Monday, December 11, 2017

DOPT trying best to clear backlog of promotions: Dr Jitendra Singh

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) is trying its best to clear the backlog of promotions which had accumulated for several years. He said, while the Government led by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi follows a policy of zero tolerance towards corrupt and non-performing officers, at the same time it is also supportive towards performing officers of integrity.

Dr Jitendra Singh was responding to a delegation of Central Secretariat employees who called on him here today and sought his intervention for timely promotion of lower grade staff members. They also submitted a memorandum on behalf the Central Secretariat MTS Association, wherein it was submitted that many of the lowermost working professionals in the Government of India get deprived of even single promotion during their entire service tenure.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, in order to bring in the ease of governance as well as objectivity in empanelments, the government has, in the last three years, improvised upon the procedures so as to ensure that there are no subjective preferences involved in carrying out the promotions. The procedures have been made more hi-tech using sophisticated technology tools to minimize the human interface, he added.

He said that in the past, every government took credit for bringing in a new legislation or rule while this government has done away with nearly 1500 rules which were either obsolete or had become irrelevant with the passage of time. All this is meant not only to ensure effective and timely delivery of outcomes for the public, but also to enable the employees to perform to the best of their ability, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, he himself personally feels disturbed to come across cases where some of the employees working in the lowest rung of administration spend their entire service tenure of 30 to 35 years without securing a single promotion. He said, he has discussed the issue with all the senior officers in the Ministry and several innovative means are being evolved to avoid stagnation at middle and lower rungs of administration.

Dr Jitendra Singh also regretted that in a large number of cases, stagnation in promotions was the result of litigation amongst the employees themselves and even though the DoPT tries its best to put forward its view in the court of law, the delay becomes inevitable.
Source:http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

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Amendment of DPPI-2013.-PCDA

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad-211014

Circular No. 195

No. AT/Tech/30-XIX
Dated: 27.11.2017

Sub: Amendment of DPPI-2013.

A copy of approved Correction slip No. 01/2017 on the above subject is enclosed herewith for further necessary action.

Sd/-
(Sandeep Thakur)
Jt.CDA (P)

DRAFT AMENDMENT TO DPPI,2013

Correction Slip No. 01/2017

1. First sentence of para 115.1 is reconstructed as under:

Para 115.1 Subject to the provisions of para 115.2 and 115.3 below, arrear of pension (except LTA accrueing due to revision of pension/family pension will be paid as per provisions of Note-3 under Para-115.4 below) or gratuity due to the estate of deceased pensioners shall be paid as under:

2. New Note -3 under Para-115.4 is added as under

Note-3 : Life Time Arrear of pension/family pension accrues due to revision of pension/family pension carried out by the PDAs

If a pensioner/family pensioner to whom benefit accrues in implementation of Government Orders/Pay Commission Recommendation for revision of pension/family pension has died/dies before receiving the payment of arrears on account of revision. Such arrears shall be paid as under:

(i) If the claimaint is already in receipt of family pension or happens to be the person in whose favour family pension already stands notified and awardee has not become ineligible for any reason, the LTA due to revision of pension/family pension should be paid to such a claimant by the PDA on their own without requiring submission of any additional documents including IAFA-652 and indemnity bond from the claimant.

(ii) If the claimant has already received LTA in the past in respect of the deceased to whom the benefit would have accrued, the LTA due to such revision of pension/family pension also be paid to such a claimant by the PDA on their own without obtaining claim on IAFA-652 and indemnity bond from the claimant.

(iii) If claimant is a person other than the one mentioned at (i) & (ii) above, payment of LTA shall be paid to the legal heir/heirs as per provisions of 115.1 above.

-sd-
(Abhishek Singh)
Asst.CDA (P)

Approved by:
Jt. CGDA(Pension)

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/pcdapension/6cpc/Circular-195.pdf

Payment of arrears of pension in cases where valid nomination has not been made under the payment of arrears of pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983;

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad-211014

Circular No. 194

No. AT/Tech/012-IX
Dated: 24.11.2017

Sub:(i) Payment of arrears of pension in cases where valid nomination has not been made under the payment of arrears of pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983;
(ii) Payment of arrears of family pension-regarding.

