New Railway Time Table Effective from 15.8.2018

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New Railway Time Table Effective from 15.8.2018

Ministry of Railways will be releasing its new All India Railway Time Table known as “TRAINS AT A GLANCE (TAG)” effective from 15th August, 2018

Ministry of Railways

Ministry of Railways will be Releasing New All India Railway Time Table (Train at A Glance) With Effect From 15th August 2018

In addition to The “Trains at a Glance”, All Zonal Railways will also be Releasing their respective Zonal Railway Time Tables

The Ministry of Railways will be releasing its new All India Railway Time Table known as “TRAINS AT A GLANCE (TAG)” effective from 15th August, 2018. In addition to the “Trains at a Glance”, all the 17 Zonal Railways will also be releasing their respective Zonal Railway Time Tables (5 Zonal time tables in all, each Zonal Time Table comprising 3-4 Zonal Railways) which will also come into effect from 15th August, 2018. The new Trains at a Glance will also be available w.e.f. 15th August, 2018 on Indian Railways’ official website i.e. www.indianrailways.gov.in.

Important highlights of the new time table are as follows:

Overview

Indian Railways runs about 3500 reserved trains which include Gatiman Express, Rajdhani Express, Humsaafar Express, Tejas Express, Duronto Express, Antyodaya Express, Garib Rath Express, Shatabdi Express, Sampark Kranti Express, YUVA Express, Janshatabdi Express and other types of Express trains. This is in addition to about 4600 Passenger and 5000 EMU trains. The volume of passengers carried daily is about 2.22 million.

In addition, more than 36000 Special train trips were run during 2017-18 to clear extra rush and meet passenger demand. About 500 coaches were permanently augmented in about 300 trains to increase the carrying capacity.

III. Proliferation of new train services:
In the year 2017-18, 90 number of new services was introduced, 43 number of services were extended and increase in frequency of 9 number of services was done. In the current year upto 15.08.2018, 35 number of services have already been introduced, 28 number of services have been extended and increase in frequency of 5 number of services have been effected.

Till date, 23 Humsafar Express trains, 10 Antyodaya Express trains, 1 Tejas Express, 1 Uday Express which have already been introduced have been incorporated in the new Time Table. In addition, 1 Antyodaya Express train, 2 Tejas Express, 2 Uday Express trains still to be introduced have also been included.

After a review of lie over periods of rakes at destinations it was noticed that rake utilization can be further improved. The review revealed that rakes of trains that were having lie overs at the terminals can be utilized for providing new services, extending existing services and increase the frequency of some trains. Accordingly 24 new trains, 66 extension of trains and 4 increase in frequency of trains which have already been started using the lie over rakes have been incorporated in the new Time Table w.e.f. 15.08.2018.

IV. Replacement of conventional Passenger trains with MEMU/DEMU: The short distance passenger trains especially having reversal enroute are being replaced by Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMUs) & Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs). In the year 2017-18, 57 number of conventional passenger services have been replaced by MEMUs/DEMUs thereby increasing the overall mobility of the system. In the current year, 50 conventional services have already been replaced by MEMU/DEMU upto 15.08.2018 and 50 more conventional services are planned to be replaced by 31.03.2019.

Corridor blocks: To provide sufficient time for the maintenance of the fixed infrastructure like track structure, signalling gears, overhead equipments, it has been planned to ensure provision of fixed corridor blocks. Zonal Railways have incorporated traffic corridor blocks of 2.5 to 3 hours duration in the new Working Time Table w.e.f. 15.08.2018. In the WTT 2018, the duration of corridor blocks is about 292 hours more than the corridor blocks available in WTT 2017.

VI. Mega blocks: In addition, 4 to 5 hours mega block has also been worked out in different sections of each Division on one day of the week (preferably Sunday) to carry out major maintenance works. In these mega blocks, all maintenance works including civil, over head traction (OHE), signal & telecommunication will be undertaken by pooling of resources to achieve maximum output. This will not only improve the reliability of the assets but also enhance the passenger safety. Mega blocks on more than 95% sections in all the Divisions of Indian Railways have been incorporated in the new time table. The intimation of mega block planned for Sunday is to be conveyed to Railway Board by Tuesday. In case mega block is availed, Zonal Railways may allow 2 hours corridor block on 3 alternate days in the week.

Charting at booked speed: The charting of trains having MPS of 110 Kmph has been carried out at 105 Kmph to the extent possible to reflect actual running. This will further help in improving the punctuality of the trains. The Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Tejas, Gatimaan, Humsafar, Garibrath, Duronto & Antyodaya Express trains having MPS of 130 Kmph have however been charted at 130 kmph.

Efforts to improve punctuality of late running trains: A careful analysis of the reasons for loss of punctuality has been carried out for trains regularly running late and necessary changes in the time table have been incorporated to improve punctuality.

IX. Replacement of conventional rakes by LHB rakes: To provide more safe and comfortable journey the conventional rakes are being replaced by LHB rakes. In the year 2017-18, 49 number of conventional rakes have been replaced by LHB rakes. In the current financial year, 48 rakes have already been replaced by LHB rakes upto 15.08.2018 and 66 more rakes are planned to be replaced by 31.03.2019.

Rationalization of terminals: To avoid criss-cross movement at important stations, the terminals of important trains have been changed. In the current financial year, terminals of 23 number of trains have been shifted. 12 trains in NR, 5 trains in NCR, 1 trains in ECR, 1 train in NWR & 4 trains in SCR have been shifted.

XI. Bye passing of terminals to avoid reversal: To streamline the operations by avoiding reversal, 20 trains have been shifted to adjacent terminals. In the current financial year, the terminals of 4 trains in SECR, 7 trains in WCR, 2 trains in ECoR, 5 trains in SER & 2 trains in NCR have been shifted.

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Amendment in essential qualification for Recruitment of Primary Teachers in KVS

Amendment in essential qualification for Recruitment of Primary Teachers in KVS

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan(Hqrs.)
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg,
New Delhi -110016

NOTICE

Dated: 14/08/2018

Subject: Amendment in essential qualification for Recruitment of Primary Teachers in KVS

In reference to NCTE notification dated 28.06.2018 regarding minimum qualification of Primary teacher, the following amendment has been made in the essential qualification for the post of Primary Teacher:

Essential:

1. Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known)

OR

Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and 4-year Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.)

OR

Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and 2-year Diploma in Education (Special Education)

OR

Graduation with atleast 50% marks and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)

*who has acquired the qualification of Bachelor of Education from any NCTE recognized institution shall be considered for appointment as a teacher in class I-V provided the person so appointed as a teacher shall mandatorily undergo a six month Bridge Course in Elementary Education recognized by the NCTE within two years of such appointment as Primary Teacher.

2. Qualified in the Central Teacher Eligibility Test conducted by the Govt. of India.

3. Proficiency to teach through Hindi & English media.

Desirable:
Knowledge of working on Computer.

sd/-
Joint Commissioner (Admn)

Source: http://kvsangathan.nic.in

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Change of date of holiday on account of Id-u-Zuha (Bakrid) during 2018 for all Central Government administrative offices

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DoPT Orders Aug 2018: Change of Id-u-Zuha (Bakrid) Holiday on 23.8.2018

F. No. 12/4/2018-JCA2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
JCA Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 14th August, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Change of date of holiday on account of Id-u-Zuha (Bakrid) during 2018 for all Central Government administrative offices located at Delhi / New Delhi.

As per list of holidays circulated vide this Ministry’s O.M.No.12/3/2017-JCA-2 dated the 14th June, 2017, the holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) falls on Wednesday the 22nd August, 2018. It has been brought to notice of this Ministry that in Delhi Id-ul-Zuha will be celebrated on 23rd August, 2018. Accordingly, it has been decided to shift the holiday to 23rd August, 2018 in place of 22nd August, 2018 as notified earlier, for all Central Government administrative offices at Delhi / New Delhi.

2. For Offices outside Delhi / New Delhi the Employees Coordination Committees or Head of Offices (where such Committees are not functioning) can decide the date depending upon the decision of the concerned State Government.

