of continuous service during the year 2014-15 will be eligible for payment under these orders. Pro-rata payment will be admissible to the eligible employees for period of continuous service during the year from six months to a full year, the eligibility period being taken in terms of number of months of service (rounded off to the nearest number of months);

(ii) The quantum of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) will be worked out on the basis of average emoluments/calculation ceiling whichever is lower. To calculate Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) for one day, the average emoluments in a year will be divided by 30.4 (average number of days in a month). This will thereafter be multiplied by the number of days of bonus granted. To illustrate, taking the calculation ceiling of monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500 (where actual average emoluments exceed Rs. 3500/-, Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) for thirty days would work out to Rs. 3500×30/30.4=Rs.3453.95 (rounded off to Rs.345%)

(iii) The casual labour who have worked in offices following a 6 days week for at least 240 days for each year for 3 years or more (206 days in each year for 3 years or more in the case of offices observing 5 days week), will be eligible for this Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) Payment. The amount of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) payable will be (Rs.12oox30/30.4 i.e.Rs.1184.21 (rounded off to Rs.1184/). In cases where the actual emoluments fall below Rs.1200/- pm, the amount will be calculated on actual monthly emoluments.

(iv) All payments under these orders will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

(v) The clarificatory orders issued vide this Ministry’s OM No.F.14 (10)-E. Coord/88 dated 4.10.1988, as amended from time to time, would hold good.

3. The expenditure on this account will be debitable to the respective Heads to which the pay and allowances of these employees are debited.

4. The expenditure to be incurred on account of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) is to be met from within the sanctioned budget provision of concerned Ministries/Departments for the current year.

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

Sd/-
(Amar Nath Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/bonus/16-10-2015.pdf
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

NJCA to Organize Massive Dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 19.11.2015

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECIDED TO ORGANIZE NATION WIDE CAMPAIGN AND PROTEST PROGRAMME AGAINST THE NEGATIVE ATTITUDE OF THE NDA GOVERNMENT TOWARDS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES DEMANDS

2015 NOVEMBER 2nd TO 6th
INTENSIVE CAMPAIGN AMONG THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES BY ORGANIZING GENERAL BODY MEETINGS, CONVENTIONS, OFFICE TO OFFICE SQUAD WORK, DISTRIBUTION OF PHAMPLETS AND POSTERING

2015 NOVEMBER 6th
NATIONWIDE MASS DHARNA AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES

2015 NOVEMBER 19th
(a) MASSIVE DHARNA AT JANTAR MANTAR, NEW DELHI. ALL NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION LEADERS (RAILWAY, DEFENCE & CONFEDERATION) AND ALL STANDING COUNCIL MEMBER WILL SIT ON DHARNA.

(b) NATIONWIDE PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS IN FRONT OF ALL WORK SPOTS AND OFFICES.

Dear Comrades,

The National Secretariat Meeting of the Confederation held at Hyderabad on 09th October 2015 while endorsing the decision of the National Joint Council of Action (Railway, Defence & Confederation) to organize massive protest dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 19th November 2015 and also Nationwide Protest Demonstration in front of all works spot & offices, has decided to further intensify the protest action against the negative attitude of the NDA Government by organizing the following programmes: –

(1) 2015 November 2nd to 6th – Campaign Week.

(2) 2015 November 6th – Nationwide Mass Dharna at all Important centres.

The Campaign and Protest Dharna will be organized mainly on the following three issues: –
(1) Non Settlement of any of the legitimate demands raised by the JCM Staff Side, National Council by the NDA Government.

(2) Causing engineered delay by the Government in the submission of 7th CPC report by granting four months extension upto 31st December 2015, even when the Pay Commission was ready to submit its report within the stipulated time i.e. 28th August 2015.

(3) Unwarranted intervention of the Finance Ministry in the independent functioning of the Pay Commission by issuing a statement asking the 7th CPC to factor into its report the fiscal concern of the government and thereby to pressurize the commission not to recommend wage rise on the basis of a sound and scientific formulation.

All affiliated organizations and C-O-Cs are requested to implement the above campaign and protest programme throughout the country in a most befitting manner.

Yours fraternally,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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CGDA Orders 2015 : Grant of CSD Canteen facilities to Retired Defence Civilians

OFFICE OF THE CONTROLLER GENERAL OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
ULAN BATAR MARG, PALAM, DELHI CANTT – 110010

Office Order No.406

Dated 14.10.2015

Subject: Grant of CSD Canteen facilities to retired Defence Civilians.

