Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Why NPS is the best retirement option

The Indian population is greying. According to the latest UNFPA report, the percentage of Indians above 60 years is projected to rise to 55% by 2050. The demographics also indicate an increasing longevity owing to betterment in medical facilities. While this is good news, it also means that tomorrow's retirees will have a longer retirement and must, therefore, accumulate a bigger corpus.

Retirement planning involves disciplined saving, vigilant investment to build a sufficient retirement corpus and its judicious drawdown in the postretirement phase. The National Pension System (NPS), launched by the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority, takes all these concerns into account. It is a sophisticated innovation based on the world's best practices in the pension sector.

While saving for a long-term goal such as retirement, the cost matters a lot. Over 35-40 years, the charges can shave off a significant amount from the corpus. The NPS charges fund management fees of 0.0102% for the government employees and there's a ceiling of 0.25% for the private sector. This is perhaps the lowest in the world. Other charges are also low, making the cost-adjusted returns of the NPS quite attractive. It is estimated that the total cost of the NPS, including the fund management fee, will not exceed 0.5% per year, making it the cheapest financial product in India.

The NPS is a well-regulated, transparent and flexible scheme. It has laid down prudent investing norms for fund managers, and their performance and portfolios are regularly monitored by the NPS Trust under the overall supervision of the PFRDA. The scheme offers complete flexibility. The investor decides the percentage of the corpus that goes into equity, corporate bonds and government securities. There is only a 50% cap on exposure to equity.

One of the most outstanding features of the NPS is the 'lifecycle fund' . It is meant for those who are not financially aware. It is also the default option for someone who has not indicated his desired allocation. Under this option, the investor's age decides the equity exposure. The 50% allocation to equity is reduced every year by 2% after the investor turns 35, till it comes down to 10%. This is in keeping with the strategy to opt for a higher-risk , higher-return portfolio mix earlier in life. As the investor approaches retirement , he shifts to a more stable, low-risk portfolio.

This automatic rejigging of the allocation is a unique feature of the NPS. No other pension plan or mutual fund offers such a facility to investors. There are a few funds based on age, but they are one-size-fits-all solutions, not customised to the individual's age.

Another unique feature of the NPS is the tax benefit it offers under the newly added Section 80 CCD(2). Under this section, if an employer contributes 10% of the salary (basic salary plus dearness allowance) to the NPS account of the employee, this amount gets tax exemption. This is over and above the 1 lakh tax deduction under Section 80C. It's a win-win situation for both because the employer also gets tax benefit under Section 36 I (IV) A for his contribution. By putting in money in the NPS, the employer can provide an additional tax benefit to the employee by simply restructuring the salary at no extra cost.

The NPS allows one to accumulate the corpus from the age of 18 for 40-odd years. There is minimal leakage in the form of withdrawals for competing consumption expenses. This allows the investor to reap the benefits of compounding till he turns 60.

The NPS also offers the flexibility to draw up to 60% of the retirement corpus as a lump sum to meet financial life goals like children's marriages, housing, or draw down the lump sum in a staggered manner till one is 70 years old. The rest can be used to buy an annuity from any of the seven Irdaregulated annuity service providers.

—The author is the Chairman of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.
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Model Recruitment Rules for the various posts of Accounts Cadre-reg.

No. AB-14017/32/2012-Estt. (RR) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training 
New Delhi 
Dated the 31st October, 2013 

Subject: Model Recruitment Rules for the various posts of Accounts Cadre-reg.

The Model RRs for the posts of Junior Accounts Officer/Accountant and Accounts officer of Accounts Cadre issued by this Department have been reviewed in the light of 6th CPC recommendations.

2.  The designation with pay scale for various posts of Accounts Cadre shall be as below:-

Sr. No.  Designation   Pay Scale
 1  Junior Accounts Officer/Accountant  PB-2, GP-Rs. 4200
 2  Accounts Officer  (i) PB-2, GP-Rs. 4600
(ii) PB-2, GP-Rs. 4800

Accordingly, the revised Model Recruitment Rules for the same are enclosed as Annexure to this Office Memorandum.

2.  Ministries/Departments may review the existing rules and notify the , revised rules conforming to the Model Recruitment Rules. These may also be forwarded to all autonomous/statutory bodies for adoption. The Ministry of Home Affairs is also requested to forward these Model RRs to the UT Administrations for appropriate action.

3. Hindi version will follow.

(Mukta Goel)
Director (Estt-I)

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Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) September 2013

According to a press release issued by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for September, 2013 rose by 1 points and pegged at 238 (two hundred and thirty eight). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.42 per cent between August and September compared with 0.47 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Miscellaneous group contributing 0.44 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Arhar Dal, Goat Meat, Dairy Milk, Milk (Cow & Buffalo), Pure Ghee, Snack Saltish, Tea Leaves, Onion, Electricity Charges, Firewood, College Fee, Secondary School Fee, Petrol, Bus Fare, Tailoring Charges etc. are responsible for the rise in index. However, this was compensated to some extent by Wheat, Groundnut Oil, Mustard Oil, Poultry, Ginger, Vegetables and Fruit items, putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 10.70 per cent for September, 2013 as compared to 10.75 per cent for the previous month and 9.14 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 13.36 per cent against 13.91 per cent of the previous month and 11.00 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Labac Sichar recorded the highest increase of 9 points each followed by Varanasi and Vishakhapattnam (7 points each) and Bhilwara, Tripura and Darjeeling (6 points each). Among others, 5 points rise was registered in 3 centres, 4 points in 2 centres, 3 points in 7 centres, 2 points in 14 centres and 1 point in 15 centres. On the contrary, Goa reported a decline of 8 points followed by Godavarikhani (7 points), Bhavnagar (5 points) and Nagpur and Ahmedabad (4 points each). Among others 3 point decline was observed in 2 centres 1 point in 6 centres. Rest of the 15 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 39 centres are above All-India Index and other 38 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Ajmer centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of October, 2013 will be released on Friday, 29 November, 2013. The same will also be available on the office website


Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Representations regarding revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioner

Government of India
Central Pension Accounting Office
Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi-110066


Subject:- Representations regarding revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioner in the light of P&PW OM No. 38137108-P&PW (A) dated 28th January, 2013 and issuance of mandatory e-authority by Pay & Accounts Officers.

Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare vide their OM No.38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated- 28.01.2013 has ordered to step-up the pension of pre-2006 pensioners upto 50% of the sum of minimum of pay in the pay band and grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner has retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Mb() Finance, D/o Expenditure OM dated-30.08.2008. To facilitate payment of revised pension/family pension a revised concordance table Annexure of the pre-1996, pre-2006 and post 2006 has also been enclosed with the OM dated-28.01.2013. Accordingly, necessary change in e-revision, e-filling utility was made by NIC, CGA to issue e-revision authorities for pre-2006 pensioners vide this office OM No. CPAO/Tech/e-Revision/2013- 14/33 dated-09.05.2013 read with OM No. CPAO/Tech/6th CPC/2013-14/42 dated- 16.05.2013 and issuance of e-revision authority was made mandatory with some exceptions vide this office OM No. CPAO/Tech/e-revision/2013-14/74 dated-26.06.2013.

2. Consequent upon the implementation of issuance of e- authority as mandatory some CAs/ PAOs are raising questions on imperfection of revised e-revision, e-filling utility software. After thorough examination of the orders on the subject, issued by Ministry of Finance and Deptt. of Pensions & Pensioners Welfare, it is observed that some posts in different organizations like Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Deptt. of Space, ITBP, Delhi Police, Assistants belonging to Central Secretariat Service, Stenographers Grade C (PA) of Central Secretariat Stenographer Service etc. were upgraded in the pre-revised scale of posts and were replaced by pay-band with higher grade pay in new pay structure of 6th Pay Commission. But these upgradations were applicable only from 01.01.2006. Obviously, these are not applicable for the pensioners who retired on or before 31.12.2005. This position was clarified by DPPW vide OM No.38/37/08-P&PW dated-11.02.2009. Para 5 of the OM clearly states that the benefit of upgradation of posts subsequent to their retirement would not be admissible to pre- 2006 pensioners.

3. Taking into consideration the above facts, revised e-revision, e-filling utility software has been developed which is perfect one in all respect. Therefore, it is requested to go through the P&PW OM dated-28.01.2013 alongwith the concordance table attached with it and fitment tables annexed to Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure (Implementation Cell) OM No.1/1/2008 IC dated-30.08.2008 carefully.

4. If e-utility software shows any discrepancy it is an indication of misfeeding of data, hence required special attention and consultancy of fitment tables as referred above. In this context, some PAOs might have allowed the benefits of upgradation of posts to pre-2006 pensioners also. Initially due to non-availability of 5th CPCs Pay Scales in the software the check which is being applied in the revised e--utility software could not be made -effective. Hence, it is advised to issue the e-authority in all the cases with some exceptions mentioned in this office OM CPAO/Tech/e-revision/2013/14/75 dated-26.06.2013.

5. Earlier, some manual authorities might have been issued in which the benefits of upgradation has been allowed to pre-2006 pensioners also. Hence, a system generated list of revision authorities PAO-wise have been prepared for the convenience of PAOs to sort out the relevant cases for review and issue amendments, if required.

Keeping in view the volume of papers, the list is being sent through e-mail to each Pr.CCA/CCAs/CAs separately. Pr.CCA/CCAs/CAs may further distribute the same among '.their respective PAOs for further necessary action.

6.. In case of any doubt the matter may be referred to Department of Pensions & Pensioners Welfare for further clarification.

This issues with the approval of competent authority.
Vijay Singh
Sr. Accounts Officer (Tech.)

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Revision of 1/3rd commuted pension portion of pension in respect of Government servants

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003,
Dated the 28th October, 2013


Sub: Revision of 1/3rd commuted pension portion of pension in respect of Government servants who had drawn lump sum payment on absorption in Central Public Sector Undertakings/Central Autonomous Bodies-Implements of Government's decision on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

The undersigned is directed to say that orders have been issued vide this Department's OM of even number dated 11.7.2013 for revision of 1/3rd restored pension of absorbees w.e.f. 1.1.2006 by multiplying pre-revised 1/3rd pension by a factor of 2.26, if it is more beneficial than the revised 1/3rd restored pension as per this Department's O.M. No.4/38/2008-P&PW(D) dated 15.9.2008. These orders have been issued in compliance of the order dated 27.9.2011 of the CAT Hyderabad Bench in OA NO.710/2010 read with their order dated 22.4.2013 in C.P. 26/2012.

2. Representations have been received from the absorbees pensioners, who had taken lump-sum payment in lieu of 100% pro-rata pension on absorption, that the benefit allowed to the absorbee pensioners in terms of
O.M. dated 11.7.2013 is not adequate. These representations have been examined in this Department. The main thrust of these representation is that the 1/3rd restored pension may be revised w.e.f. 1.1.2006 by adding dearness pension and dearness relief as on 1.1.2006 alongwith 40% fitment benefit to the pre-revised 1/3rd restored pension.

3. The matter has been examined in this Department. The instructions for revision of 1/3rd pension were issued by this Department's O.M. No.4/38/2008-P&PW(D) dated 15.9.2008, keeping in view the formula laid down by Hon'ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh in its judgement dated 24.12.2003 which was accepted in Supreme Court judgment dated 29.11.2006 and 24.7.2007.  Hon'ble CAT, Hyderabad Bench in its order dated 27.9.2011 in OA 710/2010 inter-alia observed that the a.M. dated 15.9.2008 was legally sustainable.  However, the Hon'ble CAT directed to pass an order so as to equalize the revised 1/3rd restored pension of absorbees with the revised pension of other Central Government pensioners.

4. Keeping in view the above direction of Hon'ble CAT, Hyderabad Bench, which was upheld by High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Supreme Court, orders were issued vide this Department's C.M. of even number dated 11.7.2013 to revise 1/3rd restored pension of absorbee pensioners to 2.26 times of the pre-revised 1/3rd restored pension. This is explained by the following example:

Pre-2006 full pension  Pre-2006 1/3rd restored pension   Revised full pension (for DR, etc.) Revised 1/3rd restored pension in terms of OM dated 15.9.2008 Revised 1/3rd  restored pension in terms of OM dated 11.7.2013 
 4073  3173  9207  6492  7173

The above formula for revision of 1/3rd pension is also in conformity with the demand made by the staff side in the meeting of National Council (JCM) held on 6.11.2012.

  5. In view of the above position, no further change in the 1/3rd restored pension of the absorbee pensioners (who had drawn lump-sum payment of absorption in Central Public Undertaking/Central Autonomous Body) is required to be made. All the representations made by the absrobee pensioners and their Associations in this regard stand disposed off accordingly. All Ministries/All Departments are requested to inform the above position to the absorbee pensioners.
(Harjit Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in PB-l to all group "D" Employees

No. A-28112/1/2009-Med. VI.
Dated 21.10.2013
The Director (Medical) Delhi/Noida
All Medical Superintendent of
ESIC Hospitals,

Sub:- Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in PB-l to all group "D" Employees including Para-medical Employees appointed in ESIC Hospitals/Institutions as per the pre-amended Recruitment Rules.

1 am directed to convey the approval of the Corporation for grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in PB-l in the pay band of Rs. 5200-20200/- to all group "D" Employees including Para-medical Employees appointed in ESIC Hospitals/Institutions as per the pre-amended Recruitment Rules, vide its 160th Meeting held on 19.09.2013 as per supplementary item no. ESIC-5 in the minutes.

In view of above, you are requested to take necessary action.

Yours Faithfully, 
(Akshay Kala)
Jt. Director (M)
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Simplification of rules/procedure on withdrawals from Provident Fund by Railway employees-reg.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
Dated: 25/10/2013
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,

Dear Sir,
Sub: Simplification of rules/procedure on withdrawals from Provident Fund by Railway employees-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board's letter No. F(E)/III 77 PFI/3 dated 27/5/1977.
(ii) Rule 925 read with sub rule (3) (a) of RI.

Difficulties are being faced by Railway employees while withdrawing money from the their Provident Fund as the authorities have been insisting on submission of various uncalled for/unwarranted affidavits/documents with result the payments are delayed causing deep sense of frustration among employees.

2. In this connection N FIR desires to convey that provision exists under Rule 925 read with sub rule (3) (a) of Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol-I (Reprint Edition, 1995) as below:-
"Marriage expenses-- Withdrawals may be permitted for meeting expense subject to the following terms and conditions:-
(a) meeting the expenditure in connection with the betrothal/marriage of the subscriber or his sons or daughters and any other female relation actually dependent on him".
Above rules no where indicate that the employee should be asked to submit affidavits and complete other unnecessary formalities causing hindrance and delay in the process unnecessarily in the drawal of employee's own money which is unfortunate despite the fact that the employees have to forego interest on the amount of money drawn from P.F.

3. For easy processing and to overcome the hurdles, NFIR wishes to state that Zonal Railways etc., may be directed to sanction and pay the amount drawn by the employee on a simple application form containing all relevant information with self certification.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue suitable instructions to all Zonal Railways/Production Units to avoid unnecessary hardship to staff. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Monday, October 28, 2013


Andhra Govt increases Dearness Allowance from 1.7.13, Issued order

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday sanctioned dearness allowance of 8.56 per cent from July 2013 to all the government employees, pensioners and village establishment staff in the state.
About 14 lakh current and former employees will benefit by the decision. The increased allowance will be paid in cash alongwith the October salary, an official release said here.
The financial implication will be Rs 2,396.22 per annum. Arrears of DA from July to September 2013 will be credited to the GPF accounts.
Click here to view order

Saturday, October 26, 2013

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A Request To Federations regarding COMPASSIONATE APPOINTMENT.

It is the right time to discuss about compassionate appointment because of the announcement of 7 th central pay commission.Compassionate appointment is not like other appointments,it is a thing that gives life to the suffering family without their prime earning head.

Most of the higher level employees (ie Grade A&B) might have their future security plans for their family.But in the case of Group C employees, they may not have any future plans,as their salary used to run their day-to-day life.

Sudden death of employee due to disease or accident is a massive loss to the family.That family might have many commitments like education,marriage of their children , medical expenses of aged parent etc.,For such family, compassionate appointment is the only permanent solution.

Hence the following requests are submitted to the notice of Federations  regarding Compassionate appointment

1  5% ceiling in compassionate appointment should be removed.

2  All the deceased employees legal heir must  get the appointment.

3  Duration regarding appointment should be minimized .

4. If there is no vacancy,the appointment should be made for Future Vacancy.

5   Compassionate appointment might be given to married son like as it is given to married daughter.

6   Welfare officer should verify the situation of the family, yearly once after giving appointment.

7   If any complaints received from other family members against the successor, immediate action should be taken regarding the complaint.


Minutes of Meeting with Secretary DOP&T held on 24.10.2013 at New Delhi regarding MACP,EL 30 DAYS,and 7th CPC

Date: 25.10.2013
All Affiliated Unions of INDWF

Indian National Defence Workers Federation continuously representing in various forums and also raised before Hon’ble Defence Minister on the pending issues of Defence Civilian employees.  Now on the following issues, decisions were taken by Ministry of  Defence which are as follows.


Master craftsman pay was upgraded to Rs.4200/- Grade Pay w.e.f. 01.01.2006 and was clarified by PC of A (Fys) that it was not considered as promotion and accordingly all these MCMs and re-designated Chargeman(T) were granted 3rd MACP on completion of 30 years of service to Rs.4600/-.  Subsequently DOP&T vide their letter dated 13.07.2012 and M of D vide their letter dated 23.07.2013 clarified that their upgradation was treated as promotion thereby denied the MACP – III and conveyed by PC of A (Fys), Kolkatta to recover the payment paid excess from Rs.4200/- to Rs.4600/- Grade Pay. This was strongly protested and represented by Indian National Defence Workers Federation to DOP&T, M of D and OFB to review the decision and grant Rs.4600/- Grade Pay.   The reduction of Grade Pay and recovery was stopped awaiting for the decision from DOP&T.  The recovery was stopped including the reversion from Rs.4600/- Grade Pay to Rs.4200/- Grade Pay in respect of serving employees.

Now, due to our efforts, DOP&T sent back the file to M of D on 14.10.2013 stating that if the MCM is not the feeder grade to Chargeman for promotion as per the existing Recruitment Rules, it may be confirmed and if so the employees completed 30 years can be considered for granting 3rd MACP to Rs.4600/-.  Now M of D had made out the proposal in conformity with SRO that MCM is not the feeder grade to Chargeman and only HS I is the feeder grade and the file was sent to M of D (Finance) for their acceptance and after obtaining clearance from M of D (Defence Finance), formal order will be issued by DOP&T revising its order dt 13.07.2013 and then all the MCMs granted Rs.4600/- under 3rd MACP will be allowed is continue.

This is a major achievement for Indian National Defence Workers Federation in succeeding to get this issue resolved with going to Court.  This will benefit existing employees and the retired employees who got the benefit of 3rd MACP Rs.4600/-.


Piece Workers are denied 30 days EL and were granted only 18 days in a year whereas 30 days EL was granted to all Industrial Employees in defence vide the agreement reached between Government of India and Staff side National Council JCM reached signed on 11.09.1997.   Since, the Piece workers have opted leave under Factories Act, 1948, they are denied the benefit of 30 days.

The issue was discussed at JCM III, II and with DOP&T by Indian National Defence Workers Federation and a proposal was sent to DOP&T through M of D, that one set of Leave Rules (Departmental Leave Rules) is acceptable for all employees and therefore, the Leave Rules under Factories Act, 1948 is to be ignored and the benefit of Leave Rules under Departmental Leave rules be granted to all Industrial Employees in Ordnance Factories.

The above proposal was agreed by M of D, Department of Defence Production to DOP&T and the same was agreed.  Accordingly, Department of Defence Production D(Estt/NG) vide their letter No. I.D.No.8/IR/08/D(Fy-II) dt 25.09.2013/04.10.2013 issued clarification to Ordnance Factory board that all  the employees are now eligible as per the agreement and as per clarification issued by Ministry of Labour for 30 days.  OFB with the approval of PC of A (Fys), Kolkatta is issuing instructions to all Ordnance Factories within 3 days granting 30 days EL which Indian National Defence Workers Federation demanded that the benefit to be granted with retrospective effect i.e. from the date of granting 30 days EL (11.09.1997 agreement).

This is an important achievement of Indian National Defence Workers Federation by which thousands of retired employees will get the benefit of 12 days in a year for encashment.  This may be communicated to the retired employees also.


All Civilian employees of Government of India are entitled for grant of Ex-gratia lump-sum compensation for an amount of Rs.10,00,000/- as per the provisions contained in Para 07 of DOP & W OM No.45/55/97-P & PW(C) dt 11.09.1998 read with para 11 of DOP & PW OM No.38/37/08-P & PW(A) dated 02.09.2008.  There are many employees expired due to accidents in Ordnance Factories has been seriously represented by Indian National Defence Workers Federation President     Shri Ashok Singh also written number of letters to Hon’ble Defence Minister to grant the Ex-gratia Rs.10 lakhs to the affected families though they have been provided employment assistance out of turn.

Now we are pleased to inform that Ministry of Defence, Department of Defence Production vide their letter no.444/IE/05/D/(Fy-II) dt 18.10.2013 issued sanction to Ordnance Factory Board for 30 cases with a total amount of Rs.3 Crores for disbursement immediately to the families of deceased employees.  This will be in respect of Ordnance Factory Bhandara, Cordite Factory Aruvankadu, Ammunition Factory Khadki, Ordnance Factory Khamaria, Ordnance Factory Itarsi and other factories where accidents have taken place.  This is a great achievement.


On the approach of INTUC, UPA Government agreed to appoint 7th Pay Commission and will be effective from 01.01.2016.  Government invited the Federations (National Council Standing Committee members) for discussing the Terms of reference for the 7th Central Pay commission.  A meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Secretary, DOP& T on 24.10.2013 at 1500 Hrs at North Block on behalf of Staff side we have proposed the following:
a)  Government of India should come out with their proposal on Terms of Reference and then Staff side will give their proposal.
b)  All anomalies pending including MACP to be settled.
c)  One Labour leader to be included in the commission.
d)  All pending cadre Review proposals should be delinked from 7th CPC.

After consulting the Ministry of Finance, the proposal of Draft will be given to us for discussion.

Yours Sincerely, 
General Secretary.

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Ref: Confdn/LDC-UDC/2013
Dated : 25.10.2013 
The Secretary,
Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi-110001

Sub: Upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC & UDC in the Administrative Branch of Government of India Offices.

This is in reference to the letter dated 14/10/2013 sent to you, on the above subject, by the All India Association of Administrative Staff, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Government of India (Copy enclosed).

As you are aware, the implementation of the 6th anomalies. The LDC UDC issue is among the most genuine anomalies for which an agenda had been submitted on behalf of this Federation in the National Anomaly Committee (NAC). So far four meetings of the NAC have been held but had not been able to settle the issue and the 5 meeting wherein several genuine anomaly cases including the LDC-UDC issue have to be discussed and decided has not been convened so far despite of repeated requests of the staff side. In this respect, it is worth to mention here that CS-II section of the DoPT had identified the LDC/UDC issue as anomaly which is the subject matter of JCA section and sent the case to JCA vide DoPT I.D. No.25/2/2013-CS.II (B) Dated 13.08/2013 for action. But it is surprised to note that the case in original has been returned to the All India Association of Administrative Staff by the CS-II section vide letter No 25/2/20134-CS II (B) dated 19/09/2013 with a direction to take up the case directly with the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure. And the reason behind the returning of the case to DoPT without considering to put up it in the NAC by the JCA is not recorded.

It is further to state that 6th get selected to the post of LDC but denied an appropriate pay structure in accordance with the increased qualification. On the other hand, the educational & technical qualifications prescribed for DEO & LDC are the same but the DEO has been granted Rs. 2400 grade pay whereas the Grade pay of LDC is Rs. 1900 only. Moreover, 6th to MTS as a result the gap between the MTS and LDC narrow down to Rs. 100/.

As regards the duties and responsibilities assigned to the LDC & UDC in the subordinate offices are concerned, it is altogether different than the duties and responsibilities for the posts prescribed in the DoPT manual or assigned to these posts in the offices of Central Secretariat. While comparing the duties of DEO & LDC the DEO has only to make entry the readymade data given to them whereas the LDCs have to create data/draft letters and then to type on computer, putting up the matter through file note with justification with the support of rules and procedure. Thus LDC does more work in qualitatively and quantitative terms with less grade pay than that of the DEO. Besides, many cadres with less or equal qualification have been recommended higher pay by the 6th the Government has implemented the same.

Since the duties of the LDC & UDC in the various State Government also assigned in line of these subordinate offices and considering the volume and quality of duties assigned to them several of the State Governments who have implemented the 6th increased the pay structure/grade pay of the LDC & UDC.

From the above it is evident that the LDCs & UDCs deserve higher grade pay than the present one, commensurate with the qualifications and assignments attached to these posts. DoPT has identified the LDC & UDC issue related to anomaly and asked to take up the case with your office. It is requsted that as tens of thousands of LDC, UDC are eagerly waiting for a favourable decision from Govt, the case may be considered in a sympathetic and judicious manner so that a decision for revising the grade pay of LDC to Rs. 2400/ and that of UDC to Rs. 2800/ may please be taken.

A favourable decision in this regard is requested please.

Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan) 
Secretary General

Copy to: -
Com. T.K. R. Pillai


Friday, October 25, 2013

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Implementation of LARSGESS amongst Railway employees in Gp Rs 1800/-

Dated: 23/10/2013
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,

Dear Sir,

Sub: Implementation of LARSGESS amongst Railway emproyees in GP Rs 1800/-

Federation wishes to bring to the notice of Rairway Board grievance railway employees working on Delhi Division/Northern Railway safety categories (Loco Pilots) and eligible to avail benefit under LARSGESS whose wards had appeared in the Aptitude test of December 2011 cycle but unfortunately could not qualify. It has been reported to NFIR that when the staff represented for 2nd chance pursuant to instructions of Railway Board vide letter no. E(P&A)I-2010/RT-2 dated 29/03/2011, as applicable in written test, Administration did not allow. This is grossly unjustified. A copy of representation submitted by the staff is enclosed for reference.

NFIR, therefore, requests Railway Board to consider and issue suitable instructions to all zones for considering cases of cycle of December 2011 and onwards for granting 2nd chance to clear aptitude test, as a special case. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Simplification of procedure for verification of service book — DOPT

18019/7/2013-Estt. (L) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & training) 
Old JNU Campus, New Delhi 
Dated the 23 October, 2013. 

Subject: Simplification of procedure for verification of service — adherence to the revised format - regarding. 

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to the provisions of the Supplementary Rules which relate to maintaining records of service of a Government employee. The provisions of SR- 199 and 202 require that "Every step in a Government servant's official life must be recorded in his Service Book and each entry must be attested by the Head of his Office...." (SR199) and that "It shall be the duty of every Head of Office to initiate action to show the Service Books to the Government servants under his administrative control every year.....The Government servants shall inter alia ensure...... that their services have been duly verified and certified as such...." (SR 202).

2. Further, the provisions of Rule 32 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 provide for issuing a communication in Form-24 on completion of 18 years of service regarding verification and determination of qualifying service. The Rule 59 thereof relates to the preparatory work to be done by the Head of Office for sanctioning pensionary benefits to the retiring employee. Attention is also invited to this Department's OM No. 17011/1199-Estt.(L) dated 11-03-2008, whereby the revised format of the Service Book was circulated for being adopted. The said revised format also includes Part V whereunder the record of verification of service is to be maintained.

3. It has since been brought to the notice of this Department that the aforesaid provisions of the Supplementary Rules as also the provisions of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 as referred to above are not being followed. Consequently, the gaps in service verification, get detected at a very late stage when the concerned Government servant is due to retire on attaining the age of superannuation.

4. In view of this and with the objective of eliminating delays in processing of cases of retiring Government Servants, the aforementioned rules and the instructions of this Department are reiterated and it is stated that it may be ensured that the following are strictly adhered to:

(i) The record of verification of service may henceforth be maintained only in Part V of the revised format of the Service Book as per the new format prescribed by this Department's aforesaid OM of 11-03-2008

(ii) The exercise for ensuring completion of the entries of service verification in the Part V of the new format, in respect of employees who are retiring within five years, may be undertaken immediately, by the concerned administrative authorities and concluded within a defined time frame, as may be worked out by such authority.

(iii) Any gap in the verification of service may be intimated to the employee concerned, and simultaneously appropriate action for ensuring verification of missing spells may be taken by the Head of Office.

(iv) The concerned Government servant may also be informed of deficiencies and gaps as regards missing entries relating to verification of service and the period thereof.

5. The Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare have also suggested that the administrative authorities, to preclude and to cut down on delays in payment of retiral benefits to Government servants retiring of superannuation, may consider adoption of the following mechanisms and processes, in consultation with their PAOs:

(i) Annual service verification statements may be considered to be issued along with pay slip for the month of April every year.

(ii) At the time of transfer from one Ministry/ Department/Office to another, any gap in the service record including for prior periods under the administrative control of the Ministry/Department/Office will be indicated in the Last Pay Certificate.

(iii) Creation & Maintenance of Service Records in e-format available in e-Office under e-governance.

6. All Ministries/ Departments are accordingly requested to issue suitable instructions to all Heads of Offices/Pay & Accounts Offices for strict compliance of the above instructions so as to preclude any delays in disbursement of retiral benefits of Government servants. It may be reiterated and again stressed that the action as indicated in para 4 of this OM may be taken immediately by prioritizing the up-dation of service verification details in respect of such Government servants who are due to retire on attaining the age of superannuation in the next five (5) years, by working out a time bound schedule. In the second phase, the verification of service of all remaining employees in the prescribed format may be completed.

(Mukul Ratra) 


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Timely payment of dues of encashment of leave to Government servants retiring on attaining the age of superannuation — need to obviate delays in payment of such dues - regarding.

No. 18019/6/2013-Estt(L) 
Government of India/Bharat Sarkar 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
New Delhi, the 21 October, 2013 


Subject: Timely payment of dues of encashment of leave to Government servants retiring on attaining the age of superannuation — need to obviate delays in payment of such dues - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that in terms of the provisions of rule 39 of the CCS(Leave) Rules, 1972, the authority competent to grant leave is suo mote required to issue an order granting cash equivalent of leave salary for both earned leave and half pay leave, if any, at the credit of the Government servant on the date of his retirement, subject to the prescribed limits.

2. It has since been brought to the notice of this Department that the concerned administrative authorities as indicated in First Schedule to the said rules including authorities subordinate to the leave sanctioning authorities to whom such powers have been delegated, are not ensuring that the dues, as admissible to a Government servant retiring on attaining the age of superannuation, are promptly paid. This has led to avoidable litigation where courts have been directing payment of interest on such delayed payments. It has been observed from the references received in this Department that the delays in such payments are predominantly due to avoidable administrative reasons relating to processing of such cases.

3. It is further stated that the Leave Account of a Government servant is a dynamic document which is required to be revisited periodically to record credits of Earned Leave and Half Pay Leave in terms of provisions of rules 26 and 29 of the CCS(Leave) Rules, 1972 with entries made on each occasion the Government servant avails the leave of the kind due and admissible to him Further, the said rules envisage that advance credits be made in the leave account of the Government servant and a constant check maintained to ensure that the total accumulations at any given time do not exceed 300+15 days.

4. Delays in reckoning the leave accumulations at the credit of Government servant at any stage, particularly at the time of his retirement on superannuation, cannot be acceptable and can be construed as administrative lapse, liable to attract provisions of the CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964 and CCS(CCA) Rules, 1965. All cases
of delay may be looked into and delays in disbursement of dues to Government servants retiring on attaining the age of superannuation be avoided.

5. The administrative authorities may consider putting in place a mechanism to check such delays and define various processing parameters and time lines viz. issuance of orders in respect of such retiring Government servants who have 300+15 days earned leave at their credit on the 20th of the month in which they are retiring as any leave availed by such Government servants shall not impact the maximum ceiling of encashment of such leave even if any request is made for grant of earned leave during the said period. The possibility of e-transfer of dues can also be worked out in consultation with respective P&AOs.

6. All Ministries/Departments are accordingly advised to bring the position referred to in this OM to the notice of all concerned from the perspective of ensuring that the dues of leave encashment in respect of Government servants retiring on attaining the age of superannuation are discharged with due promptness. It maybe ensured that sanction orders, in this regard are issued timely, so that dues admissible to the Government servants on attaining the age of superannuation, on account of encashment of leave, are discharged as soon as possible, preferably on the next working day following the date of their retirement on superannuation.
(Mukul Ratra)  


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Exit guidelines under National Pension System – Option for Complete withdrawal of accumulated pension wealth by subscriber


PFRDA/2013/17 /PDEX/10
23rd October, 2013

Subject: Exit guidelines under National Pension System – Option for Complete withdrawal of accumulated pension wealth by subscriber

In partial modification of exit guidelines provided under master circular no: PFRDA/2013/2/PDEX/2 (at Serial no: 2 & 3) dt: 22/01/2013, it has been decided to provide an option to withdraw the entire accumulated pension wealth to subscribers other than the subscribers of NPS Lite – Swavalamban Scheme, subject to the condition that:

The accumulated pension wealth in the subscribers permanent retirement account is equal to or less than Rs.2,00,000/- at the time of superannuation for government employee subscribers or upon attaining the age of 60 years for subscribers falling under All citizen model and Corporate model.

The subscribers wishing to exercise this option shall have to fill the attached request form along with the NPS Withdrawal form while submitting the same to their DDO/PAO/DTO/POP.

Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager


National Pension System (NPS)

Request for withdrawal of Total Pension Wealth upon normal superannuation (for government employees) / Upon attaining the age of 60 years and where the total pension wealth is equal to or less than Rs.2,00,000/-

I _________________________________________ holding a Permanent Retirement Account with number (PRAN) ————————————————– do
hereby apply for the payment of the accumulated pension wealth in my NPS account being the full and final benefits receivable by me.

Signature of the Subscriber

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Relaxation of requirement of 4 APARs for Section Officer LDCE 2012 & 2013

Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Lok Nayak Bhawan, 
New Delhi October 23, 2013.

Whereas the Central Secretariat Service Section Officers’ Grade (Limited Departmental Competitive Examination) Regulations, 2010 provide that for being eligible to appear in the Section Officers’ Grade (Limited Departmental Competitive Examination) (hereinafter referred to as ‘examination’) an officer of the Assistants’ Grade of the Central Secretariat Service (CSS) or of Personal Assistants’ Grade (Stenographer Grade ‘C’) of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS) possessing a Bachelor’s Degree of a recognised university or equivalent shall, inter-alia, satisfy the following condition on the crucial date:

"He shall have rendered not less than five years’ approved service and shall also have, earned at least four Annual Performance Appraisal Reports in .the Assistants’ Grade of the Central Secretariat Service or Personal Assistants’ Grade of Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service."

2. And whereas in response to the notice for the Combined Section Officers/Stenographers’(Grade-B/Grade-l) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination 2012 & 2013, representations from individuals were received stating that the condition of four Annual Performance Appraisal Reports (APAR) as on the crucial date for eligibility for the SO Grade 1DCE, was adversely affecting them as they would not be eligible for the forthcoming examination due to not having obtained the requisite number of APARs whereas many of their juniors appointed by the same mode of recruitment would be eligible.

3. And whereas the Government on consideration of the matter observed that introduction of the new condition of four APARs is creating incongruity in so far as many junior Assistants/PAs are eligible for taking the examination for the years 2012 and 2013 but the seniors are not, as they have not obtained four APARs in that grade as on the crucial date due to either late joining in the case of direct recruits on account of administrative delays or due to late finalisation of Select Lists in the case of promotes. As a result, an anomalous situation has arisen whereby officers senior in the Select List or in rank in the direct recruitment examination would not be eligible to sit for the forthcoming examination due to not obtaining the requisite APARs while their juniors would be eligible to take the examination.

4. And whereas the Government has on consideration decided that the condition of four APARs for the examination is causing undue hardship to those Assistants/PAs who have completed at least five years of approved service but are not eligible to appear in the examination for the years 2012 & 2013 as hey have not obtained four APARs due to administrative reasons, while their juniors are eligible for the examination.

5. And now, therefore, to bring about uniformity in the eligibility condition for all the candidates for the examination for the years 2012 & 2013 for category –I and to avoid undue hardship to many Assistants/PAs as an exception, and in  exercise of the powers conferred by Rule 23 of the Central Secretariat Service Rules, 2009, the competent authority has decided to relax the condition relating to the requirement of four APARs, on the crucial date, in the Assistants ‘Grade of CSS  or Personal Assistant Grade of CSSS contained in Regulation 4 of the Section Officers ‘Grade (Limited Department competitive Examination) Regulations, 2010. Consequently Assistants of CSS and Personal Assistants of CSSS who have rendered five years ‘Approved service in the respective grades as on the crucial date would be eligible to appear in the combined Section Officers’/Stenographers’(Grade-B/Grade-I) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination 2012 & 2013 for Category-I (Section Officer of CSS).

(Utkaarsh R Tiwaati) 

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Re-commencing of booking of Holiday Home at Port Blair

No. D-11016/53/2007-Regions
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Rhawan, New Delhi
Dated 03 /10/13
Office Memorandum 

Subject: Re-commencing of booking of Holiday Home at Port Blair.

Reference Directorate of Estates vide O.M. of even No. dated 6th June, 2013. Room No. 301, 302, 303, 304, 305 & 306 of Holiday Home at Port Blair kept for repairs & maintenance would be ready for occupation w.e.f. November, 2013 and accordingly, it has been decided to re-commence the booking of above rooms in Holiday. Home at Port Blair with effect from lst November, 2013. NIC, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi is requested that online booking of above rooms may be re-activated with immediate effect.

However, it may be ensured that applicants can apply for booking only for period with effect from

(N.S. Chauhan)
Assistant Director of Estates (Regions)


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Temporary stoppage of allotment of Guest House at Bangalore.

No. D-11016/66/2013-Regions
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated 11.10.2013
Office Memorandum 

Subject: Temporary stoppage of allotment of Guest House at Bangalore.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Executive Engineer, Bangalore Central Division-II, CPWD, Bangalore letter No. 23(96)(7)/BCD-II/2013/882 dated 03.10.2013 & Directorate of Estates O.M. of even No. dated 02.09.2013 on the above mentioned subject and to say that booking of Guest House at Koramangala, Bangalore is being temporarily stopped till end of November, 2013 or till further orders, whichever is earlier.

(N.S. Chauhan)
Assistant Director of Estates (Regions)

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Grant of ad-hoc bonus for 30 days to the Group 'C' & 'D' RPF/RPSF personnel for the financial year 2012-2013

RBE No104/2013
New Delhi, dated 11.10.2013
The General Managers/CAOs (R),
All Indian Railways & Production Units.
(As per mailing lists No.1 & 2).

Subject : Grant of ad-hoc bonus for 30 days to the Group 'C' & 'D' RPF/RPSF personnel for the financial year 2012-2013.

The President is pleased to decide that all Group 'C' & 'D' RPF/RPSF personnel, may be granted ad-hoc bonus equivalent to 30 (thirty) days emoluments for the financial year 2012-2013, without any eligibility wage ceiling. The calculation ceiling of Rs. 3500/- will remain unchanged.

2. The benefit will be admissible subject to the following terms and conditions:-

a) Only those Group 'C' & D' RPF/RPSF personnel who were in service on 31.3.2013 and have rendered at least six months of continuous service during the year 2012-2013 will be eligible for payment under these orders. Pro-rata payment will be admissible to the eligible personnel for period of continuous service during the year ranging from six months to a full year, the eligibility period being taken in terms of number of months of service (rounded to the nearest number of months).

b) The quantum of ad-hoc bonus will be worked out on the basis of average emoluments/calculation ceiling whichever is lower. To calculate ad-hoc bonus for one day, the average emoluments in a year will be divided by 30.4 (average number of days in a month). This will thereafter be multiplied by the number of days of bonus granted. To illustrate, taking the calculation ceiling of Rs. 3500/-(where actual average emoluments exceed 3500), ad-hoc bonus for thirty days would work out to Rs. 3500x30/30.4 = Rs. 3453.95 (rounded off to Rs. 3454/-).

c) All payments under these orders will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

d) In the matter where the aforesaid provisions are silent, clarificatory orders issued vide this Ministry's letter No.E(P&A)II-88/Bonus-3 dated 29.12.1988, as amended from time to time, would hold good.

e) All the Group C & D RPF/RPSF personnel, regardless of whether they are in uniform or out of uniform and regardless of place of their posting, shall be eligible only for ad-hoc bonus in terms of these orders.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
(K. Shankar)
Railway Board.

Source: AIRF
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NMC urges PM to appoint chairman for 7th Pay Commission

JAMMU: National Mazdoor Conference has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately appoint the chairman and other members of the 7th Pay Commission and hold discussions with representatives of the Centre and state government employees in this regard.

"National Mazdoor Conference has urged to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately appoint chairman and other members of the 7th Commission and hold discussions with representatives of both Centre and state government employees in this regard as the Central and state government employees and pensioners will be entitled to 7th Pay Commission with effect from January one, 2016," NCM President Subash Shastri said.

An early notification for appointing chairman and other members of the announced 7th Pay Commission is the need of the hour, as it will have a bearing on about one crore employees and pensioners, both with the Central as well as state governments, Shastri said addressing a NMC workers rally at Rani Park here.

"50 per cent of the DA should be forthwith merged into the basic pay and pension," he suggested, adding that 20 per cent interim relief should be sanctioned as early as possible in favour of Central and state government employees and pensioners.

The NMC chief also demanded regularization of all daily- rated workers and casual and seasonal labourers engaged in different government departments.

He appealed to the Chief Minister, Finance Minister and Chief Secretary to formulate a comprehensive policy for the regularization of all such workers.

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Suggestions for terms of reference of 7th CPC with respect to Pensioners

1  To examine with a view to having a proper pension structure for pensioners and family pensioners both past and future so that all pensioners irrespective of pre retirement status get equal percentage rise in pension through full parity as well as through normal consolidation.

2  To examine the existing pension structure including death-cum-retirement, commutation of pension and other terminal or recurring benefits, upholding the principal of Parity in Pension between past and future pensioners as recommended by V CPC and make recommendations there to be effective from 01.01.2006.

3  To consider the merger of Dearness Relief wef 1.1.2011 and grant of suitable Interim Relief with immediate effect.

4  To consider the unimplemented recommendation of 5th & 6th CPC.

5  To consider enhancement of% of pension & family pension

6  To examine various health schemes in the light of apex court judgments on the subject & suggest improvements so that all pensioners including those of all India services like IAS, irrespective of pre retirement status get hassle free medical facilities at par .

7  To examine FMA with reference to prevailing market conditions & to suggest enhancement w/o any distance restriction.

8  To examine the scheme of excratia payment to SRPF and CPF retirees and to concider and enhancement in it to the level of minimum pension.

9  These recommendations will  to apply all Central Government Pensioners,Ex servicemen,Pensioners of those PSUs like Prashar Bharti,BSNL,MTNL,FCI consttuted by absorbing the respective Departmental Employees.

Source;Bharat pensioner samaj
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New Pension Scheme: Corpus up to Rs 2 lakh can be fully withdrawn at retirement

New Pension Scheme (NPS) holders can withdraw the entire fund on retirement if the total amount is Rs 2 lakh or less. The Finance Ministry has notified the change.

“When, on superannuation, a request is received from a subscriber, other than the subscriber under NPS-Lite Swavalamban Scheme, having pension wealth of two lakh rupees or less, he/she may opt for withdrawal of total pension wealth,” according to a Finance Ministry gazette notification . At present, over 4,400 accounts have accumulated amounts of Rs 2 lakh or lower. Out of these, nearly 680 have made a request for withdrawal.

Normally, an individual can exit either at or after the age of 60. However, from March 2013, subscribers were allowed to stay invested till the age of 70, but with some conditions such as no-contribution or part-withdrawal between the ages of 60 and 70.


At the time of exit, 60 per cent of the total amount is given as lump sum, while 40 per cent is used to purchase an annuity, which provides lifetime pension to an employee and his dependent parents/spouse at the time of retirement. The problem was that the accumulated amount was inadequate for pension payouts. The thinking is that accumulated funds of less than Rs 2 lakh are not enough to purchase an annuity or annuity providing for a decent monthly income.

Now, subscribers, with pension wealth of Rs 2 lakh or less, will have to make a request for an ‘opt-out’ option. Those who have not made a request for withdrawal as lump sum may like to continue, which is why a specific ‘opt out’ option is being proposed, rather than a default option.

NPS is a contributory scheme that was made mandatory for Union Government employees (except those joining the Armed Forces) joining on or after January 1, 2004. Under the scheme, an employee contributes 10 per cent of his/her salary and dearness allowance and an equal contribution is made by the Union Government.


Monday, October 21, 2013

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Strike Ballot decision on NFIR's charter of Demands-reg

3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi - 110 055
No. II/95.Pt. IV

Dated: 20/10/2013
The General Secretaries of
affiliated Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,

Sub: Strike Ballot decision on NFIR's charter of Demands-reg.

Ref: Resolutions passed in the Working Committee Meetings of NFIR held on 30/31 May 2013 and 6/7 September 2013.

Affiliates are aware that after lengthy deliberations in the Working Committee Meetings hetd in May at New Delhi and September 2013, at Bhilai, it was decided to proceed ahead for launching indefinite strike in the Railways after conducting Strike Ballot from 28th to 30th November 2013 on the charter of demands and taking into consideration the Strike Ballot results.

2. During this year, more particularly since June,2013 onwards, NFIR affiliates have intensified various forms of struggles, with participation of lakhs of employees in support of NFIR Charter of Demands, simultaneously the resolutions passed in the NFIR Working Committee Meetings for launching indefinite strike were conveyed to the Prime Minister of lndia besides other ministries seeking initiative for negotiated settlement on demands to avert strike in the Railways.

3. There have been references from the Prime Minister's Office to the Ministry of Railways on NFIR's Charter of Demands. Consequently, as directed by Railway Minister. a Special Meeting was held between NFIR and Railway Board (CRB. MS. FC etc) on 23rd August 2013 and in the said meeting, the issues were discussed thread here. The minutes of the special meeting issued by the Railway Board on 2nd September 2013 have already been circulated to the affiliated Unions vide NFIR's letter No. IV/NFIR/WC/209 / IV/NFIR/NSC/2013 dated 03/09/2013.

4. On 25th September 2013, the Prime Minister of lndia has decided to constitute 7th Central pay Commission. This was one of the major demands projected in NFIR's Charter of Demands.

5. So far as Railwaymen's related demands are concerned, the Railway Ministry have issued orders for:

(a) abolition of written test for the wards of safety category staff for appointment under LARSGESS.

(b) merging Senior P. Way, Supervisors with JE/P. Way with spread effect for promotion as SSE/P. Way (GP Rs. 4600/-),

(c) implementing cadre restructuring agreement for upgradation of various Group 'C' categories of staff (of course with certain deviations),

(d) granting additional increment under rule S13 (erstwhile FR-22C) for certain specified categories of staff where promotions are granted in the identical grade pay shouldering higher responsibilities and

(e) the Railway Minister has approved for upgradation of 3335 apex Group 'c' posts to Group 'B' (cazetted) and proposal has since been sent to the Ministry of Finance for clearance.

6. In the Special Meeting held on 27th September 2013 between Railway Board (MS&FC) and the Federations, the demand for implementation of joint committee report in toto for career growth of Track Maintainers was again discussed and the Federation has also reminded the Board
of an agreement already arrived at in the CRC meeting. After discussion, it was agreed to revise the ratio of Track Maintainers as 6:12:22:60 in GP Rs 2800, 2400, l900 & 1800 respectively.
Orders to this effect are expected to be issued soon. However, NFIR's insistence for implementation of l0:20:20:50 ratio shall continue.

7. Affiliates may also take note that the Railway Ministry's proposals on the following issues are pending with the Finance Ministry. These issues were again discussed in the Special Meeting chaired by CRB on 23/8/2013 and status on these itemns have already been conveyed vide NFIR's letter dated 3/9/2013.

(i) Merger of Technicians II with Technician I - Grade pay of Rs. 2800/-.

(ii) Revision of entry Grade Pay as Rs.4200/- to the station Master category.

(iii) Replacement of Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- with GP Rs. 4800/- (pB-2),

(iv) Revision of Grade Pay of Loo pilots (Mail/Exp) as Rs. 4600/- (pB-2).

(v) Allotment of entry Grade Pay Rs. 5400/- to Group 'B' 'Gazetted.

(vi) Placement of JA Grade officers of Railways in pB-4

(vii) Additional Allowance to Running staff.

GS/NFIR has since written letter to the Hon'ble Prime Minister vide No.II/95/pt. IV dated 28/9/2013 requesting intervention for early clearance of above proposals by finance ministry as the same are pending since long.

8. Apart from the above, parity in pay structure to the stenographers category in Railways was also discussed with the Board (CRB, FC & MS) on 23/8/2013. Assurance was given for expediting the matter and accordingly, processing of the case in the Railway Board has since
been initiated.

9. However the issue relating to guaranteed pension to those appointed on and after 1.1.2004 is continued unresolved while the parliament passed bill on "National Pension System". We have to continue struggle for securing guaranteed Pension, family pension etc., to the employees at par with those on rolls prior to 1.1.2004. We would also take up the issue before VII Central pay Commission.

Taking into account the developments explained above, it has been decided to defer the decision for conducting Strike Ballot from 28th to 30th November, 2013 for the present. It has also been decided to review the situation in the NFIR's National convention scheduled to be held from 10th to l2th December,2013 at Vishakaptnam and decide further course of action for realisation of the remaining demands.

The affiliates are, therefore, advised to take action accordingly and convey to the employees through posters/pamphlets, news/electronic med ia etc.,

Yours faithfully,
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

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Government Of  India
Ministry Of Communications & IT
Department Of Posts
(GDS Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi -110001
Dated: 09.10.2013

Postmaster General
North East Circle
Shillong – 793001


This has reference to your office letter No. Staff/175 -SEL / 2013 dated 29.08.2013 on the subject cited above.

2. In this context, it may be clarified that the Scheme was initially introduced in case of GDS subject to the same condition applicable to regular employees under No. 43-212/79/Pen dated 04.08.1980.  With the introduction of the merit points and procedure for selection under letter of even number dated 14.12.2010 as amended from time to time, all conditions applicable to compassionate appointment scheme relating to regular employees continue to apply in matters the Scheme does not envisage a specific provision in the context of compassionate engagement of a dependent of the GDC [in case of death only].

3. However, the doubts raised are clarified as under, which are in conformity with the provisions applicable to regular employees:-
 S.NO   Point of doubt  Clarification
Whether in case of death of GDS staffs, some points/score system for “outstanding liabilities for Education/Marriage of dependent children” “will be similarly applicable to unmarried sisters  (Whether minor or major) in case of unmarried deceased official?
 Yes.  Brother or sister in case of unmarried GDS are considered as dependent family members for the purpose of consideration of engagement on compassionate grounds.
 2  In a case where the son of the deceased official who is applying for the job have attained majority age, working as cultivator, married and is having children residing with the family of the deceased, will he, his wife and children be considered as dependent of the deceased official or only he will be considered (without considering his wife and children as dependent) for earning points/scores for compassionate appointment?  None.  A married son is not considered dependent on a GDS.
 3  What is the definition of family for considering compassionate appointment cases, whether grandchild/grandchildren of the deceased official (blood relation) will also be considered part of the family of dependent/liability for education and marriage (in case granddaughter) for earning points/scores for compassionate appointment?  No. The Scheme was initially introduced in case of GDS subject to the same conditions applicable to regular employees under No.43-212/79/Pen dated 04.08.1980.  The term defined in case of regular employees holds good in case of GDS also.  Grandchild/children are not considered dependent on a GDS, Dependent family member for the purpose means:
(a) Spouse; or
(b) Son (including adopted son);or
(c) Daughter (including adopted daughter); or
(d) Brother or sister in case of unmarried GDS
 4  Whether brother also is a dependent of the deceased official and if so up to what age he will be considered dependent and will he be entitled for points/scores for all liabilities?  Unmarried brother is considered dependent in case of unmarried GDS irrespective of age provided he was wholly dependent on the GDS at the time of his/her death & he must support other dependent members of the family & thus entitles to points/scores for all liabilities.
 5  In case of an unmarried daughter/Son residing with the family and who have discontinued study at the time of death of the deceased official, whether education will be taken as liability and if so, up to what age?  No. Points will be allowed in those cases only where the dependent family member was undergoing education at the time of death of the GDS.
 6  Whether divorced daughter returning to the family with children will be entitled for Points/ Scores for unmarried liability for  her subsequent ,marriage?
 7  Whether in case of death of departmental staff, the status of an only married daughter with husband staying with the family (with no other family member) of the deceased departmental official will be entitled to compassionate appointment in case of death of her father (a case of  Meghalaya) ?  So far as the matter is confined to compassionate engagement of dependent of the GDS is concerned, married daughter can be considered for compassionate engagement provided she was wholly dependent on the GDS at the time of his /her death in harness and she must support other dependent members of the family

4. Contents of this letter may please be disseminated to all concerned. This issues with the approval of competent authority.

(surender Kumar)
Assistant Director General (GDS)


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7th Central Pay Commission - Terms of Reference -Staff Side (JCM) views - reg.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
Affiliated to:
lndian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
lnternational Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/2013-Pt.1.

Shri Guman Singh,
President, NFIR
At Jaipur.

Shri R.P. Bhatnagar,
Working President,
At Dadar, Mumbai.

Dear Brother,

Sub: 7th Central Pay Commission - Terms of Reference -Staff Side (JCM) views - reg.

A meeting has since been convened under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Dop&T at 1500 hours on 24th October, 2013 in Committee Room No, 190, North Block, New Delhi on the possible terms of reference of the 7th Central Pay Commission whereby Staff Side views may be discussed.

It is therefore requested to reach New Delhi on the morning 24th October, 2013 at JCM's Office - 13-C, Firozshah Road, New Delhi and also to participate in the meeting scheduled to be held at
scheduled to be held at 1500 hrs. on 24.10'2013 in committee Room No. 190, North Block, New Delhi.
Yours fraternally,

General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Friday, October 18, 2013

EPFO Performance in September 2013

While reviewing the work of Employees Provident Fund Organisation during September 2013, it has been observed that the Organisation settled 7,96,759 claims in its 123 offices located throughout the country compared to 7,49,639 claims settled during September 2012. More than 50 % of the offices settled more than 80% of the claims within 10 days of receipt. Offices such as Ujjain, Gwalior, Udaipur, Jabalpur, Agra and Laxmi Nagar among many others are settling 80% of the claims within 3 days. The review meeting was taken by Shri K. K. Jalan, CPFC recently.

In addition to the above, the Organisation responded to 16,586 grievances in the month of September. As a result, the number of total grievances has come to around 6,000. The earlier number was more than 25,000. It is also relevant that 101 of the 123 offices have no grievance pending for more than a month.

Rs. 6,018 crores was received during the month under remittances compared to Rs. 5,961 crores in the previous month of August. A total of 4.55 crore accounts were updated till the month of September. In order to bring about an improvement in the services, a plan for comprehensive review of the functioning of the field offices by the Central Provident Fund Commissioner has been set into motion. In this connection, new targets have been fixed by the Central P.F Commissioner. They include, a long term target of settling all claims in 3 days, per capita productivity of 15 claims per day, resolution of grievances registered in the grievance portal, EPFiGMS within 10 days, liquidation of 80% annual accounts by October,2013 and 100% by December,2013.

In order to provide safe, secure and speedy disbursement of pension, Core Banking Solution (CBS) has been made use of. Almost, 84% of the 45 lakhs pensioners are being disbursed pension monthly using CBS.

During the meeting Central P.F Commissioner reviewed the working of Compliance division and stressed the need for ensuring compliance in respect of contract employees. Noting with concern the fact that recovery of outstanding dues has to be accorded top priority, instructions have been issued to the Regional P.F Commissioners in the field offices to draw up an action plan for liquidating the same. As substantial amounts are locked up due to winding up of establishments and resultant court cases, directions have been issued to follow up with Official Liquidators. Also, instructions have been issued to verify the compliance position of manpower engaged through contractors in various ministries and departments. In an important move, it has also been decided to verify the coverage of autonomous bodies functioning under the Central and State Governments with a view to ensure that the benefits of the Act and schemes are extended to all the eligible beneficiaries.

As a part of the ongoing overhauling of the grievance redressal machinery, EPFO offices have begun directly talking to the aggrieved subscribers over telephone. From the Head Office alone, close to 1000 subscribers were contacted telephonically for redressing their grievances especially with respect to grievances which were registered directly at Central P.F Commissioner’s desk. This has improved the work culture of the Organisation.

Giving importance to the issue of keeping the office premises clean and streamlining the office functioning, 100000 kilos of old records have been weeded out.

The training academy of the Organisation, namely, NATRSS which is National Academy for Training and Research in Social Security is thinking of collaborating with International Labour Organisation. Moves are afoot to get NATRSS recognised as a ‘Centre for Excellence’ by the ILO and thereby enabling training programs of ILO to be held in NATRSS.


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CGHS Hospitals Rates

Corporate hospitals across the country have threatened to stop cashless treatment to lakhs of Central Government employees from January 1. This will impact about 45 lakh employees of the Central Government and public sector agencies who are benefiting from the insurance scheme.
Protesting against “unviable” rates being given to them under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), the Association of Healthcare Providers (India) (AHPI) has said that it will give three months’ time to the Government to revise the rates.
“After that we will stop all cashless services at our hospitals. We will, however, continue to provide services on paying cash (at the hospital rates). They can seek reimbursement later,’’ said Alex Thomas, an AHPI leader.

Representatives of about 100 corporate hospitals held a meeting here on Saturday to discuss the challenges they face with regard to CGHS cases. AHPI said the Government should come out with a scientific method to arrive at proper packages for various treatments.
“They have not revised the tariff for various procedures for years, while the cost of operations has gone up significantly,” said Bhaskara Rao, President of the Andhra Pradesh Speciality Hospitals Association and Chief Executive Officer of Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences.
The Association will submit a memorandum to the Centre through CGHS authorities, demanding a hike in tariff for several packages.
Deviprasad Shetty, Chairman of Narayana Hrudayalaya, said hospitals are not being paid on time, and that the payments are below the actual cost (of procedures).
When asked about the alleged malpractices and inflation of bills by corporate hospitals, both Thomas and Rao said that all such violations should be probed into.
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Ex-servicemen seek 'one rank, one pension'

Joining the nationwide campaign for “One rank, one pension”, members of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) under Brig Khushal Thakur (retd), convener of IESM Movement, Himachal Pradesh, held a meeting at Kullu on Thursday.

The members reiterated their demands of “One rank, one pension”, widow pension, correction of pay anomalies, restoring the rank and status, national commission for the armed forces on the lines of women's commission and the minority commission and guaranteed job till 60 years for an ex-servicemen.

He alleged, “The military has been deliberately kept out of the policy formation loops even after six decades of loyal, secular, patriotic and dedicated service to the nation.”

He alleged that there was a stark difference in employment of military and civilian employees and there was no parallel in any of the civilian services and as such the military needed to be treated fairly.

The military and civil services were two equal pillars of the government and need to be treated as such and there should not be any disparity in pay, perks and pension. In many of the countries, the pay and pension of military personnel was 20% to 30% higher than their civilian counterparts, added Thakur.

He said the IESM had planned to intensify the movement at state and nation levels to protest against the injustice meted out to ex-servicemen.

CAT orders refund of recovered amount to casual labourers

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Madras Bench, has quashed an order of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) recovering excess payment made to its casual labourers. It also asked the BSNL to refund the recovered amount.

They were initially inducted as casual labourers/temporary status mazdoors in the organisation for digging work for laying cables and installation of towers. They were treated on a par with temporary Group ‘D’ employees for the purpose of subscribing to General Provident Fund and drawing festival allowance. Without issuing any show-cause notice to them, BSNL in 2010 decided to revise their salary from industrial pay scale to Central government pay scale and to recover the overpayment.

Fifty-six casual labourers approached CAT seeking to set aside the recovery of payment, and demanded payment as per Industrial pay scale. They contended that they were already drawing less salary and the recovery from 2002 was illegal.

Defending its action, the BSNL said there was scope for such a recovery from employees up to the date of cessation of service. If wages were paid on the basis of industrial pay scale continuously to the applicants, it would be discrimination to others in BSNL across the country.

Disposing of the applications, the Bench, comprising its members B.Venkateswara Rao and P.Prabakaran, said that earlier the applicants were granted higher scale of pay erroneously following a decision of an incompetent authority and they could not be held at fault. Quashing the impugned order of recovery, the Bench also said the BSNL was at liberty to revise wages of casual labourers.

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Changes in Investment Guidelines for the Government Sector-NPS

File No.: PFRDA/2013/16/PFM/4
Date: 15 Oct 2013
All Pension Funds
Subject: Investment Guidelines

1. Changes in Investment Guidelines for the Government Sector

The following changes in the investment guidelines have been made:-

1.1 Debt securities selected for investments should have a minimum residual maturity period of three years from the date of investment by the Pension Fund.

1.2 Debt securities must have an investment grade rating from at least two credit rating agencies. Apart from ratings by agencies, PF shall undertake their own due diligence for assessment of risks associated with the securities before investments.

1.3 Credit Default Swaps (CDS) on Corporate Bonds are eligible derivative instruments.

1.4 Rated asset backed securities (ABS) are eligible securities for investments provided they have a residual maturity of not less than three years and have an investment grade rating from at least two rating agencies.

2. Guidelines for Private Sector — Corporate CG and NPS Lite

Please note that both Corporate CG and NPS Lite Schemes follow the Government pattern of investment and hence investment guidelines as applicable to the Government sector and any subsequent amendments to investment guidelines of Government sector will also be applicable to Corporate CG and NPS Lite Schemes. Investment guidelines, and any subsequent changes thereto as applicable to the Government sector, therefore should be adopted simultaneously for Corporate CG and NPS Lite Scheme.

 (Subroto Das)
Chief General Manager


Thursday, October 17, 2013


‘Facilitation Fee’ to be levied by authorised travel agents on air tickets booked on Government account- Regarding

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 10th October, 2013

Subject:- ‘Facilitation Fee’ to be levied by authorised travel agents on air tickets booked on Government account- Regarding.

Attention is invited to this Department’s OM. of even number dated 28th May 2013 wherein all Ministries/Departments were advised not to pay Agency Commission/Charges etc. charged by M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited (BLCL) in their Bills, raised for air tickets booked on Government account, till a final decision is taken in the matter.

2. The matter has been considered and it has now been decided that, in heu of withdrawal of ‘Transaction Fee’ by Air India/Airlines, the authorised travel agents namely M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited (BLCL), M/s Ashok Travels & Tours (ATT) and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC), are allowed to levy ‘Facilitation Fee’ of 100/- per ticket for domestic sector and 300/- per ticket for international sector for air travel, wherein Government of India bears the cost of air passage. Further, these rates are to be applied prospectively i.e. Bills raised by the authorised travel agents for journeys undertaken should not include this fee.

3. All Ministries/Departments are again advised that, as far as possible, air tickets on Government account may be obtained directly from Air India/Airlines (bookingcounters/offices/website). Only when obtaining tickets directly from Air India/Airlines is not possible, should the services of authorised travel agents be availed of. These instructions should be brought to the notice of all concerned for strict compliance.

(Subhash Chand)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India



372/3/2007-A VD-III (VoL. 10)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 14th October, 2013
Office Memorandum

Subject: Recommendations of the Committee of Experts on Disciplinary & Vigilance Inquiries (Hota Committee) – Para 35 of the Committee’s Report on conduct of hearings on a day to day basis – Acceptance by Government – reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that the Government had appointed a Committee of Experts to review the procedure for Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries and recommend measures for their expeditious disposal. The Committee comprised the following:

(i) Shri P.C. Hota, Former Chairman, UPSC ——- Chairman
(ii) Shri Arvind Varma, Former Secretary, DoPT –—– Member
(iii) Shri P. Shankar, former CVC –—– Member.

2. The Expert Committee has, in para 35 of its Report, recommended that “as far as practicable, an Inquiry Officer should conduct the hearing on a day-to-day basis to complete the Inquiry expeditiously. Each Inquiry Officer should be required to maintain an order sheet to record proceedings of the inquiry on the day of Inquiry and other relevant matters. if the Inquiry cannot be conducted on a day-to-day basis, the Inquiry Officer should record in the order sheet the reasons why the Inquiry could not be held on a day-to-day basis.”

3. The aforesaid recommendation of the Hota Committee has been considered by a Committee of Secretaries (CoS) under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary and, as recommended by the CoS, the recommendation has been accepted by the Government.

4. Accordingly, it has been decided that once a regular hearing in a departmental proceeding is started, such bearing should, as far as practicable, be continued on a day to day basis, unless in the opinion of the IO, for the reasons to be recorded in writing, an adjournment is unavoidable in the interest of justice.

5. The above decision of the Government is brought to the notice of all Ministries/Departments for strict compliance.

(V.M. Rathnam)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India