Cashless treatment may be stopped for central government employees

Cashless treatment may be stopped for central government employees

Corporate hospitals across the country have threatened to stop cashless treatment to lakhs of central government employees from January 1.

Protesting against ‘unviable’ rates being given to them under the CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme), the Association of Healthcare Providers (India) has said that it will give three months time to the Government to revise the rates.

“After that we will stop all cashless services at our hospitals. We will however continue to provide services on paying cash (at the hospital rates). They can seek reimbursement later,’’ the association leaders said.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, they said that the government should come out with a scientific method to arrive at proper packages for various treatments.

Source: thehindubusinessline

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Revision in Menu and Rates for Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto Trains with Effect from 17th October 2013

Revision in Menu and Rates for Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto Trains with Effect from 17th October 2013

Revision in Menu & Tariff After 14 Years
A New Concept of Combo Meal to be Introduced for First Time

The Ministry of Railways has decided to revise the menu and rates for Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains with effect from 17th October, 2013. The Menu and tariff of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains is included in the ticket fare and have not been revised since 1999 whereas the cost of raw material, WPI, index cost of services have increased manifold. With a view to arrive at the realistic prices Committees had been nominated by the Board to recommend the revised rates.  The committees have scientifically examined all aspects of costing keeping the objectives to provide hygiene and affordable meals to the travelling passengers on the premium trains. Based on the reports of the committee, the revised menu & tariff have been approved by the Competent Authority and notified.

Fixed cyclic menus of 5 menus sets indicating items and brands to be served for all classes of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains are to be notified so as to provide variety.

1AC (Rajdhani/Duronto trains)/Executive Class (Shatabdi trains): - It is proposed to reduce the rate of Morning Tea and Evening Tea by nearly 35% and 30% respectively while the rate of Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner is to be increased by nearly 35% and 15% respectively.

2AC/3AC (Rajdhani/Duronto trains)/AC Chair Car (Shatabdi trains): - It is proposed to reduce the rate of Morning Tea and Evening Tea by nearly 40% and 10% respectively while the rate of Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner is to be increased by nearly 65% and 50% respectively.

The impact on Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast rates will be an increase in the average range of Rs.25/- & Rs. 27/-.

A new concept of Combo Meal is being introduced as an every alternate meal on Rajdhani/Duronto trains which has been priced at half the cost of the regular Lunch/Dinner so as to reduce wastage/excess items.

The decrease in rates is mainly due to deletion of items which were extra/ repetitive in nature (e.g. Éclairs, Tea bags, Fruit Juice etc.).

The increase of rates is due to increase of cost of raw material/ services and WPI as the rates were last revised 14 years back.

            With the above revision the quality and variety of services are proposed to be improved. Further to ensure quality of services, following measures are underway:-

A  Catering Service Monitoring Cell has been set up in Railway Board with toll free no. 1800111321 to redress the complaints from travelling passengers on real time basis.

Licensees has to set up state of art Base Kitchens on railway premises as far as possible by licensee so as to enable improved supervision and monitoring to improve the quality of food. Subsequently the Base kitchens are to be duly certified with valid ISO 22000:2005 certificate.

Stringent quality parameters like supply of branded products in hygienic condition. FPO/AGMARK approved items and compliance of instructions of Food Safety & Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) are to be made mandatory.

Provision for external audit (Third Party Audit) by reputed and independent agency appointed by zonal railways to undertake audit of quality of services periodically to ensure the quality has been made mandatory.

Source: PIB

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Indian Railways: Meeting regarding Cadre Restructuring of Group ‘C’ categories on Indian Railways.

