Electronic receipts acceptable for claiming Children Education Allowance (CEA) by central government employees
New Delhi: Electronic receipts are valid for claiming Children Education Allowance (CEA) by central government employees, the Centre has said.
“E-receipts produced by central government employees as a proof of payment of fee, etc., may be treated as original and hence may be allowed for claiming reimbursement of CEA,” an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
The decision comes as employees have been facing problems in getting reimbursement of education fees paid by them for their children due to lack of clarity over acceptance of the E-receipts.
As per norms, the reimbursement is allowed to only the two eldest surviving children of the government employees.
Reimbursement is also permissible for any number of note books as may be prescribed by the recognised educational institution for children of the government employees.
100 government websites differently-abled friendly soon
New Delhi: Work is on to make 100 government websites differently-abled friendly and 16 such websites are ready, Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.
Optical fibre measuring 1.39 lakh kms to connect village panchayats with internet has been laid since last two years as against 398 km from 2011-14 during the UPA.
He claimed nearly 104 crore people, comparable to the size of population of Italy and France, are in the ambit of the Aadhar and mobile connections in India since last two years.
“What is Digital India? We are seeking to bridge the divide between Digital Haves and Digital Have-nots,” he said while listing the achievements of Modi government since last two years.
“Of 125 crore people 104 have Aadhar card. They are digitally verifiable. With one click, you can view your face, your iris and finger-tip. It has happened in a completely secure condition and we have are the first ones to have done this,” Prasad claimed.
He was speaking at the launch of Sugamya Pustakalaya- an online library for persons with visual disabilities.
The online library was launched by Prasad, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot, and his two deputies Krishan Pal Gurjar and Ramdas Athawal.
Books are available in accessible formats for people with visual impairment and other print disabilities.
People can access over two lakhs books in diverse languages, integrating libraries across India and the globe, including the largest international library ‘Bookshare’.
“We have linked ‘divyangjans’ with the common service centres in our country. National Informatics Centre (NIC) is in the process of making 100 Government websites ‘divyang’ friendly of which 16 have already been made ‘divyang’ friendly,” Prasad said, as he urged NGOs and citizens to use ‘My Gov’ to provide valuable inputs on central schemes.
Prasad said in order to help children suffering from autism, an e-learning tool has also been developed by the National Institute of Mentally Handicapped and all the scholarships will be under one banner.
Javadekar said there are 23 lakh people special ability under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
As the HRD Minister, Javadekar said, he receives invitations for convocations, but he has accepted the first invitation from the University meant for differently abled in Thiruvanathapuram.
Gurjar said people with special abilities don’t need sympathy of the people but deserve their love, affection and support.
Revision of Casualty Pensionary awards in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forced Officer and JCOs/ ORs Pensioners/ Family pensioners.
Office of the Principal CDA(Pensions) Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad– 211014
Circular No. 565
1. The Chief Accountant, RBI, Deptt. Of Govt. Bank Accounts, Central office C-7, Second Floor, Bandre- Kurla Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandre East Mumbai- 400051
2. All CMDs, Public Sector Banks including IDBI Bank
3. Nodal Officers, ICICI/ HDFC/ AXIS/ IDBI Banks
4. Managers, All CPPCs
5. Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
6. The PCDA (WC), Chandigarh
7. The CDA (PD), Meerut
8. The CDA, Chennai
9. The Director of Treasuries, All States…
10. The Pay and Accounts Officer, Delhi Administration, RK Puram and Tis Hazari, New Delhi
11. The Pay and Accounts Office, Govt of Maharashtra, Mumbai
12. The Post Master Kathua (J&K)
13. The Post Master Camp Bell Bay
14. The Pr. Pay and Accounts Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair
Subject: Revision of Casualty Pensionary awards in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forced Officer and JCOs/ ORs Pensioners/ Family pensioners.
Reference: This office Circular No.456 dated 18.03.2011, Circular No.503 dated 17.01.2013, Circular No. 542 dated 27.05.2015, Circular No. 547, 548 dated 11.09.2015 and Circular No.560 dated.08.06.2016
(Available on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in)
Consequent upon issue of GOI, MOD letter No.16(01)/2014/D(Pen/Pol) dated 18.05.2016, the Circular No. 560 dated 08.06.2016 was issued by this office for revision of Casualty Pensionary Awards in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forced Officers and JCOs/ORs w.e.f. 01.01.2006. As per above Govt. letter, ‘the minimum guaranteed rates of Disability Element/ Liberalised Disability Element/ War Injury Element which were already revised w.e.f. 24.09.2012 vide GOI, MOD letter No 16(01)/2014-D(Pen/Pol) dated 10.04.2015 circulated vide this office Circular No. 542 dated 27.05.2015 has now been made applicable w.e.f. 01.01.2006 instead of 24.09.2012.
2. As per Para-5 of ibid Govt. letter, the aggregate of Service Element (revised in terms of Para 2.1 of GoI, MoD letter No 16(6)2008(1)/D(Pension/Policy) dated 04.05.2009 circulated vide Circular No. 410 dated 13.05.2009 and War Injury Element as amended from time to time, shall not exceed the minimum of the fitment table for the rank in the revised pay structure issued for implementation of recommendations of 6th CPC introduced from 01.01.2006 corresponding to the pre-revised Pay Scale held by the Armed Forces Personnel at the time of retirement/ discharge/ Invalidment. This ceiling of aggregate of War Injury Pension (Service Element plus War Injury Element) with reference to minimum of fitment table in the revised pay structure applicable from 01.01.2006 as mentioned above shall stand removed with effect from 01.07.2009 vide GoI, MoD letter No.10(01)/D(Pen/Pol)2009/Vol.II dated 19.01.2010.
