Saturday, August 30, 2014

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No. 5/1/2014-CPI
DATED: the 29th August, 2014
Press Release

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

The All-India CPI-IW for July, 2014 increased by 6 points and pegged at 252 (two hundred and fifty two). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 2.44 per cent between June, 2014 and July, 2014 when compared with the rise of 1.73 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 4.42 percentage points to the total change. The House Rent index further accentuated the overall index by 1.08 percentage points. At item level, Rice, Eggs, Milk, Onion, Chillies Green, Tomato, Potato and other Vegetables & Fruits, Sugar, Tea (Readymade), Pan Finished, Doctors’ Fee, College Fee, Petrol, Rail Fare, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Wheat, Soft Coke, Medicine (Allopathic), etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 7.23 per cent for July, 2014 as compared to 6.49 per cent for the previous month and 10.85 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 8.11 per cent against 5.88 per cent of the previous month and 14.10 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Nagpur recorded the maximum increase of 12 points followed by Ludhiana (10 points). Among others, 9 points rise was observed in 7 centres, 8 points in 3 centres, 7 points in 9 centres, 6 points in 23 centres, 5 points in 14 centres, 4 points in 10 centres, 3 points in 4 centres, 2 points in 4 centres and I point in 2 centres.

The indices of 35 centres are above and other 41 centres are below national average. The indices of Ernakulam and Varanasi are at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of August, 2014 will be released on Tuesday, 30 September, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website in.

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ALL INDIA AUDIT & ACCOUNTS ASSOCIATION-Submission of Memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission.

15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Ph: 0120-2881727/4101593/ 0 – 98681 45667
Reference: AIA/VII C.P.C/01/2014
Date: 21st July 2014

The Member Secretary,
7th Central Pay Commission,

Subject:- Submission of Memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission.

I on behalf of the forty eight thousand Audit and Accounts Employees of Indian Audit & Accounts Departments submit here-with one copy of memorandum for consideration of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

This Association endorses the memorandum submitted by the Staff Side, JCM (National Council). The same may be treated as Part I of our memorandum.

This Association also endorses the memorandum submitted by the Confederation of Central Government Employees which may be treated as Part II of our memorandum.

This Association endorses the memorandum submitted by the Joint Action Committee of Accounts & Audit Employees Organisations. The same may be treated as Part III of our memorandum.

We may submit a Supplementary Memorandum if it is found necessary.

I request the Commission to give this Association the opportunity to give oral deposition to the Commission in support of our memorandum and to respond to the points to be placed before the Commission by the Government Side.

This Association requests the Commission to review and recommend Interim Relief as suggested in the memorandum submitted on behalf of all Organisations of Central Government Employees by the Steering Committee of JCM Constituents, which also we endorse.

The Commission may kindly consider submission made in Part III of our memorandum submitted by the Joint Action Committee of Accounts & Audit Employees Organisations and give an interlocutory and final report asking Government to concede our demand for:

i) Grant of pre-revised Grade Pay of 4200 in PB 2 to Auditors/Accountants of IA&AD with effect from 1.1.2006 as recommended by 6 CPC (Para 3.1.14 read with Para 7.56.10)

ii) Grant of pre-revised Grade Pay of 4600 in Pay Band 2 to the Senior Accountants/Senior Auditors and

iii) Grant of pre-revised Grade Pay of 5400 in Pay Band 3 to Assistant Audit/Accounts Officers on completion of 4 years of service

with effect from 1.1.2006, so that the Commission could examine and recommend a  revised Pay Scale for Auditor/Accountants, Senior Accountants/Senior Auditors and Personal Assistants and Assistant Audit/Accounts Officers with reference to the above Grade Pay of 4600 in PB2 made applicable to the Assistants and Stenographers of the Central Secretariat (after the implantation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 and GP 5400 in PB 3 to Section Officers of CSS.

I hope that our above request and submission made in our memorandum would receive due consideration of the Commission and the recommendations made would be such as would engender a feeling of ‘felt fair’ amongst the forty eight thousand Audit and Accounts Employees & Officers working in IA&AD.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully

Secretary General
All India Audit & Accounts Association

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EPFO to provide minimum mothly pension of Rs1,000 from 1st September

The decision to fix pension entitlement of Rs1,000 under the EPFS-95 scheme will immediately benefit around 28 lakh pensioners who at present are receiving less than this amount

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) said it would start implementing its much awaited Rs1,000 minimum monthly pension and Rs15,000 higher wage ceiling social security schemes from 1 September 2014.

The government’s decision to fix pension entitlement of Rs1,000 under the Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 (EPFS-95) will immediately benefit 28 lakh pensioners who get less than this amount at present.

The move to enhance the minimum wage ceiling for becoming a subscriber of EPFO to Rs15,000 per month is expected to bring about 50 lakh additional formal sector workers under the ambit of the PF body.

The government has also enhanced the maximum sum assured under Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme to Rs3 lakh. The maximum sum assured under the EDLI works out to be Rs3.6 lakh including 20% ad hoc benefit over the prescribed amount under the notification.

This means that in case an EPFO subscriber dies, his family will be entitled to maximum sum assured of Rs3.6 lakh instead of existing Rs1.56 lakh.

The decision to provide the entitlement under EPS-95 was taken by the Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 28th February. However, it could not be implemented as the model code of conduct came into force after the general election dates were announced on 5th March.

The decision will immediately benefit about 28 lakh pensioners, including 5 lakh widows. In all, there are 44 lakh pensioners under the EPFO scheme.


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Implementation of the recommendations of Group ‘D’ Staff Promotion Committee (Ansari Committee).

No.E(NG)I-20l l/CFP/l
New Delhi. dated 13.08.2014

The General Secretary
All lndia Railwaymens Federation
4, State Entry Road
New Delhi-110055

The General Secretary
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
43. Chelmsford Road
New Delhi-l 10055


Sub: DC/JCM Item No.26/2011 : Implementation of the recommendations of Group ‘D’ Staff Promotion Committee (Ansari Committee).

The undersigned is directed to refer to the discussion held on 23.04.2014 with the staff side on the above subject and to say. as stated earlier, that the report of the Committee had been taken into account by
the 6th CPC and noting is required to be done further

2. However, as decided, a copy of recommendations of Ansari Committee is enclosed herewith. If any of recommendations needs consideration, the same may please be brought to the notice of Board.

Yours faithfully.

For Secretary Railway Board


Soon, attendance of govt staff to be tracked online

The Modi government had recently directed all central government offices to introduce Aadhaar-based biometric attendance systems.

In what could be a revolutionary step towards monitoring and tracking the work of government officials, the NDA government has launched an “attendance website” to serve as a centralised database for all central government employees.

Though the website,, is still in the process of being developed, officials said it is expected to be modelled on the lines of similar websites of the Jharkhand government and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

To illustrate, the home page of the Jharkhand government’s attendance website gives the total number of employees present on the given day, along with graphical representations of “real-time attendance” and statistics on the percentage of people logging into office during different time slots, giving an idea of how many officials come to office during the designated timings. Further, a search for any registered employee yields complete details, along with the employee’s attendance/leave status.

Officials said the Centre’s website is likely to emulate most of these features and is expected to be as open to the public. “This level of open tracking takes transparency to another level, a key focus of this government,” said an official.

The Narendra Modi government had recently directed all central government offices to introduce Aadhaar-based biometric attendance systems. Officials said this website is the next step in that direction. The attendance record entered on the biometric devices in government offices will feed the data to this website, which will act as a centralised management information system (MIS) for attendance.

The database for all central government staff will be maintained centrally with a unique six digit ID provided for each employee, based on either the last six or first six digits of the Aadhaar number. Currently, the website has over 16,000 registered users, spread across 113 organisations. The maximum number of officials registered currently are from the Planning Commission. There are no active users or active devices yet.

For an organisation/ department to be registered, the nodal officers of that department will have to login to the website and create a master list of locations of their offices, designation of their offices and divisions/ units/ groups within their organisation. Following this, each employee can start registering online by submitting the relevant details along with Aadhaar numbers.


Friday, August 29, 2014

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Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) & Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, General Secretary, All India Postal Employees Union Group-C (CHQ), Leader, JCM Departmental Council, Department of Posts, Member, JCM National Council will be retiring from service on superannuation on 31st August, 2014.

                   As per the decision of NFPE Federal Executive meeting held on 21-08-2014 and Central Working Committee meeting of AIPEU Group-C (CHQ) held on 22nd to 24th August, 2014 at Ongole (Andhra Pradesh) Com: M.Krishnan, will continue to function in the NFPE & P-3 CHQ till next Federal Council of NFPE (May 2016) and All India Conference of AIPEU Group-C (June 2015).  He will also continue to lead the entire Central Government employees as Secretary General, Confederation till the next National Conference (2016).

                   Com: R.N.Parashar, Asst. Secretary General, NFPE, will take charge as Secretry General, NFPE from 01-09-2014 till next Federal Council as per the decision of NFPE Federal Executive meeting.  Com.N.Subramanian, Deputy General Secretary, AIPEU Group-C (CHQ) will officiate as General Secretary, AIPEU Group-C (CHQ) till next AIC, as per the decision of CWC meeting of AIPEU Group-C.

                   NFPE CHQ, AIPEU Group-C (CHQ) and the CHQs of all other affiliated unions of NFPE extend our best wishes to Com.M.Krishnan and we are sure that he will lead us in the coming days also.

                   We are reproducing below the resolutions adopted by NFPE Federal Executive meeting and Central Working Committee meeting of AIPEU Group-C on the services rendered by Com.M.Krishnan.  We are also reproducing a letter received from Shri.D.Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO.


            The Federal Executive of NFPE records its full appreciation for the yeoman service rendered by Comrade M.Krishnan as the Secretary General of NFPE. The Federation has scaled new heights during his stewardship and the unity of Postal regular employees and Gramin Dak Sewaks entered into a new chapter under his leadership. The united movements of Postal Workers under the banner of Postal JCA as well as the independent struggles under the mighty National Federation of Postal Employees are further strengthened under his able leadership. He provided a militant, progressive leadership with farsightedness for the betterment of Postal Workers. It is  under his leadership that the NFPE claimed its historic vanguard role of leading the entirety of CG Employees under the platform of Confederation of CG Employees & Workers and it can be seen that the movement of central government employees has launched a powerful movement including strikes for the establishment of 7th CPC with Comrade M.Krishnan as its Secretary General. The integration of Postal and CG Employees with the entirety of Indian working class organisations in developing the path of united struggles against the neo-liberal policies of Government has further been cemented during his tenure. The leadership of confederation has come back to the Postal Organisation after a long period of 44 years and comrade Krishnan is leading the movement of CG employees in the path of struggle with firmness and it is noteworthy to mention that the unity of all JCM National Council organisations has reached its zenith with all coming together in championing the cause of three lakhs of Gramin Dak Sewaks and thousands of casual labourers in Postal and CG services due to his firm efforts. Ideological education of all cadres and employees through several All India and Regional Trade Union Camps under the banners of NFPE and Confederation; Concrete organisational steps for mobilizing the women employees of Postal Department as well as the Confederation level are some of the landmark achievements of Comrade Krishnan. The National Executive notes with happiness that all the affiliates of NFPE have always maintained a unified stand on all important activities of the Federation and this unity is due to the confidence created amongst all affiliates by the unifying leadership of Comrade Krishnan. The relinquishing of charge as the Secretary General of NFPE by him due to his superannuation from the Government Service is a huge loss to the movement but the Executive wishes to get his valuable advice and guidance to the Federation in the days to come. The National Executive places on record its unstinted gratitude to Comrade M.Krishnan for his able leadership to the historic organisation of NFPE not only as Secretary General but in numerous other capacities as well during his long service.  The Federal Executive further resolves that Com.M.Krishnan will continue to be in the Federal Executive of NFPE even after handing over charge, till the next Federal Council meeting to be held in May 2016.


            The Central Working Committee of All India Postal Employees Union Group ‘C’ (CHQ) held in Ongole (Andhra Pradesh) from 22.8.2014 to 24.8.2014 unanimously appreciates the sincere, superb and outstanding services rendered by Com. M. Krishnan as General Secretary of AIPEU Group ‘C’ (CHQ) and Secretary General of NFPE & Confederation during his tenure and like to place on record our whole hearted compliments,greetings and commendations to him and also acknowledge and recognize him for his unparalleled and appreciated service, which definitely resulted in charming the organization to new heights and also in settling many of the long pending demands of the Postal employees, especially Postal Group ‘C’ staff.

Com. M. Krishnan’s contributions in enhancing the prestige and image of AIPEU Group ‘C’ and thereby NFPE as well as the Confederation, will be remembered forever. In order to strengthen the organization and also to enhance the organizing capacity of the rank and file leaders the P3 CHQ  & NFPE CHQ under the leadership of Com. M. Krishnan is maintaining constant communication with the general membership through website and also the Bhartiya Post and Postal Crusader monthly journals. The Trade Union classes and workshops organized by Com M.Krishnan, General Secretary for the NFPE and the Confederation has also contributed to a great extent in improving the quality of the organization. The need of the unity amidst the working class of all sections as well as Government employees, organized and unorganised workers, he preached and also practiced during his tenure upsurge him to the  standard of a great statesman and a living legend. It is only Com M. Krishnan, who spends more than 20 hours daily for the working class all along during his tenure.

Com. M.Krishnan is a vivacious, vibrant,meticulous hard working and fully committed leader and is always working for the upliftment and welfare of the Postal employees, especially most down-trodden three lakhs Gramin Dak Sewaks. He has also extended his helping hand to all affiliated unions of the NFPE as the Member and then Leader of the JCM (Departmental Council) Staff side. He is also the All India Secretary General of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers and is at the forefront in implementing all the programmes of the Confederation. The two days strike in February 2014 demanding the formation of the Seventh Pay Commission cut the ice and is one of the milestone in the history of the CG employees’ movement.

Com M.Krishnan has pioneered and crusaded his best in making the General Strikes conducted as per the call of Central Trade Unions and other Federations including NFPE against the anti-people and anti-worker policies of the Govt. a grand success in the Postal Sector. As the Secretary General, National Federation of Postal Employees he built the unity of all the Postal employees and conducted various trade union actions which have prevented the adverse effect of implementation of the new economic policy in the postal sector and to save the postal service as a public utility service. The mass recruitment to the extent of 30% and more in the postal is the major advancement of the Federation for which the skill and negotiating capacity of the Secretary  General NFPE Com M. Krishnan are fully exploited. The fight against closure of 9797 Postoffices and 300 RMS offices in the name of McKincey Consultancy’s recommendation, the campaign against the New Postal Policy and the move of the Govt. to privatise postal services by granting licence to Courier Services, the Cadre Restructuring agreement etc are examples of his uncompromising stand, hard-bargaing and negotiating skill. His capacity to make inspiring and educative speeches and also taking class are worth emulating.

This Central Working Committee of this Union, while saluting Com. M. Krishnan for his devoted and dedicated service to the Central Govt. Employees and Postal employees, especially to the CHQ of AIPEU Group ‘C’ hereby resolved to utilize the valuable and experienced services of Com. M. Krishnan in the AIPEU Group ‘C’ (CHQ) till the next All India Conference to be held in June 2015.
In regard to the services rendered by Sri M.Krishnan to the employees, I am unable to find words to express my appreciation towards him. In the last few years my relationship with him is very cordial and it became useful to the Postal employees.  His manner of approaching official side with the issues of staff is bold as well as of positive nature .
So far I do not find negative attitude in him during the negotiation with official side. The retirement of Shri  M.Krishnan from the Department is a great loss to the Postal employees in particular and  central government employees  in general .
In fine , I feel that a good friend of mine is retiring from the service.. I pray to  the Almighty to shower blessings on him and his family members to give happiness and prosperity .


Thursday, August 28, 2014

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EPFO trustees decide to pay 8.75 pct interest rate on PF deposits for 2014-15

Retirement fund body EPFO today announced 8.75 per cent rate of interest on provident fund deposits for the current fiscal, a move which would benefit its over five crore subscribers across the country.

The decision to retain interest rate of 8.75 per cent was taken at a meeting of EPFO's apex decision making body the Central Board of Trustees chaired by Labour Minister Narendra Singh Tomar here in the capital.
"EPFO will provide 8.75 per cent rate of interest on PF deposits for 2014-15," Tomar told reporters after CBT meeting.

As per practice, now the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) trustees' decision would be implemented after the concurrence of the finance ministry.

EPFO's Central Provident Fund Commissioner K K Jalan said, "The benefit under the Employees' Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme would be increased to a maximum sum assured of Rs 3.6 lakh from existing Rs 1.56 lakh."

The sum assured under EDLI is provided in proportion to monthly wage ceiling which is Rs 6,500 at present. It would be enhanced to Rs 15,000 per month soon.

Senior Labour Ministry officials present in the meeting apprised the board that the notification regarding enhancement of wage ceiling has been sent to press after Law Ministry's clearance and will be reality soon.
They also told that the notification providing minimum monthly pension entitlement of Rs 1,000 under the Employees' Pension Scheme run by EPFO will also be notified simultaneously. After notification, around 28 lakh pensioners getting less than Rs 1,000 per month would immediately benefit.

At present all those employees with basic wages of up to Rs 6,500 per month at time of joining, can become member of EPFO schemes. Now with increase in wage ceiling around 50 lakh more workers are expected to come under the ambit of EPFO.

The minister also revealed that the board has decided to appoint credit rating agency CRISIL as consultant for the third time to engage new fund managers and evaluate their performance for three-year term beginning April 1, 2015.

After Crisil is appointed as consultant, it would take at least three months time to appoint fund managers for EPFO.

According to an official statement, during the meeting the proposed pattern of investment by Finance Ministry was discussed by the CBT and the Board was not in favour of investing in equities and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).

It was decided to recommend for making the pattern


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Negation of the promises

Top leaders of the present Central Government had showered promises to the working class, especially the Central Government Employees during General Election. The promises including exemption of Income Tax limit up to 5 lakhs and many other assurances appeared to have more than 80% Government Employees in favour of them. But today we see the blatant negations of the promises made by them.
Income Tax

As against the promise of exemption of Income tax limit up to 5 lakhs, a mere increase of Rs. 30000 i.e. from Rs. 220000 to 250000 made whereas everybody know the minimum annual increase of salary due to increments and  DA during the period 1/4/2013 to 31/3/2014 is more than 50000. Thus, in spite of Rs. 30000 exemption, the lower income group whose gross salary is less than Rs. 5 lakhs has been charged more taxes than the previous year.

Granting of IR/Merger of DA

Yet another betrayal from the stand taken in favour of central Government Employees by the then major opposition party is the refusal of giving IR/merger of DA. It is said that merger of DA is not considered because 6th Pay Commission in its report has not recommended for such merger. It is worth mentioning here that constitution of 7th Pay Commission was also not recommended by the 6th Pay Commission.

Cancellation of LTC by air for low class employees:

Moreover, prior to the Government taking over the charge lower level central Government employees had allowed LTC for North East/Jammu & Kashmir by Air. Granting of LTC by air to the 28 lakhs Group C employees for North East and Jammu & Kashmir were chiefly aimed for the economic growth of these statesand more integration with the rest of India.  But the Government has withdrawn the facility. On the other hand officers with Rs. 5400 and more Grade pay are still allowed to fly anywhere in India either on tour or LTC.

Installation of Biometric punching machine

Now the Government of India has announced installation of biometric punching machine in all its offices in a phased manner and the same are being linked with Aadhar. In this series most of the Government Offices functioning in Delhi has already been installed and the remaining offices have been asked to install the machine immediately. But, merely installing biometric punching machine and asking the employees to report duty in time will not solve the issue. A section of employees especially employees belong to lower income group working in Delhi offices are living outside Delhi. It has come to know that persons residing more than 150 Kms away from Delhi are attending duties in Delhi offices by travelling local trains & other conveyance.  What prevent them to stay in Delhi? First reason is non allocation of Government quarters in the nearby places of their posting. Secondly, the living cost of Delhi is not bearable to a low class employee because the successive pay commissions and Governments neglected them. According to the 6th Pay Commission pay structure MTS, LDC or the posts with equivalent grade would not get net monthly salary more than Rs. 14000-16000. How they manage a family with this meager amount? So they used to live in the joint family in the home villages in the nearby areas of Delhi. Since being the value of humanity is above than everything, Government should study and solve the problems faced by this section also.

By concluding this, I would like to produce a comment written by an anonymous person on Ministry of Finance directive to keep economy in use of paper in Central Government Offices. “Finance Ministry, Dept of expenditure, DoPT is the major breeding grounds of unnecessary expenditures. They are the root cause of many court cases. They did not accept to implement the judgment to similarly placed employees, like the case of MACP in promotional hierarchy. This lead many cases filed in various courts all over India. This result into huge expenditure to govt. in respect of legal adviser fee, court fee etc. But they go on speaking about economy in use of paper. They never apply their mind to curtail court case expenditure”.

-TKR Pillai
General Secretary

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BORDER ROAD ORGANISATION (BRO) SUBMITS THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB & HARYANA, CHANDIGARH THAT “...organisation accepts the position that the Government is considering the same since more than last one year and yet no decision has been taken”.


-TKR Pillai


The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. 2013 – Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year

Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment Division

North Block, New Delhi
Dated August 25 , 2014


Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. 2013 – Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year – regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Circular of even no. dated 23.07.2014 the subject mentioned above requesting all Ministries/ Departments to 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. it is again requested that necessary directions may be issued in this regard urgently so that the declarations/information/returns from every public servant are received on or before the 15th day of September 2014 as stipulated in the said Rules. It is reiterated that the definition of public servant covers all Group A, B and C employees.

2. In this regard it is also clarified that the public servants who either failed or were not required to file the annual declarations as per the applicable rules [eg. Group C’ Government servants covered under CCS(Conduct) rules, 1964] are also required to file the stipulated declaration/ information/return within time.

3. Hindi version will follow. ,

(J. A. Vaidyanathan)
Director (E)


Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Issue of medicines / reimbursement of expenditure on investigations / treatment procedures / implants and other medical devices under CGHS

No. 2-2/2014/CGl-IS. HQ/PPT/CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: the 25th August , 2014

Sub- Issue of medicines / reimbursement of expenditure on investigations / treatment procedures / implants and other medical devices under CGHS- regarding 

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to state that this Ministry has examined the matter in detail and with a View to streamlines the procedures regarding issue of medicines, reimbursement of expenditure on investigations, treatment procedures, implants and medical devices and with a View to plug the loopholes in the system, it has now been decided that:

a) CGHS shall supply / indent only those medicines, which are included in the CGHS formulary, except for para (b) below. However, for medicines prescribed outside formulary, medicines with identical formulations and /or similar therapeutic effect may be supplied from CGHS formulary against such medicines. CGHS formulary containing 1447 generic and 622 branded medicines is available on CGHS Website at

b) Anti Cancer and other similar medicines are however supplied on a case to case basis. Only the medicines approved by DCGI for use in India shall be supplied. In case an Indian version is available, which is cheaper than the imported medicine, only the Indian medicine shall be supplied even if, an imported medicine has been prescribed.

c) Medicines shall be supplied for a maximum period of one month.

d)In case of CGHS beneficiaries going abroad, issue of medicines shall be restricted for a maximum period of three months.

e) CGHS shall hereinafter allow only the listed investigations / treatment procedures for which there are prescribed CGHS rates, to be under taken in CGHS empanelled diagnostic centres and hospitals.

f) Similarly, only listed implants / medical devices with a CGHS prescribed ceiling rate shall be permitted for treatment / reimbursement under CGHS.

g) In those cases where any unlisted investigation / treatment procedure is undertaken the reimbursement shall be limited to the rate of nearest similar investigation / treatment procedure under CGHS. Addl. Director of the city /zone shall take a decision based on justification in such cases, in consultation with experts in the field, if necessary.

h) In those cases where any unlisted implant / device is installed reimbursement shall be limited to the CGHS rate of nearest similar implant / device. Addl. Director of the city / zone shall take a decision based on justification in such cases in consultation with experts in the field, if necessary.

i) Registration of Mobile number with CGHS has been made compulsory as a guard against misuse of CGHS Card.

j) In order to provide a mechanism to update the investigations / treatment procedures / implants , etc., as an ongoing process , a Technical Committee is being constituted to consider inclusion / exclusion of investigations /treatment procedures / implants , etc., under CGHS.

Under Secretary to Government of India
011-2306 1441



OA No.2017/2014
ORIGINAL APPLICATION NO:- 2017/2014 DATED THIS Friday THE 17th DAY OF January, 2014.


All Employees of Ordnance Factory Ambajhari, Nagpur 440 021

(1598 Applicants name list attached )

. … Applicants

(By Advocate Shri Shaikh Ayyub)


1.Union of India, Through the Secretary, Ministry of Defence, D(Fy.II), Sena Bhawan, New Delhi 110 001.

2.The Secretary,
Ministry of Personnel & Public Grievances, Department of Personnel & Training, New Delhi 110 001.

3.The D.G.O.F./Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board, 10-A, Shaheed Khudiram Bose Road, Kolkata 700 001.

4.The Sr. General Manager, Ordnance Factory Ambajhari Nagpur 440 021. …


(By Advocate Shri R. G. Agarwal)

OA No.2017/2014


Per: Smt. Chameli Majumdar, Member (J).

There are 1598 applicants in this O.A. who have joined this Original Application with a common grievance and praying for common relief. However, the title sheet of the O.A. indicates that there are 1603 applicants (Sl.Nos. 135, 845, 987, 1212 and 1322 being left out while numbering). M.A. No. 2009/2014 filed by the applicants for joint petition is allowed.

2. The Applicant No. 1 is the Union of the Ordnance Factory, Ambajhari, Nagpur. The grievance of the applicants is that although other employees of some Units of Defence establishment are being paid Night Duty Allowance as per Fifth and Sixth Central Pay Commission, the same is denied to the workmen of the factory of the Ordnance Factory Board at Ambhajari.

3. Heard Shri Shaikh Ayyub, Learned Counsel for the applicants and Shri R. G. Agarwal, Learned Counsel for the Respondents.

4. The Learned Counsel for the applicants has drawn my attention to the judgment passed by the Central Administrative Tribunal, Madras Bench, in O.A. No. 1391/2010 decided on 08.08.2012. In the said judgment, the Tribunal at Madras Bench relied on the judgment passed by the Central Administrative Tribunal, Jodhpur Bench. Relevant portion of the judgment is set out herein below :

“this is a fit case to direct the respondents to calculate and pay night duty allowance payable to industrial employees working in the 4th respondent factory on the basis of the revised basic pay and allowances drawn by them with effect from 01.01.1996 and 01.01.2006 as per the 5th and 6th Pay Commission’s recommendations respectively along with arrears with effect from 1.1.1996. The respondents are further directed to complete the entire exercise within a period of three months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. In the result, the O.A. is allowed. No order as to costs.”

5. In view of the above, the competent authority is directed to consider the said representations of the applicants in the light of the judgment passed by Jodhpur as well as Madras Bench within 12 weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of this order and pass a reasoned and speaking order in accordance with law.

6. The O.A. stands disposed of in terms of above direction at the admission stage itself.

(Smt. Chameli Majumdar)

Member (J)

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Confederation of Central Government
Employees and Workers
Karnataka State

The meeting with CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS of 7th Central Pay Commission was held at Bangalore 0n 24th August 2014 for about 50 minutes. Overall the meeting was on positive note.

The following members of COC Karnataka participated in the meeting.

Com S. Radhakrishna President of COC Karnataka ( Representing department AG’s)
Com Juliana Vincent Vice President of COC Karnataka (Representing department Survey of India).
Com P.S.Prasad General Secretary of COC Karnataka (Representing department Central Ground Water Board.)
Com Vinod Joint Secretary of COC Karnataka (Representing department Income Tax office).
Com M,Ramakrishna Joint Secretary of COC Karnataka (Representing department RMS).
Com Dominic Vijaya Anand Finance Secretary COC Karnataka (Representing department Postal Accounts).
Com D.K.Bharathi Assistant Secretary of COC Karnataka (Representing department Postal Admin.)
Com Muthukumar Advisor of COC Karnataka (Representing department Postal.)
Com C.A.Kamesharwary Asst Finance Secretary of COC Karnataka (Representing department IMD.)

The President Com Radhakrishna welcomed the Chairman and Members of the 7th CPC for the meeting.

The General Secretary Com P.S.Prasad presented the power point presentation.

The interactions were held for about 50 minutes with the Pay Commission officials,Com Radhakrishna, Com P.S.Prasad, Com Muthukumar , Com Vinod, & Com Ramakrishna spoke effectively on various subjects.

The following items and points were presented:

Bangalore Prices:
It was brought to the notice of the commission that the cost of living is high in Bangalore compared to other metro cities in the country and the prices of all essential commodities are comparatively high in the State of Karnataka. House rent is in the range of Rs 7000/- per month to Rs 35,000/- per month. The private school fees is from Rs 25,000/- to Rs 50,000/- per year. Donation is also too high, the cost of local transportation is from Rs 2000/- to Rs 10,000/- per month.
(This was only informative portion on prices)

Minimum Wage:
It was brought to the notice of the commission that:

a) Since Government is a model employer, they should provide minimum wages as per the 15 ILO conference and other wages as per the educational qualification & skill requirement of the job

b) Higher skill requirement due to computer usage and modernisation of equipment’s. The skill requirement is higher compared to earlier days due to technology advancement.

c) The higher inflation which is existing from the last eight years which is effecting the Government Employees, the money value has gone down to a large extent & there is erosion in wages calculation, whereas in private sector allowances are not taxed

(The commission Agreed to consider this on the lines of JCM memorandum)

It was brought to the notice of the commission that to attract higher talent to Central Government higher pay scales should be given.

(The commission was of the view that people choose their career on various aspects including wages. Wages of Government employees cannot be compared with private sector. It was pointed out by us that though the wages cannot be compared with private sector there is a need to keep the wages in central government that people will continue in government after joining. Chairman assured to examine this aspect)

It was brought to the notice of the commission that on Increment rate of 5% and Promotion policy.

a) As the Government employee put more and more service, he will be more trained to perform his duties in a better befitting manner. Thus the Government is more beneficial as good quality of work can be expected from an experienced official.

b) His family responsibility will increase with age.

c) They has to educate the children in professional courses, marriage of his children has to be performed, his medical expenses will also increase.

d) There should be adequate financial protection for him, the better rate of increment should motivate him to work more.

e) The person joining a Central Government Service is not just for the employment is for a whole career.

f) On promotion one shall get two additional increments subject to an minimum salary increase of Rs 3000/- per month as he will perform higher duties and responsibility’s.

g) He shall get not less than five financial up gradations in promotional hierarchy during his service to motivate him to work more.

h) Similarly the scientist are provided to FCS and get promotions every 4 years.

(The commission positively agreed to consider this suggestion.)

Consumer Price Index & Dearness Allowance Formula.

It was brought to the notice of the commission that on Consumer Price Index & Dearness Allowance Formula.

a) CPI as on 1/1/2006 was 115.76 points.
b) CPI as on 1/1/2014 was 237 points.
c) The CPI has increased by 121 points .
d) But the DA increased by just 100% as on 1/1/2014 from 1/1/2006.
e) The actual DA should have been 121 % not just 100% as on Jan 2014.
f) Actual increase in price rise is more than 200 % and DA should have been more than 200%.
g) 6 months average DA computation of Consumer Price Index should be provided to Central Government employees rather than 12 months average.
h) Rounding off DA be done whenever it crosses fraction more than 0.50

(The commission positively agreed to consider this suggestion.)

It was brought to the notice of the commission that on Allowances
a) All allowances such as HRA, Tour DA, CEA (tuition fees) , Cashier Allowances, etc. should be increased by four times.
b) OTA & Night Duty to be paid on par with Railways .
c) When ever there is an increase in Dearness Allowance, the above allowances be also increase as in the case of Transport allowance.

(The commission positively agreed to consider this suggestion.)

Transport allowance:

It was brought to the notice of the commission that on Transport allowance
a) The field oriented organizations like CGWB, Survey Of India, GSI, IBM, IMD, etc. most of the categories remain in fields, even Postal Employees and AG’s Employees are effected.
b) Now the field going staff are deprived of earlier CCA and present Transport Allowance as they cannot fulfill the condition of at least one day stay in a month in head quarters.
c) This condition of being present at Hqrs. Office at least a day in a calendar month becoming eligible for transport Allowances should be removed.

(The commission positively agreed to consider this suggestion.)

It was brought to the notice of the commission that on taxes:

a) The Fifth Central Pay commission in its report vide para no105.12 has said that Dearness allowance be paid free of net taxes as the DA is paid for compensation against price rise. All other allowances should also be paid net of taxes which has been examined by 5th CPC in para no 167.

(The commission agreed to examine this suggestion.)

Health Care system:

It was brought to the notice of the commission that on Health Care system

a) More CGHS hospitals should be made available or alternatively the person should have the option to choose any of the hospitals of his choice and the bill to be passed with AIMS rates.
b) Existing CGHS system needs improvement.
c) Proper ward entitlement should be made as per grades.
d) Cash less facility for hospitalization.
e) Autonomous bodies shall also be included in CGHS

(The commission to examine this suggestion, but not satisfied with demand of Cash less facility for hospitalization.)

It was brought to the notice of the commission that on following issues.
Other points:
a) Central Government Strength.
b) Non-filling up of vacant posts has resulted in increased work load on the existing employees.
c) Lower Spending by Central Government on its Employees.
d) Leave / Holidays.
e) 12 days Casual Leave.
f) Restrictions EL of 300 days to be removed.
g) The PSU are providing reward medals after 15 years, 25 years and end of service, similarly such reward should be provided to Central Government Employees.
h) In case of death of Government Servant during while on duties, his family members should get compassionate appointment not considering restrictions of 5%.
i) Education Loan should be provided.

(The commission to examine this suggestion)

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Revision of Ceiling for payment of Bonus in the Bonus Act 1965

All India Railwaymen's Federation
Dated: August 23, 2014
Shri Sadananda Gowda,
Hon’ble Minister for Railways,
Rail Bhawan,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,
Sub: Revision of Ceiling for payment of Bonus in the Bonus Act 1965

The Payment of Bonus Act 1965 was amended in the year 2007. This Act was called as Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 2007.

In Section 12 of the Principal Act(1965), payment of minimum bonus was revised from Rs.2500 to Rs.3500 w.e.f. 1st April, 2006 through Payment of Bonus(Amendment) Ordinance 2007(8 of 2007) and subsequently passed by the Parliament through Bill No.89/2007. The same was incorporated in the PLB Orders issued for payment of PLB for the year 2006-07 and 2007-08(RBE No.142/2008).

The Ministry of Railways was requested several times by the All India Railwaymen’s Federation for approaching the Government of India for amendment to Section 12 of the Bonus Act 1965 to remove the ceiling of Rs.3500, mentioned in the Section 12 of the Payment of Bonus(Amendment) Act, 2007. But so far Ministry of Railways has not approached the Government of India to amend the Act to pay real wages to the Railwaymen as PLB, which is causing lot of hardship to the Railway Workers due to high escalation of prices of all commodities after the enactment of the amendment to the Bonus Act 1965 in the year 2007.

You are, therefore, requested to consider the plea made by the All India Railwaymen’s Federation and approach the Ministry of Labour, Government of India to amend Section 12 of the Bonus Act, duly removing the ceiling, mentioned in Section 12 of the Payment of Bonus(Amendment ) Act, 2007 so as to enable the Railways to pay real wages as PLB.

As Pooja Festival is approaching fast and orders for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to Railway employees are likely to be issued shortly, you are requested to approach Hon’ble Minister for Labour to propose an amendment to Section 12 of the Payment of Bonus(Amendment) Act, 2007 to remove the ceiling so as to enable the Railwaymen to get real wages as Bonus.

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

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Payment of Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay. NC JCM

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

The Hon’ble Chairman,
7th Central Pay Commission
Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
lst Floor, B-l 4/A, Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi -110016

Respected Sir,

Reg : Payment of Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay.

The Sfaff Side of Naiional Council (JCM) , had raised the issue regarding payment of interim relief and merger of dearness allowance with pay , as an Agenda item of The Standing Committee of National Council (JCM ) in its meeting held on 7th May, 20l4. After detailed deliberations , it was stated by the Secretary (Expenditure), Ministry of Finance on This item that since the terms of reference enables The 7th CPC to send Interim Report , as such, The Staff Side might approach The Pay Commission for a report on Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance, as recorded in The Record Note of meeting, forwarded to Staff Side vide Director(JCA), Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensioners, Department of Pension and Pensioner's Welfare‘s letter No. 3/9/2014/JCA dt. 24/7/2014 [click here to view].

We, Therefore, humbly request you To kindly favourably consider our demand of payment of Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance with pay as Dearness Allowance, has since crossed The value of l00% on Ist January 2014 and a number of Government Employees are superannuating every month, who would be deprived of the benefit of the same.

Yours sincerely

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary (Staff Side)


Instructions regarding maintenance of cleanliness, punctuality in the offices of the Income Tax Department

F.No. Dir(Hqrs.)/Ch(DT)/25(10)/ 2014 /774
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department in Revenue
(Central Board of Direct Taxes )
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 21st August, 2014.

Subject: Instructions regarding maintenance of cleanliness, punctuality in the offices of the Income Tax Department -reg

Cabinet Secretary in his recent directives to Revenue Secretary has emphasised that 'cleanliness of work areas and improvement in the over-all ambience of office buildings as also punctuality on the part of the officials should be reviewed on sustained basis so that there is a visible improvement and that there are no
report of slippages in this regard,'

The importance of clean and tidy office which gives an air of efficiency and observance of punctuality which is essential for maintenance of office decorum and discipline needs hardly be emphasised. Accordingly, the following instructions are brought to the notice of all Cadre Controlling Principal CCsIT and the offices under
their jurisdictions for information and compliance and to help them to discharge their responsibilities in a more effective and efficient manner:

(i) Precincts of each office has to be spit and span. There should be no dust, no old ACs, Almirahs, and old furniture belonging to the office lying around in corridors, or common areas near staircases, and no betel leaf-stained comers. Dustbins should be provided in the rooms, corridors and washrooms for putting waste paper and garbage. The Agency responsible for maintenance of cleanliness and upkeep of office premises should be instructed suitably to provide services of highest standard failing which penal provisions of the contract signed with the agency may be invoked. Services of Civil, Electrical and Horticulture Wings of CPWD should be obtained wherever required, to improve the overall ambience of office buildings consistent with the prevalent green building norms. To give a neat and tidy look to the sections, the officers concerned may also be impressed upon to take special interest in weeding out of obsolete papers/files and to record all closed cases after action on the issues considered thereon has been completed, as per the prescribed retention schedule.

(ii) All the officers and staff working in offices under cadre control of Pr.CCsIT should strictly observe the prescribed office timings. It should be ensured that they do not overstay the lunch break and leave offices early before closing of office hours. No amount of external efforts can bring about improvements in punctuality of the officials on sustained basis unless Heads of Departments themselves take a personal interest in the same and observe the prescribed office hours. Therefore, all HODS may be instructed to conduct regular ,unannounced and surprise punctuality checks alongwith checking of attendance registers of the offices to see that the officials are observing office hours meticulously. Habitual latecomers may also be warned to mend their ways failing which disciplinary action may be taken against them.

This issues with the approval of Chairman, CBDT.



ANSWERED ON 25.07.2014
Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether certain Government hospitals/private CGHS empanelled hospitals across the country including the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Delhi are reportedly charging arbitrary ratesfor treatment/diagnostic tests from Central Government Employees instead of rates approved by CGHS;

(b) if so, the details thereof and thereasons therefor including action taken against the offenders;

(c) whether the Government has issuedany direction to these hospitals to charge the rates for treatment of diagnostic testsas per CGHS approved rates from CGHS beneficiaries and if so, the details thereof;

(d) the mechanism put in place tomonitor the effective implementation of the directions of the Government in the matter;and

(e) the corrective measures taken/proposed to be taken by the Government in this regard including reimbursement offull expenses incurred on medical treatmentof the CGHS beneficiaries?



(a) & (b): There are certain complaints of overcharging by the CGHS empanelled private hospitals. However it does not include the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Delhi, which is an autonomous body under State Government of Delhi.

The Complaints received against some Private CGHS empanelled hospitals are as under:

1.Kukreja Hospital
2. Indraprastha Apollo Hospital
3. JeewanHopsital& Nursing Home
4. Dr B.L.Kapoor Hospital
5. Yashoda super speciality Hospital
6. Fortis Flt Lt. RajanDhall Hospital
7. Medanta the Mediciti
8. National Heart Institute
9.Saral Advanced Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd.
10.NoidaMedicare centre
11. Max Super speciality Hospital
12. Escort’s Hospital Faridabad
13.Kailash Hospital & Heart Institute
14. Mata Chanan Devi Hospital
15. Dr Lal Path Lab

Excess amount charged has been deducted and paid to the beneficiaries.

1. Fortis Hospital , Cunningham Road
2. Fortis Hospital Bennerghatta Road
3. Shankar Eye Hospital
4. Imperial Hospital

Warning letters were issued by Addl. Director, CGHS and the excess amount charged was recovered and paid to the beneficiaries.

Show Cause Notice was issued to Ruban Memorial Hospital

1. Jabalpur Hospital & Res.Centre
2. Marble city Hospital & Res. Centre

Warning letters were issued by Addl. Director, CGHS and the excess amount charged was returned to the beneficiaries.

(c): The CGHS empanelled hospitals and diagnostic centres are to charge only the approved package rates and this clause is part of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between CGHS and CGHS empanelled hospitals and diagnostic centres at the time of empanelment.

(d)& (e): Monitoring is done by the officers of CGHS, including Addl. Director of the concerned city, Joint Director(Grievances), Hospital Cell and Hospital Empanelment Cell.

As and when any instance of excess charging comes to the knowledge of CGHS, the matter is taken up with the concerned hospital / diagnostic centre and Show Cause Notice is issued seeking explanation. In case of unsatisfactory reply or no reply suitable action is taken as per terms and conditions of Memorandum of Agreement signed by the hospitals like forfeiture of performance bank guarantee , recovery of excess amount and in extreme cases removal from CGHS panel.

Source: Lok Sabha
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FM Launches New Website of PFRDA and Releases Its First Annual Report.

FM Launches New Website of PFRDA and Releases Its First Annual Report; Says the Pension Reforms will Help in Releasing Resources for Better Deployment and Utilisation in other SOCIAL SECTORS

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that to build a consensus on issues such as pension across the political spectrum is not easy. He said that the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) legislation has however gone through a process of guided development and adequate sensitisation. He highlighted the important aspects and implications of pension reforms, a key area of financial sector and economic reforms in the country. He said that an amendment to the Insurance Act to enhance the limit of FDI to 49% will also mean similar provision for the pension sector. The increase in the FDI limit to 49%, will permit inflow of foreign capital, investment expertise and new technology.

The Finance Minister Shri Jaitley was speaking after launching a new user friendly and informative website of PFRDA at First Pension Conclave held here today. The Finance Minister also on this occasion released the First Annual Report of PFRDA for 2013-14 post notification of the PFRDA Act. Releasing the Report, the Finance Minister hoped that the Regulatory Authority would provide a conducive and enabling environment for expansion in pension industry with larger number of players.

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that considering that pension pay-outs, particularly unfunded and uncertain are to be borne by the Public exchequer, the pension reforms will mitigate this burden releasing resources for better deployment and utilisation in other social sectors. He highlighted the need to build up corpus of funded resources to eventually act as the source for pension pay outs in future, and also as a source for financing critical sectors as infrastructure and also capital market.

Highlighting the importance of NPS Swavalamban scheme for the unorganised sector people, the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that this segment requires special support and he urged PFRDA to promote this scheme vigorously across the country. Expressing confidence about the role of PFRDA in promoting Swavalamban Scheme, he expressed that the scheme signifies an element of self-pride through participation of the less fortunate and excluded segments. The Finance Minister expressed confidence that the regulatory authority will formulate regulations for sound and sustainable growth of the pension system with due regard to the interest of the subscribers including setting-up an efficient and responsive grievance redressal mechanism, He exhorted the industry to come up with more and more new products which could compete with each other with benefit accruing to the pension subscribers.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Candidates taking Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014, being conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 24 August, 2014 may note the following:-

1. The Paper II of the CSE (Preliminary) is of 200 marks and 2 hours duration. It contains a section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level). It contains some questions based on a few paragraphs in English.

2. The Union Government has decided that for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 to be held on 24th August, this section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) will not count for gradation or merit.

3. The Paper-II would contain a section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level). Candidates must therefore note that they do not have to answer the questions on this English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) section. These questions will not be evaluated.

4. However, the duration of the Paper II would remain 2 hours and candidates can utilize the entire time in answering all questions except those in the Section containing English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level).

5. The maximum marks for Paper II would be “200 minus the marks earmarked for the English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level)”.

6. Candidates must note that the section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) would not count towards gradation or merit. Even if they attempt it, marks will not be counted for gradation or merit.

Economy in use of paper-FINMIN INSTRUCTIONS

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi,
22nd August. 2014
Office Memorandum

Subject :- Economy in use of paper.

              Ministry of Finance has been issuing instructions from time to time on expenditure management, fiscal discipline and on the need for economy and rationalization of Government expenditure. Government is one of the major consumers of paper. Injudicious use of paper not only leads to infructuous expenditure but also impacts the environment as trees are the major source of paper pulp production. Instructions on judicious use of paper have been issued by this Department in the past and similar instructions are also contained in the Manual of Office Procedure (MOP) published by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. With a view to further stress the importance of economy In use of paper in Government offices, following instructions are issued for strict compliance by all concerned : -

(i) Notes should be typed/written on both sides of the paper/note sheet

(ii) Typing should be done in single space;

(iii) Policy instructions/guidelines issued through Orders, OMs, etc. may be uploaded on the official website of the Ministry/Department/Organization. Number of hard copies of such communications may be limited to the required minimum:

(iv) Office copies should not be typed again where the draft itself is legible and does not contain many corrections.

(v) Forms, proformas, returns etc., if any, stipulated by Ministries/ Departments/Organizations in connection the organizational mandate may be reviewed in relation to their size and format and should be recast and simplified/shortened in keeping with the recent directives from Cabinet Secretariat. Manual submission of forms, returns, etc,, wherever stipulated, either under statutory obligations or otherwise, should be discouraged, Switching over (oc-forms, online submission of forms/returns, etc., may be encouraged.

2. All the Ministries/Departments, attached, subordinate offices and autonomous or statutory bodies funded by GOI may comply with the above directives. Suitable instructions on above lines may be issued by line Ministries/Departments of GOl in r/o organizations/entities or field establishments under their administrative control,

3. This has the approval of Secretary(Expenditure).

(Sudha Krishnan)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India


Friday, August 22, 2014

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Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to the Railwaymen for the year 2013-14-AIRF

All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi-110055
Dated: August 21, 2014
Hon’ble Minister for Railways,
Ministry of Railways,
Rail Bhawan,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to the Railwaymen for the year 2013-14

Pooja Festivals are approaching very fast, but unfortunately uptill now, Railway Ministry has not given any proposal to us for the Productivity Linked Bonus(PLB) to the Railwaymen for the year 2013-14.

In this connection, it is worth mentioning that, last year, there have been lot of agitations due to Railway Ministry’s move for arbitrary reduction in the number of days of PLB.

As you are aware that, with less number of staff, Railwaymen are running high number of trains. Passenger and Traffic units have increased.

We hope, this time PLB should be more than the last year. We, therefore, hope, that the sentiments of the Railwaymen should be kept while deciding PLB and payment of the PLB should be arrange at an earliest.

With kind regards!

Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Submission of Memorandum to 7th Pay Commission on issues of the All India Customs Ministerial Employees’ Federation

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Affiliated to: Confederation of Central Government Employees &'Workers, New Delhi
Recognised by Government of India F.No.B12017/4/2004AD.IV.A under CCS(RSA)Rules,1993
S. Kaliamurthy                                        SAUGATA CHAKRABORTY
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The Secretary, Seventh Central Pay Commission,
Post Box No. 4599, Hauz Khas P.O,
New Delhi 110 016

Sub: - Submission of Memorandum on issues of the All India Customs Ministerial Employees’ Federation under Central Board of Excise & Customs-reg.

Respected Sir/Madam,

 I am submitting herewith the Memorandum on issues of the Customs Ministerial Staffs, Chemical Staffs(Group-‘C’) and Marine Staffs working in the field formation of the Central Board of Excise & Customs, North Block, New Delhi-110 001.

 I on behalf of my Federation would like to request before your goodself to allow this Federation to submit an oral deposition with documents before 7th CPC for redressal and we would also like to request you to give us opportunity for supplementary submission, if any, for your kind consideration.

Thanking you.

 Yours faithfully,

 Secretary General

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(All India Civil Accounts Employees Association
All India Civil Accounts Employees Association Category –II)
17/2–C, P & T Quarters, Kali Bari Marg, New Delhi-110001)

No. NFCAA/HQ/A-1/2014/Cir-9     


            All Federal Executive Members,
            All Women Committee Members,
All Branch Secretaries of AICAEA & AICAEA Cat- II

Dear Comrades,


            The Extended Federal Executive meeting of the National Federation of Civil Accounts Associations was held in Delhi on 17th and 18th July 2014. Altogether 43 (forty three) Federal Executive members, Women Committee Members (from Delhi, Chennai and Nagpur) Branch Secretaries/Presidents of AICAEA and AICAEA Cat-II Branches from Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Kerala, Pune and Andhra Pradesh attended the meeting. Com. T.R. Janardanan, President, presided over.


            Before entering into the agenda items, the meeting paid homage to following departed leaders and members of the Organization:-

1.      Com. (Smti) Anju Roy (Kolkata)
2.      Com. Priya Brata Ghosh (Kolkata)
3.      Com. Murali (Hyderabad)

            Com. P. Acharjee, Asstt. Secretary General and Com. A. Huparikar, Addl. Secretary General, AICAEA placed brief life history of Com. (Smti.) Anju Roy, Com. Priya Brata Ghosh and Com. Murali respectively. After their presentation, the meeting observed a minutes silence to offer respect to the departed leaders.

            In order to prepare for the scheduled meeting between the Controller General of Accounts and National Executive of AICAEA and AICAEA Cat-II on 17th July 2014, the meeting of the Federal Executive took up the agenda item No:- 2 for discussion and decided to discuss the agenda item No:- 1 later on. However, the item wise decisions of the meeting are as below.

AGENDA ITEM NO:- 2 meeting between CGA and National Executive of AICAEA and AICAEA Category – II on 17th July 2014 participation and review regarding.
            Initiating the discussion, Secretary General congratulated the leaders of AICAEA Cat-II for being successful in having a formal meeting with the Controller General of Accounts. Secretary General termed it as a major achievement of the National Executives of both AICAEA and AICAEA Cat-II.

            The issues to be discussed with CGA by the National Executives of both AICAEA and AICAEA Category-II were discussed point wise and also with reference to the minutes of the last meeting held with Controller General of Accounts on 30th May 2013. Different members present in the meeting offered their suggestions on various items. Four new items referred to Controller General of Accounts for discussion were also deliberated by the meeting. Thereafter, the meeting was adjourned for the day so that the National Executive of both Associations could attend the meeting with Controller General of Accounts at 4.30 P.M.

            The meeting resumed on 18th July 2014 at 10.00 AM and it reviewed the outcome of the meeting held with the CGA authorities on 17th July 2014. Initiating the discussion Secretary General thanked all the office bearers for their effective participation and projecting unity before the authorities. He also congratulated all for making the meeting a historic one. It was reported in the meeting that CGA has recommended to Ministry of Finance for Grade Pay of Rs:- 5400/- to AAO on completion of 4 years and Grade Pay of Rs:- 4600/- to Sr. Accountants w.e.f. 1.1.2006. Secretary General stated is was appreciable but authorities did not give recommendations in r/o rest of the cadres. However, so far as the outcome of the meeting is concerned, Secretary General expressed his dis-satisfaction and stated that  some of middle level officers had played mischievous role in the meeting and tried to remove the assurances given by the CGA in the earlier meeting. Taking part in the discussion Com. A.K. Mehta, President, AICAEA Cat-II expressed that, CGA should have been in the meeting although instead of leaving the meeting after his introductory speech and handing it over to Addl. CGA. All the members present in the meeting endorsed the views expressed by above persons. Com. P. Acharjee, Com. K. Venkatasubramanian, Com. Balaji and Com. A. Huparikar took part in the discussion and expressed their dis-satisfaction on the outcome of the meeting and pleaded for organizational action.

            After detailed discussion, the meeting decided to convey its dis-satisfaction to CGA through a resolution and entrusted the responsibility of finalization of the Resolution to Com. T.R. Janardanan, President, Com. V.Bhattacharjee, Secretary General, Com. K. Venkatasubramanian, President, AICAEA, Com. A.K. Mehta, President, AICAEA Cat-II and Com. A. Huparikar, Addl. Secretary General, AICAEA.

            The meeting of the Federal Executive also decided that, the ensuing 6th Federal Council meeting to be held at Cochin shall review the situation and decide the next course of action.

AGENDA ITEM NO:- 3 Participation in apex JAC Convention on 19th July 2014 and finalization of joint memorandum to be submitted to 7th CPC.

            Initiating the discussion, Secretary General reported about the pay scales devised and recommended by the staff side National Council (JCM) to the 7th CPC. Further,  he stated that as per the demand adopted by the apex JAC necessary documents had been placed before CGA.

The demands are:-

1.      Upgradation LDC as Accounts Assistant with grant of Grade Pay of Rs:- 2400/-.
2.      Merger of Accountant/Sr. Accountant and grant of Grade Pay of Rs:-4600/-.
3.      Grant of Grade Pay of Rs:- 5400/- to AAOs.




On 29th August 2014 (Friday) at 10:00 Hours Shri Akhilesh Kumar, Officiating CEO, CGEWHO intends to meet the beneficiaries of Kolkata (Phase-II) Project at the Project Office.

In the meeting all the concerned officials shall remain present. All Beneficiaries, specifically who are raising queries and writing frequently to the Ministry/CGEWHO are hereby informed about the above visit.

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Amendments to the Public Provident Fund Scheme, 1968-FINMIN

Government of India

Ministry of Finance
(Department of Economic Affairs)


New Delhi, the 13th August, 2014.

G.S.R. (E). – In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (4) of Section 3 of the Public Provident Fund Act, 1968 (23 of 1968), the Central Government hereby makes the following further amendments to the Public Provident Fund Scheme, 1968, namely :-

1. (1) This Scheme may be called the Public Provident Fund (Amendment) Scheme, 2014.

(2) It shall come into force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Public Provident Fund Scheme, 1968, -

(i) in paragraph 3, in sub-paragraph (1), for the letters and figures “Rs. 1,00,000”, the letters and figures “Rs. 1,50,000” shall be substituted;

(ii) In Form-A, in paragraph (iv), for the letters and figures “Rs. 1,00,000”, the letters and figures “Rs. 1,50,000” shall be substituted.

[F.No. 1/2/2014-NS.II] 



Aadhaar watch on babus-The sarkari babu will have to make every minute count.

The Narendra Modi government has ordered that an Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) be implemented in all central government offices.

A circular issued to all central government offices in the capital today has also asked employees, of all ranks, to submit their contact details (email ID, residential address, telephone and personal mobile phone numbers) to the department of personnel and training that is with the Prime Minister’s Office.

Delhi police are already building a databank containing the cellphone number, email ID, name, rank and “personal number” and of every city cop, from constable to commissioner, on the orders of the PMO. A letter from the home ministry on August 5 had asked for such a databank, which will also include the municipality in which the cop lives. “All the station house officers are on the job,” an officer said.

