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Construction Of Holiday Homes

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 4107
TO BE ANSWERED ON MARCH 20, 2018

CONSTRUCTION OF HOLIDAY HOMES

No. 4107 SHRI SATAV RAJEEV:
DR. HEENA VIJAYKUMAR GAVIT:
SHRIMATI SUPRIYA SULE:
DR. J. JAYAVARDHAN:
SHRI DHANANJAY MAHADIK:
SHRI MOHITE PATIL VIJAYSINH SHANKARRAO:

Will the Minister of State (Independent Charge) HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a)the number and details of the holiday homes and touring officers hostels/guest houses in the country along with their capacity, Location/State-wise;

(b)the details of the holiday home and touring officers hostels/guest houses which are covered under online booking, Location and State-wise;

(c)whether the Government proposes to construct more holiday homes for Government employees in various cities in the country;

(d)if so, the details thereof, State-wise including Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu; and

(e)the steps taken by the Government to provide accommodation facilities to Government officials during their official tour or holiday trip in the cities where holiday homes/guest houses are not available along with the other measures taken by the Government to construct more holiday homes in popular tourist destinations for the Government officials?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) OF THE MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS
(SHRI HARDEEP SINGH PURI)

(a)&(b) There are 20 Holiday Homes (HH) and 46 Touring Officers’ Hostels/Guest Houses under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Out of which 19 holiday home and 35 touring officers’ hostels are under online booking. Details of their State-wise location and capacity (including those covered under online booking) is given at Annexure-I.
(c) Yes Madam.
(d)&(e) In principle approval for construction of 19 new holiday homes/touring officers’ hostels/guest houses, including at the places where no holiday home/guest houses are available, has been issued. The details are enclosed at Annexure-II.

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Travel entitlements of Government employees for the purpose of LTC post 7th Central Pay Commission

Travel entitlements of Government employees for the purpose of LTC post Seventh Central Pay Commission – clarification reg.

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No.31011/8/2017-Estt.A-IV
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block New Delhi,
Dated January 18, 2018

Office Memorandum

Subject: Travel entitlements of Government employees for the purpose of LTC post Seventh Central Pay Commission – clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M.of even no. dated 19.09.2017 on the subject noted above, which inter-alia provides that the travel entitlements of Government servants for the purpose of LTC shall be the same as TA entitlements as notified vide Ministry of Finance’s O.M. dated 13.07.2017, except the air travel entitlement for Level 6 to Level 8 of the Pay Matrix, which is allowed in respect of TA only and not for LTC.

2. In this regard, this Department is in receipt of references from Government employees and various Departments seeking clarification as to whether travel by Business class for the purpose of LTC, shall be allowed to the Government employees as per their TA entitlements, or the earlier instructions regarding air travel by Economy class only as provided in Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 16.09.2010 shall continue to exist.

3. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure and it is hereby clarified that in line with DoPT’s instructions dated 19.09.2017, the Government employees in the bracket of pay level 14 and above, shall be entitled for air travel in Business/Club class for the purpose of LTC. However, other conditions like rate ceiling of LTC-80 fare and booking of tickets through authorised modes, shall continue to exist.

4. Hindi version will follow.

sd/-
(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: www.dopt.gov.in

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Give asset details or lose promotions and foreign postings: Government to IAS officers

Give asset details or lose promotions and foreign postings: Government to IAS officers

All IAS officers have been asked to submit details of their assets by next month and warned that the failure to do so would lead to a denial of vigilance clearances needed for promotions and foreign postings.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has written to all Central government departments, states and union territories asking them to ensure submission of Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) by IAS officers working with them by January 31, 2018.

“In view of the DoPTs instructions dated April 4, 2011, it is reiterated that failure to ensure timely submission of IPR would result in denial of vigilance clearance,” Establishment Officer and Additional Secretary P K Tripathi said in the recent missive.

According to the 2011 instructions, officers who did not submit their IPR as on January 1, 2018, on time would be denied vigilance clearances and will not be considered for promotions and empanelment for senior-level posts in the government of India.

“Those who do not submit property details on time will not be considered for any posts of the Central government including foreign postings,” a senior DoPT official said.

An online module has been designed for the purpose of filing of the IPR. Officers have the option of uploading the hard copy of the IPR by January 31 in the online module, the December 22 letter said.

There are 5,004 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers working across the country, according to the DoPTs latest data.

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What If 7th Pay Commission Is The Last? Will It Help Government Employees?

What If 7th Pay Commission Is The Last? Will It Help Government Employees?

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With the news of increase in the minimum pay of the Central government employees still in limbo, news are making rounds that the 7th Pay Commission will be the last pay commission for the government employees.

The news has indeed brought confusion among the lakhs of government employees as to how will their new salary look like, what will the salary be increased and on what basis the government would increase the salary.

Reports are there that the BJP-led Central government is mulling to go for an alternative without making the employees to wait for 10 years to get a hike in their salary.

Justice A K Mathur, Chairman of the 7th Pay Commission, had earlier stated that revision of salary be done every year on the basis of the available data and price index.

According to reports, the Aykroyd formula may be considered for the pay hike of the central government employess. The said formula takes into account the three basic needs of human being while considering pay hike and salary structure.

