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Central Government Employees – Current Dearness Allowance Rate

Government of India – Current Dearness Allowance Rate for the Central Government Employees

New Delhi (Delhi, India), 
April 18, 2013



Government of India Increases Dearness Allowance Rate for the Central Government Employees to 80%


The Government of India has hiked the Dearness Allowance (DA) for the central government employees by 8% from 72 percent to 80 percent of the of basic salary with effect from January 01, 2013. This will benefit about five million central government employees.

The Union Cabinet had approved this increase of the dearness allowance rate to the central government employees in its meeting held on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

On recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission (CPC), the dearness allowance is admissible on the basic pay to all categories of the central government employees.

Currently, the minimum basic salary among the serving central government employees in India is Rs. 5,840 and the maximum is Rs. 80,000 per month.

To compensate the central government employees for the rising cost of living, the dearness allowance is sanctioned twice a year and is payable from 01 January and 01 July.

Effective July 01, 1986, the revision of the dearness allowance for the central government employees is based on cost of living index.


The dearness allowance, payable to the central government employees, is determined with reference to a calculation based on the All India Consumer Price Index Number (AICPIN) for the Industrial Workers (Base 2001=100). The Central Statistics Office of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation releases AICPIN data every month.

Expected DA for the Central Government Employees with effect from July 01, 2013

As per the standard calculation based on the All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW), the expected DA for the Central Government Employees effective July 01, 2013 is likely to be an additional 10% of the of basic salary.

The revised dearness allowance for the central government employees is likely to be 90 percent of the basic pay with effect from July 01, 2013.

Historical Dearness Allowance Rates for the Central Government Employees


July 01, 2013 Dearness Allowance Rate: 90% (Expected)
January 01, 2013 Dearness Allowance Rate: 80%
July 01, 2012 Dearness Allowance Rate: 72%
January 01, 2012 Dearness Allowance Rate: 65%
July 01, 2011 Dearness Allowance Rate: 58%
January 01, 2011 Dearness Allowance Rate: 51%
July 01, 2010 Dearness Allowance Rate: 45%
January 01, 2010 Dearness Allowance Rate: 35%
July 01, 2009 Dearness Allowance Rate: 27%
January 01, 2009 Dearness Allowance Rate: 22%
July 01, 2008 Dearness Allowance Rate: 16%
January 01, 2008 Dearness Allowance Rate: 12%
July 01, 2007 Dearness Allowance Rate: 9%
January 01, 2007 Dearness Allowance Rate: 6%
July 01, 2006 Dearness Allowance Rate: 2%
January 01, 2006 Dearness Allowance Rate: 0%
Source: theteamwork.com
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Additional pension for 80 year old retired Government officials

Additional pension for 80 year old retired Government officials


 Retired All India Services (IAS, IPS and IFoS) officials will get 20 per cent of additional pension after completing 80 years of age, according to new rules notified by the central government.

According to the amended rules, this extra pension will also be increased after every five years and retired bureaucrats will get 100 per cent of such additional benefits, other than the regular pension drawn by them, after they complete 100 years of age.

Such retired Government officials will get 20 per cent of additional pension after they complete 80 years of age, 30 per cent of after completing 85 years, 40 per cent after crossing 90 years of age, 50 per cent after reaching 95 years and 100 per cent of additional pension after completing 100 years of age, says the amended All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958.

The rules have been notified by the Ministry of Personnel, nodal authority to decide on personnel matters related to All India Services comprising Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).

The changed rules provides the same benefits for the spouse or next of kin of a Government officials getting family pension.

As per norms, a retired Government official is entitled to get 50 per cent of average emolument as pension on the basis of last pay drawn.

Minimum pension presently is Rs 3,500 per month. Maximum limit on pension is 50 per cent of the highest pay in the Government of India (presently Rs 45,000 per month).

The amount of pension and rules vary on the basis of years of service of an employee and nature of retirement (voluntary or after reaching age of superannuation) among others.

Officials in the Ministry of Personnel said the changed rules may also be made applicable to other categories of Central Government employees.

Source:  thehindubusinessline.com
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Directorate of Estates Orders: Revision of Guidelines for Allotment of Government Accommodation from General Pool to the Political Parties

Directorate of Estates Orders: Revision of Guidelines for Allotment of Government Accommodation from General Pool to the Political Parties


No. 1201 4/2/96- Pol.II (Vol.II)

Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Policy-II Section

Nirman Bhavan,
New Delhi - 110 108.
Dated the 29th August, 2013.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Revision of guidelines for allotment of government accommodation from General Pool to the Political Parties.

The Directorate of Estates, Ministry of Urban Development had issued the revised guidelines for allotment of government accommodation from general pool to Political parties vide O.M.No.12014/2/96-pol.II dated 20.7.2000. These guidelines have been reviewed by the competent authority and it has been decided to modify para 1 (iii) of the aforesaid O.M. dated 20.7.2000. After modification the revised guidelines shall be as under:

i. The National Political Parties, which have been recognised as such by the Election Commission of India, shall be allowed to retain/secure allotment of one housing unit from General Pool in Delhi for their office use on payment of licence fee under FR 45A i.e. the normal licence fee.

ii. The said accommodation will be provided for a period three years during which the party would acquire a plot of land in an institutional area and will construct its own accommodation for party office.

iii. One residential accommodation would be allotted/allowed to be retained by the Party President of a recognized National Party provided that no other accommodation has been allotted to him / her in another capacity.

iv. The facility of office accommodation will also be given to the State level parties recognised by the Election Commission of India provided it has in the opinion of the Accommodation Committee of Cabinet, adequate representation in Parliament and its case for allotment is approved by the CCA on its merit.

v. The other buildings allotted or in occupation of any political party stand cancelled. However, a period of six months or upto the time the allotment has been made, whichever is earlier would be given to the party to make alternate arrangement and vacate the Government accommodation.

2. This O.M. supersedes the Directorate of Estates O.M.No.12014/2/96-Pol.II dated 20.7.2000.

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(S.K.Jain)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)

Source : www.estates.nic.in
[http://estates.nic.in/WriteReadData/dlcirculars/Circulars20268.pdf]
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Revision of Guidelines for Allotment of Government Accommodation from General Pool to the Political Parties

Revision of Guidelines for Allotment of Government Accommodation from General Pool to the Political Parties
No. 1201 4/2/96- Pol.II (Vol.II)
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Policy-II Section
Nirman Bhavan,
New Delhi – 110 108.
Dated the 29th August, 2013.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Revision of guidelines for allotment of government accommodation from General Pool to the Political Parties.

The Directorate of Estates, Ministry of Urban Development had issued the revised guidelines for allotment of government accommodation from general pool to Political parties vide O.M.No.12014/2/96-pol.II dated 20.7.2000. These guidelines have been reviewed by the competent authority and it has been decided to modify para 1 (iii) of the aforesaid O.M. dated 20.7.2000. After modification the revised guidelines shall be as under:

i. The National Political Parties, which have been recognised as such by the Election Commission of India, shall be allowed to retain/secure allotment of one housing unit from General Pool in Delhi for their office use on payment of licence fee under FR 45A i.e. the normal licence fee.

ii. The said accommodation will be provided for a period three years during which the party would acquire a plot of land in an institutional area and will construct its own accommodation for party office.

iii. One residential accommodation would be allotted/allowed to be retained by the Party President of a recognized National Party provided that no other accommodation has been allotted to him / her in another capacity.

iv. The facility of office accommodation will also be given to the State level parties recognised by the Election Commission of India provided it has in the opinion of the Accommodation Committee of Cabinet, adequate representation in Parliament and its case for allotment is approved by the CCA on its merit.

v. The other buildings allotted or in occupation of any political party stand cancelled. However, a period of six months or upto the time the allotment has been made, whichever is earlier would be given to the party to make alternate arrangement and vacate the Government accommodation.

