Thursday, July 31, 2014

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No. 5/1/2014- CPI
DATED: the 31st July, 2014
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) June, 2014

The All-India CPI-1W for June, 2014 increased by 2 points and pegged at 246(two hundred and forty six). On 1-month percentage change. it increased by 0.82 percent between May, 2014 and June, 2014 when compared with the rise of 1.32 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 1.37 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Poultry Chicken, Milk, Onion, Potato, Tomato and other vegetables, Sugar, Cigarette. Electricity Charges, Bus Fare. Barber & Tailoring Charges. Toilet Soap, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Wheat & Wheat Alla, Edible Oils, Fruits, Soft Coke. Medicine (Allopathic), etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-1W stood ai 6.49 percent for June, 2014 as compared to 7.02 per cent for the previous month and 11.06 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 5.88 per cent against 7.66 per cent of the previous month and 14.86 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Goa. Mudurai. Vishakhapathnarn. Ilengluru and Kodarma recorded the maximum increase of 6 points each followed by Ahmedabad and Hubli Dharwar (5 points each). Among others. 4 points rise was observed in 8 centres. 3 points in 11 centres. 2 points in 16 centres and 1 point in another 16 centres. On the contrary, a decline of 8 points was reported in Giridih, 2 points each in Yamunanagar and Sholapur and 1 point in 5 centres. Indices of’remaining 12 centres experienced no change.

The indices of’ 36 centres are above and other 42 centres are below national average.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of July,2014 will be released on Friday. 29 August. 2014. The same will also be available, on the office website in.



Railways Plan to Provide wi-fi Facility at Major Stations and in Important Trains

Railway proposes Wi-Fi facility at ‘A1’ & ‘A’ category stations and in 50 rakes of important trains in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duranto category. This is in addition to Wi-Fi facility provided in 3 rakes of Howrah-New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express as a pilot project.

For the pilot project on Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Ex;press, an amount of Rs 6.67 crore has been spent by Eastern Railway. Further, provision of Wi-Fi in 50 rakes of important trains in Rajdhan/Shatabdi/Duranto category at an estimated cost of Rs. 55 crore is planned. In the current financial year, an amount of Rs. 1.00 crore has been allocated to Northern Railway which is executing this work. At stations, Wi-Fi facility will be provided by RailTel Corporation of Indian Limited (CIL) a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Railways through Internet Service Providers with no investment by Railways.

For Wi-Fi in trains and at stations, Railway will be using a cost effective technology and the same is being deliberated. Once the technology is selected, further action will be taken to make it operational.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


Process of Empanelment Before Appointment

Empanelment is a pre-requisite for appointment to the Central Staffing Scheme posts of Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary and Secretary in the Central Government. Empanelment is not required for appointment to the post of Under Secretary at the Centre. The process of empanelment is transparent. However, since empanelment is not a promotion, no Departmental Promotion Committee is required to be set up.

The guidelines in regard to the empanelment have been placed on the DOPT’s website (under OM & Orders>Establishment Officer> Circulars relating to Empanelment). The empanelment process involves assessment of ACR dossiers by Experts Panels comprising retired Secretary level officers, which have been constituted with the approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet(ACC). After assessment by the Experts Panel, all relevant records are placed before the Civil Services Board (CSB)/Screening Committee of Secretaries (SCOS).

Keeping in view the grading of the officer, consideration norms applicable for empanelment under the orders of the ACC, such as the general reputation of the officer, the types of assignment handled, the variety of experience exposed to and vigilance status, the CSB/SCOS makes recommendation regarding empanelment to the ACC. Once the ACC approves empanelment, approval is conveyed to the Cadre Controlling Authority and also uploaded on the Department’s website.

Dr. Jitendra Singh, MoS (PPG&P) gave this information in Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri Ramchandra Prasad Singh.


Awareness Programme Under Pensioner’s Portal

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is implementing a web based mission mode project on pensions namely Pensioner’s Portal under the National e-Governance Plan. Under the project, the Department has Centralized Pension Grievances Redressal and Monitoring System (CPENGRAMS).

The Department is proposing to conduct the next such Awareness Programme for Pensioners at Hotel Surya Place in Vadodara on Aug 02, 2014. The mobilization of the pensioners will be done in association with Kendriya Nivrutta Karmachari Mandal and Baroda Central Pensioners’ Association, Vadodara which is the identified pensioner’s Association under the Pensioner’s Portal.

The basic objective of the project is to facilitate redressal of Pensioners’ Grievances as also to provide information and guidance to pensioners on various pension and retirement related matters. User Ministries/Departments, Pensioners, Banks, CGA, CPAO, Post Offices etc. are the stakeholders in this venture aimed at welfare of the Pensioners.

With a view to providing know how about the operational aspects of this Portal and the Grievances Redressal Mechanism in particular, the Department of Pensions is conducting Awareness Programme at stations other than Delhi. So far 10 such programmes in various States for Pensioners/Pensioners’ Association who are major stakeholders.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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BPS supplementary memorandum to 7th CPC-With 100% rise in DA/DR the ratio between minimum maximum pension has reached 1: 25.7

 No. SG/BPS/Supli. memo/7CPC/2
Dated : 30. 07.2014

Supplementary Memorandum to 7th CPC

Discrimination  & Disparities caused by 6th CPC

(With 100% rise in DA/DR  the ratio between minimum maximum pension has reached  1: 25.7)
1. Widening of disparity in income & wealth due to Minimum Maximum Salary Ratio raised to 1:12: The minimum maximum salary ratio which had come down to 1:8 in 1996(Para 2.2.16 sixth CPC report)  which in conformity with  preamble to Constitution  should have further gone down, but was increased to 1:12 by the sixth CPC, overlooking the spirit of Indian constitutions. As pension is directly proportionate to Salary widening of minimum maximum salary ratio created vast disparity in income & wealth of highest & lowest paid . Minimum guaranteed Pension is 50% of the revised basic salary. As is clear from Para 2.1.12 to 2.1.15 of 6th CPC recommendations, while drawing comparison of Group A civil service officers’ pay packages  with that of  Public & private Sectors, VI th CPC did not accounted for service security , powers enjoyed & the latent benefits. This resulted in recommendation of disproportionate package at highest level, raising   minimum maximum salary ratio to 1:12. Consequestly with 100% rise in DA/DR  the ratio between minimum maximum pension has reached  1: 25.7causing Vast disparity in income & wealth of lowest & highest paid in civil services (Minimum salary Rs 7000 & Max. Rs 90000 of cab. Secy . Lowest Pension with DR =Rs 7000 & highest Pension with DR Rs 180000/)

 and causing Vast disparity in income & wealth of lowest & highest paid in civil services (Minimum salary Rs 7000 & Max. Rs 90000 of cab. Secy) .  Pensioners at lower levels especially those corresponding to S4 to S23 pre-revised 5th CPC Scales have been  discriminated against & are the worst hit. We appeal to the commission to bring back minimum maximum Salary ratio to 1996 level i.e. 1: 8

 2. Discrimination in Parity between past and present Pensioners & within pre 2006 group of Pensioners: In India there already exist complete parity in pension for judges of Supreme Court, High Courts, Comptroller and audit General of India(Para 137.11 of 5th CPC report) , Cab Secy & Appex Scale of 80000/. Complete  parity  has also been conceded for defence forces through OROP and to great extent  to  Scales 24 to 32 (pre-revised Vth CPC Scales) i.e. PB 4, HAG & HAG + who  are now nearer  full parity  through  varied multiplication factor  adopted by 6th CPC  & minimum guaranteed pension formula. As their revised Basic pay in pay Band 4,HAG & HAG+ revised Scales of 6th CPC is much higher (2.44 to 3.37 times) than the pre revised maximum  Basic Salary. Varied multiplication factor has also created inequality within pre2006 Pensioners group. Definitely remaining Pensioners too belong to the same category of citizens & cannot be discriminated against.

