Sunday, May 31, 2015

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Revision of the classification/upgradation certain cities/towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance and Transport Allowance to Central Government employees

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the proposal of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure for reclassification/upgradation of certain cities/towns on the basis of Census-2011, for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Transport Allowance to Central Government employees.

On the basis of the final population figures of Census-2011, two cities have qualified for being upgraded from 'Y' class to 'X' class and 21 cities have qualified for being upgraded from 'Z' to 'Y' class for the purpose of HRA. Six cities have qualified for being upgraded from "Other Places" to specified higher class for the purpose of Transport Allowance.

The revised classification of cities shall take effect from 01.04.2014. The impact on the exchequer on account of upgradation of 29 cities, would be approx. Rs.128 crore for the year 2014-15.


HRA and Transport Allowance are admissible to Central Government employees depending upon employees' Basic Pay (including NPA where applicable)/Grade Pay and the classification of the city/town where they are posted. The existing classification of cities/towns in different classes viz. 'X', 'Y' and 'Z' for the purpose of HRA and 13 specified cities classified earlier as 'A-1'/ 'A' and "Other Places" for the purpose of Transport Allowance, is as per the criterion recommended by the 6th Central Pay Commission. The existing qualifying limits of population for classification for HRA purpose is 50 lakhs & above for 'X', 5 - 50 lakhs for 'Y' and below 5 lakhs for 'Z' class city. Transport allowance is payable at 'higher rates' in 13 specified cities classified earlier as 'A-1' / 'A' (that is those cities having population of 20 lakhs & above) and at 'lower rates' in all other places.

The classification of cities/towns for this purpose is revised on the basis of their population as reflected in the decennial census report. The existing classification of various cities/towns is based on 2001 Census figures. The criterion of population for this purpose has been followed as recommended by the Central Pay Commissions.

Cities/towns to be upgraded on the basis of census-2011 for grant of House Rent Allowance

Cities to be upgraded/re-classified as "X"


Pune (UA)

Cities to be upgraded/re-classified as "Y"

Nellore (UA)

Gurgaon (UA)

Bokaro Steel City (UA)

Gulbarga (UA)

Thrissur (UA)

Malappuram (UA)


Kollam (UA)

Ujjain (M. Coprn.)

Vasai-Virar City (M. Corpn.)

Malegaon (UA)

Nanded-Waghala (M.Corp.)

Sangli (UA)

Raurkela (UA)

Ajmer (UA)

Erode (UA)

Noida (CT)

Firozabad (NPP)

Jhansi (UA)

Siliguri (UA)

Durgapur (UA)

Cities/towns to be upgraded on the basis of census-2011 for grant of Transport Allowance

Cities to be added for higher rates of Transport Allowance (i.e. which have population of more than 20 lakh to qualify for earlier classification as “A-1”/ “A” as stipulated in O.M. No. 21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.8.2008):

Patna (UA)

Kochi (UA)

Indore (UA)

Coimbatore (UA)

Ghaziabad (UA)

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Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi - 110001
Dear Comrades,

Sub:     Discussion in the National Anomaly committee meeting.

The meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held today at Room No. 72 , North Block.  Mrs. Mamatha Kundra, JS(E) Department of Personnel and Training chaired the meeting.  The Staff side was represented by:

1.      Com. M. Raghavaiah, Leader Staff Side, 2 Com.Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary, 3. Com. Bhosale (AiRF) .4. Com. Guman Singh(NFIR), 5. Com. K.K.N. Kutty(Confederation), Com. M.S. Raja ( udit), Com. Srikumar (AIDEF)

The following issues alone were taken up for discussion at the meeting.  The next meeting of the NAC will be held on 9th June, 2015 afternnon, when the un-discussed items (12) of the agenda will be taken up.  The Staff side also pointed out the need to reach finality on all issues included in the agenda of NAC.

Item No.1. Review of MACP where Grade Pay of Rs. 2000/- is not available like Railways: The official side stated that the demand was to bring the hierarchy based MACP which may not be acceptable as it would disturb the uniformity across the Departments. They also said that in the background of 7th CPC coming into being, no change in the scheme at this stage would be desirable.

Item No. 2. Grant of Addl. Pay to Loco and Traffic running Staff in Railways.   After some discussions, it was agreed that the DOE will cause a reconsideration of the issue.

Item No. 3. MACP for personnel appointed under LDCE and GBDCE scheme in Railways. The official side agreed that under the ACP if the appointees under LCDE and GDCE have been treated as direct recruitment, the same might be treated in the same manner under MACP.

Item No. 4. Grant of minimum entry pay meant for direct recruits to promotees.   The official side stated that unless logically it is established that the proposed stepping up is needed, the direction of the FM in the matter cannot be got reversed. There was serious discussion in the matter thereafter.

 The Staff side stated that the RPA rules promulgated after the 6th CPC recommendations were not in conformity with the Fundamental Rules on this issue.  They also stated that having once agreed to a position; the official side cannot withdraw there-from under the JCM Scheme.  They also stated that the course open to the official side was to present the case before the new Finance Minister.    On behalf of the Staff Side, the Secretary informed the official side that a rejection of an issue on which agreement is reached will not be taking lying down by the employees.  The Staff side also demanded that a meeting with the new Finance Minister be arranged so that they will be able to place this issue before his consideration.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally,

M. Krishnan
Secretary General


Saturday, May 30, 2015


Implementation of Court verdict in favour of Non-Petitioners to avoid Unnecessary litigations:


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REF: BPMS / MOD / MACP / 64 (7/3/M)                                                                              Dated: 27.05.2015


The Secretary,
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
South Block, DHQ PO,
New Delhi – 110011

Subject:       Implementation of Court verdict in favour of Non-Petitioners to avoid Unnecessary litigations:

Granting of 01st MACP in GP 2400/- to Skilled employees of MOD.

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that this federation has raised the issue for extension of judicial pronouncements to similarly placed non-petitioner employees as Agenda Point No. 03 in the Steering Committee meeting for the 90th Departmental Council (JCM) held on 01.08.2014 and the Minutes of the meeting circulated vide letter cited under reference states that the staff side will submit a fresh proposal on each issue to re-examine the case.

Hence, your attention is invited to CAT Allahabad Bench’s decision (dated 29.04.2015) in O.A. No.331/00013 of 2014 (Laxmi Narayan Saxena vs Union of India) wherein the CAT has issued following directives:

“19.     In our considered view, the present O.A. is very similar in principle to O.A. No. 904 of 2012 decided by CAT PB New Delhi by an order dated 26.11.2012. While deciding the O.A., the Hon’ble Principal Bench has discussed another similar O.A. considered by Chandigarh Bench of this Tribunal namely O.A. No. 103/03-88/2010 Rajpal S/o Tilak Ram Vs. Union of India and Ors. Hon’ble Principal Bench has also taken note of the fact that the judgement of the Hon’ble Chandigarh Bench has been upheld by the Hon?ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana in C.W.P No. 19397/11 by the decision dated 19.10.2011. The ratio laid down by the Hon’ble Principal Bench while deciding the O.A. NO. 904/2012 is the respondents should have given the next higher grade pay and pay band attached to the next  promotional  post in  the  hierarchy  (para  8  of  the  order  dated  26.11.2012). While upholding this decision of the Principal Bench, the Hon’ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana has observed as follows:-

The entire objective of the introduction of the A.C.P/M.A.C.P Scheme is to elevate stagnation as regards an employee, who has a number of regular years of service on the same post without any avenue of promotion. It is under such circumstances that a financial incentive is sought to be granted to an employee upon completion of a certain number of years of service of the same post. Under the A.C.P scheme of 1999, the financial upgradation were to be granted upon completion of 12 years and 24  years of  regular service whereas under the  M.A.C.P  Scheme  such financial upgradations are envisages upon completion of 10,20 and 30 years of service. The contentions raised on behalf of the petitioner (employers) if accepted would defeat the very objectives for which such scheme have been introduced.

20.     Since the respondents have failed to address the grievances of the applicants even after a protracted period of over four years, it is only legitimate for this Tribunal to intervene in the matter by allowing the O.A. The respondents are, accordingly, directed to grant the 1st Financial Upradation to the applicants in pay band-1 Rs.5200-20200 grade pay Rs.2400/- from the date that they have completed 10 years of regular service as prescribed under Rules. These directions shall be complied with within a period of two months from the date of receipt of a certified copy of this order subject to other conditions mentioned in the M.A.C.P Scheme.”

It is worth to mention here that with the approval of Additional Secretary (R), vide MOD ID No. 18 (2)/2014-D(JCM), dated 09.12.2014, all the concerned have been directed that wherever feasible, the grievances of the similarly placed employees about service matters shall be resolved through administrative channels which would help in reducing unnecessary litigation as well as resentment  amongst  employees.  Further,  vide  MOD  ID  No.  5(2)/2014/D(Coord/DDP),  dated 26.06.2014, all the concerned have been directed to resolve the issues at the lower levels to avoid un-necessary litigation being filed by the employees.

In such circumstances, it is requested to issue necessary directives to the concerned authorities so that non-petitioner Skilled employees of MOD may be granted the financial upgradation in the grade pay of Rs. 2400/- as 1st MACP on completion of 10 yrs regular service.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours

General Secretary

Friday, May 29, 2015

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No. 5/1/2015- CPI

DATED : 29th May, 2015

Press Release

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

The All-India CPI-IW for April, 2015 increased by 2 points and pegged at 256 (two hundred and fifty six). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.79 per cent between March, 2015 and April, 2015 when compared with the increase of (+) 1.26 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 1.24 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Arhar Dal, Gram Dal, Urd Dal, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Poultry (Chicken), Milk (Buffalo & Cow), Vegetable & Fruit items, Tea (Readymade), Snack (Sweet & Saltish), Country Liquor, Electricity Charges, Doctor’s Fee, Private Tuition Fee, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted by Eggs (Hen), Onion, Chillies Green, Sugar, Petrol, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 5.79 per cent for April, 2015 as compared to 6.28 per cent for the previous month and 7.08 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 5.68 per cent against 6.98 per cent of the previous month and 7.76 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Srinagar reported the highest increase of 9 points followed by Bhilai (5 points). Among others, 4 points increase was observed in 14 centres, 3 points in 9 centres, 2 points in 14 centres and 1 point in 18 centres. On the contrary, Giridih centre recorded a maximum decrease of 6 points followed by Guntur (3 points) and Ranchi-Hatia and Godavarikhani (2 points each). Among others, 1 point decrease was observed in 8 centres. Rest of the 9 centres’ indices remained stationary.

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

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of May, 2015 will be released on Tuesday, 30th June, 2015. The same will also be available on the office website


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  The National Convention Calls upon the Central Trade Unions All India General Strike on 2nd September, 2015. 


This National Convention of Workers being held under the banner of joint platform of all the Central Trade Unions of the country along with independent national federations of all sectors and service establishments expresses deep concern over anti worker, anti-people and pro-corporate actions of the present Govt. at the Centre in pursuance of the policy of globalisation. During this period the Govt. has been over-busy in amending all labour laws to empower the employers with unfettered rights to “hire and fire” and stripping the workers and trade unions of all their rights and benefits besides aggressively pushing through almost unlimited FDI in strategic sectors like Railways, Defence and Financial Sector. Also, through sweeping changes in the existing Land Acquisition Act, farmers’ right to land and agri-workers’ right to livelihood are been sought to be drastically curbed and curtailed.

The Govts’ aim in aggressively pushing through sweeping changes in labour-laws is nothing but to push out ovenNhelming majority of workers out of the coverage of all labour laws and to drastically curb the trade union rights. The CTUs had besides other issues raised the issue of strict enforcement of labour laws and universal social security but this Govt. is doing away with all rights-components in all the labour laws aiming at creating conditions of bonded labour in all the workplaces. EPF and ESI schemes are proposed to be made optional which is also aimed at demolishing the PF and ESI schemes dismantling the basic social security structures available to the organized sector. And for the vast unorganized sector workers, old schemes are being repackaged and renamed, without providing for funds and implementation-machinery/network with a view to befool the people. The Govt. has not taken any step to curb price rise of essential commodities and to generate employment except making tall claims of containing inflation in the media. On universalising public distribution system, the Govt. is trying to scuttle it through Direct Benefit Transfer resulting further squeeze on the common people.

During theyear with the support of the present Govt, various state governments have brought about drastic anti-workers changes in basic labour laws viz., industrial Disputes Act, Contract Labour. (Regulation & Abolition) Act, Factories Act and Apprenticeship Act, Trade Unions Act etc introducing “hire & fire”, throwing more than 71% of factories out of coverage of Factories Act and making all contractors employing up to 50 workers free from any obligation towards workers. The Central Govt. on its part has introduced amendments to Factories Act raising doubly the limit of workers for registration of factories, put in public domain the proposals for new Small Factories (Regulations of Service conditions) Bill which prescribes that major 14 labour laws will not apply to factories employing upto 40 workers. Labour Code on Wages Bill and Labour Code on Industrial Relations Bill which under the cover of amalgamation seek to make registration of unions almost impossible, making retrenchment and closure almost free for the employers class. These bills have been put in public domain without consulting the trade unions thereby violating the provisions of ILO Convention 144 on Tripartite Consultation. Amendments have also been brought in EPF & MP Act and ESl Act to make it optional with a sinister design to finally demolish the two time-tested statutory schemes for the workers. The Prime Minister’s office has written to the Chief Secretaries of States to follow Rajasthan Model in labour laws. All these amendments are meant to exclude 90% of the workforce from application of labour laws thereby allowing the employers to further squeeze and exploit'the workers.

The Convention also expresses dismay over the Govt’s total inaction in implementing the consensus recommendations of 43rd, 44th and 45th Indian Labour Conferences on formulation of minimum wages, same wage and benefits as regular workers for the contract workers and granting status of workers with attendant benefits to those employed in various central govt schemes like anganwadi, mid-day-meal, ASHA, para-teachers etc. On the contrary, the Govt drastically curtailed budget allocations to all those centrally sponsored schemes meant for poor peoples’ welfare. It is also noted with utter dismay that the present government is also continuing to ignore the twelve point demands of entire trade union movement pertaining to concrete action to be taken for containing price-rise and aggravating unemployment situation, for strict implementation of labour laws, halting mass scale unlawful contractorisation, ensuring minimum wages for all of not less than Rs 15000 per month with indexation and universal social security benefits and pension for all including the unorganized sector workers, etc. The demands also include compulsory registration of Trade Unions within 45 days and ratification of lLO Conventions 87 and 98. Even the legislations passed by Parliament on the issue of Street Vendors is not being implemented appropriately.

The National Convention also denounced the retrograde move of the Govt. in hiking/allowing FDI in Defence, Insurance, Railways and other sectors and also its aggressive move for disinvestment in PSUs including Oil and financial sector aiming at total privatisation which will be detrimental to the interests of the national economy, national security as well as mass of the common people. The National Convention also condemned the sweeping change sought to be brought in Land Acquisition Act permitting forcible acquisition of land from the farmers and putting in jeopardy the livelihood of agricultural workers. it is disgusting to note that 147 workers of Maruti-Suzuki at Manesar are being forced to languish in Jail for more than two years on false and fabricated charges. it is unfortunate that even after the assurance of Prime Minister to revive the closed NOKlA Sriperumbudur unit, the recent decision to sell it out demonstrates Government approach to deny protection to workers. The coal sector has already been opened for commercial operations by private sector.