Difficulties being faced by the defence pensioners in obtaining the legal heir-ship-certificate, for payment of arrear of pension Where valid nomination has not been made under payment of arrear of pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983 and payment of arrear of family pension, were drawing attention of the Govt. since long.

2. To obviate the above difficulties of the defence pensioner, GOI, Ministry of Defence department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, vide letter No. 1(10)/2013-D(Pen/Policy) dated 29th August 2017 (copy enclosed) has decided that in the absence of nominee or any “will” of the deceased pensioner, the arrear of pension will be paid as under-

(i) Under the order of the Pension Disbursing Authority to the heir Without production of legal authority, if the gross amount of arrears of pension claim does not exceed Rs. 25,000/-, provided he is otherwise satisfied about the right of the claimant.

(ii) If the gross amount of arrears of pension claims exceeds Rs 25,000/- but does not exceed Rs 2,50,000/-, under the orders of Principal Controller of Defence Accounts(Pension) on execution of an Indemnity Bond in Form IAFA-642 duly stamped for gross amount due for payment with such sureties as may be deemed necessary and accepted on behalf of the President by an officer duly authorized under article 299(i) of the Constitution.

(iii) In case of any doubt and also in cases where the amount of arrear exceeds Rs 2,50,000/- payment shall be made only to the person producing the legal authority.

3. Normally there should be two sureties both of known financial ability. However, in case the amount of claim is less than Rs 75,000/- the authority accepting the Indemnity Bond for and on behalf of President of India should decide on the merits of each case whether to accept only one surety instead of two. The obligor as well as the sureties executing the Indemnity Bond should have attained majority so that the bond has legal effect or force. The Bond is required to be accepted on behalf of the President by an Officer duly authorized under Article 299(i) of Constitution.

4. This Ministry letter No. 1(16)/2009-D(Pen/Policy) dated 15.03.2010 stipulates that in the event of death of family pensioner, the right to receive any arrears of family pension would automatically pass on to the eligible member of the family next in line. The requirement of succession certificate for payment of any arrears occurs only where there is no member in family who is eligible to receive family pension after the death of the family pensioner. Therefore, it has been decided that the provision of this letter will also apply to the payment of arrears of family pension where no member of family is eligible to receive family pension.

All the Pension Disbursing Authorities are, therefore, advised to regulate the payment of life time arrears of pension and family pension in terms of instructions mentioned above.

(Sandeep Thakur)
Jt.CDA (P)


Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/pcdapension/6cpc/Circular-194.pdf
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Revision of the rates of Tenure Allowance to officers

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR) 
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya) 
(Railway Board)

PC-VII No. 80
RBE No.: 181/2017

File No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/6
New Delhi, dated: 04/12/2017

The General Manager/CAOs(R),
All India Railways & Production Units,
(As per mailing list)

Sub: –Implementation of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission – Revision of the rates of Tenure Allowance to officers of Organized Group `A’ Railway Services posted as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors, Directors and Group `B’ officers when posted against senior scale post in RDSO.


Kindly refer to Board’s letter No. PC-VI/2008/1/7/5/3 dated 27.03.2009 (S.No. PC-VI/94, RBE No. 58/2009) on the above mentioned subject.
2. Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission, it is decided that on their posting as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors, and Directors in the office of RDSO, the officers of the Organized Group `A’ Railway Services will be entitled to draw their basic pay plus Tenure Allowance on the terms and conditions as stipulated below subject to review/modifications, if any, based on DoPT’s guidelines on Deputation (Duty) Allowances.

(i) The Officers of Organized Group `A’ Railway Service posted in the RDSO as Deputy Directors, Joint Directors and Directors will be subjected to a prescribed tenure, on the expiry of which they will be reverted to field posts in Zonal Railways / Production Units and Construction Organizations.

(ii) Officers belonging to Organized Group `A’ Railway Services posted in RDSO as Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors will be paid Tenure Allowance at the rate of 10% of their basic pay subject to a ceiling of Rs. 9000/-p.m.

