Thursday, September 20, 2018

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Grant of ‘ad-hoc bonus’ for the Central Autonomous Bodies for 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-2018- reg.

National council(Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C,Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001
No.NC/JCM/2017
Dated: September 17, 2018 
The Cabinet Secretary,
(Government of India),
Cabinet Secretariat,
Rashtrapathi Bhawan Annexe,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Grant of ‘ad-hoc bonus’ for the Central Autonomous Bodies for 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-2018- reg.

Kindly call for our earlier letter of even number dated October 30, 2017(copy enclosed), whereby it was requested, while thanking the government for having implemented VII CPC recommendations in case of staff of the Central Autonomous Bodies, that, their genuine grievance in respect of payment PLB/Ad-hoc bonus to these staff should also be considered .

It would be pertinent to recall that, Finance Ministry used to extend the benefit of PLB/Ad-hoc Bonus to the Central Autonomous Bodies also at par with other Central Government employees till the year 2014-15. Surprisingly, employees of the Central Autonomous Bodies have been deprived of this benefit after the year 2014-15 without assigning any bonafide reason thereto.

It is, therefore, requested that, necessary action may kindly be taken for granting ad-hoc bonus to the Central Autonomous Bodies also on par with the Central Government employees for the years 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-2018, as was being done till the year 2014-15 in the larger interest of justice and parity.

Sincerly yours 

(Shiva Gopal Mishra) 
Secretary (Staff Side) 
National Council (JCM) 

Source : http://ncjcmstaffside.com
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Relaxation to travel by air to visit North East Region, Jammu & Kashmir and Andaman & Nicobar - extension beyond 25.09.2018.

No. 31011/3/2018-Estt.(A-IV) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
Establishment A-IV Desk 
***
North Block, New Delhi-110 001 
Dated: September 20, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 - Relaxation to travel by air to visit North East Region, Jammu & Kashmir and Andaman & Nicobar - extension beyond 25.09.2018.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. No. 31011/3/2014 - Estt.A-IV dated 19.09.2016 on the subject noted above and to say that in relaxation to CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988, the scheme allowing Government servants to travel by air to North East Region (NER), Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N) is extended for a further period of two years, w.e.f. 25th September , 2018 till 25th September , 2020 as under:

(i)  LTC for visiting NER, J&K and A&N in lieu of a Home Town LTC.

(ii)  Facility of air journey to non-entitled Government servants for visiting NER, J&K and A&N.

(iii) Permission to undertake journey to J&K, NER and A&N by private airlines .

2.  The above special dispensation is subject to the following terms & conditions:

(i) All eligible Government servants may avail LTC to visit any place in NERI A&N/ J&K against the conversion of their one Home Town LTC in a four year block.

(ii) Government servants , whose Home Town and Headquarters/place of posting is the same, are not allowed the conversion .

(iii) Fresh Recruits are allowed conversion of one of the three Home Town LTCs in a block of four years , applicable to them.

(iv) Government servants entitled to travel by air may avail this concession from their Headquarters in their entitled class of air by any airlines subject to the maximum fare limit of LTC-80.

(v) Government servants not entitled to travel by air are allowed to travel by air in Economy class by any airlines subject to the maximum fare limit of LTC-80 in the following sectors:

(a) Between Kolkata/Guwahati and any place in NER.

(b) Between Kolkata/ChennaiNisakhapatnam and Port Blair.

(c) Between Delhi/Amritsar and any place in J&K.

Journey for these non-ntitled employees from their Headquarters up to Kolkata/ Guwahati/ Chennai/ Visakhapatnam/ Delhi/ Amritsar shall be undertaken as per their entitlement.

(vi) Air travel by Government employees to NER, J&K and A&N as mentioned in para

(iv) and (v) above is allowed whether they avail the concession against Anywhere in India LTC or in lieu of the Home Town LTC as permitted.

(vii) Air Tickets are 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- Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009] while undertaking LTC journey . Booking of tickets through other agencies is not permitted and no request for relaxation of rules for booking the tickets through such agencies shall be considered by this Department.