The competent authority has nominated Shri.T.K.Jajoria, IDAS, Sr.Dy.CGDA (AN) as the nodal officer to countersign the application form received from the IDAS Officers/DAD Employees who have retired from MoD (Fin.) / CGDA Office.

The other IDAS Officers retired from Delhi or settled in Delhi, post retirement, may also get their application form countersigned from Shri.T.K.Jajoria, IDAS, Sr.Dy.CGDA(AN) or any other Nodal Officer appointed by the respective PCsDA/CsDA.

Sd/-
(Mustaq Ahmad)
Sr.ACGDA (AN)

Source: www.cgda.nic.in
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Claiming of medical expenditure for tax purposes made easy

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

Claiming of medical expenditure for tax purposes made easy 

One of the pillars of the of the taxation proposals included in the Finance Minister’s Budget Speech for 2015-16 was extension of benefits to the middle class. In this process, the Finance Minister announced extension of certain benefits in respect of medical treatment under section 80DDB. This section allows a deduction for expenditure incurred on treatment of specified ailments.

Taking the process forward, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued a Notification vide S.O. No.2791 (E) on 12th October 2015 amending Rule 11DD. The amended Rule relaxes the condition of obtaining the certificate for claiming expenditure under section 80DDB in respect of specified ailments from a specialist working in a Government hospital. As per amended Rule 11DD, the prescription can be issued by any specialist mentioned in the amended Rule. Henceforth, it will not be mandatory to obtain a certificate from a specialist working in a Government hospital.

The Notification is available on the website of the Income Tax Department www.incometaxindia.gov.in .
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Upgradation of existing NIFT Campuses for implementation of reservation for OBC students

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Cabinet

Upgradation of existing NIFT Campuses for implementation of reservation for OBC students – extension of timeline for utilization of fund 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved Upgradation of existing NIFT Campuses for implementation of reservation for OBC students – extension of timeline for utilization of fund. 

With this, extension of timeline is effective for utilization of balance available fund of Rs. 90.13 crore, by two years beyond 31.03.2015 that is upto March 2017. This will enable upgradation of facilities for implementation of OBC reservation in NIFT and operating the campuses more effectively and efficiently. 

Background: 

The NIFT was set up by the Ministry of Textiles in the year 1986 as an autonomous society under the Societies Registration act, 1860 for imparting quality education in fashion technology. NIFT has been running full time Degree programmes through its fifteen campuses located at different parts of the country. The scope of the scheme for upgradation of existing NIFT Campuses and implementing reservation for OBC students is to create additional infrastructure facilities at existing NIFT campuses, construction of additional class rooms, laboratories, hostel accommodation for students, purchase of machinery and equipments etc. 
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Air Travel on LTC once in Ten Years to Visit Foreign Countries

GOVERNMENT OF WEST BENGAL
FINANCE DEPARTMENT
AUDIT BRANCH

No.7370-F(P)

Dated: 09.10.2015

MEMORANDUM

At present the State Government employees may avail themselves of the benefit of Leave Travel Concession once in service career during the period of five years preceding the actual date of retirement on superannuation for the following kinds of journeys, subject to the conditions as in this department’s Memo Nos. 9924-F dt. 07.12.2005 and 607 -F dt. 20.01.2006.

1. For journeys to respective home town and back, provided the home town is different from the place of posting; and

2. For journeys to any place of India and back.

The employees who have been duly permitted to retire voluntarily are also allowed to avail of the above benefit before their such retirement.

The present provisions of admissibility of Leave Travel Concession have been under consideration for review for sometime past.

Now, after careful consideration of the matter, the Governor has been pleased to decide in partial modification of this department Memo. No. 9924-F dt. 07. 2.2005 read with Memo. No. 607-F dt. 20.01.2006 to allow the following benefits to the State Government employees instead of journeys on LTC as mentioned at (2) above.

(a) One Home Travel Concession once in every five years to visit any place within the State;

(b) One LTC once in ten years to visit any place in the neighbouring countries, namely, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives or within the Country.

Conditions for admissibility of the same in case the spouse of the Government employee is also employed will be as follows:-

(i) If the spouse of the Government employee is also a State Government employee, the benefit can be availed of either by husband or wife as a one family unit and in that case undertaking shall be submitted by the other that no such claim will be preferred from his/her office and this should be recorded in his/her Service Book.

(ii) If the spouse of the State Government employee is employed in Central/Central PSUs/Corporation/Autonomous Body, the benefit can be availed of either by the husband or wife employed under the State Government as one family unit from the State Government provided no benefit of LTC can be availed of by the other from the Central/Central PSUs/Corporation/ Autonomous Body and in that case letter from the employer there in this respect that he/she has given such undertaking there shall be produced before availing of the above benefit.

