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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendation to Pensioners / Family Pensioners of CSIR


Implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendation to Pensioners / Family Pensioners of CSIR

COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC & INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
Anusandhan Bhawan, 2, Rafi Marg, New Delhi- 110001 

No: 5-1(428)/2017-PD
Dated: 11.05.2017
From Joint Secretary (Admn.)
To : The Directors/ Heads of all
National Labs/Instts. of CSIR
Hqrs,/Complex/Centres/Units

Sub : Implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendation to Pensioners / Family Pensioners of CSIR - reg.

Sir/Madam,
l am directed to state that Secretary, DSIR & Director General, CSIR has approved the endorsement I adoption of the following Office Memoranda issued by Govt. of India in CSIR relating to implementation of 7th CPC recommendations in respect of Pensioners / Family Pensioners for information, guidance and compliance:
Sl. No.
Office Memorandum
Subject
01.
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW (A)(i) dated 4th August, 2016.
Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Revision of provisions regulating pension / gratuity / commutation of pension / family pension / disability pension / ex-gratia lump-sum compensation etc
02.
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare OM No.38/37/2016- P&PW(A)(ii) dated 4th August, 2016.
Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners / family pensioners etc
03.
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare OM No.42/15/2016- P&PW(G) dated 16th Nov, 2016.
Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/ family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 01.07.2016 on implementation of decision taken on recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission.
04.
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare OM No.42/15/2016- P&PW(G) dated 07th April,2017.
Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 01 .01.2017

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(Manuel Thomas)
Sr. Deputy Secretary
Policy Division

7thcpc-pensioners-csir-order

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7th Pay Commission - What about Performance Related Pay?


7th Pay Commission - What about Performance Related Pay?

Like its predecessors, the 7th Pay Commission too has waxed eloquent about performance-related pay (PRP) but without suggesting concrete and satisfactory appraisal tools.

To be sure, PRP is any day difficult to design and implement, especially for not-for-profit and non-revenue producing service organisations which most of the government ministries are.

However, it is the job of any commission or expert body for that matter to go beyond generalities (lest they become banalities) and come up with concrete and implementable measures.

In a factory, usually payment per unit is considered to be a strong motivator to produce more, either individually or as a group though in a group there is the danger of laggards benefitting at the expense of hard workers.

But at the supervisory and managerial levels, the work is mostly qualitative, which defies precise and satisfactory measurement so as to be amenable to PRP. This however has not deterred the tribe of HR managers.

A company typically rewards excellence with commission based on turnover or profits, though there is a carping criticism that profit can be increased through expedients - by sacrificing quality, fleecing customers, scrimping on discretionary spends like ads and R&D - that are inimical to long-term survival and growth.
ESOP or employees stock options address this concern because managers and directors eschew the tempting option of short-term expedients in the dawning realisation that they bear down on long-term growth.
There is no reason why a beginning cannot be made with the Indian Railways, the largest employer, by corporatising all its divisions and rewarding employees through PRP such as profitability, turnover, ESOP, etc.

Tax departments and its officials too can be appraised on the strength of tax collections, though target-setting at the pain of repressive measures must be eschewed. The system of rewards based as percentage of tax collected from crooks, practised widely when the late VP Singh was finance minister, is worthy of emulation despite the fear of harassment because India has an independent judiciary to check high- handedness.
And non-revenue producing departments and ministries perforce have to be appraised on non-revenue touchstones. Home ministry, human resources ministry etc. are the quintessential pure-play service organisations sans revenue.

But all such departments can be judged by the quality of services they render to the public as evidenced by feedback from them. RTI queries are often probing and result in court proceedings. A department and an officer can be judged on the basis of public perception of his performance and response to queries.
That is why RTI should never be rolled back, though there is a view that it often works at cross purposes with the official secrets law despite the exceptions provided to cocoon government and its employees from public scrutiny, mainly on security grounds.

A dispassionate appraisal of government employees is also marred by political interference. Location of a railway station or introduction of a train on an uneconomic route etc. happen, thanks to political interference. Transfer of key police personnel and unbalanced budgets once again take place, thanks to cynical political considerations and interference.

It would therefore not be wrong to pine for the American-style presidential system where government departments are administered by secretaries handpicked by the president and who generally are not politicians.

It is the US president who is answerable to the Congress and not the secretaries at the helm of each ministry, but they obviously can continue only if they retain the president's confidence. Such a dispensation lends itself to appraisal of the entire ministry including the minister at the helm.

In the Westminster-style parliamentary system India has adopted on the other hand, political interference is ingrained and cannot be wished away unless the Prime Minister leads by example and reads the riot act to his ministers.

Despite the seemingly insurmountable difficulties, successive pay commissions have been guilty of skirting the issue and holding out just homilies, whereas their job was to get down to brass-tacks.

Source: dailyo
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Permission to leave office early to Muslim Railway employees during the Holy month of Ramzan

Permission to leave office early to Muslim Railway employees during the Holy month of Ramzan

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

CIRCULAR

During the Holy month of Ramzan, the time of Iftar coincides with setting of the sun, which takes place quite early.

It has, therefore, been decided that those Muslim Railway employees who observer fast and are required to travel a long distance to their residence for Iftar, may be allowed to leave office early, wherever feasible.
No. 2017/G/35/1
Dated : 30.05.2017
Sd/-
(P.S.Meena)
Director (General Admin.)
Railway Board
Source : NFIR
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Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (Allotment of Residence), Rules 1998 - matter pertaining to unauthorized overstayal in KVS Staff Quarters

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (Allotment of Residence), Rules 1998 - matter pertaining to unauthorized overstayal in KVS Staff Quarters.

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
F.11013-1/2013-KVS (Admn-I)
Dated 29.05.2017
The Deputy Commissioner,
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
All Regional Offices

Subject: Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (Allotment of Residence), Rules 1998 - matter pertaining to unauthorized overstayal in KVS Staff Quarters.

Sir/Madam,
KVS has encountering with the problem of unauthorized overstayal by some of its employees who do not vacate the staff quarters occupied by them at the time of retirement/ superannuation. In some cases KVS also faced the difficulty in implementing recovery from the retired employees. In the matter of employees superannuated with CPF scheme the situation would be more complex.

Now, with a view to have better administrative control over the smooth allotment / vacation of staff quarters by the employees of KVS, the competent authority KVS has decided to introduce an administrative arrangement with immediate effect as under:

a) The authority concerned at various establishments of KVS, will inform the competent authority in Finance Division, at least 03 months in advance, about retention of staff quarter by any employee working under his/her control and superannuating/ retiring from KVS.

b) The authority competent to approve pension, will order to retain an amount equal to 10% of the gratuity subject to the maximum of Rs. 50,000/- (Fifty thousand) from the employee concerned. The amount will be withheld in the form of Security/Caution Deposit. The amount so deducted will be refunded to the retiree within 30 days from date of vacating the quarter after recovery .of all dues of KVS. In case the employee vacates the quarter within the permissible period, in that situation, the employee will be refunded the amount due to him by adding the interest gained by KVS from his/ her gratuity amount.

c) This may be circulated among all Kendriya Vidyalayas, with proper acknowledgement, functioning rider your administrative jurisdiction.
(Dr.E.Prabhakar)
Joint Commissioner (Pers)
KVS Order
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Replacement of 6th CPC GP i.r.o. Sr. SE & Loco Pilots, Stepping up of Pay i.r.o. Loco Inspectors, Upgradation of Post: Discussed in Meeting with Chairman,Railway Board on 29.05.2017


Replacement of 6th CPC GP i.r.o. Sr. SE & Loco Pilots, Stepping up of Pay i.r.o. Loco Inspectors, Upgradation of Post: Discussed in Meeting with Chairman,Railway Board on 29.05.2017

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110055
Meeting with CRB
(29.05.2017)

(a) Agreed decisions not implemented:
(i) Replacement of 6th CPC GP Rs. 4600 (PB-2) with GP 4800 (PB- 2) for Sr. Section Engineers and other Inspectorial/Supervisory Officials in the Railways.
(ii) Replacement of 6th CPC GP 4200/- PB-2 (with GP 4600/- PB-2) in respect of Loco Pilots (Mail/Exp).
(iii) Stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors inducted to prior 01/01/2006 on remaining 6 1/2 Zones in Indian Railways.
(iv) Upgradation of Apex Group 'C' posts to Group 'B' (Gaz).

