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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Grant of benefits of MACP Scheme w.e.f. 01.01.2006 to civilian employees – Hon’ble CAT Jaipur Bench – DoP

Grant of benefits of MACP Scheme w.e.f. 01.01.2006 to civilian employees – Hon’ble CAT Jaipur Bench – DoP

Grant of benefits of MACP Scheme w.e.f. 01.01.2006 to civilian employees – Hon’ble CAT Jaipur Bench – DoP

MACP

No.2-24/2019-PCC

Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110001
Date : 22/11/2019

To,

Chief Postmaster General
Rajasthan Circle, Jaipur – 302 007.

Subject: Hon’ble CAT Jaipur Bench OA No. 291/558/2019 titled as Bharu Ram Siklitgar Vs UOI & Ors. -regarding grant of benefits of MACP Scheme w.e.f. 01.01.2006 to civilian employees.

Sir,

On the above noted subject, I am directed to inform you that this Directorate has received an OA bearing No. 291/558/2019 titled as Bharu Ram Siklitgar Vs UOI & Ors. and your office might be received the same being a respondent in the case.

Also check: IMPLEMENTATION OF HONARABLE SUPREME COURT ORDER ON MACP SCHEME

2. In the instant OA, the applicant has sought for relief for grant of benefit of MACP Scheme with effect from the commencement of 6th CPC i.e. 01.01.2006 instead of 01.09.2008, by quoting the. judgement dated 08.12.2017 of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in case of Balvir Singh Civil Appeal Diary No. 3744 of 2016.

3. In this regard, I am directed to forward herewith a copy of Department of Personnel & Training Office Memorandum No. 43019/5/2019-Estt.-D dated 01.11.2019 containing facts / grounds for defending the issue involved in the OA, and request you to kindly get the counter reply prepared and filed on the basis of the facts / grounds provided by the DoP&T.

4. It is also requested to defend the case properly and to intimate the outcome of the proceedings periodically to this Directorate.

Encl: (As Above)

(S.B.Vyavahare)
Assistant Director General (PCC/GDS)

Grant of benefits of MACP Scheme w.e.f. 01.01.2006 to civilian employees – Hon’ble CAT Jaipur Bench – DoP

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Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment in the 5th CPC series effective from 01.07.2019

Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment in the 5th CPC series effective from 01.07.2019

No.42/04/2019-P&PW(D)

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3 rd Floor, Lek Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Dated 3rd Dec,2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief in the 5th CPC series effective from 01.07.2019 to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia paymentreg

In continuation of this Department’s OM No.42/04/2019- P&PW(D) dated 27.03.2019, the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief w.e.f 01.07.2019 to the CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment shall be paid in the following manner :-

(i) The surviving CPF beneficiaries who have retired from service between the period 18,11.1960 and 31.12.1985, and were sanctioned ex-gratia @, Rs, 600/ p.m. w.e.f. 1.11.1997 under this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 and revised to Rs.3000, Rs.1000, Rs.750 & Rs.650 for Group A, B, C & D respectively w.e.f 4th June,2013 vide GM No.1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dtd. 27th June, 2013 shall be entitled to enhanced Dearness Relief from 295% to 312% w.c.f 01.07.2019.

Also check: Grant of Dearness Relief in the 5th CPC series effective from 01.01.2019 to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment

(ii) The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of ex-gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 shall be entitled to enhanced Dearness Relief from 287% to 304% w.e.f 01.07.2019.

    "(a) The widows and eligible children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 1.1.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 1,1.1986 and were sanctioned ex-gratia payment of Rs. 605/- p.m. and revised to .Rs.645/-p.m w.e.f 04 June, 2013 vide OM No 1 /10/2012-P&PW(E) dated 27th June,2013.

    (b) Central Government employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 18.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 654/-, Rs.659/-, Rs.703/- and Rs.965/-

2. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

3. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual ease.

4. In their application to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after the concurrence of 0/o Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

5. This issues in pursuance of Ministry of Finance. Department of Expenditure OM No.1/3(2)/2008- E.II(B) dated 25th October, 2019

6. Hindi version will follow.

(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
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Friday, 6 December 2019

CGHS medical facilities reimbursement to Central Government pensioners

CGHS

CGHS medical facilities reimbursement to Central Government pensioners

CGDA, Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt.-110010
(Ph.011-25665714,25665560/ Fax-011-25674806/ Email: admin14.cgda@nic.in)

IMPORTANT CIRCULAR

No.AN/XIV/19015/ Govt. Orders/TA /DA/LTC/ Medical

To,
All PCsDA/ CsDA/ PCA (Fys.)
(Through website)

Dated: 29/11/2019

Subject: Reimbursement of medical claims to Pensioners under CS(MA) Rules 1944 - guidelines issued by Ministry of Health & Family

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare vide its OM No. S.14025/23/2013-MS.EHSS dated 29th September 2016 has clarified that CS (MA) Rules 1944 are not applicable to pensioners till date. The Ministry has issued the following guidelines for medical facilities to Central Government pensioners:-

Also check: CGHS - Central Government Health Scheme

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 opt out of CGHS and avail any other 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 revised to Rs. 10001- from 01.07.2017.
  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 CGHS for IPD treatments after making the required subscriptions as per CGHS guidelines.
2. All retired/ retiring Officers/ Staff of the Defence Accounts Department may please be advised to adhere to the above provisions and subscribe to CGHS facility by depositing the required contributions for availing medical facilities after retirement.

This issues with the approval of Sr. Jt. CGDA (AN).

(Rajeev Ranjan Kumar) Dy. CGDA (AN)
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Grant of Cycle Maintenance Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevas (ABPM/Dak Sevaks)

Grant of Cycle Maintenance Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevas (ABPM/Dak Sevaks)

No.17-31/2016-GDS
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(GDS Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi — 110001
Dated: 05.12.2019

To,
The Chief PMG Delhi Circle, New Delhi
Grant of Cycle Maintenance Allowance after rationalisation of categories of Gramin Dak Sevaks on implementation of GDS Committee Report.

Sir,

  I am directed to refer to DPS(O & HQ) DO letter no.Estt/R-275/Pt.II dtd 11.09.2019 on the above noted subject and to inform you that, the matter has been examined by this Directorate.

2. Further, I am therefore directed by the Competent Authority to inform you that, after rationalization of all categories of GDS on implementation of GDS Committee report, all the categories of GDS posts who erstwhile called as Mail Carrier/Mail Deliverer etc. have been brought under the category of ABPMIDak Sevaks. But nature of work/duties of these categories have not been changed. Hence, Cycle Maintenance Allowance may be granted to those ABPM/Dak Sevaks only, who use their own cycle for Out door duty, Mail Collection, Delivery, Conveyance etc.