The Convention supports the decision of the constituents of JCM of Central Govt. employees to go for indefinite strike from 23rd November, 2015 and will decide at appropriate stage the form of solidarity action to be taken. The Convention also congratulates coal, postal, transport and telecom workers for their strike against policies of the Govt.

The Convention demands upon the Central Govt. to stop forthwith the process of making retrograde ai'nendments to the labour laws. The Convention also demands immediate steps to implement the consensus recommendations of successive lndian Labour Conferences and also positive response to long pending demands of the entire trade union movement of the country. The Convention urges the Central Govt. to desist from mindless drive for disinvestment in CPSUs and liberalising FDI in defence, insurance, Railways etc. and the convention also condemns the Govt. move of corporatization of major ports and postal services etc. The Convention urges the Govt. to reverse the direction of the ongoing economic policy regime which has landed the entire national economy in distress and decline affecting the working people most.

The Convention calls upon all the trade unions, federations across the sectors to widen and consolidate the unity at the grass-root level and prepare for countrywide united movement to halt and resist the brazen anti-worker and anti-people policies of the Govt and in preparation to the same undertakes unanimously the following programme:

1) Joint conventions and campaigns during June-July in state, district and industry level wherever possible and taking initiative to involve common people in support of workers struggle

The National Convention calls upon the trade unions and working people irrespective of affiliations to unite and make the countrywide General Strike a massive success.

BMS                 INTUC            AITUC                HMS              CITU

AIUTUC          TUCC              SEWA                AICCTU         UTUC         LPF

and All lndia Federations of Banks, Insurance, Defence, Railways, Central/State Govt. Employees and other Service Establishments



Amendment in Section 192A of the IT Act, 1961 - Instructions for deduction of TDS on withdrawal from PF

For Web Circulation
Employees' Provident Fund Organisation
(Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India)
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan, 14-Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi-110066

No. WSU/6(1)2011/IT/Vol- IV
Date: 21 MAY 2015

All Add. CPFC (Zones)

Sub: Amendment in Section 192A of the IT Act, 1961 - Instructions for deduction of TDS on withdrawal from PF.

Ref: Head Office circular of even number dated 18.03.2015.

The Finance Act, 2015 (20 of 2015) has inserted a new section 192A regarding the payment of accumulated provident fund balance due to an employee.  The provision shall take effect from 1st June, 2015.  A copy of the said provision is enclosed for information.

2.  Income Tax shall be deducted at source (TDS) at the following rates if at the time of payment of the accumulated PF balance is more than or equal to Rs.30,000/-, with service less than 5 years:-

a) TDS will be deducted @ 10% provided PAN is submitted.  In case Form No. 15G or 15H is submitted by the member, then no TDS shall be deducted.

b) TDS will be deducted @ maximum marginal rate (i.e. 34.608%) if a member fails to submit PAN (and no Form No. 15G or 15H)

3.  TDS shall not be deducted in respect of the following cases:-
Transfer of PF from one account to another PF account.
Termination of service due to ill health of member, discontinuation/contraction of business by employer, completion of project or other cause beyond the control of the member.
If employee withdraws PF after a period of five years of continuous service, including service with former employer.
If PF payment is less than Rs. 30,000/- but the member has rendered service of less than 5 years.
If employee withdraws amount more than or equal to Rs.30,000/-, with service less than 5 years but submits Form 15G/15H along with their PAN
A flow-chart is appended for understanding the implications of the amended provisions in the Income Tax Act, 1961.

4. Kindly take note that TDS is deductible at the time of payment of provident fund in Form No. 19. Form No. 15H is for senior citizens (60 years & above) while Form No. 15G is for individuals having no taxable income.  Form 15G & 15H are self-declarations and may be accepted as such in duplicate.  Form 15G & 15H may not be accepted if amount of withdrawal is more than 2,50,000/- and Rs.3,00,000/- respectively.  Members shall quote PAN in Form No.15G/15H and in Form No. 19.  The field offices may purchase pre-printed Form No. 15G & 15H to assist the members in filling up Form No. 19.

5.  The process for authorization of Form No. 19 shall be as per the existing system.  However, wherever TDS has to be deducted @10%, the same may be approved on Form No. 19 by the APFC (Accounts).  Wherever the TDS has to be deducted @34.608%, the same may be approved on Form No. 19 by a RPFC level officer.  These instructions shall apply in initial stages of implementation of the amended income tax provisions.  Since the members may not be aware of the new provision, therefore, it shall be the responsibility of SSA (Accounts) to communicate the same to the member on telephone and record the same in Form No. 19 to submit PAN, Form No. 15G/15H, if applicable.  A system generated statement of Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) may invariably be sent to the member.

6.  Members who have rendered continuous service of 5 years or more, including service with former employer, shall not be required to submit PAN and Form No. 15G/15H along with Form No. 19.  Similarly, members whose service has been terminated due to his ill health, contraction or discontinuance of business of employer or other cause beyond the control of the member shall not be required to submit PAN, Form No. 15G/15H alongwith Form No. 19.  In such cases no income TAX (TDS) shall be deducted in terms of Rule 8 of Fourth Schedule to the Income Tax Act, 1961.

7.  The field offices shall deposit the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) and returns thereof by 7th of the following month.  The existing TAN number obtained the respective offices may be used to deposit tax to the local income tax authority.  The in-house responsibility for deposit of tax and returns thereof shall lie with Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) as per the existing system.  The concerned officers and staff may be given an in-house training for implementation of new provisions of RPFCs may engage CAs, who are on our panel.

8.  The above should be made applicable with effect from 01.06.2015 and all steps should be taken before hand such as procuring copies of Form 15G and 15H.  In case of any clarification, the same may be escalated to the Head Office.

Yours faithfully,

Encl: As above.
(Sanjay Kumar)


Thursday, May 28, 2015


Need to have patience on One Rank One Pension issue, government seized of the matter: Navy Chief RK Dhowan

Mumbai: Amidst raging debate over the delay in the 'One Rank One Pension' issue, Navy Chief RK Dhowan said that the veterans will have to be patient. "We need to be patient. The Ministry of Defence has been seized of the matter.

Stating that it is a complex issue, he said that much work has been done. "A lot of progress has been made in the case," he said.

Stating that it is a complex issue, he said that much work has been done. "A lot of action has been taken," he said.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has recently assured the ex-servicemen of early implementation of the 'one rank, one pension' scheme, saying his Ministry has fast-tracked the work on it. The assurance came after a 27-member delegation of the ex-servicemen met him.

A rally was also held by the ex-servicemen, seeking early implementation of the scheme. Defence sources said Parrikar assured the ex-servicemen of rolling it out at the earliest. He said he is working hard on it and the Ministry will send its views to the Finance Ministry by February 17.

Parrikar underlined that there are lot of calculations and complications involved and he is working towards solving them.

One rank, one pension scheme has been a long-standing demand of the over 2 million ex-servicemen in the country. It 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.


One Rank One Pension: 1971 India-Pakistan war veteran boycotts gallantry awards event

Miffed over the delay in the roll-out of 'One-Rank-One-Pension' for the armed forces, 1971 war veteran Wing Commander (Retd) Suresh Karnik on Thursday boycotted a gallantry award function in Pune attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Karnik, a recipient of the Vir Chakra--third highest award for gallantry, resorted to the boycott even as Navy chief Admiral RK Dhowan advised ex-servicemen to be "patient" on the long-pending demand for OROP, saying that the government was seized of the matter.

While saying that Parrikar had good intentions on the OROP issue, Karnik blamed the bureaucracy for dragging the matter to the disappointment of lakhs of ex-service personnel across the country.

"Government is paying lip service to ex-servicemen's cause. Bureaucracy is playing its own game on One Rank One Pension issue," he told PTI in Pune. He also said he was not attending a gallantry award function in Pune that was addressed by Parrikar.

Admiral Dhowan stressed that OROP has been a "priority area" and the issue has been taken up with the Defence Ministry.

"We look forward to that announcement," he told reporters in Delhi. "The Ministry of Defence is very much seized of the problem. To the best of my knowledge, a lot of progress has been made on the OROP. It is up to the government to take a final decision on it," he said.

OROP has been a long-standing demand of the over two million ex-servicemen of India. It seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to the defence personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

The scheme is estimated to cost around Rs 8,600 crore initially and subsequently several crore rupees annually.

Currently, all pre 2006 (the year the 6th pay panel recommendations became effective) pensioners receive lesser pension than not only their counterparts but also their juniors.



One-rank, one-pension: War veterans to up agitation, refuse to attend govt function

 Ex servicemen sign a memorandum at a protest movement for their demands of one rank one pension and other welfare, held at War memorial near Raj Bhavan in Bangalore.

NEW DELHI: Miffed with the government's policies and practices with respect to armed forces, ex-servicemen say they will heighten their agitation till the one-rank, one-pension mechanism is implemented.

Veteran Wing Commander (retd) Suresh Damodar Karnik has declined an invite to a government function. Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will be attending the function.


In Fight for One Rank One Pension, War Veterans Boycott Event: 10 Developments

NEW DELHI:  Two war veterans today boycotted a function where they were to be felicitated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, to protest against the delay in implementation of "one rank, one pension" for the armed forces.

One of them is Wing Commander SD Karnik, a 1971 war veteran who was awarded the Vir Chakra, one of India's top gallantry medals. "Since 1973 we haven't got any support from the government. This is downgrading the armed forces. I am hurt," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was widely expected to announce it on Monday when he addressed a rally in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, but he didn't.

NDTV has learnt that the file on one rank, one pension, a BJP election promise, is currently shuttling between the Finance and Defence Ministries after several queries were raised. Sources tell NDTV that the government doesn't want to announce anything that can be challenged in court.

"One rank, one pension" means that the same pension will be paid to personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of when they retired.

"I may not like ex-servicemen protesting but they are being pushed into it," said former Army Chief General VP Mallik. Ex-servicemen say they call it NATO - "No Action, Talk Only."

Currently, the pension for retired personnel is based on the pay commission recommendations at the time when the personnel retired. For instance, a Major General who retired in 1996 draws less pension than a Lt. Colonel who retired after 1996.

With one rank, one pension, retired personnel would draw the same pension as officers and jawans of the same rank who are retiring now. They would also be entitled to a year's back pay in pensions at the new rate, which would be a windfall for pensioners.

Six years ago, the Supreme Court directed the government to follow a one rank, one pension principal for retired servicemen. In February this year, the court said failure to implement it within three months would mean contempt of court.

One rank, one pension will benefit 25 lakh ex-servicemen. It is expected to cost the government more than Rs. 8300 crore a year.

In its Budget last year, months before the national election, the Congress-led UPA government announced that one-rank-one pay would be implemented, but allocated meagre Rs. 500 crore seen as inadequate funds for the initiative.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Central Government Employees and Workers, North Eastern Region, has submitted a memorandum to the Chairman of the Seventh Central Pay Commission regarding special duty allowance.

NE Central govt workers memo to Pay panel

 GUWAHATI, May 18 – The Regional Co-ordination Committee of Central Government Employees and Workers, North Eastern Region, has submitted a memorandum to the Chairman of the Seventh Central Pay Commission regarding special duty allowance.

The issue of special allowance for officers belonging to the North-east cadre of all-India services as additional monetary incentive was taken up for discussion in the National Council of JCM and Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers through their memoranda already submitted to the Seventh Central Pay Commission on June 30, 2014 and July 28, 2014 respectively.

The committee also placed before the Chairman and other members of the commission a brief background of the demand.

The Central Government employees working in the northeastern region had persistently been urging the Government of India for granting special allowance on the grounds of difficult conditions peculiar to the North-east. Following persistent demand by the employees, the UC Agarwal Committee set up by the Centre recommended to the Government to honour the demand.

“The Government of India issued an order on December 14, 1983 granting special (duty) allowance to the officers belonging to Group ‘A’ and partly to Group ‘B’ having all-India transfer liability on their being posted to any station in the northeastern region, depriving the other categories of employees belonging to Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ working in the region which is arbitrary and discriminatory. Then, on recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission, the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure granted special (duty) allowance to all the Central Government employees and all-India services officers serving in the northeastern region @12.5 per cent of basic pay with effect from September 11,2008,” it said.

The memo added that the Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, Department of Personnel and Training vide its OM F. NO.14017/4/2005-AIS (II) dated February 10, 2009 granted special allowance for officers belonging to North-east cadres of all- India services @25 per cent of their basic pay + grade pay in addition to special (duty) allowance @12.5 per cent currently paid to them, depriving the other Central Government employees working in the region.

“This has again generated resentment among the employees in the region. If the grant of the allowance is justified on the ground of remoteness, arduous environment, endemic insurgency etc., it cannot be denied to the employees who are to face the same situation throughout their service career. The order is discriminatory and repetition of the efforts of DOPT while granting SDA earlier which had to be rescinded on the recommendation of the Sixth CPC,” it said, adding that the Seventh Central Pay Commission must look into the issue and recommend that the employees and officers working in the northeastern States should be extended “special duty allowance @37.5 per cent of pay to end the discrimination once and for all.”


Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f 01.01.2015.

F. No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
D ate: 26th May , 2015


Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f 01.01.2015.

In continuation of this Department’s OM No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 20th October, 2014, the President is pleased to grant the Dearness Relief at the rate of 5th CPC w.e.f. 1.1.2015 to the following:

(i) The surviving CPF beneficiaries who have retired from service between the period 18.11.1960 to 31.12.1985 and are in receipt of ex-gratia @ Rs.600/ p.m. w.e.f. 1.11.1997 under this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 & revised to Rs.3000, Rs.1000,Rs.750 &Rs.650 for Group A, B, C & D respectively w.e.f 4th June,2013 vide OM No. 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dtd. 27th June, 2013 are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 223% w.e.f. 1.1.2015.

(ii) The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of ex-gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to DR @ 215% w.e.f. 1.1.2015.

(a) The widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 1.1.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 1.1.1986 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 605/- p.m. & revised to Rs 645 w.e.f 04 June ,2013 vide OM No. 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dated 27th June,2013.

(b) Central Government employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 18.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 654/-, Rs. 659/-, Rs. 703/- and Rs. 965/-.

2. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee. In their application to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the C&AG.

3. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 25.05.2015.

4. Hindi version will follow.

( Charanjit Taneja )
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Clarification of Ministry of Railways Regarding Unprecedented Increase of Traffic on Irctc Website (E-Ticketing Website of Indian Railways)

The Morning Hits on Irctc Website go up from 10million to a Peak of 30 Million

Additional Computer Server Being Put in Place to Augment the Booking Capacity of the Irctc Site to Cope up with the Increased Traffic

Complaints have been received regarding intermittent malfunctioning of IRCTC Website particularly during morning time in last one week. The complaints relates to the following:-

(1) Inability to access the site

(2) Failure to complete the transaction

(3) Long queuing/waiting time

(4) Improper ticket transaction

(5) Forced logout

The Ministry of Railways would like to submit that the IRCTC Website has capacity for a defined level of transactions. However, since 21st May 2015 an unprecedented level of train cancellations have been forced on the railway system by agitation on Kota-Mathura route which is still continuing. This section which bears the major traffic between South and North and North to West has been cut off due to agitation. Till 1300 hrs of 27th May 2015, 208 mail/express trains have been cancelled, 9 partially cancelled and 109 trains have been diverted on alternative routes. This cancellation/diversion has lead to an unprecedented level of cancellations of reservations, revised reservation requests, enquiries etc.

It may be noted that since the agitation started, more than 1.9 lakh cancellations are being done daily against 1.1 lakh cancellations being done normally by IRCTC Website, an increase of 70%. It may be noted that cancellation of one journey normally leads to a revised application for reservation for anticipated future date. This has lead to a sudden upsurge of hits on the IRCTC Website. Further, it may also be noted that once a passenger cancels a ticket, he tries to go in for Tatkal and as a result the search has been particularly surged from 10.30 in the morning which is normally Tatkal period. The number of hits between 10 AM to 11 AM which were normally in the range of 10 million have gone up 22.3 million since start of agitation, touching a peak of 30 million on 22nd May 2015.

IRCTC Website is not geared for such abnormal increase of traffic and hence the reported problems. However, steps have taken to mitigate the problem in this moment of crisis and additional server is being put in place to augment the booking capacity of the site and to cope with the increased traffic.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Simplification of Pension process for permanently disabled children/siblings and dependent parents

No. 1(7)/2013-D(Pension/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
New Delhi
Dated: 15th May 2015


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

SUBJECT: Simplification of Pension process for permanently disabled children/siblings and dependent parents


The undersigned is directed to refer to the provisions contained in the GOI, MOD letter No A/49601/ AG/PS-4 (e)/3363/B/D(Pen/Ser) dated 27.08.1987 as modified vide this Ministry’s letter No. 906//A/D(Pen/Ser)/05 dated 13.08.2008 and No 02(03)/2010-D(Pen/Policy) dated 17th January 2013 of the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare regarding grant of Pension to old parents and disabled children/sibling after the death of the pensioners/family pensioner. Certain difficulties are being experienced for grant of such pension. The matter has been examined and it has been decided to further streamline the process of grant of pension to old parents/disabled children sibling as under. The employee/pensioner/family pensioner may, at any time before or after retirement/ death of Armed Force Personnel, make a request to the Appointing Authority seeking advance approval for grant of family pension for life to a permanently disabled child/sibling in terms of provisions contained in GOI, MOD Letter No.- A/49601/ AG/PS4(e)/3363/B/D (Pension/Services) dated 27.08.1987 as amended vide GOI MOD Letter No. 906/ AIDGPen/Sers)/05 dated 13.08.2008, which are reproduced as under:

2. Before allowing the family pension for life to any such son or daughter, the appointing authority shall satisfy that the handicap is of such a nature so as to prevent him or her from earning his or her livelihood and the same shall be evidenced by a certificate obtained from a Medical Board comprising of a Medical Superintendent or a Principal or a Director or Head of the Institution or his nominee as Chairman and two other members, out of which at least one shall be a Specialist in the particular area of mental or physical disability including mental retardation setting out, as far as possible, the exact mental or physical condition of the child. As per GOI, MOD Letter No.- PN/7995/D(Pen/Pol)/2010 dated 01.10.2010, the family Pension to the dependent disabled siblings shall be payable if the siblings were wholly dependent upon the Armed Force Personnel immediately before his or her death and deceased Armed Force Personnel is not survived by a widow or an eligible child or eligible parents.

3(a). In terms of GOI, MOD Letter No. B/38207/ AG/PS4/931/B/D(Pen/Ser) dated 6.08:-1998 the-family pension-to the parents-shall-be-payable if-the parents were wholly dependent on the Armed force Personnel immediately before his or her death and the deceased Armed force Personnel is not survived by a widow or an eligible child.

7. The authorization as indicated above shall be made in the PPO or by issuing a revised PPO if a child, parents or siblings is authorized for family pension after issue of the PPO. The revised PPO shall take the usual route to the Pension Disbursing Authority. The Pension Disbursing Authority shall start disbursing family pension to the permanently disabled child/sibling or dependent parents after the death of the pensioner/spouse/other family pensioner, as the case may be, on the basis of the PPO /revised PPO, approval of the appointing authority and the death certificates/s) of the pensioner and other family pensioners and the self-certificate for income.

8. Such an authorization shall become invalid in case a person becomes member of family after issue/amendment of such PPO and is entitled to family pension prior to the disabled child/sibling/dependent parents at the time of the death of the Pensioners/spouse. For example, the pensioner may marry/remarry after the death of first spouse or adopt a child. Such spouse/child may be eligible for family pension at the time of death of the pensioner or death/ineligibility of the spouse. A child adopted by the spouse of the pensioner shall not be treated as a member of the Family of the deceased pensioner. A decision regarding grant of family pension in such cases will be taken by the appointing authority in accordance with provisions of A151/80.

9. In order to facilitate the prompt payment of the family pension in such cases, Armed Force Personnel/pensioners/their spouses may open a bank account of such children/siblings/parents and submit the same to the Pension Sanctioning authority through the appointing authority for inclusion in the PPO /revised PPO.

10. This issues with the concurrence of the finance Division of this Ministry vide their UO No. 10(01)/2015/FIN/PEN dated 24.03.2015.

11. Hindi version will follow.

(Prem Parkash)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India


Monday, May 25, 2015

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Indian Banks' Assassination
10th Wage Agreement

Indian Banks Association inked wage settlement with Employee Unions and Officers’ Associations today, 25th May, 2015. The settlement gives 15% increase in salary and Allowances to about 10 lakh bank employees.

Employees and officers from 43 banks including public sector banks, old private sector banks and some of the foreign banks benefit from the wage revision. The current wage revision is effective from 1st November 2012 and will be valid for 5 years. In all 11 All India Employees Unions and Officers’ Associations participated in the wage revision exercise.

The scale pay of Officers has been revised from Rs.14500 - Rs.52000 to Rs.23700 - Rs.85000. (Special allowance for officers ranging from 7.75% to 11% of basic pay along with applicable Dearness allowance has also been introduced)

The scale pay of Workmen - non-subordinate has been revised from Rs.7200-Rs.19300 to Rs.11765-Rs.31540, also the scale pay of Subordinate staff has been revised from Rs.5850-Rs.11350 to Rs.9560-Rs.18545. (Special allowance for workmen @7.75% of basic pay along with applicable Dearness allowance has also been introduced)

Another important feature of the settlement is that a medical insurance scheme is being introduced for families of employees.

The 15% wage revision would cost the Public Sector banks Rs.4725 crores as incremental Salary and allowances in a year. Banks have been making provision for wage revision from November 2012. Mr. T M Bhasin, Chairman, IBA and Mr. Rajiv Rishi, Chairman, Negotiating Committee of IBA led the Management team in the negotiations. IBA expects banks will implement the revision immediately.

IBA expects the salary revision to improve the moral of the bank employees, leading to better productivity.

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DOPT to hold a meeting of NC JCM meeting on 29.05.2015

March to Parliament was held on 28.04.2015 and call of strike has been given by JCA on 23.11.2015 on the demands of central government employees. On the backdrop of the pressure mounted by JCA, DOPT has called a meeting of NC JCM on 29.05.2015 to discuss and consider the issues of central government employees.

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

New Delhi,dated the 21st May, 2015


Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra,
Secretary, Staff Side,
National Council (JCM)
13, C Ferozshah Road
New Delhi


Please refer to your online grievance No.PM0PG/2015/83480 dated 28th April, 2015 regarding proposed call for Strike on 23.11.2015.

2. You will be aware that the meeting of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) is scheduled to be held on 29.05.2015 and also meeting of the National Council (JCM) is likely to be held shortly. Some of the issues will be discussed and considered during the meetings.

Yours faithfully

(A.Asholi Chalai)
Director (JCA)


PSU bank employees will soon get pay hike, arrears for 30 months

 Mumbai, May 22:  Employees of public sector banks, old generation private sector banks and some foreign banks will be a happy lot as they will soon get 15 per cent pay hike, arrears for the last 30 months, and other benefits as part of a deal that the unions and bank managements have reached.

Unions, under the aegis of the United Forum of Bank Unions, and bank managements, represented by the Indian Banks’ Association, have worked out a detailed Bipartite Settlement/ Joint Note and the same will be formalised on May 25.

The benefits that about 7.50 lakh bank employees stand to get are a special pay, a new hospitalisation scheme backed up by insurance and holiday on every second and fourth Saturday in a month.

The back wages (arrears) that bank employees will get for the last 30 months will warm the cockles of their heart. Income tax authorities too will be happy as arrears will be taxable.

S Nagarajan, General Secretary, All India Bank Officers’ Association, said “A special allowance has been introduced for employees… there is a new hospitalisation scheme backed up by insurance.” The wage settlement will benefit 3,04,000 odd officers (as on March 31, 2012) in the banking sector.

Officers will get health insurance cover of Rs. 4 lakh and the clerical and sub-staff will get Rs. 3 lakh cover, he added.

A corporate buffer will be created by banks to reimburse hospitalisation expenditure exceeding the abovementioned limits.

Pointing out that the last wage settlement expired in October 2012, Nagarajan, in a lighter vein, observed that “Five years is the tenure of the wage settlement. We have already exhausted 30 months in coming to a settlement. It’s time now to submit the next charter of demands.”

Vishwas Utagi, Vice President, All India Bank Employees Association, said the wage settlement will benefit about 4.50 lakh clerical and sub-staff in the banking sector.

Bank employees will get close a couple of lakh rupees, on an average, as arrears in gross terms, he explained. Since payrolls are computerised, the arrears could be credited to employees’ accounts in a month.

Utagi said the issue of upgradation of pension of retirees and 100 per cent neutralisation of dearness allowance will be taken up by the United Forum of Bank Unions separately.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

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One Rank One Pension (OROP) for Ex-Servicemen – Will the Dream Come True?!

We all know very well that one of the important and unresolved pleas of ex-servicemen for a long time has been the One Rank One Pension (OROP).

We cannot compare other central government employees with army personnel who do a noble job of protecting our mother nation. Some people work in a dangerous environment. For others their work itself can be extremely dangerous. Our Army personnel come under the second category. The natural topography in which they work is very rough, extremely snowy and rainy with deadly shells fired anytime from the tanks of the enemies. Our Army constantly endures all these dangers.

Our army men risk their live and work in order to help us live peacefully. So they have be given the highest regard and honoured by us all. It is the crucial service of our army that helps us in times of natural calamities like unforeseen earthquakes, floods, landslides and hazardous times like riots. It can never be the right thing to make such noble people plead for their rights or provoke them to protest just to get their fair demands fulfilled.

The Employees’ Federation and Industry Associations of various departments of the Central Government have to announce their open support for the One Rank and One Pension (OROP) demand of Ex-servicemen. We have to exert pressure on the Central government and force them to make a suitable Government Order in this regard at the earliest possible.

Through this, we can attract the attention of the 7th Central Pay Commission which is going to be implemented from 1/1/2016 and certainly influence its secretive stand related to pension related matters to the maximum extent possible.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

ACB has no powers to book Central staff: MHA

The Delhi government and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) are headed for another tussle over a fresh gazette notification issued by the MHA on the powers of the government’s anti-corruption branch (ACB).

 It reiterates that Central government employees are out of the jurisdiction of the ACB.
Despite the Centre issuing this order earlier, the officer on special duty (OSD) to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had issued an order to the then Additional Commissioner of Police (ACB) P C Hota asking him to take action against everyone “irrespective of the  government department”.

Sources said this was the reason why Hota had stepped down as ACB head. “Hota argued with the CM and deputy CM on the validity of the order. He even asked them to reconsider it and take the matter step-by-step to ensure that corruption is eradicated. But his suggestions were taken otherwise and he was made to step down,” a highly placed official said.

In a letter dated April 9, the then Secretary (Vigilance) Sukesh Kumar Jain issued an order to Hota asking him to investigate all officials.

“ACB has jurisdiction to receive and act upon any complaint of corruption in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

Therefore, ACB is directed to receive, investigate and act on all such cases irrespective of which government or department the accused is working in. This is issued with the approval of Manish Sisodia who is also Vigilance Minister,” the order stated. Sources said Jain  issued the order after the chief secretary expressed reservations.

Majumdar gets his office back

After L-G Najeeb Jung ordered that Principal Secretary (Services) Anindo Majumdar be reinstated, he got his office back on Friday.  The L-G also stayed all transfers and postings until further orders.

Majumdar was caught in the crossfire in the ongoing tussle between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the L-G on Saturday when he was removed from his post by the CM.  The government had removed Majumdar from his post and locked his office after he issued orders appointing Shakuntala Gamlin as officiating chief secretary.  ENS



Government committed to one rank one pension: Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the one rank one pension (OROP) concept was "an unambiguous commitment" of the government.

Addressing a press conference held to mark one year of the Narendra Modi government, Jaitley said the defence ministry was talking to his ministry on the issue.

"It will be implemented," he said.

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said last week that OROP was in its final stages and expected to be cleared by the finance ministry in a few days.

OROP is a long standing demand of ex-servicemen's associations and relates to payment of uniform pension to defence forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.


One rank, one pension plan still being worked out

The issue over one-rank-one-pension (OROP) scheme may not be resolved in the near future as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the “methodology of calculation” was still being worked out in consultation with the Defence Ministry.

Asserting the government’s commitment towards implementing the OROP, Jaitley said the Finance Ministry was in dialogue with the Defence Ministry on the methodology of calculation, hinting at no immediate resolution of the complicated issue.

About a month ago, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar hinted at the OROP announcement at the first anniversary of the NDA government at a public rally. He had also acknowledged the complexities involved since the decision will have to be in accordance with two rulings from the Armed Forces Tribunal and Supreme Court.

Nearly 25 lakh families would be benefited by OROP scheme. When in the opposition, the BJP supported its implementation to the hilt, but the Congress-led UPA government cited financial constraints in realising the scheme.

As the NDA claims the methodology for OROP calculation was under the works, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is set to meet the ex-servicemen on Saturday to discuss the contentious issue.

For a long time, defence forces and ex-servicemen associations have demanded that uniform pension should be paid to the military personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension be automatically passed on to the past pensioners.

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Rahul Gandhi to Meet Ex-Servicemen Today Amid Growing Demands for 'One-Rank-One-Pension'

NEW DELHI:  Amid growing demands for 'one-rank-one-pension" for ex-servicemen, Rahul Gandhi will now be taking up their cause by meeting representatives of former military personnel and war widows at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi today.

Party sources said that Mr Gandhi is taking up the cause of "one-rank-one-pension" at a time when there is unhappiness among ex-servicemen over non-implementation of the scheme.

Congress alleges that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone back on his words on the issue after promising to implement the scheme for retired military personnel.

The demand for one-rank-one-pension scheme made by soldiers had been acceded to by the Congress-led UPA government and announced again by the BJP after it came to power last year. The UPA government had even allocated Rs. 8,300 crore budget for the scheme.