2. This O.M. supersedes the Directorate of Estates O.M.No.12014/2/96-Pol.II dated 20.7.2000.

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(S.K.Jain)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)

Source : www.estates.nic.in
[http://estates.nic.in/WriteReadData/dlcirculars/Circulars20268.pdf]
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Grievances Related to Family Pension

Ministry of Finance

Grievances Related to Family Pension

As on 23.08.2013, no grievance relating to non-payment of arrears of family pension which are registered in System in pending at CPAO level.

As per information available with the Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO), during the period from 25.03.2011 to 22.08.2013, 541 numbers of grievances relating to family pension were registered with CPAO. Out of these, 200 numbers of grievances were registered during the current year 2013. All grievances were forwarded to authorized Central Pension Processing Centre and concerned Pay & Accounts Office/Head of Office and were monitored by CPAO till settlement.

This was stated by Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB News
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Bank Charges for Non-Home Branch Customers

Bank Charges for Non-Home Branch Customers

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has informed that they have advised Scheduled Commercial Banks, vide their circular dated 01.07.2013 to follow a uniform, fair and transparent pricing policy and not to discriminate between their customers at home branch and non-home branches. If a particular service is provided free at home branch, the same should be available free at non-home branches also.

There should be no discrimination as regards intersol charges between similar transactions done by customers at home branches and those done at non-home branches. However, cash handling charges are not included under intersol charges. The circular dated 01.07.2013 is available at RBI website www.rbi.org.in.

This was stated by Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB News
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Expected DA from Jan 2014 – AICPIN for the month of July 2013

Expected DA from Jan 2014 – AICPIN for the month of July 2013

Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) July 2013

According to a press release issued today by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for July, 2013 rose by 4 points and pegged at 235 (two hundred and thirty five). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 1.73 per cent between June and July compared with 1.92 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 1.99 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Milk, Onions, Chillies Green, Potato, Tomato & other Vegetables. Electricity Charges, Firewood, Bus Fare, Petrol, etc. are responsible for the rise in index. However, this was compensated to some extent by Groundnut Oil, Primary and secondary School Fees putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 10.85 per cent for July, 2013 as compared to 11.63 per cent for the previous month and 9.84 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 14.10 per cent against 14.86 per cent of the previous month and 11.27 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Giridih recorded the highest increase of 16 points each followed by Kodarma (11 points), Durgapur (10 points) and Jharia, Surat, Ghaziabad and Godavarikhani (9 points each). Among others, 8 points rise was registered in 7 centres, 7 points in 6 centres, 6 points in 10 centres, 5 points in 6 centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 8 centres, 2 points in 6 centres, and 1 point in five centres. On the contrary, Faridabad reported a decline of 6 points followed by Madurai (5 points), Coonoor (3 points), Tiruchirapally (2 points) and 5 other centres by 1 point each. Rest of the 7 centres’ indices remained stationary.
The indices of 38 centres are above All-India Index and other 38 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Jabalpur and Ghaziabad centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of August, 2013 will be released on Monday, 30 September, 2013. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

Source : PIB News via Central Government Employees News
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Pension Arrears from 01 Jan 2006 as per Court Order: Government reply in Parliament

Pension Arrears from 01 Jan 2006 as per Court Order: Government reply in Parliament

The orders for implementation of the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of 6th CPC for revision for pension of past pensioners were issued vide this Department’s OM No.38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 1.9.2008. The provisions of Para 4.2 of this OM were clarified vide this Department’s letter dated 3.10.2008.

The Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi in its order dated 1.11.2011 observed that by the OM dated 3.10.2008 the original orders of 1.9.2008 have been modified. Hon’ble CAT directed that the past pensioners may be granted, w.e.f. 1.1.2006, a minimum pension @ 50% of the minimum pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale with reference to the fitment table applicable for revision of pay of serving employees.

A Writ Petition was filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi challenging the above mentioned order. In its order dated 29.4.2013, the Hon’ble Delhi High Court has upheld the order dated 1.11.2011. After considering the order of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi and various representations received in this regard, Special Leave Petition was filed by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

This SLP came up for hearing recently on 29.7.2013 before the Hon. Supreme Court and has been dismissed.

The above information submitted by Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions in reply of undermentioned Lok Sabha Question:-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 670
 ANSWERED ON   07.08.2013
 DELAY IN PAYMENT OF ARREARS TO PENSIONERS

670 . Shri VILAS BABURAO MUTTEMWAR
Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state:-
(a) the reasons for inordinate delay in implementation of Hon`ble High Court`s order to give effect to the payment of arrears w.e.f. 01.01.2006 to pensioners retired before 2006;
(b) whether the Government have received representations from employees organizations and other bodies in this regard; and
(c) if so, the details thereof and the reaction of the Government on the representations?

 ANSWER

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY)
(a) to (c): *** see above ***

Source: Lok Sabha Q&A
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6th CPC had recommended not to merge 50% of Dearness Allowance (DA) Parliament was informed today

6th CPC had recommended not to merge 50% of Dearness Allowance (DA) Parliament was informed today

The 6th Central Pay Commission had recommended not to merge Dearness Allowance with basic pay at any stage,’ Minister of State Finance Minister Namo Narain Meena said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
Government accepted this recommendation, he said, adding that the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission were given effect from January 1, 2006.

Some Central Government Employees Associations have been demanding for the merger of 50% DA with Basic Pay and the constitution of 7th Pay Commission.

Meena said the setting up of the next Pay Commission is considered normally after a gap of 10 years between two successive Pay Commission.

DA to central government employees is revised twice a year, with effect from January 1 and July 1, calculated on the basis of percentage increase in all India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers.
Source: http://www.business-standard.com
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4 point rise in July, 2013 AICPIN: DA for Jan, 2014 may reach 100%

4 point rise in July, 2013 AICPIN: DA for Jan, 2014 may reach 100%

All-India CPI-IW for July, 2013 rose by 4 points and pegged at 235 (two hundred and thirty five). According to this increase Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees & Dearness Relief for CG Pensioner confirmed to be 98% from January, 2014.  This increase and present economic scenario are also indicating that the DA/DR for Jan, 2014 may reach 100%.  This time the DA/DR from July, 2013 is yet to be announced by govt and as per previous trend  it will be announced in third week of September, 2013. See following table for thee different situation to Expected DA/DR for Jan, 2014 :-

ExpectationIncrease/ Decrease IndexMonthBase Year 2001 = 100Total of 12 MonthsTwelve monthly Average% increase over 115.76 for   DADA announced or will be announced
 1Dec-122192512209.3380.83%80%
DA/DR from July, 2013 @ 90% is yet to be announced. 2Jan-132212535211.2582.49%90%
2Feb-132232559213.2584.22%
1Mar-132242582215.1785.87%
2Apr-132262603216.9287.38%
2May-132282625218.7588.97%
3Jun-132312648220.6790.62%
 4Jul-132352671222.5892.28%100%
1st Expection Min 2 point in two next month2Aug-132372694224.5093.94%
2Sep-132392718226.5095.66%
0Oct-132392740228.3397.25%
0Nov-132392761230.0898.76%
0Dec-132392781231.75100.20%
Expected DA/DR from January, 2014
2nd Expectation minimum 1 point in every month and 2 point in any one month1Aug-132362693224.4293.86%100%
2Sep-132382716226.3395.52%
1Oct-132392738228.1797.10%
1Nov-132402760230.0098.69%
1Dec-132412782231.83100.27%
Expected DA/DR from January, 2014
3rd Expectation: Point 1 in every month1Aug-132362693224.4293.86%99%
1Sep-132372715226.2595.45%
1Oct-132382736228.0096.96%
1Nov-132392757229.7598.47%
1Dec-132402778231.5099.98%
Expected DA/DR from January, 2014

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Source: http://centralgovernmentstaffnews.blogspot.in/2013/08/4-point-rise-in-july-2013-aicpin-da-for.html
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PFRDA BILL LIKELY TO BE TAKEN UP IN PARLIAMENT ON 2nd SEPTEMBER 2013.

