Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cancer Treatment under CGHS/CS(MA) Rules, 1944

No. 1-1/13/Hospital Cell/R&H/CGHS (Pt.l)/CGHS (P)
Government of lndia
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhavan, Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi- 110 108

Dated : the 23rd February, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Cancer Treatment under CGHS/CS(MA) Rules, 1944

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention to the Office Memorandum of even number dated 2nd September, 2008 and to state that in view of empanelment of several Cancer hospitals under CGHS the matter was re-examined, and it has now been decided to modify the Office Memorandum as follows:

i) CGHS beneficiaries and beneficiaries covered under CS(MA)Rules, 1944 shall be permitted to get themselves treated from any of the under mentioned 27 (Twenty seven) hospitals recognized by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare under the National Cancer Control Programmes that are funded by the Government of India, subject to the condition that the reimbursement will be as per the rates fixed in the Regional Cancer Centers under Central Government, if any or as per actual, whichever may be less.

Andhra Pradesh - M.N.J. institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre, Hyderabad. 

Assam - Dr. B. Borooah Cancer institute, Guwahati.

Bihar - Indira Gandhi institute of Medical Sciences, Patna

Chandigarh - Post Graduate institute Medical Education Research, Chandigarh. 

Chhattisgarh - Pt. ,i.J.N Medical College & Dr. BR. Ambedkar Memorial Hospital, Raipur.

Delhi - Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, AIIMS, New Delhi. 

Gujarat- Gujarat Cancer Research Institute, Ah medabad, Gujarat.

Haryana - Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak.

Himachal Pradesh- Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.

Jammu & Kashmir- Sher-i- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar. 

Jammu & Kashmir- Government Medical College -Jammu.

Karnataka - Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore.

Kerala - Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.

Madhya Pradesh - Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Gwalior.

Maharashtra - Rashtrasant Tukdoji Regional Cancer Hospital Research Centre, Nagpur.

Maharashtra -Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.

Manipur- Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal.

Mizoram - Civil Hospital, Aizwal.

Odisha - Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack.

Puducherry - Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research.

Rajasthan - Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment & Research Institute, Bikaner.

Tamil Nadu - Govt. Arignar Anna Memorial Cancer Research Institute & Hospital, Kancheepuram
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Tamil Nadu - Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, Chennai.

Tripura - Civil Hospital, Agartala.

Uttar Pradesh - Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow.

Uttar Pradesh - Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad.

West Bengal - Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata.

ii) In cities where there are no facilities for cancer treatment in any of the empanelled private hospitals powers are hereby delegated to the Addl. Directors of CGHS of the concerned cities in respect of CGHS and to HOD/ Head of Office in respect of serving employees covered under CS(MA) Rules, 1944 for grant of permission for undergoing treatment at any hospital that provides treatment to cancer patients, subject to the condition that the reimbursement shall be limited to the prevalent CGHS rates or actual expenditure - whichever may be lower. Permission shall however be granted for the specific treatment procedures as advised by a Government specialist.

iii) Powers are also hereby delegated to the Additional Directors of CGHS of the concerned cities in respect of CGHS and to HOD/ Head of Office in respect of serving employees covered under CS(I\/IA) Rules, 1944 for grant of permission for post-operative follow up treatment from the same centre, where permission has been granted earlier for cancer treatment as per the terms and conditions of OM dated 10.04.2001 regarding Post-operative follow up treatment.

2. These orders shall be in force till further orders.

3. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Division vide CD No. 115650 /2015 dated 15-01-2015.

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(RAVI KANT)
UNDER SECRETARY TO THE GOVT. OF INDIA


Source:http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File963.pdf

Step guide for processing of the proposal for framing / amendment of Recruitment Rules.

No. AB.14017/13/2013-Estt.(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
***
New Delhi the 31 st March, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Step guide for processing of the proposal for framing / amendment of Recruitment Rules.

The undersigned is directed to state that this Department has issued guidelines on framing/amendment/relaxation of Recruitment Rules vide OM No. AB -14 017/48/2010-Estt.(RR) dated 31.12.2010 which inter-alia provides thirteen column Schedule (Annexure-I) to be annexed with the notification of the Recruitment Rules. A detailed step guide (column-wise) for processing of the proposal for framing / amendment of Recruitment Rules is enclosed. The step guide material may be used for filling up thirteen columns Schedule (Annexure-I) to be annexed with notification part of the recruitment rules for various posts under Ministries / Departments.

2. Hindi Version will follow.

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(Shukdeo Sah)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Tendering of Oral Evidence before 7 CPC-AIAAA

All India Audit & Accounts Association
CSV Warrier Bhawan
Ghaziabad

Reference : AIA /Circular-10/2015,

dated 28.03.2015

To

Unit Secretaries
Members & Spl Invitees NE & Members of Women’s Committee

Dear Comrades,

Tendering of Oral Evidence before 7 CPC

The 7th CPC had invited the All India Audit & Accounts Association for tendering oral evidence on 27th March 2015 at this office at Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi. In addition to the Secretary General, Coms M.Duraipandian, V.Nageswara Rao, KL Gautam and Anilkumar appeared before the Commission for the oral evidence. The Commission was present in full strength

The following demands were placed before the Commission:

1. Upgradation of LDC of GP 2400

2. Correcting the distortions in the implementation of 6 CPC recommendations with respect to IA & AD and organised Accounts Viz.

i) grant of GP 4200 to Auditor / Accountant

ii) grant of GP 4600 to SA, granting parity with Assistants of CSS

iii) grant of GP 5400 to AAO on completion of 4 years

3. Grant Promotion to SA to GP 4800 and higher starting pay of PB 2, 5400 to AAO and space for further career advancements for these orders

There was detailed discussion on each of our demands. It was pointed out by us that CAG of India has also recommended each of above demand and also grant of GP 6600 and 7600 to AOs and SAOs. The Chairman appreciated it. The Commission assured to take a positive look on our demands which are also supported by CAG.

The demands were explained in its historical background and also on functional basis. The recommendations of the past pay commissions were also brought to the notice of the CPC. The award by the Central Board of Arbitration in favour of the employees in respect of parity between SA and Assistants in CSS was particularly pointed out. Chairman expressed his unhappiness on the non implementation of the award by the employees and workers.

On our demand for career progression for SA and AAO, the Commission stated that though it is sympathetic it is not sure what could be done, given the hierarchical structure available in IA and AD.

We also raised the issue of re-introduction of Touring Special Pay and pointed out to the Award that was won by the All India Audit & Accounts Association from the Board of Arbitration and its rejection by the Parliament in 2002.

We further requested for introduction of 4 advance increments on passing of Departmental confirmatory examination, explaining the system prevailed before 3rd CPC, recommendation of 3rd CPC following which it was discontinued and its re introduction in 1981 an amount equivalent to 3 increments. We pointed out that the conversion of this qualification pay into deemed allowance after 5 CPC and requested for its re-introduction.

During the discussion the Chairman observed that the commission is of the view to discard the PB-GP System.

ORAL EVIDENCE BY STAFF SIDE NC, JCM

On 23-24 March 2015, the Standing Conïnittee of Staff Side, NC, JCM, tendered the oral evidence before the 7 CPC. The delegation was led by Shri Raghavaiah, Leader, Staff Side and Corn Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side.

Com KKN Kutty presented the memorandum on behalf of the NC, JCM. The gist of discussion is given in the enclosed Circular issued by Corn Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side. [click here]

The Pay Commission stated that the principle that vuld guide to determine the minimum wage shall be Dr Aykroid formula on it (ie 15 ILC norms). It has further stated its intention to do away with pay band/grade pay system. On some other issues, the Pay Commission has sought the views of the Staff Side (which shall be conveyed to the Commission shortly).

With greetings,

Your Fraternally
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(M.S. Raja)
Secretary General

Source:http://auditflag.blogspot.in/p/circular-102015.html

From Tomorrow Advance Reservation Period for Booking Reserved Train Tickets increased from 60 Days to 120 Days

The Ministry of Railways has decided to increase the Advance Reservation Period (ARP) for booking accommodation in trains from 60 days to 120 days (excluding the date of journey). Accordingly, from tomorrow i.e 1st April 2015 the booking in trains from train originating stations will open and remain available for 120 days. For instance, as on 1.4.2015, for trains leaving on 28th July 2015, the reservation can be obtained for journey commencing on all days between 1.4.2015 upto 28.7.2015.

