Sunday, November 30, 2014

LTC Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit J&K.

No. 31011/ 7/ 2014-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: 28th November, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 —Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit J&K.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014- Estt.(A-IV) dated 26th September, 2014. It has been decided that the Government servants while availing Leave Travel Concession (LTC) to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) under the special dispensation scheme allowed by the aforesaid O.M. may also travel by private airlines subject to the following conditions:-

(i) Officers entitled to travel by air may also travel by private airlines from their headquarters;

(ii) Officers not entitled to travel by air may be permitted to travel by private airlines between Delhi /Amritsar and any place in J&K.

2. Air travel by private airlines is to be performed in Economy Class only an at LTC- 80 fare of Air India or less.

3. Air Tickets to be purchased directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’ (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT’s O.M. No. 31011/6/2002-Est (A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey. Booking of tickets through other agencies is not permitted.

4. All other conditions prescribed in this Ministry’s Q.M. No. 31011/3/2014-Estt(A- IV) dated 26.09.2014 would continue to apply.

5. The order will remain in force for a period of one year from the date of issue of this order.

(B. Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/31011_7_2014-Estt.A-IV-28112014.pdf

Alignment of Service Rules with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace -DOPT

No. 11013/2/2014 Estt (A.III)
Government of india
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 27th November 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Alignment of Service Rules with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013.

The undersigned is directed to say that the ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act. 2013’ {SHWW (PPR) Act} has been promulgated on 22nd April 2013. Further to the Act, the ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention. Prohibition and Redressal) Rules, 2013‘ were notified on 9.12.2013. The Act and the Rules framed thereunder provide a redressal mechanism for handling cases of sexual harassment at workplace. The Act and Rules are available at the website of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (wcd.nic.in) under Legislation/Acts.

2. The CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and CCS (CCA) Rules,1965 have been amended vide Notifications of even number published as G.S.R. 823(E2 and G.S.R.822(E) in the Gazette of India - Extraordinary dated 19-11-2014. These are available on this Department’s website www.persmin.gov.in

3. So far as Central Government employees are concerned, provisions already exist in the CCS (Conduct) Rules 1964 defining sexual harassment. Further, the proviso to Rule 14(2) of the 008 (CCA) Rules 1965 provides that the complaints committee established in each Ministry or Department or office enquiring into such complaints shall be deemed to be the inquiring authority appointed by the disciplinary authority and the committee shall hold the inquiry so far as practicable in accordance with the procedure laid down in those rules. Similar provisions exist in the relevant service rules of the Central Government servants not governed by CCS (Conduct) Rules / CCS (CCA) Rules.

4. Sexual harassment as defined rule 3-0 of Co8 (Conduct) Rules,1964 in has been amended vide Notification of even number dated 19-11-2014 (copy enclosed). The amended rule is as follows:

"Rule 3C - Prohibition of sexual harassment of working women (1) No Government servant shall indulge in any act of sexual harassment of any woman at any work place.

(2) Every Government servant who is incharge of a work place shall take appropriate steps to prevent sexual harassment to any woman at such work place.

Explanation- 1 For the purpose of this rule,
(a) "sexual harassment" includes any one or more of the following acts or behaviour, (whether directly or by implication), namely:-
(i) physical contact and advances; or
(ii) demand or request for sexual favours; or
(iii)sexually coloured remarks; or
(iv)showing any pornography; or
(v) any other unwelcome physical, verbal, non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature.

(b) The following circumstances. among other circumstances. if it occurs or is present in relation to or connected with any act or behaviour of sexual harassment may amount to sexual harassment
(i) implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment in employment; or
(ii) implied or explicit threat of detrimental treatment in employment ; or
(iii) implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment status; or
(iv) interference with her work or creating an intimidating or offensive or
hostile work environment for her; or
(v) humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety.

(c) "workplace" includes,
(i) any department, organisation, undertaking. establishment, enterprise, institution, office, branch or unit which is established, owned, controlled or wholly or substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirectly by the Central Government;
(ii) hospitals or nursing homes;
(iii) any sports institute, stadium, sports complex or competition or games venue, whether residential or not used for training. sports or other activities relating thereto;
(iv) any place visited by the employee arising out of or during the course of employment including transportation provided by the employer for undertaking such journey;
(v) a dwelling place or a house."

5. All Ministries/Departments are advised that the following procedure may be adopted while dealing with complaints of sexual harassment:-

(i) Sexual harassment will include any one or more of the Acts or behaviour defined in Rule 3-C of the 003 (Conduct) Rules 1964 read with See 3(2) of SHWW (PPR) Act.
(ii) The Committee constituted in each Mlnistry/ Department/ office under the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 shall inquire into complaints of sexual harassment in accordance with the provisions of Section 4 of the SHWW(PPR) Act.
(iii) The Committee will as far as practicable follow the procedures prescribed in CCS (CCA) Rules 1965 for conduct of the inquiry.
(iv) If any complaint is received directly by the committee, the same shall be referred to the appropriate disciplinary authority and the Committee shall inquire into the complaint on the complaint being referred to it by the disciplinary authority.

6. In addition, the Committee will have the powers to recommend to the employer:-

a) to transfer the aggrieved woman or the charged officer to any other workplace; or

b) to grant leave to the aggrieved woman up to a period of three months. (The leave granted to the aggrieved woman under this section shall be in addition to the leave she would be otherwise entitled to.)

c) to grant such other relief to the aggrieved woman as may be prescribed; or

d) to deduct from the salary or wages of the charged officer such sum as it may consider appropriate to be paid to the aggrieved woman or to her legal heirs.  Any amount outstanding at the time of cessation of the services of the charged officer due to retirement, death or otherwise may be recovered from the terminal benefits payable to the officer or his heirs. Such compensation will not amount to penalty under Rule 11 of 008 (CCA) Rules in terms of the Explanation (ix) to Rule 11 inserted vide Notification of even Number dated 19-11-2014.

7. it may also be noted that the Committee may recommend action to be taken against the person who has made a complaint, if the Committee arrives at the conclusion that the allegation is malicious or the aggrieved woman or the person making the complaint has made the complaint knowing it to be false or has produced any forged or misleading document. The Committee may also recommend action against any witness if it comes to the conclusion that such witness has given false evidence or produced any forged or misleading document.

8. Attention is also invited to the following provisions of SHWW (PPR) Act:
Sec 16 & 17 : Prohibition of publication or making known contents of complaint, inquiry proceedings and recommendations of the Committee.
Sec 19 : Duties of employer. This may be read with provisions of Rule 3(C) (2) of 008 (Conduct) Rules.
Sec 21, 22 of SHWW(PPR) Act and Rule 14 of the SHWW (PPR) Rules Annual Reports

9. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the contents of this OM to the notice of all officers and staff working under them. The Ministries/ Departments are also requested to advise the PSEs/ Autonomous Bodies under their administrative control to align their service rules with the SHVWV (PPR) Act/ Rules.

sd/-
(Mamta Kundra)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

See further:

Complaint of Sexual Harassment: CCS (CCA) Third Amendment Rules, 2014

Sexual Harassment at workplace: Amendment in Conduct Rules

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
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Acquitted employee entitled to full pay for suspension: CAT

After an acquittal, an employee is entitled to full pay and allowances from his employer and the grounds of acquittal have no bearing on the matter, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has ruled.