3. Efforts should be made by the Government servants to book air tickets at the cheapest fare possible. All the Ministries/ Departments are advised to bring it to the notice of all their employees that any misuse of LTC will be viewed seriously and the employees will be liable for appropriate action under the rules. In order to keep a check on any kind of misuse of LTC, Ministries/ Departments are advised to randomly get some of the air tickets submitted by the officials verified from the airlines concerned with regard to the actual cost of air travel vis-a-vis the cost indicated on the air tickets submitted by the officials .

4. In so far as the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, this order issues after consultation with Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

Sd/-
(Surya Narayan Jha) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:www.dopt.gov.in

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Grant of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2018.

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

RBE No.:132/2018 
New Delhi, dated: 10 .09.2018 
PC-VII No.- 116
File No. PC-VII/2016/I/7/2/1 

The General Manager/CAOs(R),

All India Railways & Production Units, (As per mailing list)

Sub: – Grant of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2018.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter RBE No 39/2018 dated 19.03.2018 (F. No. PC-VII/2016/I/7/2/1) on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 7% to 9% of the basic pay with effect from 1st July, 2018.

2. The term ‘basic pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

3. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of Rule 1303 (FR 9(21)), Indian Railway Establishment Code, Volume – II (Sixth Edition – 1987) – Second Reprint 2005.

4. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be

5. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of September, 2018.

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

(S. Balachandrajyer) 
Executive Director, Pay Commission-II 
Railway Board
Source:AIRF

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Withdrawal of Financial assistance for maternity grant to Female GDS on introduction Maternity leave in the Department of Posts


File No.15-1/2016-WL&Sp 
Government of India 
Ministry of Communications 
Department of Posts 
(Welfare & Sports Section) 

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi – 110 001. 
Dated: 29.08.2018 
To

All Heads of Circle

Subject: Withdrawal of Financial assistance for maternity grant to Female GDS on introduction Maternity leave in the Department of Posts.

On the above subject, it is intimated that as per O.M. No.17-31/2016-GDS dated 27.06.2018, Establishment Division introduce new scheme related to Maternity Leave for female GDSs wherein it is clearly mentioned that above O.M will supersede all earlier orders in respect of Maternity leave for female GDSs.

2. Hence, it is informed that O.M. No.17-31/2016-GDS dated 27.06.2018 will be followed from 01.07.2018, no further clarification w.r.t. above O.M. will be issued from Welfare and sports section’s end, further communication in this regard may be take up with Establishment Division.

Your’s faithfully 
(Daisy Barla) 
Director (W&S) 
Source:NFPE

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners — Revised rate effective from 01.07.2018.

No. 42/06/2018-P&PW(G) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare 

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, 
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003 
Dated the 18th Sept„2018 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners — Revised rate effective from 01.07.2018.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/06/2018- P&PW(G) dated 22.03.2018 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief admissible to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 7% to 9% w.e.f 01.07.2018.

2. These rates of DR will be applicable to (i) Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners including Central Govt. absorbee pensioners in PSU/Autonomous Bodies in respect of whom orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No. 4134/2002-P&PW(D) Vol.II dated 23.06.2017 for restoration of full pension after expiry of commutation period of 15 years (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners/family pensioners (v) Pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension (vi) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government Pensioners from Burma/ Pakistan, in respect of whom orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No. 23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 11.09.2017.

3. The payment of Dearness Relief involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

4. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F.No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

5. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

6. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

7. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, II134-80-11 dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

8. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

9. This issues in accordance with Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s OM No. 1/2/2018-E.II(B) dated 07th Sept,2018.

Hindi version will follow. 
(Charanjit Taneja) 
Under Secretary to the Government of India 

Source: http://documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D3/D03ppw/DR_18092018QCMmW.pdf

All India Protest Day for 19th September, 2018 – Instructions under CCS (Conduct Rules), 1964 – Regarding.

