National Sports Awards – 2016

National Sports Awards – 2016

National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years; Arjuna Award is given for consistently outstanding performance for four years; Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events, Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy.

A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of former Olympians, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sports Journalists/Experts/Commentators and sports administrators. Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards was headed by Justice S.K. Agarwal, Retired Delhi High Court Judge. Selection Committee for Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by Ms. M.C. Mary Kom. Selection Committee for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar was headed by Shri Rajiv Yadav, Secretary (Sports).

Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the Government has decided to confer awards upon the following sportspersons/ coaches/organizations:

(i) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta 2016

S.No. Name of the awardee Discipline
1. Ms. P.V. Sindhu Badminton
2. Ms. Dipa Karmakar Gymnastics
3. Shri Jitu Rai Shooting
4. Ms. Sakshi Malik Wrestling

(ii) Dronacharya Awards 2016

S.No. Name of the awardee Discipline
1. Shri Nagapuri Ramesh Athletics
2. Shri Sagar Mal Dhayal Boxing
3. Shri Raj Kumar Sharma Cricket
4. Shri Bishweshwar Nandi Gymnastics
5. Shri S. Pradeep Kumar Swimming (Lifetime)
6. Shri Mahabir Singh Wrestling (Lifetime)

(iii) Arjuna Awards 2016

S.No. Name of the awardee Discipline
1. Shri Rajat Chauhan Archery
2. Ms. Lalita Babar Athletics
3. Shri Sourav Kothari Billiards & Snooker
4. Shri Shiva Thapa Boxing
5. Shri Ajinkya Rahane Cricket
6. Shri Subrata Paul Football
7. Ms. Rani Hockey
8. Shri Raghunath V.R. Hockey
9. Shri Gurpreet Singh Shooting
10. Ms. Apurvi Chandela Shooting
11. Shri Soumyajit Ghosh Table Tennis
12. Ms. Vinesh Wrestling
13. Shri Amit Kumar Wrestling
14. Shri Sandeep Singh Mann Para-Athletics
15. Shri Virender Singh Wrestling (Deaf)

(iv) Dhyan Chand Award 2015

S.No. Name of the awardee Discipline
1. Ms. Satti Geetha Athletics
2. Shri Sylvanus Dung Dung Hockey
3. Shri Rajendra Pralhad Shelke Rowing

(v) Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar, 2016

S.No. Category Entity recommended for Rashtriya Khel ProtsahanPuruskar, 2016
1. Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent 1.Hockey Citizen Group
2.Dadar Parsee Zorostrian cricket club
3.Usha School of Athletics
4. STAIRS
2. Encouragement to sports through corporate social responsibility India Infrastructure Finance Corporate Limited
3. Employment to sportspersons and other welfare measures Reserve Bank of India
4. Sports for Development Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society

(vi) Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2015-16

Punjabi University, Patiala

The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2016.

Apart from a medal and a citation, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh. Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each. Recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given Trophies and certificates. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments will be given MAKA Trophy, award money of Rs. 10 lakh and certificate.

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Success Stories of the Right to Information Act 2005

IMMEDIATE

No.11/20/2014-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 23rd August, 2016

To
The Head of All State ATIs (As per list attached)

Subject: Success Stories of the Right to Information Act, 2005 – regarding

Sir / Madam,

I am directed to say that RTI Act has been instrumental in ensuring greater and more effective access to information to all citizens of the country, especially the marginalized sections of the society. On the occasion of completion of more than 10 years of implementation of RTI Act, 2005, the Central Information Commission, New Delhi is going to hold Annual Convention in October, 2016 to mark its contribution under the Right to Information Act, 2005. To mark this event, the Commission proposes to bring out a volume titled “Success Stories of the Right to
Information Act, 2005″, which would be released for public by the Hon’ble Prime Minister during the Annual Convention. Central Information Commission has entrusted the work of compilation / preparation of Success Stories volume to M/s  YASHDA.

2. In this regard, the State ATIs are requested to forward all the documented Success Stories maintained by their Institute/Academy to YASHADA at the earliest to enable them to compile a volume titled “Success Stories of the Right to Information Act, 2005″. The State ATIs are also requested to participate in the National Workshop to be held in last week of August, 2016 in YASHADA.

Yours faithfully,
(Gayatri Mishra)
Director (IR)

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7th Pay Commission will Push Gold to Rs.35,000 – India Bullion and Jewellers Association

7th Pay Commission will Push Gold to Rs.35,000 – 7th Pay Commission payout to central government employees, which is expected to begin from September 1, 2016, will also give a boost to gold.

The coming few months dotted with festivals and 7th pay commission can provide a further boost to gold prices in India. Experts believe that festive demand can push gold prices to Rs 34,000-35,000 per 10 grams by the end of the current year.

“Gold prices are expected to remain firm in the coming months. We expect strong demand for jewellery during the upcoming festive season which would include Ganapthi and Dusshera festivals. The marriage season around December should give a further push. Gold should test Rs 34,000-35,000 in the next 4-5 months,” Saurabh Gadgil, CMD, PNG Jewellers and Director, India Bullion and Jewellers’ Association told FeMoney.

He said that the 7th Pay Commission payout to central government employees, which is expected to begin from September 1, 2016, will also give a boost to gold. “The 7th Pay Commission payout will certainly lead to higher gold sales. We are already seeing some demand from government employees who are coming and making purchases on anticipation of higher salaries due to 7th pay commission,” Gadgil CMD, PNG Jewellers and Director, India Bullion and Jewellers’ Association told.