(iii) If the spouse of the State Government employee is employed in the State PSUs/Corporation/Non-Government aided Institutions/Autonomous Body where facility of LTC does not exist, the spouse of the Government employee may avail of this benefit along with the Government employee a a member of the family on the condition that declaration to his/her controlling authority shall be furnished that in future he/she will not enjoy the benefit of LTC, if the same is extended in the organization/institution as above in future.

Other conditions regarding admissibility of the benefit will be as in Finance Department Nos.9924-F dt. 07.12.2005 and 607-F dt. 20.01.2006. For the purpose of availing of LTC in foreign countries as mentioned at SI. No. (b) above, the same can be availed of by air in economy class from the nearest international airport of the country on the condition that journeys will have to be performed either by national carrier or private airlines of the country. The part of the journeys to and from the airport will be as per provision in the existing orders.

For journeys in the foreign countries as mentioned above orders issued by the P&AR Department are also to be followed.

This will take effect from 01.11.2015.

Sd/-
H. K. Dwivedi
Principal Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal

Source:http://www.wbfin.nic.in/writereaddata/7370-F(P).pdf
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Special Casual Leave will be granted to those Employees who attended office on 02.09.2015

GOVERNMENT OF WEST BENGAL
FINANCE DEPARTMENT
AUDIT BRANCH

No.7390-F(P)

Dated: 13.10.2015

MEMORANDUM

In view of bandh/strike call given by different Central Trade Unions on the 2nd September, 2015, order was issued vide Finance Department No. 6501-F(P) dt. 31.08.2015 to keep all State Government offices including those provided with Grant-in-Aid by the State Government open on that day.

In spite of such call, most of the employees attended their respective office on the said day overcoming the hazards.

In view of such special efforts made by the employees in attending office on the said day i.e.on 2nd September, 2015, the Governor has been pleased to decide that one day’s Special Casual Leave will be granted to those employees of all offices as above who attended office on that day. Such Special Casual Leave shall be availed of within 31st December, 2015.

Sd/-
H. K. Dwivedi
Principal Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal

Source:http://www.wbfin.nic.in/writereaddata/7390-F(P).pdf
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MACP Anomalies meeting held between the Railway Board (Executive Directors) and the Federations-reg.

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055

Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

Dated: 12/10/2015

No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 9

The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,

Sub: MACP Anomalies meeting held between the Railway Board (Executive Directors) and the Federations-reg.

The position relating to discussions held between the Railway Board (EDS) and the Federations at Rail Bhavan on 12th October 2015 is briefly placed below:-

1. Financial up-gradation under MACPS to the directly recruited Gradate Engineers 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. (NFIR’s PNM item No. 18/2011)

After discussion the Official Side stated that they will collect position relating to Graduate Engineers recruited in Pay Scale of Rs. 5500-9000 who were deprived of MACP benefit while those recruited later on and got Pay Scale of Rs. 6500-10500 through LDCE against 20% DR Quota for further View.

2. Third financial up-gradation under MACPS on completion of 20 years of service from the first promotion or 10 years after second promotion or 30 years after regular appointment – Whichever is earlier?
&
7. Grant of financial up-gradation under MACPS to the staff who are in the same Grade Pay for more than 20 years. (NFIR’s PNM Item No. 1/2011).

It was agreed to re-consider and discuss with the Federations before making out conclusion on these issues.

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

Federation explained that the Grade Pay Rs. 2000 is not existing in the Railways and invited attention of Railway Board to the minutes of the Joint Committee meeting held at the level of DoP&T for review. It was agreed to take action accordingly.

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

It was agreed to review and re-iterate DoP&T O.M. as it is.

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

Discussed. Official Side stated that the MACP benefits have already been extended as per DoP&T guidelines.

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

Particulars of individual employees will be obtained from N.W. Railway for considering the case. NFIR invited Board’s attention to its letter dated 13/01/2014.

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

Case of Diploma Holder Tracers appointed against DR Quota vacancies as per Board’s orders (pursuant to DC/J CM decision) will be considered positively.

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

Agreed to consider.

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

NFIR quoted the case of Pharmacists, Guards besides Sr. Clerks joined against Graduate Quota having cleared RRB Examination. It was also contended that the LDCE being part of DR Quota, all such promotions are to be ignored for the purpose of MACP. It was agreed to consider.

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

Will be examined.

Yours fraternally,

Sd/-
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR
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