Saturday, May 19, 2018

7th Pay Commission: This report cites sympathy for government employees' demands

7th Pay Commission: The pros and cons of raising central government employees salaries are being discussed threadbare and their fortunes are swinging this way and that depending on what the major news about the economy are. Considering that the government will have to bear a huge outgo if the pay is hiked, the state of the economy automatically acquires importance. While a number of institutions, Indian and foreign, have praised the country's economic growth and said that it is the fastest growing in the world and is set to carry the growth momentum into the next year, still there are a lot of worrying developments over the last few weeks.

The chief among them is the rise of global oil prices, which at one time breached the psychologically important $80 mark. This has forced the oil marketing companies to jack up rates to virtual records and the Centre is not stepping in to cap the rates and neither are state governments thinking of lowering VAT. Another report on Friday has indicated that the monsoon's spread may be uneven across the nation and it may well impact food prices. Inflation, as such is expected to rise. This may have forced the government to back off from any steps that deal with a big financial outgo. However, there is one institution which has listed a number of reasons that should positively impact the decision on 7th Pay Commission.

At least 6 states have implemented the 7th pay commission in 2016-17, while the rest are expected to do so, says a report. According to Motilal Oswal report, "The 5th and 6th PCs (pay commissions) boosted physical savings, not consumption. This time, however, with limited arrears and generally lower increase in salaries, a boost to (physical) savings is doubtful, let alone consumption." The report then cited sympathy for employees' demands. This has come as a big boost for central government employees.

And what are the 7th Pay commission linked demands of the government employees? They want a fitment factor hike of 3.68 times that would hike the minimum salaries of staff at the lower levels to Rs 26,000 and give a proportional boost to the upper echelons of the bureaucracy. However, the 7th CPC report that has been accepted by the government gave a hike of 2.57 times. Notably, a number of ministers in the government have spoken positively about hiking the pay by the higher margin, yet another minister has said in Parliament that this particular issue was not on the government's table at the moment, causing much disappointment among employees.

With general elections 2019, the government will be hard-pressed to turn away from the demands of the government employees to hike their 7th pay commission linked salaries.

Read at:http://www.zeebiz.com/india/news-7th-pay-commission-why-central-government-employees-salaries-should-be-hiked-47770
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Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules 2016-Exercising of option for fixation of pay.

Office of the Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110010

AT/II/2701/Orders-II
                                                 दिनांक: 16/05/2018

To,

All PCsDA/CsDA
All CsFA(Fys)/PCA (Fys)
(Through CGDA Website)

विषय: Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules 2016-Exercising of option for fixation of pay.


उपरोक्‍त विषय से संबंधित रक्षा मंत्रालय डी (सिव-I) के दिनांक 06.04.2018 के आई.डी. सं.2(2)/2017-D(Civ.I) के द्वारा प्राप्‍त वित्‍त मंत्रालय/व्‍यय विभाग के दिनांक 19.03.2018 के आई.डी. सं.-03-03/2018-E.III.A की प्रति आपकी सूचना एवं आवश्‍यक कार्रवाई हेतु भेजी जाती है।

A copy of MoF/DoE ID No. 03-03/2018-E.III.A dated 19.03.2018 received under MoD/D(CiV-I) ID No. 2(2)/2017-D(CiV-I) dated 06.04.2018 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for your information and necessary action at your end.

Sd/-
(आशीष यादव)
रक्षा लेखा वरिष्‍ठ सहायक महानियंत्रक

Ministry of Defence
Department of Defence
D(Civ I)

Subject: Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 - Exercising of option for fixation of pay

This is regarding exercising of option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure in terms of following provisions of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016:
16:

Para 5Save as otherwise provided in these rules, a Governments servant shall draw pay in the Level in the revised pay structure applicable to the post to which he is appointed.
Provisio 1Provided that a Government servant may elect to continue to draw pay in the existing pay structure until the date on which he earns his next or any subsequent increments the existing pay structure or until he vacats his post or ceases to draw pay in the existing pay structure.
Provisio 2Provided further that in cases where a Government servant has been placed in a higher grade pay or scale between 1st day of January, 2016 and the date of notification of these rules on account of promotion or upgradation, the Government servant may elect switch over to the revised pay structure from the date of such promotion or upgradation, as the case may be.

2.  Regarding the aforesaid provision, clarification was sought from Ministry of Finance/Dept. of Expenditure on the issue of exercising of option for fixation of pay by the government servants in 6th CPC Pay Structure till their promotion which falls after the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 (i.e. 25.07.2016).

3.  Now, MoF(DoE) have issued clarification dated 19.03.2018 (copy enclosed) wherein it has been clarified that the option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure after the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 i.e. 25.07.2016 cannot be exercised as Rule 5 of the said Rules provided for option only for promotion taking place upto 25.07.2016 (date of notification of the said Rules)

4.  The clarification guidelines mentioned in para 3 above may please be adhered to.

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(Pawan Kumar)
Under Secretary

MoD ID No. 2(2)/2017-D(Civ I)                                                                                dated 06.04.2018

भारत सरकार/Government of India
वित्‍त मंत्रालय/Ministry of Finance
व्‍यय विभाग/Department of Expenditure 
(E.III.A Branch)

Reference: Notes at p. 9-10/n of Ministry of Defence (Finance) in its File No. 12012/2/2016-AG/PB read with notes at p. 4-5/n in File No. 2(2)/2017-D(Civ.I)


MOD(Finance) may please refer to their notes at p. 9-10/n in File No.12012/2/2016-AG/PB Seeking clarification of this Department as to exercising of option for fixation of pay by the Government Servants in 6th CPC Pay Structure till their promotion which falls after the date of notification of CCS(RP) Rules 2016 (i.e. 25.7.2016).

2. The above matter has been examined in this Department. It is clarified that the option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure after the date of notification of CCS(RP) Rules 2016 i.e. after 25.7.2016 cannot be exercised, as Rule 5 of the said Rules provides for option only for promotion taking place up to 25.07.2016 (date of notification of the said Rules).

3. This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary (Personnel).

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(Ashok Kumar)
Under Secretary(E.III.A)
19.03.2018

Addl. FA(RK) & JS, Ministry of Defence, South Block, New Delhi.
MoF/DoE, I.D. No. 03-03/2018-E.III.A dated 19.03.2018, North Block, New Delhi

Source: http://cgda.nic.in/audit/circulars/AT-II-Impementation-170518.pdf

Friday, May 18, 2018

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7th Pay Commission: Central staff demands go unheard in electioneering

1. Notably, lakhs of central government employees after getting initial hike are waiting for their salary revision, as they are not satisfied with fitment factor hike of 2.57 times, and want it to be 3.68 times so that their minimum salaries reach Rs 26,000, and respectively to other ranks.

2. The state governments facing assembly elections have been offering sops to people as well as their employees, and the latest being Karnataka, where the new Chief Minister announced loan waiver for farmers. Such announcements spur the demand for salary hike on part of government employees

3. Since the party in power at the Centre will face Lok Sabha elections next year, the central staff is hopeful of their demands being fulfilled, as several ministers have promised a hike to them.

4. According to Motilal Oswal's recent report, at least six states have implemented the 7th CPC in 2016-17, while the rest are yet to do so. "The 5th and 6th PCs boosted physical savings, not consumption. This time, however, with limited arrears and generally lower increase in salaries, a boost to (physical) savings

5. A recent UN report said that 7th CPC recommendations will lead to price rise and that was due to the higher housing rent allowances for government employees and military staff as recommended by the Pay panel. Such reports seem to discourage the government from taking the step.

6. Of the Central staff, employees at Indian Railways are getting restive, and their union, the All India Railway Federation (AIRF), resorted to a relay hunger strike across the nation on May 7, 2018, protesting the non-execution of various provisions of the pay panel recommendations and other demands.

Read at:http://www.zeebiz.com/india/photo-gallery-7th-pay-commission-central-staff-demands-go-unheard-in-electioneering-47650

Amendment in the provisions for retention/allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation on re-appointment in an eligible Central Government Office

No.12035/ 28/ 96-Po1.II(VOI.III)
Government of India
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Directorate of Estates
Policy-II Section

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi-110108
Dated the 25th April, 2018

Office Memorandum

Subject: Amendment in the provisions for retention/allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation on re-appointment in an eligible Central Government Office or fresh appointment/re-appointment in Statutory/autonomous/quasi-judicial bodies etc.

Reference is invited to the Directorate of Estates O.M No.12035/28/96-Pol.II(Vol.ll) dated 8.12.2016 on the subject cited above. The matter has been reviewed by the competent authority and it has been decided to amend the para 1(g) of the O.M No.12035/28/96-Pol.II(Vol.II) dated 8.12.2016 as follows:–

“The officers re-employed by the ACC to continue in the same post after superannuation for the extended period shall be permitted to continue in the residential accommodation occupied by them till the end of the tenure and they will be further eligible for retention on of the said accommodation as per the provisions of rule 40 of the Central Government General Pool Residential Accommodation Rules, 2017 on completion of tenure. If officers are re-employed by the ACC in any other post, further retention of the said accommodations as per provisions of rule 40 of the Central Government General Pool Residential Accommodation Rules, 2017 will not be allowed. Further retention of three months only will be granted on completion of the tenure of re-appointment.”

2. The other terms and conditions of O.M No.12035/28/96-Pol.II(Vol.II) dated 8.12.2016 will remain same.

3. The above mentioned modification will be effective from date of issue.

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

Source:http://mohua.gov.in/index.php

Review of the Recruitment Rules/Service Rules (RRs/SRs)

F.No. AB-14017/14/2018-Estt.(RR)(3139661) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
Establishment-I Division

North Block, New Delhi 
Dated: 08th May, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Review of the Recruitment Rules/Service Rules (RRs/SRs) - reg.

DoP&T vide OM No.AB-14017/48/2010-Estt.(RR) dated 31.12.2010 issued instructions laying down guidelines for framing/amendment/relaxation of Recruitment Rules. Para 3.1.5 of the guidelines provide that the recruitment rules should be reviewed once in 5 years with a view to effecting such change as are necessary to bring them in conformity with the changed position, including additions to or reductions in the strength of the lower and higher level posts. Subsequently, this Division vide OM No. AB-14017/61/2008-Estt.(RR) dated 25.03.2014 re-iterated these instructions.

2. However, it has come to the notice of this Department that many Ministries/Departments are not undertaking the aforesaid exercise as stipulated. Resultantly, recruitment/promotion of officers/employees are continued to be made on the basis of RRs which are not updated and continued to reflect old positions. It is a matter of concern that the decisions taken by the Government on the basis of Pay Commission Recommendations, Court directions, Expert Committee Recommendations etc remain un-reflected in the relevant RRs/SRs

3. Since RRs are statutory in nature and all promotions/appointments are made as per the provisions in the RRs/SRs, it is imperative that the RRs/SRs are updated in accordance with DoP&T instructions issued from time to time. In view of this, Ministries/Departments are impressed upon to immediately undertake the exercise for review of existing RRs/SRs which have not been amended in the last five years and intimate this Department about the outcome of the exercise so undertaken.

(Shukdeo Sah) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D2/D02est/amendment9wiRV.pdf

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Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR)-Inclusion of column for safeguarding the interest of officers/persons belonging to Scheduled Caste and/or Scheduled Tribe

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Central Command) 
Cariappa Road, Cantt., Lucknow, Pin Code - 226002

No.AN/1A/1054/APAR/17-18
Dt. 01/05/2018

To,

All Sections in Main Office

All Sub offices under this organization

All Concerned

(Through Website)
Sub: Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR)-Inclusion of column for safeguarding the interest of officers/persons belonging to Scheduled Caste and/or Scheduled Tribe-reg.

A copy of DOP&T OM No. 21011/08/2017-Estt. (A-ll) dated 28.02.2018, along with enclosures, received vide HQrs Office letter NO.AN/XIII/13006/Vol-XXII dated 05.04.2018, on the above subject, is forwarded herewith for information, guidance, compliance and notice of all concerned.

