Friday, February 27, 2015

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No. 5/1/2015- CPI
DATED: the 27 th February, 2015

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – January, 2015

The All-India CPI-IW for January, 2015 increased by 1 point and pegged at 254 (two hundred and fifty four). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.40 per cent between December, 2014 and January, 2015 when compared with the decrease of (-) 0.84 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Housing group contributing (+) 1.36 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Masur Dal, Moong Dal, Groundnut Oil, Mustard Oil, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Milk, Cigarette, Firewood etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted by Rice, Eggs (Hen), Onion, Vegetable and Fruit items, Sugar, Petrol etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 7.17 per cent for January, 2015 as compared to 5.86 per cent for the previous month and 7.24 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.81 per cent against 5.73 per cent of the previous month and 8.94 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
At centre level, Haldia reported a maximum increase of 18 points followed by Jamshedpur (7 points), Lucknow (6 points), Quilon (5 points) and Srinagar & Vadodra (4 points each). Among others, 3 points rise was observed in 6 centres, 2 points in 9 centres and 1 point in 17 centres. On the contrary, Rourkela recorded maximum decrease of 7 points followed by Bhilai & Coimbatore (5 points each), Madurai & Labac Si!char (4 points each). Among others, 3 points fall was registered in 5 centres, 2 points in 2 centres and 1 point in 13 centres. Rest of the 15 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 36 centres are above All India Index and other 40 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Bhopal and Bokaro centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of February, 2015 will be released on Tuesday, 31st March, 2015. The same will also be available on the office website www. labourbureau. gov. in.







Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

There have been no specific complaints regarding misuse of funds. However, there are some complaints about lack of funds allocated to the ECHS. The budget allocated at Budget Estimate stage was less than projected estimate and additional funds were allocated at Revised Estimate (RE) stage. The shortfall of medicines is not directly related to lack of funds and it is attributed to procedure involved in procurement of medicines. Some private hospitals have withdrawn their services from ECHS due to various reasons including low rates, delay in clearance of bills etc.

The steps taken by the Government to improve health care under ECHS include sanction of additional manpower to ECHS polyclinics, revision of remuneration, bringing all 28 Regional Centres under online billing mode for timely processing and payment of medical bills of empanelled facilities, upgrading ECHS Card, empanelment of more medical facilities etc.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri B.V. Naik in Lok Sabha today.


Export of Defence Products

The Government has taken the following steps for export of defence products:-

A Defence Export Strategy has been formulated and put in public domain.  The strategy outlines the need for promotional measures and simplification of regulatory processes for facilitating / promoting the export of defence products.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for issue of No Objection Certificate (NOC) for export of military stores has been finalized and put in public domain.

On-line system of receiving application for issue of NOC for export of military stores has been introduced.

As per DGFT Policy Circular No.45 (RE-08)/2004-2009, dated 4th December 2008, Department of Defence Production (DDP) issues “NOC” for export of goods, which are in the nature of military stores.

During the last three years and the current year, NOCs for export of military stores to the following countries have been issued:-

Algeria, Benin, Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sri Lanka, Paraguay, Japan, Afghanistan, Spain, Nepal, Belgium, Malaysia, Norway, Romania, Port of Spain, Venezuela, France, Vietnam, UK, UAE, Bangladesh, Ghana, Sweden, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Israel, Republic of Korea, Macau, Oman, Tunisia, Libya, Nuevo Leon, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Uruguay, Netherland, Canada, Russia, USA, Namibia, Indonesia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Switzerland, Czech, Kenya, Botswana, Tajikistan, Singapore, Ireland, Italy, Gabon and Turkey.

The Government has not fixed any target for export of military stores to other countries.

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


Thursday, February 26, 2015

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NPS-Simplification of Withdrawal process-PFRDA


25 th February, 2015


All Govt depts./PAO’s/PrAO’S/DDO’S/DTO’S & CRA

Dear Sir/ Madam,

SUB: Simplification of Withdrawal process – Documentary requirements

Currently, the following documents are required to be submitted by the subscribers for processing a withdrawal request by CRA / NPS Trust for various types of withdrawals and which are common across all the sectors of National Pension System.

1. Original PRAN Card or In the absence of PRAN card, notarized affidavit
2. Photo ID proof*
3. Address proof of the Claimant*
4. Cancelled cheque (containing claimant’s Name, Bank Account Number and IFS  Code) or Bank Certificate

* If a document contains both identification and address for compliance with KYC requirements, it would be sufficient for processing the withdrawals. Ex: Passport,Aadhar, Driving license, Ration card etc.

Additionally, the following documents are asked for exits arising out of death of the subscriber

5. Death certificate in original issued by local authorities
6. Legal Heir Certificate/Succession Certificate as applicable in case if nominationis not registered by the subscriber

However, feedback has been received at various meetings conducted by PFRDA with Government officials, subscribers and other stakeholders that the burden of documentation is too heavy and needs to be reduced for a smooth operation of the system. The Authority based on the feedback and also upon reexamination of the procedural requirements at various levels and has decided to simplify the documentary requirements for the Government subscriber sector to begin with. However, the long run goal is to minimise the documentary requirements for all sectors.

The following are the revised requirements for the Government sector subscriber for the Exit and withdrawal requests submitted to CRA / NPS Trust:

1. KYC documents, Bank Passbook/cancelled cheque/bank certificate and Name mis-match certification: The certification provided by the PAO/PrAO/DDO/DTO that

the KYC requirements of proper identification of the subscriber has been done (as per Annexure I)
that the name as provided in the withdrawal application form be accepted as final.
Bank account details as provided in the application form be accepted as final.
Would be accepted and claims dealt accordingly.

2. Nomination – If already existing in CRA system – there is no further requirement to fill in the details, unless the subscriber wishes to change the nomination already provided

3. Original PRAN card or In the absence of PRAN card, notarized affidavit: Not required to be submitted henceforth.

4. Death certificate – Copy of the death certificate duly attested by the concerned PAO/PrAO/DDO/DTO with a specific certification that it is a true copy of the original death certificate and such certificate shall be dated and subscribed by such officer with his name, title and seal of office would be accepted as adequate for the purpose of establishing the death of the subscriber.

Yours faithfully,

Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager



Certified that Shri/Smt …………. Son/Wife of Shri …………………, who is an employee of (office address) ……………. from (date) ……. and is at present holding the post of ……………….. and his/her identity is certified as provided in the NPS withdrawal application form along with the address as provided.

Further, the name and Bank account details as provided in the withdrawal application form by the subscriber shall be accepted as final.

Date ……………..

Name, Designation, Address & Tel No
Of the certifying officer

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JCM Staff Side Meeting with the Chairman, 7th CPC.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/Corres/Pt.V
Dated 25/02/2015

Sub: JCM Staff Side Meeting with the Chairman, 7th CPC.

The JCM Staff Side delegation met the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission, 25/02/2015 at 11:00 hrs. The following issues were raised :-

i. Merger of DA with Pay and grant of Interim Relief :-

The JCM Staff Side insisted that the Pay Commission should consider Staff Side memorandum submitted in the month of June 2014 and recommend DA merger. The Chairman, 7th CPC replied that there is no communication from the Government of India to give interim report on DA merger demand. After discussion, the Chairman 7th CPC has decided to send D.O. letter to the Government today conveying the strong protest of Staff Side/JCM.

With regard to grant of Interim Relief, the Chairman heard the point of view of the Staff Side JCM that it is only “provisional payment in view of market situation and urged upon the Commission to send suo-moto recommendation to the Government.

ii. Allotment of time slots for explaining the case of Central Government Employees as well ‘ Departments like Railways, Postal, Defence (Civil side) etc.,

The Chairman suggested that small committees may be constituted by the Staff Side for meeting the Pay Commission for deliberations and enough time will be given. He also said that the Memorandums given by JCM, Federations/Unions/Associations have been gone into by the Pay Commission fully. He further said that VII CPC will meet the teams from each department and hear their proposals.

Responding to this, the JCM Staff Side has agreed to make out the proposal for the purpose of facilitating the Pay Commission to hear the views/submissions of the Federations/Unior/Associations. The deliberations may commence somewhere after 15th March, 2015. Staff Side JCM will prepare time schedule proposal and send to Pay Commission accordingly.

iii. Gramin Dak Sewaks – The case was explained. The Pay Commission was suggested that the copy of Supreme Court Judgment may be made available for examination.

On behalf of NFIR S/Shri M.Raghavaiah (JCM Staff Side/Leader), Guman Singh, R.P.Bhatnagar and B.C. Sharma have participated in the meeting.

(Dr M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Highlights of Railway Budget 2015

The key themes of the Budget were in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiatives - Swachch Bharat Mission, Make in India and Digital India.

1 The most-expected part about this year's Railway Budget - there is no increase in passsenger rail fares.

2 Rs.8.5 lakh crore will be invested in Railways in next 5 years.

3 'Operation 5 mins', wherein passengers travellling unreserved can purchase a ticket in 5 minutes.

4 Bio toilets and airplane-type vaccum toilets in trains.

5 Surveillance cameras in select coaches and ladies compartments for women's safety without compromising on privacy.

6 Rail tickets can now be booked 120 days in advance.

7 Speed on nine railway corridors to go up to 200 km per hour.

8 Wi-Fi in more stations, mobile phone charging facilities in all train compartments.

9 Facility of online booking of wheelchair for senior citizens.

10 Satellite railway terminals in major cities.

11 Centrally managed Rail Display Network is expected to be introduced in over 2K stations over the next 2 years.

12 All india 24/7 helpline - 138 from March 2015 ; Toll free No.182 for security.

13 917 road under-bridges and over-bridges to be constructed to replace 3,438 railway crossings; at a cost of Rs. 6,581 crore.

14 Four Railway Research Centres to start in four universities.

15 Details about new trains and increased frequency will be announced later in this session of Parliament after review.

What is the investment plan?

The Railway Budget envisages an investment of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore in next five years.

How is it going to be mobilized?

The Minister suggested that the money could be raised from multiple sources - from multilateral development banks to pension funds.

What is the action plan in the sphere fund raising?

Go in for partnership with key stakeholders - States, PSUs, partner with multilateral and bi-lateral organizations other governments to gain access to long-term financing. Also, get technology from overseas. The private sector could be roped in to improve last-mile connectivity, expand fleet of rolling stock and modernize station infrastructure.

What is the thrust?

The thrust will be on revamping management practices, systems, processes, and re-tooling of human resources.

What is the proposal on capacity augmentation?

1. De-congesting networks with basket of traffic-generating projects will be the priority

2. Priority to last-mile connectivity projects

3. Fast-track sanctioned works on 7,000 kms of double/third/fourth lines

4. Commissioning 1200 km in 2015-16 at an investment of Rs. 8,686 crore, 84% higher Y-O-Y.

5. Commissioning 800 km of gauge conversion targeted in current fiscal.

6. 77 projects covering 9,400 km of doubling/tripling/quadrupling works along with electrification, covering almost all States, at a cost of Rs. 96,182 crore, which is over 2700% higher in terms of amount sanctioned.

