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Grant of Advances- 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations-Amendment to rules on Computer Advance to Railway servants


Grant of Advances- 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations-Amendment to rules on Computer Advance to Railway servants

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)
No.I/11-Part I
PC-VII No : 15/2017

RBE No. 10/2017
No. F(E) Spl./2016/ADV.4/1(7th CPC)

The General Managers and FA&CAOs
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(As per standard list)

Subject: Grant of Advances- Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations-Amendment to rules on Computer Advance to Railway servants.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission, the Ministry of Finance vide their OM No. 12(1)/E.II(A)/2016 dated 07.10.2016 have amended the eligibility criteria in the existing provisions relating to the grant of Personal Computer Advance.

2. Amendment conditions of grant of Computer Advance are as follows:
AdvanceQuantumEligibility Criteria
Personal Computer Advanceƻ50,000/- or actual price of PC, whichever is lower.All Government Servants
The Computer Advance will be allowed maximum five times in the entire service.
The other terms and conditions governing the grant of Personal computer advance shall remain unchanged.

3. Further, Ministry of Finance in their ibid OM have also decided that the other interest bearing advances relating to Motor Car Advance and Motorcycle/Scooter/Moped Advance will stand discontinued.
4. The above mentioned OM of Ministry of Finance relating to grant of interest bearing advances will apply mutatis-mutandis to Railway employees also.

4.1 So far as the interest free advances are concerned, Bicycle and Warm clothing advances stands abolished for Railway employees also in terms of MoF’s decision.

4.2 Orders relating to other interest free advances will be issued separately by concerned Directorates.
5. Necessary Advance Correction Slip to the chapter XI of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Vol.I Revised Edition, 1989 will follow.

6. The revised orders are effective from 07.10.2016 i.e. the date of the issue of the aforesaid OM of the Ministry of Finance. Past cases where the advances have already been sanctioned under the provisions of earlier rules on the subject need not be reopened.

7. Please acknowledge receipt.

8. Hindi version will follow.
(A.C. Jain)
Dy. Director Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board
AIRF
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Budget 2017 - New Benefits announced for NPS Subscribers


Budget 2017 - New Benefits announced for NPS Subscribers

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

PRESS RELEASE

In a bid to provide further impetus to the National Pension System (NPS), the following provisions have teen introduced in the Finance bill 2017 laid down in the Parliament today.

1. Tax-exemption to partial withdrawal from National Pension System (NPS)

The existing provision of section 10(12A) of the Income Tax Act. 1961 provides payment from National Pension System (NPS) to a Subscriber on closure of his account or opting out shall be exempt up to 40% of total corpus at the time of withdrawl . The amount utilized for purchase of annuity is also tax exempt. At the time of normal exit. 40% of the total corpus is mandatorily required to be purchased for annuity. The subscriber has the option to use higher amount for purchase Of annuity.

In order to provide further relief to the subscriber of NPS, it has been proposed to Insert a new clause (12B) in the section 10 of Income Tax Act, 1961 to provide exemption on partial withdrawal not exceeding 25% of the contribution made by an employee in accordance with the terms and conditions specified under Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act. 2013 and regulations made there under.

This benefit will be effective on partial withdrawal made by the subscriber after 1st April 2017.

2. Further, Contribution up to 20% of the Gross Income of the Self-employed Individual ( Individual other than salaried class) will be deductible from the taxable income under Section 8OCCD(1) of the Income Tax Act.1961, as against 10% earlier.

This is with a view to provide parity between a salaried employee and a self- employed.

This benefit will be available on contribution made by the self employed persons on or after 1st April 2017.

This increased limit tor tax benefit will help the self-employed individuals, to save taxes on higher contribution in NPS and thereby properly plan for their old age income security.

Additional tax deduction on investment upto Rs. 50000/- under Section 80CCD(1B) will continue to remain the same for all NPS subscribers whether salaried or self-employed.
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Induction training of Engineering Degree/Diploma Holder Compassionate appointees - training period duration


NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
 No.II/1-A/Pt.20
Dated: 08/02/2017
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Kind attention D.G./Personnel

Dear Sir,
Sub: Induction training of Engineering Degree/Diploma Holder Compassionate appointees - training period duration - reg.

It has been brough to NFIR's notice that the candidates selected on compassionate ground for the post of Technicians III (Pay Matrix level 2) are being subjected to 3 years induction training although they possess Engineering Degree/Diploma qualification. Federation feels sad to mention that such technically qualified candidates are not even treated at par with the ITI certificate holders/act apprentices who are imparted only 6 months training prior to their absorption as Technician III, GP 1900/revised pay matrix level 2.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly review the extant policy and issue instructions to the Zonal railways, PUs, etc., (particularly South Western Railway) to offer the post commensurating with their technical qualification in higher grades pay/revised pay matrices on compassionate ground. When they are found suitable for Technician III post only, their, training period be limited 6 months as in vogue in the case of ITI certificate holders/act apprentices. Revised instructions on these lines may kindly be issued soon.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR
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Reckoning GP 4200/- PB-2 as entry grade pay for granting financial upgradation under MACPS to the Pharmacist category

Reckoning GP 4200/- PB-2 as entry grade pay for granting financial upgradation under MACPS to the Pharmacist category
 NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)
No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 10
Dated: 07/02/2017
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,
Sub: Reckoning GP 4200/- PB-2 as entry grade pay for granting financial upgradation under MACPS to the Pharmacist category - reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR's letter No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 10 dated 30/08/2016 and 22/12/2016.
(ii) Railway Board's reply vide No. PC-V/2011/M/NFIR dated 24/01/2017

Federation does not agree with the view taken by the Railway Board by misinterpretation of the contents of DoP&T's OM dated 4th Feb 1992. In this connection, Federation once again cites below the facts which have been ignored by the Board while considering the demand:
  • It is true that vide para 2 of the said OM, while the DoP&T has laid down criteria for assessing the suitability of the incumbents of the posts due to revision of pay scales/upgradation, at the same time in sub-para 2 of the same OM, it has been clarified that  where the upgradation involves replacement scale without higher responsibilities or higher qualification but with higher eligibility of service, in such situation suitability may not be assessed.
  • It has been further clarified that those who fulfill the criteria of qualifying service, should be appointed to the upgraded post from the date on which they complete the qualifying service.
  • The condition stipulated in sub-para 2 of DoP&T's OM dated 4th Feb 1992 has been fulfilled by the Pharmacists who though recruited in GP 2800 have been appointed to GP 4200 (6th CPC) on completion of 2 years service in GP 2800/- (PB-1).
The plea taken by the Railway Board that the said OM of DoP&T is applicable for assessing the suitability of the incumbents, is therefore, misconceived, illogical and unjustified. On the other hand, the case of Pharmacists for granting MACP benefit is required to be dealt applying the provisions contained in the DoP&T's OM dated 4th Feb,1992.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway instructions to the Zones etc., allowing MACP endorsed to the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Copy to the Executive Director,PC-I, Railway Board, DFCC Building, Metro Bhavan, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi for information and necessary action please.
Copy to the General Secretaries of the Affiliated Unions of NFIR.

Source: NFIR
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