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7th Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government - National Holiday Allowance


7th Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government - National Holiday Allowance

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
PC-VII No. 46
RBE No. 108/2017
New Delhi, dated 30.08.2017
No.E(P&A)1-2017/HL/1
The General Managers and Principal Financial Advisers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units.

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government - National Holiday Allowance.

Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to revise the rates of National Holiday Allowance as under:

LEVEL IN THE PAY MATRIX (VII CPC)RATE OF ALLOWANCE (PER DAY)
1 and 2Rs.384
3 to 5Rs.477
6 to 8 (limited to non-gazetted staff)Rs.630

2.The rates of this allowance will further increase by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent.

3. The revised rates of allowance shall be admissible with effect from the 1st July, 2017.

4.The other terms and conditions as contained in Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-97/HL/2 dated 18.02.1998 for grant of this allowance shall remain unchanged.

5.This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

6. Please acknowledge receipt.
S/d,
(Anil Kumar)
Dy. Director/E{P&A)-1
Railway Board
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7th Pay Commission - Revision of the rates of Breakdown Allowance


7th Pay Commission - Revision of the rates of Breakdown Allowance

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
S.No. PC-VII / 51
No. E(P&A)II-2017/BDA-1
RBE No. 106 / 2017
New Delhi, dated 30.08.2017.
The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways and
Production Units etc.

Subject: Revision of the rates of Breakdown Allowance.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to Breakdown Allowance, the Board have decided that the rates of Breakdown Allowance indicated in this Ministry’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2007/FE-4/3 dated 25-9-2009 and further revised vide Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2011/SP-1/Misc.1 dated 13.06.2011 and No. E(P&A)I-2014/SP-1/Genl.2 dated 19.05.2014 may be revised as under :

S.NO.CATEGORYLEVEL IN PAY
MATRIX
AMOUNT OF BREAKDOWN
ALLOWANCE/MONTH
1Helper Gr.II /Helper Gr.I/Other
staff Gr. 'D' Staff
Level 1 (1800)Rs.270 p.m
2Technicians Gr.IIILevel 2 (1900)Rs.405 p.m.
3Technicians Gr.II
Technician Gr.I
Supervisors (erstwhile Ministry)
Level 4 (2400)
Level 5 (2800)
Level 5 (2800)
Rs.540 p.m.
4Sr. Technicians/ Junior Engineers and staff in higher scalesLevel 6 (4200)
and above
Rs.675 p.m.

2. These orders take effect from 1st July, 2017. Other terms and conditions relating to Breakdown Allowance will remain the same.

3. In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to direct that Rule 1420 of Indian Railway Establishment Code. Volume-II, 1987 edition (2005 reprint edition) may be amended as in the Advance Correction Slip No.61 enclosed herewith.

4. This has the sanction of the President and issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
(Salim Md.Ahmed)
Deputy. Director/E{P&A)II
Railway Board.

ADVANCE CORRECTION SLIP NO. 61 -  R.II/1987 EDITION ( 2005 REPRINT EDITION)

1. First para of Rule 1420 (1) and table below Rule 1420 (1) (i) in Indian Railway Establishment Code - Vol-II / 1987 edition (2005 reprint edition) may be substituted with the following :-
(1) Non-gazetted Railway servants employed in Running sheds and Carriage and Wagon Depots who are earmarked for attending to breakdown duties and Relief Train Electrical staff, including Supervisory staff, holding posts upto Level 6 (Rs. 4200 GP) and above in the Pay Matrix (except the Supervisors in charge of Carriage & Wagon Depots, Loco Running Shed or the Electrical Relief Train), shall be allowed the following:-

(i) Breakdown Allowance at the following rates :

S. No.CategoryLevel in Pay MatrixAmount of Breakdown Allowance/ month
1.Helper Gr.II /Helper Gr.I/Other staff Gr.'D' StaffLevel 1 (1800)270 p.m.
2.Technician Gr.IIILevel 2 (1900)405 p.m.
3.Technicians Gr.IILevel 4 (2400) 540 p.m.
Technician Gr.ILevel 5 (2800)540 p.m
Supervisors (erstwhile Mistry)Level 5 (2800)540 p.m
4.Sr. Technicians/Junior Engineers and staff in higher scalesLevel 6 (4200) and above 675 p.m.

2. The following may be deleted below clause (b) to sub rule (i) to Rule 1420 (1) in Indian Railway Establishment Code - Vol.-II/1987 edition (2005 reprint edition):
(c)    The rate of this allowance will be increased by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes upto by 50%.

(Authority : Railway Board’s letter No No. E(P&A)II-2017/BDA-1 dated 30.08.2017)

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Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government - Abolition of Allowances


7th Pay CPC Railway Order - Abolition of Allowances

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
PC-VII No.47
RBE No. 103/2017
New Delhi, dated 30.08.2017
No. E(P&A)I-2017/VII CPC/AL-1

The General Managers and Principal Financial Advisers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units.

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government - Abolition of Allowances.

Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to decide to abolish the following allowances with effect from 1st July, 2017:
(i) Accounts Stock Verifiers (ASV) Allowance (incentive to Accounts Stock Verifiers on passing Appendix IV-A (IREM) Examination);

(ii) Commercial Allowance (special allowance to announcers – ECRCs/Comml. Clerks/TCs/ASMs/SMs);

(iii) Flying Squad Allowance (special allowance to CTIs/TTEs working in HQ Flying Squad);

(iv) Night Patrolling Allowance to Trackmen;

(v) Rajdhani Allowance (special allowance to Train Supdts./Dy. Train Supdts./Stewards (Dy. Train Supdts) of Rajdhani Trains); and

(vi) Vigilance Allowance (special allowance to Vigilance Inspectors working in Zonal Railways/Production Units).

2. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

3.Please acknowledge receipt.
S/d,
(Anil Kumar)
Dy. Director/E(P&A)-I
Railway Board
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GRANT OF FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (FMA) TO THE ARMED FORCES PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS IN SUCH CASES WHERE DATE OF RETIREMENT


Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Armed Forces Pensioner/Family Pensions - Order 29.08.2017
No.1(10)/2009-D(Pen/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare
New Delhi-110011
Dated: 29th August 2017
To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

SUB: GRANT OF FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (FMA) TO THE ARMED FORCES PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS IN SUCH CASES WHERE DATE OF RETIREMENT IS PRIOR TO 1.4.2003 AND WHO HAD OPTED NOT TO AVAIL MEDICAL FACILITIES AT OPD OF ARMED FORCES HOSPITALS/MI ROOMS AND ARE NOT MEMBERS OF ECHS.

Sir,
The undersigned is directed to refer to the Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No.1(1)/98/D(Pen/Sers) dated 15th June 1998 and letter No. 1(10)/09-D(Pen/Policy) dated 12th January 2011 & No. 1(10)/2009-D(Pen/Policy) dated 5th May 2015 regarding grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) of Rs.500/- pm. with effect from 19.11.2014 to Armed Forces Pensioners/Family' Pensioners for meeting expenditure on day to day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization unless the individual had opted for OPD treatment in Armed Forces Hospitals/ M.I. Rooms and convey the sanction of the President for enhancement of the amount of FMA from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 1000/-per month. The other conditions for grant of FMA shall continue to be in force.

2. Ex-Servicemen who retired on or after 01 Apr 2003 have to-become member of ECHS Compulsorily and are not eligible to draw Fixed Medical Allowance. These orders applicable only in such cases, where the date of retirement is prior to 1.4.2003 and who had opted not to avail medical facilities at OPD of Armed Forces Hospitals/ MI rooms and are not members of ECHS.

3. These orders will take effect from 01.07.2017.

4. All other conditions as laid down in Government of India letter No. 1(1)/98-D(Pen/Sers) dated 15th June 1998 will continue to apply.

