Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Expected DA January 2017 - AICPIN for the month of July 2016

Expected DA January 2017 - AICPIN for the month of July 2016

No.5/1/2016- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

`CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 31st August, 2016

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) — July, 2016

The All-India CPI-IW for July, 2016 increased by 3 points and pegged at 280 (two hundred and eighty). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 1.08 per cent between June, 2016 and July, 2016 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.77 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 1.65 percentage points to the total change. The House Rent index further accentuated the overall index by (+) 0.86 percentage points. At item level, Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Besan, Black Gram, Gram Dal, Groundnut Oil, Eggs (Hen), Poultry (Chicken), Milk, Chillies Green, Garlic, Onion, Brinjal, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Gourd, Palak, Potato, Pumpkin, Banana, Sugar, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Fish Fresh, French Beans, Tomato, Electricity Charges, Petrol, etc. putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 6.46 per cent for July, 2016 as compared to 6.13 per cent for the previous month and 4.37 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 9.34 per cent against 8.33 per cent of the previous month and 3.21 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Bokaro reported the maximum increase of 11 points followed by Munger-Jamalpur (10 points), Giridih, Agra and Delhi (9 points each). Among others, 7 points increase was observed in 4 centres, 6 points in 10 centres, 5 points in 5 centres, 4 points in 9 centres, 3 points in 8 centres, 2 points in 8 centres and 1 point in 5 centres. On the contrary, Mysore recorded a maximum decrease of 6 points followed by Mundakkayam and Coimbatore (5 points each), and Hubli Dharwar and Emakulam (4 points each). Among others, 3 points decrease was observed in 4 centres, 2 points in 2 centres and 1 point in 5 centres. Rest of the 8 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 33 centres are above All-India Index and other 43 centres’ indices are below national average. The indices of Vishakhapathnam and Mundakkayam centres remained at par with All-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of August, 2016 will be released on Friday, 30th September, 2016. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.zov.in.

Sd/-
(SHYA SINGH NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL

Source:http://labourbureau.nic.in/Press_Note_CPI_IW_JULY_2016_EH.pdf
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Grant of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) and non-productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc bonus) in case of Central Government employees for the accounting year 2014-15

No.7/4/2014-E-IIIA
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Expenditure)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 29th August, 2016

Office Memorandum

Subject: Grant of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) and non-productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc bonus) in case of Central Government employees for the accounting year 2014-15 – enhancement of the calculation ceiling- Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Ministry’s 0M No.7/24/2007/E-lll.A dated regarding grant of non-productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) to the Central Government employees for the accounting year 2014-2015, whereby the calculation ceiling for the purpose of payment of ad-hoc bonus was monthly emoluments of Rs.3500. The Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) in case of Central Government employees working under certain Ministries/Departments, where such PLB was in operation in 2014-15, was also paid by the respective Ministries/Departments for the accounting year 2014-15 based on the concurrence of this Ministry with the calculation ceiling at monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500.

2. The question of enhancement of the calculation ceiling for the purpose of payment of PLB and non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus), as the case may be, to the Central Government employees has been considered and the President is pleased to decide that the calculation ceiling of monthly emoluments for the purpose of payment of PLB and ad-hoc bonus, as the case may be, shall be revised to Rs.7000 w.e.f. 01.04.2014, i.e., for the accounting year 2014-15.

3. Accordingly, the PLB or ad-hoc bonus, as the case may be, as already paid to the eligible Central Government employees for the accounting year 2014-15 in terms of the above 0M dated 16.10.2015 pertaining to ad-hoc bonus and the respective sanctions issued by the concerned Ministries/Departments in respect of PLB under the respective schemes in operation during 2014-15 based on the specific concurrence of this Ministry, shall be re-worked out based on the calculation ceiling of monthly emoluments of Rs.7000 instead of Rs.3500.

4. While re-working out payment of PLB or ad-hoc orders, as the case may be, under these orders for the accounting year 2014-15, all the other terms and conditions under which the payment was made shall remain unchanged.

5. In respect of their application to the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Departments, these orders are issued in consultation with the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

6. Hindi version of this order will follow.

Sd/-
(Amar Nath Singh)
Director

Source:http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/bonus/PLB29-08-2016.pdf
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Government may Relax ‘Creamy Layer’ norms for OBC Reservation

Government may Relax ‘Creamy Layer’ norms for OBC Reservation

The Social Justice Ministry is working on a proposal to raise the annual income ceiling of OBCs to Rs 8 lakh, according to official sources.

With a large number of vacancies in government jobs meant for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) remaining unfilled for want of candidates, the government is mulling relaxing the ‘creamy layer’ criterion by raising the income ceiling to Rs 8 lakh annually.

Almost 27 per cent of seats in government jobs and educational institutions are reserved for OBCs provided the annual income of the family is up to Rs 6 lakh and those who earn above that are referred to as the ‘creamy layer’ and are not eligible for reservation. Raising the ceiling would result in a larger pool of candidates eligible for government jobs and seats in educational institutions.

The Social Justice Ministry is working on a proposal to raise the annual income ceiling of OBCs to Rs 8 lakh, according to official sources. A Cabinet note is likely to be moved in this regard soon, they said. When contacted National Comission for Backward Classes (NCBC) Member Ashok Saini told media that the panel had recommended more than doubling the income ceiling to Rs 15 lakh.

“Even two decades after reservation (was introduced), out of 27 per allocated quota, it has been seen that only 12-15 per get utilised. As per our analysis, the major reason behind this is the ceiling on annual income,” Saini said.

As per Mandal Comission report, in 1980 OBCs constituted 52 per cent of India’s population. The panel’s report was based on the 1931 census. The National Sample Survey Organisation had in 2006 pegged the OBC population at 41 per cent.

