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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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