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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Organizational Restructuring of EPFO Approved to Address Career Progression of Over 20000 Officials

Organizational Restructuring of EPFO Approved to Address Career Progression of Over 20000 Officials

Inoperative EPF Accounts that Stopped Earning Interest in 2011, Now to Earn Interest W.E.F. 01.04.2016
Software Module for Disbursal of Salaries to EPFO Launched

EPFO’s highest decision making body, the Central Board of Trustees methere last evening . This was its 212th meeting.The Union Minister for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) and Chairman CBT, Mr BandaruDattatreya after the conclusion of the meeting said that the Board has taken two important decisions.

The first is in relation to Organisational Restructuring of EPFO. While approving the report in principle, the Board also constituted a Committee to look into the anomalies/gaps pointed out by the Board members. The committee chaired by the Central Provident Fund Commissioner has been asked to submit this report to the Board in a month’s time.

The Second major decision was to allow crediting of interest on inoperative accounts. Accounts of members who do not receive contributions for a continuous period of three years are treated as “Inoperative accounts”. Interest on these accounts was stopped in 2011. The Board decided to resume crediting interest on such accounts w.e.f. 01.04.2016

This is in view of recent amendment to paragraph 69(1) (a) that has been amended to provide for withdrawal of full amount on retirement from service after attaining the age of 58 years.Thus, the employer’s share of contribution in the provident fund account of a member would be withheld by EPFO up to the age of retirement. Hence the decision has been taken, to credit interest as per paragraph 60 of the employees ‘Provident Funds Scheme, 1952. Such an account would not be classified as an “Inoperative Account” for the purpose of paragraph 72(6) of EPFO Scheme, 1952.

The Union minister on the occasion also launched a Software module for disbursal of Salaries to EPFO. The Organisation is bringing IT (Information Technology) enabled systems to manage its Human Resources.

Better Human Resources management would bring further improvement in the service delivery by the offices.
The software will achieve the following objectives: –
– Uniformity in preparation of salary across all offices of Organization.
– Provision of Upload facility for existing data to enable speedy & correct data capture.
– No need to enter data for subsequent months. Only changes are required to be entered.
– Automated TAX calculation.
– Automated Staff Provident Fund and Loan Accounting.
– Provision to make calculation of arrears when required.
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7th CPC DA : A decade-long journey begins!

7th CPC DA : A decade-long journey begins!

“The Dearness Allowance calculations as per the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission come to an end; the method prescribed by the 7th Central Pay Commission comes into effect from Jan 2016 onward…!”

The 7th Central Pay Commission was appointed in order to evaluate the methods of calculating the salaries, incentives, benefits, pensions, retirement benefits, and Dearness Allowance of the Central Government employees and serving and retired personnel of the Indian defence forces, and suggest changes, if and when required. Four months have passed since the Central Pay Commission submitted its final report to the Centre.

The government at the centre has the discretion to accept, reject, or modify the recommendations made by the Central Pay Commission. It has constituted a high-level committee to look into the various suggestions in the report. The final decision on the implementation of the recommendations will be made based on the feedback from this empowered committee.

Meanwhile, the Central Government employees federations met with the high-level empowered committee to discuss various issues, including Minimum Wages and Fitment Factor, and to suggest required amendments in the report.

There is likely to be a delay in the publication of the notification containing the accepted recommendations by the 7th Pay Commission. Since the election Model Code of Conduct will be in place until the last week of May 2016, the Government acceptance notification is expected to be published in the first week of June. In that case, there are chances that the revised salaries will be issued from the month of June. Also, the arrears for the past five months are also likely to be released then.

Dearness Allowance is one of the much-anticipated topics among Central Government employees. In its report, the 7th Central Pay Commission had given a short explanation about Dearness Allowance.

The 6th Central Pay Commission suggested elaborate changes in the method of calculating Dearness Allowance. This time however, the 7th Central Pay Commission did not suggest any elaborate changes. It has suggested that the same process be continued.

We have presented an easy-to-use calculator here for you to calculate the likely Dearness Allowance hike. (Click to Calculate Expected DA)

We have presented a ready reckoner of the procedures that were followed when the 5th Central Pay Commission drew to a close and the 6th Central Pay Commission came into effect, which are very likely to be followed this time too.

The AICPIN points of only the month of January are available as of now. The AICPIN points for February will be released tomorrow.

You can come up with approximate AICPIN points for the remaining four months to calculate the approximate Dearness Allowance.

As of January 1, 2016, according to the Centre, the Dearness Allowance stood at 125 percent. An order of the Ministry of Finance to this effect will be released soon. In the event that the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations come into effect from January 1, 2016 onwards, the salaries of the Central Government employees will be revised by adding 125 percent to their basic pay. The new Dearness Allowance hike will be issued from 01.07.2016 onwards.

For example, if the basic pay of an employee, as on 01.01.2016, is Rs.12,000 (Grade Pay 2800 + 9200), his salary revisions and Dearness Allowance hikes as per the 6th and 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations, are given below.

Employee’s Pay as on 1.1.2016 as per the recommendations of 6th CPC
Basic Pay + 125% DA: 12000 + 15000 = 27000
Employee’s Pay as on 1.1.2016 as per the recommendations of 7th CPC
Basic Pay + No DA: 31000 + 0 = 31000

(No Dearness Allowance for the period between Jan to Jun 2016 and the first instalment of additional DA will be given only on 1.7.2016)

Source: 7thpaycommissionnews.in\
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7th Pay Commission Latest News – Don’t think 7th CPC Suggestions will Remain – Parrikar

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Don’t think 7th CPC Suggestions will Remain – Parrikar

“The seventh Pay Commission is in the form of recommendations. I do not think they (recommendations) will remain. I do not consider them as finalities. I have flagged them and will flag them properly at the right level,” said the defence minister.

7thcpc-OROP-Parrikar


7th Pay Commission Latest News – Don’t think 7th CPC Suggestions will Remain – “I will not claim that I have turned it around completely but at least something has been done so that deliveries can start. Ground has been prepared. Delivery is now the key word,” said Parrikar.


Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission was not final and he would take up concerns raised by the Armed Forces at the right level.

In an exclusive interview with the India Today, Parrikar said he has prepared ground for smoothening the defence procurement which needed to be backed by deliveries now.

On the concerns raised by the Armed Forces over the raw deal given to them in the 7th Pay Commission, Parrikar said it was not the final word. “The seventh Pay Commission is in the form of recommendations. I do not think they (recommendations) will remain. I do not consider them as finalities. I have flagged them and will flag them properly at the right level,” said the defence minister.

Parrikar, who inaugurated arms show DefExpo in Goa on Monday where a strong pitch is being made to further expand the growing defence sector, said negative environment surrounding the military acquisitions has changed.

“I will not claim that I have turned it around completely but at least something has been done so that deliveries can start. Ground has been prepared. Delivery is now the key word,” said Parrikar adding that there was an environment of mistrust, suspicion which can be frustrating in dealing with forces.

He said the industry cannot be held responsible for responding slowly to the changing atmosphere. “They have experienced a congested atmosphere and the breeze has only now begun flowing in. However, it cannot happen overnight. Confidence building measures are in place. Industry has begun responding,” he said outlining how smaller changes have been made.

“Offsets have taken off, exports are improving, procurement from local level has gone up. At the capital procurement level, it has not taken off or turned into a big deal because it takes longer. Industry has definitely responded.” Talking about the defence reforms like the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff, Parrikar said there are no hurdles in bringing defence reforms. “There has to be a rational decision. Drafts are being prepared and shared. Very soon it will be brought to the Cabinet,” he said.

Asked about delay in development of critical equipment like Intermediate Jet Trainers (IJT) for the IAF or submarines for the navy, Parrikar said the air force does not think the IJT is a requirement as it is training on simulators, Basic Trainer Aircraft and Advanced Jet Trainer. “Instead of three, it is a two-level, re-caliberated approach. The proposal for six under-construction Scorpene submarines is moving smoothly. Next project P75, I will tag along with our policy document on Strategic Partnership,” Parrikar said.

“When it will come about? Very soon, but I am not willing to issue a timeline. As far as Arihant, the issue should not be discussed. We are equally concerned and are moving in the right direction,” he said. The three services raised a number of issues, but when the pay commission sought the defence ministry’s comments and recommendation, the ministry negated most of the demands of the services, the officer said.