3. Therefore, the arrears in respect of War Injury Pension shall be calculated in two phase viz. w.e.f 01.01.2006 to 30.06.2009 with ceiling/ cap as mentioned in Para-2 above and w.e.f. 01.07.2009 to 23.09.2012 without cap. It is also mentioned that the Service Element has also been revised vide GoI, MoD letter No.1(04)/2015(II)-D(Pen/Pol) and 1(04)/2015(I)-D(Pen/Pol) dated 03.09.2015 circulated vide this office Circular No. 547 and 548 dated 11.09.2015 respectively to ascertain current entitlement of the service element.
4. Accordingly, to facilitate the PDA’s for the revision of War Injury Pension, corrigendum PPO was considered to be necessary. Annexure attached with Circular No.560 dated 08.06.2016 in all such affected cases was called for with certain information. Now, considering the hardship to the Ex- Servicemen located in remote areas, it has been decided that the requirement of Annexure to the Circular No. 560 for revision of War Injury Pension will be dispensed with and revision will be done by the PDAs on the basis of minimum of fitment table attached herewith. No corrigendum PPO will be issued by this office in this regard.
5. For revision of War injury Pension, minimum fitment table has been enclosed as annexure ‘A’ to ‘F’ and PDAs are authorized for revision of pension within the cap (i.e. aggregate of Service Element and War Injury Element to revised amount till 30.06.2009. Thereafter, the revision shall be done as per table annexed to GoI, MoD letter No. 16(01)/2014/D(Pen/ Pol) dated 18.05.2016, circulated vide Circular No. 560 dated 08.06.2016 for calculating the arrears up to 23.09.2012 i.e. without cap.
6. It is also mentioned that vide this office circular No. 560 dated 08.06.2016 cited under reference, rates/ tables for modified parity of Special/ Liberalized Family Pension and Disability/ War Injury Element for various ranks was already prepared and circulated. In the said circular, there is no table for Hony. Naik, Hony. Havildar and Havildar granted Hony. rank of Nb Subedar. In view of above, it is hereby clarified that since Hony. Rank of Naik, Havildar and Havildar holding Hony rank of Nb Sub are drawing pay in the pay scale of Sepoy, Naik and Havildar respectively, therefore, they are entitled for modified parity with reference to substantive rank held at the time of retirement/ discharge/ invalidment except Naik (TS) who draws the pay of Naik. Therefore, Naik (TS) should be entitled for modified parity with respect to Naik rank.
7. All the Public Sector Banks disbursing defence pension would render a monthly progress report to the office of the PCDA(P) Allahabad as per the Proforma attached as APPENDIX- ‘Y’ (both for ICOs and JCOs/ ORs). All PDAs are therefore, requested to ensure rendition of the said monthly report both in hard and soft copy (Excel Format) by name to Shri S. Basumatary, Sr. Accounts Officer (P) (Audit Co-ordination) on e-mail ID: firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th of the following month. It is also enjoined upon that all the columns of APPENDIX- ‘Y’ must be filled in complete and correct manner. It is also requested that one more copy of the requisite APPENDIX- ‘Y’ may invariably be sent along with the pension payment scrolls in which arrears of pension will be shown.
8. The DPDOs will render the said monthly progress report in APPENDIX- ‘Y’ to the office of the PCDA (P) Allahabad as well as respective CDAs i.e. CDA (PD) Meerut and CDA Chennai as the case may be.
9. A copy of arrear sheet shall invariably be provided to the concerned pensioner by the PDAs for information.
10. All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.
11. The provisions of this circular shall take effect from 01.01.2006 and arrears, if any, shall be allowed from 01.01.2006 up to 23.09.2012.
12. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination of Defence pensioners and Pension Disbursing Agencies.
Dy. Controller (P)
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Implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC – Fitment Factor and Pay Fixation for Running Staff
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
No. IV/NFIR/7CPC( Imp)/2016/R.B.
The Secretary (E),
Sub: Implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC – Fitment Factor and Pay Fixation for Running Staff-reg.
Ref: (i) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7CPC(Imp)/20161R.B. dated 13/07/2016.
(ii) Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2 dated 02/08/2016 (RBE No. 93/2016).
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7CPC(Imp)/2016/R.B. dated 04/08/2016.
In continuation to NFIR’s letter of even number dated 04/08/2016, Federation desires to highlight some facts as mentioned below:-
- The Fitment table issued by the Railway Board vide letter No. PC-VI/2008/1/RSRP/1 dated 12/09/2008 was very clear, consequently correct pay fixation was done in favour of Running Staff with effect from 01/01/2006.
This time, no fitment table has been issued resulting disappointment among Loco and Traffic Running Staff in Railways.
- A statement showing the revised pay fixation on the 7th CPC Pay Matrices is enclosed. The statement shows that 14.29% hike is not ensured.
- According to the notification issued by Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure vide Para 12 of Resolution No. 1-2/2016-IC dated 25th July 2016, while revising the Pay of Running Staff it should be ensured that actual raise in Pay at the time of initial fixation of pay should be 14.29% as recommended by the 7th CPC. It is however, disappointing to note that the Railway Board’s decision communicated vide letter No. PC-VII/2016/ RSRP/2 dated 02/08/2016 (Annexure C) has not ensured Pay raise of 14.29%, consequently each Running Staff is deprived of more than Rs. 2000 p.m.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to review and ensure pay raise of not less than 14.29% for the Running Staff while revising the pay in the 7th CPC Pay Matrices. Federation also urges the Railway Board to issue the revised fitment table duly ensuring 14.29% hike as was done on 12th September 2008 when 6th CPC Grade Pay/Pay Band was given effect from 01/01/2006.
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
Instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet – Dopt Orders on 23.8.2016
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk
North Block, New Delhi — 110001
Dated August 23, 2016
Subject: Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 – instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet – regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to DoP&T’s O.M. No.11012/17/2013-Estt.A-III dated 3rd July, 2015 on the above mentioned subject and to say that in a recent case, Ajay Kumar Choudhary vs Union of India Civil Appeal No. 1912 of 2015 dated 16/02/2015, the Apex Court has directed as follows:
“14 We, therefore, direct that the currency of a Suspension Order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges/Chargesheet is not served on the delinquent officer/employee; if the Memorandum of Charges/Charge sheet is served a reasoned order must be passed for the extension of the suspension. As in the case in hand, the Government is free to transfer the concerned person to any Department in any of its offices within or outside the State so as to sever any local or personal contact that he may have and which he may misuse for obstructing the investigation against him. The Government may also prohibit him from contacting any person, or handling records and documents till the stage of his having to prepare his defence Furthermore, the direction of the Central Vigilance Commission that pending a criminal investigation departmental proceedings are to be held in abeyance stands superseded in view of the stand adopted by us.”
2. In compliance of the above judgement, it has been decided that where a Government servant: is placed under suspension, the order of suspension should not extend beyond three months, if within this period the charge-sheet is not served to the charged officer. As such, it should be ensured that the charge sheet is issued before expiry of 90 days from the date of suspension. As the suspension will lapse in case this time line is not adhered to, a close watch needs to be kept at all levels to ensure that charge sheets are issued in time.
3. It should also be ensured that disciplinary proceedings are initiated as far as practicable in cases where an investigating agency is seized of the matter or criminal proceedings have been launched. Clarifications in this regard have already been issued vide O.M. No. 11012/6/2007-Estt.A-Ill dated 21.07.2016.
4. All Ministries/ Departments/Offices’ are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all Disciplinary Authorities under their control.
5. Hindi version will follow.
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Clarification on Children Education Allowance (CEA) – Dopt orders on 22.8.2016
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, dated 22nd August, 2016.
Subject: Children Education Allowance (CEA) – Clarification
The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Personnel & Training’s O.M. No.12011/ 03/ 2008-Estt.(Allowance) dated 2nd September, 2008 and subsequent clarifications issued from time to time on the subject mentioned above and to say that E-Receipts produced by Central Govt. employees as a proof of payment of fee, etc., may be treated as original and hence may be allowed for claiming reimbursement of CEA.
2. This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary (Establishment).
3. Hindi version will follow.
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7th Pay Commission – Second meeting on Allowances on 01.09.2016
7th Pay Commission – Second meeting on Allowances on 01.09.2016 will be held at Room No. 72 North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) Committee will seek views of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA).
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
Department of Expenditure
Room No.216, Hotel Ashok,
Chankyapuri, New Delhi,
Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary, National Council (Staff Side), JCM
13C, Feroz Shah Road,
I am directed to inform that the 2nd Meeting of the Committee on Allowances will be held on 01st September, 2016 at 3.00 PM in Room No.72, North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure).
2. I am further directed to inform that the Committee on Allowances has desired to meet the representatives of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) in the aforesaid meeting to obtain their views on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission relating to allowances.
3. You are, therefore, requested to attend the aforesaid meeting with their members of Standing Committee of National Council Staff Side (JCM). The names of the members attending the meeting may please be sent on or before 29th August, 2016 to the undersigned so that necessary arrangements can be made.
Under Secretary (IC-7th CPC)
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7th Pay Commission: Government employees likely to get revised allowances from October
New Delhi: Central government employees are expected to see new allowances structure starting October.
As per media reports quoting sources in Finance Ministry, Finance Secretary committee is expected to submit its report by September, which is expected to be implemented soon thereafter.
In view of the strong protest staged by the representatives of Employee Associations and other stakeholders, government decided that recommendations on allowances, other than Dearness Allowance, will be examined by a Committee comprising Finance Secretary as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health and Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Posts and Chairman, Railway Board as Members before taking a final decision.
To the disappointment of government employees, the Justice A K Mathur panel had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others.
The Committee was to submit its report within four months. This Committee has been constituted on 22.07.2016 and the first meeting of the Committee has been held on 04.08.2016.
The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission cover 48 lakh Central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.