7. Traffic facility work is a top priority with an outlay of Rs. 2374 crore .

8. Award of 750 km of civil contracts and 1300 km of system contracts in 2015-16 on Dedicated

9. Freight Corridor (DFC); 55 km section of Eastern DFC to be completed in the current year.

10. Preliminary engineering-cum-traffic survey (PETS) for four other DFCs in progress.

11. Acceleration of pace of Railway electrification: 6,608 route kilometers sanctioned for 2015-16, an increase of 1330% over the previous year.


Validity of Self Attested Documents

It is a constant endeavour of the Government to simplify procedures by introduction of self certification. For this, all Central Ministries / Departments as well as State Government / UTs have been requested to review the existing requirement in this regard and make provision for self certification, wherever possible. Response from 25 States / UTs has been received indicating action taken by them.

Different organizations prescribe different criteria for attestation, subject to statutory and legal provisions. As per its mandate, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been requesting them to adopt self-certification, wherever possible, as a measure of administrative reform.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Narendra Kumar Kashyap in the Rajya Sabha today.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Meeting to be held on 25/2/2015 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P).

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 23rd February, 2015 

Subject: Meeting to be held on 25/2/2015 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P).

This is in continuation of this Department’s letter of even no. dated 20th February, 2015 forwarding therewith the letter No. NC/JCM/2015 dated 11/2/2015 received from Staff Side, NC (JCM). A copy of the Charter of Demands received vide their letter dated. 2nd February is also enclosed.

2. In this connection, I would like to inform you that a meeting is scheduled to be held on 25/2/2015 at 2.30 PM in Room No. 190, Ministry of Personnel & Training, North Block under the chairman ship of Secretary (Personnel) to discuss the issues raised in Charter of demands of Staff Side NC(JCM).

3, Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.

(Mamta Kundra) 
Joint Secretary (E)
Tel. No. 2309 4276

F .No.3/ 1/2015-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG &Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 20th February, 2015


Subject: Meeting of the NC (JCM) Staff side under the Chairmanship of Secretary, DOPT on 25/2/2015 at 2:30 p.m. -regarding.

This is with reference to your letter No. NC/JCM/2015 dated 11/2/2015 and 16/2/2015 enclosing therein a copy of Charter of Demands.

2. In this connection, I am directed to inform you that a meeting, under the chairmanship of Secretary (DOPT), is scheduled to be held on 25/2/2015 to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of demands. The meeting will be held at 2.30 PM in Room No. 190, Department of Personnel & Training, North Block

3. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.

Director (JCA)
Tel. 24623711



Dated 17th February, 2015

Dear sir/Madam

Kindly refer to D.O. letter of even number dated 23rd July, 2012 regarding holding of meetings of Departmental Councils regularly with a view to making effective use of Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) Scheme. Secretary, DoPT had also vide his d.o letter of even number dated 3rd December, 2012 & 26th September, 2013 requested to promote this interaction more proactively through regular meetings of Departmental/Office Councils under your Ministry/Department.

2. The JCM Scheme provides for Departmental Councils at the level of individual Ministries/Departments including their attached and subordinate offices and instructions have been issued by this . Department from time to time for making effective use of the JCM scheme. The Staff Side of JCM however has been remonstrating that regular dialogue with the Staff Side through the mechanism of Departmental Councils at Ministry/Department level is not happening frequently. You would kindly appreciate that this is essential as it helps in resolving differences and stimulates an atmosphere of trust.

3. It is therefore requested that the Departmental Councils should be constituted in those Ministries/Departments where they have not been constituted and where they are already in existence, the meetings of the Departmental Councils should be held more frequently to resolve Staff Side grievances.

Yours sincerely
(Mamta Kundra)



Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment 'D' Section

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Compassionate Appointment
Definition of a Dependent Family Member

S.No.  Question                                  
60      Whether 'married  son' can be considered for compassionate

Answer Yes, if he otherwise fulfils all the other requirements of the Scheme
i.e. he is otherwise eligible and fulfils the criteria laid down in this
 Department's O.M. dated 16th January, 2013. This would be effective from the date of issue of this FAQ viz. 25th February, 2015 and the cases of compassionate appointment already
 settled w.r.t. the FAQs dated 30th May, 2013,may not be reopened.

Sr.No.13 of the FAQs dated 30th May, 2013 may be deemed to have
been modified to this extent.

(Rakesh Moza)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel. No. 2304 0339 

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Amendment to Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules, 1972 - Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995)-DOPT

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, the 25thFebruary, 2015


Subject: Amendment to Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules, 1972 - Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995)-regarding

The Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 were amended vide the Department of Personnel and Training Notification No. 13026/1/2002-Est(L) dated the 15/16thJanuary, 2004 consequent to the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities,Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995) which came into force from 7thFebruary, 1996.

2. Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995 provides that services of no employee can beterminated nor can he be reduced in rank in case the employee has acquired a disability during his service. The first proviso to the Section 47 lays down that if such an employee is not suitable for the post he was holding, he could be shifted to some other post.

However, his pay and service benefits would be protected. The second proviso provides that if it is not possible to adjust such an employee against any post, he would be kept on a supernumerary post until a suitable post is available or he attains the age of superannuation, whichever is earlier. Further, the Clause (2) of Section 47 provides that no promotion shall be denied to a person merely on ground of his disability. In Kunal Singh v. Union of India, [2003] 4 SCC 524, Hon'ble Supreme Court has observed that the very frame and contents of Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995 clearly indicate its
mandatory nature.

3. The issues relating to leave or absence of Government servants who have acquired a disability while in service are required to be dealt with in the light of the provisions of the Section 47 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. The case of a disabled government servant who is declared fit to resume duty but who may not able to perform the duties of the post he was holding earlier may be dealt with as per the first proviso to Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995. The second proviso shall apply if it is not possible to adjust him against any existing post. In all such cases, the Government servant so adjusted shall be entitled to the pay scale and other service benefits attached to the post
he was holding.

4. A disabled Government servant who is not fit to return to duty shall be adjusted as per second proviso to the Section 47 mentioned above, until he is declared fit to resume duty or attains the age of superannuation whichever is earlier, with the same pay scale and service benefits. On being declared fit for resuming duty, the Government servant who is not fit for the post he is holding, may be adjusted as per the first proviso to Section 47.

5. Leave applied on medical certificate in connection with disability should not be refused or revoked without reference to a Medical Authority, whose advice shall be binding. The ceiling on maximum permissible leave laid down in Rule 12 may not be applied to leave on medical certificate applied in connection with the disability. Any leave debited for the period after a Government servant is declared incapacitated shall be remitted back into his/her leave account.

6. For a government servant who is unable to submit an application or medical certificate on account of disability, an application/medical certificate submitted by a family member may be accepted. The provisions relating to examination of disabled Government servants and the Medical Authorities competent to issue such certificates are also being amended.

7. Necessary amendments to the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 are
being notified separately.

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Tel: 23093176
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Meeting with Seventh Pay Commission on 25.02.2015

All India Railwaymen’s Federation

Dated: February 24, 2015

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades,NC J

Sub: Meeting with Seventh Pay Commission on 25.02.2015

Seventh Central Pay Commission is going to hold a meeting with Staff Side Members of NCJCM on 25th February 2015 at 11.00 am in the Conference Room, 1st Floor B­14/A, Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi.

Main agenda of the meeting will be on the memorandum submitted to 7th Pay Commission by JCM, Fixation of minimum wages, Retirement benefits and allowances paid to the central government employees. Feedback of the meeting will be intimated soon after.

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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One rank, one pension scheme for armed forces accepted: Govt

The Government has accepted the 'One Rank, One Pension' scheme for the armed forces and the same will be put in place once the modalities regarding its implementation are approved, the Rajya Sabha was told today.

"The principle of One Rank, One Pension for the armed forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation have been discussed with various stake holders and are presently under consideration of the Government, " Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said.

He was replying to a question whether the Government had finally decided to implement 'One Rank, One Pension scheme' for ex-servicemen in defence forces.

The Scheme will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government, the minister added.

Parrikar had early this month said that 'One rank, One pension' scheme will be rolled out soon.

The scheme, which seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, has been a long-standing demand of the over two million ex-servicemen in the country.


Personal Income Tax exemption may go up to Rs 5 lakh

According to sources who were privy to the Budget discussions, finance minister Arun Jaitley may also raise the overall personal income tax exemption level by Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
The Budget FY16 may carry an assurance, possibly fortified by a new insertion into the Income Tax Act, that the 2012 retrospective amendments to tax laws won’t be invoked afresh for transactions that were consummated prior to the changes.

According to sources who were privy to the Budget discussions, finance minister Arun Jaitley may also raise the overall personal income tax exemption level by Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
While the basic exemption limit for individuals (other than senior citizens) could go up from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh, the investment limit for claiming deduction under Section 80C will increase to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1.5 lakh at present. The present higher limits for senior citizens would be correspondingly raised.

Sources said that the two measures, together, could result in an annual revenue loss of around Rs 30,000 crore to the government and a corresponding boost to household savings, but added that the revenue loss could be stemmed with the current focus on compliance.

The immunity to past cases from the much-decried retrospective amendments implies the following: Besides Vodafone and over a dozen other similar high-profile cases in the courts/under arbitration already and the Cairn India’s case, tax liabilities from these amendments could arise only for indirect transfer of Indian assets after March 2012, when the amendments were introduced in the I-T Act.

In his first Budget presented in July last, Jaitley said the government would avoid retrospective amendments to the extent possible, and added that all new cases (except those with courts) that arose from the 2012 changes in the I-T Act that overrode a Supreme Court ruling, would be referred to a high-level committee at the Central Board of Direct Taxes for sort of a third party overview. This hasn’t made the foreign investors any happier who wanted these retroactive changes to be withdrawn.
In fact, not many cases came up before the CBDT committee as the field officers have turned cautious.

The new proposal to shield past cases from any adverse effect from the controversial tax proposals will make the panel’s role more redundant, even as the government hopes that it would soothe investor sentiments. In parallel, the cases which are pending with courts, involving tax demands of tens of thousands of crores, will be pursued and taken to their logical (judicial) conclusion.

Meanwhile, sources added, the CBDT has identified 35 lakh people who have made substantial transactions but have not filed income tax returns and is slated to send letters and notices to them in the coming months seeking explanations. This is part of a process to bring more people into the tax net and could give a fillip to revenue mop-up.

Jaitley, however, is unlikely to alter the income tax rates in the Budget; while some new tax exemptions are on the anvil, several existing ones are set to be scrapped.

Winds of change

* Retrospective amendments of 2012 won’t be invoked afresh for transactions prior to the changes
* Besides some high-profile court cases, tax liabilities from these amendments could arise only for indirect transfer of Indian assets after March 2012
* Basic I-T exemption limit for individuals may go up to Rs 3 lakh and the investment limit for deduction under Section 80C may rise to Rs 2 lakh


Implementation of One Rank One Pension Scheme

The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation have been 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 Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Avinash Rai Khannain Rajya Sabha today.


Manufacturing of Defence Equipments

The Government has so far issued 251 Letters of Intents (LOIs) / Industrial Licenses (ILs) covering 150 companies till January 2015 for manufacture of a wide range of defence items to public / private companies. 49 license companies covering 72 licenses have so far reported commencement of production.

2. The following major steps have been taken for domestic manufacture of defence equipments:

(i) FDI Policy in Defence sector has been reviewed and as per the new policy, composite foreign investment up to 49% has been allowed through FIPB route and beyond 49% with the approval of Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) wherever it is likely to result in access to modern and ‘State-of-the-art’ technology in the country.

(ii) Defence Products List for the purpose of industrial licensing has been revised and in the revised list most of the components / parts / raw materials have been taken out from the purview of the industrial licensing. Further, the initial validity of industrial licensing has been increased to three years and, thereafter, two time extension of 02 years each may be granted to a company by the Administrative Ministry.

(iii) Government has accorded priority to ‘Buy (Indian)’, ‘Buy & Make (Indian)’ and ‘Make’ categories of acquisition over ‘Buy (Global)’ category to promote domestic manufacturing.

3. So far 33 FDI proposals / Joint Ventures have been approved in Defence sector for manufacture of various defence equipments, both in public and private sector.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shrimati Naznin Faruquein Rajya Sabha today.


Monday, February 23, 2015

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7th Pay Commission has invited National Council JCM/Staff side for a meeting on 25.02.2015


D.O. No. 7CPC/158/Meetings/2015
18th February, 2015

The Seventh Central Pay Commission has, from the time of its constitution, engaged with a variety of stakeholders on issues which it has been mandated to cover in accordance with its terms of reference. Based on the wide ranging interaction the Commission has had in the recent months, certain broad issues have emerged before the Commission. The Commission has also been seeking from individual Ministries/Departments their views on the issues posed, in relation to matters that are relevant to the Ministries.

The Commission has had the occasion to interact with the National Council and its constituents in May 2014. Before the Commission firms up its views on the major issues it is mandated to cover, a discussion with the National Council would be very useful.

Accordingly, a meeting of the National Council with the 7th Central Pay Commission has been scheduled at 11.00 am on 25 February, 2015, in the Conference Room, 1st floor, B-14/A, Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, Qutub Institutional . – Area, New Delhi

Yours sincerely,
(Meena Agarwal)

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

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Forum’s plea for early implementation of seventh pay commission

M. Duraipandian, State general secretary of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers sought the implementation of the seventh pay commission at the earliest.

While talking to the newsmen here on Saturday, he said it was a prerequisite that the employees should be provided with interim relief along with 50 percent merger of dearness allowance in salaries prior to approving any pay commission.

But even after a long period, the pay commission that was announced earlier by the central government has not yet been implemented.

Besides, Gramin Dak Sevaks numbering 2,65,000 across India should be brought under the much awaited seventh pay commission.

He said they had been working for almost 30 years for a meagre payment.

Moreover, the new and existing pension scheme should be scrapped and replaced with the old pension scheme. Since the launch of the new pension scheme, fund managers had not been appointed and the employees had been raising their doubts whether they could be entitled to avail such monetary benefits after their service period.

March to Parliament

To draw the government’s attention to fulfil these demands, the confederation members would stage a demonstration in front all district headquarter offices on March 2 and as the next step the confederation would stage a massive march towards the parliament in New Delhi on April 28, he said.

If these demands were not met, the employees would go on indefinite strike, which would be announced in July, he added.


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Discontinuation of MO Videsh Service

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Parliament Street
New Delhi - 110001
No: 2-8/09-GB (Pt.1)
Date: - 06th February, 2015
All CPMsG & PMsG
All DDGs, Postal Directorate

Subject: Discontinuation of MO Videsh Service

This is regarding discontinuation of booking/of MO Videsh (Eurogiro) transactions with immediate effect. The service is being offered by the Department of Posts through Citibank as a settlement partner bank for MO Videsh (Eurogiro) transactions.

Citibank has conveyed their unwillingness to continue the service beyond 31st January, 2015 and there is no alternate settlement partner bank available to continue the service.

With regard to the above, it is requested to kindly direct all post offices concerned to not book any MO Videsh transactions with immediate effect till further orders.

This issues with the approval of competent authority.

(Sunil Kumar)
Assistant Director General
(International Mails)

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Reckoning of 30% pay element for the purpose of payment towards leave encashment upto 10 days to running staff.

RBE No. 10 /2015.
New Delhi, dated 12.02.2015.
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways & Prod. Units etc.
(As per mailing lists No.I&II).

Sub: Reckoning of 30% pay element for the purpose of payment towards leave encashment upto 10 days to running staff.

Board have issued instructions vide letter No. F(E)III/2008/LE-I/I dated 29-10-2008 on encashment of leave while in service.

2. Some of the Zonal Railways had sought clarification whether 30% pay element is to be reckoned for the purpose of leave encashment upto 10 days of LAP to the running staff.

3. The matter has been considered by the Board and it is clarified that in the case of Running Staff, the calculation of leave encashment upto 10 days wil be done in the same manner as in the case of leave salary in terms of Rule 25(i)(k) of "The Rules for the payment of Running and other Allowances to the Running staff on Railways, 1981"

4. An illustration of the above is shown below:
(i) Basic Pay in general = Basic in Pay Band + Grade Pay = BP
(ii) Basic Pay of running staff = 130% of BP = (A)
(iii) DA rate in general = DA%
(iv) DA for running staff = DA% of (A) =(B)
(v) Leave encashment for 1 day = (A + B)/30

5. Other terms and conditions on encashment of leave will remain the same.

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

7. Please acknowledge receipt.

Railway Board

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New Website of National Pension System Trust Launched; To Provide Proper and Effective Information Dissemination to the Stakeholders and Provide Ease of Access to Various Beneficiaries Under NPS

The National Pension System Trust has been set-up and constituted by Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) for taking care of the assets and funds under the National Pension System (NPS) in the interest of the beneficiaries (subscribers).

The National Pension System Trust has launched its new website here today.. The website was launched by Shri G. N. Bajpai, Chairman & Trustee of the Board of NPS Trust. The website is aimed to provide proper and effective information dissemination to the stakeholders and provide ease of access to various beneficiaries under NPS.


Friday, February 20, 2015

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Rule 5 of Railway Servants (Discipline and appeal) Rules, 1968 – Instructions regarding timely review of suspension

RBE No. 12/2015
No. E(D&A) 2014 RG6-35
New Delhi, 18.02.2015

The General Manager(P)
All Indian Railways and
Production Units etc.
(As per standard list).

Sub: Rule 5 of Railway Servants (Discipline and appeal) Rules, 1968 – Instructions regarding timely review of suspension

Rule 5 of the Railway Servants (Discipline and appeal) Rules, 1968 deals with the provisions of suspension. As per the rule, a Railway servant may be placed under suspension in the following circumstances:

(a) where a disciplinary proceeding against him is contemplated or is pending; or

(b) where, in the opinion of the authority competent to place a Railway servant under suspension, he has engaged himself in activities prejudicial to the interest of the security of the state; or

(c) where a case against him in respect of any criminal offence, is under investigation, inquiry or trial.

2. A Disciplinary Authority may also consider it appropriate to place a Railway servant under suspension in the following circumstances. These are only intended for guidance and should not be taken as mandatory:-

(i) Cases where continuance in office of the Railway servant will prejudice the investigation, trial or any inquiry (e.g. apprehended tampering with witnesses or documents);

(ii) where the continuance in office of the Railway servant is likely to seriously subvert discipline in the office in which the Railway servant is working;

(iii) where the continuance in office of the Railway servant will be against the wider public interest [other than those covered by (i) and (ii)] such as there is public scandal and it is necessary to place the Railway servant under suspension to demonstrate the policy of the Government to deal strictly with officers involved in such scandals, particularly corruption;

(iv) where allegations have been made against the Railway servant and preliminary inquiry has revealed that a prima facie case is made out which would justify his prosecution or his being proceeded against in departmental proceedings, and where the proceedings are likely to end in his conviction and/or dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement from service.

3. In the first three circumstances the Disciplinary Authority may exercise his discretion to place a Railway servant under suspension even when the case is under investigation and before a prima facie case has been established. Suspension may be desirable in the circumstances indicated below:-

(i) any offence or conduct involving moral turpitude;

(ii) corruption, embezzlement or misappropriation of Government money, possession of disproportionate assets, misuse of official powers for personal gain;

(iii) serious negligence and dereliction of duty resulting in considerable loss to Railways;

(iv) desertion of duty;

(v) refusal or deliberate failure to carry out written orders of superior officers. In respect of the types of misdemeanor specified in sub-clauses (iii) to (v) herein above, discretion has to be exercised with care.

4. Rules 5(6) and 5(7) of RS(D&A) Rules, 1968, deal with the review of suspension cases. The provision of review within ninety days is applicable to all types of suspensions. However, in cases of continued detention, the review becomes a mere formality with no consequences as a Railway servant in such a situation has to be continued to be kept under deemed suspension. A review of suspension is not necessary in such cases during this period. Therefore, in all such cases the first review of suspension becomes due on completion of ninety days counting from the date, the Railway servant was released from detention, unless suspension has already been revoked. Subsequent reviews shall become due before completion of currently continuing period of suspension. During each such review, suspension can be extended for a period not exceeding 180 days at a time.

5. It has come to notice that in cases of prolonged suspension period, the courts have pointed out that the suspension cannot be continued for long and that inspite of Railway Board’s instructions, the Disciplinary Authorities are not finalizing the disciplinary proceedings within stipulated time. Also, in such cases the Railway is unnecessarily paying subsistence allowance without extracting any work and if, on the culmination of the disciplinary proceedings, the charged officer is exonerated from the charges, the Railway has to unnecessarily pay the full salary and treat the period of suspension as on duty etc. It is therefore, desirable that timely review of suspension is conducted in a just and proper manner and that the disciplinary proceedings are finalized expeditiously.

6. The zonal Railways etc. may bring the existing instructions on timely review of suspension and expeditious completion of disciplinary proceedings to the notice of all concerned.

7. Please acknowledge receipt.

(S. Modi)
Dy. Director Estt. (D&A)
Railway Board


CGHS employees threaten indefinite strike from today

Demand that recruitment be conducted for 2,000 vacant positions

Throwing almost 37 lakh beneficiaries into jeopardy, employees of the central government health scheme (CGHS) dispensaries have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from Friday, unless their demand to fill 2,000 vacant posts is met by the Union health ministry. On Thursday, employees, who also staged a demonstration on Thursday, submitted their demands to health minister J P Nadda.

Mirror was told that for 37 lakh beneficiaries across India, there are only 4,000 employees. In Pune, 117 employees are deputed to handle nine dispensaries, two homoeopathy clinics and two laboratories.

Francis Ellis, general secretary of all-India CGHS, told Mirror that out of the 117, 30-odd are set to retire in the next one month. "While beneficiaries keep increasing, we are suffering a lack of manpower. There are 6,000 sanctioned posts, of which 4,000 are occupied. We need at least 5,000 employees to cater to all beneficiaries," Ellis said.

"If the ministry fails to act, it will leave beneficiaries — who are on regular medicines for diabetes, hypertension, cancer, etc. — stranded," said Jaidev, president of the all-India CGHS employees association.

Those who visit dispensaries for routine health check-ups and to buy medicines will be left with no choice but to resort to private hospitals or chemist shops, said Madhav Bamne, the past president of all-India central government pensioners association.

"A good amount of money will then be needed to be spent. Us pensioners, who are paid a paltry amount of money, will find it difficult to afford private treatment. The CGHS employees association should think twice before calling a strike, which will affect us severely," said Bamne

All efforts to reach Nadda were futile, as his secretary insisted that the minister was busy at a meeting on this issue.


Recruitment for the Post of Constable/GD in Central Armed Police Forces, National Investigation Agency & Secretariat Security Force and Rifleman (GD) in Assam Rifles

There are 62,390 vacancies of Constable/Rifleman in different Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in the country in the pay scale of Rs. 5200-20200 + Grade Pay Rs.2000/- which are to be filled through Constable/GD Exam – 2015 to be held on October 4, 2015. Out of the total vacancies 6,583 vacancies are earmarked for North Eastern states (including Sikkim) and 1,631 for Jammu and Kashmir including 447 vacancies earmarked for 11 border districts of the State.

The written examination will be conducted in Hindi, English and 15 regional languages including   Bengali, Assamese, Manipuri & Mizo languages for NE States and Kashmiri (Urdu script) for J&K. The written test will be preceded by the Physical Standard Test (PST) & Physical Efficiency Test (PET).  Only those candidates who qualify the PST & PET will be allowed to appear in the written examination.  The requisite height for PST is 170 cms for male and 157 cms for female and the requisite chest parameter is 80 cms (for male only).  However, the physical standard requirements of height and chest have been relaxed for the candidates of NE States (including Sikkim) and J&K. Details are available on SSC’s website- and Employment News dated 24.01.2015..

There is no fee for SC, ST, Woman and Ex-serviceman candidates for applying in this exam. The last date for receipt of application & form is 2nd March, 2015 for the candidates of NE States and J&K.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Revision of 43% and 45% commuted portion of pension of Armed Forces absorbees who had drawn lump sum payment on absorption in Public Sector Undertaking/Autonomous bodies

No 1(4)/2007/D(Pen/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

New Delhi Dated, the 19th January, 2015

The Chief of the Army Staff,
The Chief of the Naval Staff,
The Chief of the Air Staff,

Subject: Revision of 43% and 45% commuted portion of pension of Armed Forces absorbees who had drawn lump sum payment on absorption in Public Sector Undertaking/Autonomous bodies -Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission reg. [Click to view previous Order]


The undersigned is directed to say that orders were issued vide this Ministry’s letter No 1(4)12007/D(Pen/Policy) dated 21.8.2009 amended vide letter No 1(4)/2007/ D(Pen/Policy) dated 9.2.2011 regarding revision of restored amount of commuted portion of pension as well as notional full pension with effect from 1.1.2006 in respect of Armed Forces Personnel absorbees who had drawn lump sum payment on absorption in Public Sector Undertakings/ Autonomous Bodies and have become entitled for restoration of 45% of pension in the case of PBOR and 43’% of pension in the case of Commissioned officers.

2. In compliance of orders of Hon’ble CAT, Hyderabad Bench order in CP No 26/2012 in OA 710/2010, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Deptt of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare vide their OM No 4130/2010-P&PW(D) dated 11th July 2013 has issued order that restored pension of those Government servant who had drawn lump- sum payment on absorption in Public Sector Undertakings/ Autonomous Bodies and whose pension has been restored from a date before 1.1.2006, the pre-revised restored pension (without DP) shall be revised with effect from 1.1.2006 by multiplying the same by a factor of 2.26, if the same is more beneficial than the amount of revised restored pension in terms of 6th CPC orders. These instructions have been issued as a special case and would not be taken into consideration for revision of pension on the basis of recommendations of next Pay Commission.

3. The undersigned has been directed to say that the provisions of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Deptt of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare OM No 4/30/2010-P&PW(D) dated 1 lth July 2013 shall apply mutatis – mutandis to Armed Forces personnel absorbees.

4. The other terms and conditions prescribed vide this Ministry’s above mentioned letter dated 21.8.2009 as amended, which are not affected by the provisions of this letter, shall remain unchanged. Pension Sanctioning Authorities shall revise restored portion of pension of absorbee pensioners’ suo moto, if found beneficial, by issue of revised Pension Payment orders, where the restored pension has already been revised in terms of this Ministry’s above said letter dated 21.8.2009.

5. These orders issue with the concurrence of MoD (Finance/Pension) vide their ID No 31(08)/09/Fin/Pen dated 22.12.2014.

Hindi version of this order will follow.

Yours faithfully,
( Prem Parkash )
Under Secretary (Pension/Policy)

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Meeting with the 7th Central Pay Commission-NFIR

National Federtion of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford road, New Delhi – 110 005

 No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/Corres/Pt.V
Dated: 18-02-2015

 The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,

Sub: Meeting with the 7th Central Pay Commission – reg.

A meeting will take place between the JCM Staff Side and the 7th Central Pay Commission on 25th February 2015. Following issues are expected to be discussed in the meeting.

Minimum Wage
Interim Relief &
Merger of DA with Pay.

It may also be noted that the Oral evidence on the Memorandum submitted by the Federation will commence from 15th March 2015, but however, the dated will be confirmed later on.