     The V CPC  had observed in para 137.13 of their report that “while it is desirable to grant complete parity to all past pensioners irrespective of date of retirement, this may not be feasible straightaway as the financial implications would be considerable.  The process of bridging the gap in pensions of past and present pensioners has already been set in motion by the IV CPC. This process of attainment of reasonable parity needs to be continued so as to achieve complete parity over a period of time”.  The recommendation made in para 137.14 of their report had been accepted and implemented by the government.  While the process had to be continued further, this was not continued on the plea that VI CPC did not recommend the same (though 6th CPC did not recommend separate Scales for S,31 & 32 &33 but were given) VIth CPC going against the spirit of constitution & accepted norms of 5th CPC instead of bridging the widening gap, increased it by adopting a varying multiplication factor from 1.86 at lower levels i.e S7to S23(pre-revised 5th CPC scale) to 3.37 (S 31/HAG+Scale) at the higher level as brought out in the attached table . This resulted in denial of equal treatment within the homogenous group of  pre-1.1.2006 pensioners which  needs to be rectified retrospectively, ensuring equal rise in pension to all, through common multiplication factor.We appeal to the commission to recommend full parity to all past pensioners.  The country is on the path of registering phenomenal progress, with economy is looking up & fiscal deficit set to reduce to 3.6 by the time commissions report is expected to be out. Govt. is considering pegging-up pension of former MPs by 75%. OROP for defence, improvement in EPS 95 beneficiaries has been conceded, Parity in pension for Supreme Court, High Court Judges , CAG, Cab Secy. & apex Scale(S 33pre-revised scale) exist. Pensioners corresponding to PB4 (S24 to S29), HAG (S 30) & HAG+ (S31-32) Scales are very close to parity. Thus Pensioners corresponding to other pre revised scales & Pay Bands should not be discriminated against.

3. Anomaly  in assigning Grade pay: .  6th CPC vide their  Para 11.4 recommended: All the employees belonging to Groups ‘A’, ‘B’ , ‘C’ & ‘D’to be placed in distinct running pay bands {means one pay band each for Group C, B & 2 BP for group   ‘A’ (Para 2.2.8 of 6th CPC report). Group D stands merged with Group C } Every post, barring that of Secretary/equivalent and Cabinet Secretary/equivalent to have a distinct grade pay attached to it. Grade pay (being a fixed amount attached to each post in the hierarchy) to determine the status of a post with (apart from the two apex scales of Secretary/equivalent and Cabinet Secretary/equivalent that do not carry any grade pay) a senior post being given higher grade pay.  Its very clear from the above that Grade Pay is indicative of the status of the post as such it needs to be assigned according to the post from which the pensioner retired & not according to the scale from which he/she retired. But In implementation of modified parity injustice has been done to several sections of pre 2006 pensioners who retired from the posts held during IV CPC and V CPC period.  This happened mainly due to denial of modified parity as per corresponding Grade Pay of the post.  This has resulted in those who retired from the same posts & same length of service prior to revision falling behind their counterparts who retired from service after revision.  Some categories of staff suffered downgrading.  To illustrate the point, it is submitted that a Group ‘B’ Gazetted officer who retired in IV CPC scale on or before 31.12.95  has been  equated to a non-gazetted senior supervisor .  With grade pay of Rs.4200 w.e.f., 1.1.2006 indicating his status as Group C non- Gazetted . This puts a question mark on the very concept of GP & need rectification retrospectively. We suggest that modified  parity  may be implemented as per the post from which the pensioner retired.
Same fitment formula for absorbed BSNL pensioners
   BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) was carved out of DoT and the employees working in Department of Telecom were enmasse transferred to BSNL on optional basis.  Before formation of BSNL, there were several rounds of discussion with unions.  It was agreed to extend the retirement benefits on combined service in accordance with CCS Pension Rules 1972.  The Government of India agreed to pay pension/family pension from ‘Consolidated fund’.  Accordingly Rule 37-A was incorporated in CCS Pension Rules 1972 which was published in Government Gazette on 30/9/2000.

     The employees of DoT were absorbed in BSNL in the year 2002 but with retrospective effect from 1/10/2000.  Their pay scales were also revised from CDA pattern to IDA pattern retrospectively from 1/10/2000 with industrial dearness allowance.  The employees who retired from BSNL after 1/10/2000 have rendered their maximum service in Department of Telecom.  Most of them have served in DoT for more than 30 years.  Most of the 6th CPC recommendations like Gratuity, Enhanced Pension, Age-related additional pension, Minimum/Maximum pension etc. were made applicable for those BSNL retirees.  The Government of India is honouring its commitment of paying pension from the Consolidated fund.  Infact those who retired from BSNL after 1/10/2000 are actually BSNL retirees but Government Pensioners.

     Their pension was calculated on the basis of last 10 months average emoluments for those who retired prior to 1/1/2006 and 50% of last pay drawn or last 10 months average whichever is beneficial for those who retired after 1/1/2006 as per 6th CPC recommendations and they are getting industrial dearness allowance every three months.  Their pension was revised w.e.f. 1/1/2007 on the basis of pay revision effected from 1/1/2007 for serving employees in BSNL.  The pay revision from 1/1/2007 for BSNL employees was implemented on the basis of recommendations of Second Pay Revision Committee for Public Sector Employees headed by Justice Jagannath Rao.  But for those who retired from BSNL after 1/1/2006, the recommendations of 6th CPC, like 50% of last pay drawn as pension, Minimum pension of Rs.3500/- Enhanced family pension for 10 years for those who died in harness etc. were implemented from 1/1/2006 onwards.  This duality should be put an end to.

     The absorbed employees in BSNL from DoT are covered under CCS Pension Rules 1972.  Explanation under sub-rule 8 of Rule 37-A of CCS Pension Rules 1972 states “The amount of pension/family pension of the absorbed employee on retirement or on death from Public Sector undertaking shall be calculated in the same way as calculated in the case of a Central Government servant, retiring or dying on the same day”.

The Department of telecom vide its O.M.No.40-13/2002-PEN.(T) dated 15/1/2003 clarified the following doubts:-

Doubt 3 – What will be the emoluments for determining the retirement Gratuity/Death Gratuity on IDA pay scales?

Clarification – As per Rule 50 (5) of CCS (Pension) Rules, the emoluments for the purpose of Gratuity admissible shall be reckoned in accordance with Rule 33, provided that if the emoluments of the Government servant have been reduced during the last 10 months of his service, otherwise than as a penalty, average emoluments as referred to in Rule 34 shall be treated as emoluments.

Doubt 4 – Whether the minimum pension of Rs.1275 p.m. as well as maximum pension of Rs.15000 p.m. (i.e., 50% of average emoluments in all cases) as applicable in the CDA pay scale is also to be applicable in IDA pay scales?

Clarification – The ceiling minimum and maximum pension as existing in CCS (Pension) Rules shall continue unless specifically approved otherwise by the Government.

Doubt 5 – Whether commutation of pension as applicable at 40% (maximum) on CDA pay scale is also to be applicable in IDA pay scales?

Clarification – Yes.

     Hence they should be considered as Government Pensioners.  6th Pay Commission’s recommendations were made applicable to them except the fitment formula.  We request that the fitment formula recommended by 7th CPC, be made applicable to them also.  The only difference may be, it would be in IDA Pay and IDR instead of CDA Pay and CDR.  Sub-rule 10 of Rule 37-A of CCS Pension Rules 1972 states “In addition to pension or family pension, as the case may be, the employees who opted for combined service shall also be eligible to Dearness Relief as per industrial dearness Allowance pattern”.  Further, as per the Apex Court judgement, Pay and DA/DR should be on IDA pattern only after 1980.

     The commission is requested to consider this demand, applying the same fitment formula to absorbed BSNL pensioners on par with Central Government Pensioners, without changing the IDA pattern, positively and recommend to the Government accordingly.

Additional new benefits sought :
1.   Children’s educational allowance and hostel subsidy: These benefits need to be extended mutatis mutandis to children of retired and deceased employees.  The death or retirement of an employee should not make any difference in the above regard.  Many retired employees have school and college going children because of late marriages.

2.   Festival advance or grant: Festival advance equivalent to one month’s basic pension/family pension to be recovered in 12 equal  monthly installments will not only  help the pensioner to celebrate at least one festival in a year with children and grand children giving them gifts etc., on the occasion but also serve as an interest free advance.  Alternatively, they should be granted a substantial amount every year as festival grant.

3.   Secondary Family Pension to dependent unmarried son up to 28 years of age: This may kindly be considered as recruitment age for certain posts under central government is presently 28 years.  Marriage of a dependent son should not be a bar for this benefit as marriage does not make any difference to the financial position unlike in the case of a married daughter.

4.   Secondary family pension to dependent widowed/divorced daughter: It is now being restricted only to those daughters who become divorced or widowed during the life time of deceased employee/pensioner/family pensioner.  This restriction is contrary to the very purpose for and the spirit with which this benefit was conceived.  The idea is that an unmarried/widowed daughter should not be left in the lurch and exposed to undue financial hardship after the death of the parents with no other support.  The commission are therefore requested to remove the above restriction.

5.   Secondary family pension to dependent widowed daughter-in-law: The responsibility of widowed daughter-in -law and her minor children devolves on the pensioner/family pensioner after son’s death. It is a cause of great anxiety and worry for the pensioner/family pensioner having dependent widowed daughter-in-law.  Though dependent widowed daughters of pensioners/family pensioners are extended the above benefit, in many cases they don’t have parents drawing pension/family pension.  Even otherwise, the primary reasonability of looking after them is that of the father-in-law as he cannot leave them to their fate after the death of the son.  As such the above benefit will go a long way in helping such hapless widows and their minor children.  Such cases will be very few and do not entail much financial burden to the exchequer.  This issue has earlier been raised in the SCOVA.  Matter needs to be considered from a humanitarian angle in the context of Indian family system.

6.   Physically handicapped allowance: This is granted to PH employees while in service.  This needs to be continued even after their retirement also.

7.   Financial assistance to pensioners: Pensioners irrespective of age have to be provided with bank loans at concessional rates of interest to meet expenditure on children’s higher education, marriages of daughters and construction/purchase of dwelling units.

8.   Running of old age homes: All Central government departments should run old age homes for their retired employees with attached medical facilities.  Railways should run such homes for their retired employees.

9.   Transport Allowance: The phenomenal increase in the cost of transport needs no proof.  Pensioners perforce have to spend considerable amounts towards transport.  They have to attend to their day to day needs either themselves or by engaging someone for the purpose in view of the nuclear family system.  The traffic not only in big cities and towns but also in smaller places has been growing by leaps and bounds.  It is difficult for pensioners to venture out alone and they need a companion to go to hospitals and dispensaries or to attend social functions.  As such, transport allowance in one form or another has to be granted to pensioners.  The Commission are requested to consider the demand sympathetically’.


Soon, a 75% hike in monthly pension for ex-MPs

Former MPs, whose pensions were last revised in 2009, may now see a hefty hike in their retirement benefits. Government sources told HT that the monthly pension for ex-MPs is likely to go up to Rs. 35,000 a month from Rs. 20,000 a month — a 75% hike.

A major breakthrough in pensions for ex-MPs came under the first NDA government, led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee when they introduced pension for all MPs irrespective of their tenure.

Earlier, only MPs who had completed a 5-year term were entitled to post-retirement benefits.

The Modi government is also set to increase the rate of additional pension for each completed year in excess of five years. The centre is considering additional pension of Rs. 2,000 per month instead of the current rate of Rs. 1,500.

In other words, if a parliamentarian has served for seven years, he or she will get monthly four thousand additional pension on the top of his basic pension of Rs. 35,000.

Sitting MPs, who have received routine hikes to keep up with inflation, currently get a salary of `50,000 per month. The additional perks and allowances include Rs. 45,000 per month as constituency allowance, Rs. 2,000 daily if he attends parliament and Rs. 30,000 for secretarial assistance, among other things.

Parliament’s nod is required to enhance the former MPs’ pension. Government sources added that the legal amendments will be brought in the winter session after inter-ministerial consultations.

In sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s thrust on welfare of women, the definition of “dependents” for family pension will also include divorced or widowed daughters of former MPs.

The government is also mulling the option of providing family pension for a much longer period of time after the MPs demise.

The pension for former MPs was introduced during the tenure of Indira Gandhi — Rs. 3,000 per month — but only for those who completed a term in Parliament.

In 2009, UPA government enhanced it to Rs. 20,000 per month.


Performance Related Incentives

Government of India has accepted in principle the recommendation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission for introduction of a Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS) in the form of pecuniary benefit over and above the regular salary, based on the targeted performance and performance parameters, out of the Non-Plan budgetary savings, for the Central Government employees.

All the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission were discussed with all stakeholders, including employees’ unions, before Cabinet approval.

Dr. Jitendra Singh MoS (PPG&P) gave this information in Lok Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab and Shri Sanjay Dhotre.

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Grievances of Pensioners

The grievances received from pensioners from across the country, are registered and forwarded to respective Ministries/Departments for early redressal and monitored through online Centralized Pension Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System (CPENGRAMS). This Department holds regular review meetings, at least once a month, with the Ministries/Departments having pending grievances.

As a result of this, last year 22,494 grievances have been disposed and during the current year to date 8078 grievances have been disposed against 12,136 pending grievances.

This is followed up with correspondence with concerned Ministries/Departments enclosing reports of pending grievances. The information required by pensioners are incorporated in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and are available on the departmental website – the Pensioners’ Portal.

Dr. Jitendra Singh MoS (PPG&P) gave this information in Lok Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri Nishikant Dubey and Shri Kunwar Haribansh Singh.


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Interest Rate on EPF

The Minister of State for Mines, Steel and Labour and Employment, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that the government has declared 8.75% interest on Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) for the year 2013-14.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that return on EPFO fund cannot be compared with return on other Pension Schemes like New Pension Scheme (NPS). The declaration of the return on NPS is on the basis of the accounting policy prescribed by NPS which allows the Net Assets Value (NAV) to be declared on the basis of current market value of the investments, while EPFO follows the cost value of the investment for accounting its investment and return is declared on the basis of actual receipt of interest on the investments. The return on EPFO investments is fixed whereas the return on NPS is not fixed and fluctuates on daily basis depending on the prevailing market conditions.

The Minister said that presently the funds of EPFO are invested as per the pattern of investment notified by the Government in November, 2013 wherein only investments in corporate debt and Government bonds are allowed. There is no provision for investments in equities.


Welfare of Industrial Workers

The Minister of State for Mines, Steel and Labour and Employment, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that the safety and welfare concerns of the labourers/workers engaged in various industrial units in the country are taken care by the Government through enactment of various statutes in the form of Factories Act, 1948 and the Rules framed thereunder.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that the provisions of the Factories Act, 1948 and Rules framed thereunder are enforced by the respective State Governments /Union Territories through their State Factories Inspectorates/Directorates and actions are taken by the Government for violations of the provisions in accordance with the statutory provisions for the same.

The Minister said that other Statutes/measures covering the social security provisions and welfare of industrial workers include; the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948, Employees’ Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, the Maternity Benefit Act, 1962, the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 etc.



Amendment to Archaic Factories Act, 1948

The Minister of State for Mines, Steel and Labour and Employment, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that the Government is of the opinion that for an inclusive growth, conducive atmosphere for industrial growth as well as protection of labour force from exploitation and taking care of their welfare is essential.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that a proposal for amendment in the Factories Act, 1948 is under active consideration of the Government to make it more compatible to the requirement of the present scenario in the industrial sector. The major amendments proposed in the Factories Act, 1948 include:-          
·      Amendment of Section 66 of the Act relating to permission for employment of women for night work for a factory or group or class or description of factories with adequate safeguards for safety and provision of transportation till the doorstep of their residence.

·      Amendment of Sections 64 and 65 of the Act to enhance the limit of overtime hours from the present limit of 50 hours per quarter to 100 hours per quarter. The amendment also proposes this limit to be increased to a maximum of 125 hours per quarter in public interest with the approval of State Government.

·      Insertion of provision relating to compounding of certain offences.

·      The provision of self-certification has been introduced for the purpose of expansion of the factory through amendment in Section 6.

·      Provision of empowering the State Government to increase the period of spread over from 10.5 hours to 12 hours through Notification in the Official Gazette.

·      Introduction of a new Section 35A on provision of personal protective equipment for workers exposed to various hazards and amendment of Sections 36 and 37 regarding entry into confined spaces and precautions against dangerous fumes, gases etc.

·      Provision of canteen facilities in respect of factories employing 200 or more workers instead of the present stipulation of 250 workers and also provision of shelters or restrooms and lunchrooms in respect of factories employing 75 or more workers instead of the present stipulation of 150 workers.

·      Introduction of new terms like “hazardous substance” and “disability” to existing definitions.

