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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Cabinet Approved 3% Additional DA from Jan 2019 for Central Government Employees and Pensioners

Cabinet Approved 3% Additional DA from Jan 2019 for Central Government Employees and Pensioners

Total 12% DA from Jan 2019 for CG Employees

Union Cabinet today approved to hike 3% additional Dearness Allowance to all group of Central Government employees with effect from 1st January 2019.

As per the decision taken in the cabinet meeting today (19.2.2019), 3 percent additional Dearness Allowance approved to all Central Government employees and Pensioners with effect 1.1.2019. The total Dearness Allowance will be 12%.

Usually the decision taken on DA by March 1st or 2nd week only. This is the unusal announcement, due to Lok Sabha election. The formal orders issued soon by the Ministry of Finance.

Via: CentralGovernmentNews.com
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Enhancement of rate of stipend being paid to interns in Central Government Institutes and Hospitals w.e.f 01.01.2018 - sanction


Enhancement of rate of stipend being paid to interns in Central Government Institutes and Hospitals w.e.f 01.01.2018 - sanction
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F.No. S.11014/02/2018-ME-l (FTS:3174397)
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
(Department of Health and Family Welfare)
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi,
Dated the 21st December, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Enhancement of rate of stipend being paid to Interns in Central Government Institutes / Hospitals w.e.f 01.01.2018 - sanction - regarding

In continuation of this Ministry's letter number No. S.11014/4/98- ME-I dated 28.03.2016, the undersigned is directed to convey the approval of the competent authority to revise the rate of stipend to interns borne on the authorized strength of the Central Government institutions under the control of this Ministry viz. LHMC, New Delhi, JIPMER, Pondicherry, DT.RML Hospital, New Delhi, VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, All India Institutes of Medical Sciences, North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences etc to Rs.23,500/- (Rupees Twenty Three Thousand Five hundred only) per month w.e.f. 01.01.2018 and until further orders.

2. The expenditure involved shall be met from within the sanctioned budget grant of the concerned institute / Hospital.

3. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their ID No.12-07 /2018-E.Ill (A), dated 18.12.2018.
(D.V.K. Rao)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Ph: 011-23062959
Source: Mohfw
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Railway Board have decided to constitute a Committee for inclusion of fresh categories within the ambit of Risk & Hardship Allowance

Railway Board have decided to constitute a Committee for inclusion of fresh categories within the ambit of Risk & Hardship Allowance

(GOVERNMENT OF INDIA)
(MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS)
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.ERB-I/2019/23/09
New Delhi, dated 11.02.2019
ORDER

Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to constitute a Committee for inclusion of fresh categories within the ambit of Risk & Hardship Allowance. The Committee will consist of the following:-

(i) EDPC-II, Railway Board … Convener
(ii) EDF(E), Railway Board … Member
(iii) EDCE(G), Railway Board … Member
(iv) Sh. Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary/AIRF … Member
(v) Shri Guman Singh, President/NFIR … Member

The Terms of Reference of the Committee will be as under:-

"To holistically examine the inclusion of fresh categories within the ambit of Risk and Hardship Allowance introduced by 7th CPC."
  1. The tenure of the Committee will be Six months from the date of its constitution.
  2. The Headquarters of the Committee will be at New Delhi.
  3. PC-VII branch, Railway Board will be the Nodal branch for functioning of the Committee. Therefore, submission of report of the Committee for consideration of Railway Board, implementation of its recommendations and all related issues including Parl, Questions, RTI cases and other formalities with regard to the Committee, shall be dealt with by PC-VII branch, Railway Board.
  4. The Convener and Members of the Committee will draw TA/DA as per extant rules.
(Vijay Kumar)
Under Secretary (Estt)-I
Railway Board
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Appointment of Security Personnel in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) from Ex-servicemen Security Agencies sponsored by the Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR)

Appointment of Security Personnel in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) from Ex-servicemen Security Agencies sponsored by the Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR)
DPE-GM-12/0001/2016-GM-FTS-5410
Government of India
Ministry of Industries and Heavy Industries &Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises
Public Enterprises Bhawan,
Block no. 14, CGO complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003.
Dated: 14th February, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Appointment of Security Personnel in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) from Ex-servicemen Security Agencies sponsored by the Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR).

The undersigned is directed to refer to DPE OM of even no. dated 13-09-2018 on the above mentioned subject and to say that as per Para 2(iv) of the said OM, the service charges chargeable by security agency will be negotiable between the CPSE and the agency concerned subject to guidelines issued vide MoD OM No. 28(3)/2012-D (Res-1) dated 09.07.2012 and amendments made therein from time to time.

