FinMin restricts Internet access for director-level officers

FinMin restricts Internet access for director-level officers

New Delhi: Amid a CBI probe into leakage of secret documents, Finance Ministry has clamped down on the use of Internet and private emails by those up to the director level in the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), restricting the access only to official mails and government websites.

“The DEA officers of the level of directors and below will not have access of Internet on their office computers, except for government websites and email services managed by state-run National Informatics Centre (NIC),” a senior Finance Ministry official said.

They can also access government websites such as pib.nic.in, finmin.nic.in, which are managed by NIC. Following the latest direction, only officers in the rank of joint secretary and above in the DEA will have access of Internet.

However, there are no such restrictions in the Revenue and Expenditure Departments, among others. The DEA is an important wing of the Finance Ministry which deals with policy matters including Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and capital markets.

The restrictions follow the CBI probe into the corporate espionage case, wherein it was found that the government staff members were leaking confidential information relating to foreign investment and other policy matters for further sale to the corporates.

The probe has indicated that “first and second” levels of decision making in the Ministries of Finance and Commerce relating to foreign investments were allegedly “compromised”.

One of the persons arrested by CBI in this case was handling key matters related to foreign investment policy and he was allegedly using two email accounts for sending information to a Mumbai-based Chartered Accountant.

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Over 62,000 corruption complaints received in Central Vigilance Commission last year

Over 62,000 corruption complaints received in Central Vigilance Commission last year

New Delhi: Over 62,000 complaints of alleged corruption in various government departments were received by the Central Vigilance Commission last year, the government said today.

A total of 62,362 complaints were received in 2014.

Necessary action was taken on 24,047 of them and investigation reports were sought in 1,176 complaints, Union Minister Jitendra Singh told Lok Sabha in a written reply.

Of the total complaints, 36,876 were filed as no action was required by the Commission on them. A total of 2,311 complaints were pending, he said.

The Central Vigilance Commission has received a total of 4,309 complaints between January and February this year, said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

Of these, necessary action was taken in 3,085 complaints and investigation report was sought in 36 cases. A total of 2,107 complaints were filed by the probity watchdog, he said.

The Commission received 926 complaints exposing corruption under the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI), also known as whistleblowers resolution, in 2014 and necessary action was taken in 841 of them.

It has received 173 such complaints between January and February this year and necessary action has been taken in 98 of them, the Minister said.

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Family Identity Cards to rFamily Identity Cards to retiring / retired railway employees will now be for lifetime instead of 7 years: Railway Board Orderetiring/retired railway employees will now be for lifetime instead of 7 years: Railway Board Order

Family Identity Cards to retiring/retired railway employees will now be for lifetime instead of 7 years: Railway Board Order

RBE No. 19/2015
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No.E(W) 2003/PS 5-8/1

Date 16.03.2015

The General Manager(P)
&
The General Manager(Comml.),
All Indian Railways.

Sub: Family Identity Cards to retiring/retired railway employees.

In terms of Board’s letter of even number dated 24.08.2006 on the above subject, Family Identity Cards Issued to retiring/retired railway employees are renewed after every 7 years.

2. The issue regarding enhancing the validity of such Family Identity Cards from present 7 years has been under consideration in Board’s Office. The matter has been considered by Board and it has now been decided that validity of Family Identity Cards issued to retiring/retired railway employees and widows of railway employees will now be for lifetime instead of 7 years. Other terms and conditions as laid down in Board’s letter of even number dated 04.06.2003 will remain the same.

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

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Debasis Mazumdar)
Director Estt.(Welfare)
Railway Board

Source: www.indianrailways.gov.in
[http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/E%28W%29/2015/RBE_19_2015.pdf]

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Bank Employees Wage Revision – Feedback of meeting with IBA on 17.3.2015

Bank Employees Wage Revision – Feedback of meeting with IBA on 17.3.2015

All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) published the discussion points in the meeting with Indian Banks Association held on 17th March 2015.

Nearly 26 points were discussed in the meeting and more important issues like construction of Revised Pay Scales, revised DA formula, HRA rates, Transport Pay, introduction of Grade Pay, revision of Special Pay, LFC, revision in other allowances, retirees’ issues, etc. and other issues/ demands would be taken up for discussions in the subsequent rounds of meetings.

DETAILS OF DISCUSSION WITH IBA ON 17.03.2015

Discussions with IBA on 17-03-2015

Units and members are aware that our charter of demands includes demands on improvement in various service conditions apart from increase in wages. Prior to the signing of the Minutes of Discussion on 23-2-2015, there were two rounds of discussions with the IBA on these issues. Yesterday i.e., on 17.03.2015, one more round of discussions took place, during which understandings have been reached on the following issues:

1) ENCASHMENT OF LEAVE: The benefit of encashment of Privilege Leave will be available even in the cases of resignations from the Bank after 20 years of service as well on loss of job due to punishments (other than cases of punishment of Dismissal and cases where there is loss to the Bank).

2) LEAVE: The present stipulation that Casual Leave (CL) upto 4 days can be availed continuously provided the total absence including Sundays and holidays does not exceed more than 6 days would be deleted.

3) Presently Unavailed Casual Leave (UCL) can be availed for a day without production of medical certificate. In addition UCL may be availed without production of medical certificate for 4 days at a time once in a year or 2 days at a time twice in a year.

4) Privilege Leave (PL) can be availed on 4 occasions in a year (as against 3 occasions at present).

5) 15 days’ Notice would be sufficient to avail Privilege Leave (as against 30 days’ notice at present).

6) Privilege Leave can be accumulated upto 270 days (as against the existing ceiling of 240 days). However, encashment upto 240 days would continue as at present.