There will, however, be no change in case of certain day time Express trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express, special trains etc, where lower time limits for advance reservations are at present in force. There will also be no change in the case of the limit of 360 days for foreign tourists.

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National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (I) 2015

  The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) 2015 at different venues located in 41 centres throughout the country on Sunday the  April 19, 2015.  The e-Admit cards for the candidates have been uploaded on the Commission’s web-site http://www.upsc.gov.in , which may be down loaded.  Letters of rejection to the candidates stating reason (s) for rejection have already been sent through e-mail provided by the candidates.  If any applicant is not able to down load his e-Admit card, he may contact UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone Nos. 011-23381125,      011-23385271 and 011-23098543 between (10:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M) on working days during working hours. The candidate may also send fax message on Fax No. 011-23387310.  The candidate may note that no paper admit card will be issued.

In case the photograph is not printed or is not visible on the e- Admit Card, candidates are advised to carry two (2) identical photographs (one photograph for each session) along with proof of identity such as Identity Card (Students I card used by school/college, Voter I Card, Aadhaar Card, Driving License, Passport etc.) and printout of e-Admit Card to the venue of the Examination to secure admission in the Examination.

Candidates are advised to check their e-mail in case they have sent any representation.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Monday, March 30, 2015

What central government employees can expect from the 7th Pay Commission

Sounds odd, but the highest paid Indian bureaucrat till 1959 was the railway board chairman and not the cabinet secretary. The top rail bureaucrat, who was earlier called chief commissioner of railways, drew a basic salary of Rs 3,250 per month, a smart 8.3% more than that of the cabinet secretary, the senior-most bureaucrat in India. But as the fortunes of Indian Railways dwindled over the years — its market share in freight movement has shrunk from 90% in 1950 to 30% now — the clout of the rail bosses and their corresponding rank and pay have also slipped.

oday, the railway board chairman and eight other top rail babus receive a salary equivalent to a government of India secretary, a scale which as many as 230 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and 40 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers also draw. For good measure, the cabinet secretary now not only draws a higher salary than the railway board chairman, his superior rank comes with better perks including a bungalow at Prithviraj Road located in the heart of Lutyens' Delhi.

Meanwhile, the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), a 5,541 officers-strong cadre responsible for collecting direct taxes in India, now claims that IRS should get better pay and perks than IAS. The entry-level salary for all Group A Central services is the same now, but thanks to two more increments and faster promotions, IAS maintains an edge over others. The basis for this claim? "Today, IRS — not IAS — is the revenue collector for the government. So, it's logical that that the edge given to IAS should be given to us," says Jayant Misra, Income-Tax commissioner and general secretary of IRS Association. In a 58-page-long memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), which is now examining a pay hike for Central government employees, the IRS Association argued that the primary reason for higher pay to the Indian Civil Service (ICS) of the British era and its successor service, IAS, was that they were revenue collectors. But now, the dynamics have changed, they claim.

IRS has argued that the net direct tax collection has grown 9.35 times between 2000-01 and 2013-14, an impressive piece of statistics in the backdrop of only 5.4 times expansion of GDP during the corresponding period. Also, the cost of revenue collection in India is one of the lowest in the world, which according to IRS officers is yet another reason for demanding a good deal from the CPC. For every Rs 100 they collect, the tax department spends merely 57 paisa. In percentage terms, the cost of revenue collection in India is 0.57% as against 1.58% in Japan, 1.35% in France, 1.17% in Canada and 1.05% in Australia.

Welcome to the behind-the-scenes manoeuvring before the Big Sarkari Pay Hike. With a new pay scale for 36 lakh Central government employees, and also pensioners, likely to come into effect from January 1, 2016, the officers and non-gazetted staff of various services have been lobbying hard to get a good deal from the 7th CPC. Unlike in the private sector, the pay hike in government is a once-in-10-years-affair, making every CPC, right from the first that submitted its report in 1947, a hugely powerful agency. No doubt, government employees have to undergo an annual appraisal process called Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR), but that exercise is important only for promotion, and not for any pay hike. Government employees do get a regular hike in dearness allowance, a measure meant for offsetting inflationary pressure on their earnings, but at the end of the day it is the CPC that fixes the bureaucrats' pay for 10 long years.

That's precisely why officers and staff of every service can't afford to ignore the CPC. Constituted in February 2014 under the chairmanship of retired Supreme Court judge Ashok Kumar Mathur, the 7th CPC has an economist and two bureaucrats as its members. Most of the employees' associations have already had at least one round of talks with the Commission. And some are waiting for Round II.

The Ripple Effects

A cursory glance at the memorandum submitted by IPS Central Association on behalf of Indian Police Service (IPS) will throw light on the importance attached to a pay commission. The 137-page memorandum, a copy of which was reviewed by ET Magazine, is well designed and comparable to any standard report prepared by a global consultancy firm. PV Rama Sastry, an Inspector General of Police at National Investigation Agency (NIA) and secretary of IPS Central Association says the memorandum is the result of intense in-house research, factoring in the macro environment of growth, development, equity and justice vis-a-vis the role of a police officer. Though Sastry is the spokesperson of 4,720 IPS officers, the memorandum prepared by his team encompasses the role and needs of 30 lakh police personnel across India out of which 10 lakh come under the gamut of the pay commission. As the CPC recommendations are often accepted by the state governments as well, the remaining 20 lakh police personnel too may eventually benefit.

The IPS memorandum has quoted a number of reports to suggest that the tough life of a cop justifies the demand for a fatter hike. For example, it has quoted articles published in two journals — Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health and International Journal of Pharma and Bio-Sciences — to conclude that one of two cops in India suffers from sleep disturbances and anxiety whereas chances of cardiovascular problems increase by 38% after a person joins as a police officer. Among other demands (see What it Expects), IPS wants better life and health insurance cover, an overtime allowance and also a new perk called allowance for "un-social" hours (for duty between 8 pm and 6 am).

Railway officers too cite round-the-clock work demands as a reason for better salary. "A railway officer may be called to join duty any time during the night. The pressure always remains as it's a 24x7 work," says RR Prasad, an Indian Railway Personnel Service officer and secretary general of Federation of Railways Officers' Association. The Indian Railways is a gigantic organisation with over 13 lakh employees, 16,000 of whom are officers. Both the officers and staff associations have made their representations to the 7th CPC. The officers want non-gazetted staff to get their dues but they demand the proportion of the pay of the lowest and the highestpaid employee should increase from current 1:12 to 1:18.

To be sure, a formula towards pay parity has been the hallmark of the last few pay commissions. A government entry-level peon now gets a monthly pay of Rs 14,000, if dearness allowance is factored in. Similarly, a mid-level government driver's monthly salary, including allowances, is Rs 30,000, at least two times that of his counterpart in a private sector company. And that's why the salary gap between the lowest and highest paid government servant has drastically decreased over the last three decades.

The pay commissions have also reduced the disparity among the officers of various services. Till the late 1980s, an IAS officer used to receive a salary that's 25% higher than that of a Group A service officer. Today, the pay for all officers, at least at the entry level, is same. But IAS and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers still maintain an edge over others as their empanelment process (a step to get higher posts) is much faster.

Balancing Act

An IPS officer can become a joint secretary to government of India only two years after an IAS of the same batch can reach that level. Similarly, there has been a nine-yearlong gap in joint secretary empanelment between IAS and IRS, something many services claim is a continuation of the British legacy. Today, IAS officers at the level of deputy secretary and director at the Centre constitute about only 13% of the total officers. But as the hierarchy goes up, the percentage of IAS vis-a-vis others also rises. For example, 75% joint secretaries to government of India belong to IAS and IFS, and the percentage of IAS and IFS goes further up to 95 in case of government of India secretaries.
"The edge that the IAS has must continue. Why will a person join the IAS after quitting a job in HSBC Bank if that edge is missing? IAS officers have work experiences at Tehsil, sub-divisions, district, state and Central government levels. We interact with the political executives at all levels. IAS should remain a premium service," says Sanjay R Bhoosreddy, a joint-secretary-ranked officer and secretary to IAS (Central) Association.

On its part, the Indian Economic Service (IES) which has a cadre strength of 511 officers, represented in 55 Central government departments, has demanded parity in pay, perks and promotions of all services, including IAS, so that the "officers deliver what they have been employed for rather than fret over their pay and promotion prospects".

The question is how far the 7th CPC will go in changing the pay and associated service conditions like empanelment and promotions. IAS officers have pulled out a 1991 Supreme Court judgement (Mohan Kumar Singhania and Others vs Union of India and Others) where it was said that other services should not approach the pay commissions and attempt to change the rules of career progressions and push for a case for parity with the premier service. But other services are continuing their demand for pay parity and also for the creation of more departments where the IAS can't dictate. At present, only three major ministries — railways, external affairs and post — are not headed by IAS but run by their own cadres. Now, IPS wants a new department of internal security headed by a cop and IRS wants a separate direct tax department headed by a taxman.

Will the 7th CPC venture into such nuances? Or will it, like the past few pay commissions have, adopt a simple formula of Multiplier 3 under which the basic salary is hiked by three times or more depending on the economic health of the nation. If that is the case, it won't be too hazardous to make a prediction: A secretary to government of India will get a basic monthly salary (excluding DA) of Rs 2.4 lakh (current basic salary multiplied by three) and the cabinet secretary Rs 2.7 lakh from January 1, 2016. And, yes, perks, DA and other allowances will be extra.

Source:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/finance/what-central-government-employees-can-expect-from-the-7th-pay-commission/articleshow/46730039.cms?curpg=2

JCM STAFF SIDE PROPOSAL to 7th CPC regarding PAY HIKE,HRA,CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE,HBA and PENSION etc.

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110 055
Affiliated to
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)

Minimum Wage of Rs.26000/- and Open Ended Pay Scales

JCM DELEGATION PROPOSED BEFORE THE 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

During 2 days deliberations on 23rd & 24th March, 2015, the JCM (Staff Side) delegation have pleaded before the 7th Central Pay Commission to recommend minimum wage of Rs. 26,000/- per month on the basis of 15th ILC Norms/Aykroyd Formula. Some of the important submissions made before the Pay Commission are listed below:

Wage ratio between the lowest and highest should be 1:8.

Revised pay scales and allowances should be given effect from 01/01/2014.

3.7 multiplication factor should be applied to arrive at the revised pay. Special Pay concept should be restored back.

HRA should be revised to 60%, 40% and 20% of pay for ‘X’ ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ class localities/cities respectively.

Children Education Allowance should be revised and extended to cover higher studies also.

Increment rate should be 5% of pay.

Five promotions during service.

Special Duty Allowance for North Eastern Region be revised to 37-1/2%.

House Building Amount should be increased and interest rate should be reduced.

6th CPC Anomalies may be got addressed through a special mechanism.

Flexi timings for women employees besides additional leave facilities etc.,

Pension

Pay Commission was urged to recommend parity in Pension.

Minimum Pension should be fixed at 67% of last pay drawn.

Gratuity amount should be upwardly revised.

All the issues contained in the J CM memorandum were explained to the Commission with cogent logic, merits and Precedents. S/Shri M. Raghavaiah, Leader JCM (Staff Side), Guman Singh, NFIR President, R.P. Bhatnagar, Working President and BC. Sharma, Joint General Secretary have participated in the deliberations.

No.IV/NFIR/7TH CPC/Corres/Pt.V
Dated : 28/03/2015 V

(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source:NFIR

Friday, March 27, 2015

One Rank One Pension to cost exchequer Rs 7,500 crore-10,000 crore

CHANDIGARH: Implementation of 'One Rank One Pension' scheme, the long-standing demand of Armed Forces veterans, is likely to cost the exchequer Rs 7,500 crore to Rs 10,000 crore, Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said today.

The government has already made it clear that One Rank One Pension (OROP) will be implemented with effect from April 1, 2014, the Minister of State for Defence told reporters here.

He said that the Defence Ministry had recently forwarded to the Finance Ministry the cost which the scheme's implementation would entail.

"It is likely to cost us somewhere between Rs 7,500 crore to Rs 10,000 crore," he said, adding that the previous UPA government had made a mere announcement with regard to OROP.

"During the past four to five months, we have gone deep into this. We have calculated the entire cost now," he said.

Source:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/one-rank-one-pension-to-cost-exchequer-rs-7500-crore-10000-crore/articleshow/46692075.cms

Feedback of 7th Pay Commission’s meeting with NC JCM on 23-24, March, 2015


Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees

No.NC/JCM/2015
Dated: March 25, 2014

Dear Comrades,

The 7th CPC had asked the JCM Staff Side to present their case before the Commission for wage revision on 23rd and 24th March 2015. Accordingly, the Standing Committee of the Staff Side met on 22nd March and again 23rd March 2015. The presentation was made on 23rd and 24th March 2015 before the Commission.

We have discussed the memorandum, chapter wise and the Commission made a very patient hearing and interacted with us seeking clarifications on certain matters. It is not possible to provide a detailed account of the discussions. However, we are to inform you that we came out of the discussion with a very good impression and satisfaction.

1. The Commission will adopt Minimum Wage Concept(Dr. Aykhrod Formula) as the principle of wage determination. They will however, collect the retail rates of the commodities that go into the basket.

2. We have pleaded for the adoption of the best international practices while fixing the highest salary.

3. On the demands for Interim Relief and Merger of DA, the Commission finally said that those can only be considered if Terms of Reference are amended.

4. The Commission agreed that there had been reduction in the sanctioned strength and working strength over the years despite the increased workload.

5. They have also noted that there was substantial reduction in percentage terms of the expenses on salary and wages over the years.

6. The Commission enquired, as to how multiplication factor of 3.7 was arrived at. The same was explained in detail.

7. Fitment Formula and the demand on Fixation of Pay on Promotion, were appreciated as the rationale was explained.

8. Date of effect: No commitment or comment was made by the Commission. The Staff Side explained, as to how they compromised by shifting the date from. 01.01.2011 to 01.01.2014.

9. The institution of Special Pay, especially in the wake of de-layering was explained.

10. Common Categories: We have requested the upgradation and amalgamation of the cadres of LDC with UDC and the need for bringing about parity in pay scales of the Subordinate Offices with the Central Secretariat. The problems of Staff Car Drivers were also elaborated. The contractorisation and casualisation at lower level positions and the consequent exploitation of the labour were discussed at length. The Commission has made a proposal to do away with the contractorisation/casualisation. Staff side will discuss the proposal and will send its views to the Commission in due course.

11. Classification of Posts: Our proposal has not been found favour.

12. GDS: While sympathizing with the Staff Side, the Commission wanted them to approach the Government with a view to amend the Terms of Reference.

13. Allowances and Advances: Detailed discussions were held on HRA, CCA, Transport Allowance, CEA and Special Allowance for personnel posted at North East Region. Chapters dealing with the facilities was also discussed at length, including compassionate appointment. On holidays, we have requested to include May Day in the list of holidays. The background of observance of May Day was enquired by the Commission and explained.

14. Pension and Retirement Benefit – NPS: Commission stated categorically that NPS being an Act of Parliament, they will not make any comment thereon.

Pension Computation: The rationale of 67% was explained and appreciated.

Minimum Pension: our demand for 2/3rd of the Minimum Wage was also explained.

Parity in pension of past and present pensioners was fully explained, linked with one rank -one pension scheme for Defence Personnel. We have pleaded that Civilian Pensioners should not be discriminated against. Demand for Additional Pension for both Pensioners and Family Pensioners was explained. All matters concerning Family Pension were also discussed. So also, gratuity to be computed in accordance with the Gratuity Act.

There was good response for the demands from the Commission.

Restoration of commuted value of pension: The Commission will enquire the views of the Government as to what is their objection to the demand.

Medical facilities for pensioners and discrimination between Pensioners in CGHS area and CCS(MA) Area as also the Postal Pensioners was brought home including the higher Fixed Medical Allowance for ESI persons.

Certain clarifications/elucidations have been asked for by the Commission. To provide such clarifications, another meeting with the Commission might be held after the Commission’s interaction with other organizations. The Staff Side may meet the Commission after their interaction with the other organizations are over.