Source: India Today
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Implementation of Bhavishya in the Ministries/Department: Minutes of the meeting held on 17.03.2016

Implementation of Bhavishya in the Ministries/Department: Minutes of the meeting held on 17.03.2016

Minutes of the meeting held on 17.03.2016 at 10.00 AM under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (P&PID on the status of Implementation of Bhavishya in the Ministries/Department including their attached & subordinate offices

A meeting to review implementation of Bhavishya was conducted on 17.03.2016 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension) at 10.00 AM at CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Center, New Delhi.
2. List of Participating Ministry/Department is at Annexure-I

3. JS (Pension) welcomed the participants in the meeting and briefed about the status of implementation of Bhavishya . Till date 1814 DDOs are registered with Bhavishya Portal and 4975 DDOs from attached/subordinate offices/Para Military forces are yet to be registered.

4. Secretary (P&PW) stated that 52 Ministries/Department have not taken follow-up action on the decision taken in the last Review Meeting held on 05.02.2016 and this is not acceptable. After taking stock of status of implementation in different ministries/department the following decisions have been taken in the meeting:
i) Nodal Officer of each Ministry/Department should ensure that all the Salary/Pension DDOs of their Departments including Attached/Subordinate offices/Para Military forces must register on to Bhavishya before 31st March, 2016.
ii) Nodal Officer of each Ministry/Department should upload the complete/updated information about their attached offices, subordinate offices, and DDOs, etc in the prescribed tables under ‘Organizational status -Utility’ on Bhavishya Portal.
iii) NIC-DOP&PW will include a column ‘Remarks’ for Nodal Officer under ‘Organizational status -Utility’
iv) DDOs already registered on Bhavishya should upload the information of all the retirees on Bhavishya portal by way of uploading XML file of their salary package on Bhavishya. In this regard ‘User Manuals’ may be referred which are uploaded on the Bhavishya portal
v) DoP&PW will call a meeting of NIC and those Ministries/Department who are unable to get the NIC-Email ID for their DDOs, HOOs and PAOs, which is mandatory for registration in Bhavishya.
vi) Nodal Officers of Ministries/Department is requested to approach NICSI for the training on Bhavishya of their DDOs/HOO/Staff at a single point. Attached and Subordinate offices will also route their training requirement through the Nodal Officers of Ministries/Department. A meeting with NICSI and their empanelled agency will be called alongwith those ministries who are facing problem for conduction of training programme for their officers.
vii) DoPPW will contact each registered DDOs and HOOs through Call Center set up by this Department to know the status of implementation of Bhavishya. All DDOs and HOOs may be instructed by the Nodal Officer to cooperate with representative of Call Center and provide necessary inputs.
viii) Secretary (P&PW) has taken a serious note, of not attending the Review meeting by some of the Ministry/Department and directed to write a d.o. letter to the Secretary of the concerned Ministry/Department.
ix) Secretary (Pension) also directed to incorporate regional offices of D/o Official Language in Bhavishya Portal.
x) There was mismatch in some cases of data uploaded on the Bhavishya Portal under ‘Organizational Status-Utility’ and the data as stated by the Nodal Officer/representative of some ministries in the meeting. Secretary (Pension) directed to reconcile the data discrepancy.
5. The next Review Meeting on Bhavishya under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (P&PW) with the Nodal officers of all Ministries/Department will be will called shortly.

6. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

Source: Pensioners Portal
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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Railways: Now, cancelling train tickets will be just a phone call away

Now, cancelling train tickets will be just a phone call away

Indian Railway is set to launch a facility next month for the hassled passengers who find it hard to reach its counters within the stipulated time to cancel their confirmed tickets and claim refund.

Come April and cancelling a confirmed train ticket would only be a phone call away.

Indian Railway is set to launch a facility next month for the hassled passengers who find it hard to reach its counters within the stipulated time to cancel their confirmed tickets and claim refund.

“One has to dial 139 giving details of the confirmed ticket for cancelling it and the sender will get a one-time password (OTP). Passenger has to reach the counter the same day and reveal the OTP to claim refund,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

After the change in refund rules, a lot of passengers are now finding it difficult to reach counters to cancel the reserved tickets within the stipulated time and as a result they are losing money.

According to the new refund rules, railways has doubled the ticket cancellation charge with the aim of helping genuine passengers get confirmed tickets.

“The refund rules were revised to discourage touts and ticketing agents who engage in black marketing of tickets,” said the official, adding “however, it has also resulted in inconvenience in some genuine cases. So we are now providing the 139 facility for cancellation.” Coming to the aid of harried passengers, railways will launch the cancellation facility through 139 service so that one does not have to rush to the counter to cancel confirmed tickets. The tickets which are booked online can be cancelled on the ticketing websites. The 139 facility is for those who bought tickets from counters. The software is ready and the facility is likely to be formally launched in the second week of April.

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Filling up the post of Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India Brussels JS level

Filling up the post of Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India Brussels JS level

File No.1 0/4/2016-EO(SM-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi, 29th March, 2016
To
1. The Chief Secretaries, All State Governments.
2. The Secretaries of all the Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

Subject: Filling up of the post of Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in the Embassy of India, Brussels (JS Level) under the Department of Commerce.

Sir/Madam,
It is proposed to fill up the post of Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in the Embassy of India, Brussels (JS Level) under the Department of Commerce. The following eligibility criteria have been laid down for making selection to the post

Mandatory Qualifications:

(i) The Officer must have been em panelled to hold Joint Secretary or equivalent posts at the Centre.
(ii) The officer should be at least 3 batches below the batch next to be considered for empanelment at the Additional Secretary level.
(iii) The officer must have worked for at least 2 years at the Centre under Central Staffing Scheme.
(iv) The selected officer will not be permitted to take up foreign assignment, or study leave, or training till the expiry of the assignment.
(v) The officer must be below 54 years as on the date of vacancy.
(vi) The officer should not have been on an assignment to foreign/captive post of the Government of India earlier.
(vii) The officer should not be under debarment from Central deputation.
(viii) The officer should be clear from vigilance angle and their integrity certified.
(ix) The officer should have prior working experience of Commerce or Agriculture or Industry in the State Government or in the Government of India; experience in an Economic Ministry of the Government.

Government Desirable qualifications

(i) Experience in bilateral/international negotiations/cooperation.

2. It is requested that the names of the officers, who possess the mandatory qualification/experience, as stated above, may be sent to this Department along with their detailed bio-data, CR dossiers of the officers, their vigilance clearance and integrity certificate, within a period of four weeks of issue of this letter.

Yours faithfully,
(Nandini Paliwal)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Tel: 23092187
Copy to:
1. Department of Commerce (Ms. Rita A Teaotia, Secretary), W.r.t DO No. 10/1/2016-TAITC dated 04.03.2016, New Delhi.
2. Technical Director, NIC, Computer Cell, DOPT, North Block, New Delhi for uploading this vacancy circular on the official website of this Department.
3. Deputy Secretary (MM), DoPT, New Delhi with a request to arrange to upload this
vacancy circular through bulk e-mailing system of officers.
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Shri J P Nadda launches GIS-enabled HMIS application, self-printing of e-CGHS Card

Shri J P Nadda launches GIS-enabled HMIS application, self-printing of e-CGHS Card

“A significant steps towards Digital India and for easy access of health services to the common man”: Shri J P Nadda

Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched two major Digital initiatives to provide easy access to health services to the public: GIS-enabled HMIS application and the self-printing of e-CGHS cards, here today. Launching these initiatives of the Health Ministry, the Union Minister stated that the Health Ministry remains committed to strengthening public health systems and providing user-friendly health services in the country. He further stated that that this will provide a tremendous opportunity to further strengthen and enhance the reach of key interventions.

Terming these as significant and forward looking steps contributing to Digital India, Shri J P Nadda said: “The initiative will not only monitor the performance and quality of the health services being provided under the NHM, but will also provide effective healthcare to the rural population throughout the country”. The GIS-enabled HMIS services will provide comprehensive data on a GIS platform on 1.6 lakh Government Health facilities spread across the country. The project has been developed with the objective of enabling the effective usage of the HMIS application, enhancing analytical capabilities of States/UTs and providing a geographical display of HMIS data using GIS. The application also has scope of incorporating map layers of roads and water bodies which will provide comprehensive information regarding health facilities and disease vulnerable areas of the country. At present, the application is available in login domain of HMIS portal. It is planned to put it in public domain in near future. Moreover, the mapping provides data only on public health facilities presently, which shall soon be expanded to cover private facilities also, the Union Minister informed.

Health Management Information System (HMIS) is a web-based monitoring system that has been put in place by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) to monitor its health programmes and provide key inputs for policy formulation and interventions. It was launched during October, 2008 with uploading of district consolidated figures. To make HMIS more robust and effective and in order to facilitate local level monitoring, “facility based reporting” was initiated since April, 2011. At present, 1.94 lakh health facilities (across all States/UTs) are uploading facility wise data on monthly basis on HMIS web portal. Data are presently being made available to various stakeholders in the form of standard & customized reports, factsheets, score- cards etc. HMIS data are widely used by the Ministry and States for policy planning, monitoring and supervision purpose.

The Union Health Minister, while launching the self-printing of the E-CGHS card, stated that this will provide ease and access to all those beneficiaries such as the pensioners who may find it difficult to go to the CGHS centres for renewal, and in the event of loss/misplacement of the card. As this can be printed from any location once the process of application based on authentic documents has been approved, this enables easy reprinting by the beneficiary himself/herself. The beneficiary can access this facility by visiting the CGHS portal at cghs.nic.in where simple steps for this have been enumerated.

Also present at the meeting were Shri B P Sharma, Secretary (HFW), and senior officers of the Health Ministry.

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TA/DA and Honorarium payable to Official and Non-official Members/experts

TA/DA and Honorarium payable to Official and Non-official Members/experts

UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION
BAHADUR SHAH ZAFAR MARG
NEW DELHI - 110 002

No.F.21-1/2015 (FD-I/B)
16th March, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

TA/DA AND HONORARIUM PAYABLE TO OFFICIAL AND NON-OFFICIAL MEMBERS/EXPERTS
In supersession of UGC OM. No.21-1/20l5 (FD-l/B) dated 29th July, 2015, the Rules for TA/DA and Honorarium payable to the official and non-official members and experts will be as under:-

The categories. of Official and Non-Official Members are as follows:-

Serving (State/Central) Government servants, Semi Government/ Autonomous Bodies, Employees paid from the Consolidated Fund of indie or through Grants~in-aid are treated as Official Members.
All others including retired Government Servants and retired/ex-member of the University Grants Commission or Statutory Bodies viz. Universities, Institutions, Councils, Boards and Societies etc. are to be treated as Non-Official Members.
“Permanent Account Number (PAN) allotted by the Income Tax Authorities has to be indicated by the member/expert invariably while filling up the Bill”. Payment of TA/DA will be made through E-mode in the bank accounts of members mandatorily. Hence, Experts are required to attach a copy of a cancelled cheque leaf with their claims.

1. HONORARIUM

1. Rs.3,000/- per day for per meeting subject to maximum of Rs.5,000/- per day irrespective of number of meeting in a day.

2. Rs.5,000/- per day for inspection/visit of various committees to institutions/ Universities /organizations. Commission members would also be entitled for honorarium @ Rs.5,000/- per day on the date of Commission Meetings.
Note: Officials of Govt. of India who are nominated as Govt. representatives would not be entitled for honorarium as they attend the meeting in their official capacity as Govt. nominee/nominee of Secretary or on ex-officio basis.
2. TRAVELLING ALLOWANCE
Outstation Member/experts:
(i) Travel by Air: The members (officials as well as non-official) will be entitled to travel by air as per entitlement in service or before retirement as the case may be. Non-entitled members will be entitled for journey by air, on specific prior approval of Chairman, UGC. The journey by Air is to be performed by Air India on the sectors where it ply. On other sectors, journey by private airlines will be allowed. Any deviation would require prior approval of competent authority. The members/experts entitled to travel by air may travel by helicopter in case place is not connected by air. However, hiring of charter helicopter, will not be permissible. The claim for air/helicopter journey is to be supported by original boarding cards.

(ii) Travel by Train: The members/experts will be entitled to travel by all trains including Rajdhani Express/Shatabadi Express, by AC-2 Tier/Chair Car.
NOTE

(a) Train/Air tickets will be arranged by (the UGC, Travel Desk for UGC Meetings, if TA/DA is to be paid by the UGC.
(b) The cancellation charges shall also be reimbursable in case of cancellation or postponement of meeting by the UGC [For Sl. No. 2. (i) & (ii)]. The specific approval for the same would be" required for claiming such amount.

(iii) The outstation members/experts for intercity travel from the place of residence/Office to the place of meeting and back or in between the places of residence and meeting place & back (located not more than 350 kms. each side) may travel by their own vehicle or by hired taxi (receipt to be produced). ln such case, road mileage @Rs.16/- per KM. for journey performed between A & A-1 Class cities and North Eastern Regions/Hilly Regions (both stations)and @Rs.12/-per KM. in other cities will be allowed on point to point basis. No night halting or driver allowance will be allowed. if the particular routes have toll plazas, the taxi/car claim will be admitted only if it is supported with the receipts of toll taxes or inter-state entry fee as the case may be. The toll taxes/entry tax etc.., will additionally be reimbursed in such cases.
If the distance is more than 350 kms (each side), either the road mileage will be restricted to 350 kms or to the fare of train as per train entitlement AC bus as available on that particular route (as per the option of member.)

(iv) The local taxi fare at State Transport Authority (STA) rates applicable in the State from residence/office to Airport/Railway Station/Bus Stand and from Place of meeting to Airport/Railway Station/Bus Stand is payable. Where there are no rates notified by State Transport Authority, the Taxi or Own Car fare @Rs.14/- per km and AC Taxi Rs.16/- Per Km. (Rs.25/- for first km upon downing the meter) and Auto-Riksha @ Real-per km (Rs.25/- for first 2 km upon downing the meter) and thereafter Rs.8/- per km shall be reimbursable. The re-imbursement of pre-paid or post-«paid taxi fare (including toll taxes) on point to point basis will be allowed on actual basis on production of receipt. Taxi fare for full day will not be reimbursed.

(v) The night charges @25% will additionally be allowed if starting the journey by road/ by own car or taxi between 11.00 pm. to 5.00 am. 
[For Sl. No. 2. & (iv)]
Local Experts
Local Experts will be reimbursed taxi charges @ Rs.14/- per km. and for AC Taxi @ Rs.16/- per km. from residence/office, as per entitlement, to the place of meeting & back on point to point basis. Taxi for full day will not be allowed for reimbursement.
3. DAILY ALLOWANCE: 
(i) Outstation Members/Experts:
Following rates of Boarding & Lodging etc. as applicable to the Central Govt. Employee will be applicable to the Experts:-
S.No. Classification Rate per day of Boarding
(Rs.)
Rate per day of Lodging*
(Rs.)
1. Experts working/retired in GP. or AGP of Rs.10,000/- and above and also those in pay scale of HAG + and above 750/- 7,500/-
2. Experts in GP or AGP of Rs..7600/- and above but less than Rs.10,000/- 450/-  4,500/-
3. Experts in GP or AGP of Rs.5400/- but less than Rs.7600/- 300/-  2,250
4. Experts in GP or AGP less than Rs.5400/- 225/- 750/-
*1. Lodging charges are admissible subject to actual on production of receipt.

2. Boarding charges will be reimbursed on production of receipt/self certification.

3. No lodging charges will be paid if self arrangement is made.

(ii) Local Members/Experts:

 No DA, is payable to Local Members/Experts.

4. UGC Officers/Officials will be covered under FR/SRs (TA) Rules.

5. This issues with the approval of CM Dy. No.51194 dated 9.3.2016.
(Dr. Jitendra Tripathi)
Joint Secretary (Finance)

Source: http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/6080851_Honorarium.pdf
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Court Cases relating to demand of Loco Inspectors for reckoning of pay element of 55% at the time of retirement

Court Cases relating to demand of Loco Inspectors for reckoning of pay element of 55% at the time of retirement.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(P&A)II-2008/RS-32/Vol.III

New Delhi, dated 22.03.2016.

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways.

Sub: Court Cases relating to demand of Loco Inspectors for reckoning of pay element of 55% at the time of retirement.

Kindly refer to this office letter of even no. dated 17-02-2016 on the above subject whereby it was informed that SLP against the verdict dated 09-Io-2015 of Hon‘ble High Court of Delhi in the matter of UOI Vs. Sh. Kishan Lal Sharma has been filed before the Hon‘ble Supreme court of India. In this connection, it is stated that the SLP has been converted to Civil Appeal 3110 of 2016. The matter was last heard on 18-03-2016 and upon hearing the Hon’ble Supreme Court had made the following order:-

“Delay condoned.
Mr.Satya Mitra Garg, Adv. accepts notice on behalf of all the respondents.
Leave granted.
Hearing expedited.
There shall be stay of the operation of the impugned judgment until further orders.”

2. It is advised that if any similar issue is pending before any Court of Law on your Railway, the above position may be brought to their notice. A copy of the said order may be downloaded from the website of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. It is requested to take adequate care to defend and assign similar case, if any, to an SAG level officer for proper monitoring and follow up. The status of such cases may be informed to this office from time to time.

DA: As above
(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Deputy Director, E(P&A)II
Railway Board

Source: indianrailways.gov.in
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Central Government Holiday Homes, Updated List as on 11.01.2016, DoE

Central Government Holiday Homes – Updated List as on 11.01.2016, provided by Directorate of Estates – Holiday Homes can be availed by MPs, working and retired Central government Employees, State Government Employees, Autonomous and Statutory bodies employees

There are totally 14 Central Government Holiday Homes in prominent tourist places and 49 touring hostels available throughout India, for the purpose of stay by Central Government Employees


Holiday Homes and Touring Officers’ Hostels under Ministry of
Urban Development
(Directorate of Estates and CPWD)
 

Section A : Holiday Homes

Sl.
No.
Name of
Stations
Address & Contact Numbers Allotting Authority
1. Agra
(U.P.)
Holiday Home for the Central Government Employees, Sikandra Sector 15, (Near Kar- Kunj Chauraha Income Tax Colony), Sikandra, Agra –282002.
Tele. No. :0562-2850556
Only on-line applications
(Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays)
2.
Amarkantak
(M.P.)
Central Govt. Holiday Home, Near Nain Narmada Temple, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh Pin- 484886
Tele. No. : 07629-269416
Contact Nos.: MP Tourism
Tele. No. : (011) 23366528,
32599000, 23341185-87
Fax : (011) 23347264
email: delhi@mptourism.com website: www.mptourism.com
Manager (Reservations) Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, Room No.12, Hotel Janpath, Ground      Floor,       82-84, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi. 110001
(Applications for booking to be routed through AD (Regions), New Delhi)
3.
Goa
Central Government Holiday
Home, Central Government Residential Complex, Bambolim (Near Nirman Bhawan and Holy Cross Church) (Opp.
Bambolim Cross on Panji- Madgaon Highway) Goa. Pin-402233
Tele. No. : 0832-2458555
(10 Km from Panjim, 25 km from Madgaon Railway Station on Panjim-Madgaon Highway, Landmark:Holy Cross Church)
Only on-line applications
4. Kanyakumari
(Tamil Nadu)
Holiday Home for Central Government Employees Kovalam Road (Opp. New Light House), Kanyakumari Pin-629702
Tele. No. : 04652-246994
0452-2535940
Only on-line applications
5. Madurai Thiru K. Kamaraja Holiday
Home, Plot No. C-1, Tamil Nagar, Koodalpudur, Anaiyur (PO) Madurai – 625 017 (Tamilnadu).
Tele. No. :  0452-2661892
0452-2535940
Fax:            0452-2520106
Only on-line applications
6.
Mysore
(Karnataka)
Holiday Home, CPWD Office Campus, T. Narasipur Road, Sidhartha Nagar, Geeta Convent Stop, Mysore-
570011.
Tele. No. : 0821-2473661
0821-2473649
Fax :         0821-2473539
(Mysore Palace beautifully lighted on Sundays and all public holidays. Brindavan Garden – ‘Musical’ Dancing Fountains’
Timings: Monday-Friday:
6:30 PM – 7:25 PM and
Saturday – Sunday:
6:30 PM – 8:25 PM)
Only on-line applications
7.
Mussoorie
(Uttaranchal)
CPWD Southwood Cottage
ITBP Campus (Near Library Road, Opp. Hotel Padmini Nivas), Mussoorie – 248179. Tele. No.:0135-2222253
0135-2636983
Only on-line applications
8.
Nainital
(Uttaranchal)
Central Govt. Employees
Holiday Home, Khurpatal, Nainital – 260031.
Tele. No. : 05942-240330
Only on-line applications
9.
New Delhi
(West Kidwai
Nagar)
Central Government Touring
Officers’ Hostel Kidwai Nagar
(West) New Delhi.
Tele No. : 011-24100023
Telefax.    011-23062278
Only on-line applications

(Only for officers having Grade Pay of Rs.6600/- and above)
10.
Ooty
(Tamil Nadu)
Holiday Home for Central
Government Employees, Good Shed Road, Near Railway Station, Udagamandalam, Nilgiris, Ooty, Tamilnadu – 643001
Tel: 0423-2450019
0423-2450009
Only on-line applications
11. Port Blair Central Government Holiday
Home, Kendriya Sadan, Ranchi
Basti, Lamba Line, Port Blair-
744103.
Tele. No. 03192-240221
03192-233583 (Fax)
03192- 241906
Only on-line applications
12. Shimla
(H.P.)
Grand Hotel, The Mall Road,
Shimla-171001
Tel: 0177-2658121 (Office)
0177-2652587 (Reception)
Only on-line applications
13. Tirupati Central Government Holiday
Home, CPWD Office Building Complex,  IS Mahal Road, Nehru Nagar, Tirupati – 517501
Telefax: 0877-226221
Only on-line applications
14.
Udaipur
(Rajasthan)
Central Government Holiday Home, G – Block, Sector – 14, (Near C.A. Circle) Udaipur –
313001 (Rajasthan). Telefax : 0294-2467118
Only on-line applications

