Saturday, May 31, 2014

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A delegation of NFPE headed by Secretary General Com.Krishnan along with the General Secretaries of all wings appeared in the Office of the Pay Commission at the call of the Chairman, in Janpath Hotel, New Delhi at 10.30am on 29-05-2014 and met the 7th CPC Chairman, Honourable Justice Mr.A.K.Mathur and his Members in full quorum. The interactive session / meeting lasted for one and half hours.

Various points regarding the revision of wqges and service conditions of Postal ;employees and functioning of the Department of Posts were discussed which are summarized as follows :

1) Role and Functioning of the Department of Posts towards the people of India.

2) Various staffing pattern of our Department and huge reduction of Staff strength due to unjustified abolition of posts.

3) GDS who run 1,29,000 Post Offices – a factual account and their sufferings. NFPE urges for bringning the GDS within the ambit of 7th CPC.

4) Duties and responsibilities of various cadres of staff of the Department of Posts including Postal
Assisatants, Sorting Assistants, PA(CO), PA(SBCO), Postal Accounts Staff, Postmen, Mail Guard, MTS and Civilwing Staff.

5) Justification for upgradation of their pay scales.

6) Improvement in the promotional avenues of postal staff of different categories with a special emphasis on the Grade Pay for MTS, Gr.C employees (Rs.1800/- to 1900/- & Rs.1900/- to 2,000/- i.e., only a paltry amount of Rs.100/- in every 10 years)

7) Postman duty and their poor promotional avenues.

8) Specialties of the Assistants and Supervisors and their poor promotional avenues and many other issues.

The concept of Pay Band and Grade Pay, whether beneficial and the principle of determination of minimum pay was also discussed.

Regarding merger of DA and Interim Relief , the Chairman made it clear that unless the Govt. asks the Pay Commission specifically, to submit interim report, Pay Commission will not submit any recommendations on DA merger & IR.


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Government may implement performance-based incentives schemes for central government employees

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is slated to give a detailed presentation on Performance-Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS), which was recommended by Sixth Pay Commission and accepted by the UPA government, to the Prime Minister soon, officials said.

PRIS could not be implemented by the UPA government which had given its “in-principle” approval.

DoPT is likely to outline the salient features of the scheme aimed at improving governance in its presentation to Modi. “The detailed guidelines will be put in place after Prime Minister gives his go-ahead to it,” a senior DoPT official said.

As per the draft guidelines framed during UPA’s tenure, performance-related incentive will be payable taking into account the performance of the organisation and employees during the period under consideration.

There are about 50 lakh central government employees. “PRIS may prove to be a big game changer for improving governance and delivering maximum output. The Prime Minister may incorporate some new features,” the official said.

The Prime Minister has already asked his Cabinet colleagues to set a 100-day agenda with focus on efficient governance, delivery and implementation of programmes.




DATED: the 30th May, 2014
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-I W) – April, 2014

The All-India CPI-1W for April, 2014 increased by 3 points and pegged at 242 (two hundred and forty two). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 1.26 percent between March, 2014 and April, 2014 when compared with the rise of 0.89 percent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 2.53 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Moong Dal, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Milk (Buffalo), Vegetab’es & Fruits, Sugar, Electricity Charges, etc, are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Petrol putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-1W stood at 7.08 percent for April, 2014 as compared to 6.70 per cent for the previous month and 10.24 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.76 per cent against 7.50 per cent of the previous month and 12.39 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Angul-Talcher, Amer and Asansol recorded the maximum increase of 7 points cach followed by Ludhiana, Ernakulam, Kodarma, Giridih and Tiruchirapally (6 points each) and Nagpur, Ghaziabad, Rangapara-Tezpur. Salem and Jabalpur (5 points each). Among others, 4 points rise was registered in 12 centres, 3 points in 16 centres, 2 poInts in 24 centres and 1 point In 8 centres. On the contrary, Munger-Jamalpur reported a decline of 4 points. Indices of remaining 4 centres observed no change.

The indices of 36 centres are above and other 41 centres are below national average. The index of Munger-Jamalpur is at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-1W for the month of May, 2014 will be released on Monday, 30 June, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website www,


Friday, May 30, 2014

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Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay-NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi-110 055
Dated: 28/05/2014

Sh. Arun Jaitley
Hon’ble Minister for Finance,
Government of India,
North Block
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay-reg.

While enclosing copy of Federation’s letter No. 1/5(A) dated 27/09/2013, NFIR desires to bring to your kind notice, the following facts for consideration.

2. In the Standing Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of the Secretary DoP&T, on 7th May 2014, the agenda item pertaining to merger of D.A. with pay was discussed by the JCM/Staff Side representatives. There has, however, been no positive response from the Official Side on the issue probably the VII CPC has started working on the terms of reference.

3. Now that the D.A. has become 100% of pay w.e.f. 01/01/2014 and another instalment of D.A. @ 6% of pay is likely to be granted by the Government w.e.f. 01/07/2014 as per the figures of Consumer Price Index, continuing D.A., without merger, is highly unjustified. In the past i.e. during the year 2004, the Government of India had merged 50% DA with pay for all purposes. Similar decision has, unfortunately, not been taken by the previous Government.

4. Seventh Central Pay Commission has already sent communications to JCM constituent organisations etc.. to submit Memorandums. At this juncture, it would be proper to convey to the Chairman, 7th CPC to consider the JCM (Staff Side) demand for merger of DA with pay with retrospective effect and send interim report to the Government for consideration.

NFIR, therefore, requests you to kindly consider our request and see that the Government makes reference to 7th CPC to consider DA merger with pay and to send its interim report to the Government for favourable consideration.

Thanking you.

Yours faithfully,

General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi may implement performance-based incentives schemes for central government employees.

New Delhi: Following its mantra of maximum governance and minimum government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may implement performance-based incentives schemes for central government employees.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is slated to give a detailed presentation on Performance-Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS), which was recommended by Sixth Pay Commission and accepted by the UPA government, to the prime minister soon, officials said. PRIS could not be implemented by the UPA government which had given its “in-principle” approval.

DoPT is likely to outline the salient features of the scheme aimed at improving governance in its presentation to Modi. “The detailed guidelines will be put in place after prime minister gives his go-ahead to it,” a senior DoPT official said.

As per the draft guidelines framed during UPA’s tenure, performance-related incentive will be payable taking into account the performance of the organisation and employees during the period under consideration. There are about 50 lakh central government employees.

“PRIS may prove to be a big game changer for improving governance and delivering maximum output. The prime minister may incorporate some new features,” the official said.

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Preliminary inter-action meeting between 7th CPC & NFIR.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi-110 055
Affiliated to :
IndIan National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/2013/Pt.Ii
Dated: 29-05-2014
The Chairman,
Seventh Central Pay Commission,
New Delhi

 Respected Sir,

Sub: Preliminary inter-action meeting between 7th CPC & NFIR — reg.

Ref: Seventh CPC’s D.O. No.7CPC/22/Meeting dated 12th May, 2014.

We express our sincere gratitude to the 7th CPC for extending invitation to the NFIR to take part in the inter-action meeting. As this being the first meeting of preliminary inter-action nature. NFIR submits certain facts briefly for appreciation. The Federation would, however submit detailed memorandum separately on various issues as well as the proposed pay structure for Railwaymen/ Women and the need for upward revision of various allowances, incentive etc.

NFIR is one of the major Federations in the railways functioning for the cause of rail workforce (serving & retired) and equally for the growth of Nation as well Railways since the last over six decades.
NFIR is one of the major constituents of the Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM).  M. Raghavaiah, General Sccrctary/NFIR, is also the Leader of Staff Side/JCM.

Indian Railways is a unique and complex transportation system under the control of Central Government, serving the needs of people since the last more than 160 years. Indian Railways handle over 19,000 regular trains (Freight & Passenger) per day besides about 3000 special trains a day during various seasons. Its route kilometerage is 65,187.

During the year 2012-13, Indian Railways moved more than 1010 Metric Tonnes of freight traffic and joined as fourth member of the select Billion Tonne Club of USA, China and Russia. The operating ratio has been around 90% barring the 3 years period between 2005-06 & 2008. The Indian Railways incur losses as a result of fulfilling the social service obligations. The approximate loss on this account is around Rupees Twenty Thousand Crores per annum.