GO (AN) has seen.

Sd/-
Sr. Accounts Officer(AN)


Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road. Palam. Delhi Cantt 110010

No. AN/XIII/13006/Vol-XXII
Dated 05.04.2013

To
All PCsDA/CSDA
(Through Website)

Sub: Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR)-Inclusion of columns for safeguarding the interest of officers/persons belonging to Scheduled Caste and/or Scheduled Tribe-reg.
A copy of DOP&T OM No. 21011/08/2017-Estt. (A-II) dated 28.02.2018. on the above subject is forwarded herewith for information, guidance, compliance and notice of all concerned.

Please acknowledge receipt

(Kavita Garg)
Sr. Dy. CGDA (AN)

No.21011/08/2017-Estt.(A-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated 28th February, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR) - Inclusion of columns for safeguarding the interest of officers/persons belonging to Scheduled Caste and/or Scheduled Tribe - reg.

The undersigned is directed to invite a reference to MHA, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms OM No. 21011/3/79-Estt(A) dated 25.07.1979 and OM No. 21011/2/83-Estt.(A) dated 08.04.1983 providing for columns in Part I, Part III and Part IV of the Annual Confidential Report (ACR) form to safeguard the interests of officers belonging to Schedules Castes and/or Scheduled Tribes (copies enclosed for reference).

2. The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes in its meeting with the Secretary and other officers of DoPT has directed that the existing instructions need to be reiterated and the report needs to specifically address the concern of the Commission regarding attitude of the officers reported upon towards the members of Scheduled Tribes.

3. All Ministries/Departments and Cadre Controlling Authorities are requested to ensure that the instructions contained therein are followed meticulously in letter and spirit.

Sd/-
(Sanjiv Kumar)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: www.pcdacc.gov.in

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Amendment in the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972- enhancement of ceiling of the payment of Gratuity to the employees of CPSEs thereon

No.W-02/0020/2018-DPE (WC)-GL-XII/18
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises

Public Enterprises Bhawan,
Block No.14, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003.
Dated, the. 11th April, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject- Amendment in the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972- enhancement of ceiling of the payment of Gratuity to the employees of CPSEs thereon -regarding.

In continuation of this Department’s OM No 2(25)/10-DPE(WC)-GL-XK2010 dated 02.06.2010 on the subject cited above, the undersigned is directed to state that the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 has been amended vide the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Act, 2018 (No. 12 of 2018), Notification dated 29.03.2018 published in the Gazette of India. In pursuance of the Amendment, sub-section (3) of Section 4 of the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 has been amended to substitute the words “ten lakh rupees” with the words “such amount as may be notified by the Central Government from time to time”.

2. Ministry of Labour & Employment(M/o L&E)’s Notification No S.O.l.419(E) dated 29.03.2018 has indicated that Central Government hereby appoints the 29th day of March, 2018 as the date on which the said Act shall come into force. Further, M/o L&E vide Notification No. S.RO. 1420(E) dated 29.03.2018 has notified that Central Government hereby specifies that the amount of gratuity payable to an employee under the Act shall not exceed twenty lakh rupees.

3. The administrative Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the above to the notice of all the CPSEs under their administrative control for information and compliance

Sd/-
(Samsul Haque)
Under Secretary
Source: https://dpe.gov.in/amendment-payment-gratuity-act-1972-enhancement-ceiling-payment-gratuity-employees-cpses-thereon
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Minutes of the 30th SCOVA meeting held under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) on 23.03.2018

F.No. 42/05/2018-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
********
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Date:- 25th April, 2018
To
All the Pensioners Associations included in the SCOVA
vide Resolution dated 31.01.2018

Sub:- Minutes of the 30th SCOVA meeting held under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) on 23.03.2018, at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi-reg.

Please find enclosed herewith the minutes of the 30th Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) on 23.03.2018, at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi for your kind perusal.

Encl: as above
Sd/-
(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


Minutes of the 30th Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 23.03.2018 under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi

The 30th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) was held under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) on 23.03.2018. List of participants is enclosed.

2. Joint Secretary (P) welcomed the representatives of Pensioners Associations and the participating officers from various Ministries/Departments

3. He mentioned that some issues of the last SCOVA meeting have been resolved. Two review meetings were held with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on 05.06.2017 and with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, CPAO, Ministry of Defence, Department of Telecom and Department of Financial Services on 09.01.2018 to resolve issues pending in SCOVA.

4. Thereafter, the Action Taken Report on the decisions of the 29th SCOVA meeting and Fresh Agenda Items of the 30th SCOVA meeting were taken up for discussion.

5. Discussion on the Action Taken Report of 29th SCOVA meeting

(i) Revision of PPOs of pre-2006 pensioners.

CPAO, Ministry of Railways, Department of Telecom and Department of Posts informed that revision of pension w.e.f 01.01.2006 in respect of all pre-2006 pensioners has been completed. CGDA informed that out of a total of 1,39,504 Air Force Pensioners drawing pension as on 01.01.2016, 76591 were identified as pre-2006 pensioners. Revised authority in respect of 69,595 pre-2006 pensioners has been issued. However, revised PPOs in respect of 6996 pensioners were yet to be issued. These cases are pending due to non-matching of records (PPO No.) provided by PDAs with the records available with Pension Sanctioning Authorities (PSAs). Banks are also not able to intimate correct PPO numbers in these cases. He informed that efforts are being made to identify these 6996 pre-2006 pensioners.

The Air Force Association contested the claim of CGDA that there are only 1,39,504 Pre-2006 Air Force Pensioners. It was brought out by the Secretary Air Force Association that in Mar 17, the Raksha Mantri while giving an answer to Lok Sabha Starred question had indicated the figure as 2,05,942. Further, as late as Feb 18, the JCDA (AF) has shown the figure as 2,60,895 Air Force Pensioners in an excel sheet marked as “CPPC wise, no. of pensioner-airforce” and sent to Directorate of Air Veterans, (DAV) Air HQ on their CD. As regards the number of pre-06 Air Force Pensioners for whom Corr. PPOs have not been issued, the number is close to 1,00,000 and not 6,996 as stated by CGDA.

