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DoPT Order 2019 - Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) in direct recruitment in civil posts and services in the Government of India

DoPT Order 2019 - Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) in direct recruitment in civil posts and services in the Government of India
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No.36039/1/2019-Estt (Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
dated the 31st January, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) in direct recruitment in civil posts and services in the Government of India.

In continuation of this Department's Office Memorandum of even number dated 19.01.2019, the following instructions are issued in consultation 'with' Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Department of Legal Affairs regarding reservation for EWSs not covered under the reservation scheme for SCs/STs/OBCs in respect of direct recruitment in civil posts and services in the Government of India.

2. QUANTUM OF RESERVATION
The persons belonging to EWSs who, are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs shall get 10% reservation in direct recruitment in civil posts and services in the Government of India

3. EXEMPTION FROM RESERVATION:
3.1 "Scientific and Technical" posts which satisfy all the following conditions can be exempted from the purview of the reservation orders by the Ministries/ Departments:
(i) The posts should be in grades above the lowest grade in Group A of the service concerned.
(ii) They should be classified as "scientific or technical" in terms of Cabinet Secretariat [OM No. 85/11/CF-61(1) dated 28.12.1961], according to which scientific and technical posts for which qualifications in the natural sciences or exact sciences or applied sciences or in technology are prescribed and, the
incumbents of which have to use that knowledge in the discharge of their duties.
(iii) The posts should be 'for conducting research' or for organizing, guiding and directing research'.
3.2 Orders of the Minister concerned should be obtained before exempting any posts satisfying the above condition from the purview of the scheme of reservation.

4 CRITERIA OF INCOME & ASSETS:

4.1 Persons who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs and whose family has gross annual income below Rs 800 lakh (Rupees eight lakh only) are to be identified as EWSs for benefit of reservation. Income shall also include income from all sources i.e. salary, agriculture, business, profession, etc. for the financial year prior to the year of application.
Also persons whose family owns or possesses any of the following assets shall be excluded from being identified as EWS, irrespective of the family income:-
i. 5 acres of agricultural land and above;
ii. Residential at of 1000 sq ft. and above;
iii. Residential plot of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities;
iv. Residential, plot of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities.
4.2. The property held by a "Family" in different locations or different places/cities would be clubbed while applying the land. or property holding test to determine EWS status.
4.3 The term "Family" for this purpose will include the person who seeks benefit of reservation, his/her parents and siblings below the age of 18 years as also his/her spouse and children below the age of 18 years.

5. INCOME AND ASSET CERTIFICATE ISSUING AUTHORITY AND VERIFICATION OF CERTIFICATE:

5.1 The benefit of reservation under EWS can be availed upon production of an Income and Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority. The Income and Asset Certificate issued 'by any one of the following authorities in the prescribed format as given in Annexure-I shall only be accepted as proof of candidate's claim as 'belonging to EWS: -
(i) District Magistrate/Additional District Magistrate/ Collector/ Deputy Commissioner/Additional' Deputy Commissioner/ 1st Class Stipendary Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate/ Taluka Magistrate! Executive Magistrate/ Extra Assistant Commissioner
(ii) Chief Presidency Magistrate/Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate
(iii) Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar and
(iv) Sub-Divisional Officer or the area where the candidate and/or his family normally resides.

5.2 The Officer who issues the certificate would do the same after carefully verifying all relevant documents following due process as prescribed by the respective State/UT.

5.3 The crucial date for submitting income and asset certificate by the candidate may be treated as the closing date for receipt of application for the post, except in cases where crucial date is fixed otherwise.

5.4 The appointing authorities should, in the offer of appointment to the candidates claiming to be belonging to EWS, include the following clause :-
"The appointment is provisional and is subject to the Income and asset certificate being verified through the proper channels and if the verification reveals that the claim to belong to EWS is fake/false the services will be terminated forthwith without assigning any further reasons and without prejudice to such further action as may be taken under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code for production of fake/false certificate."
The appointing authority should verify the veracity of the Income and asset certificate submitted by the candidate through the certificate issuing authority

5.5 Instructions referred to above should be strictly followed so that it may not be possible for an unscrupulous person to secure employment on the basis of a false claim and if any person gets an appointment on the basis of such false claim, her/his services shall be terminated invoking the conditions contained in the offer of appointment

6. EFFECTING RESERVATION - MAINTENANCE OF ROSTERS:

6.1 Department of Personnel and Training had circulated Office Memorandum No.36012/2/96-Estt(Res) dated July 2, 1997 regarding implementation of post based reservation roster. The general principles for making and operating post based reservation roster would be as per the principles laid down in the said Office
Memorandum.