In this regard, it is clarified that in no case, service charges may be negotiated by CPSEs below the rate prescribed by DGR in its guidelines for empanelment of ESM Security Service Agencies from time to time (which is 14% at present).

All administrative Ministries / Departments are requested to kindly issue necessary instructions to the CPSEs accordingly.
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(Rajesh Purt)
Deputy Director
Source: Dpe
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Railways: Revision of pension w.e.f. 01.01.2006 of Pre-2006 pensioners who retired from the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500 to Rs. 10500


Railways: Revision of pension w.e.f. 01.01.2006 of Pre-2006 pensioners who retired from the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500 to Rs. 10500

RBE No. 17/2019
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. F(E .(E)II1/2008/PN1/12
New Delhi, Dated : 04.02.2019
The GMs/Principal Financial Advisors,
All Zonal Railways/Production Units,
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Revision of pension w.e.f. 01.01.2006 of Pre- 2006 pensioners who retired from the 5th cpc scale of Rs. 6500/- 10500/- regarding.

A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (DOP&PW's) O.M No. 38/33/12-P&PW(A) dated 4th January, 2019 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also. CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, correspond to Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 9008. The Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s O.Ms No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30.08.2008 and 43.11.2009, mentioned in the DOP&PW's O.M. dated 04.01.2019, have been adopted on Railways vide this office's latter No. PC-VI/ 2008 /RSRP / 1 dated 11 09.2008 and PC-VI / 2009 / I / RSR P/ 8 dated 22.12.2009 respectively.'

The Railway Board's instructions corresponding to the DOP&PW's instructions referred to in their aforesaid O.M. dated 04" January, 2019 are given under:-

DOP&PW’s instructions | Railway Board's corresponding instructions.
O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 01.09.2008 | Letter No. F(E)II/2008/PN1/12 date 08.09.2008
O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.01.2013 | Letter No. F (E) III / 2008 / PN1 / 12 dated 11.02.2013
O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 30.07.2015 | Letter No. F(E) INI / 2008 / PN1 / 12 dated 31.07.2015
(G. Priya Sudarsani)
Director, Finance (Estt.),
Railway Board.
D.A.: as above

Source: Indian Railways
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Minutes of meeting of Railway Board with PFAs and PCPOs: NPS and Pension Revision Issues

Minutes of meeting of Railway Board with PFAs and PCPOs: NPS and Pension Revision Issues

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBA No. 9/2019
No. 2016/AC-11/21/8/Pt II
New Delhi, dated: 13.02.2019
PFAs and PCPOs,
All Indian Railways & PUs

Sub: Minutes of meeting of Board (FC & MS) with PFAs and PCPOs of CR, ER, NR and WR held on 08.02.2019 in Board's office to discuss issues related on NPS and Pension
Minutes of the meeting held on 08.02.2019 in Railway Board by Board (FC & MS) with PFAs and PCPOs of CR, ER, NR and WR is enclosed for information and necessary action.

DA: As above.

(Anjali Goyal)
Pr. Executive Director/Accounts
Railway Board

Minutes of meeting of Board (FC & MS) with PFAs and PCPOs of CR, ER, NR and WR held on 08.02.2019 in Board's office

A meeting was held in Board's office chaired by Board (FC & MS) on 08.02.2019 with the PFAs and PCPOs of CR, ER, NR and WR to discuss the issues related to National Pension System (NPS) and Pension. The list of participants is at Annexure I. Minutes of the meeting are as under.