It was decided that CGDA will reconcile the figures of all pending cases of revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners in consultation with Directorate of Air Veterans, Air HQ and issue revised authority in respect of all the pre-2006 pensioners along with their 7th CPC Pension revision. CGDA will also take urgent action to identify the 6996 pre-2006 pensioners and issue revised authority, where necessary. It was decided that the CGDA will fix a target date of around 3 months for completion of these activities. Subject to this, the item was closed in respect of all other Departments.
(Action: CGDA)


(ii). Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those residing in Non CGHS area.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that final EFC Memo regarding finalization of Health Insurance Scheme was submitted more than a year ago and that the matter was pending with Department of Expenditure. Director (E.V), Department of Expenditure said that the proposal is not pending with his Division and it may be pending with some other Division in the Department of Expenditure. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was advised to follow up the matter with Department of Expenditure for taking a final decision in regard to EFC Memo.
(Action: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Department of Expenditure)

(iii). Special “Higher” Family Pension for widows of the war disabled invalidated out of service.
Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare informed that the matter has been examined in consultation with Service Headquarters. In accordance with the relevant rules, on death of a pensioner in receipt of disability pension, only the normal family pension is allowed. Therefore, Special Higher Family Pension for widows of war disabled pensioners is not permitted under the rules. It has therefore been decided, in consultation with Defence (Finance), that the request for Higher Family Pension in such cases cannot be accepted.
(Action: Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare)

(iv). Extension of CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that CGHS facility has been extended to all pensioners of P&T Department vide Ministry of Health and Family Welfare OM dated 19.07.2017. In view of this, the item was closed.

(v). Conversion of Postal Dispensary at Cantt. Road Cuttack to CGHS Wellness Centre.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare informed that on the recommendations of the 7th CPC, a comprehensive proposal for merger of all Postal Dispensaries in CGHS has been under examination in consultation with Department of Posts. This involves the issue of filling up of vacant posts in such P&T dispensaries. After firming up a proposal in consultation with Depattinent of Posts, the matter will be referred to Department of Expenditure for their approval. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that the process is likely to be completed in 3 months time. The proposal for merger of Postal Dispensary at Cuttack in CGHS and P&T dispensaries in other cities would be considered as a part of comprehensive proposal for merger of P&T dispensaries in CGHS.
(Action: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

(vi). Anomaly in fixation of pension of DoT employees who were absorbed in BSNL between 01.10.2000 and 30.07.2001.

DoT informed that Hon’ble CAT in its order dated 16.12.2016 has allowed the petition filed by some absorbee BSNL pensioners who retired during 01.10.2000 and 30.07.2001. DOT has filed a writ petition in Delhi High Court against order of Hon’ble CAT. Hon’ble High Court has granted stay on implementation of Hon’ble CAT’s order. The case will come up for hearing in High Court in October,2018.
DoT has separately moved a proposal to Department of Expenditure on a formulation suggested by DoPPW. Department of Expenditure has sought financial implications on the proposal. DoT is compiling information and would submit the same to Department of Expenditure.
(Action:- Department of Telecom and Department of Expenditure)

(vii). Extension of benefit of upgraded Grade Pay to pre-2006 retirees of S-12 grade (Issue of grant of grade pay of Rs. 4600/- instead of Rs. 4200/-)

It was informed that CAT, Bangalore Bench and High Court of Karnataka have in some cases allowed the grant of grade pay of Rs. 4600/- to pre-2006 pensioners who retired from the pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500/- In order to avoid the contempt action. DoT has implemented the orders of Hon’ble CAT/High Court in respect of the petitioners only. Director(PP), Department of Pension & PW informed that a proposal for extending the benefit of grade pay of Rs. 4600/- for revision of pension of all pre-2006 pensioners who retired from the pre- revised pay scale of Rs.6500-10500/- was earlier referred to Department of Expenditure. However, the proposal was not agreed to by Department of Expenditure. The matter has again been referred to Department of Expenditure for reconsideration on 22.02.2018. Department of Expenditure was requested to expedite their decision in the matter.
(Action:- DoPPW and Department of Expenditure)

(viii). Merger of Survey of India Dispensary at Dehradun in CGHS on the same lines as P&T.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that the proposal regarding merger of Survey of India Dispensary under CGHS in Dehradun has been agreed to by Surveyor General of India and the matter is being examined in consultation with M/o Science & Technology. A committee has been formed comprising officers from Survey of India and Directorate General of CGHS to sort out the issue regarding merger of Survey of India Dispensary in CGHS. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that a good progress has been made in this regard and a decision is likely to be taken in a month’s time.
(Action: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

(ix). Stoppage of recovery of wrongful/excess payments from Railways Pensioners.

Ministry of Railways informed that vide Railway Board’s letter no. 04.05.2017, instructions have been issued to all Zonal Railways to provisionally stop recovery from the pensioners till further advice from the Railway Board which will be issued on receipt of instructions from Department of Expenditure. Ministry of Railways informed that the Department of Expenditure has desired certain information. The information is being collected from all Zonal Railways and Production Units. After compiling the information, the matter will be resubmitted to Department of Expenditure for approval.

N.F Railways Pensioners Association, Uttarapara Central Govt. Pensioners Welfare Association and Railway Pensioner Association, Mysore mentioned that in spite of circular dated 04.05.2017, certain Zonal Railways and Public Disbursing Banks in some zones, e.g North- East Frontier Railway and Eastern Railway, were still continuing with recoveries from the pensioners. It was also mentioned that although the instructions issued by Railways provide for refund of the recoveries made, these instructions have not been implemented. Ministry of Railways was advised to look into these issues and take up the matter with the concerned Zonal Railways, and the Banks and ensure that the instructions issued by Railway Board were duly implemented. The concerned Pensioners’ Associations will provide details of cases where instructions dated 04.05.2017 have not been implemented and recovery is continued from the pensioners. Ministry of Railways was also advised to expedite a final decision on the issue of recoveries in consultation with Department of Expenditure.
(Action: Ministry of Railways)

(x). Delay in commencement of family pension to spouse on death of pensioners.

It was mentioned that instructions issued by DoPPW/CPAO provide that family pension to widow should commence within one month of the receipt of death certificate in respect of deceased pensioner. However, widows and other family members of the deceased pensioner continue to face a lot of difficulties in getting the family pension started.

CPAO informed that they have obtained information regarding time taken in commencement of family pension from all banks. The report prepared by CPAO confirms that there has been considerable delays by the banks in commencement of family pension on death of pensioner. The family pension commenced within stipulated period of one month was only in only 38% in cases. In around 47% cases, the time taken for commencement of family pension was more than 6 months. CPAO informed that they have again issued instructions to all the banks on 30.01.2018 and had also taken a meeting with these banks on 31.01.2018 to impress upon them the need for ensuring that the family pension commences within the stipulated one month period. Department of Pension and PW has also taken up the matter with Department of Financial Services on 07.02.2018 forwarding a copy of the report received from CPAO and requesting them to advise all Banks to adhere to the timeline.

DFS was requested to take up the matter with the banks at highest level to make sure that the families of the deceased pensioners get the family pension in time and an acknowledgment is invariably given by the Bank to the family member on receipt of the death certificate of the deceased pensioner and application for commencement of family pension. CPAO was advised that the representatives from DFS may also be invited in meetings held by CPAO with the banks.

Tamil Nadu Ex-services League informed that the issue is also concerned with Defence Family Pensioners and there are number of delayed cases. They also handed over the list of delayed cases to the DFS.

Uttarpara Central Govt. Pensioners Association representative said that carrying on payment of pension by banks after receipt of death certificate from spouse etc. causes subsequent complications and delay in start of family pension, be stopped by banks.
(Action:- CPAO, Department of Financial Services, CGDA and DoPPW)

(xi). Timely (i) Restoration of commuted pension and (ii) Commencement of Additional Pension on attaining the age of 80 years by the Banks.

Director (PP), DOPPW informed that as per the reports received from CPAO, in more than 83% cases during 1.10.2016 and 30.09.2017, commuted pension was restored after a period of 12 months from the date it was due. The report of CPAO also reveals that in 87% cases, the additional pension to old pensioners was started more than 12 months after the date when it was due. Secretary (P&PW), observed that situation is really grim and it cannot be allowed to continue. JS(Pension), DoPPW emphasized the need for making suitable modifications in the software for automatic restoration of commuted value of pension and commencement of additional pension/family pension. Department of Financial Services (DFS) was advised to instruct banks in this regard.

CPAO informed that the instructions have been issued to CPPCs of the banks from time to time to ensure restoration of commuted pension and commencement/enhancement of additional pension. The matter was also discussed by the CPAO with the banks in the meeting held on 31.01.2018 and the banks were directed to make necessary provisions in the software for timely restoration of commutation and commencement of additional pension. CPAO also requested that all CPPCs should have their e-mail id and contact number. Software should also have date of birth of family pensioners.

CPAO informed that CGA is in the process of developing a common software for banks which will take care of problems relating to delay in restoration of commuted pension and commencement of additional pension.
(Action:- CPAO, Department of Financial Services and DoPPW)

(xii). Item wise details of payment made to be shown in the pass books of pensioners.

DFS representative informed that instructions to the banks have been issued in January, 2018 in this regard. DoPPW mentioned that only SBI is implementing these instructions to some extent and other banks are not providing the details to pensioners. DFS was requested to issue fresh instructions to all the Banks in this regard.

CPAO representative informed that the details regarding pension paid during last 24 months can be accessed from their website. Joint Secretary (P) said that Ministry of Railways should also explore the feasibility of similar provisions in their software ARPAN.
(Action:- CPAO, Department of Financial Services,DoPPW and Ministry of Railways)

(xiii). Additional Pension for recipients of disability pension of age of 80 years and above.

Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare informed that orders in this regard have been issued by Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare vide their letter dated 05.09.2017. The item was accordingly closed.

(xiv). Upgradation of Polyclinic at Bajaj Nagar, Jaipur.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that the matter has been discussed with NIC. The NIC has informed that messages on medicines are already being sent through SMS. However, detailed information of medicines and investigation reports cannot be sent through SMS, for which the e-mail will be captured.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare informed that upgradation of Polyclinic, Jaipur has already been completed. The Association raised the issue of replacement of old equipments for Eye and ENT treatment. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare informed that these issues will be considered on receipt of a request. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare stated that an officer of the Department will visit Jaipur in April, 2018 to sort out all the pending issues relating to the dispensary.
(Action: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

(xv). Setting up of CGHS Wellness Centre at Kochi.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that the proposal for opening of 8 new CGHS Wellness Centres in the country, including one at Kochi, has been referred to the Depai tinent of Expenditure. Further action for opening of wellness centre at Kochi will be taken on receipt of approval from the Department of Expenditure.
(Action: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

(xvi). Empanelment of Hospitals/ Health Centre with CGHS in Ambernath/Dombivli.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that they prescribe terms and conditions and rates for empanelment of private hospitals under CGHS. A private hospital in Ambarnath could be empanelled under CGHS only if such an Hospital applies and accepts the terms and conditions and rates of CGHS. There was some issue regarding CGHS rates for treatment in empanelled private hospitals. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare informed that they have initiated the process for revision of rates based on a new formula which is likely to attract more private hospitals for empanelment under CGHS.
(Action: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

6. Discussion on Fresh Agenda Items of 30thSCOVA meeting

(30.1) Revision of PPOs of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners as per 7th CPC orders.

CPAO informed that out of 9.06 lakh cases, 5,98,400 have been received from PAOs of different Ministries/Departments. Out of which, 5,13,160 cases have been revised as per 7th CPC. CPAO also informed that revision at their end has been fast, however, the cases are not coming from the DDO level because of non-availability of records. The pensioners associations stated that although PPOs have been revised in many cases, pensioners are not getting the copy of the Revised Authority. Also, as well as payments have not been started by the banks due to non-receipt of PPOs by them in many cases.
Department of Posts informed that out of 2,58,205 cases, they have issued revised authorities in respect of 2,17,644 cases.