PFRDA BILL LIKELY TO BE TAKEN UP IN PARLIAMENT ON 2nd SEPTEMBER 2013. 
 
ORGANISE TWO HOUR WALK OUT AND NATIONWIDE PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS
It is reported that PFRDA Bill will be take up in Parliament for discussion and adoption on 2nd September. Confederation National Secretariat once again calls upon all Central Government Employees to organize 2 hour walkout and nationwide protest demonstration on the day if bill is taken up or on the next day if information received late.
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General

Source: http://www.centralgovernmentnews.com/pfrda-bill-likely-to-be-taken-up-in-parliament-on-2nd-september-2013/
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Item Wise reply of Railway Board on the issues raised by AIRF

Item Wise reply of Railway Board on the issues raised by AIRF. 
 
The following issues raised by Federations which are outside the purview of this Ministry were referred/have been referred to concerned Ministries/Deptts. :-
 

S.No.
Item
Officer(s) concerned
Comments from the concerned Dte.
1.Setting up of VII Central Pay Commission without further delay.EDPC-IIThe issue raised under this item comes under the pruview of Ministry of Finance. Accordingly, the matter referred to MOF.
2.Merger of DA with payEDPC-IIThe issue raised under this item comes under the pruview of Ministry of Finance. Accordingly, the matter referred to MOF.
3.Scrap New Pension Scheme and cover all the staff with pension and family pension scheme as available to staff appointed prior to 1.1.2004.EDF(E)The decision of introducing New Pensoin System for all the new entrants to Government/Railway Service on or after 1.1.2004 is of the Government of India taken in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs. The Ministry of Railways, being an Administrative Ministry in respect of pensionary matter is bound to adhere to the decision taken by the Government and is not empowered to take any unilateral decision in the matter. Accordingly, the matter referred to Deptt. of Financial Services.
4.Stepping up of pay of senior employee on par with junior employee consequent on modification of ACP Scheme as MACP is pending with the Railway Board.EDPC-IFor the purpose of MACP Scheme, Department of Personnel and Training is the nodal Department of the Government and instructions issued by them on this usbject ar adopted by this Ministry in reapect of Railway Employees. The issue regaring stepping up of pay of senior employees at par with their Junior drawing higher pay under MACPS has been examined in consultation with DoP&T on a reference from the Fedetations. DoP&T have advised that stepping up of pay of senior at par with thier junior drawing higher Grade Pay under MACPS is not admissible. Since, DoP&T is the nodal Department for the purpose of MACPS, this Ministry is not in position to take any unilateral decision on the matter.
5.Increase the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance to all RELHS beneficiaries.EDPC-IFor the purpose of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA), Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare is the nodal Department of Govt. and instructions issued by them on FMS, are adopted by this Ministry in respect of Railway pensioners. As such, this Ministry is not in position to take any unilateral decision on this subject. Accordingly, the matter referredt ot DOP&PW.
6.Exempt Transport Allowance and Special Duty Allowance for the pruview of Income Tax deduction.DF(X)-IThe matter regarding increases in the eligible exemption limit in the case of tranport allowance from Rs.800/- p.m. to Rs.3200/- p.m. was referred to the Ministry of Finance. However, the request of the Ministry of Railways has not been agreed to by the Ministry of Finance. 

2. The matter regarding exemption of Special Duty Allowance for the purview of Income Tax has been referred to the Ministry of Finance vide Boards O.M. No. F(X)I-2009/23/6 dated 24/9/2012. Reply is still awaited therefrom.
7.Raise the ceiling limit of Rs. 3500 for the purpose of payment of PLB.EDPC-IProductivity Linked Bonus is paid on the Railways in accordance with the scheme of Productivity Linked Bonus arrived at in consultation with the recognized federations and approval of the Government. The computation ceiling for payment of PLB has been prescribed as Rs.3500/- p.m. by the Ministry of Finance, which is the nodal Ministry and this ceiling is applicable to all Ministries & Departments of the Central Govt. Ministry of Railways cannot unilaterally take a decision in the matter. Accordingly, the matter referred to MOF.
8.Upgrade all categories of staff in Grade Pay of Rs. 2400 to Rs. 2800EDPC-IIThe pay scale of various categories of Central Government employees including Railway employees are based on the recommendations of the Central Pay Commission and accepted by the Central Government. A unilateral decision cannot be taken by Ministry of Railways on the demand raised by the Federation as it is beyond the purview of Ministry of, Railways. Accordingly, the matter referred to MOF.
9.Granting of one increment for the employees in the categories Like MCMs, Loco Running Staff, SMs, P.Way Supervisors etc when they get horizontal promotions without reckoning the same as “Promotion” for the purpose of granting financial up gradation under MACP.EDPC-IFor the purpose of MACP Scheme, Department of Personnel & Training is the nodal Department of the Govt. and instructions issued by them on this subject are adopted by this Ministry in respect of Railway employees. As per the instructions contained in Para-8 of Annexure to policy instructions on MACPS, promotion earned in the post carzying same Grade pay in the promotional hierarchy as per recruitment rules shall be counted for the purpose of MACPS. Since, DoP&T is the nodal Department for the purpose of MACPS, this Ministry is not in position to take any unilateral decision on the matter. Accordingly, the matter referred to MOF.
10.Grant parity in pension and family pension to the staff/family retired prior to 01.01.2006EDF(E)In this regard it is stated that neither the 6th Pay Commission appointed by the Government has recommended nor any decision for giving full parity in pension to pre-2006 retirees with post 2006 retirees has been taken by the Government. The Ministry of Railways being an Administrative Ministry in respect of pensionary matters is bound to adhere to the decision taken by the nodal department, the DOP&PW, Accordingly, the matter referred to Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pension.
11.Raise the ceiling of Incorne Tax deduction‚ from Railway employees, Ministry of Railways are from Rs. 2.00 lakh to Rs. 3.00 lakh, as recommended by the Standing Committee on Finance.DF(X)IIIn all matters relating to recovery of Inocme Tax from Railway employees, Ministry of Railways are guided by the provisions of Income Tax Act, 1967 and various instructions received from the Ministry of Finance (Central Board of Direct Taxes) from time to time. The MoF is the nodal ministry dealing with this subject. As such, the Ministry of Railways can not take any unilateral decision in che matter. Accordingly the matter referred to MOF.
12.Implement pending Board of Arbitration Awards on House Rent Allowance, Over Time, Transport Allowance besides pay scales of Accounts Department staff.EDPC-IFor the purpose of these subjects, Ministry of Finance is the nodal Department of Govt. and this Ministry is following instructions issued by them from time to time. So far no decision as such on these issues from Ministry of Finance has been received. As MoF is the nodal Ministry on these subjects, it is not possible to take any decision unilaterally. Accordingly, the mattter referred to MOF.
13.Rectification of MACP anomalies.EDPC-IFor the purpose of MACP Scheme, Depatment of Personnel & Training is the nodal Department of the Govt. and instructions issued by them on this subject are adopted by this Ministry in respect of Railway employees. The issues raised by the Federations from time to time are examined in consultation with DOP&T and decided accordingly. Since, DOP&T is the nodal Department for the purpose of MACPS, this Ministry is not in position to deviate from the instructions/clarifications issued by them on the subjects. Accordingly, the matter refer to DOP &Trg.
14.Enhancement of Income Tax exemption limit in the case of Running StaffDF(X)IIThe matter regarding enhancement of Income Tax Exemption Limit in the case of Running staff reckoning of Running Allowance as pay for the purpose of deduction of Income Tax was referred to the inistry of Finance. However, the request of the Ministry of Railways has not been agreed to by the Ministry Of Finance.
Source: AIRF
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25% of Salary to be paid as advance due to Onam Festival in Kerala

25% of Salary to be paid as advance due to Onam Festival in Kerala

Kerala Government has decided to issue 25% of Pay and allowances as advance to the employees of State Government in the month of September.
Government order has been issued by the Finance Department on 26th August 2013, in order to celebrate the festival of Onam in Kerala, 25% of salary to be paid in advance in the month of September who are willing to avail. The advance payment will be adjusted in the salary to be paid in October, 2013.
The advance payment will be issued on 11th, 12th and 13th September 2013, to the employees working in State Government, NMR Workers of all Departments and employees of Aided Schools, Colleges and Polytechnics.

