Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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This Association has been receiving opinion from LDC & UDCs of various Ministries of GOI in respect of upgradation of grade pay viz. (1) taking up of the LDC & UDC issue through political leaders including Sonia Gandhi (2) Challenge the present pay structure of LDC & UDC in the Principle bench of CAT. (3) Conducting pen-down strike to achieve the demand; and now we have a 4th option i.e. getting the grade pay of LDC & UDC upgraded through restructuring.

As regards the option (1) above, several of the experienced persons have advised me the way is not workable because no political leader/Multi-cadre Associations would support a particular cadre without considering the after effect of the pay structure of other cadres. Even the railway unions have not demanding upgradation of grade pay of the lakhs of junior clerks working in the railways.

        Through option (2), we can put up the actual work load of LDC & UDC in subordinate offices; the decision of the pay Commission increasing the educational & technical qualification of LDC without an equal increase in the pay structure; subsequent increase of Grade pay by several state Governments who have implemented the 6th CPC in their state and other related issues before the court through a very good advocate.  It is worth to mention here that Confederation also has advised us to file a case in the principle CAT on the issue.

The 3rd opinion as received i.e. conducting of pen down strike by the LDC & UDCs is not practical because these LDC/UDC are spread over various ministries of GOI and lack of a common Association/Federation representing all these LDC & UDC. Moreover, we have the experience that major Federations, in which LDC & UDC of the respective Departments also members are not taking any active initiation to resolve the LDC/UDC issue.

As regards the 4th point, the instructions of Ministry of Finance to the FA, DoP&T is not complete. Restructuring of LDC & UDCs by each ministry according to merits of the representation made by the Associations is not practical. DoPT has to issue detailed instruction regarding the nomenclature of the posts, time frame for its implementation etc.

        Thus in order to take a decision/forming a steering committee for further action a meeting of the representative/ Associations is organized on 9th January 2013 at New Delhi. The venue will be JANTHAR-MANTHAR i.e. the venue of Dharna of Confederation. The top leaders of Confederation will be available in the venue to take advice on the issue. We appeal all our friends, who gave me much energy to fight the case so far, to please attend the meeting.

        All friends who attend the meeting may please co-operate by making their own arrangements for stay at Delhi.

With regards
Yours sincerely

(TKR Pillai)
General Secretary
Mob: 09425372172
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Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) November 2013

According to a press release issued by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for November, 2013 rose by 2 points and pegged at 243(two hundred and forty three). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.83 per cent between October and Novembert compared with 0.46 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 2.23 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta Milk, Pure Ghee, Garlic, Potato, Tomato and other vegetable items, Tea Readymade etc. are responsible for the rise in index. However, this was compensated to some extent by Groundnut Oil, Fish Fresh, Poultry, Onion, Ginger, Electric Charges, Medicine (Allopathic), Petrol, putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 11.47 per cent for November, 2013, as compared to 11.06 per cent for the previous month and 9.55 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 16.17 per cent against 15.02 per cent of the previous month and 10.85 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Bokaro recorded the highest increase of 11 points each followed by Giridih, Kodarma and Angul-Talcher (9 points each), Munger-Jamalpur (8 points) and Rourkela, Sholapurand Raniganj (7 points each). Among others, 6 points rise was registered in 5 centres, 5 points in 5 centres, 4 points in 8 centres, 3 points in 15 centres, 2 points in 14 centres and 1 point in 12 centres. On the contrary, Surat centre reported a decline of 6 points followed by Amritsar, Bhavnagar and Vadodara (4 points each), Coonoor and Nagpur (2 points each) and Ahmedabad centre I point. Rest of the 4 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 40 centres are above All-India Index and other 38 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Tiruchirapally centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of December, 2013 will be released on Thursday, 31 January, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.


Monday, December 30, 2013

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Restructuring of certain Group 'C' cadres in Railways

RBE No.133/2013
New Delhi, dated 19.12.2013
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways/Production Units, RDSO etc. &
Director General, Central Training Institutes.

Sub: Restructuring of certain Group 'C' cadres.

Reference item 2 ( Applicability to various cadres) of Board's letter No. PC.III/2013/CRC/4 dated 8.10.2013 (RBE No.102/2013).

Both the Federations ( AIRF/NFIR) had advised that Railways are facing difficulty in implementing the instructions contained in item 2 of Board's letter ibid regarding "only those temporary posts which are in operation for atleast three years may also be taken into account for the purpose of applying revised percentage" and requested Board to amend this clause.

In view of the above, the matter has been reviewed by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) and it has been decided that existing instructions contained in item 2 of Board's letter PC-III/2013/CRC/4 dated 8.10.2013 (RBE No.102/2013), may be revised as follows:-

Item  Existing instruction   Modified instruction
 (2)  These orders will be applicable to the permanent regular cadres ( excluding surplus & supernumerary posts) of the Open Line establishments including Workshops, Production Units, RDSO and Centralized Training Institutes. Only those temporary posts which are in operation for atleast three years may also be taken into account for the purpose of applying revised percentage. This will be subject to certification that these posts are meant for regular activities which will continue and not for any sporadic requirements.

These orders will be applicable to the permanent regular cadres ( excluding surplus & supernumerary posts) of the Open Line establishments including Workshops, Production Units, RDSO and Centralized Training Institutes. Temporary posts may be taken into account for the purpose of cadre restructuring subject to certification that these posts are meant for regular activities which will continue and not for any sporadic requirements. In the event of any temporary posts so reckoned being surrendered within a period of three years of their original creation, percentage distribution of posts in the cadre would also be suitably re-adjusted, not later than the time of the first subsequent annual review.

This issues with the approval of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

(Vikram Gulati)
Director, Pay Commission-II
Railway Board
Source: AIRF

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NFIR - Strike Ballot on pending demands-17th and 18th January, 2014.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen 
Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)
No. II/95/Pt.V
Dated: 23/12/2013 
The General Secretaries
of affiliated Unions of NFIR


Sub: Strike Ballot on pending demands-17th and 18th January, 2014.

While enclosing copies resolutions passed in the 27th National Convention of NFIR, held at Visakhapatnam from December 10th to 12th, 2013, the affiliates are advised that as per resolution, strike ballot should be organised on 17th & 18th January 2014 on pending demands, for eliciting the opinion of Railway Employees.

While NFIR is despatching posters (English) on Strike Ballot in limited number, the affiliates should print and display strike ballot posters in different languages for generating awareness among the employees on pending demands. The issues listed in the resolution should be displayed through various means to enable the employees to peruse the demands and exercise their opinion through Strike Ballot on 17th & 18th January 2014.

The results of the strike ballot should he conveyed to NFIR promptly for reviewing the same for deciding further course of action. All relevant records pertaining to conduct of Strike Ballot should be preserved by the affiliates.

Yours fraternatly, 
General Secretary

10-12th DECEMBER 2013



The Twenty Seventh Annual Convention of NFIR in session at Vishakhapatnam on 11th and 12th December 2013 takes note of NFIR’s consistent struggle since the year 1969 for introduction of the concept of Productivity Linked Bonus” (PLB) to Railwaymen.

Due to the persuasion, initiative and relentless struggle of NFIR, the Government had agreed for evolving the Scheme of PLB to the Railway employees in the year 1979 and consequently an agreement was reached between the Federations and the Railway Ministry for introduction of PLB Scheme in the Railways. The NFIR had from time to time pleaded for bringing positive changes in the scheme more particularly relating to salary eligibility limit and calculation ceiling limit. The continuous efforts of the NFIR has yielded satisfactory results, so much so, the Railway employees in all categories become entitled for Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB)  Rs. 3500/- p.m. (on the basis of number of days of wages). This revised calculation limit was given effect from 2006-07 onwards as approved by the Union Cabinet on 03/10/2008.

Though the railway employees are presently entitled for P.L. Bonus in terms of number of days wages subject to the calculation of the same  Rs.3500/- p.m., the National Convention strongly demands that the notional calculation system presently followed should be dispensed with and the Bonus paid on the actual wages of the employees.

The National Convention therefore, demands that the existing calculation ceiling for payment of PL Bonus should be reviewed to facilitate employees to receive their legitimate P.L. Bonus on the basis of actual wages drawn.

The revision of wage structure for Central Government employees had been undertaken by the successive Pay Commissions appointed by the Government of India during the past decades and gave their reports. These reports have been implemented by the Government with some modifications and improvements. However, anomalies and aberrations continue to persist.

Previous Pay Commissions (3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th) have by and large covered the aspects of the principles of wage determination. But, however, the job contents, remuneration commensurating with the nature of duties and responsibilities have not been taken into consideration by the Pay Commissions while determining the revised pay structure, consequently the Railwaymen have been put to disadvantage.