Source:Indian Express

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Friday, August 26, 2016

NPS Employees Eligible for Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity - DoPT Order on 26/08/2016

No.7/5/2012-P&PW(F)/B
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New De1hi-110 003, Dated the 26 August, 2016.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Extension of benefits of ‘Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity’ to the Central Government employees covered by new Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System) — regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that the pension of the Government servants appointed on or after 1.1.2004 is regulated by the new Defined Contribution Pension System (known as National Pension System), notified by the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) vide their OM No.5/7/2003-ECB & PR dated 22.12.2003. Orders were issued for payment of gratuity on provisional basis in respect of employees covered under National Pension System on their retirement from Government service on invalidation or death in service, vide this Department’s OM No.38/41/2006-P&PW(A) dated 5.5.2009.

2. The issue of grant of gratuity in respect government employees covered by the National Pension System has been under consideration of the Government. It has been decided that the government employees covered by National Pension System shall eligible for benefit of ‘Retirement gratuity and Death gratuity’ on the same terms and conditions, as are applicable to employees covered by Central Civil Service (Pension) Rule,1972.

3. These orders issue with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, vide their I.D. Note No.1(4)/EV/2006-II dated 29.07.2016.

4. In their application to the persons belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

5. These orders will be applicable to those Central Civil Government employees who joined Government service on or after 1.1.2004 and are covered by National Pension System and will take effect from the same date i.e. 1.1_2004.

Sd/-
(Harjit Singh)
Director (Pension Policy)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/ppwf_26082016.pdf
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 – Instructions regarding Timely Issue of Charge-Sheet – Regarding.

F.No.11012/04/2016-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk

North Block, New Delhi — 110001
Dated August 23, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 – instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to DoP&T’s O.M. No.11012/17/2013-Estt.A-III dated 3rd July, 2015 on the above mentioned subject and to say that in a recent case, Ajay Kumar Choudhary vs Union of India Civil Appeal No. 1912 of 2015 dated 16/02/2015, the Apex Court has directed as follows:

“14 We, therefore, direct that the currency of a Suspension Order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges/Chargesheet is not served on the delinquent officer/employee; if the Memorandum of Charges/Charge sheet is served a reasoned order must be passed for the extension of the suspension. As in the case in hand, the Government is free to transfer the concerned person to any Department in any of its offices within or outside the State so as to sever any local or personal contact that he may have and which he may misuse for obstructing the investigation against him. The Government may also prohibit him from contacting any person, or handling records and documents till the stage of his having to prepare his defence Furthermore, the direction of the Central Vigilance Commission that pending a criminal investigation departmental proceedings are to be held in abeyance stands superseded in view of the stand adopted by us.”

2. In compliance of the above judgement, it has been decided that where a Government servant: is placed under suspension, the order of suspension should not extend beyond three months, if within this period the charge-sheet is not served to the charged officer. As such, it should be ensured that the charge sheet is issued before expiry of 90 days from the date of suspension. As the suspension will lapse in case this time line is not adhered to, a close watch needs to be kept at all levels to ensure that charge sheets are issued in time.

3. It should also be ensured that disciplinary proceedings are initiated as far as practicable in cases where an investigating agency is seized of the matter or criminal proceedings have been launched. Clarifications in this regard have already been issued vide O.M. No. 11012/6/2007-Estt.A-Ill dated 21.07.2016.

4. All Ministries/ Departments/Offices’ are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all Disciplinary Authorities under their control.

5. Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (E)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11012_04_2016-Estt.A-23082016.pdf
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Second Meeting of the Committee Constituted to Examine the Recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission regarding Allowances.

No.11-1/2016-IC
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
Department of Expenditure
(Implementation Cell)

Room No.216, Hotel Ashok,
Chankyapuri, New Delhi,
Dated :22/23.08.2016

To
Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary, National Council (Staff Side), JCM
13C, Feroz Shah Road,
New Delhi.

Subject: Second Meeting of the Committee constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission regarding Allowances.

Sir,

I am directed to inform that the 2nd Meeting of the Committee on Allowances will be hedl on 01st September, 2016 at 3.00 PM in Room No.72, North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure).

2. I am further directed to inform that the Committee on Allowances has desired to meet the representatives of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) in the aforesaid meeting to obtain their views on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission relating to allowances.

3. You are, therefore, requested to attend the aforesaid meeting with their members of Standing Committee of National Council Staff Side (JCM). The names of the members attending the meeting may please be sent on or before 29th August, 2016 to the undersigned so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Yours sincerely,

Sd/-
(Abhay N.Sahay)
Under Secretary (IC-7th CPC)

Source: AIRF
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Clarification on Children Education Allowance (CEA) – Dopt Orders on 22.8.2016

No.A-27012/01/2015-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated 22nd August, 2016.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Children Education Allowance (CEA) – Clarification

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Personnel & Training’s O.M. No.12011/ 03/ 2008-Estt.(Allowance) dated 2nd September, 2008 and subsequent clarifications issued from time to time on the subject mentioned above and to say that E-Receipts produced by Central Govt. employees as a proof of payment of fee, etc., may be treated as original and hence may be allowed for claiming reimbursement of CEA.