7) Special Sick Leave with Salary for a maximum period of 30 days would be sanctioned to an employee while on hospitalisation for donation of kidney or any organ.

8) Maternity Leave, within the overall entitlement, would be granted for 60 days (now 45 days) in the case of hysterectomy.

9) Maternity Leave for legal adoption of a child would be 6 months (now 2 months)

10) The above facility of Maternity Leave would also be available to a biological mother in cases where the child is born through surrogacy.

11) Part time employees would also be entitled to Maternity Leave under (9) and (10) above.

12) Paternity Leave would be extended on the lines of Government employees i.e. 15 days at a time on 2 occasions.

13) Study Leave upto 2 years would be sanctioned to workmen employees as available to officers.

14) Sabbatical Leave for women employees would continue to be extended on the lines of government guidelines.

15) Sabbatical Leave for male employees would be referred to the Government for consideration.

16) Extraordinary Leave (without Pay) would be sanctioned upto a max. of 720 days during the entire service (as against the existing ceiling of 12 months).

17) Special Casual Leave for absence due to curfew would include exigencies like riots, prohibitory orders, natural calamities.

18) Special Leave for Sports activities, trekking, mountaineering, etc, would be dealt with at each Bank level.

19) INTRODUCTION OF LEAVE BANK: System of Leave Bank would be introduced by which employees can voluntarily donate a part of their entitled leave to a common pool from out of which leave with salary would be sanctioned to employees who are compelled to be on prolonged leave due to treatment of major diseases/accidents and other contingencies beyond their control and where such employees have exhausted all their leave.

20) Diem Allowance: Diem Allowance payable while on travel on duty would be revised upwardly and quantum would be finalised in the next meeting.

21) When employees travel on duty to another station and stay in a hotel, the room rent would be reimbursed; the eligible rates would be finalised in the next meeting.

22) Transportation of goods while on transfer: An employee while on transfer from one station to another can transport his personal effects by train or road (even if the places are connected by train) upto the stipulated weights by an IBA approved Transport Operator.

23) Compensation for Breakages: Compensation for losses due to breakages or damage to goods while transporting would be reimbursed as under:

Existing amount on production of receipts for Clerks – Rs.1120 to be revised as Rs.1500

Existing amount on production of receipts for Substaff – Rs.745 to be revised as Rs.1000

Existing amount without production of receipts for Clerks – Rs.745 to be revised as Rs.1000

Existing amount without production of receipts for Substaff – Rs.560 to be revised as Rs.750

24) Travel on Duty/on transfer:

Existing for Non-Subordinate employees 1st Class to be revised as AC 2 Tier

Existing for Subordinate employees 2nd Class to be revised as AC 3 Tier

25) Dependents’ Income Criteria: Income limit to define a dependent would be Rs. 10,000/- per month (as against the existing Rs.3,500/- p.m.)

26) Pension for part time employees: The entire service period would be taken for arriving at eligible pension instead of pro-rata service.

Important issues like construction of revised Pay Scales, revised DA formula, HRA rates, Transport Pay, introduction of Grade Pay, revision of Special Pay, LFC, revision in other allowances, retirees’ issues, etc. and other issues/ demands would be taken up for discussions in the subsequent rounds of meetings.

Further development on these issues will be informed to members in due course.

Source: AIBEA

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National Mediclaim Plus Policy

National Mediclaim Plus Policy

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PART (a) to (e) OF RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. *199 FOR 17TH MARCH, 2015 REGARDING “NATIONAL MEDICLAIM PLUS POLICY” TABLED BY SHRI VIVEK GUPTA , M.P.

(a): “National Mediclaim Plus” Policy is a new Health product of National Insurance Co. Ltd. launched on 15th August, 2014 as per the File and Use guidelines of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI). This is not pre-existing product and thus the question of increase in premium does not arise. Under the approved product there are 13 covers, Medical Second Opinion and 2 optional covers, namely Critical illnesses (8 Nos.) and Outpatient Treatment. The Sum Insured under the product varies from Rs.2 Lakh to Rs.50 Lakh. The premium amount chargeable under the policy would depend on the options chosen. Premium rates are fixed based on the loss ratio and various other factors and are filed with the Authority as part of the File and Use procedure. The National Insurance Co. Ltd.’s other products like National Mediclaim Policy, Parivar Mediclaim for Family, Varistha Mediclaim for Senior citizens, Baroda Health Policy, BOI National Swasthya Bima Policy and Universal Health Insurance Scheme address the requirements of all strata of society. The Insurer has not replaced the “National Mediclaim Policy” with this policy. They are still selling, the “National Mediclaim Policy”. Thus the “National Mediclaim Plus Policy” is a completely different and new product with altogether new features, options etc.
(b): “National Mediclaim plus Policy” is a recently approved one and the review of premium rates is envisaged to be done by the Appointed Actuary of the National Insurance Co. Ltd. as deemed necessary as per Regulation No.7, related to Principles of Pricing of Health Insurance Products under the IRDA (Health Insurance) Regulations, 2013.

(c ):There are several other health Insurance products of this Company as well as other Insurance Companies to meet the needs of different sections of people at appropriate premium rates. The Policyholders may also migrate to other policies of the same Company or other Company’s under portability enabled by IRDAI regulations without losing the accrued benefits in terms of waiting period for the purpose of pre exiting disease. There are several products meant for poor people, where the Sum Insured and the premium are lower; i.e., Micro Insurance Products, Universal Health Insurance Policy etc. Further, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) is a Government run scheme which provides health insurance to unorganized Workers belonging to BPL category and their families. During the course of its implementation, apart from BPL families, RSBY coverage has been extended to other categories of Unorganized workers viz. Building & Other Construction Workers, Licensed Railway Porters, Street Vendors, MGNREGA workers (who have worked for more than fifteen days during preceding financial year), Beedi workers, Domestic workers, Sanitation Workers, Mine Workers, Rickshaw pullers, Rag pickers and Auto/Taxi drivers. Under the scheme, the eligible families in the unorganized sector are provided smart card based cashless health insurance cover of Rs.30,000/- per annum.