The 5th CPC had recommended that the DA must be merged with pay and treated as pay for computing all allowances as and when the percentage of Dearness compensation exceeds 50%. Accordingly, even before the setting up of 6th CPC, the DA of 50% was merged with pay in the year 2004.

Presently, the Dearness Allowance is 90% of pay as on 01/07/2013 and is likely to touch/cross 100% of pay as on 01/01/2014. The recommendation for merger of DA to partially compensate the erosion in the real wages was first mooted by the Gadgil Committee in the post 2nd Pay Commission period. The 3rd CPC recommended such merger when the Cost of Living Index crosses over 272 points i.e. 72 points over and above the base index adopted for the pay revision. In other words, the recommendation of the 3rd CPC was to merge the DA when it crossed 36%. The Government in the National Council JCM at the time of negotiations had initially agreed to merge 60% DA. The 5th CPC had merged 98% of DA with Pay.

As the DA already stood at 90% of pay and further revision is due on 01/0112014 when DA is likely to touch/cross 100%, it is therefore necessary that the Government takes steps to merge 50% with pay for all purposes w.e.f.01/01/2011 for ensuring compensation to the erosion of the value of real wage of Government employee.

The 27th National Convention, therefore, urges upon the Government of India to consider the demand and accord sanction for merging DA component of 50% of pay with the Pay for all purposes with effect from 01-01-2011.

The National Convention also appeals to the Central Government to grant Interim Relief to the employees as well as retired employees to sustain in the light of continued price rise of various commodities.

In the NFIR’s Election Manifesto-2013, Federation has committed to the Railway employees that the NFIR shall struggle for achievement of 7th Central Pay Commission. After Secret Ballot Elections results declared on 2nd May 2013, the NFIR Working Committee met at New Delhi on 30th / 31st May 2013 and passed resolution for preparing Railway employees for launching indefinite strike if the demands, more importantly appointment of 7th CPC, are not redressed by the Government of India and the Ministry of Railways. The Charter of Demands along with NFIR’s communication was sent to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Finance Minister, Railway Minister, Labour Minister etc.

It is a matter of satisfaction that the pressure and consistent struggle since Feb 2013, launched by the NFIR and Railway employees on the Government, has yielded result, wherein the Government has made announcement on September 25. 2013 for constituting 7th Central Pay Commission.

The 27th National Convention now in session in Vishakhapatnam unanimously resolves to convey its thanks to the Hon’hle Prime Minister for his decision to set up 7th Central Pay Commission. The National Convention, however, demands inclusion of one of Secretary level Officers of Railway Ministry as member of 7th CPC which may facilitate realistic examination of the issues of Railway employees.The National Convention also appeals to the Government to include a Labour Representative as one of the Members of the Commission.

The National Convention reviewed the labour situation vis-à-vis pending issues relating to Central Government employees including that of Rail Workforce. After lengthy deliberation's, the National Convention listed the issues placed below:

1. Guaranteed pension to those appointed on or after 01/01/2004.

2. Merger of DA with pay with retrospective effect.

3. Grant Interim Relief to Central Government employees (serving and retired).

4. Increase contribution to Group Insurance Scheme (GIS) for all Government employees.

5. Enhance Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.300/- p.m. to not less than Rs.1000/- for all retired Government employees.

6. Extend special privileges and facilities for Women employees for their empowerment.

7. Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) on actual wages without enforcing any ceiling.

8. Count Temporary status Casual Labour Service in full as qualifying service for retirement and other purposes.

9. Transport Allowance should be exempted from the purview of Income Tax.

10. Merge Technician-II with Technician-I with Grade Pay Rs.2800/- (PB-I) in Railways.

11. Revise entry grade pay of Station Masters as Rs.4200/- in PB-2.

12. Replacement of Grade Pay Rs.4600/- with Rs.4800/- (PB-2) w.e.f. 01/01/2006.

13. Allotment of entry Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- to the Group ‘B’ Gazetted staff.

14. Rectify anomalies of 6th CPC raised in the Departmental Anomaly Committee Meetings.

15. Grant pay fixation under Rule S13 (erstwhile FR 22C) for those promoted to the identical Grade Pay shouldering higher responsibilities.

16. Allotment of higher Grade Pay to the Loco Pilots and Guards.

17. Implement cadre restructuring of all left over categories immediately.

18. Extension of benefit of LARSGESS for all Safety categories of staff including TRD, Train Lighting, Bridge staff.

19. LARSGESS restrictions/adoptions of compassionate appointment procedure-past cases should be considered for appointment of wards and widening scope upto GP Rs. 4200/-.

20. Issues pending with the Ministry of Finance should be settled early in favour of railway employees.

21. Remove ban on filling up of vacancies of Ministerial staff in Railways.

22. Review of recruitment policy of erstwhile Gr ‘D’ post now in PB-I & GP Rs. 1800/- not meeting with the career advancement of the staff recruited.

23. Track patrolling-Support man provision-ensure mandatory requirement under safety.

24. Stop Out Sourcing, Contractorisation and Privatization.

25. Rectify MACPS anomalies.

26. Grant stepping up of pay of seniors where ever juniors drawing higher pay as a result of MACPS.

27. Grant Up-gradation of Apex Group ‘C’ posts to Group ‘B’ Gazetted-as per agreement.

28. Implement the report of Joint Committee for career growth of Track Maintainers in toto.

29. Abolish 12/- Hours duty in Railways — Introduce 8 hours duty roster for Running and Safety categories staff Classify Running Staff working high speed trains as “Intensive”.

30. Reduce Duty Hours of Nursing Staff thus honour Government’s decision.

31. Sufficient number of ticket checking staff posts need to be created for manning trains.

32. Revision of designations of various categories of staff need to be discussed and finalised.

33. Casual Labour/Substitutes acquired temporary status prior to 01/01/2004 should be covered under Liberalised Pension Scheme.

34. Grant Patient Care Allowance to all categories of staff working in the Railway Hospitals.

35. Implement norms for creation/sanction of new posts of SSE/JE (Signal), ESM, Helper (Signal) etc.

36. Negotiating for as of PNM at different levels and DC/JCM & NC/JCM to be made effective for resolving issues speedily.

37. Reduce duty hours of staff through realistic job analysis.

38. Amend Rules for providing employment to Wards of Employees.

39. Ensure Career improvement of Safaiwalis/Safaiwalas in Railways.

40. Provide quality Health care to employees, their families besides retired employees.

41. Fill vacancies of Doctors, Para Medical Staff and provide Super specialists in all Railway Hospitals.

42. Bring all Railway employees under Incentive Scheme in Workshops, PUs etc., wherever not covered.

43. Grant parity in Pay Structure for Stenographers in Railways at par with CSS/RBSS.

44. Training Allowance should be revised to 30% of pay in all Training Centres/Schools.

45. Rectify VIth CPC pay fixation of Loco Inspectors joined prior to 01/01/2006.

46. SPAD definition needs to he reviewed to prevent harassment and victimisation of Running Staff and safety category staff.

47. Make upward revision of Income Tax exemption limit in the case of running staff.

48. Running Rooms should be improved, air-conditioned and upgraded on priority.

49. Grant Project incentive allowance to the staff working in projects on Indian Railways.

50. Ensure creation of posts in safety/operational categories for manning new services and maintaining new assets without linking to matching surrender vis-à-vis automatic creation of posts on the basis of half yearly review.

51. Grant of Daily Allowance to Staff Car Drivers.

52. Absorb quasi administrative units/offices staff against posts in GP Rs.1800/- PB-I.

53. Enhance the rates of Patient Care Allowance and Hard Duty Allowance and also cover other Para-medical staff.

54. Provision of Hostel facility for single women railway employees at all ‘Divisional Headquarters.

55. Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute for imparting training in rail related electronic technologies for the wards of Railway Employees.

56. Extension of medical facilities to the dependent parents of railway employees.

57. Liberalize compassionate appointment provisions.

58. Allotment of Pay Band-4 to Junior Administrative Grade Officers.

59. Induct Course completed Act Apprentices against Safety vacancies.

60. Remove restrictions on payment of Children Education Allowance/Hostel subsidy.

61. Allow retention of Railway Quarters by the wards of Safety staff employed under LARSGESS.

62. Allot adequate funds for maintenance of Railway Quarters as well as construction of new quarters.

63. Introduce Technological advance warning system to prevent deaths of Track Maintainers while on duty.

64. Grant Study leave with attendant incentives to the employees for pursuing higher studies.

65. Enhance Night Patrolling Allowance for Track Maintainers and adequate compensation should be given to Night Patrolmen.

The 27th National Convention resolves to urge upon the Central Government and Railway Ministry to take Steps for ensuring time-bound negotiations with NFIR for satisfactorily settling the issues listed above to generate satisfaction among all categories of Railway employees.

The National Convention also decides to direct NFIR affiliates to organize mass meetings, conferences, demonstrations, rallies at all levels during the next five months period to mobilize all categories of employees for mounting pressure on the Government to resolve issues through sustained dialogue.

This National Convention having taken stock of the labour situation as well as status on various pending demands agitating railway employees has come to a conclusion that the negative attitude of Finance Ministry, Government of India on several proposals of railway ministry relating to rectification of  CPC anomalies, improvement of Grade Pay of Running Staff Supervisory Officials etc, has created serious resentment and frustration among 13 lakh railway employees.

The National Convention takes note that adequate time has been given to the Government as well as Railway Ministry to resolve the issues through negotiated settlement.The National Convention also taken note of the Special Meeting held by the Railway Board on 23rd August, 2013 on important demands listed by NFIR but, however, found that there has been no improvement in sorting out the pending issues.

This National Convention, therefore, directs the NFIR affiliates to conduct Strike Ballot on the issues listed in the resolution passed by this Convention.

The National Convention further directs to conduct Strike Ballot on 17th & 18th January, 2014 while launching intensive campaign on the major demands with the Government as well as Railway Ministry which are already listed in there solutions passed by the Convention.

Source :NFIR

Saturday, December 28, 2013


Consolidated Instructions on Forwarding of Applications of Government Servants for Outside Employment-regarding.

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

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 23rd, December, 2013


Subject: Consolidated Instructions on Forwarding of Applications of Government Servants for Outside Employment-regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to say that various instructions/guidelines have been issued by the Government from time to time regarding forwarding of applications of Government Servants for posts outside their own Cadre. All such instructions issued till date have been consolidated under easily comprehensible headings for the facility of reference and placed as Annexure to this O.M. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all concerned.

2. Hindi version wIll follow.

Director (Establishment)

Annexure to DOPT O. M.No.28020/1/2010-Estt(C) dated December, 2013.


These guidelines relate to forwarding of applications of Government servants as direct recruit for posts within the Central Government, State Governments, Autonomous / Statutory Bodies, CPSEs etc. It may be noted that in a case in which a particular employee cannot be spared without serious detriment to important work in hand, public interest would justify withholding of his application even if otherwise the application would have been forwarded. It may be added for information that where for good and sufficient reasons an application is withheld no infringement of any Constitutional right is involved.
[O.M. No. 170/51-Ests., dated the 21.10.1952)

a. The Heads of Departments should interpret the term ‘public interest’ strictly and subject to that consideration, the forwarding of applicatior should be the rule rather than an exception. Ordinarily, every employee (whether scientific and technical or non-scientific and non-technical personnel) should be permitted to apply for an outside post even though he may be holding a permanent post.

b. No distinction need be made between applications made for posts in a Department under the Central government, Autonomous Bodies or sub-ordinate offices, posts under the State Governments, posts in Public Sector Undertakings owned wholly or partly by the Central Government or a State Government and posts in quasi-Government organizations. They should all be treated alIke so far as the forwarding of applications is concerned. If, however, a Government servant desires to apply for a post in a private concern, he should submit his resignation or notice of retirement, as the case may be, before applying for private employment.

c. For this purpose, “scientific and technical personnel”, may be interpreted to mean persons holding posts or belonging to services which have been declared to be scientific or technical posts or scientific or technical service.
(OM. No. 70/10/60-Estt, (A), dated 09.05.1960 and O.M. No. 8/7/69-Ests(C) dated the 01.11.1970

The general principles to be observed in dealing with such applications are as under:

a. Applications from purely temporary Government Servants - Applications from such
Government servants should be readily forwarded unless there are compelling grounds of public interest for withholding them.

b. Applications from permanent Government servants - Both permanent non-scientific and non-technical employees as well as permanent scientific and technical employees could be given four opportunities in a year to apply for outside posts, except where withholding of any application is considered by the competent authority to be justified in the public interest. A permanent Government servant cannot justly complain of hardship or harsh treatment if his application for any other post or employment is withheld.

c. Applications of Government servants who have been given some technical training at Government expenses after commencement of service - Such Government servant cannot justifiably complain of hardship if he is not allowed to capitalize the special qualifications so gained by seeking other better employment. Withholding of application in such a case is therefore justifiable.

d. Applications of Government servants belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, other than ‘scientific and technical personnel — Applications for employment of temporary or permanent Central Government servants belonging to Scheduled Castes andScheduled Tribes should be readily forwarded except in very rare cases where there may be compelling grounds of public interest for withholding such application. The withholding of application should be the exception rather than the nile in the case of employees belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes who should be afforded every facility to improve their prospects.

e. Application of Government servants for employment in private business and industrial firm. etc. - Where a Government servant (including a temporary Government servant) seeks permission, to apply for such employment, he should submit his resignation or notice of retirement, as the case may be, before applying for private employment. He cannot complain of hardship if his application is withheld. While a person remains in Government service, the State can legitimately refuse to surrender its claim on his services in favour of a private employer.
[O.M. NO. 170/51-ESTS., DATED ThE 21.10.1952; OM NO. 70/10/60-ESTS(A) DATED 09.03.1960. OM No.1/6/64-SCT.I DATED 19.03.1964; O.M NO, 5/2/68-ESTT.(C) DATED 06.O5.1968. OM No.8/7/69-ESTS(C)DATED 01.II.1970; OM No. 8/15/71-ESTS(C) DATED 16.09.1971, OM No. 8/22/71-ESTS(C) DATED16.10.1971]

a) Applications from Government servants for employment elsewhere, submitted otherwise than in response to advertisement or circulars inviting applications, should not be forwarded.
(O.M. No. 5/3/65-Ests(C) dated the 21.12.1965]

b) The applications may be forwarded in accordance with the general principles given inpreceding paragraphs. irrespective of whether the post applied for in the other department/offices permanent or temporary.

c) As for temporary Government servants they should, as a matter of rule, be asked to resign from the parent department/office at the time of release from the parent department/office. An undertaking to the effect that he/she will resign from the parent department/office in the event of his/her selection and appointment to the post applied for may be taken from his/her at the time of forwarding the application. This procedure is to be followed even in case of a temporary Government servant applying as a direct recruit for a post in the same organisation.

d) In the case of permanent Government servants, their lien may be retained in the parent department/office for a period of two years incase of the new post being in the Central/state Government. They should either revert to the parent department/office within that period or resign from the parent department/office at the end of that period. An undertaking to abide by these conditions may be taken from them at the time of forwarding the applications to other departments/office. In exceptional cases where it would take some time for the other department/office to confirm such Government servants due to the delay in converting temporary posts into permanent ones, or due to some other administrative reasons, the permanent Government servants may be permitted to retain their lien in the parent department/office for one more year. While granting such permission, a fresh undertaking similar to the one indicated above may be taken from the permanent Government servants by the parent department.

e) Permanent Government servants on their being selected for appointment in an autonomous Body / CPSE will have to resign before they are penitent to join the new organization. In their case no lien shall be retained and they will be governed by the orders issued by Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare regulating mobility of personnel between Central Govt and Autonomous Bodies / CPSEs etc.

f) The Terms of the bond need not be enforced in the cases of those who apply for appointment elsewhere, other than private employment, through proper channel. However, the obligations under the bond would be carried forward to the new employment. An undertaking to this effect may be obtained from the Govt. servant before he is relieved.
(OM. No. 60/37/63.Ests(A) dated 14.07.1967; OM No. 8/4/70-Ests(C) dated 06.03.1974; O.M.
No. 28016/5/85-Estt(C) dated 31.01.1986]

a) Where Government servants apply directly to UPSC/SSC as in the case of direct recruit, they must immediately inform the head of their Office/Department giving details of the amination/post for which they have applied, requesting him to communicate his permission to the Commission directly. If. however, the Head of the Office/Department considers it necessary to withhold the requisite permission, he should inform the Commission accordingly within thirty days of the date of closing for receipt of applications. In case any situation mentioned in para 6 below is existing, the requisite permission should not be granted and UPSC/SSC should be

immediately informed of this fact as also the nature of allegations against the Government servant. It should also be made clear that in the event of actual selection of Government servant, he would not be relieved for taking up the appointment, if the charge-sheet / prosecution sanction is issued or a charge-sheet is filed in a court for criminal prosecution, or if the Government servant is placed under suspension.

b) It may be noted that in case of direct recruitment by selection, i.e., “selection by interview”, it is the responsibility of the requisitioning Ministry/Department to bring to the notice of the Commission any point regarding unsuitability of the candidate (Government servant) from the vigilance angle and that the appropriate stage for doing so would be the consultation at the time of preliminary scrutiny, i.e., when the case is referred by the Commission to the Ministry/Departments for the comments of the Ministry’s representatives on the provisional selection of the candidate for interview by the Commission.
[OM. No. 14017/01/91-Estt.(RR) dated the 14th July, 1993 & O.M.No.20016/1/88-Estt.(C)
dated 18/07/1980)

c) When once the Administrative Authority has forwarded an application, it is mandatory that the Government employee concerned should be released to take up the new appointment. However, where subsequent to the forwarding of the application, but before selection if exceptional circumstances arise in which it may not be possible to release the official, the fact should be communicated to the Commission as well as to the official concerned. The decision not to release an official should be taken only where the circumstances referred to above arereally exceptional.
[OM. No. 60/43/64-Ests(A) dated the 24.08.1965)

Application of a Government servant for appointment, whether by direct recruitment, transfer on deputation or transfer, to any other post should not be considered/ forwarded., if-
(a) (i) he is under suspension; or
(ii) disciplinary proceedings are pending against him and a charge sheet has been issued; or
(iii) sanction for prosecution, where necessary has been accorded by the competent authority; or
(iv) where a prosecution sanction is not necessary, a charge-sheet has been filed in a Court of law against him for criminal prosecution.
(v) where he is undergoing a penalty — no application should be forwarded during the currency of such penalty.

(b) When the conduct of a Government servant is under investigation (by the CBI or by the Controlling Department) but the investigation has not reached the stage of issue of charge-sheet or prosecution sanction or filing of charge-sheet for criminal prosecution in a court, the application of such a Government servant may be forwarded together with brief comments on the nature of allegations and it should also be made clear that in the event of actual selection of the Government servant, he would not be released for taking up the appointment, if by that time any of the situations in (a) above arises.
[O.M. No. 14017/101/91-Estt.(RR) dated the 14th July 1993]

Applications of Central Government Servants in response to press advertisement for posts in Central Public Enterprises / Autonomous Bodies may be forwarded with a clear understanding with the employee that in the event of their selection for the post applied for they will sever their connections with the Government before joining the Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous Bodies. No lien shall be retained in ch cases. The relieving order should indicate the period within which the official should join the Public Sector Undertaking / Autonomous Body. Normally this period should not be more than 15 days. This period may be extended by the competent authority for reasons beyond the control of the official. Necessary notification/orders accepting the resignation of the Govt. servant from Govt. service should be issued from the actual date of his/her joining the Public Sector Undertaking/Autonomous Body. The period between the date of relieving and the date of joining Public Sector Undertaking!/ Autonomous Body can be regulated as leave of the kind due and admissible and if no leave is due, by grant of extra ordinary leave. In case he/she is not able to join the Public Sector Undertaking/Autonomous Body within the period allowed by the competent authority, he/she should report back to the paient office forthwith.

[Department of Pension & Pensioner’s Welfare OM No. 4/15/88-P&PW(D) dated 13.11.1991]

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

Thursday, December 26, 2013


India Post started Internet Banking in selected locations in continuation of migration to the CBS FINACLE, Core Banking Solution from Infosys.  In Tamil Nadu Circle Greams Road Post Office of Chennai City Central Division has been rolled out for CBS on 16.12.2013 for the first time and all other identified offices in pilot Circles will be migrated in coming days. The India Post Internet banking site can be accessed through URL https://ebankingindiapost.gov.in

Following facilities are available for DOP e banking portal user:

My Profile:
         1. Change 'Sign-on' and Transaction Password.
         2. Set Preferences.
         3. Update channel id.
         4. View personnel details.

         1. Accounts Summary.
         2. Savings accounts details.
         3. RD account details.
         4. PPF accounts details.
         5. TD accounts details.
         6. NSC Account details.
         7. Loan on RD details.
         8. Loan on PPF details.
         9. Tax deducted at source details.

         1. Manage Payee.
         2. Manage Billers.
         3. Initiate funds Transfer with in DOP.
         4. Funds transfer outside DOP.
         5. PPF account withdrawal.
         6. View scheduled transactions.
         7. Pay PPF Account/Repay Loan on PPF.
         8. View recurring instructions.
         9. Pay RD account.
         10. View All Transactions.
         11. Repay Loan on RD.

General Services:
         1. Mails.
         2. Inquiry Facility.
         3. Service Requests.

 Terms and Conditions
1. Definitions:
         In these Terms of Service (Terms & Conditions), unless the context indicates otherwise, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings indicated against them:
          ♦    The Department of Posts comes under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. The Postal Service Board, the apex management body of the Department, comprises the Chairman and six Members. The six members of the Board hold portfolios of Personnel, Operations, Technology, Postal Life Insurance, Human Resources Development, Planning respectively. The Joint Secretary and Financial Advisor to the Department is a permanent invitee to the Board. The Board is assisted by a senior staff officer of the Directorate as Secretary to the Board. Deputy Directors General, Directors and Assistant Directors General provide the necessary functional support for the Board at the Headquarters.
          ♦    DoP refers to Department of Posts.
          ♦    The Site means   https://ebanking.indiapost.gov.in/
          ♦    Internet Banking Services are one of the services offered by Department of Posts which provide access to account information, products and other services (including Transaction of financial and non-financial in nature) as advised by the Department from time to time to the customers through the internet banking website.
          ♦    User refers to a customer of Department of Posts who is authorized to use Internet Banking Services.
          ♦    Confidential Information refers to the information obtained by the customer through the Department of Posts for availing various services through e-Banking.
          ♦    Personal Information refers to the information about the User obtained by the Department of Posts in connection with the Internet Banking Service.
          ♦    Account refers to the User's Savings and/or RD and/or or any other type of account so designated by the Department of Posts to be eligible account(s) for the operations through the use of Internet Banking.
          ♦    In the event of new accounts opened by the User under the same CIF in future, then the Terms of Service (Terms & Conditions) shall automatically apply to such further use of the Internet Banking by the User.
          ♦    In case of accounts opened for and on behalf of minors, the Internet Banking facility shall not be made available to the minor. The natural guardian of the minor shall be permitted to use Internet banking with only 'Limited Transaction'rights. The natural guardian shall undertake to give all instructions relating to the operation of the account and further undertake not to reveal the User ID and Password to the minor, which if done so, will be at the risk and consequences of the guardian and Department of Posts shall not be liable for any loss on that account in case the account is operated by the minor. In such an event the transaction will be deemed to have been undertaken by the guardian.
          ♦    Third party product refers to any product and/or service of third party which is offered by or through the intermediary of Department of Posts.
          ♦    Customer refers to Customer named in the Application Form and shall, where the context requires, include any authorized representative of the Customer.
          ♦    Internet Banking Services refers to a service offered by Department of Posts through which a registered Customer may conduct enquiries or perform transactions on the Internet banking website   https://ebanking.indiapost.gov.in/
          ♦    SMS Password refers to one time 8 digit pass code that would be sent to a customer's mobile number registered on the record of Department of Posts.
          ♦    Instruction means any request or instruction that is received from the customer by the Department of Posts through Internet Banking services.
2. Applicability of Terms & Conditions:
          These Terms mentioned herein form the contract between the User using the Internet Banking services and Department of Posts. By applying for Internet Banking Services and accessing the service, the User acknowledges and accepts these Terms of Service (Terms & Conditions). Any conditions relating to the accounts of customer other than these Terms will continue to apply except that in the event of any conflict between these Terms and the account conditions, these Terms will continue to prevail. The agreement shall remain valid until it is replaced by another agreement or terminated by either party or account is closed, whichever is earlier.
3. Application of Internet Banking Services:
          Department of Posts may offer Internet Banking services to selected customers at its discretion and has the right to accept or reject such application as may be submitted by the users. The Customer acknowledges that he/she possesses knowledge of the Internet usage and will have legal access to the Internet. Customers willing to utilize the e-Banking services may approach the Post Office, where their account is maintained or willing to open their account, in person for registering themselves. Department of Posts will advise from time to time regarding the Internet software such as Browsers, which are required for using Internet Banking services. There will be no obligation on the part of the DoP to support all the versions of this Internet software.
4. Internet Banking:
          The information provided to the user through the Internet Banking is not updated continuously but at regular intervals. Consequently, any information supplied to the user through Internet Banking will pertain to the date and time when it was last updated and not as the date and time when it is supplied to the user. Department of Posts shall not be liable for any loss that the user may suffer by relying on or acting on such information. Department of Posts may keep its records of the transactions in any form it wishes. In the event of any dispute, the DoP records shall be binding as the conclusive evidence of the transactions carried out through Internet Banking in the absence of clear proof that the DoP's records are erroneous or incomplete. Any request for any service, which is offered as a part of Internet Banking, shall be binding on the user as and when the DoP receives such a request. If any request for a service is such that it cannot be given effect to unless it is followed up by requisite documentation on part of the user, the Department of Posts shall not be required to act on the request until it receives such documentation from the user. The USER understands that the DoP shall be bound by any circulars and directives issued by the Ministry of Finance/Reserve Bank of India with regard to the maintenance and operation of deposit accounts from time to time. The USER acknowledges and undertakes to be equally bound to comply therewith. The USER also hereby absolves and holds blameless the Department of Posts from any claim or damages in respect of any delay on the part of the DoP in carrying out any instructions given by the USER over the internet, where such delay is on account of technological failure, or other reasons beyond the control of the Department of Posts. In cases of technological failure, DoP shall endeavour to keep the downtime to the minimum.
5. Un-authorized Access:
          The user shall take all necessary precautions to prevent unauthorized and illegal use of Internet Banking and unauthorized access to the Accounts provided by Department of Posts e-Banking services. DoP shall take all commercially reasonable care to, ensure the security of and to prevent unauthorised access to the Internet Banking using commercially reasonable technology available in India to the Department of Posts. The USER shall also be responsible for maintenance of the secrecy of the personal details of the ACCOUNTS at all times. If the USER fails to keep secret such personal details of the ACCOUNT, then, the Department of Posts shall stand absolved of all obligations under this AGREEMENT. The user shall ensure that e-Banking service offered by DoP or any related service is not used for any purpose which is illegal, improper or which is not authorised under these Terms. If any USER has any reason to believe that there is any unauthorized access of his or her ACCOUNT, the USER shall immediately intimate the DoP at the Post Office branch. The USER understands and recognizes that in matters of unauthorized access, time is of the essence, for speedy detection and prevention. Therefore, any failure on the part of the USER to speedily notify DoP, shall absolve the DoP of any further responsibility with respect to such unauthorized access.

6. Internet Banking access and Passwords:
          The user would be allotted an Internet Banking user-id and user password & transaction password by Department of Posts in the first instance. The user will be required to change the password assigned on accessing Internet Banking for the first time. As a safety measure, the user shall change the password as frequently thereafter. In addition to user-id and password DoP may, the user may setup PAM (Personal Access Message) during the first time login. This message will be displayed during the user password entry screen to show the authenticity of the Internet banking site.

7. Joint Accounts:
          The user desirous of using the POSB account should be either the account holder Or sole signatory or authorized to act independently in case of a joint account. For such joint account, one user-ID and password will be issued to each of the joint account holders when requested. The other joint account holders shall expressly agree with the arrangement and give their consent on the application form for use of the account. In case of joint accounts operated by more than one user, Department of Posts shall act on the instruction received first and any subsequent instruction shall be neglected. All correspondence will be addressed to the first named person only. All transactions arising from the use of the Internet Banking services in the joint account shall be binding on all the joint account holders, jointly and severally.

8. Service Charges:
          Department of Posts reserves the right to charge and recover from the user service charges for providing the e-Banking services. Services charges may be changed periodically by the department. The user hereby authorizes Department of Posts to recover the service charges by debiting one of the Savings accounts of the user or by sending a bill to the user who will be liable to make the payment within the specified period. Failure to do so shall result in recovery of the service charges by department in a manner as the DoP may deem fit along with such interest, if any, and/or suspension of the facility of e-Banking services without any liability to the department.

9. Minimum Balance maintenance and Charges:
          The USER shall maintain, at all times such minimum balance in account(s) as the Department of Posts may stipulate from time to time. DoP may, at its discretion, levy penal charges for non-maintenance of the minimum balance. In addition to the minimum balance stipulation, DoP may levy service charges for use of Internet Banking, which will be advised to the USER at the time of opening the account. Any further change in the fees shall be notified on the DoP Web site. The USER authorises DoP to recover all charges related to Internet Banking as determined by DOp from time to time by debiting one of the USER's accounts. However at present there are no charges levied. DoP may withdraw the Internet banking facility, if at any time the amount of deposit falls short of the required minimum as aforesaid and/or if the service charges remain unpaid, without giving any further notice to the USER and/or without incurring any liability or responsibility whatsoever by reason of such withdrawal. DoP shall not be obligated to intimate the withdrawal of such facility over the internet.

10. Transfer of Funds through DoP Internet Banking:
          The User accepts that he will be responsible for keying in the correct account number for the fund transfer request. In no case, DoP will be held liable for any erroneous transactions incurred arising out of or relating to the customer entering wrong account numbers. The User shall not attempt to transfer funds without sufficient funds in the related Account. In case of insufficient funds, DoP is not responsible for non-execution /non-payment/breakage of Time deposit accounts of the Accounts linked to the subject Account or of any consequences thereof. DoP shall not be liable for any omission to make all or any of the payments or for late payments due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control. If the funds transfer is made available to the User, it may be used for transfer of funds from the subject Account to other accounts belonging to third parties maintained at DoP and/or at any other Bank which falls under the network of the Reserve Bank of India's Electronic Funds Transfer System. However RTGS/NEFT and other bank payments are not available with DoP Internet banking as of now and it will be established in the near future.

11. Personal Information disclosure:
          The USER agrees that the Department of Posts or its vendors may hold and process his PERSONAL INFORMATION on system or otherwise in connection with Internet Banking services as well as for statistical analysis and credit scoring. The USER also agrees that DoP may disclose, in strict confidence, to other institutions, such "PERSONAL INFORMATION" as may be reasonably necessary for reasons inclusive of, but not limited to, the following:
          ♦    Participation in any telecommunication or electronic clearing network.

 Source: https://ebanking.indiapost.gov.in/corp/AuthenticationController?FORMSGROUP_ID__=AuthenticationFG&__START_TRAN_FLAG__=Y&__FG_BUTTONS__=LOAD&ACTION.LOAD=Y&AuthenticationFG.LOGIN_FLAG=1&BANK_ID=DOP

Central government employees will soon communicate through email ID - Minister of State for Communications Milind Deora

All Central government employees will soon be expected to communicate through the National Informatics Centre (NIC) email ID, a union minister said on Monday adding that the government was chalking out a plan in this regard.
Minister of State for Communications Milind Deora told reporters here that his department is working on a new email policy which will address this issue, among others.
“Once this is ready, then all government officials will have to communicate only through NIC email id,” he said.
“After this, the issue of cyber security can be addressed on a single platform as NIC is taking care of e-governance programmes of the Centre,” said Deora.


Payment of statutory dues, salary and wages in sick/loss making CPSEs

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the proposal for providing non-plan budgetary support of Rs. 116.86 crore for liquidation of statutory dues (Provident Fund, Gratuity, Pension, Employees State Insurance and Bonus) and salary and wages from 01-04-2013 to 31-08-2013 in respect of eleven Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under the Department of Heavy Industry, namely Hindustan Cables Ltd., HMT Machine Tools Ltd., HMT (Watches) Ltd., HMT (Chinar Watches) Ltd., Nagaland Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd., Triveni Structurals Ltd., Tungbhadra Steel Products Ltd., Nepa Ltd., HMT Bearings Ltd. Hindustan Photo Films Limited and Tyre Corporation of India Ltd.

Revival/closure plans of Hindustan Cables Limited, Triveni Structurals Ltd., HMT (Watches) Ltd., HMT (Chinar Watches) Ltd., Hindustan Photo Films Ltd. and HMT Machine Tools Ltd. are yet to be finalized; revival plans of Nepa Ltd. and Nagaland Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd. have recently been approved; revival plans of HMT Bearings Ltd. and Tungbhadra Steel Products Ltd. are yet to materialize; and disinvestment of Tyre Corporation of India Ltd. is under process. It was, therefore, considered essential that the interim financial support from the Government be provided so that the operation of these companies may not be affected. Non-settlement of these liabilities has been causing serious hardship not only to the employees of the companies but also adversely affecting the day-to-day operation of the companies resulting in further deterioration of their performance.

Payment of outstanding dues of salary and wages would mitigate the hardships of the employees thereby motivating them for better output and prepare them to achieve the goal of revival/re-structuring of the companies. In addition, clearance of outstanding statutory dues (Provident Fund, Gratuity, Pension, Employees State Insurance) would result in fulfilment of statutory obligations.


Disbursement of pensionary benefits to all the combined service pension optee absorbed employees of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)

The Union Cabinet today approved the erstwhile all categories (Group A, B, C & D) of employees of the government absorbed in MTNL and who have opted for combined service may be given similar treatment in the matter of payment of pensionary benefits as available to the absorbed employees of BSNL. Accordingly, consequential amendments to the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, adjustments in respect of Government pension liability previously discharged by MTNL and proposed change in methodology in pension contribution as per FR-116 upto 31.12.2005 on the maximum of the IDA pay-scales and with effect from 01.01.2006 on the actual pay drawn in the IDA pay-scales will be made.

Based on the approval for payment of pensionary benefits to the erstwhile government employees absorbed in MTNL who have opted for combined pension in the same manner as in BSNL, necessary amendments in Rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 to include MTNL along with BSNL, will be issued and adjustments in respect of Government pension liability previously discharged by MTNL will be done within three months.

This would help to resolve the long pending MTNL pension issue. The proposal entails an estimated recurring expenditure of approximately Rs. 500 Cr per annum besides adjustments in respect of Government pension liability previously discharged by MTNL. This decision would give benefit to approximately 43000 employees of Delhi and Mumbai.


Monday, December 23, 2013

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EPFO to decide PF interest rate on January 14

Retirement fund body Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) will announce the interest rate on provident fund (PF) deposits for the current financial year on January 14 and may offer its over 5 crore subscribers a little more than 8.5 per cent provided in 2012-13.

"The decision on interest rate on PF deposits for this fiscal is pending for long and a decision would be taken by the board in the next meeting," said Central Provident Fund Commissioner KK Jalan. A decision on the interest rate could not be taken as the Central Board of Trustees has not met after it was reconstituted in May.

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Central gazetted officers finalise demands

A workshop organised by the Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers’ Organisations, Tamil Nadu region, has finalised the common minimum demands to be placed before the 7 Central Pay Commission, including a just and equitable pay at the entry level of Group ‘B’ officers.

It was also agreed upon at the workshop here on Saturday to demand a joint consultative machinery to redress their grievances and a minimum of five promotions during their tenure — from entry to Group ‘B’ level either by promotion or direct recruitment.

The workshop for the constituents of the Confederation sought merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance for all purposes with effect from January 1, 2011 or 100 per cent DA with effect from January 1, 2014 for the serving officers. Other demands included free and hassle-free medical facilities to Group ‘B’ officers and adequate travel entitlements.


Friday, December 20, 2013

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Entitlement of 30 days EL Irrespective of option in respect of Industrial Employees of OFs.


Subject : Entitlement of 30 days EL Irrespective of option in respect of Industrial Employees of OFs.

In continuation to this Ministry’s ID of even no. dated 04.10.2013 it is clarified that the entitlement of earned leave of 30 days would be with effect from 20.07.1998 as the clarification was issued in response to ambiguity being raised to the effect of DOP&T’s order dated 20.07.1998 with regard to entitlement of earned leave as was categorically mentioned in the first paragraph of the ID dated 04.10.2013.

(Amlan Das)
Under Secretary


Revised rate of stipend to Trade Apprentices

10A, S. K. BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA - 700001

No. Pay/Tech-I/Misc-2 / 2013 / 35

Dated: 12.12.2013

All CsFA (Fys)

Sub : Revised rate of stipend to Trade Apprentices

   A copy of Ministry of Labour & Employment, Directorate General of Employment and Training, Gazette Notification dated 27-09-2013 issued under GSR 662(E), received under Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata letter No. 13/06/2013/TA/STIP-A/HRD dated 06-11-2013 is forwarded herewith for information and guidance of all concerned. The rates of stipend of Trade Apprentices have been revised as follows:

i) During first year of training :              Rs.2100/- per month

ii) During second year of training  :        Rs.2400/- per month

iii) During third year of training  :          Rs.2800/- per month

iv) During fourth year of training  :        Rs. 3100/- per month

The monthly stipend to the trade apprentices may be paid accordingly with effect from27-09-2013.

All Branch Accounts Offices under your administration may please be informed accordingly.

Asst. Controller of Accounts (Fys)


Thursday, December 19, 2013


MACP-An Unsettled Issue Of Sixth Pay Commission Recommendation.

 MACP is said to be the abbreviation of Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme, but many central government employees feel that it is Meaningless Assured Career Progression Scheme. The main objective of introducing ACP scheme was to grant financial benefits for the govt servants, those who are not getting promotions due to lack of promotional avenues. Before the introduction of ACP scheme in 1999, many central government employees retired from service without getting even single promotion in some departments. The worst part of this story is, apart from not getting promotion, they were not even been granted annual increment for many years until their retirement, as they reached the maximum of their Pay Scale. Working without any promotion and increment until the retirement is pathetic. It was the prevailing situation till the date of introducing ACP scheme.

Financial up gradation under ACP Scheme

   Upon introduction of ACP scheme, central government employees were granted two financial up gradation on the completion of 12 years and 24 years of regular service respectively in the same post. According to the ACP Scheme, the central government employees were to be granted next higher pay scale of their Promotional Hierarchy as financial up gradation under ACP Scheme. So the pay equalant to the promotional post had been ensured under ACP scheme for the government servants after completion of 12 and 24 years of regular service if they were not granted regular promotion. Many central government employees were benefited by this scheme where there were no promotional avenues available for them.

Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS)

   The Sixth CPC recommendation on ACP scheme and government’s decision gave all the central government employees surprise and shock both. The Sixth Central Pay Commission in Para 6.1.15of its report, has recommended Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS). As per the recommendations, financial up gradation would be available in the next higher grade pay whenever an employee has completed 12 years continuous service in the same grade. However, not more than two financial upgradations shall be given in the entire career, as was provided in the previous ACP Scheme. The Scheme will also be available to all posts belonging to Group “A” whether isolated or not. However, organised Group “A” services will not be covered under the Scheme

   The Government has considered the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission for introduction of a MACPS and has accepted the same with further modification to grant three financial upgradations under the MACPS at intervals of 10, 20 and 30 years of continuous regular service. The surprise was that, government’s consideration for modifying the ACP scheme to grant three financial up gradation for central government employees on completion of 10,20 and 30 years of regular service. But its decision to grant immediate next higher Grade Pay in the hierarchy of Grade Pay instead of Promotional Hierarchy is the shock for everyone.

   The MACP Scheme envisages merely placement in the immediate next higher Grade Pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised Pay Bands and Grade Pay. For example, if a govt servant appointed as LDC in the grade pay of Rs.1900/-, he will be granted Rs.2000/- Grade Pay as first MACP after completing 10 years of regular service though this Grade Pay is not in the promotional hierarchy of the individual concerned. Whereas the first financial up gradation to be granted under ACP Scheme will be Rs. 2400/- Grade Pay on completion of 12 years of regular service as ACP was granted on the basis of promotional hierarchy. As a result of this the Modified ACP Scheme has not served the purpose that it was supposed to. So the Modified Assured Career progression Scheme needs to be modified again. The financial up gradation has to be granted on the basis of Promotional Hierarchy of posts instead of hierarchy of Grade Pay.

The decision of Joint Committee of MACP Scheme

   The Staff Side of National Anomaly committee also reiterated their demand in the last meeting of the Joint Committee of MACP Scheme held on 15.03.2011 under the Chairpersonship of the Joint Secretary (Estt), DOPT that the financial up-gradations under the MACP Scheme should be granted in the promotional hierarchy of posts instead of the Grade Pay hierarchy. The Staff Side stated that the erstwhile ACP Scheme was implemented on the recommendations of the 5th CPC and, as such, has become a part of the service conditions of the employees. The Staff Side, therefore, contended that the Government cannot impose the MACP Scheme thereby altering the service conditions to the detriment of the employees.

   In this regard the Judgment of Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal, Chandigarh has been upheld by the Honble High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh. In a separate case filed in CAT, Principle Bench, New Delhi, to grant next promotional Grade Pay under MACP Scheme, the Honble CAT gave its Judgment in favour of applicants based on the judgments of above cases. The appeal against the judgment of Honble High Court of Punjab and Haryana has been dismissed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

   Almost all the Federations have demanded the Central Government to issue necessary instructions for granting financial up gradation under MACP scheme on Promotional hierarchy as per the Court Order. So it is high time for the government to come forward to issue the necessary order to grant financial up gradation under MACP scheme in Promotional hierarchy to make this scheme serve its purpose and avoid confusion.

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Cabinet proposal soon to constitute 7th Pay Commission

The central government is likely to constitute the 7th Pay Commission for revising the salaries of its over 50 lakh employees before the start of process of next general elections due in May, 2014.

“The Finance Ministry is working out a Cabinet proposal for constitution of the 7th Pay Commission which could be taken up for consideration in the next couple of weeks,” a source said.

According to information available, the government’s intention to constitute 7th Pay Commission before going for polls is clear as it has made provision of Rs. 3.5 crore in the second supplementary demands for grants in this regard which was approved by Parliament in the just concluded Winter Session.

Earlier in September this year, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram had announced that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has approved setting up of the 7th Pay Commission.

According to the announcement, the Commission will be mandated to submit its report in two years time and its recommendations would be implemented from January 1, 2016.

However, after that announcement, no formal proposal was put up before the Union Cabinet for constitution of the Commission.

As per the practice, the Commission is headed by a former Supreme Court Judge and its other members would include experts and officials.

Meanwhile, the government is also believed to have approved fixing minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month under the Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 (EPS-95) run by retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

The government is also understood to have cleared maximum basic wage ceiling of Rs. 15,000 per month for deduction of Provident Fund from existing Rs. 6,500 per month for private sector workers, in general, covered under schemes run by EPFO.

Source:The hindu
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Cadre Restructuring and re-organization of field formations under central board of excise & customs.

Government of India 
Department of Finance 
Department of Revenue 
(Central Board of Excise & Customs)

HUDCO Vishala, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi, December 18, 2013

The Director General
Directorate General of Human Resource Development
Customs & Central Excise
409/8 Deep Shikha, Rajendra Place
New Delhi – 110 008.

Subject:  Cadre Restructuring and re-organization of field formations under central board of excise & customs.


   I am directed to convey the sanction of the competent authority for creation of 18067 posts in various grades under the central Board of Excise & customs, as per details in Annexure  a to this letter, with immediate effect. With the creation of these posts, the total sanctioned staff strength of the Central Board of Excise & Customs will be increased from the existing 66808 to 84875.

   2. The posts approved for creation include 2118 temporary Group A posts created in Junior Time Scale for a period of five years from the dated of this letter, to be regulated in the manner stipulated in Para 4 hereunder.

   3. The new vacancies arising due to additional regular posts approved for creation in the Junior Time Scale as well chain vacancies in JTS arising due to promotions against additional posts created at higher levels will be filled up in accordance with the provisions of India Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise) Recruitment Rules, 2012 and the extant instructions of DOP &T.

   4. The temporary vacancies arising due to creation of 2118 temporary posts in Junior Time Scale will be operational for five years from the date of this letter and will be filled up only on promotion from the feeder grades specified in the relevant recruitment rules. The promotions against these vacancies shall not entail further promotion to any level beyond JTS.

   5. All additional posts created in various other grades will also be filled up in accordance with the provisions of the relevant recruitment rules.

   6. Pending notification of revised recruitment rules, wherever required the newly created/re-designated posts will be filled up on the basis of the extant Guidelines for Recruitment Rules, issued by the Department of Personnel & Training. Concurrence of Deptt. Of personnel & Training would be obtained for the relaxations, wherever required.

   7. wherever the posts recommended for abolition are filled up at present, such abolition will be effective on such posts being relinquished by the existing incumbents by way of promotion, transfer, retirement, resignation etc.

   8. The formation-Wise distribution of the posts at various levels will be issued  separately. Details of Group “C” Posts will also be communicated separately.

   9. This issues with the approval of competent authority and with the concurrence of integrated Finance Unit vide their ID No.212509/JS&FA(F)/2013 dated December 18,2013.

Yours faithfully   
(Nirbhai Singh) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India


Inclusion of Jat community in the Central List of OBCs for the States of Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Bihar

The Union Cabinet today approved the following as suggested by the Group of Ministers.

Jats are already included in the State List of OBCs in nine States. Formal reports of the State Backward Class Commissions on the subject for the States of Haryana (2012) and Himachal Pradesh (2002) and books relating to socio economic status of farming communities in northern India and caste, land and political power in Uttar Pradesh are available. These may contain valuable and relevant material which can be utilized by the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) to give its advice on the demand for inclusion of Jats in the Central List of OBCs in the States of Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan (two districts), Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Bihar.

This decision would enable the Jat Community to avail the benefits of reservation available to the Other Backward Classes for employment/ admission in /to Central Government services and posts/ educational Institutions.


Jat Community has been demanding inclusion in the Central List of Other Backward Classes for various states. The NCBC which was set up under the NCBC Act 1993, has been entrusted with the function of examining requests for inclusion of any Class of citizens as a backward class in the lists (Central List of Other Backward Classes) and hear complaints of over inclusion or under inclusion of any backward class in such lists, and tender advice to the Central Government as desired appropriate. At present, the Jat Community is included, in the Central List of OBCs for the States of Gujarat - Jat (Muslim) and Rajasthan (except in Bharatpur and Dhaulpur districts). They are, at present, included in the State Lists of nine States. The requests of Jats for inclusion in the Central List of OBCs for the States of Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bharatpur and Dhaulpur districts of Rajasthan was earlier rejected by NCBC in 1997. The NCBC under the NCBC (Power to Review Advice) Rules 2011, decided to consider requests for inclusion of the Jat community after collecting additional socio-economic data through the ICSSR, in addition to data from the SECC. A GoM was constituted on 20.8.2013 to (i) engage with the representatives of the Jat community periodically; and (ii) apprise itself of the progress of the survey being conducted by NCBC through ICSSR in six states.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has ordered the Delhi High Court to decide the prayer of NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) in writ petition No. 1003 of 2013 to treat the three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks as civil servants for all purposes at par with other regular employees as per 1977 SC Judgment & to quash the GDS (Conduct & Engagement) Rules 2011.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nine reasons for getting an income tax notice

The Income Tax Department has launched a drive to ensure greater tax compliance. In recent months, thousands of taxpayers have been served notices after discrepancies were noted in their tax returns or their TDS details. This sudden rise in the number of tax notices is not because people have stopped paying tax or filing their returns. It's just that the tax authorities now have an integrated database on taxpayers and can track all financial transactions. Here are some common reasons for getting a notice.

Not mentioning PAN or quoting incorrect PAN 
The PAN is now mandatory for high-value transactions . If you do not submit it while making an investment or taking up a job, your income will be subjected to a higher TDS of 20%, instead of 10%. If the PAN is incorrect, you could even be slapped with a penalty of up to 10,000. The bigger problem of an incorrect PAN is that the TDS will not be credited to your account. What's more, the tax refund can be credited to another account if you submit the wrong PAN.

Not checking Form 26AS before filing 
The Form 26AS has details of the tax paid by an individual during a financial year. You can easily access your Form 26AS online. Some banks also provide this facility to their Net banking customers. If your bank, bond issuer or employer has deducted TDS, make sure it is mentioned in your Form 26AS. Also, check whether all the investments with TDS have been duly mentioned in the tax return. Any mismatch will lead to a notice from the department.

Mismatch in income and expenses & investments 
Financial services firms, registration authorities and merchant establishments are supposed to report certain high-value transactions to the CBDT. The Income Tax Department gets all information on the basis of your PAN. The CASS matches this information with the returns filed by the taxpayer and promptly issue a notice if there is a mismatch in the income you have declared and your investments and spending.

Not filing returns if income is above 2 lakh 
If your gross taxable income before deduction under any section is above 2 lakh, it is mandatory for you to file your return. If you don't file it, you can be slapped with a penalty of up to 300% of the outstanding tax. Even if there is no tax liability, you have to file the return if the gross income before various deductions is more than the basic exemption limit.

Not filing return by the due date 
You can file your income tax return till the end of the assessment year if there is no tax due. For example, the tax return for 2012-13 can be filed till 31 March 2014 without incurring any penalty if the tax has been paid. But if some tax remains unpaid, filing your return after the deadline could lead to a penalty of 5,000. Also, you are not allowed to carry forward losses or revise the return if you file after the due date.

Not declaring the previous employer's income 
This is a common problem and was easily missed by the tax authorities in the past. However, now that the tax database has been integrated , don't think you can ignore your income from a previous job. If your employer deducted TDS on your income, the details would be in your Form 26AS, and the CASS will immediately flag this discrepancy. You can be levied a penalty of up to 300% of the tax evaded.

Avoiding TDS by misusing Forms 15G and 15H 
If the interest income on bank deposits exceeds 10,000 a year, the bank deducts TDS. You can avoid TDS by submitting Form 15G or 15H if you are not liable to tax. However, if you are trying to avoid TDS, you can get a notice from the tax department. Submitting a wrong declaration can invite a penalty of 10,000. Splitting the deposits in different banks or branches to avoid TDS won't help as the PAN gives you away.

Not declaring interest on deposits and savings 
The interest earned on bonds, fixed deposits, recurring deposits and savings accounts is taxable and should be mentioned in your tax return. Up to 10,000 earned on your savings bank account is tax-free, but it still needs to be included in your total income for the year. Likewise, the PPF interest income is tax-free, but should be included in the exempt income.

Interest on savings account is exempt up to 10,000 for the assessment year 2013-14 while interest from post office savings is exempt up to 4,000, or 8,000 for joint accounts.

Not responding to notice from tax department 
Don't ignore the messages and notices from the tax department. If you do not respond, the interest and penalty keeps on increasing in case of any pending tax liability and the Income Tax Department will take a final decision that may not be beneficial for you.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Nine-reasons-for-getting-an-income-tax-notice/articleshow/27443922.cms

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7th Central Pay Commission - Charter of Demands by DAPWA

Defence Accounts Pensioners Welfare Association (Regd.)
7th Central Pay Commission - 

It is now three months that the Government announced setting up of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. The names of the Chairperson and members as well as the terms of reference (ToR) are yet to be announced.

The fourth, fifth and sixth Central Pay Commission's recommendations were implemented as follows: 4th CPC 1.1.1986; 5th CPC 1.1.1996; 6th CPC 1.1.2006

The average time taken by a Pay Commission to submit its recommendations has been about two years. Accordingly, allowing about two years for the 7th CPC to submit its report, the recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from 1.1.2006.


A study has established that 6th CPC based increase in pension has not been uniform for all pay scales as compared to the scales of 5 CPC. It has been observed that at the lower level, the increase in pension has been much lower. In respect of PB-1, the increase in pension was 1.86% over 5th CPC scales (5200 is 1.86% of 2750 the lowest of corresponding 5th CPC scale), in case of PB-2 the situation is same (1.86%), whereas in the case of PB-4, it is 2,6%, and in higher scales HAG, it ranges minimum 3% and more. We seek equitable and uniform increase in all cases.

Pension calculation formula should be simple & uniform. It should be directly related to last pay drawn with simple equation such as 50% of last basic pay plus DR and family pension 30% of last basic pay plus DR. For pre 2016 pensioners notional pay fixation should be done & there should be common multiplication factor for all the pensioners.

1. Merger of 50% DR with basic pension w.e.f 1st Jan 2014. Presently DR is 90% and from 1st Jan, 14 is expected to be above 10%.

2. We seek full parity between past and future retirees. Any improvement in service conditions introduced for serving employees, such as full pension at 10/20 years service must be extended to past pensioners/retirees.

2. We seek Old age pension to start from the age of 65 years, as is the case in Punjab and some other states and additional pension should be granted on yearly basis instead of five years.

3. The rates of pension should be minimum 60% of last pay drawn, and that of Family pension

4. The distinction between organized cadres and others must be done away with. All employees of central Govt. must be treated equally, and any incentive, such as NFU must be extended to all similarly placed personnel.

5. Pensioners must be provided with adequate Medical facilities by providing medical insurance cover and enlarging the coverage of private empanelled hospitals and by appointing medical specialists. If need be retired medical specialists may be appointed in CGHS Dispensaries.

6. Defence civilian pensioners must be extended CSD canteen facilities which they enjoy during their service tenure.

7. LTC Facility be provided to the pensioners on the pattern of Punjab Government rules.

8. Enhanced of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) from present Rs.300 to Rs.2500. There can't be & must not be allowed discrimination between different two sets of pensioners (pensioners of Labour Ministry are being Paid Rs 2000.

9. Income tax exemption limit should be raised to Rs.5lacs for sr. citizen pensioners.

10. Enhanced family should be paid for 10 years even in the case of death after retirement.

Note: This has since been unanimously passed in Monthly meeting of DAPWA held on 1st Dec, 2013.

Source: http://www.dapwa.org/pdfdocs/DAPWA_Charter_of_Demands_7thCPC.pdf

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Hostel facilities for single women Railway employees at all Divisional headquarters.

RBE No.131/2013.
No. E (G) 2013 QR1-09
New Delhi, Dated: 11/12/2013
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways/Production Units,
(As per standard list)

Sub: Hostel facilities for single women Railway employees at all Divisional headquarters.

Following declaration by the then Hon'ble Railway Minister in his Budget speech (2013-14) in regard to provision of hostel facilities for single women Railway employees at all Divisional headquarters, the issue has been considered by the full Board.

2. The Board has decided that the single women Railway employees may be provided with hostel facilities at all the Divisional headquarters by making appropriate arrangement without any pay scale restrictions.

3. For this purpose the Zonal Railways may earmark appropriate number of staff quarters without resorting to new constructions at appropriate locations and furnishing those units with basic necessities such as bare essential furniture, skeletal kitchen set up etc. Further, whenever new quarters are sanctioned, the first priority should be given to women hostel.

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

5. Please acknowledge receipt.
Deputy Director Estt.(Gen.)


: Defence Civilian Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF)


No. 1064/AN-C/MISC.

Dated - 01.08.2013

Subject: Defence Civilian Medical Aid Fund (DCMAF)

Ref :- This Office letter no.1064/AN-C/DARC-Welfare/Circular, dtd. 11.12.2012

Kindly refer to this Office letter no. cited under reference wherein it was cordially requested to familiarise the employees of your establishment with the current benefits of the DCMAF scheme and to encourage them to enroll their names as member of this Fund to make the membership drive a grand success.

In this context, a cut-up date, i.e. 31st May 2013 has been fixed as last date of deposition to become member for getting current benefits from this Fund.

It is, therefore, requested to kindly make a list of the employees who are interested fort becoming the member of this fund and forward the same on or before the above mentioned date. At the time of enlisting the membership it is ensured that the subscription has been collected according to the rates of subscription to which the employee is entitled. Necessary forms relating to DCMAF can be downloaded 'caomod.nic.in/dcmaf/01_medicalaid.htm’.
Asstt. Controller of Accounts (AN)
Source : http://pcafys.gov.in/files/defence%20civilian%20medical%20aid%20fund.pdf

Monday, December 16, 2013

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All India Railwaymen's Federation

Dated: December 13, 2013 
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Coms.,
Sub: Feedback on the meeting held today with the Member Staff, Railway Board on Staff Grievances
Ref: Strike Ballot

The Member Staff, Railway Board, invited us called me for an meeting today at 15:00 hrs. on the above- noted subject.

During course of meeting, I explained him all the circumstances under which AIRF was forced to take the decision of Strike Ballot.

I also explained him that, due to non-redressal of genuine long-pending demands of the Railwaymen, like removal of anomalies(Running Staff grievances, merger of Technician II with Technician I, GP Rs.4800 to all the Supervisory Staff, abolition of GP Rs.2000 for the purpose of MACP Scheme), non-implementation of unanimously agreed decisions of the Railway Board - unanimous recommendations of Jt. Committee on Trackmen, regularization of railway accommodation in favour of wards of railway employees recruited under LARSGESS, extension of LARSGESS to the staff working TRD, Bridge and Power departments, cadre restructuring without matching savings, absorption of quasi-administrative offices staff in the Railways, parity in the case of Stenographers working in the field as well as Zonal Railways and Production Units, creation of additional posts in commensurate with increase in the number of trains and workload, stopping of outsourcing of perennial nature jobs, violating the provision of Contract Labour, etc. etc. Similarly, judgements of various courts, in regard to MACP in hierarchical grade, Accounts Staff and Stenographers, reckoning of 100% Casual Labour Service rendered as Qualifying Service for seniority and pensionary benefits, have not being implemented. On the one hand, Railways are said to be the second line of defence, but the Ministry of Railways have not done any effort to pursue the matter with the Government of India to bring all the Railwaymen in Old Pension Scheme, as has been done by the Home Ministry in regard to Defence Staff.

I explained to the MS, AM (S) and ED(IR), Railway Board, present in the meeting, that though we had all along advised the Railway Board, right from top to bottom, every decision of the General Council as well as 88th Annual Convention of the AIRF, and also in between no positive steps have been taken by the Railway Board in regard to Resolution of Charter of Demands submitted by the AIRF to the Railway Board, and that is the reason, our Patna 89th Convention of AIRF also put its seal on Strike Ballot(20-21 December, 2013) decision of the General Council of the AIRF as well as 88th Annual Convention of the AIRF.

Though the Member Staff requested for deferment of date of strike ballot, I told him very clearly that now it is
too late, and until there are some visible action from the Ministry of Railways and Government of India is taken, we would not be able to defer our strike ballot decision, decided by our General Council and Annual Convention.

In regard to continuation of dialogue, I explained that I would inform the Railway Board about the date, only after consulting the President/AIRF.

In the meeting issue of brutal killing of Late Sh. Sanjeeva Rao/TTE/SCR was also raised. I stressed upon the Member Staff to extend all resources so that relief to the bereaved family could be given at the earliest. I also apprised the MS about the anguish and concern of Railwaymen about this incident. Further emphasis was given to provide security for staff to avoid recurrence of such sorrow and painful incidents.

Com. Mukesh Galav, General Secretary/WCREU and AGS/AIRF was also present during the course of meeting.

The above is for your information, and the latest update on the subject.

All of you are requested to take strike ballot as seriously as had been taken in the General Council and Annual Convention of the AIRF and motivate the Railwaymen that, why we have been forced to go for strike ballot.
Yours fraternally,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary