One Rank One Pension Arrears Table for various Ranks of Defence Pensioners

OROP applies to all pensioners / family pensioners who had retired / discharged / invalided out from service / died in service or after retirement in the rank of Commissioned Officers, JCOs / ORs and Non-Combatants (Enrolled), Army, Navy, Air Force, Defence Security Corps, and Territorial Army

One Rank One Pension Arrears Table for various Ranks of Defence Pensioners

One Rank One Pension Arrears Table for various Ranks of Defence Pensioners as published in Ex-airman Blog – Pension Arrears for the period from 1st July 2014 to 31st January 2016

Ex-airman Blog has come up with OROP Arrears table up to 31st January 2016, for each rank of Defence Pensioners which contain the chart of arrears of pension applicable for each qualifying service in a particular rank.

One Rank One Pension Arrears Table / ready reckoner is available for following ranks of defence pensioners

  1. Sepoy Group X,
  2. Sepoy Group Y,
  3. Naik Group X,
  4. Naik Group Y,
  5. Havildar Group X,
  6. Havidar Group Y
  7. Naib Subedar- group X,
  8. Naib Subedar- group Y,
  9. Subedar- group X,
  10. Subedar- group Y,
  11. Subedar Major-Group X,
  12. Subedar Major-Group Y,
  13. Honorary lieutenant,
  14. Honorary Captain 

OROP AND ARREARS TABLE FOR SEPOY GROUP X , SEPOY GROUP Y

Sepoy – groupX

Sepoy – groupY

QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears
15 5961 7145 1184 47988 15 5102 6665 1563 63348
15.5 6071 7145 1074 43529 15.5 5196 6665 1469 59539
16 6182 7145 963 39030 16 5291 6665 1374 55688
16.5 6292 7145 853 34572 16.5 5385 6665 1280 51878
17 6402 7145 743 30114 17 5480 6665 1185 48028
17.5 6513 7145 632 25615 17.5 5574 6698 1124 45556
18 6623 7145 522 21157 18 5669 6698 1029 41705
18.5 6734 7145 411 16658 18.5 5783 6783 1000 40530
19 6844 7145 301 12200 19 5858 6783 925 37490
19.5 6954 7145 191 7741 19.5 5952 6875 923 37409
20 7065 7145 80 3242 20 6047 6875 828 33559
20.5 7065 7145 80 3242 20.5 6047 6875 828 33559
21 7065 7145 80 3242 21 6047 6875 828 33559
21.5 7065 7145 80 3242 21.5 6047 6875 828 33559
22 7065 7145 80 3242 22 6047 6875 828 33559
22.5 7065 7145 80 3242 22.5 6047 6875 828 33559
23 7065 7145 80 3242 23 6047 6875 828 33559
23.5 7065 7145 80 3242 23.5 6047 6875 828 33559
24 7065 7145 80 3242 24 6047 6875 828 33559
24.5 7065 7145 80 3242 24.5 6047 6875 828 33559
25 7065 7145 80 3242 25 6047 6875 828 33559
JAN 7065 7145 80 3242 25.5 6047 7070 1023 41462
26 7065 7145 80 3242 26 6047 7070 1023 41462
26.5 7065 7145 80 3242 26.5 6047 7070 1023 41462
27 7065 7145 80 3242 27 6047 7070 1023 41462
27.5 7175 7145 -30 -1216 27.5 6141 7070 929 37652
28 7285 7145 -140 -5674 28 6235 7070 835 33843

 

OROP And Arrears Table For Naik- group X , Naik – group Y

TABLE-OROP AND ARREARS UPTO 31 JAN 2016

Naik- group X

Naik- group Y

QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears
15 5961 8375 2414 97839 15 5156 7170 2014 81627
15.5 6071 8375 2304 93381 15.5 5259 7170 1911 77453
16 6182 8375 2193 88882 16 5362 7170 1808 73278
16.5 6292 8375 2083 84424 16.5 5465 7170 1705 69104
17 6402 8375 1973 79966 17 5568 7170 1602 64929
17.5 6513 8375 1862 75467 17.5 5671 7170 1499 60754
18 6623 8375 1752 71009 18 5774 7170 1396 56580
18.5 6734 8375 1641 66510 18.5 5878 7170 1292 52365
19 6844 8375 1531 62051 19 5981 7170 1189 48190
19.5 6954 8375 1421 57593 19.5 6084 7170 1086 44016
20 7065 8375 1310 53094 20 6187 7170 983 39841
20.5 7154 8375 1221 49487 20.5 6290 7170 880 35666
21 7271 8375 1104 44745 21 6393 7170 777 31492
21.5 7389 8375 986 39963 21.5 6496 7170 674 27317
22 7506 8375 869 35221 22 6599 7170 571 23143
22.5 7506 8375 869 35221 22.5 6599 7170 571 23143
23 7506 8375 869 35221 23 6599 7170 571 23143
23.5 7506 8375 869 35221 23.5 6599 7170 571 23143
24 7506 8525 1019 41300 24 6599 7170 571 23143
24.5 7506 8525 1019 41300 24.5 6599 7170 571 23143
25 7506 8525 1019 41300 25 6599 7170 571 23143
25.5 7506 8525 1019 41300 25.5 6599 7170 571 23143
26 7506 8525 1019 41300 26 6599 7170 571 23143
26.5 7506 8525 1019 41300 26.5 6599 7170 571 23143
27 7506 8525 1019 41300 27 6599 7170 571 23143
27.5 7623 8525 902 36558 27.5 6702 7170 468 18968
28 7740 8525 785 31816 28 6805 7170 365 14793

 

OROP And Arrears Table For Havildar- group X , Havildar- group Y

TABLE-OROP AND ARREARS UPTO 31 JAN 2016

Havildar- groupX

Havildar- groupY

QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears
15 6374 8585 2211 89612 15 5301 7550 2249 91152
15.5 6513 8715 2202 89247 15.5 5416 7598 2182 88436
16 6651 8778 2127 86207 16 5531 7598 2067 83776
16.5 6790 8778 1988 80574 16.5 5647 7598 1951 79074
17 6929 8925 1996 80898 17 5762 7598 1836 74413
17.5 7067 8925 1858 75305 17.5 5877 7598 1721 69752
18 7206 8925 1719 69671 18 5992 7655 1663 67401
18.5 7344 8925 1581 64078 18.5 6108 7693 1585 64240
19 7483 9055 1572 63713 19 6223 7693 1470 59579
19.5 7621 9055 1434 58120 19.5 6338 7693 1355 54918
20 7760 9055 1295 52486 20 6453 7795 1342 54391
20.5 7898 9055 1157 46893 20.5 6568 7795 1227 49730
21 8037 9055 1018 41260 21 6684 7795 1111 45029
21.5 8176 9055 879 35626 21.5 6799 7795 996 40368
22 8314 9055 741 30033 22 6914 7795 881 35707
22.5 8453 9280 827 33518 22.5 7029 7795 766 31046
23 8591 9280 689 27925 23 7145 7795 650 26345
23.5 8730 9793 1063 43083 23.5 6290 7795 1505 60998
24 8868 9793 925 37490 24 7375 7808 433 17549
24.5 8868 9793 925 37490 24.5 7375 7808 433 17549
25 8868 9793 925 37490 25 7375 7808 433 17549
25.5 8868 9793 925 37490 25.5 7375 7808 433 17549
26 8868 9793 925 37490 26 7375 7995 620 25129
26.5 8868 9793 925 37490 26.5 7375 7995 620 25129
27 8868 9793 925 37490 27 7375 7995 620 25129
27.5 9007 9793 786 31857 27.5 7490 7995 505 20468
28 9145 9793 648 26263 28 7605 7995 390 15807

 

OROP And Arrears Table For Naib Subedar- group X & Y

Naib Subedar- groupX

Naib Subedar- groupY

QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears
15 6974 10480 3506 142098 15 6470 8740 2270 92003
15.5 7151 10480 3329 134924 15.5 6632 8740 2108 85437
16 7325 10480 3155 127872 16 6794 8740 1946 78871
16.5 7499 10480 2981 120820 16.5 6955 8740 1785 72346
17 7674 10480 2806 113727 17 7117 8740 1623 65780
17.5 7848 10480 2632 106675 17.5 7279 8740 1461 59214
18 8023 10480 2457 99582 18 7441 8740 1299 52648
18.5 8197 10480 2283 92530 18.5 7602 8740 1138 46123
19 8371 10480 2109 85478 19 7764 8740 976 39557
19.5 8546 10480 1934 78385 19.5 7926 8740 814 32991
20 8720 10480 1760 71333 20 8088 8755 667 27034
20.5 8895 10480 1585 64240 20.5 8249 8755 506 20508
21 9069 10480 1411 57188 21 8411 8853 442 17914
21.5 9243 10480 1237 50136 21.5 8573 8934 361 14631
22 9418 10527 1109 44948 22 8735 9005 270 10943
22.5 9592 10682 1090 44178 22.5 8896 9338 442 17914
23 9767 10804 1037 42030 23 9058 9338 280 11348
23.5 9941 10971 1030 41746 23.5 9220 9338 118 4783
24 10115 11138 1023 41462 24 9382 9429 47 1905
24.5 10290 11138 848 34369 24.5 9543 9652 109 4418
25 10464 11138 674 27317 25 9705 9733 28 1135
25.5 10639 11205 566 22940 25.5 9887 9946 59 2391
26 10813 11205 392 15888 26 10029 10405 376 15239
26.5 10987 11261 274 11105 26.5 10190 10415 225 9119
27 11162 11261 99 4012 27 10352 10415 63 2553
27.5 11336 11418 82 3323 27.5 10514 10577 63 2553
28 11510 11958 448 18157 28 10675 10742 67 2716

 

OROP And Arrears Table For Subedar- group X & Y

TABLE-OROP AND ARREARS UPTO 31 JAN 2016

Subedar- groupX

Subedar- groupY

QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears
15 7943 10923 2980 120779 15 7255 10923 3668 148664
15.5 8141 10923 2782 112754 15.5 7436 10923 3487 141328
16 8340 11045 2705 109634 16 7618 10923 3305 133952
16.5 8539 11045 2506 101568 16.5 7799 10923 3124 126616
17 8737 11150 2413 97799 17 7980 11150 3170 128480
17.5 8936 11615 2679 108580 17.5 8162 11150 2988 121104
18 9134 11615 2481 100555 18 8343 11150 2807 113768
18.5 9333 11615 2282 92489 18.5 8525 11150 2625 106391
19 9531 11615 2084 84465 19 8706 11150 2444 99055
19.5 9730 11615 1885 76399 19.5 8887 11150 2263 91719
20 9929 11615 1686 68334 20 9069 11150 2081 84343
20.5 10127 11615 1488 60309 20.5 9250 11150 1900 77007
21 10326 11615 1289 52243 21 9431 11150 1719 69671
21.5 10524 11615 1091 44218 21.5 9613 11150 1537 62295
22 10723 11615 892 36153 22 9794 11150 1356 54959
22.5 10921 11615 694 28128 22.5 9975 11150 1175 47623
23 11120 11615 495 20062 23 10157 11150 993 40246
23.5 11318 11615 297 12037 23.5 10338 11150 812 32910
24 11517 11615 98 3972 24 10520 11150 630 25534
24.5 11716 11716 0 0 24.5 10701 11150 449 18198
25 11914 12820 906 36720 25 10882 11150 268 10862
25.5 12113 12820 707 28655 25.5 11064 11150 86 3486
26 12311 12820 509 20630 26 11245 11427 182 7376
26.5 12510 12820 310 12564 26.5 11426 11476 50 2027
27 12708 13085 377 15280 27 11608 11859 251 10173
27.5 12907 13085 178 7214 27.5 11789 11859 70 2837
28 13105 13215 110 4458 28 11970 12268 298 12078
28.5 13105 13215 110 4458 28.5 13105 12268 -837 -33924
29 13105 13415 310 12564 29 13105 12268 -837 -33924
29.5 13105 13415 310 12564 29.5 13105 12460 -645 -26142
30 13105 13643 538 21805 30 13105 12690 -415 -16820

 

OROP And Arrears Table For Subedar Major-Group X & Y

TABLE-OROP AND ARREARS UPTO 31 JAN 2016

Subedar Major-GroupX

Subedar Major-GroupY

QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears
15 8237 11770 3533 143192 15 7446 11305 3859 156405
15.5 8443 11952 3509 142220 15.5 7632 11480 3848 155959
16 8649 12134 3485 141247 16 7818 11654 3836 155473
16.5 8855 12322 3467 140518 16.5 8004 11834 3830 155230
17 9060 12509 3449 139788 17 8190 12014 3824 154987
17.5 9266 12702 3436 139261 17.5 8377 12200 3823 154946
18 9472 12895 3423 138734 18 8563 12385 3822 154906
18.5 9678 12895 3217 130385 18.5 8749 12385 3636 147367
19 9884 12895 3011 122036 19 8935 12385 3450 139829
19.5 10090 12895 2805 113687 19.5 9121 12385 3264 132290
20 10296 12895 2599 105337 20 9307 12385 3078 124751
20.5 10502 12895 2393 96988 20.5 9493 12385 2892 117213
21 10708 12960 2252 91274 21 9680 12385 2705 109634
21.5 10914 12960 2046 82924 21.5 9866 12385 2519 102095
22 11120 12960 1840 74575 22 10052 12385 2333 94556
22.5 11325 12960 1635 66267 22.5 10238 12385 2147 87018
23 11531 12960 1429 57917 23 10424 12385 1961 79479
23.5 11737 12960 1223 49568 23.5 10610 12565 1955 79236
24 11943 12960 1017 41219 24 10798 12565 1767 71617
24.5 12149 12960 811 32870 24.5 10983 12565 1582 64118
25 12355 13068 713 28898 25 11168 12565 1397 56620
25.5 12561 13068 507 20549 25.5 11355 12565 1210 49041
26 12767 13068 301 12200 26 11541 12565 1024 41503
26.5 12973 13068 95 3850 26.5 11727 12565 838 33964
27 13179 13557 378 15320 27 11913 12565 652 26426
27.5 13385 13557 172 6971 27.5 12099 12575 476 19292
28 13590 13590 0 0 28 12285 12575 290 11754
28.5 13590 13795 205 8309 28.5 12285 12575 290 11754
29 13590 13990 400 16212 29 12285 13045 760 30803
29.5 13590 13990 400 16212 29.5 12285 13045 760 30803
30 13590 14140 550 22292 30 12285 13045 760 30803
30.5 13590 14348 758 30722 30.5 12285 13045 760 30803
31 13590 14348 758 30722 31 12285 13045 760 30803
31.5 13590 14348 758 30722 31.5 12285 13045 760 30803
32 13590 14348 758 30722 32 12285 13045 760 30803
32.5 13590 14348 758 30722 32.5 12285 13045 760 30803
>+33 13590 14348 758 30722 >+33 12285 13045 760 30803

 

OROP And Arrears Table For Honorary LT and Honorary Captain

TABLE-OROP AND ARREARS UPTO 31 JAN 2016

Honorary LT

Honorary CAPT

QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears QS NOW OROP Diff Arrears
15 9373 11770 2397 97150 15 9785 12976 3191 129331
15.5 9608 11952 2344 95002 15.5 10030 13177 3147 127548
16 9842 12134 2292 92895 16 10275 13377 3102 125724
16.5 10076 12322 2246 91030 16.5 10519 13584 3065 124224
17 10310 12509 2199 89125 17 10764 13790 3026 122644
17.5 10545 12702 2157 87423 17.5 11088 14003 2915 118145
18 10779 12895 2116 85761 18 11253 14216 2963 120090
18.5 11013 12895 1882 76277 18.5 11498 14436 2938 119077
19 11248 12895 1647 66753 19 11742 14655 2913 118064
19.5 11482 12921 1439 58323 19.5 11987 14882 2895 117334
20 11716 13117 1401 56783 20 12232 15108 2876 116564
20.5 11951 13320 1369 55486 20.5 12476 15342 2866 116159
21 12185 13522 1337 54189 21 12721 15575 2854 115673
21.5 12419 13731 1312 53175 21.5 12965 15575 2610 105783
22 12654 13940 1286 52122 22 13210 15575 2365 95853
22.5 12888 14156 1268 51392 22.5 13455 15575 2120 85924
23 13122 14371 1249 50622 23 13699 15575 1876 76034
23.5 13357 14593 1236 50095 23.5 13944 15945 2001 81101
24 13591 14815 1224 49609 24 14189 15945 1756 71171
24.5 13825 15044 1219 49406 24.5 14433 15945 1512 61281
25 14060 15273 1213 49163 25 14678 15945 1267 51352
25.5 14294 15273 979 39679 25.5 14922 15945 1023 41462
26 14528 15273 745 30195 26 15167 15945 778 31532
26.5 14763 15273 510 20670 26.5 15412 15945 533 21602
27 14997 15336 339 13740 27 15656 16201 545 22089
27.5 15231 15821 590 23913 27.5 15901 16201 300 12159
28 15465 16090 625 25331 28 16145 17010 865 35058
28.5 15465 16090 625 25331 28.5 16145 17010 865 35058
29 15465 16090 625 25331 29 16145 17010 865 35058
29.5 15465 16090 625 25331 29.5 16145 17010 865 35058
30 15465 16090 625 25331 30 16145 17010 865 35058
30.5 15465 16090 625 25331 30.5 16145 17010 865 35058
31 15465 16090 625 25331 31 16145 17010 865 35058
31.5 15465 16090 625 25331 31.5 16145 17010 865 35058
32 15465 16090 625 25331 32 16145 17010 865 35058
32.5 15465 16090 625 25331 32.5 16145 17010 865 35058
>+33 15465 16160 695 28168 >+33 16145 17010 865 35058

Source : The Voice of Pensioners – Ex Airman Blog

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7th Pay Commission Latest News – Difference in Economical Conditions now and when 6CPC implmented

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Difference in Economical Conditions now and when 6CPC implemented – Article published in Business Today compares the present fiscal scenario and in 2008 when 6th Pay Commission recommendations were implemented by Govt

Various parameters such as fiscal deficit, current account deficit, foreign investment in govt bonds growth in GDP etc shows that of Economic Conditions now are better than 2008, the year when 6th CPC Pay was granted.