2. This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary (Establishment).

3. Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(Mukul Ratra)
Director

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/A-27012_01_2015-Estt.AL-22082016.pdf
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Pay Commission - Pay Fixation-IPAS Ministry of Railways

Most Immediate

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

RBA No. 51/2016

No. 2016/AC-H(CC)/IPAS/37/7 (Zonal Railways)

3rd August, 2016

General Manager,
All Zonal Railways and Production Units

Sub:- Pay Commission - Pay Fixation-IPAS

Railway Board has issued a notification regarding the modalities of pay fixation arising out of Government’s acceptance of 7th CPC recommendations. It is presumed that all the Zonal Railways are in the state of preparedness for implementing these recommendations, as notified by Railway Board. Now that IPAS has been implemented in all the Zonal Railways (except Metro Railway, Kolkata), pay fixation and generation of pay bills and payment of arrears will also be done through IPAS Pay Commission Dte has issued separate instructions on the subject vide Railway Board’s orders 93/2016 and 94/ 2016 which includes the statement of fixation. These instructions are to be read along with the notification of Railway Service (Revised Pay) rules, 2016.

a) CRIS has already started the modification of IPAS and the system is expected to be in place by 4th August, 2016;

b) There will be a window in IPAS to carry out the 7tlrl CPC activities which includes special categories viz., ASMs, TTES, Traffic Assistant/ Metro, Dieticians and Perfusionists, etc where upgradation of pay has been granted; Concerned Accounts Staff of Estt. Gaz Section in case of Gazetted establishments and Bill Clerk in Personnel Branch in case of NoniGazetted Staff can generate Draft pay fixation statement and confirm the same on IPAS after necessary check and verification;

c) The above processes shall be completed in all respect by 15th August, 2016 without fail;

d) Salary Bills for the month of August’2016 shall be generated from IPAS as per the revised pay as per 7th CPC recommendations, after necessary checks and verifications;

e) All the allowances will be worked out in IPAS on the basis of pay drawn as per 6th CPC;

f) The arrears payable as per 7th CPC will be calculated by the system and the same will be included in August 2016 salary, as a separate component.

g) All statutory recoveries via, Income Tax, etc and other recoveries via, PF, NPS, advances recoveries, etc will be done at source as per the usual practice;

h) As already mentioned the system of pro-check is dispensed with for this payment in August’2016. However all the pay fixation statement should be sent to associate Accounts Office for vetting within a span of two months.

i) Accounts Department shall check (post audit) this statement within 3 months. If some changes are required then, the same can be returned to the concerned Clerks for rectification.

j) Accounts Personnel and other Bill preparing Officers shall make an advance plan for finally completing this work by 31.10.2016, as per instructions.

k) Any over payment/ under payment has to be adjusted in subsequent salary bill;

l) Once this process is completed then the system will save the revised pay data for future use, while retaining the pay data as per 6th CPC also in a separate table for calculation of allowances till further notification of GOI in this regard.

m) Fixation statement duly sanctioned by the Bill Preparing authority and vetted by Accounts Department shall be filed properly in the Service Records of the concerned Officer/ Staff;

2. As regards to the Production Units and Metro Railway where IPAS has not been implemented, the above process may be carried out using their in-house software itself and ensure the compliance of Railway Board’s instructions.

3. The above instructions may be scrupulously followed.

Sd/-
(B.B. Verma) 
Advisor / Accounts

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Clarification on admissibility of Transport Allowance in the cases where the officers are drawing Grade Pay of Rs. 10,000/- in PB-4 — regarding.

No.21(2)/2016-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, 19th August, 2016.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Clarification on admissibility of Transport Allowance in the cases where the officers are drawing Grade Pay of Rs. 10,000/- in PB-4 — regarding.

Reference is invited to this Department’s Office Memorandum No.21 (2)/2008- E.II(B) dated 29.08 2008. Para ‘3 of the stipulates that Officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- & above and those in the HAG* Scale, who are entitled to the use of official car in terms of Department of Expenditure (DoE) OM. NO. 20(5)/E.II(A)/93 dated 28.01.1994, shall be given the option to avail themselves of the existing facility or to draw the Transport Allowance at the rate of Rs.7,000/- p.m. plus Dearness Allowance thereon

2. Several references have been received in this Department seeking clarification on the admissibility of Transport Allowance to officers drawing Grade Pay Rs. 10000/- under Dynamic ACP Scheme or NFU Scheme, A few cases have also been filed in the Courts in this regard. Hon’ble Central’ Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Principal Bench, New Delhi, in Order dated 13.05.2014 in O.A. No.4062/2013 filed by Shri Radhacharan Shakiya & Others V/S union of India & Others, held that the Applicants were not entitled to draw Transport Allowance @ Rs.7,000/. p.m. plus DA thereon. The said order of the Tribunal has also been upheld by Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in their Order dated 03.09.2014 passed in writ petition (Civil) NO. 3445/2014, filed by Shri Radhacharan Shakiya & Others.

3. Accordingly, it is clarified that the officers, who are not entitled for the use of official car for commuting between residence to Office and back, in terms of DoE’s OM 20(5)/E-II(A)/93 dated 28-01-1994, are not eligible to opt for drawal of Transport Allowance @ Rs.7000/- p.m. + DA thereon, in terms of DoE’s O.M, No.21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08 2008, even though they are drawing Grade pay of Rs. 10,000/- in PB-4 under Dynamic ACP Scheme or under the scheme of Non Functional Upgradation (NFU).

4. Hindi version is attached.

Sd/-
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/ta_ota/transportallowance19082016.pdf
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Secretary NCJCM writes to Cabinet Secretary regarding JCM Functioning and Compassionate Appointments

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

No.NC-JCM-2016/C.S. (PM)

August 12, 2016

The Cabinet Secretary,
Govt. of India and Chairman,
National Council JCM Cabinet Secretariat,
Rastrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi,

Dear Sir,

We recall the discussions we had with you on 7th June 2016 when inter-alia we brought to your kind notice ever the growing discontent of the employees on the following two issues which were the subject matter of discussions on very many occasions

1. JCM functioning – Non convening of meetings at the Departmental levels, consequent non availability of a forum for discussion and negotiations for Unions / Federations.