·      Prohibition of employment of pregnant women and persons with disabilities on or near machinery in motion and near cotton openers.

·      Reduction in the eligibility criteria for entitlement of annual leave with wages from 240 days to 90 days.

·      Amendment of Section 92 of the Act enhancing the quantum of penalty for offences.

The Minister said that presently only the State Governments are empowered to make rules under the Factories Act. It is now proposed to empower the Central Government also to make rules under the Act on some of the important provisions.

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Revision of EPF Pension

The Minister of State for Mines, Steel and Labour and Employment, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that the Government has since approved a proposal for increase in wage ceiling for coverage under Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 from Rs. 6,500/- to Rs. 15,000/- per month.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that there is no proposal under consideration for revision of pensionable salary at regular intervals keeping in view the rate of inflation. The Government has approved a minimum pension of Rs. 1,000/- per month to the pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Visit Bengaluru between 25th to 27th August 2014-7thCPC

The commission has, in its first phase of interaction, been seeking the views of various stakeholders on its terms of reference. To this end, meetings have been held in Delhi with various organisations and heads of various agencies.

In its second phase of interaction, the Commission plans to hold meetings in different parts of the country to facilitate stakeholders staying in various areas to present their views personally before the Commission and ensure larger representation. This exercise is being undertaken to enable the Commission to get a firsthand impression about the functioning and the condition of service prevailing in different parts of the country.

Accordingly, the Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Bengaluru between 25th August and 27th August 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of Reference of the Commission to present their views.

Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at . The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail. An early response in this regard would facilitate proper scheduling of the meetings.

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Enhancement in the rate of Festival Advance as a result of increase in DA w.e.f. 01.01.2014-RAILWAY BOARD

RBE No. 79/2014
No. 2011/E (LL)/FA/1
New Delhi, dated: 22.07.2014

Sub: Enhancement in the rate of Festival Advance as a result of increase in DA w.e.f. 01.01.2014

Please refer to Board’s letter of even conveying enhancement in the rate of Festival Advance by 25% on increase of Dearness Allowance to 51%.

2. Railway Board vide letter No. PC.V112008/1f7/2/1 dated 28.03.2014 has enhanced the DA payable to railway employees from the existing rate of 90% to 100% w,e.f. 01.01.2014.

3. Consequent upon aforesaid enhancement of DA to 100%, the matter regarding revision in the rate of Festival Advance has been considered by the Board and decided that the rate of festival advance shall increase by 25%, w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

4. This issues with the concurrence Ministry of Railways.

5. There is no change in the other terms and conditions for grant of festival advance.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(Madan Lal)
Director Estt(LL)

Source : AIRF


Bio-metric attendance system soon for employees of urban ministries

Cleanliness and maintenance of NirmanBhawan improves since last inspection of Shri Venkaiah Naidu

Shri Naidu makes second surprise check today; takes a serious view of late coming and absenteeism

Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today made a surprise check of NirmanBhawan where the Ministries of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation are located. He went around various floors and rooms for over an hour from 9.10am.

Shri Naidu has noted perceptible improvement in the cleanliness and maintenance of NirmanBhawan since his last such inspection on June 12, 2014. He however, noted that personnel at lower rungs like section heads and supporting staff in large number did not report for work in time and took a serious view of the same. Names of late comers were noted.

During the inspection, Shri Naidu was accompanied by Shri Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary(Urban Development) and other senior officials of both the ministries.

Discussing the state of affairs later with the senior officials of the Ministries, Shri Venkaiah Naidu issued the following directions:

1.All Joint Secretaries of the two ministries shall visit their respective establishments every day for a week to monitor attendance and find out chronic offenders;

2.Necessary and immediate action to be taken against those who report late for work;

3. Attendance Registers to be withdrawn fifteen minutes after ‘due time of reporting’ and late comers to be marked absent for the day and not to be paid for the same; and

4. Bio-metric attendance markers to be put in place expeditiously and attendance to be monitored strictly.

Shri Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary(UD) has assured the Minister that through various measures as suggested by the Minister, punctuality would be enforced within two weeks.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

MyGov: A portal for Citizen Engagement towards governance launched

The portal MyGov, a platform that serves as a medium for the people, specially the youth, to connect with the Government actively and facilitates their engagement towards nation’s development was launched today. Briefing about the initiative, Shri R.S. Sharma, Secretary of the Department of Electronics and IT said that ‘MyGov’ empowers people to contribute towards good governance through various tasks and discussions.

MyGov presents an opportunity to the citizens to participate in multiple theme-based discussions and to share their thoughts and ideas with a wide range of people. Citizens can upload documents, case studies, pictures, videos, other work plans etc. on the platform. They can volunteer for various tasks and submit their entries. These tasks would then be reviewed by other members and experts. Once approved, these tasks can be shared by those who completed the task and by other members on MyGov. Every approved task would earn credit points for completed the task. National Informatics Centre (NIC), Department of Electronics and Information Technology would manage the poratal .

Groups and corners are an important part of MyGov. The platform has been divided into various groups namely Clean Ganga, Girl Child Education, Clean India, Skilled India, Digital India, Job Creation. Each group consists of online and on ground tasks that can be taken up the contributors. The objective of each group is to bring about a qualitative change in that sphere through people’s participation.

Shri Sharma, the Secretary Electronics and IT said that the platforms launched today – “Discuss” and “Do” – will take feedback from the community and improve on a continuous basis. He said that his department has plan to have a mobile app for, wherein while on the move, the citizens will have the flexibility to take pictures from mobile and upload on the forum, report in-context problems and issues etc. He said that this platform may even be extended to act like public audit platform for government projects. For example, citizens giving feedback on status of completed infrastructure projects, on availability of various social sector programs etc, he added.


Friday, July 25, 2014


Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants -Lokpal Bill

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
Establishment Division
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated July 23,2014 

Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. 2013 - Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year and placing the same in public domain on the websites of the Ministries/ Departments

The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to say that the Government has notified the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. 2013. on 14.07.2014. The same is available on this Department's website at

2. As per the said Act and the Rules framed thereunder. every public servant shall file declarations. information or return. as the case may be regarding his assets and liabilities as on the 31st day of March every year. to the competent authority, on or before the 31" day of July of that year. It may be noted that as per Section 2(1)(o) of the Act, "Public Servant" means a person referred to in clauses (a) to (h) of sub-sectlon (1) of section 14 of the Act but does not include a public servant in respect of whom the jurisdiction is exercisable by any court or other authority under the Army Act, 1950. the Air Force kt, 1950, the Navy Act. 1957 and the Coast Guard Act. 1978 or the procedure is applicable to such public servant under those Acts.

3. It may also be noted that the definition of public servant covers all Central Government servants (Groups A. B and C). Therefore, all Central Govenmient servants are req~ired to file the declaration. This is an important difference from the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 and may kindly be noted.

4. As per these Rules. the public servants who have filed declarations. information and annual returns of property under the provisions of the rules applicable to such public servants shall file the revised declarations. information or as the case may be. annual returns as on the 1st day of August, 2014, to the competent authority on or before the 15th day of September. 2014. All Ministries/Departments are accordingly. requested to please bring the provisions of the Public Servants (furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules. 2014. to the notice of all concerned for compliance.

5. Formal amendment to the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 will be made in due course.
6. Hindi version will follow

(J.W Vaidyanathan)
Director (E) 


National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2014 – Declaration of Written Result

  On the basis of the result of the written  part of the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) 2014 held by the Union Public Service Commission on 20th April 2014, candidates with the under mentioned  Roll Nos. have qualified for interview by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for Admission to  Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the National Defence Academy for the 133rd Course and for the 95th Indian Naval Academy Course  (INAC) commencing from  January 02, 2015.

                        The candidature of all the candidates, whose Roll Nos. are shown in the list, is provisional. In accordance with the conditions of their admission to the examination, “candidates are required to submit original certificates of Age and Educational Qualification to respective Service Selection Boards (SSBs) during the SSB interview.” The candidates must not send the Original Certificates to the Union Public Service Commission. For any further information, the candidates may contact Facilitation counter near Gate C of the Commission, either in person or on telephone numbers 011-23385271/011-23381125 / 011-23098543 between 10:00 hrs and 17:00 on any working day.  The result is also available at Union Public Service Commission website .

                        The mark-sheets of the candidates, will be put on the Commission’s website within fifteen (15) days from the date of publication of the final result (after concluding SSB Interviews) and will remain available on the website for a period of sixty (60)) days.

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Supply of Medicines to CGHS Beneficiaries

Government empanels private hospitals under CGHS for indoor treatment and treatment can be undertaken with prior permission or under emergency.

OPD medicines are issued by CGHS Wellness Centers on the prescription by CGHS Medical officers/Government specialists.

In case of Cardiac surgery, Cancer treatment, Neuro-surgery, Renal transplantation and Hip/Knee Joint replacement surgery, there is provision for issue of permission for post-operative follow up treatment from the same empanelled hospitals, where the initial treatment was taken with prior permission. In such cases OPD medicines as per the available brand name / generic name are issued by CGHS Wellness Centers.

In respect of other post-operative cases, where permission was granted, there is provision for issue of OPD medicines on the prescriptions of empanelled hospital for up to one month.

The Health Minister stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.


Representation of Bank and Insurance Employees

The Government has received representation/memorandum from employees of nationalized banks and Government Insurance Companies regarding their salaries, pension and other emoluments due to the employees/officers.

The wage revision exercise in respect of employees of PSBs is undertaken through a bipartite negotiation process between Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), representing management of banks who have mandated it to negotiate on their behalf and the Unions/Associations of bank employees. The last meeting between IBA and Unions/Associations took place on 13.6.2014.

In respect of the current wage revision of insurance companies, Central Government has already requested Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and General Insurers’ (Public Sector) Association of India (GIPSA), coordination body of four public sector general insurance companies and General Insurance Corporation (GIC) to start wage revision consultation with their employee’s unions/associations.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Main Battle Tanks

The requirement for Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) for defence preparedness has been assessed and laid down in the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) document for the period 2012-2027. MBTs ARJUN Mark I have been manufactured indigenously and ARJUN Mark II is under development. The T-90 tanks are manufactured indigenously by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) under licensed production from Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to Shri KN Ramachandran in Lok Sabha today.


Thursday, July 24, 2014


Combined Medical Services Examination, 2014

On the basis of result of the written part of the Combined Medical Services Examination, 2014 held by the Union Public Service Commission in June, 2014, the candidates with the under  mentioned Roll Numbers have qualified for Interview/Personality Test:-

            The candidature of these candidates is PROVISIONAL subject to their being found eligible in all respects.  The candidates would be required to produce the original certificates in support of their claims relating to age, educational qualifications, community, physical disability etc. at the time of the Personality Test.   They are, therefore, advised to keep the said certificates ready.

            In accordance with the Rules of examination all these candidates are required to fill up the Detailed Application Forms (DAF) which is being made available on the Commission`s Website shortly. All the qualified candidates are required to fill up the Detailed Application Form (DAF) and submit the same ON LINE.  The Detailed Application Form (DAF) will be available on the website of the Commission from 25.07.2014 till 08.08.2014. Important instructions regarding filling up of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) and submitting the same ONLINE to the Commission are also available on the website.   The candidates who have been declared successful have to first get themselves registered on the relevant page of the website before filling up the ONLINE Detailed Application Form.  The qualified candidates are further advised to refer to the Rules of the Combined Medical Services Examination, 2014, published in the Gazette of India, dated 22.03.2014, which is also available on the Website of the Commission.

            After submitting the Detailed Application Form (DAF) duly filled in ONLINE, the candidates are required to take out a print out of the finally submitted Detailed Application Form (DAF) separately and will have to send the printed copy of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) duly signed by the candidate along with all relevant documents to the Under Secretary (CMS), Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069, so as to reach the Commission`s Office latest by 11.08.2014.  The envelope containing the print out of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) submitted ONLINE should be superscribed “Detailed Application Form (DAF) for Combined Medical Services Examination, 2014”.  It can also be delivered at UPSC by hand till 11.08.2014 (5.00 PM).

            Interview of candidates who have qualified for the Personality Test are tentatively scheduled to commence from 26-08-2014. The exact date of interview will, however, be intimated to the candidates through Interview Letter/e-mail.  Roll Number wise Interview Schedule will also be made available on Commission`s Website in due course.  The candidates are advised to check their e-mail also for further information.

            No request for change in the date and time of the Personality Test intimated to the candidates will be entertained under any circumstances.

            “The marks-sheets of candidates, who have not qualified, will be put on the Commission`s Website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result (after conducting Personality Test) and will remain available on the Website for a period of 60 days”.

            The candidates can access the marks-sheet after keying in their Roll Numbers and Date of birth.  The printed/hard copies of the marks-sheet would, however, be issued by UPSC to candidates based on specific request accompanied by a self addressed stamped envelope.  Candidates desirous of obtaining printed/hard copies of the marks-sheet should make the request within thirty days of the display of the marks on the Commission`s Website, beyond which such requests would not be entertained.

            The result will also be available on the U.P.S.C.`s Website

            Union Public Service Commission has a Facilitation Counter at its campus.  Candidate may obtain any information/clarification regarding their examination/result on working days between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM in person or over telephone Nos. (011)-23385271/23381125/23098543 from this counter.

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Important message to employees who are retiring within the next six months-DOPT

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

Important message to employees who are retiring within the next six months

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare is organizing a Pre-retirement counseling workshop on 30th July, 2014 from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM in the Conference Room of Department of Administrative Reforms, 5th Floor, Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi. The retiring employees of Government of India about to retire in the next 6 months are hereby informed that they may attend the workshop. You may send your confirmation with Name, Ministry & Phone No. at the email address

US (Sankalp)
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
Phone No.24641627

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Expeditious disposal of Grievances, representations and disciplinary cases

No A-19015/Misc/2012/MF.CGA/Gr B/336
22 .7.2014
Sub:- Expeditious disposal of Grievances, representations and disciplinary cases.


1. It has been observed that the process of settling the disciplinary case in the Civil Accounts Organisation has been rather slow and in many cases delayed. A large number of departmental Inquiries remain pending with the disciplinary authorities for a long period. In many cases it has been observed that the disciplinary process is continuing even after the officer proceeded on retirement.

2. The recently held Departmental Promotion Committee has also taken a serious view of the long pending Disciplinary proceedings in respect of some of the Gr B officers. This delay in settlement of the disciplinary proceedings not only adversely affects the officers'career but also acts as a great demoralization force on its employees. This lingering process continues despite their having directives of eve in its order dated 3-3-2003 for time bound and speedy disposal of the Disciplinary matters.

3. Delays occurring in disposal of disciplinary cases which are not due to employees affect the morale of the delinquent official and others and causes prejudice to the concerned officials. eve and DoPT guidelines on expeditious disposal of disciplinary cases are given below:-

a) The CVC has prescribed time limits for processing of cases of disciplinary proceedings in its letter ~Jo 000/VGL/18 dated 23-5-2000. In the letter 15 items/stages in the disciplinary cases where the time limit has been delineated.

b) DoPT OM Dated 14-10-2013 prescribes day to day hearing of disciplinary matters.

c) DoPT OM dated 14-10-2013 prescribes total 18 months for disposal of disciplinary matters.

d) Delays in disposal of disciplinary matters, which are due to delinquent officials causes prejudice these averments, have been upheld by various judicial pronouncements. Merely on account of delays Courts have quashed the proceedings. Case laws are enclosed.

4. Need for reasoned and speaking order:-

Instances have also come to light perusing files pertaining to certain Disciplinary matters that the representations of Charged Officers in the Disciplinary proceedings are kept pending for long.

a) The representations of the employees have to be replied in time bound manner with speaking order. DoPT OM Dated 11-1-2002 prescribes when a representation is made by a Government employee; it should generally be disposed of within a maximum period of six weeks. Final reply sent to a Government servant on his representation should be self-contained, cover all the points raised by him and in a case where the representation of the Government servant is rejected the grounds, therefore, should be clearly indicated.

b) Regarding disciplinary matter it is mandatory to give speaking order due to its quasi-judicial nature, vide eve circular dated 15-1-2009.

4. The above prescribed methods of disposal of cases through reasoned and speaking order would close the disputes in most of the cases and reduce the litigation. This is the vision stated in the National Litigation Policy 2010, too. Para "2" of the Policy says quote "Government must cease to be a compulsive litigant. The philosophy that matters should be left to the courts for ultimate decision has to be discarded. The easy approach, " Let the Court decide," must be eschewed and condemned". Unquote.

5. The DoPT while considering the subject of accountability in decision making, issued an Office Memorandum dated 16-02-2004 stressed that any officer adopting dilatory attitude leading to delay in decision making could be subjected to disciplinary proceeding.

6.  All Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs are therefore requested to note and strictly adhere to the prescribed schedule of time limits in dealing with disciplinary cases.

7.  This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.

Encl.: All above OMs/Circulars [view]
(Sakesh Prasad Singh)
Deputy Controller General of Accounts



Special Arrangements Made for Accepting Returns of Income;

Offices to Remain Open on 26th July and 27th July, 2014, Being Saturday and Sunday, for Accepting the Returns During Normal Office Hours

For the convenience of the taxpayers, the Income Tax Department has decided to keep the offices open for accepting the returns of income during normal office hours on 26th July and 27th July, 2014, being Saturday and Sunday. This direction has been issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in exercise of powers conferred under Section 119 of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Special arrangements have also been made by way of opening additional receipt counters, wherever required, on 26th, 27th, 28th, 30th and 31st July, 2014 in order to facilitate the taxpayers in filing their returns of income conveniently and in a timely manner.

            The due date for filing of return of income within the meaning of Explanation 2(c) to Section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 is 31st July, 2014.


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Award to Industrious Government Staffers

The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has instated a non-monetary incentive scheme titled ‘Employee of the Month‘ with effect from October, 2013 to recognize meritorious performance of employees of the rank of Under Secretary and equivalent and below in the Department.

DoPT had organized a retreat for its officials at the level of Deputy Secretary and above in October, 2013 at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie. This Department has informed other Departments of Government of India about this retreat as one of the best practices introduced in DoP&T.

In accordance with Innovation Action Plan, DoPT has installed ‘Idea Boxes’ in the Department to solicit ‘out of the box’ solution to various issues. This Department has informed other Department of Government of India about the installation of ‘Idea Boxes’ as one of the best practices introduced in DoPT.

Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS (PPG&P) gave this information in Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shrimati Wansuk Syiem.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Criteria of Employees for Coming Under Purview of EPFO

The Minister of State for Mines, Steel and Labour and Employment, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that the Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 applies to every establishment which is a factory engaged in any industry specified in Schedule- I or falls in class of establishments notified by the Government and engaging twenty or more persons.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that a proposal to reduce the threshold limit from 20 persons to 10 persons for coverage under the Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 is included in the comprehensive amendment to the Act, which is under consideration of the Government.

The Minister said that the timeframe for implementing this proposal has not been fixed. The number of employees to be benefited from this proposal has not been worked out.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Revised Rules for Declaration of Assets by Public Servants Under Provisions of the Lokpal Act

The Central Government has notified fresh rules for the public servants to furnish information and annual return containing declaration of assets and liabilities. Under the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 every public servant shall made a declaration of his/her assets and liabilities in the specified formats as on the 31st day of March every year to the competent authority on or before of 31st day of July of that year.

Making an exception for the current year the notification stipulates that public servants who have filed declarations, information and annual return of property under the prevailing rules shall file the revised declaration, information or annual returns as on August 1, 2014 on or before September 15, 2014. However, employees may be exempted by the competent authority for reasons recorded in writing from declaring assets if its value does not exceed 4 months basic pay or rupees two lakhs, whichever is higher.

Detailed notification dated July 14, 2014 and formats are available on the website of the Department of Personnel & Training with the link: -

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Implementation of OROP

The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri C. P. Narayanan in Rajya Sabha today.


Monday, July 21, 2014

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7th Pay Commission Collects Various Data of Central Government Employees

   7th Pay Commission recently called for information from all the Ministries and issued a format which requires various data about the central government employees working in Ministries / Departments. All the Ministries directed their respective departments to submit the information as required by Seventh central Pay Commission immediately. Many departments told that they have submitted the desired data/information in the prescribed format to seventh pay commission. The central government departments were asked to submit the fallowing information about central government employees.

1.Data on Personnel

Group wise Sanctioned Strength and Number in position of all Group Employees as on Pre 01-01-2014 and post 01-01-2014 also required to be submitted

2. Age Profile of employees

The total number of personnel in position as on 01/01/2014

Those less than 20 years of age
20 or more but less than 30 years of age
30 or more but less than 40 years of age
40 or more but less than 50 years of age
50 or more but less than 60 years of age
60 or more years of age

3.Autonomous bodies under the Ministry/department(As on 01/01/2014)

Number of Central Autonomous bodies :
No of personnel in Central Autonomous Bodies:

4.The fallowing Data on Expenditure on salaries & Allowance for Three financial years from 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13

1.Total Plan expenditure
2.Plan expenditure on Salaries & Allowances
3. Total non plan expenditure
4. Non plan expenditure on Salaries & Allowances
5. Total expenditure (1+3)
6. Total expenditure on salaries& Allowances (2+4)
7. Expenditure on Grants in aid Salaries

5.Data on Contractual Employees

           Ministry/Departments have in the recent past, outsourced various services through personnel engaged on contractual basis. In this regard the following data is sought:

Man months of deployment at various remuneration levels i.e in four categories
a) 10000 and less per month
b) From 10001 to 20000 per month
c) From 20001 to 50000 per month
d) Over 50000 per Month
Expenditure incurred on contract employees

6.Data on Training of Employees.

            The prescribed Format which requires all the above information has been sent to all the Departments by 7th pay commission and directed to submit the information with in the stipulated date

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Acceptance of certificates/ qualifications awarded by various Boards of School Education in India for the purpose of employment on the railways.

RBE No. 75/2014.
No. E (NG)-H/2007/RR-1/38. -
New Delhi, dated: /5/07/2014
The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways / Production Units
(As per standard mailing list)

Sub: Acceptance of certificates/ qualifications awarded by various Boards of School Education in India for the purpose of employment on the railways.

Ref: Letter No. E(NG)II/89/RR-1/17 dated 25/2/1991 (RBE No. 38/1991), E(NG)1'I/2001/RR-1/48 dated 23/5/2002 (RBE No. 71/2002), E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/52 dated 21/6/2002 (RBE No. 89/2002), E(NG)II/2003/RR-1/36 dated 03/12/2003 (RBE No. 205/2003) & 09/9/2010 (RBE No. 128/2010), E(NG)II/2008/RR-1/35 dated 30/4/2009 (RBE No.76/2009), 10/6/2009 (RBE No.102/2009) & 04/11/2013 (RBE No.118/2013), E(NG)II/2008/RR-1/40 dated 14/5/2009 (RBE No. 81/2009), E(NG)II/2004/RR-1/14 dated 04/4/2013 (RBE No. 31/2013), E(NG)II/2005/RR-1/6 dated 30/4/2013 (RBE No. 40/2013) and No. E(NG)II/2005/RR-1/14 dated 08/10/2013 (RBE No.104/2013),

References from various field units as well as federations seeking clarification regarding acceptance or otherwise of certificates/ qualifications obtained from various Boards of School Education in India for the purpose of employment in railways have been under consideration of this Ministry.

Clarification has been received from nodal Ministry/Department of Government of India, viz, Department of Personnel & Training (DOP&T) and M/o Human Resource Development (MHRD) stating that COBSE (Council of Board of School Education in India), an Association of National State School Boards, is responsible for verifying genuineness/ recognition of School Education Boards in India. It grants membership to Boards/ Institutes that are set up by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature or an executive order of the Central/ State Governments and follow National Curriculum Framework. The certificates issued by its member Boards are equivalent to any other board across the country. Accordingly, the matter has been examined and it has been decided by the Board that zonal railways need not approach this Ministry seeking such clarification regarding acceptance or otherwise of certificates/ qualification obtained from various Boards of School Education in India and instead, refer to official website of COBSE i.e. which contain list of Boards of School Education which are Member Boards of COBSE. Thus certificates/ qualification obtained from all such institutions borne on the aforesaid list will be acceptable for the purpose of employment on the railways, from the date on which the said institution has been accorded membership by COBSE, if they were not recognized earlier by any competent authority. This date of acceptability of certificate may be obtained by approaching COBSE directly and a copy of clarification thus obtained may also be endorsed to this Ministry for information & record.