Gold, which started year at around Rs 25,000 level closed at Rs 31,720 on August 19 according to prices of Indian Bullion and Jewellers Association quotes, which works out to gains of around 27 per cent year to date.

V P Nandakumar, MD & CEO, Manappuram Finance Limited agrees that 7th Pay Commission payout will boost gold sales. “A part of the payout can reasonably be expected to find its way into gold purchases,” he said.

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Need for revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus and incentive allowance in favour of Railway Staff: NFIR

Need for revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus and incentive allowance in favour of staff of Workshops/Production Units under CRJ Pattern/GIS: NFIR Reference to Railway Board
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055

No.I/11/Part I

Dated: 16-08-2016

The secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,

Sub: Need for revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus and incentive allowance in favour of staff of Workshops/Production Units under CRJ Pattern/GIS- reg.

Pursuant to the decisions of the Government on the recommendations of the VII CPC, the Railway Board vide letter No.PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2 dated 02/08/2016 (RBE No.93/2016) has circulated “Schedules for revised scales of Pay” in respect of Railway employees to be given effect from 01-01-2006.
 
II. In this connection, NFIR desires to state that after implementation of 6th CPC grade pay/pay band, the Railway Board had in consultation with the Federations issued instructions vide letter No.2008/M(W)/814/38 dated 29-10-2009 (RBE No.194/2009) revising hourly rates of incentive bonus under CRJ Pattern/GIS for staff in Workshops and production Units and also PCO allowance. Upward revision of rates was also granted vide RBE No.142/99 dated 21-06-1999 (i.e. after implementation of V CPC Pay Scales). A chart showing the revision of hourly rates granted by the Railway Board is placed below:
S. No
DESIGNATION
V CPC PAY SCALES & INCENTIVE HOURLY RATES AS PER RBE NO.142/99 Dt: 21-06-1999
VI CPC PAY BAND/GRADE PAY INCENTIVE HOURLY RATES AS PER RBE No.194/09 Dt: 29-10-2009
Pay Scale Hourly Rates under CRJ Pattern
(Rs.)
Incentive Bonus Under GIS Pattern
(Rs.)
Pay Scale Hourly Rates under CRJ Pattern
(Rs.)
Incentive Bonus under GIS Pattern at 100% earnings
(Rs.)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1 Junior Engineer Grade I 5500-9000 26.45 7150 9300 – 34800
+ GP 4200
49.65 13440
2 Junior Engineer Grade II 5000-8000 24.00 6500
3 Senior Technician 5000-8000 24.00
4 Supervisor 4500-7000 21.65 5850 5200-20200

+ GP 2800
43.30 11700
5 Technician Grade I 4500-7000 21.65
6 Technician Grade II 4000-6000 19.25 5200 5200-20200
+ GP 2400
38.50 10400
7 Technician Grade III 3650-4590 17.55 3965 5200-20200
+ GP 1900
32.20 7930
8 Technician Grade III 3050-3575 14.65
9 Semi Skilled 2750-4400 13.20 3575 5200-20200
+ 1800
25.45 6760
10 Unskilled 2550-3200 12.50 3315 4440-7440
+ GP 1300
24.50 6630
 
Note:
  • Incentive Bonus earnings under GIS Pattern on the basis of V CPC structure was arrived at by multiplying minimum pay of pay scale X 1.3 times (in the year 1999).
  • Incentive Bonus earning under GIS pattern on the basis of VI CPC was arrived at by just doubling the values & fixing it a 100% earning level (in the year 2009).
  • In case of Hourly rates earning under CRJ pattern, the Hourly rate values of V CPC were just doubled and fixed as hourly rate earnings after implementation of VI CPC.

 

III. NFIR now wants the Railway Board to appreciate that similar upward revision of hourly rates of incentive bonus is needed to be granted as the revised pay matrices of VII CPC have been given effect from January 1, 2016. The SSEs of Indian Railways Workshops and Production Units are presently paid incentive allowance on VI CPC pay. This also needs to be revised upwardly duly taking into consideration the revised Pay Matrix allotted to them.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to take action for revision the rates early as was done during the year 1999 and 2009. It is also relevant to take note of the fact that there is already heavy shortage of staff in all Railway Workshops and Production Units with increased activity resulting additional workload burden on the existing staff. This aspect be given due weightage for the purpose of hiking the hourly rates of incentive bonus, PCO allowance and incentive allowance to the staff as well SSEs.

 

Yours faithfully,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary.

Source: NFIR

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7th Pay Commission Effect – Coal India, Fire Service, Contract Workers demand minimum Rs.18,000

7th Pay Commission Effect – Coal India, Fire Service, Contract Workers demand minimum Rs.18,000 – The first indications of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission (CPC) triggering demands for salary hike have begun.

 

The first indications of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission (CPC) triggering demands for salary hike have begun in right earnest with Coal India Limited (CIL) workers set to join the general strike on September 2. Among the many demands include minimum monthly salary of Rs. 18,000, similar to the one proposed by the 7th CPC and accepted by the Central government employees.

CIL informed about the September 2 strike in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Saturday morning. The coal workers will be joining other trade unions that have called for a general strike in which about five lakh bank employees are also likely to participate.

Of the 13 demands listed in the charter are hike in minimum monthly salary, halt to disinvestment of public sector undertakings, increased gratuity, discontinue the practice of recruiting people on contract basis and regularise employment of those hired on contractual terms.