(S.B.Vyavahare)
Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)
Tel. No. 011-23096629
Email-adggds@indiaposkgov.in
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Benefit of pensioners who retired on 30th June

Supreme Court Order

Benefit of pensioners who retired on 30th June

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING)

RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2027 (TO BE ANSWERED ON 05.12.2019)

IMPLEMENTATION OF SUPREME COURT ORDER BENEFITTING PENSIONERS

SHRI C.M. RAMESH:
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government had filed a Review Petition in the Supreme Court of India against Court’s order dated the 23rd July, 2018 [RP (c) No. 1731/2019 in SLP (c) No. 22008/2018] and the Court had dismissed the SLP on 8th August, 2019, if so, the details thereof; and

(b) whether in the light of the said order of the Supreme Court. Government has issued any order to implement it for the benefit of pensioners who retired on 30th June, if not, whether any timeline has been fixed and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE

(DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a): Yes, Sir. Union of India filed SLP (C) No. 22008/2018 in the Supreme Court of India against Order dated 15-09-2017 in WP No. 15732/2017 passed by the High Court of Judicature at Madras. The said SLP was dismissed by the Supreme Court of India by its Order dated 23-07- 2018. Against the said Order, Union of India filed Review Petition (C) No. 1731/2019 which was dismissed by the Supreme Court of India vide its Order dated 08-08-2019.

(b): As the judgment is in personnel and is contrary to the personnel policy of Government of India, no general order has been issued.
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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Compulsory Retirement of Central Government Employees

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Compulsory Retirement of Government Employees

05 DEC 2019

As per the information/ data uploaded by the different Ministries /Departments/ Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs) on Probity Portal followed by the rectification requests made by some Ministries/ Departments/ CCAs, during the period from July, 2014 to October, 2019 (as on 25.11.2019), provisions of FR 56(j) have been invoked against a total number of 96 Group 'A' officers and 126 Group 'B' officers of different Ministries/ Departments.
Compulsory Retirement of Government Employees


Presently, there is no proposal in the Government to reduce age of retirement of Government employees below 60 years.

Re-employment of the Government servant has no bearing on the pension fixed at the time of his retirement on attaining the age of superannuation. 

Also check: No proposal in the Government to fix the retirement age of Central Government employees as 60 years or 33 years of service

Department of Personnel & Training has been impressing upon all the Ministries/ Departments to convene the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meetings at prescribed interval (by laying down a time schedule for the purpose) to draw panels which could be utilized for making promotion against the vacancies occurring during the course of a year. The Ministries/Departments have been further advised to initiate action to fill up the existing as well as anticipated vacancies well in advance of the expiry of the previous panel by collecting relevant documents like seniority list, Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) etc. for placing before the DPCs so as to obviate the problem of delays in promotion.

The provisions under FR 56(j) also ensure to improve efficiency in Government.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in RajyaSabha today.

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Central Government Employees Retirement Age Below 60 years

No proposal to reduce retirement age of Government official below 60 years

Central Government Employees Retirement Age


Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Retirement Age of Government Officials

 05 DEC 2019

There is no proposal to reduce retirement age of Government official below 60 years.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in RajyaSabha today.

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Relief of the railway employees in the event of a transfer request

Railway transfer request


Relief of the railway employees in the event of a transfer request

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RB.No: 203/2019

No.E(NG)I/2019 /PM2/ 18CC

New Delhi, dated November 26-11-2019

The General Managers
All Zonal Railways & Production Units.
(as per srandard mailing list)

Sub: Relieving of Railway employees in time after order of transfer in cases of request transfer.

As the Railway administrations are aware, instructions already exist which provide that in cases of request transfer, the requests should be dealt with in an organized and expeditious manner so that there is no occasion for any grievance in the mind of the staff in regard to the handling of their request.

It has been observed that despite the existence of such instruction, due to administrative exigencies,it sometimes becomes difficult to relieve the transferred employee a within a reasonable time, which results in loss of seniority to the employee in his new place of posting. The loss is even greater when he goes to posts one grade below, and new recruits from subsequent batches join before him.

Also check: Comprehensive Transfer Policy – Exemption from 5 years service condition – Indian Railways – NFIR

The loss in seniority in such cases resulting from delayed relieving of the emproyee often leads to litigation, and structures passed by Hon’able Courts.

In one such case recently, the Hon’ble CAT/Chennai in OAs, No.751/2019 and other similar OAs, vide their common order dated 05.07.2019, inter-alia observed as under:

Since it is submitted by the applicants that IREC is silent on the above issue and accordingly there is a void in this regard in the policy, we deem it appropriate to direct the first respondent to consider the concerned raised in the OAs as a policy issue and take an appropriate decision on whether and if so, how the interests of such transferred employees should be protected in regard to their seniority at-least from the date from which they where approved for IRT, if they could not be relieved soon thereafter in public interest. Such policy decision may be taken and orders issued within a period of six month from the date of receipt of a copy of this order.”

The matter has accordingly been considered in the Board. while it may not be desirable / feasible to assign seniority to transferred employee of approval of in the new unit from the date of approval of the transfer, when the employees is still actually working in the parent unit, every effort should be made to relieve her/him at an early date. Where delay in relieving of the employees after orders are issued exceeds is likely to exceed 3 months, the case should be put up by Sr.DPO/ WPO to DRM/ CWM as the case may be giving specific reasons for the delay and likely date of relief.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(D.Joseph)
Railway Board

Relief of the railway employees in the event of a transfer request


Source: NFIR
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Grant of revised Training Allowance to Defence Personnels – 7th CPC MoD order

Training Allowance in 7th CPC – Revised rates admissible in Defence Training Establishment: MoD Order dt 28.11.2019

7th Central Pay Commission Training Allowance

No. PC-1(16)/ 2017/ D(Pay/Services)/Pt. II
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

New Delhi, the 28th Nov 2019

To

The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

    Subject: Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Training Allowance.

Sir,

I am directed to refer to MoD letter No. 1(26)/97/VI/ D(Pay/Services) dated 29.02.2000, Nos. 1/54/ 2008/ D(Pay/Services) and 1/55/ 2008/ D(Pay/Services) both dated 04.11.2008 and Department of Personnel and Training OM No. 13024/01/2016-Trg. Ref. dated 24.10.2017 and 12.11.2018 and to say that consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission vide Ministry of Finance Resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC dated 06th July 2017, Instructional Allowance has been abolished as a separate
allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2017 and Training Allowance shall now be admissible to the eligible personnel, at the following rates:

In National/ Central Training Academies and Institutes
 for Group ‘A’ Officers mentioned under Appendix ‘A’
24% of Basic Pay
In other Training Establishments mentioned under
Appendix ‘B’
12% of Basic Pay


2. Admissibility of this allowance will be regulated in the following manner:

(i) Training allowance will be admissible only to faculties who join the training academies/ institutes/ establishments for imparting training for a specified period of time and are then likely to go back.

(ii) Training allowance will be admissible to faculty members excluding those not covered by these guidelines as indicated in sub para (v) without any ceiling and will not form part of pay as defined in F.R. 9(21), but will count for purpose of leave salary.