Department of Telecom informed that out of 95,659 cases, 90,572 cases have been revised as per 7th CPC.

Ministry of Railways informed that out of 13,87,542 cases, 8,43,391 cases have been revised.

Out of 5,58,761 cases of Defence Civilian pensioners/family pensioners, revised authority has been issued in respect of 1,52,417 cases. Ministry of Defence intimated that they are monitoring the revision of cases of pensioners at highest level i.e by Secretary (Defence); and CGDA is also monitoring these case fortnightly. Concordance tables for service pensioners have been prepared and will be submitted to Ministry of Defence for approval. Pensioners also raised point of following different guidelines by PCDA(P), Allahabad than the guidelines issued by CPAO. It was advised to CGDA to issue centralized guidelines so that the same guidelines are followed in their all units.

It was decided the work revision of PPOs should be completed by all Ministries/Departments (except Ministry of Defence) by 31.05.2018. Ministry of Defence/CGDA will complete the work in respect of civilian pensioners by 30.06.2010.

Uttarpara Central Govt. Pensioners Association said that the revised PPO should be sent by issuing authority to the last known address of Pensioner/Family Pensioner by registered Post to ensure its delivery.

N.F. Railway Pensioners Association raised the issue that although the PPO has been revised there are lying with the banks and banks are not revising pension because of shortage of man-power. Ministry of Railways was advised to hold meetings with the SBI, Assam especially CPPC, Guwahati, Kolkata and Patna and UCO bank to sort out the problems.
(Action: CPAO, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Defence, Department of Telecom and Department of Posts)

(30.2). Payment of arrears accruing in respect of deceased pensioners/family pensioners to the nominee/legal heir.

It was mentioned that payment of life time arrears in such cases is covered by para 23.2 and 23.3 of the Scheme Booklet of CPAO. As per this para payment is made by the bank to the nominee by a bank pay order after making suitable note on both halves of the PPO. CPAO was advised to direct all banks to take action accordingly in these cases. In the context of revision of pension/family pension of those pensioners/family pensioners who have died on or after 01.01.2016, it was clarified that revised authority needs to be issued in respect of all such pensioners/family pensioners. It was decided that suitable instructions in this regard will be issued by DoPPW.
(Action: CPAO and DoPPW)

(30.3). Extension of benefit of modified parity/revision of pension by pay fixation method to pensioners drawing Compulsory retirement pension/Compassionate Allowance (on dismissal/removal).
DoPPW informed that the matter has been taken up with Department of Expenditure. Department of Expenditure informed that the proposal was under examination with them.
(Action:- DoPPW and Department of Expenditure)

(30.4) Empanelment of private referral hospitals in each of the districts of the States in the country.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that empanelment of private hospitals is done only in those cities where CGHS facility exists. Due to referral issue, empanelment of private hospitals was not possible in non-CGHS areas. The proposal for opening of CGHS wellness centres in some more cities is under consideration with Department of Expenditure. Empanelment of private hospitals in these cities will also be considered. Ministry of Health and Family Welfre also informed that the pensioners in non-CGHS areas can also avail CGHS facility and thus avail the benefit of treatment in private empanelled hospitals in CGHS areas. In view of the above, the item was closed.

(30.5) Revision of CGHS package rates suitable for attracting more private hospitals for empanelment.
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare informed that the process for revision of CGHS package rates for medical facilities in private empanelled hospitals has already been initiated and a new formula has been proposed in this regard for finalization of rates. This is likely to attract more private hospitals for empanelment under CGHS.
(Action: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

(30.6) Fixed Medical Allowance for pensioners who are residing away from RELHS centres.
Ministry of Railways informed that all pensioners are covered under RELHS. However, in accordance with instructions issued in the year 2011, all Railway Pensioners residing at a distance of 2.5 kms or more from Railway Health Clinics can claim FMA after submitting an undertaking that they will not take OPD treatment from medical hospitals or Railway Health Centres. Therefore, the contention that the Railway pensioners residing away from RELHS centres are not eligible for FMA, is not correct. In view of this, the item was closed.

(30.7) Difference in Last Rank held and Rank for Pension in the case of pre 2006 military pensioners.
Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare informed that the pension of pre-2006 pensioners was fixed w.r.t the pay scale of the rank which was held by the pensioner for a minimum of 10 months. However, the condition of 10 months service in the rank is not applicable in the case of post-2006 retirees. It is in this background that different criteria has been fixed for fixing of rank pension in the case of pre and post 2006 pensioners. DoPPW clarified that in the case of civil pensioners for revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners, orders have been issued for fixation of notional pay with respect to the last pay/pay scale of the pensioners, even if that pay was drawn for one day only.

It was decided that a detailed reference may be made by the Pensioners Associations to Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare bringing out all the issues involved. Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare will examine the issue afresh and take an appropriate decision in this respect, in consultation with Department of Expenditure.
(Action:- Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare)

(30.8) Extension of benefit of Composite Hospitals to CAPF personnel.

Ministry of Home Affairs informed that at present, retiring CPAF and AR personnel can opt only one of the following three medical options:-

(i) CGHS facility for both IPD and OPD treatment

(ii) CGHS facility for IPD and FMA for OPD facility.

(iii) CAPF Medical Cover from Composite Hospitals.

MHA stated that they would consider the proposal of extending medical facility in composite hospitals to retired CAPF personnel covered under CGHS without charging any additional fee, provided the pensioners do not avail FMA facility. The Association was advised to submit a detailed representation to MHA in this regard. MHA was requested to examine the issue and to take a decision in the matter at the earliest
(Action: Ministry of Home Affairs)

(30.9) Holding of regular Pension Adalat by all major Ministries/Departments.