2. Compassionate Appointments in Departments other than Railways.

JCM functioning

The functioning of the JCM especially at the Departmental level was virtually halted, when the Government promulgated a new set of recognition rules in 1993 to cover the non-industrial employee’s i. e. for employees in the Department other than Railways and Defence. It took nearly a decade and half to operationalize the new recognition rules and during the same period the functioning of JCM was virtually stopped at the departmental levels. This’ in-turn resulted in non-discussion and non-settlement of various Departmental specific demands and issues, emanated from the flawed recommendation of 5th and 6th CPC. Now that the 7th CPC recommendations would be taken up for implementation, the need for a forum to discuss these issues, especially Departments specific matters need not be emphasized.

Compassionate Appointments:

The untenable restriction imposed by the government i. e. 5 percent of the vacancies for Compassionate Appointments in Departments other than Railways has created innumerable difficulties and arbitrary discrimination. The very fact that the said government orders have no sway to half of the civilian employees makes the orders discriminatory and bereft of any merit. The specious plea of the Government that the said orders were issued on account of a directive from the Supreme Court was later found to be fallacious. On various occasions, the Staff Side was assured of a review of the scheme. The scheme requires simplification and has to be made non-discriminatory too.

We want the above two issues to be discussed at your level and reach a settlement. We shall be grateful if you will afford us an opportunity to have such a discussion on a date convenient to you. We shall also be thankful if you can indicate the date of the meeting atleast 15 days in advance.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Clarification regarding the Income Declaration Scheme 2016

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

Clarification regarding the Income Declaration Scheme 2016 

Fifth Set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) was issued yesterday clarifying certain issues relating to Income Declaration Scheme,2016 (the Scheme). Clarification has been sought as to whether the answer number 4 of the said FAQ shall apply to all assets declared under the Scheme or it is limited to only immovable property. As explained in the said answer, the clarification was issued considering the fact that investment in an immovable property may be funded partially from undisclosed and partially from disclosed sources. In such cases, if the property is sold in near future, gains from part of the property may be long term and the balance may be short term. This shall cause undue hardship to the declarant. Therefore, the clarification issued relates only for determination of holding period of immovable property. 

In view of the above, it is again clarified that answer number 4 of the said FAQ shall only be applicable for determining holding period of an immovable property for which the date of acquisition is evidenced by a deed registered with any authority of the State Government. However, for assets other than immovable property declared under the Scheme, the holding period shall start from 01.06.2016 for purpose of computation of capital gains. 
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Indian Railways’ Employee Sakshi Malik Ends India’s Long Anxious Wait For Olympic Medal At Rio Olympics 2016

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Railways

Indian Railways’ Employee Sakshi Malik Ends India’s Long Anxious Wait For Olympic Medal At Rio Olympics 2016 

Sakshi Malik wins the Olympic Bronze in 58 kg Category of Women’s Freestyle Wrestling

She Also Creates History by Becoming The First ‘Women Wrestler’ From India to Bag an Olympic Medal.

Indian Railways Has Again Made The Country Proud Through Its Commitment of Promoting Sports

All The Three Railway Ministers congratulate Sakshi Malik on Her Achievement

Sakshi Malik To Get Promised Rs. 50 Lakh Cash Award And Promotion To Gazetted Officer’s Grade

Today’s Success in The Olympics Is The Recognition of Indian Railways Leading Role in Successfully Raising India’s Women Wrestler Team

Almost One Third of Indian Contingents at Rio comprises of Railway Sportspersons, Which is by Far The Highest in Any Olympics

Indian Railways’ employee Sakshi Malik has won the first Olympic medal at Rio Olympics 2016 for the country. Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Communications & Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajan Gohain have congratulated her for making the country proud by her achievement. Entire Indian Railways fraternity is also feeling proud today, as Indian Railways has brought laurels for the nation.

Sakshi Malik won the Olympic Bronze medal in 58 kg category of women’s freestyle wrestling. Sakshi Malik also created history by becoming the first ‘women wrestler’ from India to bag an Olympic medal. Gritty women wrestler, Sakshi Malik ended India’s anxious wait for a medal by clinching the bronze in the 58 kg category, pulling off a sensational 8-5 victory over Alsuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the play-off bout. Another Indian Railway Employee Vinesh Phogat, who was also a medal hopeful in the 48 kg category was forced to retire hurt earlier after a promising display. It will be worthwhile to point out that it was Indian Railways which took lead in raising the entire women wrestlers team of India for the first time and in a way provided a new career option and a sports to Indian women in the field of wrestling.

Sakshi Malik is presently working in the commercial department of the Delhi Division of Northern Railway. Indian Railways facilitated grooming of Sakshi Malik as an ace wrestler by providing all kinds of facilities, environment and incentives. The wrestling coach of Indian Railways Shri Kuldeep Malik worked hard to prepare the Railway women wrestlers for the mega event of the Olympics. The sports directorates of Indian Railways coordinated her training with the Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs at all stages.

As per the announcement made earlier by the Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu before the commencement of the Games, she will be awarded Rs. 50 lakh and will be promoted as a Gazetted officer and will be posted in the Zonal Railway of her choice.

Indian Railways has rich tradition to provide all out support for promoting sports & sports persons. Indian Railways has always been on forefront of sporting activities in the country. Over the years, right from the inception, Indian Railways sports persons have represented India in the Olympics, the Asiad and other International meets with great success. Almost one third of Indian contingents at Rio comprises of Railway sportspersons, which is by far the highest in any Olympics and thus showing Railways’ resolve to promote sports in the country. The sports persons nurtured by Indian Railways have proved their metal from time to time and brought laurels to the country.
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Central Secretariat Employees Seek Pay Parity - PIB

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Central Secretariat employees seek pay parity

A delegation of the Central Secretariat Stenographers' Service (CSSS) Association, called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and sought his intervention for parity in pay fixation and related issues. 

The delegation led by Shri Raj Kishore Singh submitted a memorandum listing details of their long pending issues and suggesting options to resolve the same. According to the memorandum, while applying Rule 8 of CCS (RP) Rules 2008, the pay of direct recruits and new entrants is fixed at higher stage, when compared to the existing employees who were promoted in the same grade. This leads to discrimination in the fixation of pay of Personal Assistants of one category vis-à-vis the other category. 

The memorandum also stated that the issue has been lingering on in the National Anomaly Committee for the last four years, but it has not been addressed. It pleaded that the mechanism of grant of “stepping up” to certain employees should be provided only in exceptional cases and not resorted to as a routine matter to sort out discrepancies which may affect a large number of employees. 

Members of the delegation suggested that their issue can be addressed by incorporating a new provision in the Rules wherein if a promotee’s pay is getting fixed at a stage lower than that of a direct recruit, then the pay of the promotee should be fixed at the same stage as that of a direct recruit / new entrant. The other option suggested by them was to amend the CCS (RP) Rules so as to appropriately fix the pay in the Pay Band for a particular post carrying a specific Grade Pay. 

Dr Jitendra Singh gave a sympathetic hearing to the members of delegation and assured them that DoPT will try to sort out their issue to the maximum extent possible. 
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Setting up of Anomaly Committee to settle the Anomalies arising out of the Implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission’s Recommendations

No.11/2/2016-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
JCA Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 16th August, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Setting up of Anomaly Committee to settle the Anomalies arising out of the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations.

The undersigned is directed to say that it has been decided that Anomaly Committees should be set up, consisting of representatives of the Officials Side and the Staff Side to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, subject to the following conditions, namely:

(1) Definition of Anomaly

Anomaly will include the following cases:

(a) where the Official Side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that any recommendation is in contravention of the principle or the policy enunciated by the Seventh Central Pay Commission itself without the Commission assigning any reason; and

(b) where the maximum of the Level in the Pay Matrix corresponding to the applicable Grade Pay in the Pay Band under the pre-revised structure, as notified vide CCS (RP) Rules 2016, is less than the amount an employee is entitled to be fixed at, as per the formula for fixation of pay contained in the said Rules”.

(2) Composition: 

There will be two levels of Anomaly Committees, National and Departmental, consisting of representatives of the Official Side and the Staff Side of the National Council and the Departmental Council respectively.

(3) The Departmental Anomaly Committee may be chaired by the Additional Secretary (Admn.) or the Joint Secretary (Admn.), if there is no post of Additional Secretary (Admn.). Financial Adviser of the Ministry / Department shall be one of the Member of the Departmental Anomaly Committee.

(4) The National Anomaly Committee will deal with anomalies common to two or more Departments and in respect of common categories of employees. The Departmental Anomaly Committee will deal with anomalies pertaining exclusively to the Department concerned and having no repercussions on the employees of another Ministry / Department in the opinion of the Financial Adviser.

(5) The Anomaly Committee shall receive anomalies through Secretary, Staff Side of respective Council upto six months from the date of its constitution and it will finally dispose of all the anomalies within a period of one year from the date of its constitution. Any recommendations of the Anomaly Committee to resolve the anomaly shall be subject to the approval of the Government.

(6) Cases where there is a dispute about the definition of “anomaly” and those where there is a disagreement between the Staff Side and the Official Side on the anomaly will be referred to and “Arbitrator” to be appointed out of a panel of names proposed by the two sides. However, this arbitration will not be a part of the JCM Scheme.

(7) The Arbitrator so appointed shall consider the disputed cases arising in the Anomaly Committees at the National as well as Department level.

(8) Orders regarding appointment of the Arbitrator and constitution of Anomaly Committee at National Level will be issued separately. All Ministries / Departments are accordingly requested to take urgent action to set up the Anomaly Committees for settlement of anomalies arising out of implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, as stipulated above.

Sd/-
(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11_2_2016-JCA-16082016A.pdf
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Non Payment of HRA as per the Rates Recommended by 7th Pay Commission – A Great Disappointment

Non Payment of HRA as per the Rates Recommended by 7th Pay Commission – A Great Disappointment

The Seventh Pay Commission submitted its report to the Central Government in November 2015. Among the most eagerly-anticipated topics was the recommendations regarding the House Rent Allowances. Typically, an employee spends more than a third of his/her salary on house rent. Keeping in mind this huge and unavoidable expense for Central Government employees living in major cities, the Sixth Pay Commission had recommended that 10, 20 and 30 percent of the Basic Pay be given as HRA.

The various Central Government employee unions and Federations requested the Seventh Pay Commission to recommend to the government that the percentage of HRA be increased. To everybody’s surprise, the Seventh Pay Commission recommended that the government reduce the HRA to 8, 16, and 24 percent. Although many reasons were given for this recommendation, the employees were hugely disappointed. Since the recommendations will be applied for the next ten years, there was a strong demand for the previous HRA levels to continue. As a consequence, all the Central Govt Employee’s Federations began to put pressure on the Central Government to increase the percentage of HRA. This also became one of their most important demands.

The Central Government, meanwhile, bought time for itself by announcing the formation of an Empowered Committee to look into the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. There is no news about the Empowered Committee report, as of this date.

On June 29, the central cabinet gave its approval to the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. It was announced that a committee would be constituted under the leadership of the Finance Secretary, to look into the issue of various allowances, including the HRA. The committee would be advised to present its report in four months. Until then, HRA will be issued as per the pre-revised pay and rates.

During the negotiations that were held to prevent a nationwide indefinite strike(July 11), this issue was discussed in detail. The government agreed to constitute a high-level committee. It was said that the government had “indirectly accepted” the recommendations made by the high-level committee regarding the HRA.