Source: http://www.centralgovernmentnews.com/25-of-salary-to-be-paid-as-advance-due-to-onam-festival-in-kerala/
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Risk Allowance to Central Government employees

Dopt Orders on Risk Allowance – Risk Allowance to Central Government employees – clarification reg.

 The order said that ‘there is no need for issuing separate instructions continuing payment of Risk Allowance beyond 31.12.2012′.
No.21012/01/2010-Estt. (Allowance)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

Block No.IV, Old JNU Campus,
New Delhi, 26th August, 2013.

Office Memorandum

Subject: Risk Allowance to Central Government employees – clarification reg.

Reference in invited to this Department’s O.M. No.21012/01/2008-Estt.(Allowance) dated 18th June, 2012 wherein the grant of Risk Allowance was extended at the then existing rates beyond 30.06.2012 and upto 31.12.2012. Subsequently, vide this Department’s OM. No.21012/01/2010-Estt. (Allowance) dated October 18, 2012 the rates of Risk Allowance were revised with effect from 1st September, 2008, implying that grant of Risk Allowance would be at revised rates w.e.f. 1st September, 2008 onwards. Hence, there is no need for issuing separate instructions continuing payment of Risk Allowance beyond 31.12.2012.
This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary (Establishment).
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(S.G.Mulchandaney)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source :www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/21012_01_2010-Estt.Allowance-26082013.pdf]
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Executive Engineers in 3rd MACP with GP 7600 not entitled for NFU: CPWD Clarification

Executive Engineers in 3rd MACP with GP 7600 not entitled for NFU: CPWD Clarification

The Executive Engineers who have already been granted 3rd Financial up-gradation in the grade pay of Rs 7600/- under MACP scheme would not be entitled for NFU to the same grade in future – Clarification by CPWD.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
CENTRAL PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
N1RMAN BHAWAN, NEW DELHI.
DG/Estt./15
Date:- 29/08/2013
 OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme for the Central Government Civilian Employees-Clarification regarding grant of benefits of MACPS to Officers who have later on inducted into Organized Group A Service.

The undersigned is directed to refer to DOPT’s O.M No. 35034/10/2011-Estt. dated 13/06/2013 regarding grant of 3rd financial upgradation under MACP scheme in respect of Executive Engineers who have already been inducted into Organized Group ‘A’ Services. In this connection, DOPT vide above OM clarified that it has been decided to allow grant of financial up-gradation under MACPs with effect from the due date to those officers who are inducted to the organized Group `A’ Services when they are nearing retirement subject to the condition that only at the time of retirement an evaluation of up-gradation/promotion earned by the officer would be made. In case such officers have already attained three financial up-gradations under MACP scheme, they shall not be entitled for NFU to the same grade from a later date (Copy enclosed).
In view of above, the Executive Engineers who have already been granted 3rd Financial up-gradation in the grade pay of Rs 7600/- under MACP scheme would not be entitled for NFU to the same grade in future.

sd/-
(Suresh Chandra)
Deputy Director (Admn).
Source: www.cpwd.nic.in
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Changes in the scheme of selection process for recruitment to the promotion quota of various cadres of All India Services

Changes in the scheme of selection process for recruitment to the promotion quota of various cadres of All India Services

It has been approved in principle, to consider a few changes in the scheme of selection process for recruitment to the promotion quota of various cadres of All India Services.  As per the existing regulations, the assessment of the suitability of a candidate is made on the basis of his service records.  As per the revised scheme, it is proposed to assess the candidate on the basis of four components i.e. ‘Written Examination’, ‘Length of Service’, ‘Assessment of Performance Appraisal Reports’ and ‘Interviews’.

The above decision was taken after consulting the State Governments and the concerned Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs i.e., the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Environment and Forest).  Further, to implement the scheme, necessary amendments in the concerned rules/regulations are necessary.  The State Governments & the CCAs concerned have been consulted on this aspect also.  The Central Government has received certain objections from different quarters, such as that the new scheme will be detrimental to the interests of senior state services officers, the officers belonging to the categories of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes; it would also undermine the element of experience viz-a-viz academic knowledge and would be against the larger public interest as the officers would prefer studying in place of doing public service, etc.   The inputs received in this regard from the State Governments and other quarters will be kept in view in firming up the regulations.

This was stated by Shri V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in written reply to a question by Dr. Chandan Mitra today.

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KSD/SAMIR/sk
Annexure A
SUMMARY OF THE AFFIDAVIT BY THE GOVERNMENT

The salient features of the affidavit are as under:

a. Non Interference in Investigation
Non-interference in investigation of CBI in PC Act offence cases is already provided in the DSPE Act.

b. Appointment of Director, CBI
Appointment of  Director CBI by the President on the recommendation of a Committee consisting of Prime Minister as Chairperson, Leader of Opposition in the House of People as Member and the Chief Justice of India or a Judge of the Supreme Court nominated by him as Member.

c. Removal of Director, CBI
Removal of Director CBI, only by order of the President on grounds of proved misbehavior and incapacity after the Central Vigilance Commission on a reference made to it by the President has reported that the Director is guilty based on an inquiry conducted in accordance with the AIS Rules in this regard.

d. Director, CBI as member of Selection Committee
Induction of Director CBI as full-fledged member in the Selection Committee for recommending selection of officers of CBI of the level of SP and above.

e. Superintendence on Non-PC Act offences
Superintendence of the Delhi Special Police Establishment for all cases (other than Prevention of Corruption Act offences whose superintendence is with Central Vigilance Commission) has been in the Central Government, with a rider that while exercising the powers of superintendence, the Central Government shall not exercise powers in such a manner so as to require the Delhi Special Police Establishment to investigate or dispose of any case in a particular manner.

f. Timeline for prosecution of officers under Section 6(A) of DSPE Act
On the required approval of the Central Government before conducting inquiry or investigation against officers of JS level or above under Section 6(A) of DSPE Act, it has been provided that the Central Government shall take a final decision within a period of 3 months and an order declining such request would contain reasons in support thereof.

g. Appointment of Director (Prosecution)
Director of Prosecution is to be selected based on the recommendation of the Selection Committee, headed by the Central Vigilance Commissioner with Secretary DoPT, Secretary MHA, and Secretary Department of Legal Affairs as members and Director CBI as member convener. The categories of persons who shall be eligible for appointment, apart from cadre officers of the Ministry of Law & Justice, would include a person who has been in practice as an advocate for not less than 15 years and has been designated as a senior advocate. Powers and functions of the Director of Prosecution have been delineated.

h. Institutional accountability of CBI
Establishment of an Accountability Commission has been proposed to ensure institutional accountability of CBI.  The Commission will consist of three whole time Members, to be appointed by the President, from amongst the  retired judges of the Supreme Court or the High Court with the senior most judge as the Chairperson of the Commission and the CVC as an ex-officio Member. The salary and allowances and the other terms and conditions would be as may be prescribed by the Government. The jurisdiction, functions and powers of the Commission have been detailed. The Commission would entertain and inquire into allegations of misbehavior, incapacity, impropriety or irregularity on the part of officers and staff of DSPE. However the complainant has to approach the Director in the first instance.

i. Financial Autonomy:
Apart from functional autonomy to CBI, the financial powers of the Director shall be equivalent to the powers exercisable by the Director General of Central Reserve Police Force.

j. In accordance with Cabinet`s approval the Central Government shall introduced a Bill containing the necessary amendments in Parliament and the same shall be moved in accordance with Parliamentary procedure.
Source : PIB
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Revision of Special Pay granted to Trolleyman working in Engineering and S&T Departments – reg.