Indian Railways: Meeting regarding Cadre Restructuring of Group ‘C’ categories on Indian Railways.
Official Side Staff Side
AIRF NFIR
Addl. Member(Staff)… …Chairman Sh.Umraomal Purohit Sh.Guman Singh
Adv.(Fin.) Sh.S.G.Mishra Sh.M. Raghavaiah
ED(IR) Sh.Rakhal Das Gupta Sh.R.P.Bhatnagar
EDPC-II Sh.N.Kanniah Sh.P.S.Suriyaparkasam
EDPC-I Sh.Ch.Sankara Rao Sh.B C Sharma
EDE(N) Sh.J.R. Bhosale Sh. J.G.Mahurkar
Sh. Taposh Mukherjee
 1. AM(Staff), as Chairman of the Cadre Restructuring Committee, extended a hearty welcome to all members of the Cadre Restructuring Committee and introduced two new official side member joined as ED(IR) in place of Adv.(IR) and EDE(N). He advised that guidelines issued by DOP&T.MOF for in-house cadre restructuring of Group ‘C’ categories should be followed. He further stated that there are 2.41 lakh vacancies in Indian Railway out of which 1.30 lakh are being filled up. Railways can identify redundant categories and vacant posts in these non-safety categories can be considered for surrender against matching savings in the current cadre restructuring exercise.

2. The Staff Side also welcomed new members of Official Side. They pointed out that there has already been delay in issue of cadre restructuring orders. They stated that orders for cadre restructuring should be issued early and these orders may also be effective from the date of effect of orders of cadre restructuring of ALPs i.e. 01-05-2010. However, Official Side stated that implementation of cadre restructuring with retrospectively effect is not feasible due to surrender of posts against matching savings.

2.1 The Staff side reiterated that restructuring for Safety categories should be exempted from matching surrender in totality. However, they were apprised by Official Side about Board’s decision regarding cap of 10% as per which increase in percentages through cadre restructuring upto 10% in the apex scale of the safety category will be met through revenue (financial implications as per present DA rates @ 72% would be Rs. 121.10 Cr.) and increase beyond 10% would be offset by matching surrender of posts as in the case of non-safety categories as per standard norms of cadre restructuring.

Category
Pay Structure as
Existing
Percentage
Addl. financial
per 6th CPC
Percentage
recommended by
Implication per
annum
CRC
(in crores of Rs.)
PB
GP (Rs.)
PB-1
2400
27
40
1.71
Cooks (Traffic/ Mechanical
Running Rooms)
PB-1
1900
46
40
PB-1
1800
27
20
PB-2
4200
27
50
27.50
Goods Guards         (Safety)
PB-1
2800
73
50
Assistant Guards /Brakesmen
PB-1
2400
27
50
-0.09
(Safety)
PB-1
1900
73              ,
50
Loco Pilot (Shunting)
PB-2
4200
30
50
14.49
(Safety)
PB-1
2400
70
50
PB-2
4600
35
60
0.92
Stock Verifiers
PB-2
4200
65
40
PB-2
4600
25
50
0.07
Finger Print Examiners
PB-2
4200
75
50
PB-2
4200
85
90
Cashiers (Non-Supervisory)
0.57
PB-1
2400
15
10
PB-2
4600
55
Cashiers (Supervisory)
0.57
PB-2
4200
 45
PB-2
4200
39
50
0.25
Shroffs
PB-1
2400
38
35
PB-1
1900
23
15
PB-1
2800
15
35
1.74
Dressers/OTA
PB-1
2400
60
45
PB-1
1900
25
20
4.36
PB-2
4600
47
65
Health & Malaria Inspectors
PB-2
4200
53
35
PB-1
2800
75
80
0.27
Lab Assistants/Lab
Technician/ Asstt. Chemist
PB-1
2400
15
10
PB-1
2000
10
10
0.46
PB-2
4200
52
70
X-Ray Staff
PB-1
2800
48
30

PB-2
4200
9
20
0.76
PB-1
2400
31
30
Cooks (Medical)
PB-1
1900
30
30
PB-1
1800
30
20
P B-2
4200
20
30
0.06
Health Visitor(Multipurpose)
PB-1
2800
40
40
PB-1
2400
40
30
PB-1
2400
75
85
0.11
Field Workers
PB-1
1900
25
15
PB-2
4600
60
75
Physiotherapists
0.17
PB-2
4200
40
25
Extension Educator/District
PB-2
4600
(36)*
55
Extension Educator
PB-2
4200
(64)*
45
0.08
PB-2
4600
12
20
0.92
65
PB-2
4200
45
Typists
PB-1
2400
23
15
PB-1
1900
20
PB-2
4600
3 posts
65
0.13
Shipping Inspector
PB-2
4200
100
35
PB-2
4600
50
65
Staff & Welfare Inspectors
4.02
PB-2
4200
50
35
PB-2
4600
50
65
0.12
Statistical Inspectors
P6-2
4200
50
35
PB-2
4600
50
60
0.80
Publicity Inspectors
P6-2
4200
30
25
PB-1
2800
20
15
PB-2
4600
25
40
3.29
Hindi Staff
P6-2
4200
30
60
PB-1
2800
45
PB-2
4200
20
35
Hostel Management Staff of
Oak Grove School, Jharipani.
PB-1
2800
40
40
0.01
PB-1
2400
40
25
PB-2
4200
5
12
6.84
PB-1
2400
30
40
Canteen Staff
(Group-II)
PB-1
2000
35
25
PB-1
1900
7
8
PB-1
1800
23
15
0.28
PB-2
4200
15
25
Canteen Staff (Group-III)
PB-1
2400
25
25
PB-1
2000
20
25
PB-1
1900
40
25
0.02
Scientific Asstt./ Supervisors
PB-2
4600
70
80
(Psycho Tech.Cell)/RDSO
PB-2
4200
30
20
PB-2
4600
50
65
Scientific Staff
0.15
(Research)/RDSO
PB-2
4200
50
35
0.62
Scientific Staff
PB-2
4600
50
65
(Design)/RDSO
PB-2
4200
50
35
PB-2
4600
70
80
Technical Staff (Mech.etc.)/
0.04
RDSO
PB-2
4200
30
20
100
Total
71.22
3.1 During the discussion, Staff Side of the Cadre Restructuring Committee also raised the issue of revision of percentage distribution of posts for the category of Track Maintainers. They stated that recommendations of Joint Committee set up for progression of Trackmen were not fully implemented and this should be implemented. Accordingly, this issue was also discussed in the meeting in detail. Keeping in view previous and present cadre structure of Track Maintainers, recommendations made by the Joint Committee and further progression of this critical safety category, following revised percentage for distributions of posts was recommended by CRC:-
Category
Pay structure
(PB-1)
Existing %age
(approved       by
Board/MR)
%age              now
recommended by
CRC
Addl. financial
Implication per
annum
(in crores of Rs.)
Track Maintainer-I
GP Rs. 2800
3
6
195.21
Track Maintainer-II
GP Rs. 2400
6
12
Track Maintainer-III
GP Rs. 1900
20
22
Track Maintainer-IV
GP Rs. 1800
71
60
Total  projected additional financial implications for the above mentioned 32
categories would be Rs. 266.43 crores per annum excluding allowances
except DA.

 

5.     The Staff Side pointed out that cadre restructuring of Catering Staff and Traffic Assistants/Metro Railway, Kolkata may also be undertaken. It was advised
by Official Side that after collecting data from Railways, these categories will be examined separately in consultation with Staff Side and Nodal Directorates. As regard, extension of benefit of cadre restructuring to the Canteen Staff of Parliament Canteen of Northern Railway, it was agreed that clubbing of this category with Canteen Staff on Railways will be examined separately.
6.      The above recommendations would form part of the final report to be submitted by the Cadre Restructuring Committee in respect of all the Group C categories which have been considered by the Committee.
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India Post Launches ‘Instant Cash’ International Money Transfer Service Signs Agreement with Wall Street Exchange to offer the Service Across India

India Post Launches ‘Instant Cash’ International Money Transfer Service Signs Agreement with Wall Street Exchange to offer the Service Across India

India Post (Department of Posts) has signed an agreement with Wall Street Exchange (a company of the Emirates Post Group of UAE) for launch of an International Electronic Money Transfer service through ‘Instant Cash’ product of the Emirates Post Group. The service was launched here this week by Ms. P. Gopinath, Secretary, Department of Posts, by receiving the first payment from United Arab Emirates at a function organized by her Department for signing the tie-up between the Department of Posts and the Emirates Post Group.

The service will be rolled out nationally in a phased manner and will be made available at approximately 17,500 post offices across India by next month. The service will be provided through the International Financial System (IFS) of Universal Postal Union. This tie-up offers the Indian diaspora worldwide – especially in the gulf region – a safe, secure and reliable money transfer service for their families back home. This new service has its own significance going by the fact that globally, India is the largest recipient of remittances with over USD70 billion annually, half of which come from the Gulf.

