Thursday, December 28, 2017

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Promotion of Defence Production

Ministry of Defence
Defence manufacturing is primarily driven by capital acquisition of defence equipment.  Under ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government, several measures have been taken to promote indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence equipment in the country by harnessing the capabilities of the public and private sector.  These measures include according preference to procurement from Indian vendors under the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), liberalization of the licensing regime and FDI policy by raising the cap on FDI in the defence sector, simplification of export procedure, streamlining of defence offset guidelines etc.  Recently, the Government has notified the ‘Strategic Partnership (SP)’ Model which envisages establishment of long-term strategic partnerships with Indian entities through a transparent and competitive process, wherein they would tie up with global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to seek technology transfers to set up domestic manufacturing infrastructure and supply chains.

In the last three financial years i.e., 2014-15 to 2016-17, the Government has accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for 105 proposals worth Rs.2,33,000 Crore approximately, in ‘Buy (Indian-Indigenously Designed & Developed Manufactured (IDDM)’, ‘Buy (Indian)’, ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ and ‘Make’ categories of capital acquisition i.e. Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued to Indian vendors only.

As on date, no in-house development project proposal approved by Ordnance Factory Board for development of small arms is pending for approval by Department of Defence Production.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri PR Senthil Nathan and Shri Bharathi Mohan RK in Lok Sabha today.


Re-Employment of Armed Forces Personnel

Ministry of Defence
Government provides non-monetary benefits such as travel concessions, health amenities, housing facilities, re-employment and pension concessions to serving and retired defence personnel including their family members. The details of the benefits are as under:

Travel Concessions:-

The service personnel and their dependents including father, mother, brothers and sisters, if otherwise dependent on service personnel, are entitled for LTC from Duty Station to Home Station and back once in a year.

The service personnel and their dependents consisting of wife and dependent children are authorised for LTC from Duty Station to anywhere in India once in alternate year. In case the said concession is availed by personnel, the concession of travel entitlement from Duty Station to Home Station will be forgone. Retired defence personnel are not entitled for LTC.

The Chakra series Gallantry awardees and widows after their demise are granted complimentary Card passes for travel in trains.

The Chakra series Gallantry awardees and widows after their demise are offered concession in Economy Class Fare by Air India.

Health Amenities:

In the case of Serving personnel & their dependents all medical facilities (both in and out-patient treatment) except for in-patient treatment for dependents with psychiatric ailments, is provided as per the guidelines.

Ex-Servicemen & their Dependents are provided medical facilities under Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) through ECHS Polyclinics, Government and empanelled hospitals.

Housing Facilities:

All serving defence personnel are entitled for house / HRA as per the existing regulations.  Retired defence personnel can retain authorised accommodations upto three months post retirement but are not entitled to housing facility thereafter.


Reservations are provided in Government jobs, Central Public Sector Enterprises, Nationalised Banks//Financial Institutions to Ex-servicemen.  Reservations are also provided in Central Public Sector Enterprises and Nationalised Banks to dependents of servicemen killed in action.

Pension Concessions:  

Serving personnel on completion of requisite Qualifying Service are entitled for pensionary benefits. In case of death after retirement, the wife/eligible member of the family is entitled for family pension subject to fulfilment of conditions. In case of death of a service personnel while in service, the wife/eligible member of the family will be entitled for family pension i.e. ordinary Family Pension/ Special Family pension/ Liberalised Family Pension or Dependent pension depending upon the attributability or aggravation of death to or by service.

Provisions for re-employment of Ex-servicemen in jobs already exist.  The details of reservation available to Ex-servicemen is as under:

In Central Government  Ministries /  Departments:

10% Direct recruitment posts upto the level of Asst. Commandant in Central Para Military Forces.
10% Direct recruitment posts in Group ‘C’.
20% Direct recruitment posts in Group ‘D’.
In Central Public Sector Enterprises:

14.5% in Group ‘C’ Posts.
24.5% in Group ‘D’ Posts   
(including 4.5% for disabled ESM/ dependents of servicemen killed in action).

Nationalised Banks:

14.5% in Group ‘C’ Posts.
24.5% in Group ‘D’ Posts   
(including 4.5% for disabled ESM/ dependents of servicemen killed in action).

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Smt Poonam Mahajan in Lok Sabha today.
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Decision of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railways.


RRE No. 205/2017
New Delhi Dated: 26.12.2017

No. E(P&A)I-2016/RT-16

The General Managers and Principal Financial Advisers,
All Indian Railways including
Production Units etc.

Sub: Decision of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railways.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW) vide OM No. A.12034/1/2017- CHS-V dated 30.09.2017 has communicated (i) post-facto approval of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of doctors of Indian Railway Medical Service; (ii) approval of Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental doctors under Ministry of Railways to 65 years; and (iii) that Doctors shall hold the administrative post till the date of attaining the age of 62 years

2. Accordingly, the age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railways is enhanced from 60 years to 65 years.

3. Doctors shall hold administrative posts till the date of attaining the age of 62 years and thereafter their services shall be placed in Non-administrative positions.

4. Consequent upon enhancement of the age of superannuation of Dental Doctors, all Zonal Railways/Production Units are requested to review the vacancies arising from retirement in regard to direct recruitment as well as promotion so that there is no over recruitment or litigation or review DPCs because of change in “Zone of Consideration” as a result of reduction in the number of retirement vacancies.

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

6. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

(Anil Kumar)
Dy. Director Estt. (P&A)-I
Railway Board

No. E(P&A)I-2016/RT-16
New Delhi, dated 26.12.2017


VRS Scheme for SBI Employees.

ANSWERED ON 19.12.2017

VRS due to merger of SBI and its associate banks
36 Shri Surendra Singh Nagar
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state :-
(a) whether it is a fact that State Bank of India and its other associate banks are offering voluntary retirement scheme due to merger of five associate banks with State Bank of India;

(b) if so, the number of employees being removed from their jobs because of the merger, grade-wise and post-wise details thereof;

(c) the number of applications submitted by the employee unions or employees against likely retrenchment and merger, bank-wise; and

(d) whether Government has prepared any plan for re-employment of State Bank of India employees in other Government organisations in the same rank and to reskill them?


The Finance Minister

(a) to (d): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.


(a) to (d): State Bank of India (SBI) has informed that, at present, there is no plan to launch VRS in their bank. However, VRS was offered to employees and officers of five erstwhile associate banks of SBI before merger.
SBI has informed that no employee has been removed after merger and no application was submitted by the employee unions or employees against retrenchment and merger.

At present, no re-employment proposal is under consideration of the Government.

Source : Lok Sabha

Nursing Allowance and Pay Revision of Nurses – AIGNF

ANSWERED ON: 22.12.2017

Pay Revision of Nurses

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the All India Nurses Confederation has demanded review of their pay scale and increase in their allowances;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether the Government has taken any decision in this regard and if so, the details thereof; and

(d) whether the Union of Nurses had called a pan-India strike in the recent past and if so, the details thereof along with the action taken by the Government to address their grievances?


(a) to (d) : A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.


(a) to (c) – Government has not received any representation/demands from All India Nurses Confederation. However, representation from All India Government Nurses Federation (AIGNF) was received in the Ministry demanding revision in pay and allowances against 7th Central Pay Commission”s report. The Government examined their demands along with demands of other Associations. The Government accepted the Commission’s recommendations on minimum pay, fitment factor, Index of Rationalisation, Pay matrices and general recommendations on pay without any material alteration vide Resolution dated 25.07.2016. The recommendation on allowances was referred to an Empowered Committee comprising of Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health & Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Posts & Chairman, Railway Board as Members for further consideration.

AIGNF threatened to go on a nationwide strike with effect from 2nd August, 2016. Their main demands were granting entry pay of PB-3 with GP 5400/- to Staff Nurse ( Nursing Officer), Nursing allowance, Nurses to be covered under Risk and Hardship Matrix (R1H1), Uniform and Washing allowance, Knowledge allowance and other allowances according to the Grade Pay. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare examined their demands and recommended entry Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- to Staff Nurse (Nursing Officer) to Ministry of Finance. Detailed note in respect of allowances admissible to nurses vide 7th CPC recommendations, demand of nurses and Ministry’s response thereon was sent to Empowered Committee for consideration. (Annexure).

(d) AIGNF went on a nationwide strike on 2nd September, 2016 reiterating their earlier demands on revision of pay and allowances. The strike was called off after discussion on 3.9.2016. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare again referred the demands of the Association along with its recommendations to the Empowered Committee. AIGNF also made their presentation before the Committee on allowances on 15.9.2016.

The Empowered Committee examined the demands of the Nurses Associations. The accepted recommendations on allowances were notified vide Government of India notification dated 06th July, 2017. The Government of India has accepted to retain and rationalize Nursing allowance and Operation theatre allowance. Uniform and washing allowance has been retained and subsumed under the Dress allowance. Most of the demands of AIGNF have been considered and concluded to their satisfaction and a robust system of monthly interaction with nurses has been put in place.

Source : Lok Sabha


01, PAUSHA, 1939 (SAKA)


Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government proposes to amend the present rates of income tax so that
more people may pay income tax;

(b) if so, the details thereof and the benefits likely to accrue to common man and the
Government by this step; and

(c) if not, the reasons therefor?


(a) to (b) No Madam. Currently, there is no such proposal under consideration.

(c) The rates of income tax are prescribed through the Finance Act every year


7th Pay Commission: 7th CPC Adds Extra 0.7 Per Cent Burden on GDP

7th Pay Commission

New Delhi, Dec 26: India spends a whopping Rs 10.18 trillion on salaries of the central and state government employees, including the amount spent on implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations. This is a staggering 8.15 per cent of the country’s GDP. The 7th Pay Commission was poised to have cost the Centre Rs 1.02 lakh crore. To avoid the extra burden on exchequers, the government denied arrears on hiked allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. Had it been done, the government would have to spend a lot more on salaries of its employees.

Out of the total GDP of India amounting to 124.88 trillion, Rs 10.18 trillion is spent on paying salaries, according to a note submitted by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to a parliamentary panel, reports DNA newspaper. The report said the implementation of 7th Pay Commission‘s recommendations added an extra 0.7 per cent burden on the GDP and a yearly burden of 102,000 crores. The salaries of 10 million central government employees account for 12.6 per cent of the central government’s total expenditure, it said.

The government approved the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for its employees with higher minimum basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month in June last year. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 percent hike in basic pay — the lowest in 70 years. It also approved revised allowances in July this year.