“We have received a communication of strike notice dated 19th August 2016 for general strike on 2nd September 2016. Efforts are being made for conciliation process. If they resort to strike, it will affect production and dispatch of coal,” CIL said in its filing with the BSE.

Not lagging behind, sweepers and fire services employees held a march in Sonepet, haryana yesterday under the banner of the Nagarpalika Karamchari Sangh (NKS), Haryana, affiliated to the Sarv Karamchari Sangh.

The protesters were demanding the abolition of the appointment on contract basis and through outsourcing and the benefits of the 7th Pay Commission.

The protesters, led by state NKS president Naresh Kumar Shastri, raised slogans in support of the demands and marched through different areas. They handed over a memorandum of their demands to Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain at her house in Sector 15.

The minister said after the Assembly session, a high-level meeting would be convened in the second week of September to mull over the demands and representatives of the NKS would also be invited. The minister assured them that their legitimate demands would be accepted.

However, Finance Ministry sources indicate, “The demand of central government employees through National Joint Council of Action (NJAC) for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 may be considered by the National Anomaly Committee but they can do nothing.

“Now, it is generally seen that Public Sector Undertaking employees get less pay than the central government employees and they will demand to hike pay equivalent to central government employees. So, the focus has now shifted to PSUs- whether they would implement a similar pay hike for their employees or not.”

“If they hike pay for their employees, the central government is likely to face difficulty in bearing this extra financial burden. Accordingly, central government employees demand for hiking minimum pay of Rs 18,000 may not be accepted,” they said.

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Feasibility of implementation of recommendations accepted by GOI contained in paras 10.1.67 & 10.1.68 of 7CPC report

Feasibility of implementation of recommendations accepted by GOI contained in paras 10.1.67 & 10.1.68 of 7CPC report

7th CPC recommendations – Open to amendments & corrections : Proposed draft representation regarding implementation of option 1 para 10.1.67

Representation on implementation of option -1 of 7th CPC relating to pre 2016 pensioners.

 

No. SG/BPS/PC7/016/08.

Dt.19 August, 2016

The Secretary
Deptt of Administrative Reforms & Pensioner’ Grievances,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions,
Patel Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001.
( Kind Attention: Shri Chirravuri Vishwanath IAS ).

 

Subject: Feasibility of implementation of recommendations accepted by GOI contained in paras 10.1.67 & 10.1.68 of 7CPC report.

 

Sir,
In connection with feasibility of implementation of recommendation contained in para 10.1.67 of 7CPC report relating to pre-2016 pensioners, the undersigned, on behalf of Bharat Pensioners Samaj (Federation) a conglomerate of over 628 pensioners Associations, submits as follows:

 

i). Your kind attention is invited to 5th CPC recommendation contained in Para 137.14 of the report together with GOI’s decision there on which reads as under:

 

The pension of all pre-1986 retirees may be updated by notional fixation of their pay as on 1.1.1986 by adopting the same formula as for the serving employees. Thereafter, all the past pensioners who have been brought on the Fourth CPC pay scales by notional fixation of their pay and those who have retired on or after 1.1.1986 can be treated alike regarding consolidation of their pension as on 1.1.1996 by allowing the same fitment weightage as may be allowed to the serving employees. However, the consolidated revised pay of the post held by the pensioner at the time of retirement. (137.14)

 

Govt Decision:

Accepted to the extent that pension of pre 1.1.96 retirees including pre-86 retirees shall be consolidated as on 1.1.1996 as recommended but the consolidated pension shall be brought on to the level of 50% of the minimum of the revised pay of the post held by the pensioner at the time of retirement. Nos. 45/86/97-P&PW(A) Part-II dt. 27.1099 & 45/1098-P&PW(A) dt 17.12.98 refer.

 

ii). Similarly 6th CPC recommendation on the subject of revision of pre-2006 pensioners were possible as per GOI orders contained in F No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 01.09.2008 and amendments issued by DOP& PW thru F No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28-01-2013 wherein para 4.2 reads ” That is, the fixation of pension will be subject to the provision that the revised pension , in no case shall be lower than 50% of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus grade pay corresponding to the pre revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired. In case of HAG+ and above scales, this will be 50% of the minimum of the revised pay scale.”

 

iii). Pension record is of permanent nature and if it is to be destroyed, proper permission from the competent authority is to be obtained. In any case, these record can always be reconstructed taking the details from various sources available in the department and the material collected from the Pensioner. In this regard attention is also drawn to recent CAT Bombay Nagpur Bench judgement dated 09.03.2015 in case of Smt. Saija vs. General Manager, Central Railway O.A.No. 2131 of 2011(CAT Bombay Bench at Nagpur) It is also pointed out that never ever any department in any of the Court cases brought out the issue of non-availability of records.

 

2. It was possible to implement the above recommendations of pay panels and issue revise PPOs as records were traced out, probably due to some incentive given to the staff concerned for revising the PPOs of pre-1986 retirees involving notional fixation. Railway administration for certain gave incentive to the staff concerned for implementing 5th CPC recommendations. It is reliably learnt that as no incentive for additional work involved in revision of PPOs after 6thCPC was offered. Rly Admn did face some difficulties in implementing recommendations of 6th CPC and consequential issue of revised PPOs to pre-2006 retirees, still as per Rly Board 100% PPOs could be revised. Govt. records can speak of the position of incentive offered by various departments concerned. It is one of the suggestions to consider incentive to staff to ease the problem of locating old records/information required, since in 90% cases records are available and remaining can be recasted.

