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Monday, 14 March 2016

Procedure for verification of claims of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes for purpose of appointment to posts/services

No. 36011/1/2012-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment Reservation — I Section
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated March 14, 2016
The Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs

Subject: Reiteration of the instructions on streamlining the procedure for verification of claims of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes for purpose of appointment to posts/services — regarding

I am directed to refer to this Department’s letter no. 36022/1/2007—Estt. (Res.) dated 20.03.2007 addressed to Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs (copy enclosed) regarding streamlining of the process for verification of claims of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward

Classes (OBCs). It was also requested to issue instructions to District Magistrates/District Collectors/ Deputy Commissioners to ensure at their own level the veracity of caste certificates so that unscrupulous non-SC/ST/OBC persons are prevented from securing jobs meant for SCs/STs/OBCs by producing false certificates.

2. Owing to difficulties faced by candidates belonging to these reserved communities in various states in securing employment due to delays in obtaining caste certificates, this Department, vide an Office Memorandum of even number dated 08.10.2015, has re-iterated the instructions on providing provisional appointment to such reserved category candidates who are unable to obtain an appropriate caste certificate in time. It has been reiterated therein that where a candidate belonging to a Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe or Other Backward Class is unable to produce a certificate from any of the prescribed authorities, he/she may be appointed provisionally on the basis of whatever prima-facie proof he/she is able to produce in support of his/her claim, subject to his/her furnishing the prescribed certificate within a reasonable time. If there is genuine difficulty in his/her obtaining a certificate, the appointing authority should itself verify Where claim through the District Magistrate concerned. A copy of the OM is enclosed for reference and perusal.

3. In order to ensure that the candidates belonging to reserved categories do not face unnecessary problems in obtaining caste certificates, it is requested that instructions issued to the concerned authorities in the light of the aforementioned letter dated 20.03.2007 may be reiterated for information/compliance of all

4. It is also advised that in order to discourage unscrupulous activities, State Governments/UTs may consider issue of appropriate instructions for initiating disciplinary proceedings against the errant officers who default in timely verification of caste certificates or who issue false certificates.
Encl: as above
Yours faithfully,
(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Copy to:
Dir, NIC, DOPT – for placing it on the website of this Department for information of all concerned.


OROP Arrears is expected to be released by March end to family pensioners

OROP Arrears is expected to be released by March end to family pensioners

Revised Pensionary benefits under OROP released to over Two Lakh Defence Pensioners

The Defence Pension Disbursing Offices (DPDOs) functioning under Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) in the Ministry of Defence have released revised pensionary benefits to 2,21,224 Defence pensioners drawing service/disability pension. The amount along with first instalment of arrears had been released and credited by the Defence Ministry to the accounts of these pensioners on 01.03.2016.
In the case of remaining 1,46,335 family pensioners drawing pension from Departmental Pension Drawing Officers (DPDOs), payment along with arrears is expected to be released by March end. Banks are under process of revision work.

These steps are a follow-up to Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW) of the Ministry of Defence’s notification on 07.11.2015 ordering implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for Defence pensioners.

The total additional annual financial increase for grant of One Rank One Pension (OROP) is Rs. 7488.70 crores. The total amount on account of arrears to be paid for the period 1.7.2014 to 31.12.2015 is Rs. 10925.11 crores.

Out of total annual liability of Rs. 7488.70 crores, PBOR family pensioners shall get Rs. 6,405.59 crores, which works out to 85.5% of total expenditure of OROP.

Due to increase in defence pension budget, the additional liability for current financial year 2015-16 shall be Rs. 4,721.34 crores which will increase the current defence pension liability of Rs. 60,238 crores to Rs. 64,959.34 crores for the year 2015-16.

Detailed implementation orders of OROP with 101 tables containing revised pensions of different ranks and categories were issued by the Department of ESW on 03.02.2016 through their website www.desw.gov.in. According to the orders, the Pension Disbursing Agencies have been authorized to make payments with arrears as scheduled.

To facilitate the pension disbursing agencies, the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (P) have also issued implementation instructions through a circular on 04.02.2016. The implementation instructions along with Government orders are available on the website www.pcdapension.nic.in.