With greetings,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary/Staff Side NC JCM

Source: http://www.airfindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/7th_cpc_discussion_-_jcm.pdf

Field Offices Under Chief Commissioners of Customs/Central Excise/Service Tax to Remain open tomorrow, 28th March, 2015 to Facilitate filing of Returns/Payment of Taxes

In view of closing of the current financial year, the Central Board of Excise and Customs [CBEC] has decided to keep open all the field offices under the Chief Commissioners of Customs/Central Excise/Service Tax on 28th March, 2015 (Saturday) to facilitate the tax-payers in payment of taxes/filing returns and in carrying out other procedural formalities and to provide any clarifications which may be required by the tax payers. This special measure taken by the Central Board of Excise and Customs [CBEC] is in addition to the 24x7 facilities which is provided by the Customs formations at the ports and airports.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Latest news on Revised Timings for CGHS Wellness Centres

No: S.11030/55/2012-CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108
Dated the 24 March, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revised Timings for CGHS Wellness Centres

The undersigned is directed to refer to the OM of even no. dated 26th March, 2013 vide which the revised timings of 8.00 AM to 3.00 PM in the CGHS Wellness Centres were enforced w.e.f. 1st April, 2013. This Ministry has received representations from association of doctors of CGHS (All India G.D.M.O. Association) and other sections of CGHS beneficiaries for change in duty hours/ timings of the Wellness Centres. In this regard, after due consideration, it has been decided to further revise the timings of CGHS Wellness Centres from the current timings of 8.00 AM to 3.00 PM to the revised timings of 7.30 AM to 2.00 PM as per the following details :

1. The CGHS Wellness Centres will be functional from 7.30 AM to 2.00 PM without a lunch break, on a trial basis for three months w.e.f. 1st April, 2015.

2. The CGHS Wellness Centres in New Delhi which are currently functional for 24 hours, will continue to function as usual in shifts.

3. The new timings will be applicable to all CGHS Wellness Centres in all CGHS cities across the country

4. The new timings would also apply to the AYUSH dispensaries / units under CGHS all over the country.

The new timings for CGHS Wellness Centres will be effective from 1st April, 2015 on a trial basis for three months. Further decision in the matter will be taken after considering feedback to this change.

This issues with the approval of Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

Sd/-
[Bindu Tewari]
Director CGHS(P)

Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File960.pdf
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MEETING OF NFPE LEADERS WITH 7th CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION AT NEW DELHI

A meeting of NFPE Leaders consisting Coms. R.N. Parashar Secretary General , Giriraj Singh , General Secretary-R-III, N. Subramainan General Secretary P-III, R. Seethalaxmi General Secretary P-IV, P. Suresh  General Secretary R-IV , Pranab Bhattacharya General Secretary Admn., T. Satyanarayana General Secretary Postal Accounts, Virendra Tiwari General Secretary AIPSBCOEA, Pandu Ranga Rao General Secretary GDS(NFPE), R. Shivanarayana President P-III, S.K. Bardhan President R-III, S.P. Kulkarni President AIPSBCOEA, Balwinder Singh Treasurer P-III, Manohar Lal  Vice President P-IV, was held with Chairman of 7th CPC Justice A.K. Mathur alongwith Smt. Meena Agrawal , Secretary, Shri Jayanyt Sinha Jt. Secretary , Shri Vivek Rae Member, Shri Y. Shukla, Director, Shri Rajeev Mishra Advisor, Shri Mudit  Mittal Director, at 7th CPC Office Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan Qutab Institutional Area , New Delhi.

Com. R.N. Parashar, Secretary General NFPE after welcoming Chairman & other members initiated oral evidence on memorandum submitted by NFPE. He narrated all important points related to Postal, RMS, MMS, Admn, Offices, Postal Accounts, SBCO and GDS issues alongwith Casual Labourers issues. All General Secretaries of NFPE affiliated unions presented their sectional issues very nicely.

The most important thing of this meeting was that Chairman gave a patient hearing on GDS issues. Com. P. Panduranga Rao General Secretary, GDS (NFPE) presented the case of GDS in perfect manner and again submitted a copy of memorandum to Chairman, Hon!ble  Chairman  also gave positive assurances on most of the issues.

Meeting was ended in a very co-ordial environment.

Source:http://nfpe.blogspot.in/

Reservation Facilities Provided to Senior Citizen and Female Passengers Including Pregnant Women

With a view to facilitating provisions of lower berths to senior citizens and female passengers, following facilities are available:-

(i)                  There is a provision in the computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) to allot lower berth automatically to male passengers above the age of 60 years and female passengers above the age of 45 years subject to availability of the same at the time of booking of ticket.

(ii)                 A combined reservation quota of two lower berths per coach is earmarked in Sleeper, AC 3Tier and AC 2Tier for following category of passengers when travelling alone:

a.       Senior citizens;
b.      Female passengers 45 years of age and above; and
c.       Pregnant women.

(iii)               Instructions are also there to assist senior citizens and physically handicapped persons who have been allotted middle/upper berths by allotting them vacant lower berths available in the train by the ticket checking staff on first come first served basis (after making necessary entry in the reservation chart).

(iv)              A six berths compartment in Sleeper Class is also earmarked in long distance Mail/Express trains for female passengers.

(v)                It has now been decided that:-

·        The existing combined quota of  two lower berths per coach in Sleeper class earmarked for senior citizens, female passengers 45 years of age and above and pregnant women (when travelling alone) may be enhanced to four lower berths per coach.  There will, however, be no change in this quota being earmarked in 3A and 2A classes.

·        The scope of instructions regarding assisting senior citizens and physically handicapped persons in getting lower berths in the train has been expanded to include pregnant women also.  Hence, onboard ticket checking staff are now authorised to allot vacant lower berths available in the train to senior citizens, physically handicapped persons and pregnant women (who have been allotted middle/upper berths), on approach, on first come first served basis after making necessary entry in the chart.

·        It has also been decided that the existing reservation quota of six berths for female passengers being earmarked in long distance Mail/Express trains should be in the middle of the coach and also to the extent feasible, the senior citizen quota should be earmarked in the middle of the coach.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Advance Reservation Period for Booking Reserved Train Tickets increased from 60 days to 120 days from 1st april 2015

The Ministry of Railways has decided to increase the Advance Reservation Period (ARP) for booking accommodation in trains from 60 days to 120 days (excluding the date of journey). Accordingly, w.e.f. 1st April 2015 the booking in trains from train originating stations will open and remain available for 120 days. For instance, as on 1.4.2015, for trains leaving on 28th July 2015, the reservation can be obtained for journey commencing on all days between 1.4.2015 upto 28.7.2015.

There will, however, be no change in case of certain day time Express trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express, special trains etc, where lower time limits for advance reservations are at present in force. There will also be no change in the case of the limit of 360 days for foreign tourists.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

7th pay commission calculators give imaginary answers

There is lot of calculators available in blogs and social media to calculate pay and allowance of 7th pay commission. People who saw these calculators wonder ‘did the 7th pay commission submit its Recommendation to the Government?’. OMG… When did the 7th pay commission submit its report to the central government? The Bapus started enquire about these calculators from everybody who are in Federations and Associations. Even they don’t know how the pay scales would be recommended by 7th pay commission? How much percentage of increase the 7th pay commission would recommend in its report? But calculators do keep coming in day to day basis. Does it worth to calculate our basic pay through this so called 7th pay commission calculators?

Everybody should understand that to review and recommend the revised pay scales for 30 Lakhs Central Government employees is not a joke. It is just more than serious business. The 7th pay commission comprises many Bureaucrats and many officials headed by renowned Supreme Court Judge, require more than 18 months’ time to interview hundreds of officials from Departments / Ministries and Representatives of Unions /Federations to get their views. The whole team of the 7th pay commission has to handle huge volumes of data to analyse the Service Condition and Socio Economic Conditions of the government servants before it start to recommend Pay and Allowance to entire community of the central government employees. The pay commission while recommending revision in pay and allowances has to take into account various factors like the economic conditions in the country, the resources of the Central Government and the global economic scenario as well as the impact upon the finances of the States, if the recommendations are adopted by them.

To recommend revised pay scales for 30Lakhs Central Government Employees is indeed an arduous Journey to perform. The 7th Pay commission, since its constitution, is doing commendable job. The Commission issued a Questionnaire and invited comments for their questionnaire invariably from government organizations, unions/ federations and from the Public also. Federations and Unions and Govt organization have been asked by the pay commission to submit the Memorandum to the commission.

The Seventh pay commission engaged with a variety of stakeholders, on issues which it has been mandated to cover, through series of Meetings from 16-6-2014. The Commission so far held 235 Meetings in 38 days from the Month of June 2014 to February 2015 with various Association/ Federations/Unions and Representatives of Ministries/ Departments. They have to go through all the inputs received from the above sources. All the Federations and Associations have been meeting with the 7th pay commission for the past eight months submitted their views and proposals to the commission. Since the federations, who knew their service conditions and department issues very well, have come across many pay commission, they would have discussed about their service condition and their departmental specific issues with 7th pay commission and discussed about their expectation over pay and allowances. So the only reliable source to tell anything about the Pay commission’s perspective is Pay commission officials or those who met with them. But none of them come forward to say anything about the views of 7th pay commission and never disclosed anything about the Pay Structure since they are not supposed to do so.