On July 25, the government confirmed the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission by publishing it in the official Notification & Gazette. There was no change regarding the HRA.

The employees meanwhile recollect, with surprise, the four months’ time that was given to the special committee for discussing the HRA issue. The announcement that the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations will be followed until the committee announces its decision, is considered to be the biggest disappointment of them all.

HRA plays the most important role in salary increment. The employees feel that as per the percentages recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission, the HRA should be given from this month’s salary onwards. Some feel that the arrears in the HRA could have been paid later.

Why is the government hesitating to implement it?

Source:http://7thcpctools.in/7th-central-pay-commission/non-payment-of-hra-as-per-the-rates-recommended-by-7th-pay-commission-a-great-disappointment/
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Setting Up of a High Level Committee to Review the Minimum Wage Multiplication Factor - NAJCM

Setting Up of a High Level Committee to Review the Minimum Wage Multiplication Factor - NAJCM

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

Ph.: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side) 
Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com

No.NC-JCM-2016/7th CPC

August 12, 2016

Shri Arun Jaitley,
Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Govt of India,
North Block,
New Delhi

Sub: Setting up of a high level committee to review the Minimum Wage Multiplication Factor

Ref: Our letter of even No. dated 26.7.2016.

Dear Sir,

We solicit your kind reference to the discussion, the representatives of NJCA had with you in the presence of the Honourable Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh and the Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu and the MOS (R) Shri Manoj Sinha on 30th June, 2016.

We were expecting a quick action on the part of the Government to operationalise the assurance of setting up a high level Committee 10 go into the Minimum wage, Multiplication factor etc. However, we are disappointed that even after a lapse of more than a month no order has been issued by the Government in this regard.

The employees, as you are aware, were angry over the arbitrary determination of the minimum wage by the 7th CPC by mutilating the Dr. Aykhroyd formula and also the propornate multiplication factor.

We, therefore, appeal to you that the concerned authorities may be asked to expedite the issuance of orders setting up the committee and finalization of the Report within the available time of remaining three months.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary

Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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Monday, August 15, 2016

NJCA CIRCULAR – DATED – 12th AUGUST 2016

NCJA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi — 110055

No.NJC/2016/7th CPC

August 12, 2016

To
All Constituents of NJCA

 Dear Comrades,

We have been receiving communication from various organizations as also from individual employees after the promulgation of the notification by the Government on 7th CPC recommendations. Most of these communications had been to express the anxiety and in some cases anger too over the delay in setting up the high level committee, assured by the Group of Minister to review the minimum wage and multiplication factor.

We have been pursuing the said issue on a day to day basis and we are fully appreciative of the apprehensions expressed in many of these letters. Since the decision making in the Government is a long procrastinated matter involving various levels and departments, such delays are not uncommon. But we have been informed as to why the assurances held out have not been translated into action.

We have also noted that in the absence of the JCM functioning especially at the Departmental levels of various Ministries, the department specific anomalies and demands are not being subjected to any meaningful negotiations with the respective organizations. We have addressed the Cabinet Secretary to hold a special discussion with us on this subject immediately. Copy of our letter is enclosed.

On 12th August, 2016, we have met the Secretary Pensions to convey our strong resentment over the decision to allow the Option No. 1 given to the pensioners to be implemented subject to feasibility. We have reiterated that while we are open to discussion as to the methodology of verification of the claims of individual petitions in respect of Option No.1, we would not be able to countenance of the non implementation of the recommendation of the 7th CPC on the flimsy ground of non availability of records.

The available NJCA members met today at Delhi to review the situation in the background of the feeling conveyed to us through letters from various organizations. We have after taking note of the anxiety expressed and the ongoing discussions with various authorities over the setting up of the high level committee to wait up to the end of this month before we embark upon any action for the setting upon of the said high level committee. The employees may be apprised of this decision through the requisite campaign programme.

In the meantime, we must endeavour to support the one day strike action slated for 2nd September, 2016 for which the call has been given by the Central Trade Unions (including independent Federations) to the best of the ability of the respective organizations as the objective of the strike is the betterment of the working people in our country.

7th CPC Anomalies

All the Constituents Organizations are requested to forward the various anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th CPC notification / CCS (RP) Rules 2016 to the Staff Side office with brief / illustration etc. within in 15 days from today so as to enable us to study and forward the same to the Anomaly committee for settlement.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convener

Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Seventh Pay Commission Committee for Allowances

Seventh Pay Commission Committee for Allowances

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA

STARRED QUESTION NO-244
ANSWERED ON-09.08.2016

Seventh Pay Commission Committee for allowances

244 . Shri Ram Kumar Kashyap

(a) the steps being taken by the Government for implementing the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission;
(b) the details of the Committee constituted regarding allowances and minimum pay, domain and time-limit thereof;
(c) by when the recommendations of the Commission regarding pay and allowances will be actually implemented; and
(d) the reasons for delay in this regard?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF FINANCE
(SHRI ARUN JAITELY)

A statement is laid on the Table of the House.

Statement Annexed with the Rajya Sabha Starred Question No. 244 for 09.08.2016 by Shri Ram Kumar Kashyap on Seventh Pay Commission Committee for Allowances

(a) to (d): The Government has decided to implement the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission relating to pay, pension and related issues. The resolution on Government decisions has been issued on 25.07.2016. The matters relating to pay and pension, as decided by the Government, have been implemented with effect from 01.01.2016. In view of the significant departure from the existing provisions recommended by the 7th CPC and a number of representations received from Employee Associations and other stakeholders in this regard, the Government has decided that recommendations on allowances, other than Dearness Allowance, be examined by a Committee comprising Finance Secretary as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health and Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Posts and Chairman, Railway Board as Members for examination before taking a final decision. The Committee has been asked to submit its report within four months. This Committee has been constituted on 22.07.2016 and the first meeting of the Committee has been held on 04.08.2016.

