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Railway Board circular on HRA when not accepting or surrender of Railway Residential Accommodation

Railway Board circular on HRA when not accepting or surrender of Railway Residential Accommodation
No. E(P&A)-II/2012/F.E.2/4.
The General Secretary,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi - 110 055.
New Delhi, dated 31/10/2016.

Sub.: Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation - reg.

Ref: 1. NFIR's letter No. 1/5(c )/Part I dated 22/02/2016.
2. NFIR’s letter No. 1/5(c )/Part I dated 25/04/2016.

I am directed to refer to your letters quoted above. The subject item (No. 40/2012) refers to admissibility of HRA in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of Railway residential accommodation. While this is governed by Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)-II/99/HRA-2 dated 16/03/2000; the Federation vide their letter No. 1/5(c) Pt. I dated 09/04/2012 had asked for review of the clause mentioned in Board’s letter ibid that HRA will not be admissible to railway employees for whom railway accommodation is specifically earmarked or to those employees, whose occupation of railway quarters is essential for easy accessibility during emergencies and efficient discharge of their duties etc. ("essential staff").

2. Subsequently, as recorded in the PNM meeting held on 30-31 January, 2014, it was explained to the Federation that wherever there is a house earmarked the employee cannot be allowed HRA. Federation contended that administration cannot deny HRA when earmarked quarters are not fit for occupation and wanted that a clarification be issued in the matter.

3. The item was further discussed by the Federation with the Board on 15/07/2015 and it was recorded as "As decided in the earlier meeting, a clarification after reviewing the matter is to be issued. Official Side stated that they propose to issue instructions in consultation with Civil Engineering Directorate. Federation stated that while they do not understand the need for a consultation with the Civil Engineering in this case, they requested the clarification be issued quickly. It was agreed to do so. The item to be closed thereafter" .

4. Accordingly, the matter had seen referred to Land & Amenities Dte. who confirmed that instructions were in place (issued vide RB/L&A No. 009/2011 dated 19/09/2011 to all Zonal Railway, PUs etc.) regarding dismantling of condemned/abandoned quarters, and that quarters declared condemned are not made available for allotment.

5. In line with the assurance recorded at para 3 above, letter No. E(P&A)- II/2012/F.E.2/4 dated 12/10/2015 was issued to all Zonal Railway and Production Units etc. that before allotment of Railway quarters, it should be ensured that such quarters are fit for occupation. Copy of this letter was also endorsed to the Federation.

6. It is, therefore, submitted that the letter dated 12/10/2015 referred to had already been issued by the time minutes of the discussions on the item held with NFIR on 8th and 9th October, 2015 were finalized/received and this was also explained in the meeting with NFIR in 18/01/2016. There has, therefore, been no deliberate violation of the assurance given to the Federation.

7. As, in terms of extant instructions, quarters unfit for occupation are not to be allotted, the question of allowing HRA against such allotment does not arise, in general. Any violation of the extant instructions can be taken up with the concerned field formation for appropriate remedial action.

Download Railway Board Circular No.E(P&A)- II/2012/F.E.2/4 dated 31.10.2016

Technical Resignation : Highlights of consolidated instructions issued by DOPT.

Technical Resignation : Highlights of consolidated instructions issued by DOPT.


DoPT has issued an OM regarding Technical Resignation

Highlights of DoPT OM No. 28020/1/2010-Estt(C) Dated 17.08.2016

Compiled by K.V.Ramesh, Sr.JGS IRTSA.

1. Technical Resignation:
a. Government servant should have applied through proper channel for a post in same or some other Department.
b. If the conditions are met, it will be taken as Technical resignation, even if it was not mentioned as Technical Resignation while applying and all admissible benefits should be extended.
c. If competent authority not allowed the forwarding of application, it will not be treated as Technical resignation.
d. Benefits are admissible even if the employee applied before joining the service and application was not routed through proper channel, provided employee should intimate such application immediately after joining the service.
2. Balance leave credited:
a. Balance of utilized Child Care Leave and other leaves will be carried forward.
b. In case of permanent absorption in PSU/Autonomous Body/State Govt. employee is eligible for cash equivalent of leave salary in respect of EL & HPL at his credit subject to the limit of 300 days.
3. LTC carry forwarded: Entitlement for LTC will be carry forward.

4. Pay Protection: Protection of Pay will be given.

5. If employee rejoins his previous post:
a. In case employee rejoins his earlier post, he will be entitled for increments for the period of his absence from that post.
b. Transfer of GPF will be governed.
c. Seniority in the post held by the employee on substantive basis continues to be protected.
However the period spent in other department will not be counted for minimum qualifying service for promotion.