The Committee on Estimates chaired by veteran BJP leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi also found that a huge amount was spent on wages, besides the expenditure on building infrastructure like offices and houses for bureaucracy, rather on delivery. While the government spends 8.15 per cent of the country’s GDP on government employees’ salaries, it spends 3.3 per cent on education, 103 per cent on health and 1.56 per cent on defence.

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Online platform for Central Govt employees to access all service-related information

An online platform has been launched for central government employees to apply for leave and access their service-related information, according to an official statement issued today.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh launched the electronic-Human Resource Management System (e-HRMS) as the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions observed Good Governance Day.

“With launch of e-HRMS, employees will be able to not only see all their details with respect to service book, leave, GPF, salary, etc. but also apply for different kind of claims/reimbursements, loan/advances, leave, leave encashment, LTC advances, tour etc. on a single platform,” the statement by the personnel ministry said.

Employees shall not be dependent on the administration for updating data. They may themselves update it with their login subject to verification, it said.

“They will be able to track status and match details instantly. The system is designed in a way to obtain all management-related inputs/reports through its dashboard and all pendency of data updating as well as claims will be seen online by senior authorities that will instill more responsibility and accountability among all government servants,” the statement read.

This is a step in the direction of a fully automated human resource management system with a target to bring all government employees on employee portal so that all processes of personnel management from hiring to retiring will be on digital platform and manual system of handling personnel management will be dispensed with, it said.

The e-service book, which carries all service-related details of an employee, launched for the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in March will also be integrated into the e-HRMS, the statement said.

The minister launched 25 applications of five modules of the system.

The five modules include personal information system which has functionalities of self-updating by employees and the one for claiming and subsequent sanctioning of all kind of leaves.

The third module is on the Leave Travel Concession (LTC), loan/advances— where all kind of loan and advances can be claimed, sanctioned and paid through — and on tours that allow submission of a tour-related application and sanctioning of travel allowance advances.

“The availability of online data of employees will help the organisation to take many administrative decisions easily like planning of recruitments, posting of officials to a task as per their experience and qualification, easily available online to the administration,” according to the statement.

It will also help employees to concentrate more on public service once free from personal anxiety of getting their work done, it said.

“That will enhance public delivery and more employees will be available for the core work of the government,” the statement said.

The availability of centralized data will enable government for policy research and planning as such educational qualifications and other competencies and deficiencies may be easily obtained, it said.

“It will enable government to take transfer and posting decisions more pragmatically based on reliable first hand data,” the statement read.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Doctors in Government Hospitals

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Health being a State subject, the responsibility for improving the functioning of the State Government hospitals is under the jurisdiction of respective State Governments. The information in respect of State Government hospitals is not maintained centrally.

So far as Central Government hospitals under the administrative control of this Ministry is concerned, based on the requisitions received from various Government Hospitals/Institutes/Units, posts are encadred as per norms in Central Health Service (CHS) thereby increasing the number of sanctioned posts of doctors.

Insofar as the three Central Government Hospitals in Delhi viz. Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. RML Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Hospitals are concerned, performance of these hospitals regarding patient health care services is regularly monitored by the Hospitals/Government. The day to day activities in these hospitals, like sanitation, patient flow, hospital infection control practices, attendance of staff, etc. are supervised by the Medical Superintendents/Additional Medical Superintendents as well as by the Supervisory staff to maintain hygiene and sanitation.

Status of functional and non-functional equipments is regularly monitored. In order to provide state-of-the-art facilities and basic amenities to the patients, latest high-end Test machines/equipments are procured by these hospitals as per the need arising from time to time.

Besides the above, several steps have been taken by the Government to improve the overall satisfaction of the doctors working in Government Hospitals:-

(i)                 Enhancement of retirement age in all four sub-cadres of
Central Health Service (CHS) to 65 years w.e.f 31.05.2016 to retain the talent.

(ii)               Introduction of time-bound promotions for doctors under Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) Scheme, upto Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level.

(iii)             The duration of study leave to pursue higher studies/research work has been increased to 36 months for CHS officers instead of 24 months in other cases.

(iv)             The benefit of Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU) has been granted to CHS doctors.

(v)               The Ministry has started Foundation Training Programme (FTP) for newly recruited CHS Officers.

(vi)             Electronic submission of Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) on Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window (SPARROW) software has been introduced for CHS.

(vii)           Counseling pattern has been introduced for recruitment in GDMO sub-cadre.

(viii)         Annual Preventive Health Check-Up introduced for doctors over 40 Years of age.

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Sh Jagat Prakash Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.


Shortage of Doctors in Central Government Hospitals

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

As far as three Central Government Hospitals in Delhi viz. Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. RML Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Hospitals, are concerned, the details are given below: 
Name of the post
Safdarjung Hospital
LHMC & Associated Hospitals
Dr. RML Hospital
Resident Doctors
Other employees

Total vacancies filled during the last three years                           
Name of the post
Safdarjung Hospital
LHMC & Associated Hospitals
Dr. RML Hospital
Resident Doctors
Non-medical employee

In case of doctors, every year, on the basis of vacancies projected by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Combined Medical Services Examination for recruitment of Medical officers of GDMO sub-cadre of Central Health Services. For filling up of vacant posts belonging to Specialists sub-cadres of Central Health Service, requisitions are also sent to UPSC. Based on the recommendations received from UPSC, candidates are given offer of appointment. Pending recommendations from UPSC, concerned units are permitted to make contractual appointments against the vacant posts, as a stop-gap arrangement, in public interest, till the time regular incumbent joins the post.

The rest of the vacant posts other than the doctors are filled as per the requirement of the respective Hospitals in terms of Recruitment Rules on regular basis, through contractual appointment as a stop-gap arrangement and on outsource basis on the basis of approval received from the Ministry.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.


Year End review: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Following are the highlights of the activities of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions during the year 2017:

Prime Minister presents awards to civil servants on Civil Services Day; a record number of 2,345 entries were received to compete for the prestigious “Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration 2017”. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, presented awards for Excellence in Implementation of Priority Programmes and addressed Civil Servants on the occasion of the eleventh Civil Services Day on April 21, 2017. The Prime Minister presented a total of 12 awards, which included 10 under the five Priority Programmes (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, e-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM), Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, Start-Up India & Stand-Up India) and 2 under Innovation in Public Governance category.

A record number of 2,345 entries were received to compete for the prestigious “Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration 2017”. Of the 2,345 entries received for the awards, 1,515 have been received from 599 districts under the priority programmes category and 830 from various organizations and government agencies under innovation category.

PM addresses IAS Officers of the 2015 batch. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, addressed IAS Officers of the 2015 batch at the Inaugural Session of Assistant Secretaries on July 3, 2017. The Prime Minister advised young IAS officers to avoid getting into a mindset that resists change, and fill India’s administrative system with the energy of ‘New India.’ As part of their Valedictory Session as Assistant Secretaries, IAS officers of the 2015 batch on September 26, 2017 made presentations before the Prime Minister.

First ‘Pension Adalat’ by DoP&PW held on September 20, 2017. MoS (PP) Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the first ‘Pension Adalat’ on September 20, 2017 at the Pre-Retirement Counselling Workshop organised by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW). During the Pension Adalat, out of the 29 selected cases, 19 cases were resolved in the Adalat itself. 18 out of these 19 cases were resolved by accepting the claims of the Pensioners. As on November 30, 2017, out of 29 grievances raised in Adalat, 26 have been resolved.

The ‘Anubhav’ awards 2017 were presented to 16 pensioners for their contribution towards creating institutional memory for the departments. Till date, 4,406 write-ups have been published on Anubhav.

DARPG starts ‘DARPGSEVA’ to address issues related to public grievances and administrative reforms. The DARPG started its Twitter Seva on February 1, 2017. The Twitter Handle is ‘DARPGSEVA’. The Twitter Seva aims to address issues relating to the DARPG like Public Grievances and Administrative Reforms etc. The Twitter Seva enables the DARPG to reach out to the common public and various stakeholders for facilitating redress of grievances and other issues of importance relating to the department.

Prompt disposal of grievances by Government; DARPG writes to States Governments to link their Grievance Cells to Government’s CPGRAMS. The number of grievances lodged by the people have increased 7 fold since 2014, from about 2 lakh grievances to about 14 lakh this year. This is due to the prompt response given by the Department to their grievances. Now about 99% grievances are being disposed by the DARPG. The average response time to the grievances has been reduced, e.g. in Department of Revenue, it has reduced from 108 days in 2014 to 25 days this year and similarly in Department of Telecom, it has reduced from 19 days in 2014 to 12 days this year. The DARPG is also writing letters to the Chief Secretaries of the states to link their Grievance Cells to the CPGRAMS Portal of the Union Government. It will bring uniformity and ease of disposal. It will also provide a comprehensive view of the grievances.

DARPG Grievance Study Analysis of 20 Ministries released. The DARPG’s Grievance Study Analysis of 20 Ministries was released on August 25, 2017. The “Grievance Analysis & Systemic Reforms” Study was conducted for 20 ministries in the year 2015. As a result, 65 reforms have been introduced which has a positive impact on governance. Study has been undertaken for 20 more ministries in 2017 and 180 reforms have been suggested.  Steps have been taken to identify focus issues and arrive at the root cause of grievance so as to enable systemic reforms to be put in place to alleviate the root cause. A Project Management Unit has been set up for monitoring these reforms in consultation with concerned Ministries/Departments. A dedicated team has been engaged who conduct intensive deliberations with the concerned Ministries/Departments for identifying the reforms that have been implemented and draw up the monitoring metrics indicating impact of these reforms.

Centralised Pension Grievance Registration and Monitoring System (CPENGRAMS). Concerted efforts are being made to bring down the pendency of old grievances while maintaining the quality in disposal for which regular review meetings were held with the Nodal Officers of various Ministries/Departments. As a result, 22,027 grievances were disposed off during the period 01.04.2017 to 24.11.17. The time limit to redress grievances is 60 days. During the same period, 84.2% grievances were disposed of within 60 days.

New training programme ‘COMMIT’ launched for State Government officials. MoS, Dr. Jitendra Singh launched a new training programme, ‘Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training’ (COMMIT) for State Government officials on June 29, 2017. The objective of this training programme is to improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with the citizens on day-to-day basis.

7th edition of the Vigilance Manual released; online version also released for the first time. The 7th edition of the Vigilance Manual of CVC was released on September 7, 2017. The present edition of the Vigilance Manual is a public document accessible through CVC’s website The online version has been released along with the printed version for the first time. The 2017 edition of the Vigilance Manual incorporates 567 Paras divided into 11 Chapters with appropriate citations.

CVC to develop Integrity Index of 25 Organizations. In line with the broader strategy and emphasis on preventive vigilance, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) announced in October that it believes that the next level of systemic change can be through the tool of Integrity Index. The CVC has therefore decided to go in for development of the Integrity Index-based on bench-marking of internal processes and controls within an organisation as well as management of relationships and expectations of outside stakeholders.

Online Software for Departmental Proceedings launched. The online software for Departmental Proceedings was launched on June 22, 2017. The online system will enable monitoring of the departmental cases more effectively to complete inquiries within stipulated timeframes and fix accountability at different stages. The online portal will initially be adopted in respect of IAS officers posted in the Central Government and will subsequently be extended to AIS officers in the Central Government as well as Central Group ‘A’ employees. The State Governments will also be involved in the subsequent phases for consideration of extension to AIS officers serving in the States.

Government lays down specific 'timeline' for completing enquiry against officers and members of All India Services (AIS). The AIS (D&A) Rules, 1969 have been amended to provide specific timelines at different stages of the enquiry, with a view to complete the disciplinary proceedings against the members of AIS in a time-bound manner.

MoU between LBSNAA, Mussoorie and Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM. In March, 2017 the Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie and Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM), Namibia in the field of capacity building of public officials of Namibia and other training activities for the benefit of both the institutes.

Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad and Central University of Jammu sign MoU. Signed in New Delhi on February 10, 2017, the MoU facilitates joint activities and synergy in areas such as capacity building, evaluation studies, executive education and related areas. It included activities such as design, development and delivery of teaching and training programmes; reciprocal recognition of each other’s degrees, diplomas, certificates etc. 

2,149 Public Authorities aligned with the RTI Online Portal. 2,149 Public Authorities have aligned with the RTI Online Portal. This portal is in line with the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India. The emphasis of the Government has always been on transparency and good governance. The government is persuading the States to implement the RTI Online portal. The RTI online portal will also curb delays in responding to the RTIs.

Mobile App for pensioners. Moving from e-governance to m-governance, various facilities for pensioners have been brought under Mobile App.  MoS-PP, Dr Jitendra Singh launched the Mobile App on September 20, 2017 that has been created to avail the services of Pensioners’ Portal. With the App, a superannuating central civil government official will be able to monitor the progress of his pension settlement, and retired officials will be able to self-assess their pension through the pension calculator and are also able to register their grievances, if any, and get updates on orders issued by the Department.

Scrapping of Interview by States and UTs. 18 States and 7 Union Territories have discontinued the practice of interview in recruitment for lower level posts. The objective of discontinuation of interview in selection process at lower level posts is to curb corruption, more objective selection in transparent manner and substantially easing the problems of poor aspirants.

Online Vigilance System of Board and below Board Level Executives of CPSEs and e-Service Book of the DoPT employees launched. The Online Vigilance System of Board and below Board Level Executives of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) was launched on March 30, 2017. The e-Service Book of the DoPT employees was also launched on the occasion. The Online Vigilance System is a technology based mechanism introduced to obtain vigilance status of 120-130 Board Level executive appointments made annually of CPSEs timely, accurately and objectively so that process of their appointment is expedited. The system would enable efficient vigilance clearance of officers on real time basis who apply for these senior level posts. The e-service book has been implemented by DoPT for its 661 employees and is taking concrete steps to roll out e-service book in respect of all Central Govt. employees in a time bound manner with the support of NIC and involvement of Cadre Controlling Authorities. In this regard a workshop of all Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs) was organised in April, 2017 to discuss the roll out plan in all Ministries and Departments.

Liberalisation and simplification of GPF Rules. In a major relief for government employees, Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare in March, 2017 announced several relaxations in General Provident Fund Rules, with liberalization and simplification, particularly relating to advances and withdrawals by the subscriber/employee. As per the liberalised rules, limits for withdrawals have been raised and procedures simplified especially for activities of house building and education of children, where the costs have gone up manifold over the last two decades. In furtherance of the Government’s commitment towards self-certification, subscribers will be allowed to withdraw funds based on a simple declaration. No further documentary evidence will be required.

20th National Conference on e-Governance organised in Vishakhapatnam on January 9-10, 2017. Organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), in association with the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, and Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Conference was addressed by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu. National Awards for e-Governance 2016-17 were presented on the occasion.

Regional Conferences on “Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices” A two-day Regional Conference on “Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices” involving 12 States and 4 UTs of Northern, Western and Central Region of India held on July 7-8, 2017 in Nainital. Another Regional Conference on the subject was held in Goa on September 14-15, 2017. Delegates from 25 States/UTs (of Southern, Central, Eastern, North Eastern Regions and 5 other States/UTs) participated in the conference. On December 22-23, 2017 the Regional Conference on Good Governance was held in Guwahati, where delegates from 36 States and UTs participated.

The DARPG has so far organized 27 such regional conferences to share experiences in the formulation and successful implementation of Good Governance practices and to facilitate speedy and efficient delivery of public services.

Vice President inaugurated the Vigilance Awareness Week, 2017. The Vice-President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the Vigilance Awareness Week, 2017 on October 30, 2017, organised by the Central Vigilance Commission. The theme of the week this year was “My Vision-Corruption-free India”.

12th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission held on December 6, 2017. Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 12th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission (CIC) on December 06, 2017. While delivering the inaugural address, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the information has to be given in a language which is understandable to everyone, especially the one who applies for it.  The Commission had about 26,000 cases pending as on 31.03.2017 as compared to about 35,000 pending cases as on 01.04. 2016.  More than 3,500 queries have been answered by CIC through facilitation desk. In the year 2016-17, the CIC conducted about 15,000 video conferences. Prior to the Annual Convention, two seminars were held in May and July this year, to discuss ‘Implementation of the Right to Information Act 2005’ and ‘Land Records and RTI Act’ respectively. 

29th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held in New Delhi on January 12, 2017. Organised by the DoP&PW, the SCOVA meeting was chaired by MoS (PP) Dr. Jitendra Singh. During the meeting, the Minister said that minimum pension has been increased to Rs. 9,000 per person and ex-gratia amount has been increased from Rs. 10-15 lakh to Rs. 25-35 lakh.

Jeevan Pramaan. Launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in November, 2014, more than 11 lakh pensioners availed this Aadhar-based scheme for online submission of digital life certificate through banks during the month November, 2017. The scheme benefits pensioners specially the old and infirm who can submit life certificate from the comfort of their homes anywhere in the country or abroad. Till date about 93% of the pension bank accounts of Central Government pensioners drawing pension through banks have been seeded with Aadhaar Numbers.


Revision of pay scales – amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Estt.-RR Division

North Block, New Delhi

Dated: 22nd December, 2017


Sub: Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations – revision of pay scales – amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 9th August, 2016 on the subject mentioned above wherein it was requested that as per the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 issued by Department of Expenditure vide Notification dated 25th July, 2016, consequential amendment in the existing Service Rules/Recruitment Rules shall be made by the Ministries/Departments by substituting the existing Pay Band and Grade Pay by the new pay structure i.e. “LEVEL in the PAY MATRIX” straightaway without making a reference to the Department of Personnel and Training (DOP&T)/Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

2. Further, DoP&T vide OM of even number dated 16.02.2017 sought information with regard to implementation of OM dated 09.08.2016. “l ‘he issue is being monitored by higher authorities; however, so far this Department has not received any information from Ministries/Departments even after a lapse of over a year. It has been decided to hold a meeting, under the Championship of JS (E), with all Ministries/Departments on 04.01.2018 in Room No.190, North Block, New Delhi

3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to furnish a status report regarding amendment of Recruitment Rules in pursuance of DoP&T OM dated 09.08.2016 in the annexure-II enclosed herewith. The schedule of the meeting is as per Annexure-L

Encl.: As above

(Shukdeo Sah)
Under Secretary (RR-II)

Schedule of the meeting to be taken by Joint Secretary (Establishment) (Venue Room No. 190, North Block New Delhi)
Schedule of the meeting to be taken by Joint Secretary (Establishment) (Venue Room No. 190, North Block New Delhi)
S.NoMinistries starting with alphabetsDate and Time
1A-I04th January, 2018 at 03:00 PM
2J-Z04th January, 2018 at 03:30 PM

Payment of enhanced Monetary Allowances attached to pre and post independence Gallantry Awards.

Office of the Pr.C.D.A.(Pensions),
Draupadighat, Allahabad – 211014

Circular No. 30

Date: 22.12.2017

1. The Director of Treasuries
2. The Post Master, Kathua, Srinagar (J&K)
3. The Post Master, Campbell Bay (Andaman & Nicobar)
4. The Defence Pension Disbursing Officer ……..
5. The Pay and Accounts Officer ……..
6. The Assistant Military Attache(P) Embassy of India,Kathmandu,(Nepal)
7. The Director of Accounts, Panaji (Goa)
8. The Chief Accounts officer (PGTPF), Gangtok, Sikkim-737101
9. Director of Accounts, Moti Daman-396220
10. The Chief Manager, CPPC …..
11. The Manager, Link Bank (other than CPPC) ……..
12. Director of Accounts & Treasuries, Puducherry-605001

Subject :- Payment of enhanced Monetary Allowances attached to pre and post independence Gallantry Awards.

Reference:-This office Important Circular No. 9 dated 10.06.2011.

(Available on this office Website address

Consequent upon issue of letters bearing No. 7(62)/20014-D (AG) dated 4th Dec, 2017 by Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence(reproduced as Annexure ‘A’ and ‘B’ respectively to this circular), the rates of Pre- Independence Gallantry Awards and Post-Independence Gallantry Awards have been revised w.e.f. 01st August, 2017.

2. The revised rate of monetary allowance attached with Gallantry Awards may please be paid to all recipients at revised rate, irrespective of rank and income.

3. The terms and condition for payment of monetary allowance on the authority of Pension Payment Order (PPO) notified by this office in above categories of cases is stated in brief in following Paras

i. The allowance will be admissible to the recipient of the award and on his death to his widow lawfully married by a valid ceremony. The widow will continue to receive the allowance until her death. Ordinarily, the widow who was first married shall receive the allowance, but with the special sanction of the Government, the allowance may be divided equally between the lawfully married widows of recipients.

ii. When the award has been made posthumously to a bachelor, the monetary allowance shall be paid to his father or mother, and in case the posthumous awardee was a widower, the allowance shall be paid to his son below 18 years or unmarried daughter as the case may be.

iii. Each bar to the decoration will carry the same amount of monetary allowance as admissible to the original award.

iv. The monthly monetary allowance will be paid in respect of all gallantry awards received by an individual.

v. The monetary allowance will not be taken into account for computing dearness relief.

For CMDs/Chief Managers of Link Bank/CPPCs/Director of Treasuries/ all other PDA’s

It is requested that a copy of these orders / instructions may be provided to all Paying Branches/ Treasuries under your jurisdiction for making payment of the monetary allowance at the enhanced rate.

The order has also been uploaded on this office web site . The copy of same may be downloaded at your end for immediate implementation of the Government orders.

No. G-1/M/068/ICO’s/Vol- V
Date: 22 .12.2017

Sr.Accounts officer (Pensions)


Friday, December 22, 2017


Implementation of Govt’s decisions on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission-Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners, etc.


Important Circular No. C-177
No: G1/C/0199/Vol-II/Tech
Dated: – 19.12.2017

To, ———————————–
(All Head of Department under Min. of Defence)

Subject: – Implementation of Govt’s decisions on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission-Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners, etc.

Reference: – This office important circular no. C-164, bearing no.G1/C/0199/Vol- I/Tech, dated 30th May 2017

Attention is invited to above cited circular wherein all HOOs were advised to submit the LPC-Cum-Datasheet to PCDA (P) Allahabad for revision of Pension/ Family Pension of all pre-2016 pensioners with effect from 01.01.2016.

2. Of late, it has come to notice of this office that following common errors/mistakes are being made by the HOOs while initiating/forwarding above said LPC-Cum-Datasheet. These shortcomings are main cause behind avoidable delays in revision of pension causing of hardship to the pensioners.

i. Annexure-A :- Common errors/mistakes in claim(LPC-Cum-Datasheet) for revision of pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016 in respect of 7th CPC recommendation.

3. In view of the above, you are requested to issue suitable instructions (along with copy of this circular) to all the Head of the Offices under your administrative control to ensure that these Common errors/mistakes may be avoided while initiating/forwarding the LPC-Cum-Datasheet in r/o revision of Pension/ Family Pension to this office.

(Subhash Kumar)
Dy.CDA (P)


1 Hardcopies of claims are being received without softcopy in CD.

2 A number of claims (Hardcopies) are being received alongwith scanned image/pdf of LPC instead of M S Access utility.

3 Few Head of the offices are forwarding M S Access utility alongwith only scanned image/pdf of LPC only. No hardcopies are being received.

4 Hardcopy-softcopy record mismatch- The major problem is being faced in uploading of data into system due to the reasons that softcopy contains more number of records than for which hardcopies received in that particular batch and it is difficult to reconcile records before uploading into the system for processing.

5 CD containing soft-copy are not being received in CD mailer resulting into number of CDs received as broken in this office.

6 M S Access utility containing only single record in each utility and each CD are being received instead of all the records in one/two utility. For example:- One Head of the office has sent 21 claims alongwith 21 CDs i.e. one CD against each claim.

7 Claims are being received without obtaining HOO code.

8 Last pay and retiring pay scale are not being entered into LPC-Cum-Datasheet corresponding to pay commission when individual retired in Pay Detail portion.

9 Instead of claims in one or two batch; piecemeal batches containing only 10-15 records are being received.

10. During uploading, it has been observed that structure of fields in MS Access Utility provided by this office has been modified by HOOs at their own, which results into in-correct uploading of data into the system, Hence, it is requested to not to temper/modify fields/structure of the Utility provided to you by this office.

11. Claims are being forwarded in piece meal batches, it is therefore requested to forward the batch containing at least 100 cases.

(Raj Bahdur)
Sr. Accounts Officer (P.)


SHe-Box portal set up for registering complaints of sexual harassment of women employees at workplace, of both Government and Private sector

More than 350 complaints of inappropriate behaviour received by WCD Ministry including those through SHe-Box portal

In order to ensure the effective implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, the Ministry of Women & Child Development has launched an online complaint management system titled Sexual Harassment electronic–Box (SHe-Box) for registering complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace of all women employees in the country, including government and private employees.

More than 350 complaints relating to inappropriate behaviour have been received in the Ministry which includes complaint received through portal 'SHe-box'.

Ministry of Corporate Affairs has been requested for mandatory disclosure of Internal Complaints Committee (ICCs) in the Annual Report of the Companies. Ministry of Corporate Affairs along with the industry bodies, Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Society, Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI), and National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) have also been requested to ensure effective implementation of the Act amongst their members in private sectors.

This information was given by Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Dr. Virendra Kumar in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Computation of 7th CPC Minimum Wage is an Anomaly – Staff Side NCJCM

Shiva Gopal Mishra

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

No.NC-JCM-2017/7th CPC Anomaly

December 14, 2017

The Dy. Secretary-JCA,
Department of Personnel & Training,
North Block,
New Delhi

Sub:- Items proposed by the Staff-Side NC(JCM) for discussion in the National Anomaly Committee — Comments of DOPT regarding

Ref:- Your letter No.11/2/216-JCA-I(pt) dated 30/10/2017

Dear Sir,

Kindly refer to your cited letter.

We are sending our comments on each of the items on which the official side has conveyed objection.

However, we request you to convene a meeting so that the Staff Side can meet, discuss and finalize the items. The containing correspondence in this matter will only delay convening the NAC meeting.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

7th CPC House Rent Allowance to Armed Forces Personnel

Government of India
Ministry of Defence

New Delhi,
Dated 11th October, 2017

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

Subject: Implementation of 7th CPC Recommendations for grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Armed Forces Personnel.


I am directed to say that consequent on the decisions of the Government on the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to decide for grant of HRA to Armed Forces Personnel in partial modification of MoD letter No.10(55)/98/D(Q&C) dated 18th November, 2008 as amended from time to time that the admissibility of HRA shall be as under :
2. The list of cities/towns classified as X, Y and Z vide Ministry of Finance, Dept. of Expenditure OM No.2/5/2017- E.II(B) dated 7th July, 2017 for the purpose of grant of HRA is enclosed as Annexure to these orders.

3. The rates of HRA will not be less than Rs.5400/-, 3600/- & 1800/- at X, Y & Z class cities respectively.

4. The rates of HRA will be revised to 27%, 18% and 9% for X, Y & Z class cities respectively when Dearness Allowance (DA) corsses 25 percent and further revised to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA corsses 50%.

5. The term “basic pay” in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed pay levels in the Pay Matrix and does not include Non-Practising Allowance (NPA), Military Service Pay (MSP) etc. or any other type of pay like special pay etc..

6. Special orders on continuance of HRA at Delhi eX’ class city) rates to Central Government employees posted at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, NOIDA and Gurgaon, at Jalandhar (‘Y’ class city) rates to Jalandhar Cantt. at “Y” class city rates to Shillong, Goa & Port Blair and HRA at par with Chandigarh (‘Y’ class city) to Panchkula, S.A.S. Nagar(Mohali) which have been allowed to continue vide Para ‘4’ of MoF O.M. No.2/5/2014-D.II(B) dated 21.07.2015 and O.M. No. 2/2/2016-E.II(B) dated 03.02.2017, shall continue till further orders.

7. Other terms and conditions governing ERA to Armed Forces will remain unchanged.

8. The allowances relating to CILQ. FAA and SNLQ henceforth stand abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employees to be governed by the newly proposed provisions for Housing for Personnel Below Officers Rank (PBORs).

9. The revised rates of the above allowances Vi/ill be effected from 1st” July, 2017.

10. This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Defence (Finance/Works) vide their ID No.363/Fin/W-II/17 dated 10.10.2017.

Yours Faithfully,
(Girish Chandra Srivastava)
Dy. Director


To. O.M.No.2/5/2017-E.II(B) dated 07.07.2017

2ANDHRA PRADESH  / TELANGANAHyderabad (UA)Vijayawada (UA), Warangal (UA), Greater Visakhapatnam (M.Corpn.), Guntur (UA), Nellore (UA)
4ASSAMGuwahati (UA)
5BIHARPatna (UA)
6CHANDIGARHChandigarh (UA)
7CHHATTISGARHDurg-Bhilai Nagar (UA), Raipur (UA)
10DELHIDelhi (UA)
12GUJARATAhmadabad (UA)Rajkot (UA), Jamnagar (UA), Bhavnagar (UA), Vadodara (UA), Surat (UA)
13HARYANAFaridabad* (M.Corpn.), Guraon* (UA)
15JAMMU & KASHMIRSrinagar (UA), Jammu (UA)
16JHARKHANDJamshedpur (UA), Dhanbad (UA), Ranchl (UA), Bokaro Steel City (UA)
17KARNATAKABengalore/Bengaluru(UA)Belgaum (UA), Hubli-Dharwad (M.Corpn.), Mangalore (UA), Mysore UA), Gulbarga (UA)
18KERALAKozhikode (UA), Kochi (UA), Thlruvanathapuram (UA), Thrlssur (UA), Malappuram(UA), Kannur (UA), Kollam (UA)
20MADHYA PRADESHGwalior (UA), Indore (UA), Bhopal (UA), Jabalpur (UA), Ujjain (M. Corpn)
21MAHARASHTRAGreater Mumbai(UA), Pune (UA)Amravati (M.Corpn.), Nagpur(UA), Aurangabad (UA), Nashik(UA), Bhiwandi (UA), Solapur (M.Corpn.), Koihapur (UA), Vasai-Virar City (M. Corpn.), Malegaon (UA), Nanded-Waghala (M. Corpn.), Sangli (UA)
26ODISHACuttack (UA), Bhubaneswar(UA), Raurkela UA)
27PUDUCHERRY(PONDICHERRY)Puducherry/Pondicherry (UA)
28PUNJABAmritsar (UA), Jalandhar (UA), Ludhiana (M. Corpn.)
29RAJASTHANBikaner(M.Corpn.), Jaipur (M.Corpn.), Jodhpur(UA), Kota(M.Corpn.),Ajmer( UA)
31TAMIL NADUChennai (UA)Salem (UA), Tiruppur (UA), Coimbatore (UA), Tiruchirappalli(UA), Madurai UA), Erode UA
33UTTAR PRADESHMoradabad (M.Corpn.), Meerut (UA), Ghaziabad*(UA), Aligarh(UA), Agra (UA), Bareilly(UA), Lucknow (UA), Kanpur (UA), Allahabad (UA), Gorakhpur (UA), Varanasi (UA), Saharanpur (M.Corpn.), Noida (CT), Firozabad (NPP), Jhansi(UA)
35WEST BENGALKolkata (UA)Asansol (UA), Siliguri (UA), Durgapur (UA)