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Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s Committee- Revision of pension in respect of Personnel below Officer Rank (PBOR) discharge prior to 01.01.2006

Revision of Pension in Respect of personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) Discharged prior to 01.01.2006: PCDA Circular No. 577

Office of the Principal CDA (Pensions)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad-211014

MOST IMPORTANT CIRCULAR

Circular No. 577

Dated: 09.03.2017

Subject: Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s Committee- Revision of pension in respect of Personnel below Officer Rank (PBOR) discharge prior to 01.01.2006.

Reference: This office Circular No. 430 dated 10.03.2010 and Circular No. 501 dated 17.01 2013.

Copy of GOI, MOD letter No. 1(8)/2015/D(Pen/Pol) dated 1st August 2016 is forwarded herewith for further necessary action at your end.

2.Table No. 59 and 60 of GOI, MOD letter No. PC10(1)/2009-D(Pen/Pol) dated 8th March 2010 indicating revised rates of pension up to 26 years in respect of ‘Naib Subedar, DSC- on clerical duties’ and ‘Naib Subedar, DSC- on other duties’ respectively, have been extended up to 28 years vide Para-1 of GOI, MOD letter dated 1st August 2016.

3.Similarly, pension rates w.e.f. 01.07.2009 in respect of ‘Naib Subedar, DSC- on clerical duties’ shown up to 26 years in Table No. 10 (DSC) of GOI, MOD letter No. 1(13)/2012/D(Pen/Policy) dated 17th January 2013, have also been extended up to 28 years as amended vide Para-2 of ibid GOI, MOD letter dated 1st August 2016.

4.All other subsidiary payment instructions will be same as already circulated vide this office Circular No. 430 dated 10.03.2010 and Circular No. 501 dated 17.01.2013.

5.It is requested that all affected cases may please be reviewed at your end and revision may be done accordingly.

6.It is also requested that a copy of these orders/ instructions may please be circulated to all Pension Disbursing Authorities (DPDOs/ Paying Branches/ Treasuries/PAOs etc.) under your jurisdiction to ensure the revision at the earliest.

7.All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.

No. Gts/Tech/0167/XXV

Dated: 09th March, 2017

s/d
(Nasim Ullah)
Astt. Controller (Pensions)

Signed Copy

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PCDA: Exemption of Pension/ Family Pension received with Gallantry Award

PCDA Circular 188 – Exemption of Pension/ Family Pension received with Gallantry Award

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension)
Draupadi Ghat Allahabad-211014

Circular No.188

No. AT/Tech/228-VIII

Dated: 06.02.2017

Sub: Exemption of Pension/ Family Pension received with Gallantry Award.

This office is receiving representations from various agencies stating that PDAs are deducting the Income Tax on pension/family pension of the Defence Pensioners/Family Pensioners who have been granted with Gallantry Awards

2.The issue has been examined and it is found that Chapter-III of Income Tax Act-1961, which provides, vide section 10 (18) inserted by the Finance Act-1999 we. f. 01.04.2000 that incomes which do not form part of total income for the purpose of Income Tax includes the following

(i) pension received by an individual who has been in the service of the Central Government or State Government and has been awarded “Param Vir Chakra” or “Maha Vir Chakra” or “Vir Chakra” or such other gallantry award as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf:

(ii) family pension received by any member of the family of an individual referred to in sub-clause (i).

3.In view of the above all Pension Disbursing Authorities are advised to allow the benefit of exemption of Income Tax to the pensioners/family pensioners mentioned at 2(i) & (ii) above.

s/d,
(Dhananjay Singh)
Jt.CDA (P)

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PCDA: Submission of Change Statement in the revised format

PCDA: Submission of Change Statement in the revised format: Scheme for Payment of Pensions of Defence Pensioners by Public Sector Banks

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts Pension)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad-211014

Circular No. 189

Dated: 28 .02 .2017

Subject:  Submission of Change Statement in the revised format.

Guidelines for preparing change statement and submission thereof to PCDA(P), Allahabad have been provided in para 17 of Annexure “H” to Scheme for Payment of Pensions of Defence Pensioners by Public Sector Banks and in para 126 of Defence Pension Payment instructions (DPPI)-2013. Prescribed format and guidelines for submitting change statement has also been intimated by this office to the Pension Disbursing Agencies from time to time.

2.In order to strengthen e-audit of pension payment scroll at this end, need of some additional information has been felt. In order to cater to this need, Annexure-‘E’ i.e. change statement has been redesigned and is being enclosed with the circular. All the PDAs are requested to submit information as per the revised format of change statement (Annexure- E), along with e-scroll at the end of the month including all the cases if transfer of pension account from one PDA to other PDA, change of CPPC, death of pensioner / family pensioner, starting / closing of pension change in additional pension etc.

