Monday, June 30, 2014

, , ,

Rail Budget 2014-15 – AIRF’s suggestions

All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi – 110055
Dated: June 28, 2014
Hon’ble Minister for Railways,
Ministry of Railways,
(Government of India),
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Rail Budget 2014-15 – AIRF’s suggestions

All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF), the largest federation of the Ministry of Railways, would like to place following general and genuine demands of the Railwaymen and their dependents for inclusion in the forthcoming Rail Budget 2014-15.

1. The former Hon’ble Minister for Railways had made a number of announcements in regard to various Welfare Schemes while presenting successive Rail Budgets, that include opening of Medical Colleges, Nursing Colleges, Central Schools, Technical Institutions etc. was made. In addition. In addition, “Own Your House Scheme” and provision of Mobile Medical Van for treatment of Railway Staff and their families posted on roadside station, was also announced by them for the Railwaymen. It is unfortunate that the above schemes have yet not been seen the light of the day due to one reason or the other and no proper budget allocation is made for implementation of the same.

Ref.: (i) Para 32 of Hon’be MR’s Rail Budget Speech for the year 2009-10 in respect of setting up of Nursing College and Medical Colleges.

Ref.: (ii) Para 50 of Hon’be MR’s Rail Budget Speech for the year 2010-11 – Setting up of hospitals and educational institutions on surplus railway land.

Ref.: (iii) Para 61 of Hon’be MR’s Rail Budget Speech for the year 2011-12 in respect of setting up of Polytechnics

With a view to secure trust and believe of more than 13 lakh Railwaymen in the Railway Ministry, it would be quite appropriate that necessary budgetary provision is ensured in the forthcoming Rail Budget for the year 2014-15, so that there is some visible progress in this regard.

2. Extension of LARSGESS

The “Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment of Safety Staff” (LARSGESS) was introduced in the year 2010, modifying the “Safety Related Voluntary Retirement Scheme” in vogue, that came into effect in the year 2005.

This LARSGESS Scheme has been working quite successfully and satisfactorily in maintaining safety standards on the Indian Railways and has equally been found economically viable also, as such the scope of this scheme needs to be extended to cover all Safety Categories Staff working in GP up Rs.4600.

3. Improvement in the condition of Railway Colonies, roads and Running/Rest Rooms

A large number of Railway quarters are over-aged and their maintenance/repair is not practicable due to abnormally high cost. Due to paucity of sufficient funds, neither proper maintenance/repair of the Railway quarters is being managed nor new quarters built in replacement of the old-aged ones. The roads and drainage system in the Railway Colonies is also in very depleted condition. Similar is the condition of most of the Drivers/Guard’s Running Rooms, TTEs Rest Rooms, Subordinate Rest Houses and Rest Rooms for other Railways staff, as a result of which, these staff are not able to take proper rest therein.

Adequate funds needs to be allocated for improvement in the condition of Railway Colonies, Running Rooms, Rest Houses, Rest Rooms etc. as also for provision of separate Ladies Running Rooms/Rest Rooms, Toilets and Change Room for Women Railway Employees.

4. Improvement in medical facilities

Railway Health Services are getting deteriorated day-by-day due to non-availability of adequate number of Railway doctors, paramedical staff and infrastructure. Even life saving medicines are at times not being provided to Railway beneficiaries on account of paucity of resources. Proper allocation of funds for overall improvement in Railway Health Services is, therefore, required to be made so as to engage Specialist Doctors, paramedical staff and availability of proper quality of medicines, particularly life saving medicines from reputed firms. Sufficient number of specialized private or semi-government hospitals are also required to be recognized for treatment of Railway beneficiaries at all important stations.

The already announced “Smart Card” facility for getting cashless treatment in recognized hospitals has not yet been implemented despite lapse of sufficient time, as such this facility be introduced immediately for all existing and retired Railway employees so that they are able to get hassle-free treatment in emergency.

In the wake of present Central Government’s scheme to open Medical Colleges in all the district hospitals, all the Divisional Hospitals in the Railways should also be considered for opening of Associated Medical Colleges, wherein facilities available in this hospitals, like doctors, paramedical staff and other medical facilities can be made use of, because the Divisional Hospitals mostly cover more than one district.

There should be no age bar for getting treatment from the Railway Hospitals/Referral Hospitals for the wards of the Railwaymen, and the same should continue till marriage of the daughter or employment of the son without any age limit.

5. Filling up of Safety Category Posts

It is seen that despite several assurances by the Ministry of Railways, around 1.5 lakh Safety Category Posts always remain unfilled, which is a potential danger to the safety of rail operation. Some new mechanism, therefore, needs to be developed to fill up at least vacancies in the Safety Categories in a time bound manner, wherein priority needs to be given to the wards of the Railwaymen. This procedure was in vogue in the early 1990s

6. Extension of facilities of Privilege/Complimentary Passes

It may be recalled that, one of the former Hon’ble Ministers for Railways had announced to extend the benefit of Privilege/Complimentary Pass to both the parents of the Railwaymen and the officers, but the same is yet to be implemented. In case of Defence employees and other enterprises, both the parents are entitled to avail the facility of free travel, but not in the Railways, which is the largest transport system in our country. This needs to be implemented forthwith.

The facility of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes is being denied to all those Railway employees who could not complete 20 years of Qualifying Service due to their late entry in the Railways, either appointed on compassionate ground or absorption of Coolies, employment of Ex. Servicemen in Railways. Since all these appointments are made under special circumstances, the condition of minimum Qualifying Service of 20 years needs to be relaxed for such employees.

The age limit for entitlement of Passes also needs to be enhanced for dependent son in the present social scenario until they get employment, without any age bar.

7. Revision of New Pension Scheme

During the course of negotiations held with the Railway Board on 07.02.2014 on the 36-point Charter of Demands of the AIRF for Railway Strike, it was unanimously agreed that New Pension Scheme will be replaced with “Old/Guaranteed Pension Scheme” for those employed on or after 01.01.2004 on Indian Railways on the pattern of Defence personnel. The former Hon’ble MR had, therefore, taken up this issue with the Ministry of Finance also. Suitable measures be announced to meet the agreement arrived at between the Staff Side and the Railway Board.

8. Absorption of Quasi-Administrative Staff in the Railways

The Quasi-Administrative Staff employed on the Indian Railways be regularized and Railway Board may be instructed to restore the scheme for Quasi-Administrative Offices as being allowed in case of Railway Officers for engaging TADK/Bungalow Peon.

9. Provision of proper infrastructure and manpower while introducing new trains

New trains are being introduced as a regular measure without providing proper infrastructure and adequate manpower, resulting in increasing workload has become a safety hazard, owing to shortage of staff and improper infrastructure. Therefore, no new trains be introduced until proper infrastructure and adequate manpower is made available for running the same.

With kind regards!

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source : AIRF

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Weeding out of files/records-DOPT

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003,
Dated: the 24th June, 2014.


Sub:- Weeding out of files/records – reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that on review, a large number of old dossiers of ACRs/ APARs in respect of PSs, PPSs ahd Sr. PPSs retained in this section are being considered for weeding out. The ACRs/APARs of officers may be destroyed after five years/more from the date of his/her retirement. As per the instruction contained in this Department’s OM No. 21011/1/2005- Estt(A)(Part-III) dated 02.04.2012, before any ACR dossier is weeded out on completion the normal retention period, it may be certified by the concerned section that no request for handing over the ACR dossier has been received from that retired officer.