“It will be a good initiative if the government comes up with the plan. Yearly increase will help to maintain financial position. However, looking at the recent hike as per the 7th Pay Commission, nothing can be expected from the government,” said a Central government employee.

“Employees are still feeling cheated and agitations are on against the anti-employee policies of the government. In such a situation, in the name of annual hike, doubts are there that we might get deprived of at least what we are getting from the pay commission held every 10 years,” said another employee.

Reviewing the pay matrix periodically instead of waiting for long ten years to revise the salary and allowances will not be an easy task for any government. It may lead to more confusion and bewilderment among the employees, he said.

“If we get what we deserve then the new policy will definitely help, but doubts still persists over its feasibility,” he added.

“There’s no need to talk about a new policy for the employees when the recently implement pay commission is mired in controversy. No employee is happy with the hike in salary and allowances. Without diverting the topic, government should first increase the minimum pay as per the demand of the employee and media should avoid such news which will only deflect and confused the employees,” said a retired Indian Railways employee.

Meanwhile, the government is yet take a decision over the demands of the Central government employees to increase the minimum pay from the present Rs 21,000 to Rs 26,000.

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Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin Government on course to achieve targets under Rural Housing Programme (PMAY-G)

Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin Government on course to achieve targets under Rural Housing Programme (PMAY-G)

A record of 10 lakh houses built in a year

Hon’ble Prime Minister launched Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) on 20th November, 2016 from Agra. A target of completing one crore new houses by 31st March, 2019 was set. Of these, 51 lakh houses are to be completed by 31st March, 2018.

To meet the challenge of assisting 51 lakh Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) beneficiaries in construction of their homes by March, 2018, the Ministry of Rural Development, in partnership with the State Governments, has taken many steps, including setting month-wise target for completion of houses. The target for completion of 10 lakh houses by November, 2017 has been achieved on 29th November, 2017, i.e. before the appointed date for completion of 10 lakh houses. It is expected that 15 lakh houses will be completed by 31st December 2017; 25 lakh houses by 31st January, 2018; 35 lakh houses by 28th February, 2018 and 51 lakh houses by 31st March, 2018.

Towards meeting the target of construction of 51 lakh houses by March, 2018, while 56.90 lakh beneficiaries have been sanctioned houses, 51.39 lakh beneficiaries have received 1st instalment, 31.03 lakh beneficiaries have nearly reached roof-cast levels and for 16.05 lakh beneficiaries the house construction is nearing completion. States like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, who have highest number of PMAY-G beneficiaries, are on course for completion of PMAY-G houses within the prescribed time-frame.

The faster completion of quality houses has been assisted by payment of assistance directly into the beneficiary account through IT-DBT platform. To ensure good quality of house construction, Rural Mason Trainings have been organized to facilitate availability of trained masons in the rural areas. Space technology and IT platforms are being used to monitor complete cycle of house construction, right from identification of beneficiary to construction stages of houses to completion and each stage is being geo-tagged. States have taken adequate steps to ensure continuous availability of construction material at reasonable prices so that the pace and quality of construction is not adversely affected.

PMAY-G houses with facilities like toilet, LPG connection, electricity connection, drinking water etc., are changing the countryside at a faster pace. While in some states houses under PMAY-G are coming up in clusters / colonies (generally for landless beneficiaries), at other places they are being constructed on the beneficiary’s land. House designs prepared by UNDP-IIT, Delhi or by the concerned states have been made available to beneficiaries to choose the house designs that they like. Bouquet of house designs has resulted in technically sound houses of different designs coming up in rural areas which are a treat to watch.

The progress of PMAY(G) is in public domain and can be seen by any one on awaassoft.nic.in with geo-tagged photographs and complete details of beneficiaries and payments made to them.

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Government can not accommodate employee in lower pay scale because of disability: High Court

Government can not accommodate employee in lower pay scale because of disability: High Court

The Allahabad High Court has held that the government cannot accommodate an employee in a post with a lower pay scale just because he or she acquired some disability during service and became unfit for the current post.

A bench comprising justices Bharati Sapru and Siddharth passed the order while dismissing a petition filed by the Ministry of Railways.

The court directed the ministry to pay S Q Ahmed (accommodated on a post with lower pay scale because he acquired some disability) his dues according to higher pay grade with 7 per cent interest from the due date.

It also imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on railways for not giving its employee his legitimate dues and for dragging him into litigation for no fault on his part.

In its petition, the Centre challenged an order passed by the Central Administrative Tribunal directing the Ministry of Railways to pay Ahmad his salary and other dues according to his original pay scale.

The tribunal had held that Ahmad was discriminated by the ministry and was wrongly accommodated in the post of lower pay scale on the ground that he became medically unfit for the job he was doing then.

The Railways contention was that if an employee becomes medically unfit he is only entitled for alternative employment in such category under which he is found fit, on the basis of available vacancies.

Therefore, Ahmad was appointed on a post according to his fitness and vacancy and there was nothing wrong in his appointment at a lower pay scale.

However, Ahmads counsel relied on the master circular of the railways ministry which says that during absorption of medically unfit employees, in alternative employment, railways should ensure that the interest of the staff should not be adversely affected as far as possible.

The bench was of the view that such a reduction in pay scale of an employee is discriminatory and in violation of section 47 of The Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunity, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

The section provides that no establishment shall dispense with, or reduce in rank, an employee who acquires a disability during his service and in case, an employee, after acquiring disability is not suitable for the post he was holding, he could be shifted to some other post with the same pay scale and service benefits.

The bench while dismissing the petition observed, “It must be remembered that a person does not acquire or suffer disability by choice.

“An employee, who acquires disability during his service, is sought to be protected. Such employee, acquiring disability, if not protected, would not only suffer himself, but possibly all those who depend on him would also suffer.”

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Travel entitlements of Government Employees for the purpose of LTC post 7th Central Pay Commission

Travel entitlements of Government Employees for the purpose of LTC post 7th Central Pay Commission

F.No.20-4/2017-PAP
Government Of India
Ministry Of Communication
Department Of Posts
(Establishment Division)/PAP Section
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi – 110 001

Dated, the 05 Oct., 2017

To

All Heads Of Circles
All GM (PAF)/DAs (P)
All Direct Postal Staff College India/PTCs

Sub: Travel entitlements of Government Employees for the purpose of LTC post Seventh Central Pay Commission – clarification reg.

I am directed to forward herewith the copy of extract of clarification on Travel Entitlements of Government Employees for the purpose of LTC post Seventh Central Pay Commission on the above subject for the purpose of LTC issued by Department of personnel & training Office Memorandum No.31011/8/2017-Estt.(A-IV) dated 19th September, 2017 downloaded from the official website of Department of Personnel & Training for kind information and further necessary action in this regard.

(K.V.Vijayakumar)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)

Signed copy

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DoE: Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Scheme

Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Scheme for 3rd quarter of 2017-18 starting 1st October, 2017 – DoE O.M dated 29.09.2017

F.No.01/04/2016-NS
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
(Budget Division)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 29.09.2017

Office Memorandum

Subject: Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Scheme.

On the basis of the decision of the Government, interest rates for small savings schemes are notified on quarterly basis since 1st April, 2016. Accordingly, the rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the third quarter of financial year 2017-18 starting 1st October, 2017 shall remain unchanged form those notified for the second quarter of FY 2017-18.

2. This has the approval of Finance Minister.

(H. K. Srivastav)
Director (Budget)
Tele – 011-23093569

Source: Department of Expenditure

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7th CPC : Travel entitlements of Government employees for the purpose of LTC

7th CPC : Travel entitlements of Government employees for the purpose of LTC

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No.31011/8/2017-Estt.A-IV
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block New Delhi.
Dated September 19, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Travel entitlements of Government employees for the purpose of LTC post Seventh Central Pay Commission-clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. 31011/4/2008-Estt.A-IV dated 23.09.2008, which inter-alia provides that travel entitlements for the purpose of official tour/transfer or LTC, will be the same but no daily allowance shall be admissible for travel on LTC. Further, the facility shall be admissible only in respect of journeys performed in vehicles operated by the Government or any Corporation in the public sector run by the Central or State Government or a local body.

2. Consequent upon the decisions taken by Government on the recommendations of Seventh CPC relating to Travelling Allowance entitlements of Central Government employees, TA Rules have undergone changes vide Ministry of Finance’s O.M. No. 19030/1/2017-E.IV dated 13.07.2017.

3. In this regard, it is clarified that the travel entitlements of Government servants for the purpose of LTC shall be the same as TA entitlements as notified vide Ministry of Finance’s O.M. dated 13.07.2017, except the air travel entitlement for Level 6 to Level 8 of the Pay Matrix, which is allowed in respect of TA only and not for LTC.

4. Further, the following conditions may also be noted:

i. No daily allowance shall be admissible for travel on LTC.

ii. Any incidental expenses and the expenditure incurred on local journeys shall not be admissible.

iii. Reimbursement for the purpose of LTC shall be admissible in respect of journeys performed in vehicles operated by the Government or any Corporation in the public sector run by the Central or State Government or a local body.

iv. In case of journey between the places not connected by any public/Government means of transport, the Government servant shall be allowed reimbursement as per his entitlement for journey on transfer for a maximum limit of 100 Kms covered by the private/personal transport based on a self-certification from the Government servant. Beyond this, the expenditure shall be borne by the Government servant.

v. Travel by Premium trains/Premium Tatkal trains/Suvidha trains is now allowed on LTC. Further, reimbursement of tatkal charges or premium tatkal charges shall also be admissible for the purpose of LTC.

vi. Flexi fare (dynamic fare) applicable in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains shall be admissible for the journey(s) performed by these trains on LTC. This dynamic fare component shall not be admissible in cases where a non-entitled Government servant travels by air and claims reimbursement for the entitled class of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains.