(iii) The allowance will not be paid beyond the normal tenure of three years for Deputy Directors, four years for Joint Directors and five years of Directors.

(iv) No Tenure Allowance will be admissible to the officers of the Services posted as Executive Directors and above in RDSO.

(v) This allowance shall not be admissible to those Deputy Directors/Joint Directors/Directors who are given extension or re-employment after superannuation.

(vi) In cases where the tenure posting is a post with a lower Level of pay, the pay of the Officer going to such a post will be filled in the tenure post as per extant rules.

`Basic Pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix but does not include any other type of pay like Special Pay, etc.

3.The existing conditions contained in pa 4 of Board’s letter No. PC-V/98/I/7/3 dated 12.02.2004 would continue to be operative. TADK will not be admissible.

4.These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

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

6.Hindi version is placed below.

Sd/- 
(Jaya Kumar G) 
Deputy Director, Pay Commission-VII 
Railway Board

Source:  http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/

Frequently Asked Questions on timeline for completing Disciplinary proceeding in time bound manner under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965.

F.No.11012/09/2016-Estt.A-III 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training 
Establishment A-III Desk
North Block, New Delhi — 110001 
Dated 8th December, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Frequently Asked Questions on timeline for completing Disciplinary proceeding in time bound manner under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965.

Instructions have been issued in the past for expeditious disposal of disciplinary proceeding cases. Further, Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1965 have also been notified vide Gazette Notification No. 548(E) dated 2.06.2017 (copy enclosed) for introducing stringent timeline for completing disciplinary proceeding in a time bound manner. Based on the same, a set of frequently asked questions is attached for necessary information.
2. Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring the contents of this O.M. to all concerned for compliance.

3. Hindi version will follow.
(Nitin Gupta) 
Under Secretary to the Govt Of India 
Tel: 23040264

FAQs on the time limit for disposal of disciplinary cases

Question: What is the time limit for charged officer to submit his written statement of defence on charge sheet?
Answer: It is 15 days, which can be further extended by a period not exceeding 15 days at a time for reasons to be recorded in writing by the Disciplinary Authority or any other authority authorized by the Disciplinary Authority on his behalf. The overall limit for filing of reply should not be extended beyond 45 days from the receipt of the articles of charge by the charged officer. [Sub Rule 4 in Rule 14 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965]

Question: What is the time limit for producing requisite documents claimed by charged officer during?
Answer: Sub rule (13) in Rule 14 provides for producing the documents or issue of non-availability certificate within a period of one month of the receipt of such requisition.

Question: What is the time period for the Presenting Officer to produce the evidence by which he proposes to prove the articles of charge if the Government Servant fails to appear within the specified time or refuses or omits to plead?
Answer: It is 30 days. [Sub rule (11) in Rule 14 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965]

Question: What is the time period for inspecting the documents produced by Presenting Officer for the purpose of preparing his defence?
Answer: Within five days of the order passed by Inquiring Authority, which can be further extended not exceeding 5 days. [Sub rule (11) (i) in Rule 14 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965]

Question: What is the notice period for production of any documents, which are in possession of Government but not mentioned in the list of documents served with the charge sheet but a request in this regard is made by the Charged Officer?
Answer: The Inquiring Authority can allow a time of 10 days for the purpose, which can further be extended by not exceeding 10 days. [Sub rule (11) (iii) in Rule 14 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965]

Question: What is the time limit provided for adjournment before close of the case for Presenting Officer to produce evidences not included in the list given to Charged officer or Inquiring Authority himself call for new evidence or recall and reexamine any witness?
Answer: Such adjournment is done for 3 clear days excluding the day of adjournment and the day to which the inquiry is adjourned. [Sub rule 15 in Rule 14 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965]

Question: What is the time limit for completing the inquiry and submit report by Inquiring Authority?
Answer: In terms of notification No G.S.R. 548 (E) dated 02.06.2017, the Inquiring Authority should conclude the inquiry and submit his report within 6 months from the date of receipt of order of his appointment. An additional time not exceeding six months for completing the inquiry can be allowed at a time on the basis of sufficient and good reasons, to be recorded in writing by Disciplinary Authority [Sub rule (24) in Rule 14 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965]

Question: Whether time limit of 6 months decided vide notification dated 02.06.2017 is also applicable to cases where Inquiring Authority was appointed prior to the 02.06.2017?
Answer: Yes. Ideally such cases should have been completed, as per the time limit prescribed in the said notification, if those cases are still pending, the period of six months for completing the inquiry can be reckoned w.e.f. 02.06.2017 and extension should be sought, if required.