(iii) Training allowance will continue to be drawn for the period the trainer is on study or tour related to training activities.

(iv) Such training allowance will also be admissible to personnel who goes on deputation as a faculty member to an autonomous training institutions aided by the Central Government which inter-alia trains Group ‘A’ Government officials.C Pay Matrix Level in the case of employees who are in 6th CPC – 1S Pay Band (Rs.4440-440) + GP 1300

(v) Training allowance will not be admissible to those permanent faculties of training academies/ institutes/ establishments who have been recruited directly by the training academies/ institutes/ establishments for imparting training.

(vi) Deputation (Duty) Allowance will not be payable during the period in which the trainers are in receipt of Training allowance.

(vii) Standard cooling off period between tenures will apply.

3. The term ‘Basic Pay’ for the purpose of these orders refers to basic pay as defined in relevant Army/ Air Force Pay Rules and Navy Pay Regulations.

4. Institutes either discontinued/ disbanded from the list of training establishments mentioned under MoD letter No. 1(26)/97/VI/ D(Pay/Services) dated 29.02.2000 are mentioned under Appendix ‘C’

5. Officers/JCOs/ORs deployed on administrative/logistic duties m these Training institutes will not be entitled for Training Allowance.

6. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

7. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) vide their ID No. 3(8)/ 2019/AG/PA/ 212-PA dated 26.11.2019.

Encl. As above

(Arun Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
7th Central Pay Commission Training Allowance

 Source: MoD
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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Rules for Central Government Employees to Contests Elections

Rules for Central Government Employees to Contests Elections

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Rules for Government Employees to Contests Elections

04 DEC 2019

The Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, which are applicable to the Central Government civilian employees, prohibit the employees from contesting elections to any Legislative or Local Authority.

The conduct of employees of autonomous bodies, statutory organizations, public sector enterprises, trusts, banks etc. is governed by the respective set of rules/ regulations applicable to them.

Check: Central government employees news latest update

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Bye Elections 2019 : Paid holiday to Karnataka employees on the day of poll 05.12.2019

Bye Elections 2019 : Paid holiday to Karnataka employees on the day of poll 05.12.2019

F. No. 12/3/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (JCA-2) Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 2nd December, 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Bye Elections to fill 15 (Fifteen) casual vacancies in the State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka on 05.12.2019 (Thursday) – Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll – regarding

The undersigned is directed to state that as informed by the Election Commission of India, vide their letter No. 78/ EPS/2019/182, dated 18.11.2019, Bye – Election to the following Assembly Constituencies in the State of Karnataka will be held on 05.12.2019 (Thursday)

Check: Latest DoPT Orders 2019

Bye Elections 2019 : Paid holiday to Karnataka employees on the day of poll 05.12.2019

2. In this regard, it is stated that the guidelines issued by this Department vide OM No. 12/14/99-JCA, dated 10.10.2001 regarding closure of Government Offices and grant of paid holiday, may be followed by all the Central Government Offices, including the industrial establishments, in the concerned State.

3. The above instructions may please be brought to the notice of all concerned.

4. Hindi version will follow.

Source: DoPT
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Indian Railways provides Divyangjans with various facilities to make their services more convenient and accessible for differently abled passengers

Indian Railways provides Divyangjans with various facilities to make their services more convenient and accessible for differently abled passengers

Ministry of Railways

Indian Railways offers various facilities for Divyangjans to make its services more convenient and accessible for differently-abled passengers

Specially designed coaches, concessional tickets and reservation quota are some of the facilities offered

Railway stations made more accessible by wheelchairs, battery operated vehicles and Yatri Mitra Sewa

03 DEC 2019

Encouraged by Accessible India Campaign launched in 2015 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, Indian Railways have been providing facilities/services to Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) so as to enable them a barrier free transportation across the Railway network. To make its services more convenient and accessible to differently-abled passengers (Divyangjans) at railway stations, Indian Railways offers the following facilities for the Divyangjans.

Also check: Facility for Disabled and Senior Citizens on Trains and at Railway Stations

  •     Specially designed coaches known as SLRD coaches with wider entrance doors to allow a wheel chair to enter, wider aisles, modified toilet and with 4 berths, the lower two for persons with disability and upper berths for attendants have been attached in almost all Mail/ express trains except Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Jan shatabdi Express trains and Duranto Express trains.
  •     Instructions have been issued that in all mail/ express trains, the SLRD coaches should be treated as unreserved coaches earmarked for exclusive use of persons with disability. In case of Garib Rath express trains which are fully reserved trains, these coaches are treated as reserved for booking by persons with disability (Divyangjans) travelling on the prescribed certificate on payment of full fare of 3 AC class of Garib Rath Express on first come first served basis.
  •     Separate counters are earmarked at various Passenger Reservation System (PRS) centres for dealing with the reservation requisitions received from Persons with Disability and Senior Citizens, if the average demand per shift is not less than 120 tickets wherever feasible. ln case there is no justification for earmarking of an exclusive counter for any of these categories of persons including handicapped persons, one or two counters depending upon the total demand are earmarked for dealing with the reservation requests for all these categories of persons.
  •     A reservation quota of four sleeper class berths and two berths in 3 AC has been earmarked in all trains running on non-suburban sections for persons with disability performing their journey on concessional ticket. The person accompanying the person with disability as escort is also allotted the berth out of this quota.
  •     Instructions have also been issued that in the tickets issued through PRS, to extent feasible, one lower berth should be allotted to person with disability and the person accompanying the person with disability as escort should be allotted middle/upper berth near the person with disability subject to availability of accommodation.
  •     After departure of train, if there are vacant lower berths available in the train and if any person with disability booked on the authority of concessional ticket, who has been allotted upper/middle berth, approaches for allotment of vacant lower berths, the Conductor/Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) has been authorized to allot the vacant lower berth to them after making necessary entries in the chart.
  •     The facility to book concessional e-tickets online using the photo-identity card issued by Railways has also been introduced to facilitate persons with disability.

As per Railway rules, concession in fares is admissible to four categories of Persons with Disability. The names of these four categories, and the element concession admissible, are as under :-

Indian Railways provides Divyangjans with various facilities to make their services more convenient and accessible for differently abled passengers


To make accessibility better, the following facilities are being served currently at stations:-

  •     Wheel chair on platforms: Around 7000 wheelchairs have been provided at more than 5400 railway stations. The wheelchairs are provided by Railways and are given to attendant of the Divyangjan absolutely ‘free of cost’ to escort them from and to the trains. However, when attendants are not willing or available, Sahayaks can be hired on nominal rates to escort the Divyangjans.
  •     In addition a scheme of Yatri Mitra sewa is also available, wherein a sahayak provided by IRCTC assists the person with disability by providing wheel chair cum porter services at major stations. The Yatri Mitra seva service can be booked on IRCTC e-ticketing website and 139 (IVRS and SMS) or through a mobile.
  •     Battery operated Vehicle (BOV) vehicles are available at some stations and Powers have further been delegated to Zonal Railways for provision of BOV free of charge for person with disability through CSR route/commercial publicity route and through chargeable route.
  •     In addition to above, it has been decided to provide following short term facilities for persons with disability at stations (Comprehensive instructions for passenger amenities and user facilities at stations dated 09.04.2018):

  1.     Provision of standard ramp with railing for barrier free entry.
  2.     Earmarking of at least two parking lots for vehicle used by disabled persons.
  3.     Provision of non-slippery walkway from parking lot to building.
  4.     Provision of signage of appropriate visibility.
  5.     Provision of at least one drinking water tap suitable for use by a disabled person.
  6.     Provision of at least one toilet on the ground floor.
  7.     “May I help you” booth.

  •     In the long term the following facilities are being planned for persons with disability at Non-suburban Grade (NSG)1 to NSG 4 category stations:

  1.     Provision of facility for inter-platform transfer.
  2.     Engraving on edges of platforms.

An Executive Director level committee is also formed to frame guidelines regarding Accessibility standards over Indian Railways. ED /Station development is the convenor of the committee.

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Indian Railways reaffirms its commitment to the cause of empowering of Divyangjans through the ‘Accessible India Campaign’.

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Expected DA January 2020 - Expected to increase by 4% from 17% to 21% and by 9% increase in 6th CPC DA

Expected DA January 2020 - Expected to increase by 4% from 17% to 21% and by 9% increase in 6th CPC DA
Expected Dearness Allowance January 2020


All India Consumer Price (Industrial Workers) Index Number [ CPI(IW) ] released by the Labor Bureau for October 2019. CPI-IW increased by 3 points to 325 (three hundred and twenty-five) for October 2019.

And with this increase in AICPIN, the Central Government Employees and Pensioners are expected to increase their Dearness Allowance Dearness Relief by 4 percent with effect from January 2020 in the 7th CPC Pay structure, thus the current 17 percent rate is projected to be 21 percent from January 2020.

On the other hand, employees who draw their salaries in the pre-revised 6th CPC pay structure will receive a 9% rise in the Dearness Allowance w.e.f. in January 2020 at 173%, which is currently 164%.

Also check: Expected DA January 2020 - Dearness Allowance calculation’s 3rd stage is over!

Detailed calculation of DA from January 2020 to 21% in 7th CPC & 173% in 6th CPC pay structure with AICPIN of October 2019 is provided in the table below. The calculation table shows 4 scenarios below:-

1st Scenario
Minimum aggregate decline of 4 points from November & December 2019 ACPIN will lower the January 2020 DA / DR forecasts to 20%.

2nd Scenario
In November & December 2019, ACPIN confirms DA / DR by 21 percent in January 2020

3rd Scenario
From a cumulative rise of at least 12 points through November & December 2019, ACPIN is increasing the probability of 6th CPC January 2020 DA to 174%

4th Scenario
A cumulative increase of at least 18 points from November & December 2019 will require ACPIN to increase DA / DR expectations from 21% to 22% from January 2020

Expected Dearness Allowance January 2020

Expectation Increase/ Decrease in Index Month Base Year 2001 = 100 Total of 12 Months Twelve Monthly Average % Increase Over 115.76 For 6 CPC DA % Increase Over 261.42 For 7 CPC DA 6CPC DA announced and expected 7CPC DA announced and expected
Dearness Allowance/ Relief from July- 2019 164% 17%

3 Jul,19 319 3691 307.58 165.71% 17.66% 9 points increase in last 4 months ACPIN

1 Aug,19 320 3710 309.17 167.08% 18.26%

2 Sep,19 322 3731 310.92 168.59% 18.93%

3 Oct,19 325 3754 312.83 170.24% 19.67%
1st Scenario -2 Nov,19 323 3775 314.58 171.75% 20.34% 4 points decrease in next two months
-2 Dec,19 321 3795 316.25 173.19% 20.97%
Expected DA/DR from January-2020 173% 20%
2nd Scenario
Nov,19 325 3777 314.75 171.90% 20.40% No increase/ decrease in next 2 months

Dec,19 325 3801 316.75 173.63% 21.17%
Expected DA/DR from January-2020 173% 21%
3rd Scenario 6 Nov,19 331 3783 315.25 172.33% 20.59% 12 points increase in next two months
6 Dec,19 337 3819 318.25 174.92% 21.74%
Expected DA/DR from January-2020 174% 21%
4th Scenario 9 Nov,19 334 3786 315.50 172.55% 20.69% 18 points increase in next two months
9 Dec,19 343 3828 319.00 175.57% 22.03%
Expected DA/DR from January-2020 175% 22%
7th CPC Dearness Allowance / Dearness Relief w.e.f. January 2020, from 17% to 21%, is expected to increase by 4%.
6th CPC Dearness Allowance / Dearness Relief w.e.f. January 2020, from 164% to 173%, is expected to increase by 9%.
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Department has considered the proposal to revise the rates of Special Allowance and Qualification Pay for Account Cadres

Department has considered the proposal to revise the rates of Special Allowance and Qualification Pay for Account Cadres

7th CPC Special Allowance for Accounts cadre

No.11-1/2016/7th CPC/Part.II (B)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
(7th CPC matters)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 14th Nov, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Admissibility of Special Allowance/Qualification Pay for Accounts cadre - revision of rates as per 7th CPC

The proposal regarding revision of rates of Special Allowance/ Qualification Pay to accounts cadre has been considered in this Department. In accordance with the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission and as approved by the Government, it is agreed to revise the rates of Special Allowance and Qualification Pay for the Accounts Cadre of the following Organizations, as under:



Sl.NoCadre/ OrganizationRevised rates of Special AllowanceRevised rates of qualification pay
iOffice of C&AG of IndiaRs.360/- pm for 1st year and
@Rs.630/- pm for 2nd year
Rs.270/- pm
iiOffice of CGARs.360/- pm for 1st year and
@ Rs.630/- pm for 2nd year
Rs.270/- pm
iiiOffice of CGDARs.360/- pm for 1st year and
@Rs.630/- pm for 2nd year
NA
ivIPTAFSNARs.270/- pm

2. This issues with the approval of Hon'ble Finance Minister.

Also check: Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission - Grant of Special Compensatory Allowances subsumed under Tough Location Allowance

(Abhay N.Sahay)
Under Secretary
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Department has considered the proposal to revise the rates of Special Allowance and Qualification Pay for Account Cadres

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GDS charge sheet under Rule 10 for imposing Minor and Major Penalties specified in Rule 9 of Garmin Dak Sevak Rules 2011

GDS charge sheet under Rule 10 for imposing Minor and Major Penalties specified in Rule 9 of Garmin Dak Sevak Rules 2011

"Follow strictly the standard format while issuing of Charge sheet to GDS"

No.17-40/2019-GDS
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(GDS Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110001
Dated: 21.11.2019

To

All Chief Postmasters General/ Postmasters General
The General Manager CEPT Mysuru / Hyderabad
The General Manager Finance/ DA(P)s
The Director PTCs Saharanpur/ Darbhanga/ Guwahati/ Vadodara/ Mysuru/ Madurai.

Subject : Standard format for issue of charge sheet under Rule -10 to GDS for imposing Minor and Major Penalties specified in Rule 9 of Garmin Dak Sevak (Conduct and Engagement) Rules-2011 amended from time to time.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Rule 10 of GDS regarding procedure for imposing of penalties specified in Rule 9 of GDS (Conduct and Engagement) Rule.

2. The Competent Authority has approved the following separate Standard Format for issue of charge sheet under Rule -10 to GDS for imposing of Minor and Major Penalties specified in Rule 9 of Garmin Dak Sevak (Conduct and Engagement) Rule:-

Also check: GDS: Maximum 5 Days Emergency Leave for Gramin Dak Sevaks

(i) Standard form of charge sheet for Minor Penalties to GDS
(Under Rule 10 A of GDS Conduct & Engagement Rule)

No. …………………
Government of India
Ministry / Office of

Dated ……………

Place of issue ……………..

MEMORANDUM

Shri/ Smt /Ms …………… (Category)…………… (BO/ Departmental /RMS Office in which working) ……………………………… is hereby informed that it is proposed to take action against him/her under Rule 10A of Gramin Dak Sevak (Conduct and Engagement) Rule, 2011 amended from time to time. A statement of the imputation of misconduct or misbehavior on which action is proposed to be taken as mentioned above is enclosed.

2. Shri /Smt / Ms ……………… is hereby given an opportunity to make such representation as he/she may wish to make against the proposal.

3. If Shri /Smt/ Ms …………. fails to submit his/her representation within 10 days of the receipt of this Memorandum , it will be presumed that he /she has no representation to make and orders will be liable to be passed against Shri…………… ex-parte.

4. The receipt of this Memorandum should be acknowledged by Shri/ Smt/ Ms ……………

(By order ………… )

Signature
Name and designation of the Competent authority

To

Shri/ Smt/ Ms ………………

(ii) Standard form for initiation of Minor Penalty proceedings (in case where disciplinary authority decides to hold the inquiry) (Under Rule lOA of GDS Conduct & Engagement Rule)

No. ……………………
Government of India
Ministry /Office of

Dated ……………

MEMORANDUM

In continuation of Memorandum No……………. dated………. Issued under Rule 10A of the Gramin Dak Sevak (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011 amended from time to time, the undersigned is of the opinion that, it is necessary to hold an inquiry against Shri/ Smt/ Ms ………….. under clause 10E of the GDS (Conduct and Engagement ) Rules, 2011. The substance of the imputation of misconduct or misbehavior in respect of which the inquiry is proposed to be held is set out in the enclosed statements of article of charge (Annexure-I). A statement of the imputation of misconduct or misbehavior in support of each article of charge is enclosed (Annexure-II). A list of documents by which and a list of witnesses by whom the articles of charges are proposed to be sustained are also enclosed (Annexures-III and IV).

2. Shri/ Smt/ Ms …………… is directed to submit within ten days of the receipt of this Memorandum a written statement of his/her defence and also to state whether he/she desires to be heard in person .

3. He/ She is informed that an inquiry will be held only in respect of those articles of charge as are not admitted. He/She should, therefore, specifically admit or deny each article of charge.

4. Shri/ Smt/ Ms ……………….. is further informed that if he/she does not submit his/her written statement of defence on or before the date specified in Para 2 above, or does not appear in person before Inquiring Authorities or otherwise fails or refuses to comply with the provisions of Rule 10A & 10B of the GDS (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011 or the orders/directions issued in pursuance of the said Rule, the Inquiring Authority may hold the inquiry against him/her ex- parte.

5. Attention of Shri/ Smt/ Ms …………… is invited to Rule 29 of the GDS (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011, under which no Sevak shall bring or attempt to bring any political or other outside influence to bear upon any superior authority to further his/her interests in respect of matters pertaining to his/her engagement under the Government. If any representation is received on his/her behalf from another person in respect of any matter dealt with in these proceedings, it will be presumed that Shri/ Smt/ Ms …………… is aware of such a representation and that it has been made at his/her instance and action will be taken against him/ her for violation of Rule 29 of the GDS (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011.

6. The receipt of this Memorandum may be acknowledged.

(By order ……… )

Signature ………………
Name and designation of the Competent authority

(ii) Standard form of Charge sheet for Major Penalties
(Under Rule 10 B of GDS Conduct & Engagement Rule)

No. ……………………
Government of India
Ministry /Office of

Dated …………

MEMORANDUM

The undersigned proposes to hold an inquiry against Shri/ Smt/ Ms ………… under Rule 10B (major penalties) of the Gramin Dak Sevak (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011. The substance of imputations of misconduct or misbehavior in respect of which the inquiry is proposed to be held is set out in the enclosed statement of articles of charge (Annexure-I). A statement of the imputations of misconduct or misbehavior in support of each article of charge is enclosed (Annexure-II). A list of documents by which, and a list of witnesses by whom, the articles of charge are proposed to be sustained are also enclosed (Annexures -III and IV).

2. Shri/ Smt/ Ms ……………. is directed to submit within 10 days of the receipt of this Memorandum a written statement of his/ her defence and also to state whether he/she desires to be heard in person .

3. He/ She is informed that an inquiry will be held only in respect of those articles of charge as are not admitted. He/She should, therefore specifically admit or deny each article of charge.

4. Shri/ Smt/ Ms …………… is further informed that if he/she does not submit his/her written statement of defence on or before the date specified in Para 2 above, or does not appear in person before the inquiring authority or otherwise fails or refuses to comply with the provisions of Rule 10B (Major penalties) of the Gramin Dak Sevak (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011, or the orders /directions issued in pursuance of the said rule, the inquiring authority may hold the inquiry against him/her ex parte.

5. Attention of Shri/ Smt/ Ms ……………….. is invited to Rule 29 of the GDS (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011, under which no Sevak shall bring or attempt to bring any political or outside influence to bear upon any superior authority to further his/her interest in respect of matters pertaining to his/her engagement under the Government. If any representation is received on his/her behalf from another person in respect of any matter dealt with in these proceedings, it will be presumed that Shri/Smt/Ms is aware of such a representation and that it has been made at his/her instance and action will be taken against him/her for violation of Rule 29 of the GDS (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011.