2. Accordingly, cadre units participating in CSSS are requested to intimate the details of ACRs/APARs of more than five years vintage in respect of which requests, if any, have been received for handing over from the concerned retired officer. Details of pending disciplinary/ court cases may also be furnished. In case the requisite information being ‘Nil’ the same may also be intimated.

3. In case, no information is received from a cadre unit by 30.06.2014, it will be presumed that the requisite information pertaining to that cadre unit is ‘Nil’.

(Kameshwar Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Friday, June 27, 2014


Revision in the rates of Kilometreage Allowance and Allowance in lieu of Kilometeage (ALK) with effect from 01.01.2014

S.No. PC-VI:343
RBE No. 65/2014
No. E(P&A)II-2005/RS-34
New Delhi 24.06.2014

The General Managers/CAOs.
All Indian Railways & Production Units etc.

Sub: Revision in the rates of Kilometreage Allowance and Allowance in lieu of Kilometeage (ALK) with effect from 01.01.2014

In terms of Board's letter of even no dated 28.6.2012.  The rates of Kilometreage Allowance (per 100 kms.) and Allowance in lieu of ALK (per 160 kms.), which were laid down Board's letter No. E(P&A)-II/2005/Rs.34 dated 26.12.2008, were increased by 25% with effect from 01.01.2011 consequent upon increase in the rate of DA to 51%.

2.  Subsequent to enhancement in the rages of Dearness Allowance to 100% w.e.f. 01.01.2014, the matter has been examined and it has been decided by Board that the rates of Kilometreage Allowance (per 100 kms) and Allowance in lieu of ALK (per 160 kms) shall increase by a further 25% w.e.f. 01.01.2014 over the rates laid down vide Board's letter No. E(P&A)-II-2005/Rs.34 dated 26.12.2008.

3.  The other terms and conditions for admissibility of Kilometreage Allowance / Allowance in lieu of Kilometreage shall remain unchanged.

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

5.  Please acknowledge receipt

(K. Shankar)
Director, Estt.(P&A)
Railway Board


HAL to Introduce Pension Scheme for its Executives

Based on the guidelines issued by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and approved by the Ministry of Defence, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is introducing a Defined Contribution Pension Scheme for its executives who retired from January 1, 2007 onwards. In line with this, Mr. V.M. Chamola, Director (HR), Dr. A.K Mishra, Director (Finance) and Mr Ashok Tandon, Executive Director (Company Secretary) HAL jointly signed the ‘Trust Deed’ to form the “HAL Executives Defined Contribution Pension Trust” in presence of Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL and Trustees of the Pension Fund, here in Bangalore today.

“Implementing the pension scheme will boost the financial security of the retired executives and infuses confidence to the serving HAL officer fraternity, said Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman HAL, during the “Trust Deed” signing event.

The scheme would benefit around 2000 executives already retired from January 1, 2007 and 9,800 serving executives of the Company. HAL would contribute 7% of the Basic Pay plus Dearness Allowance drawn by each executive from January 1, 2007 onwards to fund the Scheme. Executives can also make voluntary contribution to the Scheme. M/s LIC of India would manage the Corpus Fund.

Pension payable on retirement would depend on the Corpus accrued in the individual’s account. For payment of Pension, Annuity will be purchased from approved Annuity Service Providers. The Scheme would facilitate improving the Social Security status of executives on their retirement.


Thursday, June 26, 2014


Salaried women to get higher income tax exemption in the Budget 2014

Good news for salaried women! Narendra Modi Government is considering higher income tax exemption limit for women in the budget for 2014-15.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley is restructuring tax slabs and is thus set to approve a proposal to raise the tax exemption limit to  Rs 3 lakh from existing Rs 2 lakh.

The Modi government will ease the tax burden on the middle class and impose a higher tax on the super rich in its first Budget to be presented by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley next month.

According to the proposal, under consideration of the new government, there would also be a tax on the super- rich bracket, comprising those earning Rs 10 crore or more of 35 per cent. This category would be above the  Rs 1 crore, class which currently pays an effective tax of 33 per cent inclusive of a surcharge that the earlier government had introduced.

India's tax regime is being overhauled by Finance minster  

    Women  will be offered a higher tax relief —the threshold income below which individuals are not liable to pay taxes—for women could be fixed at between Rs. 3,25,000 to Rs. 3,50,000.
     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.
    a separate deduction of at least Rs 1 lakh per year specifically for education  is being considered
    Exemption on home loans:  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. It can be increased to Rs 5 lakh per year.

Moreover, a proposal to reduce the age for tax exemption for senior citizens to 60 years from 65 years is also under consideration.


Income of less than Rs. 2 lakh a year are exempt from paying taxes.

Earning between Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh annually are taxed at 10%,

Between Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh at 20%

Earning more than Rs. 10 lakh pays a tax of 30%.


Issue of medicines to CGHS beneficiaries at the time of discharge from empanelled private hospitals.

No. S 11011/09/2014 - CGHS (HEC) / CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare
CGHS (Policy) Division
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: the 20th June, 2014

Sub:- Issue of medicines to CGHS beneficiaries at the time of discharge from empanelled private hospitals - regarding;

With reference to the above mentioned subject, the undersigned is directed to state that this Ministry has been receiving representations regarding difficulties being faced by CGHS beneficiaries in getting medicines immediately after discharge from empanelled private hospitals.

2. The matter has been examined in the Ministry and with a view to alleviate the inconvenience to CGHS beneficiaries in getting medicines immediately after discharge from empanelled private hospitals, it has been decided that CGHS beneficiaries who had taken inpatient medical treatment from a CGHS empanelled private hospital will be issued medicines from the treating private hospital at the time of discharge, for a period upto seven (7) days. The hospital will raise bill for the medicines separately and submit it alongwith the hospital bill for inpatient treatment, to CGHS for reimbursement in case of pensioner beneficiaries who are entitled to avail cashless medical treatment at the hospital.

3. in case of serving CGHS beneficiaries, if the treatment is provided by the hospital on credit basis (in deserving cases), they may raise bills for medicines supplied to the patient for post hospitalization period (upto 7 days after discharge), and claim reimbursement from the department / office concerned alongwith the hospital bill for inpatient treatment. In other cases, where the inpatient treatment is provided to serving CGHS beneficiaries on payment basis, the empanelled private hospital will supply medicines for upto 7 days period on payment basis, for which employee can claim reimbursement from his/her office. However, it will be upto the serving CGHS beneficiary to purchase the prescribed medicines from the hospital at the time of discharge (for upto 7 days) or get it from a CGHS dispensary, as may be convenient to him.

4. The above facility will however, be subject to the following conditions:
(i) Only essential medicines in generic form for continuity of treatment will be issued by the hospital.
(ii) No Nutritional supplements, tonic, cough syrup, vitamins, injections will be issued by the hospital. These are not allowed.
(iii) No non-drug items / equipments / appliances will be issued.
(iv) Total cost of such medicines issued by the hospital must not exceed Rs. 2000/- in any case.

5. This Office Memorandum shall come into force from the date of issue.

6. This issues with the concurrence of IFD vide FTS no. 88285 dt. 13/6/2014




No: S.11045 /36 /2012 / CGHS (HEC) (Pt)
Government of India
Directorate General of Central Govt. Health Scheme

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110108, dated the 24th June, 2014


Subject: Regarding extension of validity of empanelment of All Health Care Organizations empanelled under CGHS.

Attention is drawn to the Office Memorandum issued earlier extending validity of empanelment of all health care organizations under CGHS till 30th June, 2014.

2. It has now been decided to extend the validity of empanelment of all health care organizations already empanelled under CGHS, for a further period of one month i.e. till 31st July, 2014 or till finalization of next empanelment process, whichever is earlier on same terms and conditions as defined in OM on which they were empanelled earlier.

[Dr. (Mrs.) Sharda Verma]
Director (CGHS)

, ,

The retirement issue is to be handled with social mindset – says Dr. Jitendra Singh

MoS (Personnel) Dr. Jitendra Singh addresses pre-retirement counseling programme 
The retirement issue is to be handled with social mindset – says Dr. Jitendra Singh 

The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare conducted a pre-retirement counseling for retirees here today. Addressing the concluding session the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the issue of retirement is to be handled with social mindset. The MoS stated that the society should feel good about it. He stated that the issue is too large to handle by the government itself and hoped that social organization should come forward to help.

The Department of Pensions has institutionalised regular conduct of pre-retirement Counseling workshops. These workshops target retiring personnel two to two-and-a-half years before the retirement date. Topics covered are (i) Formalities to be covered for timely payment of retirement dues (ii) Financial planning for the amounts received at retirement (iii) Preparation of Will (iv) CGHS facilities after retirement and (v) Post-retirement opportunities through Sankalp.
The “Sankalp’ programme has been initiated by the Department towards this end and a web portal of the same name has also been launched. Pensioners, Pensioner Associations and NGOs can register on the website http//
Recognising the fact that a retiring government employee is very often unprepared to face the fact that he may be without a daily routine and a meaningful existence the day after he retires, the Government is looking for ways to engage the retired employees in meaningful social work.        
There are approximately 40,000 fresh retirees every year from the Central Government Civil establishments alone. This number could be close to 1,00,000  including defense, railways, posts and telecom. In addition there is a pool of around 50 lakh existing pensioners. This group of personnel can, by and large, offer greater maturity, experience and stability. With improved living conditions and the best of medical facilities, most of these retiring government employees would be capable of putting in a good 5-7 years of active service. Further, the financial requirements are by and large taken care of by the regular monthly pension payments which are also inflation indexed. What that hurts is a sense of not being wanted anymore and the lack of a daily routine.
Realising the potential of such a large section of experienced, capable and productive workforce, the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare has conceptualised such pre-retirement counseling sessions for retirees. This serves as a platform for exchange of information between retiring employees and voluntary or other organisations working towards building society looking for expertise, skill and maturity which can be offered by these retired government servants. The forum will serve to facilitate matching of broad parameters of geographical location and basic skills/ expertise required/ available. Both employees and organisations will have to register on to this portal.
Another possibility is to bring together groups of like-minded pensioners /Pensioners’ Associations and the ministries which are looking for concurrent audit or evaluation of development schemes being implemented all over the country.
The stakeholders identified for the project are:
Supply side:
a)   Pensioners
b)   Pensioners Associations identified by the Department involved in pensioners welfare
Demand side:
a)   Organisations involved in Social welfare projects
b)   Government Departments having Social welfare schemes
c)   Indian Institute of Corporate affairs for CSR activities
d)   Corporate-Public and Private with CSR funds

, ,

Revision of Forms under the General Provident Fund (Central Services) Rules, 1960 and Contributory Provident Fund Rules (India), 1962 - regarding.

No. 20/4/2014-P&PW(F)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
June 19, 2014
Office Memorandum

Sub: Revision of Forms under the General Provident Fund (Central Services) Rules, 1960 and Contributory Provident Fund Rules (India), 1962 - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that the Department of Pension &PW has been in the process of reviewing Forms for Pensionary/retirement benefits and Nominations under the various Rules administered by this Department for some time.

2. The Forms under the CCS (Pension) Rules, CCS (Commutation of Pension) Rules and Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules have been amended and notified in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary), which are available on this department’s website

3. The Forms under the General Provident Fund Rules and Contributory Provident Fund Rules have been looked into and the revised Forms are enclosed hereto.

4. It is re-emphasized that there is no provision under the rules for an application by the employee for payment of final Payment/transfer of balance on retirement or discharge or dismissal or permanent transfer outside the Govt. The Head of Office shall take necessary action in Form 1 in such cases without asking the Government servant to apply for the same.

In all other cases of withdrawal from the General/Contributory Provident Fund, the subscriber shall apply in Form 4. Head of Office will also ensure that such payment/transfers be made on time. There should be no additional liability on the Government on account of interest payment.

5. The Forms have been re-designed so that the Drawing and Disbursing Officer, the Head of Office and any other authority concerned in terms of the rules may record their remarks on the Forms and no separate noting in the note sheet is required, except in special cases warranting an examination of the facts of the case etc.

6. All Ministries/Departments are requested to give wide publicity to these Forms and instruct the authorities concerned to use these forms henceforth.

(Tripti P.Ghosh)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

, , ,

25th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble MOS

F. No. 42/29/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi. - 110003
Date: 24th June, 2014
All the Pensioners Associations under present SCOVA

Subject: 25th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble MOS (PP) to be held on 24th July, 2014 in Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi.

Intimation regarding VENUE, DATE and TIME.


In continuation to this Department's OM of even no dated 5th June, 2014 regarding holding of the 25th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble MOS(PP),the venue, date and time of the meeting is indicated below:

Venue:- Vigyan Bhawan Annexe
Committee Room-A, Ground Floor
Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi-110011

Date:- 24th July, 2014

Time:- 11.00 AM.

2. It is requested that the name of the member nominated for the meeting may kindly be sent to this Department to the undersigned through fax/ernail (Fax/Email address given below) and also in the hard copy.

3. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.

Yours faithfully,

(Sujasha Choudhury)
Dy. Secretary (P)


, , ,

Draft of JCM Memorandum to 7th CPC

Shiva Gopal Mishra
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road. New Delhi - 110001
E Mail : @

Dear Comrade,

The draft of JCM Memorandum to 7th CPC is placed on National Council JCM website you are requested to send your suggestions if any positively before 28th June 2014. We will be submitting our memorandum on 3oth June. Please treat it most urgent.

With greetings,
Yours sincerely,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)


Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Agitation Programme from 07th to 12th July, 2014-BPMS

No. BPMS/09/CIR/2014
Dated: 21.06.2014
The Office Bearers / CEC Members &
President / Secretary of the unions
Affiliated to BPMS

Subject: Agitation Programme from 07th to 12th July, 2014

Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Sadar Namaskar,

It has been decided in the Central Executive Committee of Government Employees National Confederation (GENC) held on 11.06.2014 at BMS Office, Paharganj, New Delhi that all the constituent Federations of GENC will observe an Agitation Programme throughout the country from 07th July, 2014 to 12th July, 2014 in protest/demands of various prevailing National Issues as given below:-

1. Scrap the New Pension Scheme and restore old Pension Scheme,
2. Merge the Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay and,
3. Scrap the proposal of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India on 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Defence Sector.

In this agitation programme Gate Meetings, Demonstration at Main Gate, wearing black badges and may include other peaceful methods decided at your level will be organized as per feasibility.

This demand week will be culminated by the submitting Memorandum to respective Head of Department on last working day addressed to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and copy to the Finance & Defence Minister, Govt of India.

We hope for full support and cooperation to make a great success to this agitation programme.

Brotherly yours
General Secretary

, , , , , , ,

BCPC Final Memorandum to 7th CPC

13-C,Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110 001
Mobile No. 9868244035
Dated 20th June, 2014
All Pensiioners Organisations.

Dear Comrade,
Attached herewith is the final draft of Memorandum on Pension and other Retirement Benefits to be submitted to the VII CPC by 30th June, 2014.

All modifications etc., agreed to in the Chennai meeting have been incorporated in this draft.

If you have any comments to offer, please send these comments via the e-mail i.d., mentioned below.

We have not included departmental specific issues like RELHS/BSNL etc., in this common draft.

Concern organizations in Railways, Postal, Defence and others may submit Part II of the memorandum on the departmental specific problems latest by 31-07-2014

With greetings, 
Comradely yours, 
S.K. Vyas 
Secretary General
, , , ,

Minimum & Maximum Wages Submitted to 7th CPC by IRTSA

 Principles of Determination of Pay 
Determination of Minimum & 
Maximum Wages 
Submitted to 
Indian Railways Technical Supervisors Association 
Central President General Secretary 

Compiled by
 Relevant Terms of reference

 2.a) To examine, review, evolve and recommend
changes that are desirable and feasible regarding the principles that should govern the emoluments structure including pay, allowances and other facilities / benefits, in cash or kind, having regard to rationalization and simplification therein as well as the specialized needs of various Departments, agencies and services, in respect of the following categories of employees:-
 i. Central Government employees-industrial and non- industrial;
 2.b)To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding principles that should govern the emoluments structure, concessions and facilities/benefits, in cash or kind …….

 Article 43. Living wage, etc., for workers 

 The State shall endeavour to secure, by suitable legislation or economic organisation
or in any other way, to all workers, agricultural, industrial or otherwise, work, a living wage, conditions of work ensuring a decent standard of life and full enjoyment of leisure and social and cultural opportunities
and ....

. Job Evaluation 
 Scientific job evaluation methods areavailable for a fair comparison of wages.
 Difference in nature of work can well be taken care of in scientific job evaluation.
 Recommendation of 3rd CPC for adoption of Job evolution technique on experimental
basis is still not tried.
 Classification or Grading method is easier method for job evaluation.
 Proposed method for Job Evaluation
 Brief Job descriptions and details of pay scales, emoluments and other particulars be
collected for various group of Employees.
 Jobs can be broadly grouped like “Industrial”, “Non-Industrial” and “Secretarial” etc.
 These groups may be further broken up into various sub-groups like “Artisan”,
“Supervisory”, “Administrative”, “Supportive”, etc.

 Proposed method for Job Evaluation 
……. Continued 
 Separate “Grade definitions” shall be finalised for each of these Groups & sub-groups,
 Indicating, type of work, level of job difficulty, area & Span of Supervision, etc
 Maintaining horizontal parities & vertical relativities. Will results in
 better justice, better job satisfaction, greater industrial harmony leading to higher efficiency
and productivity and the time, cost and effort would definitely be worth the returns,
particularly in the long run
 Minimum Wage as per 5th CPC method
 Pay in Pay Band + Grade Pay + % DA + Compensation factor based on rise in
NNP at factor Cost.  Calculation of compensation factor

 Calculation of compensation factor 
                          Per Capita NNP at factor cost 
  Year                             At constant price               Increase over previous

2005-06                                  26015                               1872
2006-07                                  28067                               2052
2007-08                                  30332                               2265
2008-09                                  31754                               1422
2009-10                                  33901                                2147
2010-11                                  36342                                2441
2011-12                                  38037                                1695
2012-13                                  39168                                1131
2013-14*                                41046                                1878
2014-15*                               42924                                 1878
% Increase of NNP at factor cost on Constant
Prices for the period of ten years                                       65%
* Assumed figures as per average increase

 Proposed Minimum Pay w.e.f. - 1.1.2016
Minimum Basic Pay + DA 140%+ Compensation
Per Capita NNP at factor cost

Minimum Basic pay after VI CPC                 Rs.7000
Projected DA 140% (as on 1.1.2016)          Rs.9800
BP+DA                                                       Rs.16800
Compensation factor (65%)                         Rs.10920
Proposed Minimum Pay
Proposed Number of times increase of BP     3.96 

Proposed Minimum & Maximum Pay based on 
post 6th CPC formula 
Pay in Pay BandGrade PayPay in Pay BandGrade Pay

Minimum Pay shall be increased from Rs.7000 to Rs.28,000.

Maximum Pay Shall be increased from Rs.80,000 to 3,20,000.

Intermediate Pays shall be fixed in the same way.

Upgradation shall be granted to specific categories on functional & other related justification. Determination of Maximum Pay First & then arriving Minimum Pay in the ratio of 9:1

 Maximum Pay shall be fixed first as per rise of NNP and then the Minimum pay in the
ratio of 9:1 thereof and the Intermediate Pays shall be fixed.

 Maximum Pay = Rs.80,000 X Compensation factor based on rise in NNP at factor Cost.
 = 80000 x 3.96 = Rs.316800 or Rs.3,20,000.

 Therefore, Minimum Pay works out to be Rs.320000 / 9 = 35555 or Rs.35500.
 Rate of Increments

 Annual Increment:- Rate of annual increment in each grade may please be
granted @ 5 per cent.

 Increment on Promotion:- During Promotion minimum 10% increase in Basic
Pay has to be granted.

 Fixation of Pay on Promotion at par with Entry Pay:- Pay on Promotion should be
fixed at least at par with Entry Pay in the Revised Pay Structure.

Thank you

Combined Defence Services Examination (ii), 2013 - Final Result Declared

The following are the lists, in order of merit of 299 (186+99+14) candidates who have qualified on the basis of the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2013 conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in  September, 2013 and SSB interviews held by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for admission to the 137th Course of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun; Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course i.e. 196th F (P) Course.

            There are some common candidates in the three lists for various courses.

            The number of vacancies, as intimated by the Government is 250 for Indian Military Academy [including 32 vacancies reserved for  NCC ‘C’ certificates (Army Wing) holders], 40 for Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala Executive(General Service)  (including 06 vacancies reserved  for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing) holders] and 32 for Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.

            The Commission had recommended 5608, 2874 and 678 as qualified in the written test for admission to the Indian Military Academy/Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy respectively.  The number of candidates finally qualified are those after SSB testing conducted by Army Head Quarters.

            The results of Medical examination have not been taken into account in preparing these lists.

            Verification of date of birth and educational qualifications of these candidates is still under process by the Army Headquarters.  The candidature of all these candidates is, therefore, Provisional on this score.  Candidates are requested to forward their certificates, in original, in support of Date of Birth/Educational qualification etc. claimed by them, along with Photostate attested copies thereof to Army Headquarters /Naval Headquarters /Air Headquarters, as per their first choice.

            In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters /Naval Headquarters /Air Headquarters.

            These results will also be available on the UPSC website at  However, marks of the candidates will be available on the website after completion of its complete process i.e. after declaration of final result of Officers Training Academy (OTA) for Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2013.

            For any further information, the candidates may contact Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of the Commission’s Office, either in person or on telephone Nos.011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 between 10:00 hours and 17:00 hours on any working day.      

Click here for full list

Monday, June 23, 2014

, , , ,

Anomaly in fixation of pay of Loco Supervisory, Staff appointed prior to 01-01-06 with reference to their juniors appointed after 01-01-06 and drawing more pay than seniors.

New Delhi, dated 10.06.2014.
The General Secretary,                The General Secretary,
A.I.R.F.                                           N.F.I.R.,
4, State Entry Road,                   3, Chelmsford Road,
New Deihi.                           New Delhi.

Sub: Anomaly in fixation of pay of Loco Supervisory, Staff appointed prior to 01-01-06 with reference to their juniors appointed after 01-01-06 and drawing more pay than seniors.

Attention is invited to the minutes of the meeting held by the Board with the Federations on 07.02.2014. The subject noted above was one the issues raised in the aforesaid meeting and in the minutes, it has been stated that - “As regards the issue of Loco Inspectors, the 6 (six) zones viz., Central, South Central, WCR, ECoR, NWR and NE Railway may also implement without delay".

In this regard, it is stated that as per records available in this office, orders on stepping up of pay, vide Board's letter of even no. dt. 24.07.2009,, have been issued to all the zonal railways for uniform implementation, only on fulfilling the conditions stipulated therein. The conditions stipulated in the Board’s letter dt. 24.07.2009 have been reiterated to all the zonal railways time and again.

Many court cases have been filed at different levels seeking stepping up of pay in dilution of the conditions. In one SLP matter (SLP[C] 5901/2013), the Hon'ble Supreme Court dismissed the SLP vide their order dt. 11.2.2014 without going into the merits of the case and leaving open the question of law concerning the interpretation of the relevant Rules. This matter is being examined in consultation with LA, Railway Board/ Central Agency Section for filing review before Hon'ble Supreme Court.

Another SLP bearing No. CC l514-1515 of 2014 has been filed, which was heard on 7.2.14 when the Hon'ble Supreme Court ordered for issue of notice and granted stay in the matter. This factual position was informed to all the zonal railways vide Board is letter dt. 28.2.2014.

From the above, it is evident that stepping up of pay is admissible subject to fulfillment of specified conditions which is uniformly applicable to all the zonal railways, moreover the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India has not yet decided the issue on merits as on date, hence the matter is sub-judice.

For Secretary
Railway Board

Source: AIRF

Sunday, June 22, 2014

, , , , ,

Implementation of Recommendations of 6th CPC — Merger of grades — Revised Classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts — Scheme for filling up of vacancies after 31.12.2013.

RBE No. 63/2014
No.E(NG)l-2008/PM 1/15
New Delhi, dated 16.06.2014
The General Managers (P)
All Indian Railways & PUs.
(As per standard list)

Sub: Implementation of Recommendations of 6th CPC — Merger of grades — Revised Classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts — Scheme for filling up of vacancies after 31.12.2013.

Ref: Board’s letters of even no dated 03.09.2009, 07.06.2010, 21.11.2011, 23.05.2012, 15.1.2013, 24.05.2013 & 03.01.2014 on the above subject.

The existing methodology and benchmarking for promotion, as enumerated in the Board’s letters referred to above, may be applied till 31.12.2014.

Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.

(Amita Bhalla)
Deputy Director-II/ E(NG)I
Railway Board.

Source: AIRF

Saturday, June 21, 2014

, ,

Revision of Passenger Fare & Freight Rate will Come into Effect from 25.6.2014

The Railway passenger fare and freight rate revision was done as part of interim budget presented by the previous government. But the implementation of revised rates was withdrawn by previous regime because of the elections. Meeting the annual expenditure would not be possible unless the revised rates as finalized by previous government is implemented, hence order of withdrawing implementation of revised fare and freight has been withdrawn. Accordingly, the revised passenger fare and freight rates & freight structure rationalization will come into effect from 25th June 2014 (i.e. w.e.f. 0000 hours of 25th June 2014).

In nutshell, following are the changes to be effective from 25th June 2014 (i.e. w.e.f. 0000 hours of 25th June 2014).


·                A flat 5% increase in freight rates and an additional increase of 1.4% on account of FAC (Fuel adjustment Component) which was due since April 2014. The overall increase in freight rates will be 6.5% approx .for major commodities.

·                Withdrawal of short lead concession in charging of freight for all traffic booked upto 100 kms. Minimum distance for charge has been increased from existing 100 kms to 125 kms.

·                The number of Low Rated Classes have been reduced from 4 to 3. Certain concessions in case of some of these commodities has also been withdrawn.


·                A flat 10% increase in all classes. There will be no increase upto minimum distance for charge. In addition there will be an increase of 4.2% in fares on account of FAC which is due from April 2014.

·                Second Class Monthly Season Ticket (MST) fares of Suburban and Non-suburban shall be charged on the basis of 30 single journeys instead of approximately 15 single journeys.  Fares of First Class Monthly Season Tickets will be charged @ 4 times the Second Class Monthly Season Tickets (MST) Fares as is done presently.  Revised fare shall also be applicable as per the existing method of computation on Quarterly Season Tickets (QST), Half Yearly Season Tickets (HST) and Yearly Season Tickets (YST), etc.  these revisions have been shown in the Season Ticket Fare Tables.

Other Charges:
·         There shall be no change in charges for reservation fee, superfast surcharge etc.  Such charges, wherever applicable, shall continue to be levied additionally as per existing instructions.
·         Service tax will continue to be levied as applicable as per instructions issued in this regard.
·         The revised fares will also apply to tickets issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after 25.06.2014.
·         In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, the difference in fares and other charges on or after 25.06.2014 will be recovered either by TTEs on the trains or by the Booking/Reservation Offices before the commencement of journey by passengers.


Railways’ Clarification on Revision of Passenger Fare & Freight Rate

In connection with the Revision of Passenger Fare and Freight Rates, the Ministry of Railways would like to clarify the following:

The Order of Fare and Freight revision issued by the Ministry of Railways today, as finalised by the previous Government, is only 10 % hike in Passenger Fare and 5 % hike in Freight Rates.

The figure of 14.2 % hike in Passenger Fare and 6.5 % hike in Freight Rates is inclusive of the Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC) (4.2 % for Passenger Fare and 1.5 % Approx. for Freight Rates) which is done once in six months routinely, depending upon the fluctuations in Oil Prices similar to retail prices of Diesel and Petrol at Petrol Bunks. The additional burden due to oil Prices fluctuation, will get reviewed if the price of Oil decreases. It is pertinent to note that the Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC) linked revision has already been implemented twice earlier by the previous government and was last done in October 2013.


Friday, June 20, 2014

, , , , , ,

Clarification regarding purchase of Air Tickets from Authorized Travel Agents for the purpose of LTC.

F.No. 31011/4/2014-Estt (A.IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: 19th June, 2014

Subject: – Clarification regarding purchase of Air Tickets from Authorized Travel Agents for the purpose of LTC.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the instructions issued from time to time on the above noted subject and say that the Government employees are required to book their air tickets directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’. ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tour’ and ‘IRCTC’ (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT O.M. No.31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey(s).

2. In a number of cases, it has been noticed that the aforesaid instructions are not being followed and as a result various Ministries/Departments continue to make references to DoPT seeking relaxation of the conditions for one reason or the other. The most common reasons given by the employees are unawareness of the rules and non-availability of Authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Ashok Tmvels, M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company at places where the tickets have been booked from. Even in such cases, the option of booking directly from the airlines through their website is available. In no case is the booking of tickets through any other agency is permissible.

3. All the Ministries/Departments of Government of India are advised to ensure that their employees are made aware of the above mentioned guidelines to avoid breach of any of the LTC rules.

4. This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary(E).

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India


, , , ,


Shiva Gopal Mishra
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001

Dated: June 17, 2014

Hon’ble Minister of Finance,
(Government of India), Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Reg.: Pre-budget consultation

I, on behalf of National Council (Joint Consultative Machinery), representing more than 36 lakh Central Government Employees’, once again congratulate and welcome you on your taking over as Finance Minister of the new government, recently formed on the verdict of the people of this country.

We take this opportunity to bring to your kind notice some important major issues that need to be taken into consideration while finalising the General Budget of our country for the year 2014-15. This would definitely boost the morale of the Central Government Employees and simultaneously help a lot in overall development of our nation.

Some of the important issues are appended below for your kind consideration;

(i) Effective measures need to be taken to arrest the skyrocketing price rice, particularly of essential commodities effecting common man and to contain inflation, ban speculative forward trading in commodities, strengthen the Public Distribution System, ensure proper check on unlawful hoardings and rationalise the tax dutylcess on petroleum products with a view to minimise burden on common people.

(ii) Adequate allocation be ensurd in infrastructure development in order to stimulate the economy for job creation. Necessary measures are required to be taken for strengthening the Public Sector for job creation and rapid development of the country as this sector plays vital role in this regard. Plan and non-plan expenditure should be adequately increased to stimulate job creation and ensuring consistent income of the people.

(iii) Minimum Wage linked to Consumer Price Index need to be guaranteed to all workers, complying the recommendation of the 15 Indian Labour Conference as envisaged by the apex court of the country and reiterated in the 44th Indian Labour Conference held in 2012, and it should be minimum Rs 15000 p.m.

(iv) In the context of huge job losses and mounting unemployment problem, the ban imposed on recruitment in Government Departments, Public Sector Undertakings and Autonomous Bodies should be lifted as per recommendation of the 43 Session of the Indian Labour Conference, Instructions of the Finance Ministry to abolish the posts which are not filled for one year should be withdrawn and thumb rule surrender of posts in Government Departments and Public Sector Undertakings be stopped, while new posts be created fornew assets and increased workload without imposing any conditn of “Matching Saving” etc.

(v) In the wake of appointment of VII CPC by the former government, allocation of requiste funds be made for Interim Relief and to implement the recommendations of the VII CPC.

(vi) All the restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility coverage of the schemes under the Unorganised Workers’ Social Secuñty Act, 2008 need to be done awaywith and adequate resources be allocated for the National Fund for Unorganised Workers with a view to provide Social Security to all Unorganised Workers, including Contractual/Casual Workers in ne with the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour as also the 43rd Session of the Indian Labour Conference, for which the word “Below Poverty Line” need to be re-defined at the earliest.

(vii) Necessary provision in the budget be made for providing essential services, viz, housing, public transport, sanitation, water, schools/colleges, creche for children, healthcare for the workers in the new emerging industrial areas as also separate women hostels for women workers where their participation is high.

(viii) Budget provision is required to be increased for elementary education, particularly in the wake of implementation of the justify to Education, as the same can be proved an effective tool to combat Child Labour.

(ix) The prevalent system of computation of Consumer Pñce Index needs to be reviewed owing to heavy financial loss to the workers in the present system.

(x) The ceiling limit for exemption of Income Tax for the salaried employees be raised to atleast 5 lakh per annum and fringe benefits, like housing, medical aid education facilities, Running Allowances, be exempted from Income Tax net in totality.

(xi) New Pension Scheme be withdrawn, being detrimental for Social Security, and all employees under the Central Government, State Government, PSUs, Autonomous Bodies etc. recruited on or after 01.01.2004 be covered under Old Pension Scheme. Any National Pension Scheme should be made optional in addition to Old Pension Scheme.

(xii) The genuine demand for Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay be accepted and adequate allocation of funds for this purpose be made in the budget.

We also put-forth the following suggestions in regard to resource mobilisation for the purpose of fulfilment  of the aspirations of the common people of the country in general and the working class in particular:-

A Progressive Taxation System should be put in place to ensure taxing the rich and the affluent sections who have the capacity to pay at a higher degree. Corporate service sector, traders, wholesale business, private hospitals and institutions etc. should be brought under broader and higher tax net Increase taxes on luxury goods and reduce Indirect Taxes on essential commodities, as at present overwhelming majority of the population are subjected lo Indirect Taxes that constitute 86% of the revenue.
Concrete steps must be taken to recover huge accumulated unpaid tax arrears which has already crossed more than Rs.5 lakh crore on Direct and Corporate Tax account alone, and has been increasing at a geometric proportion. Such huge tax evasion over and above the liberal tax concessions, already given in the last two budgets, should not be allowed to continue.
The steps taken by the new Central Government, constituting Special Investigation Team(SIT) for recovering black money are praiseworthy and we urge for speedy action in the matter.
Effective measures need to be taken to unearth huge accumulation of black money in the economy, including heavy amount of uncounted money in the tax heavens abroad and within the country, and necessary provisions be made to bring back illicit flow from India, which are at present more than twice current external debt of US$ 230 billion. This huge money be directed towards providing Social Security lo the working class.

We do hope, the above-mentioned views would receive due consideration from your good-self. Besides the, there is an urgent need for continuous dialogue with the Central Government Employees, for which, the National Council(JCM), being ai effective tool, has always played a vital role during the past, however., it is quite unfortunate that the same has been made ineffective during the recent years. It is our considered view that, in the larger interest of the development of the nation, continuous dialogue on the problems of the Central Government Employees through the JCM is necessary.

It is, therefore, earnestly requested that, dialogue in the pre-budget discussion with the JCM(Staff Side) should also be ensured, so that the views expressed by them can also be taken Into account while finalising the Budget.

With kind regards!

Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)




All India Railwaymen's Federation
NEW DELHI-110055


At the outset, while thanking Hon’ble MR, MoSR, CRB, other Railway Board Members, General Managers, General Secretary AIRF, Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, raised the issue of digitalisation of records and making all the offices paperless. He also requested Hon’ble MR for introduction of such software which can provide all the information pertaining to employees on their mobile phones, particularly balance of leaves, Basic Pay, Dearness Allowance, Travelling Allowance, House Rent Allowance etc. and deduction being made from the salaries of the employees.

He also emphasised the demand for scrapping New Pension Scheme that came into effect from 01.01.2004 with restoration of Old Pension Scheme for all the Railway employees and liberalization of SPAD Clause to minimise stress and strain in the staff in the interest of safety.


(i) Thousands of Railwaymen lay their lives while working round-the-clock 24x7x365 days in all weathers, need a better treatment from the Railways and Government of India. Grievance Handling Machinery, particularly Permanent Negotiating Machinery, has been paralysed. Any grievance raised by a particular staff or union must be resolved within 60 days of raising of the grievance to remove stress of the staff, which is major danger for the safety.

(ii) Special attention to be paid for timely filling up of vacancies in Safety Categories. On account of shortage of manpower, the existing staff are compelled to adopt short-cuts, which is a potential threat to safety.

(iii) Adequate and proper training facilities be made available for skill development and to acquaint the manpower with latest technological development.

(iv) Proper infrastructure for maintenance, both preventive and routine, should be made available with adequate facilities.

(v) The New Pension Scheme, i.e. National Pension Scheme, introduced w.e.f. 01.01.2004, has totally eroded the Social Security, and the staff appointed on or after this crucial date is always afraid about their future, which also diverts their proper attention from their duty.

(vi) The system of induction to erstwhile Group ‘D’ Safety Categories, now in Grade Pay Rs.1800 and classified as Group ‘C’, needs to be de-centralized, and the old system of engagement in the form of Substitutes at the Divisional/Workshop level be restored with the process of sponsoring the names of the candidates by local Employment Exchange etc. with weightage of at least 5% marks to the wards of Railwaymen.

(vii) Modernised Tools and Equipments be made available to the technical staff engaged in maintenance of rolling stock, track, signalling gear etc.

(viii) Operating Staff, assigned the work of train passing duty, particularly on intensively utilised section should not be given additional work like commercial duties etc.

(ix) In the category of Running Staff, both Loco & Traffic, no vacancies should be allowed to continue for a longer period of time.

(x) There should be proper resting facilities at out stations in Running Rooms, including cooking facilities and at home, so that they are not subjected to work without proper rest, which is a potential to endangering the safety.

(xi) Running Staff and the staff engaged in train operations should not be compelled to work longer duty hours, for which adequate manpower be made available.

(xii) There should be no compromise in the standard of the material and components, for which strict quality check be ensured through internal assessment, creating necessary paraphernalia for this purpose. Responsibility must be fixed on any breach to life cycle of the instrument or material.

(xiii) Outsourcing of perennial nature maintenance works in all kinds of rolling stock, track and signalling gears as also the infrastructure should not be resorted to in the larger interest of safe rail operation.

(xiv) Increasing trend of outsourcing is also endangering the safety of rail operation because the contractor not only engages untrained manpower, but also violates the Statutory Rules for contractual labours, viz. not paying legitimate wages, not providing even basic facilities in gross violation of Contract Labour(Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970.

(xv) Low paid contractual labour, engaged in perennial nature of departmental works, is found indulged in theft of railway materials. It was accepted by the them CRB, Shri Vivek Sahai, in PREM Group Meeting at the apex level, that, after the introduction of CST, theft incidents have increased and condition has been deteriorated.

(xvi) Inadequacy of funds for replacement of outdated assets, including rolling stocks, track and signalling gears, is also a major hurdle in safety of rail operation.

(xvii) In the recent days, some of the incidents of fire have caused lots of casualties and given bad name to IR. Previously, there was a separate department of RPF Fire, which used to train the staff and checking fire equipments, had been abolished, leaving Railway System in the hand of private parties, responsible for such incidents. Fire Department in the Railways needs to be restored.

(xviii) Track maintenance and problems in keeping block.

(xix) Scope of the LARSGESS needs to be widened, so that the staff working in Safety Categories, who are unwilling or incapable of working, can seek Voluntary Retirement with simultaneous appointment to their qualified and capable wards with a view to induct the young bloods in the system for better productivity and efficiency.

(xx) Safety Organisation in the Railways is working on ad-hoc basis and those who are rejected in the system are posted there. Safety Counsellors, instead of counselling, do policing and punishing the staff. This mentality needs a change.


In our opinion, two types of action plan are required to be framed


(i) Latest Mechanised Cleaning System needs to be introduced departmentally with adequate material, tools and plants and imparting proper training to the staff for their effective use.

(ii) Toilets in the trains be modernised and converted to bio-toilets to make them eco-friendly.

(iii) Cleaning of toilets and fioors of train compartment be done at regular interval on some identified stations, for which sufficient manpower with materials, equipment etc. be made available.

(iv) In case of outsourcing of cleaning system, both trains and stations, the contractor, when allotted the works, complies with the terms and conditions of the contract for a short duration of time and subsequently withdraws manpower as provided for in the agreement, and the quality gradually gets deteriorated on this account. The contractual manpower engaged by the contractor, on account of being untrained, low paid and inconsistent, are incapable of maintaining quality of cleaning on, both at the stations and the trains.

(v) Paucity of funds is another major factor in non-maintaining of proper cleanliness.

(vi) Rail users are also required to be trained through display of pamphlets, posters, documentaries, exhibitions, play/drama/Nukkad Nataks etc., not to spread garbage/wastage etc. everywhere, viz. in the compartment, on railway platform, trains, tracks etc. to maintain cleanliness and for its proper monitoring CCTVs/Cameras may be installed in train compartments and on railway stations.

(vii) Rail users should also be counselled for using the toilets etc. in proper manner.

B. (i) Some Statutory Provisions be made to impose some fine on misuse of toilets, spreading garbage/wastage in the train compartments, rail platform and railway tracks etc. on the pattern of Metro Rail.

(ii) Proper system for monitoring violation of the above-mentioned Statutory Rules be introduced and ensured.


(i) Owing to Railways’ accountability for serving proper quality of meals, only Departmentally- run Catering System needs to be restored.

(ii) To provide proper quality meals, snacks, breakfast etc. onboard, fully equipped and modernised Departmental Base Kitchens need to be established at major stations with sufficient manpower and proper infrastructure.

(iii) Strict quality check, right from raw-material to finished product, needs to be ensured.

(iv) Onboard service of edible items be assigned to departmental workforce only.

(v) Staff hygiene and their upkeep with proper uniform also need to be ensured.

(vi) Staff should be provided with adequate and proper quality equipments and utensils for hassle- free onboard service.

(vii) No outsourcing should be resorted to in the interest of quality and standard of catering services.

The factors affecting punctuality can be broadly divided into two major groups


(i) inadequacy of trained manpower in Running, Operational and Maintenance Categories.

(ii) lmproper quality of materials, leading to in-service failure.

(iii) Compelled short-cuts in working owing to shortage of manpower etc.

(iv) Over-utilization of rolling stock and tracks beyond optimum capacity.

(v) Non-provision of proper maintenance corridor, resulting in line failures.

(vi) Longer hours of duty of Running Staff and Operating Staff.

(vii) Dual System of Law Enforcement Machinery, i.e. GRP and RPF.

(viii) Old aged signalling system needs to be replaced by modernised latest signalling.

(ix) Single traction system, i.e. either diesel or electric sometimes also leads to loss of punctuality on account of line failure, as such introduction of dual traction system may be introduced.


(i) Frequent Alarm Chain Pulling(ACP) without any valid reason, resulting in remarkable loss in
running time of trains.

(ii) Non-provision of strict Statutory Rules against misuse of ACP System etc. and non
enforcement of existing rules.

(iii) Unauthorised trespassing of tracks and level crossing gates.

(iv) Overloading by the contractors, in case of leased brake-van etc.

(v) En-route violence by the unsocial elements travelling in the trains.

(vi) Dislocation of train services in terrorist affected areas.


(i) Departmental PRS need to be streamlined and strengthened by providing adequate and modern equipments with trained manpower.

(ii) Timely replacement of outdated and condemned equipments etc. be ensured.

(iii) Mis-utilization of manpower in other than the assigned duties of the Reservation and Booking Staff needs to be curbed.

(iv) UTS needs to be augmented so as to create this facility on all the railway station for smooth issuing of tickets to the travelling public.

(v) Check and balance to be maintained on e-ticketing system to prevent misappropriation etc.

(vi) Smart Card System be introduced to avoid long queues on booking windows.

(vii) Credit/Debit Card System may be thought of for issue of Reserved and Unreserved ticket.

(viii) Token System with Display Board be introduced in the PRS on all important and major stations to avoid longer queues and stress on the ticket issuing staff.


(i) In the present resource constraints, double-decker passenger trains with Light Weight Bogie need to be introduced in all Mail, Express, Superfast, Passenger Trains.

(ii) For day-service trains, coaches having larger sitting capacity be utilised in place of conventional passenger coaches, for which, coaches of Jan Shatabadi Trains and Double Decker Trains would be most suitable.

(iii) For enhancement of freight loading capacity, new designs of wagons, having larger loading capacity need to be introduced.

(iv) Automatic Signalling System be introduced on all major routes to facilitate operation of more and more number of trains on the existing tracks.

(v) The length of the Mail, Express, Superfast trains may be further augmented with additional coaches.

(vi) Adequate number of Unreserved Express Trains, with newly designed coaches with sitting arrangement, be run on all major routes to cater the requirement of the poor people of the country.

(vii) Rather than providing Luggage Van in all passenger train services, separate Parcel Trains be introduced and the Luggage Van be replaced with Passenger Coaches for ordinary unreserved passengers.


(i) Allocation of funds should be given priority for those projects which are near completion so that the money already invested in the projects can be made effective use of on early completion of the same.

(ii) Projects of national interest still need to be given emphasis in view of national integrity and fulfilment of the aspirations of the people of the isolated areas.

(iii) Keeping in view the large-number of accidents occurring on manned-unmanned level crossings, ROBs and RUBs be given priority, which would not only help averting accidents but also save remarkable amount of revenue.


(i) Improper ticket checking system, due to shortage of checking staff, causes heavy financial loss to the Railways in the form of ticketless/irregular travelling.

(ii) Upgradation system of reserved accommodation is also not working well insofar as improvement in the railway earning is concerned.

(iii) Rationalisation of passenger fare with realistic approach is of utmost importance.

(iv) Useless wastage of money on the works executed without perspective and foresightness needs to be checked and accountability be ensured.

(v) Unwarranted for procurement also needs to be checked.

(vi) Timely disposal of surplus and condemned materials needs to be ensured.

(vii) Uncalled for intensive use of government vehicle needs to be checked.

(viii) Excessive misuse of manpower needs to be affectively curbed.

(ix) Freight Booking System needs to be modernised and upgraded to make it user-friendly.

(x) Undesired works in the name of beautification at the cost of safety need to be stopped.


(i) Unnecessary movement of managerial staff with the Saloon/RA should be minimised.

(ii) Foreign tours in the name of training to those staff and officers, particularly on the on the verge of retirement need to be stopped.

(iii) Musical Chair System on the posts of JAG and above be stopped.

(iv) Bungalow Peon System needs to be abolished.

(v) Proper utilization of surplus railway land be ensured.

(vi) Railways’ buildings need to be utilised for advertisement panels of reputed enterprises.


(i) As already announced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, there is urgent need of speeding the decision making, for which paperless system, e-governance would be effective tools.

(ii) The authority to take decision in a particular matter should be widely known and on the pattern of Single Window System.

(iii) Decision in the particular case be ensured in maximum three layers.

(iv) There should not be diversified responsibility in decision making.

(v) Decentralisation of powers in case of decision making.


Thursday, June 19, 2014


Guidelines regarding handling of complaints in Ministries/Departments.

No. 104/76/2011-AVD.1
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi , the   18th June, 2014.
Office Memorandum

Subject:- Guidelines regarding handling of complaints in Ministries/Departments.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. of even number dated 18.10.2013 on the above subject and to say that the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India have been seeking clarifications from this Department on operation of the aforesaid O.M. The matter has been considered and it is clarified as under:-
(i) `Anonymous complaints' are such complaints which do not carry both, name and address of the complainant and need to be dealt with in terms of para 3 (i) of the DOP&T O.M. dated 18.10.2013 referred to in para 1 above, irrespective of the nature of allegations.

(ii) The complaints other than anonymous complaints which contain vague allegations need to be dealt with in terms of para 3 (ii) of the DOP&T O.M. dated 18.10.2013 referred to in sub- para (i) above.

(iii) The complaints which contain verifiable allegations and are not anonymous, need to be dealt with in terms of para 3 (iii) of the DOP&T O.M. dated 18.0.2013 referred to in para 1 above
(G. Srinivasan)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

, , , ,

Periodical revision of pension once in 5 years in future,Scrapping the New Pension Scheme and PFRDA-BCPC

Camp: Chennai
Date: 14.06.2014

As scheduled the meeting of the representatives of various Central Government Pensioners Organisations took place today in Chennai. The meeting was presided over by one of the Vice Chairman of BCPC Comrade R.L.Bhattacharyya. 31 representatives from fifteen Organisations participated in this meeting. This meeting was called to discuss all the amendments and suggestions received on the draft memorandum prepared by BCPC and exhibited in the websites. Two organisations viz., All India Railway Retired Employees Federation, Secunderabad led by Comrade Y.N.Sasthry and All India Federation of Pensioners Associations, Chennai led by Comrade Balasubramanian have sent their written suggestions for amendment of the Draft Memorandum. Some of the representatives on the spot gave their suggestions either in writing or even verbally.

All these suggestions etc were frankly considered and either incorporated or ignored on the basis of consensus reached in the meeting.

It was also agreed that the memorandum should be submitted to the 7th CPC on certain fundamental issues relating to Pensioners so that these could be focussed and claimed serious consideration by the pay commission. It was also decided that some issues which were pressed hard by the representatives should also find place in this memorandum as miscellaneous items. Further it was decided that a separate Memorandum should be prepared by departmental specific Pensioners organisations like Postal Pensioners, BSNL Pensioners, Railway Pensioners etc, which should form Part – II of the Memorandum.

The final draft of the Common Memorandum would be finalised before 22nd June and would be placed in the websites of both the NCCPA and BPS. All Organisations are requested to post their comments and convey them through emails to NCCPA ( latest by 25th June, 2014. After considering these comments, the final Memorandum will be prepared and submitted to 7th CPC on behalf of BCPC and all the participating organisations by 30th June, 2014.

A summary of the proceedings of this meeting is also attested.

Having succeeded in finalising a common memorandum on pensioners  related issues, the first step in the direction of uniting the pensioners has been taken. More than submission of this Memorandum to the Pay Commission, we should present it before the mass of pensioners all over the country and educate them as to why these fundamental issues have been raised with emphasis rather than raising all and sundry issues before the pay commission. The meeting unanimously accepted this approach and authorised the Secretary General to finalise with the following five points prioritised:

Scrapping the New Pension Scheme and PFRDA.

Parity of Pension between the past and future pensioners.

Periodical revision of pension once in 5  years in future.

Minimum pension should not be less than the minimum pay of the lowest cadre at any point of time.

Quantum of pension @ 67% of the Last Pay Drawn or 10 months average whichever is greater and additional pension for older pensioners.

Comprehensive cashless as well as hazzle free medicare scheme for all pensioners without any discrimination.

This memorandum represents the aspirations of the entire community of pensioners and therefore it is primarily meant to be addressed to them if the Commission does not impart justice on the issues raised by us in this memorandum. The membership should be prepared and united for appropriate action to back these demands.

It is hoped that all Pensioners Organisations would endeavour to involve the entire membership in  pursuance of these goals, which we have raised before the Pay Commission.

Comradely Yours,

Secretary General


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

, , ,

DoPT Issues Revised Guidelines on Commencement of Pension

The Government has streamlined procedures for retiring employees so that delays may be overcome in earliest commencement of pension. This follows directions issued by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions to the workshop held with the Pension Secretaries of various State Governments here on June 12, 2014.

Delegates pointed out during the course of deliberations that the release of pension after retirement gets delayed mainly due to two reasons. Primarily, the delay in receipt of intimation by the pensioner that pension papers have reached the bank and secondly, delay on the part of pensioner in approaching the bank for submission of undertaking that he shall refund any amount paid to him to which he is not entitled.

As per the new guidelines, the Government has decided that the requisite undertaking may be obtained by the Head of Office from the retiring employee and forwarded to the pension disbursing bank along with the Pension Payment Order (PPO). The bank shall credit the pension to the account of the pensioner as soon as this undertaking is received along with the pension documents.

This change in procedure has an added advantage that the PPO can now be handed over in person to the retiring employee along with other retirement dues. Earlier the pensioner had to approach the bank for PPO.

With this change in rules and procedures, the pensioners would be saved of considerable inconvenience and delay and his pension will commence as soon as he retires.

, ,

LTC by air extended for 2 more years

JAMMU, June 17: The Union Ministry for Tourism today extended by another two years a proposal to grant Leave Travel Concession (LTC) to Jammu and Kashmir and North East by air.
The package was due to expire today.
The extension in package by another two years will allow all categories of Central Government employees to travel to Jammu and Kashmir by air, using either Air India or private airlines by Economy class only, irrespective of their entitlement.
The proposal would not only provide the Central Government employees an additional facility as an incentive but also give boost to tourism in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said.