Question: What is the time limit for furnishing written representation by charged officer on the advice of UPSC?
Answer: It is 15 days from the receipt of the copy of advice of UPSC by the charged officer. [Sub rule (3)(b) in Rule 15 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965]

Question: What is the time limit for sending proposal to CVC for first stage advice?
Answer: If vigilance angle is involved in any complaint, this case should be referred to CVC for their 1 st stage advice within one month of the receipt of investigation report. If vigilance angle is not involved, the case should be put up to disciplinary authority for taking a decision to initiate disciplinary action under CCS (CCA) Rules within one month from the date of receipt of investigation report. [DoP&T’s O.M. No. 425/04/2012-AVD-IV(A) dated 29.11.2012]

Question: What is the time limit to put up the case to Disciplinary Authority after receipt of first stage advice of CVC for taking a decision to initiate disciplinary proceeding?
Answer: Within one month of the receipt of first stage advice of CVC. [DoP&T’s O.M. No. 425/04/2012-AVD-IV(A) dated 29.11.2012]

Question: What is the time limit to issue a charge sheet to Charged Officer once a decision is taken by Disciplinary Authority to initiate disciplinary proceeding?
Answer: The charge sheet should be issued to Charged Officer within a week from the date of receipt of the decision of Disciplinary Authority. [DoP&T’s O.M.No.425/04/2012-AVD-IV(A) dated 29.11.2012]

Question: What is the time limit for seeking representation of Charged Officer on inquiry report and disagreement of Disciplinary Authority, if any on it?
Answer: The Charged Officer may be allowed 15 days to submit, if he so desires, his written representation or submission to the Disciplinary authority. [DoP&T’sO.M. No. 11012/13/85-Estt.(A) dated 29.06.1989]

Question: What is the time limit for seeking second stage advice of CVC, if required or to UPSC for their advice?
Answer: It should be sent to CVC or UPSC within one month from the date of receipt of representation of Charged Officer on Inquiry Report. (CVC’s circular No. 000NGL/18 datd 23.05.2000)

Question: What is the time limit for concluding major penalty proceeding?
Answer: It should be completed within 18 months from the date of issue of the charge sheet to Charged Officer. [DoP&T’s O.M. No. 372/3/2007-AVD-III (Vol.10) dated 14.10.2013]
Source:http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11012_09_2016-Estt-A-III-08122017.pdf

Classification of Posts under the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965.

F. No. 11012/ lO/2016-Estt.A-III 
Government of India  
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training 
Establishment A-III Desk

North Block, New Delhi - 110001 
Dated: 8th December, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Classification of Posts under the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Order No. 8.0. 3578 (E) dated 9.11.2017 regarding classification of civil posts under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965. As per this order, all civil posts except person serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department under the Union are classified as follows:-
S.No.
Description of Posts
Classification of posts
(1)
(2)
(3)
1
A Central Civil Post carrying the pay in the Pay Matrix at the Level from 10 to 18
Group A
2
A Central Civil Post carrying the pay in the Pay Matrix at the Level from 6 to 9
Group B
3
A Central Civil Post carrying the pay in the Pay Matrix at the Level from 1 to 5
Group C

2. In some Ministries/ Departments, posts may exist which are not classified as per the norms laid down by this Department. If, for any specific reason, a Ministry/ Department proposes to classify the posts differently, it would be necessary for that Department to send a specific proposal to Department of Personnel and Training giving full justification in support of  the proposal within three months of this O.M. so that the exception to the norms of classification laid down in 8.0. 3578 (E) dated 9.11.2017 (copy enclosed) can be notified.

