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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Regarding grant of House Rent Allowances at Chandigarh rates to Central Government Employees Posted at S.A.S. Nagar Mohali.

No.2/2/2016-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, 3rd February, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Regarding grant of House Rent Allowances at Chandigarh rates to Central Government Employees Posted at S.A.S. Nagar Mohali.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M.No.2(37)/E.II(B)/93 dated 13.10.1993 regarding grant of House Rent Allowances (HRA) to the Central Government Employees posted within the limits of the Notified Areas of S.A.S.Nagar Mohali at par with Chandigarh.

2. References have been received from various Ministries/Departments regarding the rates of HRA admissible at S.A.S.Nagar Mohali. The matter has been considered and it has been decided with the approval of the competent authority that the special dispensation allowed to S.A.S.Nagar Mohali for grant of HRA at par with Chandigarh allowed vide the O.M. dated 13.10.1993, shall continue to be admissible further.

3. Hindi version is attached.

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(A.Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Authority: http://finmin.nic.in/
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Revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972

Revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972

No.250141/06/2016.AIS.II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi 110001
Dated the 4th January, 2017
The Chief Secretaries of all the
State Governments and UTs.

Subject: Revision of provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to the Department of Pension and Pensioner Welfare's .OM No.38/49/2016.P&PW(A) dated 30th November, 2016 (copy enclosed) regarding “Revision of provisional pension".

2. The applicability of the provisions of the aforesaid OM regarding grant of Provisional Pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 has been considered by this Department and it has been decided to make the provisions of the aforesaid Office Memorandum of Department of Pension and Pensioner Welfare regarding Revision of provisional pension applicable, mutatis-mutandis, to the All India Service Pensioners to whom provisional pension as sanctioned under Rule 6 of All India Service (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits), Rules, 1958.

Yours faithfully,
(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to Government of India
Authority: http://dopt.gov.in/
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MODI GOVT'S SURGICAL STRIKE ON RAILWAYS AND DEFENCE EMPLOYEES

MODI GOVT'S SURGICAL STRIKE ON RAILWAYS AND DEFENCE EMPLOYEES

The BJP- led NDA Government has intensified it’s policy attack on Railways and Defence establishments and employees.

ATTACK ON RAILWAYS.

After the Narendra Modi Government coming to power 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is allowed in Railways. A committee headed by Sri Bibek Deb Roy , Member , NITI Ayog (National Institute for Transformation of India Ayog) was appointed for restructuring of Railways. The committee recommended complete privatisation of Railways. AIRF in its resolution adopted in the 92nd Annual Conference held at Allahabad from 8th to 10th December 2016, stated as follows:

NDA Government assumed power on 26th May 2016. The General Body meeting of AIRF held on 3rd and 4th July 2016 at Chennai, decided to defer the strike decision to provide time to the new Government to settle and resolve grievances. But the same Government by a notification dated 22nd August 2014, decided to induct 100% FDI in Indian Railways, Defence establishments etc. The Government appointed a high level Railway Restructuring Committee, on 22nd September 2014, headed by Sri Bibek Deb Roy, for restructuring Railways. The same committee had drawn a road map for privatisation and went ahead gradually, despite all out protest by AIRF.

The merger of the Railway Budget with the General Budget was one of the key recommendations on Bibek Deb Roy committee, as an important step towards privatisation of Railways. Government has implemented the decision from this year onwards, on top priority basis. It is also reported in the media that Government has decided to privatise heritage and tourist Railways like Kalka - Shimla, Siliguri - Darjeeling and Nilgiri (Ootty) railways. BIBEK DEB ROY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE THE BEGIN ING OF THE END OF THE GOVT OWNED INDIAN RAILWAYS.

To add insult to injury, the Railway Board has issued orders curtailing the basic trade union rights of Railway employees. AIRF circular issued on 2nd February 2017 reads as follows:

"In continuation of our earlier letter of even no. dated 1st February 2017, you are advised to observe "Black Day" on 6th February 2017 wearing black badges/ribbons, right from branch to zonal levels, at all important offices of your Railway administrations, DEMANDING WITHDRAWAL OF RAILWAY BOARD'S LETTER DATED 31.01.2017, WHEREIN THE BOARD HAVE DECIDED TO DEBAR SUPERVISORS (IN ERSTWHILE GRADE PAY OF 4200) WORKING IN SAFETY CATEGORIES FROM TRADE UNION".

AIRF statement also said that the order is in violation of 87th ILO Convention and Indian Trade Union Act.

Railway order says that those supervisors working in safety categories cannot become office bearers of unions/Associations/Federations, but can only remain as members with effect from 01.04.2017.

The above is the present situation in Indian Railways and all the Railway unions/Associations/Federations are conducting various protest programmes (other than strike as dominant organisations are yet to take such a decision) against the policy offensives of the NDA Govt. Recently on 1st & 2nd February 2017, Dakshin Railway Employees Union (DREU) , All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), All India Station Masters Association (AISMA) , All India Guard Council , Indian Railway Technical Supervisors Association etc. (other than AIRF and NFIR) had organised a massive National Convention and also Parliament March at New Delhi , demanding no privatisation and modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations.


ATTACK ON DEFENCE SECTOR
The situation in Defence sector is also not different. All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF) in its circular dated 04.02.2017, has conveyed the following developments to its rank and file:

"The ordnance factories are under severe attack due to the policies being adopted by the BJP - led NDA Government. Instead of developing and strengthening the ordnance factories, the Govt. is disowning the same and is planning fully to proceed to weaken the ordnance factories. Licences are being given to private companies for defence manufacturing including for those products which are being manufactured in the ordnance factories."

In a meeting of Senior Officers held on 5th January 2017, the Secretary, Ministry of Defence made the following comments
"You have to reduce the cost, otherwise you will not get workload in future, you have to compete with the private sector for getting workload. Two years is the period for ordnance factories."

Recently Sri Manohar Parikar, Defence Minister , who visited AFK Pune , in the meeting held with unions has stated that " Factories which are manufacturing clothing and leather items are not required in the Government. These items can easily be procured from private sector."

The proposal of corporatisation (which is a step towards privatisation) is also under consideration with Prime Minister's Office (PMO). Govt has constituted another committee to identify low technology/noncore items. It is seen from the press reports that a committee constituted by Defence Minister under the chairmanship of one retired IIM Professor has recommended for creation of a new independent organisation outside the Ministry of Defence to undertake defence procurement. It is understood that a new organisation tentatively called the "DEFENCE ACQUISITION AUTHORITY" will be fully responsible for the entire process of acquisition.

All these policy decisions of the Government will have serious impact on the existence of ordnance factories and on the job security of defence civilian employees. AIDEF has decided to convene a meeting of ordnance factory unions to take a serious stock of the situation and formulate an action plan to fight back.

THIS GOVT WILL UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE OF STRIKE ONLY. CONFEDERATION IS ON THE RIGHT PATH.

Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers, representing about thirteen lakhs Central Government Employees, which always stood in the forefront of the struggle against neo-liberal reforms and anti-people, anti -worker policies of the Govt. and also which conducted series of agitational programmes including strikes against the policy offensives of the Government, extends full support and solidarity to the Railway and Defence employees in their struggle for existence.

Confederation calls upon the entire Central Govt. employees to make the 16th March 2016 one day strike a thundering success. Let us be ready for an indefinite strike, if situation warrants.

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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NPS COMMITTEE - HOPES for younger generation of Central Government Employees Shattered


NPS COMMITTEE - HOPES for younger generation of Central Government Employees Shattered

NPS committee constituted by the Government to streamline the National Pension System has called the JCM Staff Side for second round of discussion on 10.02.2017. As per the notified agenda, the committee is proposing discussion on only cosmetic changes in NPS. Basic issues such as (1) scrapping of NPS (2) Guaranteed Minimum pension to NPS Pensioners ie; 50% of the last pay drawn should be guaranteed by Government as minimum pension even if the returns from annuity insurance scheme amount is less than the 50%. and (3) Exemption of Central Govt. Employees from the purview of NPS, are not included in the agenda of the meeting even though the Cabinet Secretary has assured JCM Staff Side Chairman and Secretary Shri. Raghavayya and Shri Shiv Gopal Misra on 19th January 2017 that  "so far as issue of NPS is concerned he has already directed the Committee to hold meeting with Staff Side". From reading the agenda it can be seen that main demands of the Staff Side are avoided, thus betraying the cause of thousands of younger generation Central Government Employees who joined service after 01.01.2004. Their hopes are shattered and belied. NJCA should revive the deferred strike to protect the interest of younger generations. Let us make the 16th March 2017 Confederation Strike a grand success.
M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers.
Mob & WhatApp: 09447068125.
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com
Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in
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7th CPC arrears for Defence Pensioners - Pension Disbursing Agencies have started releasing the 7th CPC arrears due to the pensioners

7th CPC arrears for Defence Pensioners - Pension Disbursing Agencies have started releasing the 7th CPC arrears due to the pensioners.

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
03-February-2017 16:28 IST
Defence Pensioners

Details of State-wise assessed number of Defence Pensioners as on 01.04.2016 are enclosed as under: STATE WISE ASSESSED NUMBER OF DEFENCE PENSIONERS AS ON 01.04.2016

Sl. No.StateNo. of Pensioners
1Andaman & Nicobar1057
2Andhra Pradesh65047
3Arunachal Pradesh1851
4Assam62265
5Bihar112626
6Chhattisgarh5218
7Chandigarh23885
8Goa2715
9Gujarat18361
10Haryana271034
11Himachal Pradesh150306
12Jammu & Kashmir85059
13Jharkhand9890
14Karnataka109541
15Kerala169255
16Madhya Pradesh53504
17Maharashtra196559
18Manipur5947
19Meghalaya2809
20 Mizoram2455
21Nagaland1125
22New Delhi98037
23Odisha21564
24Pondicherry1333
25Punjab277985
26Rajasthan140405
27Sikkim288
28Tamilnadu116981
29Tripura2852
30Uttar Pradesh224971
31Uttarakhand87576
32West Bengal70293
33Indian Embassy Nepal107837
Total2500631

Pension Disbursing Agencies have started releasing the 7th CPC arrears due to the pensioners. Details regarding amount released and number of pensioners benefited are being collected. This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shrimati Vasanthi M. in Lok Sabha today.
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Raising Retirement Age of Doctors in the Armed Forces


Raising Retirement Age of Doctors in the Armed Forces

The retirement age of medical officers in the Armed Forces Medical Service (AFMS) is based on their rank, which ranges from 56 years in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (& equivalent) to 60 years in case of Major General (& equivalent). In certain cases, Director General of AFMS in the rank of Lieutenant General and other Lieutenant Generals (& equivalent) may retire respectively at the age of 61 & 62 years.

There is no proposal to equate the retirement age of medical officers of AFMS to those doctors working in the civil sector as the terms and conditions of service for the two categories of doctors are totally different.
The present total authorised strength of AFMS is 7073 out of which 843 posts are vacant. Recruitment drives are conducted from time to time to fill up the vacancies.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Shrimati Chhaya Verma and Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad in Rajya Sabha today.

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