Instructions contained in letters under reference will continue to be valid.

Please acknowledge receipt.
(Hindi version will follow)

(Harsha Dass)
Director Estt. (N)-II
Railway Board

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Respected Chairman and Members of the 7th CPC –

At the outset, I wish the Commission easy going in its work and hope the Commission comes out with useful recommendations. Presumably, the recommendations apply to the members or some of the members of the Commission too.

Wherever we go and whenever we approach officers for certain help or concessions, as pensioners’ associations; in majority of the cases, the reply has been that they (the presently serving officers) too retire at some time, and that they would like to help out. But help does remain afar. The Ministry of Personnel & Pensions has been doing a great deal to liberalise the situation; but they have their handicaps, as the duty-departments remain lethargic. Not much can be done in this domain, perhaps.

The Point
Several pensioners’ associations/pensioners have written to the Commission on the pensioners’ interests and requirements – I refrain from calling them as ‘demands’ as this is the lot of the beggars. The two imminent issues for  favourable consideration by the Commission, nay, the Government are: the Grant of Interim Relief, and the Merger of 50% of DA/DR with pay/pension, both retrospectively.

Both these requirements in principle have been acceded to in the past by the past Pay Commissions as well as the Government; and hence there should be no qualms at all in recommending/granting the two Requirements, in the interest of social justice, whether the Government has specifically made provision for this or not in the Terms of Reference.
(To recall, the Terms of Reference to the Commission by the Government stated clearly “(Item) (h) To recommend the date of effect of its recommendations on all the above. The Commission will make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution. It may consider, if necessary, sending interim reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalised. The decision will result in the benefit of improved pay and allowances as well as rationalization of the pay structure in case of Central Government employees and other employees included in the scope of the 7th Central Pay Commission.”
 About a year back, the Tamil Nadu Government, while constituting its Pay Commission, granted two months’ pay as Interim Relief. One of the Central Pay Commissions in the past announced two instalments of Interim Relief. This explains the need for Interim Relief. As such, the two Appeals should be sanctioned without much time being wasted, as there are many pensioners in advanced age-rangewho desire to have this benefit.

The other point
I write this from experience. Over the last 50 (fifty) years,there has been a high and steady rise in the number of posts created in several departments of the Government, particularly so in the Class I senior-cadre, who belong to the All-India Services, in contrast to the number of creation of posts in the junior cadres. There is rise in the volume of work admittedly; but not as much as to have a high number of senior officers. Earlier, the Departments functioned with Section Officer (who managed office), Deputy Secretary (who initiated notings), Joint Secretary(who gave opinions) and Secretary (who took decisions), in the higher rank; and they did well in dealing with papers and in deciding the issues. The file-notings used to be clear, committed, fast and final.

In the past few decades, the ranks of Additional Secretary, Special Secretary and Consultants have crept into the Govt service, with more number of Joint Secretaries. It is my contention that these posts are superfluous and their salary/allowance bills are a dent on the Exchequer. More routine tasks are done after consultations over phone. Too many officers and too much time in dealing with disposal of papers – has been the practice in the Government. I therefore strongly opine that the number of such Class I officers in all the Departments of the Government, including the Ministries, must be drastically brought down. The work will be faster, and the responsibility for decisions is fixed on limited number of officers. The Hon’ble Prime Minister has shown the way. He has cut down on the number of Ministries.

There is a whisper that thirty percent of the retired officers are re-employed in their respective departments/offices after retirement, as Consultants or other-wise, continuing to do the same job! This is something difficult to be gulped. Perhaps, this should be examined and checked. The Dept of Personnel & Training in the Ministry of Personnel may help to know the facts. The Commission may kindly take a decision.

The third
Heading the Karnataka Central Government Pensioners’Association, Bangalore, during the last 12-15 years, the Assn has recently projected many Grievances of the pensioners/members with us; and none of them has been conclusively solved. Various Ministries have come up with Grievances cells; and these have become show-cases or postoffices, with just forwarding the complaints to some nodal officers, who remain unhelpful. The Ministry of Personnel and Pensions contemplated on time-frame for redressal of such grievances; but this has been a far cry. The mechanism to get Redressal to the home of the aggrieved pensioners must therefore be fast and satisfactory.  It must be remembered that the pensioners are aged, and they need results quick. A good debate on this is required within the Government, and a result-orientation infused into these Grievances cells/portals.

The fourth point
In the last few years, it is experienced that the pensioners have been forced to go to different Courts in respect of their dues and needs. These mainly refer to fixation of pension, fixation of cut-off dates and implementation of Court verdicts by the Governments. This is a situation that the pensioners cannot happily face. A good lot of time and money is wasted. The Government must rationalise and liberalise its attitude, when the learned Judges of the Court have given their verdicts after due hearings from both the parties involved. Can the Commission say something on this point, please?

Grateful Regards to a Great Commission.
n     S SRamanathaRao,
n     President,
n     Karnataka CGPA.
D/ July 18, 2014.

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Section Officers’/Stenographers’ (Grade‘B’/Grade‘I’) Limited Departmental Competitive Examintion, 2012 & 2013

   On the basis of the results of the written part of the SOs’/Stenographers’  (Gr.‘B’/Gr.‘I’) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, 2012 & 2013 held by the Union Public Service Commission in December, 2013 for addition to the Select Lists for the Section Officer’s and the Stenographer’s Grade ‘B’/Grade ‘I’ of the services, the candidates with the under mentioned Roll Numbers have qualified in the written part/shorthand test for evaluation of service records.

            The candidature of all these candidates is purely “PROVISIONAL” subject to review at the stage of evaluation of service records. If at any stage of the examination process a candidate is found to be not eligible for any of the year of examination i.e. 2012 & 2013 his/her candidature for any particular year/years is liable to be cancelled.

            The result of the 16 candidates under Category-I for the year 2013 has been withheld.

            The marks sheets of candidates, who have not qualified, will be put on the Commission’s website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result and will remain available on the website for a period of 60 days.

             The result will also be available on the U.P.S.C.’s Website .

            Union  Public  Service  Commission  have a Facilitation Counter at its campus. Candidate may obtain any information/clarification regarding their examination/ result on working days between 10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. in person or over Telephone Nos.(011)-23385271/23381125/23098543 from this counter.


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Govt. to take disciplinary action and cancel future LTC benifits for fake LTC claims

 Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh while replying to a question at Lok Sabha via written reply informed that any government employee found guilty in preferring a fraudulent LTC claim may be imposed penalty and barred from getting travel allowance for next two or three years.

The minister said "in case of Leave Travel Concession (LTC) if any fraudulent claim is made, the irregularities are looked into in terms of the CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 and disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the government servant on the charge of preferring a fraudulent claim,"

The minister added "if found guilty, the government servant shall not be allowed the next two or more sets of LTC in addition to the sets already withheld during the pendency of the disciplinary proceedings,".

The Department of Personnel and Training ( DoPT) had received a letter from Central Vigilance Commissioner addressed to Cabinet Secretary regarding irregularities and misuse in availing LTC by the public servants in the central government, its public enterprises and public sector banks, in violation of the guidelines, he said, adding that the matter was being investigated by CBI.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

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Highlights of the Memorandum submitted on issues common to all Central Government employees to Secretary 7th Pay Commission.

JCM NC has also submitted Interim Memorandum on interim relief and Merger of DA.

1. Pay scales are calculated on the basis of pay drawn pay in pay band + GP + 100% DA by employees as on 01.01.2014.

2. 7th CPC report should be implemented w.e.f. 01-01-2014. In future five year wage revision.

3. Scrap New Pension Scheme and cover all employees under Old Pension and Family Pension Scheme.

4. JCM has proposed minimum wage for MTS (Skilled) Rs.26,000 p.m.

5. Ratio of minimum and maximum wage should be 1:8.

6. General formula for determination of pay scale based on minimum living wage demanded for MTS is pay in PB+GP x 3.7.

7. Annual rate of increment @ 5% of the pay.

8. Fixation of pay on promotion = 2 increments and difference of pay between present and promotional posts (minimum Rs.3000).

9. The pay structure demanded is as under:- (open ended pay scales – Total 14 pay scales)

       Existing   Proposed            
 PB-1, GP Rs. 1800
PB-1, GP Rs. 1900
 PB-1, GP Rs. 2000
PB-1, GP Rs. 2400
 PB-1, GP Rs. 2800  46,000
  PB-2, GP Rs. 4200
PB-2, GP Rs. 4600
 PB-2, GP Rs. 4800  74,000
 PB-2, GP Rs. 5400  78,000
 PB-3, GP 5400  88,000
 PB-3, GP 6600  1,02,000
 PB-3, GP 7600  1,20,000
 PB-4, GP 8900  1,48,000
 P4-4, GP 10000  1,62,000
 HAG  1,93,000
 Apex Scale  2,13,000
Cabinet Secretary      2,40,000             
9 (b) New Pay scales minimum in comparison with Sixth CPC Grade Pay.
 Sl Grade Pay of 
6th CPC 
Minimum of the 
new pay scale 
 1  1800  26000
 2  1900  31000
 3  2000  33000
 4  2400  41000
 5  2800  46000
 6  4200  56000
 7  4600  66000
 8  4800  74000
 9  5400  78000
 10  5400 in PB-3  88000
 11  6600  102000
 12  7600  120000
 13  8700  139000
 14  8900  148000
15   10000  162000
 16  12000  193000
 17  75000-80000  202000
 18  80000 Fixed  213000
 19  90000 Fixed  240000

9 (a) Wages and service conditions of Gramin Dak Sevaks is to be examined by 7th CPC itself.

10. Dearness Allowances on the basis of 12 monthly average of CPI, Payment on 1st Jan and 1st July every year.

11. Overtime Allowances on the basis of total Pay + DA + Full TA.

12 Liabilities of all Government dues of persons died in harness be waived.

13. Transfer Policy – Group `C and `D Staff should not be transferred. DoPT should issue clear cut guideline as per 5th CPC recommendation. Govt. should from a Transfer Policy in each department for transferring on mutual basis on promotion. Any order issued in violation of policy framed be cancelled by head of department on representation.

14. Transport Allowance -

 X Classified City  Other Places  
  Rs. 7500 + DA  Rs. 3750 +DA

The stipulation for TA that the Govt. employee should be on duty in his headquarters for certain number of days during the calendar month should be removed.

15. Deputation Allowance double the rates and should be paid 10% of the pay at same station and 20% of the pay at outside station.

16. Classification of the post should be executive and non-executive instead of present Group A,B.C.

17. Special Pay which was replaced with Special/Allowance by 4th CPC be bring back to curtail pay scales.

18. Scrap downsizing, outsourcing and contracting of govt. jobs.

19. Regularize all casual labour and count their entire service after first two year, as a regular service for pension and all other benefits. They should not be thrown out by engaging contractors workers.

20. The present MACPs Scheme be replaced by giving five promotion after completion of 8,15,21,26 and 30 year of service with benefits of stepping up of pay with junior and also hierarchical pay scales.

21. PLB being bilateral agreement, it should be out of 7th CPC perview.

22. Housing facility:-

(a) To achieve 70% houses in Delhi and 40% in all other towns to take lease accommodation and allot to the govt. employees.

(b) Land and building acquired by it department may be used for constructing houses for govt. employees.

23. House Building Allowance :-

(a) Simplify the procedure of HBA

(b) Entitle to purchase second and used houses

24. Common Category – Equal Pay for similar nature of work be provided.

25. Compassionate appointment – remove ceiling of 5% and give appointment within Three months.

26. Traveling Allowance:-

Category   A1, A Class City Other Cities 
 Executive  Rs. 5000  per day + DA  Rs. 3500 per day + DA
 Non-Executive  Rs. 4000 per day + DA  Rs. 2500 per day + DA

27. Composite Transfer Grant: -

Executive Class 6000 kg by Goods Train/ Rate per km by road 8 Wheeler Wagon Rs.50+DA(Rs.1 per kg and single container per km)

Non-Executive Class 3000 kg – do – -do-

28. Children Education Allowance should be allowed up to Graduate, Post Graduate, and all Professional Courses. Allow any two children for Children Education Allowance.

29. Fixation of pay on promotion – two increments in feeder grade with minimum benefit of Rs.3000.

30. House Rent Allowance

X Class Cities 60%
Other Classified Cities 40%
Unclassified Locations 20%

31. Compensatory City Allowance.

Category X’ Class Cities `Y’ Class Cities
A. Pay up to Rs.50,000 10% 5%
B. Pay above Rs.50,000 6% minimum Rs 5000 3% minimum Rs.2500

32. Patient Care Allowance to all para-medical and staff working in hospitals.

33. All allowances to be increased by three times.

34. NE Region benefits – Payment of Special Duty Allowance @ 37.5% of pay.

35. Training: - Sufficient budget for in-service training.

36. Leave Entitlement

(i) Increase Casual Leave 08 to 12 days & 10 days to 15 days.
(ii) Declare May Day as National Holiday
(iii) In case of Hospital Leave, remove the ceiling of maximum 24 months leave and 120 days full payment and remaining half payment.
(iv) Allow accumulation of 400 days Earned Leave
(v) Allow encashment of 50% leave while in service at the credit after 20 years Qualifying Service.
(vi) National Holiday Allowance (NHA) – Minimum one day salary and eligibility criteria to be removed for all Non Executive Staff.
(vii) Permit encashment of Half Pay Leave.
(viii) Increase Maternity Leave to 240 days to female employees & increase 30 days Paternity Leave to male employees.

37. LTC

(a) Permission to travel by air within and outside the NE Region.
(b) To increase the periodicity once in a two year.
(c) One visit outside country in a lifetime

38. Income Tax:

(i) Allow 30% standard deduction to salaried employees.

(ii) Exempt all allowances.

(iii) Raise the ceiling limit as under:
(a) General – 2 Lakh to 5 Lakh
(b) Sr. Citizen – 2.5 Lakh to 7 Lakh
(c) Sr. Citizen above 80 years of age – 5 Lakh to 10 Lakh

(iv) No Income Tax on pension and family pension and Dearness Relief.

39. (a) Effective grievance handling machinery for all non-executive staff.
(b) Spot settlement
(c) Maintain schedule of three meetings in a year
(d) Department Council be revived at all levels
(e) Arbitration Award be implemented within six month, if not be discussed with Staff Side before rejection for finding out some modified form of agreement.

40. Appoint Arbitrator for shorting all pending anomalies of the 6th CPC.

41. Date of Increment – 1st January and 1st July every year. In case of employees retiring on 31st December and 30th June, they should be given one increment on last day of service, i.e. 31st December and 30th June, and their retirements benefits should be calculated by adding the same.

42. General Insurance: Active Insurance Scheme covering risk upto Rs. 7,50,000/- to Non Executive & Rs. 3,50,000/- to Skilled staff by monthly contribution of Rs. 750/- & Rs. 350/- respectively.

43. Point to point fixation of pay.

44. Extra benefits to Women employees (i) 30% reservation for women.

(ii) Posting of husband and wife at same station.
(iii) One month special rest for chronic disease
(iv) Conversion of Child Care Leave into Family Care Leave
(v) Flexi time

45. Gratuity:

Existing ceiling of 16 ½ months be removed and Gratuity be paid @ half month salary for every year of qualifying service.

Remove ceiling limit of Rs.10 Lakh for Gratuity.

46. Pension:

(i) Pension @ 67% of Last Pay Drawn (LPD) instead of 50% presently.
(ii) Pension after 10 years of qualifying service in case of resignation.
(iii) Increase pension age-based as under:

65 Years – 70% of Las Pay Drawn (LPD)
70 Years – 75% of LPD
75 Years – 80% of LPD
80 Years – 85% of LPD
85 Years – 90% of LPD
90 Years – 100% of LPD

(iv) Parity of pension to retirees before 1.1.2006.

(v) Enhanced family pension should be same in case of death in harness and normal death.

(vi) After 10 years, family pension should be 50% of LPD.

(vii) Family pension to son upto the age of 28 years looking to the recruitment age.

(viii) Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.2500/- per month.

(ix) Extend medical facilities to parents also.

(x) HRA to pensioners.

(xi) Improvement in ex-gratia pension to CPF/SRPF retirees up to 1/3rd of full pension.

NB: The above is only gist. All points raised by us not included. For understanding the entire demands raised by us, Please read the full memorandum published in our website

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General