DoPPW informed that they had issued instructions to all Ministries/Departments to held Pension Adalats. Ministry of Defence informed that they are regularly conducting such adalats. Ministry of Railways, DoT, Department of Posts also informed that they have been regularly conducting such Pension Adalats. Representatives of Pensioners associations also confirmed holding of Pension Adalats by the respective Departments on regular basis.

Therefore, the item was closed.

7. In view of the large number of unresolved issues relating to banks, it was decided that a special review meetings on issues related to banks will be taken by Secretary (P&PW). CPAO and Department of Financial Services will also participate in the meetings.

8. Hon’ble MOS(PP) said that it had been a pleasant and fruitful interaction, which is indicative of the efforts being made by the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare. He said that the SCOVA has made a considerable progress since first time the SCOVA meetings were convened.

9. Hon’ble MOS(PP) referred to some recent initiation of the Government for the benefit of pensioners. For instance, minimum pension has been increased to Rs. 9000/-, ceiling of gratuity has been increased to Rs. 20 lakh, FMA has been increased to Rs.1000/- per month. Constant Attendance Allowance has been increased from Rs. 4500/- to Rs. 6750/- w.e.f 01.07.2017. Some benefits relating to income-tax e.g Standard Deduction, tax-rebate etc.on interest made available in the Finance Bill, 2018.

10. Hon’ble MOS(PP) referred to a news item published in some newspapers regarding difficulties in disbursement of pension in the absence of Aadhaar linkage with the Bank Account. Hon’ble MOS(PP) clarified that Aadhaar has not been made mandatory for getting pension for Government employees. Aadhaar is an additional facility to enable use of technology for submission of life certificate without the need for visiting banks.

11. On the question of redressal of pension related grievances, Hon’ble MOS(PP) stated that DoPPW is the nodal department for receiving grievances through CPENGRAMS. However, it is for the concerned administrative Ministries/Departments to take suitable action to redress the grievances. Therefore, DoPPW forwards these grievances through CPENGRAMS to the concerned officers for disposal in a time bound manner. DoPPW, however, continues to monitor quality disposal of the grievances.

The meeting ended with the vote of thanks to the Chair
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30th Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)
23rdMarch, 2018, Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

SI.
No.
Name
Designation
1.
Dr. Jitendra Singh
Hon’ble Minister of State (Personnel, P.G. & Pensions)
Chairman, SCOVA
2
Shri K.V.Eapen
Secretary (P&PW)
Convener & Member Secretary, SCOVA

Officers/Officials of Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

SI.
No.
Name 
Designation
1.
Shri Sanjiv Narain Mathur
Joint Secretary
2.
Shri Harjit Singh,
Director
3.
Smt. Seema Gupta
Director
4.
Shri A.K Singh
Under Secretary
5.
Shri S. K. Makkar,
Under Secretary
6.
Shri.S. Chakrabarti
Under Secretary
7.
Shri Sanjay Shankar
Under Secretary
8.
Shri R K Dutta
Under Secretary
9.
Shri Charanjit Taneja,
Under Secretary
10.
Shri T. C. Varghese,
Under Secretary
11.
Shri Subhash Chander
Under Secretary
12.
Shri Rajesh Kumar
Section Officer
13.
Shri Prem Kumar
Sr. Consultant
14.
Shri S.P.Kakkar
Consultant
15.
Shri. H.S.Toki
Consultant

List of Participants- Ministries/Departments

S.no.
Ministry/Department
Name & Designation
I.
CPAO
1. Sh. N.K.Mishra, CC(Pension)
2. Sh. Subhash Chandra, CA
3. Sh. M.S.K.Ansari, ACA
2.
Department of Posts
1. Sh. Dilip Padhye, Sr. DDG
3.
Department of Telecom
1. Sh. Sanjay Agarwal, Director (Estt-II)
4.
Department of Financial Services
1. Sh. Gulab Singh, Deputy Secretary
5.
Department of Expenditure
1. Sh. Arnar Nath Singh, Director
6.
CGDA
1. Sh. Puskal Upadhyay, Jt. CODA
7.
Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare
1. Ms. Bindu Tewari, Director (EHS)
2. Dr. D.C.Joshi, Director (CGHS)
8.
Department of Ex-servicemen
Welfare
1. Sh. Manoj Sinha, Under Secretary
9.
Ministry of Railways
1. Sh. B.K.Singh, Exe. Director F(E)
2. Dr. Amitava Dutta, Exe, Director (Health)
3. Sh. G Kabni, Director F (CCA)
4. Sh. N.P.Singh, Jt. Director E (P&A)
10.
Department of Revenue
1. Sh. Sudhir Kumar, Jt. Secretary (Admn), CBDT
2. Sh. Nubhai Singh, US (Ad-1X), CBDT
11.
Ministry of Home Affairs
1. Dr. S. Chakraborty, DIG (M d), CAPFs, MSG & AR
2. Sh. Rakesh Negi, DIG, BSF
3. Sh. Raman Kkumar, US, MI-1A
4. Dr. Rajesh Kumar (Assam Rifle)
12.
NIC
1. Sh. Y.K.Singh, Sr. Tech. Director
2. Sh. Anil Barisal, Tech Director

List of Participants- Pensioners Association

S.no.
Pensioners Association
Name
1.
Air Force Association, New Delhi
1. Grp. Capt. Ashok Sethi
2.
NF Railways Pensioners Association,
Guwahati
1. Sh. S.M.Kanjilal
3
Central Govt. Pensioners Association, Jaipur
1. Sh.V.K.Kasliwal
2. Sh.S.K.Sharrna
4.
Central Govt. Pensioners Welfare
Association, Noida
1. Sh. A.K.Nauriyal
5.
Tamilnadu Ex-services League, Tamilnadu
1. Lt. Sundar Sugumar
6.
Govt. Pensioners Association, Dehradun
1. Sh. M.C.Mittal
7.
Uttarpara Central Govt. Pensioners
Association, West Bengal
1. Sh. Kamlesh Bose
8.
All India Ex-para Military Personnel
Association, Jalandhar
1. Sh. Balwinder Singh
9.
Railway Senior Citizens Welfare Society,
Punjab
1. Sh. Harchandan Singh
10
All India Organisation of Pensioners,
Lucknow
I. Sh. V.K.Mishra
11.
Railway Pensioners Welfare Association,
Gwalior
1. Sh. A Dyavanna
2. Sh. Bhanuprasad M
12.
All India Org. of Pensioners (Civil &
Military) Kerala
1. Sh. K Krishna Pillai


Source:http://documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D3/D03ppw/30thSCOVAminutes_25041810mb4X.pdf]


Grant of Dearness Relief in the 5th CPC series effective from 01.01.2018 to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment

F.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 Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated 19th Apri1,2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub :- Grant of Dearness Relief in the 5th CPC series effective from 01.01.2018 to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment – reg

In continuation of this Department’s OM No.42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 13.10.2017, the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief w.e.f 01.01.2018 to the CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment shall be paid in the following manner

(i) The surviving CPF beneficiaries who have retired from service between the period 18.11.1960 and 31.12.1985, and were sanctioned ex-gratia @ Rs. 600/ p.m. w.e.f. 1.11.1997 under this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 and revised to Rs.3000, Rs.1000, Rs.750 & Rs.650 for Group A, B, C & D respectively w.e.f 4th June,2013 vide OM No. 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dtd. 27th June, 2013 shall be entitled to enhanced Dearness Relief from 268% to 274% w.e.f 01.01.2018.

(ii) The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of ex-gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 shall be entitled to enhanced Dearness Relief from 260% to 266% w.e.f 01.01.2018.

(a) The widows and eligible children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 1.1.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 1.1.1986 and were sanctioned ex-gratia payment of Rs. 605/- p.m. and revised to Rs.645/-p.m w.e.f 04 June, 2013 vide OM No 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dated 27th June,2013.

(b) Central Government employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 18.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 654/-, Rs.659/-, Rs.703/- and Rs.965/-

2. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

3. 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.

4. In their application to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after the concurrence of 0/o C&AG.

5. This issues in pursuance of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No. 1/3/2008-E.II(B) dated 28th March,2018.

6. Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D3/D03ppw/DR_5CPC_190418WAPPC.pdf

Monday, May 14, 2018

Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr. III in the Medical Department on the Railways.


No. 11/1/2018
Dated: 08/05/2018 

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

 Dear Sir,

Sub: Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr. III in the Medical Department on the Railways.

Ref: Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)11/2001/RR-1/45 dated 22/05/2015 (RBE No. 49/2015) and 05/04/2018 (RBE No. 5/4/2018).
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 Federation desires to bring to the notice of Railway Board that the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (CGHS Division) vide Notification dated 11th March, 2015, circulated in the Gazette of India published weekly (March 8 — March 14-2015, at New Delhi), issued recruitment rules with the approval of the President, citing following educational and other qualification for direct recruitment of Pharmacists from open market in supercession of all previous instructions to be followed by the other Central Ministries and the Central Government Health Scheme Organization:-

12th Class Pass with Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), or equivalent from a recognized Board or University. Diploma in Pharmacy from recognized institution and registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948; and Two years' experience as Pharmacist in any recognized Hospital or Pharmacy after duly registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948; and

OR Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy (B. Pharm.) from a recognized University or equivalent; and Registered as a Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.

Federation is surprised to note that the Railway Board vide letter No. E(NG)11/200 I/RR-1/45 dated 22/05/2015 (RBE No. 49/2015) had issued instructions after reviewing the minimum educational qualification for direct recruitment to the posts of various categories in the Medical Department on the Railways in consultation with the Health Directorate of Railway Ministry decided to prescribe the qualification for recruitment of Pharmacists Gr. III (PB-1/GP 2800) as mentioned below of course without discussing with the Federation.

"10+2 in Science or its equivalent with 02 (two) years Diploma in Pharmacy and registration with Pharmacy Council of India or registration with State Pharmacy Council" aLso Federation has come across instructions issued by the Railway Board vide letter No. E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 05/04/2018 (RBE No. 5/4/2018) wherein the minimum educational qualification for recruitment of Pharmacists Gr. III from open market in the Medical Department on the Railways have been reviewed arbitrarily, without consultations with the Federations. The revised educational qualification for recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr. III in Railways is as follows:-

"10+2 in Science or its equivalent with Diploma in Pharmacy from recognized institution and registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948
OR
Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy (B. Pharma) from a recognized University or equivalent and Registered as a Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act 1948."

Federation is surprised to note that the Railway Board while reviewing the educational qualification for the post of Pharmacist has totally ignored the Gazette Notification issued by the Government of India as published by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfure, the nodal Ministry and issued its own instructions. This action of the Railway Board is therefore not justified.

 In this context, Federation desires to mention that in the Board's letter dated 05/04/2018 (in Para2) it has been mentioned that the review of entry qualification for the Pharmacist posts has been discussed by the Board with both the recognized Federations. In this context, NFIR desires to clarify, that the NFIR has never agreed for review of qualification for the post of Pharmacists Gr. III only. On the other hand Federation had urged the Railway Ministry to consider upgradation of the posts with respect to upgrading the Pay Scale/Pay Level which commensurate with the Pay Scales/Structure given to the other categories having Degree qualification, accordingly the Pharmacist after review of educational qualification should have been placed in erstwhile GP 4600/Level-7. In this connection, our letter No. IV NFIR/7thCPC/CORRES/PI. V dated 27/5/2015 and 28/5/2015 addressed to the Secretary, 7th CPC and the Secretary (E), Railway Board demanding improvement in the entry qualification with improved Pay Scale commensurating with the improved and upgraded educational and technical qualification for the post of Pharmacist may be connected. However, copies of Federation's letters dated2/05/2015 and 28/5/2015 are enclosed for ready reference.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to withdraw its instructions issued vide letter dated 05/4/2018 (RBE No. 5/4/2018) and convene a meeting with the Federation to discuss the subject matter for finding an amicable solution.

Federation may be replied of the action taken on this letter.

DA/As above

Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)-
General Secretary
Source:http://www.nfirindia.com/latestNfir.aspx?X=refer

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