Aggrieved by the decision of telecom department to withhold his full pay and allowances on the plea that his acquittal was “on the benefit of doubt”, Mohinder Singh (61), a resident of Abohar, had moved the CAT seeking directions to treat his period of suspension of four years as “period spent on duty” thus entitling him to full pay and allowances.

Singh, before superannuation from BSNL on January 31, 2010 was employed in telephone exchange, Abohar, and had been suspended from December 12, 2002 to March 2, 2006 owing to pending graft case against him for allegedly demanding bribe for installing a telephone connection. He was acquitted in November 2005 as the prosecution failed to prove the allegations against him.

Following acquittal, his suspension was revoked and Singh joined duty.

In this case, the CAT has ordered the telecom department to grant full pay and allowance to Singh with 9% interest.

However, following the order of disciplinary authority of the department on December 8, 2011,

Mohinder’s period of suspension was treated as period “not spent on duty” because his acquittal was based on “benefit of doubt” and “not on merits”.

The appellant authority dismissed Singh’s appeal following which he moved the tribunal.

Singh had sought quashing of the order and treating suspension as a period spent on duty and that he be granted full pay and allowances terming the order of the department as “misplaced”.

He had challenged the order of general manager telecom Punjab circle Ferozepure, chief general manager telecom and BSNL depriving him of full pay and allowances.

Agreeing with the contentions of Mohinder’s counsel Vikas Chatrath, the tribunal accepted, “An acquittal whether on benefit of doubt or otherwise should lead to the same consequences. Therefore, the applicant is entitled to full pay and allowances for period of suspension ordered only because of the criminal case.”

Source:http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/chandigarh/acquitted-employee-entitled-to-full-pay-for-suspension-cat/article1-1290616.aspx

CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES EXPECTED DEARNESS ALLOWANCE(DA) FROM THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2015

AS PER THE CALCULATION CENTRAL EMPLOYEES MAY GET 6% ADDITIONAL  DA FROM JANUARY 2015.TWO MORE AICPIN  YET TO COME TO REACH THE  FINAL SHAPE.


No. 5/1/2014- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
‘CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004

DATED: the 28th November, 2014

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-1W) - October, 2014

The All-India CPI-1W for October, 2014 remained stationary at 253 (two hundred and fifty three). On l-month percentage change, it remained static between September, 2014 and October, 2014 when compared with the rise of 1.26 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Miscellaneous group contributing (+) 0.28 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Potato, Green Coriander Leaves, Lemon, Guava, Tea (Readymade), Snack Saltish, Cigarette, Firewood, Primary & Secondary School Fee, Private Tuition Fee, Toilet Soap, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Coconut Oil, Onion, Apple, Banana, Cauliflower, Gowar Phali, Tomato, Sugar, Medicine (Allopathic), Petrol, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-1W stood at 4.98 per cent for October, 2014 as compared to 6.30 per cent for the previous month and 11.06 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 4.48 per cent against 6.46 per cent of the previous month and 15.02 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Munger Jamalpur reported an increase of 12 points followed by  Goa (11 points), Srinagar (7 points), Giridih and Sholapur (5 points each) and Coonoor (4 points). Among others, 3 points rise was observed in 10 centres, 2 points in 9 centres and 1 point in 5 centres. On the contrary, Chhindwara recorded a decrease of 5 points. Among others, 3 points fall was registered in S centres, 2 points in 5 centres and 1 point in 16 centres. Rest ofthe 21 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 37 centres are above and other 41 centres’ indices are below national average.

The next index of CPI-1W for the month of November, 2014 will be released on Wednesday, 31 December, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website www. labourbureau.gov.in.

(S.S. NEGI)
DIRECTOR

Source:http://labourbureau.nic.in/press_note_IW_eng_Nov_2014.pdf

Friday, November 28, 2014

7th Pay Commission's visit to Jodhpur

The Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Jodhpur from 12th to 15th December, 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of reference of the Commission to present their views.
Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in. The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail.
The last date for receiving request for meeting is 8th December 2014 (1700 hours).

Source:http://7cpc.india.gov.in/news07.html

REDUCING CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT AGE FROM 60 TO 58-FINANCIAL EXPRESS

Age before duty: Babus to retire at 58 instead of 60

The move that comes at a time when the Seventh Pay Commission is mulling another sharp boost to the pay structure of the Centre’s 5-million-strong workforce is also aimed at creating the requisite space for lateral entry of technically qualified professionals into the government, official sources told FE.

The retirement age was last revised in 1998, when the then NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee raised it from 58 to 60 years. The last UPA government had reportedly considered enhancing the retirement age further to 62 just before the general elections, but dropped the move.

The superannuation age was increased from 55 to 58 way back in 1962.

The total wage and salaries bill of the central government, excluding PSUs but including the railways, rose sharply between 2008 and 2010 due to the revised pay scales (along with payment of arrears) implemented as per the Sixth Pay Commission’s proposals.

The wage bill rose from Rs 1.09 lakh crore in 2007-08 to Rs 1.4 lakh crore in 2008-09, and further to Rs 1.7 lakh crore in 2009-10, before the growth moderated to Rs 1.84 lakh crore in 2010-11. The government spent Rs 2.54 lakh crore in wages and salaries in 2013-14. The railways (with 1.4 million employees), defence (civil), home affairs, India Post and revenue account for more than 80% of the total spending of the Centre on pays and allowances.

Thanks to successive pay commissions, the salaries and other emoluments of government employees have, on average, more than doubled in every decade since independence even though lack of sufficient performance incentives is still considered to be a drawback.

A merger of 50% of the dearness allowance with the basic salary, likely to be part of the Seventh Pay Commission’s award, which is to implemented from 2016, is expected to hike the Centre’s wage bill by a third and strain its fiscal situation. In February this year, the government hiked DA to 100%, from 90%, benefiting both its employees and 3 million pensioners.

The Centre’s expenditure on pension stood at Rs 74,076 crore in 2013-14 and the estimate for the current fiscal is Rs 81,983 crore. However, growth in the outgo on pension is expected to moderate due to the National Pension System based on the concept of defined contribution, launched in January 2004. The NPS has been accepted by large sections of central government employees and most state governments have shifted their employees to the new system.

According to Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at CARE Ratings, reducing the retirement age will give the government an opportunity to outsource more jobs, including by bringing in people as temporary consultants, who will then have to be paid only a fixed salary but not pension or provident fund. Their salary component will then show up as administrative costs, rather than as wage bill.

The finance ministry is weighing the pros and cons of the proposal to cut the retirement age. The move, sources said, is also in line with the BJP’s manifesto, which had promised to rationalise and converge ministries, departments and other arms of the government, open up government to draw expertise from industry, academia and society and tap the services of the youth in particular to contribute to governance.

Source:http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/jobs/age-before-duty-babus-to-retire-at-58-instead-of-60/

Reservation for disabled

The Central Government administers the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. State Governments are, however, mainly responsible for implementation of the provisions of the Act. They have been advised to take measures for implementation of the Act in true spirit from time to time.

The High Court of judicature at Bombay in PIL No. 106 No. 2010 titled National Confederation for the Development of Disabled Vs. UOI in its judgment dated 04.12.2013 held that the benefits of reservation to persons with disabilities in the matter of promotion to posts in the Indian Administrative Services should be applicable w.e.f. 29.12.2005, the date on which the consolidated instructions for persons with disabilities were issued. The Government filed an SLP against this Judgment in the Supreme Court, which was dismissed on 12.09.2014.

As the implementation of the judgment of the High Court of Bombay has administratively wider ramifications, the Government (Department of Personnel & Training) has filed a review petition before High Court of Bombay. The matter is subjudice.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

Source:pib

Upgradation of Railways’ E-Ticketing System

In order to improve the efficiency of the website for booking of e-tickets, a new State-of-the-Art Data Centre has been set up by Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation. Further, the e-ticketing system has been upgraded with the launch of the NextGeneration E-ticketing System (NGeT). This new e-ticketing system has an enhanced capacity of booking 7200 tickets in a minute as against the capacity of 2000 tickets per minute of the old system. In the new system 1,20,000 concurrent users can login at a time and simultaneously book e-tickets against the earlier capacity of 40,000 concurrent users at a time.

However, some instances of unsuccessful transactions have been reported on account of reasons such as non-availability of the choice of berth, network failure at the bank’s end, etc. All such cases are examined and necessary remedial action is taken.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Source:pib

Committee on Restructuring of Railways

Ministry of Railways have constituted a committee on 22.09.2014 with a tenure of one year for “Mobilization of resources for major Railway projects and Re-structuring of Railways, Ministry & Railway Board” under the chairmanship of Dr. Bibek Debroy. The terms of reference of the committee are:

1. Re-organising and re-structuring the Board and subsequently the department so that policy making and operations are separated, the department does not work in silos, policy making focuses on long term and medium term planning issues and operations focuses on day to day functioning of the organisation.

2. Promote exchange of officers between the Railways and other departments.

3. Estimate financial needs of the Railways and ensure appropriate frameworks and policies are in place to raise resources, both internally and from outside the Government, to enable Railways to meet the demands of the future.

4. Examine and suggest modalities for implementing the existing Cabinet decisions on setting up a Rail Tariff Authority and give recommendations.

The committee has been interacting with a cross section of Railwaymen including Railway Unions and other stakeholders and suitable action on the recommendations can be considered on submission of the report of the committee.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Source:pib
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Showcasing of commendable work done during Service

A concept paper to create a platform for retiring employees to showcase significant achievements during their service period has been approved and uploaded on Department’s website. This would also create a database of useful suggestions and information. Once this facility is eventually created, retiring employees will be able to submit their outstanding achievements online.

This was stated by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in a written reply to Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy in Rajya Sabha today.

Source:pib

Formation of SC/ST Employees’ Welfare Organisation in CPSU

Only 43 SC/ST Employees’ Welfare Organizations have been formed in 9 out of 32 Central Public Sector Undertakings, under the administrative control of Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises. These organizations have been duly registered and bye-laws governing their function are duly approved. The details of these organizations is given in the Annexure attached.

This information was given today by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply to Rajya Sabha question.

Source:pib

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Extension in Retirement Age of Scientists

The Government has received any proposals to enhance the retirement age of scientists to 62 from the present age of 60 years. The issue is under consideration of a Committee.

This information was given today by Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan in a written reply to Lok Sabha question.

Source:pib

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System-DOPT ORDER

No: 11013/9/2014- Estt (A-III)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated 21st November 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Introduction of AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System

It has been decided to use an AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System (AEBAS) in all offices of the Central Government, including attached/ sub-ordinate Offices, in India. The system will be installed in the offices located in Delhi/ New Delhi by 31st December 2014. In other places this may be installed by 26th January 2015

2. The equipment will be procured by the Ministries/ Departments as per specifications of DeitY on DGS&D Rate Contract from authorized vendors. The expenditure will be met by the Ministries/ Departments concerned under their O.E. The manual system of attendance may be phased out accordingly.

3. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) will provide the technical guidance for installing the system. The equipment already procured by DeitY have a built in AMC of three years. The Ministries/ departments may ensure that the equipment being procured by them have similar provision.

4. Biometric attendance system is only an enabling platform. There is no change in the instructions relating to office hours, late attendance etc. which will continue to apply. As per extant instructions, (contained in DoPT O.M. No: 28034/8/75- Estt-A dated 04-07-1975; No:28034/10/75-Estt-A dated 27-08-1975; No: 28034/3/82 —Estt-A dated 05-03-1982) half—a-day’s Casual Leave should be debited for each day of late attendance, but late attendance upto an hour, on not more than two occasions in a month, and for justifiable reasons may be condoned by the competent authority. In addition to debiting Casual Leave (or Earned Leave, when no CL is available). Disciplinary action may also be taken against government servants who are habitually late. Early leaving is also to be treated in the same manner as late coming.

5. These orders come into force with immediate effect.

6. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned.

(J.A Vaidyanathan)
Director (Establishment)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11013-9-2014-Estt-A-3.pdf

LATEST LTC 80 FARE LIST-2014

Click the below link to view the LTC 80 FARES
http://www.airindia.in/Images/pdf/WebFares.pdf

Note:

a). Above Charges are applicable per coupon.
In case of ‘non-refundable, Basic Fare and Airline Fuel Charge will be forfeited.

b).LTC Tickets: Change/Refund Fee will be as applicable for highest Business or Economy Class fare

c).Armed Forces and related discounts : Change/ Refund Fee applicable for highest economy class fare. All categories of Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces, General Reserve Engineering Forces, War Disables Officers, War Widows and Gallantry Award Tickets under RBD Y to H)

d)The refund rules applicable to Link Fares on all RBDs are as under:

(A) Originating point:
1. Tickets issued on fares under: RBDs U to K
a) Refund  – Permitted up to 1 hr before scheduled  departure  of the flight against  a Refund  Fee of – Rs. 1053 /- coupon.
b) Refund of No-show ticket: Non Refundable(Basic fare + Airline Fuel Charge)
2) Tickets  issued on fares under: RBDs S & T
(a) Refund – Permitted up to 1 hr before scheduled departure of the flight against a Refund Fee of - Rs.1579/- per coupon.
b) Refund of No-show ticket: Non Refundable(Basic fare + Airline Fuel Charge)

(B) Intermediate Point :
In case of completion of part itinerary,  a passenger  desirous  of claiming refund will be allowed to do so after deducting the applicable  fare on booked RBD, for the sector travelled  along with the applicable  Refund  Fee. Not permitted for RBDs S & T.

(C) In cases of Flight Disruptions:
(a) Alternate  arrangements are made by the Airline- No Refund
(b)Passenger is taken back to the point of origin by the first available  service- Full amount to be refunded.
(c)Own arrangement for the cancelled sector is made by the passenger(s): Refund of Basic fare of the cancelled sector in respective RBD (Airline Fuel Charge to be retained) along with unutilized non-airline taxes, if any.
e). No Re-validation or Cancellation Fee applicable on Infant Tickets.

5 Applicable Fares as on 3rd Nov ‘ 14

6 These fares are subject to Change without prior notice

Source: AIR INDIA

Delhi HC refuses to stay functioning of Seventh Pay Commission

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday declined to stay the functioning of the Seventh Pay Commission while hearing a plea that challenged a notification on inclusion of a former IAS officer as a member of the panel.

Justice Sudershan Kumar Misra also issued notice to the central government on the plea filed by retired members of the all India Services, central civil services and armed forces against the government's Feb 28 notification constituting the commission.

The petitioners argued that inclusion of a former Indian Administrative Service officer, Vivek Rae, in the four-member commission give rise to a "real likelihood of bias" on his part to give a favourable recommendation to the IAS.

The petition said: "The impugned resolution, by retaining the practice of including a member of the IAS as a member of the commission has given rise to a real likelihood of bias on the part of such member in favour of maintaining the status quo, under which the IAS enjoys a position of special privilege in respect of pay fixation."

Rae has a directed pecuniary interest in the recommendations of the commission, as it would also determine his pension and retirement benefits, alleged the plea.

The petitioners further questioned the practice of previous pay commissions providing an "edge" in pay scales to members of the IAS over other members of the AIS and other central civil services including India Forest Services (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), and all other group A central services.

Source:http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/delhi-hc-refuses-to-stay-functioning-of-seventh-pay-commission-36404.html

Teaching of Third Language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110 016

F.No.110332-07/2013/KVS(HQ)/Acad.

Dated the 18th November, 2014
To

The Deputy Commissioner
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
All Regions.

Subject: Teaching of Third Language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

In pursuance Of the decisions taken in the 99th BOG meeting held on 27.10.2014 and in continuation of the Office Memorandum No.11029-10/2012/KVS(HQ)/Acad. Dated 11.11.2014, it has been felt necessary to issue clear instructions about how the Third Language would be taught to the students Of classes VI to VIII Who had been studying German language till now.

To facilitate the children to learn the Third Language, it has been decided on that this Third Language will be taught for such children with the syllabus of the first term of Class VI, even for those children in Class VII or VIII Who had taken German as the Third Language, so that the teaching learning starts for them right from the beginning and no stress is caused to them. To further facilitate these children, the grades obtained by the students for the earlier terms of learning German as a Third Language would be considered for finalizing the compilation of results for their totals in Third Language. Subsequent levels of teaching learning of this Third Language after the syllabus of first terms of Class VI, will also follow the same graded pattern so that there is minimum stress on children for which separate instructions will be issued. Formative Assessment (FA 3&4) is scheduled to start from week 3rd/4th of November, 2014. However, there will be no FA 3&4 for these students for the Third language. Their assessment and examination schedule for the Third language will be intimated subsequently.

Yours faithfully

Sd/-
(Dr. Shashi Kant)
Joint Commissioner (Trg.)

Source:http://www.kvsangathan.nic.in/GeneralDocuments/ann-18-11-14(8).pdf
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Monday, November 24, 2014

National Council (Staff Side) JCM for Central Government employees demanded and submitted a memorandum on Interim Relief and Merger of DA to the 7th CPC

INTUC
INDIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION

INDWF/Circular/012/2014
Date : 17.11.2014
To
All Office Bearers and Working Committee Members,
INDWF

Sub: Holding of National Convention of the National Council (JCM) Staff Side – reg.

Ref: National Council (JCM) Staff Side circular No.NC.JCM/2014/SC Dated 25.10.2014

Dear Colleagues,

National Council (Staff Side) JCM for Central Government employees demanded and submitted a memorandum on Interim Relief and Merger of DA to the 7th CPC and also to the Ministry of Fiance. A reply has been received by the Secretary (Staff Side) National Council (JCM) from Ministry of Finance which is indicative of a refusal of both the demands. The 7th CPC have so far not communicated to us the decision they have taken on the memorandum submitted by the Staff Side, National Council (JCM).

The NDA Government has adopted the same plea made by the UPA II Government to reject our demands.

From the steps so far taken by the BJP Government, it is unambiguous that they would be pursuing the neo-liberal economic policies with much more intensity than even the UPA Government. Having got a clear majority in the Parliament, they would be able to push through necessary legislations to pursue reforms. The outsourcing of Railway functions, privatisation/Corporatisation of Defence manufacturing units, increased FDI inflow in various core sectors of economy, dismantling of the administrative price mechanism, de-nationalisation efforts in the Banking, Insurance and coal sectors and above all the adherence to New Contributory Pension Scheme are some of the bold anti-workers steps taken by the New Government.

The National Council (Staff Side) when they met during October, 2014 at New Delhi it was unanimous opinion to pursue the issues through organizational methods. Accordingly, it was decided to hold a NATIONAL CONVENTION, eliciting the participation of the representatives of all Service organisations participating in the JCM to discuss the emerging situation and decide upon future course of action. Incidentally, we must mention that the JCM conceived as a negotiating forum has been made in-effective by the Government over the years by not convening its meetings periodically.

It was decided that the National Council Convention will be held at

Venue : MPCU Shah Auditorium, Sree Gujarati Samaj, Raj Niwas Road, Civil lines (Opposite Civil lines Metro Station), Delhi
Date : 11th December, 2014 from 12 noon to 1600 hrs.

150 Delegates from Defence Federations (INDWF and AIDEF) are permitted to participate.

Around 75 Delegates from INDWF have to participate and therefore all the Office Bearers and Working Committee members are invited to participate in the convention. Those who are participating are required to intimate to the undersigned so that the Delegate Passes/Badges on their names will be arranged to participate in the convention.

Treat this as an important matter which will decide the issues of 7th CPC (merger of DA and IR) as well as present trend of the New Government on the future of Central Government Employees particulars about Defence Civilian Employees.

Yours Sincerely,
sd/-
(R.SRINIVASAN)
General Secretary

Source: INDWF

Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2014

     The following are the lists, in order of merit of  238 candidates who have qualified on the basis of the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2014 conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in February, 2014 and SSB interviews held by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for admission to the 138th  Course of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun;  Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala  and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course i.e. 197th  F(P) Course.

There are some common candidates in the three lists for various courses.

The number of vacancies, as intimated by the Government is 250 for Indian Military Academy [including 32 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders], 40 for Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala -  [ Hydro/ Executive General Service] including 06 vacancies reserved  for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing) holders] and 32 for Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.
 
The Commission had recommended 5480, 2855 and 614 as qualified in the written test for admission to the Indian Military Academy/ Indian Naval Academy  and Air Force Academy respectively. The number of candidates finally qualified are those after SSB testing conducted by Army Head Quarters.

The results of Medical examination have not been taken into account in preparing these lists.

Verification of date of birth and educational qualifications of these candidates is still under process by the Army Headquarters.  The candidature of all these candidates is, therefore, Provisional on this score.  Candidates are requested to forward their certificates, in original,  in support of Date of Birth/Educational  qualification etc., certificates claimed by them, along with Photostat attested copies thereof to Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters, as per their first choice.

In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters.

These  results will also be available on the UPSC website at http.//www.upsc.gov.in   However, marks of the candidates will be available on the website after completion of its complete process  i.e. after  declaration of final result of Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) for Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2014.

For any further information, the candidates may contact  Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’  of the Commission’s Office, either in the person or on Telephone Nos. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 between 10:00 Hours & 17:00 Hrs. on any working days.    

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Central Civil Service (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 — Instruction regarding timely review of suspension.

F. No. 11012/17/2013-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment Division

North Block, New Delhi — 110001
Dated November 18th 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Central Civil Service (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 — Instruction regarding timely review of suspension.

Rule 10 of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965, deals with the provisions of suspension. As per the rule, a Government servant may be placed under suspension, in the following circumstances:

(a) where a disciplinary proceeding against him is contemplated or is pending; or
(b) where, in the opinion of the authority aforesaid, he has engaged himself in activities prejudicial to the interest of the security of the State; or
(c) where a case against him in respect of any criminal offence is under investigation, inquiry or trial:

2. A Disciplinary Authority may also consider it appropriate to place a Government servant under suspension in the following circumstances. These are only intended for guidance and should not be taken as mandatory:-

(i) Cases where continuance in office of the Government servant will prejudice the investigation, trial or any inquiry (e.g. apprehended tampering with witnesses or documents);
(ii) where the continuance in office of the Government servant is likely to seriously subvert discipline in the office in which the public servant is working;
(iii) where the continuance in office of the Government servant will be against the wider public interest [other than those covered by (i) and (ii)] such as there is public scandal and it is necessary to place the Government servant under suspension to demonstrate the policy of the Government to deal strictly with officers involved in such scandals, particularly corruption;
(iv) where allegations have been made against the Government servant and preliminary inquiry has revealed that a prima facie case is made out which would justify his prosecution or is being proceeded against in departmental proceedings, and where the proceedings are likely to end in his conviction and/or dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement from service.

3. In the first three circumstances the Disciplinary Authority may exercise his discretion to place a Government servant under suspension even when the case is under investigation and before a prima facie case has been established. Suspension may be desirable in the circumstances indicated below:-

(i) any offence or conduct involving moral turpitude;
(ii) corruption, embezzlement or misappropriation of Government money, possession of disproportionate assets, misuse of official powers for personal gain;

(iii) serious negligence and dereliction of duty resulting in considerable loss to Government
(iv) desertion of duty;
(v) refusal or deliberate failure to carry out written orders of superior officers In respect of the types of misdemeanor specified in sub-clauses (iii) and
(v) discretion has to be exercised with care.

3. Rules 10(6) and 10(7) of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, deal with review of the suspension cases. The provision for review within ninety day is applicable to all types of suspensions. However, in cases of continued detention, the review becomes a mere formality with no consequences as a Government servant in such a situation has to continue to be under deemed suspension. A review of suspension is not necessary in such cases.

4. It has been brought to the notice of this Department that in cases of prolonged suspension period, the courts have pointed out that the suspension cannot be continued for long and that inspite of the instructions of DoP&T, the Disciplinary Authorities are not finalizing the disciplinary proceedings within the stipulated time. Also, in such cases the Government is unnecessarily paying subsistence allowance without extracting any work and if, on the culmination of the disciplinary proceedings, the charged officer is exonerated from the charges, the Government has to unnecessarily pay the full salary and treat the period of suspension as on duty etc.. It is, therefore, desirable that timely review of suspension is conducted in a just and proper manner and that the disciplinary proceedings are finalized expeditiously.

5. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring the existing instructions on timely review of suspension and expeditious completion of disciplinary proceedings to the notice all concerned under their control.

(J.A.Vaidyanathan)
Director(Establishment)

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11012_17_2013-Estt.A-III-18112014.pdf

Grant of provisional pension to retired railway servants against whom departmental or judicial proceedings are in progress.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2014/F(E)III/1(1)/1
New Delhi, Dated:13.11.2014

The GMs/FA&CAOs,
All Indian Railways/Production Units.
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Grant of provisional pension to retired railway servants against whom departmental or judicial proceedings are in progress.

Rules on payment of provisional pension are contained in rule 10 of Railway Services (Pension) Rules,1993. The amount to be paid as provisional pension has been clarified vide Boards letter No.F(E)IlI 78 PN1/11 dated 17.5.78 which inter-alia states that in such cases, 100% pension which is otherwise admissible to the railway servant should be authorized as provisional pension, as in cases of normal retirement.

2. It is reiterated that the instruction contained in Boards letter dated 17.5.78 that provisional pension will be equal to 100% pension which is otherwise admissible to the railway servant still holds good.

3. Please acknowledge receipt

Sd/-
(Amitab Joshi)
Deputy Director Finance(Estt),
Railway Board.

Source:http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/Grant-of-provisional_RBE%20127.2014.pdf
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

PRESS RELEASE OF THE EVE OF 90 th ANNUAL CONVENTION OF ALL INDIA RAILWAYMEN FEDERATION

A.I.R.F
All India Railwaymen Federation
PRESS RELEASE
HUBLI  , 18th Nov, 2014

On the eve of 90th Annual Convention of All India Railwaymen Federation, Shri, Shiva Gopal Mishra, General  Secretary, AIRF addressing the press conference informed that 90th Annual Convention of AIRF is being  organized at Hubli from 18th to 20th November, 2014, where approximately more than 30,000 Railwaymen will take  part.

While addressing the press conference on date Comrade Shiva Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, mentioned that  Government of India have constituted a “High Power Railway Re-structuring Committee” under the  Chairmanship of Shri Bibek Debroy to study all the aspects regarding functioning of Railway Board & Railway  systems and submit their report for Restructuring of the Railway system which is in existence from it’s inception which clearly indicates that Indian Railway future is at stake.

Shri Mishra also said that the Government of India and Railway Ministry have approved 100% FDI and PPP in the Railway system which will definitely hamper the functioning and operation of the Railway network, as a result of which in due course of time, the Railway users have to face a great inconvenience. The role of the capitalist in the  Railway will damage the goodwill because they will work for their profit and not for Railwaymen and public at  large.

Shri Mishra also stressed that the Government of India is reluctant to consider the long pending legitimate  demands of Railwaymen as regards the Merger of DA in Pay, Interim relief, scrapping of New Pension Scheme  and on other side various amendments in labour laws are being enforced just to crush the labour/workmen. The  All India Railwaymen Federation & JCM (staff side) have tried at the level best to settle the all demands of  Railwaymen and other Central Government employees amicably but the Government of India adamant to accede  the genuine demand of the Railwaymen and other Government employees, leaving no option left with us, except  to go on Countrywide Indefinite Strike for which the responsibility will lies on the Government.

He told that All India Railwaymen’s Federation will still try a peaceful redressel to our problems but if Central  Government & Railway Ministry could not resolve the long pending issues and will move on the path of  privatization of Indian Railways, we will be forced for precipitative action along with all the stake holders which  covers other Unions/Associations and user organizations.

He also told that this grand Convention is being hosted by the our affiliates Union South Western Railway  Mazdoor Union under the leadership of Comrade A.M.D. Cruze & their other fellow comrades.

Source: http://www.airfindia.com/AIRF%202014/Hubli.pdf

Procedure for grant of permission to the pensioners for commercial employment after retirement-DOPT

No. 27012/3/2014-Estt (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi the 19th November, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Procedure for grant of permission to the pensioners for commercial employment after retirement — revision of Form 25.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Rule 10 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 and to say that retired Government servants proposing to take up commercial employment within a year of retirement are required to seek permission from the Government. They are required to apply for permission in Form 25 of CCS(Pension) Rules. Form 25 prescribed under the said rule has since been reviewed with a view to simplify the procedure. The revised Form 25 is enclosed.

2. The revised form incorporates the conditions prescribed in clauses (b) to (f) of sub-Rule 3 of Rule 10. There is now no requirement for obtaining an affidavit as prescribed in Para 2(d) of this Department’s OM No. 270121512000-Estt.(A) dated 5th December, 2006.

3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned.

4. Formal Notification of Rules will follow.

(G. Jayanthi)
Director

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/27012_3_2014-Estt.A-19112014.pdf

National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (1), 2014 declaration of final results

The following is list, in order of merit of 342 candidates, who have qualified on the basis of the results of the Written Examination held by the Union Public Service Commission in April, 2014 and the subsequent Interviews held by the Services Selection Board, of the Ministry of Defence for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of National Defence Academy for the 133rd Course and Naval Academy for the 95th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from January 2015. For detailed information regarding the date of commencement of the above courses, please visit the websites of Ministry of Defence i.e., www. joinindianarmy.nic.in or indianarmy.gov.in.

The results of Medical Examination have not been taken into account in preparing these lists.

The candidature of all the candidates is provisional, subject to their submitting the requisite certificates in support of date of birth and educational qualifications etc. claimed by them directly to the Additional Directorate General of Recruiting, Adjutant General’s Branch, Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Army), West Block No.III, Wing–I, R.K Puram, NEW Delhi -110066 wherever this has not already been done and NOT to UPSC.

In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarter at the address given above.

The result is also available on the UPSC website at http://www.upsc.gov.in. However, marks of the candidates will be available on the website after 15 days from the date of declaration of final results.

For any further information, the candidates may contact Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of the Commission, either in person or on telephone Nos. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 between 10:00 hours to 17:00 hours on any working day.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Procedure for grant of permission to the pensioners for commercial employment after retirement-DOPT

No. 27012/3/2014-Estt (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi the 19th November, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Procedure for grant of permission to the pensioners for commercial employment after retirement — revision of Form 25.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Rule 10 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 and to say that retired Government servants proposing to take up commercial employment within a year of retirement are required to seek permission from the Government. They are required to apply for permission in Form 25 of CCS(Pension) Rules. Form 25 prescribed under the said rule has since been reviewed with a view to simplify the procedure. The revised Form 25 is enclosed.

2. The revised form incorporates the conditions prescribed in clauses (b) to (f) of sub-Rule 3 of Rule 10. There is now no requirement for obtaining an affidavit as prescribed in Para 2(d) of this Departments’ 0M No. 27012/5/2000-Estt.(A) dated 5th December, 2006.

3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned.

4. Formal Notification of Rules will follow.

Sd/-
(G. Jayanthi)
Director

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/27012_3_2014-Estt.A-19112014.pdf

Number of Subscribers Registered Under National Pension System (NPS) -PIB

Number of Subscribers Registered Under National Pension Systemnps (NPS) has more than Doubled
Since April 2012 from about 11.5 Lakh to 23 Lakh:Chairman,Pfrda ; Number of States Joining NPS has Increased from 12 to 26 ; Pfrda Working Towards Notification of Various Regulations in Respect of Efficient Management of Funds, Seamless Grievance Handling and Systems for Risk Mitigation and Containment Among Others

Shri Hemant Contractor, Chairman, Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) said that the number of subscribers registered under National Pension System (NPS) has more than doubled since April 2012 from about 11.5 Lakh to 23 Lakh. He commended the substantial improvement in performance of State Governments since April 2012.. He said that the Asset Under Management has also increased 7 fold from Rs.3,300 crores to approximately Rs.24,000 crores while the average contribution upload per month has increased from Rs.180 crores to approximately Rs.900 crores. Shri Contractor was speaking at a Conference on Implementation of National Pension System (NPS) by State Governments organized here today by Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA). The main objective of the Conference was to focus on progress of performance of the State Governments and also to discuss the implications of the passage and notification of the PFRDA Act for respective States who are offering NPS to their respective employees.

Shri Contractor, Chairman, PFRDA informed, that barring the two States, all the other State Governments, have notified joining NPS. Since the last such conference held in April 2012, the number of States joining NPS has increased from 12 to 26, he added. He said that PFRDA was in talks with the other two State Governments on their joining NPS.

Shri Contractor, Chairman, PFRDA, further said that with the passage and notification of the Act, PFRDA has been conferred with a statutory status. Its mandate covers development of the pension sector as also framing regulations for the advancement of the NPS and protection of the interest of the subscribers. He informed the participants that regulations under the Act are expected to be notified within the next two months. The Chairman added that steps have been taken for communicating more frequently with the subscribers to increase awareness levels about NPS. He directed the State Government officials to regularly visit the PFRDA website for updates on various policies and information. Shri Contractor added that there were various points of concerns which have to be dealt with proactively to protect the interest of the subscribers. He added that this conference and more in the coming years would act as a platform for discussion with PFRDA and interactions with other states to share their best practices.

Earlier speaking on the occasion, Dr. Anup Wadhawan, Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance emphasised upon the fact that NPS of the Central and the State Governments forms the backbone of the NPS as it is a direct replacement of the erstwhile DB pension system. Hence, its proper implementation is very important for the NPS product as well as the sector, he added. Dr. Wadhawan further stressed upon the fact that the State Government Nodal offices need to keep the information in respect of their employees like email ids, mobile numbers and addresses etc. updated in all respects at regular intervals. Dr. Wadhawan further asked the State Governments to sort-out the issue of legacy contributions and inclusion of State Autonomous Bodies in an expeditious manner. He further called upon the State Governments to further the cause of the Government of India promoted NPS Swavalamban scheme for economically weaker sections of the unorganised sector, through their respective Rural Development Departments.

Shri R V Verma, Member (Finance) laid emphasis on the fact that despite NPS being voluntary in nature; most of the State Governments have proactively adopted it. He further dwelt on the fact that the paradigm shift from the Defined Benefit to the Defined Contribution has put the subscriber’s interest at the centre and the involvement of the subscriber’s right from the entry into the system up to his/her exit becomes prominent. He mentioned that the involvement of the State Government Nodal offices, as the first point of interaction of the subscriber attains importance. He added that with the passage of the Act, PFRDA is working towards notification of various regulations in respect of the efficient management of funds, seamless grievance handling and systems for risk mitigation and containment. Shri Verma emphasised that various issues like expanding coverage, adequately safeguarding the interest of the subscriber and robust risk management system is of paramount important for protecting the interest of subscribers. He said that synchronization of information and funds is very important in NPS; hence Nodal offices have to lay emphasis on the same. He stated that it is the collective endeavour of the Regulator and the stakeholders involved i.e. State Governments, State Autonomous Bodies (SAB) and their Nodal offices, that a two way feedback process has to be in place to innovate upon the operational aspects of the NPS.

Though it is mandatory to register under National Pension System (NPS) for the joinees/employees of the Central Government who have joined or are joining it on or after 01-01-2004, yet most of the State Governments have adopted NPS voluntarily for their employees from their respective adoption dates. Currently, NPS has 76 Lakh subscribers with total Asset Under Management (AUM) of Rs.68,000 crores. Out of this, State Government sector has approx. 23 Lakh subscribers with AUM of Rs.30,000 crores.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Payments on the basis of Life Certificate

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSION) 
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Important Circular No.176
Dated: 17.11.2014
Subject: Payments on the basis of Life Certificate 

Provisions regarding payment of pension to defence pensioner/family pensioners on the basis of Life Certificates are provided in Defence Pension Payment Instructions 2013.

2. As per the extant procedure, pensioner who does not appear in person for one or other reasons can produce a Life Certificate as in Form No. 5 of Appendix 11 to DPPI 2013 from one of the authorities mentioned at items I to XIX of para 69 of ibid Instructions during the month of November every year. Similar provisions are available in Scheme for payment of pensions of Defence Pensioners by Public Sector Banks. This causes hardship particularly to those who are aged and/or infirm Pensioners. Besides, the existing system is prone to misuse by way of fraudulent withdrawls causing loss to the exchequer.

3. To overcome above causes /situation, the Department of Electronics & IT, Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India has developed “Jeevan Pramaan Digital Life Certificate” Portal (jeevanpramaan.gov.in).

4. In view of the above, it has been decided that with immediate effect a Life Certificate issued online by a Government Agency as a result of Aadhaar Biometric Authentication will also be accepted as a valid certificate. This document may be accessed through a website ( to be notified separately) by the Pension Disbursing Agency without insisting either on personal appearance of the pensioner or Life Certificate by the competent authority referred above.

No. AT/Tech/ 30/XVI
Dated: 17.11.2014

(B.Mukhopadhyay)
ACDA (P)

Source:http://pcdapension.nic.in/6cpc/Circular-176.pdf

MASS SQUATTING ON 18/11/2014 FOR DA MERGER,INTERIM RELIEF-CONFEDERATION

DA MERGER * INTERIM RELIEF * DATE OF EFFECT OF 7TH CPC RECOMMENDATIONS FROM 01.01.2014 * INCLUSION OF GDS IN 7TH CPC ETC.

CONFEDERATION INTENSIFIES STRUGGLE

MASS SQUATTING

On 18th November 2014

Minimum 3000 Central Government Employees will participate at all state capitals to protest against the negative attitude of the NDA Government towards the demands of Central Government Employees. Make it a grand success.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation of Central
Government Employees & Workers
Mob: - 09447068125
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com


Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Monday, November 17, 2014

Inclusion of eligible officers who are due to retire before the likely date of vacancies, in the panel for promotion

NO. 22011/1/2014-Estt(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi – 110001
Dated- 14th November, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: – Inclusion of eligible officers who are due to retire before the likely date of vacancies, in the panel for promotion-Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to the Department of Personnel and Training Office Memorandum No. 2201114/98-Estt(D) dated October 12, 1998 regarding consideration of retired employees who were within the zone of consideration in the relevant year(s) but are not actually in service when the DPC is being held. The said OM provides as follows:

“……..There is no specific bar in the aforesaid Office Memorandum dated April 10, 1989 or any other related instructions of the Department of Personnel and Training for consideration of retired employees, while preparing year-wise panel(s), who were within the zone of consideration in the relevant year(s). According to legal opinion also it would not be in order if eligible employees, who were within the zone of consideration for the relevant year(s) but are not actually in service when the DPC is being held, are not considered while preparing year-wise zone of consideration/panel and, consequently, their juniors are considered (in their places), who would not have been in the zone of consideration if the DPC(s) had been held in time. This is considered imperative to identify the correct zone of consideration for relevant Year(s). Names of the retired officials may also be included in the panel(s). Such retired officials would, however, have no right for actual promotion. The DPC(s) may, if need be, prepare extended panel(s) following the principles prescribed in the Department of Personnel and Training Office Memorandum No.22011/8/87-Estt.(D) dated April 9, 1996.”

2. Appointment Committee of Cabinet has observed that DPCs often do not consider such eligible officers who are retiring before the occurrence of the vacancy in the panel year. These undesirable trends negate the very purpose of the above said Office Memorandum No. 22011/4/98-Estt(D) dated October 12, 1998 and it is also against the principle of natural justice.

3. All the Ministries/Departments are therefore advised to ensure strict compliance of the instructions of the Department of Personnel & Training issued vide this Department’s OM No. 22011/4/98-Estt(D) dated October 12, 1998.

4. These instructions may please be brought out to the notice of all concerned including attached and subordinate offices.

(S.K.Prasad)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/22011_1_2014-Estt.D-14112014.pdf

Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents-DOPT

No.42011/3/2014-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
****

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 17th November. 2014

Office Memorandum

Sub: Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents – reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 06.06.2014 (copy enclosed) exempting a Government employee, who is also a care giver of disabled child, from the routine exercise of transfer/rotational transfer subject to the administrative constraints. The word ‘disabled’ includes (i) blindness or low vision (ii) hearing impairment (iii) locomotor disability or Cerebral Palsy (iv) leprosy cured (v) mental retardation (vi) mental illness and (vii) multiple disabilities.

2. The matter regarding the scope of ‘disabled’ has been examined in consultation with the Department of Disability Affairs. Considering the fact that the autism spectrum disorder child requires constant caregiver support and it would be imperative for the Government employees to take care of their autism spectrum disorder child on continuous basis, it has been decided to include ‘Autism’ in the term ‘disabled’, as defined in Para 3 of the above-mentioned O.M. dated 06.06.2014.

3. This issues with the approval of the MoS (PP).

4. All the Ministries/Departments, etc. are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned under their control.

(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tele: 23093074

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/42011_3_2014-Estt.Res-17112014.pdf

Awareness Programme Under Pensioners’ Portal

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is implementing a web based mission mode project on pensions namely Pensioner’s Portal under the National e-Governance Plan. The Department has also started initiative called SANKALP for channelizing the experience and skill of Pensioners towards meaningful social activities.

The Department is proposing to conduct the next such Awareness Programme for Pensioners at Old Directorate General Assam Rifles Shillong, 2014 on November 28-29, 2014. The meeting will be chaired by Secretary (P,AR&PG).

The basic objective of the project is to facilitate redressal of Pensioners’ Grievances as also to provide information and guidance to pensioners on various pension and retirement related matters. User Ministries/Departments, Pensioners, Banks, Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO), Post Offices etc. are the stakeholders in this venture aimed at welfare of the Pensioners.

With a view to providing know how about the operational aspects of this Portal and the Grievances Redressal Mechanism in particular, the Department of Pensions is conducting Awareness Programme at stations other than Delhi.

Source:pib

Sunday, November 16, 2014

List of Allowances &Advances increased by 25% due to DA crossed to 100% with effect from 1st January 2014.

List of all allowances and advances enhanced by 25% from the existing level from 1st January 2014 in order to enter the Dearness allowance into 100%. Already in January 2011, followed the 6th CPC recommendations, all the allowances and advances had been enhanced by 25% due to Dearness allowance crossed 50% mark. This is second time to get the allowances at revised rates.

NO.NAME OF THE
ALLOWANCES
6TH CPC
REVISED RATES FROM 1.9.2008
25% INCREASED FROM 1.1.2011
(DA CROSSED 50%)
25% INCREASED FROM 1.1.2014
(DA CROSSED 100%)
1.Children Education AllowanceRs.1000Rs.1250Rs.1500
2.Hostel Subsidy AllowanceRs.3000Rs.3750Rs.4500
3.Child Care Allowance
(for disabled)
Rs.1000Rs.1250Rs.1500
4.Washing AllowanceRs.60Rs.75Rs.90
5.Travelling AllowanceRs.210
340
400
460
520
Rs.263
425
500
575
650
Rs.316
510
600
690
780
6.National Holiday AllowanceRs.170
212
280
Rs.213
265
350
Rs.256
318
420
7.Breakdown AllowanceRs.80
120
160
200
Rs.100
150
200
250
Rs.120
180
240
300
8.Special Allowance for Engg.GatemanRs.300Rs.375Rs.450
9.Conveyance AllowanceRs.370
480
640
750
850
1120
1680
2070
2430
3000
Rs.463
600
800
938
1063
1400
2100
2525
3038
3750
Rs.556
720
960
1126
1276
1680
2520
2980
3646
4500
10.Cycle Maintenance AllowanceRs.60Rs.75Rs.90
11.Night Patrolling AllowanceRs.6Rs.8Rs. 12
12.Road Mileage AllowanceRs.8
16
Rs.10
20
Rs.12
24
13.Tribal Area Allowance
(Composite HCA)
Rs.240Rs.300Rs.360
14.Hill Area AllowanceRs.480
600
Rs.600
750
Rs.720
900
15.Bad Climate AllowanceRs.400
240
Rs.500
300
Rs.600
360
16.Nursing Uniform AllowanceRs.6,000Rs.7,500Rs.9,000
17.Nursing AllowanceRs.3,200Rs.4,000Rs.4,800
18.Washing Allowance(Nursing Staff)Rs.300Rs.375Rs.450
19.Hospital Care AllowanceRs.1,400Rs.1,750Rs.2,100
20.Patient Care AllowanceRs.1,390Rs.1,738Rs.2,086
21.Project Allowance
Construction Survey
Rs.1,500
1000
Rs.1,875
1250
Rs2,250
1500
22.Compensatory Allowance ConstructionRs.1500
1000
Rs.1875
1250
Rs2250
1500
23.Composite Transfer
Grant CTG
Rs.18
9
4.60
Rs.22.50
11.25
5.75
Rs. 27.00
13.50
6.90
24.Uniform,
Kit Maintenance,
W.Allowance
Rs.14000
300
60
Rs.17500
375
75
Rs.21000
450
90
25.PG Allowance & Annual AllowanceRs.1000
600
Rs.1250
750
Rs.1500
900
26.Health & Malaria Inspectors(Additional duty)Rs.400Rs.500Rs.600
27.Commercial Staff in charge of flag stationsRs.80Rs.100Rs.120
28.Teachers Library
i.ATP-Primary School
ii.Middle School
iii.High/Hr.Sec.School
Rs.200
300
400
Rs.250
375
500
Rs.300
450
600
29.Announcers ECRCs/Comml.clerks/TCsRs.120Rs.150Rs.180
30.Train Supdt./TSRs.600Rs.750Rs.900
31.Steward (Dy.TS)
(Rajdhani Exp.)
Rs.240Rs.300Rs.360
32.CTIs/TTEs Flying SquadRs.200Rs.250Rs.300
33.Cook/Cook mateRs.80Rs.100Rs.120
34.Senior Scale JA Gr.SA Grade (Hindi Officers)Rs.400
600
1200
Rs.500
750
1500
Rs.600
900
1800

NO.NAME 
OF THE
ADVANCES
6TH CPC
REVISED 

RATES
 FROM 
1.9.2008
25% 
INCREASED
 FROM 1.1.2011
(DA 

CROSSED 50%)
25%
 INCREASED 
FROM 
1.1.2014
(DA 

CROSSED 100%)
1.Natural Calamity AdvanceRs.5,000Rs.6,250Rs.7,500
2.Festival AdvanceRs.3,000Rs.3,750Rs.4,500
3.Warm Clothing AdvanceRs.3,000Rs.3,750Rs.4,500
4.Bicycle AdvanceRs.3,000Rs.3,750Rs.4,500
5.Food AdvanceRs.3,000Rs.3,750Rs.4,500
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