(d): Any product sold in the market has to be filed with the IRDAI by the Insurance Company under File & Use Procedures complying with the Health Insurance Regulations 2013. As far as the premium is concerned, the Insurer takes various factors such as loss ratio, claims experience, inflation rate, further assumptions and other actuarial parameters into account while finalizing the premium rates. It is required that the Appointed Actuary of the Company examines and certifies the premium rates. Further, the pricing is also examined by the Actuarial Department of IRDAI and on confirmation by the Actuarial Department the final premium is approved by IRDAI.

(e):The question of increase or revisions in the rates of National Mediclaim Plus Policy at the moment does not arise because it is a new product. However, the review of the product “National Mediclaim Plus Policy” may be done in the future as per the relevant provision of the Health Insurance Regulations 2013 by the Appointed Actuary keeping in view financial sustainability and viability of the product with respect to the premium rates. Changes in rates, if any, are applicable from the date of approval by the IRDAI and are applied prospectively.

The above statement was submitted in reply of undermentioned Rajya Sabha Question:-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA

QUESTION NO 199

ANSWERED ON 17.03.2015

National Mediclaim Plus Policy

199 Shri Vivek Gupta
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to satate :-

(a) whether Government is aware that the increase in premium payable in the National Mediclaim Plus Policy is very high and causing distress to the many, especially, for lower income groups, economically weaker sections and to the senior citizens alike;

(b) if so, whether Government proposes to review the recently revised premium;

(c) if not, the manner in which Government plans on providing similar medical facilities and insurance cover to these sections of the society;

(d) whether there is an existing mechanism that caps the amount increased in the premium; and

(e) the rationale behind such an increment in the revised rates of the Mediclaim Plus Policy?

ANSWER

THE FINANCE MINISTER
(SHRI ARUN JAITLEY)

(a) to (e): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

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Source: RajyaSabha.nic.in

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7th Pay commission was met by the delegates of the All India Federation of Defence Workers on 13.3.2015

7th Pay commission was met by the delegates of the All India Federation of Defence Workers on 13.3.2015

 

BPMS delegates met with 7th Central Pay Commission on 13th March 2015 and the discussion points are published on its official portal in Hindi language and we translate the content of the letter and given below for your kind consideration…

 

Gist of the meeting held with 7th CPC on 13.03.2015

 

The Seventh Pay commission was met by the delegates of the All India Federation of Defence Workers –

Mr P.Mohanrao Chennai, Mr Sadhoo Singh Kanpur, Mr Mukesh Kumar Singh Kanpur, Mr Gopal Krishna Dwivedi Kanpur, Mr SK Singh, Naval dock yard Bombay, Mr Virendra Sharma Delhi were present.

The delegation had taken some Feedback from the Seventh Pay Commission during which the following topics were discussed:

 

1. Discussion about a few discrepancies of the Sixth Pay Commission like MACP, the delegation stated that reason for the discrepancies regarding MACP in the Sixth Pay commission was because MACP was given in the Second Grade Pay. Employees of equal status received MACP in different Grade Pays – like all Industrial workers are to receive a grade pay of 4600/- in 30 years, but a few employees received 4200/- and a few received a grade pay of 2800/- which created a dis-satisfaction among the employees and they requested that the ACP/MACP should be got along with the Promotional Grade Pay.

 

The Pay commission has stated that the discrepancies in ACP/MACP will be resolved after discussing the issue with various ministries and departments.

 

2. It was suggested to merge and upgrade the Group ‘C’ pay scales – like the grade pay of 1800/- can be upgraded to 1900/- and in future the 1900/- and 2000/- grade pay can be merged and upgraded to 2400/-, 2400/- grade pay can be upgraded to 2800/-, 4600/- and 4800/- grade pay can be merged to 4800/-

The representatives of the Pay commission have stated that inputs have been taken from various ministries.

 

3. The Pay scales of Promotee and Recruitee should be equal. In the sixth pay commission, for recruited employees, according to their grade pay, the minimum pay band was fixed, but for the Promotee employees, after a promotional benefit of 3 percentage, it was lesser than the minimum fixed pay.

On this issue the Pay commission has given assurance that such discrepancies will be resolved.

 

4. Discrepancies in annual increment to be cleared, ensuring that every employee is to receive an increment in 12 months. The employee who retires from service between January and June is to be given an additional increment and allotted pension, as the eligibility service for Increment is 6 months.

The Pay commission representatives didn’t pay any comments on this point.

 

5. Those employees who were recruited in the Naval Dockyard and E.M.E. before the Sixth Pay commission under HS and those getting recruited before the Fifth Pay commission directly under HS-1 are to be recruited under the pay scale of HS-1 ie. they are to be directly given a grade pay of 2800/-. This issue is departmental and under the rules of recruitment is to be decided by the department.

 

6. Certain jobs in the Navy and Air Force are such that the Soldiers and Civilians have to work together. In such cases, Technical allowance is to be given to both type of employees.

 

7. A wide discussion regarding NPS was done and stated that pension was given in the name of Social Security under CCS Pension Rule 1972, which will continue.