Source : zeenews
Promotion of Group ’A’ and Group ‘B’ officers to Senior Scale on ad-hoc basis: Railway Board Order
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
New Delhi, dated 11.08.2016
The General Managers/Chief Administrative Officers/Director General,
All Indian Railways including CLW, DLW, ICF, DMW, RWF, RCF, COFMOW, MCF/RBL & RDSO.
Sub: Promotion of Group ’A’ and Group ‘B’ officers to Senior Scale on ad-hoc basis.
Ref: Board’s letter Nos. E(GP)85/1/48 dated 31.12.85, EV(GP)89/1/8 dated 17.04.90 and 22.08.90.
In terms of Board’s letter No. ElGP)85/1/48 dated 31.12.85, Group ‘A’/Junior Scale officers with more than 3 years of service but less than 4 years, were eligible to be considered for looking after the duties in Senior Scale, on payment of Special pay, as fixed from time to time by the Board, in addition to their pay in Junior Scale, and it was only in the absence of Group ’A’ officers who have completed their probation successfully, that Group ‘B’ officers who have rendered not less than 3 years of service in Group ’B’ could be considered for ad-hoc appointment to Senior Scale. This was based on the fact that all Senior Scale posts are in Group ’A’ and, as such Group ‘B’ officers, irrespective of their length of service, can have no claim for promotion to Senior Scale, even on ad-hoc basis. However, while the position as contained in Board’s letter dated 31.12.85 basically remaining unchanged, it was decided by the Board vide Board’s letter No. E(GP)89/1/8 dated 17.04.90, as a temporary measure in the overall administrative interest, that in cases where a Group ‘A’/Junior Scale officer who was eligible for regular promotion to Senior Scale, having completed 4 years’ service, was not available, Group ‘B’ officers, who had rendered not less than 6 years’ service in Group ‘B’, could be considered for ad-hoc promotion to Senior Scale, and in case, no such Group ‘B’ officer was available, the provisions contained in sub-paras 3.1(ii) and (iii) of Board’s letter dated 31.12.85, would continue to be followed.
2. The matter has since been reconsidered by the Board. After careful consideration, it has been decided that the position as was laid down in Board’s letter No. E(GP)85/1/48 dated 31.12.85 which is in consonance with Rule 214(b) of IREC Vol.- I, be restored. Therefore, the order of preference to be followed henceforth, while considering Group ’A’ (Junior Scale/Group ’B’ officers for ad-hoc promotion against Senior Scale vacancies, will be sunder:-
i) Vacancies arising in Senior Scale should be filled by Group .‘A’/Junior Scale officers with 4 years of service who are eligible for regular promotion to Senior Scale;
ii) If eligible Group ‘A’/Junior Scale officers are not available but Junior Scale officers with a minimum of 3 years of service in Junior Scale, who have completed the probation successfully, are available, they should be considered for looking after the duties in Senior Scale on payment of charge allowance, as fixed by the Board from time to time, in addition to pay in Junior Scale, subject to the condition that pay plus charge allowance does not exceed the pay admissible on regular promotion to Senior Scale on completion of 4 years of service in Junior Scale;
iii) Failing (i) and (ii) above, by Group ’B’ officers who have rendered not less than 3 years of service in Group ‘B’ and have been adjudged suitable by a Committee of HODs for appointment against Senior Scale vacancies.
3. For making ad-hoc promotion to Senior Scale, number of vacancies arising during the period 1st July of any year to 30th June of the following year shall be computed and while empanelling Group ’B’ officers for ad-hoc promotion to Senior Scale against any such vacancies it shall be ensured that there may be no reasonable likelihood of any such Group B’ officers not getting empanelled for regular promotion to Group ’A’/Junior Scale at a later date by the DPC constituted by the UPSC, and also adequate number of Senior Scale vacancies are available for Group ‘A’/Junior Scale officers so as to consider them for ad-hoc promotion on completion of 3 years of service, so that there may be no occasion for Group ‘B’ officers having to be reverted once they have been promoted to Senior Scale on ad-hoc basis.
Order in Hindi
Corrupt employees suspension can’t continue beyond 90 days
New Delhi: The suspension of government employees accused of corruption cannot continue beyond 90 days, the Centre said today.
It has asked secretaries of all departments to ensure that chargesheets against such employees are issued within three months time.
It should also be ensured that disciplinary proceedings are initiated as far as practicable in cases where an investigating agency is seized of the matter or criminal proceedings have been launched against such employees, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in an order.
Citing a Supreme Court verdict, the DoPT said it has been decided that where a government servant is placed under suspension, “the order of suspension should not extend beyond three months, if within this period the chargesheet is not served to the charged officer”.
As such, it should be ensured that the charge sheet is issued before expiry of 90 days from the date of suspension, it said.
“As the suspension will lapse in case this time line is not adhered to, a close watch needs to be kept at all levels to ensure that charge sheets are issued in time,” the DoPT said in the order to all the secretaries.
The apex court while hearing a case has held that the currency of a suspension order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges or chargesheet is not served on the delinquent officer or employee.
If the Memorandum of Charges or chargesheet is served a reasoned order must be passed for the extension of the suspension, it has said.
BSNL retirees seek 7th Pay Commission benefits
Coimbatore: Tamil Nadu Circle of All India BSNL Pensioners’ Welfare Association today urged the Centre to extend the benefits of 7th Pay Commission to BSNL retirees, who were also covered under the government pension scheme.