The railway employees perform duties for ensuring uninterrupted flow of services. They Work at over 7000 railway stations. Most work places do not have access to facilities and basic amenities for their living. The employees are compelled to work under the open sky and inclement weather conditions. They face hazards associated with the job environment, remoteness. inhospitable terrain etc.,

Although, railway employees are part of Central Government Employees, their nature of work, duties and responsibilities are uncommon and not comparable with any other system/industry. The staff who maintain railway tracks, rolling stock, signal/telecom network, train operations, trains planning, punctuality, safety are skillful and devoted to the system but however, these factors have not been given due weighage by successive Pay Commissions. The running staff i.e. Loco Pilots, Asst. Loco Pilots, Guards. operating staff, station masters, controllers etc.. perform their jobs facing many odds. They are expected lo perform duties even beyond the prescribed duty hours.

We may incidentally cite para 2.3 of the report of the Chairman, High Level Safety Review Committee headed by Dr.Anil Kakodkar submitted to the Railway Ministry. According tlo the said report the number of railway employees killed in the course of performing duties has been higher as can be seen from the following figures (period 2007—08 to 2011)
                                  Killed Injured
(a) Railway employees 1600 8700
(b) Passenger/Public 1019 2110
(e) Unmanned Level crossing 723 690

The nature of work, duties, responsibilities of railway staff justify grant of better pay structtire and other benefits treating the Railway Workforce as unique and not comparable with other Central Government employees. We shall explain the facts through our memorandum for consideration of Hon’ble 7th CPC.

As the NFIR is one of the major constituents of the JCM, our memorandum will be drafted and finalized after the submission of memorandum by JCM (Staff Side). In view of this, we reques that we may be given time to submit our memorandum by 31st July, 20l4.

As the Hon’ble Pay Commission is aware that 1.3 million staff belonging to hundreds of caegories are working in the railways, we request that the Federation be given more slots in phases to facilitate us to explain the case of every important category cogently.

We may submit that the 6th report, more particularly the conccpt of Grade Pay and Pay Band had generated many anomalies. This led to dis-satisfaction among diffcrent categories of railway employees. These anomalies are yet to be rectified by the Government. The proposals of Railway Ministry on 6th CPC issues are pending with Finance Ministry. MACPS aberrations have also been very large in number. Our efforts at the level of Railway Ministry as well Ministry of Personnel/MoF have not yielded positive result.
We hope that the Seventh Central Pay Commission would look into these issues in a realistic manner for mitigating the injustice caused to staff.

Hon'ble Pay Commission may kindly appreciate that the Dearness Allowance (D.A.) has become 100% of pay w.e.f. 01/01/2014. This scenario was never anticipated by the 6th CPC. It may however be appreciated that in the past, the Government had merged DA with pay when it crossed 50% (In the year 2004). We are expecting 6% DA w.e.f. July 1, 2014, thus the DA% would be 106% of pay in July, 2014.

We therefore, request the Hon’ble Pay Commission to kindly consider this aspect for sending interim report to the Government recommending merger.

NFIR assures its co-operation to the Pay Commission by way providing facts and material & equally hopes that this Pay Commission would render justice to the Railway employees.

Yours faithfully,
General Secretary/NFIR

Forwarded to the Affiliated Unions of NFIR. lt was explained very effectively the uniqueness and uncommon working of the rail work force justifying different pay package. Speciai thrust was DA merger. The response has been positive.

Source: NFIR

Revision of format for OBC Caste Certificate-DOPT

No. 36036/2/2013-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated: 30th May, 2014 

The Chief Secretaries of
all the State Governments/Union Territories

Subject: Revision of format for OBC Caste Certificate.


The Government of India had issued instructions on 8"' September, 1993 vide DoPT O.M. No. 36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) providing for reservation to Other Backward Classes in the services and posts under the Government of India. The format of the Caste Certificate was prescribed vide Annexure A of the O.M. No. 36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) dated 15th November 1993. In the said format, the then Ministry of Welfare's Resolution No. 1201 1/68/93-BCC(C) dated 10th September 1993 was mentioned, which contained the list of castes and communities treated as OBCs till that time. Since then, a large number of castes and communities have been added to the Central List of OBCs through various resolutions of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The details of the resolutions subsequent to the Resolution dated 10th September 1993 do not find mention in the existing format. The said format also prescribes that the certificate issuing authority should certify that the candidate does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the aforesaid O.M. dated 8.9.1993.

2. Representations have been received in this Department wherein candidates belonging to OBC Communities have reportedly faced difficulty in getting the benefits of reservation. This is because of the fact that in the caste certificate issued by the concerned district authorities, although the name of the caste/community is mentioned in the certificate, the specific resolution by which the said caste/community has been included in the Central List of OBCs is not indicated.

3. Keeping in view such problems faced by the candidates, this issue was examined in consultation with the National Commission for Backward Classes and it has been decided to revise the existing format of OBC Caste Certificate. A copy of the revised format is enclosed (Annexure). All the certificate issuing authorities are requested to invariably mention the details of the Resolution (Number and Date) by which the caste/community of the candidate has been included in the Central List of OBCs and also to ensure that he/she does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the aforesaid O.M. dated 8.9.1993 as amended from time to time.

4.  I am to request that the revised format of the Certificate may please be brought to the notice of authorities under the State Governments Union Territories who are empowered to issue the Caste Certificate.

 Yours faithfully 
(Sandeep Mukherjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India



This is to certify that Shri/Smt./Kurnari_______________son/daughter of _______________________of village/town in District/Division __________________________in the State/Union Territory____________________belongs to the __________________community which is recognised as a backward class under the Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’s Resolution No. _________________dated____________________*. Shri/Smt./Kumari ____ ______________ and/or his/her family ordinarily reside(s) in the ____________________________ District/Division of the__________________________ State/Union Territory. This is also to certify that he/she does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the Government of India, Department of Personnel & Training O.M. No. 36012/22/93 - Estt.(SCT)dated 8.9.1993.**
District Magistrate
Deputy Commissioner etc.



* - The authority issuing the certificate may have to mention the details of Resolution of
 Government of India, in which the caste of the candidate is mentioned as OBC.

** - As amended from time to time.

Note:- The term “Ordinarily” used here will have the same meaning as in Section 20 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Preliminary submission to the VII CPC-AIRF

All India Railwaymen's Federation

Dated: May 28, 2014

Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur,
Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission,
New Delhi

Dear Sir

Sub: Preliminary submission to the VII CPC

I, on behalf of 13 lakh Railwaymen, welcome you and the Members of the VII CPC, would like to submit the following as a preliminary step towards our approach and expectations from the VII CPC.

All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) was established in the year 1924, and the leadership of this federation was heralded by the eminent personalities like Shri V.V. Giri, who was one of the founder members of the AIRF and was the General Secretary of the AIRF for long 10 years from 1927-37. Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan was the President of this federation from 1947-57. Last President of the AIRF was Shri Umraomal Purohit, from 1980 to till his death in February 2014. He was also Secretary, Staff Side, National Council(JCM) since 1977.

All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) participated in the Independent struggle. It also saved Railway Industry from economic depression of 1930 and faced other challenging tasks at different times.

Railwaymen are the second line of defence, and during 1962 Chinese aggression, 1965 Pakistan War and 1999 Kargil War etc., Railwaymen stood firm in the duty post and carried out army and the necessary equipments to war front.

During natural calamities, like floods, earthquake etc., the Railwaymen transport necessary helps to the victims, and in far-flung areas in the country for conducting smooth elections. The Railwaymen run thousands of Special Trains, and during the 16th Lok Sabha elections, Indian Railways run 5,000 Special Trains in addition to split coaches for ferrying security personnel and election materials.

The Railways is a common man’s transport, cheaper than other modes of transport as also eco-friendly. The Indian Railways is the symbol of national integrity.

The Railways generate resources, internally also to a substantial quantity. The Railways is having 16 Railway Zones, 06 Production Units and Metro Rail, Kolkata(a new Railway Zone).

Comparative Statement of improvement in productivity of the Railwaymen is as under:

                                                     2005-6           2012-13           Variation
Net Ton Kilometer
 (Million)                                    441762                 641849         + 45.29

Passenger Kilometer
                                                  615634                 1098103         + 78.37
Staff Strength
 (In Thousands)                          1412.4               1287.3     (-) 8.86%

Traffic Unit for 1000 employees*,  2000-2001              2011-12
                                                       535                       1408

*Traffic Unit represents Passenger Kilometer and NTKM

Indian Railways working is of belt system. It is not an individual’s performance, but collective efforts of all sections of the Railwaymen, which represents improvement in the performance.

Safety gets paramount importance in the working of the Indian Railways. Unfortunately, new trains are being introduced as per the demands, but without increasing line capacity, rolling stock and manpower. Rather manpower is decreasing violating the provision of the Hours of Employment. A committee in respect of Working Hours etc. of the Railwaymen was appointed by the Ministry of Railways, which had submitted its report to the Railway Board in August 2013, but unfortunately, no decision has yet been taken on the report of the said committee despite repeated representations. National average for training is 2% of the total expenditure, but the Railways spent only 0.50%.

Railwaymen are the Industrial Workers and govern under the Industrial Disputes Act and Hours of Employment & Regulations, framed under the Railway Act and Factory Act.

There are more than 7,000 railway stations, of them over 6,000 are road side stations. Large-number of stations are in the forest and terrorist infested areas. Staff working at the roadside stations are bereft of housing, potable water, sanitation, medical aid, and children education is a far cry.

Railwaymen work round the clock, and they have to remain vigilant all the 24 hours in 365 days. A committee was appointed on the Safety of the Railways under the chairmanship of Dr. Anil Kakodkar. Para 2.3 of the said report is cited below:-

                                             Killed            Injured
Railwaymen                       1,600            8,700
Passenger/Public               1,019         2,118
(Unmanned Level Crossing)  723          690


The wages of the Railwaymen are low in comparison to the workers of the PSUs. This has been constantly agitating the minds of the Railwaymen.

1st to 7th CPC appointed only after the series of agitations, submission of Charter of Demands or after the Strike Notice.

AIRF had to launch country-wide strike against anti-labour report of the 2nd CPC in the year 1960 and against the report of the 3rd CPC(20-day long 1974 strike).

LIVING WAGE was propagated by the 1st CPC as back as 1946-47. It has been embodied in the Article 43 of the Constitution of our country, wherein directive principles have been enshrined. Unfortunately, the same is yet to be achieved after 66 years of the Independence and 62 years of adoption of the Constitution.

The 4th CPC in para 7.32 of its report at page 85 had recommended periodical revision/review of wages through bilateral negotiations.

Railwaymen need separate consideration in respect of wages, allowance and other benefits. This matter was agitated before the VI CPC also, and the VI CPC in para 7.36.100 of its report had observed as follows:

“Various Railway Federations have demanded a special dispensation for Railway employees keeping in view the profitability of their organization. The demand is not without substance especially as employees have to be rewarded for efficient performance of the entire organization that has yielded continuous profits without resorting to any substantial increase in the passenger/freight fares in the recent years. A separate dispensation in terms of pay scales and allowances is not, however, possible, as long as the organization continues to be a Ministry in the Central Government because it will then need to be governed by the common pay scales and allowances for the entire Central Government. In such a scenario, the optimal solution would be corporatization of Indian Railways as a Public Sector Enterprise. This would allow the Railways flexibility in determining its own compensation package”.

The Staff Side, National Council(JCM) Standing Committee, had a discussion with the Government on Terms of Reference of the VII CPC on 24.10.2013 and requested to have another round of discussions in the matter, but unfortunately the government issued the said ToR unilaterally, which was protested by the Staff Side, NC/JCM. A meeting of the Standing Committee of NC/JCM was also held on 07.05.2014, wherein the issue of Interim Relief and merger of Dearness Allowance were again raised.

It may be mentioned here that, Interim Relief was recommended by the 3rd CPC, and the 4th CPC had recommended two Interim Relief. Before appointment of the V CPC, discussions were held on different dates in September 1993 with the Cabinet Secretary, when an Interim Relief of Rs.100 p.m. to Group `C’ and `D’ employees was sanctioned prior to appointment of V CPC and subsequently V CPC had recommended two Interim Relief. Interim Relief requires to bridge the gap of erosion in the real wage during interregnum period.


25% Dearness Allowance was merged in the Pay after series of negotiation with the Cabinet Secretary in September 1993..

The V CPC in its report had also recommended merger of Dearness Allowance when it crosses 50%, and the same was done.

It is necessary to point out here that the inflation trend prevailing during 01.01.1996 to 31.12.2005 and from 01.01.2006 to 01.01.2004 inflation was 74%, whereas from 01.01.2006 to 01.01.2011, it was 51%, and further raised to 100% on 01.01.2014.

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source: AIRF
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Feedback of AIRF’s Preliminary Meeting held with the VII CPC

All India Railwaymen's Federation

Dated: May 28, 2014

The Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions

Dear Coms.,

Sub: Feedback of AIRF’s Preliminary Meeting held with the VII CPC

On the invitation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission for having Preliminary Interaction with All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF), a delegation of the AIRF, comprising of Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, General Secretary AIRF, Com. Rakhal Das Gupta, Working President AIRF, Com. Ch. Sankara Rao, Asstt. General Secretary AIRF and Com. J.R. Bhosale, Treasurer AIRF, met today, i.e. 28th May, 2014, the Seventh Central Pay Commission(Hon’ble Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur, Chairman, Shri Vivek Rae, Member, Dr. Rathin Roy, Member and Ms Meena Agarwal, Secretary, Seventh Central Pay Commission) in Hotel Janpath(Camp Office of the VII CPC), New Delhi. The following points were raised by the AIRF before the VII CPC:

(i) Extension and improvement in Railway Services
(ii) Safety & Training
(iii) Wages,  Dearness Allowance and Other Allowances
(iv) Living Wage
(v) Interim Relief
(vi) Merger of Dearness Allowance

It was asserted by the AIRF that the Railwaymen are Industrial Workers and are governed by the Industrial Disputes Act, Factories Act and Hours of Employment Regulations etc.

It was stressed by the AIRF that, out of 7,000 railway stations, over 6,000 are road side stations where staff are bereft of all civic facilities like housing, electricity, drinking water, sanitation, medical facilities etc., and the education of their children suffers.

Indian Railways run 19,000 trains daily and additional train services are being introduced without developing infrastructure and adding manpower, rather manpower is being reduced day-by-day. In spite of all impediments, there has been tremendous improvement in carrying goods traffic and passenger services.

AIRF further stressed that, the Railwaymen are working round-the-clock in all weathers and arduous conditions, even sacrificing their lives to keep the lifeline of the nation(Indian Railways) in operation. On the one hand it used to be said that we(the Railwaymen), are the second line of defence, on the other, when the issue of Wage Structure and Allowances comes, the Railwaymen always get raw-deal, saying, they are “Common Categories”. Quoting examples of the Running Staff, Technician, Technical Supervisor, Operating & Commercial Staff, AIRF asked, where we are common? The VII CPC agreed that they would definitely look into these aspects while deciding wages and allowances of the Railwaymen.

It was impressed upon to the Seventh Central Pay Commission that AIRF would lead broad categories/ departments’ representation to VII CPC during oral evidence.

It was also stressed that the Seventh Central Pay Commission should consider the matter of granting Interim Relief as well as merger of Dearness Allowance with the Pay.

The Members of the Pay Commission, mainly the Chairman himself, interacted with AIRF’s representatives. The Pay Commission gave patient hearing and assured that they could understand the complexity and gravity of the Railway Industry, devotion and dutifulness of the Railwaymen and would try to administer justice to the Railwaymen by way of their recommendations.

Thereafter, representatives of the Staff Side, National Council(JCM), lead by Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side, National Council(JCM), along with Com. Rakhal Das Gupta, Com. Ch. Sankara Rao and Com. J.R. Bhosale, Members, Standing Committee, NC/JCM/AIRF, held discussions with the VII CPC. The issues of Fixation of Wages, allowances and the matters of Anomalies of VI CPC, Scrapping of New Pension Scheme, Promotional Policy, General Grade Structure along with the demands of Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance with the Pay were raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM. Apart from AIRF representatives, in the delegation, Coms. M. Raghavaiah, Guman Singh, S.N. Pathak, S.K. Vyas, Sri Kumar, K.K.N. Kutty and B.C. Sharma were also present on the occasion.

The Chairman, VII CPC, on persistent demand of the Staff Side, NC/JCM, suggested that the Staff Side can submit separate Memorandum on Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance, so that VII CPC can seek necessary advice from the Government, as to how to deal with these issues since there has been no specific reference in the matter from the Government to VII CPC on these subjects.

It was decided that detailed memorandum on behalf of Staff Side, National Council(JCM) should be submitted by 30th June 2014, and all the departments, like Railways and others should submit their memorandum by 15th July, 2014.

 This is for your information and giving wide circulation amongst all sections of the Railwaymen.

 Comradely yours,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)


Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Enhancement of monetary ceiling for issue of sanction of medical claims.

1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi -110001
Ref: CONFD/GENL/2014
Dated – 28/05/2014
The Secretary
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi


Sub: Enhancement of monetary ceiling for issue of sanction of medical claims.

At present the monetary ceiling for sanctioning medical claims is restricted to Rs.2 lakhs for Head of the Department. The Internal finance division is delegated for the sanction of medical claims above two lakhs to five lakhs. Now a days the medical treatment has become too costly. The claims above two lakhs are increasing and accumulating at Internal finance division of the various Departments/Ministries.
Hence, it is requested to enhance the monetary limit for sanction of medical claims as per the prescribed list to five lakhs from the present two lakhs to the Head of the Department.
A line in reply is highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,
Secretary General
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As per the request of the JCM National Council Staff side, 7th Central Pay Commission has granted extension of time upto 15.07.2014 (15th July 2014) for submission of memorandum by individual organizations other than JCM staff side. The following is the revised time schedule (Last date).

1. JCM National Council Staff side : 30.06.2014

2. All other Federations/Unions/Associations : 15.07.2014
JCM National Council Staff side will be submitting a common memorandum before 30.06.2014 on the common demands of the Central Government Employees. The Copy of the JCM Staff side memorandum will be placed in the website.

All affiliated organizations of the Confederation are requested to prepare their sectional memorandum well in advance and be ready to submit it before 15.07.2014 to the 7th CPC. New Pay scales demanded by the JCM Staff side will be available in the common memorandum of the JCM Staff side.

Confederation National Secretariat meeting will be held on 31.05.2014 at ITEF Head Quarters (Rajouri Garden) at 2 PM as already notified to finalise the common memorandum. (Please note the time change from 11 AM to 2 PM). All National Secretariat members are requested to attend the meeting.

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General Confederation

Source: Confederationhq

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Eligibility of officers to be considered for promotion by DPC- Fixing of Crucial Date – Regarding.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 28th May, 2014


Subject: - Eligibility of officers to be considered for promotion by DPC- Fixing of Crucial Date – Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to the Department of Personnel and Training’s Office Memorandum No. 22011/3/98-Estt(D) dated September 17, 1998 regarding subject mentioned above, which provides that the crucial date for determining eligibility for promotion in case of financial year-based vacancy year would fall on January 1, immediately preceding such vacancy year and in case of calendar year-based vacancy year also, the first day of the vacancy year i.e.1st January itself would be the crucial date.

2. In case of financial year-based vacancy year, there is a clear gap of 3 months between the crucial date of eligibility and the date of commencement of vacancy year i.e. between January 1 and April 1. Due to this gap, for any such vacancy year, even if the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting is held in time as per the Model Calendar, there is always a possibility of few officers not fulfilling the eligibility criteria as on the crucial date of eligibility, though they are fulfilling the same as on the date of commencement of the vacancy year.

3. The matter has been examined in consultation with Union Public Service Commission. It has been decided that the crucial date of eligibility shall be 1 st April of the vacancy year in case of financial year based vacancy year i.e. where the Annual Performance Appraisal Reports (APARs) are written financial year-wise. In case of calendar year based vacancy year, i.e. where APARs are written calendar year-wise, the crucial date of eligibility shall remain as 1 st January of the vacancy year. These instructions shall come into force in respect of vacancy year 2015-16 (financial year) commencing from April 1, 2015 and vacancy year 2015 (calendar year) commencing from January 1, 2015 and shall, accordingly, be applicable to all such subsequent vacancy years.

4. These instructions shall be applicable to all services/posts All Ministries / Departments are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned including attached and subordinate offices.
(Mukta Goel)

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Reimbursement of Medical bills in r/o Defence Civilians

Important Circular

No. Pay/IV/Med/7007/Ord
Dt. 23.05.2014

The Officer-In-Charge

Sub:- Reimbursement of Medical bills in r/o Defence Civilians

During the audit of Medical Claims pertaining to your office some shortcomings have been noticed to your office which are appended below.

1. The medical claims are submitted along with the Hospital Bills without PAN,TIN,TAN printed on the Bills,

2, The claims/treatments of Emergency nature are submitted without any assessment from the Addition A Director of the concerned CGHS cities.

3. Most of the claims of more than RS,2 lacs are forwarded to this office without necessary permission from the HOD, New Delhi/Ministry of Hearth and Welfare, New Delhi.

4.The Medical claims are submitted in a casual nature without enclosing the BHT sheet duly verified by the treating doctor

5.. CGHS Hospitals are not giving 10% discount on every cash payment.

To avoid the return of the medical claims repeatedly and inconvenience faced by the individuals the o I/C of the units/formations you are advised to rectify the shortcomings before forwarding the claims to this office. And it has been decided by the competent authority that the units/formations may liaise with hospitals of the concerned cities for bills/documents bearing printed PAN,TAN,TIN(wherever applicable). It has also been decided that no medical claims will be entertained w.e.f 01/07/2014 if printed PAN,TIN TAN(where applicable) are not embossed on the bilis.

Please acknowledge receipt.
Accounts Officer


Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Arun Jaitley takes over as Defence Minister

Shri Arun Jaitley took over as Defence Minister here today. On his arrival at the Ministry of Defence in South Block, Shri Jaitley was received by Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur and other senior officials. After taking over as the Defence Minister, Shri Jaitley informally interacted with the media and outlined the priority areas of the government. He said “Security of India is a matter of prime importance and predominantly the external security of India is the responsibility of this Ministry”. For this he stated that “preparedness and support to our Armed Forces and speeding up all equipment required for their support are going to be the priority areas as far as our government is concerned”. He also remarked that over the last few years some of the areas in the Ministry had slowed down and therefore, expediting them will be a matter of top priority.

Replying to a question of enhancing the FDI limit beyond the existing 26 percent, he said, this is an issue which will be dealt with by his two Ministries and added that it has already come up in his preliminary discussions in the Finance Ministry, today.

Later, the Defence Minister took stock of various developments in the Ministry by interacting with the Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur, Secretary (Defence Production) Shri GC Pati, Secretary Ex-Servicemen Welfare Smt Sangita Gairola and Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister Shri Avinash Chander. This was followed by the three Service Chiefs calling on the Defence Minister in his chamber. Shri Jaitley also took a meeting of senior officials of the Ministry, where he discussed the working of the Ministry and other important issues.


DGCA Directs Airlines to Handle Passengers with Care

  In first of its kind, DGCA has issued comprehensive guidelines on ‘facilities/courtesies to esteemed travelling public at airports’ in the form of Air Transport Circular 1 of 2014.  The Circular lays emphasis on standardized passenger complaint redressal and courteous behaviour of airline/airport staff dealing with passengers.  The guidelines, inter-alia, cover the following aspects:

a)       Provision of automated buggies free of charge for all senior citizens, expectant mothers and disabled and  needy passengers in the terminal building to facilitate their access to boarding gates located beyond reasonable walking distance at all airports having annual aircraft movements of 50,000 or more;

b)      Provision of small trolleys after security check for carriage of hand baggage up to the boarding gate;

c)      Airlines/airport operators to display the details of their Nodal Officer and Appellate Authority in a conspicuous manner at key areas of the airport indicating their names, contact number and email addresses;

d)      Ground handling staff of Airlines/airport operators engaged in passenger handling to undergo periodic soft skill training for sensitization, courtesy, behaviour and procedures for assisting the passengers; and

e)      Airlines/airport operators to report every month on passenger complaints and any incident of misdemeanour, discourteous behaviour and harassment, to DGCA along with the action taken.
This will be ensured through surveillance done by the DGCA, and in case of non-compliance, the airlines/airport operator shall be liable to penal action as per the provisions of the Aircraft Act, 1934, read in conjunction with Aircraft Rules


Monday, May 26, 2014


EPFO Settles 1.23 Crore Claims During 2013-14

Timelines Specified to Undertake Certain Tasks in the Organisation-K.K.Jalan

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has specified timelines to undertake certain tasks in the Organisation, the successful completion of which would bring about a transformational change in its way of functioning. Stating this to media persons in New Delhi recently, Shri K.K.Jalan, Central PF Commissioner said “of utmost importance is the challenge of addressing portability issues of PF account numbers. It is seen that sometimes members face hardship in transferring their PF accumulations when they change their jobs and are consequently allotted new account number. The recent introduction of Online Transfer Claim Portal (OTCP) which facilitates online transfer in such cases has been successful to a large extent in tackling this issue. However, the launch of Universal Account Number (UAN) is expected to facilitate complete portability. As a first step, it is proposed to issue the numbers to the present active members by 15th October, 2014.

He noted that introduction of Electronic Challan cum Return (ECR) has greatly simplified the process of remittance of PF contribution. A further improved version (ECR version II), incorporating new features and functionality is expected to be launched by 1st November 2014.

In order to provide better services to the over 44 lakh pensioners under EPS, it is decided to re-engineer the Pension settlement process. The work in this regard has already commenced and the pension module is being developed and is expected to be launched by 1.12.2014. Digitisation of pension data is also contemplated in the coming months. Likewise, reconciliation of undisbursed pension amounts lying with banks is also expected to be done in next 3-4 months.

Over the years, a number of establishments have closed down or become inoperative after getting PF code but they have not been marked as such in the establishment master record of the Organisation. It is estimated that the no. of such establishments would be more than 3 lakhs all over the country. Proper identification and marking would enable the Organization to arrive at the correct workload and consequently enable better functioning of the Compliance functions. This important task is expected to be completed in 2 months’ time. Yet another important function in the area of Compliance is the issue of code numbers to covered establishments. It has been decided to introduce online registration of establishments to obviate delays in code no. allotment and also to ensure transparency in the allotment process. It was also stated that to assess the damages and penal interest on account of belated payment of PF dues by employers new software has been launched to identify such cases. This software will help in determining the dues in a short duration. CPFC stated that efforts are being made to reconcile international workers’ data with Foreign Residents’ Registration Office (FRRO).

EPFO is also enabling employers not having a bank account with SBI also to make payment of PF contributions online. This facility will be developed by 30.09.14 so that employers can also make electronic payment of their dues online. Though at present, 94% of benefits are delivered through e-payment, it is also decided to achieve 100% e-payment of benefits to beneficiaries through NEFT and by adopting the corporate cheque payable at par module. This is expected to be implemented by September 2014.

Another major item of work is the actuarial evaluation of EDLI (Employees Deposit Linked Insurance). It is being examined as to whether the benefits payable under the scheme can be revised based on such actuarial evaluation. The process has already been set into motion.

Shri K.K.Jalan, also informed that that during the year 2013-14, EPFO settled 1.23 Crore claims. 66% of these claims were settled within 10 days and 90% within 20 days. The overall settlement within 30 days was 98%. Further 94% of members’ benefits were paid electronically through NEFT/CORE Banking. During 2013-2014 EPFO updated 13.57 Crore members’ accounts leaving residual pendency of only 5% of annual accounts.

Shri Jalan further stated that the benefits of computerization are gradually improving the service standards of EPFO and the members are being benefitted. In the current year, more than 73% members’ accounts have been updated till now. Shri Jalan stated that EPFO probably has one of the best on-line grievances redressal mechanisms in the public sector. There were 4,200 grievances were pending as on 31.03.2014. Shri Jalan stated that for the first time the EPFO has set for itself an Action Plan for the year ahead with specific time-lines. He expressed his confidence that service delivering capacity would improve substantially and stake holders will be benefitted.



Consolidated instructions relating to the appointment of personal staff attached to Union Council of Ministers

No.8/50/201 3-CS-I -(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-100003
Dated: the 26 May, 2014.


Subject: Consolidated instructions relating to the appointment of personal staff attached to Union Council of Ministers- regarding.

The undersigned s directed to state that instructions have been issued relating to the appointment of personal staff attached to Union Council of Ministers from time to time. A need has been felt to compile all the rules/instructions at one place so as to facilitate the cadre units to deal with the cases of matters regarding appointment of personal staff of Union Council of Ministers scrupulously and in a time bound manner. The contents of important/relevant OEM/order on the subject have been further consolidated for the facility of reference and guidance and are being made available on this Department’s website in the dynamic form (CentraL Secretariat> CSSS> Instructions (Minister’s Staff).

2. This may be brought to the notice of alt concerned for information, guidance and necessary action.

Under Secretary to the Government of India


Saturday, May 24, 2014

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EPFO asks field offices to settle all claims within 20 days

NEW DELHI: Retirement fund body EPFO has asked its over 120 field offices to settle claims, including PF withdrawal and pension, within 20 days as against the mandated 30-day time frame.

"Central Provident Fund Commissioner (of EPFO) directed that from the current financial year 2014-15 the norms for claims settlement shall be settlement of all claims within 20 days," stated a recent performance review of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) by its Central Provident Fund Commissioner K K Jalan.

Jalan specifically referred to the need to ensure faster settlement of pension claims.

It is provided in the Employees' Provident Fund Scheme 1952 and Employees' Pension Scheme 1995 that the claims completed in all respects submitted along with the requisite documents shall be settled and the benefit amount paid to the beneficiaries within 30 days from the date of its receipt by the Commissioner.

It further states that if there is any deficiency in the claim, the same shall be recorded in writing and communicated to the applicant within 30 days from the date of receipt of such application.

According to the provision, in case the Commissioner fails without sufficient cause to settle a claim complete in all respects within 30 days, the Commissioner shall be liable for the delay beyond the said period. Penal interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum may be charged on the benefit amount and the same may be deducted from the salary of the Commissioner.

CPFC also noted that there are complaints that claims received in EPFO offices are not entered in the system immediately and no acknowledgement is being issued to the claimant. The deficient claims are being returned without even being entered into the system.

Jalan stated that the return or rejection of claims and reasons thereof should be watched and the establishment should be counselled and advised to submit duly complete claims.

He has directed that if in spite of such advice some establishments (firms) continue to submit deficient claims, punitive action including levy of financial penalty can be considered.

It was also stated that the offices who are settling all claims within 10 days shall be graded as excellent.

EPFO had settled 1.21 crore subscribers' claims, including withdrawal and transfer of PF and pension applications, in 2013-14, which is 13 per cent more than in 2012-13.

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Payment of Dearness Relief @ 100% w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (HQ)
18, Institutional Area, SJS Marg
New Delhi - 110016
F. No. 110230/ 1. Corr. - SBI/ 2014/KVS/P&I/121
Dated: -20.05.2014

TheManager (Instt.)
SBI Main Branch,
Parliament Street,
New Delhi - 110001

Subject: - Payment of Dearness Relief @ 100% w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

KVS (HQ) has received number of telephonic calls from the Pensioners regarding the non-payment of enhanced Dearness relief @ 100°/o w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

The Department of Pension & Pensioner Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension vide OM No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(6) dated 09.04.2014 has already enhanced the existing, rate of Dearness Relief @ 90% to 100% w.e.f. 01.01.2014, the same has already been implemented by the KVS.

You are therefore, requested to ensure payment of Dearness Relief 100% to all the Pensioners of KVS w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

Yours faithfully,
(BCD Kumar)
Assistant Commissioner (Fin.)

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Tenure at Hard /North-East Region/ Stations in r/o Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ (SO and above) implies -Regarding

18, Institutional Area, S.J. Marg, New Delhi-110016.

F.No. 11048/1-1/2014/KVS(HQ)/Estt-I
Dated: 22.05.2014
The Deputy Commissioner
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathau
All Regional Offices.

Subject: Tenure at Hard /North-East Region/ Stations in r/o Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ (SO and above) implies i.e. SO, AO, FO, VP, Principal, and AC; - Reg.


A reference is invited to this office letter of even number dated 12.03.2014 which was "addressed to DC, KVS, RO, Tinsukia and copy endorsed to all Regional Offices on the subject cited above. In this context it is clarified that the tenure in respect of Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ (SO and above) i.e., SO, AO, FO, VP, Principal and AC in North East Region and Hard Station is three years instead of two years as mentioned in the above referred letter. The tenure at Very Hard Station is two years. The tenure in r/o above mentioned employees will be reckoned on 30th June of the year with the clause that period of continuous absence exceeding 30/45 days would not be counted.

Further the letter no. F.1-l/2014-l5/KVS(HQ)/Estt-II/1050-150 dated 03.10.2013 circulated by AO (Estt) is applicable to only‘ teachers upto PGTS and non-teaching posts upto Assistants. Hence, the letter dated 12.03.2014 as referred in preceding para is withdrawn from the date of its issue.

You are therefore, requested to circulate the same to all KVs under your region as a part of clarification in r/0 transfer guidelines effective from 01.04.2011 as there is no change in r/o above mentioned Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ (SO and above) employees.

This issues with the approval of competent authority.

Yours faithfully,

(Ms. Neelam)
Assistant Commissioner (Admn) (Estt.)

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CAT asks railways to appoint visually impaired candidates

Nearly 10,000 visually challenged candidates appeared for 7,386 vacancies.

Months after Indian Railways rejected a number of candidates for being visually challenged, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed Northern Railways to publish a revised merit list and appoint the candidates, who qualified on merit as well as under the disability quota.
Nearly 10,000 visually challenged candidates had reportedly appeared in the examination in November-December 2013 after the railways advertised for 7,386 vacancies. All of them were, however, issued rejection letters before the results were announced for being “100 per cent visually challenged”.

In protest, the applicants filed a petition in CAT, arguing that they are eligible and entitled to be considered for the posts, both on merit as well as under reservation for visually challenged persons.
Arguing for the applicants, lawyer S K Rungta – himself visually challenged – said the Northern Railways’ recruitment cell must file complete results, including the results of 100 per cent visually challenged candidates, so that their merit position could be ascertained.

Rungta and lawyer Pankaj Sinha urged the court to direct the Railway Board to consider appointing the petitioners and other visually challenged candidates.

The railways responded by saying that the vacancies were for people with “low vision” and that 100 per cent visually challenged persons cannot be hired for the posts.

The tribunal, however, directed Northern Railways and the Railway Board to publish the complete results within two months and appoint the qualified candidates.

Northern Railways spokesperson Neeraj Sharma refused to comment. “The matter is sub-judice, so we cannot comment. But the railways will take appropriate action after consulting its legal department,” he said.

National Federation of Blind vice-president Inder Singh said the appointments would give the visually challenged a chance to live with dignity.

Arun (38), who belongs to Bihar and is visually challenged since birth, said he prepared for two years for the railway exam.

“When this post was advertised in 2012, I started studying books in Braille and audio CDs. My exam was very good. Barring some questions,
I knew all the answers. So, when the rejection letters were issued, I was in for a rude shock,” Arun, who stays in a hostel for the visually challenged in Dakshinpuri, said.

His roommate Sonu (29) from Agra said since the basic qualification for the advertised posts were just matriculation pass, the syllabus was “quite easy”. “I am sure some visually challenged candidates scored more than the general candidates,” he said.

Uma Shanker (32), who hails from Bihar, lost his eyesight after a brief illness at age 10. He eventually came to Delhi and completed his schooling from Janta Adarsh Blind School in Sadiq Nagar, South Delhi.

“I want to be self-dependent. It’s a question of self-respect. Visually challenged people also have the intellect to share responsibility of the nation. I am single, my parents and siblings are doing well for themselves. I think the government just wants to create a situation, where the blind is enmeshed in litigation,” he said.

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Introduction of Pension Scheme and Post Superannuation Medical Benefits in CPSEs

F. No. W-02/0017/2014-DPE-(WC)- GL- XI/14
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises
Public Enterprises Bhawan
Block No.14, CGO Complex, Lodi Road
New Delhi, the 21st May, 2014


Subject:- Clarifications regarding Introduction of Pension Scheme and Post Superannuation Medical Benefits in CPSEs

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department OM No. 2(70)/08-DPE (WC) dated 26.11.2008 and 2(70)/08-DPE (WC) dated 2.4.2009 regarding pay revision of executives and non-unionized supervisors of CPSES w.e.f. 1.1.2007 which inter-alia provides guidelines regarding Superannuation benefits including Pension and Post Superannuation Medical Benefit Scheme of the CPSEs. DPE has been receiving certain queries in this regard. The following clarifications may be kept in mind while finalizing the Pension and Post Superarmuation Medical Benefit Scheme of the CPSEs:-

i) The condition of 30% of Basic Pay + DA for superannuation benefits as prescribed in DPE O.Ms. dated 26.11.2008 and 02.04.2009 and as amended from time to time, are to be followed strictly.

ii) These schemes (pension and post-superannuation medical benefits) would be subject to the factors like affordability, capacity to pay and sustainability of the CPSE.

iii) Government budgetary support would not be provided to operate these Schemes.

iv) It is to be ensured that by implementing the 2007 pay revision, which would include these two schemes, the dip in Profit Before Tax (PBT) for the year 2007-08 should not exceed 20% in respect of executives & non-unionized supervisors of CPSE.

v) Since the effective date of 2007 pay revision in CPSE is 01.01.2007, the proposed scheme(s) may be introduced w.e.f. 01.01.2007 or a subsequent date for the regular employees who were on the rolls of CPSE as on that date and for the employees recruited thereafter. If a regular employee does not want to contribute to the proposed scheme, he/she should have an option.

vi) Contribution of CPSE to these schemes is limited to such extent that the contribution to the total superannuation benefits which include PF and Gratuity also is limited to 30% of Basic pay plus DA. This may be reviewed every year based on the profitability/affordability of the CPSE. Contribution every year by CPSE should not be guaranteed for these two schemes.

vii) An employee should have put in a minimum of 15 years service rendered in continuity in CPSE(s) at the time of superannuation, and benefits would be allowed by a CPSE from where the incumbent has superannuated.

viii) The services rendered in the Government prior to joining CPSE would not count for the purpose of computation of total service in a CPSE required for availing the benefits of this scheme.

ix) As regards Board level executives, who are contractual appointees, they too can enjoy the benefits under these schemes provided their total period of service rendered in continuity in CPSE(s) including the period at Board level in a CPSE is not less than 15 years, at the time of superannuation.

x) In the event of any employee resigning from the services of CPSE and joining another CPSE having broadly similar schemes, the entire amount of employer’s and employee’s contribution along with interest accrued thereon can be transferred to such CPSE.  However, employees who resign from CPSE to join another CPSE, not having similar schemes, or any organization not being a CPSE (irrespective of whether such scheme exists in that organization), shall not be allowed the benefit of transferring their accumulated fund under these schemes. However, the employee’s contribution along with accrued interests shall be refundable to the employee.

xi) Benefits of the schemes should not be extended to employees posted on deputation to CPSE from Central/State Government.

xii) In case a regular member of the scheme dies/becomes permanently disabled incapacitated, leading to cessation of his/her service, before putting in 15 years of service in a CPSE prior to superannuation, he/she may be given the benefits as admissible under these schemes.

xiii) Cases of VRS/V SS for which specific scheme have been framed would be examined in terms of such specific schemes of VRS/V SS of the Government applicable in respect of employees of CPSES. Benefits under these schemes would not accrue to VRS/VSS optees automatically.

xiv) At the time of superannuation, an employee may opt for Annuities from any of the designated Annuity Saving Service Providers to provide the pension and/or post retiral medical benefits.

xv) The admissibility of benefits under these schemes to the employees against whom disciplinary proceedings are pending at the time of superannuation is to be regulated as per the Conduct, Discipline & Appeal Rules of the CPSE.

xvi) In cases of resignation (excluding resignation covered under ‘technical formality clasue’) and compulsory retirement, removal, dismissal because of disciplinary proceedings, the annuity would be based only on member’s contributions, if any, and interest thereon.

xvii) DPE O.Ms. dated 08.07.2009 and 20.07.2011 relate to the creation of a Corpus for the CPSE employees who retired before 01.01.2007. There is, thus, no link between pension and post-superarmuation medical benefit schemes and the corpus mentioned in O.Ms. dated 08.07.2009 and 20.07.2011.

xviii) These schemes will be under a “defined contribution scheme” and not under a “defined benefit scheme”. Subject to the contribution made by the CPSE within the prescribed ceiling, and based on affordability, the benefit to the individual executive would be determined based on the accumulated amount.

xix) There should be no provision of ‘commutation’, since provision of pension in 2007 pay revision guidelines was introduced so that employees have a social security and would get a substantial monthly pension after superannuation.

(Samsul Haque)
Under Secretary


Early Closure of Offices in connection with the Swearing in Ceremony of the newly elected Prime Minister of India on 26.05.2014

No. 12/15/2014-JCA 2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 23rd May, 2014


Sub: Early Closure of Offices in connection with the Swearing in Ceremony of the newly elected Prime Minister of India on 26.05.2014

In connection with arrangements for the Swearing in Ceremony of the newly elected Prime Minister of India on 26.05.2014, it has been decided that the Government offices located in the North Block, South Block and Hutments would be closed early at 13:00 hrs. on 26th May, 2014 (Monday)

2. Hindi version will follow.

(Ashok Kumar)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Six income-tax changes the Narendra Modi government needs to bring

By Vikas Vasal

The fact of the life is that rising inflation and relatively static income levels have caused havoc to the budget of households across the country. The cost of goods and services for day to day consumption has gone up drastically over the last few years and has adversely impacted a large section of our population. In this backdrop, it is but natural for households to expect some significant relief in the current year's budget from the new government. Even amid difficult macro-economic situation .. Even amid difficult macro-economic situation, there is a lot of expectation from Modi government's first budget. Here are 6 such expectations from the new government.

1. Revise Taxable Income & deduction limits: Currently, the maximum amount not chargeable to tax for individuals is Rs 2 lakhs, which is quite low. This limit should be revised at least to Rs 3 lakhs and should be linked to the inflation index, so that it is revised automatically on an annual basis. The highest tax rate of 30 per cent is triggered at an income exceeding Rs. 10 lacs. This should be enhanced as well to Rs. 20 lakhs. Also, the Rs. 1 lakh annual tax deduction a
Rs. 1 lakh annual tax deduction allowed under Section 80C of the Income-tax Act has not kept pace with the rising inflation and needs revision. Popular investments such as employees' provident fund, public provident fund, life insurance premiums, etc., serve twin purpose. First, it helps household's build-up funds for their retirement and contingencies in life. Second, it provides long-term funds to the government and its different agencies to meet larger socio-economic objectives of the country like infrastructure investments that have a long gestation period. Considering this, the limit should be enhanced.

2. Special Deduction for Education: Education has become extremely expensive. Moreover, we are moving towards being a manufacturing and services society and the education and skills required for these sectors vary considerably. Therefore, to encourage people to skill or re-skill themselves adequately and also to lower the economic burden on parents, a deduction should be given for expenses incurred towards education and vocational skills. Currently, this deduction is clubbed along with various options available under the section 80C. Instead, a separate deduction of at least Rs 1 lakh per year specifically for this purpose should be allowed for expenses incurred on education of self and/or family (spouse, children, and grand-children).

3. Many exemptions need reconsideration: The two popular non-taxable components in your salary—medical reimbursement (up to Rs. 15,000 per year) and conveyance expenses (Rs. 800 per month) have outlived their utility. Either these limits should be enhanced substantially, say, medical expense reimbursement limit increased to Rs 50,000 per year and conveyance allowance limit to Rs. 3,000 per month or these should be discontinued and instead clubbed in the form of a standard deduction / exemption of Rs. 1 lakh per annum.

4. Increase deduction for home loans: Owning a house is still a distant dream for a large majority of the population in our country. To reduce the burden on households for the interest paid on housing loan for a self-occupied house property a deduction of up to Rs 1.5 lakh is allowed. This has not has not kept pace with the rising housing and loan costs. It needs to be increased to Rs 5 lakh per year. Besides encouraging people to buy a house, it will also provide a boost to the many industries linked to housing sector like construction, cement, iron and steel etc. Needless to add, it will also have a huge positive effect on the employment opportunities including the unskilled workers.

5. A Smarter Refund Process: At present, there is no specific provision whereby an individual can adjust the refund granted in a particular year against the tax payable in the subsequent year. As a result, the individual pays tax for subsequent year, while he simultaneously claims refund from the tax authorities for the earlier year. This results in cash flow issues for the individuals. As a matter of procedural relief any tax refund to be granted by the tax authorities may be allowed to be offset against the tax payable in the following year.

6. Bring NPS under the 'EEE' tax model: One of the key reasons why New Pension Scheme (NPS) has not been well received by the private sector is its taxation model. At present, the NPS works on exempt, exempt, tax ( EET) model. Therefore, amount received at the retirement is liable to tax. In contrast, other retirement schemes like Provident Fund work on exempt, exempt, exempt ('EEE') model. To popularize this investment channel, the EEE model should be extended to NPS as well.

Though some of these limit enhancements may appear to be quite high, however, two underlying facts need to be taken into accoun:t. First, most of these limits have been fixed long back albeit with minor changes and have not kept pace with the current economic reality. Second, the need of the hour is to widen the tax net. Currently, only a small percentage of the population files its income-tax return and pays taxes. This must change. Once a large section of the population starts paying income-tax, the effective tax rates would come down. To begin with, let the honest tax payers be rewarded with higher exemption / deduction limits.

While the list of expectations could go on, the government will also have lot of constraints and divergent expectations to match in the current year's Budget. There are larger macro-economic issues like containing the fiscal deficit, controlling inflation, bringing in stability in the currency fluctuations etc., which would require a fine balancing act in the budget. Therefore, taking few steps now and few in the next budget may be a good recipe to convince the households those optimism post-election results is for real!

The author is a Partner (Tax) at KPMG India.

Source;Economic Times
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Clarification on increase in certain allowances by further 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance w.e.£. 01-01-2014.-RAILWAY BOARD

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PC-VI No. 339
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
No..E(W)2008/ED-2/4 New Delhi,
Dated: 15-05-2014
The General Manager (P), L
All Indian Railways & L V
Production Units.

Sub: Clarification on increase in certain allowances by further 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance w.e.£. 01-01-2014.

Please refer to Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 01-6-2011, conveying enhancement of reimbursement limits of Children Education Allowance/hostel subsidy, special allowance admissible for child care to women with disabilities and education allowance for disabled children by 25% consequent upon enhancement of Dearness Allowance to 51%. As per revised scheme reimbursement limits on Children Education Allowance and Hostel subsidy would be raised by 25% every time the Dearness allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

2, Railway Board vide letter No.PC-VI/2008/1/7/2/1 dated 29-03-2014 has now enhanced the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees from the existing rate of 90% to 100% with effect from 1st January, 2014.

3. Consequent upon aforesaid enhancement in Dearness Allowance to 100%, limits on reimbursement of children education allowance/ hostel subsidy, special allowances admissible for child care to women with disabilities and education allowance for disabled children shall go up by 25% w.e.f. 1st January, 2014. DOP&T vide Office Memorandum No.A-27012/1/2014-Estt.(Allowance) dated 28-04-2014 (copy enclosed) has issued clarification to this effect. The clarification issued by DOP&T shall manly mutatis-mutandis in respect of Railway employees.

Please acknowledge receipt.
(Debasis Mazumdar)
Director Estt.(Welfare)
Railway Board


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Submission of Memorandum to 7th Pay Commission








General Convenor - AIPRPA

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Grant of TA to Non-official members attending the SCOVA meetings Permission to perform AIR Journey for journey above 1000 kms.

F. No. 42/11/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3’d Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,

Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date:- 19th May,2014

All the Pensioners Associations
under present SCOVA

Sub:- Grant of TA to Non-official members attending the SCOVA meetings Permission to perform AIR Journey for journey above 1000 kms.

I am directed to refer to the subject noted above which was one of the Agenda items for the 24th Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies and was referred to the Department of Expenditure for the further consideration.

2. The Department of Expenditure has given its approval in the matter and has stated that the DoPPW may regulate the entitlement of TA in respect of Non-official Members as per the entitlement of officials presently holding the posts from which these Non-officials (who are retired Government employees) had retired as per provisions of Revised Travelling Allowance Rules vide Department of Expenditure’s 0M No 19030/3/2008-EN dtd 23.09.2008 subject to the conditions that where the distance to be travelled s more than 1000 krns, the Non- officials, if they are otherwise not entitled to air travel in terms of the 0M dtd 23.09.2008, may travel by Air by Air India only and that the cheapest economy class airfare of Air India would be reimbursed. Whereas, ¡f the distance to be travelled s more than 1000 kms, but the locations are not connected by Air India, the Non-official Members would have to travel by other authorised mode of transport (e.g rail).

4. This issues with the approval of Department of Expenditure vide M/o Finance ID Note no 23389/2014 dt 07.02.2014 (F,11o 19020/ 1/2014-E-IV).

(Sujasha Choudhury)
Dy. Secretary (P)

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Stepping up of pay of Senior Assistants of the Central Secretariat Service (CSS) drawing less pay on promotion In the Section Officers Grade than their juniors.

No. 18/2/2007-CS.I
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

Lok Nayak Bhavan, 2nd Floor, Khan Market,
New Delhi-hO 003, the 20th May2014


Subject: Stepping up of pay of Senior Assistants of the Central Secretariat Service (CSS) drawing less pay on promotion In the Section Officers Grade than their juniors.

The undersigned is directed to say that instructions were issued by this Department for stepping up of pay of senior Assistants of CSS drawing less pay on promotion to the Section Officers’ Grade than their juniors vide 0M No. 5/16/80-CS.I dated 13.4.1988. 0M No. 5/21/92-CS.l dated 23.2.1994 and 0M No. 5/1/96-CS.l dated 8.10.1996. Subsequently, on references from certain Ministries/Departments Clarifications in this regard had been issued during 2007-08. These clarifications were withdrawn vide 0M No. 18/212007-CS.l(S) dated 29.5.2009 and the Ministries/Departments were asked vide 0M No. 181212007-CS.I(S) dated 21 May, 2010 to maintain status-quo in the matter till the same is finally settled.

2. The question of stepping up of pay of senior Assistants of CSS drawing less pay on promotion to the Section Officers’ Grade than their juniors has been reviewed. For clarity, the circumstances leading to issuance of the instructions are explained below:

0M No. 5/16/80-CS.l dated 13.4.88:

2.1 Ad-hoc promotions against short-term vacancies in the grade of Section Officer were being made according to the seniority list of the cadre unit concerned whereas regular promotions to the grade were made on a centralized basis by the DOP&T on the basis of Common Seniority List of Assistants. This led to a situation that Assistants lower in rank in the merit list or recruited through a later examination in a particular cadre unit got ad-hoc promotions earlier according to the seniority list of the cadre unit concerned. whereas an Assistant higher in rank in the merit list or recruited from an earlier examination, and therefore senior, did not get such an opportunity to officiate as Section Officer on ad-hoc basis for want of adequate number of short-term vacancies in the Grade of Section Officer in his cadre unit. This resulted in junior Assistants drawing higher emoluments than the seniors in the Section Officer grade. In 1984, the staff side of the Departmental Council of DOP&T (JCM) raised the demand that the pay of Assistants of CSS who were senior by virtue of having been recruited through earlier examinations but were drawing less pay in SO’s grade, on promotion than their juniors recruited through later examinations be raised to same level which their juniors were drawing and the same was referred to the Board of Arbitration. The Board of Arbitration accepted the demand of the staff side to the extent that the pay of an Assistant of the CSS, who is senior by virtue of having been recruited through an earlier examination but is drawing less pay on promotion to the SO’s grade than his junior recruited through a later examination shall not be less than the pay his junior is drawing in the same cadre. The award was considered in this Department in consultation with Deptt. of Expenditure and was accepted in to to and 0M No. 5/16/80-CS.l was issued on 13.4.88.

2.2 The benefit of 0M No. 5/16/80-CS.l dated 13.04.1988 was restricted to the case of senior Assistants of CSS recruited through earlier Assistants Grade Examination but drawing less pay than their juniors recruited through later Assistants Grade Examination promoted as Section Officer on seniority basis
only and was not allowed to Assistants promoted as Section Officers based on Limited Departmental Competitive Examination.

2.2 Subsequently, on demand of CSS Section Officers’ Association, the benefit of stepping up of pay allowed vide 0M No. 5/16/80-CS.l dated 13.04.1988 was granted/extended to senior Assistants of CSS recruited through earlier Assistants Grade Examination but drawing less pay than their juniors recruited through later Assistants Grade Examination at the time of promotion through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination also, subject to fulfillment of the same conditions as prescribed in the 0M No. 5/16/80-CS.l dated 13.04.1988.

0M No. 5/1/96-CS.l dated 08.10.1996

2.3 The 0M dated 13.4.88 came under judicial scrutiny in two cases as explained below:

2.3.1 OA No. 365190 in the case of Shri K.C. Sehgal Vs. UOl & Ors Shri K.C. Sehgal, a promotee Assistant was senior to Smt. Sunita, a direct recruit Assistant in the Department of Steel and was drawing more pay than her both in the grades of Assistant and Section Officer, The Department of Steel stepped up the pay of Smt. Sunita in the Grade of Section Officer in pursuance of 0M dated 13.4.1988 with reference to a junior direct recruit Assistant, who got opportunity to officiate as Section Officer on ad hoc basis in another cadre unit, earlier than Smt. Sunita, . This resulted in Shri. Sehgal, though senior and drawing more pay than Smt.Sunita ¡n the lower and higher grades, drawing less pay than Smt. Sunita. Stepping up of his pay with reference to Smt. Sunita, his junior, was turned down on the ground that he was a promotee Assistant and the Junior was a direct recruit Assistant and 0M dated 13.4.88 allowed benefit only in the cases where both senior and junior are direct recruit Assistants.

Not satisfied with the above decision. Shri. Sehgal filed an OA No. 365/90 in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and the CAT allowed the OA and issued orders in his favour. The SLP filed by the Government against the order of the CAT was dismissed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court
and as a result, the direction of the CAT was implemented.

2.3.2 OA No. 869/91- Shri L.K. Chawla Vs. U0l:

Both Shri. L.K. Chawla (senior) and Shri. Virender Kumar (junior) were direct recruit Assistants of Ministry of Labour, who were recruited through the Assistant Grade Examination, 1972. Shri Chawla (senior) was promoted on ad-hoc basis to the grade of Section Officer on 1.6.79 and Shn Virender Kumar (junior) on 30.6.79. VVhen the regular incumbent joined, Shri Chawla (senior) was reverted while Shri Virender Kumar (junior) was allowed to continue in the Grade of Section Officer by the Ministry of Labour, thereby the junior got continued opportunity to officiate as SO and difference of pay occurred,

Though in January 1980. Shn Chawla was given ad-hoc promotion, the difference of pay was there and as per the general principles, stepping up of pay is not allowed in the cases of ad-hoc promotion. Consequently Shn Chawla (senior) was included in the Section Officer Select List 1983 and his pay was fixed at Rs.880/- with date of increment in the month of November. Shn Virender Kumar (junior) was included in the Section Officer Select List 1984 and got his pay fixed at Rs.8801- with date of increment in the month of August. As Shn Virender Kumar was junior to him in the Assistant Grade and also in the SO Grade, Shn Chawla represented for antedating the date of drawal of annual increment from November to August i.e. at par with his junior Shri Virender Kumar. As they both belonged to the Assistant Grade Examination of the same year, the request of Shn Chawla was not allowed by the Ministry of Labour and as such he filed OA No. 869191 in the CAT and the same was allowed.

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'CGHS Delhi Heart & Lung Institute, New Delhi"-SUSPENSION REVOKED

No: S.11011 /07 /2014 - CGHS (HEC) 
Government of India
Directorate General of Central Govt. Health Scheme 

Shahjahan Road, Bikaner House 
New Delhi 110 108, dated the 16th May, 2014

Subiect: Regarding empanelment of 'Delhi Heart & Lung Institute, New Delhi" under CGHS, Delhi

With reference to the above mentioned matter, attention is drawn to the Office Order of even number dated 14.03.2014 vide which empanelment of Delhi Heart & Lung institute, New Delhi was suspended from the list of empanelled hospitals under CGHS for a period of six months or till further orders which ever was earlier, as it had withdrawn cashless facilities for CGHS beneficiaries.

Now the hospital has agreed to provide cashless facilities to CGHS beneficiaries in terms of MoA signed between CGHS and Delhi Heart & Lung Institute and has assured its compliance thereof, it has been decided to revoke the suspension of CGHS empanelment of Delhi Heart & Lung Institute CGHS with immediate effect till next empanelment in the best of public interest.

[D.C. Joshi] 
Additional Director CGHS (HQ) 

Source:  CGHS