Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Railway employees.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

S.No.PC-VII / 24
No. E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-7
RBE No. 71 / 2017
New Delhi, dated 19.07.2017.

The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways & Prod. Units etc,

Sub:- Decision of the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Railway employees.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to House Rent Allowance (HRA), the President is pleased to decide that, in modification of Railway Board’s letter No. PC-65/HRA-1/3 dated 21.7.1965 as amended from time to time, letter No. E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-10 dated 12.09.2008 and letter No. E(P&A)II-2015/HRA-7 dated 24.09.2015, the admissibility of HRA shall be as under:-
Classification of Cities/TownsRate of House Rent Allowance per month as a percentage of Basic pay only
X24%
Y16%
Z8%

2.The rates of HRA will not be less than 5400/-, 3600/- and 1800/- at `X’, ‘Y’ & ‘Z’ class cities respectively.


3.The rates of HRA will be revised to 27%, 18% and 9% for ‘X’, ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ class cities respectively when Dearness Allowance (DA) crosses 25% and further revised to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 50%.

4.The term “basic pay” in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed pay levels in the Pay Matrix and does not include Non-Practising Allowance (NPA) etc. or any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

5.In the case of running staff HRA will continue to be calculated on the basic pay plus 30% pay element till further orders.

6.The list of cities classified as ‘X’, ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ issued vide Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2015/HRA-7 dated 24.09.2015, for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance is enclosed as Annexure to these orders.

7.Special orders on continuance of HRA at Delhi (‘X’ class city) rates to railway employees posted at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, NOIDA and Gurgaon, at Jalandhar (`Y’ class city) rates to Jalandhar Cantt., at ‘Y’ class city rates to Shillong, Goa & Port Blair and HRA at par with Chandigarh (`Y’ class city) to Panchkula which have been allowed to continue vide Para ‘4’ of this Ministry’s letter No. E(P&A) II-2015/HRA-7 dated 24.09.2015 and S.A.S Nagar (Mohali) at par with Chandigarh (‘Y’ class city) vide Ministry’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2015/HRA-7 dated 12.05.2017, shall continue till further orders.

8.All other conditions governing grant of HRA under existing orders shall continue to  apply.

9.These order shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

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

DA: One (Two pages)

Sd/-
(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Deputy Director/E(P&A)II,
Railway Board.

ANNEXURE
To Board's letter no. E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-7 dt. 19.07.2017

LIST OF CITIES/TOWNS CLASSIFIED FOR GRANT OFHOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE TO RAILWAY EMPLOYEES
SI.No.STATES/UNION TERRITORISCITIES CLASSIFIED AS "X"CITIES CLASSFIED AS "Y"
1ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS
2ANDHRA PRADESH / TELANGANAHyderabad (UA)Vijayawada (UA), Warangal (UA), Greater Visakhapatnam (M.Corpn.), Guntur (UA), Nellore (UA).
3ARUNACHAL PRADESH----
4ASSAM----Guwahati (UA).
5BIHAR----Patna (UA).
6CHANDIGARHChandigarh (UA).
7CHATTISGARH----Durg-Bhilai Nagar (UA), Raipur (UA)
8DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI--------
9DAMAN & DIU--------
10DELHIDelhi (UA)----
11GOA--------
12GUJARATAhmadabad (UA)Rajkot (UA), Jamnagar (UA), Bhavnagar (UA), Vadodara (UA), Surat (UA).
13HARYANAFaridabad* (M. Corpn.), Gurgaon*(UA).
14HIMACHAL PRADESH--------
15JAMMU & KASHMIR----Srinagar (UA), Jammu (UA).
16JHARKHAND----Jamshedpur (UA), Dhanbad (UA), Ranchi (UA), Bokaro Steel City (UA).
17KARNATAKABangalore/Bengaluru(UA)Belgaum (UA), Hubli-Dharwad (M.Corpn.), Mangalore (UA), Mysore (UA), Gulbarga (UA).
18KERALA----Kozhikode (UA), Kochi (UA), Thiruvanathapuram (UA), Thrissur (UA), Malappuram (UA), Kannur (UA), Kollam (UA).
19LAKSHADWEEP--------
20MADHYA PRADESH----Gwalior (UA), Indore(UA), Bhopal (UA), Jabalpur (UA), Ujjain (M. Corpn).
21MAHARASHTRAGreater Mumbai (UA), Pune (UA).Amravati (M.Corpn.), Nagpur (UA), Aurangabad (UA), Nashik (UA), Bhiwandi (UA), Solapur (M. Corpn.), Kolhapur (UA), Vasai- Virar City (M.Corpn.), Malegaon (UA), Nanded-Waghala (M. Corpn.), Sangli (UA).
22MANIPUR--------
23MEGHALAYA--------
24MIZORAM--------
25NAGALAND--------
26ODISHA----Cuttack (UA), Bhubaneswar (UA), Raurkela (UA).
27PUDUCHERRY----Puducherry/Pondicherry (UA).
(PONDICHERRY)
28PUNJAB----Amritsar (UA), Jalandhar (UA),
Ludhiana (M.Coprn).
29RAJASTHAN----Bikaner (M. Corpn.), Jaipur (M. Corpn.), Jodhpur (UA), Kota (M.Corpn.), Ajmer (UA).
30SIKKIM--------
31TAMIL NADUChennai (UA)Salem (VA), Tiruppur (UA), Coimbatore (UA), Tiruchirappalli (UA), Madurai (UA), Erode (UA).
32TRIPURA--------
33UTTAR PRADESH----Moradabad (M. Corpn.), Meerut (UA), Ghaziabad*(UA), Aligarh (UA), Agra (UA), Bareilly (UA), Lucknow (UA), Kanpur (VA), Allahabad (UA), Gorakhpur (UA), Varanasi (UA), Saharanpur (M. Corpn.), Noida* (CT), Firozabad (NPP), Jhansi (UA).
34UTTARAKHAND----Dehradun (VA).
35WEST BENGALKolkata (UA)Asansol (UA), Siliguri (UA), Durgapur(UA).

*Only for the purpose of extending FIRA on the basis of dependency.

NOTE      The remaining cities/towns in various States/UTs which are not covered by classification as "X"or "Y", are classified as "Z" for the purpose of HRA

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/E(P%26A)/2017/RBE_71-2017.pdf

Revision of flat rate of licence fee for General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) throughout the country

No. 18011/2/2015-Pol.III
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 
Dated:19 July, 2017 


OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject: Revision of flat rate of licence fee for General Pool Residential  Accommodation (GPRA) throughout the country

In terms of the provisions of the Rule 74 of the "Central Government General Pool Residential Accommodation Rules. 2017, the Government has decided to revise the flat rates of licence fee recoverable for the residential accommodation available in General Pool and also in Departmental Pools of Ministries/Departments of the Government of India throughout the Country (except in respect of substandard/unclassified accommodation of Ministry of Defence, accommodation for service personnel of the Ministry of Defence and accommodation under the control of Ministry of Railways), as shown in the Annexure.

2 The revised rates of licence fee would be effective from 1st July, 2017. All Ministries/Departments are requested to take action to recover the revised licence fee in accordance with these orders in respect of accommodation under their control all over the country.

3 This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing of the Ministry of Urban Development vide Note dated 6/7/2017.

Sd/-
(Swarnal Banerjee) 
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy) 

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EMPLOYEES RETIRED AND APPOINTED

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-587
ANSWERED ON-20.07.2017

EMPLOYEES RETIRED AND APPOINTED

587. SHRI NARAYAN LAL PANCHARIYA:
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:

(a) the number of Central Government employees who retired during the last three years, group-wise;

(b) the number of employees appointed during that period against the vacancies caused due to retirement, etc.;

(c) the number of employees who have been retired compulsorily during that period, group-wise; and


(d) the present position regarding vacant posts in the Central Government?

ANSWER

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a): Centralized data regarding employees who retired during last three years is not maintained.

(b): Vacancies caused due to retirement, death, promotion etc. are required to be filled following provisions of Recruitment Rules for the post. The number of direct recruitments made by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) during the last three years is as per table below:

YearNumber of candidates recommended by UPSCNumber of candidates recommended by SSC
Recruitment by ExaminationDirect Recruitment by SelectionAll India Competitive ExaminationSelection posts
2014-155969230357542524
2015-165659120724604534
2016-174612112368496384

(c): Information on premature retirement in respect of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), which is not in the form of penalty, in terms of Rule 16(3) of All India Services (Death Cum Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958 in the past three years are as follows:
YearNumber
2014Nil
2015Nil
20161
Penalty of Compulsory Retirement upon completion of Departmental Proceeding in terms of the All India Services (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1969 has been imposed against one IAS officer in the year 2015. In respect of Central Services, as per the information made available by various Ministries/Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities, provisions under FR 56(j)/similar provisions have been invoked/recommended in case of 30 Group ‘A’ officers and 103 Group ‘B’ officers, till May, 2017. (d): As per the Annual Report on Pay and Allowances of Central Government Civilian Employees 2015-16 as on 1.3.2015, published by Pay Research Unit, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, the number of vacant posts in position in various Ministries/Departments is 4,20,547 out of total sanctioned strength of 36,49,468.

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 926
ANSWERED ON: 21.07.2017

Classification of Cities

SAUGATA ROY
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) the details of the criteria followed for the classification of cities into various categories to consider for the HRA of Central Government employees;

(b) whether this classification will be mandatory for all Central Government assistance in future to the cities of the country;

(c) if so, the details thereof; and

(d) whether the Union Government sought the opinions of the concerned State Governments in this regard and if so, the details thereof ?

ANSWER

(a) For the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance to Central Government employees, cities are classified on the basis of population criteria. For this classification, the population within the Urban Agglomeration area of a city as per the latest published final decennial Census Report, is taken into consideration.

(b) & (c) No, sir. This classification of cities is only for the purpose of grant of HRA to Central Government employees.

(d) No, sir.
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Source:LOK SABHA

Disparity in payment of wages in PSEs

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEAVY INDUSTRIES AND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-365
ANSWERED ON-19.07.2017

Disparity in payment of wages in PSEs

365 . Dr. Satyanarayan Jatiya

(a) the category-wise number of regular and contractual employees in each enterprise in the Public Sector and the quantum of difference in their salaries / wages and the reasons therefor; and

(b) the measures taken to remove disparity in payment of wages?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR HEAVY INDUSTRIES AND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES
(SHRI BABUL SUPRIYO)

(a) and (b): The details of category-wise regular (Managerial / Executives, Supervisory, non-executives) and contractual employees of Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSEs) are given in Statement No. 22 (from Page No. S-145 to S-152) in Volume-I of Public Enterprises Survey 2015-16 that was laid in the Parliament on 21.03.2017. The information of salary & wages of the contractual employees is not maintained separately in Department of Public Enterprises. However, the total quantum of expenditure on salary & wages of all employees of CPSEs during the year 2015-16 was Rs. 1,28,263 crore. As per information available from Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), the instructions regarding equal pay admissible to casual workers already exists in terms of DoPT O.M.. No. 49014/2/86 Estt. (c) dated 07.06.1988. Further, CPSEs are under the administrative control of their respective Ministries / Departments and CPSEs are required to follow the various statutory Provisions / Court orders / Government instructions including instructions on wage related issues of various categories of employees, wherever applicable. However, the responsibility to monitor the implementation of above said statutory Provisions / Court orders / Government instructions vests with the Board of CPSEs and the concerned administrative Ministry / Department.

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Reservation for sportspersons in services

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-588
ANSWERED ON-20.07.2017

Reservation for sportspersons in services

588 . Shri Parimal Nathwani

(a) whether Government has made any provision for reservation for meritorious sportspersons in various posts in Government departments and if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether Government has issued any guidelines for recruitment under the said quota by the authorities concerned and also proposes to increase the quota and if so, the details thereof;

(c) the number of sportspersons recruited from Jharkhand and Gujarat during the last three years in various Government departments; and

(d) the steps being taken to give due emphasis in recruiting sportspersons of all sports disciplines while filling up of reserved posts?

ANSWER

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office.(DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a): Yes, Sir. As per extant instructions Ministries and Departments can recruit meritorious sportspersons to Group ‘C’ posts under the Government of India up to 5% of the vacancies in any year subject to the condition that these including all other reservations do not exceed 50% of the total number of vacancies proposed to be filled up by direct recruitment.

(b): Consolidated instructions on incentives for sportspersons including recruitment under sports quota have been issued vide Department of Personnel and Training’s OM No 14034/01/2013-Estt.(D) dated 3rd October 2013. At present no proposal to increase the quota is under consideration of the Government.

(c): Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) lays down the policy for recruitment of meritorious sportspersons which is implemented by the administrative Ministries/Departments. The details regarding number of sportspersons recruited by various Ministries/Departments are not centrally maintained.

(d): As per extant instructions 43 sports disciplines have been identified for appointment of meritorious sportspersons. These instructions inter alia provide relaxation in upper age limit upto a maximum of 5 years (10 years in case of those belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) for the recruitment of meritorious sportspersons to Group ‘C’ posts. Government servants with medal winning performance in specified sports events are also eligible for out of turn promotion.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

7th CPC (Pay Commission): Government Saved Rs 40,000 crore by Delaying Allowances Roll-out, Says Report

The report further claimed that the government used delaying tactics to save government's money not to pay arrears of allowances on the pretext of formation of 'Committee on Allowances'.

New Delhi, July 23: The Union Government recently accepted recommendations on higher allowances under 7th Pay Commission after which a large number of Central Government employees got hiked salaries. But some reports suggest that the government saved Rs 40,000 crore by the delay in the implementation of allowances.

According to The Sen Times, the delay in the implementation of allowances is chiefly because of the financial gains of the government while financial condition of the government is very sound. The report further said that the delay in the implementation of allowances has saved Rs 40,000 crore of Union Government.

The report further claimed that the government used delaying tactics to save government’s money not to pay arrears of allowances on the pretext of formation of ‘Committee on Allowances’ in June 2016, for examination of allowances as the 7th Pay Commission had the recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 other allowances out of 196.

The Union Government last month accepted few of the demands of Central Government employees over hike in allowance under the 7th Pay Commission but some reports suggest that a large fraction of employees are unhappy with the centre’s decision.

The employees union said that there is a widespread resentment against the “meagre” allowances hike implemented under the 7th Pay Commission and not get the arrears of the allowances. The Sen Times report further said that the government employees are annoyed with PM Modi government as a large number of central government employees were eagerly waiting for their allowances since last 18 months but they got deeply annoyed when they saw a little hike without any arrears.

Last month Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the Union Cabinet stuck with the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on allowances and gave nod accordingly. The Narendra Modi government’s major contention is on the House Rent Allowance (HRA), which the unions demanded at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent of basic pay with arrears.

The ‘Committee on Allowances’ headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa submitted its final report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on April 27 and the Union Cabinet approved the recommendation on June 28, which came into effect from this month.

The committee led by Justice AK Mathur on 7th Pay Commission had submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in November 2015.

Read at:http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-cpc-pay-commission-government-saved-rs-40000-crore-by-delaying-allowances-roll-out-says-report-2343668/

SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY WITH BSNL EMPLOYEES STRIKE

Confederation National Secretariat calls upon all affiliated organisations and COCs to conduct demonstrations in front of BSNL offices extending support and solidarity to the BSNL Employees who are conducting nationwide strike on 27th July 2017 demanding wage revision from 01.01.2017. the Central Govt. Cabinet has approved the recommendations of 3rd Pay Revision  Committee (PRC) Report of Central Public Sector undertakings, according to the affordability clause recommended by the 3rd PRC employees of loss making PSUs like BSNL are not eligible for wage revision.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Mob & WhatsApp: 09447068125
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

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MEETING WITH SENIOR OFFICERS COMMITTEE-CONFEDERATION

As notified earlier, the meeting with the senior officers Committee was held on 21.07.2017. The Committee was represented by Additional Secretary, Expenditure (Chairman), Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell), Joint Secretary (Personnel) and Joint Secretary (DOP&T). Staff Side was represented by all 13 Members, Standing Committee, National Council JCM.

Eventhough no specific agenda was notified, the staff side expected that the Committee will hold serious discussion on the demand of Increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula as assured by group of Ministers on 30.06.2016. But the Committee just briefed the decision of the Govt. on Allowances. Staff side raised the issue of Minimum Pay and fitment formula and demanded an early decision as per the assurance given by the Cabinet Ministers. Along with that staff side also raised various issues arising out of implementation of govt. decisions on allowances. As usual the meeting ended without any positive outcome.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Mob & WhatsApp: 09447068125
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

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Extension of CGHS facilities to the pensioners of post and Telegraph Department

No.S-11016/2/2015-CGHS(P)EHS 
Government of India 
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 
Deprtment of Health & Family Welfare 
CGHS(P)/EHS

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110 011 
Dated the 19th July, 2017 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Extension of CGHS facilities to the pensioners of post and Telegraph Department

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned to draw attention to the Office Memorandum No. S-11011/46/95 -CGHS D-II/CGHS(P) dated 1st August 1996 and to state that it has now been decided to revoke the OM dated 1.8.1996, in compliance of the orders of Hon’able Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam Bench dated 12th July 2005 in O.A.No 563/2004 and 590/2004 and Order dated 01.06.2017 in C.P./180/21/2017 arising out of OA No. 180/563/2004 between Central Government Pensioners Association (Kerala) and Ors. Vs UOI & Others.

2. The retired employees of Post and Telegraph Department shall hereinafter, be entitled to the CGHS facility, irrespective of whether they were members of CGHS prior to retirement or not, subject to the payment of prevalent subscription for availing themselves of this facility as per rules in the case of other Central Government pensioners.

3. This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.

(Sunil Kumar Gupta) 
Under Secretary to Government of India 

Source:http://cghs.gov.in/showfile.php?lid=4715
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