Revision of Special Pay granted to  Trolleyman  working  in  Engineering and S&T  Departments – reg.
N F I R
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3,CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 11O055
Affillated to :
lndian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

NO. IV/NFIR/VIth CPC/Main/10/Pt. IX
Dated: 27/08/2013
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
NEW DELHI

Dear Sir,
Sub:  Revision of Special Pay granted to  Trolleyman  working  in  Engineering and S&T  Departments – reg.

Ref:  (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 34/2012.
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. E (P&A) I-2012/FE-4/5 dated 10/07/2013.
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While going through the observations/recommendations of the Committee pursuant to the instructions of  DoP&T  (based on Vth  CPC), the Federation notes that absolutely harsh criteria has been proposed by the committee of Executive Directors, Railway Board in listing out categories for grant of Risk Allowance.
2.  In this connection, NFIR  wishes to bring to the notice of the Railway Board that the nominated Committee was required to bifurcate the categories of staff into two types of risks involved in the course of performing duties as defined by the Vth CPC. These are:
  • Continuous risks: Where the employee is prone to risk fully or partially in the course of performing Railway duties and
  • Contingent  risks:  In this category of risk the Railway employees have to face risk like one – time event and also when the event is uncertain.
3.  Federation further desires to highlight that the Committee has incorrectly denotified following  categories of  staff who face continuous risk  in the course of  performing railway duties by virtue of their job contents:-
  • Gate Keepers
  • Track Maintainers
  • Staff handling 440 Volts & above equipments,
  • Shuntman
  • Shunting Master
  • Shunting Jamadar
  • Shunting Porter
  • Trolley man
  • TRD Lineman
  • Welder
The contention of NFIR could be established  by the fact that every year in the Train accidents, derailments etc some of the staff of above categories get injured and more than often killed due to their nature ofjob involving continuous risk.
List of denotified categories of staff, therefore needs to revised to include at least above categories for payment of Risk Allowance.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to  review the decision and issue suitable instructions on the above lines to settle the demand raised in the PNM meeting. Copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed  to the Federation.

Yours faithfully
(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Copy to the General Secretaries  of affiliated unions of NFIR.
Copy to the Media Centre/NFIR.
File No. 34/2012 (pNM).
File No. I/5 (9).
Copy to VII CPC file.

Source: www.nfirindia.org
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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

FAQ by DoPT of Recruitment Rules – Deputation, Qualifying Service, Promotions, Absorption etc.

FAQ by DoPT of Recruitment Rules – Deputation, Qualifying Service, Promotions, Absorption etc.


No. AB.14017/13/2013-Estt. (RR) (1349)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi

FAQs on Recruitment Rules

 1. What are Recruitment Rules?

Ans. Recruitment Rules are rules notified under proviso to Article 309 or any specific statutes for post(s) prescribing inter alia the method of Recruitment and eligibility for such recruitment. It contains notification part having substantive rules and schedule part (as per prescribed Annexure-I). Recruitment Rules are subordinate legislation and so, they are statutory in nature.

2. What are Service Rules?
Ans. Service Rules are Recruitment Rules for any of the Organized Central Services covering many aspects including constitution of the Service, seniority, probation and other conditions of service.


3. Whether Recruitment Rules are applicable retrospectively?

Ans. The legal position is that the posts are to be filled up as per the eligibility conditions prescribed in the Recruitment Rules in force at the time of occurrence of vacancies unless the Recruitment Rules are amended retrospectively. The practice has however been to give effect to the Recruitment Rules prospectively.


4. Why are Recruitment Rules framed?

Ans. As soon as decision is taken to create a new post/ service to upgrade any post or re-structure any service, the Recruitment Rules/ Service Rules are framed. Any post is filled up as per the provisions of the Recruitment Rules/ Service Rules.
5. Why are Recruitment Rules amended?

Ans. Revision in the Recruitment Rules is made by way of amendment to incorporate changes due to implementation of Central Pay Commission Report, modification of orders/ instructions on the subject, creation/ abolition of posts etc. during the intervening period.


6. How Recruitment Rules are framed/ amended?

Ans. Recruitment Rules for Group ‘A’ & ‘B’ posts/ service are framed/amended by the administrative Ministry/Department in consultation with Department of Personnel & Training, Union Public Service Commission and Ministry of Law (Legislative Department) and approval of competent authority in the Ministry/ Department to be obtained.

7. Why and how are Recruitment Rules relaxed?

Ans. The power to relax clause in the Recruitment Rules/ Service Rules provides the authority to relax the rules in respect of class or category of person. The administrative Ministry/ Department may resort to relaxation of the rules consultation with Department of Personnel & Training and Union Public Service Commission.

8. Who is competent authority to frame/amend the Recruitment Rules?

Ans. All Recruitment Rules including their amendments should be approved at the level of Minister-in-charge, unless the Minister has by general or special order delegated such approval at a lower level(s).

9. Who is competent authority to frame/amend the Recruitment Rules of Group 'C' posts?

Ans. Administrative Ministries/ Departments are empowered to frame/ amend the Recruitment Rules in respect of Group 'C' posts keeping in view the guidelines/ Model Recruitment Rules issued by this Department on various aspects. In case of deviation from existing guidelines/ Model Recruitment Rules, the concurrence of Department of Personnel & Training is to be obtained.

10. Who is competent authority to relax the Recruitment Rules of Group 'C' posts?

Ans. The Ministries/ Departments are competent to relax the Recruitment Rules for Group 'C' posts. The provisions governing upper age limit or qualifications for direct recruitment should not however be relaxed without prior concurrence of Department of Personnel & Training.

11. What is the format/ procedure to send the proposal for consultation with Department of Personnel & Training for framing/amendment of Recruitment Rules?

Ans. Proposal for framing/ amendment of Recruitment Rules fs r Group 'A' & Group 'B' posts (except Service Rules) is sent to Department f Personnel & Training, first, on-line under Recruitment Rules Framing Amendment and Monitoring System (RRFAMS) of the on-line services of Department of Personnel & Training. After approval of on-line Recruitment Rules in Department of Personnel & Training, the proposal is referred by the Administrative Ministry/ Department in a file with a self-contained note accompanied inter alia the following: -
(i) Check-list for sending proposal to Department of Personnel & Training.
(ii) Copy of the report of freezed on-line Recruitment Rules.
(iii) Draft Recruitment Rules including notification and Schedule 1 (for posts other than those in the Organized Services) in the proforma in Annexure I.
(iv) Supporting particulars in Annexure II (for framing of Recruitment Rules)/ Annexure-III (for amendment of Recruitment Rules), as prescribed in Department of Personnel & Training OM No. AB.14017/48/2010-Estt.(RR) dated 31.12.2010.
(v) Recruitment Rules for the feeder posts(s) and the higher post, if any.
(vi) Present sanctioned strength of the post for which rules are being framed/ amended as also of the lower and higher posts.