‘Instant Cash’ is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Emirates Post Group, and its services are available in 59 countries through more than 60,000 locations. They provide instant money transfer service so that the money is available to the customers within minutes of completing the transaction.

The salient features of the service are as follows:

  • Recipients will be able to receive their payment at any of the identified 17,500 post offices by producing the unique transaction number along with their identity and KYC documents;
  •  Money will be available for payment immediately;
  •  Safe and secure transactions through established International Financial System of Universal Postal Union.

India Post is the largest postal network in the world and has completed 158 years of existence. During this long journey it has undergone continuous transformation according to the needs of the citizens. It boasts a network of 1.55 lakh Post Offices in the country, of which more than 1.39 lakh are in the rural area. Besides mail, it also provides various financial services like small savings instruments under Post Office Savings Bank and Money Remittance, both domestic and international.

Source: PIB

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7th PAY COMMISSION DATE : 7th Pay Commission Date for implementation

7th PAY COMMISSION DATE : 7th Pay Commission Date for implementation
Till this moment, the oral announcement only made by the Finance Minister to constitute 7th CPC for Central Government employees. There is no further action to constitute the committee for 7th CPC and we cannot say anything about the members of the committee and when it will be constituted.
Thee is no authentic information about the date to constitute the committee for preparing recommendations for 7th CPC. However, the committee will take maximum of 24 months to submit their recommendation report to Indian Government. The implementation of the 7th CPC is likely to be implemented from 1st January, 2016 to all Central government employees.
Not only the Central government employees, all government servants including their family members are keenly watching the news about 7th Central Pay Commission, because the same procedure / recommendations of Central Pay Commission are followed by state government to their employees.
Revision of pay has been implemented by the government once in ten years through the pay commissions and an employee can get a maximum of three pay hike in entire service. So, it is very excited to know the details of modifications in all the respect of pay.
In the view of above scenario, so many questions and doubts are raising among the Central government employees…

The questions and doubts are given below for your information…

1. When will constitute the committee for 7th CPC..?
2. Who are all will be as chairperson and members of the committee..?
3. Minimum pay scale in 7th CPC (7000 in 6th CPC)
4. Multiplication factor in 7th CPC (In 6th CPC 1.86)
5. Is ‘Grade Pay’ structure will continue in 7th CPC also..!
6. Percentage of Increment will be fixed as 10%..!
7. ACP – MACP – what will be next..?
8. ‘Tuition Fee’ then ‘Children Education Allowance’ and next…?
9. Any major changes in LTC Rules
10. Voluntary Retirement Scheme will be announced..?
11. Rectification of anomalies arising in implementation of 6th CPC
12. Any changes in ‘Fixation of Pay’on promotion
13. Rates of HRA (now getting 30%, 20% and 10%)
14. Expectations more on the calculation of Dearness allowance with AICPIN
15. About interest free and bearing advances
16. Minimum Pension (Now Rs.3500)
17. Any ‘Women employees welfare schemes’ (like CCL)
18. Travelling allowance and Daily allowance rules and rates
19. Weightage for promotion
21. Rates of Transport allowance (Now Rs.400, 600, 800, 1600 and 3200 + DA)
22. Modification in Qualifying Service for pension
23. Additional Pension scheme
Readers are requested to send their comments and suggestions on this post.
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7th PAY COMMISSION DATE
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7th Pay Commission News – Suggestions on Terms of Reference & Composition of 7th Pay Commission – IRTSA

7th Pay Commission News – Suggestions on Terms of Reference & Composition of 7th Pay Commission – IRTSA

Memorandum by IRTSA on Terms of Reference of 7th Pay Commission

 INDIAN RAILWAYS TECHNICAL SUPERVISORS ASSOCIATION

(Estd. 1965, Regd. No.1329, Website http://www.irtsa.net ) 

 

M. Shanmugam,
Central President, IRTSA
# 4, Sixth Street, TVS Nagar, Padi,
Chennai – 600050
Email- cpirtsa@yahoo.com
Mob: 09443140817

 

Harchandan Singh,
General Secretary, IRTSA,
C.Hq. 32, Phase 6, Mohali,
Chandigarh-160055.
Email-gsirtsa@yahoo.com
(Ph:0172-2228306, 9316131598)

 

No:IRTSA/Memo – PM/7CPC/2013-6 Date: 9-10-2013

1. Hon. Prime Minister of India, South Block, New Delhi

2. Hon. Minister of Finance, Govt. of India, North Block, New Delhi

 

Respected Sir,

Subject: Suggestions on Terms of Reference & Composition of 7th Pay Commission.

We heartily welcome the decision of the Government to set-up the Seventh Central Pay Commission. We shall highly appreciate if the following suggestions are considered by the Government in this regard – in order to do greater justice to the employees by determining the Pay Scales/ Grade Pay etc. through JOB EVALUATION – as in all advanced countries:

 

1. SUGGESTIONS ON THE COMPOSITION OF THE 7th PAY COMMISSION:

 

i) Commission should be headed by a Retired or serving Judge of the Supreme Court;

ii) One of the Members of the Commission should be a Technocrat (Engineer);

iii) Commission should have one Member each from Defence & Railways and an expert on Job Evaluation;

iv) It should be assisted by a Consultative Body of Ex-Defence and Railway Personnel to project the special conditions prevailing there in – being the largest employers.

 

2. SUGGESTIONS ON THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE 7th PAY COMMISSION:

i) To consider and determine Pay structure, Allowances, facilities, avenues of promotion, service conditions, periodicity & Date of effect of Wage revision of Central Government employees – considering the situation prevailing in the Central Public Sector Undertakings and Private/Corporate Sectors in the country.

ii) To Modernize and harmonize the functioning of the Central Government Organisations to excel in their performance and to be in command over the country’s overall economy and growth.

iii) To make the Government a model employer, through appropriate Pay Package for its employees through job evaluation – duly considering all related Factors – including the relative Job requirements/Difficulties, Qualifications, Training, Working Conditions, Duties, Responsibilities and Accountabilities etc. of various categories, to enhance the efficiency, productivity and economy of the organizations of the Government.

iv) To make recommendations on productivity linked incentive scheme based on the performance of each Branch/ Department of various organizations – with suitable bench marks, productivity index and other related parameters.

v) To recommend a comprehensive formula to link Allowances with pay and inflation.

vi) To recommend a realistic formula to compensate for the inflation and price rise.

vii) To consider the necessity and recommend quantum of Interim Relief till the time the recommendations of the Commission are made and accepted by the Government.

viii) To consider the anomalies created after the implementation of Sixth Central Pay Commission Report.

ix) To consider the unimplemented recommendations of 5th & 6th Pay Commissions.

x) To formulate the structure of pension, death-cum-retirement gratuity, family pension and other terminal or recurring benefits to the present and former Central Government employees appointed before and after January 1, 2004.

 

 Yours faithfully,

(Harchandan Singh),

General Secretary, IRTSA

 

 

Source : IRTSA

[http://www.irtsa.net/pdfdocs/Memorandum_on_Terms_of_Reference_of_7th_Pay_Commission.pdf]

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Amendment of paragraph 3 in the Offer of Allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation (Allotment Letter) of the Directorate of Estates

Amendment of paragraph 3 in the Offer of Allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation (Allotment Letter) of the Directorate of Estates

 

 No.12035/11/2013-Pol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Policy-II Section

Nirman Bhavan,
New Delhi-110 108
Dated the 8th October, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Amendment of paragraph 3 in the Offer of Allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation (Allotment Letter) of the Directorate of Estates.

It has been decided by the competent authority that the following amendment shall be made to the existing paragraph 3 to the offer of Allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation :

“If the allotment is accepted, you should obtain an Authority Slip from this Directorate either personally or by your authorized representative and take possession of the allotted residence from the C.P.W.D/N.B.C.C. Enquiry Office concerned within the date mentioned in the Authority Slip. In case of failure to take the possession within the time specified above, the Authority Slip must be retured to concerned allotment section of the Directorate of Estates immediately for cancellation of allotment.”

2. NIC is requested to make necessary amendments in the paragraph 3 of Offer of Allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation (Allotment letter) at the earliest please. A copy of allotment letter is enclosed for information.

sd/-
(S.K. Jain)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)

Source: www.estates.nic.in
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30 days Earned Leave for Ordnance Industrial Employees

30 days Earned Leave for Ordnance Industrial Employees

The INDWF published the latest order regarding the entitlement of 30 days earned leave of option in respect of Industrial Employees of Ordnance Factory Board. The MoD order is reproduced and given below for your information…

Ministry of Defence
D(Estt/NG)

Sub: Entitlement of 30days EL irrespective of option in respect of Industrial Employees of OFs

I am directed to refer to OFB I.D >No 265/A/A dated 19.02.2013 and 01.08.2013 on the subject mentioned above. The matter has been examined in consultation with D(Civ-II) and they opined that DopT OM dated 20.07.1998 inter alia provides ….”As per the agreement with the staff side of National Counsel (JCM) signed on 11.09.1997,the govt. has decided that henceforth the Industrial Employees in Central Government Department other than Railways shall be entitled to 30 Days EL for each completed year of service irrespective of the number of years of service rendered by the employee, subject to the holidays shall also count towards such Leave”. The matter had also been consulted with Ministry of Labour and they have also opined that the Industrial workers employed in Ordnance Factories are entitled to 30 days Annual Leave with wages as per the terms of agreement. Further even Section -78 of the Factories Act 1948 allows leave beyond 18 days for each year of service rendered once an agreement to this effect is in place. Accordingly , it would be applicable to all the OF Industrial Employees

In view of above clarifications the entitlement of Earned Leave available to the employees of Ordnance Factories may henceforth be dealt accordingly.

Source: http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in

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Orders issued for Productivity Linked Bonus to Civilian Employees of EME for the year 2012-13

Orders issued for Productivity Linked Bonus to Civilian Employees of EME for the year 2012-13

The Ministry of Defence has issued orders regarding Productivity Linked Bonus to Civilian Employees of EME for the year 2012-13 on 1st October, 2013 vide No.20(3)/2013D(JCM).

The Ministry approved 28 days wages in cash as Productivity Linked Bonus for the year 2012-13 to the eligible civilian employees of EME.

The PLB shall be paid to all eligible Gp. ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted). Gp. ‘C’ and Gp. ‘D’ civilian employees of the EME who are covered under PLB Scheme for the accounting year 2012-13. The calculation ceiling of Rs.3500/- (3500×28/30.4) and other terms and conditions of the PLB Scheme will remain unchanged.

Source: http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in

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Railway Staff seeks removal of ceiling for calculation of the PL Bonus

Railway Staff seeks removal of ceiling for calculation of the PL Bonus

Railway staff rue paltry bonus figure offered

AURANGABAD: Railway employees in Aurangabad have not welcomed the central government’s decision to pay the wages of 78 days as a bonus. Instead, they have demanded that the government abolish the ceiling for calculation of the productivity-linked-bonus (PLB) and also that PLB be decided on the actual basic pay of employees, not on the average basic pay.

Employees have said that their average basic pay is low and is around Rs 3500.

On October 2, the Union cabinet had approved the proposal of the ministry of railways for the payment of productivity-linked bonus equivalent to the wages of 78 days, for the financial year 2012-’13, for all eligible non-gazetted railway employees. Over 12.37 lakh non-gazetted railway employees are set to benefit from the decision, while the financial implication of payment of 78 days’ bonus to railway employees, which was the same last year, has been estimated to be over Rs 1,043.43 crore.

However, the decision of 78 days’ wages as bonus did not elicit a positive response, with disgruntled railway employees protesting the “poor PLB” announced by the government.

“It does not make any sense to give peanuts in the name of PLB, especially at a time when the railways have recorded an increase in the Gross Traffic Receipt of 18.85 per cent in 2012-’13, as compared to the previous year. With most of us are drawing a salary over Rs 20,000, the PLB of a mere Rs 8,975 is very low. The bonus should tantamount to at least an entire month’s salary drawn by the employee, or more,” said a station master from the Nanded division of the South Central Railways.

U Venkateswarlu, the Nanded divisional secretary of South Central Railway Employees Sangh, said, “PLB to the railway employees is now being calculated on the average Basic Pay of Rs 3,500, and not on the original basic pay. The existing ceiling for payment of PLB is Rs 3,500 per month, which was enhanced from Rs 2,500 a couple of years ago, after the unions carried out a long-drawn struggle.”

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

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