7th Pay Commission latest news – Present economic condition7th Pay Commission Latest News – Global financial services major UBS in a report said investors are complacent about any potential change in India’s policy framework, especially in the backdrop of 7th Central Pay Commission. The brokerage expects CPC to negatively impact government’s fiscal consolidation path and sees states to face bigger impact.

“Impact of CPC on Central government’s fiscal is likely 0.4 per cent of GDP, which many investors viewed as not a big deal. The impact is however much bigger on states (over 1.1 per cent of GDP),” said UBS in a report.

UBS added that its baseline scenario is of a staggered, delayed or diluted implementation of CPC, but also said that any delay or dilution to CPC would be a negative surprise for specific sectors and stocks.

The report further noted that consumption boost is not guaranteed even with CPC, neither is it surely sustainable beyond 2-3 quarters.

The brokerage pointed out following five reasons that make macro backdrop in 2016 look very different from that of 2008, the last time India adopted Central Pay Commission (CPC) and expanded fiscally:

  1.  Fiscal deficit: Country’s central fiscal deficit was at 2.6 per cent as compared to 4.1 per cent in 2016, while combined fiscal deficit in 2008 came in at 4 per cent versus 6.3 per cent in 2016.
  2. Current account deficit: CAD widening was financed easily in 2008 given improving global liquidity or risk appetite, although current environment doesn’t appear to be as conducive.
  3. International investors: Global investors invested heavily in government bonds. They were 1/10th of the $30 billion now. They arguably care more for macro stability vs near-term growth.
  4. GDP growth was slowing: GDP growth was not only slowing but also was ruling below trend versus a recovering (albeit slower than expected) economy now;
  5. Election scenario: Lok Sabha election was in 2009, while next one is due in 2019.

The global brokerage sees year-end Nifty target in 2016 at 8,200 level, which offers better risk-reward post recent correction. Its downside scenario implies end-2016 Nifty of 7,000.

Source: Business Today

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Merge DA with Basic this year and Defer Increments: Pay Panel Member

Merge DA with Basic this year and Defer Increments: Pay Panel Member

merge-DA-basic-pay-pay-panel

Member of the Seventh Central Pay Commission Rathin Roy has suggested that to meet its fiscal deficit target the Government should merge the basic pay and dearness allowance (DA) of central government employees in the current year and defer implementing any real increases in pay and pensions. This, the member has said, could be done by compensating those who would have to bear the burden of the deferred effect by giving them a “more generous award distributed over several years”.

“I am saying that the increment need not all be given at one go… It can be staggered and made more generous… So this could be done for pay and for pension,” Dr. Roy told The Hindu in an exclusive interview. “Now I am not competent to say whether this is politically feasible or not,” he, however, added.

Last month, the Union Cabinet set up an empowered committee of secretaries under the Cabinet Secretary for processing the recommendations of the Commission.

The pay and pension revision recommendations of the Commission are scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2016, but Dr. Roy, who is also the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy’s Director, has suggested that the implementation should be pushed to April 1.

What they should get, from April 1, 2016, is what they would get if we merge the basic pay and the DA, which is more or less what they are already getting, he said. “That will mean some increase in allowances but other than house rent allowance the burden of that [on the government budget] will not be very high.” He has also recommended that the Government defer allowances, principally the house rent allowance. “The case for that is strong because we are in the midst of fairly flat growth in consumption expenditure and rents are not going up much.”

Ahead of the presentation of Union Budget 2016-17, the Government is considering options for keeping the fiscal deficit for the next year within the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management target. The Government’s fiscal deficit in 2008-09, the year the Sixth Central Pay Commission award was implemented, doubled to 6 per cent, though not all of the increase was on account of the pay and pension hikes. Currently, Central government pay and allowances account for 1 per cent of the country’s GDP.

The Seventh Pay Commission, which submitted its report in November 2015, estimated that the total financial impact due to the hike in pay and allowances of central government employees recommended by it would be Rs 1,02,100 crore. Of this, Rs 73,650 crore will be borne by the General Budget and Rs. 28,450 crore by the Railway Budget. The Commission was set up by the UPA government in February 2014 to recommend revisions of remuneration for 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.

Source: The Hindu

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List of Bank Holidays 2016 in Goa

List of Bank Holidays 2016 in Goa

BANK HOLIDAYS 2016

List of Public Holidays, Special Holidays, Restricted Holidays, Commercial and Industrial Holidays and Bank Holidays in the national Capital Territory of Goa During the year 2016.

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Brief note on OROP for EDP – CGDA

Brief note on OROP for EDP – CGDA

IMPLEMENTATION OF OROP SCHEME FOR DEFENCE PENSIONERS

The Ministry of Defence, Government of India vide press release dated 05.09.2015 announced decision of the Government to implement OROP to Defence Forces pensioners.

The Ministry of Defence, Government of India vide notification dated 07.11.2015 issued formal orders on implementation of the OROP scheme bringing out the broad guidelines on the benefits and also the procedure for working out the benefits under OROP.

CGDA in close association with the PCDA (P) Allahabad, PCDA (Navy) Mumbai and CDA/JCDA (AF) prepared 101 tables indicating Rank, Group, Qualifying Service of PBOR and Commission Officers of the Defence Forces based on working principles within the ambit of the MOD notification. The tables along with draft Government letter on the subject matter were forwarded to the MoD in record time after the working principles for implementation of the scheme were approved by the MoD/GOI.

The Department of EWS, MoD, GOI has now issued detail Government Order implementing the OROP scheme vide letter dated 03.02.2016 uploading the 101 tables of various ranks and categories of Defence pensioners along with it through the website www.desw.gov.in.

The Government letter on OROP scheme along with 101 tables have been circulated to all PDAs by PCDA (P) Allahabad vide their Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016 with detailed implementation instructions for working out the schedule for release of OROP benefits to around 18.61 lakh pensioners settle across the length and breadth of the country. Copy of PCDA (P) Allahabad circular No. 555 is available on their website www.pcdapension.nic.in.

The financial benefit under new orders is to be paid from 01.07.2014 onwards. The provisions of Government Order provides for release of arrears in 4 equal half yearly installments—first installment in the current financial year and the remaining three installments in the subsequent years. However, arrears for family pensioners and pensioners in receipt of gallantry award are to be paid in one installment.

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Draft Memorandum of NFPE to be submitted on GDS Issue to the Chairman, GDS Committee

Draft Memorandum of NFPE to be submitted on GDS Issue to the Chairman, GDS Committee

From: –

…………………………………………

…………………………………………

…………………………………………

…………………………………………

To

Shri Kamlesh Chandra

Chairman,

Gramin Dak Sevak Committee

Ministry of Communication & IT

Government of India

Malcha Marg Post office Building

New Delhi – 110021

Sub: – Memorandum on GDS issues,

With due respects and regards, we submit the following for your kind consideration and favourable recommendations to the Govt.

  1. Departmentalization of GDS by declaring them as Civil Servants and grant all benefits of regular employees on pro rata basis.
  1. Change the nomenclature of GDS as “Gramin Dak Karmachari” or “Rural Postal Employees”
  1. Considering the need and requirement of Rural Post Offices after modernization viz., Core Banking Solutions (CBS), Core Insurance Solution (CIS) and introduction of handheld computers at BOs and additional responsibilities, the working hours of all BOs may be extended to 8 hours and all GDS may be granted full time Civil Servant status. There should no combination of duties. The illegal condition that GDS shall not on duty for more than five hours should be removed.
  1. Minimum five hour wages should be paid even if the work load is less than 5 hours and if work load is more than five hours wages for full time (8hours) should be paid. Nomenclature of TRCA should be changed and it should be called as ‘Pay’. There should not be any reduction in wages under any circumstances.
  1. The Branch Postmaster shall be paid at the pro rata wages of Postal Assistants; GDSMD/GDSSV shall be paid equal to Postmen; and all other categories with the comparison of MTS. GDS shall be appointed and not engaged and the word ‘engagement’ shall be deleted in the existing rules.
  1. Time bound promotion (ACP) to higher pay scale on completion of 10 years, 20 years and 30 years may be granted to GDS. Point to Point fixation is requested for senior GDS. The pay shall be fixed to the seniors in the revised pay based on the number of years of service rendered to that extent by granting notional annual increments. The percentage of annual increment shall be at par with regular employees to whom the comparison is being made. The nomenclature of increment shall be introduced in the place of ‘future entitlement’.
  1. The GDS may be considered for grant of HRA, Transport Allowance, Split duty Allowance on pro rata basis at par with regular departmental employees whom we are comparing for wage fixation. The rent of the building in which BO is housed may be paid by the department.
  1. TA/DA may be granted to GDS if ordered in the interest of service and all other Allowance like Boat Allowance, SDA, may be extended to GDS.
  1. The GDS shall be covered with the Children Education Allowance and hostel subsidy at par with regular employees.
  1. The GDS shall be covered under the CS (MA) Rules or a new set of rules equal to that which provide full reimbursement of medical expenses to the GDS and their families.
  1. The GDS may be granted leave on the following norms.