 

Pay commission has stated that this is a Government Plan which cannot be altered by the Pay Commission but you can give your suggestions regarding the NPS. The delegation stated that according to the September 2012 decree of the Supreme court, the minimum pension for every employee should guarantee at least 50 percent of his basic pay + Dearness Allowance. The members of the Pay commission discussed about the Modus operandi of Ordnance Factories and Naval dockyards and stated that a lot of jobs like sweeping, etc should be done by outsourcing.

 

B.P.M.S. directly opposed this statement and said that outsourcing has a direct compromise on the quality of the products and hence outsourcing has to be stopped. Pay commission has stated that relative to the increments there should be an increase in Efficiency. The delegates stated that as the Productive units are not given under Long Term Work Load Users, there is a decrease in productivity, if the government makes the Long Term Work load available, then there would certainly be an increase in productivity.

 

8. The quota for job opportunities to the dependents of deceased employees is only 5 percent, which needs to be increased.

 

9. The report of the Pay commission to be Implemented in January 2016, and all Allowances, Incentives, etc to be revised from the same date.

 

The Pay commission has stated that they will try to submit their report within the given time limit.

 

Source: cgemployeesnews.in

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Digitisation of Government Functioning – Implemented eOffice application

Digitisation of Government Functioning

 

National Informatics Centre (NIC) has developed work flow based application software for visitor management at any office known as eVisitor. It is a web based solution hosted at the NIC data centre and can be accessed / adopted by any Government office just by providing necessary master data for on-boarding.

 

Government has taken initiative to digitize Government files and documents for its easy accessibility. NIC is providing technical support and consultancy on digitization of files and documents to the various Ministries / departments. Government has conceived Mission Mode Project (MMPs) under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) to improve service delivery system in the Central /State Government Ministries / Departments. The responsibility of provisioning of funds and digitization of file and documents rests with the concerned Ministry/Department/Organization.

 

NIC has also developed and implemented eOffice application. The eOffice application aims to support governance by ushering in more effective and transparent inter and intra-government processes. eOffice is Mission Mode Project under the National E-Governance Plan.

 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Ramesh Chander Kaushik in the Lok Sabha today.

 

Source: PIB

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Central Government employees are marking their attendance in the Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System

Central Government employees are marking their attendance in the Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS)

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

18th march, 2015

Biometric Attendance

The Central Government employees are marking their attendance in the Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS). There is a difference between the number of registered employees and number of employees marking their attendance. The Department of Personnel & Training has issued fresh instructions to all Ministries/ Departments on 28.01.2015 that necessary directions may be issued to all employees to mark their attendance in the Biometric Attendance Portal on regular basis.

Biometric attendance system is an enabling platform for marking of attendance. There is no change in the instructions relating to office hours, late attendance etc. There is no proposal to introduce an alternative system.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Dushyant Chautala in the Lok Sabha today.

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Nomination for Railway Employees Retirement Benefits – Procedure

Nomination for Railway Employees Retirement Benefits – Procedure
1. What is the process for nomination for the purpose of payment of Provident Fund?

The Supervisor/Accounts Officer shall as soon as the account is opened, invite every subscriber to make a nomination conferring the right to receive the whole or part of the amount that may stand to his credit in the event of his death.

(i) A subscriber shall, at the time of joining the fund, make a nomination and send it to the Accounts officer, if a Gazetted Railway Servant; otherwise to his immediate supervisor.

(ii) A subscriber may in his nomination distribute the amount that may stand to his credit in the fund amongst his nominees at his own discretion.

(iii) A subscriber may provide in a nomination in respect of any specified nominee that in the event of his pre-deceasing, the subscriber, the right conferred upon that nominee shall pass to such other persons as may be specified in the nomination. The nomination shall become invalid in the event of happening of a contingency specified therein.

(iv) The nomination made by a Railway Servant who has no family at the time of making it, shall become invalid in the event of the Railway Servant subsequently acquiring a family. If, at the time of making nomination, the Railway Servant has a family, the nomination shall not be in favour of any other person, other than the members of his family.

2. Why is nomination necessary?

(i) It is in the interest of the Railway Employee himself to make timely nomination to avoid delay in the payment of settlement dues to his family in case of his/her unfortunate death while in service.

(ii) There is now a single nomination form for the purpose of Provident Fund, Death Gratuity and Group Insurance Scheme.

3. Whether nomination can be made for the purpose of Family Pension?

No nomination is required for the purpose of Family Pension under the ‘Family Pension Scheme 1964’ under which the Family Pension is payable first to Widow/Widower and then to children as per age.

Source: Indian Railways

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Compulsory Paid Leave During Pregnancy

Compulsory Paid Leave During Pregnancy

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

March 18, 2015

Compulsory Paid Leave During Pregnancy

There are provisions which prescribe that a female Government servant (including an apprentice) with less than two surviving children may be granted maternity leave by an authority competent to grant leave for a period of 180 days from the date of its commencement. During such period, she shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Kirti Azad in the Lok Sabha today.

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Shortages of Employees in Government Departments

Shortages of Employees in Government Departments

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

March 18, 2015

The number of sanctioned posts and number in position of Class-C employees including erstwhile Group D employees in various Ministries/Departments as available in the Brochure on Pay and Allowances of Central Government Civilian Employees 2012-13 as on 1.3.2012, published by Pay Research Unit, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, is 33,52,380 and 28,06,369 respectively.

The posts sanctioned in Government Departments are required to be filled as and when vacancies arise as per the Recruitment Rules. Instructions have been issued that requisitions for Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) may be made to the recruiting agency.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Ram Tahal Choudhary and Dr. Manoj Rajoria in the Lok Sabha today.

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RAILWAY EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT BENEFITS – PENSION

Railway Employees Retirement Benefits – Pension (Applicable to Railway Employees who have been appointed on or before 31.12.2003)

1.         What is Pension?

Pension is a lifelong Retirement Benefit, paid monthly to a Railway Servant on retirement from service.

The pension scheme was introduced in 1957 was, however, made compulsory for all the employees appointed on and after 16.11.1957 in Railway Service.

2.         Who are eligible for pension?

(a)       All those Railway Employees, who were appointed on or after 16.11.1957 (up to 31.12.2003) are compulsorily governed by Pension Scheme.

(b)       The employees who were in service on 1st April, 1957 or were appointed during the period from 1st April, 1957 to 15th November, 1957 were required to exercise an option to elect for Pension Scheme by 31.03.1958. These options were subsequently extended from time to time.

3.         What are the different kinds of Pension?

Pensions are divided into the following four classes:

(i) Compensation Pension

Compensation Pension means the pension granted to a Railway Servant who is discharged from Railway service due to abolition of a permanent post.

(ii) Invalid Pension

Invalid Pension means the Pension granted to a Railway Servant who retires from service on suffering from contagious disease or a physical disability, which affects the efficient discharge of his duties.

(iii) Superannuation Pension

Superannuation Pension means the Pension granted to a Railway Servant who retires on attaining the age of 60 years.

4.         What are Basic Conditions for Earning Pension?

Entitlement to pension commences on completion of 10 years qualifying service. A Railway Servant, who has completed less than 10 years’ qualifying service, is entitled to a service gratuity only.

5.         What is the New Pension Scheme?

The Government of India has introduced a New Pension Scheme (Defined Contributory Pension System) replacing the existing system of Defined Benefit Pension System. The New Scheme is applicable to new entrants to Government service w.e.f. 01.01.2004. Under Tier-I of the system, Government servants shall compulsorily make a contribution at the rate of 10% of salary and a matching contribution will be made by the Government.

Tier-II is a withdrawable and Non-Pensionable Account and will have the system of Voluntary contribution. The contributions will be kept in a separate account and will be withdrawable at the option of the Government servant. Government will not make any contribution to Tier-II Account. This is not operative at present.

6.         What is the formula for determining the Amount of Pension?

With effect from 01.01.2006, Pension is calculated as 50% of 10 months Average Emoluments or 50% of Last Pay Drawn whichever is beneficial to the employee subject to a minimum of Rs.3500/- per month.

Note:   If the amount of pension contains a fraction of a Rupee, the amount will be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

7.         What are Average Emoluments?

(i)         The terms “Average Emoluments” is determined with reference to Basic Pay drawn by a Railway Servant during the last ten months of his service.

(ii)        If during the last 10 months of service, a Railway Servant is absent from duty or on extra ordinary leave (without leave salary) or has been under suspension, the aforesaid period of leave or suspension is disregarded in the calculation of the average emoluments and an equal period prior to ten months is considered.

8.         What is the additional quantum of Pension available to benefit old aged Pensioners?

The quantum of pension available to old aged Pensioners shall be increased as under:

Age of Pensioner

Additional Quantum of Pension

From 80 years to less than 85 years

20% of revised Basic Pension

From 85 years to less than 90 years

30% of revised Basic Pension

From 90 years to less than 95 years

40% of revised Basic Pension

From 95 years to less than 100 years

50% of revised Basic Pension

100 years or more

100% of revised Basic Pension

9.         What is the Pension Benefit admissible to different types of Railway Employees?

The Pension Benefits granted to Railway Employees, in different cases are:

(i) Permanent Railway Employees

(a) Qualifying service of less than 10 years

No pension but service gratuity shall be paid at a uniform rate of half months emoluments for every completed six monthly period of qualifying service.

(b) Qualifying service of 10 years or more shall entitle an employee to get pension subject to a minimum of Rs.3500/- per month.

(ii) Temporary Railway Employees

(a)Temporary employees retiring at the age of superannuation or on being declared permanently incapacitated for further service by the appropriate medical authority after rendering service of not less than 10 years will be paid Retirement Benefits at the same scale as is paid to the permanent employees.

(b)A temporary employee’s family, who dies in harness, will be allowed the same death benefits as are admissible to the family of permanent employees.

(iii)Employees who are removed or dismissed from Railway Service

No pensionary benefits are granted to Railway Servant on whom the penalty of removal or dismissal from service is imposed. However, in case of a Railway Servant so removed or dismissed, the authority who removed or dismissed him from service may award ‘Compassionate grant’ corresponding to ordinary gratuity and/or DCRG and/or allowances corresponding to ordinary pension, when he is deserving on special consideration, provided that the compassionate grant and/or allowances awarded to such employee shall not exceed two thirds of apensionary benefits which would have been admissible to him if he had retired on medical grounds.

10.       Through which authorities/offices can Pension be drawn?

Pension can be drawn through Post Offices, Treasuries or Nationalised Banks.

11.       What are the conditions for disbursement of Pension?

Disbursement of Pension depends on furnishing of a non-employment or an employment/ re-employment certificate by Pensioner once in a year in the month of November each year in the prescribed form to the Pension Disbursing Authority. Similarly, besides non-employment certificate, a ‘Life Certificate’ duly signed by a Gazetted Officer or by some other well known and trustworthy person is also required to be furnished. Until the said certificates are furnished, Pension for the subsequent months will not be disbursed.

QUALIFYING SERVICE

1.         What is qualifying service?

Qualifying service is the number of completed six monthly periods of service which is taken into account for determining the amount of pensionarybenefits.

Broadly, all periods spent on duty (including Foreign Service for which contribution is paid to the Government) or on leave including leave on medical certificate are allowed to be counted for pension. The competent authority has discretion to allow extra ordinary leave to count for pension

The service and periods rendered in the following capacity are termed as ‘Qualifying Service’ and qualifying for pensionary benefits:

(i) Continuous service on Indian (Government) Railways.

(ii) Continuous service rendered on ex-company/ex-State Railway, taken over by the Government and followed by service in Indian (Government) Railways.

(iii) Military/War Service rendered before joining the Railways in terms of Rule 22, 34 & 35 of Railway Service (Pension) Rules, 1993.

(iv) Service rendered under Central or State Government before transfer to Railways.

(v) Period of training followed by absorption against regular post.

(vi) Deputation period out of India on duty.

(vii) Authorised ‘Joining Time’.

(viii) Foreign Service rendered by a Railway Servant shall count as qualifying service provided that contribution towards cost of  pensionary benefits of the Railway Servant, has been paid either by the foreign employer or a Railway Servant himself, in respect of entire period of Foreign Service.

(ix) All periods of leave with leave salary taken up to the date of superannuation.

(x) Extra-ordinary Leave (EOL)

(a) Extra-ordinary Leave taken on medical grounds

(b) If taken to join or re-join duty due to Civil Commotion or Natural Calamity, if he has no other type of leave.

(c) For higher scientific and technical studies.

(xi) Period spent on suspension

Time passed under suspension pending inquiry into conduct, counts in full if on conclusion of enquiry, the Railway Servant has been fully exonerated or the suspension is held to have been unjustified. In other cases the period of suspension will only count if the authority who reinstated him in service expressly declared to count towards pensionary benefits.

(xii) Service rendered in casual capacity

Half of service rendered in casual capacity after attaining temporary status will count for pensionary benefits on absorption against a regular post.

For calculation of the length of qualifying service, a fraction of a year equal to 3 months or more shall be treated as completed one half year period.

 

2.         What is the formula for calculating Qualifying Service?

(i)         The fraction of a year in the qualifying service shall be reckoned in the following manner:

Fraction of a year

Number of completed

Six-monthly periods (half year)

Less than 3 months

NIL

3 months and above and less than 9 months

01 (one)

9 months and above

02 (two)

(ii)        Qualifying service of 9 years and 9 months and above (up to 10 years) at the time of retirement shall be treated as ten years of service.

(iii)       After completion of minimum 20 years of qualifying service voluntary retirement can be taken.

(iv)       Where the authority reinstating the Railway Servant had not passed orders as to the treatment of period of suspension for the purpose of Qualifying Service for pensionary benefits, the period of suspension shall only be counted if it had been treated as duty or leave due as the case may be.

Illustration for calculating Railway Pension:

In case of an employee serving in Pay Band-2 ScaleRs.9300-34800 in Grade Pay Rs.4200 who was drawing Last Pay Rs.20000/- retires on superannuation after completing 33 years of qualifying service. 40% commutation of Pension opted.

Pension

(Minimum Rs.3500/-)

= 50% of LP + DR = 50% of 20000

Rs.10000/- + DR

Source: Indian Railways

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Non payment of minimum wages by outsourcing agencies

Non payment of minimum wages by outsourcing agencies

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
RAJYA SABHA

QUESTION NO 2327

ANSWERED ON 18.03.2015

Non payment of minimum wages by outsourcing agencies

2327 Dr. T.N. Seema
Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to satate :-

(a)whether it is a fact that many services of Government departments/ semi- Government/Public Sector are operated and delivered through outsourcing agencies and that the employees of such agencies are not provided adequate salary as per the Minimum Wages Act, medical facilities and PPF Schemes;
(b)if so, the reaction of Government and the mechanism existing with

Government to ensure payment of minimum wages to their employees as per the Minimum Wages Act; and

(c)the action taken against those outsourcing agencies for non-payment of minimum wages to their employees as per the Minimum Wages Act during last two years and the current year?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE(IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a) to (c): Yes, Sir. The workers are engaged through agencies as per provisions of General Financial Rules. Under Minimum Wages Act (MW Act), if any short payment is detected then claim is filed before the authority by the officer in addition to filing of the prosecution against the outsourcing agencies in the court of law. Authority directs to pay the difference of actual wages paid and minimum rates of wages fixed under Minimum Wages Act, along with compensation. The details of the enforcement of the Minimum Wages Act, in the Central Sphere during the last two years and the current year are at Annexure.

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Source: RajyaSabha.nic.in

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OROP scheme to be executed after session: Rao Inderjit

OROP scheme to be executed after session: Rao Inderjit

Rewari, March 16 Union Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit said today that the announcement about implementation of the one-rank,one-pension (OROP) scheme would be made immediately after the conclusion of parliamentary session.

Interacting with mediapersons at his residence in Rampura village here today, he said the BJP government was committed to executing the OROP scheme for ex-servicemen.

He maintained the financial burden on account of implementing the OROP scheme had been taken care of in the Budget. If needed, additional funds would be transferred for the scheme.
“Any monetary problem will not be allowed to come in the way of the OROP scheme,” said Inderjit.

About amendments to the existing Land Acquisition Act, the minister said not a single inch of land would be acquired without obtaining consent from the landowners. The amendments had been made to make the Act effective and development-oriented, he added. Earlier, addressing a gathering at Tehna Deepalpur village the minister said the Central as well as the state governments were keen on fulfilling their poll promises.

Read at: Tribune India

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Reservations for Jats in Central Government Jobs Cancelled

Reservations for Jats in Central Government Jobs Cancelled

In the year 2014, the then ruling UPA coalition had announced special reservation for members of the Jat communities in nine states including Delhi and Haryana in Central Government jobs under the Other Backward Communities category.

A case was filed in the Supreme Court challenging this order. The bench, consisting of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton F. Nariman presided over the case. Orders were issued in this case yesterday.

The Justices, in their judgement, said,
“The Central Government’s orders reserving Central Government posts for members of the Jat community is not enforceable. Caste, though a prominent factor, can’t be the sole factor in determining the backwardness of a class. Neither can backwardness be a matter of determination on the basis of formulae evolved by taking into account social, economic and educational indicators.”

The court also said that Jat community, who have created their own political representation, do not qualify for caste-based reservations.

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Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act 2012-CBSE

Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act 2012-CBSE

Central Board of Secondary Education

Circular

Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act 2012 All children have an equal right to access education in an environment that is safe, protective and conducive to the overall development. The challenges of gender inequality, eve teasing and sexual abuse in school environment call for increased awareness and creating synergy among parents, teachers and schools.

In order to ensure strict compliance of the Protection of child from sexual offence (POCSO) Act 2012, CBSE has taken several initiatives and actions for creating awareness about sexual exploitation among the school children.

Gender sensitive Learning Material
Under the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) Scheme, 23 modules based on Life Skills have been prepared for the trainers to give an insight to the growing up issues, managing emotions, gender, social and other issues of discrimination.

Reinforcing its commitment towards gender sensitivity and equality, CBSE has developed Educator’s Manual and Cards on Gender sensitive teaching in classes’ 1-XII. The Manual is designed to be a practical guide for making teaching and learning processes gender friendly. A new elective subject at +2 is also being provided as Human Rights and Gender Studies to reinforce gender equality and harmony.

Role of Schools

1. Teachers, Management and all employees of institutions need to be made aware about the provisions of the Act, some of which cast a duty on them to report instance of child abuse, as in Sections 19(I) and 21.

2. In- house induction sessions should be held for all teachers to include a specific module on gender sensitization.

Sexual offences committed by the persons who are in the ownership, management of staff of education institutions and persons in positions of Trust and Authority over children are liable for higher punishment as per the provisions of the Act.

3. School/Classroom Environment

Schools must ensure and promote a harmonious school/classroom environment and inclusiveness.

4. Provision for guidance and counselling facilities in schools
Teachers in general should be trained to attend to adolescent (gender) related issues, conduct of adolescent education programmes and special activities that promote gender equality and sensitivity.

5. Programmes for empowerment of girls

Camps on sensitization of girls on health and sanitation issues, karate/ self defence training of girl students should be conducted at regular intervals.Programmes like folk dance, nukkad natak, poster competitions, quiz, debate, exhibition can also be conducted to foster gender equality.

6. In Residential Schools

Training programmes for House Masters / House Mistress that inter-alia, cover emotionally disturbed students, counselling of students and preparing children for meeting challenges of adolescences. Personal care and guidance to girl children needs to be given, female Matron be provided for girls’ dormitories.

7. School Complaints Committee consisting of Principal/Vice- Principal, one male teacher, one female teacher, one female student, one male student and one non-teaching staff member must be set up to serve as complaints and redressal body.An improved response system and alert administrative machinery is required to take immediate action on reported cases of misbehavior.

8. Complaint / Suggestion box should be provided in each school so that students can make written complaints. Any complaint of sexual abuse, whether received through the drop box or otherwise needs to be acted upon immediately.

9. Provision for CCTV cameras should be made in school premises at all strategic places along with the warning.

10. Monitoring and Identification

Close monitoring of academic performance and psychological behaviour particularly in cases of sudden decline in performance, lack of interest, depression and aloofness should be noticed to give proper counselling to the children.

Informal conversations with the students by way of discussions with peers and planned observations in hostels, classrooms and playground can also be helpful.

11. Toll Free number and child helpline may be provided and made known and displayed on notice board along with names of teachers designated to handle such cases. Centralised Child helpline number 1098 must be popularised and displayed at prominent places in the schools.

School management and staff are expected to create awareness and participate in averting such offences as part of their foremost duty.

Rama Sharma
PRO & Addl. Public Grievance Officer

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Allocation of Funds for Defence R&D

Allocation of Funds for Defence R&D

The expenditure on Research & Development by each of the nine Defence Public Sector Undertakings in 2013-14 is as under:

 

Name of DPSU

Expenditure on R&D

(Rs. in crore)

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

1083.00

Bharat Electronics Ltd.

467.00

BEML Ltd.

86.23

Mazagon Dock Ltd.

47.56

Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd.

2.92

Goa Shipyard Ltd.

3.71

Bharat Dynamics Ltd.

19.89

Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd.

7.97

Hindustan Shipyard Ltd

6.48

The norms for R&D, as per the guidelines of Department of Public Enterprises, are a minimum expenditure of 1% of Profit After Tax (PAT) for Maharatna & Navratna categories of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs). In respect of other CPSEs, it is 0.5% of PAT. All profit making Defence PSUs are complying with DPE norms for R&D expenditure.

The data about R&D expenditure by foreign countries is not maintained.

The Government provides assistance to Indian Industry/DPSUs/OFB/consortia in Research and Development of defence equipment. Under the ‘Make’ Category of Defence Procurement Procedure, there is a provision for funding 80% of the expenditure on Research and Development of prototype by the Government. Additionally, a Technology Development Fund (TDF) was announced in Union Budget 2014-15 to provide necessary resources to public and private sector companies, including SMEs as well as academic and scientific institutions to support Research and Development of defence systems that enhance cutting edge technology capability in the country.

So far as DPSUs are concerned, in the MOU’s signed between Government and DPSUs, a certain percentage of turnover has been fixed towards expenditure on R&D.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shrimati Sasikala Pushpa in Rajya Sabha today.

PIB

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Case of State Civil Services (SCS) officers : Clarifications in the wake of Punjab & Haryana High Court order dated 1.2.2010 in CWP No. 15798 of 2009

Dopt clarification orders on the case of State Civil Services (SCS) officers : Clarifications in the wake of Punjab & Haryana High Court order dated 1.2.2010 in CWP No. 15798 of 2009

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg.,
O.M.No.22012/99/2009-AIS-I,

Dated 17.3.2015

Subject: Clarifications in the wake of Punjab & Haryana High Court order dated 1.2.2010 in CWP No. 15798 of 2009 filed by Shri Praveen Kumar Vs Union Public Service Commission and others as confirmed by Hon’ble Supreme Court in SLP No. 14002/2010 in the matter of DOPT Vs Praveen Kumar & others.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 22012/99/2009-AIS-1 dated 25.8.2010 on the subject mentioned above and to say that in case of State Civil Services (SCS) officers if Select List is prepared for the vacancies of 2014 the same is required to be styled as select list of 2014 whereas for Non SCS the same is styled as 2015. Also in case of SCS, eligibility is required to be seen as on 1.1.2014 whereas in case of Non SCS the same is to be seen as on 1.1.2015. Thus, there is apparent anomaly in styling the Select List year for SCS officers and Non SCS officers prepared for the vacancies arising during the same year. This anomaly is due to the fact that as the Court order cited above was implemented for SCS officers only.

The whole matter has been re-considered in this Department and it has been decided that the above cited order may be applied in case of Non-SCS category officers also and above anomaly may be removed as vacancies for both categories i.e. SCS and Non SCS come from the same pool i.e. Promotion Quota. It has also been decided that the said anomaly may be removed by styling the Select List of Non SCS officers also on the lines of Select List of SCS officers coinciding with the year of occurrence of vacancies for which it is prepared. Therefore, the select list for Non SCS officers which is to be prepared against vacancies arisen between 1.1.2014 to 31.12.2014 and also subsequent lists may be styled coinciding with the year of occurrence of vacancies for which it is prepared. Further, for Select List of Non-SCS officers also on the lines of SCS officers crucial date for determination of eligibility would be 15t January of the year of occurrence of vacancies for which it is prepared. In so far as Select List to be prepared against vacancies arisen between 16, 1.1.2014 to 31.12.2014 is concerned, ‘A’ would be suffixed with the year as there is already one Select List of 2014 prepared against the vacancies of 2013.

Accordingly, it is requested that concerned authorities of the State Government may kindly be suitably instructed to send requisite proposal to UPSC keeping in view of the above decision.

Source : www.persmin.gov.in

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Advance Reservation Period for Booking Reserved Train Tickets Increased From Existing 60 Days to 120 Days from 1st April 2015

Advance Reservation Period for Booking Reserved Train Tickets Increased From Existing 60 Days to 120 Days from 1st April 2015

Press Information Bureau,
Government of India
Ministry of Railways

17-March, 2015

Advance Reservation Period for Booking Reserved Train Tickets Increased From Existng 60 Days to 120 Days from 1st April 2015

The Ministry of Railways has decided that the Advance Reservation Period (ARP) for booking reserved train tickets will be increased from existing 60 days to 120 days (excluding the date of journey) w.e.f. 1st April 2015.

There will be no change in case of certain day time Express trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express, special trains etc, where lower time limits for advance reservations are at present in force. There will also be no change in case of the limit of 360 days for foreign tourists.

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DoPT created ‘work-friendly’ conditions for officers: Jitendra Singh

DoPT created ‘work-friendly’ conditions for officers: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, Mar. 17 (ANI): Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said that the DoPT has always tried to create conditions which are more work friendly for the officers.

His reaction came after IAS officer D K Ravi, who took on the sand mafia in Karnataka’s Kolar District, was found dead at his residence in Bengaluru today.

“I don’t carry the brief about the case as such. Maybe the state government will be having all the details, but as far as we the DoPT (Department of Personnel and Training) is concerned, I have no hesitations in saying that in last few months we have travelled an extra mile to try to create conditions which are more work friendly for our officers; we have tried to make it more comfortable, particularly when the demand the demand of work on them has increased,” Singh said.

Singh said the department has always tried to assure that they (officers) are able to put up a performance to the best of their potential without suffering from any kind of intimidation or harassment.

“Each day we are devising new methods, whether it is by the way of their payment scales or even by the way of their recreation or allowing them periodic LTC leave. I think, the present government has always held this belief that to ensure what we describe as ‘Maximum Governance Minimum Government’,” he added.

Preliminary investigations suggest that D.K. Ravi allegedly committed suicide at his official residence in Bengaluru’s Koramangala area.

An officer of 2009 batch, the 36-year-old officer was an Additional Commissioner on deputation with the Commercial Tax department.

“Prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide. His body was found hanging from a ceiling fan,” Police Commissioner M N Reddi told reporters.

He added that it was Ravi’s wife who found him hanging tied to a piece of cloth in their apartment.

Police said the officer’s body was discovered around lunch time in the flat.

Police said they are likely to analyze Ravi’s mobile records, entry records of his apartment’s reception, and CCTV cameras fitted in the vicinity.

State Home Minister K J George, Energy Minister D K Shiv Kumar, Congress lawmaker from Kolar District K R Ramesh Kumar and a dozen senior tax officials paid condolence visits on the Ravi family on hearing about his death.

Home Minister George said that all angles will be looked into to determine what caused Ravi’s death. He also described the death as a great loss to the state of Karnataka.

Meanwhile, the locals of Kolar district of Karnataka called for a shutdown in sympathy with the officer who was held in high respect for his performance in this district.

ANI

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