3.Change scroll should be sent in .CSV format with vertical bar character symbol pipe i.e. (I) as field separator and file name of the change scroll should be as “EAAAYYMM.csv”, Where “E” denotes Change scroll, ‘AAA’ for short name of the bank and YY for year and MM for month concerned. All the fields must be included even if the value in the field is blank / zero. For example, if the change scroll is submitted by State Bank of India for the month of April 2017, the file name of the change scroll should be “ESBIl704.csv”

4. Instruction for submission of information in change statement field Wise is attached as Annexure- ‘D’

No.AT/Tech/30-XVIII
Dated:- 28 .02.2017

 

S/d,
(Abhishek Singh)

Asst. CDA (P)

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Issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension as per Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix

Issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension as per Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix

Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix

DOP&PW is likely to issue Fitment Tables & Ready Reckoners soon for Revised Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners as per OM Dated 12-5-2017 – as requested by RSCWS & BPS – to avoid delay in implementation of orders due to delay in issuing the Revised PPOs by the PSAs – i.e. the Offices from which the Pensioner Retired.

Copy of Memorandum to Secretary Pension for issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners as per DOP&PW OM Dated 12-5-2017

RAILWAYS SENIOR CITIZENS WELFARE SOCIETY
CHANDIGARH
(Estd. 1991, Regd. No. 1881 – Under Registration of Societies Act)

No. RSCWS/ CHQ/CHD/

Dated:16-05- 2017

Secretary, GOI,
Department of Pension, GOI,
Patel Bhawan, New Delhi-110001

Dear Sir,

Subject: Issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension as per Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix

Regarding: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Revision of pension of pre-2016 & post-2016 pensioners/family pensioners. Reference: DOP&PW OM NO.38/37/2016-P&. PW(A) Dated 12-5-2017

Kind attention is invited towards the DOP&PW OM Dated 12-5-2017 regarding Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Revision of pension of pre-2016 & post-2016 pensioners/family pensioners.

Incidentally, Fitment Tables and the Ready Reckoners have not been issued with the said orders as was done after every Pay Commission – both in respect of the Pay and Pension.

This will make the Revision of Pension very difficult, and time consuming as Notional Pay has to be fixed from one Pay Commission to the next since the Retirement of the employee for Revising their Pension as per Notional Pay in the Pay Matrix of 7th CPC.

This will substantially delay the issue of Revised PPOs and implementation of the said orders this time, causing hardship to the old Pensioners.

It is, therefore, earnestly requested that

i) Scale-wise Fitment Tables and Ready Reckoners may please be issued early for the Pensioners who had retired in the regimes of various Pay Commissions (especially those who retired from Pay Scales of Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Pay Commissions.

ii) A dedicated Software may please be posted on the Pensioners Portal for the Revision of pension of pre-2016 & post-2016 pensioners/family pensioners and for expeditious issue of the Revised PPOs and for placing them on the Internet.

Yours truly,
(Harchandan Singh),
Secretary General, RSCWS.

Copy for information and kind consideration:

i) Mrs. Vandana Sharma, Additional Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare, 3rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003.

ii) Shri Harjit Singh, Director, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare, 3rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003.

iii) Shri Prem Kumar, Senior Consultant (PP), Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare, 3rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003.

Source: RSCWS

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Holding regular meetings with representatives of recognized staff associations

Holding regular meetings with representatives of recognized staff associations: Min of Finance

F.No. C-30013/06/2012-AD-IV-A Vol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue

New Delhi the 16th May, 2017

To
All Principal Chief Commissioner/Chief Commissioners/Director General Customs and Central Excise/Directorate under Central Board of Excise and Customs.

Subject: Holding regular meetings with representatives of recognized staff associations.

Sir,
I am directed to say that instructions have been issued by the Board from time to time, emphasizing the importance of an effective grievance redressal mechanism involving regular interaction with staff association in the field formulations.

2.  The extant instructions of the Dept.. of Personnel & Training on Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) also provide for periodical meetings of Office Councils in the field formation, on regular basis.  However, the staff association, in their representations to the Board, have agitated the issue of grievances redressal mechanism not functioning effectively in the field formations.

3. It is reiterated that an effective grievance rederssal mechanism is an essential pre-requisite for maintaining harmonious employer-employee relations and for boosting the morale and motivation levels of the staff at all times.  It is accordingly reiterated that the Heads of Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities at Zonal/Commissionerate levels may ensure that meeting with recognized staff associations are convened effectively at regular intervals, both under the JCM format and otherwise, for redressing their grievances.

4.  In the recent instruction, It was decided henceforth, that a quarterly meeting will be held under the Chairmanship of Member(A) with all recognized associations, to discuss the Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities were directed to furnish the Action Taken Report of meeting held at Zonal Level to Board at quarter ending of the year i.e. March, June, September and December.

5.  Since, no Action Taken Reports have been received from any HoD, it is, therefore, requested to furnish the same by 20.05.2017 for the quarter ending March, 2017, so that meeting with all Association could be done.