 Yours fraternally,

General Secretary

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Supreme Court sets bar on suspension of govt employees

A government employee can't be kept suspended for more than three months if not formally informed about the charges, the Supreme Court said Monday.

Based on the principle of human dignity and the right to speedy trial, the landmark verdict is expected to affect lakhs of government employees across India, many of whom are under suspension for years pending departmental proceedings.

"Suspension, specially preceding the formulation of charges, is essentially transitory or temporary in nature, and must perforce be of short duration," a bench headed by justice Vikramjit Sen said.

If the charge sheet or memorandum of charges was served within three month, the suspension could be extended, it ruled.

"If it (suspension) is for an indeterminate period or if its renewal is not based on sound reasoning…, this would render it punitive in nature," the court said.

It agreed with petitioner's senior counsel Nidhesh Gupta that a suspension order can't continue for an unreasonably long period.

Protracted periods of suspension had become the norm and not the exception that they ought to be, the court said. It drew a parallel with criminal investigation wherein a person accused of heinous crime is released from jail after the expiry of 90 days if police fail to file the charge sheet.

The suspended persons suffers even before being charged and "his torment is his knowledge that if and when charged, it will inexorably take an inordinate time for the inquisition or inquiry to come to its culmination". "Much too often this has now become an accompaniment to retirement," the court said, setting aside a direction of the central vigilance commission that required departmental proceedings to be kept in abeyance pending a criminal investigation.

The government, however, was free to transfer the officer concerned to any department in any of its offices to ensure the employee did not misuse contacts for obstructing the probe, the court said.

The order came on a petition filed by defence estate officer Ajay Kumar Choudhary, who was suspended in September 2011 for allegedly issuing wrong no-objection certificates for the use of a four-acre land parcel in Kashmir. After failing to get relief from the Delhi high court, Choudhary had moved the top court in 2013.

Since a charge sheet had already been served on Choudhary, these directions would not apply to his case, the court said.

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In the discussion held on 05.02.2015 with the Postal Joint Council of Action (NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) and NUGDS), Secretary, Department of Posts has assured that the demand for inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC will again be referred to the Government by the Postal Board. If all the Postal Federations and Unions/Associations join together and go for an indefinite strike from May 6th as decided by the PJCA, Government will be compelled to include GDS under 7th CPC.

But the recognised GDS Union is demanding separate committee and conducting separate strike, breaking the unity of five lakhs Postal employees. Separate strike for a separate committee will weaken the demand for grant of civil servant status to GDS and will help the Government only.

When NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS (NFPE), NUGDS, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers, JCM National Council staff side including Railways & Defence are demanding inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC, why recognised GDS Union alone is demanding separate committee and conducting separate strike. Gramin Dak Sevaks should understand the hidden agenda of the recognised GDS union and defeat the demand for separate Committee.

All Gramin Dak Sevaks are requested to join the joint indefinite strike of Postal Joint Council of Action (NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) & NUGDS) from 2015 May 6th. Our demand is inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC and grant of civil servant status. We don’t want a separate committee..

Yours fraternally,

R. N. Parashar                                                                                     D. Theagarajan
Secretary General, NFPE                                                                     Secretary General, FNPO

P. Pandurangarao                                                                                P. U. Muralidharan
General Secretary,                                                                              General Secretary
AIPEU-GDS (NFPE)                                                                               NUGDS


Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Importance of following the due process in disciplinary proceedings-DOPT

F. No.11012/3/2015-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated February 18, 2015

Subject: Importance of following the due process in disciplinary proceedings - regarding

This Department has been emphasising the necessity of conforming with the procedures prescribed in the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1965 [CCS(CCA) Rules, 1965] while dealing with the disciplinary proceedings conducted in Ministries/ Departments. Many a times the Hon'ble Administrative Tribunals and Courts have held the proceedings non-est for non-conformity of the procedure, without even going into the merits of the case. This issue was highlighted recently in the judgement of the Hon'ble Supreme Court in the B. V. Gopinath case in SLP No. 6348/2011.

2. Procedural lapses have also been noticed in a few cases referred to this Department for advice. Two areas where procedural lapses are frequently noticed are: (i) not following the procedure prescribed in Rule 14(18) of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 while conducting the disciplinary inquiry; and (ii) not following the procedures laid down in Rule 9 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 in the case of proceedings against retired Government servants.

3. Rule 14(18) of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, provides that, "the inquiring authority may, after the Government servant closes his case, and shall, if the Government servant has not examined himself, generally question him on the circumstances appearing against him in the evidence for the purpose of enabling the Government servant to explain any circumstances appearing in the evidence against him.". This is a formal action required to be taken by the inquiry officer before closing the inquiry. It has been seen that many a times this is not formally recorded and the inquiry gets vitiated. It is imperative that the inquiry is conducted strictly in accordance with the procedures prescribed.

4. Attention is also invited to Rule 9 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, while lays down that the departmental proceedings, if instituted while the Government servant was in service, whether before his/her retirement or during his re-employment, shall, after his/her final retirement, be deemed to be proceedings under the rule and shall be continued and concluded by the authority which
commenced them, in the same manner as if the Government servant had continued in service. This rule also stipulates that where the departmental proceeding is instituted by an authority subordinate to the President, that authority shall submit a report recording its findings to the President.

5. All Ministries / Departments are requested to please bring to the attention of all concerned the necessity of conforming to the procedures prescribed for conducting departmental proceedings.

6. In this regard, attention is also invited to the ISTM publication 'Handbook for Inquiry Officers & Disciplinary Authorities, 2013', which can be used as a reference guide in such matters. The Handbook may be accessed under 'Publications/Reports' on this Department's website:

(J.A. Vaidyanathan)
Director (E)