In a resolution adopted at the 5th Circle Conference here, the association said all the BSNL pensioners should be brought under the Central Pay Commission and the benefits be extended to them with effect from January 2017.
The other demands include withdrawal of Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act, reintroduction of medical allowance to pensioners, preventing sale of shares of PSUs including BSNL and so on, it added.
Clarification on admissibility of Transport Allowance in the eases where the officers are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4
Government of India Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, 19th August, 2016.
Subject:- Clarification on admissibility of Transport Allowance in the eases where the officers are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4 – regarding.
Reference is invited to this Department’s Office Memorandum No.21(2)/2008-E.11(B) dated 29.08.2008. Para `3? of the O.M. stipulates that Officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- & above and those in the HAG+ Scale, who are entitled to the use of official car in terms of Department of Expenditure (DoE) O.M. No. 20(5)/E.II(A)/93 dated 28.01.1994, shall be given the option to avail themselves of the existing facility or to draw the Transport Allowance at the rate of Rs.7,000/- p.m. plus Dearness Allowance thereon.
2. Several references have been received in this Department seeking clarification on the admissibility of Transport Allowance to officers drawing Grade Pay Rs.10,000/- under Dynamic ACP Scheme or NFU Scheme. A few cases have also been filed in the Courts in this regard. Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Principal Bench, New Delhi, in Order dated 13.05.2014 in U.A. No.4062/2013 filed by Shri Radhacharan Shakiya & Others V/s Union of India & Others, held that the Applicants were not entitled to draw Transport Allowance @ Rs.7,000/- pm. plus DA thereon. The said order of the Tribunal has also been upheld by Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in their Order dated 03.09.2014 passed in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 3445/2014, filed by Shri Radhacharan Shakiya & Others,
3. Accordingly, it is clarified that the officers, who are not entitled for the use of official car for commuting between residence to office and back, in terms of DoE’s OM 20(5)/E-II(A)193 dated 28.01.1994, are not eligible to opt for drawal of Transport Allowance @ Rs.7000/- p.m. + DA thereon, in terms of DoE O.M. No.21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008, even though they are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4 under Dynamic ACP Scheme or under the scheme of Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU).
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source : finmin.nic.in
National Sports Awards – 2016
National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years; Arjuna Award is given for consistently outstanding performance for four years; Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events, Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy.
A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of former Olympians, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sports Journalists/Experts/Commentators and sports administrators. Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards was headed by Justice S.K. Agarwal, Retired Delhi High Court Judge. Selection Committee for Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by Ms. M.C. Mary Kom. Selection Committee for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar was headed by Shri Rajiv Yadav, Secretary (Sports).
Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the Government has decided to confer awards upon the following sportspersons/ coaches/organizations:
(i) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta 2016
||Name of the awardee
||Ms. P.V. Sindhu
||Ms. Dipa Karmakar
||Shri Jitu Rai
||Ms. Sakshi Malik
(ii) Dronacharya Awards 2016
||Name of the awardee
||Shri Nagapuri Ramesh
||Shri Sagar Mal Dhayal
||Shri Raj Kumar Sharma
||Shri Bishweshwar Nandi
||Shri S. Pradeep Kumar
||Shri Mahabir Singh
(iii) Arjuna Awards 2016
||Name of the awardee
||Shri Rajat Chauhan
||Ms. Lalita Babar
||Shri Sourav Kothari
||Billiards & Snooker
||Shri Shiva Thapa
||Shri Ajinkya Rahane
||Shri Subrata Paul
||Shri Raghunath V.R.
||Shri Gurpreet Singh
||Ms. Apurvi Chandela
||Shri Soumyajit Ghosh
||Shri Amit Kumar
||Shri Sandeep Singh Mann
||Shri Virender Singh
(iv) Dhyan Chand Award 2015
||Name of the awardee
||Ms. Satti Geetha
||Shri Sylvanus Dung Dung
||Shri Rajendra Pralhad Shelke
(v) Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar, 2016
||Entity recommended for Rashtriya Khel ProtsahanPuruskar, 2016
||Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent
||1.Hockey Citizen Group
2.Dadar Parsee Zorostrian cricket club
3.Usha School of Athletics
||Encouragement to sports through corporate social responsibility
||India Infrastructure Finance Corporate Limited
||Employment to sportspersons and other welfare measures
||Reserve Bank of India
||Sports for Development
||Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society
(vi) Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2015-16
Punjabi University, Patiala
The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2016.
Apart from a medal and a citation, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh. Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each. Recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given Trophies and certificates. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments will be given MAKA Trophy, award money of Rs. 10 lakh and certificate.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 23rd August, 2016
The Head of All State ATIs (As per list attached)
Subject: Success Stories of the Right to Information Act, 2005 – regarding
Sir / Madam,
I am directed to say that RTI Act has been instrumental in ensuring greater and more effective access to information to all citizens of the country, especially the marginalized sections of the society. On the occasion of completion of more than 10 years of implementation of RTI Act, 2005, the Central Information Commission, New Delhi is going to hold Annual Convention in October, 2016 to mark its contribution under the Right to Information Act, 2005. To mark this event, the Commission proposes to bring out a volume titled “Success Stories of the Right to
Information Act, 2005″, which would be released for public by the Hon’ble Prime Minister during the Annual Convention. Central Information Commission has entrusted the work of compilation / preparation of Success Stories volume to M/s YASHDA.