MOST IMMEDIATE 
OUT TODAY 
No.45018/1/2017-Vig. 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training 

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 18th September, 2018

Subject: All India Protest Day for 19th September, 2018 – Instructions under CCS (Conduct Rules), 1964 – Regarding.

It has been brought to the notice of the Government that National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), New Delhi has decided to observe “All India Protest Day” on 19th September, 2018 in support of the following issues:

i. Upward Revision of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula,
ii. Scrapping of the New Contributory Pension Scheme; and
iii. Allow Option No. 1 as one of the Pension Fitment Formula.

2. The instructions issued by the Department of Personnel and Training prohibit the Government servants from participating in any form of strike including mass casual leave, go slow etc. or any action that abet any form of strike in violation of Rule 7 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964. Besides, in accordance with the proviso to Rule 17(I) of the Fundamental Rules, pay and allowances is not admissible to an employee for his absence from duty without any authority.

As to the concomitant rights of an Association after it is formed, they cannot be different from the rights which can be claimed by the individual members of which the Association is composed. It follows that the right to form an Association does not include any guaranteed right to strike. There is no statutory provision empowering the employees to go on strike. The Supreme Court has also ruled in several judgments that going on a strike is a grave misconduct under the Conduct Rules and that misconduct by the Government employees is required to be dealt with in accordance with the law. Any employee going on strike in any form would face the consequences which, besides deduction of wages, may also include appropriate disciplinary action. Attention of all employees of this Department is also drawn to this Department’s O.M. No.33012/1/(s)/2008-Estt.(B) dated 12.9.2008, on the subject for strict compliance (enclosed as Annexure-A).

3. All officers are requested that the above instructions may be brought to the notice of the employees working under their control. All officers are also requested not to sanction Casual Leave or any other kind of leave to the officers and employees, if applied for, during the period of proposed protest, and ensure that the willing employees are allowed hindrance free entry into the office premises.

4. In case employees go on protest, all Divisional Heads are requested to forward report indicating the number and details of employees, who are absent from duty on the day of protest, i.e., 19.09.2018.

(Juglal Singh)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

Source: http://documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D2/D02adm/Strike%20NoticeVO7Wv.pdf

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Aadhar not mandatory for booking an International Parcel, says Department of Posts


Ministry of Communications

10 SEP 2018

The Department of Posts today clarified that it is mandatory to produce an Identity Proof acceptable for important transactions like booking an International Parcel or International EMS (Merchandise) for safety and security reasons. One of the accepted Identity Proof is Aadhaar, along with others like driving license, Passport, Voter ID etc which are also acceptable. Aadhaar, as per the prevailing norms in the country, is not a mandatory document to be produced at the time of booking. Moreover, all such documents are only required for office record and are NOT required to be pasted on the consignments.

The clarification comes in the wake of a news report published in The Times of India, Bengaluru edition dated 10.09.2018 with the heading "India Post asks for display of Aadhaar number on parcels". The department said that it appears that the confusion was created by an erroneous message generated from the twitter account of the office of the Chief Postmaster General, Delhi Circle wherein it was mentioned that pasting of ID proof on consignments is in accordance with international guidelines.

Instructions are being reiterated to the post offices to ensure smooth booking of articles taking the convenience and regulatory requirements into account together. The Department of Posts said that a copy of any ID proof including Aadhaar is required for booking of International Parcel and International EMS (Merchandise) for security purpose based on requests received from organizations like Narcotics Control Bureau and Wild Life Crime Control Bureau. India Post is committed to ensuring safety and security in its operations.

Source : PIB
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NEW CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SYSTEM (NPS)-NFPE


M.krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation of Central Govt.
Employees & Workers

                   Pension system was in vogue in India for a century or more and the British Government during the pre-independence era introduced Pension Rules for Government employees and thus made it statutory.  In the year 1982 Supreme Court in its landmark judgement in Nakara’s case declared that - “as per India’s constitution, Government is obliged to provide social and economic security to pensioners and that Government retirees had the fundamental right to pension.....  Pension is not a  bounty nor a matter of grace depending upon the sweet will of the employer.  It is not an ex-gratia payment, but a payment for past service rendered.  It is a social welfare measure, rendering socio-economic justice to those who in the hey days of their life, ceaselessly toiled for their employers on the assurance that in their old age, they would not be left in lurch.”