5. This issue with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence(Finance/Pension) vide their ID No. 32(9)/2010/Fin/Pen dated 16 August 2017.

6. Hindi version will follow.
Yours faithfully
sd/-
(Manoj Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Authority: http://www.desw.gov.in/
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Inordinate delay in finalization of pension cases on all units of Indian Railways/Production units. - Railway Board Order after Railway Minister concern


Inordinate delay in finalization of pension cases on all units of Indian Railways/Production units. - Railway Board Order after Railway Minister concern

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board
No. 2016/AC-II /21/8/Pt-l New
Delhi dated: 28.08.2017
PFAs,
All Zonal Railways / PUs

Sub- Division/ Railway -wise status of pending pension eases of Normal retirement and Other than normal retirement.

Hon'ble Minister for Railways has expressed concern that there has been inordinate delay in finalization of pension cases on all units of Indian Railways/Production units. It is desired that immediate Steps be taken to streamline the system in place. A division/Railway-wise status report on pending pension cases of Normal retirement and Other than normal retirement as on 31.3.2017 has been sought.

It is therefore requested the requisite details may be provided in the following format by mail at jda[at]rb.railnet.gov.in by 31.08.2017.

Railway
Division
Number of pending cases for Settlement of Normal Retirement as on 31.03.2017
Number of pending cases for
Settlement of other
than Normal
Retirement as on 31.03.2017
Reasons for delay

(Vivek P. Tirupathi)
Director Finance/CCN
Railway Board
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Atal Pension Yojana surges ahead with 62 lacs enrolment


Atal Pension Yojana surges ahead with 62 lacs enrolment

A total of 3.07 lac APY accounts have been sourced under One Nation One Pension. The stellar performance of the banks under the campaign includes some of the largest banks in the country namely, State Bank of India sourcing a stupendous 51,000 APY accounts and other prominent banks like Canara Bank which has sourced 32,306 APY accounts, Andhra Bank at 29,057 APY accounts, in other private banks category, Karnataka Bank at 2641 APY accounts, in RRB's category, Allahabad UP Gramin Bank at 28,609 accounts followed by Madhya Bihar Gramin Bank at 5,056 APY accounts , Baroda Uttar Pradesh Gramin Bank at 3,013 APY accounts, Kashi Gomti Samyut Gramin Bank at 2,847 APY accounts & Punjab Gramin Bank at 2,194 APY accounts.

At a time when the interest rate on various financial instruments including Savings Bank is declining, Atal Pension Yojana as a pension scheme offers a guaranteed rate of 8% assured return for the subscribers and also the opportunity of higher earnings in case the rate of return is higher than 8% at the time of maturity, after staying invested in the scheme for 20-42 years. Increasing enrolment is attributed to financialisation of assets and driving the people to pension products which has Govt of India implicit guarantee to give an assured pension to the subscriber, spouse and return of corpus to the nominee.

Department of Financial Services in association with Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has been organizing various APY campaigns to give thrust through which the population not covered by any pension scheme is approached by APY Service Provider banks and Department of Posts to inform about the salient features and benefits of the APY scheme and are encouraged to get enrolled in the scheme. PFRDA organised a National Level Pension Mobilization Campaign " One Nation One Pension" from 2nd August to 19th August 2017 in association with the APY Service Provider Banks all over the country. 62 lacs subscribers have become members of the Atal Pension Yojana till date in 2 years after launch of the scheme.

The objective of PFRDA is to cover the maximum possible population uncovered by any pension scheme under the APY scheme so that India as a nation can move from a pension less to a pensioned society and the citizens can live a life of dignity in their vulnerable years.

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Cabinet approves equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Banks, Insurance Institutions with Posts in Government so that the children of those serving in lower categories in PSUs and other institutions can get the benefit of OBC reservations


Cabinet approves equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Banks, Insurance Institutions with Posts in Government so that the children of those serving in lower categories in PSUs and other institutions can get the benefit of OBC reservations 

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the norms for establishing equivalence of posts in Government and posts in PSUs, PSBs etc. for claiming benefit of OBC reservations. This addresses an issue pending for nearly 24 years. This will ensure that the children of those serving in lower categories in PSUs and other institutions can get the benefit of OBC reservations, on par with children of people serving in lower categories in Government. This will also prevent children of those in senior positions in such institutions, who, owing to absence of equivalence of posts, may have been treated as non Creamy Layer by virtue of wrong interpretation of income standards from cornering government posts reserved for OBCs and denying the genuine non creamy layer candidates a level playing field.

The Union Cabinet also approved the increase in the present income criterion of Rs. 6 lakh per annum for applying the Creamy Layer restriction throughout the country, for excluding Socially Advanced Persons/Sections (Creamy Layer) from the purview of reservation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The new income criterion will be Rs. 8 lakh per annum. The increase in the income limit to exclude the Creamy Layer is in keeping with the increase in the Consumer Price Index and will enable more persons to take advantage of reservation benefits extended to OBCs in government services and admission to central educational institutions.

These measures are a part of the Government's efforts to ensure greater social justice and inclusion for members of the Other Backward Classes. The Government has already introduced in Parliament, a bill to provide Constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes. It has also decided to set up a Commission, under section 340 of the Constitution, to sub categorize the OBCs, so that the more backward among the OBC communities can also access the benefits of reservation for educational institutions and government jobs. All these decisions, taken together, are expected to ensure greater representation of OBCs in educational institutions and jobs, while also ensuring that the more under-privileged within the category are not denied their chance of social mobility.

Background:
In its judgment dated 16.11.1992 in WP(C) 930/1990 (IndraSawhney case) the Supreme Court had directed the Government to specify the basis, for exclusion of socially and economically advanced persons from Other Backward Classes by applying the relevant and requisite socio-economic criteria.
An Expert Committee was constituted in February 1993 which submitted its report on 10.03.1993 specifying the criteria for identification of socially advanced persons among OBCs i.e. the Creamy Layer. The report was accepted by the then Ministry of Welfare and forwarded to DoPT which issued an OM dated 08.09.1993 on exclusion from the Creamy Layer.

The OM of 08.09.1993 specifies six categories for identifying Creamy Layer (a) Constitutional/Statutory post (b) Group 'A' and Group 'B' Officers of Central and State Governments, employees of PSUs and Statutory bodies, universities, (c) Colonel and above in armed forces and equivalent in paramilitary forces (d) professionals like Doctors, Lawyers, Management Consultants, Engineers etc. (e) Property owners with agricultural holdings or vacant land and/or buildings and (f) income/wealth tax asessee.

The OM further stipulates that the said parameters would apply mutatis mutandis to officers holding equivalent or comparable posts in PSUs, Banks, Insurance Organizations, Universities, etc. and Government was required to determine equivalence of positions in these organizations with those in Government.
Pending the equivalence to the established in these institutions Income criteria would apply for the officers in these Institutions.

However, this exercise of determining the equivalence of posts in Government and posts in PSUs, PSBs etc. had not been initiated. The determination of equivalence of posts has been thus pending for almost 24 years.
The matter of formulating equivalence has since been examined in detail. In PSUs, all Executive level posts i.e. Board level executives and managerial level posts would be treated as equivalent to group 'A' posts in Government and will be considered Creamy Layer. Junior Management Grade Scale-1 and above of Public Sector Banks, Financial Institutions and Public Sector Insurance Corporations will be treated as equivalent to Group 'A' in the Government of India and considered as Creamy Layer. For Clerks and Peons in PSBs, FIs and PSICs, the Income Test as revised from time to time will be applicable. These are the broad guidelines and each individual Bank, PSU, Insurance Company would place the matter before their respective board to identify individual posts.

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