3. H1nd1 version will follow.

(Nitin Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel: 23040264
Source:http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11012_10_2016-Estt-A-III-08122017.pdf
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Pre Budget Consultation – Trade unions view point on issues to be considered for framing budget for the year 2018-19

The Finance Minister held Pre Budget 2018 discussion with the representatives of central trade unions on 5th December 2018. Representatives of all the central trade unions attended the meeting. CITU was represented by its president Hemalata.

The meeting, as every year, appeared to be not more than a ritual. The ‘consultative meeting’ with the 12 trade unions that were called, lasted for around 1 hour. The trade union representatives were requested to give their opinions in 3-4 minutes. The trade unions were asked to express their concerns and suggestions related to the union budget within this time frame.

Ten central trade unions jointly presented their views in a note to the Finance Minister. In her intervention Hemalata reiterated that pre budget consultation with trade unions should not be treated as a mere ritual; the views of the trade unions representing the workers who produce the wealth should be given due place in the budget proposals. She also demanded that the Group of Ministers constituted under the chairmanship of the Finance Minister in 2015 to discuss the demands raised by the trade unions should continue discussions with them and resolve their demands. Instead of focussing on improving ‘ease of doing business’ to benefit the corporates, the government should focus on improving India’s position in ‘Global hunger index’ and closing down the ‘gender gap’ This should be done by increasing allocations for social sector including health and education, to the ICDS, National Health Mission, Midday Meal Programme etc that serve the poor, particularly women and children. ILC recommendations on recognising ‘scheme workers’ as ‘workers’, paying minimum wages to them etc should be implemented.

She also emphasised the point that the government should increase spending on social sectors like education and health and mobilise resources for this by taxing the rich who can pay. It should focus on employment generation increasing public expenditure on infrastructure. All vacant posts in various government departments including railways etc should be filled up by fresh recruitment. MGNREGA should be implemented in all rural areas and extended to urban areas.

INTUC            AITUC         HMS                    CITU            AIUTUC

TUCC           SEWA               AICCTU                 UTUC                LPF

Dated 05.12.2017

The Hon’ble Minister of Finance
Government of India
North Block,
New Delhi, 110 001

Sub:   Trade unions view point on issues to be considered for framing budget for the year 2018-19

Sir,

To start with, we urge you to take the views presented jointly by the trade unions and incorporate them in the budget proposals so that this meeting would be meaningful. We request you not to convert this meeting into a mere a ritual.

Please recall that the Group of Ministers headed by you had an inconclusive discussion with the trade unions on the 12 point charter of demands of the working people of the country, in August 2015. The GoM did not resume the discussions despite requests from the central trade unions. The discussion the Labour Minister held with the central trade unions on 7th November 2017 did not yield any results.

Hence, we feel compelled to reiterate our demands again and present our views as follows:

Increase budgetary allocations for social sector: The government should increase allocations on social sector and basic essential services like health, education, food security etc in the Union Budget. The necessary financial resources should be raised internally by taxing the rich who have the capacity to pay.

Effective measures against deliberate tax and loan repayment defaults: Effective and firm measures should be taken against deliberate tax default by the big business and corporate lobby to curtail the huge accumulation of unpaid taxes, which have been continuously increasing. Further, wilful default should be made a criminal offence, the list of wilful defaulters should be made public and stringent measures such as fast track Debt Recovery Tribunals should be implemented.

Minimum wage: Minimum wage fixed on the basis of the recommendations of the 15th Indian Labour Conference and the Supreme Court judgment in Raptakos & Brett case and linked to Consumer Price Index, should be guaranteed to all workers. The 7th Pay Commission has worked this to be Rs 18000 per month, which the government has accepted. Hence, the minimum wage should not be less than Rs 18000 per month, which has been the common demand of all the central trade unions. Need based minimum wage should be considered as an essential part of social security.

Resolve demands of the Government employees regarding 7th Pay Commission: All the pending demands of the Government employees in centre and states in regard to 7th pay commission be resolved within time frame including arrears of allowances with effect from 01.01.2016.  The autonomous bodies be included into for all the benefits of the 7th pay commission.