6. The receipt of this Memorandum may be acknowledged.

(By order ……………………… )

Signature

Name and designation of the Competent authority

3. The above prescribed separate Standard Format for issue of charge sheet under Rule -10 to Gramin Dak Sevak for imposing Minor and Major Penalties specified in Rule 9 of Garmin Dak Sevak (Conduct and Engagement )Rules-2011 may be circulated to all concerned. The concerned disciplinary authorities to ensure to follow strictly the standard format while issuing of Charge sheet to GDS.

4. Hindi version will follow.

(SB Vyavahare)
Assistant Director General (GDS/ PCC)

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Saturday, 30 November 2019

Date of next increment under Rule 10 of the CCS RP Rules, 2016 – DoE

MACP


Date of next increment under Rule 10 of the CCS RP Rules, 2016 – DoE

The undersigned is directed to invite the attention to Rule 10 of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 which provides for the entitlement of employees for drawal of annual increment either on 1st January or 1st July depending on the date of appointment, promotion or grant of financial upgrdation. The Sub-Rule (2) thereof provides that increment in respect of an employee appointed or promoted or granted financial up-gradation including up-gradation under Modified Assured Carrier Progression Scheme (MACPS) during the period between the 2nd day of January and 1st day of July (both inclusive) shall be granted on 1st day of January and the increment in respect of an employee appointed or promoted or granted financial up-gradation under MACPS during the period between the 2nd day of July and 1st day of January (both inclusive) shall be granted on 1st day of July.

Also check:Pay Fixation on Promotion or MACP in 7th CPC – Option Calculation with illustrations

2. A number of references were received in the Ministry of Finance seeking clarifications regarding drawal of next increment by the employees promoted on 1st July, 2016. On consideration of the matter, Department of Expenditure vide it’s Office Memorandum of even number dated 31.07.2018 has clarified that in case an employee is promoted or granted financial up-gradation including up-gradation under the MACP scheme on 1st January or 1st July, where the pay is fixed in the Level applicable to the post on which promotion is made in accordance with the Rule 13 of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2016, the first increment in the Level applicable to the post on which promotion is made shall accrue on the following 1st July or 1st January, as the case may be, provided a period of 6 months qualifying service is strictly fulfilled. The next increment thereafter shall, however, accrue only after completion of one year.

3. Consequent upon issue of Office Memorandum dated 31.07.2018 different Ministries/ Departments have sought clarification on applicability of DOE’s O.M dated 31.07.2018 keeping in view the provisions of Rule 10 of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 , Rule 22(I)(a)(1) of Fundamental Rules & provisions of Stepping up of pay. The issues on which various Ministries/Departments have sought clarifications and decisions thereon are brought in the succeeding paragraphs.

    "Issue No. 1: Whether after promotion on 1st July and fixation of pay with two increments the date of next increment will be 1st January or 1st July"

4. During the regime of 6th CPC, when the annual increment was admissible uniformly on 1st July every year, employees completing 6 months and above in the revised pay structure as on 1st July were eligible for grant of increment. In the 7th CPC regime there are two dates of increments 1st January and 1st July. Keeping in view the spirit of 6th CPC, O.M dated 31.07.2018 was issued providing for accrual of next increment on 1st July/1st January in respect of employees getting promotion on 1st January/1st July provided 6 months qualifying service is strictly fulfilled.

5. The instructions contained in the O.M. dated 31.07.2018 are self-explanatory in respect of the cases of promotion/ financial up-gradation falling on 1st July or Pt January. These instructions provide that in case of promotion/financial up-gradation on 1st July and 1st January and getting fixation of pay in the Level applicable to the post in which promotion is made in accordance with Rule 13 of the CCS (RP) Rules 2016, the first increment in the level in which promotion is made shall accrue on the following 1st January or 1st July, as the case may be, provided a period of 6 months’ qualifying service is fulfilled.

    "Issue No.2: Accrual of next increment in case of regular promotion /financial up-gradation of an employee on any date other than the date of annual increment and option for pay fixation is exercised under FR 22(I)(a)(1)."

6. The opportunity to exercise of option for pay fixation under FR 22(I)(a)(1) is available to employees in case of promotion/financial up-gradation. Therefore, the Central Government Employee promoted on regular basis/granted financial up-gradation on any date other than the date of his/her annual increment in lower grade and exercises the option under FR 22(I)(a)(1) read with Department of Personnel & Training’s OM No.13/02/2017-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 27.07.2017 for fixation of pay from the date of accrual of next increment in the scale of pay in lower grade, he may be allowed the 1st increment in promotional grade on 1st January/ 1st July as the case may be after completion of 6 months’ qualifying service after such fixation on 1st July/1st January (i.e., the date of increment in lower grade) on the analogy of Department of Expenditure’s OM dated 31.07.2018. The next increment, thereafter, shall however, accrue only after completion of one year.

7. Since there is material change, it has also been approved that the employees who have been regularly promoted or granted financial up-gradation on or after 01.01.2016 and desire to exercise/re-exercise option for pay fixation under FR22(I)(a)(1) shall be given an opportunity to exercise or re-exercise of the option there under. Such an option shall be exercised within one month of issue of this O.M.

8. These instructions will be applicable with effect from 01.01.2016.

9. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

10. Hindi version of these orders is attached.

(B.K.Manthan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Date of next increment under Rule 10 of the CCS RP Rules, 2016 – DoE

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AICPIN for October 2019

AICPIN for October 2019

No. 5/1/2019-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 29th November, 2019

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – October, 2019

The All-India CPI-IW for October, 2019 increased by 3 points and pegged at 325 (three hundred and twenty five). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.93 per cent between September, 2019 and October, 2019 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.33 per cent for the corresponding months of last year.

Also check: Expected DA January 2020

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 2.85 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Goat Meat, Milk Buffalo, Milk Cow, Garlic, Onion, Brinjal, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Gourd, Lady’s Finger, Potato, Tomato, Torai, Cooking Gas, Electricity Charges, Medicine (Homeopathic), College Fee, Petrol, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Ginger, French Bean, Radish, Apple, Lemon, Orange, Bus Fare, Hair Oil, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation based on CPI-IW stood’ at 7.62 per cent for October, 2019 as compared to 6.98 per cent for the previous month and 5.23 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 8.60 per cent against 7.05 per cent of the previous month and (-) 0.95 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level Varanasi and Jamshedpur observed the maximum increase of 12 points each followed by Munger-Jamalpur and Chhindwara (11 points each) and Jabalpur (9 points). Among others, 8 points increase was observed in 2 centres, 7 points in 4 centres, 6 points in 4 centres, 5 points in 12 centres, 4 points in 6 centres, 3 points in 15 centres, 2 points in 11 centres and 1 point in 10 centres. On the contrary, Goa recorded a maximum decrease of 4 points followed by Tiruchirapally, Ajmer and Delhi (2 points each). Rest of the 5 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 32 centres are above All-India Index and 44 centres’ indices are below national average. The indices of Ernakulam and Warrangal centres remained at par with All-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of November, 2019 will be released on Tuesday, 31st December, 2019. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.
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Friday, 29 November 2019