(i)           E.L – One Day for each completed calendar month with accumulation.

(ii)          HPL – 20 days per year, with accumulation facility.

(iii)        Commuted leave may be introduced.

(iv)         Maternity leave – 180 days at par with regular employees with full pay & allowances. Pay shall be made from salary head and not from the welfare fund of GDS.

(v)          Child care leave shall be granted at par with regular employees.

(vi)         Special Disability Leave – As applicable to regular employees.

  1. Notwithstanding our claim of introduction of pension scheme at par with regular employees prior to 01-01-2004, we request to modify the S.D.B.S scheme to the extent of 10% recovery from the officials; 20% from the department. Ex-gratia gratuity shall be granted on completion 10 years service. Family pension shall also be introduced.
  1. All vacancies in the departmental posts viz. MTS, Postmen, shall be filled only by GDS and there shall be no other open market direct recruitment. In respect of PA cadre, the GDS possessing Qualifications and computer knowledge shall be permitted to write the competitive exam along with postman & MTS for the Departmental Quota vacancies.
  1. The GDS Conduct & Engagement rules 2011 shall be scrapped and CCS (Conduct) Rules 1964 may be made applicable to GDS also. It shall be covered under Article 309 of the Union Constitution.
  1. 50% of the past services of GDS shall be counted as regular service on promotion for pensionary benefits including gratuity.
  1. GDS shall also be covered under LTC Scheme to have recreation in life.
  1. GDS may be provided with uniforms and also grant of Washing Allowance.
  1. All advances like festival, medical, LTC, Tour TA, scooter, HBA, Motor Cycle Advance shall be extended to the GDS. All incentives, honorariums shall be introduced for the excess work performed by GDS.
  1. Furnishing of security band shall be dropped. Similarly the residential condition may also be dropped in the recruitment rules.
  1. Transfer facilities may further be liberalized; there shall be no loss of service or pay on transfer. Identity cards to GDSs are a must and that shall be supplied to GDS free of cost of the Department.
  1. Compassionate appointment may be granted to the dependents of deceased GDS, removing the existing conditions.
  1. GDS may be granted all Trade Union rights at par with regular employees.
  1. The amount payable under Group Insurance Scheme may be enhanced to five lakhs.
  1. The 50 years age limit for appearing for departmental examination may be removed.
  1. One point may be granted for Rs.4000- of cash handling in BOs.

We submit that these poor and down trodden 2.76 lakhs of Gramin Dak Sevaks should not be neglected and shall be extended with all benefits applicable to departmental employees. As Justice Talwar Quoted that ‘the weak and downtrodden need protection’. We hope that the respected Chairman, GDS Committee will look in to the prayers made by the All India Postal employees Union GDS (NFPE) also we made in the pre paras and render justice to this down-trodden section of the Postal employees.

With profound regards,

Yours sincerely,

Place: -

Date:-

(Name of the GDS with

Designation)

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OROP Pension Discrepancies : Details of Nodal Officers of respective PSA

OROP Pension Discrepancies : Details of Nodal Officers of respective PSA

Nodal Officers : In case of any doubt relating to revision of pension in terms of these orders, PDAs may immediately take up the matter with Nodal Officers of the respective PSAs by name as under:-

For commissioned officers
Army: Shri. R.B.Sharma, Sr. AO(P)
O/o the PCDA (P) Allahabad- 211014
Phone – 0532-2421877 Extn. 144
Email – cda-albd@nic.in

Navy: Smt Vandana Shetty, Sr. AO
O/o the PCDA (NAVY), Mumbai- 400039
Phone – 022-22696139
Email – pcdanavy@nic.in

Air Force: – Shri Ravinder Grover, Sr. AO
O/o the JCDA (Air Force) New Delhi- 110066
Phone – 011-25695012
E-mail- dcdaaf-delh.cgda@nic.in

For JCOs/ORs
Army: – Shri S.C. Saroj, Sr. A.O(P)
O/o the PCDA (P) Allahabad- 211014
Phone – 0532-2421877 Ext. 206
Email – cda-albd@nic.in

Navy: Smt Vandana Shetty, Sr. AO
O/o the PCDA (NAVY), Mumbai- 400039
Phone – 022-22696139
Email – pcdanavy@nic.in

Air Force: – Shri Amar Singh, Sr. A.O
O/o the Jt. CDA (Air Force) New Delhi
Phone – 011-25695012
Email – dcdaaf_delh.cgda@nic.in

Note- Pension cases to be referred in respect of Commissioned Officer and JCOs/ORs, pensioners and family pensioners of Air Force and Navy retired/discharged/invalided out up to 31.10.1985 shall be forwarded to the PCDA (P) Allahabad, and the cases pertaining to retirement/ discharge/invalidment after 31.10.1985 shall be forwarded to the office of the Jt. CDA (Air Force), Subroto Park, New Delhi and PCDA (Navy), Mumbai as the case may be, as indicated above.

Authority: pcda circular 555

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OROP Pension Calculation – Rounding of Qualifying Service

OROP Pension Calculation – Rounding of Qualifying Service

Rounding of Qualifying Service : While calculating the length of qualifying service for the pensionary benefits, a fraction of a year equal to 3 months and above but less than 9 months is treated as one half (1/2) year period, and nine months or more but less than a year is treated as a completed one year for determining the amount of pension w.e.f. 28/06/1983. Prior to 28/06/1983, the broken period of service of 180 days or more is to be treated as 1⁄2 years w.e.f. 22/04/1960. In view of above, if qualifying service has been mentioned as 17 years 10 months in PPO/Corr PPO, it should be rounded upto 18 years for post 28.06.1983 retirees, 17.5 years for pre-28.6.1983 but post 22.04.1960 and 17 years for pre-22.04.1960 retirees.

The provisions of this circular shall be applicable to all Pre-01.07.2014 pensioners/family pensioners and their pension/family pension shall be stepped up with reference to rank, group and qualifying service in which they were pensioned. Note: -a) The officers retired on or after 1.1.1996 in the rank of Major and who have completed 21 years of service have been allowed the pay of Lt.Col. Accordingly, pension of these officers have been revised by issue of Corr. PPOs.

It is therefore, requested to revise the pension of post-96 Army Officer with rank Major and its equivalent in the Air Force and Navy who have completed 21 years. b) In case of pre-1.1.2006 retirees, rank for pension and rank last held may be different. While revising the Pension/Family Pension under these orders, rank for pension, which is shown in the PPOs, may be considered for pre 1-1-2006 retires. c) A JCOs/ORs pensioner, who had retired with a particular rank and granted ACP-I will be eligible for revision of pension of next higher rank; if ACP-II has been granted, he will be eligible for revision of pension of next higher rank of ACP-I; and if ACP-III has been granted, he will be eligible for revision of pension of next higher rank of ACP-II w.e.f. 01.07.2014.

For example- a Sepoy granted ACP-I will be eligible for revision of pension of Naik rank, sepoy granted ACP-II will be eligible for revision of pension of Havildar rank and sepoy granted ACP-III will be eligible for revision of pension of Naib Subedar rank.

Full pension of PSU absorbees, who had opted for 100% commutation of pension, shall be revised by concerned PSAs under these orders with reference to revised pension of the rank determined for regular category of pensioners. However, there shall be no change in restored amount of pension already notified by respective PSAs in their cases.

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Schedule of Inter Ministry Music, Dance & Short Play Competition 2015-16

Schedule of Inter Ministry Music, Dance & Short Play Competition 2015-16

MUSIC & DANCE AND SHORT PLAY COMPETITION 2015-16

(15th TO 18th FEBRUARY, 2016)

S.No Event Time Duration
15th February, 2016
1. Inaugural Function As & when Chief Guest arrives
  • Welcome of Chief Guest
  • Lighting of lamp by Hon’bleChief Guest
  • Presentation of Bouquet toChief Guests & Guest of Honor
  • Welcome Speech by Sh. Pradeep KumarKharma, Convenor
  • Cultural Programme
  • March past by participants ofdifferent Ministries
2. Instrumental Music (Light) 10 a.m.

onward

5 Min for each Participant
Instrumental Music (Western)
Vocal Music (Classical)
Vocal Music (Light Classical)
Western Music
16th February, 2016
3. Inter-Ministry Short Play

Competition

Whole Day 0930 A.M. – 0530 P.M.

(60 Minutes- including set up)

17th February, 2016
4. Classical Dance (Solo) Whole Day 10A.M. – 6 P.M.
Folk Dance (Solo)
Western Dance (solo)
Group Dance( Folk)
18th February, 2016
5. Camatic Music (Light) 10 A.M. onwards
Camatic Vocal (Classical)
Folk Music (Solo)
Folk Music (Group)
Closing Ceremony
  • Welcome of Chief Guest
  • Cultural Programme
  • Closing Speech by Convener,Sh. Pradeep Kumar Khanna
  • Prize Distribution

(I.P.S. Bawa)
PS, CCSCSB
February 11,2016

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Appointment of the Secretaries to the Government of India.

Appointment of the Secretaries to the Government of India.

No. 36/1/2016-EO(SM-I)
Government of India
Secretariat of the
Appointments Committee of the Cabinet
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi, the 11th February, 2016

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following:

1. Appointment of Shri Girish Shankar, lAS (SH:1982), Secretary, Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs as Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises vice Shri Rajan S Katoch, lAS (MP:1979) on his superannuation on 29.02.2016.

2. (i) Creation of a post of Officer on Special Duty (Secretary level) in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion by upgrading the vacant post of Additional Secretary in that Department for the period till 29.02.2016.

(ii) Appointment of Shri Ramesh Abhishek, lAS (SH: 1982), Secretary (Performance Management), Cabinet Secretariat as Officer on Special Duty in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion with immediate effect in the rank and pay of Secretary.

(iii) Appointment of Shri Ramesh Abhishek, lAS (SH: 1982) as Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry vice Shri Amitabh Kant, lAS (KL:1980) on his superannuation on 29.02.2016.

3. Extension in service to Shri Ratan P Watal, lAS (AP:1978), Finance Secretary and Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance for a period of two months i.e., upto 30.04.2016

(Rajiv Kumar)
Secretary
Appointments Committee of the Cabinet
& Establishment Officer

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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Ministry of Railways and Governments of Telangana for “Formation of Joint Venture Companies for Development of Railway Infrastructure in Telangana State.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Ministry of Railways and Governments of Telangana for “Formation of Joint Venture Companies for Development of Railway Infrastructure in Telangana State.

In the august presence of Chairman, Railway Board Shri A.K. Mital an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ministry of Railways and State Government of Telangana for “Formation of Joint Venture Companies for Development of Railway Infrastructure in the State of Telangana” was signed today i.e. on 11.02.2016.   On the event of Signing Ceremony, Chairman Railway Board Shri A. K. Mital, Member Engineering Shri V. K. Gupta, Member Staff Shri Pradip Kumar, Secretary Railway Board Shri R. K. Verma and other Board Members and Senior Officials were present. On behalf of the Railway Ministry Shri Ved Prakash Dudeja, Executive Director/Works signed the MoU whereas on behalf of Government of Telangana, Shri Sunil Sharma, Principal Secretary, Department of Transport, Roads & Buildings, Govt. of Telangana signed the MoU. Dr. Shashank Goel, Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Telangana was present among others. The MoU was signed in the backdrop of Railway Minister’s Budget announcement regarding setting up of Joint Ventures with States for focused project development, resource mobilization, land acquisition, project implementation and monitoring of critical rail projects.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Railway Board stated that Railways has a big shelf of projects valuing about 3.5 lakh crore. Last year, Railways had sanctioned additional lines of nine thousand kilometres. There have always been lot of expectations from various States for new railway lines/lands. Thus,  to meet the demands of the States, a Cabinet note was got approved for formation of JV Companies. He stated that 17 States have already consented for formation of JV Companies in their respective States and 5 States have already signed MoUs with Railway Ministry in this regard which are Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha. He stated that today’s MoU will help in putting the execution of railways projects on fast track.  He stated that this will also help to take into account the priorities of the States because these projects will be finalised in consultation with the States as there would be offices from State Governments as well as Railways in the new Company which will be formed.  He stated that this is very welcome step which takes the partnership of State and Centre together to take railway projects on very fast pace.

 

Salient Features of the MoU:-

  • In view of the growing demands for railway lines in various states and huge requirement of funds to execute them, Minister for Railways announced in his budget speech regarding setting up of Joint Ventures with states for focused project development, resource mobilization, land acquisition, project implementation and monitoring of critical rail projects.
  • 17 State Governments consented for formation of Joint Venture Companies in collaboration with the Ministry of Railways for development of rail infrastructure in their respective States. Draft MoU  were sent to these State Governments and discussions were also held with them to clarify various provisions of the MoU.
  • MoUs have already been signed by the Ministry of Railways with the State Governments of Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Chhattisgarh.
  • Today, MoUs are being signed with the State Governments of Telangana. This signing of MOU is going to be a stepping stone for formation of JV companies.
  • The MoU envisages formation of a Joint Venture companies having 51% stakes of the respective State Government and 49% stakes of Ministry of Railways. Thus, the JV companies shall be fully owned by the Government. The companies will primarily identify projects and possible financing avenues in addition to Govt of India and the State Governments. After finances for a project are tied up, project specific SPVs or special purpose vehicles shall be formed. These SPVs can have other stake holders from Industries, Central PSUs, State PSUs etc. However, the JV companies shall be  mandatory stake holders with minimum 26% shares in the SPVs.
  • The ministry of Railways will sign a concession agreement of 30 years with the project SPV for safe and sound operation, revenue sharing and providing technical & marketing logistics to the SPV. The revenue sharing shall be based on already established formula being used for inter zonal apportionment of revenue.
  • The most important aspect of this MoU is that the ownership of the land shall vest with the SPVs which is a departure from previous practice. This will give financial leverage to the company to exploit commercial potential of the land. This is likely to result in making project viable which are otherwise not viable.
  • At the end of concession period, the railways will have option to take over the assets at a nominal price. This is largely in line with average codal life of the assets as most of the assets will need large scale replacement after 30 years.
  • Indian Railways has been playing a major role in national integration by connecting the remotest places and bringing people closer to each other. Railways receive a large number of demands for network expansion as a railway line acts as an engine of growth for the area it serves.
  • However, Railways have a large shelf of ongoing New Line, Gauge Conversion and Doubling projects needing about Rs 3.5 lakh crores to complete. We have been trying to meet the aspirations of public within limited availability of funds.
  • To expedite the projects, Railways have been trying to mobilize resources through other than Gross Budgetary Support. However, on the initiative of Minister for Railways Sh. Suresh Prabhu, Indian Railways have tied up funds for critical capacity enhancement project of doubling, third line , electrification etc. An MoU was signed with LIC of India and we have already taken first tranche of Rs 2000 Cr for these projects. This tied up loan will ensure dedicated and assured funding for such critical projects.
  • Indian Railways have targeted to commission 2000 Km New Lines, 4000 Km Gauge Conversion and 11000 Km Doubling/Tripling/ Quadrupling projects over 5 years i.e. from 2015-16 to 2019-20. In 2015-16, we had kept quite ambitious target of commissioning 2500 Km Broad Gauge track. It is a matter of great satisfaction that we are poised to not only achieve these targets but to surpass them. We have already commissioned about 1300 Km Broad Gauge track till December, 2015 against 800 Km track commissioned in the corresponding period of the previous year (Due to monsoons, major commissioning takes place in the last quarter of the financial year).
  • Formation of Joint Venture Companies with the State Governments will go a long way in faster commissioning of critical rail infrastructure projects as it will not only help in mobilization of funds but also in facilitating various clearances and land acquisition.

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7th Pay Commission: Nurses to go on relay hunger strike from tomorrow

7th Pay Commission: Nurses to go on relay hunger strike from tomorrow

Members of All India Government Nurses Federation will go on a relay hunger strike from February 12-27 against the Seventh Pay Commission report.

Nurses across the country are also expected to go on a mass casual leave on February 26.

“We will protest against retrograde recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. We demand that the entry pay grade for staff nurses should be enhanced to Rs 5,400 from the existing Rs 4,600. Also the nursing allowance should be enhanced by Rs 7,800 in the 7th Central Pay Commission. Risk allowance and night duty allowances should be given to all nurses as it is given to all other government employees.

“Operation theatre or intensive care unit allowance should continue as earlier,” Federation’s Secretary General G K Khurana said.

The members have also demanded that railway nurses be given eight days of off in a month like all other nurses along with full pay during child care leave.

“We deal with the deadly infections daily but we are not provided enough risk allowances. If the demands are not met, we will go on an indefinite strike from March 15,” Khurana said.

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Trade Union files PIL in HC for payment of arrears of employees

Trade Union files PIL in HC for payment of arrears of employees

A plea was today filed in the Delhi High Court by Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) seeking directions to the AAP government and EDMC to release arrears of the corporation’s employees.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath tagged the matter with the other pleas seeking payment of salary of the sanitation workers of the three corporations as well on the issue of their strike.

All the matters are listed for hearing on February 15.

The petition filed by D P Chandel, President of INTUC, has sought directions to the Delhi government and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) to release arrears as per the sixth pay commission to employees of the civic body.

The plea, also by Rakesh Vaid, General Secretary of INTUC, has prayed for release of salaries within the first week of each month.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government told the court that the plea has been filed by a trade union having affiliation to a certain political party.

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Family Identity Cards for retired railway employees

Family Identity Cards for retired railway employees

The Family Identity Cards for Retiring / Retired Railway Employees will be issued by the office from where the employees retired. The identity card should be carried by the spouse/dependent children during journey and produced on demand by the Ticket Checking Staff

Railway Board Order on issue of Family Identity Cards for retiring / retired railway employees with – life time validity – ID Cards with 7 years validity already issued can be replaced with this new ID Card

RBE No.12/2016
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

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

New Delhi, Dated 29.01.2016

The General Managers(P)
The General Managers(Commercial),
All Indian Railways.

Sub: Family Identity Cards to retiring/retired railway employees.
Ref: Board’s letter of even No.dated 16.03.2015.

In terms of Board’s letter cited under reference, Family Identity Cards (FICs) are to be issued to retiring/retired railway employees and the Widows of railway employees with life time validity.

2. The issue of simplification of FICs, presently in the form of a booklet, was considered and with the approval of Board, it has been decided that individual FICs should be issued to the retiring/retired railway officials and the Widows of railway employees in the form of computer printed and laminated cards on the model enclosed as Annexure-I. As it is stipulated in the Pass Rules that the Railway Administration should issue FIC, for the first time simplified FICs may be issued free of cost. However, issue of duplicate FICs should be on receipt of a written request, accompanied by a copy of FIR filed on loss of the card and payment @ Rs.25/- per card.

3. The Railways should commence issue of individual FICs within 2 months from the date of issue of these instructions. It has also been decided that in order to avoid any rush, FICs in the booklet form issued till March 2015 with 7 years validity may be replaced free of cost with individual FICs as and when they become due for renewal. However, if any retired official requests for individual FICs in lieu of old FTC before the expiry of validity, such requests may not be denied and individual FICs should be issued free of cost treating it as renewal. In case of officials who retired after April 2015 and got an FIC with life time validity, they may be allowed to get it replaced with individual FICs, free of cost, as per their convenience. FICs in the booklet form will, however, continue as a valid identity proof for travel on PRCP till its replacement with individual FICs in due course so that pensioners do not face any problem while travelling. Individual FICs for travel on Widow Passes may also be issued on the same model.

4. The following instructions issued vide Board’s letter of even no. dated 04.06.2003 would continue to be in force:-

(i) The identity card should be carried by the spouse/dependent children during journey and produced on demand by the Ticket Checking Staff.

(ii) The FICs, will be issued by the office from where the employees retired.

(iii) In case of retired employees/Widows drawing Post-retirement Complimentary Pass/Widow Pass from an office other than the office where the original FIC was issued, the renewal of the FIC shall be done by the authority who is issuing the pass to the applicant. For the purpose of renewal, the applicant shall submit the old FIC based on which renewal will be done.

(iv) Any addition in the FIC shall be done only by the office who issued the FIC for the first time. Renewing authorities shall have no power to carry out any addition in FIC. However, deletion of eligible member in FIC on account of death. marriage of daughter, etc. may be allowed on request.

5. Aadhaar No., if available may be incorporated in the FICs an indicated in the format. Necessary action may be taken by the Railways accordingly.

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

(Sunil Kumar)
Director Establishment (welfare)
Railway Board

Download Railway Board Circular RBE No.12/2016 No.E(W)2003/PS 5-8/1, Dated 29.01.2016

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Budget 2016 – High Chances of Boost in Take Home Salary

“We are in favour of waiving the employees’ contribution altogether up to a certain level of income. This will boost the take-home salary of such employees rather than force them to park so much of their monthly income into their EPF account for retirement,” said the official.

Budget 2016 – High Chances of Boost in Take Home Salary – An analyst said this could also help arrest the trend of higher job creation in the informal sector and jobs of informal nature in the formal sector.

The Union Budget 2016-17 is likely to announce measures to put more money into the hands of employees with a monthly income up to a certain threshold, like Rs.10,000, for instance, by doing away with their mandatory 12 per cent contribution for Provident Fund (PF) savings, a government official said on condition of anonymity.

“We are in favour of waiving the employees’ contribution altogether up to a certain level of income. This will boost the take-home salary of such employees rather than force them to park so much of their monthly income into their EPF account for retirement,” said the official, who had participated in the deliberations of a Committee of Secretaries, set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that has endorsed the idea.

Presently, 24 per cent of salaries of all employees in the formal sector earning up to Rs.15,000 a month, are deducted towards the employees’ PF account — with 12 per cent counted as employer’s share and 12 per cent as employee’s contribution.

Employers would continue to pay their 12 per cent share towards employees’ retirement savings account and other administrative charges, including those related to the employees’ deposit-linked insurance scheme that EPF account holders are automatically enrolled into. EPF contributions are mandatory for all firms employing twenty persons or more.

If the employees’ contribution is waived for those earning up to Rs.15,000 a month or Rs.1.8 lakh a year, the current ceiling for statutory EPF contributions, it would increase take home salaries for such employees by Rs.1,800 a month or Rs.21,600 a year. Officials said this would be the equivalent of a tax break to such beneficiaries as they are anyway not liable to pay any income tax. Personal income upto Rs.2.5 lakh a year is exempt from income tax.

While the government hopes this could spur domestic consumption and demand and play a part in reviving the investment cycle, it is also keen on doing away with the system of imposing high forced savings on low income workers through the statutory EPF contributions. The labour ministry as well as the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation that administers the scheme have been consulted over the proposal and have concurred with it.

An analyst said this could also help arrest the trend of higher job creation in the informal sector and jobs of informal nature in the formal sector.

“In a formal sector job, if you earn Rs.15,000 a month, 44.3 per cent of your salary is deducted towards statutory benefits like EPF and employees’ State insurance. For someone earning Rs.55,000 a month, the same number is just 8 per cent,” said Rituparna Chakraborty, Senior Vice-President at Teamlease.

A lot of young entrants into the workforce prefer to opt for informal work contracts with no benefits in order to ensure that their take-home salaries remain high.

“Employers can’t raise their cost to company for employees, while the young workers starting their careers want more money in hand to take care of rent, commuting costs and daily meals. And once they start their career informally, it is difficult to change track,” said Ms. Chakraborty, adding that the reduction in statutory contributions for EPF would incentivise the creation of more formal jobs.

Source: The Hindu

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Double MPs salary, allowances soon: Parliamentary panel members to government

Double MPs’ salary, allowances soon: Parliamentary panel members to government

Several members in a parliamentary panel have pitched for quick implementation of the Centre’s proposed move to double salary and allowances of MPs and insisted that report of any government-constituted committee on the matter must be channelled through it.

At a meeting of the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament on Wednesday, a number of MPs favoured routing of report of any independent mechanism, being set up to review salary and allowances of MPs, through the panel, which draws its power from Parliament, sources said.

They said before the report is handed over to the government it should be vetted by the committee. The members also insisted their pay and perks should be equal to that of the Cabinet Secretary, they said.

The Centre had in September last proposed to constitute a three-member Emoluments Commission to determine salary and allowances of Members of Parliament and it was endorsed at the two-day All India Whips Conference on September 29 and 30.

The proposal had come in the backdrop of a controversy over a parliamentary panel’s recommendations in June last to double the pay and perks of lawmakers. The Joint Committee, headed by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, in its meetings in May and July last year had opined that there was need for an independent system/mechanism for review of salary and allowances of MPs.

The committee suggested that while considering enhancement of salary, parameters like inflation and hike in the salary of government officials should be taken into consideration. The panel also asked the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry to place before it the proposal.

The Ministry representatives on Wednesday told the panel that a cabinet note has been prepared for doubling salary and allowances of MPs.

To this, the panel members asked them to place the note before the Union Cabinet soon for its early approval so the proposals become a reality in this Union Budget. The Budget session of Parliament begins on February 23 and the Union Budget will be presented on February 29.

An MP gets a salary of Rs 50,000 per month. In addition, Rs 2,000 per day is paid as daily allowance when an MP signs the register while attending Parliament sessions or House committee meetings.

An MP is also entitled to Rs 45,000 constituency allowance every month — Rs 15,000 for stationery and Rs 30,000 to employ secretarial assistance staff.

In their sitting on October 20 last year, the committee decided to enhance the amount of Constituency Allowance from the present Rs 45,000 to Rs 75,000, which required an amendment in rules.

MPs are also entitled for government accommodation, air travel and train travel facilities, besides three landline telephone connections and two mobile phones. They also get a loan of Rs 4 lakh to buy a vehicle.

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7th Pay Commission Report – Some Major Problems are listed

7th Pay Commission Report – Some Major Problems are listed

It is a general view of all Central Government Employees that certain allowances, reimbursement and advances which have been abolished or restricted in 7th CPC report are to be allowed to continue
7th Pay Commission Latest News – Employees of Accounts and Audit Department raises certain Common issues in respect of 7th Pay Commission Recommendations which are applicable to all Central Government Employees

7th Pay Commission Latest News – As per representation made by the employees of Accounts and Audit Department certain common issues in respect of allowances, Interest Free Advances and Interest bearing Advances
Issues related to Allowances:
House Rent Allowance:

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The Commission recommends that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the new Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively. The Commission also recommends that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent respectively when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent”
What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?
In para 8.7.14, the Commission took note of the link between increase in HRA and increase in house rent after implementation of recommendations of 6th CPC. There was a sharp rise in the index from the first half of 2009, immediately following 6th CPC recommendations. There is likely to a similar rise in House Rent after implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC. Hence the existing percentage of House Rent may be retained at the rate of 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent of the new Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.
Composite Transfer and Packing Grant (CTG)

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The Commission recommended that CTG should be paid at the rate of 80 percent of last month basic’s pay. However, for transfer to and from the island territories of Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep, CTG may continue to be paid at the rate of 100 percent of last month’s Basic Pay.
What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?

As the labour charges and cost of packing materials are continuously rising, the CTG may continue to be paid at the rate of 100 percent of last month’s Basic Pay.

Reimbursement of staying accommodation charges:

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The commission made flowing recommendations:

Level Level Ceiling for
Reimbursement (Rs.)
14 and above 7500
12 and 13 4500
9 to 11 2250
6 to 8 750
5 and below 450

For levels 8 and below, the amount of claim (up to the ceiling) may be paid without production of vouchers against  self-certified claim only.  The  self- certified claim should clearly indicate the period of stay, name of dwelling, etc. The ceiling for reimbursement will further rise by 25 percent whenever DA increases by 50 percent. Additionally, it is also provided that for stay in Class‘X’ cities, the ceiling for all employees up to Level 8 would be Rs.1,000 per day, but  it  will only be in the form of reimbursement upon production of relevant vouchers.

What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?

The main objective of the Audit Department is to carry out Audit function which entails long periods of stay out of headquarters. Consequently, officials at pay level 5 to 11 have to visit small towns (at Block/Sub-division level). For such places, as per recommendations of the 7th CPC, officials of pay level 8 and below will be entitled to the claim without production of vouchers (ie. against self-certified claim only), where as officials of the pay level 9 and above will have to produce vouchers for the similar claim.

To eradicate such anomalous situation, it is submitted that claims, as admissible upto pay level 8, may be paid without production of vouchers against self-certified claim to all pay level officials.

Reimbursement of travelling charges:

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The commission made following recommendations:

Level Level Ceiling forReimbursement (Rs.)
14 and above AC Taxi charges up to 50 km
12 and 13  Non-AC Taxi charges up to 50 km
9 to 11 Rs. 338 per day
6 to 8 Rs. 225 per day
5 and below Rs. 113 per day

Similar to Reimbursement of staying accommodation charges, for levels 8 and below, the claim (up to the ceiling) should be  paid without production of vouchers against self certified claim only.

What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?

In the same analogy, as mentioned against reimbursement of staying accommodation charges above, it is submitted that claims, as admissible upto pay level 8, may be paid without production of vouchers against self-certified claim to all pay level officials.

Family Planning Allowance:-

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The Pay Commission has recommended to abolish the Family Planning Allowances

What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?

This is an incentive for promoting small family norms and therefore, it needs to be continued.

Interest free advances:

Medical Advance:

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The pay Commission has recommended abolition of Medical Advance.

What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?

As per the existing practice, medical advance is paid to an employee to the extent of 90% of the estimated cost of treatment in case of treatment of self and dependents. Cost of treatment for illness particularly of critical/life threatening ailments, such as heart transplant/ cancer/ kidney transplant etc., even under CGHS rules, is extremely expensive. It is also pertinent to note that many hospitals even in emergent situations insist on advance payment before commencing treatment/surgery. It is very difficult for a low paid employee such as MTS/LDC/UDC etc or even for group ‘B’ and ‘A’ officers to make available large amounts required for medical treatment. Without medical advance, an official will have great difficulty in getting proper/appropriate medication.

Therefore, it is submitted that medical advance may be continued with as per existing practice.

TA Advance:

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The pay Commission has recommended abolition of  TA Advance.

What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?

The main function of IA &AD is auditing of Central/State Government/ PSUs etc. These auditee units are spread across the states down to the block/Panchayat level. In order to discharge audit responsibility, touring is a continuous requirement. It is not an occasional tour for short period, expenditure of which can be met out by the individual and reimbursement claimed subsequently. The officials have to be on tour continuously for upto a quarter (i.e 03 months) or even more.

For an official at pay level 6(Senior Auditor), as per the recommendations of the 7th CPC, the tour allowance for a day works out to Rs. 1770/- (Rs. 750 for accommodation+225 for travelling +Rs. 800 for food bills) and for a month it would be Rs. 53250/-. Besides, he has to incur expenditure for to and fro (i.e Hqrs. to field office and back) train/ bus fare. Monthly salary of a pay level 6 employee, as per recommendations of 7th CPC is Rs. 35400/-. As is clearly brought out, the likely monthly expenditure on tour will be significantly more than the employees’ monthly salary.

Therefore, advance is necessary to defray tour expenditure for performing official duties. This will create huge administrative issues in the department and adversely impact the Audit functions.

In view of the above, TA Advance, requires to be continued and paid as per extant provisions.

LTC Advance:

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The pay Commission has recommended abolition of  LTC Advance.

What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?

Under LTC facility the expenses incurred on travel to visit the destination is reimbursable. Advance upto 90% of expenses on travel to visit the destination place is admissible. This amount serves as great help to the employees to undertake the journey in arranging train/air tickets. Without this advance, the employees will find it difficult to purchase train/air tickets for his family

Besides travelling expenses, an official has to incur expenditure on account of Boarding and lodging/local travel also.

As per the recommendation of 7th CPC, officials of pay level 05 to 08 are entitled to travel by train. The travel tickets for family of four will cost more than Rs. 18000/- for a journey from Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram. Further, for level 9 and above the return tickets in economy class for the same destination i.e. Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram will cost more than Rs. 2 lakh.

A government official cannot afford such a huge amount to spent upfront for performing journey for availing home town LTC or All India LTC. Hence LTC advance is required to be continued as per extant provisions.

Bicycle Advance, Warm Clothing Advance:

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The pay Commission has recommended abolition of  these Advances.

What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?

These advances may continued to be paid as per existing rules as these are admissible only to low paid employees upto Grade pay of Rs. 2800 /- (Level 5)

Festival advance, advance in the event of natural calamities like Flood, Drought, Cyclone etc.

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The pay Commission has recommended abolition of  these Advances.

What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?

These advances may continue to be paid as per existing rules as these interest free advances are payable to Group ‘B & C’ employees as a welfare measure.

Advance of TA to a family of a deceased Govt. employee

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The pay Commission has recommended abolition of  this Advance.

What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?

This advance may continue to be paid as per existing rules as this helps the family of a deceased Govt. employee to cope with immediate expenses for travel to their place of settlement.

Interest Bearing Advances:-

Motor Car/Motor Cycle Advance.

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The pay Commission has recommended abolition of  this Advance.

What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?

The Pay Commission has abolished the Motor Car/Motor Cycle Advance on the plea that there are several schemes available in market. There are several schemes in the markets for House Building Advance also. However, the Pay Commission has not only recommended to continue with HBA but also proposed to increase the ceiling. Therefore, the plea of the commission to discontinue MCA on the basis that schemes for purchase of vehicles are available in the market does not hold good.

Further, several documentation/guarantees are required for seeking the said advances from the market. As it is convenient and safe for a Government Servant to avail such advances from the office without any hassles, these interest bearing advances may be continued as per the extant provisions.

Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to Central Government Pensioners

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

The Commission has maintained status quo of the Fixed Medical Allowance which is presently paid @ Rs. 500/- per month.

What is to be changed / taken care of in this issue on implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report ?