2. In this regard, the State ATIs are requested to forward all the documented Success Stories maintained by their Institute/Academy to YASHADA at the earliest to enable them to compile a volume titled “Success Stories of the Right to Information Act, 2005″. The State ATIs are also requested to participate in the National Workshop to be held in last week of August, 2016 in YASHADA.
7th Pay Commission will Push Gold to Rs.35,000 – 7th Pay Commission payout to central government employees, which is expected to begin from September 1, 2016, will also give a boost to gold.
The coming few months dotted with festivals and 7th pay commission can provide a further boost to gold prices in India. Experts believe that festive demand can push gold prices to Rs 34,000-35,000 per 10 grams by the end of the current year.
“Gold prices are expected to remain firm in the coming months. We expect strong demand for jewellery during the upcoming festive season which would include Ganapthi and Dusshera festivals. The marriage season around December should give a further push. Gold should test Rs 34,000-35,000 in the next 4-5 months,” Saurabh Gadgil, CMD, PNG Jewellers and Director, India Bullion and Jewellers’ Association told FeMoney.
He said that the 7th Pay Commission payout to central government employees, which is expected to begin from September 1, 2016, will also give a boost to gold. “The 7th Pay Commission payout will certainly lead to higher gold sales. We are already seeing some demand from government employees who are coming and making purchases on anticipation of higher salaries due to 7th pay commission,” Gadgil CMD, PNG Jewellers and Director, India Bullion and Jewellers’ Association told.
Gold, which started year at around Rs 25,000 level closed at Rs 31,720 on August 19 according to prices of Indian Bullion and Jewellers Association quotes, which works out to gains of around 27 per cent year to date.
V P Nandakumar, MD & CEO, Manappuram Finance Limited agrees that 7th Pay Commission payout will boost gold sales. “A part of the payout can reasonably be expected to find its way into gold purchases,” he said.
Need for revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus and incentive allowance in favour of staff of Workshops/Production Units under CRJ Pattern/GIS: NFIR Reference to Railway Board
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
The secretary (E),
Sub: Need for revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus and incentive allowance in favour of staff of Workshops/Production Units under CRJ Pattern/GIS- reg.
Pursuant to the decisions of the Government on the recommendations of the VII CPC, the Railway Board vide letter No.PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2 dated 02/08/2016 (RBE No.93/2016) has circulated “Schedules for revised scales of Pay” in respect of Railway employees to be given effect from 01-01-2006.
II. In this connection, NFIR desires to state that after implementation of 6th CPC grade pay/pay band, the Railway Board had in consultation with the Federations issued instructions vide letter No.2008/M(W)/814/38 dated 29-10-2009 (RBE No.194/2009) revising hourly rates of incentive bonus under CRJ Pattern/GIS for staff in Workshops and production Units and also PCO allowance. Upward revision of rates was also granted vide RBE No.142/99 dated 21-06-1999 (i.e. after implementation of V CPC Pay Scales). A chart showing the revision of hourly rates granted by the Railway Board is placed below:
V CPC PAY SCALES & INCENTIVE HOURLY RATES AS PER RBE NO.142/99 Dt: 21-06-1999
VI CPC PAY BAND/GRADE PAY INCENTIVE HOURLY RATES AS PER RBE No.194/09 Dt: 29-10-2009
||Hourly Rates under CRJ Pattern
|Incentive Bonus Under GIS Pattern
||Hourly Rates under CRJ Pattern
|Incentive Bonus under GIS Pattern at 100% earnings
||Junior Engineer Grade I
||9300 – 34800
+ GP 4200
||Junior Engineer Grade II
+ GP 2800
||Technician Grade I
||Technician Grade II
+ GP 2400
||Technician Grade III
+ GP 1900
||Technician Grade III
+ GP 1300
- Incentive Bonus earnings under GIS Pattern on the basis of V CPC structure was arrived at by multiplying minimum pay of pay scale X 1.3 times (in the year 1999).
- Incentive Bonus earning under GIS pattern on the basis of VI CPC was arrived at by just doubling the values & fixing it a 100% earning level (in the year 2009).
- In case of Hourly rates earning under CRJ pattern, the Hourly rate values of V CPC were just doubled and fixed as hourly rate earnings after implementation of VI CPC.
III. NFIR now wants the Railway Board to appreciate that similar upward revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus is needed to be granted as the revised pay matrices of VII CPC have been given effect from January 1, 2016. The SSEs of Indian Railways Workshops and Production Units are presently paid incentive allowance on VI CPC pay. This also needs to be revised upwardly duly taking into consideration the revised Pay Matrix allotted to them.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to take action for revision the rates early as was done during the year 1999 and 2009. It is also relevant to take note of the fact that there is already heavy shortage of staff in all Railway Workshops and Production Units with increased activity resulting additional workload burden on the existing staff. This aspect be given due weightage for the purpose of hiking the hourly rates of incentive bonus, PCO allowance and incentive allowance to the staff as well SSEs.
7th Pay Commission Effect – Coal India, Fire Service, Contract Workers demand minimum Rs.18,000 – The first indications of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission (CPC) triggering demands for salary hike have begun.
The first indications of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission (CPC) triggering demands for salary hike have begun in right earnest with Coal India Limited (CIL) workers set to join the general strike on September 2. Among the many demands include minimum monthly salary of Rs. 18,000, similar to the one proposed by the 7th CPC and accepted by the Central government employees.
CIL informed about the September 2 strike in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Saturday morning. The coal workers will be joining other trade unions that have called for a general strike in which about five lakh bank employees are also likely to participate.
Of the 13 demands listed in the charter are hike in minimum monthly salary, halt to disinvestment of public sector undertakings, increased gratuity, discontinue the practice of recruiting people on contract basis and regularise employment of those hired on contractual terms.
“We have received a communication of strike notice dated 19th August 2016 for general strike on 2nd September 2016. Efforts are being made for conciliation process. If they resort to strike, it will affect production and dispatch of coal,” CIL said in its filing with the BSE.
Not lagging behind, sweepers and fire services employees held a march in Sonepet, haryana yesterday under the banner of the Nagarpalika Karamchari Sangh (NKS), Haryana, affiliated to the Sarv Karamchari Sangh.
The protesters were demanding the abolition of the appointment on contract basis and through outsourcing and the benefits of the 7th Pay Commission.
The protesters, led by state NKS president Naresh Kumar Shastri, raised slogans in support of the demands and marched through different areas. They handed over a memorandum of their demands to Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain at her house in Sector 15.
The minister said after the Assembly session, a high-level meeting would be convened in the second week of September to mull over the demands and representatives of the NKS would also be invited. The minister assured them that their legitimate demands would be accepted.
However, Finance Ministry sources indicate, “The demand of central government employees through National Joint Council of Action (NJAC) for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 may be considered by the National Anomaly Committee but they can do nothing.
“Now, it is generally seen that Public Sector Undertaking employees get less pay than the central government employees and they will demand to hike pay equivalent to central government employees. So, the focus has now shifted to PSUs- whether they would implement a similar pay hike for their employees or not.”
“If they hike pay for their employees, the central government is likely to face difficulty in bearing this extra financial burden. Accordingly, central government employees demand for hiking minimum pay of Rs 18,000 may not be accepted,” they said.
Feasibility of implementation of recommendations accepted by GOI contained in paras 10.1.67 & 10.1.68 of 7CPC report
7th CPC recommendations – Open to amendments & corrections : Proposed draft representation regarding implementation of option 1 para 10.1.67
Representation on implementation of option -1 of 7th CPC relating to pre 2016 pensioners.
Dt.19 August, 2016
Deptt of Administrative Reforms & Pensioner’ Grievances,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions,
Patel Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001.
( Kind Attention: Shri Chirravuri Vishwanath IAS ).
Subject: Feasibility of implementation of recommendations accepted by GOI contained in paras 10.1.67 & 10.1.68 of 7CPC report.
In connection with feasibility of implementation of recommendation contained in para 10.1.67 of 7CPC report relating to pre-2016 pensioners, the undersigned, on behalf of Bharat Pensioners Samaj (Federation) a conglomerate of over 628 pensioners Associations, submits as follows:
i). Your kind attention is invited to 5th CPC recommendation contained in Para 137.14 of the report together with GOI’s decision there on which reads as under:
The pension of all pre-1986 retirees may be updated by notional fixation of their pay as on 1.1.1986 by adopting the same formula as for the serving employees. Thereafter, all the past pensioners who have been brought on the Fourth CPC pay scales by notional fixation of their pay and those who have retired on or after 1.1.1986 can be treated alike regarding consolidation of their pension as on 1.1.1996 by allowing the same fitment weightage as may be allowed to the serving employees. However, the consolidated revised pay of the post held by the pensioner at the time of retirement. (137.14)
Accepted to the extent that pension of pre 1.1.96 retirees including pre-86 retirees shall be consolidated as on 1.1.1996 as recommended but the consolidated pension shall be brought on to the level of 50% of the minimum of the revised pay of the post held by the pensioner at the time of retirement. Nos. 45/86/97-P&PW(A) Part-II dt. 27.1099 & 45/1098-P&PW(A) dt 17.12.98 refer.
ii). Similarly 6th CPC recommendation on the subject of revision of pre-2006 pensioners were possible as per GOI orders contained in F No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 01.09.2008 and amendments issued by DOP& PW thru F No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28-01-2013 wherein para 4.2 reads ” That is, the fixation of pension will be subject to the provision that the revised pension , in no case shall be lower than 50% of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus grade pay corresponding to the pre revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired. In case of HAG+ and above scales, this will be 50% of the minimum of the revised pay scale.”
iii). Pension record is of permanent nature and if it is to be destroyed, proper permission from the competent authority is to be obtained. In any case, these record can always be reconstructed taking the details from various sources available in the department and the material collected from the Pensioner. In this regard attention is also drawn to recent CAT Bombay Nagpur Bench judgement dated 09.03.2015 in case of Smt. Saija vs. General Manager, Central Railway O.A.No. 2131 of 2011(CAT Bombay Bench at Nagpur) It is also pointed out that never ever any department in any of the Court cases brought out the issue of non-availability of records.
2. It was possible to implement the above recommendations of pay panels and issue revise PPOs as records were traced out, probably due to some incentive given to the staff concerned for revising the PPOs of pre-1986 retirees involving notional fixation. Railway administration for certain gave incentive to the staff concerned for implementing 5th CPC recommendations. It is reliably learnt that as no incentive for additional work involved in revision of PPOs after 6thCPC was offered. Rly Admn did face some difficulties in implementing recommendations of 6th CPC and consequential issue of revised PPOs to pre-2006 retirees, still as per Rly Board 100% PPOs could be revised. Govt. records can speak of the position of incentive offered by various departments concerned. It is one of the suggestions to consider incentive to staff to ease the problem of locating old records/information required, since in 90% cases records are available and remaining can be recasted.
3. 7th CPC considered the long standing demand of pensioners retired in earlier CPCs regimes to grant them parity in fixation of pension with those retiring subsequently after implementation of its report. Accordingly, 7th CPC has recommended granting benefit of increments earned by the pensioner in the Pay Band and Grade Pay/Scale of Pay for 01.01.2006 Pensioners, while determining their notional pay as on 01-01-2016 at a level in the pay matrix given by the 7th CPC. Pension would be fixed at 50% of the notional pay so arrived.
4. Apprehension of non-feasibility of recommendation, discussed in para 3 , due to non-availability of records is further narrowed & not zeroed. PPOs issued at the time of retirement and revised afterwards do reflect changes prescribed by the Govt. in the pay scales on the recommendations of different Pay Commissions, record the stage of pay in the Pay Scale/Pay Band of a person retired. But it is silent on the number of increments earned after promotion to the grade in which a particular pensioner had retired. May please recall that pay fixation on promotion, as per FR 22, is arrived at after granting one increment in the pre-promotion scale followed by stepping up the same to the immediate next stage of pay in the higher grade if there is no stage after grant of increment in the lower grade. Some of the promotees may get fixed at the minimum (First stage) of the higher grade whereas others may get fixed at the second or third next stage depending upon the pay in the lower grade.
5. The recommendation of 7thCPC vide their para10.1.67(option1) for Parity of Pension is based on legal & Constitutional grounds and as such to maintain sanctity it needs to be implemented in toto.
6. It is a history that pensioners retired earlier were always at a discount in the matter of revised pensions.7th CPC has tried to give some relief to pre-2016 retirees. For the purpose of determining pension under para 10.1.67 of 7th CPC in cases where all attempts to trace records or to recast missing ones fail, it is suggested that such of the pensioners may be given option to get their notional pay determined on the basis of stage of pay in the grade indicated in the PPO this information is invariablaly available in all PPOs. If in some PPOs if LPD is not indicated it can be determined from family pension which is 30% of LPD
7. Fixation of notional pay of pre 2016 pensioners on the basis of the stage corresponding to the grade of pay in which a pensioner had retired would offer a fair & equitable option in all cases where records cannot be traced inspite of best efforts.
8 To meet the ends of justice, Bharat pensioners Samaj request that a personal hearing be granted to its delegation before any adverse decision is arrived at by the Committee.
Thanking you in anticipation.
(S. C. Maheshwari)
Secretary General, Bharat Pensioners Samaj.
Source : http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/
Under Secretary, Govt of India responds to GS/NFIR on the National Pension System
Ministry of Finance
Department of Financial Services
2nd Floor, Jeevan Deep Building,
Parliament Street, New Delhi
Dated the 5th August, 2016
Subject : Exemption of Railways from National Pension System (NPS) as recommended by the Hon’ble Railway Ministers- representation from National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR)
The undersigned is directed to enclose herewith a representation (in original) dated 26.06.2016 received from NFIR regarding the subject cited above.
2. In this regard, it may be stated that exemption of railways from NPS employees will have a bearing on the exchequer; Department of Expenditure (DoE) may take an appropriate action in this regard.
3. So far as proposals of Hon’ble Railway Minister in this matter is concerned, the reply to issues relevant to this Department were sent to DoE vide this Department’s OM dated 26.02.2016.(Copy enclosed)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Payment to Government servants other than salary etc. through e-Payment
F. No. 1(1)/2011/TA/365
Ministry of Finance
Department, of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts
Lokaayak Bhawan, Khan Market
Subject: Payment to Government servants other than salary etc. through e-Payment
A reference is invited to this office O.M. No. 1(1)/2011/TA/ 292 dated 31st March 2012′ regarding payment to Government servants other than salary etc. through e-Payment from 1st April 2012. Since advancements in payment and banking technology have enabled a large number of transactions to be handled smoothly through the e-payment mode, the existing limit of Rs. 25,000 / – prescribed in paragraph 2 of this office. O.M. dated 31st March 2012 has been further reviewed. It has now been decided to lower the threshold limit to Rs. 10,000 /- in order to bring more payments. under the purview of direct credit by electronic transfer to the bank account of the payee.
2. All Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India are required with immediate effect to discharge all payments to Government servants, other than salary, above Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten thousand only) by issue of payment advices, including electronically signed payment advices.
3. In so far as payment of salary is concerned, employees may continue to have the option of drawing salary by cash, cheque or electronic payment mode irrespective of the amount involved.
4. . This issues with the approval of the Finance Minister.
(Soma Roy Burman)
Joint Controller General of Accounts