Hindi version will follow.

sd/-
(Jugal Singh)
Deputy Secretary Government of India

Source: http://dopt.gov.in/

 

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Change in Holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)

Change in Holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha

Bakrid

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Change in Holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)

All Central Government Administrative Offices located at Delhi/New Delhi shall remain closed on 23rd August, 2018 on account of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) holiday (in place of 22nd August, 2018).

Source: PIB

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Income Tax Relaxation on NPS Maturity Value

Income Tax Relaxation on NPS Maturity Value

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION No. 3975
TO BE ANSWERED ON FRIDAY, THE 10TH AUGUST, 2018

SHRI KONAKALLA NARAYANA RAO:
(a) whether the Government is contemplating to give tax rebate on the maturity value of the amount deposited under National Pension Scheme (NPS) like Public Provident Fund and if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether the Securities and Exchange Board of India has also recommended to this tax relaxation in the recently held Financial Stability and Development Council meeting and if so, the details thereof; and
(c) the stand of the Government in this regard?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI SHIV PRATAP SHUKLA)

(a) No Madam. Currently, Government is not contemplating to give any tax rebate on the maturity value of the amount deposited under National Pension Scheme (NPS) like Public Provident Fund. In this context, it may be noted that under the existing provisions of the Income tax Act, 1961 the following payments from the National Pension System Trust are exempt:
(i) up to 40% of the total amount payable to an assessee on closure of his account or on his opting out of a Pension Scheme; and
(ii) partial withdrawal by an employee from NPS up to 25% of own contribution.
(b) No.
(c) Does not arise.

Source: https://loksabha.nic.in/

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Retirement Age of Doctors: Amendment in FR-56

Provided that the age of superannuation in respect of the doctors belonging to the General Duty Medical Officers sub-cadre of Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles and Specialist Medical officers of Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles shall be sixty-five years.

Retirement Age of Doctors: Amendment in FR-56

The Gazette of India
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 11th August, 2018

G.S.R. 767(E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Fundamental Rules, 1922, namely :-

1. Short title and commencement.- (1)These rules may be called the Fundamental (Second Amendment) Rules, 2018.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Fundamental Rules, 1922, in rule 56, for clause (bb), the following shall be substituted, namely: “(bb) (i) The age of superannuation in respect of the doctors belonging to –

(i) Central Health Service;
(ii) Indian Railways Medical Service;
(iii) AYUSH and working under the Ministry of AYUSH;
(iv) Civilian doctors under the Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Service;
(v) Medical Officers of the Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service;
(vi) Dental Doctors under the Department of Health and Family Welfare;
(vii) Dental doctors under the Ministry of Railways; and
(viii) General Duty Medical Officers, Specialist Grade doctors and Teaching Medical Faculty working in Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre,

shall be sixty-two years unless they exercise the option of posting to Teaching, Clinical, Patient Care, Implementation of Health programmes, Public Health programmes and functions including advisory and consultancy depending on their expertise and experience, as decided by the competent authority in the concerned Ministry or Department from time to time, in case they desire to continue in their service upto the age of sixty-five years:

Provided that the age of superannuation in respect of the doctors belonging to the General Duty Medical Officers sub-cadre of Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles and Specialist Medical officers of Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles shall be sixty-five years.

(ii) The serving doctors belonging to the services referred to in sub-clause (i) who have either already attained the age of sixty-two years or attaining the age of sixty-two years within six months from the date of publication of these amendment rules in the Official Gazette, may exercise their option in regard to their posting to Teaching, Clinical, Patient Care, Implementation of Health programmes, Public Health programmes and functions including advisory and consultancy as specified in sub-clause (i), within a period of thirty days from the date of the commencement of the Fundamental (Second Amendment) Rules, 2018.

(iii) The serving doctors who fail to exercise the option in regard to their posting to Teaching, Clinical, Patient Care, Implementation of Health programmes, Public Health programmes and functions including advisory and consultancy as specified in sub-clause (i), within the period specified in sub- clause (ii), shall be superannuated form their service on attaining the age of sixty-two years or on expiry of a period of thirty days from the date of the commencement of the Fundamental (Second Amendment) Rules, 2018, whichever is later.”

[F. No. 25012/4/2016-Estt.(A-IV)]
GYANENDRA DEV TRIPATHI, Jt. Secy.

 

Note : The Fundamental Rules were published in the Gazette of India on the 1st day of January, 1922 and were last amended vide notification number G.S.R. 27(E), dated the 5th January, 2018.

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VETERAN PATIENT CARE AND ASSISTANCE (VPCA) TEAMS -A VIGILANCE MECHANISM IN ECHS

Veteran Patient Care and Assistance (VPCA) Teams – A vigilance Mechanism in ECHS

DG (DC & W)
Adjutant General’s Branch
Integrated HQ of MoD (Army)
South Block
New Delhi – 110 011

B/49717-C(VIG)/AG/ECHS

12 Jul 2018

VETERAN PATIENT CARE AND ASSISTANCE (VPCA) TEAMS -A VIGILANCE MECHANISM IN ECHS

Gen

1. Ex Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) is a welfare oriented scheme providing effective healthcare to Ex Servicemen and their dependents. Since in 2003, the scheme has expanded exponentially and has nearly 52 lakh beneficiaries today throughout the length and breadth of the country.

2. There is a need to institute a vigilance framework with a nominated nodal officer at each echelon of the scheme to introduce checks and balances in the system to ensure its efficient and effective functioning . The vigilance frame work so instituted will pay attention to the following aspects with a mechanism to detect, analyse and take corrective and preferably pre-emptive :-

(a) Ensure ECHS benefits are not availed by unauthorized persons.

(b) Check unethical practices I exploitation of ESMs by empanelled facilities.

(c) Monitor referral to empanelled facilities and carry out checks to negate unauthorized treatments/or claims.

Handling of ECHS Issues/Subject/Tasks

3. Tech issues relating to billing, claims and MoA with empanelled hospitals are dealt by Regional Centres of ECHS. All adm issues of Polyclinics are handled by Stn HQ.

4. Regional Centres (RC) ECHS. Comments/ assistance/inv/vigilance on following issues are carried out through RCs:-

(a) MoA with empanelled hospitals therefore complaints regarding empanelled hospitals/Harassment in empanelled hospitals.

(b) Claims/Billing issues of empanelled hospitals.

(c) Indl reimbursement claims received by RC from Polyclinics.

5. Stn HQs. Stn HQs handle the following issues:-

(a) Adm of Polyclinics.

(b) Card making of beneficiaries.

(c) Contractual employment.

(d) Medicine availability through SEMO.

(e) C of I / detailed inv in empanelled hosp or service hosp.

Vigilance Cells

6. A feedback on the satisfactory functioning of Pilot Project at three stations has been obtained. It is now planned to institute the vigilance framework in 14 other major ECHS stations, to include Ambala, Bareilly, Channai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Jammu,Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Meerut, Patna, Pune and Ranchi.

7. Composition of Vigilance Cell. The ECHS Vigilance Cell will function under the Stn Cdr and will incorporate a contractual Doctor/serving AMC officer for On-Spot verification of cases of alleged medical negligence/ violation of MoA. It will be composed as under:-

(a) OIC Team. Medical Offr (when accompanying) CMP JCO/NCO.

(b) CMP Team. Two CMP pers (JCO/NCO) in a light vehicle/MC.

(c) Medical Team. One Medical Offr (serving/contractual from ECHS) to be co-opted for all investigations related to hospitals/having examination of medical aspects. Serving offr may be also co-opted under arngs of Stn Cdr.

8. Tasks of Vigilance Cell. While not exhaustive, some of the tasks will be:-

(a) At Polyclinics.

(i) Investigate irregularities I fraudulence by contractual staff.

(ii) Physical verification of ESM and dependents (card and self attested proforma)

(iii) Review adm functioning of Polyclinics when so detailed by Stn I Sub Area I Area HQs on specific instructions

(iv) Surprise physical check of Medicines I Dispensary.

(v) Surprise physical verification of ESM/dependents.

