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HRA: Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation

HRA: Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation

The General Manager,
All Indian Railways/PUs, NF(Con), CORE
The DG/RDSO/Lucknow, DG/NAIR/Vadodara
Dated: 02.04.2019

Sub: Admissibility of House Rent Allowance (HRA) in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation.

(1) Department of Expenditures, MoFs 0M No.2/5/2017-E.IIB dated 05.03.2019
(2) Rai1way Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-87/HRA-15, dated 16.5.1988
(3) Rai1way Board’s No.E(P&A)II-95/HRA-3, dated 14.02.1996
(4) Rai1way Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-99/HRA-2, dated 12.07.1999 & 16.03.2000
(5) Rai1way Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2002/HRA-4, dated 16.10.2002 & 09.05.2003
(6) Rai1way Board’s No.E(P&A)II-2010/HRA-2, dated 08.12.2010
(7) Rai1way Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-3, dated 15.01.2018

With reference to Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance’s Office Memorandum at (I) & other Railway Board’s references above, Board (MS, FC & CRB) have approved the following:
For other than those Railway employees (officers and staff) for whom accommodation is specially earmarked and whose occupation of railway quarter is essential for easy accessibility during emergencies, efficient discharge of their duties, et., the condition of Applying for Government Accommodation and furnishing of ‘No Accommodation Certificate’ by Employees to become eligible for HRA may be dispensed with and Department of Expenditure. MoF’s letter under reference may be made applicable Mutatis Mutandis is for such categories of Railway employees.
Railway accommodation so vacated may be allotted to other employees of the same pool or other pool or Essential category employees by changing the pool, if required, by the Zonal Railway. The Quarter-allotment Authority shall promptly take necessary action in this regard.

Other extant instructions/guidelines issued from Board on the subject shall remain unchanged as modified from time to time.

Department of Expenditure, MoF’s letter under ref. (1) is enclosed for ready reference.

This issues with the concurrence of Associate Finance of Transformation Cell Of Railway Board.
Kindly acknowledge the receipt and ensure compliance.
(Umesh Balonda)
Executive Director/S&T)
Transformation Cell

The Minimum Wages Central Amendment Rules, 2019

The Minimum Wages (Central) Amendment Rules, 2019




New Delhi, the 29th January, 2019 

G.S.R. 56 (E).- Whereas a draft of certain rules further to amend the Minimum Wages (Central) Rules, 1950, among other rules, were published as required by sub-section (1) of section 30 of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 (11 of 1948), in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, sub-section (i) vide notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Labour and Employment number G.S.R. 413(E),dated the 23rd April, 2018, inviting objections and suggestions from all persons likely to be affected thereby, within a period of three months, from the date on which copies of Official Gazette containing the said notification were made available to the public;
And whereas copies of the said Official Gazette were made available to the general public on the 23rdApril, 2018;

And whereas the objections and suggestions received on the said draft rules from the public have been considered by the Central Government;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 30 of the said Act, the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Minimum Wages (Central) Rules, 1950, namely:-
  1. (1) These rules may be called the Minimum Wages (Central) Amendment Rules, 2019.
    (2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
  2. In the Minimum Wages (Central) Rules, 1950,-
(a) in rule 21, for sub-rule (4A), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

(4A) Every employer shall, on or before the 1st day of February in each year, upload unified annual return in Form III on the web portal of the Central Government in the Ministry of Labour and Employment giving information as to the particulars specified in respect of the preceding year:
Provided that during inspection, the inspector may require the production of accounts, books, registers and other documents maintained in electronic form or otherwise.
Explanation.- For the purposes of this sub-rule, the expression “electronic form” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (r) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000).’;

(b) in Form III, for the word, figures, brackets and letter “Rule 21(4A)(1)”, the word, figures, brackets and letter “Rule 21(4A)” shall be substituted.
[No. Z-20025/22/2018-LRC]

Note: The Minimum Wages (Central) Rules, 1950 was published in the Gazette of India vide notification number S.R.O. 776, dated the 14th October, 1950 and lastly amended vide notification number G.S.R. 182(E) dated the 12th March, 2015.

Source: labour.gov.in

CPAO: Simplification of pension procedure submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant

CPAO: Simplification of pension procedure submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant


CPAO/ IT&Tech/ 11(Vol-VI)/ Simplification/ 2018-19/ 01

Subject: Simplification of pension procedure-submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant along with pension papers & Handing over of PPO booklet to Pensioners by Head of Office - reg.

The Scheme for Payment of pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners through Authorized Banks’, issued by the Central Pension Accounting Office provides for an undertaking to be submitted by the retiring Government servant/pensioner to the pension disbursing bank before commencement of pension. The pensioner undertakes to refund or make good any amount to which he is not entitled.
2. In view of the above Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare issued instructions vide its O.M. No. 1/27/2011-P&PW(E) dated 07.05.2014 which were also communicated through this office O.M. No. CPAO/Tech/ Simplification /2014-15/53 dated 28.05.2014. These provisions are reiterated below:
  • It has been established that the first payment of pension after retirement gets delayed mainly due to two reasons. One, the delay in receipt of intimation by the pensioner that pension papers have reached the bank and two delay on part of the pensioner in approaching the bank for submission of the undertaking.
  • The required undertaking may be obtained by the Head of Office from the retiring Government servant along with Form 5 and other documents before his retirement. This undertaking shall be forwarded to the pension disbursing bank along with the Pension Payment Order by the Accounts Officer/CPAO following the usual procedure.
  • The pensioner would no longer be required to visit the bank to activate the first payment of pension. Therefore, after ascertaining that the Bank’s copy has been dispatched by the Central Pension Accounting Office, the pensioner’s copy of the Pension Payment Order (PPO) may be handed over to him at the time of retirement along with other retirement dues. This should be feasible in all cases where the Government servant had submitted pension papers within the time-limits prescribed in the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.
  • However, if any employee posted at a location away from the office of the Head of Office or who for any other reasons feels that it would be more convenient to him to obtain his copy of PPO from the bank, may inform the Head of Office of his option in writing while submitting his pension papers.
3. Pay & Account Office/Head of Office should not wait for the copy of PPO (SSA) for confirmation of the dispatch of the same by CPAO to bank for handing over of the pensioner’s copy to the retiring government servant along with other retirement dues. PAO/HOO may confirm the dispatch of Banks Copy of PPO by visiting CPAO’s website i.e www.cpao.nic.in - See your PPO Status.

4. It has been observed that pensioner’s portion of the PPO is not being handed over to the pensioner, but being sent to the bank through CPAO. It seems that the timeline for submission of finalizing the pension cases as mentioned in the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 are not being adhered to by HOO/PAO.

5. All Pr. CCAs/CCA/ CAs/AGs (with independent charge)/JS (Admin) are requested to issue instructions to all Pay and Accounts Offices/ Head of Offices under their jurisdiction to ensure timely submission of pension papers so that the correct procedure is followed strictly. Timeline for finalization of pension cases as prescribed in CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 is annexed herewith.
This issues with the approval of Chief Controller (Pension).

Encl.: Annexure
(Praful Dabral)
Sr. A.O. (IT & Technical)


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