The circular issued today does not give a date from which the new attendance system will be implemented. It says “Aadhaar number is mandatory to register attendance”.

At least one state — Jharkhand — has begun implementing the AEBAS. But a central government order means the system will have to be adopted across the country.

The system will be implemented in the capital first and then in all central offices outside New Delhi. The order is binding on all employees, including those in the armed forces.

To implement the system, all offices will have to install fingerprint scanners with Wi-fi Internet. The objective of the system, sources said, is “to check absenteeism and measure the time an employee spends in office and the time he or she checks in and checks out”.

Similar systems have been implemented in many corporate offices, both in the private and the public sector, though they are not based on Aadhaar, the card issued to citizens by the Unique Identification Authority of India that was headed by Nandan Nilekani and created by the UPA II government of Manmohan Singh in 2009.

The system will also seek to ensure that employees cannot backdate attendance or mark attendance for someone else.

On July 1, Nilekani had met Modi and finance and defence minister Arun Jaitley and given a presentation on the Aadhaar scheme that impressed the new regime.

Police clueless

Delhi police have been left befuddled by the message from the PMO asking for the databank.

“This is unprecedented. We are not clear about the objective behind it,” a senior officer said in private.

“It seems the PMO is going to be the new control room for everything: it will keep a tab on all government officials including the police,” conjectured an IPS official posted in the home ministry.

The Delhi police, who claim to be the world’s largest metropolitan force with their 80,000 personnel including nearly 50,000 constables, have thrown themselves into the massive exercise.

Delhi’s is the only police force in the country that is under the Union home ministry’s direct control. Police sources said the directive came in the form of a ministry letter dated August 5.

Additional deputy commissioner Mahesh Batra then wrote to all the zonal deputy commissioners to help prepare the databank.

“May kindly direct the concerned to collect the same from every employee under your control and feed the information by August 13,” says the letter, dated August 11, of which The Telegraph has a copy.

“There will not be an extension of this date, being time-bound requirement by Prime Minister’s Office….”

Not surprisingly, the deadline has been missed. A senior officer said the task would be completed by the end of this month.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Consequent on the implementation of the 4th Central Pay Commission recommendations, the hard earned Andaman Special Allowance/Pay has been arbitrarily withdrawn along with Compensatory Allowance and in its place Special Compensatory Allowance has been introduced on slab basis which has resulted in great financial loss to the government employees and workers working in the islands.

 The Andaman Special Pay was granted for the first time in 1945 at the rate of 33 1/3 % of basic pay to all employees of Andaman and Nicobar Administration, irrespective of their area of recruitment. This special Pay was paid for the unhealthiness of this place under FR 9(25) (c). Although the Ministry of Home Affairs vide their letter No. 4-22/49-AN DATED 22.1.1951 dis-continued this, subsequently the same was sanctioned to one and all irrespective of their area of recruitment and domicile, changing the nomenclature as Special Allowance.

In addition to Special Pay/Allowance, a Compensatory Allowance at the rate of 7 1⁄2 % was sanctioned in the year 1962 which was subsequently enhanced to 12 1⁄2 % from October, 1973, as a result of additional high cost of living in these islands.

The 4th, 5th and 6th Central Pay Commissions, in the name of bringing uniformity in the grant of Allowance, recommended a slab rate of Special Compensatory Allowance, in lieu of Andaman Special Allowance and Compensatory Allowance, which was most unjustifiable. There is no justification, whatsoever, to discontinue with the Special Allowance at the rate ranging from 20% to 30% and Compensatory Allowance at 12 1⁄2 % already enjoyed by the government employees of these islands which were granted after protracted truggles. Grant of Special Compensatory Allowance, on slab basis, can in no way compensate the hard-earned Andaman Special Allowance and Compensatory Allowance aforesaid. On the one hand the Special Allowance and Compensatory Allowance have been clubbed together and on the other, the allowances granted earlier on percentage basis on basic pay have been changed to slab system which amounts to perpetual loss to the employees and is a sheer injustice.

 The Seventh Central Pay Commission may kindly like to recommend restoration of Andaman Special Allowance and Compensatory Allowance at the rates as existed prior to 1.1.1986 for the government employees working in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


The entire union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands are treated as Y class city for the purpose of daily allowance to government servants who undertake official tours to various islands. This was sanctioned by the Govt.of India due to high cost of living prevalent in this territory. Recently, the Government of India has announced that Port Blair city will be treated as Y Class city for the purpose of HRA.

Further, there is a recommendation of the Fifth Central Pay Commission that cities/towns which are tourist centers may be declared as high class cities irrespective of population, in view of high cost of living in tourist centers. The entire Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a tourist center, as such the entire union territory has to be treated as Y Class city. The Association demands that the Seventh Central Pay Commission may consider it and the entire union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands may be treated as Y Class city for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance considering the exorbitant rent for private residential accommodation prevailing in the entire union territory of A & N Islands.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Ceiling of children education allowance and the details of institutions admissible for the same

ANSWERED ON 18.07.2014

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) the existing ceiling of children education allowance and the details of institutions admissible for the same;

(b) whether any change is proposed to be made in the same; and

(c) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor?



(a) It has been informed by the Department of Personnel and Training that the annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) is 18,000/- per child. The Hostel Subsidy shall be 4,500/- per month per child. The annual ceiling for reimbursement of CEA for disabled children of Government employees is 36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel Subsidy for disabled children of Government employees is 9,000/- per child per month. These revisions are applicable with effect from 1st January, 2014. The reimbursement is admissible for the children studying in institutions affiliated to any Board or recognised institution, whether in receipt of Government aid or not, recognised by the Central or State Government or Union Territory Administration or by University or a recognised educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated.

(b) There is no such proposal.

(c) In view of reply to (b) above, the Question does not arise.

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Female bank staffers may soon get transfers of their choice

 NEW DELHI: Female employees of public sector banks will soon be entitled to a major benefit of getting transfers of their choice.

The Finance Ministry has asked the banks to formulate women-friendly transfer policies so that they can get transfers at places where their husbands are working or parents are living.

 The Department of Financial Services, sources said, has asked Public Sector Banks (PSBs) to formulate transfer and posting polices in such way so as to minimise "hardship" of women employees.

" has been decided to accommodate as far as possible placement/transfer of married employees, on her request, at a place where her husband is stationed or as near as possible to that place or vice versa," said a communication of the Department to head to PSBs.

In case of unmarried female employees, the banks have been asked to accommodate them "at a place where their parents" are stationed or as near as possible.

While giving directions to PSBs, the Department said it has come to its notice that female employees, both married and unmarried, "when place/ transfered away from their husband or distant locations face a genuine hardship or develop a feeling of insecurity".

There are 27 PSBs, including the latest Bharatiya Mahila Bank. Of the nearly 8 lakh employees in PSBs, about 2.5 lakh are females. The PSBs have been asked to frame the policy in this regard with the approval of their Board and "take immediate action for implementation and compliance".

Also, they have been asked to consider pending requests under the new guidelines.

Source:Economic times

Monday, August 18, 2014

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Women in Government Service - Recommendations of Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee

Women in Government Service

In order to encourage the women to join Government service, they are provided some special facilities as maternity leave, child care leave, child adoption leave, special allowance to women with disability, provision of crèche facility, posting of husband and wife at the same station, special priority in allotment of residential accommodation, provision for protection of women from acts of sexual harassment, age relaxation for appointment to widows, divorced woman and woman judicially separated from their husbands and who are not remarried, special dispensation for woman officers of All India Services of North East cadre, change of Cadre in case of marriage of All India Service Officer and exemption from payment of fee for examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission.

As per the recommendations of the 62nd Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee, publicity to encourage women to prefer/join Government Service is being given. There is a provision for age relaxation for appointment in Government service for Widows, divorced Women and Women judicially separated from husbands and not re-married upto 35 years for posts of Group C filled through Staff Selection Commission/Employment Exchange (upto 40 years for members of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes).

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh gave this information in Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri T.K. Rangarajan and Shrimati Gundu Sudharani.