 

3. 7th CPC considered the long standing demand of pensioners retired in earlier CPCs regimes to grant them parity in fixation of pension with those retiring subsequently after implementation of its report. Accordingly, 7th CPC has recommended granting benefit of increments earned by the pensioner in the Pay Band and Grade Pay/Scale of Pay for 01.01.2006 Pensioners, while determining their notional pay as on 01-01-2016 at a level in the pay matrix given by the 7th CPC. Pension would be fixed at 50% of the notional pay so arrived.

 

4. Apprehension of non-feasibility of recommendation, discussed in para 3 , due to non-availability of records is further narrowed & not zeroed. PPOs issued at the time of retirement and revised afterwards do reflect changes prescribed by the Govt. in the pay scales on the recommendations of different Pay Commissions, record the stage of pay in the Pay Scale/Pay Band of a person retired. But it is silent on the number of increments earned after promotion to the grade in which a particular pensioner had retired. May please recall that pay fixation on promotion, as per FR 22, is arrived at after granting one increment in the pre-promotion scale followed by stepping up the same to the immediate next stage of pay in the higher grade if there is no stage after grant of increment in the lower grade. Some of the promotees may get fixed at the minimum (First stage) of the higher grade whereas others may get fixed at the second or third next stage depending upon the pay in the lower grade.

 

5. The recommendation of 7thCPC vide their para10.1.67(option1) for Parity of Pension is based on legal & Constitutional grounds and as such to maintain sanctity it needs to be implemented in toto.

 

6. It is a history that pensioners retired earlier were always at a discount in the matter of revised pensions.7th CPC has tried to give some relief to pre-2016 retirees. For the purpose of determining pension under para 10.1.67 of 7th CPC in cases where all attempts to trace records or to recast missing ones fail, it is suggested that such of the pensioners may be given option to get their notional pay determined on the basis of stage of pay in the grade indicated in the PPO this information is invariablaly available in all PPOs. If in some PPOs if LPD is not indicated it can be determined from family pension which is 30% of LPD

 

7. Fixation of notional pay of pre 2016 pensioners on the basis of the stage corresponding to the grade of pay in which a pensioner had retired would offer a fair & equitable option in all cases where records cannot be traced inspite of best efforts.

 

8 To meet the ends of justice, Bharat pensioners Samaj request that a personal hearing be granted to its delegation before any adverse decision is arrived at by the Committee.

Thanking you in anticipation.

 

With regards

Yours sincerely

sd/-
(S. C. Maheshwari)
Secretary General, Bharat Pensioners Samaj.

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Exemption of Railways from National Pension System (NPS) as recommended by the Honable Railway Ministers- representation from NFIR

Under Secretary, Govt of India responds to GS/NFIR on the National Pension System

F. No.11/5/2016-PR
Ministry of Finance
Department of Financial Services

2nd Floor, Jeevan Deep Building,
Parliament Street, New Delhi
Dated the 5th August, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Exemption of Railways from National Pension System (NPS) as recommended by the Hon’ble Railway Ministers- representation from National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR)

The undersigned is directed to enclose herewith a representation (in original) dated 26.06.2016 received from NFIR regarding the subject cited above.

2. In this regard, it may be stated that exemption of railways from NPS employees will have a bearing on the exchequer; Department of Expenditure (DoE) may take an appropriate action in this regard.

3. So far as proposals of Hon’ble Railway Minister in this matter is concerned, the reply to issues relevant to this Department were sent to DoE vide this Department’s OM dated 26.02.2016.(Copy enclosed)

sd/-

(Prabhu Dayal)

Under Secretary to the Government of India

Signed Copy

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Payment to Government servants other than salary etc. through e-Payment

Payment to Government servants other than salary etc. through e-Payment

F. No. 1(1)/2011/TA/365
Ministry of Finance
Department, of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts

Lokaayak Bhawan, Khan Market
New Delhi-110511
Date: 01-08-2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Payment to Government servants other than salary etc. through e-Payment

A reference is invited to this office O.M. No. 1(1)/2011/TA/ 292 dated 31st March 2012′ regarding payment to Government servants other than salary etc. through e-Payment from 1st April 2012. Since advancements in payment and banking technology have enabled a large number of transactions to be handled smoothly through the e-payment mode, the existing limit of Rs. 25,000 / – prescribed in paragraph 2 of this office. O.M. dated 31st March 2012 has been further reviewed. It has now been decided to lower the threshold limit to Rs. 10,000 /- in order to bring more payments. under the purview of direct credit by electronic transfer to the bank account of the payee.

2. All Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India are required with immediate effect to discharge all payments to Government servants, other than salary, above Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten thousand only) by issue of payment advices, including electronically signed payment advices.

3. In so far as payment of salary is concerned, employees may continue to have the option of drawing salary by cash, cheque or electronic payment mode irrespective of the amount involved.

4. . This issues with the approval of the Finance Minister.

(Soma Roy Burman)
Joint Controller General of Accounts

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Delhi government notifies implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations

Delhi government notifies implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations

New Delhi: The Delhi government has notified implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, which provides 2.5 times hike in basic salaries and pensions of its employees and pensioners with effect from January 1.

The over one lakh employees of the city administration, will get the increased salaries from next month. The arrears will also be paid in one go next month, a Delhi government official said.

The hike in pensions and salaries will cost the exchequer around Rs 2,000 crore annually. The notification was issued after Lt Governor Najeeb Jung gave his approval for the same, the official said.

The move comes nearly one-and-a-half months after the Centre approved the recommendations of the pay panel.

“Arrears as accruing on account of revised pay consequent upon fixation of pay under CCS (RP) Rules with effect from January 1, 2016 shall be paid in cash in one installment along with the payment of salary for the month of August, 2016, after making necessary adjustment on account of GPF and NPS, as applicable, in view of the revised pay,” Deputy Secretary Manoj Kumar said in a written communication to head of all departments.

As per the the new scales of pay, the basic salary at entry-level is going up from Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000, while at the highest level i.e. secretary, it would go up from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. For class one officers,the starting salary will be Rs 56,100.

PTI

 

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10 central trade unions stick to plan for 1-day nation-wide strike on September 2

10 central trade unions stick to plan for 1-day nation-wide strike on September 2

NEW Delhi: As many as 10 central trade unions have decided to go ahead with their call for a 1-day pan-India strike on September 2, with no positive response from the government on their 12-point charter of demand.

“The 10 central trade unions have decided to go on strike on September 2, 2016, in a meeting of the coordination committee held yesterday,” All India Trade Union Congress Secretary D L Sachdev said.

“The mandatory 2-week notice in the case of essential services like transport and power has already been served by the local units of our unions earlier this week. We are expecting over 10 crore people to participate in the strike.”

However, RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh is not part of this joint declaration as the next meeting with ministerial panel on labour issues headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on August 22 is awaited.

The exclusive meeting between Jaitley-led ministerial panel and BMS representatives to discuss its demand remained “inconclusive” earlier this week on August 16. The other trade unions were not called for the meeting.

It was the first meeting of the ministerial panel with a central trade union over the 12-point charter of demands in almost a year. It had met trade unions on August 26-27, 2015.

PTI

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Clarification regarding the Income Declaration Scheme 2016

Clarification regarding the Income Declaration Scheme 2016

Fifth Set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) was issued yesterday clarifying certain issues relating to Income Declaration Scheme,2016 (the Scheme). Clarification has been sought as to whether the answer number 4 of the said FAQ shall apply to all assets declared under the Scheme or it is limited to only immovable property. As explained in the said answer, the clarification was issued considering the fact that investment in an immovable property may be funded partially from undisclosed and partially from disclosed sources. In such cases, if the property is sold in near future, gains from part of the property may be long term and the balance may be short term. This shall cause undue hardship to the declarant. Therefore, the clarification issued relates only for determination of holding period of immovable property.

In view of the above, it is again clarified that answer number 4 of the said FAQ shall only be applicable for determining holding period of an immovable property for which the date of acquisition is evidenced by a deed registered with any authority of the State Government. However, for assets other than immovable property declared under the Scheme, the holding period shall start from 01.06.2016 for purpose of computation of capital gains.

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Filling up of supervisory posts of Accounts Department

Filling up of supervisory posts of Accounts Department

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No. II/70/Part II

Dated: 18 /08/2016

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Filling up of supervisory posts of Accounts Department-reg.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2015/AC-II120/App-3 dated 01/08/2016, addressed to General SecretarylNFIR.

On perusal of the proposal sent vide Railway Board’s letter No.2015/AC-II/20/App-3 dated 01/08/2016, the NFIR finds that the said proposal may not in fact give desired results for ensuring efficiency and achieving perfection in the working system. In this connection, NFIR conveys as follows:-

(i) There is need to ensure annual recruitment of JAAs against the DR quota percentage uninterruptedly, thereby, such recruitees can be adequately trained, retrained for meeting the system’s requirements .

(ii) It needs to be admitted by the Railway Board that wrong policy of non-filling of vacancies particularly against DR quota for decades together has resulted difficult situation. Federation wants that such mistakes not be repeated.

(iii) The extant policy of holding centralized examination of Appendix-III IREM needs to be reviewed and decentralized to facilitate Zonal Railways to conduct these examinations regularly fo’r the purpose of filling the vacancies as well for meeting the future requirement. If this policy revision is approved and implemented, the fear that 34% vacancies by 2019-2020 will get dispelled.

(iv) The Railway Board may consider introducing the system of filling vacancies of SSO(A) etc., through different types of examinations against 70% and 30% quota vacancies as is being presently done in the case of selections to Group ‘B’ (Gazetted).

• Those Accounts Assistants with GP 4200/- (PB-2) put in minimum two years service may be allowed to appear in the selection against 30% quota vacancies and panel drawn based on merit. In the case of 70% quota vacancies, those Accounts Assistants rendered 5 years service, may be made eligible to appear and such number be equal to three times the vacancies in the order of seniority and panel be drawn on the basis of their seniority.

• The examinations against 70% & 30% quota vacancies may be conducted annually and while calling for the applications against these quotas, option from the staff may be obtained whether they prefer SSO (A) or Sf. TIA or Sr. ISA, thereby they can be deployed on promotion in case of their empanellement.

• 5% marks weightage may be considered to be added to the qualifying marks to those Accounts Assistants who have completed three years service or more.

• The syllabus for 70% and as well 30% quota vacancies may be formulated by Railway Board which should be followed by Zonal Railways.