 Section B: Touring Officers’ Hostel

S. No. Name of Stations Address & Contact Numbers Allotting Authority
1. Agra CPWD Touring Officers’
Hostel, Sikandra Sector – 15, Near Kar-Kunj (Income Tax Colony), Sikandra, Agra – 282002.
Executive Engineer, Agra Central Division, Kendralaya, 63/4, Sanjay Place, Agra-282002.
Fax :                     0562-2523697
Tele. No. : 0562-2850556
2. Agra Touring Officers’ Hostel, 63/4, 3rd Floor, Kendralaya, Sanjay Place, Agra-282002. Executive Engineer, Agra Central Division, Kendralaya, 63/4, Sanjay Place, Agra-282002.
Fax :                     0562-2523697
Tele. No. : 0562-2850556
3. Ajmer Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel,                            Civil Line,
New Kachehari Road, Ajmer- 300501
Executive Engineer, Ajmer Central Division, CPWD, New Kachehari Road, Ajmer-300501 Fax.             0145-2626900
Tele. No. 0145-2627532
4. Allahabad Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, 34A,
Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Allahabad – 211002.
Superintending Engineer, Allahabad Central Circle, CPWD, 34A, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Allahabad. Fax :                          0532-2408711
Tele. No. : 0532-24078490532-2617428
5. Amritsar Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, 2/1, Ram Tirath Nagar, Army Recruitment Centre, Amritsar 143001 (Punjab) Executive Engineer, Amritsar Central Division, CPWD, 2/1, Ram Tirath Nagar, Amritsar- 143001 Tele. 0183-2560910
Fax : 0183-2225822
6. Bangalore
(Domlur)
Central Govt. Touring Officers Hostel, Near Enquiry Office (Civil), CPWD Quarters, Domlur, Bangalore-560071 Executive Engineer, Bangalore Central Division-II, CPWD, ‘C’ Wing, 2nd Floor, Kendriya Sadan, Koramangala, Bangalore-560034.
Tele. No.: 080-25535018
080-25504781 Fax :                             080-25535363
7. Bangalore
(Koramangala)
Visvesvaraya Guest House, 17thMain, II-Block, Behind Kendriya Sadan, (Near Koramangal Water Tank)
Koramangala, Bangalore-560034
Tel: 080-25522042
Fax: 080-25502461
Only on-line applications
8. Bareilly Touring Officers’ Hostel, Nirman Jyoti, C-18, Deen Dayal Puram, (Near Ganga- Sheel Hospital), Bareilly Executive Engineer, Bareilly, Central Division, CPWD, Nirman Jyoti, C-18, Deen Dayal Puram,
Bareilly (Room Nos.1,3) Tele. No.: 0581-2310445 Fax : 0581-2301135 AD(Regions), New Delhi (Room Nos. 2, 4)
9. Bhopal Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, 1-Nirman Sadan, 52A, Arera Hills, Bhopal- 462011 Executive Engineer,
Bhopal Central Division-I, CPWD, Nirman Sadan, 52A, Arera Hills, Bhopal 462011 Tele. No.: 0755-2679322
0755-2552352 Fax : 0755-2679320 AD(Regions), New Delhi (Room No – 2)
10. Chandigarh Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, Sector 7B, Chandigarh Tele : 0172-2795389 Executive Engineer, Chandigarh Central Division-2, CPWD, Kendriya Sadan, Sector-7B, Chandigarh – 17 Tele. No. : 0172-2794849 Fax :  0172-2790067
(AEM, Chandigarh:2 rooms)
11. Chennai
(Shastri
Bhawan)
Touring Officers’ Hostel
6th Floor, Shastri Bhavan, 26­Haddows Road, Chennai­600006.
Tele. No. 044-28252570
Only on-line applications
12. Chennai
(Rajaji
Bhawan)
Touring Officers’ Hostel
`G’ Wing, CGO Complex,
Rajaji Bhavan, Basant Nagar, Chennai-600090
Tele. No. : 044-24911771
Only on-line applications
13. Chennai
(Besant
Nagar)
Touring Officers’ Hostel, General Pool Residential Complex, Basant Nagar, Chennai-600090 Executive Engineer, Chennai Central Division-I, CPWD, Rajaji Bhavan, Basant Nagar, Chennai­600090
Tele. No. : 044-28272621
Fax :                   044-28235595
14. Cochin Central Government
Touring Officers’ Hostel, Near Homeo. Dispensary,
Pulleppady, Kathrikkadavu, Cochin.
Tele. No.: 0484-2353412
Fax.              0484-2423386
Only on-line applications
15. Dehradun Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, Central Govt. Officers’ Residential Complex, Subhash Chowk, (Near Clock Tower-Paltan Bazar) Dehradun-248001 Superintending Engineer, Dehradun Central Circle CPWD, Subhash Chowk, Dehradun-248001
Tele. No. : 0135-2657264
0135-2650884 Fax:                           0135-2650712
0135-2710243
16. Delhi
(Curzon Rd.)
Central Government
Touring Officers’ Hostel, ‘F’ Block, Curzon Road, Hostel, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi-110108
Tele. No.: 011-23389775
Only on-line applications
17. Delhi
(Aliganj,
Lodhi Colony)
Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, Aliganj, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi. Executive Engineer, D -Division, CPWD, D-II/28, Kidwai Nagar(W),
New Delhi – 110023
Tele. No.: 011-24107507
011-26876371 Fax :                      011-26176017
18. Delhi
(HUDCO
Place)
Central Government Officers’ Guest House, HUDCO Place, New Delhi.
Tele. No.: 011-26254772
Only on-line applications
(Only for officers having Grade Pay of Rs.6600/- and above)
19. Gandhi
Nagar
Central Govt. Touring Officers’ Hostel, CPWD Colony, Sector — 6/D, Near Civil Hospital, Gandhi Nagar – 382043 Executive Engineer, Gandhinagar Centrl Divn.l, CPWD, Kendriya Nirman Sadan, Near CH-3 Circle, Sector 10-A,
Gandhinagar – 382043 Tele. No. : 079-23223486
079-23248686
20. Gangtok Touring Officers’ Hostel,
Cherry Building,
(Baluwakhani), (Near Zero Point and Vajra Cinema Hall) Gangtok (Sikkim) – 737103
Estate Manager/Executive Engineer, Gangtok Central Division,CPWD, Baluwakhani,
PO Rajbhawan, Gangtok (Sikkim) – 737103
Tele. No. : 03592-203499 Fax :                       03592-205598
21. Goa Touring Officers’ Hostel, CPWD Office Complex, Bambolim, Near Holly Cross Church, Panaji-Madgaon Road, Goa. Executive Engineer, Goa Central Division, CPWD, Bambolim, Panaji-Madgaon Road,
Goa – 403202.
Tele. No.: 0832-2458882 Fax:                     0832- 2458292
22. Guwahati Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, CPWD Resi. Complex, Japarigog Zoo, Narangi Road, Guwahati Executive Engineer, Guwahati Central Division-1, CPWD,Bamuni Maidan, Guwahati – 781021
Tele. No. : 0361-2550086
Fax :             0361-2656199
23. Gwalior CPWD Guest House, 35 – City Centre, Gwalior- 474002. Executive Engineer, Gwalior Central Division, CPWD, 35- City Centre, Gwalior.
Tele. No. : 0751-2340446
Fax :             0751-2235087
24. Hyderabad Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, Nirman Bhawan, Sultan Bazar, Hyderabad- 500095 Executive Engineer, Hyderabad Central
Division -III, CPWD,
Nirman Bhawan, Sultan Bazar, Kothi, Hyderabad. Tele. No. : 040-24658013 Fax : 040-24746004
25. Indore Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, CGO Complex, Near White Church House, Indore – 425001 Executive Engineer
Indore Central Division-I, CPWD, CIA Building, Near GPO, Indore- 452 001
Tele. No. : 0731-2700966
Fax :             0731-2710929
26. Jaipur Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, GPRA Complex, Sector-2, Vidhyadhar Nagar, Jaipur (Near Vidhyadhar Nagar Police Station)
Tele. No.: 0141-2232495
Only on-line applications
27. Jaisalmer Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, CPWD
Division office, Near Income Tax Office, Bera Road, Jaisalmer – 345001
Executive Engineer, Jaisalmer Central Division, CPWD, Bera Road, Jaisalmer-345001
Tele. No. : 02992-250698 Fax :                       02992-252416
28. Jammu Central Government
Touring Officers’ Hostel, Landoi Bridge, Satwari Cantt., Jammu — 181124.
Executive Engineer
Jammu Central Division, CPWD, Landoi Bridge, Satwari Cantt., Jammu. Tele. No.: 0191-2450861 Telefax:     0191-2450828
29. Jodhpur Central Government
Touring Officers’ Hostel, Nirman Bhawan, 3 — West Patel Nagar, Circuit House
Executive Engineer, Jodhpur, Central Division, Nirman Bhawan, 3-West Patel Nagar, Circuit House
Road, New Youth Hostel, Bhati Circle, Jodhpur-342011. Road, Jodhpur-342011. Tele. No. 0291-2511290 Fax : 0291-2511401
0291-2511689 (AD,Regions,Delhi:Room No.1)
30. Kolkata Touring Officers’ Hostel,
Nizam Palace, 234/4, Acharya J.C. Bose Road, Kolkotta-20 Tele. No.: 033-22876515
Only on-line applications
31. Kozhikode
(Calicut)
Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, Central Govt. Office Complex, Dutt Saw Mill Road, Kallai (PO), Kozhikode – 673003
Tele. No. 0495-2320100
0495-2321236
FAX:                 0495- 2321106
Only on-line applications
32. Kullu Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, ITBP Camp, Baweli, Kullu –
Tele. No. : 0190-2230427
Executive Engineer, Madhopur Central Division, CPWD, Madhopur, Distt.­Pathankot (Punjab)
Tele. No. : 01870-257928
Fax :                   01870-257223
33. Lucknow Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, Kendrachal Colony, Sector-K, Aliganj, Lucknow-226020 Executive Engineer, Lucknow Central Division-I, CPWD, Kendriya Sadan Lucknow – 226 020
Tele. No.: 0522-2329438 Fax :                            0522-2329032
34. Madhopur Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, CPWD Complex, Madhopur, Distt.- Pathankot — 145024 (Punjab) Executive Engineer, Madhopur Central Division, CPWD, Madhopur, Distt.­Pathankot (Punjab)
Tele. No. : 01870-257928 Fax :                              01870-257223
35. Mount Abu Shail Mani, Near GlobalHospital, Delwara Road, Mount Abu, Distt. Sirohi, (Rajasthan) — 307501. Assistant Engineer, MountAbu Central Sub-Division, CPWD, Mount Abu, Distt. – Sirohi, Rajasthan-
307501
Telefax : 02974-235308
36. Mumbai
(Church Gate)
Touring Officers’ Hostel Pratishta Bhavan, (4th Floor) 101, M.K. Road (Near Church Gate), Mumbai-400020
Tele. No. : 022-22036067
Only on-line applications
37. Mumbai
(Napean Sea
Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, Apartment Only on-line applications
Road, Hydera-
bad Estate)
House (1st Floor), Hyderabad Estate, Napean Sea Road (Opp. Priyadarshni Park), Mumbai.
Tele. No.: 022-23630316
38. Mumbai
(Antop Hill)
CPWD Guest House Nirman Sadan, Sector I, CGS Colony, Kane Nagar, Antop Hill,
Mumbai -400037
Tele. No. : 022-25152775
Executive Engineer, Mumbai Central Division -II, 2nd Floor Nirman Sadan, Sector – I, CGS Colony, Kane Nagar, Antop Hill, Mumbai – 400037
Tele. No.: 022-24012613 Fax:                         022-24011244
39. Mussoorie Touring Officers’ Hostel, Castle Hill Estate, Campus, Survey of India, (Near Clock Tower), Landaur Bazar, Mussoorie Superintending Engineer Dehradun Central Circle CPWD, Subhash Chowk, Dehradun- 248001
Tele. No. : 0135-2657264
0135-2650884 Fax-                            0135-2650712
40. Nagpur Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, Seminary Hills, Bungalow No.3, Nagpur —
440 006
Executive Engineer, Nagpur Central Division-I, CPWD, Katol Road, Nagpur – 440 013
Tele. No. : 0712-2580104 Fax :                              0712-2585586
41. Nasik Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, 2nd Floor, Nirman Bhawan, GIPP, Near Post Office, Gandhi Nagar, Nasik- 422006
Tele. No.: 0253-2416937
Executive Engineer,
Nasik Central Division, CPWD, Nirman Bhawan, Near Post Office, Gandhi Nagar,
Nasik -422006
Tele. No.: 0253-2411309 Fax:                             0253-2415630
42. Neemuch
(MP)
CPWD Guest House Daskhina Maidan,
Neemuch (MP) – 458441
Assistant Engineer, Neemuch Central Sub -Division, Dak Bungalow Road, Neemuch (MP) -458441
Tele. No.: 07423-220210
43. Pune Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, Nirman Sadan Building, Opp. Ranka Hospital, Mukund Nagar, Near Dwar Gate,     Pune – 411037 Executive Engineer,
Pune Central Division-I, CPWD, Opp. Ranka Hospital, Mukund
Nagar, Pune – 411037 Tele. No.: 020-24261983 Fax : 020-24272845
44. Shillong Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, Cleve’s Colony, Executive Engineer, Meghalaya Central
Dhankheti, CPWD, Office Residential Complex, Shillong-793003 Division, CPWD, Cleve’s Colony, Dhankheti, Behind Major Ram House, Shillong.
Tele. No. : 0364-2223533 Fax :                       0364-2228769
45. Siliguri Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, CPWD Office Complex, Nirman Bhawan, Matigara, Siliguri-734428 Executive Engineer (Admn), Office of Chief Engineer, IBBR, CPWD, Matigara, Siliguri-734428 Tele. No. : 0353-2571805 Fax :                    0353-2571747
46. Thiruvananth-
apuram
(Kerala)
Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, CGO
Complex, Poonkulam Vellyani P.O., Thiruvananthapuram -695522
Tele No.: 0471-2481731
Fax :           0471-2481737
Only on-line applications
47. Udhampur CPWD Guest House Dhar Road, Udhampur, Jammu. Tele. No. : 01992-27606 Executive Engineer Jammu Central Division, CPWD, Landoi Bridge, Satwari Cantt., Jammu Tele fax : 0191-2450828
48. Varanasi Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, Kendrachal GPRA Complex, Bara Lalpur, Chandmari, Lamhi, Varanasi-221007.
Tele. 0542-2290648
Executive Engineer, Varanasi Central Division, CPWD, General Pool Residential Complex, Kendrachal, Bara Lalpur, Lamhi, Varanasi- 221007. Tele. No. :0542 —2290626 (AD, Regions New Delhi (Room No. 1 )
49. Vijayawada Central Government Touring Officers’ Hostel, CPWD Office, Auto Nagar Gate, Autonagar, Vijayawada , Andhra Pradesh- 520007. Tele. No.: 0866-253215 Only on-line applications

