Friday, September 30, 2011

Production Linked Bonus for Railway Employees

The Union Cabinet has accepted the proposal of the Ministry of Railways for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days' wages for the financial year 2010-2011 for all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees.

The financial implication of payment of 78 days' PLB to railway employees has been estimated to be Rs.1098.58 crore. The wage calculation ceiling prescribed for payment of PLB to the eligible non-gazetted railway employees is Rs.3500/- p.m.

About 12.61 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees are likely to benefit from the decision.

Payment of PLB to eligible railway employees is made each year before the Dusshera/ Puja holidays. The decision of the Cabinet shall be implemented before the holidays for this year as well.

This will be the highest PLB payment ever to be made by Railways. PLB is based on the productivity indices reflecting the performance of the Railways and its payment is expected to motivate the employees for working towards improving the same in future.


Thursday, September 29, 2011


House Rent Allowance not a right, merely a compensation: HC

The HC has ruled that house rent allowance (HRA) is not a right. A division bench of Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice A P Bhangale ruled that a government employee not staying in the quarters despite its availability can be disentitled from claiming the special allowance. The bench was hearing a petition filed by the defence ministry against its employees working in the ordinance factory in Nagpur, who were staying in their own accommodation.

Nagpur has surplus government accommodation and is one of the few cities where a central government employee, who lives in his own house has to submit a "non-availability certificate" before he can ask for HRA. The government claimed that its employees, who are offered accommodation but refuse to occupy the same, would not be entitled to HRA.

"HRA is not a matter of right, it is a compensatory allowance given by an employer towards the rental accommodation expenses when the government is unable to provide suitable accommodation to its employee," said the judges. "The employee, if he resides in his own property, may not be entitled to claim the HRA, because it is paid to central government employees to compensate them partly for the especially higher rents which they have to pay for hired or rented residential accommodation in big cities, but not as a source of profit," they added.

The court quashed an order of the central administrative tribunal asking the government to pay HRA to employees who had were residing in their own houses. "Prima facie in our opinion, the pre-requisite for a non-availability certificate (NAC) as laid down in the office memorandum as operative in Nagpur, when central government accommodation is available in surplus and the government is required to spend huge amounts towards construction and maintenance (of the quarters), it is neither arbitrary nor malafide," said the judges.


Removal of ceiling of maximum balance to be retained in a post office savings account

{SB ORDER NO. 20/2011}

No. F.No.113-23/2005-SB
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001 Dated: 27.09.2011
             All Heads of Circles/Regions
             Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi.

Sub:    Removal of ceiling of maximum balance to be retained in a post office  savings  account- amendment to Rule-4 of the Post Office Savings Account Rules 1981   regarding.

Sir / Madam,

            The undersigned is directed to say that issue of removal of ceiling of Rs.1 lac in single savings account and Rs.2 Lac in Joint Savings Account fixed in the year 2000 was under consideration in the Min. of Finance (DEA). This issue was linked to the benefit of exemption in Income Tax on the interest earned in Post Office Savings Account under Section10(15) (i) of Income Tax Act, 1961 by the CBDT and Min. of Finance (DEA). After sustained efforts on the part of this Directorate, Min. of Finance (DEA) has now amended Rule-4 of the Post Office Savings Account Rules 1981 vide G.S.R.681(E) F.No.2/5/2006-NS-II dated 15.9.2011 (copy enclosed). Some major benefits of this amendment are given below:

(i)         From 1.10.2011, there will be no limit for retaining balance in single as well as joint savings account.

(ii)        A depositor or depositor(s) can deposit any amount into single as well as joint savings account.

(iii)       Maturity value of any savings instrument can be credited into savings account of the depositor standing in the same post office irrespective of the balance in the account.

(i)         Any cheque either issued by Postmaster or any other authority irrespective of any amount can be credited into post office savings account irrespective of the balance in the account.

(ii)        From the Financial year 2011-12, Interest income of Rs.3500/- in the case of single account and Rs.7000/- in case of Joint account will be exempted from Income Tax. (Section 10(15) (i) of Income Tax Act, 1961 amended vide Notification No. 32/2010 {F.No. 173/13/2011-IT A.I}/S.O.1296(E) dated 03.06.2011)

(iii)       It is the duty of the depositor(s) to show the interest income earned from Post Office Savings Account(s) beyond the limit prescribed above in the Income Tax return and pay due Income Tax.

1.         It is requested that all field units may be directed to give wide publicity to these changes in the shape of Public Notice and printing of leaflets.

2.         This issues with the approval of DDG (FS).

Yours faithfully,
(Kawal Jit Singh)
Assistant Director (SB)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Re-classification of Saharanpur as ‘Y’ class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance


RBE No. 123/2011.
New Delhi, dated 16.9.2011.

The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways & Prod.Units etc,
(as per mailing lists No.I & II).

Subject:- Re-classification of Saharanpur as ‘Y’ class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance-regarding.

   Attention is invited to Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II/2004/HRA-l6 dated 28.1.2005 and letter of even number dated 12.9.2008 regarding re-classification of cities/towns on the basis of 2001 Census for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Railway employees.
The Government of Uttar Pradesh vide their Notification No. 2l7619-7-0953J/1998 dated 01.10.2009 reconstituted the area of Saharanpur (MB.) by adding certain areas within its Municipal Corporation and re-named as Saharanpur Municipal Corporation, which resulted in an increase in population of ‘Saharanpur Municipal Corporation to qualify it for classification as ‘Y’ class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance to the Central Government employees.

   2. The President is accordingly, pleased to decide that Saharanpur city (within its Municipal limits) shall stand reclassified as Y’ class city for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance to the Railway employees posted there.

   3. These orders shall be effective from 1st June,2011.

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

(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Dy.Director/ Estt(P&A)III,
Railway Board.

to view order copy click here

Tuesday, September 27, 2011



Staff Side of the National Council JCM has raised a demand to enhance the rates of Stitching charges for uniform for eligible employees. After the matter has been considered and decided to revise the rates of stitching charges with effect from April, 2011 to eligible Central Government employees. The Department of Personnel & Training issued an Office Memorandum (F.No. 141 1/2010-JCA2) with the details of revised rates on 18.04.2011.

Consequently the Railway Board has decided to revise the rates of stitching charges towards uniform for eligible railway employees as per Dress Regulations, 2004.

The revised rates w.e.f. from 1.4.2011 as under…

Buttoned-up-Coat and Pant
Over Coat for Staff Car Drivers
Ladies Half Coat
Pant (Terricot)
Bush Shirt (Polyvastra)
Rs . 60/-
Rs. 45/ -
Salwar Kameez
Rs. 90/-
Rs. 600/-

Courtesy:rng staff

New Pension Scheme overhaul to see cost cut, more record-keepers

The government will slash the New Pension Scheme's account maintenance costs to a third to make it more attractive to workers in the informal sector. The finance ministry has asked the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority to cut the annual fee to about Rs 100 from Rs 280 by breaking the monopoly of the scheme's current record-keeper , National Securities Depository.

The NPS, floated for civil servants in 2004, was opened to all citizens in May 2009 to provide a pension option to 360 million informal sector workers bereft of any old-age income security. But, so far only 51,000 people have joined voluntarily. Although the scheme's fund management fee is very low at 0.0084%, the annual record-keeping costs are high at Rs 352, comprising a flat fee of Rs 280 and a monthly transaction fee of Rs 6.

On a minimum investment of Rs 500 a month, the two expenses total 5.87% of the savings, nearly thrice the fee charged by a mutual fund. "The cost of NPS should be brought down in the interest of consumers," said a finance ministry official. The proposal for a second central record-keeping agency, or CRA, would be taken up at the upcoming PFRDA board meeting.

This annual fee, including fund management charges, was as low as 2-3 % for some equity-linked mutual funds and if the charges were brought down to Rs 100 annually, an NPS account holder will only have to pay around 1.6% towards CRA charges , he said.

The ministry's decision follows recommendations made by a committee, headed by former Sebi Chairman GN Bajpai, which said that PFRDA should consider inducting a few more recordkeepers as was originally planned. "The flat charges of the NPS are very steep, which tilts the scheme in favour of wealthier investors," the committee had noted.

"In fact, it is likely that the bottom-of-the-pyramid customers end up cross-subsidising the wealthier investors," the Bajpai report said, pointing out that the fixed charges on account maintenance and transaction charges form a large proportion of small investors' pension savings.


Apart from the account maintenance costs, financial intermediaries who route pension contributions to the fund managers also charge Rs 20 per transaction. This adds up another Rs 240 a year. Moreover, NSDL charges Rs 50 for opening an account while PFRDA-appointed financial intermediaries charge Rs 40.

So the flat costs imposed on investors in their first year of opening an NPS account further rises by Rs 90. According to a PFRDA official, a second CRA will bring in more competition, automatically balancing the current charges. "It was earlier decided to go with one CRA until the sector stabilises , but now it is important to bring in other players to reduce the cost," he said.

Many players, including Central Depository Securities, have evinced interest and the recordkeeping fee would go as low as Rs 100, he said. "The first time we invited bids for record-keepers , six agencies had applied. We expect to see the same response."


Postal department faces CAT's ire for ignoring order

 The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has initiated suo motu contempt of court proceedings against the Directorate of Postal Services (DPS), Madurai, for not complying with its orders. A bench of G Shantappa, judicial member, and R Satapathy, administrative member, took up the matter on Monday. It has been adjourned to Tuesday.

In its last order dated July 25, 2011, the Tribunal had directed authorities to complete disciplinary proceedings against the petitioner J Prema of Dindigul district within two months. Since no compliance report was filed, the CAT said it amounted to willful disobedience of its orders and hence a contempt.

According to her plea, Prema was sub-postmaster at Kodaikanal observatory in November, 2007. She was placed under suspension two days before she was due for retirement in May, 2009.

A bench of K Elango, judicial member and R Satapathy, administrative member, who heard the matter at the time, passed an order in July 2010 directing DPS Madurai and Superintendent of Post Offices, Dindigul, to complete disciplinary proceedings against Prema within six months. The bench also directed respondents to pay her the May, 2009 salary, arrears of the Sixth Pay Commission and GPF within a period of 10 days of receiving the order.

However, the respondents filed an application in February 2011 seeking an extension of six months. Instead, the bench granted them a window of four months in its order in April 2011. Since it could not be completed, another application was filed in June 2011 seeking a further extension of six months. This was made on the ground that they had to approach the President for compliance of directions of the Tribunal.

In its latest order, the Bench observed, "We are of the view that time and again the respondents are asking for extension of time, even though they have been given sufficient time to implement the directions of this Tribunal." The period was hence restricted to only two months with a rider that suo motu contempt would be initiated if orders were not complied with.

According to R Malaichamy, counsel for petitioner, "She was permitted to retire pending disciplinary proceedings but a charge memo has not been issued against her. The respondents have sought for extension of time on many occasions but she is cooperating. We want them to complete the enquiry."



There was anxiety among the Railwaymen regarding delay in payment of PLB to Railwaymen for the year 2010-11.General Secy. discussed the issue with Hon’ble Minister for Railways on 24.09.11 morning and he has assured that he had talked to the Prime Minister and a Cabinet Meeting will be held on 28th September, 2011 in this regard. Thereafter, orders will be issued for the payment of PLB to the Railwaymen.


India Post Signs MOU with National Stock Exchange for Financial Awareness

India post signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with National Stock Exchange (NSE) here today for deploying LCD TV screens in selected post offices across the country. The MOU was signed by Alka Jha, General Manager (BP), India Post and Mr. T. Vanket Rao, Vice President of National Stock Exchange. This MOU is aimed at creating financial awareness among the public. To begin with LCD TV screens will be deployed in 50 post offices across the country.