5. This O.M. will take effect from July 1, 2017.

6. Hindi version will follow.

S/d,
(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: www.dopt.gov.in

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Government Employees responsible for Deletion of the name of an ineligible Dependent

Government Employees responsible for Deletion of the name of an ineligible Dependent

The undersigned is directed to state that in accordance with the definition of ‘family’ mentioned in Ministry of Health Memo. No. F.6(1) 1-54-H, dated the Ist May, 1954 the family of a beneficiary for the purpose of CGHS scheme includes husband/wife of the CGHS card-holder, as the case may be, wholly dependent children or step-children and parents, who are mainly dependent on and residing with the Government Servant. While it is incumbent upon the card issuing. Authorities, i.e. various departments and offices participating in the scheme, to ensure that the names of only genuine and eligible persons are included in the CGHS token cards, it is the responsibility of the employees concerned to apply for a deletion of the name of the dependent from the CGHS card, when the ward is no more entitled to the benefit eligible under the scheme. The failure on the part of a cardholder to get the name of a child deleted from the CGHS token-card when he is no more dependent on him is a good and sufficient reason for initiating disciplinary proceedings against him in terms of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965.

All Ministers/Departments of the Government of India are requested kindly to ensure that the above said provisions are complied with fully. These instructions may also be brought to the notice of all employees concerned.

Opting out of the C.G.H. Scheme

Spouse employed outside Central Government and availing Medical Facilities provided by his/her Employer

Central Government Servants covered under Central Govt. Health Scheme and whose spouse is employed in Defence or Railway Services, State Government or Corporations or Bodies financed partly or wholly by the Central or State Government, Local Bodies and private organizations which provide medical facilities to the employees and their family members, can opt out of the CGH Scheme and avail medical facilities so provided by the above mentioned organizations.

It is to be ensured that neither of the two nor their family members avail medical facilities from both the sources at the same time and for this purpose, the concerned Central Government employee shall give an undertaking to the authority issuing the CGHS Card.

Re-admission under CGHS after ‘opting out’

Such Government Servants, who have opted out of CGHS, may apply for readmission and avail the benefit of CGHS in case their spouse dies or resigns or is dismissed from the office/organization, which provided medical facilities.

Availability of ‘Opting Out’ Facility

The facility of opting out of CGHS can only be availed twice during the whole service career of the employee. Administrative Ministry/Department shall record the same by making an entry in the employee’s Service Book.

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The Central Governments decision on recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on Allowances published in Gazette of India yesterday i.e. 6th July, 2017; All allowances are given effect from 1st July 2017

The Central Governments decision on recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on Allowances published in Gazette of India yesterday i.e. 6th July, 2017; All allowances are given effect from 1st July 2017; 

Concerned Ministries advised to issue their Orders on Allowances governed by them immediately so that the revised rates of allowances get reflected in the current month’s Salary Bills of the Government employees 
Resolution conveying the Central Governments decision on recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on Allowances has been published in Gazette of India yesterday i.e.6th July, 2017.

Based on the Report of Committee on Allowances (CoA) and the recommendation of E-CoS, the Cabinet had earlier approved the modifications in 34 Allowances in its Meeting held on 28th June 2017.

All allowances are given effect from 1st July 2017.

Concerned Ministries have now been advised to issue their Orders on Allowances governed by them immediately so that the revised rates of allowances get reflected in the current month’s Salary Bills of the Government employees.

Major Highlights of the Allowances approved by the Union Cabinet are as follows: 

  • Cabinet approved recommendations of 7th CPC on allowances with 34 modifications – revised rates effective from 01.07.2017
  • It will benefit 34 lakh Civilian employees and 14 lakh Defence Forces personnel
  • 7th CPC examined 197 allowances, recommending abolition of 53 allowances and subsuming 37 in others.
  • 7th CPC recommended revised rates commensurate with Dearness Allowance
  • Fully DA-indexed allowances – no raise, not DA indexed raised by 2.25, partially indexed raised by 1.5, % based rationalised by 0.8
  • Risk & Hardship Matrix evolved for allowances linked to risk and hardship
  • 7th CPC projected additional financial implication at Rs.29,300 cr per annum, modifications to have additional implication of Rs.1448.23 cr
  • Combined additional financial implication estimated at Rs.30748.23 crore per annum.

1. Number of allowances recommended to be abolished and subsumed:

  • Government decided not to abolish 12 allowances in view of specific functional requirements
  • 3 of 37 subsumed allowances will continue as separate identities due to unique nature of these allowances.

2.House Rent Allowance (HRA)

  • HRA will be paid @24%, 16% & 8% for X, Y & Z cities respectively
  • HRA not to be less than Rs.5400, 3600 & 1800 for X,Y&Z cities, calculated @30,20,&10% of min pay of Rs.18000 – to benefit >7.5 lakh employee
  • 7th CPC recommended revision of HRA when DA reaches 50% & 100%, Govt decided to revise rates when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively.

3. Siachen Allowance:

  • Rates of Siachen Allowance increased from Rs.14000 pm (Soldiers) to Rs.30000 & Rs.21000 pm (Officers) to Rs.42500 for extreme risk & hardship.

4. Dress Allowance:

  • Government decided to pay Dress Allowance to Nurses on monthly basis due to high maintenance and hygiene requirements.
  • Higher rate of Dress Allowance for Special Protection Group accepted by Govt.

5. Tough Location Allowance:

  •  7th CPC recommended-TLA not to be granted with SDA-Govt decided to give option of SCLRA at pre-revised rates with SDA at revised rates

6. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to all categories:

  • Children Education Allowance increased from Rs.1500 pm/child (max.2) to Rs.2250/child and Hostel Subsidy increased from Rs.4500 pm to Rs.6750 pm.
  • Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities doubled from Rs.1500 pm to Rs.3000 pm
  • Higher Qualification Incentive for Civilians increased from Rs.2000 – Rs.10000 (Grant) to Rs.10000 – Rs.30000 (Grant)

7. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Uniformed Services: Defence, CAPFs, Police, Indian Coast Guard and Security Agencies

  • Abolition of Ration Money Allowance and free ration to Defence officers in peace areas not accepted, RMA to be credited in bank account
  • Technical Allowance (Tier-II) not to be merged, Govt. decided to continue Technical Allowance (Tier-II) @Rs.4500 pm-courses to be reviewed
  • Aeronautical Allowance increased Rs.300 pm to Rs.450 pm and extended to Indian Coast Guard also
  • Counter Insurgency Ops (CI Ops) Allowance for counter – insurgency ops increased from Rs.3000 – Rs.11700 pm to Rs.6000 – Rs.16900 pm
  • MARCOS and Chariot Allowance paid to marine commandos increased from Rs.10500 – Rs.15750 pm to Rs.17300 – Rs.25000 pm
  • Conditionality of 12 hrs reduced to 4 hrs for Sea Going Allowance and rates increased from Rs.3000 – Rs.7800 pm to Rs.6000 – Rs.10500 pm
  • COBRA Allowance granted to CRPF personnel in Naxal hit areas increased from Rs.8400 – Rs.16800 pm to Rs.17300 – Rs.25000 pm
  • Modified Field, Field & Highly Active Field Area Allowances increased from Rs.1200 – Rs.12600 pm to Rs.6000 – Rs.16900 pm.
  • Flying Allowance increased from Rs.10500 – Rs.15750 pm to Rs.17300 – Rs.25000 pm and extended to BSF Air Wing also
  • High Altitude Allowance increased from Rs.810 – Rs.16800 pm to Rs.2700 – Rs.25000 pm
  • Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence Personnel increased from Rs.9000 – Rs.30000 (Grant) to Rs.10000 – Rs.30000 (Grant).
  • Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Allowance increased from Rs.1500 / 3000 pm to Rs.4100 / 5300 pm
  • Additional Free Railway Warrant (Leave Travel Concession) extended to CAPFs.
  • Territorial Army Allowance increased from Rs.175 – Rs.450 pm to Rs.1000 -Rs. 2000 pm
  • Ceilings of Deputation (Duty) Allowance for Defence Personnel increased from Rs.2000 – Rs.4500 pm to Rs.4500 – Rs.9000 pm
  • Detachment Allowance increased Rs.165 – Rs.780 per day to Rs.405 – Rs.1170 per day
  • Para Jump Instructor Allowance increased from Rs.2700/3600 pm to Rs.6000/10500 pm
  • Govt. increased Special Security Allowance for Special Protection Group to 55% and 27.5% of BP for ops and non – ops duties
  • Housing provisions for PBORs and their families residing at other stations significantly improved and linked to HRA, process simplified

8. Allowances paid to Indian Railways

  • Additional Allowance increased from Rs.500 / 1000 pm to Rs.1125 / 2250 pm and extended to Loco Pilot Goods and Senior Passenger Guards @Rs.750 pm
  • Special Train Controllers Allowance @5000 pm introduced for Train Controllers of Railways

9. Allowances paid to Nurses & Ministerial Staffs of Hospital

  • Government increased rate of Nursing Allowance from Rs.4800 pm to Rs.7200 pm
  • Operation Theatre Allowance not abolished and rates increased from Rs.360 pm to Rs.540 pm
  • Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance increased from Rs.2070 – Rs.2100 pm to Rs.4100 – Rs.5300 pm
  • 7th CPC recommendations modified and HPCA / PCA to continue for Ministerial staff

10. Allowances to Pensioners

  • Fixed Medical Allowance for Pensioners increased from Rs.500 pm to Rs.1000 pm
  • Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement increased from Rs.4500 pm to Rs.6750 pm

11. Allowances to Scientific Departments

  • 7th CPC recommendations to abolish Launch Campaign Allowance and Space Technology Allowance not accepted – rates revised from Rs.7500 pa to Rs.11250 pa
  • Professional Update Allowance for non-gazetted staff of DAE will continue at enhanced rate of Rs.11250 pa
  • Antarctica Allowance – Summer rates revised from Rs.1125 per day to Rs.1500 per day, Winter rates from Rs.1688 per day to Rs.2000 per day

12. Allowance paid to D/o Posts & Railways

  • Cycle Allowance not abolished – rates doubled from Rs.90 to Rs.180 pm for functional requirements of Postmen in Posts and Trackmen in Railways.

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Leave Travelling Concession (LTC) and Travelling Settlement

Leave Travelling Concession (LTC) and Travelling Settlement

Free Thinker:

Leave Travelling Concession (LTC) and Travelling Settlement

My daughter asked me whether the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister can avail LTC (Leave Travelling Concession). I said, “most probably they can, they are also government employees”. She further asked whether they actually claim. I told her, “not sure whether they claim or not, but years ago I read in the newspaper that one PM was in Kerala on a vacation”. Again, not very sure whether he avail LTC or not.

The stories of travel settlements are available everywhere. Even a story of settlement claim by Hanumanji came up; the dealing assistant refused to clear Hanumanji’s file and put many objections – he is not entitled to fly; he was not supposed to bring a mountain; he did not clear the mountain till date; moreover, no travel documents are submitted; his flying included foreign land; he flew without passport and visa etc. etc. Nobody could over-rule the objections put by the dealing assistant. Hanumanji went to Ramji for help. As usual Ramji told him, ‘please don’t drag me into this'; he asked Hanumanji to go to Laxmanji. Hanumanji went to Laxmanji for his indulgence. Laxmanji called the file and overruled all the objections with the following replies: though he is not entitled to fly, he flew on emergency; as he is not a medical practitioner he could not identify the plant (medicinal) , so he brought the mountain in good faith; for clearing the mountain a different Department will look into; as far as his foreign trips are concerned he got the oral order from the highest competent authority; the file is cleared and needful must be done immediately.

It must be a fact that 99 percent of the employees avail LTC. Leave Travelling Concession is given to all the State and Central government employees. Generally, they can avail it once in two years or in other words 2 times in 4 years (which is officially called a block year). Most of the government employees enjoy this facility. First because this is an opportunity for the whole family (dependent members) of the government employee to travel together and have fun together or go to their home-town or home-village. It is not mandatory to travel together, but in most of the cases they do travel together.Some may travel by Air or some may travel by Train or by Bus according to their position/level in the government hierarchy. Even within the Air category some are entitled for the Executive or ‘J’ class and some are for the ‘Y’ or Economy class. For the Railways, the categorization is made on the basis of entitlement – AC1, AC2, AC3, First class, Sleeper, etc. Even for the buses there are hierarchical categories – First class, Deluxe, Non-Deluxe, Ordinary etc.

One retired Babu who was dealing with the settlement of Travel expenses and LTC claims narrated a story of group LTC fabrication. Many families of government employees used to go to Vrindavan along with their family availing LTC. There were many tour operators for Vrindavan. Actually, they were the bus owners who conducted group trips to Vrindavan. One trip is for about 20 days. Many government employees went to Vrindavan on LTC through these tour operators. Objections were put; they must have traveled by government transport; it is a packaged trip (fare part unclear); no prior approval was taken to travel by private buses (tour operators) etc. These objections were cleared by the higher authority saying that the fare part of the claim may be segregated and settle the claims.( Travel by private buses allowed ).

Then a roaring business had started; for instance, “Trip to Vrindavan and nearby places on LTC” by such and such Tour Operator. Many did not go but started claiming LTC for their entire family, submitting bogus bus tickets from these private tours and travels. It became a rampant nuisance and almost had turned into a scandal. One internal enquiry was set up to look into such doubtful claims.

The proprietor of the concerned tour operator was summoned to examine the tickets allegedly issued by his firm; whether they actually issued those tickets. He saw the tickets and said “these are fake”. Then the claimants were called to defend themselves. They went to the highest authority to save their jobs. Then the competent authority issued an order saying that for the unreliable tickets other credible evidences of their respective travels must be submitted. Consequently, the hell loose large; some brought Jamuna water in a bottle, some brought Bal Gopal figurines, Radha-Krishna pictures, some brought photographs (studio made) clicked in Vrindavan & Mathura; some brought Vrindavan chandan, Vrindavan stone, Vrindavan chaadar etc. After examining these credible evidences the settlements were allowed. These evidences are still kept for future reference and ‘precedence’. These days LTC/travel claims are easily verified on the click of a mouse as a result of massive computerization and 24-hour internet. So be careful while settling your bogus claims and fake bills.

Source: The Sangai Express

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi told bureaucrats: Do not use social media for self-promotion or spend too much time online

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told bureaucrats: Do not use social media for self-promotion or spend too much time online

Use social media for public service and not self-promotion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told bureaucrats on Friday, even as he pulled up a section of officials who he said spent too much time online.

“If the social media is used for announcing the date for the anti-polio vaccination then it’s very good,” Modi said in his address to bureaucrats on the 11th civil service day, asking officials to make better use of online interaction tools.

“But giving two drops of polio vaccine and then circulating the photo through social media should not be done,” he added.

Modi has more than 29 million Twitter followers with whom he constantly interacts besides using the 140-character interface to highlight government programmes.

The Prime Minister said the power of social media should be used only for people’s welfare and public causes.

“I see officers of district level so busy on social media that most of the time is spent on this (social media),” Modi said.

Modi said he was aware of the power of social media but added that at his meetings with bureaucrats through video conferences, he has often seen them busy taking pictures of the meeting on their mobile phones

Source : http://www.hindustantimes.com

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Equal pay for equal work

Equal pay for equal work

In civil appeal number 213 of 2013 the issue for consideration of the Hon’ble Supreme Court was as under:

“whether temporarily engaged employees (daily-wage employees, ad- appointees, employees appointed on casual basis, contractual employees and the like), are entitled to minimum of the regular pay-scale, along-with dearness allowance (as revised from time to time) on account of their performing the same duties, which are discharged by those engaged on regular basis, against sanctioned posts”.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court held that:

“There can be no doubt, that the principle of ‘equal pay for equal work’ would be applicable to all the concerned temporary employees, so as to vest in them the right to claim wages, at par with the minimum of the pay-scale of regularly engaged Government employees, holding the same post”.

In so far as the contract labour is concerned, the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970 and the rules framed thereunder regulate the employment of contract labour. Rule 25(2)(v)(a) of the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Central Rules, 1971 provides for parity as mentioned below:

in cases where the workmen employed by the contractor perform the same or similar kind of work as the workmen directly employed by the principal employer of the establishment, the wage rates, holidays, hours of work and other conditions of service of the workmen of the contractor shall be the same as applicable to the workmen directly employed by the principal employer of the establishment on the same or similar kind of work.

A well-established Central Industrial Relations Machinery (CIRM) is in place to enforce the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970. The country-wide network of Deputy Chief Labour Commissioners (Central) and Regional Labour Commissioners (Central) under the control of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) is mandated to settle the complaints/claims of the contract workers in terms of the provisions of the said Act and the Rules framed thereunder.

The above information given by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment Shri Bandaru Dattatreya in Parliament on 12.4.2017.

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90 days paid leave for sexual harassment complainants at government

90 days paid leave for sexual harassment complainants at government

New Delhi: Paid leave of up to 90 days can be given to a woman government employee who has complained of sexual harassment at her workplace while the inquiry is pending, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, he said leave up to a period of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved female government servant during the pendency of inquiry under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

The leave granted shall not be debited against the leave account, said Singh, who is the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

PTI

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Use of Private e-mail by Government Employees

New Email system for Government Employees soon

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ELECTRONICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO: 451

ANSWERED ON: 05.04.2017

Use of Private e-mail by Government Employees

GOPALAKRISHNAN CHINNARAJ

Will the Minister of

ELECTRONICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:-

Will the Minister of ELECTRONICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government is aware that the Government employees including PSU employees are still using private e-mail for official communication/work and if so, the reasons therefor;

(b) whether the Government is planning e-mail services at par with private e-mail services such as g-mail and Yahoo for officials work; and

(c) if so, the action taken to improve e-mail services provided by National Informatics Centre (NIC)?

ANSWER

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

STATEMENT REFERRED IN REPLY TO LOK SABHA STARRED
QUESTION NO. *451 FOR 05.04.2017 REGARDING
USE OF PRIVATE E-MAIL BY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

(a) to (c): The Government has notified the E-mail policy of Government of India vide Gazette Notification dated 18th February 2015. This policy inter alia mandates and provides for guidelines for use of Government email service, provided by NIC, for all official communications by Government officers.

The Government of India has also approved a project to strengthen the NIC email infrastructure. Once implemented, the new email system will provide for 50 lakhs email ids for Government users across the country. This new setup will be as per global standards.

National Informatics Centre (NIC) does not Track the usage of private emails by Government employees, including PSU employees.

Loksabha Q&A

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Women to get 26 weeks maternity leave, President nod to new law

Women to get 26 weeks maternity leave, President nod to new law

New Delhi: Women employees will now be able to get paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, up from 12 weeks, as per a new law.

President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 that has made changes in some of the provisions of over 55-year-old law entitling certain benefit to women employees.

The new law makes it mandatory for every establishment with fifty or more employees to have the facility of creche within a prescribed distance.

The employer is also bound to allow four visits a day to the creche by a woman.

Every establishment shall intimate in writing and electronically to every woman at the time of her initial appointment regarding every benefit available under the new law, the statute says.

An employer can also permit a woman to work from home after she has availed maternity leave.

“In case where the nature of work assigned to a woman is of such nature that she may work from home, the employer may allow her to do so after availing of the maternity benefit for such period and on such conditions as the employer and the woman may mutually agree,” it says.

The law also allows maternity leave of 12 weeks for a woman who adopts a child below the age of three months, and for commissioning mother (a biological mother who uses her egg to create an embryo implanted in any other woman).

The entitlement of 26 weeks paid leave under the law is only for first two children. A woman with two or more children will be entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave, says the law which will apply to all establishments employing 10 or more people.

The statute that will help approximate 1.8 million women workforce in organised sector, has amended Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 that regulates grant of maternity benefit to women employees in certain establishments.

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill was passed by Lok Sabha on March 9 and Rajya Sabha on March 20.

India is at third position globally in terms of the number of weeks of maternity leave after Canada (50 weeks) and Norway (44 weeks).

The president gave his assent on Monday.

PTI

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Several relaxations brought in GP Fund rules

Several relaxations brought in GP Fund rules

In a major relief for government employees, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has announced several relaxations in General Provident Fund Rules, with liberalization and simplification, particularly relating to advances and withdrawals by the subscriber/ employee.

According to 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, the existing GP Fund (Central Service) Rules came into force way back in 1960 and even though certain amendments have been made from time to time to address the concerns raised, it was felt to be the need of the hour to bring in some more changes for the convenience of the Government employees. The liberalization in the provisions was essentially meant to bring in ease of procedures, especially for activities like house building, education of children etc., thus making the rules more employee-friendly.

Elaborating further, Dr Jitendra Singh stated that the requirement of documentary proof for withdrawing GP Fund has been done away with. As a result, a simple declaration by the subscriber / employee would suffice henceforth, he added. Similarly, the minimum time limit for sanction and payment of GP Fund withdrawal would not be more than 15 days and in case of an emergency like illness, etc., it could only be 7 days. At the same time, the limit of withdrawal also has been increased following which, now the withdrawal for housing can be up to 90% of the balance at credit and withdrawal for purchase of vehicle / car can be up to 3/4th of the balance at credit.

Considering the importance of education, the definition of education for the purpose of withdrawal of GP Fund has now been widened to include primary, secondary and higher education covering all streams and institutions. Not only this, GP Fund advance can now also be applied for travel and tourism related activities, he said.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Government expects its employees to work with full dedication, sincerity and diligence, but at the same time, it is also always seriously considering various means and provisions to provide them with a work-friendly environment and socio-economic stability, so that they may put in their best without any unnecessary distraction.

PIB

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7th CPC: AIIMS nurses to go on mass casual leave tomorrow

7th CPC: AIIMS nurses to go on mass casual leave tomorrow

Services at AIIMS are likely to be hit tomorrow as around 5,000 nurses of the premier hospital plan to go on mass casual leave to protest against the “discrimination” by the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

The AIIMS Nurses Union has also threatened to go on an indefinite strike from March 27 if their demands for revision of their pay scales and a hike in allowances are not met.

We are protesting against the retrograde recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. Our demand is that the entry pay grade for staff nurses should be enhanced to Rs 5,400 from the existing Rs 4,600 and the nursing allowance should be enhanced by Rs 7,800.

Besides, risk allowance and night duty allowances should be given to all nurses as it is given to all other government employees, said Harish Kumar Kajla, President of AIIMS Nurses Union.

We deal with the deadly infections daily but we are not provided enough risk allowance. If the demands are not met, we will go on an indefinite strike from March 27, Kajla added.
The association further claimed that the AIIMS management despite giving assurances has not addressed their issues for over a year.

On the assurance give by the management in a meeting regarding recommendation of enhanced pay scale, the Nurses Union had withdrawn the agitation called upon by the All India Nurses Union and subsequently withdrawn the mass casual leave called on February 26, 2016.

The AIIMS Nurses Union was patiently waiting for the last one year for the fulfilment of the promises made by the administration but our demands went into deaf ears. Despite repeated representations, the administration has shown no mood to address the issue raised by the Union, Kajla claimed.

According to faculty members, the move will badly hit the emergency services and the functioning of the operation theatres of the institute apart from other patient services.

The pay scales proposal has been sent to the Ministry of Health for consideration while the report of government on the allowances has not yet been finalised, a senior AIIMS official said.

Source: PTI

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DOPT prohibit the Central Government Employees from participating in any form of strike

DOPT prohibit the Government Employees from participating in any form of strike

DOPT prohibit the Government servants from participating in any form of strike
Strike Notice for 16th March, 2017 – Instructions under CCS (Conduct Rules) 1964

MOST IMMEDIATE
OUT TODAY

No. 45018/I/2017-Vig
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block. New Delhi.
Dated the 15th March 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject :  Strike Notice for 16th March, 2017 – Instructions under CCS (Conduct Rules) 1964 – Regarding.

It has been brought to the notice of the Government that Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers. New Delhi has given a notice that the members of the affiliates of the Confederation will go on strike on 16th March, 2017 in pursuance of their 7th Central Pay Commission Demands

2. The instructions issued by the Department of Personnel and Training prohibit the Government servants from participating in any form of strike including mass casual leave, go slow etc, or any or any action that abet any form of strike in violation of Rule 7 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules. 1964. Besides, in accordance with the proviso to Rule 17(1) of the Fundamental Rules, pays and allowances is not admissible to an employee for his absence from duty without any authority. As to the concomitant rights of an Association after it is formed, they cannot be different from the rights which can be claimed by the individual members of which the Association is composed. It follows that the right to form an Association does not include any guaranteed right to strike. There is no statutory provision empowering the employees to go on strike. The Supreme Court has also ruled in several judgments that going on a strike is a gravy misconduct under the Conduct Rules and that misconduct by the government employees is required to be dealt with in accordance with the law. Any employee going on strike in any form would face the consequences which. besides deduction of wages. may also include appropriate disciplinary action. Attention of all employees of this Department is also drawn to this Department’s O.M. No. 33012/I/(s)/2008-Estt.(B) dated 12.9 2008. on the subject for strict compliance.

3. All officers are requested that the above instructions may be brought to the notice of the employees working under their control. All officers are also requested not to sanction Casual Leave or other kind of leave to the officers and employees if applied for, during the period of proposed strike. and ensure that the willing employees are allowed hindrance free entry into the office premises.

4. In case employees go on strike all divisional heads are requested to forward a report indicating the number and details of employees who are absent from duty on the day of strike i.e.16.03.2017

(Suresh Kumar)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

DOPT Order 2017

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