But so many 7th pay commission calculators keep coming in blogs. Did the Calculators do anything said above before it was made? Have these so called 7th pay commission calculators taken all the above factors in to the account before it was made? The Principles Applied for revising pay scales in each pay commission was entirely different. But, as for as sixth pay commission is concerned, the pay Structure itself was entirely different from previous Pay Structures of last 5 pay commissions. All the Unions, Associations and Federations have insisted 7th Pay Commission, through their memorandum, that the Running Pay Band and Grade Pay system to be dropped and Pre Revised Pay scale system to be adopted. So until now nobody knows what would be the principle to be adopted for revising pay scales for 7th pay commission? And what is the pay structure that 7th pay commission would recommend? In this context, “is it wise to calculate our 7th CPC basic pay through these premature calculators?” Hope it is not.

We assure our readers, we will keep updating you all the latest news about 7th pay commission and service related issues of central government employees. The pay commission is yet to submit its report. The stipulated time to submit its report is August 2015. But it is expected that the time may be extended and 7th pay commission would submit its report by the month of October 2015. Immediately after the 7th pay commission’s report is published by the central government, our gservants team will come up with simple and reliable 7th pay commission calculator for our readers to calculate the 7th CPC pay and allowances.

Source:http://www.gservants.com/2015/03/23/7th-pay-commission-calculators-give-imaginary-answers/

Oral Evidence of the AIRF before the VII CPC

Shiva Gopal Mishra                                                                    National Council (Staff Side)
Secretary                Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees
New Delhi

No.AIRF/405(VII CPC)
Dated. March 20, 2015

The Secretary,
Seventh Central Pay Commission, Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
1st Floor, B-14/A,
Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110016

Attn.: Ms Meena Agarwal

Dear Madam,

Sub: Oral Evidence of the AIRF before the VII CPC

Ref.: Secretary, VII CPC’s letter No.7CPC/158/Meetings/2015 dated 19.03.2015

We are very much thankful to Seventh Central Pay Commission for giving an opportunity to the Constituent Organizations of the National Council(JCM) for Oral Evidence before the Seventh Central Pay Commission, but at the same we submit that, the time allotted is quite short, particularly for the Railways and Defence.

It is worthwhile to mention here that the VI CPC had given us sufficient time to represent 136 categories and 13 lakh Railwaymen, spread throughout the Indian Railways as well as to other Central Government Organizations.

We do hope, the VII CPC will appreciate our viewpoint and allot sufficient time to represent the views of the Central Government employees of different categories

With regards

Yours Faithfully

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary NC/JCM(Staff Side)

Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com/2015/oral-evidence-of-airf-before-7th-pay-commission/

Message from ShriThaneswarSen, Chairman, NEXCC regarding OROP(ONE RANK ONE PENSION)

FURTHER UPDATE ON OROP

ShriManoharParikkar, Hon'bleDefence Minister, Government of India, met representative of our organization(NEXCC) led by ShriV.N.Mishra, Secretary General (as Chairman is indisposed).
Where 20/25 minutes cordial discussion had in connection with implementation One Rank One Pension(OROP). He has assured our delegation, that by 1st week of April,2015, modalities will be finalized & 1stpayment will be made on 1st week of May,2015. Arrears will be paid in 4 equal installments.
Considering the deferred assurance given by the Hon’bleDefence Minister, available Central Committee Member in Delhi, decided to defer our agitationalprogramme on 6th& 7th April,2015. It is further to intimate that Central Executive Committee to a later date.

The representative also brought to the knowledge of the Hon’bleDefence Minister about the ECHS meeting scheduled to be held on 05th April, 2015,at New Delhi, also & Military Service Pay(MSP)anomalies, which he assured to look into.

Source:http://ex-sergeant.blogspot.in/

Monday, March 23, 2015

Clarification on crucial date of determination of age of 56 years for induction into AIS and its applicability with reference to the year of select list-regarding

F.No.14015/30/2015-AIS-I
Government of India
Ministry of personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Departments of Personnel and Training

North block, New Delhi
Dated the 20th March, 2015

Office Memorandum

Subject: Clarification on crucial date of determination of age of 56 years for induction into AIS and its applicability with reference to the year of select list-regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject cited above and to say that on the direction of Hon’ble Supreme Court, and in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of home affairs, ministry of environment and forest, UPSC and the state Governments, the central government has decided to raise maximum age limit from 54 years to 56 years for promotion/induction from state service/Non-state Civil Service to All India Service with effect from the Select List of 2015 with crucial date of determination of age as 01.01.2015. In order to implement this decision, this Department has issued four notifications dated 17.03.2015 amending the following date of their publication in the official gazette:-

(i) Regulation 5 (3) of Indian Administrative Service (Appointment by Promotion) Regulations, 1955;
(ii) Regulation 5 (3) of Indian police service (Appointment by Promotion) Regulations, 1955;
(iii) Regulation 5 (3) of Indian Forest Service (Appointment by Promotion) Regulations, 1966; and
(iv) Proviso 1 below Regulation 4(1)(iii) of Indian Administrative Service (Appointment by Selection) Regulation, 1997

2. Further, as decided by the Government, anomaly in Non-SCS Select List vis-à-vis SCS Select List for the vacancies arising during the same year has been removed through OM dated 17.3.2015. As per this OM, for the Vacancies arising during the period 1.1.2014 to 31.12.2014, the select list of Non-SCS officers will be styled as Selected List-2014-A instead of Selected List 2015. The select list of SCS officers had already been styled coinciding with the year of the vacancies from the year 2010, after the clarificatory OM dated 25.08.2010. Thus, for the vacancies arising during the year 2015 (between 1.1.2015 to 31.12.2015), the Select List for both SCS officers as well as Non-SCS officers will be styled as Select List-2015.

3. Now, for the benefit of all stakeholders, it is clarified that the above amendments are applicable for the Select Lists of 2015 (vacancies arising between 01.01.2015 to 31.12.2015) and onwards with crucial date for determination of age as 1 st January of that Select List year. For example, for the Select List of 2015, the upper age limit for consideration will be 56 years with crucial date for determination of age as 01.01.2015.

4 In so far as the Select Lists of State Service/Non-State Civil Service officers of 2014/2014-A to be prepared for the vacancies arisen between 1.1.2014 to 31.12.2014 are concerned, the same would be prepared in accordance with the regulations existing in 2014. In other words, up-to the Select Lists of 2014/2014-A, the maximum age limit for consideration for induction into AIS would be 54 years and the same would be reckoned as on 1st January of the respective Select List year.

5(i). For further clarity, for example, 10 and 2 vacancies arose during 01.01 .2014 to 31.12 2014 in West Bengal cadre in the SCS and Non-SCS category respectively. The Select List for SCS officers would be styled as Select List 2014 and for Non-SCS officers, it would be styled as Select List 2014-A. The Selection Committee Meetings would be held in 2015 and the upper age limit will be 54 years with crucial date of determination as 01.01.2014 for both the category of officers.

(ii) Similarly, if 6 and 2 vacancies arise during 01.01.2015 to 31.12.2015 in Odisha cadre in the SCS and Non-SCS category respectively the Select Lists would be styled as Select List 2015 for both the category of officers. The Selection Committee Meetings for Select List 2015 would be held in 2016 and the upper age limit will be 56 years with crucial date of determination as 01.01.2015 for both SCs and Non-SCs officers.

6. All State Governments/Cadre Controlling Authorities and UPSC are, therefore, requested to implement the aforementioned amendments ¡n accordance with the above clarifications,

Sd/-
(Gayatri Mishra)
Director

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/14015_30_2015_AIS_I_20032015.pdf
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Revision of Platform Ticket Rates at Railway Stations

The Ministry of Railways has decided to upwardly revise the rate of platform ticket to Rs.10/- per ticket from Rs.5/- per ticket. The revised rate of platform ticket will be charged on platform ticket to be issued from 01.04.2015. Directions have been sent to All Zonal Railways to print the revised tickets on top priority and ensure supply to all stations well in time. However, till such time the tickets are printed, the existing stock of tickets may be used with the rate corrected with a stamp. Wherever platform tickets are issued through SPTM & UTS or other machines, their software may to be modified to collect the revised rate.

Further, the Ministry of Railways has delegated the power to Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) to increase the rate of platform tickets beyond Rs.10/- to regulate rush at platforms during specific requirements like mela, rally etc.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Restriction on Login for Booking of Train e-Tickets

The Ministry of Railways has decided that in case of e-ticketing, there will be a restriction of only one booking in one user login session and forced logging out of the user before another booking for all users including IRCTC agents but excluding defence booking under warrant only.

This restriction will be applicable while booking of e-ticket between 0800 and 1200 hours. However, this restriction will not be applicable while booking onward journey/return journey e-tickets.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Training Providers to Install GPS Enabled Biometric Devices

SDI Portal to Capture Attendance and to Track the Placement of Trainees

GPS Enabled Device Monitoring to Improve Performance of SDI Scheme

The Ministry of Labour & Employment has made it mandatory for registered Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) to install GPS enabled Bio-metric attendance to capture the attendance of the trainees during the start and end of training daily, which is stored at the central server. This will ensure VTPs to conduct training regularly. This is one of the many meaningful initiatives taken recently by the Ministry to monitor and improve the quality of training under Skill Development Initiative (SDI) scheme. GPS enabled device ensures that the correct attendance is tracked for the students who belong to the geographical location where biometric device is installed. Trainees having minimum 80% attendance will be allowed to take assessment for getting National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT) approved certificate. Besides this, Placement Tracking Module has also been integrated with SDI portal in order to track the placement of the passed out trainees for one year and only those VTPs get 20% of last instalment of training after one year who enters the data of the trainees namely: salary/wages etc into SDI Portal.

To bring the construction workers into mainstream, a scheme “Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of construction workers has been launched to test the competencies of the construction workers registered with Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board on pre-determined parameters and thereafter, if workers found wanting in support or core training, are imparted skill gap training as the case may be. Final assessment will be conducted leading to NCVT certification. In order to simplify and ease the process of implementation of RPL scheme, software module from registration to certification has been developed.

The Ministry of Labour & Employment always endeavours to provide quality training to the beneficiaries so that they get employment after successful completion of training. The Skill Development Initiative (SDI) scheme is being implemented since May, 2007 to develop skilled manpower through network 10173 Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) located in various parts of the country. Skill of the persons is assessed by the independent Assessing Bodies and successful persons are awarded NCVT certificates which are recognised for the purpose of employment. There is a provision in the scheme wherein the competencies of the persons acquired by any means are tested on the pre-determined parameters and successful ones are awarded NCVT certificates. As on date more than 34.65 lakhs persons have been trained/ tested and 565 modules have been developed in 68 sectors of economy.

Salient features of the scheme are:

-Additions and deletions of modules is continuing process.

-Flexi delivery time of training quality and it depends upon the target group.

-No training cost and assessment fee is charged from the trainee.

-A provision of providing lodging and boarding charges to the trainees belonging to North Eastern States, Left Wing Extremist Affected Areas, J&K , Himachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep when they come out of such place for getting training under SDI scheme.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yoga classes for central government employees from April 1

NEW DELHI: Yoga classes will be held for central government employees and their dependents across the country from next month onwards.

"The department of personnel and training (DoPT) is organising regular Yoga training sessions from April 1, 2015 for the benefits of central government employees and their dependents," an official order issued on Friday said.

The sessions will be held all days except Sundays or gazetted holidays at Grih Kalyan Kendra, Samaj Sadan in association with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga here.

"No registration or training fees will be charged," it said. There are about 31 lakh central government employees working across the country.

The central government has been emphasising on popularising use of traditional medicine and yoga among others.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last year in his speech, at the United Nations in the US, appealed to the international community to adopt an international Yoga day. Following which, the United National General Assembly had in December last declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day.

The DoPT is also organising a two-day workshop for senior bureaucrats to help them learn stress management techniques.

The workshop, scheduled to begin from March 28, is being organised for officers working in the DoPT and the cabinet secretariat here.

The DoPT deals with works related to personnel matters of central government employees and anti-corruption initiatives like Lokpal and others while cabinet secretariat provides secretarial assistance to cabinet and cabinet committees.

Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Yoga-classes-for-central-government-employees-from-April-1/articleshow/46634076.cms

PENSION PAYMENT FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2015 THROUGH POSB FUNCTIONING UNDER CBS – REGARDING

No. PF-Misc/2015                                             Dated 21th March, 2015

To

The Secretary
Department of Posts
Government of India
Dak Bhawn     
New Delhi – 110001


Sub: Pension payment for the month of March 2015 through POSB functioning under CBS – regarding.

Madam,

Your kind attention is invited to the fact that last year on 1st April, 2014 no payment of pension could be disbursed through POSB on the request of Infosys due to some technical problems in the CBS. In fact all SB transactions were suspended on that day. Many pensioners were made to return home empty handed without drawing their pension on that day.

This year 1st April is followed by two holidays on 2nd and 3rd April for Mahavir jayanthi and Good Friday and therefore any recurrence of previous problem on 1st April will cause heavy hardships on pensioners as they could not draw their pension until 4th April, 2015.

It is therefore requested to kindly intervene in the matter to prevent any such recurrence this year and if suspension of all SB transactions on 1st April is unavoidable, then necessary instructions may please be issued to all concerned for effecting payment of pension on 31st March, 2015 itself irrespective of the fact that no payment or pension payment is normally done on the closing day of the financial year.


Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,

(R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General

Friday, March 20, 2015

Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2015- Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

F. No.12/6/2015-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
*****

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 19th March, 2015.


OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2015- Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

It has been decided to declare Tuesday, the 14th April 2015, as a Closed Holiday on account of the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, for all Central Government Offices including Industrial Establishments throughout India.

2. The above holiday is also being notified in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (26 of 1881).

3. All Ministries/Departments of Government of India may bring the above decision to the notice of all concerned.

(Mrs. K. Kipgen)
Director (JCA)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/12_6_2015_JCA-2-19032015.pdf

Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 — Clarification regarding formats to be used for filing returns under the Act.

No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV-B
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-110001.
Dated the 18.03.2015.

Office Memorandum

Subject : Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 — Clarification regarding formats to be used for filing returns under the Act.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's DO letter of even No. dated 29 th December, 2014 and the O.M. of even No. dated it January, 2015 regarding furnishing of information relating to assets and liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, forwarding therewith copies of the Central Government's notifications dated 26th December, 2014 containing —

(a) Amendment to the Lokpal & Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014, for the purpose of extending the time limit for carrying out necessary changes in the relevant rules relating to different services from "three hundred and sixty days" to "eighteen months" , from the date on which the Act came into force, i.e., 16 th January, 2014; and

(b) The Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2014, extending the time limit for filing of revised returns (pl see proviso under sub- rule 2 of rule 3 of the principal rules) by all public servants from 31st December 2014 to 30th April, 2015.

2. In this regard, it is clarified that:-

(i) The first return (as on l at August, 2014) under the Lokpal Act should be filed on or before the 30th April, 2015;

(ii) The next annual return under the the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 for the year ending 3lst March, 2015 should be filed on or before 31 st July, 2015; and

(iii) The annual return for subsequent years as on 31st March every year should be filed on or before 31 6t July of that year.

3. The following Assets & Liabilities Return forms (both in English and Hindi) are enclosed herewith as indicated below:

A. Declaration to be filed with Return of Assets and Liabilities on First Appointment or as on the 31st March, 20........ (Under Sec 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.) [Appendix-I of the notification dated 14.07.2014].

B.
(a) FORM No. I - Details of Public Servant, his/ her spouse and dependent children[Appendix-II of the notification dated 14.07.2014].

(b) Modified FORM No. II - Statement of movable property on first appointment or as on the 31st March, 20...[Appendix-II of the notification dated 14.07.2014 as modified vide notification dated 26.12.2014].

(c) FORM NO. III - Statement of immovable property on first appointment or as on the 31st March, 20.... (e.g. Lands, House, Shops, Other Buildings, etc.) [Held by Public Servant, his/her spouse and dependent children] [Appendix-II of the notification dated 14.07.2014].

(d) Modified FORM No. IV - Statement of Debts and Other Liabilities on first appointment or as on 31st March, 20.... [Appendix-II of the notification dated 14.07.2014 as modified vide notification dated 26.12.2014].

4. It is requested to ensure that all officers and staff in your Ministry/ Department/ organizations file the said declarations/returns within the prescribed
time-limits, in the afore-mentioned forms.

Enc:- As above.

(JishnuBarua)
Joint Secretary(V-2)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/407_12_2014_AVD_IV_B.pdf

Anubhav- showcasing outstanding work done during service submission of details by the retiring employees regarding

No.21/4/2015-CS.I(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
CS.I Division

2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated the 19th March 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: “Anubhav”- showcasing outstanding work done during service submission of details by the retiring employees regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to the interactive session chaired by Secretary (P) oh 18.3.2015 with the officers of CSS and CSSS retiring in the month of March and April, 2015 on the subject mentioned above.

2. As Ministries/ Departments are aware, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has laiunched an online platform viz. “Anubhav” for the retiring Central Government employees to showcase commendable work done by them during their service. It is envisaged that this would provide satisfaction to the retiring employee and also act as a motivator for serving employees. This would also be a wonderful opportunity to garner the resource of retiring employees for voluntary contribution to nation building post retirement.

3. The link to the “Anubhav” is at http://pensionersportal.gov.in/anubhav/CSS/CSSS Officers retiring within six months are requested to submit the write up not more than 5000 words along with appropriate attachments where need be in the online portal. For detailed instructions they may refer to the circulars issued by Department of Pension & Pensioners welfare in this regard.

4. All Ministries/Departments may request CSS/CSSS Officers retiring within six months to submit a write up providing details of their work that has contributed to the efficiency, economy and effectiveness in government functioning or / and any innovation which led to improved work culture or any other contribution considered significant by the retiring employee.

5. Ministry/Department wise list of employees of CSS and CSSS retiring within the next six months as per web based cadre management system is attached. Mistakes if any in the list may also be brought to the notice of this Department.

(V. Srinivasaragavan)
Under Secretary to the vernment of India

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/anubhav19032015.pdf
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Government officials may get to claim LTC for domestic helicopter flights -ET

NEW DELHI: The government is discussing a proposal to allow its employees to claim leave travel concession for domestic helicopter flights, a move seen boosting the helicopter-ferrying business.

At present, central government employees can claim leave travel concession (LTC) only for using scheduled commercial airline flights, preferably Air India. According to a civil aviation ministry official, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had sought a cost analysis of helicopter rides in the country.

"We have sent our analysis to the DoPT on the cost of flying in a helicopter. They had asked for it since they plan to bring helicopter rides under the LTC scheme," the official, who did not wish to be named, told ET. The helicopter industry has welcomed the proposal, which aims to extend the travel concession to some 3 million central government workers.

"It creates business for helicopter operators in the country. Currently, helicopter operations are available in areas that have difficult terrain and no other means of connectivity, as helicopter rides are expensive," said Harsh Vardhan Sharma, treasurer at Business Aircraft Operators' Association and owner of Himalayan Heli Services Ltd, a helicopter operator.

"The rides are expensive because there is less demand. A move like this would increase volumes that will bring down fares in the affordable category." According to Sharma, helicopter fare for the Katra-Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine ride has come down by half mainly due to volumes.

"During peak season, helicopter operators ferry about 1,000 people a day that comes down to about 800 a day during non-peak season between Katra and Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. This had led to a 50% fall in fares from its high fare days," Sharma said.

Source:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/government-officials-may-get-to-claim-ltc-for-domestic-helicopter-flights/articleshow/46629175.cms

7th Pay Commission to meet leadership of AIRF on 7and 8 April/2015 to seek the views of Federation

MEENA AGARWAL
SECREATARY
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

D.O No. 7CPC/158/Meetings/2015

19th March, 2015

Dear Shri Mishra,

The Seventh, Central Pay Commission has, from the time of its constitution, engaged with a variety of stakeholders on the issues which it has been mandated to cover in accordance with its terms of reference. Based on the wide ranging interaction the Commission has had in this period, certain broad issues have emerged before the Commission. The Commission has also been seeking from individual Pvlinistriest Departments their views on the issues posed, in relation to matters that are relevant to the Ministries.

The Commission has had the occasion to interact with the Federation in May 2014. A meeting was also held on 25 February 2015 with the National Council (Staff side) wherein it was agreed that the Commission would have a detailed engagement with the Staff side as part of its final deliberations.

Accordingly, a meeting with the 7th Central Pay Commission has been scheduled for the Federation on two successive days viz. 7 and 8 April 2015. between 10.30 am and 1 pm in the Conference Room 1 floor B-14/A Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi,

With Regrds

Yours sincerely,
Sd/-
(Meena Agarwai)

Shri Shiv Copal Mishra
General Secretary
All India Railwayrnens’ Federation
4, State Entry Road
New Delhi- 110055

Source: http://www.airfindia.org/2015/03/20/7th-pay-commission-to-meet-leadership-of-airf-on-7and-8-april2015-to-seek-the-views-of-federation/

Reservation for women in direct recruitment in Non-Gazetted posts in police forces of all Union Territories including Delhi Police


The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for making reservation of 33 percent for women, horizontally and in each category (SC/ST/OBC and others) in direct recruitment in non-gazetted posts from Constables to sub-inspector in the police forces of all Union Territories, including Delhi Police. The Cabinet also approved that suitable enabling provisions in the Recruitment Rules should be made accordingly by all UTs police forces including Delhi Police. The reservation will be available to women against all such vacancies existing on the date of issue of the order after Cabinet approval and vacancies arising thereafter.

This decision will help in augmenting the representation of the women in the police forces of all UTs and Delhi Police so as to make the police more gender sensitive. It will also instill confidence among women to enable them to approach the police without hesitation for seeking protection and assistance as and when required.

Background:

It is well accepted that a society or a nation can progress rapidly in an equitable manner if and only if women are provided equal opportunities to participate in social, political and economic activities. The police is the first line of interface between citizens and the Governmental law enforcement machinery. It has been observed that many women do not approach the police, as they may have to confide or report the incident to a male police officer. This is particularly so in respect of sex related crimes. A skewed police force with adequate gender representation is a major practical barrier in effective implementation of legislation intended for the protection of women.

After the ‘Nirbhaya’ incident, based on the recommendations of the Justice (Retd.) Verma Report, the Ministry of Home Affairs has enacted the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 which has made significant changes in the provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC) and the Indian Evidence Act relating to women. One of the notable amendments related specifically to women is that in section 154 and 161 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, a proviso has been inserted to make it mandatory that the reports of crimes against women as well as their statements are collected by women police officers or women officers only.

Source;http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

CGHS Wellness Centres

The Government has extended free OPD consultation facilities to senior citizens (60 years and above) from general public from 1.30 P.M. to 3.00 P.M. at the following 26 Wellness Centers of CGHS including six Wellness Centers under AYUSH in Delhi on pilot basis with effect from 1st September, 2014.

Details are given below:-

1. Pusa Road                          11. Sahibabad

2. Darya Ganj                        12. Kalkaji II

3. Chandani Chowk               13. Vasant Kunj

4. Vasant Vihar                     14. Kasturba Nagar II

5. Sarojini Nagar L Block     15. Sarita Vihar

6. Sarojini Nagar SY Block  16. Rajpur Road

7. Jangpura                            17. Noida Sector-82

8. Chanakyapuri                    18. Gurgoan Sect-55

9. Pandara Road                    19. Kali Bari

10. Greater Noida                  20. Mayur Vihar


AYUSH Category                 Wellness Centres

AYURVEDIC                        1. Kali Bari
                                           2. Janakpuri

HOMOEOPATHIC                   3. Kalkaji II
                                           4. Sector 3, R K Puram

UNANI                                   5. Sarojini Nagar

SIDDHA                                 6. Lodhi Colony


The facility has been initiated in 26 CGHS Wellness Centers in Delhi only as a pilot basis and there is no proposal, at present, to extend it to other locations.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

 Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Future Main Battle Tank

Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun, a multidisciplinary Armoured Fighting Vehicle developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has already been inducted into the Indian Army. DRDO is presently engaged in the development of Arjun MBT Mk-II with 73 tank related improvements (including 18 major improvements), as on date, over MBT Mk-I. DRDO has taken proactive measures and decided to go-ahead with the following enabling & critical advance technologies development projects, so as to fill-up the technological gap and as well as to reduce the foreign dependence for all the future Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs):

Design and development of engine.

• Design vetting of automatic transmission system, which is to be followed-up by a technology development project.

All electric drive for gun control system.

Active protection system.

Missile development.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Kalikesh N. Singh Deo in Lok Sabha today.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Format for giving information to the applicants under RTI Act- seeking comments from public regarding

No. 10/1/2013-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 17th March, 2015

CIRCULAR

Subject: Format for giving information to the applicants under RTI Act- seeking comments from public regarding

A committee comprising of representatives of Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Home Affairs and Central Information Commission was constituted to devise a standard format for reply to RTI applications under the RTI Act, 2005. The Committee recommended that there should not be a model/standard format for reply to the RTI application as there is no such provision in the RTI Act or RTI Rules. However, the Committee recommended that few points can be uniformly adopted by the Public Information Officers while replying to the RTI applications. Based on the recommendations of the Committee and in consultation with Ministry of Law and Justice, draft guidelines have been attempted regarding the elements that a RTI reply should essentially contain, which is placed at Annexure - I.

2. It has been decided to invite views/suggestions from the citizens on the draft guidelines. The views/suggestions, preferably not exceeding more than one page, may be sent latest by 16.4.2015 through e-mail only to Shri R.K. Girdhar, US (RTI), North Block at email ID usrti-dopt@nic.in.

(Sandeep Jain)
Director (IR)

Annexure-I


Subject: Format for giving information to the applicants under RTI Act- issue of guidelines regarding.

It has been observed that different Public Information Officers provide information to RTI applicants in different formats. Though there cannot be a standard format for providing information, the reply should however essentially contain the following information:


i. The name, designation, official telephone number and email ID of the CPIO.
ii. In case the information requested for is denied, detailed reasons for denial quoting the relevant sections of the RTI Act should be clearly mentioned.
iii. In case the information pertains to other public authority and the application is transferred under section 6(3) of the RTI Act, details of the public authority to whom the application is transferred should be given.
iv. In the concluding para of the reply, it should be clearly mentioned that the First Appeal, if any, against the reply of the CPIO may be made to the First Appellate Authority within 30 days of receipt of reply of CPIO.
v. The name, designation, address, oflicial telephone number and e-mail ID of the First Appellate Authority should also be clearly mentioned.

2. In addition, wherever the applicant has requested for ‘certified copies’ of the documents or records, the CPIO should endorse on the document “True copy of the document/record”, sign the document with date, above a seal containing name of the officer, CPIO (in place of designation) and name of public authority; as enumerated below:
                         ---------------------------------------------------------
True copy of the document/record

Sd/-
Date
(Name of the Officer)
CPIO
Name of the Public Authority
                        ---------------------------------------------------------
Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02rti/10-1-2013-IR.pdf
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Family Identity Cards to retiring/retired railway employees.

RBE No. 19/2015
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD 
No.E(W) 2003/PS 5-8/1
Date 16.03.2015
The General Manager(P)
        &
The General Manager(Comml.),
All Indian Railways.

Sub: Family Identity Cards to retiring/retired railway employees.

In terms of Board's letter of even number dated 24.08.2006 on the above subject, Family Identity Cards Issued to retiring/retired railway employees are renewed after every 7 years.

2. The issue regarding enhancing the validity of such Family Identity Cards from present 7 years has been under consideration in Board’s Office.  The matter has been considered by Board and it has now been decided that validity of Family Identity Cards issued to retiring/retired railway employees and widows of railway employees will now be for lifetime instead of 7 years.  Other terms and conditions as laid down in Board’s letter of even number dated 04.06.2003 will remain the same.

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

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Debasis Mazumdar)
Director Estt.(Welfare)
Railway Board


Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/E%28W%29/2015/RBE_19_2015.pdf

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Compulsory Paid Leave During Pregnancy

There are provisions which prescribe that a female Government servant (including an apprentice) with less than two surviving children may be granted maternity leave by an authority competent to grant leave for a period of 180 days from the date of its commencement. During such period, she shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Kirti Azad in the Lok Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Reimbursement of LPG Subsidy into Bank Accounts of Consumers

The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today that as on 11th March, 2015, 11.94 crore LPG consumers have joined the PAHAL scheme out of which 9.81 crore have received permanent advance/ subsidy in their bank accounts.

No consumer, who has successfully enrolled under PAHAL scheme, is deprived of subsidy. All LPG consumers who have not joined the scheme, will be given a grace period of three months from the date of launch to join the scheme. During grace period such consumers will get LPG, as per their entitlement, at subsidized price. Additionally, a period of three months beyond grace period known as parking period has been given to LPG consumers for joining the scheme. During parking period such consumers will get cylinders as per their entitlement at market price and subsidy will be kept parked with OMCs. This parked subsidy would be released as soon as consumer joins the scheme. However, if a consumer joins the scheme after parking period, the parked subsidy would lapse and consumer will get subsidy from prospective date only.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Requirement of Aadhaar Card for LPG Connection

The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today that Aadhaar card is not mandatory for availing or continuance of LPG refill or LPG connection.

OMCs have been directed that blocking of refills of Non Cash Transfer Compliant customers at local level by LPG distributors is not permitted and complaints in this regard should be immediately taken up and resolved along with necessary action against the erring distributor as deemed fit.

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Biometric Attendance System for Central Govt Employees

Biometric Attendance

The Central Government employees are marking their attendance in the Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS). There is a difference between the number of registered employees and number of employees marking their attendance. The Department of Personnel & Training has issued fresh instructions to all Ministries/ Departments on 28.01.2015 that necessary directions may be issued to all employees to mark their attendance in the Biometric Attendance Portal on regular basis.

Biometric attendance system is an enabling platform for marking of attendance. There is no change in the instructions relating to office hours, late attendance etc. There is no proposal to introduce an alternative system.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Dushyant Chautala in the Lok Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Important message for employees retiring within the next six months

PRE – RETIREMENT COUNSELLING

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare is organizing a Pre-retirement counselling workshop on 31st March, 2015 from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM in the Lecture Room-I, India International Centre Annexe, 40, Max Muller Marg, New Delhi-110003. The employees of Government of India retiring within the next six months and who have not attended the workshop yet are hereby informed that they may attend the workshop. Confirmation with Name, Ministry & Phone No. may be sent at the email address mkumar.mol@nic.in. The persons desirous of attending the workshop are also requested to bring their PAN and Aadhar No.

Sd/-
US (Sankalp)
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
Phone No.24641627

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PRC_31032015.pdf

Advance Reservation Period for Booking Reserved Train Tickets Increased From Existng 60 Days to 120 Days from 1st April 2015

The Ministry of Railways has decided that the Advance Reservation Period (ARP) for booking reserved train tickets will be increased from existing 60 days to 120 days (excluding the date of journey) w.e.f. 1st April 2015.

There will be no change in case of certain day time Express trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express, special trains etc, where lower time limits for advance reservations are at present in force. There will also be no change in case of the limit of 360 days for foreign tourists.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Monday, March 16, 2015

One rank-one pension by April-end, Army chief says

 JHAJJAR (Haryana): Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Saturday said that the long-standing demand of armed forces veterans' for one rank-one pension (OROP) will be approved by April end.

The file on the OROP is currently being studied by the finance wing of the defence ministry after which it would be sent to the finance ministry for final approval.

The government has already made it clear that the OROP will be implemented with effect from April 1, 2014.

Addressing a rally of around 17,000 ex-servicemen here, the Army chief said, "The OROP will come out in the same principle as desired. It will be effective from April 1, 2014 and may be approved latest by April 30 this year. However, delay does not matter as arrears will be given."

The OROP scheme, which seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, has been a long-standing demand of the over two million ex-servicemen in the country.

In view of the hardships faced by the soldiers while discharging their duties, Gen Singh has sought a hike in their pay and allowances from the Prime Minister, a defence statement said.

Singh said that the army has tied up with the skilled development ministry for ensuring employment to the Army retirees in public and private sectors, it said.

However, the Army chief ruled out the possibilities of exempting the veterans from income tax as it would be a violation of the principal of parity, the statement added.

A number of grievance resolution stalls were set up to process on-the-spot redressal of grievances pertaining to pension, preparation of ECHS cards and CSD cards, it said.

A medical camp was also organised in which specialists from various discipline of medicine attended the needy patients.

Besides, 26 modified scooters and six wheel chairs were given to the eligible ex-servicemen, the statement added.

Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/One-rank-one-pension-by-April-end-Army-chief-says/articleshow/46570263.cms