Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Holding of meeting of the NJCA

National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi-110055

No.NJCA/2018
Dated: June 8, 2018
All Members of the NJCA

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Holding of meeting of the NJCA

It has been decided to hold meeting of the National Council of Action (NJCA) on 3rd July, 2018 from 16.00 hrs, in JCM Office, 13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi

The following would be the issue of discussion:-

(i) To take stock of the current situation in regard to non-settled of major pending issues, viz. improvement in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula.

(ii) No progress in respect of NPS Covered Central Government Employees.

(iii) Other pending issues related to National and Departmental Anomalies.

All of you are requested to make it convenient to attend the said meeting so as to take the consensus decision for future course of action in the prevalent scenario.

With Fraternal Greetings,

sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convener

Source: Confederation
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Continuance of “Special Allowance” to Teaching Staff in NVS

NAVODAYA VIDYALAYA SAMITI
(An Autonomous Organization Ministry of Human Resource
Development, Department of School Education & Literacy)
Govt. of India
B-15, Institutional Area,
Sector-62, NOIDA
Uttar Pradesh-201309

20-01/2017-NVS(Admn.)C4073
Date: 15 /06/2018

NOTIFICATION

Sub: Continuance of “Special Allowance” to Teaching Staff in NVS - reg.

The proposal for continuance of special allowance @ 10% of Basic Pay to the teaching staff of NVS including Librarian has since been approved by the Department of Expenditure as communicated vide Minisry of HRD’s letter No.17-01/2017-UT.3 dated 04.06.2018.

This is issued in continuation to Samiti’s Notification of even number dated 20.02.2018,

(B. .Panda)
Assistant Commissioner (Admn.)

Source:http://nvshq.org/uploads/1notice/Special_Allowance_15062018-1529064198.pdf

Monday, June 18, 2018

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Reservation for candidates from Other Backward Classes

F. No. 36033/2/2018-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment (Reservation-I) Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated June 8, 2018

To

The Chief Secretaries of all States / Union Territories

Subject:- Reservation for candidates from Other Backward Classes - Revision of Income Criteria and determining equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), Public Sector Banks, Public Financial Institutions, etc. with Posts in Government for establishing Creamy Layer criteria - regarding

Madam/ Sir,

I am directed to invite attention to this Department’s Office Memorandum No. 36012/22/93-Estt,(SCT) dated 08.09.1993 which, inter-alia provided that sons and daughters of persons having gross annual income of Rs.1 lakh or above for a period of three consecutive years would fall within the ‘creamy layer’ and would not be entitled to get the benefit of reservation available to the Other Backward Classes.

2. The aforesaid limit of income for determining the creamy layer status was subsequently raised to Rs. 2.5 lakh, Rs. 4.5 lakh Rs. 6 lakh and Rs. 8 lakh vide this Department’s O.M. No. 36033/3/2004-Estt.(Res.) dated 09.03.2004, O.M. No.36033/3/2004-Estt. (Res) dated 14.10.2008, O.M. No. 36033/1/2013-Estt.(Res.) dated 27.05.2013 and CM. No. 36033/1/2013-Estt. (Res) dated 13.09.2017, respectively.

3. This Department is in receipt of references seeking clarification on the status of equivalence and revision of income criteria, in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and Financial Institutions with posts in Government. In this regard, copies of the following Office Memorandums issued by Department of Public Enterprises, Department of Financial Services and this Department are enclosed for ready reference:

i) O.M. No. 36033/1/2013-Estt.(Res.) dated 13.09.2017 of this Department regarding revision of income criteria;

ii) O.M. No. DPE-GM-/0020/2014-GM-FTS-1740 dated 25.10.2017 of the Department of Public Enterprises on establishing equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) with Posts in Government for establishing Creamy Layer criteria; and

iii) O.M. No. 19/4/2017-Welfare dated 06.12.2017 of the Department of Financial Services on establishing equivalence of posts in respect of Public Sector Banks, Public Financial Institutions, Public Sector Insurance Companies.

4. It is requested to please bring the contents of the above mentioned O.M.s/ instructions to the notice of all concerned for information / compliance.

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Telefax - 23092110

Copy to:
1. All the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India
2. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi
3. Department of Public Enterprises, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi.
4. Department of Financial Services, Jeevan Deep Building, Parliament Street, New Delhi
5. National Commission for Backward Classes, Trikoot-1, Bhikaji Cama Place, R. K. Puram, New Delhi
6. Hindi Section for providing a translation
7. Guard File

Source: http://documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D2/D02adm/36036-2-2018%20Estt%20ResSNCMw.pdf

Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Special Increment in 7th CPC for Participating Sports Events

No. 6/1/2017-Estt (Pay-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi

Dated the 11th June, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of special increment in the form of personal pay to Central Government Servants for participation in sporting events and tournaments of National or International importance, in the 7th CPC Scenario— reg.

Subsequent to the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC and issuance of CCS(RP) Rules 2016, the system of running Pay Bands and Grade Pays have been replaced by pay matrix. Accordingly, in partial modification of this Department’s OM No. 6/1/2013-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 19.09.2013, the President is pleased to revise the rates of special increment granted in the form of personal pay to Central Government Servants, for participation in sporting events and tournaments of National or International importance, as indicated in Column 5 of Annexure to this Office Memorandum.

2. The revised rates and these guidelines will be effective from 01.07.2017.

3. In respect of the Government Servants who are already getting the special increments as Personal Pay in accordance with this Department’s OM dated 19.09.2013, the rates for them have also been revised as per Column 5 of the Annexure to this Office Memorandum. The rate of revised Personal Pay to these Government servants is to be granted based on the Grade Pay attached to the post in which they were placed at the time of participating in the sporting event for which they are getting special increment as Personal Pay.

3.1. Illustration: (a):

3.2. Illustration: (b):
4. The Central Government servants who become eligible for grant of special increment in the form of personal pay on or after 01.07.2017, shall be entitled to the Personal Pay prescribed in Column (5) of the Annexure to this OM, corresponding to the level of the post in the Pay Matrix [indicated in Column (4)1, in which the Government Servant is placed at the time of participating in the sporting event.

4.1. Illustration:

Level of the post in the Pay Matrix in which the Government Servant is placed at the time of participating in sporting event     :; Level 7

 Amount corresponding to Level 7 in Column (5) of the Annexure to this OM :1020/-

5. This Personal Pay shall not count for any service matters like pay fixation on promotion, retirement benefits or any other allowances like HRA etc.

6. The entitled Central Government servant should claim the benefits within six months from the date of completion of the overall sporting event.

7. All the other terms and conditions governing the subject matter shall remain unchanged and will continue to apply.

8. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

9. Hindi version will follow.

(A.K. Jam)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source:https://dopt.gov.in/sites/default/files/sports%20OM%20pdf.pdf
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Every promotion order must clearly mention the stipulation that the promotion shall be subject to further orders which may be passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court-DOPT

F. No. 36012/11/2016- Estt.(Res-I) {Pt-II}
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (Reservation-I) Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated June 15, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Implementation of interim Orders/ directions in Special Leave to Appeal (C) No. 30621/2011 arising out of final judgment and order dated 15.07.2011 in CWP No. 13218/2009 passed by the Hon’ble High Court of Punjab & Haryana and Special Leave to Appeal (C) No. 31288/2017 arising out of Hon’ble Delhi High Court judgment dated 23.08.2017 and other related court cases — regarding

The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 15.11.2017 in SLP(C) No. 28306/2017 has decided to refer to a Constitution Bench to examine whether its earlier decision in M. Nagraj and others vs. Union of India and others requires reconsideration or not, inter alia, on the issue as to whether test of backwardness would, at all, apply in case of SC and ST.

2. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in SLP (C) No. 30621/2011 has passed the following Order on 17.05.2018:

“It is directed that the pendency of this Special Leave Petition shall not stand in the way of Union of India taking steps for the purpose of promotion from `reserved to reserved’ and ‘unreserved to unreserved’ and also in the matter of promotion on merits

3. Further, in the matter related to SLP(C) No. 31288/2017, connected to Special Leave to Appeal (C) No. 28306/ 2017,  the Hon’ble Supreme Court held as under on 05.06.2018:

“Heard learned counsel for the parties. Learned ASG has referred to order dated 17.05.2018 in SLP (C) No.30621/ 2011. It is made clear that the Union of India is not debarred from making promotions in accordance with law, subject to further orders, pending further consideration of the matter. Tag to SLP(C) No.30621 of 2011.”

4. The cadre controlling authorities of Central Government Ministries, Departments and Union Territories are to carry out promotions in accordance with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court mentioned in paragraphs 2 and 3 above based on existing seniority/select lists.

5. Every promotion order must clearly mention the stipulation that the promotion shall be subject to further orders which may be passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

6. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned for information/ compliance.

7. State Governments are also advised to take necessary action in accordance with the above mentioned orders passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D2/D02adm/Implementation-of-interim-orderP5wNW.PDF

Friday, June 15, 2018

Medical Identity Cards - Uniformity and renewal

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No. 2018/Trans.Cell/Health/Medical Cards
New Delhi, dated: 08.06.2018

The General Manager, All lndian Railways/PUS, NF(Con), CORE
The DG/RDSO/Lucknow, DG/NAlR/Vadodara
CAOs, DMW/Patiala, WPO/Patna, COFMOW/NDLS, RWP/Bela, CAO/IROAF

Sub: Medical Identity Cards - Uniformity and renewal

For bringing uniformity in the Medical Identity Cards issued to employees and other beneficiaries on Indian Railways, Board (MS, FC & CRB) have approved the following.

1. The Medical Identity Card should be a plastic based card, the size of which should be same as that of the debit/credit cards issued by banks.
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2. A strip at the top of the card should have different color for serving and retired employees and their dependents as per extant instructions on color of Medical Identity Cards.

3. A separate Medical Identity Card, with unique all India number, should be issued to the employee as well as each dependent. The card of the dependent may also bear the Medical Card number of the primary serving/retired employee. The numbering scheme is to be decided by Establishment Directorate.

4. The level of entitlement of employee, which indicates the level of facilities to be provided to the beneficiaries, should be indicated on the card. The pattern being used by CGHS may be adopted with suitable modifications, if required. Health directorate may decide the same.

5. The Medical Identity Card for beneficiaries upto the age of 15 years should be made valid for 5 years, after which these should be renewed. For beneficiaries above the age of 15 years, the Medical Identity Card should be renewed on attaining the age of 40 years and at the time of retirement. The Medical Identity Card should also be reissued on change of level of entitlement.

6. Only bare minimum information of the beneficiary may be visible on the card. The following data may be printed on the card:

a. The name of the Railway
b. Medical Card Number
c. Name & Medical Card Number of the Primary holder in case of card of dependent
d. Name of the card holder
e. Year of Birth
f. Date of validity of the card
g. Level of entitlement of medical facilities
h. Health Unit
i. Blood Group
j. Photograph
k. Signature/LTI of the beneficiary
l. Signature/Designation of issuing authority
m. Electronic card reading may be incorporated where such systems are implemented.

This issues with the concurrence of Associate Finance of Transformation Cell of Railway Board.

(Rajesh Gupta)
Executive Director
Transformation Cell

Source:http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/Transformation_Cell/Circulars/MX-M464N_20180611_133826.pdf]

Contractual engagement of retired railway staff on “Consultant-cum- Coach” basis for preservation of Railway Heritage.

भारत सरकार
(Government of India)
रेल मंत्रालय (रेलवे बोर्ड)
Ministry of Railways (Railway Board)

No. 2018/Heritage/Misc/1
New Delhi; Dated: 12.06.2018

General Manager(s)
All Indian Railways

Sub: Contractual engagement of retired railway staff on “Consultant-cum- Coach” basis for preservation of Railway Heritage.

For meaningful preservation and revival/ restoration of railway heritage items like steam locomotives, vintage coaches, steam cranes, semaphore signals, station equipment, steam powered equipment etc., Board (MS & FC) has approved contractual engagement of retired railway staff on “Consultant-cum-Coach” basis as per following stipulations initially for a period of one year:
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(i) Principal HODs (PHOD) of Zonal Railways shall be empowered to engage retired railway employees having adequate skills for consulting and guiding the process of revival and preservation of heritage items like steam locomotives, vintage coaches, steam cranes, semaphore signals, station equipments, steam powered equipments etc.

(ii) PHODs shall be empowered to ‘Search’ & ‘Select’ appropriate retired railway staff for aforesaid engagement keeping in view his/ her good health and level of his/her relevant skills/ knowledge.

(iii) The engagement will be purely on contractual short term basis with a maximum tenure of six months at a time and not against vacancies for doing regular work.

(iv) Number of retired staff and period of engagement will be decided by concerned PHOD in consultation with PFA & PCPO depending upon the actual workload. PHODs can engage up to a maximum of 10 (Ten) retired railway staff (considering that there may be more than one location in the Railway like Workshops, Museums etc. where such engagements are needed concurrently) at any point of time.

(v) The retired railway staff will be paid Rs. 1200/- (Rupees One Thousand Two Hundred only) per day on consolidated basis. However, in no case the remuneration for retired staff shall exceed last pay drawn when added to pension. No other remuneration like OT, TA, DA, accommodation or transport will be admissible.

(vi) The upper age limit for engagement of retired railway staff shall be 65 years.

Sd/-
(Subrata Nath)
Executive Director/Heritage
Railway Board

Sd/-
(A K Chandra)
Executive Director/ Transformation Cell
Railway Board

Source:http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/Transformation_Cell/Circulars/Heritage.pdf
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Revision of pension as per 7th CPC to retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18.Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110 016
Fax:26514179, Tel: 26858570
website:www.kvsangathan.nic.in

F.11015-3/2017-KVS (Admn-I)/ VoIII
Date: 14.06.2018
The Deputy Commissioner/ Director
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
All Regional Offices/ ZIETs.

Sub: Revision of pension as per 7th CPC to retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan – Reg.

Sir/ Madam

I am to refer to MHRD’s letter F.No.3-45/2017-UT.2 dated 13th June, 2018 and to convey the approval of the Govt. of India for revision of pension and pensionary benefits to the staff of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan as per the 7th CPC in terms of D/o P&PW OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW (A) dated 4.8.2016, OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW (A) dated 12.05.2017 and OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW (A) dated 6.7.2017. These benefits will be applicable to employees of KVS who retired post 1.1.2016 as well as for revision of pension/ family pension of those pensioners / family pensioners who have retired prior to 1.1.2016.

The Copies of the D/o P&PWs OMs, above may be downloaded from official website of Ministry of Personnel, P.G.and Pensions.

This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.

Yours faithfully,
Dr.Shachi Kant)
Joint Commissioner (Pers.)

Source: http://kvsangathan.nic.in/GeneralDocuments/ANN(1)-14-06-2018.PDF

Grant of Non-functional Up-gradation to Indian Railway Medical Service officers.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No. 83/2018
New Delhi, Dated:- 08.06.2018
No. PC-VI/2009/I/4/R-6/1
PC-VI No. 386

The General Managers/CAO(R)
All India Railways & Production Units,
(as per mailing list)

Sub : Grant of Non-functional Up-gradation to Indian Railway Medical Service officers.

Ref : (i) Railway Board’s letter No. PC VI/2009/I/4/R-6/1 dated 27.11.2009 (RBE No.209/2009) & 29.07.2010 (RBE 107/2010)
(ii) Railway Board’s letters No.PC-V/2008/ACP/2 dated 07.01.2009 (RBE No.05/2009)

Attention is invited to Railway Board’s letter No. PC VI/2009/I/4/R-6/1 dated 27.11.2009 (RBE No.209/2009) circulating DOP&T’s OM No. AB. 14017/64/2008-Estt(RR) dated 24.04.2009 & 25.09.2009 for adoption in favour of Railway Officers of Organised Group `A’ Services in PB-3 and PB-4.

2. It was subsequently clarified by DOP&T vide their OM No. AB.14017/39/2009-Estt.(RR) dated 02.04.2012 that the benefit of NFU to Organised Group `A’ Services shall not be applicable to the officers in those Organised Services where FCS and DACP Schemes are already operating and where officers are already separately covered by their own in-situ Progression Schemes. However, Hon’ble Delhi High Court in WP (C) No. 4067/2014 and WP (C) No. 4073/2014 vide orders dated 13.10.2014 quashed the DOP&T’s OM dated 02.04.2012. Since the said judgment of Hon’ble High Court attained finality as Hon’ble Supreme Court dismissed the SLP and Review in the case, DOP&T decided to declare their OM dated 02.04.2012 as non-est, as conveyed vide their OM No.CS-14017/1/2018-Estt.(RR)(Pt.l) dated 25.04.2018.

3. There has been a demand of IRMS officers also for extension of the benefits of NFU Scheme and the issue has been the subject matter of litigation. Hon’ble Central Administrative Medical Tribunal vide their orders dated 28.09.2017 in O.A.No.3290/2017 (Indian Railway Medical Services Association & Anr vs DOP&T & Anr) allowed the relief in terms of the judgment of Hon’ble Delhi High Court in W.P.(C ) No. 4067/2014. The matter was accordingly referred to DOP&T.

4. DOP&T have considered the issue in consultation with Department of Expenditure and conveyed their no-objection to the Ministry of Railways to extend NFU benefits to IRMS doctors. Accordingly, Ministry of Railways have decided to grant the benefit of Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU) Scheme as applicable to Organized Group `A’ services of Railways to IRMS Officers as per the detailed terms and conditions as have been in vogue from time to time after introduction of the scheme. Accordingly, grant of higher scale / benefits under the scheme would be admissible w.e.f. 1.1.2006, where due and admissible, as provided in the original instructions under reference.

(S. Balachandra Iyer)
Executive Director/Pay Commission-II
Railway Board.

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/pay_comm/PC6/2018/RBE_83_2018.pdf

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

7th pay commission: Central government employees may soon hear good news; here is why

7th pay commission: At a time when central government employees await a hike in minimum salary as well as fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th CPC, Centre has cleared these benefits for quite a number of sections of its staff. Quite a few state governments have done the same for their employees. This has set of a trend of sorts and it may well augur better things to come for central government employees at last. In short, it suggests the chances of them getting their demands met have risen manifold.

As far as central government employees are concerned, while 7th Pay Commission has been implemented for them quite some time ago, they have not received a go-ahead to their long-term demands of hiking minimum salary as well as the fitment factor beyond the 7th Pay commission recommendations.

Among the trend setting acts has been the NDA government approving AAP government’s Amendment to minimum wages ACT. This will ensure adequate wages to these concerned workers.

Also, the government brought cheers to lakhs of retired teaching and non-teaching staff, including retired employees of the Central Universities and Colleges by raising their wages in accordance with the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The latest Modi government decision is likely to benefit as many as 23 lakh retired teachers and non-teaching staff of universities. It was taken yesterday.

Another segment of the government workforce, which was demanding end to pay anomaly as a result of implementation of 7th pay commission for Dept of Post that was not applied to them, also got their salary hiked by the central govt. 

The good news may be setting the momentum elsewhere too. Now, central government employees want fitment factor of 3.68 times with minimum pay scale of Rs 26,000. This is after the Union Cabinet revised their minimum pay to Rs 18,000 from previous Rs 7,000 per month, along with fitment factor of 2.57 in June 2016 leading to a major hike in all central government employees salaries.

It was rumoured for a while that the government may hike minimum pay to Rs 21,000 and fitment factor by 3.00 times. However, the NDA government at Centre claimed that they are not really looking to hike minimum pay beyond the recommendations provided in the 7th CPC report.

Source:http://www.zeebiz.com/india/news-7th-pay-commission-central-government-employees-may-soon-hear-good-news-here-is-why-50972

DELAY IN IMPLEMENTATION OF HON'BLE SUPREME COURT ORDER ON PAYMENT OF PENSION ON HIGHER WAGES - REGARDING.

EMPLOYEES' PROVIDENT FUND ORGANISATION
(Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India)
Head Office
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan, 14, Bhikaiji Came Place, New Delhi - 110 066

No: ACC/HQ/Pension/Distribution of work/3896
Dated: 08 JUN 2018 

To

All Regional Provident Fund Commissioners
In charge of Region

Sub: DELAY IN IMPLEMENTATION OF HON'BLE SUPREME COURT ORDER ON PAYMENT OF PENSION ON HIGHER WAGES - REGARDING.

Sir,

Attention is drawn to Head Office Circular dated 23.03.2017 vide which instructions were issued to all field offices to take necessary action in accordance with the order dated 04.10.2016 of the Hon‘ble Supreme Court in SLP No.33032-33033 of 2015 as approved by the government and as per the provisions of the EPF & MP Act, 1952 and Schemes framed thereunder.

2. However on review of the information received from field offices it is noticed that following offices as mentioned below have reported for compliance on revised pension on higher wages as referred above.

No. of cases revised for higher wages for the year ending 31st March 2018
Sl. NoName of the Regional OfficeNo. of pensionersAmount of  contribution & interest remitted by the PensionersOld PensionNew PensionPension arrears paid to the Pensioners
1Kannur18333882114337419114850047534174
2Kochi56718252675810437784602709191138600
3Kollam1044354556618008698716351771539
4Kottayam692671776012877862412927067764
5Kozhikode93118557960719777125838795223848112
6Trivendrum104830960737219039367796120379563155
7Coimbatore31223888645726642562261
8Chandigarh19107600763437321142811862901
9Shimla3071034844136401792520034100761400
11Bhatinda170468218169750780047
12Bhopal9226636915876342011637433
13Indore10328621717976738502229865
14Hubli11757723357002158058
15Guntur29577572487550624185180693120606
16Jabalpur234685100488561734887626301
Total35709858599866890201259056171139662216

3. It has also come to notice that some offices have not complied the instructions of Head Office based on the Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 04.10.2016 as referred above on revision of the pension on higher wages despite applications received in this regard, by taking the plea that reference has been made by those offices to Head Office and that reply has not been received for the clarifications / guidelines sought from Head Office.


4. In this context, the following observations may be noted:

i) Payment of benefits to the members of the EPS-95 have to be regulated as per the provisions of the scheme and all concerned are required to comply with the said provisions.

ii) The manual for settlement of pension alongwith the module for calculation in the software has already been circulated from time to time.

iii) Even prior to the Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 04.10.2016 Pension cases on higher wages were being settled as per the scheme provisions by utilizing the existing software.

iv) IS Division has already clarified that the revision of pension on higher wages can be processed by utilizing the 10D special module.

v) No instructions can be kept aside for compliance only on the ground that reference has been made to Head Office for further clarification on assumption basis without attempting to comply those instructions practically. Moreover, the revision of cases as detailed out in Para 2 above clearly shows that many field offices are taking appropriate actions on the detailed order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court duly circulated by Head Office for compliance by utilizing the provisions already existing in the relevant software, whereas some offices are deliberately not taking any action to revise the pension claims to eligible members by taking one plea or the other.

vi) Field functionaries are expected to know the provisions of the Act and Scheme and comply accordingly.

vii) Most of the references made to Head Office are sent directly bypassing the Zonal Office and containing no recommendations / suggestions of RPFC-I and Addl.CPFC (Zone)

viii) Non-settlement of pension cases in respect of eligible members in light of the Supreme Court order dated 04.10.2016 has not only put the concerned members to inconvenience but may also amount to disobedience of instructions of Head Office for compliance of the order of the Hon’ble Apex Court.

5. Therefore, it is once again directed to take appropriate steps to revise the pension cases of all the eligible members as per the existing software and the provisions in the Pension Scheme. All references made to Head Office on modalities of revision of pension as per the Hon’ble Supreme Court order on the matter may be treated as disposed and Non est.

6. The number of grievances due to non-settlement of eligible cases is rising and it is made clear that the concerned RPFC-I / lncharge of the Region will be held responsible for denial delay in settlement of such cases to eligible applicants. If any applicant is found not eligible for revision of pension as per Hon’ble Supreme Court order, the same must be conveyed to the applicant within seven days of receipt of such request.

7. All the reference made to the Head Office on the issue of revision of pension on higher wages are accordingly diSposed of and in case any Field Office still requires any clarification/guideline, specific query may be forwarded through proper channel to the Head Office duly incorporating the observations/Suggestion of RPFC-I/OIC and ACC Zone in this regard.

Yours faithfully,

(R M. Verma)
Addl.Central P.F.Commissioner (Pension)

Source:https://www.epfindia.gov.in/site_docs/PDFs/Circulars/Y2018-2019/Pension_Pension_HigherWages_2896.pdf

Entitlement of various types of accommodation based on the revised pay scale recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission.

भारत सरकार GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
रेल  मंत्रालय MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(रेलवे बोर्ड RAILWAY BOARD)

No. 2018/LMB-II/2/26
New Delhi, dated: 21/05/2018

General Manager
South Eastern Railway
Kolkata

Sub: Entitlement of various types of accommodation based on the revised pay scale recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Ref: SER's letter No. L/Housing Policy/Improvement/225 dated 16.05.2018

This is in reference to SER’s letter quoted above.

It is advised that the level of pay scale recommended by the 7th CPC are corresponding to grade pay, as such the instruction issued vide Board’s letter under reference still holds good. It is further advised that there has been no change in the entitlement of the railway employees for Railway accommodation. Eligibility of entitlement and eligibility to register for the waiting list of a particular type of quarter are two different issues, should be dealt with separately.

(Chander Shekhar)
Joint Director/Land & Amenities
Railway Board.

Source:http://www.secr.indianrailways.gov.in//downloadfile_2.jsp?filename=1528374395933-158-2018.pdf

Abolition of Study Allowance-RAILWAY BOARD

PC-VII No.: 103/2018
R.B.E. No.: 68 /2018 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR) 
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA) 
(RAILWAY BOARD) 

No. 2011/F(E)III/2(2)/3
New Delhi, Dated:14.05.2018 
The GMs/Principal Financial Advisers,
All Zonal Railways/Production Units etc.,
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government — Abolition of Study Allowance-reg.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. the Study Allowance stands abolished with effect from 1st July, 2017.

2. Formal amendment to the Study Leave Rules contained in Appendix-V of IREC Vol.I. 1985 Edition (Second Re-print Edition 2003) will be issued separately.

(G. Priya Sudarsani) 
Joint Director, Finance (Estt.), 
Railway Board 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Appointment on compassionate grounds- Suitability Test

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
*****
RBE No. 81/2018

No. E(NG)II/2018/RC-1/GenI/17
New Delhi, dated 07 .06.2018

The General Manager(P)
All Indian Railways & PUs.

Sub: Appointment on compassionate grounds- Suitability Test- regarding .

Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter No.E(NG)II/84/RC-1/174 dated 25.06.1985, No. E(NG)II/88/RC-1/1/Policy dated 02.11.1989 read with para 2(i) of letter No. E(NG)II/88/RC-1/1/Policy dated 16.05.1991, stipulating inter-alia, that suitability of a person to be considered for appointment on compassionate grounds should be assessed by an appropriate suitability test, keeping the compassion in view. Board’s letter dated 25.06.1985 has laid down that such appointment be considered as per the educational qualification possessed by the candidate.

2. As regards number of chances, this Ministry’s letter dated 28.04.1999 (RBE No. 84/1999), 21.09.2001(RBE No. 192/2001) and dated 02.03.2012 (RBE No. 28/2012), specify the number of chances to be given to a candidate (wards as well as widow/wife), for appearing in the suitability test for appointment on compassionate grounds to Non-Gazetted posts on the Railways. Accordingly, at present, there are three (03) and four (04) chances available for wards and widow/wife respectively.

3. It has come to the notice that not only the procedure adopted for conducting suitability test and additional chances to be given to candidates for appointment on compassionate grounds by the Zonal Railways vary from the instructions issued at paras 1 and 2 above, but the directives/intent of stipulation made in the instruction ibid are also not being followed in true spirit.

4. Accordingly, the matter has been looked into. It has now been decided by the Board that in compliance of letters mentioned at para 2 above, maximum of three such chances to the wards and four chances may be given to widow/wife commensurate with their educational qualification to the post and suitability may be adjudged accordingly. Second chance should be given as a rule and uniformally followed.

5. It is also reiterated that 2nd chance to wards and widow should be given with the approval of competent authority (DRMs/HODs/CWMs as the case may be). However, 3rd chance to ward/widow/wife and 4th chance to widow/wife will require personal approval of the General Manager.

6. In case a request has been received from the candidate for appointment on other Railway, his/her case may be transferred alongwith all relevant papers to that Railway. Assessment of suitability may be done by the Railway where the candidate is to be appointed.

Please acknowledge receipt.

Sd/-
(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt. (N) II
Railway Board

Source: AIRFINDIA.ORG

Award to Railway Staff for Accident Free Service.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS 
(RAILWAY BOARD) 

No. 2016/Safety-1/9/3
New Delhi, dated 01.06.2018 

General Managers
All Zonal Railways and
CMD/KRCL

Sub: Award to Railway Staff for Accident Free Service.

Ref:- PNM/NFIR item No. 9/2018

During PNM meeting with NFIR on 26th & 27 April,. 2018, the Federation raised the issue of granting awards to Railway staff for accidents free service and urged-upon the Railway Board to issue clear instructions to Zonal Railways to ensure granting Accident Free Service Awards in a specially organized function, which would boost the morale of the staff.

Railway Board has decided that Accident Free Service Award for the retired staff should be given to them in a retirement function. Board desires that Zonal Railways shall strictly adhere to these instructions.

S/d, 
(P.Srinivas) 
Dir. Safety-III 
Railway Board. 
Source : NFIR

Friday, June 08, 2018

7th Pay Commission: Basic pay of these workers shoot up after government nod

7th Pay Commission: Even as the central government employees are making demands for their salaries to be raised according to an amount higher than the one recommended  by the panel recommendations, some positive news has come for these other workers. Notably, their pay has been raised, but only after they went on a protest that caused mail across the country not to be delivered in far flung areas. Cabinet has cleared hike in basic pay of Gramin Dak Sevaks by over 3 times up to Rs 14,500. The minimum wage of Gramin Dak Sevaks has been increased to Rs 10,000 per month and maximum to Rs 35,480 per month. This will have retrospective effect from January 1, 2016. Arrears will be paid in one instalment. As many as 2.6 lakh GDS work in 1.3 lakh rural post offices in shifts of 3 hours, 3.5 hours, 4 hours, 4.5 hours and 5 hours. They retire at the age of 65 years. Gramin dak sevaks have been on strike for the last few days over their demands for removal of pay anomaly that crept in when 7th Pay Commission benefits were granted to other postal dept employees but not to them as they are not considered government employees.

Gramin Dak Sevaks salaries will be hiked in this manner:

Those who were getting Rs 2,295 per month will now get Rs 10,000.

Those who were getting Rs 2,745 will get Rs 12,000.

Those who got Rs 4,115 will get Rs 14,500 per month.

According to Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha this was cleared at a Cabinet meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi.

The salary hike will cost the government Rs 1,257.75 crore in 2018-19.

The other details aboout the basic pay changes:

Salaries may have been hiked by over three-fold, but there is around 56 per cent average increase of total wages.

Dearness allowance of 7 per cent will be paid on the basic pay as per 7th Pay Commission instead of 142 per cent paid at present.

11 slabs have been reduced to three categories with just 2 designations only- Branch Post Master (BPM) and assistant branch post master (ABPM).

Work will be allocated accordingly. Those who are supposed to get Rs 12,000 pay will work in shift of 4 hours, while level 2 GDS -- whose basic pay is increased to Rs 14,500 -- will have to work for 5 hours.

Compensatory appointment will also be allowed for dependents of GDS.

An annual hike of 3 per cent has also been provided. This will be provided every year either on January 1 or July 1.

Source:http://www.zeebiz.com/india/news-7th-pay-commission-basic-pay-of-these-workers-shoot-up-after-government-nod-50168

Thursday, June 07, 2018

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3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks wage revision approved by cabinet

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Cabinet

Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today has approved the revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts.

The revision in the wage structure would entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 1257.75 crore (Non-recurring expenditure - Rs 860.95 crore and Recurring expenditure of Rs.396.80 crore) during 2018-19.

3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks will be benefitted by this wage revision.

Details:
Time Related Continuity allowance (TRCA) structure and slabs have been rationalised.  The total GDSs have been brought under two categories viz. Branch Postmasters (BPMs) and other than Branch Postmasters namely Assistant Branch Postmaster (ABPMs).
The present 11 TRCA slabs will be merged into only three TRCA Slabs with two levels each for BPMs and other than BPMs.
Introduction of new Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) will be as below
Minimum TRCA of two types of proposed categories of GDSs as per working hours / levels
S.No.CategoryMinimum TRCA for 4 Hours / Level 1Minimum TRCA for 5 Hours / Level 2
1BPMRs. 12000/-Rs. 14500/-
2ABPM/Dak SevaksRs. 10000/-Rs. 12000/-

Dearness Allowance will continue to be paid as a separate component, and also revised from time to time whenever it is revised for Central Government Servants.


It is decided to continue the calculation of the ex-gratia bonus by applying the calculation ceiling of Rs.7000 as basic TRCA + DA till such time a new scheme is devised.

Arrears for the period 1.1.2016 to the date of implementation will be paid by increasing the basic TRCA drawn during the period by a factor of 2.57. The arrears will be paid in one instalment.

Annual increase at the rate of 3% and the same may be given on 1st January or 1st July of every year as the case may be based on the one time written request of GDSs.

A new Risk and hardship Allowance has been introduced. Other allowances Viz. Office maintenance allowance, Combined duty allowance, Cash conveyance charges, Cycle maintenance allowance, Boat allowance and Fixed Stationery Charges have been revised.

 Implementation strategy and targets:

The revision would result in improving the wages, allowances and discharge benefits of Gramin Dak Sevaks resulting in providing efficient & cost-effective basic postal facilities in the rural area. The proposed increased emoluments will enable him to improve his socio-economic standing.

Impact:
The Branch Post Offices are the fulcrum for provision of Communications and financial services in the village and are located in remote areas. The Post Master has to deal with large sums while making payments to customers; hence accountability is already built into his work. The enhanced remuneration will increase the sense of responsibility. Moreover, with the roll out of the India Post Payment Bank (IPPB), the CDS network is expected to play a key role in the process of financial inclusion of the rural population.

Background:
The Extra Departmental system in the Department of Posts was established more than150 years ago to provide basic, economical and efficient postal services in the rural areas where there was no justification for engaging full time regular employees. One Lakh Twenty-Nine Thousand Three Hundred forty-six (1,29,346) Extra-departmental Branch post offices are primarily manned by Gramin Dak Sevak Branch Postmasters. In addition, Gramin Dak Sevaks other than Branch Postmasters are also working in Branch, Sub and Head Post offices. The main features of the engagement of Gramin Dak Sevaks are that they work for part time ranging from 3 to 5 hours per day and supplement their income from other vocations so as to have adequate means of livelihood for themselves and their families. They remain in service up to the age of 65 years.

Source: PIB

Extension of empanelment of HCOs- CGHS Trivandrum

LIST OF EMPANELLED HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS AS ON 30.05.2018 IN CGHS TRIVANDRUM
S NName of the HospitalAddress and Tel. No.Name of Nodal officer with Contact numberNABH 
Accredited
/Non NABH
Facilities empanelled for
1SK HospitalEdappazhanji Junction, Thirumala, Thiruvananthapuram 695006
Ph No: 0471 2356260/ 3022222/3250038
Mr. Siva, Ph No: 9943317105Non NABH
Multi-specialty General purpose and specialized purpose [in Orthopaedic surgery including joint replacement and arthroscopic surgery, Pediatrics and Paediatrics Surgery, Endoscopic / Laparoscopic surgery and ENT]. Eye Care [Cataract / Glaucoma] Diagnostic services [CT / USG / Colour Doppler and X – Ray].
EYE CENTRES
S NName of the HospitalAddress and Tel. No.Name of Nodal officer with Contact numberNABH 
Accredited 
/Non NABH
Facilities empanelled for
1Chaithanya Eye HospitalKesavadasapuram Jn., Thiruvananthapuram : 695004Shiney, Ph No: 9495148316NABHExclusive Eye Care Centre

EXCLUSIVE DENTAL CLINICS
S NName of the HospitalAddress and Tel. No.Name of Nodal officer with Contact numberNABH 
Accredited 
/Non NABH
Facilities empanelled for
NIL
DIAGNOSTIC CENTRES
S NName of the HospitalAddress and Tel. No.Name of Nodal officer with Contact numberNABL 
Accredited 
/Non NABL
Facilities empanelled for
1M/S Devi ScansKumarapuram, Medical College P.O. Trivandrum 695 011
Phone 0471 2552727
Mr. Dileep Kumar, Ph No: 9447429249NABLDiagnostic centre (Laboratory, MRI, CT, Mammography, USG/Colour Doppler, X-ray, ECG, Bone Densitometry)
2M/s EL Lab Metropolis Diagnosis Evaluation and Research ClinicTC 12/1235(1), Law
College Jn. Kunnukuzhy, Vikas Bhavan PO., Thiruvananthapuram- 695033, Ph No: 2303010
Mr. Sudheesh, Ph No: 2303010NABLDiagnostic centre (Laboratory, USG/ Colour Doppler, X-ray, ECG)
3DR Gopinath Diagnostic ServicesUlloor Road, Medical College.P.O Trivandrum-695011
Contact: 0471-2445940,
3295207, Fax:0471-
2445187
Website: www.drgopinaths.com Email ID: dgds91 [at]gmail.com
Smt. Mallika, Ph No: 9995631819NABLDiagnostic centre (Laboratory, USG/Colour Doppler, X-ray, EC

Source: https://cghs.gov.in/showfile.php?lid=5030

Monday, June 04, 2018

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EXPECTED DA HIKE IN JULY 2018-AICPIN APRIL RELEASED

No. 5/1/2018-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

`CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 31st May, 2018

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) — April, 2018

The All-India CPI-IW for April, 2018 increased by 1 point and pegged at 288 (two hundred and eighty eight). On I-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.35 per .cent between March, 201,8 and April, 2018 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.73 per cent between the corresponding months of-previous year.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 1.01 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Groundnut Oil, Fish Fresh, Milk, Brinjal, Cabbage, Cauliflower, French Bean, Green Coriander Leaves, Lady Finger, Methi, Palak, Peas, Potato, Radish, Tomato, Apple, Coconut, Lemon, Mango (Ripe), Electricity Charges, Petrol, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Wheat, Gram Dal, Eggs (Hen), Pure Ghee, Chillies Green, Onion, Bitter Gourd, Gourd, Parval, Sugar, Flowers/Flower Garlands, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation based on CPI-IW stood at 3.97 per cent for April, 2018 as compared to 4.36 per cent for the previous month and 2.21 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 1.33 per cent against 1.68 per cent of the previous month and 0.67 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Goa reported the maximum increase of 8 points followed by Giridih and Kodarma (5 points each). Among others, 4 points increase was observed in 5 centres, 3 points in 7 centres, 2 points in 14 centres and 1 point in 19 centres. On the contrary, Darjeeling and Rourkela recorded a maximum decrease of 4 points each followed by Ahmedabad and Amritsar (2 points each). Among others, 1 point decrease was observed in 9 centres, Rest of the 17 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 39 centres are above All-India Index and 38 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Bengaluru centre remained at par with All-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of May, 2018 will be released on Friday, 29th June, 2018. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.

(AMRIT LAL JANGID)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Source:http://labourbureaunew.gov.in/Press_Note_CPI_IW_APR_2018_EH.pdf 

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Upper age limit for direct recruitment to non-gazetted posts on the Railways.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR) 
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA) 
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(NG)-II/94/RR-1/29/Pt.(3246807)
New Delhi, dated:21.05.2018.

The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units.

Sub: Upper age limit for direct recruitment to non-gazetted posts on the Railways.

Reference has been received from one of the zonal railways, seeking clarification, whether Board’s instructions contained in the letter of even number dated 21.02.2018 (RBE No.25/2018), regarding relaxation of upper age limit are applicable in the case of engagement of substitutes or otherwise.

The matter has been looked into and it is clarified that relaxation in upper age limit provided vide RBE No.25/2018 are also applicable in the case of engagement of substitutes.

(This disposes of South Central Railway’s letter No.P(R)/563/XII dated 06.03.2018)

(Ravi Shekhar)
Jt.Dir.Estt.(N)-II
Railway Board

Source:http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/
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Date up to which enhanced family pension payable-DOE

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI - 110066

CPAO/IT&Tech/Clarification/13(Vol-Ill)/2018-19/32
28.05.2018

Office Memorandum

Subject:- Date up to which enhanced family pension payable.

Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has clarified vide its ID No.1/1(5) 2018-P&PW (E) 32206 dated-12.04.2018 that family pension at enhanced rates will be payable for 7 years or till the deceased retired government servant would have attained the age of 67 years had he survived, whichever is less, irrespective of type of retirement, date of retirement and age of superannuation applicable in the case of retired Govt. servant. This would equally apply in all Central Civil Govt. Departments/ Offices including Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and Medical Officers.

This issues with the approval of Chief Controller (Pensions).

(Md. Shahid Kamal Ansari)
(Asstt. Controller of Accounts)
Ph No.011-26103074 

Source: https://cpao.nic.in/pdf/date_upto_which.pdf
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Guidelines to be followed for holding of Conferences/ Workshops/ Seminars, etc. (Domestic & International)

No. 19/(36)/E.Coord/2018 
Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Expenditure 
E.Coord Branch 
***
New Delhi, the 30th May, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Guidelines to be followed for holding of Conferences/ Workshops/ Seminars, etc. (Domestic & International)

Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has been issuing guidelines for holding of Conferences/ Workshops/ Seminars, etc. (Domestic & International) from time to time with the objective that Ministries/Departments undertake such events keeping in mind the absolute necessity of it and adhering to utmost economy. The extant guidelines have been reviewed and stand revised.

2. It has been decided that henceforth only proposals involving expenditure above Rs. 40 lakhs for International as well as domestic Conferences/ Seminars/ Workshops etc, will need to be referred to the Department of Expenditure.

3. International conferences/ workshops / seminars / meetings etc:

i) All proposals involving expenditure of Rs. 40 Lakh or less for holding conferences/ workshops/ seminars/ meetings etc. involving participation of foreign delegates may be decided by the Ministry/ Department in consultation with their Financial Adviser The approval of the Minister in Charge, political clearance from Ministry of External Affairs and clearance of Ministry of Home Affairs from security angle (wherever required) shall be obtained.

ii) All Proposals involving expenditure above Rs. 40 (Forty) lakh for incurring expenditure on holding conferences,’ workshops/ seminars/ meetings etc. with international participation should be referred to the Department of Expenditure (DOE) with the approval of the Minister in Charge. political clearance from Ministry of External Affairs and clearance of Ministry of Home Affairs from security angle (wherever required) for obtaining approval of the Cabinet Secretary through Secretary (Expenditure).

iii) Commitment for bearing travel/ accommodation cost on participants from foreign countries should be kept to the barest minimum. Ministries/ Departments shall exercise utmost economy and austerity in this regard

iv) “In-principle” approval of the Minister-in-charge should be taken sufficiently in advance before the event.

v) Priority will be given to those conferences that arise out of international agreements/ obligations. Other conferences etc. should be planned only if there is residual provision in the Budget.

vi) All preparations for holding the conference and other formalities should be completed sufficiently in advance to avoid any last minute hitch and embarrassment.

vii) All administrative arrangements including issuance of invitations should be done after receiving Cabinet Secretary’s approval or as per the powers delegated under this OM.

4. Domestic conferences/ workshops / seminars/ meetings etc:

Proposals involving RS 40 (Forty) lakh or less may be decided by the Ministry/ Department in consultation with their Financial Adviser. proposals involving expenditure above Rs 40 (Forty) lakh for incurring expenditure on holding conferences/ workshops/ seminars/ meetings etc, with participation limited to Indian delegates only may be referred to Department of Expenditure for approval of Secretary (Expenditure). Approval of Secretary of the Ministry/ Department may be Obtained prior to the file being referred to Department of Expenditure.

5. Autonomous Bodies:

i) Conferences held by Autonomous Bodies generally generate revenue from sponsorships and registrations and most of the time either they do not require government support or require in small portions. Administrative Ministries are competent to grant approval for holding the conferences (whether domestic or international) where no funds are required from Government

ii) However, if Government funds are required and the financial assistance required is more than Rs. 40 Lakhs for International as well as Domestic conferences/ workshops ‘seminars/ meetings etc. such cases shall be referred to Department of Expenditure.

6. General Instructions:

While referring the cases of Conferences etc., whether domestic or international, to Department of Expenditure, following may be strictly adhered to:

(i) Holding of Exhibitions/ fairs/ seminars/ conferences/ workshops etc. abroad should be discouraged except for promotion of trade and business and for projection of ‘Brand India’. For this purpose, depending on the nature of event, if more than one Ministry/ Department is involved, a Nodal Ministry/ Department should be identified to take the lead for coordinating and organizing the event.

(ii) All proposals referred to Department of Expenditure on the subject should be sent at least one month in advance of commencement of the event and only through the Financial Adviser concerned While referring the proposals to the Department of Expenditure, it may be ensured that necessary clearances viz. from Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs etc. and approval of competent authority in the Ministry/ Department have been obtained and placed in the file. In the absence of these, the proposals will be returned without processing in the Department of Expenditure

(iii) Sufficient provision in the relevant Budget should be ensured before such proposals are processed in the Ministry/ Department and before referring proposals to Department of Expenditure. The proposal should clearly indicate the budget provision.

(iv) Stipulated timeline for submission of proposals may be adhered to strictly. It may be noted that henceforth, delayed proposals will not be processed unless accompanied by a Delay Report containing reasons for delay, duly approved by the Administrative Secretary.

(v) Holding of conferences/ workshops / seminars/ meetings etc. in Five Star Hotels is banned except in case of bilateral/ multilateral official engagements held at the level Of Minister-in-Charge or Administrative Secretary with foreign Government or international bodies of which India is a Member. Any deviation in this regard should be referred to the Department of Expenditure with adequate justification.

(vi) Ministries/Departments shall not resort to seeking ex post- facto approval on the proposals since they are liable to be rejected. Hence, adequate advance planning and obtention of all requisite approvals/clearances is emphasized

7. Notwithstanding the enhancement in the prescribed expenditure ceiling, all Ministries/ Departments shall ensure utmost economy in public expenditure.

8. This is in supersession of Department of Expenditure’s earlier instructions on tie subject cited above issued vide following OMs NO.:

i) 19(9)/E.Coord/2011 dated 5th March, 2015
ii)19(9)/E.Coord/2012 dated 12th July, 2012
iii)19(9)/E.Coord/2012 dated 13th September, 2011
iv) 7(1)/E.Coord/2010 dated 13th September, 2010
v) 7(1)/E.Coord/2010 dated 31st May, 2010
vi) 7(1)/E.Coord/2002 dated 28th May, 2003

9. These instructions will come into operation with immediate effect.

Sd/- 
(H. Atheli) 
Director 
Tel : 2309 2604 
Source: Ministry of Finance/Department of Expenditure
Source:https://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/Conference_OM_30%20May%202018_0.pdf