1.0 Opening Address:
1.2 FC mentioned that the main two area of staff grievances are National Pension System and Revision of Pension.
1.2 FC invited attention to the Gazette notification issued on 31.01.2019 after Cabinet decision regarding compensation for non-deposit or delayed deposit of contributions.
1.3 He emphasized the importance of regular deduction of subscription against each PRAN of eligible employees and timely upload of details on NPS-CRA website and transfer of funds to the Trustee Bank as per stipulated time line.
1.4 He also stressed the need to review the MIS available on the Dashboard by Nodal Personnel and Accounts officials, periodically, and take corrective measures on lapses/delays observed therein.
1.5 He emphasized that Railways are the custodian of employee's funds and thus Railways are duty bound to ensure that there are no lapse on their part.
1.6 FC stated that another area of concern is delay in revision of Pension, mainly due to non­ availability of Service Records of a no. of pensioners.
1.7 He mentioned that while most of the Railways have made commend able achievement, some are lagging behind badly.
1.8 MS mentioned that the Railways are relying on the ARPAN data but much of the data is not available in ARPAN.
1.9 He emphasized need to review the gap between Pension Scrolls i.e the no. of pensioners to whom revised pension is being made and the no. of Pension revised - PPO issued.
1.10 MS also highlighted complaints non-inclusion of names in PPOs like that of widowed daughter/unmarried daughter/disabled children etc. in the revised PPOs. This aspect should be looked upon.
1.11 As regarding NPS, MS stated that there are many cases regarding non-issue of PRAN during the initial period of NPS. PRAN should be generated within the specified time and 100% subscription deducted from the employees should be accounted for.
1.12 There has been demand for withdrawal of NPS as the employees are not aware of the advantages of the scheme. Their doubts need to be allayed.
1.13 The PFAs and PCPOs should try to understand the problems and put in efforts to bring out solutions to these problems.
2.0 Agenda Items:
2.1 National Pension System (NPS)
  • WR and ER informed that the delay in subscribers registration was mainly of Bungalow peons, substitutes and Apprentices . For permanent employees, the number is very less.
  • CR informed that there were many cases where the subscribers were absconding after joining Railways. PED/A informed that such cases should be flagged and brought to notice of NSDL. It was reiterated to make it mandatory for new entrants to submit PAN, Bank Account details and PRAN registration form duly filled along with joining report. CR brought out that delay in many cases pertain to RPF as they have their own establishment. FC & MS desired that instructions on subject should be disseminated to CSC/RPF by PCPOs and PFAs.
  • All old cases should be cleared within next two months by deputing Welfare Inspectors wherever felt necessary.
  • Railways also suggested to explore the feasibility of online submission of PRAN Registration forms, which was agreed to. PED/A mentioned that PRAN generation is being delayed due to rejection of registration forms also. Personnel and Accounts should ensure completeness of forms w.r.t. employment details, mandatory details and required documentation etc. so that the rejection of the CRSF1 form is minimised. Information about rejection is made available on NPS website accessible to both Personnel and Accounts, immediately.
  • Position of NPS fund deducted from subscribers without PRAN is available to respective PAOs (Personnel/Accounts in IPAS). This implies that the NPS fund is retained by Railways in suspense and will lead to loss of interest to subscribers. Immediate action required is required in this regard.
  • NSDL has deactivated the non-active Non-IRA PRANs in the system. However, there are cases where there are active Non-IRA PRANs.
  • PRANs that have not received a single credit since PRAN generation need to investigate these cases to rule out any irregularity.
  • Substantial data gaps also exist in No. of Registered Subscribers and those receiving Credits. The contributions should be remitted on date of payment of salary itself and non-credit cases must be only those cases where salary is not drawn for any reason.
  • Nomination and Mobile no. should be collected from every subscribe to prevent issues at a later stage.
  • Review of the data also shows a no. of PAOs have not submitted funds. Railways mentioned that this is due to merger of Accounting Units. PED/A mentioned that PAOs with NIL subscribers should be deactivated in consultation with NSDL.
  • Railways should ensure that the Transaction ID of the SCFs uploaded on N PSCRA website are matched at the time of fund transfer to Trustee Bank so that there are no rejections. The Railways need to review and ensure strict compliance of the instructions.
  • Railways should also streamline the system to ensure crediting of NPS fund to correct subscriber. There are a number of instances where funds are credited to PRAN 1instead of PRAN 2, Excess/wrong Transfer to a PRAN etc.
  • Personnel and Accounts Dept should also ensure timely resolution of grievances in the Central Grievance Management System.
  • A no. of withdrawal cases (Death Superannuation, exit) are pending for verification/ authorisation by Personnel and authorised by Accounts. Railways may review and ensure timely action
  • In a few cases, funds remitted by Trustee Bank to subscribers (on account of withdrawal request) or to Railways (non-NPS withdrawal or excess transfer etc) are returned back to Trustee Bank for want of correct/incorrect Bank Account no. , invalid IFSC code, Bank account closed etc. Railways need to ensure that correct bank details are provided while processing case.
  • There are withdrawal requests pending for purchase of annuity as the subscriber has not chosen the Pension plan in these cases. Employees that have exited should be asked to make the option.
  • There are cases of pending pension/family pension under NPS in Railways. These issues are being raised by Union/Federations and also by the beneficiaries in various forums. Railways may take necessary action in the matter immediately and that no delay on part of Railways.
  • Complaints are also received regarding non-revision of NPS pension as per recommendation of 7th CPC. Railways need to expedite and take necessary action
2.2 Pension Revision
  • There are 1,14,069 cases in IR where revised PPOs are not initiated. Railways informed that these are hard core cases where data is not available. These need to be pursued and revised PPOs be issued at the earliest. The option of getting a copy of PPOs from Banks should be explored to fast track revision of pension cases due to non-availability of records with Railways
  • Similarly PPOs of those drawing pension through Post offices and Treasuries need to be speeded up.
  • Railways may interact with Banks and keep Accounts Dte. informed of the meeting so that the issue can be taken up with highest level of Banks centrally.
  • e-PPOs need to be adopted for error free, delay free transmission and also for MIS reports. Issues, if any, need to be brought to the notice of Accounts Dte in Board office for taking up with CRIS and Banks.
  • Spot check by Welfare inspectors are also needed apart from Accounts Dte.
  • Dedicated cells should be formed in Personnel Department for Pension and NPS matters to coordinate with counterpart teams in Accounts. PED/A requested MS to nominate an Executive Director in Railway Board also for coordination with Railways on NPS and Pension matters.
  • MS agreed for the same. DG/Personnel shall issue necessary orders in the matter.
3.1 Conclusion
PED/A summarized the decision taken in the meeting for necessary action as under:
  • Online registration for generation of PRAN shall be explored.
  • PRAN registration form should be sent with appointment letter and obtained at the time of joining PRAN generation be ensured within one month of joining so that there are no cases where deductions are made and money is lying in suspense.
  • DDOs/PAOs need to access the dashboard and analyse the MIS reports about NPS performance.
  • As regards revision of pension, Railways need to get in touch with CPPC of bank and get the details/PPOs for processing revision in a time bound manner.
  • All Railways shall ensure that e-PPOs are issued on banks covered in the scheme. In case of any problem, the same may be brought to the notice of Board (Accounts Dte) so that the same can be taken up with Banks/CRIS. Now that CRIS has an upgraded its system, no bank should have problem in accepting the ePPO file.
  • PFAs shall ensure check of the pension debits to see that pension is being paid as per revised PPOs.
  • Railways may form dedicated cell for pension and NPS in Personnel Department. Further, there should be a designated ED in charge of all pension related in Estt Directorate also matters as a counterpart to Accounts Dte.
4.0 Vote of thanks.
Meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair.