12. What are model Recruitment Rules?

Ans. Model Recruitment Rules for a number of common categories of posts have been framed in consultation with Union Public Service Commission, wherever required. While framing/ amending Recruitment Rules for such posts, the model rules should be adhered to.

13. What is procedure for consultation with Union Public Service Commission?

Ans. After obtaining the concurrence of the Department of Personnel & Training, the Administrative Ministry / Department should refer the draft Recruitment Rules for posts/ services which are within the purview of the Union Public Service Commission in a self-contained letter to the Commission, along with the information in the prescribed proforma (Check list, Annexure II/ Annexure-III etc.). It should be stated in the letter to the Commission whether the clearance of the Department of Personnel & Training (and also the Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare were required) ha been obtained in respect of the proposals in question.

14. What is initial constitution clause in Recruitment Rules?

Ans. In cases where a new service is formed and the Recruitment Rules are framed for the first time and that there are officers already holding different categories of posts proposed to be included in the service on regular / long term basis, a suitable 'Initial Constitution' Clause may be inserted in the Notification so as to count the regular service rendered by such officers before the date of notification of the Rules.

15. Whether reservation, relaxation of age limit and other concessions for special categories of persons are applicable in Recruitment Rules?

Ans. These concessions in recruitments are made applicable by inserting the following 'Saving Clause' in the covering notification of the Recruitment Rules:-
"Nothing in those rules shall affect reservations, relaxation of age-limit and other concessions required to be provided for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, Ex-servicemen and other special categories of persons, in accordance with the orders issued by the Central Government from time to time in this regard".
16. What is the schedule in Recruitment Rules?


Ans. The schedule of Recruitment Rules of post(s) is a 13 columns table as per prescribed Annexure-I (vide OM No. AB-14017/48/20l0-Esft. (RR) dated 3 1.12.2010) containing details of the post(s) along with method of recruitment and eligibility criteria. The prescribed schedule is used for post(s) which are not covered by any organized service.

17. What is notification part of Recruitment Rules?


Ans. Notification of Recruitment Rules contains the substantive rules which include the provisions related to title, date of commencement, enabling provision for applicability of schedule, disqualification clause, power to relax clause, saving clause and any other rule specific to a post viz, initial constitution clause, liability for all-India Service etc.

18. What are the upper age limits prescribed for Direct Recruitment?

Ans. The upper age limits for different posts depend upon the nature of duties, educational qualifications and experience requirements as prescribed in this Department OM No. AB- 14017/48/201 0-Estt (RR) dated 31 .1 2.2010 (Para 3.7.4.1 & 3.7.4.2).

19. What are relaxations available for upper age limit in direct Recruitment Rules?

Ans. A provision is prescribed in the recruitment rules for relaxation of the upper age-limit for departmental candidates up to 40 years for appointment by direct recruitment to Groups C posts and for Government servants up to 5 years for direct recruitment to Groups A and B posts:

20. How to calculate crucial date for age limit?

Ans. In the case of recruitment through the Union Public Service Commission and the Staff Selection Commission, the crucial date for determining the age- limit shall be as advertised by the UPSC / SSC. In the case of other recruitment, the crucial date for determining the age-limit shall be the closing date for receipt of applications from candidates in India (and not the closing date prescribed for those in Assam etc.).

21. How is the educational and other qualification required for direct recruit fixed?

Ans. The minimum educational qualifications and experience required for direct recruitment may be indicated as precisely as possible and if necessary, into two parts, viz., “Essential Qualifications” and “Desirable Qualifications” taking into account the pay band! grade pay and the nature of duties, and the provisions in the approved Recruitment Rules for similar higher and lower posts in the same hierarchy.

22. Whether the educational qualifications prescribed for direct recruits are applicable to promotees?

Ans. The educational qualifications are not generally insisted upon in the case of promotion to posts of non-technical nature; but for scientific and technical posts, these should be insisted upon, in the interest of administrative efficiency, at least in the case of senior Group A posts in the Pay Band-3 Grade Pay Rs. 6600 and above. Sometimes the qualifications for junior Group A posts and Group B posts may not be insisted upon in full but only the basic qualification in the discipline may be insisted upon.

23. Whether any age limit prescribed for promotion?

Ans. Unless there are any specific grounds, the age limit prescribed for direct recruits are not insisted upon in the case of promotees.

24. When probation for appointment to a post/service in Central Government is prescribed? What is the duration of probation?

Ans. The probation is prescribed when there is direct recruitment, promotion from one Group to another e.g. Group B to Group A or officers re-employed before the age of superannuation. There will be no probation for promotion from one grade to another but within the same group of posts e.g. from Group ‘C’ to Group ‘C’ and for appointment on contract basis, tenure basis, re-employment after superannuation and absorption. The period of probation is as prescribed in this Department OM No. AB-14017/48/2010-Estt (RR) dated 3 1.12.2010 (Para 3.10.1 & 3.10.2).

25. What are the methods of recruitments?

Ans. The different methods of recruitment are:
(a) Promotion
(b) Direct Recruitment
(c) Deputation
(d) Absorption
(e) Re-employment
(f) Short-term contract

26. How is the method of recruitment or percentage of vacancies to be filled by various methods of recruitment decided?


Ans. The percentage of vacancies to be filled by each method that may be prescribed for a particular post or Service depend on a judicious blending of several considerations, e.g.,
(i) the nature of duties, qualifications and experience required;
(ii) the availability of suitable personnel possessing, the requisite qualifications and experience within a cadre. .
(iii) The need for ensuring that suitable incentives exist for the maintenance of an adequate standard of efficiency in the cadre;
(iv) Consideration of the question whether, having regard to the role to be performed by a specified cadre or Service, it is necessary to provide for direct intake of officers at an appropriate level with a view to injecting fresh knowledge and experience that may not be normally available in a particular Service or Department etc.
(v) The proper mix of the six methods of recruitment i.e. (a) promotion (b) direct recruitment (c) deputation (d) absorption (e) re-employment (I) short-term contract (mentioned at (a) to (f) above).

27. What is promotion?


Ans. Promotion is method of recruitment from feeder grade post(s) to higher post in the hierarchy as per the provisions of the Recruitment Rules. If promotion is kept as a method of recruitment, it is also necessary to lay down the number of years of qualif5ring service before the persons in the field become eligible for promotion. Only regular, and not ad hoc, period of service is taken into account for purposes of computing this service.

28. What is Direct Recruitment?

Ans. Direct recruitment is the recruitment which is open to all candidates, eligible as per the provisions regarding age, educational qualification! experience etc. as prescribed in Recruitment Rules.

29. What is Deputation?

Ans. Deputation is a method of recruitment where officers of Central Government Departments or State! UT Governments from outside are appointed to post(s) in Central Government for a limited period, by the end of which they will have to return to their parent cadres. In case of isolated post, it is desirable to keep the method of recruitment of deputation! short term contract as otherwise the incumbents of such posts, if directly recruited, will not have any avenue of promotion! career progression.

30. What is short term contract?

Ans. Short term contract is also a form of deputation where officers from non-
Government bodies e.g. universities, research institutions, public sector undertakings for teaching, research, scientific and technical post(s) can come to Central Government posts.

31. Whether absorption and Deputation are synonymous? What is absorption?


Ans. Absorption and deputation are not synonymous. There is a substantial difference between absorption and deputation. Under the provision absorption, the officer, who initially comes on deputation, may be permanently absorbed in the post! grade if recruitment rules prescribe for absorption as mode of recruitment. Such absorption can be effected only in the case of officers who are on deputation from the Central I State Government.