Linking of CGHS Card number with Aadhaar is purely on a voluntary basis

Linking of CGHS Card number with Aadhaar is purely on a voluntary basis

The below information was given in written reply to a question about the linking between CGHS card and Aadhaar by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda in Lok Sabha on 11th March 2016 as follows…

“Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued an Office Memorandum No. Z-15025/11/201-DIR CGHS dated the 10th July 2015 requesting the Ministries/Departments concerned to motivate their employees availing CGHS to link their Aadhaar Numbers with the CGHS database either online themselves through the CGHS portal or through the CMO-in-charge of their dispensary.

Central Government employees/pensioners applying for new CGHS cards/new plastic cards have the option to provide Aadhaar Number for entering the number in CGHS database.

Linking of CGHS beneficiary ID number with Aadhaar number is purely on a voluntary basis.

Linkage of Aadhaar number with CGHS ID will facilitate consolidation of all health-related data bases and enable more convenient access to various E-services in the future. “

Irregularities in VRS appointments in Railways

Irregularities in VRS appointments in Railways



ANSWERED ON-11.03.2016

Irregularities in VRS appointments

1707 . Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad
Kanak Lata Singh

(a) whether the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report of January 2011 to March 2014 has brought to the fore several irregularities in VRS appointments in Railways;

(b) whether Railway Board changed its own rule repeatedly for VRS appointments, thereby clearing the way for such appointments;

(c) the irregularities due to which jobs were given against the rules and at what levels irregularities have been exposed; and

(d) the actual status thereof?



(a) to (d) The Comptroller and Auditor General has made certain observations in respect of the Safety Related Retirement Scheme (SRRS)/Liberalised Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS) and appointments made under the Scheme.

A Safety Related Retirement Scheme was introduced in January 2004, exclusively, for two frontline safety categories viz. Drivers and Gangmen. The working of Drivers and Gangmen has a critical bearing on safety of train operations and track maintenance in the form of quicker reaction time in emergency situations. The objective of the scheme is to improve saf
ety in train operations and track maintenance and for this purpose, maintain comparatively younger age profile of employees.

Under the Scheme, appointment is given to the ward of the employees seeking voluntary retirement due to aging, provided the ward is found suitable for appointment in all respects, including medical fitness for the same post.

The Scheme was subsequently extended in the year 2010 to specified safety categories in Grade Pay 1800 and thereafter to these categories in Grade Pay 1900 in the year 2011. In keeping with objectives of this Scheme, certain changes were made in the rules to permit voluntary retirement for employees of categories specified in the Scheme in keeping with ground realities. This was a new Scheme wherein changes were necessitated from time to time. Implementation has been done accordingly. Observations made by Audit are being examined.

7th Pay Commission Recommendations Hospital patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance Related to Risk and Hardship

7th Pay Commission Recommendations Hospital patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance Related to Risk and Hardship

Hospital patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance: (Retained. Rationalized. To be paid as per Cell R1H3 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.)

Patient Care Allowance (PCA) is admissible to Group `C’ and ‘D’ (non-Ministerial) employees excluding nursing personnel working in the health care delivery institutions/establishments (other than hospitals) with less than 30 beds, subject to the condition that no Night Weightage Allowance and Risk Allowance, if sanctioned by the Central Government, will be admissible to these employees. Similarly placed employees working in hospitals are eligible for Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA). This allowance is not admissible to Group `C’ and D (Non-Ministerial) employees working in the headquarters. The rules provide that only Group `C’ and `D’, non- Ministerial employees whose regular duties involve continuous and routine contact with patients infected with communicable diseases or those who have to routinely handle infected materials, instruments and equipment, which can spread infection, as their primary duty can be considered for grant of Hospital Patient Care Allowance. It is further provided that HPCA shall not be allowed to any of those categories of employees whose contact with patients or exposure to infected materials is of an occasional nature. The present rates of these allowances are: Hospital Patient Care Allowance@ Rs.2,100 pm for Group `C’ staff and Rs.2,085 pm for Group `D’ Staff. Patient Care Allowance @ Rs.2,070 pm for both Group `C’ and ‘D’ staff.

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