These LCD TV screens shall be utilized for disseminating financial awareness and awareness on various postal products and services for the common public visiting post offices. This step will bring the financial market place closer to the people considering the importance and footfall at post offices. Besides publicizing products available in post offices, India Post will use the facility to train the postal staff. Showcasing information about market will help people develop live skills about finances and people will be able to manage their finances better.

Senior officers of India Post were also present on the occasion.


Sunday, September 25, 2011


            Family Planning Allowance, it is one of the severe steps taken by the Central Government to check growing population. At that time incentives were announced to Government employees, those having three children. In the following days it was reduced to two children.

            The sterilization operation which is performed for this is known as tubectomy(for women) and vasectomy(for men). This is a permanent method of family planning, which means once you opt this and undergo this procedure the reversal of the condition is not possible.

            Before 5th CPC the Family Planning Allowance was noted as Personal Pay and 6th CPC has recommended that the rates of Family Planning allowances has been doubled. According to the provisions contained in Finance Ministry's O.M.No. 7(39)/E dated 4th December 1979, O.M.No.6(39)/98-IC.II dated 6th July 1999 and O.M.No.F.No.7(20)/2008-E.III(A) dated 24th September 2008, Central Government employees who undergone sterilization were entitled to a Special Increment. One would get incentive according to the pay scale-grade, not to be absorbed in future increases in pay. The rate of increment was equal to the amount of the next increment due at the time of grant of the incentive and it remain fixed during the entire service.

            We are here try to several informations through simple questions and answers…If there is any differences of opinion please write to us.

Is there any age limit..?

            Yes, Employees must be within the reproductive age group. If male employee should not be over 50 years and his wife should be between 20 to 45 yrs, Female employee should not be over 45 years and her husband must not be over 50 yrs.

Up to how many children is permissible for this allowance..?

The employees should have not more than two surviving children (upto three children prior to 21.07.1999). If twins are born after first surviving child and the number of surviving children crosses the ceiling of two children in second /subsequent delivery (ies) shall also be admissible.

Submission of hospital certificate made compulsory or not..?

            Family Planning allowance would be granted only on production of sterilisation certificate issued by an authorised competent authority of Government hospital or Government aided hospital.

If the operation was prior to employment is eligible..?

            The allowance is not admissible if the operation was prior to joining the Central Government services.

How do know the increment amount..?

            The rate of increment (prescribed in the O.M.) applicable to the post held by you at the time of sterilization.

If spouses died after operation..?

If the employee is drawing allowance and if his spouse dies, allowance cannot be stopped.

Is there any special leave for Family Planning..?

Male Employee:-

 (i) Maximum of 6 working days for vasectomy operation and for second time similar operation another 6 working days.
(ii) Maximum of 21 working days for recanalization operation.
(iii) Maximum of 7 working days to follow the date of operation, if his wife undergoes tubectomy, laproscopy or salpingetomy operation
Female Employee :-
(i) Maximum of 14 working days if she undergoes tubectomy/laproscopy and another 14 days for second occasion.
(ii) Maximum of 14 working days for salpingectomy operation after Medical Termination of Pregnancy.
(iii) One day's Special CL on the day of IUCD/IUD insertion/re-insertion.
(iv) Maximum of 21 working days for recanalization operation. Special CL for one day for her husband's vasectomy operation.

The DA crossed 50%, the allowance also enhanced by 25% or not..?

            No. The allowance not to be absorbed in future increase in pay.

Any time limit for this claim..?

            No. However, claims submitted after 6 months of operation would be treated as delayed claim. For such cases, employee is required to submit the reasons for delayed claim.

            The new rate of this allowance with effect from 1st January 2008 as indicated in the table below…

Pre-revised Pay Scale
Grade Pay
Rate of Allowance
Upto 4000-100-6000
Upto 2400
Upto 6500-200-10500
Upto 4200
Upto 9000-275-9550
Upto 5400
Upto 10650-325-15850
Upto 6600
Upto 12000-375-18000
Upto 7600
Upto 15100-400-18300
Upto 8700
Upto 16400-450-20900
Upto 8900
Upto 18400-500-22400
Upto 10000


Friday, September 23, 2011

CCS(LTC) Rules, 1988-Relaxation for travel by air to visit J&K.

No.31011/2/2003- Estt. (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated the 25th August, 2011


Subject:- CCS(LTC) Rules, 1988-Relaxation for travel by air to visit J&K.

           The undersigned is directed to refer to the O.M. of even number dated the 18.6.2010 and to state that the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) have clarified that the term ‘Entitled class” mentioned in para 1(ii) of the above quoted O.M. refers to “Economy class” only. All LTC claims for travel by air may accordingly be restricted to LTC-80 Economy class air fare of Air India from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum.

2. Past cases already settled will not be re-opened.

Under Secretary to the Government of India.

Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- to Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

3rd floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi. date 22nd September, 2011.


Subject: Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- to Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS - Issuance of Zone of Consideration for placement of eligible Stenographers Grade ‘D’ in Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG) -regarding.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No.20/49/2009-CS- 11(B) dated 22nd June, 2011 by which a new grade of Stenographer Grade ‘D’ (NFSG) was created in grade pay of Rs.4200/- in Pay Band-2 with immediate effect in CSSS Cadre with the condition that the total number in the grade will be restricted to 30% of the sanctioned strength.

   2. Based on the Common Seniority List of Stenographers Grade ‘D’, list of Stenographers Grade ‘D’ who are considered eligible for grant of NFSG is annexed to this OM., subject to their being found suitable by the Internal Committee to be constituted by the Cadre Units as per para 1(b) of the O.M. referred to above. Stenographers Grade ‘D’ from S.No.1 to 33 of Annexure to this O.M. who had already completed the approved service of 5 years as on 22nd June, 2011 may be granted the NFSG w.e.f. 22nd June, 2011 and Stenographers Grade ‘D’ from S.No.34 to 98 of Annexure to this O.M. who have completed the 5 years of approved service on 1st July, 2011 may be granted the NFSG w.e.f. 1st July, 2011,
subject to suitability.

   3. Accordingly, the Cadre Units of CSSS are requested to place the eligible Stenographers Grade ‘D’ as given in Annexure to this O.M. in the NFSG after following the procedure as prescribed in O.M. No.20/49/2009-CS-II(B) dated 22nd June, 2011 and also furnish the details of Stenographers Grade ‘D’, if any, who have not been covered in this order and are eligible for NFSG. A copy of order in NFSG in respect of eligible Stenographers Grade ‘D’ may please be furnished to this Department for the purpose of record.

   4. Cadre Units should send a report to CS-II Division, detailing the officers who have been granted NFSG, by 15th October, 2011.

(Kiran Vasudeva)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Recruitment of Stenographers Grade ‘D’ in CSSS through Stenographers Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ Examination.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003.
Date: 20th September, 2011.


Subject: Recruitment of Stenographers Grade ‘D’ in CSSS through Stenographers Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ Examination, 2010 conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) - nomination of qualified candidates reg.

   The undersigned is directed to say that based on the results of the Stenographers Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ Examination, 2010 held on 9th January, 2011, the Staff Selection Commission has recommended 398 candidates for appointment as Steno Grade ‘D’ in CSSS. Out of 398 candidates, examination dossiers in respect of 385 (General-238, SC-82, ST-01, OBC-64) candidates have been received in this Department for appointment to the Stenographer Grade ‘D’ of CSSS for the Select List Year 2010. Accordingly, they are nominated to the different Cadre Units of CSSS as listed in the Annexure to this Department’s O.M. in the order of their merit for appointment as Steno Grade ‘D’ of CSSS.

   2. Since these candidates have neither been medically examined nor have their character and antecedents been verified, the Cadre Units are requested to complete their pre-appointment formalities before they are actually appointed as Steno Grade ‘D’ latest by 15.10.2011.

   3. In accordance with ‘Instructions for the candidates’ relating to this Examination, qualified candidates are required to submit their original certificates for verification to the authority who will give them the Offer of appointment. The appointing authorities may, therefore, call for the original certificates and check the relevant particulars from them regarding date of birth, educational qualifications, claims for OBC/SC/ST/Ex-servicemen/PH and claim in respect of age relaxation. If any discrepancy is found in any particular case, the SSC may also be informed about it with a copy to this Department.

   4. In pursuance of the instructions contained in para 2.5 of the brochure regarding reservation in service for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes circulated with the Ministry of Home Affairs O.M.No.1/2/61-SCT (I) dated 27th April, 1962, the responsibility for verification of the claims of the SC/ST/OBC candidates is that of the appointing authority. The candidates may, accordingly, be offered appointments provisionally subject to their furnishing the prescribed caste certificate in the prescribed form within a reasonable time, which should be verified by the appointing authority.

   5. In cases where the candidates are already employed in the Government offices, the Offer of appointment may be sent to them through their respective offices. Copies of Offer of appointment issued to them may kindly be forwarded to this Department and the Staff Selection Commission. The date of their joining the duty may also be intimated along with their roll number and rank number to this Department and Staff Selection Commission as soon as possible.

   6. The Offers of appointment should be sent only by Registered Post. If the postal authorities return the letters undelivered, the letters along with the envelopes containing remarks by the postal authorities should be retained for record. In such cases a copy of the offer of appointment should be sent to the permanent address of the candidates, if it is different from that of the initial mailing address. The dossiers of such candidates should be returned to the SSC only if the second letter is also returned undelivered under intimation to this Department.

   7. At least five weeks time from the date of issue of the Offer of appointment should be given to a candidate to respond to the Offer of appointment. A registered reminder may be sent immediately after the expiry of five weeks time, if necessary. If the candidate does not join duty within 3 months from the date of first letter, his candidature may be cancelled. However, if the candidate further makes a request for extension of joining time and on consideration by the Cadre Unit it is decided to grant him/her extension beyond 3 months, he may be asked to join within stipulated time and he may also be informed that on joining the post his seniority would be depressed as per provision made in DP&T O.M. No. 9/23/71-Estt.(D) dated 6.6.78 as amended vide O.M. No.35015/2/93-Estt(B) dated 9.8.1995.

    8. The dossiers of candidates are forwarded herewith and these should be retained, on their appointment in the Ministry/Department /Office, as part of their Service Book. It may specially be noted that the dossier shall be deemed to be authentic only if the photograph of the candidate in the dossier is EMBOSSED with the special stamp of the SSC. Before taking any further action, it may please be ensured that the photograph of the candidate in the dossier is duly embossed and in case any discrepancy is noticed, the matter may be referred to the SSC without any delay.

   9. If any candidate fails to report for duty or there is no response or the offer is declined, after a registered reminder, the Offer of appointment should formally be cancelled and the candidate be informed accordingly. The dossiers of such candidates should be returned thereafter to the Staff Selection Commission directly under intimation to this Department after placing a copy each of the Offer of appointment, reminder thereof and the cancellation memo, in the respective dossier. The dossier(s) should be returned under the signature of the officer to whom the same were sent in your office. He/She should also sign the list of dossier(s) which is/are returned with the letter.

   10. These Steno Grade ‘D’ would be nominated for induction training in the ISTM shortly. The dates of the induction training programme would be intimated to all the Cadre Units in due course. All the Cadre Units shall relieve these Stenographers Grade ‘D’ for the induction training programme in the ISTM as and when they are nominated.

   11. All Cadre Units of CSSS are requested to ensure that in case some staff have been outsourced for stenographic assistance by showing the vacancies of Steno Grade ‘D’, the same may be reduced proportionately keeping in view the number of Steno Grade ‘D’ nominated to the respective Cadre Units. The Financial Advisers of all the Cadre Units are also requested to ensure that outsourced stenographic assistance is proportionately reduced as the nominated Steno Grade ‘D’ join in the Cadre Unit.

(Kiran Vasudeva)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Grant of Sunderban Allowance to Railway employees working in West Bengal

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
No. F(E)I/2011/AL-4/4
PC VI No.273
RBE No.122
New Delhi, dated 12.09.2011
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub: Grant of Sunderban Allowance to Railway employees working in West Bengal.
Ref: Board’s letter No.F(E)96/AL-4/11 dated 24-8-2001.

   Sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for the continued grant of Sunderban Allowance at the existing rates (based on the notional pay in pre-revised scales) to the Railway employees posted in the Sunderban areas of West Bengal for a further period from 01.01.2003 to 31.08.2008 and at the revised rates (indicated in the Table below) from 01.09.2008 onwards and upto the period for which the Government of West Bengal continues to pay this allowance to its employees, subject to the fulfillment of the existing terms and conditions in this regard.

New Page 1
 Existing rates(in Rupees  Revised rates(in Rupees)  
 Pay Range

 Rate  w.e.f
in Rupees
 Pay in the
Pay Band

Rate w.e.f
in Rupees
 Below 3000      30  Below 5600      60
 3000-4499      60  5600-8400     120
 4500-5999      90  8401-11200     180
 6000-9000     120  11201-16800     240

2. In case of those employees who have opted to retain the pre revised scale of pay after the Sixth Pay Commission, their entitlement to the Sunderban Allowance would be determined with reference to pre-revised pay range indicated in column (1) of the table above and the rate prescribed in Column (2) will apply from 1.1.2003 to 31.8.2008 and that in column (4) of the table will apply w.e.f.1.9.2008.

3. Hindi version is enclosed.

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Sonali Chaturvedi)
Deputy Director Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board
Source: AIRF

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Empanelment of Exclusive Cancer Hospitals / Units under CGHS

No: REC-I/2008/JD(Gr.) / CGHS/CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108 dated the September 12, 2011


Subject: Empanelment of Exclusive Cancer Hospitals / Units under CGHS.
   The undersigned is directed to draw attention to the Office Memorandum of even number dated 23rd June 2011 and to state that this Ministry has been receiving representations seeking clarification about the rates applicable for treatment of CGHS beneficiaries at Exclusive Cancer Hospitals / Cancer Units empanelled under CGHS. The matter has been examined by this Ministry and it has now been decided to clarify that the rates applicable for Cancer treatment are as per the details given below

   2.1 The duration of treatment for different Categories of Surgery will be as follows.
Category – I ————– 1-2 days
Category – II ————- 3-5 days
(7-10 days in respect of operations involving Abdominal / thoraciccavity)
Category – III, IV & V —14 days.

2.2. The surgical procedures are enlisted under Categories – I, II, Ill, IV & V and the list
is annexed to this Office Memorandum (at Annexure-I).

2.3. Rates applicable for room rent (Accommodation Charges) for different categories of wards as given below:
General ward ——– Rs 1000/- per day
Semi-private ward — Rs. 2000/- per day
Private ward ———- Rs 3000/- per day.
CGHS beneficiaries are entitled to facilities of private, semi-private or general
ward depending on their basic pay / pension. The entitlement is as follows:-

S. No.Basic Pay (without the inclusion of Category pay)Entitlement
1.Upto Rs. 13,950/-General Ward
2.Between Rs 13,951/- and Rs.19,530Semi-Private Ward
3.Rs.19,540 and abovePrivate Ward

For any day care procedure requiring short admission — a few hours to one day—accommodation charge for one day as per entitlement shall be applicable,
provided the patient has been admitted in a room as per his/her entitlement.

2.4 The Super-specialty rates of CGHS Delhi for Cancer Radio-therapy and Chemotherapy shall be applicable as CGHS rates for Cancer Radiotherapy and
Chemotherapy (placed at Annexure —Il). In case of Chemotherapy the rates prescribed are procedural charges only. Room rent, investigations and cost of medicines are reimbursable in addition to the procedural charges.
Chemotherapy medicines shall be procured fran, CGHS wherever feasible and as per available brand. In case, medicines are supplied by hospital, they shall provide the same on credit basis to pensioners and a shall offer a discount of 10% on MRP. The hospital in such cases shall certify that the Chemotherapy medicines have not been supplied by the CGHS.

2.5 Consultation fee shall be as per CGHS rates applicable for NABH Accredited hospitals.

2.6 Investigation rates shall be as per CGHS prescribed rates of concerned city.

2.7 Cost of Implants / stents / grafts is reimbursable in addition to package rates as per CGHS ceiling rates for Implants / stents / grafts or as per actual, in case there is no CGHS prescribed ceiling rates.

2.8 The rates applicable for Anaesthesia, Operation Theatre and Surgery Charges under Categories —I, II, III, IV & V are given below

Anesthesiology ChargesRates in Rupees
Anesthesia Fees – Category I2,310
Anesthesia Fees – Category II2,755
Anesthesia Fees – Category III4,830
Anesthesia Fees – Category IV5,775
Anesthesia Fees – Category V6,615
SURGICAL ONCOLOGY – Operation Theatre (Hospital Service Charges)Rates in Rupees
Minor OT – Service Charges870
Minor OT – Drugs/Consumables (Without GA)325
Minor OT – Drugs/Consumables (With GA)540
Minor OT – Service Charges – Less than 2 Hrs.3,465
Minor OT – Service Charges – 2 To 4 Hrs.5,775
Minor OT – Service Charges – More than 4 Hrs.8,455
Minor OT – Service Charges870
Category I Surgery2,755
Category II Surgery6,930
Category III Surgery.9,660
Category IV Surgery15,095
Category V Surgery17,325

2.9 The admissible amount for Cancer surgery shall be calculated as per the formula given below Room rent as applicable + Anesthesia charges (as per category) + OT charges (as per category) + Surgery charges (as per category) + Investigations at CGHS rates + Cost of Medicines and Surgical Disposables.
Anesthesia charges (as per category) + OT charges (as per category) + Surgery charges (as per category) prescribed above are applicable for semi-private ward. If the beneficiary s entitled for general ward there will be a decrease of 10% in these rates for private ward entitlement there will be an increase of 15%.
5. Other conditions as prescribed n Office Memorandum of even number dated the June 23, 2011 remain unchanged.
A copy of this Office Memorandum and rates for exclusive Cancer along with a copy of MOA are placed on the internet at
{Jai Prakash}
Under Secretary to Government of India
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Combined Section Officers’/Stenographers’ (Grade`B’/Grade `I’)Ltd. Departmental Competitive Exam 2006, 2007 & 2008 Results Announced

            The Union Public Service Commission has announced the result of  the Combined Section Officers’/Stenographers’ (Grade-‘B’/Grade-`I’) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination 2006, 2007 & 2008. The written part of the examination was held in December, 2010 and evaluation of service record held in Aug, 2011.

The total number of candidates recommended in all the 09 Categories/Services are 247; 190; & 237 for the Select List Years 2006, 2007 & 2008 respectively.  The categories for which results have been announced are as under:

Section Officers’ Grade of the Central Secretariat Service
Section Officers’ Grade [Integrated Grade II and III] of the General Cadre of the Indian Foreign Service, Branch ‘B’
Section Officers’ Grade of the Railway Board Secretariat Service
Grade ‘A’ & ‘B’ merged of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service
Grade `I’ of the Stenographers’ Cadre of Indian Foreign Service, Branch ‘B’
VI (*)
Grade ‘A’ & ‘B’ merged of the Armed Forces Hqrs Stenographers’ Service
Grade ‘B’ of the Railway Board Secretariat Stenographers’ Service
Section Officers’ Grade of the Intelligence Bureau
Section Officers’ Grade of the Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service

(*)    No candidate is recommended in Category VI for the year 2007 due to non-availability of eligible candidates finally qualified for that year.

 (#)       No candidate is recommended in Category VII for the years 2007 & 2008 due to   non-availability of eligible candidates finally qualified for the respective Select List Years.

Result is also available on the UPSC’s website, i.e., http://www, and at the “Facilitation Counter” near Examination Hall Building in UPSC campus on working days between 1000 hours to 1700 hours in person or over telephone Nos. 011-23381125 / 23098543.  Relevant marks are likely to be available on the website within 15 days from the date of declaration of result.

click here to see result 2006

click here to see result 2007

click here to see result 2008