• The questions may be of “objective” type upto 50% out of total number of questions and the remaining may be “subjective”.

(v) The Zonal Railways may be advised to conduct the examinations” online “, depending upon the availability of infrastructure and facilities. Such system would contribute for quick evaluation and declaration of results without any loss of time to facilitate filling the vacancies within the reasonable time.

(vi) It also needs to be seriously considered for providing the following pay structure in the Accounts Department.

(a) JAA – GP 4200/-
(b) AA- GP 4800/-
(c) SSO (A)/Sr. TIA/Sr. ISA – GP 5400/-

NFIR expects the Railway Board to consider the above and respond early. During discussions as and when fixed, the Federation will highlight more details.

Yours faithfully,

sd/-
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Government may pay Rs 34,600 cr salary hike arrears in August salary – India Ratings and Research

Government may pay Rs 34,600 cr salary hike arrears in August salaryThe government had last month announced that it will pay its employees arrears arising out of implementation of the 7th Pay Commission award at one go in August salary.

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Government may disburse Rs 34,600 crore to its employees as salary hike in August as arrears because of implementation of the 7th pay panel recommendations, India Ratings and Research said on Wednesday.

The government had last month announced that it will pay its employees arrears arising out of implementation of the 7th Pay Commission award at one go in August salary.

“The combined outgo for the Centre on account of arrears for January to July and payments for August will total Rs 34,600 crore,” Ind-Ra said in a statement.
The outgo due to the hike in salary and pension is unlikely to cause significant systemic liquidity disruption, it said.

According to Ind-Ra, the banking system liquidity will experience transient frictional tightness ahead of the payment of arrears.

“The government is likely to go slow on spending as it gears up to meet lumpy payments. Temporal adjustments notwithstanding, the overall liquidity conditions will be cushioned as RBI will transfer its profit to the government of India,” it said.

In the current fiscal, the Reserve Bank will transfer its surplus profit of Rs 65,876 crore.

Out of the Rs 1.02 lakh crore gross impact of the 7th Pay Commission on the exchequer, the Budget has made a provision to the extent of Rs 93,325 crore.

“Any shortfall arising out of the salary hike payment is likely to be marginal and will not significantly affect the country’s fiscal position,” the rating agency said.

There shall be two dates for grant of increment – January 1 and July 1 every year – instead of the existing July 1 only.

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Central Secretariat employees seek pay parity

A delegation of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS) Association, called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and sought his intervention for parity in pay fixation and related issues.

The delegation led by Shri Raj Kishore Singh submitted a memorandum listing details of their long pending issues and suggesting options to resolve the same. According to the memorandum, while applying Rule 8 of CCS (RP) Rules 2008, the pay of direct recruits and new entrants is fixed at higher stage, when compared to the existing employees who were promoted in the same grade. This leads to discrimination in the fixation of pay of Personal Assistants of one category vis-à-vis the other category.

The memorandum also stated that the issue has been lingering on in the National Anomaly Committee for the last four years, but it has not been addressed. It pleaded that the mechanism of grant of “stepping up” to certain employees should be provided only in exceptional cases and not resorted to as a routine matter to sort out discrepancies which may affect a large number of employees.

Members of the delegation suggested that their issue can be addressed by incorporating a new provision in the Rules wherein if a promotee’s pay is getting fixed at a stage lower than that of a direct recruit, then the pay of the promotee should be fixed at the same stage as that of a direct recruit / new entrant. The other option suggested by them was to amend the CCS (RP) Rules so as to appropriately fix the pay in the Pay Band for a particular post carrying a specific Grade Pay.

Dr Jitendra Singh gave a sympathetic hearing to the members of delegation and assured them that DoPT will try to sort out their issue to the maximum extent possible.

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Enhancement of Pension for Freedom Fighters under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme

Enhancement of Pension for Freedom Fighters under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme

The existing pension scheme for Central freedom fighter pensioners and their eligible dependents has been restructured as per the table below:

Sl. No. Category of freedom fighters Present amount of pension (per month) Enhanced amount of pension(per month)
1. Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners/ spouses Rs.24,775/- Rs.30,000/-
2. Freedom fighters who suffered outside British India/spouses Rs.23,085/- Rs.28,000/-
3. Other Freedom Fighters/ spouses including INA Rs.21,395/- Rs.26,000/-
4. Dependent parents/ eligible daughters (maximum 3 daughters at any point of time)

Rs.3,380/- (dependent parents)

Rs.5,070/- (daughters) 50% of the sum that would have been admissible to the Freedom Fighter i.e. in the range of Rs.13,000/- to Rs. 15,000/-

The revised scale shall take effect from 15.08.2016.

The existing Dearness Relief system based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers, which was hitherto applied to freedom fighter pensioners on annual basis, is being discontinued and replaced by the Dearness Allowance system applicable to Central Government employees twice a year.

All freedom fighters and spouses and dependent parents/eligible daughter pensioners of deceased freedom fighters drawing pension under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980 would be benefitted by the decision. So far, total 1,71,605 freedom fighters and their eligible dependents have been sanctioned pension under the scheme. At present 37,981 freedom fighters and their eligible dependent pensioners are covered under the scheme. Of these, 11,690 are freedom fighters themselves, 24,792 are spouses(widows/widowers) and 1,499 are daughter pensioners.

In 1969, Government of India introduced the ‘Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners Pension Scheme’ to honour the freedom fighters who had been incarcerated in the Cellular Jail at Port Blair. In 1972, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of our Independence, a regular scheme for grant of freedom fighters’ pension was introduced. Thereafter, with effect from 01.08.1980, a liberalized scheme, namely the ‘Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme’ is being implemented. Besides the freedom fighters, spouses (widows/widowers), unmarried and unemployed daughters (upto maximum three at any point of time) and parents of deceased freedom fighters are eligible for pension under the scheme.

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OROP panel hearing ex-servicemen issues: Govt tells High Court

OROP panel hearing ex-servicemen issues: Govt tells High Court

New Delhi: The Centre today told the Delhi High Court that it has extended by six months the term of the one-member judicial commission on OROP which has commenced public hearings on grievances of ex-servicemen from yesterday.

The submission was made by the government before a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar which was hearing a PIL for public hearing of ex-servicemen’s grievances as well as extension of the term of the commission, headed by Justice (retired) L Narasimha Reddy.

Central government standing counsel Anurag Ahluwalia told the court that the first public hearing was held at Chandigarh yesterday and would be held at various other places across the country, ending on September 21.

He said the hearing in Delhi would be held on August 19, after which the petitioner’s lawyer, Satya Ranjan Swain, said details of the time and venue of the hearing have not been disclosed.

Pursuant to the submission by the petitioner’s lawyer, the court directed the government to provide the time and venue details of the public hearing in Delhi to the petitioner today itself and listed the matter for hearing on August 24.

After the hearing and order by the court, Swain said he received an email from the government stating that the public hearing in Delhi would be held on August 19 at 11 AM at Vasundhra Vatika, Raj Rif Centre, Delhi Cantonment here.

The petitioner, S P Singh, who is an ex-serviceman, has sought directions to the Ministry of Defence and the commission “to give an effective public hearing to those affected or aggrieved by implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP)”.

According to the petition, as per a Ministry letter dated April 13, “Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners, Defence Pensioners’ Associations can submit their suggestions/ views on the revised pension as notified, to the MoD, through post or by email within 15 days i.e. by April 29, 2016″.

The petitioner has contended that this information was not published in the newspapers and, therefore, people were not informed and added that even the time limit given to forward the representations was “very short”.

The Centre today told the court that the date for forwarding suggestions and representations was later extended to May 15.

It also told the court that the commission which was set up in December last year and had to give its report by June this year, can now do so by December.
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7th Pay Commission: Salary arrears to Central government employees estimated at Rs. 34,600 crore

7th Pay Commission: Salary arrears to Central govt employees estimated at Rs. 34,600 crore

The outgo on account of salary arrears and payments for August for Central government employees has been pegged at Rs. 34,600 crore by ratings agency India Ratings.

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations implemented by the Central government will entail a payment of Rs. 34,600 crore towards salary arrears for seven months and August wages to employees, according to a ratings agency.

The hike in the salary component as recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) was accepted with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.

“The combined outgo for the center on account of arrears for January to July and payments for August will total to Rs. 346 bn (Rs. 34,600 crore),” India Ratings and Research Pvt Ltd. (Ind-Ra) said in a statement on Wednesday.

On the flip side, this is likely to result in a “go slow” approach by the Narendra Modi government, according to the agency.

“The government is likely to go slow on spending as it gears up to meet lumpy payments (other than regular payments),” Ind-Ra said in its statement.

However, the impact won’t be much on the government’s finances. “The outgo due to a hike in salaries and pensions, in line with the Seventh Central Pay Commission’s (7CPC) recommendations, is unlikely to cause significant systemic liquidity disruptions,” the ratings agency said.

The salary hike announced by the Modi government in accordance with the recommendations of the 7th CPC covers about 1 crore employees and pensioners. There are about 53 lakh pensioners and 47 lakh Central government employees, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.

A decision on increasing allowances will be taken approximately by November, according to an official statement by the government in June.

“Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for Allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances. The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates,” the June 29 statement said.

The pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others after examining 196 allowances.

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Not Revising HRA as per 7th CPC Recommendation is a big disappointment

Not Revising HRA as per 7th CPC Recommendation is a big disappointment…!

7th Pay Commission submitted its Recommendation in November 2016. House Rent Allowance is one of the very important recommendation expected by CG Employees among the most expected recommendations.

A Govt servant is spending one third of his salary for paying House Rent. Considering these expenses of CG Employees those who are living in big cities, Sixth CPC has recommended 10, 20 and 30% of the Basic pay as HRA. Accordingly, HRA has been paid for the past Eight Years and the Federation Demanded to increase this rates in 7th Pay Commission.

But the Commission in its recommendation reduced these rates to 8,16 and 24%. Though it has been justified with various reasons by 7th CPC, it disappointed the CG employees. Since CG Employees felt that only these reduced rates will be paid for next ten years, their demand to restore the old rates started gaining big support. As a result of this, all the Staff associations and Federations pressurized the Government to increase the rate of HRA and it was included in charter of 7th CPC demands.

Already the Government had wasted six months in the name of Empowered Committee to examine the 7th CPC Recommendations. Until now the report of this committee is not published.

The Cabinet gave its approval for the implementation of 7th CPC recommendations on 29th June 2016. It has been stated in that report that, a committee headed by Secretary, Finance will be Constituted to examine the Allowances and committee is given four-month time to submit its report. Till then the HRA will be paid as per Sixth CPC rates.

Meanwhile, Group of Ministers invited NJCA for a meeting to with draw the Indefinite Strike proposed to commence from 11th July, In that meeting, Increasing the percentage of HRA also discussed. The Government agreed to form a committee to examine the Allowances. It has been described as Government indirectly agreed to increase the HRA.

Implementation of 7th CPC recommendation was ensured by Gazette Notification issued on 25th July 2016. But there was no Change in the recommendation of HRA.

Till now the Central Government employees are wondering that why the Committee has been given four Months’ Time to examine the HRA. As well as the decision to continue the HRA in Sixth CPC is considered as big disappointment.

HRA plays a Major Role in pay hike. So the CG Staff feel that HRA would have been paid in Revised rates from this month onwards. Thereafter paying arrears for the Increased amount in HRA will become inevitable. Because there is no assurance that Revised rates of HRA will be given retrospective effect.

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NFIR – Creation of the posts of Driver-cum- Technician in the Track Machine organization on Indian Railways

Creation of the posts of Driver-cum- Technician in the Track Machine organization on Indian Railways

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No. II/34/Part 15

Dated: 12/08/2016

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

 

Dear Sir,

 

Sub: Creation of the posts of Driver-cum- Technician in the Track Machine organization on Indian Railways-reg.

 

The Track machine Organization on the Indian Railways is responsible for maintenance of P. Way Tracks to the expected standards.

 

2. For quite some time, Federation has been receiving grievances from JEs/SSEs working in TM organization that they are being compelled to drive Track Machines besides working on machines to perform various jobs on railway tracks. The SSEs/JEs of Track Machine Organization are Diploma/Graduate engineers. They are inducted to perform duties of P. Way maintenance with machines. They feel humiliated when they are compelled to drive Track Machines as driving the track machines is the job of trained driver or driver-cum-technician.

 

3. The Railway Board vide letter No. 2014/Track III/TK/3 dated 14/08/2015 Para 2.9 (2.9.1 & 2.9.2) has directed the-Zonal Railways to create posts of Driver-cum-Technician in GP 1900/- in order to reduce the burden of JEs/SSEs (TM). For the said purpose, Railway Board has outlined following procedure:-

 

• For performing the duties of shifting/shunting of Track Machines, post of Driver-cum- Technician similar to ALP in GP 1900/- be created.

• These posts are to be filled from amongst erstwhile Group ‘D’ staff working in GP 1800/- who possess the qualification of Xth Pass with ITI similar to ALP.

• Staff selected as Driver-cum-Technician should be imparted mandatory training similar to ALP.

• All such selected staff should be assigned the responsibility of driving & shunting the Track Machines.

• For providing career opportunities to Driver-cum-Technicians their names should be interpolated in the respective seniority list of Technicians Gr. ill (GP 1900) of the Track Machine Organization.

 

4. Vide communication dated 14/08/2015, the Railway Board has desired the Zonal Railways to examine in detail the relevant issues and submit suggestions to the Northern Railway/Railway Board in consultation with Personnel Department of each Zone. Reports however reveal that though a period of one year has passed, action on the instructions of Railway Board is yet to be taken by Zonal Railways, consequently, the JEs/SSEs of Track Machine Organization continued to face hardships as their status is being relegated to “driver-cum-technician”.

 

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to consider the above facts and issue instructions to the Zonal Railways to create the posts of Driver-cum-Technician in GP 1900/- without delay for driving and shunting the Track Machines.

 

Action taken in the matter may be advised to the Federation early.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Increasing Promotion Quota percentages to the posts of Technician III in Diesel/Electric Loco/EMU Sheds on Indian Railways

Increasing Promotion Quota percentages to the posts of Technician III in Diesel/Electric Loco/EMU Sheds on Indian Railways

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No. II/2/Part VII

Dated: 12/08/2016

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

 

Dear Sir,

 

Sub: Increasing Promotion Quota percentages to the posts of Technician III in Diesel/Electric Loco/EMU Sheds on Indian Railways -reg.

 

Ref: i) NFIR’s PNM item No. 5/2014.
ii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2014/PM7/1 dated 18/12/2015.
iii) NFIR’s letter No. II/2/Part VII dated 28/12/2015.
iv) Corrigendum issued by Railway Board vide letter No. E(NG)I-2014/PM7/1 dated 14/0112016 (ACS No. 231) IREM Vol-I (First Re-print Edition 2009).
v) NFIR’s letter No. II/2/Part VII dated 20/01/2016 & 18/04/2016.

 

Kind attention is invited to NFIR’s PNM Item No. 5/2014 and Federation’s letter dated 18/04/2016 addressed to Railway Board, copy endorsed to AM (Staff) etc.

 

The General Secretary, NFIR met MM on 27th July 2016 and explained the case in detail and the necessity to grant revised percentage ratio of DR, LDCE and Promotion Quota at 25%, 25% & 50% respectively for providing relief to the helpers working in Diesel/Electric Loco/EMU Sheds in the Railways as their entry qualification is Matriculation or Matriculation + ITI or Apprenticeship. After discussions, the MM suggested that the concerned Directorate may put up the file to him for decision.

 

NFIR, therefore, requests the Board (EDE/N) to put up the case to MM duly highlighting. the points brought out by NFIR in its agenda to facilitate the Board (MM) to grant parity in promotion opportunities to the helpers of Diesel/Electric Loco Sheds/EMU Car Sheds etc., considering the fact that in almost all other Technical Departments the promotion quota is 50%from helper to Technician Gr.III.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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