(b) Contentious issues:
(i) Induction of Course Completed Act Apprentices in the railways in Safety category vacancies in GP 1800/-.
(ii) Absorption of staff working in Quasi Administrative units/offices in Railways - Restoration of policy decisions of 1973 & 1977 (which were arbitrarily cancelled in the year 1997).
(iii) Inter Railway request transfer cases of former Defence Forces Personnel re-employed in Railways and also applications of widows/widowers - Exemption from 5 years minimum service condition - GS/NFIR's letter No. II/14/Part VII dated 23/02/2017 to Hon'ble MR.

(c) Vacancies in Railways:
Staff over-burdened due to heavy vacancy position, particularly in safety and public image categories system suffering badly.
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (N.F.I.R.)
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110055
No. II/95/Pt.X
Dated 30/05/2017
President & General Secretary/NFIR met CRB on 29/05/2017 and discussed the above issues & urged upon him to intervene for satisfactory redressal.
C/-II/14/Pt.VIII, II/94/Pt.III/1B, IV/RSAC/Pt.VIII.
C/-10/2012 (DC), 16/2009 (DC).
C/- 36/1998 (PNM)
Media Centre/NFIR
sd/-
(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source : NFIR
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AICPIN for the month of April 2017


AICPIN for the month of April 2017

AICPIN
No. 5/1/2017-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
CLEREMONT, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 31st May, 2017
Press Release
Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) - April, 2017

The All-India CPI-IW for April, 2017 increased by 2 points and pegged at 277 (two hundred and seventy seven). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.73 per cent between March, 2017 and April, 2017 when compared with the increase of (+) 1.12 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 1.21 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Goat Meat, Milk, Pure Ghee, Onion, Brinjal, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, French Beans, Gourd, Green Coriander Leaves, Methi, Palak, Peas, Potato, Radish, Banana, Apple, Husk Melon, Lemon, Mango, Tea (Readymade), Cooking Gas, Kerosene Oil, Medicine (Allopathic), Toilet Soap, Barber Charges, Washing Soap, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Mustard Oil, Eggs (Hen), Chillies Dry, Garlic, Lady’s Finger, Parwal, Tomato, Torai, Petrol, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 2.21 per cent for April, 2017 as compared to 2.61 per cent for the previous month and 5.86 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 0.67 per cent against 1.71 per cent of the previous month and 7.55 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Tiruchirapally reported the maximum increase of 10 points followed by Marcara (6 points) and Rourkela, Doom-Dooma Tinsukia, Mariani-Jorhat, Rangapara-Tezpur, Angul-Talcher and Mundakkayam (5 points each). Among others, 4 points increase was observed in 2 centres, 3 points in 17 centres, 2 points in 12 centres and 1 point in 14 centres. On the contrary, Himachal Pradesh and Quilon recorded maximum decrease of 5 points each. Among others, 3 points decrease was observed in 1 centre, 2 points in 2 centres and 1 point in 7 centres. Rest of the 13 centres indices remained stationary.

The indices of 34 centres are above All-India Index and other 44 centres indices are below national average.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of May, 2017 will be released on Friday, 30th June, 2017. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.

(SHYAM SINGH NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL
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Emergency Treatment at outside locations/stations: Order for Railway Beneficiaries


Emergency Treatment at outside locations/stations: Order for Railway Beneficiaries

SOUTH CENTRAL RAILWAY
Chief Medical Director
Rail Nliayam
Secunderabad-500025
No MD 438/pdhey
Dated: 10.04.2017
Sub: Emergency Treatment at outside locations/stations - reg.

Where there are no referral hospitals. Railway Beneficiaries can get admitted to the nearest private hospitals in case of emergency and should inform Authorised Medical Authority and CMS/MD within 24 hrs for arranging advance payment as per extant rules, if emergency is proved.
Sd/-
Dr K.H.K.Dora
Chief Medical Director
Copy to: MD/ CH / LGD for information pl.

Source: IRTSA
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Revision of pay of the Chairpersons and Members of the Regulatory Authorities / Bodies consequent to the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations

Revision of pay of the Chairpersons and Members of the Regulatory Authorities / Bodies consequent to the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations.
7thCentralPayCommission


No. 3/4/2016-Estt.(Pay-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block,
New Delhi
Dated the 30th May, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of pay of the Chairpersons and Members of the Regulatory Authorities / Bodies consequent to the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations.

This Department had, vide OM No. 3/ 6/ 97-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 29th January 1998, issued guidelines regarding perquisites and some important terms and conditions for the Chairpersons and Members of the Regulatory Authorities and allied matters.

2. These guidelines were applicable to Chairpersons and Members of existing Regulatory Authorities also, appointed subsequent to the issue of these guidelines, unless there is a constitutional or statutory obligation to the contrary. As per the aforesaid guidelines, the Chairperson would be eligible for pay not exceeding Rs. 26,000/ - p.m. (fixed) and Members would be eligible for pay scale not exceeding Rs.22400-525-24500. The pay will be fixed in accordance with the prevailing orders, i.e. pay minus pension.

3. After implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission, in order to attract expertise available outside the Government, the full time Members of TRAI, CERC, IRDA, SEBI and CCI were granted consolidated pay packages vide orders of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure. Replacement scales of Rs.80,000/- p.m. and Rs.37400-67000 (PB-4) with Grade Pay of Rs. 12000/- (since replaced with HAG scale of Rs.67000-79000) were granted respectively to Chairpersons and Members of all other Regulatory Authorities / Bodies.

 4. The 7th CPC has looked into the emoluments structure, including pay, allowances and other facilities/benefits, in cash or kind of the members of Regulatory Bodies (excluding the Reserve Bank of India) set up under Acts of Parliament, and have given their recommendations in Chapter-13 of their Report. As per recommendations of the 7th CPC, as accepted by Government of India, and also as intimated by Department of Expenditure vide OM No. 394959/ E.IIIA/ 2017 dated 211d March 2017, the pay and allowances of Chairperson and fulltime Members of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Competition Commission of India (CCI), Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA), Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERAI), Railway Development Authority (RDA) and Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) which have been de-linked from Government salaries will be governed by the orders issued by the Department of Expenditure.

5. In respect of existing Members of remaining Regulatory Bodies set up under the Acts of Parliament, the 7th CPC has recommended normal replacement pay. This has also been accepted by the Government of India vide Resolution No.1-2/ 2016-IC dated 25th July, 2016. Accordingly, the existing Chairpersons as well as future appointees would be eligible for basic pay not exceeding Rs. 2,25,000/- (Level 17 of Pay Matrix) in revised pay structure and the existing Members as well as future appointees would be eligible for basic pay not exceeding Level 15 of Pay Matrix in the revised pay structure.

6. Existing instructions provide that Chairperson and Member(s) who on the date of his / her appointment to the Regulatory Authority/ Statutory Body/ Tribunal was in the service of the Central/ State Government shall be deemed to have retired from such service with effect from the date of his / her respective appointment as such Chairperson/ Member. In case such officers are in receipt of pension, the same shall be deducted in accordance with the prevailing orders applicable to the reemployed pensioners.

 7. The rates of all allowances shall be as admissible to Government employees of corresponding Level from time to time.

8. These orders shall take effect from 01.01.2016.
(A.K. Jain)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
To All Ministries/Department (As per standard list attached)

Source: http://dopt.gov.in
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Heavy vacancy position on Indian Railways leading to unbearable additional burden and serious staff discontentment - immediate action

Heavy vacancy position on Indian Railways leading to unbearable additional burden and serious staff discontentment - immediate action
 
NFIR
No. II/95/Part X
Dated: 27/05/2017
The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Heavy vacancy position on Indian Railways leading to unbearable additional burden and serious staff discontentment - immediate action - requested

NFIR brings to your kind notice that due to accumulation of vacancies in lakhs in safety as well other than safety categories, the systems are suffering very badly and employees are heavily over burdened. Serious discontentment and unrest is prevailing among staff as they are heavily over burdened with the additional workload on account of non-filling of vacancies.

Non-creation of additional posts for maintenance of newly created assets has further aggravated the situation. New stations are opened for traffic on some Zonal Railways, but sadly new posts of Operating Staff (Station Master, Points Men etc.,) have not been created. Likewise, new Railway Lines have been opened for traffic but unfortunately safety category posts have not been sanctioned and above all, safety category vacancies continued unfilled. On some stations, no pointsmen are available while at some stations, the station masters are managing with single Points Man, facing heavy stress while performing train passing duties.

Complaints have also been received that periodic rests are denied to staff on some Zones,leave refused due to shortage of staff and at the same time shortcut methods are being resorted to for denying payment of Over Time Allowance etc.

In C&W, S&T, TRD, TRS and Diesel Organizations, there is heavy shortage of staff as the norms/yard sticks are not being followed, consequently staff are put to sufferings. There is also heavy shortage of Supervisory Staff in the Technical and Operational categories. On some Zones, the shortage of Track Maintainers is so heavy that for patrolling duties, Tiack Maintainers are not available. It is no exaggeration to frankly state that crisis situation has developed on Railways mainly on account of heavy shortage of staff.
NFIR wants to convey to the CRB without mincing words that any delay in filling the vacancies and creating new posts in safety categories for maintaining newly created assets would cause serious setback to the Railways' efficiency. The Federation further conveys that the Railway employees are very restive, extremely unhappy and angry over the failure of Railway Board in filling the vacancies.

Federation therefore, requests you to kindly take a realistic view and see that approval is given for filling vacancies and creating new posts immediately to save the Railways and equally preserve healthy industrial relations
Yours faithfully
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source : NFIR
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7th Pay Commission: Latest updates on higher allowance


7th Pay Commission: Latest updates on higher allowance

New Delhi: The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) will finally take up higher allowance report on June 1, said Shiv Gopal Mishra, secretary of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), which is a centralised union of several central government employees unions, who met the Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha.

The 'Committee on Allowances', which examined the 7th pay commission's recommendations on allowances, submitted its report to the finance minister Arun Jaitley on April 27.

The committee on allowances has suggested some modifications in some allowances that are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories, the finance ministry said in a statement.

However, the Committee's report on allowances under the 7th Pay Commission hasn't made public.
The committee on allowances report is being currently examined by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha set up to screen the 7th pay commission recommendations and to firm up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet.

In June 2016, the government approved 14% pay and pension hike for central government employees and pensioners under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

The decision on allowances was postponed at that time because the 7th Pay Commission had recommended abolition of 52 allowances and subsuming of another 36 allowances into larger existing ones out of total 196 allowances. Employee unions were opposed.

Accordingly, the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission from January 1, 2016 in respect of basic pay and dearness allowances, other allowances continued to be paid at old rates.
So, the finance minister Jaitley referred allowances to the committee on allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa in June last year.

The 7th Pay Commission also recommended slashing the House Rent Allowance (HRA) from 30, 20 and 10 per cent to 24, 16 and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.

The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) demanded the government to implement higher allowances without further delay with effect from January 1, 2016.

The NJCA also demanded HRA at the rate of 30%, 20% and 10% instead of 24, 16 and 8%.
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Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through GDCE - Eligibility to staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale: NFIR


Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through GDCE - Eligibility to staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale: NFIR
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110 055
No. II/6/Part 7
Dated: 27/05/2017
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through GDCE - Eligibility to staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)I-92/PM2/ 16 dated 20/08/1993.
(ii) Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)I-2001/PM2/ 12 dated 21/01/2002.
(iii) Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)I-201 1/PM1/2 dated 12/09/2014
16/09/2014.

The extant instructions provide opportunity to the staff who fulfill the conditions of educational qualification etc., laid down for direct recruitment, to appear for GDCE against 50% DR Quota vacancies for pursuing their career. The policy decision of Railway Board Vide letters cited under reference does not give opportunity to the staff of same Grade Pay/Pay Scale to apply for GDCE and face examination for the same Grade Pay/Pay Scale post as the provision allows only those in the lower Grade Pay/Pay Matrices Level.
The above subject was also discussed informally with the Director General (Personnel) on 26th May 2017.
NFIR is of the view that the staff of the same Grade Pay/Pay Matrices should also be made eligible to volunteer and appear for GDCE as is allowed in the case of those working in the lower Grade Pay/Pay Matrix Level. NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly review the extant instructions and modify the same to facilitate those who are in the same Grade Pay avail the opportunity of GDCE. It is also requested that GDCE be made as a regular scheme for filling 50% DR Quota vacancies annually by the Zonal Railways etc., to facilitate talented and highly educated staff to avail the scheme for improving their career.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR
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Monday, 29 May 2017

Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission - bunching of stages in the revised pay structure


DOPT Clarification on 7th CPC bunching of stages in the revised pay structure

7TH-CENTRAL-PAY-COMMISSION-PAY-STRUCTURE

 No.20011/1/2016-AIS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated the 25th May, 2017
To,
The Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs
The Joint Secretaries (Admn.) of all Ministries/Departments.

Subject: Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission - bunching of stages in the revised pay structure-reg.

Sir,
I am directed to say that after revision of pay scales w.e.f 01.01.2016, the pay of a member of Service drawing pay at two or more stages in pre-revised Pay Band and Grade Pay or scale and gets fixed at same Cell in the applicable Level in the new Pay Matrix, one additional increment shall be given for every two stages bunched and the pay of member of Service drawing higher pay in pre-revised structure shall be fixed at the next vertical Cell in the applicable Level as per the Proviso (a) to Rule 4 (A) of the IAS (Pay) Rules, 2016

2. However, this Department has been receiving queries from various Ministries/Departments/State Governments for fixation of pay in respect of members of Service whose pay gets fixed at the same Cell,in the applicable Level in the new Pay Matrix. The matter was clarified vide OM No.13021/1/2016-AIS-I (Pt.2) dated the 10th October, 2016 (copy enclosed). It is once again clarified that as per Rule 4 (A)(ii) of IAS (Pay) Rule, 2016, in cases of fixation of pay of IAS officers drawing pay at two or more stages in the pre-revised Pay Band and Grade Pay gets fixed at the same Cell in the applicable Level of the Pay Matrix, one additional increment may be given for every two stages bunched so that the pay of the member of Service drawing higher pay in the pre-revised structure is fixed at the next vertical Cell in the applicable Level.

Illustration:
If two members of Service drawing pay of Rs.53000 and Rs.54590 in the GP 10000 are to be fitted in the new pay matrix, the member of Service drawing pay of Rs.53000 on multiplication by a factor of 2.57 will expect a pay corresponding to Rs.1,36,210 and the member of Service drawing pay of Rs.54590 on multiplication by a factor of 2.57 will expect a pay corresponding to Rs. 1,40,296. Revised pay of both should ideally be fixed in the first cell of level 14 in the pay of Rs. 1,44,200 but to avoid bunching the member of Services drawing pay of Rs.54590 will get fixed second cell of level 14 in the pay of Rs.1,48,500.

2. This issues with the approval of the competent authority.
Yours faithfully,
(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Order Copy
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Withdrawal under paragraph 68-BD of EPF Scheme, 1952 for housing needs of the PF members


Withdrawal under paragraph 68-BD of EPF Scheme, 1952 for housing needs of the PF members

Employees Provident Fund Organisation
(Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India)
Head Office
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan, 14-Bhikaiji Cama Place, New Delhi-110066

No: WSU/39(1)2017/Housing Scheme/4106
Date: 24.05.2017
To
All Addl. CPFC (HQ/ Zone),
Regional P.F. Commissioners-incharge of
Regional Offices.

Sub: Withdrawal under paragraph 68-BD of EPF Scheme, 1952 for housing needs of the PF members.
Ref: HO circular dated of even numbers dated 21.04.2017, 02.05.2017 & 19.05.2017

Sir,
Please refer to the above said subject.
  1. There are a number of State Housing Boards or other authorities owned by the Government which construct and sell houses. In certain cases their houses remain unsold. Considering this, it is advised that RPFCs-incharge of ROs should contact all such Housing Board/authorities in their jurisdiction and persuade them for allotment of such unsold houses directly to the PF Workers' Cooperative Societies but EPFO shall not recommend or be associated in the agreement with any particular housing agency/housing society. RPFCs should also discuss the issue with PF Workers' Union and employers of establishments for formation of cooperative societies so that the concerned society may also negotiate with such Housing Board/ authorities.
  1. Accordingly, it is advised that provisions of paragraph 68-BD of EPF Scheme, 1952 be given due focus and publicity by all such possible means in the interest of the workers.

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(K.L. Taneja)
Addl. Central P.F. Commission (Housing)
Source: epfindia.gov.in
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7th Pay Commission: No scope to change in higher allowances


7th Pay Commission: No scope to change in higher allowances

New Delhi: Finance Ministry sources today said on condition of anonymity, there is no scope to change in higher allowances, which were recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

The sources came up with the remark while talking to us about hiking of allowances of all central government employees and officials by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) better than the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

Those who will hope over these issues will gain nothing but no change in 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances are very much hiking possible, they added.

Replying to a question, the sources said, "The demand of central government employees to hike in allowances than the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is likely not to be considered by the secretaries panel."

"The central government finally decided not to give any facility to central government employees better than the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Accordingly, the government stuck with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on pay scales and advances and its implementation have been made forcefully.
Moreover, the government is now engaged in forceful implementation of allowances, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission," the finance ministry sources added.

The sources also said that the quantum of allowances may not vary from those proposed by the 7th Pay Commission as the committee on allowances headed by Finance Secretary stuck with the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations on allowances.

The Government will not necessarily be bound by the findings of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries on allowances, the sources confirmed.

"The Empowered Committee will make its proposal," source said. "government will make the decision."
In late June, after implementing the 7th Pay Commission proposals on salary and pension, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced the 'Committee on Allowances', headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to examine the suggestions on allowances. It had time till October to give the report but this got delayed.

The decision on allowances was postponed because the 7th Pay Commission wanted a number of these to be abolished or subsumed. Employee unions were opposed.

The 'Committee on Allowances' submitted its report to finance minister Arun Jaitley on April 27.
However, the Committee's report on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission haven't made public.
The report on allowances is now examined by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) headed by the Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and after it, it will be placed before the Cabinet.

Shiv Gopal Mishra, secretary of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), which is a centralised union of several central government employees unions, met with the Cabinet Secretary recently for inordinate delay on implementation of allowances.

The Cabinet Secretary assured Mishra that the Empowered Committee of Secretaries is likely to take a final decision on higher allowances by June 1.

The central government employees now get all allowances except dearness allowance, according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.
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Atal Pension Yojana (APY) reaches 53 lakhs subscribers base


Atal Pension Yojana (APY) reaches 53 lakhs subscribers base 

APY-PFRDA


235 Banks and Department of Post involved with APY implementation
97.5% of the subscribers contributing at monthly intervals; 51.5% subscribers have opted for a monthly pension of Rs. 1000
The subscribers base under the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) has reached about 53 Lakhs. At present 235 Banks and Department of Post are involved with the implementation of the scheme. Besides the branches of the banks and CBS-enabled offices of India Post, quite a few banks are sourcing subscribers through their internet banking portals in a paperless environment.

The APY Scheme follows the same investment pattern as applicable to the NPS contribution of Central Government employees.  During the year 2016-17, it has earned a return of 13.91%.

With a view to empower the APY subscribers, new functionalities have been developed where under a subscriber can view and print the ePRAN card and Statement of Transactions. Further, the subscriber can register complaints/ grievance by providing his/ her PRAN details on https://npslite- nsdl.com/CRAlite/grievanceSub.do.

Presently males account for 62% of the subscribers and female for about 38%. Most of the subscribers have opted for monthly contribution; about 97.5% of the subscribers are contributing at monthly intervals, about 0.8% at quarterly intervals and about 1.7% at half yearly intervals.

A majority of the subscribers have opted for a monthly pension of Rs. 1000/-.  Presently 51.5% subscribers have opted for a monthly pension of Rs.1000/- and 34.5% of the subscribers have opted for a monthly pension of Rs.5000/-. Pension amount wise segmentation of the subscribers is shown in Figure 1.


APY-PFRDA
Figure 1: Pension amount wise segmentation of the APY subscribers

The Atal Pension Yojana became operational from 1st June, 2015 and is available to all the citizens of India in the age group of 18-40 years. Under the scheme, a subscriber would receive a minimum guaranteed pension of Rs.1000 to Rs. 5000 per month, depending upon his contribution, from the age of 60 years.  The same pension would be paid to the spouse of the subscriber and on the demise of both the subscriber and the spouse, the accumulated pension wealth is returned to the nominee.

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Reimbursement of Medical Claims to Pensioners under CS(MA) Rules 1944 as directed by various CATs and Courts


Reimbursement of Medical Claims to Pensioners under CS(MA) Rules 1944 as directed by various CATs and Courts
No. 5.14025/23/2013-MS.EHSS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare
Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated the 29 September, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts - Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that various references are being received in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the above mentioned subject. it is hereby clarified that CS (MA) Rules, 1944 are not applicable to pensioners till date.

2. It is further informed that the following options to avail medical facilities are available to Central Government pensioners:

a) Pensioners residing in CGHS covered areas:
1) They can get themselves registered in CGHS dispensary after making requisite contribution and can avail both OPD and IPD facilities.
2). Pensioners residing in CGHS areas cannot optout cf CGHS and avail anyother medical facility {i.e. Fixed Medical Allowance). Such pensioners, if they do not choose to avail CGHS facility by depositing the required contributions, cannot be granted Fixed Medical allowance in lieu of CGHS.

b) Pensioners residing in non - CGHS areas:
1). They can avail Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.500/- per month
2) They can also avail benefits of CGHS- [OPD and IPD] by registering themselves in the nearest CGHS "city after" making the required subscription.
3) They also have the option to avail FMA, for OPD treatment and CG HS for IPD treatments after making the required subscriptions as per CGHS guidelines.

3. In view. of the above, reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts, need not be referred to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The respective Administrative Department/Ministry may take their own decision in this regard.

4. Further, all Departments/Ministries are requested to intimate their employees proceeding for retirement regarding the above options for medical facilities available to the Central Government pensioners.

5. This issues with the approval of competent authority.
(SUNIL KUMAR GUPTA)
UNDER SECRETARY TO THE GOVT. OF INDIA
Source: [CGHS.GOV.IN]
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Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of pension of pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc

Dept of Post: Revision of pension of Pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners - Govt's decision on 7th CPC Recommendations
No. 4-3/2017-Pension
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Pension Section)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi - 110 001
23rd May, 2017
To
All Head(s) of Circles
All Directors/Dy. Directors of Accounts (P)
APS Headquarter
Head of PLI and BD Directorate
Director, Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad

All Directors of Postal Training Centres

Sub: Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of pension of pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc-reg.

Sir/Madam,
I am directed to say that based on the decisions of the Government, Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare has issued O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12.05.2017 for fixation of pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners to the higher of the two formulations. A copy of the OM. is circulated herewith for information and necessary action.

2. The pension/family pension of all pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners shall be revised in line with instructions contained in the DoP&PW OM. dated 12.05.2017. The higher of the two formulation i.e. (i) the pension/family pension already revised in accordance with DoP&PW O.M. dated 4.8.2016 or (ii) the revised pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with para 4 of the DoP&PW OM. dated 12.5.2017, shall be treated as revised pension/family pension w.e.f 1.1.2016. It shall be the responsibilities of the Head of Department and concerned Director of Accounts (Postal) to revise the pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners w.e.f 1.1.2016 in accordance with these orders and to issue a revised pension payment authority.

3. As envisaged in the DoP&PW O.M., the Pension sanctioning Authority (PSA) would impress upon the concerned Head of Office for fixation of pay on notional basis at the earliest. The information can be obtained in Proforma A. Based on notional pay so fixed, the revision proposal will be sent by Pension Sanctioning Authority to concerned DA (P) to apply necessary checks and issue revised authority under the existing PPO number. To facilitate fixation of notional pay, DA (P) will provide copy of PPO/pension papers to concerned PSA immediately on requisition. All PSAs will maintain records of processing cases of retirees year-wise in Proforma 8. DA (P) will maintain data of proposal received and authority issued in software as has been done in case of 6th CPC revision of PPOs.

4. Since there will be large number of cases for revision, concerted efforts of all authorities will be required to accomplish the task. It is requested to take immediate action for revision of pension/family pension at the earliest.

This issues with approval of Secretary (Posts).
Yours faithfully,
Encl: As above
(Smriti Sharan)/
Dv. Director General (Estt.)
Source: [Click here to view full O.M]

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Key Achievements and Initiatives of Department of Financial Services for providing Social Security and Credit to various sections of society and ensuring Financial Inclusion


Key Achievements and Initiatives of Department of Financial Services for providing Social Security and Credit to various sections of society and ensuring Financial Inclusion

Through its Major Schemes, Department of Financial Services is ensuring financial inclusion, providing social security to the people as well as providing credit to various sections of the society. The major achievements of various schemes under the Department are highlighted below.

1. Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY)
The deposit base of PMJDY accounts has expanded over time. As on 05.04.2017, the deposit balance in PMJDY accounts was Rs. 63,971 crore in 28.23 crore accounts. The average deposit per account has more than doubled from Rs. 1,064 in March 2015 to Rs. 2,235 in March 2017.  22.14 crore RuPay cards have been issued under PMJDY.

The Bank Mitra network has also gained in strength and usage. The average number of transactions per Bank Mitra, on the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System operated by Bank Mitras, has risen by over eightyfold, from 52 transactions in 2014-15 to 4,291 transactions in 2016-17.

PMJDY



2. Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY)

PMJJBY

As on 12th April, 2017, Cumulative Gross enrolment reported by Banks subject to verification of eligibility, etc. is about 3.1 Crore under PMJJBY. A total of 63291 claims were registered under PMJJBY of which 59770 have been disbursed.


3. Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY)
As on 12th April, 2017, Cumulative Gross enrolment reported by Banks subject to verification of eligibility, etc. is about 10 Crore under PMSBY.  A total of 12816 claims were registered under PMSBY of which 9646 have been disbursed.
PMSBY


4. Atal Pension Yojana (APY)
As on 31st March, 2017, a total of 48.54 lakh subscribers have been enrolled under APY with a total pension wealth of Rs. 1,756.48 crore.

5. Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana     
Under the scheme a loan of upto Rs. 50000 is given under sub- scheme 'Shishu'; between Rs. 50,000 to 5.0 Lakhs under sub-scheme 'Kishore'; and between 5.0 Lakhs to 10.0 Lakhs under sub-scheme 'Tarun'.
As per latest data, loans extended under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) during 2016-17 have crossed the target of Rs. 1,80,000 crore for 2016-17. Sanctions currently stand at Rs. 1,80,528 crore. Of this amount, about Rs. 1,23,000 crore was lent by banks while non-banking institutions lent about Rs. 57,000 crore.

Data compiled so far indicates that the number of borrowers this year were about 4 crore, of which over 70% were women borrowers. About 18% of the borrowers were from the Scheduled Caste Category, 4.5% from the Scheduled Tribe Category, while Other Backward Classes accounted for almost 34% of the borrowers.

6. Stand Up India Scheme
The Scheme facilitates bank loans between Rs.10 lakh and Rs.1 crore to at least one Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe borrower and at least one Woman borrower per bank branch for setting up greenfield enterprises. This enterprise may be in manufacturing, services or the trading sector.

As on 11th April, 2017, Rs 5807.7 crore has been sanctioned in 28444 accounts. Of these, women hold 22708 accounts with sanctioned loan of Rs 4740.11 crore, Scheduled Caste persons hold 4487 accounts with sanctioned amount of Rs 825.17 crore while Scheduled Tribe persons hold 1249 accounts with a sanctioned amount of Rs. 242.43 crore.

Stand Up India Scheme


7. Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY)
The revived Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) was formally launched by the Finance Minister on 14.08.2014 based on the budget announcement made during 2014-15 and has been opened during the window stretching from 15th August, 2014 to 14th August, 2015. Thus all those who subscribe to the VPBY during this period will receive an assured guaranteed return of 9% under the policy. As per LIC, a total number of 3,23,128 policies with corpus amount of Rs. 9073.20 crore have been subscribed to the Scheme.

8. Other Initiatives

The Government of India in the Interim Budget of FY 2014-15, announced the setting up of Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castesunder the head Social Sector Initiatives in order  to promote entrepreneurship among the Scheduled Castes (SC). The scheme is operational since 16.01.2015 with a present corpus of Rs. 290.01 crore contributed by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India (Rs. 240.01 crore) and IFCI Ltd. as sponsor and investor (Rs. 50 crore).  As of 15.03.2017, IFCI Venture Capital Fund Ltd. has sanctioned and disbursed Rs. 236.66 crore and Rs. 109.68 crore to 65 and 32 beneficiaries, respectively under the scheme since launch of the scheme.

The Credit Enhancement Guarantee Scheme (CEGS) for Scheduled Castes (SCs) was announced by Govt. of India in the Union Budget of 2014-15 wherein a sum of Rs.200 crore was allocated towards credit facility cover for young and energetic start-up entrepreneurs, belonging to SCs, who aspire to be part of neo middle class category with an objective to encourage entrepreneurship in the lower strata of the society resulting in job creation besides creating confidence in SCs.

Banks have undertaken Financial Literacy programmes through 718 Financial Literacy and Credit Counselling Centres (FLCCs). A total of 17,422 skilling centres have been mapped with branches and literacy centres, and financial literacy imparted to 7 lakh students. The literacy materials have been developed in regional languages and disseminated.

Card acceptance infrastructure: To augment card acceptance infrastructure for use of debit cards, a major drive was undertaken between December 2016 and March 2017, resulting in an increase in the number of Point of Sale (PoS) terminals by an additional 12.54 lakh, up from 15.19 lakh as on 30.11.2016. Further, to improve such infrastructure in villages, 2.04 lakh PoS terminals have been sanctioned from the Financial Inclusion Fund by NABARD.

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Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS: AIRF writes to Railway Board on clarification


Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS: AIRF writes to Railway Board on clarification
A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen's Federation
D.O. No.AIRF/MACPS
Dated : 22.05.2017

Sub: Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS - Clarification reg.
Ref.: Railway Board's letter No.PC-V/2016/MACPS/1 dated 19.05.2017

This issue has been discussed with you on several occasions individually as well as jointly, where I mentioned that, the Cabinet Secretary has agreed to us that, the Railways being working under different working conditions, and for operation of the trains, a flow process system is in vogue, that is the reason, in the selections for various posts and categories; benchmarking system had been introduced after VI CPC when DoP&T issued instructions that, financial upgradation under MACPS should be based on "Very Good" benchmark. Even DoP&T agreed that the same benchmark should be used for MACPS which is in vogue for selection in case of the Railway employees.

Now, it is a matter of utter surprise that, on the reference as well as reply from the DoP&T, the Railways had issued instructions for "Very Good" benchmark for financial upgradation under MACPS. This issue is very sensitive and will definitely create lots of agitations because, in the MACPS benchmark of "Very Good" will be considered for consecutive three years. In most of the cases employees will be deprived of from MACPS. Since Railways are working in a flow process system, wherein, instead of individual contribution, joint contribution of the employees has their weightage.

We sincerely hope that, you will kindly intervene in the matter and as has been advised by the Cabinet Secretary, the same benchmark, which is prevalent for selection should be in vogue in case of MACPS also.
With Kind regards!
Yours sincerely,
Sd/-,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Shri A.K.Mittal,
Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi.

Source : AIRF
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ECHS Order: Empanelled Hospital Claims- Ophthalmic procedures


ECHS Order: Empanelled Hospital Claims- Ophthalmic procedures
Empanelled Hospital Claims- Ophthalmic procedures

Central Organisation,ECHS
Adjutant General's Branch
Integrated Headquarters
Ministry Of Defence(army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt - 110010
B/49773/AG/ECHS/Rates/Policy
18th May 2017
UTI-ITSL
15533/1, Above Farico Show Room
1st Floor, Old Madras Road
Halasuru, Bangalore,
Karnataka - 560008

EMPANELLED HOSPITAL CLAIMS : OPHTHALMIC PROCEDURES

1. It has been noted with concern while scrutinizing claims of an Eye Centre that ECHS had been billed more than the hospital rates. It was also observed that for ocular investigations the hospital was billing ECHS at twice the CGHS rates (stating that the CGHS rates are for one eye). It has been clarified the CGHS rates for Ophthalmology investigations are for both eyes unless specified".

2. As per provisions of MoA and para 4(b)(x) of Gol MoD letter NO.24(8)/03/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 19 Dec 2003, the hospital cannot bill ECHS more than the hospital rates. It should be ensured by Regional Centre's that the rate list of the hospital is taken whenever MoA is being renewed. The rate list attached with MoA should not have a rate more than CGHS rate/Hospital rate. wherever the hospital rate is below CGHS rate it should be reflected with an asterisk (*) on the rate list attached with MoA.

3. BPA to check the claims of such hospital (including settled claims) which have not been processed correctly and the excess amount paid post implementation of CGHS 2014 rates if any would be recoered from the pending claims of the hospitals.

4. The RCs are directed to ensure no additional charges/extra charges than CGHS/ECHS or actuals whichever is less to be paid to the hospital. It is also requested RCs to accordingly review the pending claims (i.e not settled claims) of the hospitals not restricted to ophthalmic claims and those with observations be returned to BPA for correct processing.

5. Please ask.
Sd/-
(IVS Gahlot)
Col
Dir (Med)
for MD ECHS
Source: [Document Click here to download]
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Extension of the benefit of bunching to Assistant Accounts Officers as per the recommendations of 7CPC


Extension of the benefit of bunching to Assistant Accounts Officers as per the recommendations of 7CPC
No:- NFCAA/HQ/A-2/2017
Dated: 22.05.2017
To,
Shri Anthony Lianzuala,
Controller General of Accounts,
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
4th Floor, GPOA, Block-E, INA,
New Delhi - 110023

Subject: - Extension of the benefit of bunching to Assistant Accounts Officers as per the recommendations of 7CPC.

Sir,
I have been directed to draw your kind and personnel attention to the All India Civil Accounts Employees Association Category-II letter No:- AICAEA Cat-II/CHQ/2017/27 dated 27.04.2017 (Copy enclosed) on the above mentioned subject and state that, it is nearly eight months the Implementation Cell of Department of Expenditure vide order No:- 1-6/2016-IC dated 07.09.2016 has conveyed its decision to implement the recommendation of 7CPC regarding the bunching benefit to entitled employees and officers, but the Assistant Accounts Officers of Civil Accounts Organization have not yet been extended the benefit inspite of an order issued by your office in this respect. As such the Assistant Accounts Officers have become aggrieved due to non-receipt of their legitimately due benefit.

Therefore, on behalf of this federation, I seek your kind intervention into the matter so that the issue is settled at the earliest.

Four your kind and early favorable action this federation shall be highly thankful to you.
Thanking you,
Yours Sincerely,
(V. Bhattacharjee)
Secretary General
Source: http://nfcaahqnd.blogspot.in/
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6th CPC, 7th CPC, Central Government Employees, Minimum Wage, Wage Revision


Revision of minimum wage payable to Temporary status Casual Labourers - reg.

Ref: Confdn/Genl/2016-19
Dated - 25.05.2017
To,
The Secretary
Department of Personnel & Training
Government of India
North Block, New Delhi - 110001

Sir,
Sub:- Revision of minimum wage payable to Temporary status Casual Labourers - reg.

The minimum wage payable to Temporary Status Casual labourers is revised, every time when the minimum pay of Central Government employees is revised. Eventhough the notification revising the minimum pay of Central Government employees with effect from 01.01.2016 was issued by Government on 25.07.2016, the minimum wage of Temporary status Casual labourer is not yet revised. Pending revision, they are being now paid the minimum wage as per the 6th CPC wage revision.

It is requested that necessary action may be taken for revision of minimum wage payable to Temporary status Casual labourers working in various Central Government department.
Yours faithfully,
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General &
Standing Committee Member
National Council JCM
Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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Allotment of GPF Account Numbers to Casual Labourers with temporary status: Clarification by DoP


Allotment of GPF Account Numbers to Casual Labourers with temporary status: Clarification by DoP
No. 01-07/2016-SPB-1
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001.
Dated: 22 May, 2017
To,
1. All CPMsG
2. All PMsG
3. Director, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National postal Academy, Ghaziabad
4. All Directors, PTC
5. All Directors, Postal Accounts
6. Controller, Foreign Mails, Mumbai
7. Heads of all other Administrative Offices.

Subject: Regarding allotment of GPF Account Numbers to Casual Labourers with temporary status.

Sir,
Reference is invited to Directorate’s letter No. 01-07/2016-SPB-I of even No. dated 12.09.2016 vide which clarifications in respect of Casual Labourers with temporary status were issued. The Directorate has received references from Postal Circles seeking clarification as to whether GPF account numbers should be allotted to Temporary Status Casual Labourers covered under the Scheme formulated vide Directorate’s letter No. 45-95/87-SPB-I dated 12.04.1991.

2. In this regard, it is clarified that Directorate’s letter No. 01-07/2016-SPB-I dated 22.07.2016 restores the provisions of the scheme as it existed prior to this Department’s letter no. 45-6/2005-SPB-I dated 02.09.2005. Since, the benefit of GPF was available to temporary status Casual Labourers prior to 02.09.2005, GPF account numbers may be allotted to such Casual Labourers for the purpose of contribution in GPF including those Temporary Status Casual Labourers who have not been regularized as yet. In this context, provisions of above said letter, dated 12.09.2016 may also be taken into consideration.

Yours faithfully,
(Satya Narayana Dash)
Assistant Director General (SPN)
Source: [Department of Posts]
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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension as per Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix


Issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension as per Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix

DOP&PW is likely to issue Fitment Tables & Ready Reckoners soon for Revised Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners as per OM Dated 12-5-2017 - as requested by RSCWS & BPS - to avoid delay in implementation of orders due to delay in issuing the Revised PPOs by the PSAs - i.e. the Offices from which the Pensioner Retired.

Notional-Pay-7th-CPC-Pay-Matrix
 

Copy of Memorandum to Secretary Pension for issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners as per DOP&PW OM Dated 12-5-2017

RAILWAYS SENIOR CITIZENS WELFARE SOCIETY
CHANDIGARH
(Estd. 1991, Regd. No. 1881 - Under Registration of Societies Act)

No. RSCWS/ CHQ/CHD/
Dated:16-05- 2017
Secretary, GOI,
Department of Pension, GOI,
Patel Bhawan, New Delhi-110001

Dear Sir,

Subject: Issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension as per Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix

Regarding: Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Revision of pension of pre-2016 & post-2016 pensioners/family pensioners. Reference: DOP&PW OM NO.38/37/2016-P&. PW(A) Dated 12-5-2017

Kind attention is invited towards the DOP&PW OM Dated 12-5-2017 regarding Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Revision of pension of pre-2016 & post-2016 pensioners/family pensioners.

Incidentally, Fitment Tables and the Ready Reckoners have not been issued with the said orders as was done after every Pay Commission - both in respect of the Pay and Pension.

This will make the Revision of Pension very difficult, and time consuming as Notional Pay has to be fixed from one Pay Commission to the next since the Retirement of the employee for Revising their Pension as per Notional Pay in the Pay Matrix of 7th CPC.

This will substantially delay the issue of Revised PPOs and implementation of the said orders this time, causing hardship to the old Pensioners.

It is, therefore, earnestly requested that
i) Scale-wise Fitment Tables and Ready Reckoners may please be issued early for the Pensioners who had retired in the regimes of various Pay Commissions (especially those who retired from Pay Scales of Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Pay Commissions.

ii) A dedicated Software may please be posted on the Pensioners Portal for the Revision of pension of pre-2016 & post-2016 pensioners/family pensioners and for expeditious issue of the Revised PPOs and for placing them on the Internet.
Yours truly,
(Harchandan Singh),
Secretary General, RSCWS.

Copy for information and kind consideration:

i) Mrs. Vandana Sharma, Additional Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare, 3rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003.

ii) Shri Harjit Singh, Director, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare, 3rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003.

iii) Shri Prem Kumar, Senior Consultant (PP), Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare, 3rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003.

Source: RSCWS
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Option 1 recommended by 7th CPC for the revision of pension/family pension of Pre 2016 retirees DENIED


Option 1 recommended by 7th CPC for the revision of pension/family pension of Pre 2016 retirees DENIED

How, the battle is lost
One rank one pension denied

OPTION 1 recommended by 7th CPC for the revision of Pension/Family pension of pre-2016 Denied inspite of availability of service records of over 80% of old pensioners.

The alternative given vide OM dated 12.5.2017 though to some extent it will benefit a good % of old pensioners, it cannot make up the lifelong loss old pensioners will suffer due to denial of option 1. Ever since Honourable Supreme Court land mark judgement dated_____ in UOI vs D S Nakra. In the hide and seek game with UOI for 100% parity between present & past Civil Pensioners Bharat Pensioners Samaj had this time secured Penalty Corner but the Babu in DOP & PW foiled the final hit.

Why only DOP& PW, our own people must share the blame! The war veterans whom we had been supporting for years in their struggle for one rank one pension were the first to oppose 'Bharat Pensioners Samaj' demand for 100% parity/one rank one pension through electronic media as well as through representations (backed by their serving HODs) to GOI pleading that they only are entitled to this benefit and not the Civil pensioners

The final blow was delivered in the 7th meeting of feasibility committee on 17.10.2016 when as mentioned in Para 4 of the official minutes vide No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) GOI Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions -DOP &PW dated the 31st October, 2016 (placed here under). JCM (staff side) agreed with govt's alternative proposal.

What we will lose
7th-cpc-pensioners-table-option-1-cgnews


Source: http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/
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Holding regular meetings with representatives of recognized staff associations: Min of Finance

Holding regular meetings with representatives of recognized staff associations: Min of Finance

F.No. C-30013/06/2012-AD-IV-A Vol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
New Delhi the 16th May, 2017
To
All Principal Chief Commissioner/Chief Commissioners/Director General Customs and Central Excise/Directorate under Central Board of Excise and Customs.

Subject: Holding regular meetings with representatives of recognized staff associations.

Sir,
I am directed to say that instructions have been issued by the Board from time to time, emphasizing the importance of an effective grievance redressal mechanism involving regular interaction with staff association in the field formulations.


2.  The extant instructions of the Dept.. of Personnel & Training on Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) also provide for periodical meetings of Office Councils in the field formation, on regular basis.  However, the staff association, in their representations to the Board, have agitated the issue of grievances redressal mechanism not functioning effectively in the field formations.

3. It is reiterated that an effective grievance rederssal mechanism is an essential pre-requisite for maintaining harmonious employer-employee relations and for boosting the morale and motivation levels of the staf at all times.  It is accordingly reiterated that the Heads of Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities at Zonal/Commissionerate levels may ensure that meeting with recognized staff associations are convened effectively at regular intervals, both under the JCM format and otherwise, for redressing their grievances.

4.  In the recent instruction, It was decided henceforth, that a quarterly meeting will be held under the Chairmanship of Member(A) with all recognized associations, to discuss the Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities were directed to furnish the Action Taken Report of meeting held at Zonal Level to Board at quarter ending of the year i.e. March, June, September and December.

5.  Since, no Action Taken Reports have been received from any HoD, it is, therefore, requested to furnish the same by 20.05.2017 for the quarter ending March, 2017, so that meeting with all Association could be done.
Yours faithfully,

(B. Ginkhan Mang)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: Confederation
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Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS clarification


Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS clarification

7thCPC-MACP

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
No. PC-V/2016/MACPS/1
New Delhi,
Dated :19.05.2017
The General Secretary,
NFIR,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi - 55

The General Secretary,
AIRF,
4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi - 55

Sirs,
Sub:- Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS - clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to NFIR's letter No.IV/MACPS/09/Part 10, dt. 23.01.2017 and AIRF's letter No.AIRF/MACPS (848), dt. 17.03.2017 on the above subject.The matter has been consulted with DoPT, the nodal department of Govt. on the subject and DoPT have stated that 7th CPC in para 5.1.45 of its report recommended that the benchmark, in the interest of improving performance level, be enhanced from 'Good' to 'Very Good'. In addition, introduction of more stringent criteria such as clearing of departmental examinations or mandatory training before grant of MACP can also be considered by the Government. This recommendation of the Pay Commission has been accepted by the Cabinet. Hence, withdrawal of DoPT's OM dt. 28.09.2016 is not feasible.

As DoPT is nodal department of Govt. for the purpose of MACPS, this Ministry is not in position to deviate from the instructions issued by them.
Yours faithfully,
S/d
for Secretary, Railway Board
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Retired Kendriya Vidyalaya teachers demand payment of pending DA


Retired Kendriya Vidyalaya teachers demand payment of pending DA

An association of retired Kendriya Vidyalaya teachers has written to the Centre over the delay in payment of dearness allowance (DA) to them.

The Retired Teachers Welfare Society, which shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the DA dues are pending since July 2016.

"We wrote to the prime minister in March and again in April drawing his attention to the issue of non-payment of 7 per cent DA to retired teachers of KVS. The PMO forwarded the letter to the Ministry of Human Resources Development in mid- April, but no action has been taken yet," the society's general secretary, C M Dubey, said today.

The letter was sent by the Bhopal chapter of the society.

On recommendations of the Union Cabinet, 7% DA was payable from July 2016 and subsequently 4% from January 2017 to the regular as well as retired employees of the Central government, including KVS teachers, Dubey said.

"The DA is being paid to regular employees, but not to retired ones. This is causing hardship to a large number of retired personnel," he said.

PTI
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Friday, 19 May 2017

7th CPC Pay Fixation : Clarification regarding exercise of option under Rule 5


7th CPC Pay Fixation : Clarification regarding exercise of option under Rule 5 

Office of the Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam,
Delhi Cantt-110010
No. AT/II/2702/Clar
Dated: 28 Apr 2017 

To All PCsDA/CsDA/PCA (Fys)/CsFA (Fys) (Through NIC mail server)

Subject: Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules 2016: Clarification regarding exercise of option under Rule 5. 
Reference: This office UO Note of even No dated 28-02- 2017.

As per this office UO Note cited above, the issue of availability of option to enter the 7th CPC w.e.f. 01.07.2016 (i.e., from the date of next increment in terms of proviso 1 of rule 5) to those employees who have got promotion / upgradation in a higher grade between 1st day of January, 2016 and the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 had been referred to MoD along with an illustration (given below) of pay fixation of an employee who got financial upgradation on 17-01-2016 in the grade pay of Rs 5400/- (PB 2); MoD was requested to examine the issue and clarify the matter w.r.t. illustrative pay fixation. 2. The illustrative pay fixation forwarded to MoD/ D (Civ-I) is as follows:

Pay as on 01-01-2016 in the pre-revised pay structure in PB 2 (Rs 9300-34800) will grade pay Rs 4800/- Rs 25080/- (20,280 + 4,800)
Date of grant of MACP in PB 2 with grade pay Rs 5400/- 17-01-2016
Pay fixed w.e.f. 01-07-2016 by granting difference of grade Rs 25680/- (20,280 +5,400)
Pay on 01-07-2016 on accrual of annual increment @ 3% of Rs 25080/- (20280 + 4800) {Rs 752.4 rounded off to Rs. 760/-} Rs. 25840/- (21,040 +4,800)
Promotional increment @ 3% on grant of MACP on 01-07- 2016 Increment Rs. 775.2 rounded off to Rs.780/-
Pay fixed w.e.f. 01-07-2016 in the pre-revised structure in PB 2 (Rs 9300-34800) by granting promotional increment and grade pay of Rs 5400/- Rs 27,220/- (21,820 + 5,400)
Amount arrived at by multiplying the existing pay as on  01-07-2016 with the fitment factor of 2.57 (the individual opted for fixation of pay under CCS (RP) Rules 2016 w.e.f. 01-07-2016) Rs 69,855.4
Revised pay fixed as per Rule 7 of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 in the new pay matrix in level 9 w.e.f. 01-07-2016 Rs 71,300/-


3. Now MoD/ D (Civ-I) has intimated that the illustrative pay fixation as provided above seems to be correct and in consonance with the provisions mentioned in CCS (RP) Rules 2016.
4. Affected cases may be dealt with accordingly.
This has the approval of Add] CGDA (PP&W).
sd/-
(Vinod Anand)
Sr ACGDA (P&W)
Authority: http://pcafys.nic.in/files/CCS(RP) Rule18517.pdf
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7th CPC Pension Calculation as per Gazette Notification on 12.5.2017 with Illustrations

7th CPC Pension Calculation as per Gazette Notification on 12.5.2017 with Illustrations

As per the Gazette Notification issued by the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare on 12.5.2017, the revision of Pension Calculation for Pre-2016 Pensioners are given below with some illustrations. We provided simple steps in the tables with details of calculation of pension.





Note: 4th CPC to 5th CPC Calculation detail given below:

Basic Pay  as 1.1.96 : 1210
DA as on 1.1.96 : 1791 (148%)
First I.R.100: 100
Second IR 10% of BP subject to Min 100: 121
Pay DA and IR on 1.1.96: 3222
40% of BP: 484
 
Total: 3706
Next Stage in New Scale: 3710
New Pay on 1.1.96: 3710

Authority: As per Govt Notification on 12.5.2017
7th Central Pay Commission, 7th CPC,7th CPC Pension Calculation, 7th CPC Gazette Notification
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