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Monday, 28 March 2016

DoPT: Review of Recruitment Rules

No. AB.14017/61/2008-Estt. (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances.arid Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi.
Dated: the 17th March, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Review of Recruitment Rules – regarding

DoPT guidelines on framing/amendment/relaxation of Recruitment Rules vide para 3.1.5 dated 31 st December, 2010 provide that the Recruitment Rules should be reviewed once in 5 years with a view to effecting such change as are necessary to bring them in conformity with the changed position, including additions to or reductions in the strength of the lower and higher level posts. Further, consequent upon the implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations, DoPT vide OM dated 24.3.2009 had issued instructions to all the Ministries/Departments to initiate action to amend the existing Service Rules/Recruitment Rules in view of the revised pay structure/merger of pre-revised pay scales/up-gradation etc. These instructions were reiterated vide this Department’s OM. No. AB.14017/61/2008-Estt (RR) dated 25 th March, 2014.

2. It is understood that many Ministries/Departments have still not updated their Recruitment Rules. Periodic revision of RRs is important to ensure that candidates with requisite qualifications are selected.

3. Ministries/Departments are, therefore, requested to undertake revision of Recruitment Rules under their purview and update the Recruitment Rules by 30.9.2016.
(G.Jayanthi)
Director (E-1)
All Ministries/Departments of Government of India.
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The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013- Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by CSS officers for each year

REMINDER-IV
No. 21/2/2014-CS.1 (PR/CMS)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
CS.I Division
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi 110003
Dated the 28th March, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013- Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by CSS officers for each year- regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 9.4.2015 followed by reminders dated 23.04.2015, 16.7.2015, 25.08.2015, 22.09.2015 and 01.10.2015 and to say that all CSS officers have been requested to file the returns as required under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013 as on 1.8.2014 and for the year 2015 (as on 31.3.2015) online at cscms.nic.in The last date for submission of the returns is 15.04.2016. CSS officers who have not yet submitted the returns are requested to submit the
same immediately without waiting for the last date to approach to avoid rush and slowing down of the system at the last moment. All officers of US and above levels of CSS should also take a print out of the return filed online and submit to this Department duly signed.

2. Ministries/Departments are requested to circulate this O.M. among all CSS officers under them. They should also monitor to ensure that the returns are submitted by all CSS officers within the stipulated period without fail through the Web Based Cadre Management System. In case of any technical assistance nodal
officers may contact helpline at Telephone No. 24629890.
(V.Srinivasa ragavan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tele.:24629412
All Ministries/Departments (participating in CSS)
All CSS Officers

Source: Persmin
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OROP Pension and Arrears Paid to all Ex-Servicemen by March end

OROP Pension and Arrears Paid to all Ex-Servicemen by March end

“The 40-year-long demands of the ex-servicemen have all been met with after the releasing the first installment of arrears of revised pension.”

The “One Rank One Pension” scheme for the Ex-Servicemen of the defence forces has finally been implemented. Lakhs of ex-servicemen were given the revised pension from last month onwards.

According to government sources, a sum of Rs.2,300 crores has been used for issuing pension to the more than 13 lakh ex-servicemen all over the country. Also, target has been set to clear all the pending pension arrears before the end of this month. A circular in this regard has already been sent to all the pension-disbursing banks. As on March 17, the DPDOs have released an amount of about Rs. 606 crore to about 3.20 lakh defence personnel. The SBI has as released upto March 17 an amount of Rs. 1,337 crore to 7.75 lakh pensioners which includes Family Pension cases. The PNB has released as on March 17, an amount of about Rs. 350 crore to about 2.07 lakh pensioners which includes Family Pension cases. Other Banks who have also been assigned the task of disbursement of revised defence pension to Ex-Servicemen have been directed to complete the process of payment latest by March end.

More than two-thirds of the Ex-Servicemen have now been paid the OROP arrears

On February 3, the Central Government released a 101 table in order to help the pensioners calculate their revised pension. The pensioners can calculate their revised pension from the 101 table, based on their ranks, the number of years they had served, and the year of their retirement.

The Centre had earlier announced that the arrears since July 2014, based on the revised pension, have been divided into four parts and will be issued in four installments. As per the announcement, the first of the four installments will be credited in the pension accounts this month. The second installment will be given in another six months. With the eager expectation that, along with the revised pension, the money received in the first installment of the pension arrears, will be paid in three more installments at every six months, the long pending demands were finally fulfilled.

The ex-servicemen all over the country have expressed their heart-felt gratitude to the team of protesters, led by Major General Satbir Singh, who continued to fight relentlessly at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. Although many protests were held in the past, this time, the protesters remained firm in their objective. Their strategies and selfless sacrifice finally attracted the government’s attention. Their slogan, “Modi, stick to your promises,” made the entire country sit up and take note of their cause.

The pensioners are also thanking the protesters for their fight to point out the long list of flaws in the implementation of the OROP scheme. There is no denying the fact that the media had played a very important role in the success of the OROP protests. Also undeniable is the fact that the protesters used the media successfully to further their cause. Especially worth mentioning is the fact that no political colour was added to the protests.
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Non-IAS officers meet Union minister over 7th Pay Commission Empowered Committee issues

Non-IAS officers meet Union minister over 7th Pay Commission Empowered Committee issues

Jitendra-Singh-7th-Pay-Commission-Issues
A confederation of non-IAS officers association met Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday and requested him to alter the composition of a high-powered panel created recently to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission as they were “apprehensive” of its neutrality.

The confederation members led by the Convenor and General Secretary of the All India IRS (Income Tax) Jayant Mishra, Gen Secretary of the IPS Association P V Ramasastry and President of the Indian Information Service (IIS) Ranjana Dev Sarmah including office bearers of four other services met Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

The delegation of the non-IAS officers Associations said Singh, assured them that their concerns will be “appropriately examined.”

“The Government has formed Empowered Committee of Secretaries to examine the Report of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Unfortunately, eight of the 13 members of the Committee belong to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and therefore the non-IAS officers Associations is apprehensive of its neutrality on issues related to parity and equality of opportunities.

“We, therefore request the Government to implement inter Service parity related issues as recommended by a majority decision of the Pay Commission as such because the recommendations have been made by a body headed by retired Supreme Court Judge which has meticulously examined the issues for about 20 months after a wide consultation with all the stakeholders.

“If the Government, however, feels the necessity to examine the matter further, it may be done by a Service neutral body and not the present Committee,” the confederation said.

The Centre, in January this year, had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

The group of civil servants also expressed their grievances in the delay in empanelment of their respective cadres for working in higher government posts.

“It may be recollected that the Commission (7th Pay Commission) recommended with a 2:1 majority, to end the exclusive edge to the IAS in the matters of pay, deputations and promotions.

Inputs from PTI
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Finance Ministry Inspectors Furious over 7th Pay Commission Recommendation

Finance-Ministry-Inspectors-7thCPC
Finance Ministry Inspectors Furious over 7th Pay Commission Recommendation – The agitated inspectors claim that they will be drawing less salary than inspectors attached to other ministries.

The 7th pay commission has recommended for Income Tax, Central Excise and Customs and Service Tax department which works under finance ministry, a grade pay of Rs.4600. However for CBI, IB, Delhi Police inspectors etc the recommended grade pay is Rs.4800.

On an average the Inspectors of various departments of finance ministry bring revenue to the Government to the tune of around 7000 crores in a year.

The Inspectors attached to the finance ministry are not happy with the 7th pay commission recommendations, however they are more furious that their voice has not been listened by their higher officials and by the empowered Committee of Secretaries as well. The agitated inspectors claim that since independence this will be the first time they will be drawing less salary than inspectors attached to other ministries, thanks to the 7th pay commission, they say.

The 7th pay commission has recommended only replacement scale for Income Tax, Central Excise and Customs and Service Tax department which works under finance ministry. In other words, 7th pay commission has proposed the revised pay only on the basis of their present grade pay which is Rs.4600 for these Officers. However for CBI, IB, and Delhi Police inspectors etc 7th pay Commission has recommended revised pay on the basis of upgraded grade pay of Rs.4800.  Presently, CBI, IB, and Delhi Inspectors are getting a grade pay of Rs. 4600 at par with Central Excise, Customs and Income Tax Inspectors.

Inspectors working under the Ministry of Finance feel that the 7th Pay Commission recommendations not only reduces their salary but also breaks their morale, because till date they have been treated equally with their ranks in other departments, however the 7th CPC recommendation makes them inferior, though in the same rank.

Ashok Kumar Knnojia, representing the Group B and Group C employees in the IT department said they are more pained by the response of their own higher officials than the 7th pay commission. He said, though the 7th pay commission did injustice to us, our own higher officials who should have raised the voice strongly lost in presenting our plight to the empowered Committee.

As per Mr. Ashok Kumar, they were unable to get an appointment to meet their own department secretary. After a big struggle he did meet him and expressed the plight of the inspectors, however Mr. Ashok said, till date there is no positive response.

There are more than 32,000 inspectors working in Income Tax, Central Excise and Customs and Service Tax department which comes under finance ministry.

Source: Amarujala
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Parrikar Defends Armed Forces – for Retaining Higher Status & Pay

Parrikar Defends Armed Forces – for Retaining Higher Status & Pay

Reliable sources conveyed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told a high-level meeting at the MoD on March 22 that the stance of the ministry should be categorical on the issues of status, pay and allowances for the armed forces.

Parrikar Defends Armed Forces – Parrikar was in agreement with key issues raised by the three service chiefs – Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Admiral Robin Dhowan and General Dalbir Singh Suhag.

Tackling irksome issues as regards the 7th Central Pay Commission, the Ministry of Defence will convey to an empowered committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary that the status, pay and allowances of the armed forces be kept above all other “fighting” arms of the government.

Reliable sources conveyed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told a high-level meeting at the MoD on March 22 that the stance of the ministry should be categorical on the issues of status, pay and allowances for the forces.

Parrikar was in agreement with key issues raised by the three service chiefs – Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Admiral Robin Dhowan and General Dalbir Singh Suhag.

MoD officials have been asked to prepare a formal note for the empowered committee of secretaries, led by the Cabinet Secretary, which is studying recommendations of the 7th central pay commission. The government is yet to announce what it has accepted or rejected. The forces cannot directly petition the empowered committee.

In all, the forces have flagged 37 issues of which eight have been termed as “key-issues”, which, if not sorted out, can have an adverse impact on the morale.

One of the issues was “wrong and misplaced” comparison with the Central armed police (paramilitary) forces—Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

The services have told the MoD that there can be no comparison with the paramilitary in terms of the mandate, duties, risks in service conditions and tasks assigned. The 7th CPC will upset laid-down seniorities and place armed forces’ allowances lower than those for paramilitary forces.

The three armed forces have petitioned Parrikar for the restoration of earlier status, which has been “disturbed” following recommendations of the 7th CPC.

The disability pension for the armed forces has been lowered, but it has been maintained at same levels for paramilitary forces. Parrikar has been informed that the pay panel has disturbed parity between Lt-Colonels and Commandants of the paramilitary forces.

The issue of allowances was discussed at the meeting and the much-quoted example of how Guwahati will be a “tougher” posting than serving on the forbidding Siachen Glacier, was brought out.

The 7th pay commission has suggested Rs 31,500 per month for officers and Rs 21,000 per month for jawans as allowance to compensate them for the “hardship” faced at Siachen. However, once the pay commission’s new salary slabs come into place, the tough area allowance (TRA), which is about 33 per cent of the basic salary, in civilian services works out to be in excess of Rs 55,000 for IPS and IAS officers and Rs 30,000 for others posted in areas such as Guwahati.

Source: Tribune India
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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Central Government Employees Begin Countdown for Implementation of 7th CPC Recommendations

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As per the reports received, the 7th Pay Commission Pay recommendations may be notified in June after the model code of conduct of states polls which in place is in place till 21st May 2016, said , P.S.Prasad General Secretary, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State.

Central Government Employees Begin Countdown for Implementation of 7th CPC Recommendations – The Staff side JCM in its two round of meetings with the Empowered Committee of Secretaries had demanded major changes in the 7th CPC recommendations.

Central government employees have begun the countdown for the Centre to notify implementation of 7th CPC recommendations.

“As per the reports received, the 7th Pay Commission Pay recommendations may be notified in June after the model code of conduct of states polls which in place is in place till 21st May 2016, said , P.S.Prasad General Secretary, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State.

The Staff side JCM in its two round of meetings with the Empowered Committee of Secretaries had demanded major changes in the 7th CPC recommendations, especially on the minimum wage, fitment formula, pay matrix and allowances.

Prasad added that the Empowered Committee of Secretaries may call the staff side JCM for more discussions, if the talks fail then the Central Government Employees should prepare for the indefinite strike from July 11 for which the staff side JCM has already given the call.

Earlier the employees federation had planned to go on strike from April 11, but due to the timing of the state assembly elections and implementation of ongoing model code of conduct, the federation decided that the employees would go on indefinite strike from July 11.

Once the implementation cell of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries gives final touch to the report, its recommendations will be send to the Prime Minister’s Office for nod. Subsequent to which the report will be placed before the Cabinet for approval. The entire process is expected to take another three months.

Source: Zee News
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Military seethes at 7th Pay Commission Suggestions

The 7th Pay Commission recommendations, have aroused bitter resentment within the military. On March 11, the three service chiefs made a presentation to the “Empowered Committee of Secretaries”.

Military seethes at 7th Pay Commission Suggestions – The military chiefs have argued strongly before the “Empowered Committee” that the military – which they term “the instrument of last resort” – does not have the option of “handing over an adverse situation to any other government agency”.

The 7th Pay Commission recommendations, have aroused bitter resentment within the military. On March 11, the three service chiefs made a presentation to the “Empowered Committee of Secretaries”, a 13-member panel headed by the cabinet secretary, which is looking into the recommendations. The army, navy and air force are waiting to see if this panel will tone down clauses that former army chief VP Malik has termed “a killer for the military.”

This impression is rampant amongst soldiers, sailors and airmen, even though the 7th Pay Commission has raised baseline military salaries by about 15 per cent, taking the pay of a lieutenant (the entry grade for officers) to Rs 56,100 per month; and that of a sepoy (the entry grade for ratings) to Rs 21,700 per month. This is significantly lower than the 40 per cent increases handed out by the Fifth and Sixth Pay Commissions. One of the Seventh Pay Commission members, Rathin Roy, underlining the imperative to curb government spending, has admitted unapologetically: “We are the stingiest pay commission, ever.”

In addition to pay, soldiers get a special allowance called “military service pay”, which exists in most militaries in forms such as the British army’s “X-Factor Pay”. The Seventh Pay Commission raises it for officers from Rs 6,000 to Rs 15,500 per month; and for persons below officer rank from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,200 per month.

In addition, soldiers get a “risk and hardship allowance”, based on the profile allocated to every military station. The highest grade on the matrix is Rs 25,000 per month, but serving on the Siachen Glacier and Antarctica entitles a soldier to a special grade of Rs 31,500 per month.

Totting up these allowances, the 7th Pay Commission chairman, Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, in an interview to The Economic Times on December 20, claimed he had recommended 30 per cent higher salaries for the military than civilian services would draw.

His logic was based on the dubious premise that military service pay constitutes a component of salary. In western military salary structures, such allowances are not salary, but compensation for the “intangible hardships” of military service. These include long separation from families, wives being unable to work, and children changing schools frequently and growing up without their father, et cetera.

During its deliberations, the 7th Pay Commission asked the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses to compare military salaries in India with those of major foreign armed forces. While the IDSA study was relatively unbiased, the Commission chose to interpret them selectively, applying purchasing power parity to boost the value of Indian military salaries; and then comparing them with the per capita income of the concerned country. Given India’s abysmal per capital income, military salaries look good by comparison. The Seventh Pay Commission uses this to argue that India’s military is paid very well by international standards.

Since the hefty raises of the Fifth and Sixth Pay Commissions, few soldiers claim they are poorly paid. Even so, festering resentment stems from the widespread belief that civilian officials, particularly from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), conspire to whittle away the military’s relative status. Soldiers point to a host of generous allowances and the assured promotion benefits that are triggered for entire civilian batches as a result of the first officer of that batch getting promoted. A key element of this was instituted by the Sixth Pay Commission through a mechanism called “non-functional financial upgrade”.

This mandates that when an IAS officer from a particular batch is promoted to a certain rank, all his batchmates from some sixty Group ‘A’ central services also start drawing the higher pay scale two years later, irrespective of competence or vacancies in that rank. The military had taken up a case for a similar upgrade, but this was not agreed to. The Seventh Pay Commission does not recommend its extension to the military either.

Thus, while practically every civilian central service officer would make it to the top pay grades, the army will remain a sharply pyramidal meritocracy, where less than one per cent of officers are promoted to lieutenant general rank (higher administrative grade, in pay commission scales). Those soldiers who do not make the cut – including meritorious officer, who are held back only because of limited promotion vacancies at each rank – are entitled to neither the power nor the pelf of higher rank since the army has no non-functional financial upgrade. The military’s demand for parity has been one of the five “core anomalies” of the Sixth Pay Commission, and was strongly pressed before the “Empowered Committee” last week.

Adding to the bitterness amongst soldiers is the argument, increasingly voiced by civil service officers, that soldiers’ emoluments should be evaluated in terms of “cost-to-company”, taking into account all their emoluments and facilities. Top generals argue that the armed forces constitute “the cheapest gun fodder”, since they incur the least lifetime cost to the government. They point out that soldiers incur the lowest induction cost, since they do not get paid salary during their training period, unlike civilian officers and the Central Armed Police Forces. They have the lowest retention cost, since they retire early, thus drawing salaries for less time than civilian counterparts; and they also have the lowest advancement cost, since relatively small numbers are promoted to higher rank, leaving many languishing at lower pay grades. Finally, soldiers also incur the lowest pension costs, since their pensions are fixed at 50 per cent of the last pay drawn – at lower pay grades in most cases.

The army has slowly – and sullenly – come to terms with the “first amongst equals” status of the IAS, which has been inexorably institutionalised since the Third Pay Commission noted that “an IAS officer gets an unequalled opportunity of living and working among the people, participating in planning and implementation of developmental programmes, working with the Panchayati Raj institutions, coordinating the activities of government departments in the district and dealing directly with the problems of law and order.” Given this, the Third Pay Commission granted the IAS (and the Indian Foreign Service) three extra increments at each of three successive seniority grades – senior time scale, junior administrative grade and selection grade – to which IAS officers are promoted at four, nine and 13 years of service, respectively. Since the other services got just one increment at these grades, IAS/IFS officers accumulate six extra increments by the time they have served 13 years. This lead in emoluments continues through their service.

However, successive governments have ensured the military remains the “first amongst uniformed services.” The Seventh Pay Commission now upsets this balance by recommending that “the criticality of functions at the district administration level holds good equally for the IAS, Indian Police Service (IPS) as well as the Indian Forest Service (IFoS).” It recommends that six additional increments be extended also to the IPS and IFoS.

The military chiefs have argued strongly before the “Empowered Committee” that the military – which they term “the instrument of last resort” – does not have the option of “handing over an adverse situation to any other government agency”. They have argued that, while the police and central armed police force personnel often lay down their lives, including in cross border firing, they incur a “lower level of risk” compared with the armed forces, which “actively seek encounters with terrorists and close combat with the enemy, despite the high risk of death”. The chiefs have argued that military service demands higher levels of proficiency, commitment and sense of sacrifice.

There is little to suggest, however, that the government is listening. The anomalies of the Sixth Pay Commission still remain unresolved, including the five “core anomalies” that include the military’s demand for non-functional financial upgrade. A committee of secretaries that was constituted in 2011 heard the military for a month and then tossed the ball into the court of the Seventh Pay Commission. There is little to suggest the military’s current representations would be treated with greater sensitivity.

Source: BS
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6th Pay Commission Dearness Allowance ends with 6% hike at 125%

6th Pay Commission Dearness Allowance ends with 6% hike at 125%

Cabinet approves 6 percent Dearness Allowance hike for Central Government employees

“In the 7th Pay Commission report, submitted to the government on 19.11.2015, it was mentioned that the DA is assumed to be 125 percent as on 1 January, 2016, the day from which the
Commission expects its recommendations to be implemented by the government. As calculated by the 7th Pay Commission, a six percent Dearness Allowance hike is being given to the Central Government employees.”


The Dearness Allowance (DA) is paid to Central Government employees to adjust the cost of living and to protect their Basic Pay from erosion in the real value on account of inflation. Presently, DA is based on the All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers).

On 23.03.2016, Wednesday, the Centre decided to give a Dearness Allowance of 6 percent to the Central Government employees in order to enable them to manage the price rise and inflation.

On the occasion of Holi, a special cabinet meeting, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was held in New Delhi on 23rd March 2016. At the end of the meeting, Mr. Ravishankar Prasad, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, spoke to the reporters. He said, “The cabinet has decided to issue a Dearness Allowance of six percent to the Central Government employees and pensioners.”

The Dearness Allowance is expected to be calculated from January 1, 2016 onwards. This increases the total Dearness Allowance from 119 percent to 125 percent. More than 50 lakh Central Government employees and 58 lakh pensioners will benefit from this. The government will incur an additional financial burden of Rs.14,725 crores. Dearness Allowance is issued twice a year, based on inflation. The previous Dearness Allowance hike, of six percent, was issued in the month of September 2015, and had a retrospective effect from July 2015 onwards.

This is the last and final instalment of Dearness Allowance calculated by the recommendations of 6th Pay Commission. And, after implementation of 7th Pay Commission the new and first Dearness allowance from 1.7.2016 will be approved by the Cabinet in the middle of September 2016.
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