6.2 Every Government establishment shall now recast group-wise post-based reservation roster register for direct recruitment in accordance with format given in Annexure II, III, IV and V, as the case may be, for effecting 10% reservation for EWSs interpolating them with the SCs, STs and OBCs. While fixing roster point, if the EWS roster point coincides with the roster points of SCs/STs/OBCs the next available UR roster point has been allotted to the EWSs and also the principle of "squeezing" has been kept in view. While drawing up the rosters, the cadre controlling authorities may similarly "squeeze" the last points of the roster so as to meet prescribed 10% reservation.

6.3 Where in any recruitment year any vacancy earmarked for EWS cannot be filled up due to non availability of a suitable candidate belonging to EWS, such vacancies for that particular recruitment year shall not be carried forward to the next recruitment year as backlog.

6.4 Persons belonging to EWS selected against the quota for persons with benchmark disabilities/ex-servicemen shall be placed against the roster points earmarked for EWS.

7. ADJUSTMENT AGAINST UNRESERVED VACANCIES:
A person belonging to EWS cannot be denied the right to compete for appointment against an unreserved vacancy. Persons belonging to EWS who are selected on the basis of merit and not on account of reservation are not to be counted towards the quota meant for reservation.

8. FORTNIGHTLY/ANNUAL REPORTS REGARDING REPRESENTATION OF EWS:
The Ministries/Departments shall send single consolidated fortnightly report including their attached/subordinate offices beginning from 15.2.2019 as per format at Annexure-VI -.
From 01.01.2020, the Ministries/Departments shall upload data on representation of EWSs in respect of posts/services under the Central Government on the URL i.e. www.rrcps.nic.in as on 1st January of every year. All Ministries/Departments have already been provided respective usercode and password with guidelines for operating the URL

9. MAINTENANCE OF REGISTER OF COMPLAINTS BY THE GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHMENT:

9.1 Every Government establishment shall appoint a senior officer of the Department as the Grievance Redressal Officer.

9.2 Any person aggrieved with any matter relating to discrimination in employment against any EWS may file a complaint with the Grievance Redressal Officer of the respective Government establishment. The name, designation and contact details of the Grievance Redressal Officer may be displayed prominently on
the website and in the office of the concerned establishment.

10. LIAISON OFFICER:
Ministries/Departments/Attached and Subordinate Offices shall appoint Liaison Officer to monitor the implementation of reservation for EWSs.

11. The above scheme of reservation will be effective in respect of all direct recruitment vacancies to be notified on or after 01.02.2019.

12. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the above instructions to the notice of all appointing authorities, under their control. In case of any difficulty with regard to implementation of the provisions of this OM, the concerned authorities may consult DOP&T through their administrative Ministry/Department.

Encl: As above
(G. Srinivasan)
Director
Ph.No.011-23093074
Source: DoPT
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Revised travel entitlements on Duty Passes, Privilege Passes and Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP)


Revised travel entitlements on Duty Passes, Privilege Passes and Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP).
RBE No. 16 /2019
(GOVERNMENT OF INDIA)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. E(W)2016/PS5-1/8
New Delhi, dated 31.01.2019
The General Managers (P)
All Zonal Railways &
Productions Units.

Sub: Revised travel entitlements on Duty Passes, Privilege Passes and Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP).

Consequent to implementation of 7th CPC’s recommendations and notification of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules - 2016 (RSPR) w.e.f. 01.01.2016, the matter regarding linking of travel entitlements on Duty Passes, Privilege Passes/PTOs and PRCP with the ‘Pay Level in Pay Matrix’ (PLPM) has been examined in consultation with Commercial and Finance Dtes. The Competent Authority has accorded his approval for. the revised travel entitlements on status (i.e. Gazetted/Non-gazetted) cum PLPM basis as indicated in Annexure-I (for Duty Pass) and Annexure-II (for Privilege Pass/PRCP).

2. In all other respects, the extant provisions of Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition-1993) will continue to apply.

3. The revised travel entitlements would take effect from 01.01.2016. Accordingly, PRCP/Widow Pass travel entitlement of the railway servants retired/deceased in the interregnum shall be re-fixed by the Pass Issuing Authorities.

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

5. Hindi version will follow.

Encl: Annexures I & II.

sd/-
(V. Muralidliaran)
Dy. Director Estt. (Welfare)-I
Railway Board
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Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Retired Running Staff- Improper instructions of Railway Board


Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Retired Running Staff- Improper instructions of Railway Board
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110055
No.II/35/2018
Dated:28-01-2019
The Secretary(E)
Railway Board
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Retired Running Staff- Improper instructions of Railway Board - reg.

Ref: (i) GS/NFIR’s letter to Railway Board vide no.II/35/Part XIV dated 15-01-2018
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No.D-43/34/3017-F(E)III dated 24-01-2018
(iii) NFIR’s letter No.II/35/Part XIV dated 12-02-2018 & 26-02-2018 addressed to CRB.
(iv) NFIR’s PNM Agenda Item No.9 sent to Railway Board on 26-06-2018
(v) DoP&PW O.M.No.38/17/18-P&PW (A) dated 1st June 2018 to Railway Board.
(vi) Railway Board’s O.M.No.D-43/34/2017-F(E)III,dated 23-05-2018 & 16-08-2018 to Department of pension & Pensioners welfare Lok Nayak Bhawan, New delhi
(vii) NFIR’s letter No.II/35/2018 dated 19.09.2018 to Railway Boards.

Federation vide its letter dated 15-01-2018 provided to the Railway Board sample concordance tables for revision of pension cases of pre-01-01-2016 retired Running Staff. Railway Board vide letter dated 24-01-2018 have however issued instructions for revision of pension of pre-2016 retired Running Staff. The Federation vide its letter dated 26-02-2018 had pointed they be withdrawn as the same do not ensure correct revising of pension fixation of pre-2016 retired Running Staff. Federation also cited various provisions of DoP&PW and also those contained in IREM. Consequently, Railway Board vide O.M.dated 23-05-2018 sought clarification from DoP&PW to which the DoP&PW vide O.M.dated 01st June 2018 wanted few illustrations of the formulation so as to compare the pay/pension as on 01-01-2016 as per Railway Board’s instructions dated 24-01-2018 with pay and payable pension as suggested by our Unions.

Federation has come to know that the detailed information sought for by the DoP&PW has since been conveyed by the Railway Ministry vide OM dated 16-08-2018, but however progress in the matter is yet to be apprised to the Federation.

In this connection, NFIR also invites kind attention of the Railway Board to PNM Agenda item No.9 (sent to Railway Board on 26-06-2018) discussions on which are yet to take place. Federation however gives below additional points for consideration:-
  • Pay of General Category staff in Grade 5500-9000 on 31-05-2015 with 3 stagnation increments (i.e 9525/- Rs.56900) as on 01-01-2016
  • Likewise the Notional Pay of Running Should be fixed as Rs.56900 + 30% i.e. Rs.73,970. Thus, retirement benefit of Running Staff would then be calculated on Notional pay i.e. Rs.73,970 + 55% – Rs.1,14,659 and payable pension comes to Rs.57329.50
  • whereas, as per Railway Board’s order 30% pay element is not to be added on Rs.56900 and retirement benefit calculated on Rs.56900 + 55% divided by 2 i.e. Rs.56900 + 31295 = 88195 divided by 2 i.e. Rs.44090 hence a loss of Rs.13,229 in pension.
NFIR, therefore, once again requests the Railway Board to furnish proper illustrations to the DoP&PW for obtaining clear clarification for arriving at actual entitled pension to the retired Running Staff. A copy of the reference made to the DoP&Pw may also be provided to the Federation.

Yours faithfully
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR
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7th CPC Breakdown Allowance - Denial of payment to the staff working in GP 2000/Level 3: NFIR


7th CPC Breakdown Allowance - Denial of payment to the staff working in GP 2000/Level 3: NFIR
Registration No. : RTU/Nnn/31/2012
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)
No.1/5(g)/Pt.V
Dated: 28/01/2019
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Denial of payment of Breakdown Allowance to the staff working in GP 2000/Level 3 of 7th CPC-reg.
Ref: (i) Railway Board's letter No.E(P&A)II-2017/BDA-1 dated 30/08/2017 (RBE No.106/2017).
(ii) NFIR’s letter No.I/5(g)/Part V dated 11/04/2018.
(iii) Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2017/BDA-1 dated 14/09/2018 (RBE No.138/2018).
(iv) NFIR’s letter No.1/5(g)/Pt.V dated 22/09/2018.

Vide letter dated 22/09/2018 Federation had requested the Railway Board to issue modified instructions for payment of Breakdown Allowance to the staff with Grade Pay 2000 who have been denied the same on the basis of their higher Grade Pay.

In this connection, NFIR reiterates that the Break Down Allowance is granted to the Technical and other safety category staff as compensatory Allowance as they are expected to perform extraordinary duties, therefore they should be granted this Allowance based on the pay actually drawn by them without any condition/restriction.

While enclosing copy of letter dated 22/09/2018, NFIR once again requests the Railway Board to consider the points brought out by the Federation and issue instructions allowing enhanced rate of Break Down Allowance to those staff with GP 2000 (6th CPC)/Pay Level 3.

A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

DA/As above
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah).
General Secretary
Source: NFIR
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AIRF: Grant of Qualification Pay to the Nursing Personnel


AIRF: Grant of Qualification Pay to the Nursing Personnel
A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen's Federation
4, STATE ENTRY ROAD, NEW DELHI- 110055
No.AIRF/101
Dated: January 28, 2019
The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Grant of Qualification Pay to the Nursing Personnel

Ref.: MoH&FW's F.No.Z.28015/53/2017-N dated 28.09.2018

The Nursing Staff who have been in possession of BSc. Degree were being paid "Qualification Pay" (two additional increments) even after implementation of recommendations of the VII CPC. However, after implementation of VII CPC recommendations, no revision of additional increment, as mentioned-above, being paid to the Nursing Staff, as has been done so far. This is causing heart burning to the said category of staff.

It is understood that, the issue is already being taken-up by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare(Government of India) for the Nursing Staff working in other than Railway Hospitals.
It is, therefore, requested that, the matter may be looked into on priority for revision of additional increments in consonance with the recommendation of the VII CPC in case of Nursing Staff, working in Railway Hospitals, as "Qualification Pay".

An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.
Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: AIRFINDIA
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Government announced hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP) and One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue resolved

Government announced hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP) and One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue resolved

Our Soldiers Protect Our Borders in Tough Conditions - FM

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The issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP) has been resolved and the Government also announced substantial hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP) of all service personnel and special allowances given to Naval and Air Force personnel deployed in high risk duties.
Ministry of Finance
Defence budget hiked to Rs. 3,05,296 crore
Rs. 3,05,296 crore have been provided in the Budget Estimates for 2019-20, compared to Rs. 2,82,733 crore provided in 2018-19 Budget Estimates. The figures were revised to Rs. 2,85,423 crore in the Revised Estimates of 2018-19. While presenting the Interim Budget 2019-20 in Parliament today the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways and Coal Sh. Piyush Goyal said "Our Defence Budget will be crossing Rs.3,00,000 crore for the first time in 2019-20. For securing our borders and to maintain preparedness of the highest order, if necessary, additional funds would be provided."
On the issue of strengthening Defence and National Security, the Interim Budget 2019-20 states that our soldiers protect our borders in tough conditions and they are our pride and honour. The Finance Minister Sh. Goyal said that due care has been taken of their honour. He said that the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP) which was pending for the last forty years has been resolved.
He said "The previous Governments announced it in three budgets but sanctioned a mere Rs.500 crore in 2014-15 Interim Budget; in contrast we have already disbursed over Rs.35,000 crore after implementing the Scheme in its' true spirit. The Government also announced substantial hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP) of all service personnel and special allowances given to Naval and Air Force personnel deployed in high risk duties."

Source: PIB
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