Yours faithfully,

(B. Ginkhan Mang)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: Confederation

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Option 1 recommended by 7th CPC for the revision of pension/family pension of Pre 2016 retirees DENIED

Option 1 recommended by 7th CPC for the revision of pension/family pension of Pre 2016 retirees DENIED

How, the battle is lost
One rank one pension denied

OPTION 1 recommended by 7th CPC for the revision of Pension/Family pension of pre-2016 Denied inspite of availability of service records of over 80% of old pensioners.

The alternative given vide OM dated 12.5.2017 though to some extent it will benefit a good % of old pensioners, it cannot make up the lifelong loss old pensioners will suffer due to denial of option 1. Ever since Honourable Supreme Court land mark judgement dated_____ in UOI vs D S Nakra. In the hide and seek game with UOI for 100% parity between present & past Civil Pensioners Bharat Pensioners Samaj had this time secured Penalty Corner but the Babu in DOP & PW foiled the final hit.

Why only DOP& PW, our own people must share the blame! The war veterans whom we had been supporting for years in their struggle for one rank one pension were the first to oppose ‘Bharat Pensioners Samaj‘ demand for 100% parity/one rank one pension through electronic media as well as through representations (backed by their serving HODs) to GOI pleading that they only are entitled to this benefit and not the Civil pensioners

The final blow was delivered in the 7th meeting of feasibility committee on 17.10.2016 when as mentioned in Para 4 of the official minutes vide No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) GOI Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions -DOP &PW dated the 31st October, 2016 (placed here under). JCM (staff side) agreed with govt’s alternative proposal.

What we will lose

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Retired Kendriya Vidyalaya teachers demand payment of pending DA

Retired Kendriya Vidyalaya teachers demand payment of pending DA

An association of retired Kendriya Vidyalaya teachers has written to the Centre over the delay in payment of dearness allowance (DA) to them.

The Retired Teachers Welfare Society, which shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the DA dues are pending since July 2016.

“We wrote to the prime minister in March and again in April drawing his attention to the issue of non-payment of 7 per cent DA to retired teachers of KVS. The PMO forwarded the letter to the Ministry of Human Resources Development in mid- April, but no action has been taken yet,” the society’s general secretary, C M Dubey, said today.

The letter was sent by the Bhopal chapter of the society.

On recommendations of the Union Cabinet, 7% DA was payable from July 2016 and subsequently 4% from January 2017 to the regular as well as retired employees of the Central government, including KVS teachers, Dubey said.

“The DA is being paid to regular employees, but not to retired ones. This is causing hardship to a large number of retired personnel,” he said.

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Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS clarification

Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS clarification

7thCPC-MACP

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

No. PC-V/2016/MACPS/1

New Delhi,
Dated :19.05.2017

The General Secretary,
NFIR,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 55

The General Secretary,
AIRF,
4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi – 55

Sirs,

Sub:- Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS – clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to NFIR’s letter No.IV/MACPS/09/Part 10, dt. 23.01.2017 and AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/MACPS (848), dt. 17.03.2017 on the above subject.The matter has been consulted with DoPT, the nodal department of Govt. on the subject and DoPT have stated that 7th CPC in para 5.1.45 of its report recommended that the benchmark, in the interest of improving performance level, be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’. In addition, introduction of more stringent criteria such as clearing of departmental examinations or mandatory training before grant of MACP can also be considered by the Government. This recommendation of the Pay Commission has been accepted by the Cabinet. Hence, withdrawal of DoPT’s OM dt. 28.09.2016 is not feasible.

As DoPT is nodal department of Govt. for the purpose of MACPS, this Ministry is not in position to deviate from the instructions issued by them.

Yours faithfully,

S/d
for Secretary, Railway Board

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Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules 2016: Clarification regarding exercise of option under Rule 5

7th CPC Pay Fixation : Clarification regarding exercise of option under Rule 5 

Office of the Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam,
Delhi Cantt-110010

No. AT/II/2702/Clar

Dated: 28 Apr 2017

To All PCsDA/CsDA/PCA (Fys)/CsFA (Fys) (Through NIC mail server)

Subject: Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules 2016: Clarification regarding exercise of option under Rule 5. 

Reference: This office UO Note of even No dated 28-02-2017.

As per this office UO Note cited above, the issue of availability of option to enter the 7th CPC w.e.f. 01.07.2016 (i.e., from the date of next increment in terms of proviso 1 of rule 5) to those employees who have got promotion / upgradation in a higher grade between 1st day of January, 2016 and the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 had been referred to MoD along with an illustration (given below) of pay fixation of an employee who got financial upgradation on 17-01-2016 in the grade pay of Rs 5400/- (PB 2); MoD was requested to examine the issue and clarify the matter w.r.t. illustrative pay fixation. 2. The illustrative pay fixation forwarded to MoD/ D (Civ-I) is as follows:

Pay as on 01-01-2016 in the pre-revised pay structure in PB 2 (Rs 9300-34800) will grade pay Rs 4800/- Rs 25080/- (20,280 + 4,800)
Date of grant of MACP in PB 2 with grade pay Rs 5400/- 17-01-2016
Pay fixed w.e.f. 01-07-2016 by granting difference of grade Rs 25680/- (20,280 +5,400)
Pay on 01-07-2016 on accrual of annual increment @ 3% of Rs 25080/- (20280 + 4800) {Rs 752.4 rounded off to Rs. 760/-} Rs. 25840/- (21,040 +4,800)
Promotional increment @ 3% on grant of MACP on 01-07-2016 Increment Rs. 775.2 rounded off to Rs.780/-
Pay fixed w.e.f. 01-07-2016 in the pre-revised structure in PB 2 (Rs 9300-34800) by granting promotional increment and grade pay of Rs 5400/- Rs 27,220/- (21,820 + 5,400)
Amount arrived at by multiplying the existing pay as on  01-07-2016 with the fitment factor of 2.57 (the individual opted for fixation of pay under CCS (RP) Rules 2016 w.e.f. 01-07-2016) Rs 69,855.4
Revised pay fixed as per Rule 7 of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 in the new pay matrix in level 9 w.e.f. 01-07-2016 Rs 71,300/-

3. Now MoD/ D (Civ-I) has intimated that the illustrative pay fixation as provided above seems to be correct and in consonance with the provisions mentioned in CCS (RP) Rules 2016.

4. Affected cases may be dealt with accordingly.

This has the approval of Add] CGDA (PP&W).

sd/-

(Vinod Anand)

Sr ACGDA (P&W)

Authority: http://pcafys.nic.in/files/CCS(RP)Rule18517.pdf

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Revision of Fitment Factor from 2.57 to 2.67 of Pay Matrix Level 13

Revision of Fitment Factor from 2.57 to 2.67 of Pay Matrix Level 13

Impact on Revision of IOR from 2.57 to 2.67 of Pay Matrix Level 13

Government of India accepted the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission and resolution No.1-2/2016-IC notified in the Gazette of India, dated the 25th July 2016.

And now, the Central Government has decided to make changes in the Civil Pay Matrix. The IOR of Level-13 of Civil Pay Matrix shall also be enhanced from 2.57 to 2.67. Accordingly, the Civil Pay Matrix as contained in Annexure-1 mentioned in para 6 of the aforesaid Resolution dated the 25th July, 2016 shall be revised.

The below table make it clear the enhancement of pay as per the revision of fitment factor from 2.57 to 2.67.

Revision of Pension

Authority: Finmin Resolution issued on 16.05.2017

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7th CPC Pension Calculation as per Gazette Notification on 12.5.2017 with Illustrations

7th CPC Pension Calculation as per Gazette Notification on 12.5.2017 with Illustrations

As per the Gazette Notification issued by the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare on 12.5.2017, the revision of Pension Calculation for Pre-2016 Pensioners are given below with some illustrations. We provided simple steps in the tables with details of calculation of pension.

calculation of pension

calculation of pension

calculation of pension

calculation of pension

Note: 4th CPC to 5th CPC Calculation detail given below:

Basic Pay  as 1.1.96 : 1210
DA as on 1.1.96 : 1791 (148%)
First I.R.100: 100
Second IR 10% of BP subject to Min 100: 121
Pay DA and IR on 1.1.96: 3222
40% of BP: 484

Total: 3706
Next Stage in New Scale: 3710
New Pay on 1.1.96: 3710

Authority: As per Govt Notification on 12.5.2017

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GST council finalises tax on services; exempts education, healthcare

GST council finalises tax on services; exempts education, healthcare

The all-powerful GST Council today finalised tax rates for services under the Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime, scheduled to kick-infrom July 1.

Healthcare and education would be exempt from GST.

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said there will be four rates for services at 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent, similar to tax slabs for goods.

The tax rate on gold has not been finalised yet, he said, adding that the Council will meet again on June 3.

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Career Progression of Track Maintainers in Railways – full implementation of the report of Joint Committee

Career Progression of Track Maintainers in Railways – full implementation of the report of Joint Committee-reg.

No. IV/Committee/Track Maintainer/Part III                         

Dated: 18/05/2017

The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Career Progression of Track Maintainers in Railways – full implementation of the report of Joint Committee-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 1/2015.

  • Railway Board’s letter No. 2010/CE-1(Spl)/GNS/15 (Pt.) dated 17/08/2012, E(NG)I-2012/PM5/1 dated 13/08/2013, No. 2012/CE-1/GNS/20 dated 01/04/2014 & No. E(NG) I-2012/PM/1 dated 14/10/2014.
  • NFIR’s letter No. IV/Committee/Track Maintainer/Pt. III dated 12/04/2016, 10/08/2016, 01/11/2016 & 28/11/2016.

During NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 22/23-12-2016, while discussing the subject matter, Official Side conveyed that the matter has been examined in the Pay Commission Directorate and full facts of the case have been put up for decision on modalities of implementation to Civil Engineering Directorate.

In this connection, Federation reminds the Railway Board that the subject relating to revision of percentages in the Track Maintainer category to 10 : 20 : 20 : 50 in VI CPC GP 2800, 2400, 1900 & 1800 respectively was discussed between the Federations and the Board (MS & FC) on 27/09/2013 when Shri Subodh Jain, Member Staff/Member Engineering was present. During the meeting, it was agreed to revise the percentage distribution of the Track Maintainers in the ratio of 6 : 12 : 22 : 60 in lieu of existing 3 : 6 : 20 : 71 and further upward revision would again be decided later on. In the further meeting held between the Federations and the full Board on 07/02/2014 an agreement was reached (vide Item No. 4) and in this connection extract of minutes of meeting is re­produced below:-

“It was agreed that the percentage distribution of posts in the ratio of 6 : 12 : 20 : 60 as per minutes of the separate meeting held on 27/09/2013 would be implemented for which matching surrender would not necessarily be from the Trackmen cadre only. Further, improvement in cadre structure could be considered after reasonable period of residency has elapsed. However, the matching surrender shall be needed”.

Federation is disappointed to notice that the Railway Board instead of fulfilling its commitment has conveyed (citing DC/JCM Item No. 15/2012) that the “Board had decided to keep the existing percentage distribution of posts of Track Maintainer as 6 : 12 : 22 : 60 in the Track Maintainer category Grade-I, II, III & IV respectively” without caring to give cognizance to its commitment dated 27/09/2013 and 07/02/2014. The Board’s status report amounts to breach of agreement.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board (MS) to kindly see that the commitment given to the Federations is fulfilled duly revising the percentage distribution of Track Maintainers to 10 : 20 : 20 : 50 in VI CPC GP 2800/-, 2400/-, 1900/- & 1800/- respectively with retrospective effect. Federation also demands meeting at the level of CRB.

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)

General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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NFIR’s Charter of Demands – SPAD Definition to be reviewed to prevent harassment and victimization of Running and Safety categories’ Staff (Item No. 30 of Charter of Demands)

No. II/34/Part 16

 Dated: 18/05/2017

The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: NFIR’s Charter of Demands – SPAD Definition to be reviewed to prevent harassment and victimization of Running and Safety categories’ Staff (Item No. 30 of Charter of Demands)-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/WCM/209 dated 01/06/2013.

  • Railway Board’s letter No. 2013/E(LR)-11/1/15 dated 02/09/2013 to

    GS/NFIR.

  • NFIR’s letter No. II/34/Part XIII dated 10/02/2016.

While enclosing copy of its letter No. II/34/Part XIII dated 10/02/2016, on the subject, the Federation conveys its disappointment over non-responsive attitude of Railway Board on Federation’s communication.

  1. In this connection, Federation desires to bring to the kind notice of the Board (CRB) that the subject matter has also been dealt by the High Power Committee (R&S) constituted by the Railway Board to review the duty hours of Running and other safety related categories of staff and the HPC (R&S) gave recommendations vide Para 9.12 of its report as under:-

“Existing instructions of minimum punishment to staff for SPAD cases should be reviewed to ensure that the decision takes into account the gravity of the offence (repercussions of the SPAD) and also the Loco Pilot’s past record [Para 4.3.1.3 (1)]”.

  1. Federation however is surprised to note that the Railway Board had taken arbitrary decisions vide minutes of the meeting of the full Board held on 06/10/2015 & 08/12/2015 which were circulated vide No. E(LL)/2015/HPC/2/Pt. MS dated 01/02/2016 without caring to consult
  2. Further to above, Federation conveys following points in support of our contention that there is urgent need to define `SPAD’ so as to ensure that conclusions are arrived yet judiciously.
  • SPAD (Signal Passing At Danger) is an unusual occurrence and can happen on account of human failure or the failure of machine/equipment.
  • Even the human failures could be due to the failure of brake or signalling system or incorrect operation of signal.

To monitor the SPAD cases DATA LOGGERS have been provided. It is also an admitted fact that reduction in the distance of Relay after the stop signal from 13 mtrs to 03 mtrs has been contributing for increase in the number of SPAD cases.

Though there is a provision in General Rules (GRS) that if a train stops at main line, the speed should be reduced to 50 Kmph at outer most facing point to reduce SPAD, the Loco Pilots are however afraid of adhering to the speed limit to avoid loss of punctuality in trains.

  1. To minimize/eliminate the incidents of SPAD, Federation therefore suggests following measures:-
  • The Home Signal of the station may be kept at an ‘adequate distance’ to reduce unusual

    The adequate distance may be taken as the distance sufficient to ensure safety.

  • A Rectangular Safety Board be placed at about 100/150 mtrs before the Home Signal. The Board could be white with orange inclined alternative reflecting strips with printing thereon with the caption “Loco Pilot to stop at this board and draw ahead up to Home Signal if Home Signal is at ON”.

Reports received by the Federation reveal that more than 80% of SPAD cases takes place when the Loco Pilot just passes the distance of 100 mtrs or below. These type of cases do not have financial or any other negative consequences whatsoever but the Loco Pilots are imposed with the penalty of removal from service which does not at all commensurate with the repercussion of such incidents. The authorities while imposing severe punishments do not care realize the truth as to how the Loco Pilot and family members would survive on account of loss of job. The quantum of punishment on alleged SPAD is also justifiably questionable, considering the fact that even a hard core criminal when sent to jail gets three times meal in the jail whereas the Loco Pilot and his family suffers without livelihood due to imposition of draconian penalty.

Keeping total position in view, Federation suggests that in place of “imposition of the penalty” of ‘removal from service’ on the Loco Pilots, it would be appropriate that the Loco Pilot concerned be taken off from the running duties and placed under “grounding from running duties pending enquiry”. Thereafter, on completion of enquiry, opportunity be given for submitting appeal to the Branch Officer to consider the case whether the Loco Pilot be taken back on running duty. NFIR also reminds that the issue of SPAD cases was discussed with the Board (CRB, MS, FC, AMS) on 21/07/2016 informally, but however without any fruitful decision.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to consider the above points and take a view to define SPAD to save the Running Staff from unnecessary victimization. Federation proposes separate meeting to discuss the issue threadbare. Federation hopes to get a reference in this matter soon.

DA/As above

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Rag avaiah)

General Secretary


No. 11/34/Part XIII

     Dated: 10/02/2016

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: NFIR’s Charter of Demands – SPAD definition to be reviewed to prevent harassment and victimization of Running Staff and Staff belonging to Safety categories (Item No. 30 of demands)-reg.

Ref:    (i) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/WC/209 dated 01/06/2013.

(ii) Railway  Board’s letter     No.   2013/E(LR)-11/1/15 dated  02/09/2013 addressed to the GS/NFIR.

Federation invites attention of the Railway Board to the minutes of the meeting held by Railway Board (CRB, MS & FC) with NFIR on 23/08/2013 wherein NFIR’s 34 Point Charter of Demands was discussed. The Railway Board while conveying comments on the 34 Point Charter of Demands vide letter cited under reference had advised following position in respect of demand No. 30 on the subject:-

“Definition of SPAD is not laid down as such. Any passing of ‘stop’ signal (except permissible signals and those permitted under certain rules such as Automatic signals) at danger by a loco without authority is treated as SPAD irrespective of distance travelled by Loco after passing a signal at danger. Safety Directorate is of the view that the same should continue.

However, Railways were asked to give their suggestions with regard to review of punishment norms issue by Railway Board including those for SPAD.

Replies received from Railways are being compiled and changes proposed, if any, will be put up for perusal and approval of Board”.

Thereafter, a period of more than two years has passed, the position relating to changes proposed and the decision of Railway Board thereon is yet to be communicated to the Federation.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to apprise the Federation the proposed changes and the decision taken by the Board at an early date. The Federation also requests to make available the suggestions received from railway early.

Yours faithful
S/d,

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Denial of option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix to the staff inducted from the post of Diesel/Electric Loco Technician to the post of Assistant Loco Pilot against 50% quota vacancies-review requested

Denial of option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix to the staff inducted from the post of Diesel/Electric Loco Technician to the post of Assistant Loco Pilot against 50% quota vacancies-review requested

No. IV/NFIR/7th CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B./Part I

Dated: 17/05/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Denial of option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix to the staff inducted from the post of Diesel/Electric Loco Technician to the post of Assistant Loco Pilot against 50% quota vacancies-review requested.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2017/R-U/18 dated 01/05/2017.

With reference to the reply of Railway Board vide letter cited above, the Federation conveys as follows:-

  • It may be appreciated that because of staff representations on account of negative response of lower level administration, NFIR has chosen to reach Railway Board. The reply of Board to the Federation may not resolve the staff grievance unless and until Board sends NFIR’s letter copy to GMs etc., together with its reply copy sent to Federation also.
  • For proper appreciation, Federation encloses copy of Sr. DFM/GTL (S.C. Railway) reply to DPO/GTL (A/IG/7PCSRs/Certification dated 07/03/2017) together with copy of DRM/P/GTL O.O. No. 502/Loco-Rng/2016 dated 09/05/2016. From these papers, it could be noticed that option for pay fixation has been denied.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue clarificatory instructions to GMs etc., on the subject, duly enclosing copy of Federation’s letter and Board’s reply thereon to mitigate the problems and ensure proper implementation in order to avoid staff grievances on such matters.

Encl: As above

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Observance of Demands Week – 24th to 27th May 2017 on pending demands of Central Governments Employees

Observance of Demands Week – 24th to 27th May 2017 on pending demands of Central Governments Employees

No. II/95/Part X

Dated: 18/05/2017

The General Secretaries of Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Sub: Observance of Demands Week – 24th to 27th May 2017 on pending demands of Central Governments Employees-reg.

The Central Government Employees Confederation (CGEC) has given a call to all Central Government Employees as well INTUC affiliated Unions to observe Demands Week from 24th to 27th May 2017 by launching demonstrations and rallies against anti-worker policies of the Central Government and Government’s failure to implement its assurances on revision of minimum wage and multiplying factor.

The affiliates of NFIR must have downloaded the message of Mr. N.S. Pillai, General Secretary, CGEC relating to programme of action.

The affiliates are therefore advised to organize Lunch Hour demonstrations and protest meetings during the week and send Memorandum on issues to the Prime Minister, Finance Minister etc. Press Conferences and Media briefings and Government’s betrayal on its commitments should be highlighted.

Copy of the report on protest actions during the observance of Demands Week may be sent to the Federation’s Office promptly.

Yours Fraternally,
S/d,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah),
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission – Encashment of Leave on Average Pay (LAP) while availing Privilege Pass / PTO – relaxation of Rule

Encashment of Leave on Average Pay (LAP) while availing Privilege Pass / PTO – relaxation of Rule

Recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission

RBE No. 48 / 2017

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.F(E)III/2008/LE-1/1

New Delhi, dated: 16.05.2017.

The GMs/FA&CAOs
All Zonal Rallways/PUs, etc
(As per mailing list) .

Subject: Recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission – Encashment of Leave on Average Pay (LAP) while availing Privilege Pass / PTO – relaxation of Rule – reg.
Attention is Invited to Board’s letters of even number dated 29.10.2008 & 02.02.2011 on the above mentioned subject.

2. The provisions of encashment of leave while availing Pass/PTO were. relaxed vide Board’s letter dated 15.12.2014 on receipt of representations from Railway employees who failed to avail of the benefit during the previous, block period despite availing Pass/PTO and leave during that block period.

3. In terms of Rule 10 of the CCS(LTC) Rules, 1988, a Government servant who is unable to avail of the leave travel concession within a particular block of two years or four years may avail of the same within the first year of the next block of two years or four years. This means, a government servant, governed by CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988. can all encashment of leave twice – one while availing LTC for the current Block and another for the carry forwarded LTC of the preceding Block. Similar provision is not available in the Railway Services (Liberalized Leave) Rules, 1949 contained in IREC Vol. I / 1985 – Edition.

4. Despite giving one time relaxation mentioned in pars 2 above, representations are all being received for relaxation of the provisions of the encashment of leave for the previous Block periods. .

5. The Competent Authority after. examining the matter has decided that railway employees, who failed to avail of the benefit of encashment of leave in the preceding block period of two years, which. ended on 31.08.2016 and onwards, can avail of the same within the first year of the succeeding block period of two years by fulfilling all conditions stipulated in this regard.

 

(G. Priya Sudarsani)
Joint Director Finance(Estt.),
Railway Board.

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Cabinet approves Pan India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program

Cabinet approves Pan India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given ex-post facto approval to Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program which now has been extended to all districts of the country w.e.f. 01.01.2017. The Prime Minister in his address to the nation on 31.12.2016 had announced Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program.

The Maternity Benefit Program will provide compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that the women can take adequate rest before and after delivery and not be deprived of proper nutrition.

The total cost of the proposal for the period from 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2020 including Central and State Government share isRs.12,661crore. Government of India’s share during the period 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2020 comes to around Rs. 7932 crore.

Objective of the Scheme

  1.         To provide partial compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that the woman can take adequate rest before and after delivery of the first living child.
  2.       The cash incentives provided would lead to improved health seeking behaviour amongst the Pregnant Women and Lactating Mother (PW&LM) to reduce the effects of under-nutrition namely stunting, wasting and other related problems.

 Target Group

All eligible Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers (PW&LM), excluding the Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers who are in regular employment with the Central Government or State Government or Public Sector Undertakings or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law for the time being. It has been decided to give the benefit of Rs.5000/- to PW&LM in three installment for the birth of the first live child by MWCD and the remaining cash incentive as per approved norms towards Maternity Benefit under existing programmes after institutional delivery so that on an average, a woman will get Rs.6000/-.

Conditions and installments

Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers who are eligible will receive a cash benefit of Rs.5,000/- in three installment at the following stages as specified in the table given below:

Cash Transfer Conditions Amount(in Rs.)
First installment ·   Early Registration of Pregnancy. 1,000/-
Second installment ·   Received at least one antenatal Check-up (after 6 months of pregnancy) 2,000/-
Third installment ·   Child birth is registered.·   Child has received first cycle of BCG, OPV, DPT and Hepatitis-B or its equivalent/substitute.     2,000/-

The eligible beneficiaries would continue to receive the remaining cash incentive as per approved norms towards Maternity Benefit under existing programmes after institutional delivery so that on an average, a woman will get Rs. 6000/-.

Mode of cash transfer to the Beneficiaries

The conditional cash transfer scheme would be in DBT mode.

Background:

The Government of India is committed to ensure that every woman gets adequate support and health care during pregnancy and at the time of delivery and every newborn is immunized on time which is the foundation for better health of the mother and the newborn. Normally, the first pregnancy of a woman exposes her to new kinds of challenges and stress factors. Hence, the scheme intends to provide support to the mother for safe delivery and immunization of her first living child. The improved health care seeking behaviour of the PW&LM would lead to better health status for the mother and the child.

PIB

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Ex-Gratia lump sum compensation- Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission

Ex-Gratia lump sum compensation- Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

Office of the Principal CDA (Pension)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad 211014
REGISTERED

Circular No. 573

Dated: 01.02.2017

To
The O I/C,
Records/ PAO (ORs)

Subject: Ex-Gratia lump sum compensation- Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

Reference: This Office Circular No. 438 dated 16.07.2010, Circular No. 402 dated 30.12.2008 and Circular No. 228 dated 03.05.1999.

Copy of GOI, MOD letter No. 20(2)/2016/D(Pay/Services) dated 2nd November, 2016, which is self explanatory, is forwarded herewith for further necessary action at your end.

  • Consequent upon issue of GOI, MOD letter dated 2nOI November, 2016, the families of the Defence Service Personnel who die in harness in the performance of their bonafide official duties shall be entitled to Ex-Gratia Iump-sum-compensation at revised rate as mentioned in ibid Government letter.
  • The conditions governing payment of Ex-Gratia Iump-sum-compensation in terms of the ibid Government letter and the guidelines to be observed have been given in the Annexure attached with the GOI, MOD letter No. 20(1)/98-D(Pay/Services) dated 22nd September’ 1998 and Corrigendum No. even dated 12th April 1999 (Circulated vide this office Circular No. 228 dated 03.05.1999).
  •  The order shall apply to all cases of death in harness occurring on or after 01.01 .2016. In so far as cases of death, which occurred prior to 01.01.2016, are concerned, shall be regulated and finalized in terms of the orders and instructions in force prior to issue of these orders.
  • In view of the above, you are requested to submit all affected cases of Ex-Gratia lump-sum-compensation where death occurred on or after 01.01.2016 to the OI/C, G-4 Section of this Office along with the statement of case with supporting documents viz detailed statement of case, Special Casualty report approved by Competent Authority, FIR and/ or Court of Inquiry proceedings etc. including Sheet Roll indicating interalia the PPO No. wherein Special Family Pension/ Liberalized Family Pension and Ex-gratia have been granted earlier. In cases, where death occurred on or after 01.01.2016 and Ex-Gratia lump- sum-compensation has already been sanctioned at old rate, the same may be referred to this office on revised LPC-Cum-Data Sheet and Sheet Roll for issue of corrigendum PPO at new revised rates.
  • All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.
  • This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination to all alongwith Defence pensioners and Pension Disbursing Agencies.

Please acknowledge receipt.

No. Gts/Tech/0114/ Spl-XXXVII
Dated: 01st February 2017

S/d,
(S C Saroj)
Sr. Accounts Officer (P)

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Simplification of procedure for endorsement of Family Pension entitlement in the PPO of living Armed Force Pensioners

Simplification of procedure for endorsement of Family Pension entitlement in the PPO of living Armed Force Pensioners.

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014

Circular No. 572

Dated: 03.01.2017

To,
The O/C
ROS/FAQS (ORs)

 

Subject:- Simplification of procedure for endorsement of Family Pension entitlement in the PPO of living Armed Force Pensioners.

Reference:- This office Circular No. 64 dated 01.09.1988.

GoI, MoD letter No. 6(4)/87/1369/B/D(Pens/Sers) dated 30.06.1988 and Circular No. 64 dated 01.09.1988 were issued for taking appropriate action for endorsement of Family Pension in the PPG of living Armed Forces Pensioners. For this purpose, an application form attached an “Appendix- A” was introduced along with above Govt. letter under which certain details were required to be filled.

  1. Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence vide letter No. 1(11)/2014/D(Pen/Pol) dated 15.07.2016 has modified the ibid “Appendix – A”. Now, 4 items i.e. Present Address, TSIPS No., Details of Family Pension from other sources and Name of handicapped children, if any, have been added in Appendix-A on Sl No. 2, 4, 9 & 10 respectively.
  1. Therefore, all the claims for endorsement of Family Pension entitlement in the PPO of living Armed Force Pensioners shall be submitted to this office in revised Appendix-A duly completed in all respect.
  1. All other terms and conditions remain unchanged.
  1. This Circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination of all concerned.

No. Gts/Tech/0167IXXIV

Dated: 03.01.2017

S/d,
(Nasim Ullah)

ACDA (Pensions)

Signed Copy

 

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