Source: Indian Railways
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Regulation of LTC claims when portion of journey are performed by private transport

Regulation of LTC claims when portion of journey are performed by private transport

F.No.20-04/2015-PAP
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi - 110001.
Dated: 15 February, 2019.
To
All Chief Postmasters General/ Postmasters General
Chief General Manager, BD Directorate/Parcel Directorate/ PLI Directorate
Director RAKNPA/ GM CEPT/ Directors of All PTCs,
Addl. Director General, Army Postal Service, R.K. Puram, New Delhi
All General Managers (Finance)/ DAP/ DDAP

Sub: Regulation of LTC claims when portion of journey are performed by private transport - Regd.

This Directorate has sought clarification from the Nodal Ministry regarding reimbursement of LTC claims where a part of the journey (be it in the beginning, middle or end) has been performed by the Government servant by unauthorized mode of transport (private bus/private taxi etc.) and rest of the journey to the declared place of visit by authorized mode of transport.

The Nodal Ministry has issued following clarification:
(I) DOP&T’s OM no. 31011/3/2015-Estt. (A.IV) dated 09.02.2017 provides that cases where a Government servant travels on LTC upto the nearest airport/railway station/bus terminal by authorized mode of transport and undertakes rest of the journey to the declared place of visit by private transport/ own arrangement (such as personal vehicle or private taxi etc.), may be dealt with as follows:-
  • (a) In all such cases the Government servant may be required to submit a declaration that he and the members of the family in respect of whom the claim is submitted have indeed travelled upto the declared place of visit.
  • (b) If a public transport is available in a particular area, the Government servant will be reimbursed the fare admissible for journey by otherwise entitled mode of public transport from the nearest airport/railway station/bus terminal to the declared place of visit by shortest direct route.
  • (c) In case, there is no public transport available in a particular stretch of journey, the Government servant may be reimbursed as per his entitlement for journey on transfer for a maximum limit of 100 kms covered by the private/personal transport based on a self-certification from the Government servant. Beyond this, the expenditure shall be borne by the Government servant.
(II) In view of the above provisions, a Government employee shall get fare reimbursement in cases where the initial or end part of the LTC journey from the source/destination to the nearest railhead/airport or vice-versa, as the case may be, has been performed by a private/personal mode of transport while the major part of the journey from the nearest railhead/airport has been performed by the authorized mode of transport.

Taking into account the advice of the Nodal Ministry in this regard, action may kindly be taken in similar cases only on the basis of the above advice and in any case of deviation from the above, the advice of the Directorate may be sought for.
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(S.B. Vyavahare)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)
Source: utilities.cept.gov.in
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