                   During the advent of globalisation policies in 1980’s the pension reforms also started simultaneously. IMF & World Bank started publishing so many reports and documents emphasizing the need for pension reforms.  They also started studying about the reforms to be undertaken in the pension sector in India.  In 2001, “IMF work paper on pension reforms in India” and World Bank India specific report “India - the challenge of old age income security” were published.  Their work reports emphasized that “Pension obligations or promises made by the Governments which have potential of exerting pressure on Govt. finances, have been a subject of increased focus in assessing medium to long term fiscal sustainability.”  In tune with the dictates of IMF and World Bank BJP-led NDA Government appointed Bhattacharjee Committee in 2001 headed by Ex-Chief Secretary of Karnataka, to study and recommend pension reforms.  Thus after creating ground for pension reforms, under the pretext of implementing recommendations of Bhattacharyya Committee, the NDA Government introduced New Pension System called Defined Contributory pension system for all employees who join service on or after 01-01-2004.  The Congress-led UPA Government which came to power in 2004 continued with the reforms and promulgated an ordinance to legalise NPS.  But UPA-I Govt. could not pass the Pension Bill in Parliament due to stiff opposition of Left Parties supporting it.  Later when UPA-II Government came to power the Pension Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill was passed in the Parliament with the support of BJP, the then opposition party.  Many State Governments governed by political parties other than Left Parties, introduced Contributory Pension System for their employees from various dates after 2004.  Left Front Governments of Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura refused to introduce the New Pension Scheme and they continued with the old defined benefit pension scheme.  Congress-led UDF Government introduced NPS in Kerala. After BJP coming to power in Tripura also  Contributory Pension Scheme is introduced recently.  In West Bengal old Pension Scheme continues even now.  Not only newly appointed Central and State Government employees, almost all new entrants of public sector and Autonomous bodies are also brought under the purview of NPS.

                   As per New Contributory Pension Scheme an amount of 10% of pay plus Dearness Allowance will be deducted each month from the salary of the employees covered under NPS and credited to their pension account.  Equal amount is to be credited by the Government (employer) also.  Total amount will go to the Pension Funds constituted under the PFRDA Act.  From the pension fund the amount will go to the share market.  As per the PFRDA Act - “there shall not be any implicit or explicit assurance of benefit except (share) market based guarantee mechanism to be purchased by the subscribers”.  Thus the amount deposited in Pension Fund may or may not grow depending on the fluctuations in the share market.  After attaining 60 years of age i.e., at the time of retirement, 60% of the accumulated amount in the Pension Account of the employee will be refunded and the balance 40% will be deposited in an Insurance Annuity Scheme.  Monthly amount received from the Insurance Annuity Scheme is the monthly pension i.e., Pension is not paid by Government, but by the Insurance Company and hence NPS is nothing but Pension Privatization..

                   Thus it can be seen that the growth of the accumulated amount in the Pension fund depends upon the vagaries of share market.  If the share markets collapse, as happened during the 2008 world financial crisis, then the entire amount in the pension fund may vanish.  In that case employee will not get any pension.  Every fluctuation in the share market will affect the future of pension of those employees who are covered under NPS.  Uncertainty about pension and retirement life looms large over their heads.  Even if there is a stabilized share market the 40% amount in the annuity scheme is not enough to get 50% of the last pay drawn as pension, which is the minimum pension as per old pension scheme. Many employees who entered in service after 01-01-2004 has retired in 2017 and 2018 after completing 12 & 13 years of service. They are getting Rs.1400- to Rs.1700- only as monthly pension from Insurance Annuity Scheme. If they have entered service in 2003 i.e., in the old pension scheme, they would have got 50% of the last pay drawn as pension subject to a minimum of Rs.9000- as minimum pension, that too without giving any monthly
contribution towards pension from their salary. In short, NPS is nothing but NO PENSION SYSTEM.