(vi) Check use of ambulance/equipment with Polyclinic.

(vii) Avlb of complaint/Grievance Book and redressal/Comments.

(b) At Regional Centres.

(i) Check BPA verifiers at Regional Centres and any wrong practices by Hospital reps.

(ii) Check process of receipt of bills.

(iii) Ensure process of First in First Out (FIFO) in billing/ as specified by Central Org.

(iv) Monitor hospital representatives visiting for empanelment process.

(v) Security procedure of Regional Centre premises.

(c) At Hospitals/Diagnostic Centres/Labs.

(i) Periodic/Surprise Checks of Empanelled Facilities and patients admitted.

(ii) Physical verification of patients at non-empanelled facilities when so directed.

(iii) Investigate individual cases of fraudulence by beneficiaries .

(iv) Carry out preliminary investigation wrt complaints received at Regional Centre, if so directed by Director Regional Centre. These will be fwd to Stn Cdr being the nodal agency for check.

(v) Assist in medical audits if ordered by Regional Centres / Higher Headquarters .

Investigations and Reporting

9. Investigations. All complaints/reports are to be forwarded to Stn HQ in confidence irrespective of the subject being dealt by any agency. The Stn Cdr will brief the team and allocate the task to them in confidence. No prior info will be made available to vigilance cell members for surprise checks to avoid confidentiality being compromised. Routine and planned checks can be pre-decided.

10. Reporting. Reports will be of two types, viz/Incident/Info Report and Monthly Report. Reports of Vigilance Cell will be forwarded through Stn HQ SO (ECHS) to Area/Sub Area HQ (Dir ECHS/Dir Veteran) to Command HQ (SO ECHS) to Central Org ECHS (Dir C & L). All cases of misuse, fraud and harassment will be reported.

(a) Incident/Info Report. This report will be initiated by the Stn HQ to imdt higher HQ in chain of command within seven days of investigation being completed, with copy to all echelons of Comd till Comd HQ and Central Organisation ECHS (Dir C & L) for prompt action. Report should be passed immediately on telephone depending on gravity of input, to all concerned and followed up by return report so that corrective measures are not delayed. The format is as per Appendix A (in cases where delinquency in respect of serving pers come to notice, it will also be info to HQ Comd (DV) and DV Dte/AG’s Br by Comd (SO ECHS) and Central Organisation ECHS respectively.)

(b) Monthly Report. A monthly report on surprise checks carried out during the month by the Vigilance Team will be forwarded to Central Org ECHS as per format on Appendix B by 20th of next month by the Comd HQ (SO ECHS).

11. Report. The report by the Vigilance Team for various est will be rendered as per u/m formats:-

(a) Empanelled Hospital – Appendix C.

(b) Regional Centre – Appendix D.

(c) Polyclinic – Appendix E.

12. Check list. A suggested check list for the Vigilance Team is at Appendix F.

13. The Stn Cdr will compile the activities of the vigilance team and render a ground report after three months to Central Org ECHS through comd channel with recommendations/inputs to refine the vigilance mechanism.

(Yogendra Dimri)
Lt Gen
DG (DC&W)

Source: echs.gov.in

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Centralized online GPF Module roll out

Centralized online GPF Module roll out – Pre-requisites for on boarding the online GPF Module

MF-CGA/ITD/GPF-IMS/2017/PE-3/1028-39
Government of India
M/o Finance, Department of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts

Mahalekha Niyantrak Bawan
GPO Complex, ‘E’ Block
INA, New Delhi-110023
Dated 01st Aug, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Centralized online GPF Module roll out – regarding

Reference is invited to this office OM. No. ITO-CGA/07/11/GF-MIDS/Pt. FileNol.2/163 dated 09 May 2017 regarding complete roll out of Centralized online GPF module. The module can be implemented in PAOs whose all DDOs are using Employees Information System (EIS) for generation of Salary Bills.

2. For migrating to the online GPF module on PFMS, PAOs have to complete some activities in “COMPACT” as per the annexure-I before exporting the GPF data from COMPACT to PFMS portal.

3. The merged DDOs of the PAOs are also required to upload the current year GPF data on the PFMS Portal. Merged DDOs have been provided with an offline utility with in EIS to enter data for uploading.

4. In view of the above, all Pr. CCAs, CCAs, CAs (with independent charge) are requested to direct the PAOs under their control to complete the activities mentioned in Annexure-I in COMPACT at the earliest possible.

Sd/-
(Anupam Raj)
Asstt. Controller General of Accounts

Annexure-I

Pre-requisites for on boarding the online GPF Module

1. General/Basic Information like Name, Date of Birth, Date of Joining Government Service, PAN Number of all GPF subscribers may be verified and updated

2. GPF Accounts of subscribers may be made up to date with posting of GPF credit/debit data.

3. May be ensured that noGPF bill is pending for pass and payment.

4. Voucher Incorporation from PFMS to COMPACT may be done for all Bills.

5. Opening Balances of current F.Y. may be verified and interest calculation and finalization of interest of previous year may be completed and data is transferred to F.Y.2018-19.

6. It may be ensured that any discrepancy, if noticed has been removed before shifting to PFMS.

7. May be ensured that GPF Advance recoveries data is correct.

8. It may be ensured to register Digital signature Certificate (DSC) in COMPACT.

9. Before creating final file, PAO should take backup of the data base.

10. GPF Accounts which are transferred out or final payment made may be closed at DH level through the option “Account Closing”.

Source: cga.nic.in

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Non-disclosure to draw penal provisions

Ministry of Women and Child Development

Disclosure of compliance under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act in the Annual Reports of Private companies now made Mandatory: Ministry of Corporate Affairs amends the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014.

“A major step towards making the workplace safe for the women in the private sector”: Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Non-disclosure to draw penal provisions

13 AUG 2018

In order to ensure safe workplaces for Women in the private sector, the Ministry of Women and Child had requested Hon’ble Minister for Corporate Affairs to mandate the disclosure regarding implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act in the Directors Report of every company. Vide its notification dated 31.07.2018,the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has amended the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014, issued under Section-134 of the Companies Act, by inserting clause(X) as follows:-

“A statement that the Company has complied with provisions relating to the constitution of Internal Complaints Committee under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013″.

While thanking Hon’ble Minister for Corporate Affairs, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi stated that, “this is a major step towards making the workplace safe for the women in the private sector”. Smt. Gandhi also stated that she will be requesting SEBI to suitably incorporate this disclosure in the Corporate Governance reports of the listed Companies. This will cast as ever higher responsibility on the Directors of these Companies for implementation of the Act.

It may be noted that Section-134 of the Companies Act, 2013 provides the disclosure framework which the Directors of every company are required to comply with in the Annual Reports. This section also includes the penal provisions for non-disclosure. The inclusion of the compliance under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act in the non-financial disclosures will ensure that the issue gets into the focus into Board of Directors of the companies

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has been making continuous efforts to mainstream the implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013. Detailed Rules under the Act were issued. It was ensured that all the ministries/ departments under the central government as well as the organizations working directly under them constitute the Internal Complaints Committee as mandated under them Act. A number of instructions have been issued by the DoPT on the request of the ministry to provide immediate relief to the women working in central government against sexual harassment at workplace. The ministry has also empanelled a number of entities who can provide training to any organization on effective implementation of the provisions of the Act. The ministry has provided a facility to all working women to file complaints under this Act directly with the ministry through the SHE-Box.

Please, click here, for the complete notification by the Ministry of Corporate affairs.

PIB

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Increase of fitment factor under 7th CPC

Increase of fitment factor from 2.57 to 3.68 under 7th CPC – Latest official statement before PM’s Independence Day speech

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-2273
ANSWERED ON-07.08.2018

Increase of fitment factor under 7th CPC

2273 . Shri Ravi Prakash Verma
Shri Neeraj Shekhar

(a) whether Government is contemplating to increase fitment factor from 2.57 to 3.68 under 7th CPC to all pay levels, as demanded by employees associations;

(b) if so, the details thereof and by when it would be announced; and

(c) if not, the reasons for betrayal from assurances given by Home Minister and Railway Minister etc. to employees associations in 2016?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN)

(a) to (c): The Minimum Pay of Rs. 18,000 p.m. and Fitment Factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration.

Source: Rajya Sabha

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Implement the MACP Scheme from 01.01.2006: NCJCM writes to DoPT

Implement the MACP Scheme from 01.01.2006: NCJCM writes to DoPT

Dated: August 7, 2018

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New delhi-110001

No.NC-JCM-2017/MACP
The Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training,
North Block, New Delhi

Sub:- Item No.2,10 and 48 of the Joint Committee of MACP – Agenda items of the Standing Committee
Ref:- 1. This office letter of even number dated 16/01/2018 and 27/03/2018
2. MOD letter No.14(1)/99-D(AG) dated 25th July 2018

Dear Sir,

This office vide Letters referred at 1 above dated 16/01/2018 and 27/03/2018 has represented to your good self to make the MACP scheme effective from 1/1/2006 since the Hon’ble Supreme Court in its order in WP 3744 of 2016 dated 08/12/2017 in the matter of UOI Vs Shri Balbir Singh Turn & Anr has directed the Govt. of India to implement the MACP Scheme retro spectively from 1/112006. Till date we have not received any positive response from the DOPT. However the MOD vide letter referred at 2 above (copy enclosed) have now issued instructions to implement the MACP Scheme w.e.f. 1/1/2006 to the Armed Force Personnel by implementing the Hon’ble Supreme Court judgment. Having implemented the judgment to one set of employees and denying the same to the similarly placed employees is discriminatory and unjustified.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that judicial decisions in matter of a general nature should be extended to all similarly placed employees. In the case of Inderpal Yadav Vs Union of India (1985) SCC 648, the Apex court has held as Under:-

“Those who could not come to the court need not be at a comparative disadvantage position to those who rushed in here, if they are otherwise similarly situated, they are entitled to similar treatment”

In view of the above to avoid multiplicity of litigations on the matter and since the item is also before the Joint Committee on MACP, it is requested that Govt. orders may please be issued for implementing the MACP Scheme w.e.f 1/1/2006. While issuing such an order, it may also be clarified that the employees who were granted the benefit of ACP between 1.1.2006 to 31.08.2008 are not adversely affected and no recovery is ordered from them in this connection.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary

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Revision of ceiling rates for reimbursement of the cost of Cardiac pacemaker, AlCD, Combo-device, Rotablator and Aortic Stent Graft for beneficiaries of CGHS/CS(MA) Rules

Revision of ceiling rates for reimbursement of the cost of Cardiac pacemaker, AlCD, Combo-device, Rotablator and Aortic Stent Graft for beneficiaries of CGHS/CS(MA) Rules.

Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS
Office of the Director, CGHS

No: S-11011/29/2018-CGHS(HEC)/ DIR/CGHS

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 6th August, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Revision of ceiling rates for reimbursement of the cost of Cardiac pacemaker, AlCD, Combo-device, Rotablator and Aortic Stent Graft for beneficiaries of CGHS/CS(MA) Rules.

With reference to the above subject attention is drawn to the OM No 12034/02/2014/Misc./- CGHS D.lll dated 22nd July 2014 vide which ceiling rates for reimbursement of the cost of Cardiac pacemaker, AICD, Combo-device, Rotablator and Aortic Stent Graft for beneficiaries of CGHS/CS (MA) Rules were prescribed and to state that the matter has been reviewed by the Ministry and it is decided to revise the ceiling rates as per the details given under:

Sl.No. Cardiac Device Ceiling Rate
1 Single Chamber Cardiac Pacemaker without Rate Response Rs.34,840/- + GST
2 Single Chamber Cardiac Pacemaker with Rate Response Rs. 44,9281-+ GST
3 Dual Chamber Cardiac Pacemaker Rs.83,200/-+ GST
4 Bi-Ventricular Cardiac Pacemaker Rs.1,95,000/-+ GST
5 Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (Single Chamber) (ICD/AICD-Single Chamber) Rs.1,75 786/-4+ GST
6 Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (Dual Chamber) (ICD/AICD-Single Chamber) Rs. 3,75,000/-+ GST
7 Combo Device (CRT-D) Rs, 4.90,000/-+ GST
8 Aortic Stent Graft (expandable, bifurcated and including delivery system) Rs. 4,40.960/- + GST
9 Rotablator with Advancer Rs.49,920/-+ GST
10 Rotablator Burr Rs.23,920/-+ GST

2. Other terms and conditions prescribed under OM No 12034/02/2014/Misc./-CGHS D.III dated 22nd July 2014 shall remain unchanged.

3. These rates shall remain valid till the rates for the above devices are notified by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).

4. Issued with the concurrence of SS&FA, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide CD – No.1295 dated 25.07.2018.

(Dr. Atul Prakash)
Director, CGHS

 

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DoP&T Clarification on CEA, OTA, Honorarium, Leave etc

DoP&T Clarification on CEA, OTA, Honorarium, Leave etc

No.I-I 1020/1/2014-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Establishment (Allowance) Section
Questions Answer

Children Education Allowance

1    Whether reimbursement of Children Education Allowance is admissible for the:
(a)  Nursery/LKG/UKG as there is no provision of recognition of these classes in most of the States/UTs; Reimbursement is permissible only if the child is studying in a recognised educational institution. 
(b) Third child if either of the first two children is disabled to the extent that he/she cannot go to school; Reimbursement is allowed to only the two eldest surviving children of the Government servant except when the rd child birth results in multiple births or the 34 child is born due to failure of sterilization operation.
(c)The children borne out of second marriage or the children of second wife/husband in additions to children from first marriage;  Reimbursement is allowed to only the two eldest surviving children of the Government servant.
(d)Entitlement of number of Note Books. Reimbursement is permissible for any number of note books as may be prescribed by the recognised educational institution.
OTA/NDA
2 The reasons for not enhancing rates of OTA/NDA The 5th and the 6m Central pay Commission did not recommend enhancement of rates of OTAJNDA.

Honorarium/Fee

3 Whether honorarium is payable to the Chairperson/members of the DPC and also such other /departmental Committees, viz., Committee on Sexual Harassments at work place, etc.? In terms of the provisions of FR46 (b), the central government may grant or permit a government servant to receive an honorarium as remuneration for work performed which is occasional or intermittent in character and either so laborious or of such special merit as to justify a special reward. Except when special reasons, which should be recorded in writing, exist for a departure    from   this  provision,
sanction to the grant or acceptance of an honorarium should not be given unless the work has been undertaken with the prior consent of the Central Government and its account has been settled in advance.
Guidelines    for     payment   of Honorarium under FR 46 (b) have already been laid down inter alia vide this Department’s OM No. 17011/9/85- Est. (AL), dated 23.12.1985     and   OMNo.
17020/1/91-  Estt.   (AL), dated 18.11.1991.  It has also  been clarified that no honorarium should be granted for temporary increases in work.
4 Whether retention of “Fee” for delivering lectures in Government/private bodies is permissible? As per para 6 of DoP&T’s O.M.
No.16013/1/79-Estl(AL)  datedI lth February, 1980, payments received by Government servants as income from books, articles, papers and lectures on literary, cultural, artistic, technological and scientific subjects including management sciences; will not be subject to crediting one-third of the amount to the general revenues
5. Establishment (Leave) Section:
Whether male Government servant, who is single parent, can be allowed Child Care Leave? No. CCL can be granted to female employees only.
6.    Whether Bond on Study Leave can be transferred from Central Government to State Government? No.  Bond    executed by the Government  servant  while proceeding on study leave cannot be transferred on  his/her appointment in State Government / PSU/ Autonomous bodies.
7.    What is the limit of leave encashment while availing LTC by dependents or spouse within the same block year? The Government  Servants governed by the CSS (Leave) Rules, 1972 and entitled to avail LTC may en-cash earned leave up to 10 days at the time of availing both types of LTCs., i.e., ‘Hometown’ and ‘Anywhere in India’. However, when the one and the same LTC is being availed of by the Government Servant and his family members separately in a block year, encashment of leave would be restricted to one occasion only.