Reports suggest that the Comptroller of Defence Accounts has estimated that the cost of one-rank-one-pension could be as high as Rs. 9,300 crore.

Earlier, the Congress Vice President had taken up a variety of issues including the protests against the land acquisition bill to woo farmers, real estate bill to empathise with urban middle class, and protection of youth through net neutrality.


Friday, May 22, 2015

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Inclusion of Aadhaar (Unique identification) number in Service Book of Government servants

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Black-IV. Old INU Campus.
New Delhi. May 20. 2015


Subject: Inclusion of Aadhaar (Unique identification) number in Service Book of Government  servants

The undersigned is directed tn refer to Department ef Personnel & Training’s OM. at even number dated 3rd November. 2014 en the subject mentioned above. where all Ministries/ Departments were requested to ensure that the service books of all employees have an entry ef the employees' Aadhaar number.

2. All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India are requested to intimate action taken in this regard and also the number of employees whose service books have been seeded with there respective Aadhaar number.

(Mukul Ratra)

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Joint letter of AIRF and NFIR Regarding NPS,GROUP D POSTS etc

No. II/NFIR/95/Part VII
Dated: 19/05/2015

Shri Pradeep Kumar
Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir.

Sub: Joint letter of AIRF and NFIR -reg.

The Federations seriously disappointed over non-finalisation of issues in spite of discussion held at lower level on a number of occasions.  Even he agreed issues in the full Board Meeting held on 7th February 2014, have not been implemented (eg stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors appointed prior to 01/01/2006 and upgradation of Apex level Group 'C' posts to Group 'B' Gazetted- 3335 posts).

While conveying unhappiness over procrastination of matters, we list below the issues which are needed to be settled at the earliest. Incidentally, it is mentioned that a few issues agreed to during
discussions in the Fast Track Committee Meetings are yet to be complied with:-

Induction of Course Completed Act Apprentices against erstwhile Group ‘D' vacancies in Safety and other categories.

Exemption of Railways from New Pension Scheme - Hon‘ble Minister for Railways sent proposal to Finance Minister on 29'h March 2014 and thereafter the Railway Board has sent reminder to the MoF,

Absorption of Quasi-Administrative Units staff against erstwhile Group ‘D‘ vacancies Railway Board have arbitrarily cancelled the policy decision issued in 1973 and 1977, Since then the Federations have been pressing for restoration of policy. The subject has been dealt with in the DC/NCM meeting also vide item No. 27/2006 & 12/2012. Also the subject was discussed in the meeting held by the Full Board on 7th Feb. 2014. Unfortunately. there has been no satisfactory finalisation of this item.

Upgradation of Apex level Group ‘C‘ posts to Group ‘B‘ Gazetted (3335 posts) - implementation of agreement dated 7th Feb 2014 is yet to be ensured.

Stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors appointed prior to 01/01/2006. Although agreed in the Full Board meeting. the decision has not been implemented yet.

Though instructions have been issued by the Railway Board for inclusion of a few additional categories of safety categories of staff in GP 1800 under LARSGESS vide Railway Board‘s letter No. E(P&A)I-2010/RT-2 dated 24/03/2014, but unwarranted conditions like “working on tracks" have been shown even though these staff by virtue of working conditions perform Safety job.

Federations. therefore. urge upon the Member Staff to kindly fix Joint meeting at the earliest for frank discussions.

(Dr. M. Raghavaia)
General Secretary/NFIR
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
 General Secretary/AIRF
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Treatment of period of Railway employees sent for medical treatment of serious ailments like Cancer, Tuberculosis or Polio myelitis

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
No. 11/10
Dated: 19/05/2015

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Treatment of period of Railway employees sent for medical treatment of serious ailments like Cancer, Tuberculosis or Polio myelitis -reg.

Federation desires to invite attention of the Railway Board to the provisions contained in Rule No. 1676 (1) extract of which is reproduced below:-

“A Railway servant suffering from Cancer, Tuberculosis or Polio myelitis who is sent to a hospital referred in Rule 643 RI for treatment on the advice of the authorised Medical Attendant shall be entitled to travelling allowance as for a journey on tour to and from the place of treatment, but no daily allowance shall be admissible for any halts”

As per the above provision Railway employee or a family member of the employee if suffering from Cancer, Tuberculoses or Polio myelitis and sent to Railway Hospital or referred to another Hospital for treatment is entitled for payment of travelling allowance similar to the journey on tour, to and from the place of treatment.

NFIR has noted that the rules, however, do not cover the period of absence during the medical treatment of the Railway employee or member of his/her family. Reports received by the Federation from Zones/Divisions reveal that Railway employees have been facing difficulties in absence of adequate provision as the period spent by the employee is debited against ‘leave due‘ and sometimes leads to 'Nil' balance which causes further hardships as the employees are denied salary due to non- availability of adequate amount of leave in the leave account.

NFIR, therefore requests the Railway Board to make suitable provision in the rules for treating such periods as duty, may be, on production of medical certificate from the authorised medical officer and issue instructions accordingly. This will send a right message among the Railway employees as a positive welfare measure. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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EPFO to deduct TDS on PF withdrawals in some cases from June

 Retirement fund body EPFO will deduct tax at source from next month on PF withdrawals where accumulations are over Rs 30,000 and the employee has worked less than five years.

"The Finance Act, 2015 (20 of 2015) has inserted a new section 192A regarding the payment of accumulated provident fund balance due to an employee. The provision shall take effect from June 1, 2015," an EPFO circular said today.

"Income Tax shall be deducted at source (TDS)... If at the time of payment of the accumulated PF balance is more than or equal to Rs 30,000 with service less than 5 years," it added.

According to the circular, TDS will be deducted at the rate of 10 percent provided PAN is submitted.

However, in case Form 15G or 15H is submitted by the member, then no TDS shall be deducted. These forms are to declare that their income would not be taxable after receiving payment of their PF accumulations from EPFO.

While Form 15H is submitted by senior citizens (above 60 years of age), Form 15G is submitted by claimants below the age of 60 years.

As per the circular, TDS will be deducted at the maximum marginal rate of 34.608 percent if a member fails to submit PAN or Form 15G or 15H.

However, there are certain exceptions to deduction of TDS by EPFO. TDS shall not be deducted in case of transfer of PF from one account to another PF account.

Besides, it will not attract TDS if the employee is terminated from service due to ill health of member and discontinuation or contraction of business by employer.

EPFO will also not deduct TDS if the employee withdraws PF after a period of five years of continuous service, including service with former employer.

The body will also not deduct TDS where payment is less than Rs 30,000 but the member has rendered service of less than 5 years.

It would also not deduct TDS if the employee withdraws an amount more than or equal to Rs 30,000 with service of less than 5 years but submits Form 15G/15H along with his/her PAN.

The proposal to deduct TDS on PF withdrawals was part of the Finance Bill, 2015.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Eligibility of Home Town Concession- Frequently Asked Questions-DOPT

No. 31011 /4/2007-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment (A-IV) Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: May 18, 2015

Subject: Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988- Clarification regarding eligibility of Home Town Concession- Frequently Asked Questions.

The undersigned is directed to say that this Department receives a number of references from Government servants/ various Ministries/Departments seeking clarifications regarding the eligibility of Government employees in respect of Home Town LTC. The point of doubts raised and their clarifications are as under :-

 Whether the employees whose Headquarters/ Place of posting and Home Town are same, are eligible for Home Town LTC?
 No. Government employees whose headquarters/ place of posting and Home Town are one and the same are not eligible for Home Town LTC.
 Whether the employees who are not eligible for Home Town LTC may avail the Special Concession scheme of conversion of Home Town LTC to travel to North East Region, allowed by DoPT's 31011/3/2014-Estt.A-IV 26.09.2014?
 No. Employees whose Home Town & Headquarters are same are not eligible for Home town LTC and hence, the question of conversion of Home Town LTC to travel to these places under special concession scheme does not arise.
 Whether the employees residing in cities / towns outside Delhi which fall under other states of National Capital Region (NCR) are eligible for Home Town Concession?
 Yes, Cities/Towns which outside Delhi and fall in other states of NCR are not to be treated as Delhi Headquarters. Hence, the Government employees whose headquarters are Delhi and reside in cities/towns outside Delhi falling in other states of NCR, are eligible for Jammu & Kashmir & Andaman & Nicobar Islands as eligible for Home Town Concession.

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India


Monday, May 18, 2015


One Rank One Pension Cleared in Principle, PM Modi to Take Final Call: Sources

NEW DELHI:  The Centre has in principle cleared the 'One Rank One Pension' scheme for retired armed forces personnel, sources have told NDTV. The government has made a provision for an additional Rs. 8,300 crore for this purpose.

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 20 lakh ex-servicemen in the country. Majority of Defence personnel hang up their boots much before 60 years. Also, over the years the disparity in the pension drawn by personnel of same rank who retired for instance a decade ago and those who retire now is substantial.

Demand for One Rank One Pension has been an emotive issue with defence pensioners for long. And, between 2008- 2010 veterans have on several occasions marched to Rashtrapati Bhavan to return their gallantry medals.

Sources say once Prime Minister Narendra Modi is back on May 19 from his three-nation tour, a final round of discussions will take place with him. The official announcement is likely to be made later this month, coinciding with the first anniversary celebrations of the NDA government.

The government has already made it clear that One Rank One Pension will be implemented with effect from April 1, 2014.

Withdrawal from the list of Diagnostic Labs and Imaging Centres empanelled under CGHS, Delhi.

F. No: S-11011/21/2014-(HEC)
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General Central Govt. Health Scheme
(Hospital Empanelment Cell)

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108, dated the 14th May, 2015


Subject: Withdrawal from the list of Diagnostic Labs and Imaging Centres empanelled under CGHS, Delhi.

With reference to the above mentioned subject it is stated that subsequent to the sting operation titled “Operation Jonk-2” aired by a TV channel on 7th May, 2015, prima facie it appears that following MRI centre which was empanelled under CGHS has indulged in unethical practices. Hence it has been decided to withdraw the empanelment of following centre from CGHS with immediate effect till further orders.

Sr. No.            Name of the Centre                             Address
1.           C-15 MRI Diagnostic & Research C-15, Green Park Extension,
                                                                                  Centre, New Delhi -                                                                                                                                                                                                      110016.

(Dr. Kanwal Kumar)
Additional Director, CGHS (HQ)
R.K. Puram, New Delhi

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Grievances of Staff - MACP anomalies in Railways

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

No. 2014/E(LR)H/1/4
New Delhi: 12 05.2015

The General Secretary,
All India Railwaymen’s Federation,
4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi-110055

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

Dear Sirs,

Subject: Grievances of Staff - MACP anomalies.

Ref.: Board’s letter No. 2013/E(LR)II/1/17 dated 18.02.2014.

In the above connection, a meeting of the Federations with Board (MS and FC) has been fixed for 19.05.2015 at 15.00 hrs. in the Committee Room (Room No. 237). A list of issues to be discussed is enclosed.

3. President and General Secretary of the Federations are requested to kindly make it convenient to attend the above meeting.

Yours faithfully,

(Naveen Kumar)
Dy. Director, E(LR)-l

Enclosure to Railway Board’s letter No. 2014/E(LR)II/1/4 dated 12.05.2015.

(1) Financial up-gradation under MACPS to the directly recruited Graduate Engineers Considering entry Grade Pay as Rs. 4,600/- for the purpose of MACP to all the directly recruited Engineering Graduates in Design/Drawing Cadre and other Cadres.

(2) Third financial up-gradation under MACPS on completion of 20 years of service from the first promotion or 10 years after second promotion or 30 years after regular appointment whichever is earlier?

(3) Grant of financial tip-gradation under MACP Scheme in the promotional hierarchy - (instead of Grade Pay hierarchy) - as per judgment of various Courts.

(4) MACPS benefits to railway employees - cases of employees joining another unit/ organization on request.

(5) Provision of all..b.enefits on financial upgrading under MACPS - including entitlements for travel & treatment in hospital etc.

(6) Non-grant of benefit of financial up-gradation under MACPS to the staff on North Western Railway.

(7) Grant of Financial Up- gradation under MACPS to the staff who are in the same Grade Pay for more than 20 years.

(8) Abolition of Pay Scale and Introduction of up-graded PayScale with revised designation Senior Section Engineers (Drawing) - Clarification on entry Grade Pay.

(9) Non-grant of benefit under MACP Scheme to the Stock Versifiers working in Zonal Railway/ Production Units.

(10) Grant of financial Up-gradation under MACP Scheme - Wrongful clarification issued by the Railway Board.

(11) Grant of Transport Allowance to the employees availing the facility of Workmen Trains.

Source: NFIR
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No. 39011/13/2015-Estt(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block. New Delhi, 15th May, 2015


Subject:- Requirement of Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ officers working in the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India including their attached and subordinate offices in Delhi, for their appointment as Assistant Supervisors and Invigilators by the Union Public Service Commission for conducting Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2015.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Union Public Service Commission’s D.O. No. F.1/5/2015-EIA(CS) dated 21st April, 2015 on the above subject (copy annexed for reference).

2. In this connection, all Ministries/Departments of the Government of India are requested to spare the services of Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ officers whose names have been forwarded to the Commission for appointment as Assistant Supervisors and Invigilators in the forthcoming Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.

(G. Jayanthi)

Ashim Khurana
Union Public Service Commission
Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road
New Delhi – 110069

D.O. NO.F.1/5/2015-EIA(CS)
21st April, 2015 
Dear Sir,

As you are aware, the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, which is the flagship Examination of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), is conducted every year.

2. There has been a steep rise recorded in the number of candidates for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination during the past few years. In the year 2014, the number of candidates who applied for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination exceeded 9.45 lakh and the examination was conducted at .2137 Venues in 59 Centres. It is estimated that in the current year 2015, the number of applicants for Civil Services ·(Preliminary) Examination, 2015, which is scheduled to be held on Sunday, 23rd August, 2015, would increase to approximately 13 lakh. This examination will be held in 71 Centres which includes 12 new Centres, at about 3000 Venues across the country.

3. Out of the 13 lakh candidates, about 1.20 lakh candidates are anticipated to opt for Delhi, as their Centre of Examination, who would have to be accommodated in about 260 Venues. The Examination would be supervised by the Principals of the Institutions. However, 50% of the examination functionaries i.e. Assistant Supervisors and Invigilators would have to be provided by the Commission. Therefore, the requirement of number of Assistant Supervisors and Invigilators to be provided by the UPSC would be around 5000.

4. The Commission would be. requesting various Ministries/Departments of Government of India; including their attached and subordinate offices in Delhi, to send a list of their Group ‘A’ & Group ‘B’ Officers in the prescribed Proforma (copy enclosed) by 25.05.2015 for performing. the duties of Assistant Supervisors and Invigilators in the aforesaid Examination.

5. I take this opportunity to request you to kindly issue suitable instruction to all the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India, to spare the services of Officers of the above mentioned levels for being appointed as Assistant Supervisors and Invigilators by the Commission in he aforesaid Examination. The Officers thus deputed to the commission will be paid honorarium by the Commission for their services.

6. I would further request that a copy of the instructions issued by DOP&T in this regard may be sent to the Commission also.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,
(Ashim Khurana)