6. Past service counted for Pension: Employee originally joined before 1.1.2004, joined the new post on technical resignation after 1.1.2004, his past services are counted towards pension.

7. Transfer of NPS account: In case of NPS, the balance standing in Personal Retirement Account along with PRNA will be carried forward to new office.

8. Service Book transfer: Service Book from the date first appointment must be kept in the custody of head office in which employee is serving and transferred with him from office to office.

9. Medical Examination & verification:
a. If standard of medical examination is same for the new post, then employee need not to undergo fresh medical examination.
b. No need for verification of character & Antecedents of the employee, if period of discharging from previous post and appointment to new post is less than a year.
10. Lien will be maintained for two years normally, 3 years in exceptional cases.

11. Joining Time, Joining time pay & allowances:
a. Central & State Govt employees are eligible for joining time, which will be included as qualifying service in new Job.
b. During Joining Time, Eligible for pay equal to pay drawn in old post before relinquishment, DA & HRA. No Transport allowance.
c. Entitled for Transfer Travelling Allowance.
Download DoPT OM No. 28020/1/2010-Estt.(C) dated 17.08.2016

Basic pension of ex-servicemen increased 2.57 times: President Pranab Mukherjee

Basic pension of ex-servicemen increased 2.57 times: President Pranab Mukherjee

Pokhara (Nepal): The basic pension of ex-servicemen of the Indian Army has increased by 2.57 times as compared to pension of December 31, 2015, President Pranab Mukherjee today said here while addressing ex-servicemen of the Gurkha regiments in the Indian Army.

Mukherjee, who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces, lauded the valour and discipline of the Gurkha soldiers in guarding the borders of India.

Mukherjee, who is on a three-day state visit to Nepal, visited the Pension Office for Gurkha ex-servicemen here in the last segment as large number of these soldiers live here after retirement.

The scenic Pokhara Valley, nestled in the shadow of towering snowcapped peaks of Dhaulgiri, Machapuchare, and Annapurna is home to a large number of soldiers of the famed Gurkha regiments in the Indian Army.

The President received a warm welcome here with people dressed in traditional clothes carrying flags of India and Nepal had lined up the roads from airport to hotel where he stayed briefly and then from hotel to pension office of the Gurkha regiments ex-servicemen.

People stood there throughout the stay of the President who was in the city for nearly an hour playing drums, dancing and waving as his convoy passed through the streets of Pokhara city.

"According to the Seventh Pay Commission the basic pension has increased 2.57 times under the One Rank One Pension scheme as compared to basic pension on December 31, 2015," Mukherjee said.

He said being the supreme commander of the Indian defence forces, it was a matter of great satisfaction and pride that all the welfare schemes of ex-servicemen are being implemented in Nepal on time.

The President said there are 32,000 Gurkha soldiers in Indian Army besides 1.26 lakh ex-servicemen from the community. Mukherjee said India will never hesitate to take all possible steps for the welfare of ex-servicemen.

"Every year about Nepalese Rs (NPR) 3,100 crore of pensions is being distributed in Nepal. In the current financial year, the target is to distribute about NPR 4,000 crore of pension as per One Rank One Pension and Seventh Pay Commission," he said.


7th CPC DA Order - Finmin issued DA Orders effective from 1.7.2016

7th CPC DA Order - Finmin issued DA Orders effective from 1.7.2016

Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Decision of Government relating to grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Rates effective from 01.07.2016

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 4th November, 2016


Subject: Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Decision of Government relating to grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Rates effective from 1.7.2016.

The undersigned is directed to say that consequent upon decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to Dearness Allowance, the President is pleased decide that the Dearness Allowance (DA) to all categories of Central Government employees shall be admissible at rate of 2 percent of basic pay per month, w.e.f.01.07.2016.

2. The revised pay structure effective from 01.01.2016 includes the Dearness Allowance of 125% sanctioned from in the pre-revised pay structure. Thus, Dearness Allowance in the revised pay structure shall be zero from 01.01.2016.

3. The term ‘basic pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix but does not include any other type of pay like special pay. etc.

4.  The Government vide Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC, dated 25/07/2016 has decided that till a final decision Allowances is taken based on the recommendations of the Committee constituted under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure), all Allowances will continue to be paid at existing rates.

5.  The Dearness Allowance will continue be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay with in the ambit of FR 9(21).

6.  The payment on account or Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

7. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

8. In so far as the employees working in the 'Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
(Annie George Mathew)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India
Click to view the order
Authority: www.finmin.nic.in

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