(Narendra Gautam)
Under Secretary to the Govt of India

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Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief Under 7th Pay Commission

Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief Under 7th Pay Commission

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3948
ANSWERED ON: 10.08.2018

DA under 7th CPC

RAMESH BAIS
(a) whether the Dearness Relief of 119 per cent as effective from 1st July, 2015 was the last one taken into consideration by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) while recommending the formulae for revision of pension for civilian personnel including Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) who retired before 01.01.2016 and if so, the details thereof;
Ans (SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN): The pension of Central Government employees including personnel of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), who retired prior to 1.1.2016, has been revised w.e.f. 1.1.2016 based on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), as accepted by the Government, taking into account Dearness Relief @ 125%.
(b) whether the retirees were in receipt of six per cent Dearness Allowance (DA) w.e.f. 01.01.2016 till the implementation of the Pay Commission Report and if so, the details thereof;
Ans (SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN): The pension of Central Government employees including personnel of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), who retired prior to 1.1.2016, has been revised w.e.f. 1.1.2016 based on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), as accepted by the Government, taking into account Dearness Relief @ 125%.
(c) whether at the time of implementation of 7th CPC Report, the six per cent has been denied and if so, the reasons therefor; and
Ans (SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN): The pension of Central Government employees including personnel of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), who retired prior to 1.1.2016, has been revised w.e.f. 1.1.2016 based on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), as accepted by the Government, taking into account Dearness Relief @ 125%.
(d) the remedial measures taken/being taken by the Government to remove their hardship and to restore the DA denied to them?
Ans (SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN): Does not arise.

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Revision of pension in respect of pensioners of KVS retired prior to 01.01.2016 in respect of 7th CPC

7th CPC Pension and Arrears to KV Employees

“7th CPC Pension with effect from August 2018 and the arrears of pension (w.e.f. 01.01.2016) will not be paid to pensioners till further instructions from this office”

KENDRIYA VlDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110 016

F.110230(Misc)2018/KVS(HO.)P&I /2256

Dated: 09.08.2018

The Manager (instt.),
State Bank of India,
Main Branch (4th Floor),
Parliament Street,
New Delhi

Sub: Revision of pension in respect of pensioners of KVS retired prior to 01.01.2016 in respect of 7th CPC.

Sir/Madam,

It is to inform that the Ministry of HRD has granted approval for adoption of 7th CPC to the pensioners of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan vide letter No. F.3-45/2017-UT-2 dated 13.06.2018 in terms of following OMs of Govt. of India (copy enclosed):

1. OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A)(l) dated 04.08.2016.
2. OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 12.05.2017.
3. OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 06.07.2017.
The following modus operandi has to be adopted by the Pension Disbursing Authority i.e. State Bank of India, Parliament Street, New Delhi, for revision of pension:

1. In case of pensioners retired prior to 01.01.2016, the revised pension/family pension with effect from 01.01.2016 shall be determined by multiplying the pension/family pension, as had been fixed at the time of implementation of 6th Central Pay Commission(CPC) (pension drawn on 31.12.2015) by 2.57 in terms of OM NO. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016. The amount of revised pension/family pension so arrived at shall be rounded off to next higher rupee. The revised pension/family pension will be the basic pension/family pension only without the element of additional pension available to the old pensioners/family pensioners on attaining the specified age.

2. The revised pension in accordance with 7th CPC will be applicable with effect from August 2018. The arrears of pension (w.e.f. 01.01.2016) will not be paid to pensioners till further instructions from this office.

3. In case of pensioners retired between 01.01.2016 to 31.05.2018, the revised order according to 7th CPC for individual case will be issued by the (Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan. in such cases also existing pension is to be revised with effect from August 2018 and the arrears of pension for 7th CPC will not be paid till further instructions from this office. It is relevant to mention that with effect from June 2018, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan is issuing the Pension Payment Orders as per recommendations of 7th CPC.

4. The Dearness rates for all the pensioners drawing pension according to 7th CPC will be paid as mentioned in this office letter of even number dated 05.07.2018 (copy attached).

5. The Govt. of India; Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions vide OM No. 4/34/2017-P&PW(D) dated 19.07.2017 has enhanced the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs.500/- to Rs.1000/- with effect from 01.07.2017. The Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) of Rs.1000/- is to be paid to all the pensioners with effect from August, 2018. The arrears of FMA i.e. from 01.07.2017 to 31.07.2018 will only be paid at the time of payment of arrears of pension in accordance with 7th CPC for which the necessary instructions will be issued by this office.

You are requested to circulate the same among all your CPC/Pension Payee branches for necessary implementation.

Yours faithfully
sd/-
(E. Prabhakar)
Joint Commissioner
(Training & Finance)

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Benefits of MACPs w.e.f. 1.1.2006 – Supreme Court Judgement

Benefits of MACPs w.e.f. 1.1.2006 – Supreme Court Judgement

Indian Railways Technical Supervisors Association
(Estd.1965, Regd. No.1329 under ITU Act,
Website http://www.irtsa.net)

No.IRTSA/Memo RB/2018-8

Date: 08-08-2018

Member Staff,
Railway Board.

Respected Sir,

Subject: Benefits of MACPS w.e.f. 1.1.2006 – since MACPS is given as a part of pay structure and is not an allowances as per recommendations Sixth CPC, Resolution of Govt. thereon and as per judgment of Supreme Court.

Ref: 1. Ministry of Defence letter No.14(1)/99-D(AG), dated 25.07.2018.

2. Judgement of Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No.3744 of 2016 Dated 8-12-2017.

3. Recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission para 6.1.15, 6.5.2 & 6.5.4

4. Ministry of Finance Notification No.1/1/2008-I C & Government of India Resolution dated 29.8.2008

5. Railway Board’s OM No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2 (RBE No.101 /2009) dated 10.06.2009 – Regarding Recommendations of Sixth CPC – Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for Railway Employees,

6. Ministry of Railways Notification RBE No. 103/2008 dated 04.09.2008

7. Railway Service (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, No. PC VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 (RBE No:108/2008) dated 11.09.2008

1. a) We seek your kind intervention on date of implementation of MACPS w.e.f 1.1.2006 (instead of 1-9-2008) as has been held by the Supreme Court of India vide its judgment cited above wherein MACPS has been held to be a part of pay structure recommended by 6th CPC and not to be considered as allowance which were implemented from 1.9.2008. The judgement has cited the Resolution of the Government of India dated 30-8-2008 referred to above as Notification of MOF where in in MACPS has been defined as Pay and not as Allowance and has thus to be allowed from 1-1-2006.

b) Consequent upon the said judgment of the Supreme Court Judgement Ministry of Defense made the MACP Scheme operational from 01.01.2006 vide its orders dated 25-7-2018 cited above.

2. Sixth CPC Recommendations on Date of implementation:

a) Reg. Pay Structure: 6 th CPC in para 6.5.2 & 6.5.4 of its report (Annexure-I) had recommended for implementation of revised scheme of pay bands and grade pay as on 1/1/2006 retrospectively

b) Reg. Allowances: 6th CPC had recommended for implementation of revisedallowances to take effect prospectively.

c) Reg. Pay: 6th CPC had recommended for implementation of revised pay retrospectively from 1-1-2006, as clear from the relevant Para reproduce below:

6.5.2. The Commission has devised the revised scheme of pay bands and grade pay on the basis of price index as on 1/1/2006. Consequently, the revised structure of pay bands and grade pay being recommended in this Report would need to be implemented from 1/1/2006. The Government will have to pay arrears of salary on account of fixation of pay in the revised pay bands and grade pay retrospectively with effect from 1/1/2006.

3. Ministry of Finance vide Gazette of India, Extraordinary Notification of Resolution No.1/1/2008-I C, dated 29.8.2008 had implemented revised pay w.e.f.1.1.2006. But it implemented MACPS and all allowances except DA w.e.f.1.9.2008. Relevant rules of finance ministry resolution is attached as Annexure-II.

4. Ministry of Railways also implemented revised pay w.e.f.1.1.2006 and all allowances except DA w.e.f.1.9.2008. Relevant part of RBE No. 103/2008 dated 04.09.2008 is attached as Annexure-III

5. Railway Board implemented the revised rate of NPA effective from the date an employee drawing pay in the revised scale applicable to him in accordance with the provisions of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, i.e. w.e.f. 1.1.2006, vide its letter No. PCV/2008/A/O/1(NPA) (RBE No. 122/2008) dated 22.9.2008. Relevant part of RSRP is attached as Annexure-IV

6. It is very much evident that 6th CPC recommended MACPS as part of pay structure. Subsequent resolution issued by Finance Ministry, (relevant paras of resolution implemented revised pay w.e.f. 1.1.2006. Only the allowances were implemented w.e.f.1.9.2008 while the Pay & DA were revised w.e.f. 1-1-2006.

7. MACPS is a part of pay structure. But MACPS order have been implemented w.e.f.1.9.2008, which is against the 6th CPC recommendations and Government of India’s resolution issued vide MOF Notification dated 29-8-2008.

8. A). Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Civil Appeal Diary No.3744 of 2016 decided on 8-12-2017(copy of relavant para of judgemnt attached as Annexure-V) had held that the benefit of ACP granted to an employee is part of the pay structure which not only affects his pay but also his pension and, therefore, held that the ACP is not an allowance but a part of pay and will apply from 01.01.2006.

b). The Court had further ordered and held that there can be no dispute that grant of ACP is part of the pay structure.

C). Apex Court is very clear on its Judgement that, resolution dated 30.08.2008 on implementation of 6th CPC recommendations (with regard to pay structure, pay scales, grade pay, etc) are applicable from 01.01.2006. This is a decision of the Cabinet and could not have been modified by issuing executive instructions.

D). The apex court also disposed bunch of appeals by a common Judgement since similar questions of law are involved.

9. Consquent upon the Judgement of Honb’le Suprem Court, Ministry of Defence vide letter No.14(1)/99-D(AG), dated 25.07.2018 (copy attached as Annexure-VI) made the MACP Scheme operational from 01.01.2006.

10. It is also pertinent to mention that rules & procedures for MACPS is being followed uniformly for all Government employees irrespective of departments / ministries, who are all covered under Central Pay Commissions.

11. It is, therefore, requested that MACPS may please be implemented from 1.1.2006 since MACPS is part of pay structure – as recommended by 6th CPC, accepted by the Government of India vide its Resolution Dated 29-8-2008 and implemented by MoD consequent upon the Judgement of Hon’ble Supreme Court.

Thanking you in anticipation, with kind regards,

Encls: 6 Annexure

Yours faithfully,
Harchandan Singh,
General Secretary, IRTSA

Encls: 6 Annexure

6th CPC recommendations on Date of effect

Relevant para of Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Ministry of Finance Notification No.1/1/2008-I C, dated 29.8.2008

Relevant Para of Ministry of Railways Notification RBE No. 103/2008 dated 04.09.2008

Rule 4 of Railway Service (Revised Pay) Rules, 20008, No. PC-VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 (RBE No:108/2008) dated 11.09.2008

Relevant Para of Judgement of Hon. Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No.3744 of 2016 Dated 8-12-2017

Copy of Ministry of Defence letter No.14(1)/99-D(AG), dated 25.07.2018

Annexure-I

6th CPC recommendations on Date of effect 6.5.2. The Commission has devised the revised scheme of pay bands and grade pay on the basis of price index as on 1/1/2006. Consequently, the revised structure of pay bands and grade pay being recommended in this Report would need to be implemented from 1/1/2006. The Government will have to pay arrears of salary on account of fixation of pay in the revised pay bands and grade pay retrospectively with effect from 1/1/2006.

6.5.4. The Commission is of the view that prospective revision of various allowances is justified as their retrospective revision will give unintended benefits and may also, in some instances, cause loss to the employees as in the case of City Compensatory Allowance. Accordingly, the Commission’s recommendations relating to allowances shall take effect prospectively. All recommendations relating to other facilities, benefits and conditions of service shall also take effect prospectively.

Annexure-II

Ministry of Finance Gazette Extraordinary, No.1/1/2008-I C dated 29.8.2008

Govt. vide resolution dated 29.8.2008 has implemented revised pay w.e.f.1.1.2006 and all allowances except DA w.e.f.1.9.2008.

rule (iv) of rule 1. With regard to fixation pay in the revised pay bands, the basic pay drawn as on 1.1.2006 on the existing 5th CPC pay scales will be multiplied by a factor of 1.86 and then rounded of to next multiple of 10. This will be the pay in the revised running pay band. Grade Pay, as approved by Government,corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale, will be then added to the pay in the revised pay band. The total of pay in pay band and grade pay will be the revised basic pay as on 1.1.2006.

rule (vii) of rule 1. Three upgradation will be granted under Assured Career Progression (ACP) scheme at 10, 20 and 30 years as per Modified ACP scheme recommended by the Commission. ACP scheme will also applicable to Group “A” employees.

rule 3. The revised allowances, other than dearness allowance, will be effective from 1st day of September 2008.

Annexure-III

Ministry of Railways Notification RBE No. 103/2008 dated 04.09.2008

Sub rule (2) of rule1 – They shall deemed to have come into force on the 1st January 2006.

Sub rule (1) of rule 7 – The initial pay of Railway servant who elects, or deemed to have elected under sub rule (3) of rule 6 to be governed by the revised pay structure on or from 1 st January 2006, shall, unless in case the President by special order otherwise directs, be fixed separately in respect of substantive pay in the permanent post on which he holds a lean or would have held a lean if it had not been suspended, and in respect of pay in the officiating post held by him, in the following manner namely:-

(A) In the case of all employees

(i) the pay in the pay band/Pay scale will be determined by multiplying the existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 by a factor of 1.86 and rounding off the resultant figure to the next multiple of 10.

Annexure-IV

Railway Service (Revised Pay) Rules, 20008, No. PC-VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 (RBE No:108/2008) dated 11.09.2008

Rule 4. The revised rates of all allowances, such as House Rent Allowance, Transport Allowance, Children Education Allowance, Special Compensatory Allowance, Special Duty Allowance, Island Special Duty Allowance, Hard Duty Allowance etc will be paid prospectively w.e.f.1.9.2008. Accordingly no arrears will be paid in respect of these allowances. However, Dearness Allowances and non-practicing allowance for medical doctors at rates notified separately, will be payable w.e.f.1.1.2006 or from the date of option.

Annexure-V

(The Apex Court find no merit in bunch of appeals (25 appeals along with civil appeal no. 3744) made on behalf of Union of India and disposed all pending applications in favour of extending the benefit of MACPS w.e.f. 01.01.2006.)

Excerpts from the Judgment of the Apex Court

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION
CIVIL APPEAL DIARY NO. 3744 OF 2016

Union of India and Ors. .… Appellant(s)

Vs.

Balbir Singh Turn & Anr. ….Respondent(s)

Para 2. This bunch of appeals is being disposed of by a common judgment since similar questions of law are involved.

Para 5. …. The AFT vide the impugned order dated 21.05.2014 held that the benefit of ACP granted to an employee is part of the pay structure which not only affects his pay but also his pension and, therefore, held that the ACP is not an allowance but a part of pay and, therefore, in terms of Clause (i) of the Government Resolution the MACP was payable w.e.f. 01.01.2006.

Para 6. The question that arises for decision is whether the benefit of MACP is applicable from 01.01.2006 or from 01.09.2008.

Para 7. The answer to this question will lie in the interpretation given to the Government Resolution, relevant portion of which has been quoted hereinabove. A bare perusal of Clause(i) of the Resolution clearly indicates that the Central Government decided to implement the revised pay structure of pay bands and grade pay, as well as pension with effect from 01.01.2006.The second part of the Clause lays down that all allowances except the Dearness Allowance/relief will be effective from 01.09.2008. The AFT held, and in our opinion rightly so, that the benefit of MACP is part of the pay structure and will affect the grade pay of the employees and, therefore, it cannot be said that it is a part of allowances. The benefit of MACP if given to the respondents would affect their pension also.

Para 10. As already held by us above, there can be no dispute that grant of ACP is part of the pay structure. It affects the pay of the employee and he gets a higher grade pay even though it may be in the same pay band. ….

Para 11. …… There may be some gainers and some losers but the intention of the Government was clear that this Scheme which is part of the pay structure would apply from 01.01.2006. We may also point out that the Resolution dated 30.08.2008 whereby the recommendation of the Pay Commission has been accepted with modifications and recommendations with regard to pay structure, pay scales, grade pay etc. have been made applicable from 01.01.2006. This is a decision of the Cabinet. This decision could not have been modified by issuing executive instruction. The letter dated 30.05.2011 flies in the face of the Cabinet decision reflected in the Resolution dated 30.08.2008. Thus, administrative instruction dated 30.05.2011 is totally ultra vires the Resolution of the Government.

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REINTRODUCTION OF OLD PENSION SCHEME

Reintroduction Of Old Pension Scheme

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 4075
TO BE ANSWERED ON AUGUST 10, 2018/SHRAVANA 19, 1940 (SAKA)
REINTRODUCTION OF OLD PENSION SCHEME

Shri Rakesh Singh

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state

  • the details of drawbacks of the New Pension Scheme (NPS) introduced for the Government officials;
  • whether the NPS is not as beneficial monetarily as the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) and if so, the details thereof;
  •  whether the Government employees are disgruntled with the NPS and if so, the details thereof; and
  • whether the Government proposes to reintroduce the OPS replacing the NPS, if so, the details thereof and the action taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
(Shri Shiv Pratap Shulda)

(a) & (b) National Pension System (NPS) has been designed giving utmost importance to the welfare of the subscribers. Government has made a conscious move to shift from the defined benefit pension scheme to defined contribution pension scheme i.e. NPS, due to rising and unsustainable pension bill. There are a number of benefits available to the employees under NPS. Some of the benefits are enlisted below:

  • NPS is a well designed pension system managed through an unbundled architecture involving intermediaries appointed by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) viz. pension funds, custodian, central record keeping and accounting agency, National Pension System Trust, trustee bank, points of presence and Annuity service providers. It is prudently regulated by PFRDA which is a statutory regulatory body established to promote old age income security and to protect the interest of subscribers of NPS.
  • The pension wealth which accumulates over a period of time till retirement grows with a compounding effect. The all-in-costs of the institutional architecture of NPS are among the lowest in the world.
  • Contribution made to the NPS Tier-I account is eligible for tax deduction under the Income Tax Act, 1961. An additional tax rebate of Rs.50000 is also allowed for contributions made to NPS Tier-I under Section 80CCD (1B) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
  • Subscribers can withdraw up to 25% of their own contributions before attaining age of superannuation, subject to certain conditions. Further, PFRDA vide “PFRDA (Exits and Withdrawals under the NPS) (First Amendment) Regulations, 2017″ dated 10.08.2017 has liberalized norms for partial withdrawals which also include reduction of requirement of minimum years of being enrolled under NPS from 10 years to 3 years from the date of joining.
  • PFRDA has increased the maximum age limit from 60 years to 65 years for joining NPS-All Citizen Model and Corporate Sector Model, vide “PFRDA (Exits and Withdrawals under the NPS) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2017” dated 06.10.2017.
  • PFRDA vide “PFRDA (Exits and Withdrawals under the NPS) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2018″ dated 02.2018 has facilitated easy exit & withdrawal in case of disability and incapacitation of the subscriber covered under NPS.
  • Transparency and Portability is ensured through online access of the pension account by the NPS subscribers, across all geographical locations and portability of employments.

(c) & (d) Representations have been received which inter alia also include the demand that the Government may revert to old defined benefit pension system. However, due to rising and unsustainable pension bill and competing claims on the fiscal, there is no proposal to replace the NPS with old pension scheme in respect of Central Government employees recruited on or after 01.01.2004.

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Alternative Arrangement in Place of Employees on Child Care Leave

Alternative Arrangement in Place of Employees on Child Care Leave

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3587
ANSWERED ON: 08.08.2018

Alternative Arrangement in Place of Employees on Child Care Leave

NAGARAJAN P.  Will the Minister of
PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Union Government is aware of the fact that the office work is being totally disrupted due to absence of women employees on account of the long paid maternity leave and child care leave;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether the Government has calculated days and assessed working during maternity/child care leave for making provisions of staff to overcome the shortage or cope up with the work in the absence of women employees who are on maternity and child care leave;
(d) if so, the details thereof; and

(e) if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
(DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) to (e) : Disruption in the office work due to absence of women employees on account of the long paid Maternity Leave and Child Care Leave has not come to the notice of the Government. Ministries/Departments are authorized to make suitable leave arrangements to cope up the loss of work hours when an employee proceeds on any kind of leave including Maternity and Child Care Leave. There is also provision for creation of leave reserve posts to cover the leave vacancies. No centralized data is maintained in this regard.

Source : LokSabha

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DoPT: Cadre Review proposals processed in DoPT upto 31st July 2018

DoPT: Cadre Review proposals processed in DoPT upto 31st July 2018

A. Approved by Cabinet – 28
B. Pending Proposals – 17
1. With Concerned Ministry – CRC meeting held and Cabinet approval pending – 9
2. With Cabinet Secretariat – Nil
3. With Department of Personnel & Training – 5
4. With Department of Expenditure – Nil
5. With Ministry concerned for clarifications – 3

Status of Cadre Review proposals processed in DoPT from 1st January, 2011 to 31st July, 2018

A. Approved by Cabinet

S.No. Name of the Service CRC* Meeting Cabinet Approval
1
CPWD Central Engineering Service, Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service and Central Architecture Service 27/06/2011 03/01/2012
2
Military Engineering Services (Indian Defence Service of Engineers, Architect Cadre and Surveyor Cadre) 22/09/2011 and 23/01/2012 18/04/2013
3
Indian Revenue Service 19/02/2013 and GoM** on 29/04/2013 23/05/2013
4
Indian Radio Regulatory Service 19/02/2013 03/07/2013
5
Central Labour Service 19/02/2013 17/07/2013
6
Indian Customs & Central Excise 27/08/2013 05/12/2013
7
Indian Cost Accounts Service 29/10/2013 02/01/2014
8
Central Power Engineering Service 11/12/2013 13/05/2014
9
Indian Ordnance Factory Service 19/03/2014 29/10/2014
10
Indian Civil Accounts Service 17/07/2013 16/01/2015
11
Border Road Engineering Service 26/02/2015 07/04/2015
12
Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service 08/01/2015 06/05/2015
13
Indian Trade Service 06/05/2014 01/07/2015
14
Indian Statistical Service 24/06/2014 29/07/2015
15
Indian Skill Development Service 10/04/2015 07/10/2015
16
Indian Postal Service 28/12/2015 25/05/2016
17
Central Reserve Police Force 15/12/2015 29/06/2016
18
Indian Information Service 05/05/2016 24/08/2016
19
Border Security Force 29/06/2016 12/09/2016
20
Indian P & T Accounts and Finance Service 17/09/2015 27/10/2016
21
Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Indian Enterprise Development Service (IEDS) 28/12/2015 21/12/2016
22
Indian Telecom Service 06/10/2016 21/12/2016
23
Central Engineering Service (Roads) 25/04/2016 06/03/2017
24
Indian Naval Material Management Service 24/10/2013 22/06/2017
25
Indian Defence Accounts Service 09/09/2016 19/07/2017
26
Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) (Group ‘A’ Combatised) 19.7.2017 20.12.2017
27
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) 15.05.2017 10.01.2018
28
Indian Petroleum and Explosive Safety Service (IPESS) 09.01.2017 02.05.2018

* CRC – Cadre Review Committee ** GoM – Group of Ministers

B. Pending Proposals

SI. No.
Name of the Service
Status
1. With Concerned Ministry – CRC meeting held and Cabinet approval pending (9)
1
Indian Railways Personnel Service Meeting of CRC was held on 19.04.2018. Approvals of MoS (PP) and FM have been obtained. MoR now has to take the approval of the Cabinet. Draft Cabinet Note has been moved by MoR
2
Indian Railways Traffic -do-
3
Indian Indian Railways Stores Stores -do-
4
Indian Railways Accounts Service -do-
5
Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers -do-
6
Indian Railways Service of Electrical Engineers -do-
7
Indian Railways Service of Engineers -do-
8
Indian Railways Service of Signal Engineers -do-
9
Railway Protection Force The request of MoR to submit a revised proposal has been acceded to by DoPT. They have been advised to submit the revised proposal within a month.
2. With Cabinet Secretariat (0)
3. With Department of Personnel & Training (5)
10
Indian Defence Estate Service (IDES) MoD was requested for certain clarifications. The same have been received. The proposal is under examination.
11
Indian P&T Building Works Approval of Secretary (Exp) has been obtained. Note for CRC is being sent.
12
Indian Naval Armament Service (INAS) DoE has raised certain clarifications. Reply of MoD has been received which is under examination.
13
Indian Ordnance Factories Health Services (IOFHS) The approval of Secretary (Exp) obtained. Note for CRC is being prepared.
14
Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) The proposal is under consideration.
4. With Department of Expenditure (0)
5. With Ministry concerned for clarifications (3)
15
Indian Economic Service DEA has been requested for certain clarifications vide this Division’s OM dated 10.07.2017. A DO reminder has been sent to DoEA on 15.05.2018. A subsequent DO reminder (at JS level) has been sent on 05.07.2018. The clarifications are yet to be received.
16
Indian Railway Medical Service (IRMS) Proposal was found incomplete. MoR has been requested to send the complete proposal.
17
Central Health Service (CHS) Proposal was found incomplete. MoFHW has been requested to send the complete proposal.

Note: A calender of cadre review has been issued vide OM No.I-11019/9/2018-CRD dated 25.05.2018. The name of the Service/Cadre along with the month by which cadre review proposal is required to be submitted to DoPT is mentioned in the Annexure. The aforesaid OM dated 25.05.2018 is available on the official website of DoPT i.e. www.dopt.gov.in (Link: Notifications – OMs & Orders – Cadre Review – Division – General Circulars) . The Cadre Controlling Authority may take immediate action for compliance.

Source: DoPT

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Revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factors of Workshops/PUs staff under CRJ Pattern & GIS

Revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factors of Workshops/PUs staff under CRJ Pattern & GIS

 

INDIAN RAILWAYS TECHNICAL SUPERVISORS ASSOCIATION

(Estd. 1965, Regd. No.1329 under ITU Act, Websitehttp://www.irtsa.net)

No. IRTSA/Memo RB/Incentive/2018-7

Date: 26.07.2018

Mrs. KALYANICHADDA, Executive Director/ME(W),
Convener, Committee for revision of hourly rate of Incentive Bonus,
Railway Board, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001.
CC by Email – edmew@rb.railnet.gov.in

Sub: Revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factors of Workshops/PUs staff under CRJ Pattern & GIS – Regarding Financial implications thereof.

Ref: 1. Railway Board’s Order No. RBE-I/201/23/39, dated 06.07.2017& 18.05.2018.

2. Our memorandum dated 02.07.2018 & meeting with you on 04.07.2018. Respected Madam,

With reference to our earlier memorandum and our meeting with you on 04.07.2018, we submit this memorandum for the kind consideration of the Committee for revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus on estimated additional expenditure on account of revision of incentive rates based on minimum pay of respective Pay Level in 7th CPC Pay Matrix divided by 208 (standard working hours per month) – as per formula followed after 5th Pay Commissions.

Proposed revision of Incentive Rates is estimated to cost additionally only 1.28 percent in terms of cost of man power.

There are 2,38,546 workshop Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ staff (2,19,682 Group ‘C’ & 18,864 in Group ‘D’) of Mechanical, Electrical and S&T covered under incentive scheme as on 03.2017. (Strength of workshop artisan & helper as on 31.03.2017 is given in Table-1)

Average annual wage per employee for Group ‘C’ in Workshop staff including pay, all allowances, PLB, pension & gratuity (Senior Technician, Supervisor (Ministry), Technician Grade-I, II & Ill) is Rs. 7,09,494. (Ref. Statement 40 (II) (b) of Indian Railways Annual Statistical Statement 2016-17)

Average annual wage per employee for Group ‘D’ Workshop staff including pay, all allowances, PLB, pension & gratuity (semi-skilled & unskilled) is Rs. 5,66,147. (Ref. Statement 40 (II) (e) of Indian Railways Annual Statistical Statement 2016-17)

If incentive rates are revised based on minimum of respective Pay Level divided by 208, additional expenditure is estimated to be Rs.214.09 crore.

In terms of equivalent man power it will be 3,061 Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ workshop staff (2,847 men in Group ‘C’ and 213 in group ‘D’).

This will be only 1.28% of 2,19,682 strength of Group ‘C’&’D’ workshop staff available in Indian Railways as on 31.03.2017. Details of the calculation is attached in Table-2.

It is therefore requested that, no reduction in allowed time / man power may please be proposed for implementation of revised incentive rates, since the estimated additional cost equal to only 1.28% man power which will be compensated by additional work load due to the addition of rolling stocks & new trains.

Hoping for a favourable consideration & thank you in anticipation,

Yours faithfully,

Harchandan Singh General Secretary, IRTSA

Table – 1

Workshop artisan & Helper strength as on 31.03.2017
Workshop & Artisan staff * Helper **
Sr.Tech Tech Gr-I Tech Gr-II Tech Gr-III Helper Total
Mechanical 20023 48035 31435 36221 11646 147360
Electrical 7651 22074 14917 16968 4479 66089
S&T 4185 7038 5283 5852 2739 25097
Total 31859 77147 51635 59041 18864 238546

*Statement 40 (IV) (i) of Indian Railways Annual Statistical Statement 2016-17,

** Statement 40 (III) (f) of Indian Railways Annual Statistical Statement 2016-17

Table – 2

Estimated additional expenditure on account of revision of Incentive Rates based on minimum Pay in Pay Matrix divided by 208, standard working hours per month

Design Pay Level * Mean
Pay
Mean
Pay +
7% DA
Existing
incentive
rates
Rs.
Pro-
posed
incentive
rates Rs.
Existing
BP+DA+
Incentive
Rs.
Pro- posed BP+DA+ Incentive Difference between existing and pro- posed BP+DA+ Incentive Staff
Strength
as on
31.07.2017
Additional Expense due to pro- posed revised Inc. Rates

Rs. in Cr

Sr. Technician Pay level-

6

62200 66554 49.65 170 71718 84234 12516 31859 39.88
Technician Gr-I Pay

Level-5

51100 54677 43.3 140 59180 69237 10057 77147 77.59
Technician Gr-II Pay

Level-4

44800 47936 38.5 123 51940 60728 8788 51635 45.38
Technician GM II Pay

Level-2

35000 37450 32.2 96 40799 47434 6635 59041 39.17
Sub total 219682 202.01
Helpers Pay

Level-1

31500 33705 25.45 87 36352 42753 6401 18864 12.08
Total 238546 214.09

* Basic Pay at 20th cell of respective Pay Level in the Pay Matrix

  1. Estimated additional expenditure on account of revision of Incentive Rates based on minimum Pay in Pay Matrix divided by 208 (standard working hours per month) will be Rs.214.09 crores.
  2. In terms of equal man power it will be 3061 (2847 men in Group ‘C’ & 213 in Group ‘D’) @ average per Capita staff cost for Group ‘C’ work shop staff Rs. 7,09,474 and average per capita staff cost for Group ‘D’ work shop staff Rs. 5,66,147.
  3. This will be 1.28% of 2,38,546 strength of Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ workshop staff available in Indian Railways as on 31.03.2017.

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