32. What is composite method of recruitment?

Ans. In cases where the field of promotion or feeder grade consists of only one post, the method of recruitment by “deputation (including short-term contract) / promotion” is prescribed so that the eligible departmental officer is considered along with outsiders. If the departmental candidate is selected for appointment to the post; it is to be treated as having been filled by promotion; otherwise, the post is to be filled by deputation I short-term contract for the prescribed period of deputation / short-term contract at the end of which the departmental officer will again be afforded an opportunity to be considered for appointment to the post.

33. How is field of deputation decided?

Ans. The field for “deputation! short-term contract! absorption should, as far as possible, consist of officers holding analogous posts on regular basis but may be widened to include officers working in the next lower grade also with the qualifying service on regular basis normally prescribed for promotion.

34. How is the period of qualifying service for promotion decided?

Ans. The qualifying service for promotion from one grade to another is necessary so that there is no premature promotion or undue jump in pay and also to ensure that the officer has sufficient opportunity to demonstrate his competence/potential for holding the higher post. The period of qualifying service varies from post to post depending upon the scale of pay and the experience, required for manning the higher post. Broadly, the following qualifying service to be followed is prescribed in this Department OM No. AB1 4017/48/2010-Estt (R.R) dated 31.12.2010 (para 3.12.2).

35. What is the maximum age limit for Deputation?

Ans. The maximum age limit for appointment on deputation (including short term contract) or absorption shall be not exceeding 56 years as on the closing date of receipt of applications.

36. What is the crucial date for determination of eligibility of absorption) deputation?

Ans. The guidelines for crucial date for determination of eligibility for absorption! deputation are as follows: -
(i) In the case of a vacancy already existing at the time of issue of the communication inviting nominations, the eligibility may be determined with reference to the last date prescribed for receipt of nominations in the Ministry/ Department! Organization responsible for making appointment to the post i.e. originating Ministry etc.
(ii) In the case where a vacancy is anticipated, the crucial date for determining eligibility should be the date on which the vacancy is expected to arise.

37. How is Departmental Committee formed?

Ans. When promotion is kept as a method of recruitment, the detailed composition of the Departmental Promotion Committee, with minimum 3 officers, may be indicated. In the case of promotion to Group ‘A’ posts, the Union Public Service Commission shall also be associated. The total strength of DPC including Chairman need not necessarily be an odd number, as the decision is to be taken as a joint one.

38. What are the circumstances in which Union Public Service Commission is to be consulted for recruitment?

Ans. 1.JPSC is required to consult in case of recruitment to all Central Civil Services and Central Civil Posts. Exemption from Consultation with Union Public Service Commission is governed by the Union Public Service Commission (Exemption from Consultation) Regulations, 1958 as amended from time to time and the Central Civil Services and Civil Posts (Consultation with Union Public Commission) Rules, 1999 as amended. Some of the circumstances in which the Union Public Service Commission are to be consulted in making recruitment to the posts are illustrated below: (i) Direct Recruitment,
(ii) Re-employment,
(iii) Absorption,
(iv) Composite method of recruitment (i.e. where the departmental candidate
is to be considered along with outsiders),
(v) In case of deputation — (a) if the field for consideration includes State Government Officers or Group ‘A’ & ‘B’ officers of the Central Government simultaneously and (b) if the field for consideration consists of not only Central/State Government officers but also officers from nonG overnment institutions
(vi) Any relaxation or amendment of the provisions of the Recruitment Rules.

39. Whether recruitment to a post can be made in absence of recruitment rules of a post?


Ans. If there are overriding compulsions for filling any Group A or Group B post in the absence of Recruitment Rules, then the Ministries! Department may make reference to Union Public Service Commission for determination of method of recruitment as a onetime measure for filling up of a post on regular basis.

40. What are the limits for notification of Recruitment Rules?


Ans. The Recruitment Rules or amendment(s) thereto as finally approved by the Union Public Service Commission are required to be notified within a period of 10 weeks from the date of receipt of their advice letter. This time limit should be strictly adhered to.

41. What needs to be done in case where posts are transferred to some other Ministries/ Departments?

Ans. The Ministry/Departments concerned should mutually agree for transfer of the posts and the same should be concurred by Department of Expenditure. Thereafter, the existing RR needs to be de-notified in consultation of Department of Personnel & Training, Union Public Service Commission and Ministry of Law. Suitable recruitment rules in the transferred Department may be framed? amended following due procedure.

Source : www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/AB.14017_13_2013-Estt-RR.pdf]
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Complaints against CGHS & Government initiatives to improve the services

Complaints against CGHS & Government initiatives to improve the services

The Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) is providing comprehensive healthcare facilities to the Central Government employees and pensioners and some other select categories of persons in 25 cities across the country. Government has taken a large number of initiatives over last few years to improve the functioning of CGHS which have yielded positive results. However, the Ministry has also been receiving suggestions, representations and complaints on various aspects of the functioning of this Scheme. The complaints reported from different States are generally of similar nature and can be broadly classified in the following categories:


1. The number of private hospitals on the panel of CGHS in some cities including Thiruvanathpuram, Kerala, is not adequate.

2. The number of CGHS dispensaries is not adequate.

3. Need to cover more cities under CGHS.

4. Shortage of doctors and staff in dispensaries.

5. Impolite and rude behavior of dispensary staff.

6. Delay in supply of indented medicines.

7. Overcharging and denial of credit facility by empanelled private hospitals.

8. Disruption in services due to break down in internet connectivity.

9. Delay in settlement of Medical Reimbursement Claims.

10. Delay in issue of plastic cards.

11. Non- supply of Ayurvedic medicines, etc.



Government has taken the following initiatives to improve the services of CGHS to its beneficiaries:

1. ‘Continuous Empanelment Scheme’ has been revived in all CGHS locations to empanel more number of eligible private hospitals and diagnostic/ imaging centres. The process of empanelment has also been decentralised by delegating powers at the city level.

2. CGHS beneficiaries residing in non-CGHS areas have been allowed to avail follow up and inpatient medical treatment in hospitals recognised under CS (MA) Rules and ECHS.

3. Ministry has mooted a proposal for opening at least one dispensary in the capital of the States where CGHS is not in operation.

4. CGHS engages retired Government doctors on short term contract basis to address the shortage of doctors wherever required. The powers to engage retired doctors on contract basis have also been delegated at city level.

5. Instructions have been issued to the doctors and other staff to be polite and courteous in their behaviour towards the beneficiaries.

6. There is a provision to penalise the authorised local chemists for delay in supply of indented medicines.

7. Appropriate actions are taken against the defaulting hospitals for overcharging and denial of credit facility.

8. Instructions have been issued to provide consultation/treatment even in case of breakdown of internet connectivity. Instructions have also been issued to create standby arrangement to ensure uninterrupted services.

9. Continuous monitoring of MRCs are done at the level of Additional Directors to ensure timely settlement. Time limit of 45 days has been fixed for final settlement of MRCs.

10.  The requirement for referral /permission for diagnostic tests/investigations has been done away with.

11.  ‘SMS-Alert’ system has been introduced by CGHS for close contact with CGHS beneficiaries

12.  CGHS beneficiaries can avail medical consultation and medicines from any CGHS Wellness Centres across the country.

13.  Biometric System for recording attendance has been introduced in CGHS to ensure punctuality.


The above information was submitted by Min of Health & Family Welfare in reply of undermentioned Rajya Sabha Question:-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
RAJYA SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO-242
ANSWERED ON-27.08.2013


  Inadequate facilities provided by CGHS

*242. DR. T.N. SEEMA:

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government has received any complaints about inadequate facilities, shortage of staff and delay in providing healthcare by the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in various States including Kerala;
(b) if so, the details of the complaints received, State-wise for the last three years and the current year; and
(c) the action taken by Government to redress these grievances, State-wise?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI GHULAM NABI AZAD)

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

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 242 FOR 27TH AUGUST, 2013
 *** see above**

Source: Rajya Sabha Q&A
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Age of Retirement of Employees of Sick CPSE

Age of Retirement of Employees of Sick CPSE


 Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises

27-August-2013 18:11 IST
Age of Superannuation of Employees of Sick Central Public Sector Enterprises

The Government has said that the Department of Public Enterprises is not considering any proposal to enhance the age of superannuation of employees of all sick Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) from 58 to 60 years. However, Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises (BRPSE) has been directed to undertake in-depth examination with regard to enhancement of age of superannuation from 58 to 60 years in respect of such CPSEs whose revival packages have been approved by the Government and which will continue to be in public sector after implementation of revival package, and thereafter make suitable recommendations to the concerned administrative Ministry for obtaining approval of competent authority. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today, Shri Praful Patel, Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, said that BRPSE has also been directed to ensure that the issue of the enhancement of age of superannuation from 58 to 60 years is adequately addressed while examining/recommending future proposals for revival of sick/loss making CPSEs and that the revival package has specific recommendation in this regard.


Shri Patel informed the House that BRPSE has not made any specific recommendation regarding enhancement of age of superannuation from 58 to 60 years in respect of employees of ITI Limited.

Source: PIB
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Retirement age 65 – Retirement age of Lecturers of NCERT to 65 years

Retirement age 65 – Retirement age of Lecturers of NCERT to 65 years

The above question was asked in Parliament on 14th August and the concerned ministry has replied that "the retirement age for all the employees of the Kendriya Vidyalayas Sangathan (KVS) and the Navodaya Vidyalayas Samithi (NVS), including the teaching staff, is 60 years.

The age of retirement for the teaching faculty in the centrally funded Higher and Technical institutes was enhanced from 62 to 65 years vide an Order issued by Department of Higher Education in March, 2007.

These orders are applicable to the teachers, who are actually engaged in teaching classes/courses/programmes of study in such institutions. At present, no proposal to enhance the retirement age of lecturers of the National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT) to 65 years is under the consideration of this Ministry.

Source: http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in/2013/08/retirement-age-65-retirement-age-of-lecturers-of-ncert-to-65-years/
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JCM National Council Meeting: CONFEDERATION DEMANDS INCLUDED IN THE AGENDA OF THE JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL

JCM National Council Meeting: CONFEDERATION DEMANDS INCLUDED IN THE AGENDA OF THE JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL

 Agenda for next meeting of the JCM National Council has been finalized on 27.08.2013 in consultation with DOP&T Twelve demands raised by Confederation in the charter of demands are included. (including GDS employees demand) Next meeting of National Council JCM is expected by the end of October 2013.

The letter give by Com. Umraomal Purohit, Secretary, JCM (NC) and the 12 demands included in the agenda are given below:

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Source: http://centralgovernmentstaffnews.blogspot.in/2013/08/jcm-national-council-meeting.html
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Dental Clinics in CGHS Dispensaries

Dental Clinics in CGHS Dispensaries

The dental services in CGHS Delhi have been outsourced in 13 Wellness Centres (5 under Central Zone and 8 under South Zone) for 22 dental procedures. The location wise details are at Annexure-A.

The details of payment made to the service provider in respect of these clinics from the starting of the services till July, 2013 are at Annexure-B.

No specific complaint has been reported about such irregularities committed by the dental clinics in connivance of some officers. However deficiency in services has been reported from the beneficiaries. An Inspection Committee has been constituted for regular inspection of the dental units to ensure proper delivery of services as per the terms and conditions of the agreement.


ANNEXURE –A
Details of CGHS Wellness Centers where the Dental Care Services have been outsourced
Central Zone : New Delhi
 
S. No.Wellness Centres NameAddress
1.Dr. Z.H. Road (D44)CGHS Dispensary Building, Dr. Z.H. Road, New Delhi.
2.Chitra Gupta Road (D51)CGHS Dispensary Building, Near Aram Bagh, New Delhi.
3.Aliganj, Lodhi Road -I (D9)CGHS Dispensary Building, Near Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
4.Kali Bari (D 76)CGHS Dispensary Building, Kali Bari Marg, DIZ Area, New Delhi.
5.CGHS Dispensary ChanakyapuriCGHS Dispensary Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

South Zone: New Delhi
 
S. No.Wellness Centres NameAddress
1.Sadiq Nagar (D63)CGHS Dispensary Building , Behind Siri Fort Road, Near G.K.-I, New Delhi.
2.SriniwasPuriCGHS Dispensary Building, Sriniwaspuri, New Delhi
3.PushpVihar (D78)A-B/125, 126, 127 – Sector –IV, PushpVihar, New Delhi.
4.R.K. Puram-V (57)CGHS Dispensary Building, Sector-XII, R.K. Puram.
5.Moti Bagh (D 16)CGHS Dispensary Building near Begum Zaidi Market, Moti Bagh, New Delhi.
6.Kidwai Nagar (D 12)CGHS Dispensary Building, 61-63, Kidwai Nagar.
7.Kalkaji. I (D42)CGHS Maternity Centre & Dispensary, Kalkaji.
8.Faridabad (D70)CGHS Dispensary Building, NH-4, Faridabad.

ANNEXURE –B
Details of Expenditure of Outsourced Dental Units in CGHS Delhi
(Figures in Rs)
 
S. No.MonthCentral ZoneSouth ZoneTotal
1.Oct-11448956-448956
2.Nov-11497881-497881
3.Dec-114043711--
4.Jan-12---
5.Feb-12---
6.Mar-12176163-176163
7.Apr-12117914225864243765566
8.May-1213006909-13006909
9.Jun-12130370552908706594575
10.Jul-1248477019285302413300
11.Aug-123552947744326910996216
12.Sep-1226639519411973605148
13.Oct-122425373-2425373
14.Nov-123272900-3272900
15.Dec-122359883-2359883
16.Jan-13174047920751113815590
17.Feb-1329846124906502789111
18.Mar-1365191381436177120880909
19.Apr-13258286025864245169284
20.May-13557993332510848831017
21.Jun-1326288541282363415452488
22.Jul-134296128742015411716282

This information was given by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha yesterday.

BN/BK/HB
(Release ID :98825)
Source: PIB via centralgovernmentnews.com
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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

No Scholarships in Kendriya Vidyalayas: Government reply in Rajya Sabha

No Scholarships in Kendriya Vidyalayas: Government reply in Rajya Sabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1742
ANSWERED ON-26.08.2013
Scholarships in Kendriya Vidyalayas

1742 . SHRI FAGGAN SINGH KULASTE

(a) whether Government provides scholarships to students belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs);
(b) if not, the reasons therefor;
(c) whether there is a provision of giving admission to the wards of Government or non-Government employees in all KVs; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (DR. SHASHI THAROOR)

(a) & (b) No, Sir. There is no scholarship scheme for the students belonging to any specific category as the Kendriya Vidyalayas are substantially supported by the Government, due to which the fee structure of these Vidyalayas is much lower as compared to other schools.

(c) & (d) Yes, Sir. The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has laid down the following priorities in granting admissions under the Civil/Defence Sector:-

(i) Children of transferable and non-transferable Central Government employees including ex-servicemen. This will also include children of foreign national officials, who come on deputation or transfer to India on invitation by the Govt. of India.

(ii) Children of transferable and non-transferable employees of Autonomous Bodies/Public Sector Undertakings/Institute of Higher Learning of the Government of India.

(iii) Children of transferable and non-transferable State Government employees.

(iv) Children of transferable and non-transferable employees of Autonomous Bodies / Public Sector Undertakings/Institute of Higher Learning of the State Governments.

(v) Children from any other category including the children of foreign nationals who are located in India due to their work or for any personal reasons. They would be considered only in case there are no Indian Nationals wait-listed for admission.

Source: Rajya Sabha
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