Source:http://rajyasabha.nic.in
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Features of Tatkal Scheme in Railways

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Railways

Features of Tatkal Scheme in Railways 

Adequate safeguards have been built in the scheme to avoid misuse of the Tatkal scheme, some of which are as under: 

i. One of the passengers booked on the ticket has to show the prescribed proof of identity (in original) during journey failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket are treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. 

ii. No refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal ticket. 

iii. The facility of change of name is not permitted on the booking made under Tatkal Scheme. 

iv. The timings of opening of booking under Tatkal scheme on the opening day of reservation have been staggered to 1000 hours & 1100 hours on the previous day of journey from train originating station for AC and non-AC classes respectively. 

v. Authorised ticketing agents have been restricted from booking Tatkal tickets during the first thirty minutes of opening of Tatkal booking i.e. from 1000 hours to 1030 hours and from 1100 hours to 1130 hours. 

vi. Web service agents have been permitted to book only one Tatkal ticket per train per day. 

vii. Maximum four passengers per PNR for Tatkal Tickets. Individuals are allowed only 2 Tatkal tickets per IP Address from 1000 hours to 1200 hours permissible and maximum number of tickets allowed to an individual user is 6 per month. 

viii. Automatic log out after completion of one transaction. 

Whenever any instance of misuse of Tatkal scheme was brought to the notice, the root cause for such misuse was examined and remedial steps were taken by modifying the provisions of the scheme to plug the loopholes. Centralized statistics, State/Union territory wise regarding instances of such misuse is not maintained. However, since 2014 till date, instructions regarding modification in Tatkal scheme have been issued on six occasions. This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 10.08.2016 (Wednesday). 
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Training Programme for Government Servants to Deal with General Public

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Training Programme for Government Servants to Deal with General Public 

The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances has created an online Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) on which grievances can be lodged from anywhere, anytime by an aggrieved citizen regarding deficiency in public service delivery. Some of the grievances lodged on CPGRAMS could also be due to the petitioner not being satisfied with the efficiency or behaviour of the Government servants. 

Development of professional, impartial and efficient civil service, which is responsive to the need of the citizen is the objective of the National Training Policy adopted in April 1996 and reviewed in the year 2012. 

Some of the key initiatives under the National Training Policy are Mid Career Training Programme (MCTP) for IAS officers to handle the next higher level of responsibilities, Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) to upgrade the knowledge and skills of IAS, CSS, State Civil Services and Group ‘A’ Officers working under the Central Staffing Scheme, long term domestic post graduate programme to enhance the competence of mid career civil servants, Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration (APPPA) to prepare the senior civil servants for better governance with focus on citizen services and on the job in house one hour weekly training for better skill and efficiency in dealing with the demands of work place. 

This was stated by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Anubhav Mohanty in the Rajya Sabha Yesterday. 
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Amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Cabinet

Amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its ex-post facto approval for amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 by introducing the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Parliament. 

The maternity benefit Act 1961 protects the employment of women during the time of her maternity and entitles her of a 'maternity benefit' - i.e. full paid absence from work - to take care for her child. The act is applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more persons. The amendments will help 1.8 million (approx.) women workforce in organised sector.

The amendments to Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 are as follows:

• Increase Maternity Benefit from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for two surviving children and 12 weeks for more than two childern.

• 12 weeks Maternity Benefit to a 'Commissioning mother' and 'Adopting mother'.

• Facilitate'Work from home'. • Mandatory provision of Creche in respect of establishment having 50 or more employees. 

Justification:

• Maternal care to the Child during early childhood - crucial for growth and development of the child.

• The 44th, 45th and 46th Indian Labour Conference recommended enhancement of Maternity Benefits to 24 weeks. 

• Ministry of Women & Child Development proposed to enhance Maternity Benefit to 8 months.

• In Tripartite consultations, all stake holders, in general supported the amendment proposal.
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New Systems of Recruitment in Railways

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Railways

New Systems of Recruitment in Railways 

To reduce the time gap to fill up the vacancies in Railways, systems of ‘Online Applications’ and ‘Computer Based Tests’ (CBTs) in recruitment for Group ‘C’ and erstwhile Group ‘D’ posts, have been introduced through a series of pilot projects. Under this system, examination for 54 categories of Senior Section Engineers (SSEs) and Junior Engineers (JEs) have been conducted successfully in 2015. Based on the success of Computer Based Tests for SSEs and JEs, CBTs have also been conducted in three more subsequent examinations i.e. Special Recruitment Drive (SRD) for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) for Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) Under-Graduate Level, NTPC Graduate Level posts and another SRD for PWDs for erstwhile Group ‘D’ posts. 

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 10.08.2016 (Wednesday). 
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Seventh Central Pay Commission’s Recommendations — Revision of Pay Scales - Amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules Clarification Order issued by Dopt

No.AB.14017/13/2016-Estt.(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi
Dated: 9th August, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations — revision of pay scales- amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules

The recommendations of 7th CPC have been considered by the Government and the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 have been issued by Department of Expenditure vide Notification dated 25th July, 2016. Consequently, in place of the Pay Band and Grade Pay, the revised pay structure comprising the “LEVEL in the PAY MATRIX has come into effect. In the light of this, it has now been decided that the existing Service Rules/Recruitment Rules shall be amended by the Ministries/Departments by substituting the existing Pay Band and Grade Pay by the new pay structure i.e. “LEVEL in the PAY MATRIX” straightaway without making a reference to the Department of Personnel and Training (DOP&T)/Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The heading of column No.4 of the Schedule in RRs may be modified to “LEVEL in the PAY MATRIX”. Similarly, in column 11 of Recruitment Rules, for promotion the corresponding “Pay Band and Grade Pay” needs to be replaced with corresponding “LEVEL in the PAY MATRIX”. In cases where deputation is also one of the methods of recruitment, the field of selection for deputation which includes various grades should also reflect the corresponding “LEVEL in the PAY MATRIX”.

2. The above amendments may be carried out by 30th September, 2016.

Sd/-
(G. Jayanthi)
Director (E-I)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/14017_13_2016-Estt.RR-09082016.pdf
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Special Concessions to Central Government Employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached/subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control of Central Government.

No. 18016/1/2016-Estt.(L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, the 11th August, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Special concessions to Central Government Employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached/subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control of Central Government.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. No.18016/3/2011-Estt.(L) dated 20th April, 2015 on the subject mentioned above and to state that it has been decided by the competent authority to extend the package of concessions/incentives to Central Government employees working in Kashmir Valley for a further period of two years w.e.f. 01.01.2016. The package for two years is as per Annexure.

2. The package of incentives is uniformly applicable to all Ministries/ Departments and PSUs under the Government of India and they should ensure strict adherence to the rates prescribed in the package. The concerned Ministry/Department may ensure implementation and monitoring of the package in conformity with the approved package, and therefore, all Court cases in which verdicts are given contrary to the package would have to be contested by the Ministries/Departments concerned. 

Sd/-
(Mukul Ratra)
Director

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/18016_1_2016-Estt.L-11082016.pdf
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC — Fitment Factor and Pay Fixation for Running Staff-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)

No. IV/NFIR/7CPC(Imp)/2016/R.B.

Dated: 04/08/2016

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC — Fitment Factor and Pay Fixation for Running Staff-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’ s letter No. IV/NFIR/7CPC(Imp)/2016/R.B. dated 13/07/2016.
(ii) Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2 dated 02/08/2016 (RBE No.93/2016).

The Federation vide its letter dated 13/07/2016 requested the Railway Board that in view of 30% pay element of Running Staff needed to be taken for arriving at the “multiplier factor”, it was suggested to maintain the same at “3” instead of “2.57”. Federation is however disappointed to note that the Railway Board instead of following the simple procedure has complicated and mutilated the pay fixation formula/procedure of Running Staff as per illustration given in Annexure ‘C’ of Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2 dated 02/08/2016 (RBE No. 93/2016).

In this connection, the Federation brings to the notice of the Railway Board that in the Resolution circulated by the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide No. 12/2016-IC on 25th July 2016 in Para 12, it has been mentioned that in respect of Railway employees to whom Running Allowance is admissible, it will be ensured that the actual rise in pay at the time of initial fixation is about 14.29% as recommended by the Pay Commission. Federation feels sad to convey that the said decision of the Ministry of Finance has not been complied with by the Railway Ministry particularly in respect of Running Staff.

In case of Running Staff with Rs.1000/- Basic Pay, he will get Dearness Allowance Rs.1,625/-, thus, the total would be Rs.2,625/-. In terms of Gazette Para 12, minimum benefit 14.29% should be given to Running Staff. 14.29% of Rs.2,625/- is Rs.375/-. Thus Basic Pay + Dearness Allowance + Minimum Guaranteed Benefit = 1000 + 1625 + 375 = Rs.3,000/-. From this, it is clear that the Running Staff having Basic Pay of Rs.1000/- should be fixed at Rs.3000/-. But in the illustration given in RBE 93/2016, Running Staff with Basic Pay of Rs.19,930/- is fixed at Rs.58,694/-, which works out 12.19% which is clear violation of Para 12 of Gazette Notification.

In view of the above, the Annexure of Board’s letter dated 02/08/2016 is needed to be redrawn to ensure justice to the Running Staff. NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to consider the above points and issue modification immediately duly endorsing copy to the Federation.

Yours faithfully

Sd/-
Dr.M.Raghavaiah
General Secretary

Source:NFIR
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MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2566

TO BE ANSWERED ON 9TH AUGUST, 2016

MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES 2566. SHRI RAM KUMAR KASHYAP:

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state the details of medical facilities being provided to Central Government employees?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND
FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI FAGGAN SINGH KULASTE)

(i) Central Govt. employees drawing their salary from Central Civil Estimates of Government of India are covered under Central Govt. Health Scheme (CGHS) in the cities where CGHS is in operation.

Facilities available to Central Government employees under CGHS are as under :
1. OPD treatment and medicines from CGHS Wellness Centres
2. Specialist Consultation at Govt. Hospitals
3. Hospitalization at Govt. and CGHS empanelled hospitals
4. Investigations at Govt. and empanelled Diagnostic centres.

5. Medical consultation and dispensing of medicines in Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Unani and Siddha systems of medicine (AYUSH).

6. In case of emergency, CGHS beneficiaries can go to any hospital, empanelled or non-empanelled and avail medical treatment.

7. Reimbursement of expenses for treatment in Private unrecognized hospitals in case of emergency.

8. The beneficiary can go to any CGHS Wellness Centre in the country.

9. Reimbursement of expenses incurred for purchase of medical equipments such as hearing aid, hip/knee joint implants, artificial limbs, pace makers, ICD/Combo device, Neuro implants etc., as per the CGHS ceiling rates and guidelines.

(ii) Central Government employees who are not covered under CGHS are provided medical facilities under Central Service (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944. They can avail treatment from Central Government / State Govt. Hospitals and hospitals recognised by the State Govt./CGHS/CS (MA) as well as the hospitals fully funded by either Central Govt. or the State Govt. with the approval of the Head of the Department on the basis of medical prescription issued by the concerned Authorized Medical Attendant.

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