Price rise: The prices of essential commodities, particularly of food items have been spiralling making it impossible for the workers and other toiling people to meet their basic daily needs. Speculative forward trading and hoarding are major factors contributing to the price rise. The government should ban speculative forward trading in essential commodities, take strong measures to curtail hoarding and strengthen Public Distribution System, making it universal. Stop the system of cash transfer to beneficiaries’ accounts in lieu of PDS

Stop disinvestment and strategic sale of public sector units: The public sector has to be strengthened and expanded. Budgetary support should be provided for the revival of potentially viable sick public sector units. Strategic sale of the profit making PSUs, which is being resorted to at present should be stopped. The amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act, which pave the way for privatisation of the state – owned public transport system should be withdrawn.

Employment generation: Employment generation has nosedived in the recent period. Massive public investment in infrastructure, social sectors and agriculture would generate employment. The union budget should give priority and allocate the necessary funds for this. All vacant sanctioned posts in the different government departments, PSUs and autonomous institutions should be filled up through fresh recruitment. The ban on creation of new posts should be lifted. The practice of surrendering/ abolition of posts should be done away with.

Prevent dumping: The increasing import of industrial commodities including capital goods should be contained and regulated to prevent dumping. Protect and promote domestic industries. This will also help in preventing job losses

Extend MGNREGA: Expenditure on MGNREGA should be increased to cover all rural areas. Ensure immediate payment of wages to workers employed under MGNREGA. It should be amended to include the urban areas as well. The unanimous recommendation of 43rd ILC to extend the scheme to urban areas, guarantee employment for a minimum of 200 days with statutory minimum wage, should be implemented.

Contract and casual workers: No contract/casual workers should be deployed on jobs of perennial nature. The contract and casual workers doing the same and similar work as the permanent workers should be paid the same wages and benefits as paid to regular workers as directed by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in 2016.

FDI: The CTUs have been repeatedly demanding that FDI should not be allowed in crucial sectors like defence production, railways, financial sector, retail trade etc. But the government has persisted with this policy. Corporates with large NPAs are allowed to invest in sensitive sectors like defence. We reiterate the demands that FDI should not be allowed in the crucial sectors.

Defence: Privatisation of the defence sector should be stopped. The order outsourcing of the 143 items of the total 273 produced by the public sector ordinance factories should be withdrawn.

Scheme workers: Regularise the workforce employed in the various schemes of government of India including the ICDS, NHM, Midday Meal Programme, National Child Labour Project, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan etc. Till this is done, at least immediately implement the recommendation of the 45th ILC that these scheme workers should be recognised as ‘workers’, they should be paid minimum wages and provided social security benefits including pension. Increase budgetary allocations to these schemes and stop privatisation of these schemes in any form.

Domestic workers: The government should ratify the ILO Convention 189 and enact a central law and create support system for domestic workers.

Unorganised workers: Create a National Fund for Unorganised Workers to provide social security for all unorganised workers including contract, casual, migrant workers etc. Direct all state governments to frame rules under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act and allocate funds for developing street vending as livelihood model. Management of cess under the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board, Beedi Workers Welfare Board etc. should be made the responsibility of Ministry of Finance, which should ensure its proper collection, stoppage of evasion and utilisation.

Labour law reforms: Stop labour law amendments that curtail the basic and trade union rights of workers and provide unhindered ‘hire and fire’ facilities to the employers. The Code on Wages Bill, at present before the Standing Committee on Labour and on the draft Code on Industrial Relations Bill should be finalised on the basis of the opinions of the central trade unions expressed unanimously. No labour law amendment should be undertaken without the consent of the trade unions and workers who are the main stakeholders and the most affected.

EPF: The threshold limit for EPF scheme should be brought down to 10. Government and employers’ contribution should be increased to provide a minimum pension of Rs 3000 per month and make it sustainable. Stop investing EPF funds in share market. The Supreme Court has given a judgment and order for higher payment of pension under EPS – 95. This option should be made available for all workers covered under the said scheme.

