NATIONWIDE STRIKE – To Scrap NPS and To Restore OPS

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NATIONWIDE STRIKE – To  Scrap  NPS  and  To  Restore  OPS
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2019 JANUARY 8th & 9th HISTORIC TWO DAYS NATIONWIDE STRIKE AND OUR FUTURE TASK

M.Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & workers

WE SHALL NOT STOP, TILL OUR GOAL IS ACHIEVED

WE SHALL MARCH TOWARS BIGGER STRUGGLE IN THE COMING DAYS

TO SCRAP NPS & TO RESTORE OPS

TO DEFEAT THE PERPETRATORS OF DISASTROUS NEO-LIBERAL POLICIES

Congratulations and big salute to all those leaders and workers who worked tirelessly and organised the most wide-spread and largely participated two days nationwide strike under the banner of Confederation, which is the vanguard of the Central Government employees movement.

Central Government employees had created history again. The two days nationwide strike on 2019 January 8th & 9th was not only widespread but a thundering and magnificent success in all respect, surpassing all the recent past strikes in percentage of participation. Of course, there was weakness in some sections and in some areas, but that didn’t affect the overall success and impact of the strike.

When the dominant leadership of the JCM National Council staffside and National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) ie., Railway Federations, are reluctant to go on strike against the betrayal of the BJP-led NDA Government on Minimum Pay & Fitment formula, NPS, Option-I of Pensioners, HRA arrears etc, inspite of the fact that Confederation and Defence Federation has authorised the Railway Federations leadership to serve strike notice reviving the deferred indefinite strike of 2016 July 11th, it is Confederation, Confederation alone, has shown its commitment to the cause of the 32 lakhs Central Government employees and 33 lakhs Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners, by organising two days historic strike along with the 20 crores workers of Indian working Class.

Confederation organised one day strike on 12-12-2012 and two days strike on 2014 February 13th & 14th demanding appointment of 7th Central Pay Commission, One day strike on 16-03-2017 demanding scrapping of NPS and honouring of assurance given by Group of Ministers and one day strikes on 2nd September 2015 and 2016 along with the mainstream of the working class against the neo-liberal economic policies. We decided to go on strike, demanding 10 points charter of demands of which the first and the main demand is “Scrap NPS & Restore OPS” in the mass convention of Central Government employees held at Hyderabad on 10th June 2018. Intensive campaign for the strike started from July 2018 onwards.

The message of the two days strike went to every nook and corner of the country and reached almost all central Govt. Offices and employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks, Casual/Contract Workers and Autonomous body employees and Pensioners. We are proud that we have stood with the workers and peasants of our country as a class-oriented militant trade union and Confederation represents the hope and aspirations of lakhs and lakhs of Central Government Employees and Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners.

NDA GOVERNMENT AND CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES – OUR EXPERIENCE:

(1) NEW CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SCHEME (NPS):
Everyone of us is aware that it is the previous BJP-led NDA Government which introduced the NPS in 2003 through a Gazette Notification dated 22nd December 2003, to all new entrants recruited on or after 01-01-2004. We are also aware that the Congress-led UPA-II Government passed the PFRDA Bill in Parliament to legalise NPS, with the full support of opposition BJP MPs in 2013 and thereafter PFRDA Act came into effect from 18th September 2013. Only 43 MPs of Left Parties, TMC, JDU, BSP, SP & RJD opposed the bill in Lok Sabha against 125 votes of Congress & BJP. In Rajya Sabha 25 MPs opposed while 115 supported. Confederation along with All India State Govt. Employees Federation (AISGEF) conducted series of agitational programmes against NPS from 2003 onwards including National Convention, Parliament March, signature campaign and strikes.

7th Central Pay Commission headed by Shri. Ashok Kumar Mathur, Retired Justice of Supreme Court of India, in Para 1.24 of its Report made the following observations:

“Almost a whole lot of Central Government employees appointed on or after 01-01-2004 were unhappy with the New Pension Scheme. While National Pension System (NPS) did not form a part of our Terms of Reference; we have recorded the sentiments of the affected employees. The Government should take a call and step into to look into their demands”.

In Para 10.03.11, the 7th CPC again made the following comments:

“The larger Federations and Staff Associations advocated scrapping of the NPS on the ground that it discriminate between two sets of Government employees. Individuals covered under NPS have pleaded for reverting to Old Pension Scheme (OPS) on the grounds of uncertainty regarding the actual value of their future pension, on the face of market related risks.”

Naturally, in tune with the recommendations of 7th CPC, when the NDA Govt. decided to appoint a High Level Committee called “NPS Committee”, the Central Government employees, especially the younger generation, expected that their anxiety and concerns will be taken into account by the Central Government and NPS will be scraped and OPS will be restored. But the final decision of the Government not to scrap NPS but only to increase the percentage of contribution by the Government from 10% to 14% was a great blow to the NPS employees. Their hopes are shattered, “their legitimate aspirations are guillotined” and a situation is created where their “hopes ended in despair”.

Their hope faded further when Shri. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, in his letter dated 3rd January 2019 addressed to Shri. Nitin Gadkari, another Cabinet Minister in the NDA Government, justified the continuation of NPS as follows:

“NPS is expected to provide old age income security to subscribers besides providing capital for the social and economic development of the economy”.

The final blow came when the NDA Government made its stand clear without any ambiguity in a reply dated 25-12-2018 given in Parliament stating that – “Representations have been received which inter-alia also include the demand that Government may revert to Old defined benefit pension system. However, due to the rising and unsustainable pension bill and competing claims on the fiscal, there is no proposal to replace the National Pension System (NPS) with Old Pension System (OPS) in respect of Central Govt. employees recruited on or after 01-01-2004″.

During the past 2-3 years many NPS employees, mainly Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual Labourers promoted to departmental posts after 01-01-2004 (as their previous service is not treated as regular service) and also aged dependents of deceased employees who got compassionate appointment after 01-01-2004 etc, retired from service after completing 10 to 13 years service. Their Annuity Pension under NPS is Rs.700/- to Rs.2700/- maximum per month, thus confirming our apprehension that “NPS is nothing but No Pension System”.

Unlike the BJP led NDA Government at the Centre, certain State Governments understood the seriousness of the situation and they have declared that they want to scrap NPS. (Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu during Jayaalitha’s time, Karnataka and Kerala Governments). Some of them appointed expert Review Committees to work out modalities for coming out of NPS. From the stand taken by the above State Governments it can be seen that it is the political stand of the ruling party that matter. At the centre, it is the political stand of the Political Party ruling the country which is crucial.

2. Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula:

After the continuous struggle by Confederation including strikes from 2011 onwards, the then UPA Government was compelled to announce appointment of 7th Central Pay Commission. Gujarat State Government objected the decision of the UPA Government to appoint 7th CPC. Shri. Narendra Modiji was the Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time. After coming to power at the Centre in 2014, the BJP led NDA Govt. made deliberate attempt and intervention to delay and deny the legitimate demands of the Central Govt. employees and Pensioners including the demands relating to Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, HRA from 01-01-2016, Option-I for pensioners etc.

When the entire Central Government employees ,under the banner of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) decided to go on indefinite strike from 11th July, 2016 a Group of Cabinet Ministers including Shri. Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, Shri. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister and the then Railway Minister Shri. Suresh Prabhu, gave categorical assurance on 30-06-2016 that Minimum Pay and Fitment formula will be increased and for that purpose a High Level Committee will be constituted. Even after a lapse of 2½ years neither High Level Committee was constituted nor Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula is increased.

The Finance Ministry in its Lok Sabha reply dated 11-12-2018, categorically stated as follows:

“The fitment factor for the purpose of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure, based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission is 2.57 which is uniformly applicable to all categories of employees. As the same is based on the specific and considered recommendations of the 7th CPC, no change ,thereon is envisaged”.

Thus the BJP led NDA Government has betrayed 32 lakhs Central Govt. employees and 33 lakhs Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Bhupendra Nath Hazarika and Another Vs. State of Assam and others (reported in 2013(2)Sec.516) observed as follows, which is quoted by 7th CPC in its preface –

“It should always be borne in mind that legitimate aspirations of the employees are not guillotined and a situation is not created where hopes end in despair. Hope for everyone is gloriously precious and that a model employer should not convert it to be deceitful and treacherous…… A sense of calm sensibility and concerned sincerity should be reflected in every step. An atmosphere of trust has to prevail and when the employees are absolutely sure that their trust shall not be betrayed and they shall be treated with dignified fairness, then only the concept of good governance can be concretized. We say no more”.

The NDA Government has “guillotined” our aspirations. NDA Govt. has betrayed the employees and Pensioners and created an atmosphere where “Hopes ended in despair”. NDA Govt. converted our hope to be “deceitful and treacherous”, “Dignified Fairness”, “Calm sensibility” and “Concerned Sincerity” in treating our case is lacking on the part of NDA Government. Hence we have no alternative but to defeat the betrayers in the coming biggest battle of democracy.

The fate of the following other demands raised by the Confederation are also met with the same fate from the NDA Government:

Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual/Contract Workers. Implementation of the remaining favourable recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee on GDS.

Grant of HRA arrears from 01-01-2016, removal of bench mark for MACP and grant of promotional hierarchy and date of effect of MACP from 01-01-2006.

Fill up of all vacant posts. Reintroduce Regional Recruitment for Group B and C Posts.

Implement Option-I formulation of 7th CPC for Pensioners.

Settle anomalies arising out of 7th CPC.

Parity in Pay scales between Central Secretariat Staff and similarly placed staff working in field units of various departments.

Withdraw closure orders of Govt. of India Printing Presses. Stop closure of Govt. establishments and outsourcing of Govt. functions. Stop proposed move to close down salt department.

Implement 7th CPC Wage Revision and Pension revision in remaining Autonomous bodies. Grant Bonus to Autonomous body employees pending from 2016-17 onwards.

Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointment and grant appointments in all deserving cases.

Grant five Assured Career Progression to all Group B and Group C employees.

Stop attack on Trade Union rights. Ensure prompt functioning of all JCM forums. Withdraw the draconian FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.

ELECTION AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES:

In a democratic country like in India, elections to the Legislative bodies are also part of the struggle against the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the ruling class. Com.K.G.Bose, the legendary leader of the Central Govt. Employees movement has observed as follows:

“It is a common say, particularly among the Government employees that the Unions should remain aloof from the politics. All the confusion has arisen because of the fact that the correct definition of the “Politics and Trade Union” has not been understood by most of us. Those two things are not separate from each other rather they are inseparable. Politics do not mean the policies of a particular political party. Each and every demand of the Govt. employees is linked with the politics of the country. It is high time that the age old confusions be removed from the minds of the Govt. employees and their unions. Collective thinking on the problems of life in the context of a nation is a fundamental right of every section of the people and therefore, the Central Govt. employees cannot be deprived of their birth right on the plea of “Political influence”.

It is in the above background, we have to take position in the coming General Elections. Our experience during the last five years have proved that BJP-led NDA Government is the most anti-worker and anti-people Government the country had since independence. This Govt. is by the corporates, of the corporates and for the corporates. The working class, including Central Govt. employees, should be made aware of this challenge and prepared to defeat it. It should be kept in mind that defeat of this Government is not the end, but our struggle for reversal of the neo-liberal policies has to continue with increased vigour even after ensuring defeat of the anti-worker government. In any case, continuation of this Government is against the interest of the working class, especially the Central Govt. employees. Change is the need of the hour.

As a class-oriented militant trade union, it is our responsibility to channelize the discontentment and anger of the employees on proper direction with the objective of strengthening united struggles to defeat the neo-liberal policies and ultimately pave the way for taking the struggle towards an exploitation free society. Let us make 2019 that started with the two days historic strike, a year of heightened struggles leading to decisive struggles against the neo-liberal policies. Let us be prepared for a bigger struggle in coming days to “SCRAP NPS & RESTORE OPS” and also for the realisation of our long pending demands.

Let us not forget that the ruling class may use all tricks at their command, all weapons in their armoury to divert the attention of the people and workers, away from their burning day to day livelihood issues, to divide and disrupt their unity to engineer polarisation of the society on caste and communal lines for their electoral gains. We should be prepared to defeat all such machinations and should preserve our unity.

Let us remember the following lines from the famous speech of Late Martin Luther King, Jr –

“Change does not roll in the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle, and so, we must straighten our backs and work for our goal.”

Source: Confederation

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DoPT: Grant of two increments to DS/Sr. PPS on promotion from US/PPS in CSS/CSSS grades

DoPT: Grant of two increments to DS/Sr. PPS on promotion from US/PPS in CSS/CSSS grades

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F. No. 18/3/2008-CS-I (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 21 st January, 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Grant of two increments to DS/Sr. PPS on promotion from US/PPS in CSS/CSSS grades-reg.

References have been received from various Ministries/Departments seeking clarity on the issue of granting additional two increments to DS/Sr. PPS on promotion from the grade of US/ PPS after implementation of Seventh Pay Commission.

2. The 7th CPC had recommended for . abolition of giving two increments on promotion to the post of DS/Sr. PPS of CSS/CSSS Cadre.

However, the matter is still under active consideration in consultation with Department of Expenditure. Any decision as and when arrived at will be intimated to all the cadre units of CSS/CSSS.

3. All the Ministries/ Departments are, accordingly, requested to take note of above.
This also issues in consultation with CS-U Division.

(GeorgeD.Toppo)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tel: 24642706

To
All Ministries/Departments participating in Central Secretariat Service/Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (through DOPT’s Website)

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DoPT: Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) in civil posts and services in the Government of India

DoPT: Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections(EWSs) in Civil Posts and Services in the Government of India

F. No.36039/112019-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

North Block, New Delhi
19th January, 2019

Subject: Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) in civil posts and services in the Government of India

Reference is invited to Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment O.M. No.F.No.20013/01/2018-BC-1I dated 17.1.2019 on the above mentioned subject, which, inter-alia, reads as under:-

“1 . In pursuance of insertion of clauses 15(6) and 16(6) in the Constitution vide the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019 and in order to enable the Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) who are not covered under the existing scheme of reservations for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes, to receive the benefits of reservation on a preferential basis in civil posts and services in the Government of India and admission in Educational Institutions, it has been decided by the Government to provide 10% reservation to EWSs in civil posts and services in Government of India and admission in
Educational Institutions.

2. Persons who are not covered under the existing scheme of reservations for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes and whose family has gross annual income below Rs. 8.00 lakh are to be identified as EWSs for the benefit of reservation. Family for this purpose will include the person who seeks benefit of reservation, his/her parents and siblings below the age of 18 years as also his/her spouse and children below the age of 18 years. The income shall include income from all sources I.e. salary, agriculture, business, profession etc. and it will be income for the financial year prior to the year of application. Also persons whose family owns or possesses any of the following assets shall be excluded from being identified as EWSs, irrespective of the family income:

i. 5 acres of Agricultural Land and above;
ii. Residential flat of 1000 sq. ft. and above;
iii. Residential plot of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities;
iv. Residential plot of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities.

3. The income and assets of the families as mentioned in para 2 would be required 10 be certified by an officer not below the rank of Tehsildar in the States/UTs. The officer who issues the certificate would do the same after carefully verifying all relevant documents following due process as prescribed by the respective State/ UT.

5. Instructions regarding reservation in employment and admission to educational institutions will be issued by DOPT and Ministry of HRD respectively. “

2. In pursuance of the above Office Memorandum, it is hereby notified that 10% reservation would be provided for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) in central government posts and services and would be effective in respect of all Direct Recruitment vacancies to be notified on or after 01 .02.2019.

3. Detailed Instructions regarding operation of roster and procedure for implementation of EWS reservation will be issued separately.

( Gyanendra Dev Tripathi)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

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Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) clarifies regarding issue of Prosecution Notices

Ministry of Finance
Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) clarifies regarding issue of Prosecution Notices

21 JAN 2019

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has stated that certain news items that appeared in a section of media regarding enmasse issue of prosecution notices to small companies for TDS default are completely misleading and full of factual inaccuracies. CBDT clarified that Mumbai Income Tax TDS office has issued prosecution Show Cause Notices only in a limited number of big cases where more than Rs. 5 lakh of tax was collected as TDS from employees etc and yet the same was not deposited with the Income Tax Department in time.

CBDT said that some defaulter companies and vested interests are deliberately misleading the media to thwart action against themselves. Having deducted tax from employees and other taxpayers and not depositing the same in time in the Government Treasury is an offence punishable under the law. It also affects the interest of the employees from whose salary the tax has been deducted by the unscrupulous employers who have not deposited the same in time in the Government Treasury. If the TDS is not deposited in time, the employee would be ineligible for claiming credit of the tax deducted when he files his own return.

CBDT stated that in last one month, only in 50 big cases prosecution notices have been issued by Mumbai IT TDS office. Out of these, in 80% of the cases the TDS tax default is above Rs. 10 lakh and in 10 % cases, TDS default is between Rs. 5 to Rs.10 lakh. In the remaining 10% cases, TDS default is of more than Rs. 1 crore as detected in the survey. Prosecutions have also recently been launched against 4 big business houses where more than Rs 50 Crore of tax was collected by them from the tax payers and yet not deposited with the Government in time. But such legal and rightful action is being unfortunately projected in the media by the vested interests as if the Department is going overboard to harass small employers.

It would be pertinent to note that in a country of 130 Crore people where around 6 Crore returns are filed every year, only a total of 1400 prosecutions have been filed so far for various offences under the Income Tax Act during this financial year. This, by any stretch of imagination, cannot be termed as mass harassment by the income tax department. Therefore, to say that prosecution notices enmasse have been sent to taxpayers for minor defaults is completely incorrect and misleading, the CBDT added.

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DoPT: Bye-Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Haryana (36 Jind) – Grant of Paid Holiday on the day of poll

Grant of Paid Holiday on the Day of Poll – DoPT Orders

Bye-Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Haryana (36 Jind) – Grant of Paid Holiday on the day of poll

F.No.12/3/2016-JCA2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (JCA-2) Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated January , 2019

Office Memorandum

Subject: Bye-Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Haryana (36 Jind) – Grant of Paid Holiday on the day of poll – regarding

The undersigned is directed to state that as informed by the Election Commission of India vide their letter No. 78/EPS/2019/512 dated 10.01.2019, bye-election to the State Legislative Assembly in the State of Haryana (36-Jind) will be held on 28.01.2019 (Monday).

2.In this regard, the guidelines already issued by this Department vide OM No. 12/14/99-JCA dated 10.10.2001 would have to be followed for the Central Government Offices, including industrial establishments in the concerned State.

3.The above instructions may please be brought to the notice of all concerned.

4.Hindi version will follow.

(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary (JCA)

Source: DoPT

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PRIVATIZATION OF PASSENGER TRAINS

PRIVATIZATION OF PASSENGER TRAINS

New Delhi: The discussions are on with senior officials and experts whether to allow private players run passenger operations and fix fares, a senior Railway Board member said Friday.

At an event organized by Centre for Transportation Research and management, Railway Board Member (Traffic) Girish Pillai said that senior officials are now currently discussing the matter.

There have been many changes in train operations across the world and I think it’s time that India should discuss the options of allowing private operators to operate passenger trains.

“Whether they can be permitted to fix fares, construct terminals, senior officials of railways and experts in the field are discussing this,” said Pillai.

He also said that there was a need to separate the freight sector and passenger services.

The senior official maintained that running train services in the country is loss making endeavour and only a few trains are making any profit, while others are running in losses.

He said that only 15 percent of the non-sub-urban passengers travel in reserved classes among whom around five percent travel in higher classes and 10 to 11 percent travel in sleeper classes.

“Most of them travel in unreserved category. There is a need for changes in freight as well as passenger fares and there needs to be more flexibility in them, he said.

Pillai pointed out that with the nod for private players to enter the freight sector around 50 private freight terminals have come up in the country and railways wants more to come up.

He said that in the USA, the rail operator has only 25 percent of the wagon and container services and the other 75 percent are with private businesses. In Russia, he said, the govt has no stake in these services.

Source: Confederation

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7th Central Pay Commission (7th CPC) Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance – DoPT Order 2019

7th Central Pay Commission (7th CPC) Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance – DoPT Order 2019

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F. No. 4/6/2017-Estt.(Pay-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Date: 18.01.2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: – Implementation of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission – Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance -reg.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission vide Department of Expenditure’s Resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC dated 06.07.2017, Cash Handling Allowance and Treasury Allowance have been subsumed in ‘Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance‘. The President is now pleased to decide that Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance shall be admissible to Central Government employees at the following rates subject to conditions mentioned in subsequent paras: –

2. The powers to grant Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance remain delegated to the Ministries and Head of Departments who, at their discretion, may appoint Junior Secretariat Assistants / Senior Secretariat Assistants / Assistant Section Officers / officials holding substantive post up to level 7 of Pay Matrix, to perform the duties of Cashiers. The grant of Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance shall be subject to the following conditions:-

(i) The amount of Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance to be granted will depend on the average amount of monthly Cash disbursed, excluding payment by cheques/ drafts/ECS/online payments/other modes where cash handling in physical form is not involved.
(ii) The Ministry or Head of the Department concerned should certify, on the basis of the previous financial year’s average, the amount of Cash disbursed and sanction the rate of Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance appropriate to that quantum. The average amount of Cash disbursed should be arrived at by taking the total amount shown as disbursed in the Cash Book reduced by the items disbursed in the form of cheques/R.T.Rs/Drafts/ECS/online payments/other modes where cash handling in physical form is not involved, etc.
(iii) The Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance granted to the official should be reviewed every financial year.
(iv) Every official, who is appointed to work as Cashier, unless he is exempted by the competent authority , should furnish security in accordance with the provisions contained in Rule 306 (1) to 306 (4) in Chapter 12 of the General Financial Rules, 2017 as amended from time to time.
(v) The Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance is to be granted from the date of issue of order of appointment as Cashier or from the date of furnishing security, whichever is later.
(vi) Not more than one official should be allowed the Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance in an office/Department.
(vii) Sanction in each case should invariably be issued in the name of the person who is appointed to do the Cash work and for whom the Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance is sanctioned.
(viii) In cases of Cashier appointed on direct recruitment /promotion to such a post in terms of provision of RRs, no Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance will be admissible. Further, where there are sufficient number of Cashiers in various Grades to constitute a viable cadre in a Deptt./Organisation, then the post of Cashiers would not carry any Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance.
(ix) The Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance will not be admissible to Senior Secretariat Assistants cum Cashiers as Cash Handling is part and parcel of the duties of this post.

3. In the case of a newly created office, where it is not possible to observe all the conditions quoted above, Ministries and Heads of Departments may themselves grant Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance to cashiers during the first year of existence on the basis of the estimated average monthly cash disbursements. The other conditions quoted in para ( 2) above will, however apply.

4. Any relaxation of the above terms and conditions will require the prior concurrence of the Department of Personnel & Training.

5. These orders shall be effective from 01.07.20 17.

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

(Rajeev Bahree)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Telephone No. : 011-23040489

To
All Ministries / Departments of the Government of India as per standard list

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7th CPC Payment of Arrears to Teachers and Academic Staff of Technical Institutes

7th Pay Commission Benefits to Teachers and Academic Staff of Technical Institutes
Payment of Arrears (from 1.1.2016) on account of 7th CPC implementation

The government has approved a proposal to extend the 7th Central Pay Commission benefits to teachers and other academic staff of the state government and government-aided degree level technical institutes.

7th CPC Payment of Arrears to Government Teachers

Shri Javadekar informed that the Government has approved proposal to extend the 7th CPC to the teachers and other academic staff of the State Govt. / Govt. aided degree level technical institutions in the country, which will have additional Central Government liability of Rs.1241.78 crore. He said that the Central Government will reimburse 50% of the total additional expenditure (from 1.1.2016 to 31.3.2019) to be incurred by these institutes for payment of arrears on account of 7th CPC implementation.

This will directly benefit a total of 29,264 teachers and other academic staff of State Government funded institutes. Besides, about 3.5 lakh teachers and other academic staff of private colleges/ institutions within the purview of AICTE will also benefit from the approval given today, he added.

This will have additional Central government liability of over 1240 crore rupees. The Centre will reimburse 50 per cent of the total additional expenditure from 1st January 2016 to 31st March this year to be incurred by these institutes for payment of arrears.

An official release said, the measure will directly benefit more than 29 thousand teachers and other academic staff of state government funded colleges and institutes.

Besides, about three-and-a-half lakh teachers and academic staff of private institutes under the AICTE will also benefit. Implementation of pay commission recommendation in State Government Aided / funded AICTE approved technical institutes will help them in attracting and retaining the faculty of high academic standards.

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Provisions for writing of APAR of Railway Employees Working in Grade Pay Rs.1800/- Level-I

Provisions for writing of APAR of Railway Employees Working in Grade Pay Rs.1800/- Level-I

RBE NO. 9 /2019

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(NG)I-2013/CR/1

New Delhi dated 11/01/2019

The General Managers (P)
All Zonal Railways & Production Units
(As per Standard list).

Subject: Introduction of Provisions for writing of APAR of Railway Employees Working in Grade Pay Rs.1800/- Level-I.

Attention is invited to Board’s letter of even number dated 30.12.2014, vide which, concept of writing APARs of those Railways’ employees working in Grade Pay Rs.1900 and in whose cases APARs were not written earlier, was introduced inter-alia mentioning that those Railway servants in Grade Pay Rs.1800, the system of working reports as and when required will continue. A proforma evolved for this purpose was also enclosed.

2. A need to introduce the system of writing APARs in the cases of erstwhile Group ‘D’ staff working in Grade Pay Rs.1800, Level-I, has been experienced considering the fact that now such employees have also been made eligible to compete with others in the scheme of LDCE and other departmental selections whenever and wherever these are conducted to fill up particular posts through departmental promotion.

3. Consequently, the matter has been reviewed. It is advised that the APARs be written in the case of all the erstwhile Group ‘D’ employees G.P. Rs. 1800/- Level-1 in the proforma The revised proforma will be applicable for APARs written from the current year (2018-19) onwards.

(M.K.Meena)
Deputy Director Estt. (N)
Railway Board

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MACP guidance as per recommendations of the 7th CPC

MACP guidance as per recommendations of the 7th CPC
7thCPC-MACP-Central-Government-Employees
Directorate General
Sashastra Seema Bel
East Block-V, R.K. Puram
New Delhi 110066

No. 1/Org/MACP/2018(186)/ 117

Dated: 10th Jan 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

This is in reference to DoP&T OM F. No. 35034/3/2015-Estt.(D) dated 27/28.09.2016 regarding enhancement of Benchmark for financial up‑gradation under MACP Scheme as per recommendations of the 7th CPC accepted by the Government.

Of late, field units have been seeking clarification regarding the applicability of benchmark ‘Very Good’ for considering financial up-gradation under MACP Scheme. The matter has been examined at FHQ and the following clarifications are issued for compliance by all concerned:-

(i) For grant of financial up-gradation under the MACPS, the prescribed benchmark would he ‘Very Good’ for all the posts w.e.f. 25.07.2016.

(ii) APAR grading ‘Good’ for the period prior to 25.07.2016 i.e. the date from which the new Benchmark made applicable, may be treated as ‘Very Good’ while considering such cases by the Screening Committee/BOO.

(iii) There should be at least three ‘Very Good’ grading and other two not below ‘Good’ grading out of last five ACRs/APARs considering point (i) & (ii) in view for arriving at the prescribed Benchmark ‘Very Good’. Some illustrations are given in the enclosed Annexure-A for guidance.

Encl:-As above.

(Rakesh Kumar)
Commandant(Org)

Source: Confederation

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Approval for regularization of Pay scales of below Board Level Executives in NHPC, NEEPCO, THDC & SJVN

Approval for regularization of Pay scales of below Board Level Executives in NHPC, NEEPCO, THDC & SJVN

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Cabinet

16-January-2019

Cabinet approves regularisation of Pay Scales of below Board Level Executives in NHPC Ltd., North East Electric Power Corporation, THDC India Ltd. and SJVN Ltd. w.e.f. 1.1.97

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for regularization of Pay scales of below Board Level Executives in National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd. (NHPC), North East Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), THDC India Ltd. (formerly Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Ltd.) and Satluj Jal Vidhyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVN), w.e.f. 01.01.1997 adopted by them consequent upon the orders of Ministry of Power dated 04.04.2006 and 01.09.2006.

Implementation strategy:

After the approval, the pay scales adopted by Hydro CPSEs consequent upon the order of the Ministry of Power dated 04.04.2006 and 01.09.2006 shall be regularized.

Impact:

About 5,254 Executives of Hydro CPSEs enrolled before 01.01.2007 will be benefitted by this approval. It will motivate and boost the morale the Executives of Hydro CPSEs,

Expenditure:

The total expenditure to the tune of Rs. 323 crore will be incurred for the regularisation of pay scales.

Background:

Anomalies existed in the pay scales of Executives of NHPC, NEEPCO, THDCIL and SJVNL w.e.f. 01.01.1997 due to revision of pay scales of unionized category of workmen/non-executives in line with the NTPC/Oil sector within the organizations. The pay scales of workmen and Supervisors were higher than the pay scale of Executives in the E-1 grade.

The proposal was earlier considered by the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) and the Cabinet on several occasion. The Cabinet in December, 2013 decided as below:

  •     The deviant pay scales fixed w.e.f. 01.01.1997 shall not be regularized.
  •     However, no recovery shall be made for the excess pay drawn from 01.01,1997onwards considering the difficulties in effecting recovery and also considering that such a recovery may de-motivate the staff.
  •     The pay scales shall be fitted w.e.f. 01.01.2007 after correcting the aberration in payscales fixed w.e.f. 01.01.1997.

Aggrieved with the order, various Employee Associations of Hydro PSEs filed Writ Petitions in different High Courts. The High Court of Uttarakhand & Meghalaya quashed the above decision. SLP was filed in Supreme Court on-12.04.2017 against the judgment of High Court of Uttarakhand which was dismissed on 08.05.2017. A Contempt petition has been filed in the High Courts of Meghalaya and Uttarakhand. Ministry of Power is left with no option other than seeking approval of Cabinet for regularizing the pay scales of NHPC, SJVNL, NEEPCO and THDCIL w.e.f. 01.01.1997 adopted by them consequent upon the orders of Ministry of Power dated 04.04.2006 and 01.09.2006.

Source:PIB

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DoPT: Nomination of civilian officers for the 75th Staff Course at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington

DoPT: Nomination of civilian officers for the 75th Staff Course at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington

No. T-13014/02/2019-LTDP
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
(Training Division)

3rd Floor Block-TV, Old JNU Campus,
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110067,
Dated: 16th January, 2019

To
1. Chief Secretaries of all the State Governments
2. Secretaries of all the Ministries! Departments of Govt of India

Sub: Nomination of civilian officers for the 75th Staff Course at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

Sir/Madam,

The 75th Staff Course at the Defence Servicers Staff College (DSSC), Wellington, (Tamil Nadu) is scheduled to commence from 10th June, 2019. The duration of the course is 45 weeks. Four (4) slots in DSSC Staff Course are earmarked for the civilian officers of various Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

2. The 75th Staff Course at DSSC, Wellington lays stress of issues relating to InterServices Cooperation and planning and to enhance the knowledge of the participants on various aspects of National Security. The Course also provides an opportunity for building functional rapport and understanding between the Civilian and Armed forces officers. Joint Forward Area Tour (JFAT) and Industrial Demonstration Tour (IDT) for the student officers provide a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experience from the best practices being followed in both Civil and Defence establishments.

3. The 75th DSSC Staff Course is scheduled to commence from 10th June, 2019 and will continue up to 18th April, 2020. Prior to that, the selected officers will be required to undergo an Orientation Course of two (02) weeks from 20th May, 2019 to 8th June, 2019. Only those officers who, if selected, can be assuredly released from May, 2019 till April, 2020, should be sponsored.

4. Qualification requirements for selection of civilian officers to the DSSC Staff Course are as under:-

a. The Officer should be from Group ‘A’ Central Civil Services.
b. Upper Age Limit-Should not be more than 50 years as on last date of receipt of nominations.
c. Officer should be clear from vigilance and disciplinary angle.
d. Officer should have excellent track record of past performance

5. The details of course fees to be borne by the sponsoring organization are as follows:

(i) Training charges per week – Rs. 7,975/-
(ii) Rent and allied charges per week – Rs. 600/-
(iii) The training charges are to he paid by demand draft in favour of CDA, Chennai

payable at Chennai and the Rent and Allied Charges are to be paid by demand draft in favour of Commandant, DSSC, Wellington, payable at Chennai.

3. It is requested that nomination of the willing and eligible officers with Annexure-II & III duly completed and Annual Performance Appraisal Reports (or photocopies of APARs duly attested by an officer not below the level of Under Secretary) of last (5) years may be sent to Under Secretary (GS.II), Room No. 112, ‘B’ Wing, Ministry of Defence, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi – 110011 latest by 1st February, 2019 positively.

End: As above

Yours Faithfully,
(Biswajit Benerjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Telephone: 011-26194167

Source: DoPT

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Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees by Youth Hostel Association of India

Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees by Youth Hostel Association of India

Promotion-Adventure-Sports-Central-Government-Employees

No.125/1/2018-19-CCSCSB
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

Dated:11.01.2019

CIRCULAR

Sub: Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees – Programmes to be organized by Youth Hostel Association of India.

Please refer to the Department of Personnel & Training Office Memorandum of even number dated 04.12.2015 regarding Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees( copy enclosed).

2. The Youth Hostel Association of India has offered the following programme for Central Government Employees eligible under the Scheme:

S.No Programme Programme Date/ Date of Starting & Reporting Duration Fee Base Camp Region
1 3N 4D PACKAGE MYSUFW  2019 1st Jan to 30th April, 2019 3N/4D Rs.6200/- International Youth Hostel Mysuru Karnataka
2 3N/4D DARJEELING FAMILY PACKAGE (JAN TO MARCH)-2019 12th January to 31st March, 2019 3N/4D Rs.6000/- International Youth Hostel Darjeeling West Bengal
3 NAINITAL RANIKHET ALMORA MOUNTAIN CYCLING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION-2019 27th Jan 2019 till 10th Feb 2019 7N/8D Rs.5950/- Youth Hostel Nainital Uttarakhand
4 NATIONAL FAMILY ADVENTURE CUM TRAINING CAMP-SEOBAGH-2019 24th ,29thApril, 4th, 9th, 14th, 19th, 24th, 29th May, 3rd, 8th June, 2019 4N/5D Rs.8000/- Seobagh Base Camp, Kullu Himachal Pradesh
5, NATIONAL FAMILY CAMPING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION SRINAGAR2019 1st, 7th, 13th, 19th, 25th May, 1st, 7th, 13th, 19th, 25th June, 2019 5N/6D Rs.7500/- Harwan Garden, Srinagar Jammu & Kashmir
6. NATIONAL FAMILY ADVENTURE CUM TRAINING CAMP LEH -2019 15th May to06 Oct2019 5N/6D Rs. 9500/- Youth Hostel Leh Jammu & Kashmir
7. NATIONAL MOUNTAIN CYCLING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION – JALORI PASS-2019 24th April -5th May, 2019 7N/SD Rs. 4300/- Rs.7500/- Aut, KuIlu Himachal Pradesh
8. NATIONAL MOUNTAIN CYCLING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION LEH – 2019 01st August to 08th August, 2019 7N/8D Leh Jammu & Kashmir
9. NATIONAL HIMALAYAN WINTER TREKKING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION DALHOUSIE-2019-20 10th Dec, 2019 to 6thJan, 2020 5N/6D Rs.5500/- Youth Hostel Dalhousie Himachal Pradesh
10. NATIONAL HIMALAYAN WINTER TREKKING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION KEDARKANTH A-2019-20 15th Dec, 2019 to 8thJan, 2020 7N/8D Rs.5900/- Youth Hostel Mussoorie Uttarakha nd
11. NATIONAL HIMALAYAN WINTER TREKKING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION SANDAKPHU GURDUM – 10th Dec,2019 – 05th Jan, 2020 7N/8D Rs.6500/- International Youth Hostels Darjeeling West Bengal
12. NATIONAL FAMILY ADVENTURE CUM TRAINING CAMP NILGIRIS2019(0070 22nd April to 27th May, 2019 5 Days Rs.8000/- Ooty Camp Site TamilNadu
13. NATIONAL WESTERN GHATS MOUNTAIN BIKING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION -2019 (OOTY) 22nd, 29thApril, 6th, 13th, 20st, 27th May, 2019 7 Days Rs.7500/- Ooty Camp Site TamilNadu
14. NATIONAL NILGIRI HILLS TREKKING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION 2019 (00TY) 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Oct., 2019 6N/7D Rs.7500/- Ooty Camp Site TamilNadu
15. NATIONAL KODAIKANAL- MUNNAR WINTER TREKKING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION 2019 20 to 27 December, 2019 5N/6D Rs.7500/- Base Camp Kodaikanal TamilNadu st Kerala
16. NATIONAL FAMILY ADVENTURE CUM TRAINING CAMP NILGIRIS (007Y) -2019 1st to 5th Nov , 6th to10 th Nov , 11th to15th Nov, 2019 & 15th Dec to 19th Dec , 20th to 24th Dec , 25th to 29th Dec , 30th Dec, 2019to 3rd Jan, 2020 4N/5D Rs.8000/- Ooty Camp Site TamilNadu
17. NATIONAL WESTERN CHATS MOUNTAIN BIKING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION – 2019-20 8th to 14thDec, 15thto 21st Dec, 22nd to 28th Dec, 29th, Dec, 2019 to 4th Jan, 2020 6N/7D Rs.75001- Doty Camp Site TamilNadu
18. NATIONAL BIKING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION GOA – 201920 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 26th, 28th, 30th Dec, 2019 7N/8D Rs.6000/- Sports Authority Ground, Campal,Panaji, Goa Goa
19. NATIONAL FAMILY ADVENTURE CUM TRAINING CAMP – GOA- 2019 -20 11 December, 2019 to 05 January, 2020 4N/5D Rs.7000/- Sports Authority Ground, Campal, Panaji, Goa Goa
20. NATIONAL TREKKING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION GOA -2019 -20 15 to 31 December, 2019 7N/8D Rs.5000/- Sports Authority Ground, Campal, Panaji, Goa Goa
21, GOA MONSOON TREKKING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION GOA 2019 July, August, 2019 6 Days Rs, 4000/- SateriWada, bong urli Goa
22. NATIONAL SATPURA FAMILY CAMPING &TRAINING PROGRAMME : PACHMARHI: 2019 12, 16 and 20 Nov. 2019 4N/5D Rs.7450/- Bharat Scouts and Guide Camping Ground Bada MahadevRoad, Pachmarhi Madhya Pradesh
23. NATIONAL SATPURA TREKKING & TRAINING PROGRAMME PACHMARHI: 2019 12,16 and 20 Nov. 2019 4N/SD Rs.6850/- Bharat Scouts and Guide Camping Ground Bada Mahadev Road, Pachmarhi Madhya Pradesh
24. NATIONAL EXPLORE KUTCH TREKKING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION – 2019 10th & 11th January, 2019 5 Days Rs.7000/- Shiva nan da Balkashram, Bhuj-Tapkeswari Road Gujarat
25. NATIONAL EXPLORE KUTCH 3 DAYS TREKKING CUM TRAINING 10th & 11th January, 2019 3 Days Rs,4500/- Shiva narida Balkashram, Bhuj-Tapkeswari Road Gujarat

Source: DoPT

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Details of Liaison Officers for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes appointed in the Ministries/ Departments – regarding

Details of Liaison Officers for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes appointed in the Ministries/ Departments – regarding
F. No.43011/10/2018-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel,Public Grievances &_ Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (Reservation-I) Section

North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated January 14, 2019

 OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject-Details of Liaison Officers for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes appointed in the Ministries/ Departments - regarding

The undersigned is directed to state that the Hon’ble National Commission for Scheduled Tribes have directed this Department to provide the list of Liaisons Officers appointed in the various Ministries/ Departments.

2.It is, therefore, requested to please provide the name,  esignation and contact details of the Liaison Officer for   Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes in the Ministry/Department by 16.01.2019 [Wednesday] by fax (no. 23092110) and email.

 (Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary
Telefax – 23092110
Email- r.saraswat@nic:in

To

The Joint -Secretary (Administration) of all Ministries/Departments of  the Government of India

Copy for information to:

The Deputy Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi

Copy to

1. Deputy Secretary (Administration), DoPT

2.Hindi Section, for providing a Hindi Translation.

Source: DOPT

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Appointment of Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission

Appointment of Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission

F. NO. 4/16/2018-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block. New Delhi
Dated:4th January, 2019

Subject: Appointment of Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission. 

Under the Right to Information Act 2005, the Government of India has constituted the Central Information Commission which is located in New Delhi. The powers and functions of the

Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission are as per the RTI Act, 2005.

2.It is proposed to appoint four Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission.

3.The Act provides that the Information Commissioner: –

(i) shall be a person of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass-media or administration and governance.

(ii) shall not be a Member of Parliament or Member of the Legislature of any State or Union Territory, as the case may be, or hold any other office of profit or connected with any political party or carrying on any business or pursuing any profession. It is clarified that cessation/termination of holding of office of profit, pursuing any profession or carrying any business is a condition precedent to the appointment of a person as Information Commissioner.

4.Persons who have attained the age of 65 years shall not be eligible for appointment.

5.The salary, allowances and other terms and conditions of service of the Information Commissioner shall be as may be specified at the time of appointment of the selected candidate.

6.Persons fulfilling the criteria and interested for appointment to the post of Information Commissioner may send their particulars in the enclosed proforma only, by post, to Under Secretary (RTl), Department of Personnel and Training, North Block, New Delhi or through e-mail to usrti-dopt@nic.in so as to reach latest upto  25th January, 2019. Persons, who are serving under the State/Central Government or any other Organization, should send their particulars through proper channel administrative Ministry/Department/State/UTs) only before the due date.

(Sanjay Kumar)

Under Secretary (RTI)
Tel, 23092759

Note: RTI Act, 2005 and Rules thereunder may be referred to by intending applicants for general familiarization, as could be appropriate.

For application : Click here

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Re-exercise the option to switching over to 7th CPC – Railway Services Revised Pay Rules 2016

Re-exercise the option to switching over to 7th CPC – Railway Services Revised Pay Rules 2016
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RAIL BHAVAN, NEW DELHI-110001

DO No. PC-VII/2018/RSRP/1

New Delhi, dated 10/01/2019

I would like to draw your attention to Board’s letter dated 17.12.2018 (RBE No. 197/2018 – copy enclosed) adopting Ministry of Finance’s (MoF) OM dated 12.12.2018 wherein another opportunity has been afforded to employees to re-exercise the option to switching over to 7th CPC pay structure within three months from the date of issue of the orders.

2. It may be appreciated that the orders have been issued after prolonged pursuance with MoF including from the staff side, in various forums. These orders have been circulated amongst all Railways/Units and uploaded on Board’s website, it is however, important to ensure that all Railway employees who would be benefited by such re-exercise of option are aware of the issue of these orders and are given guidance/assistance in revising their option (wherever beneficial) in time. This is especially important for those working in remote locations or who are under training/leave. Kindly therefore ensure that all affected employees are covered in the next few weeks, if necessary by organising special drives/camps for the purpose.

2. I would request for a confirmation from you by the end of February, 2019 that all eligible employees have been apprised and guided regarding re-exercise of their option and that there are none left over.

With

Encl. As above

Yours sincerely
(Manoj Pande)

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Revision of Financial powers to Heads of circles – DOP

Revision of Financial powers to Heads of circles – DOP

 No. 6-1/2016-FC (Posts)
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Integrated Finance Wing)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110 001
Dated: 8th January 2019

Sub: Revision of Financial powers to Heads of circles in the Department of Posts.

A reference is invited to this Department OM No.6-1/2005-FC (Posts) dated 31st August 2016, on the subject cited above.

2. In this regard, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab Circle, Chandigarh has sought for clarification with reference to OM No.6-1/2005-FC (Posts) dated 31st August 2016 regarding financial powers of Head of Circle in respect of Serial No. 14(b)(i) of Schedule-II whether this is applicable for a financial year or in each case.

3. The matter has been examined in this Directorate. It is clarified that the line, “In other cases the power should only be Rs. 20000/-” appearing against SI 14(b) (i) of Schedule-II, as communicated vide this Directorate letter dated 31.08.2016, is correct and should not be interpreted as being in each case.

4. This has approval of competent authority.

(A.P. Xaxa)
Director (FA)

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Retention of Railway accommodation for Railway employees transferred & posted to Northeast Frontier Railway

Retention of Railway accommodation for Railway employees transferred & posted to Northeast Frontier Railway

 RBE No. 04/2019

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

No.E(G) 2008 QR-1-9

New Delhi, dated 09.01.2019

The General Manager/Director General
All Indian Railways/Production Units/RDSO-Lucknow
(As per Standard mailing list)

Sub: Retention of Railway quarters at the previous place of posting by Railway employees posted to Northeast Frontier Railway.

Ref: Board’s letter No. E(G) 2005 QR 1-3 dated 12.09.05, E(G) 2008 QR-1-9 dated 01.10.08, 11.08.09, 20.09.11, 30.12.14 and 18.11.15

Instructions governing retention of Railway accommodation in favour of Railway employees transferred and posted to Northeast Frontier Railway have been issued from time to time. The existing orders on the subject were valid up to 30.06.2018. The question of further extension of these orders beyond 30.06.2018 has been considered and it has now been decided with the approval of Competent Authority to extend these orders for a further period of three years i.e. up to 30.06.2021 or till revised orders on the subject are issued, whichever is earlier.

2. Since the retention of quarter at the previous place of posting in favour of officers/staff who have been transferred and posted to Northeast Frontier Railway is allowed for bona fide use of the dependent family of transferred Railway servant, he/she will furnish certificate on 1st July and 1st January of every year, stating that his/her dependent family members are actually residing in the Railway quarter at the last station of his/her posting. Such a certificate will also have to be furnished at the time of seeking retention.

3. In case no such certificate is received by 31st January and 31st July every year, the quarter controlling authority will be constrained to cancel the allotment of the quarter in

4. The request for retention of entitled type of accommodation should be received within a period of one month from the date of relinquishing the charge at the last station of posting, so that further necessary action will be initiated by the quarter controlling authority in time.

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

6. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Anita Gautarn)
Director Establishment (Genl.)
Railway Board

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National Pension System MOF Letter

National Pension System MOF Letter
National Pension System MOF Letter
D.O. No.8/5/2018-PR
Arun Jaitley
Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs
India
Dated the 03 January, 2019

Dear Shri Nitin Gadkari

This has reference to your D.O. letter dated 28.10.2018 regarding the National Pension System (NPS).

2. I would like to apprise you that due to fiscal stress on account of old defined benefit pension system, the Government of India made a conscious move to shift from the old pension scheme to a defined contribution pension scheme now renamed as the National Pension System (NPS). NPS was made applicable for all new entrants who joined Central Government service on or after 01.2004, except the Armed Forces. Subsequently, all State Governments excluding West Bengal have also switched to NPS for their employees.

3. NPS is being administered and regulated by Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFRDA) in a professional manner. The investments of the accumulated corpus are made in a balanced proportion between equities, government securities and corporate bonds so as to reduce risk or spread risk whilst ensuring optimal returns. Three partial withdrawals, not exceeding 25% of the contribution made by the subscriber are also allowed under NPS for specific

4. The Union Cabinet has recently approved various proposals for streamlining NPS for Central Government employees which inter alia include enhancement of the Government’s contribution from the existing 10% to 14% of the employee’s pay + DA while keeping the employee’s contribution at the existing 10%, providing freedom of choice for selection of Pension Funds and pattern of investment to subscribers, payment of compensation for non-deposit or delayed deposit of NPS contributions during 2004-2012, providing tax deduction to the contribution made under Tier-II of NPS under Section 80 C for deduction up to Rs.1.50 lakh provided that there is a lock-in period of 3 years and increase in the tax exemption limit for lump sum withdrawal on exit from the existing 40% to 60% making the entire withdrawal exempt from income tax.

5. NPS is expected to provide old age income security to subscribers besides providing capital for the social and economic development of the economy.

With regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Arun Jaitley)

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Prescription slip of CGHS beneficiaries

Prescription slip of CGHS beneficiaries

File No.Misc-83/2018
Government of India
Office of the Additional Director
C.G.H.S(HQ)
New Delhi -110022
Dated 17-12-2018

Office Memorandum

It is observed that in most of the empanelled HCOs, specialist does not put signature and rubber stamp on the prescription slip during consultation, due to which CGHS beneficiaries suffer a lot of problem in seeking endorsement of the advised procedure/investigation & procurement of medicines from CMO i/c of CGHS WC.

Therefore, you are directed to issue instruction to all specialist/ doctors working in your hospital that they must put their Stamp with name speciality & MCI/DMC Registration No. below their signature on the prescription slip of CGHS beneficiaries to enable them to get endorsement of procedure/investigation & procurement of medicines from CMO i/c of CGHS WC easily and to make referral system hassle free issued by Ministry’s OM Z 15025 / 117 /2017/DIR/CGHS dated 15.1.2018.

(Dr. Sanjay Jain)
Additional Director, CGHS (HQ)

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