                   As per clause 12(5) of the PFRDA  Act even the employees and pensioners who are not covered under NPS, can be brought under the Act by a Gazette notification by the Government.  Thus NPS is a Damocles’ sword hanging over the head of all employees and pensioners. 
 
                   Who is the beneficiary of this pension reforms?  As in the case of every neo-liberal reforms, the ultimate beneficiary is the Corporates.  The huge amount collected from the workers through pension fund is invested in share market by the Pension Fund Managers and this amount in turn can be utilied by the multi-national Corporates for multiplying their profit.  Amount deducted and credited to the Pension fund from each newly recruited employees plus the employer’s share amount will remain with the pension fund and share market for a period of minimum 30 to 35 years i.e., till the age of 60 years.  During this long period of 35 years crores and crores of rupees will be at the disposal of share market controlled by multinational corporate giants.  Ultimate causality will be the poor helpless employee/pensioner.

                   Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers and All India State Government Employees Federation (AISGEF) has been opposing the NPS from the very beginning and a one day strike was conducted on 30th October 2007.  It was one of the main demand in all other strikes during these period.  The campaign and struggle against NPS continued and as of now the subjective and objective conditions for a bigger struggle against NPS has emerged as almost 50% of the total employees in Central, State, Public sector and Autonomous bodies are now covered under NPS and are becoming more and more restive and agitated.  7th Central Pay Commission Chairman Retired Supreme court Judge Sri. Asok Kumar Mathur has correctly pointed out that “Almost a whole lot of Government employees appointed on or after 01-01-2004, were unhappy with New Pension Scheme.  Govt. should take a call to look into their complaint”.

As per the recommendations of 7th CPC, Central Government appointed a Committee called “NPS Committee” for streamlining the functioning of NPS. The Staff-side has demanded before this Committee to scrap NPS and guarantee for 50% of the last pay drawn as minimum pension subject to a minimum of Rs.9000-. Even though, the Committee has submitted its report 18 months back, the Government has not yet disclosed the recommendations of the Committee. 
       
Confederation and AISGEF has decided countrywide intensive campaign culminating in one day strike on 15th November 2018 demanding that the Defined Contributory Pension Scheme (New Pension Scheme - NPS) imposed on new entrants must be scrapped and the Government should reintroduce the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme (Old Pension Scheme - OPS) that was in vogue for a century or more. We are also exploring the possibility of organizing an indefinite strike in the coming days exclusively on one demand i.e., SCRAP NPS, RESTORE OPS for which wider consultations are being made with all like-minded organizations.

Source:http://nfpe.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 10, 2018

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Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2018.

No. 1/2/2018-E-II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
****
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 7th September, 2018.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2018.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1/1/2018-E-II (B) dated 15th March, 2018 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government, employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 7% to 9% of the basic pay with effect from 1st July, 2018.

2. The term ‘basic pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

3. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of FR 9(21).

4. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

5. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.


6. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Sd/-
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Source:https://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/DA%20Eng.pdf

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Burning issues of the Railwaymen-AIRF

A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
(Estd, 1924)
4, STATE ENTRY ROAD,
NEW DELHI-110055
INDIA

Brief of the meeting held today, i.e. on 3rd September, 2018, with Hon’ble Minister for Railways and subsequently with Hon’ble Home Minister on burning issues/demands of the Railwaymen.

I met today with Hon’ble Minister for Railways and handed him over a copy of our letter No.AIRF/24(C) dated 1st September, 2018, containing copies of our earlier letters dated 21st September, 2017, 14th October, 2017, 28th December, 2017, 14th March, 2018 and 30th July, 2018, which we written to him on various important demands of the Railwaymen……

No.AIRF/24(C) Dated: September 3, 2018

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Brief of the meeting held today, i.e. on 3rd September, 2018, with Hon’ble Minister for Railways and subsequently with Hon’ble Home Minister on burning issues/demands of the Railwaymen
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I met today with Hon’ble Minister for Railways and handed him over a copy of our letter No.AIRF/24(C) dated 1st September, 2018, containing copies of our earlier letters dated 21st September, 2017, 14th October, 2017, 28th December, 2017, 14th March, 2018 and 30th July, 2018, which we written to him on various important demands of the Railwaymen.

The meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere.

Hon’ble Minster for Railways, though, was very sympathetic to some of the demands, but at the same time, he mentioned that, operating ratio of the Indian Railways is decreasing and financial condition of the Railways is also deteriorating day-by-day.

I told him in a very clear way that, Railwaymen are not responsible for the economic problems of the Railways, because they are running trains 24X7 in all weathers and seasons, even by sacrificing their valuable lives, and not fulfilling the demands of the Railwaymen will not be able to satisfy them and prevailing dissatisfaction and discontentment can lead to breach of industrial peace which needs to be avoided.

I also met today with Hon’ble Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh Ji also and reminded him about the major pending demands of the Central Government Employees, particularly restoration of Old Pension Scheme, improvement in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula.

He said that, he would talk to Hon’ble Finance Minister, and after that, would call a meeting with Hon’ble Finance Minister.

This is for your information.

Yours faithfully 
(Shiva Gopal Mishra) 
General Secretary 

Burning issues of the Railwaymen 

No.AIRF/24(C)               Dated: September 1, 2018 

Shri Piyush Goyal,
Hon’ble Minister for Railways,
Ministry of Railways,
Rail Bhawan,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Burning issues of the Railwaymen

Please refer to our earlier letters of even number dated 21st September, 2017, 14th October, 2017, 28th December, 2017, 14th March, 2018 and 30th July, 2018(copies enclosed for ready reference for your kind perusal).

AIRF has been in continuous communication and dialogue with your goodself on the long pending genuine demands/issues of the Railwaymen, but the same are lingering in the Rail Bhawan and not moving towards finalization.

Recently, the issues raised by the undersigned, particularly reg. revision in the rates of Running Allowances and other allowances related to Running Staff, implementation of structure of the ratio of 10:20:20:50 for upgradation of Trackmen/Track Maintainers, LARSGESS, absorption of those Course Completed Act Apprentices, in the Railways, who completed their course before issuance of Railway Board’s letter dated 21.06.2016(RBE No.71/2016), giving them one time exemption, restructuring of the IT Cadre, exemption of the Railwaymen from the purview of National Pension System(NPS), improvement in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula, improvement in the condition of Railway quarters, improvement in medical facilities, deployment of wards of the Railwaymen as “Gate Mitras”, stoppage of indiscriminate outsourcing/privatization in the Railways, upgradation of apex level Group `C’ staff as Group `B’ Gazetted,stepping-up of Loco Inspectors inducted in the Railways prior to 01.01.2006, benchmark(existing prior to 7th CPC) for financial upgradation under MACPS and regular promotions, absorption of the quasi-administrative offices staff in erstwhile Group `D’ posts in the Railways, sanction of Risk and Hazard Allowance to the staff of Signalling, TRD, Operating, Mechanical and Electrical Departments. There can be a few other issues also, but these are the important issues raised by the undersigned from time to time, as has been mentioned in our letters referred to above.

Railwaymen, give their sweat and blood, while running Indian Railways to the best satisfaction of the customers in spite of huge vacancies of more than two lakh. Railwaymen always hoped that their long pending demands/issues will be resolved in a time-bound manner.

We sincerely hope that, you will kindly issue necessary instructions to all concerned to resolve the long pending issues/demands of the Railwaymen, hanging fire in Rail Bhawan, early.

We also hope that, you will kindly arrange for a meeting with Hon’ble Finance Minister or at any appropriate level to get resolve long pending issues of National Pension System(NPS) and Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula.

With Kind Regards, 
Yours faithfully 
(Shiva Gopal Mishra) 
General Secretary 

Source : AIRF

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