Group D/Pay matrix Level 1 vacancies in Railways for disabled canditates (Divyangjans)

Group D/Pay matrix Level 1 vacancies in Railways for disabled canditates (Divyangjans)

  •  Total Vacancies reserved for Disabled candidates (Divyangjan) were revised upwards by Railways from 729 to over 2400 with around 600 for each of the 4 Disability categories of LD, VI, HI and MD.
  •     There were total about 1.87 crore applicants. Written Exams (Computer-based 100% objective in 15 languages)
  •     Around 1,55,000 (1.55 lakhs) Disabled candidates took the exam for the around 2400 posts notified as reserved for such candidates.
  •     Around 34000 Disabled candidates scored above this threshold qualifying limit

Ministry of Railways
Clarification by Ministry of Railways regarding Recruitment of Divyangjans on Gr-D/Level-1 Vacancies

There is recent and continuing sit-in by Disabled persons (‘Divyangjan’) at Mandi House in Delhi regarding some issues for Level-1 jobs in the Railways for Divyangajans. At the outset, on this sensitive matter, it is categorically stated that insofar as Divyangjan candidates are concerned, Railways have ensured that notification of the required number of reserved vacancies, conduct of the entire recruitment exercise, and filled up of posts meant for Divyangjan have been not only transparent and fair, but also in accordance with statutory provisions and the law of the land in this regard. Nevertheless, necessary details with regard to the whole issue are brought out below.

Background

·        A centralized notification (CEN 02/18) for around 63000 Level-1 vacancies for all Railway zones across Indian Railways was issued in Feb’18 by Railway Recruitment Boards.

·        This notification had initially 729 vacancies for Disabled in 3 Categories- Orthopaedic, Visual, and Hearing Disabled. The major chunk of vacancies was notified for Orthopaedically Disabled, based on job & suitability requirements of the posts advertised. Candidates could apply to be considered for vacancies of one of the 16 Railway zones of their choice.

·        An organization of visually impaired persons filed a PIL in Hon’ble Delhi High Court in Feb’18. In the meantime, the revised Disabilities Act, 2016 had been enacted by then and notified by the Department of Personnel & Training of the Govt. of India in Jan 2018. In terms of this Act, the total vacancies to be reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) was revised upwards to 4%, with prescribed bifurcation among Disability categories.

·         In compliance of Court hearings and directions in the case, the provisions of this revised Disabilities Act was made applicable to the CEN 02/2018 recruitment exercise as well. This meant that 4% vacancies had to be kept reserved for Disabled candidates. As specified in the Act, this was to be distributed equally as 1% each among 4 Disability Categories – Locomotor Disability (LD) that was earlier called Orthopaedic; Visually Impaired (VI), Hearing Impaired (HI), and an added Disability category of Multi-Disability (MD). MD would include candidates suffering from more than one Disability among the other three, as defined by medical benchmark standards.

·        Accordingly, total Vacancies reserved for Disabled candidates (Divyangjan) were revised upwards by Railways from 729 to over 2400 with around 600 for each of the 4 Disability categories of LD, VI, HI and MD.

·        In the meantime, a window of one month was provided on February 28, 2018 for candidates to apply because of the applicability of the revised Disability Act.

·        There were total about 1.87 crore applicants. Written Exams (Computer-based 100% objective in 15 languages) were conducted in the latter part of 2018. Around 1,55,000 (1.55 lakhs) Disabled candidates took the exam for the around 2400 posts notified as reserved for such candidates. All prescribed facilities such as scribes, extra time, careful seating arrangements etc. were arranged for Disabled candidates. Minimum qualifying/cut-off threshold scores that were 40 for General candidates and 30 for SC/ST/OBC candidates were relaxed by 2 marks to 38 and 28 respectively for Disabled candidates. Around 34000 Disabled candidates scored above this threshold qualifying limit. Based on number of vacancies and their merit position in the particular Disability category in that Railway, commensurate number of qualified candidates were called for Document Verification and medical examination, prior to being offered appointment. Against those who are either absent or have not cleared verification of Documents and meeting the medical standards as per their Disability, candidates next in line as per merit have been called. So far, around 1025 Disabled candidates have already been selected for appointment. As authenticity of certificates and determining of medical status is taking additional time in the case of some Disabled candidates, this number of 1025 will go up in the coming weeks.

Sequence of Events

·        Last month, some protesters under a banner “Toshiyas” did a sit-in in Delhi for 3 days from Oct 23-Oct 25, 2019. Apart from generic grievances regarding Government policy of reservation for Disabled categories and how this should be implemented in recruitments, they had also alleged irregularities in individual cases due to which they were aggrieved that meritorious Disabled candidates had not been selected.

·        A detailed three-way discussion with the protesters, senior Railway officers and senior officers of the Ministry of Social Justice was chaired by Secretary, M/o Social Justice on 24 Oct 2019.

·        On 25th October, the Court of Chief Commissioners of Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) heard the Petitioners and took their submissions on record. The Railways’ position and point-wise clarifications were also taken on record, following which the Court passed orders the same evening. These orders directed display of cut-offs for each Disability category not only on the respective Railway Recruitment cell websites of each Railway zone, but also on the Railway Board website. Directions to Railway zones to expedite the process, ensuring that no non-Divyangjan was appointed to a Divyangjan-reserved post, and careful consideration of any list of individual candidates’ grievances to be furnished by the Petitioner were also given.

·        The directions above were complied by Railways and compliance report also sent to the Court (CCPD), with a copy to the Petitioner.

·        After a specific request by Railway Board’s office, the Petitioner in the case at CCPD furnished a list of around 184 candidates across 10 Railway zones, who, it was claimed, had not been selected even though they had qualified as per merit.

·        The list was carefully examined by Railways Administration and it was found that around 21 of the 184 had not secured the relaxed threshold cut-off/ qualifying score of 38 (for UR) or 28 (for SC/ST/OBC). The around 163 others had crossed this minimum threshold but were far short in terms of merit score when compared to the last such candidate selected  in that Disability category by that Railway zone. This detailed position in respect of the entire list submitted by him was sent to the Petitioner.

·        On Ministry of Railways’ own initiative, a further detailed follow-up meeting with the main Petitioner and several of the original protesters was again held at Patna on 23rd November 2019 with senior officers of the Board to collect any residual grievances.

·        Again some protesters under a fresh banner have suddenly gone on a sit-in since 26th November. These protesters were part of the earlier group, but have now reportedly splintered/broken away and have sat on this dharna.

·        Two more attempts at resolving the matter through discussions with senior Railway officers have failed first at Rail Bhawan on 26th Nov evening, and the second at the protest site on 27th evening, as the protesters are sticking to their demand of being given jobs in Railways irrespective of their merit position, Disability category, and vacancies notified in the Railway zone they have chosen.

Railways’ position on issues raised by the Protesters

The demands pertaining to Level-1 recruitment cover 5 broad aspects as under:

Sl. No. Demand Position/remarks
1 Interchange/merger of all ‘Divyangjan’ vacancies across Disability categories As per the revised PwBD Act, 2016, unfilled Disabled vacancies are carried forward to next year. Only if they remain unfilled in the next year also, is interchange of vacancies across Disabled categories permissible
2 Common merit list for all Divyangjan across all Railway zones Candidates have opted for choice of Railway zone of their choice. Vacancies and merit lists are also Railway zone-specific. Thousands of candidates have already joined accordingly. Review at this stage is not feasible.
3 Regular filling up of all unfilled Divyangjan vacancies every year and through Special Drives Full complement of Divyangjan vacancies already notified in recruitments for 2018 and 2019.
4 Diversion of other quota unfilled vacancies such as  for trained Act Apprentices to Divyangjan quota Such Diversion across quotas is not permissible
5 Preference for appointment to those who have come to Delhi for the agitation Not permissible, as merit in the category alone can determine filling up of vacancies in any Railway zone

Any large competitive examination has to be conducted as per merit and as per statutory provisions. In a situation where around 2400 vacancies are reserved for Divyangjan and there are 1.55 lakh Divyangjan applicants, it is clear that the end of the recruitment exercise will unfortunately result in around 1.53 lakh Divyangjan not making the cut. As long as those selected are strictly as per merit for that Disability category and that Railway zone, the process should be accepted by all stakeholders. The point about whether the present 1% distribution of vacant posts across the 4 Disability categories is equitable considering the relative populations/number of applicants in each Disability is a larger policy issue involving other Ministries of the Government of India and other expert bodies. Railways cannot act unilaterally in the matter. As things stand, the Railways are bound to follow statutory provisions as notified. Any specific irregularities/grievances, if pointed out, will be promptly examined and corrective action, if necessitated, taken. This has been repeatedly emphasized to the protesters. The Railways continues to remain committed to the cause of Divyangjans.

It is also relevant to mention that another group of Disabled persons under a different NGO has already gone to Hon’ble Delhi High Court raising similar issues as these protesters. Matter is sub judice there. Indian Railways will respect the judicial verdict in the matter, as and when it is delivered.

Source: PIB
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Compulsory Retirement Under Section 56(J) of CCS (Pension) Rules

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Compulsory Retirement Under Section 56(J) of CCS (Pension) Rules

As per the information/data uploaded by the different Ministries/Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs) on Probity Portal followed by the rectification requests made by some Ministries/Departments/CCAs, during the period from July, 2014 to October, 2019 (as on 21.11.2019), FR 56(j) has been invoked against a total number of 96 Group ‘A’ officers of different Ministries/Departments.

The Government has the absolute right to retire Government officials prematurely on the ground of lack of integrity and ineffectiveness, in public interest, under the provisions of Fundamental Rules (FR) 56(j)/(l), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (CCS) Pension Rules, 1972.  These rules lay down the policy of periodic review and premature retirement of Government servants, which is a continuous process.

Also check: VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT SCHEME FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, DrJitendra Singh in written reply to a question in RajyaSabha today.

Source: PIB
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10% reservation would be provided for Economically Weaker Sections in Central Government posts and services

Benefits for Economically Weaker Sections

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Benefits for Economically Weaker Sections

In pursuance of insertion of clauses 15(6) and 16(6) in the Constitution, vide the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019 and in order to enable the EWSs, who are not covered under the existing scheme of reservations for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes,Department of Personnel and Training has notified that 10% reservation would be provided for EWSs in Central Government posts and services in direct recruitment vacancies to be notified on or after 01.02.2019.

Also check: Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota will not affect existing reservation

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, DrJitendra Singh in written reply to a question in RajyaSabha today.

Source: PIB
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Special Recruitment through SSC, Ministry of Railways and Department of Posts

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Special Recruitment Drive for Filling up of Vacant Posts

Filling up of vacant posts is a continuing process. The recruitment agencies conduct recruitment process as per vacancies reported to them by the user departments. Based on vacancies reported by the user Departments, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has started recruitment process to fill up 1,05,338 posts during the year 2019 and 2020. During 2017-18, Centralized Employment Notifications (CENs) for 1,27,573 combined vacancies of various Group 'C' and Level-1 posts were notified by the Ministry of Railways - for new and future vacancies to arise in two yearstime. Another five CENs covering 1,56,138 vacancies of various Group 'C' and Level-1 posts were issued in 2018-19. The Department of Posts has also conducted examination/notified to fill up 19,522 vacancies, other than those to be filled up through SSC, in various grades. Thus, recruitment process to fill up 4,08,591 vacancies by just three agencies viz. the SSC, Ministry of Railways and Department of Posts, is in progress.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, DrJitendra Singh in written reply to a question in RajyaSabha today.

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Extension of CGHS Dispensaries/Hospitals

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Extension of CGHS Dispensaries/Hospitals


The   norms   for   establishment   of   new   Wellness   Centre   under   CGHS   are   as   under:-

I. In an existing CGHS City:-

For opening of a new CGHS Wellness Centre in an existing CGHS  City,  there  has  to  be  a  minimum  of  2000  Card  holders  (serving  employees  of Central Government and Central Civil Pensioners).

Also check: NPS covered pensioners allowed to use CGHS facilities without any bar of minimum qualification service

II. Extension of CGHS to a new City:-

For extension of CGHS to a new City, there has to be a minimum of 6000 Card holders.

At present, there is no such proposal. Opening of new CGHS Wellness Centre is considered as per the extant norms in this regard, subject to availability of resources.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

No proposal in the Government to fix the retirement age of Central Government employees as 60 years or 33 years of service

No proposal in the Government to fix the retirement age of Central Government employees as 60 years or 33 years of service

retirement age of Central Government employees as 60 years or 33 years of service


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS

LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1234
TO BE ANSWERED ON 25th NOVEMBER, 2019

Question by SHRI LAVU SRI KRISHNA DEVARAYALU & ANSWER by MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE SHRI ANURAG SINGH THAKUR

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

1. Question: whether it is true that the Economic Survey presented this year recommends an increase in retirement age for employees to 70 years;
Answer: The Economic Survey 2018-19 did not recommend an increase the retirement age for employees to 70 years. It merely highlighted the experience of other major countries.

Also check: Central Government employees who have put in 33 years service or attained the age of 60 years, whichever is earlier, shall retire on superannuation

2. Question: if so, the details of the recommendation along with its status;
Answer: Does not arise.

3. Question: whether it is true that the Ministry is planning to bring a new proposal of 33 years of service or 60 years whichever is less for Central Government employees instead of implementing the above recommendation; and
Answer: Presently, there is no proposal in the Government to fix the retirement age of Government employees as 60 years or 33 years of service, whichever is earlier.

4. Question: if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor along with its status?
Answer: Does not arise

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