The costs have increased for medicines, consultations fees and Pathological Tests required for day to day medical treatment. This has risen at a much
steeper rate than that of the General Price Index. A large number of pensioners are residing in remote areas or villages having no access to CGHS dispensaries and as such are wholly dependent on the paltry amount of Fixed Medical Allowance for day to day treatment.. Therefore it needs to be revised to at least Rs. 2000/- per month.

Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS):

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission:

Assured Career Progression was introduced in 1999 with a view to grant at least two financial up gradations at an interval of 12 and 24 years where officials are stagnating for want of promotion. It was further modified to 03 financial up gradations on the recommendations of the 6th CPC. However, the
7th CPC recommended continuing with the same without any change. Also the bench mark has been increased from ‘Good’ to ‘ Very Good’

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Ex-servicemen gets property tax exemption after 9 year wait

Ex-servicemen gets property tax exemption after 9 year wait

An ex-servicemen from Hyderabad used the RTI act in order to get his due. As per the state government all ex-servicemen/widows are exempted from paying property tax for any one house owned by them.

An Ex-Serviceman had to struggle for 9 long years with the civic authorities to get exemption from property tax. After repeated failures to get his due, he used the RTI act and woke up the civic authorities from their slumber.

This is the story of an ex-serviceman who had to struggle with the civic authorities for 9 long years to get his due. Mr. PP Sebastian worked in the Indian Air Force and is now settled in Hyderabad. He had to run after the local municipal authorities for 9 long years to get his property tax exemption order.

 

The Background Story

Most state governments extend a variety of welfare measures for serving personnel and ex-servicemen. The erstwhile Andhra Pradesh Government also extended similar facilities to ex-servicemen. As per the orders of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh State government, all serving army personnel and ex-servicemen/widows are exempted from paying property tax for any one house owned by them.

18. Exemption from property tax one house/property of Ex-Servicemen/widows/serving personnel when it is occupied by the Widows/Ex-Servicemen and by the family in case of serving personnel for their self dwelling purpose.

Application for exemption filed in 2006

Mr. Sebastian applied for property tax exemption in October 2006 in accordance to the Government Order. He submitted his application to Alwal Municipality, duly submitting all the required certificates. Instead of granting him exemption, the civic authorities kept sending him property tax bills. Moreover, the ex-serviceman received threatening calls to clear his dues

This is to bring to your kind notice that, I am ex-serviceman and had applied for tax exemption on 23rd October, 2006 as per the regulation after paying tax twice. I am yet to receive my tax exemption papers from your end.
Instead I have been receiving property tax bill every year. I had approached 4 to 5 times pertaining to my tax exemption as soon as the receipt of the property tax bill. But I have received no reply from Alwal Municipality so far.

RTI to the Rescue

Meanwhile in 2007, the Alwal Municipality was merged into the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). After repeated trials to know the status of his earlier application, Mr. Sebastian was exhausted and was resigned to his fate.

In early 2013, Mr. Sebastian came to know of Right to Information (RTI) through an awareness workshop. As soon as he realized its power, he filed an application under RTI with the GHMC authorities to know the status of his earlier request for property tax exemption.

After repeated follow-ups and intervention from the State Information Commission, the GHMC finally admitted that they had lost his application that was filed in 2006. They also requested Mr. Sebastian to submit all the documents once again to initiate further action.

With reference to subject cited, it is to inform that the application related to Exemption of Property Tax pertains to——– situated at Temple Alwal was given in erstwhile Alwal Municipality on 23.10.2006. Efforts were made to trace out the application, but the same is not traced out. Therfore, you are requested to kindly submit the required documents for taking further necessary action for exemption of property tax of above said property.

Finally, after submitting the application once again, the GHMC issued the property tax exemption order in December 2015.

ORDER:

In exercise of the powers conferred as per the M.C.H Act 1955 and in accordance with the Government Orders, Vide Ref 2nd cited the following Property (Assessment) is hereby temporarily exempted from the payment of Property tax with effect from 01.04.2007 till further orders, since the under mentioned premises are under the possession of Ex-Serviceman/ Widow of Ex-Serviceman/Serving Army Personnel.

H.No. & Locality Name of the Assessee Exemption
effect date
Exempted
Asst.No. Amount per annum
Sri.P.P.Sebastian 01.04.2007 1124/-

 

‘If not for RTI, I would not have got this exemption’

‘If not for RTI, I would not have got this exemption. Thanks for my living God who guided me to that workshop’, Mr. Sebastian said. He is now a contented individual who feels that every citizen should know and use RTI.

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Secretaries panel on Pay Commission to double basic pay percentage

Secretaries panel on Pay Commission to double basic pay percentage

The secretary-level committee screening the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations is likely to recommend to double the percentage of pay hikes what the pay commission recommended with examining the all previous pay commissions’ reports.

The 7th Pay Commission submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in November, recommending 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay of Central government employees, which is the lowest in 70 years.

The pay commission recommended fixing the highest basic salary at Rs 250,000 and the lowest at Rs 18,000and its increased the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8.

Every pay commissions reduced the ratio of pay between lowest earning employees and top bureaucrats from 1:41 in 1947 to about 1:12 in 2006.

The minimum basic salary of central government employees is now Rs 7730 while maximum salary at the level of Secretary is Rs 80,000.

Accordingly, the 7th Pay Commission didn’t go on line to consider reduction in the disparity of pay ratio between its highest and lowest paid employees.

Pay gap determines the socialism view of the government and the higher number of central government employees are in the minimum pay slabs.

The pay gap increases employee’s turnover and work-related illness, with all the associated economic consequences.

The bureaucrats with high pay are generally happier, healthier and a better place to live for almost everyone in them compare to the lower earning employees.

The central government set up the high-level Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary to examine the such type of issues related to the 7th Pay Commission report.

The Empowered Committee is continue receiving a lot of submissions of employees’ associations strongly opposed 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

The previous Sixth Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent basic pay hike of central government employees, which the the secretary-level committee on that time recommended for 40 per cent basic pay hike .

Accordingly, the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

So the government believes a 30 per cent basic pay hike of central government employees is the appropriate rate, in the present scenario and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) asked the secretaries Committee to process on this way, a PMO official told us but he requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

This recommendation will now have to be considered by the secretaries Committee after the budget.

It is likely change to the hike in basic pay would be announced in April or May, he added.

The pay hike would affect the lives of over 48 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners and could trigger off similar pay hike across state governments as well.

The 7th Pay Commission has recommended a 23.55 percent hike in salary, allowances and pension involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore for the government, of which increase in salary would be Rs 39,100 crore, allowances Rs 29,300 crore and pension Rs 33,700 crore.

The new pay scales, subject to acceptance by the government, will come into effect from January 1, 2016.

Finance Ministry Jaitley had said that Budget for the next fiscal needs to provide Rs 1.10 lakh crore for implementing the 7th Pay Commission award and OROP.

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7th Pay Commission: Rail budget may hike passenger fares

7th Pay Commission: Rail budget may hike passenger fares

Facing resource crunch, Railways is said to be mulling the possibility of effecting a 5 to 10 per cent increase in the passenger fares in the coming budget.

The proposal is being considered against the backdrop of a decline in both passenger and freight earnings and the additional burden of Rs 32,000 cr towards implementing the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, Railway Ministry sources said.

On top of this, the gross budgetary support for the 2015-16 has also been slashed by Rs 8,000 cr by the Finance Ministry due to low spending by the Railways.

The sources said while there are several possibilities including a fare hike are being looked into nothing has been finalised yet.

The sources said a decision has to be taken whether to hike the fares and, if so, when. But it is not necessary it has to be done only in the budget, they said.

There is a feeling in rail bhawan that a fare hike in the budget to be presented on Feb 25 can be more beneficial as the railways can utilise the peak season beginning March.

Currently AC fares are already on higher side. If AC fares are raise, then they could even surpass the fares of low-cost air carriers in some sectors.

Similarly, freight rates are also at a high level and loading of steel, cement, coal, iron ore and fertiliser is on a down slide that rules out any further increase in this area.

Railways had effected a 14 per cent across-the-board hike in passenger fares in 2014 during the NDA regime and a 10 per cent increase last year.

Railways’ total earnings from freight and passenger fares were Rs 1,36,079.26 cr until January this year as against the target of Rs 141,416.05 cr, a shortfall of 3.77 per cent.

Acknowledging the decline in earnings sources said various options were being explored to perk up revenue collections.

While one option is to raise the fares in selected routes, the other is to go for increasing the cost of services provided.

Meanwhile railways have undertaken steps for cutting the costs and for commercial exploitation of surplus railway land besides looking at higher revenues from advertisement in a bid to tide over the crisis. The focus may be on improving non-tariff collection, the sources said.

Railways have conducted a study by Axis Capital which has recommended a 10 per cent hike in passenger fares and a 5 per cent raise in freight rates to improve the state-run transporter’s finances.

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