Pension for all: Pension should be construed as deferred wage and all workers who are not covered by any pension scheme should be ensured a pension not less than Rs 3,000/- per month.

New Pension scheme: NPS should be withdrawn. All central and state government employees recruited on or after 1.1.2004 should be covered under the Old Pension Scheme.

Gratuity: Gratuity under the Payment of Gratuity Act should be raised to Rs 20 lakhs and 30 days wages instead of 15 days per completed year of service.

ADHAR: Government should not rush making ADHAR linking compulsory

Closed and sick factories: Ensure that workers of closed factories get their dues within a fixed time limit. Sudden winding up of the BIFR has left many stakeholders without a remedy. Rules for carrying out the provisions of the Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provisions) Repeal Act, 2003, should be framed immediately to facilitate them.

Income tax exemption: The ceiling for income tax for salaried persons and pensioners should be raised to Rs 5 lakh per year. Income Tax ceiling for senior citizens should be raised to Rs.8 lakhs. All perks and fringe benefits like housing, medical and educations facilities and running allowances in railways should be exempted from income tax net totally.

Political funding: Recently the government removed the limit on the amount companies can donate to political parties and the need to name the political party receiving the funds. This is far from the transparency promised in public life. The earlier regime should be restored.

Railways: Adequate financial resources should be allotted to the railways to ensure more effective, accessible and affordable transport to the common people, particularly the poor. The capabilities of public sector production units should be utilised fully, further developed and strengthened. No measure should be taken to privatise the railways. The measures to hand over the railway stations across the country to private players should be immediately stopped. Any property of railways should not be handed over to private sector through lease or sale.  The decision to allow 100% FDI in railways should be withdrawn. The pending expansion, track renewal, signals up gradation projects should be completed at the earliest. Adequate financial resources should be allocated to improve safety systems and ensure safe rail travel for the people. All the vacancies in the railways should be filled up. The long pending demands of the railway employees like enhancement of ceiling in respect of running allowance for tax exemption, housing scheme etc should be addressed positively.
To conclude:

We reiterate our strong opposition to the anti worker measures being undertaken by the government on the pretext of improving the ‘ease of doing business’, to benefit the employers, particularly the big corporates, domestic and foreign.

We once again urge upon the government to take concrete measures to resolve the 12 point charter of demands of the working people, being repeatedly raised by the central trade unions, as well as the pressing issues listed above.

We regret that none of the suggestions of the central trade unions, made in the earlier pre budget meetings were incorporated in the previous budgets. We hope that this would not be repeated yet again and the points raised by us will be given positive consideration while framing budget 2018-19.

With regards,

                                                Yours sincerely

INTUC                   AITUC           HMS             CITU                  AIUTUC

TUCC              SEWA                AICCTU              UTUC                 LPF

Source : Confederation

Enhancement of monetary allowance attached to Jangi Inam (a Pre Independence Gallantry Award).

No.7(62)/2014-D(AG)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

Sena Bhawan, New Delhi – 110 105
Dated the 4th December,2017
To
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief Of Navy Staff
The Chief Of Air Staff

Subject: Enhancement of monetary allowance attached to Jangi Inam (a Pre Independence Gallantry Award).
Sirs,
I am directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter No. 7(119)/2008-D(AG) dated 30th March, 2011 on the above subject and to convey the sanction of the President to the enhanced payment at the following rate to all categories of Jangi awardees and their legal heirs of World War I (Two lives) and World War II (one life only) with effect from 1st August, 2017.

Gallantry Award Existing rate of Monetary Allowance (Rupees Per month) Revised rate of Monetary Allowance (Rupees Per month)
Jangi Inam 500 1000

2. All other terms and conditions contained in this Ministry’s letter referred to above governing the grant of payment of this enhanced monetary allowance of ‘Jangi Inam’ will remain unchanged.

3. The expenditure incurred will be debitable to the relevant Heads of Defence Services Estimates .

4. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their U.O. No.7/67/E.III.A/98 dated 11th September, 2017.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(T.D. Prashanth Rao)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Filed Under:

Enhancement of monetary allowance attached to the Post-Independence Gallantry Awards.

No. 7(62)/2014-D(AG)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

Sena Bhawan, New Delhi - 110 105
Date the 4th December, 2017

To
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief of Navy Staff
The Chief of Air Staff

Subject: Enhancement of monetary allowance attached to the Post-Independence Gallantry Awards.
Sirs,
I am directed to refer to this Ministry's letter No. 7(119)/2008-D(AG) dated 30th  March, 2011 on the above subject and to convey the sanction of the President to the enhanced payment of monetary allowance at the following rates to all recipients, irrespective of rank and income, of the following Post-Independence gallantry awards, with effect from 1st August, 2017:-
Gallantry AwardsExisting rate of 
Monetary Allowance
(Rupees per month)
Revised rate of 
Monetary Allowance
(Rupees per month)
Param Vir Chakra (PVC)10,00020,000
Ashoka Chakra (AC)6,00012,000
Maha Vir Chakra (MVC)5,00010,000
Kirti Chakra (KC)4,5009,000
Vir Chakra (VrC)3,5007,000
Shaurya Chakra (SC)3,0006,000
Sena/Nao Sena/Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)1,0002,000

 2.  The allowance shall be admissible to the recipient of the award on his death to his widow lawfully married by a valid ceremony.  The widow will continue to receive the allowance until her death.  Ordinarily the widow who was first married shall receive the allowance but with the special sanction of the Government the allowance may be divided equally between the lawful widows of the recipient.

3.  When the award has been made posthumously to a bachelor, the monetary allowance shall be paid to his father or mother, and in case the Posthumous awardee was a widower, the allowance shall be paid to his son below 18 years or unmarried daughter as the case may be.

4.  Each bar to the decoration will carry the same amount of monetary allowance as admissible to the original award.

5.  The monthly monetary allowance will be paid in respect of all gallantry awards received by an individual.

6. Payments if any, already made for the period beyond the date of issue of this letter will be adjusted against the payment due under this letter.

7. The expenditure on this account will be debitable to the relevant Heads of the Defence Service Estimates.

8. This issues with concurrence of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their U.O. No. 7/67/E.III.A/98 dated 11th September, 2017.

Yours faithfully,

(T.D. Prashanth Rao)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: https://mod.gov.in/dod/sites/default/files/postgallantry.pdf

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Comprehensive transfer policy — exemption from 5 years service condition

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi-110055

No. II/14/Part VIII
Dated: 04/12/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Comprehensive transfer policy — exemption from 5 years service condition-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 18/2016 and ATS given to Federation on 13th November,2017.

(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-2005/TR/20 dated 10/02/2017.

(iii) NFIR’s letter No. II/14/Part VII dated 21′ Feb, 2017, 23/02/2017 and 12/04/2017.

(iv) NFIR’s letter No. II/14/Part VIII dated 15/05/2017.

Kind attention of the Railway Board is invited to NFIR’s PNM Item No. 18/2016 on the subject and Board’s letter dated 10/02/2017 wherein relaxation in five years service condition has been granted in certain situations.

Consequent to receipt of representations from the Defence Forces Personnel re-employed in Railways and the widows/widowers appointed on compassionate ground seeking relaxation of five years minimum service condition, Federation vide letters cited under reference had approached the Hon’ble MR and sought approval for exemption from 5 years service condition to enable those re-employed ex-servicemen and widows/widowers to seek inter railway transfer to join their families and look after children. Thereafter a period of more than six months has passed this genuine demand has not been favourably considered. It is also sad to note that negative stand has been taken by Board while conveying “ATS” to the Federation without discussing the PNM Item. Attention is also invited to the General Manager (E), Western Railway’s letter No. EP/1140/0 Vol. IV dated 02/08/2017 to Railway Board on the subject.

NFIR once again urges upon the Railway Board to kindly review extant instructions and issue revised instructions for exempting 5 years minimum service condition for entertaining inter railway transfer requests of ex-servicemen re-employed in Railways and also the widows/widowers/wards of Railway employees appointed on compassionate ground. Federation also proposes that a separate meeting be convened at the level of “Member Staff’ to discuss this PNM Item.

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr.M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR