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AICPI numbers for Industrial Workerson base 2001=100 for the month of November, 2009

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All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workerson base 2001=100 for the month of November, 2009

All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of November, 2009 increased by 3 points and stood at 168 (one hundred and sixtyeight).

During November, 2009, the index recorded a maximum increase of 10 points in Rajkot centre, 8 points each in Sholapur, Warrangal and Faridabad centres, 6 points each in Quilon, Giridih, Mumbai and Varanasi centres, 5 points in 7 centres, 4 points in 10 centres, 3 points in 18 centres, 2 points in 17 centres and 1 point in 11 centres. The index decreased by 1 point in Ghaziabad centre and 2 points in Vadodara centre, while in the remaining 5 centres the index remained stationary.

The maximum increase of 10 points in Rajkot centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Moong Dal, Groundnut Oil, Milk (Buffalo), Pure Ghee, Onion, Vegetable items, Sugar, Tailoring Charges, etc. The increase of 8 points each in Sholapur, Warrangal and Faridabad centres is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Moong Dal, Fresh Milk, Milk (Buffalo), Onion, Vegetable items, Sugar, Tea Leaf, Tea (Readymade), Electricity Charges, Bus Fare, etc. The increase of 6 points each in Quilon, Giridih, Mumbai and Varanasi centres is due to Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Mustard Oil, Goat Meat, Onion, Vegetable items, Sugar, Tea (Readymade), Electricity Charges, etc. However, the decrease of 1 point in Ghaziabad centre is mainly due to Mustard Oil, Vegetable items, etc. and the decrease of 2 points in Vadodara Centre is due to Wheat, Vegetable items, etc.

The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad

2. Delhi

3. Bangalore

4. Kolkata

5. Chennai

6. Mumbai

The point to point rate of inflation for the month of November, 2009 is 13.51% as compared to 11.49% in October, 2009.

Cabinet approves revision of pay scales of faculty of Autonomous Medical Education Institutions

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The Cabinet has approved enhanced Pay Scales of Faculty of Autonomous Institutions of Medical Education under the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

As for RIMS, Imphal and LGBRIHM, Tezpur these two institutions were taken over by the Ministry in the 2007 from North Eastern Council and are currently affiliated to local universities. Faculty members of these two institutions will be given University Grants Commission (UGC) Pay Scales.

The revised pay scales will be effective from 01.01.2006 and other allowances from 01.09.2008 and pay of existing incumbents will be fixed as per the formula given in the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008.

2420 faculty members will get benefit of these enhanced pay scales. The financial implication for budget is Rs. 91.20 crores annually.

Performance of production units during April - November 2009

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Chittranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) produced 122 electric locomotives against the target of 133 electronic locomotives and Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) produced 174 diesel locomotives against the target of 169 diesel locomotives during April-November 2009. Rail Coach Factory (RCF) produced 1015 coaches against the target of 1015 coaches where as Integral Coach Factory (ICF) produced 865 coaches against the targets of 850 coaches during the same period. Rail Wheel Factory (RWF) produced 128525 wheels and 47072 axles during the same period against the target of 127247 wheels and 41709 axles during April-November 2009.

During the month of November 2009, CLW, DLW, ICF, RCF and RWF have produced 21 electric locomotives, 21 diesel locomotive, 100 coaches, 120 coaches, 15357 wheels and 5807 axles respectively against the target of 22 electric locomotives, 21 diesel locomotive, 100 coaches, 120 coaches, 14211 wheels and 4914 axels.

Railways have realized an amount of Rs. 31.01 crore approximately during the month of November 2009 through ticket checking.

Reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs in autonomous bodiesl institutions etc

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Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, the 23rd December, 2009


Subject:- Reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs in autonomous bodiesl institutions etc

The undersigned is directed to say that instructions were issued vide Ministry of Home Affairs' O.M. No. 39/40/74-SCT (I) dated 30.9.1974 that the autonomous bodiesl institutions, which receive grant-in-aid from the Government of lndia, would make suitable provision in the relevant Statutes or in the Articles of Association of the respective bodies to provide reservation for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in services under their control. After introduction of reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) on 8.9.1993, the autonomous bodies etc. were expected to make provision in this regard also.

It has been brought to the notice of this Department that some of the autonomous bodiesl institutions have not made suitable provision about reservation in their Statutes1 Articles of Association.

2. All the Ministriesl Departments etc. are requested toensure that suitable provisions of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs are made in the Statutes1 Articles of Association of all the autonomous bodiesl institutions under them and such provisions are implemented scrupulously.

Promotion can't be stalled unless criminal charges framed: CAT

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The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has held that the promotion of a government employee cannot be stalled if no charges are framed against him in a criminal case by a court.

"Promotion of an employee cannot be stalled by putting his (petitioner) case in a sealed cover unless, if the employee...is facing a criminal case, charge has been framed by the concerned criminal court," the Tribunal headed by Chairman Justice V K Bali said.

The Tribunal passed the order on a plea by Delhi-resident R P Singh, seeking to quash the order of the state government restraining him from getting the benefit of Assured Career Progression (ACP) scheme to financially upgrade the careers of an employee after an interval of 12 and 24 years respectively.

"Singh was entitled to ACP benefit in 1990 and 2002 respectively. Registration of an FIR years and years after would not authorise the government to put his case under sealed cover," the CAT said while setting aside the order.

The Tribunal held that if Singh, working with the Social Welfare Department, would have been granted the benefit he was entitled to, registration of the case would not have resulted into withdrawing the same.

"The government is directed to make available to the petitioner both first and second financial upgradations under ACP scheme," the Tribunal said, adding that ACP is granted on same parameters on which promotion is granted.

PSE officers flay taxing of perks

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Confederation says retrospective effect is bad in law

The National Confederation of Officers’ Associations, a national forum of executives of public sector enterprises (PSE), has criticised the addition of perks given to employees in the computation of personal income tax, as notified by the Central Board of Direct Taxes recently.

In a press release here on Saturday, Baby Thomas, president of the confederation, said the new rule was given retrospective effect from April 1. This was bad in law.

The notification said an employee living in a city having a population exceeding 25 lakh as enumerated by the 2001 census have to pay 15 per cent of his or her salary as rent recovery if the accommodation was provided by the employer. If it was less than 15 per cent, the difference was treated as perk and added to the employee’s salary for taxation.

“The valuation of perk is based on the salary of the employee and not based on the accommodation provided and the market rent of the accommodation. There is wide variation in the type of accommodation provided by different employers. As such, the principle adopted for valuation of perk is wrong,” Mr. Thomas said.

Many employees are not provided accommodation of the scale for which they were eligible. “The irony is that for these employees who have to be content with an inferior accommodation, the valuation of perk is made as though they are provided the accommodation for which they are eligible,” he said.

The valuation of perk should be based on the locality and the type of accommodation provided and not on the salary alone. In many cases, the rent recovery was even more than the market rent as these houses were old, ill-maintained and located in remote areas. The employees not provided accommodation were expected to pay 10 per cent of the basic pay as rent, in addition to the house rent allowance, to get tax exemption on the latter. For accommodation provided by the employer, the employees had to pay 15 per cent of the salary as rent recovery. The salary included allowances, perks and performance-linked payments. “This is gross discrimination,” Mr. Thomas alleged.

Many employees would now like to vacate the quarters provided and opt of private accommodation and draw the house rent allowance.

He demanded that the Central PSE employees should be treated on a par with Central government employees and the system of licence fee should be followed for rent recovery and valuation of perks.

On the taxation of perks on conveyance reimbursement, he said that even senior executives in Central PSE were not provided cars under the guidelines issued by the government.

Pension regulator hardsells new scheme

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The Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) is taking ing various measures to increase the number of subscribers under its New Pension Scheme (NPS). It is in discussions with the General Insurance Council, various industry bodies and companies to offer the plan to their employees. Under the recent deal between the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and the pension regulator, all new recruits of banks will join the defined contribution system from April 1, 2010. Already 20 nationalised and 12 private sector banks have joined the new system.National Aluminium Co (Nalco) was the first public sector entity to join NPS. While 24 per cent of Nalco employees’ salary will go towards Employees Provident Fund, 6 per cent will be invested in NPS. PFRDA has written to the department of public enterprises to enable all central public sector undertakings (PSUs) to bring their 1.5 million workers into the NPS fold. Sources said BHEL, NTPC and DVC are next in line to join NPS.

Currently, the scheme has 6.7 lakh subscribers, of which close to 3,000 investors are from the unorganised sector. It has Rs 3,500 crore as assets under management from these subscribers, of which the contribution of the unorganised sector is at Rs 5 crore.

The pension regulator may also provide online application facility from next year. “We are trying to make it available on the central record-keeping agency’s website, where investors can log in and make contributions,” said a PFRDA official.

In yet another move, post offices will now be able to sell NPS. Recently the Department of Posts was given recognition as one of the points of presence (PoPs).

PFRDA will soon invite bids from other agencies for record-keeping. Currently, National Securities Depository (NSDL) is the central record-keeping agency and charges Rs 470 per account. Inspite of keeping other charges such as fund management and PoP quite low, the present CRA charges are quite high, a reason why the regulator seeks to bring competition and reduce costs.

SBI Pension Fund, one of the fund managers under NPS posted the highest net asset value (NAV), followed by UTI Retirement Solutions and LIC Pension Fund. PFRDA had asked the pension fund managers to disclose NAVs on a daily basis from December 1 this year. Of the total Rs 3,700 crore corpus under NPS for government employees, SBI PF manages around Rs 1,700 crore. At present, the allocation of funds among the three fund managers is decided by PFRDA.

However, this may change once the PFRDA Bill gets passed in Parliament after which each government employee will have the option of selecting his own pension fund manager.

PFRDA is also launching a small-ticket pension scheme called CRA Lite. The new scheme is mainly aimed at helping self-help groups invest their money in NPS. Under CRA Lite, the minimum annual investment limit would be Rs 2,000, which is lower than the Rs 6,000 per annum for the unorganised sector. The annual record-keeping charges have been brought down to Rs 65-70 for CRA Lite.

It recently introduced a savings account — Tier-II account— where investors can enter and exit at will. The account will be available only to those who have subscribed to Tier-I, which an investor cannot exit till the age of 60.

Eligibility of officers to be considered for promotion by DPC - - Fixing of crucial date of - clarification regarding

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Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi-11001
August 14, 2003


Subject:    Eligibility of officers to be considered for promotion by DPC - - Fixing of crucial date of - clarification regarding.

      The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department's Office Memorandum of even number dated September 17, 1998 on the above-mentioned subject (copy enclosed) and to say that as stated therein, crucial date for determining eligibility of officers for promotion in the case of financial year based vacancy year would fall on 1st January imm

2.       The matter has been examined in consultation with Ministry of Finance. The Department of Expenditure vide UO No. 10/1/2009-IC dated 14.12.2009 (copy enclosed) had issued a clarification regarding manner in which pay of Assistants/PAs would be fixed consequent upon grant of revised pay structure of Grade Pay of Rs.4600 in the pay band PB-2 to them on the basis of OM dated 16.11.2009.

3.       In this context, it is clarified that benefit of stepping up of pay as per Note 10 under Rule 7 of CCS(RP) Rules 2008 would be admissible to senior Assistants/PAs of CSS/CSSS promoted prior to 01.01.2006 and drawing less pay than Assistants/PAs of CSS/CSSS promoted after 01.01.2006.

4. All Ministries/Departments may regulate stepping up cases of Assistants/PAs of CSS/CSSS accordingly.

(K.Suresh Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Rule 21A of Income Tax Rules 1962 - Form 10E

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As per Rule 21A of Income Tax Rules 1962, we can submit Form 10E as we have received pay commission arrears pertaining to the years 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-2009. (January 2006 to August 2008). An example is given below which explains the eligibility for getting relief.


Sl No Details Amount
1. Income chargeable under "Salaries" (including 60% of
6th Pay Commission arrears of Rs 81,508)
Rs 4,51,508
2. Deductions under savings
(Section 80C, 80CCC, 80CCD, 80D etc)
Rs 1,00,000
3. Net Taxable income Rs 3,51,508
4. 10% Tax for below 3,00,000 Rs 14,000
4. 20% Tax for above 3,00,000 Rs 10,302
4. Tax Payable on Sl 3 Rs 24,302
4 (a) Education Cess Rs 729
5. Total Tax Payable Rs 25,031


Sl No Details Amount
1. Income chargeable under "Salaries"
excluding the 60% arrears
Rs 3,70,000
2. Deductions under savings
(Section 80C, 80CCC, 80CCD, 80D etc)
Rs 1,00,000
3. Net Taxable income Rs 2,70,000
4. Tax Payble on Sl 3 Rs 11,000
4(a) Education cess Rs 330
5 Total Tax Payable Rs 11,330
6 Excluding arrear amount for tax calculated as Rs 13,701
6 Tax Payable for previous year (After revising income of
previous year - as per Form 10E)
Rs 6,940
8 Relief eligible Rs 6,761
How to calculate Income Tax 10E / 89(1) Relief

Previous Year(s) Net Taxable income of the relevant previous years Distribution of 60% arrears to the relevant years Total income with arrears during the relevant years (2+3) Tax on total income without latest arrears distributed (tax on 2) Tax on total income with latest arrears distributed (tax on 4) Difference in tax during relevant years on account of arrears (6-5)
2005-06 134080 7565 141645 3476 4248 772
2006-07 122370 31662 154032 2282 5922 3640
2007-08 92250 29595 121845 0 1221 1221
2008-09 215860 12686 228546 6784 8091 1307

Interest on General Provident Fund(GPF) for the year 2009-10

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Interest on General Provident Fund(GPF) for the year 2009-10

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Economic Affairs)

New Delhi, the 15th October, 2009


It is announced for general information that during the year 2009-2010, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall continue to carry interest at the rate of 8% (Eight per cent) per annum. This rate will be in force during the financial year begining on 1.4.2009. The funds concerned are :-

1. The General Provident Fund (Central Services).

2. The Contributory Provident Fund (India).

3. The All India Services Provident Fund.

4. The State Railway Provident Fund.

5. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).

6. The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund.

7. The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.

8. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.

9. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.

10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

2. Ordered that the Resolution be published in Gazette of India.

(Ritesh Kumar Singh)
Deputy Secretary (Budget)


New Guidelines for giving concessions and facilities to women employees in the Government during 2009

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Clarification regarding the file Notings under the Right to Information Act, revised instructions for making the procedure of reporting of ACRs more transparent, successful completion of the 3rd Round of Mandatory Mid-Career Training for IAS Officers and new guidelines for giving concessions and facilities to women employees in the Government marked the main activities of the Department of Personnel & Training under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions during the year 2009.

The major initiatives taken during the year 2009 are as under:

Supply of file notings under Right to Information Act, 2005

The Department has clarified that file noting can be disclosed under Right to Information Act, 2005 except file noting containing information exempt from disclosure under section 8 of the Act.

Revised instructions for making the procedure of reporting ACRs more transparent.

With a view to avoid procedural discrepancies of disclosure of the Performance Appraisal Reports (PAR) to the officer reported upon and to follow the time-schedule of PAR process, as envisaged in the Rules, instructions have been issued that a certificate about disclosure of PAR to the officer reported upon should be enclosed with every PAR while sending the final PAR to this Department for record.

Mandatory Mid-Career Training for IAS Officers

The 3rd round of the Training Programme was successfully completed at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administrative Academy, Mussoorie in June this year. It may be recalled that the Government had introduced in 2007 a mandatory Mid Career Training Programme (MCTP) for IAS officers, in three different phases of 8 weeks duration. Two rounds of all the three phases were completed in the years 2007-2008.

Provision of concessions and facilities to women

New guidelines have been issued for the representation of Women Members on the various Committees/Boards concerned with selection to Group C&D posts in Central Government which make it mandatory to have one woman member in the selection Boards/Committees where lady candidates are expected to be available for service posts and also dissemination of information about vacancies for recruitment, their basic eligibility conditions through schools and colleges in that area, in additional to normal channels.

Orders were also issued by DOPT in July this year exempting women from payment of fees for competitive examinations/ direct recruitment by interview conducted by UPSC/SSC.

As part of 100 days action Plan for increasing representation of women in Central Government jobs, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways as well as Ministry of Urban Development were requested during the year to make provision of transport facilities to working women for major work places.

The Child Adoption Leave has been enhanced from 135 days to 180 days and Paternity Leave to adoptive fathers increased to 15 days.

In view of the utmost importance attached to the enhancement of women’s status in all walks of life and to enable them to lead a normal family life as also to ensure the education and welfare of the children, guidelines were issued to all Ministries and Departments to the effect that when both spouse are in same Central Service or working in same Department and if posts are available, they may mandatorily be posted at the same station. Ministries have been advised to follow these in letter and spirit.

New Pension Scheme for members of All India Service

The Pension of the members of the All India Services appointed on or after 1.1.2004 is regulated by the new Defined Contribution Pension Scheme (known as the New Pension Scheme) notified by the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs on 22-12-2003. Benefit Pension Scheme and of GPF are now not available to the members of the service appointed on or after 1.1.2004.

LTC journey for physically handicapped/disabled Government Servants or their dependent family members.

The Department of Personnel & Training has now allowed LTC journey by own car/ private taxi for physically handicapped/ disabled Government Servants or dependant family members.

All India Conference of Central Administrative Tribunal

An all India conference of Central Administrative Tribunal was held in November this year which was attended by the Chief Justice of India, Shri Justice K.G.Balakrishnan, Dr. M.Veerappa Moily, Minister of Law and Justice, Shri Pritihviraj Chavan, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Dr.Justice Mukundakam Sharma, Judge of the Supreme Court besides the Chairman, Vice Chairmen and Members of all the Benches of the CAT. The in house deliberations held at the conference included the ways for improving the efficiency of various Benches of the Central Administrative Tribunal.

New income-tax rules on perks to replace FBT notified

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The rules “shall be deemed to have come into force on April 1, 2009”

Salaried-class may have to cough up more tax
Holiday/vacation travelling under new norms

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has notified the new rules for valuation of perquisites such as accommodation, conveyance and other benefits provided by employers to the salaried staff for calculation of tax liability.

According to the notification dated December 18, the new rules, called the ‘Income-tax (13th Amendment) Rules, 2009’, “shall be deemed to have come into force on April 1, 2009,” to replace the already abolished Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT).

Hitherto, the tax on perquisites extended to salaried employees was paid by the employer in the form of the FBT. However, with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee scrapping the levy in the Budget 2009-10 owing to the persistent demand of corporates, perks such as residential accommodation, conveyance facility and other benefits provided to employees would henceforth be added to their individual salaries for computation of personal income tax. On final count, a large section of the corporate salaried class may have to cough up more as personal income tax each year. According to the CBDT notification, the perks to be included in the taxable salary of employees — subject to specific clauses and conditions pertaining to valuation norms — include residential accommodation given by the employer, expenses incurred on motor car for official or personal use, salaries of services such as driver, gardener, sweeper, watchman, personal attendant (if paid by the employer) and concessional education provided to their children.

Apart from conventional perks such as accommodation and conveyance, other benefits such as holiday/vacation travelling, free food and non-alcoholic beverages provided by the employer, gift or vouchers received by the employee on ceremonial occasions, reimbursements for club membership and tour allowances would also come under the ambit of the new income tax valuation norms.

Till last fiscal, although the perquisites were added to the salary for computation of income-tax, the tax leviable on them — if specified as FBT — were paid by the employer and not the employee who received the benefits.

With regard to government employees, the new rules appear to be the same as were applicable before, barring the staff on deputation who may have to pay a comparatively higher amount as income-tax.
Source:The Hindu

Pay for perks in last three months

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As you return from your New Year vacation, employers will have a surprise for you. Your salary cheque will look slimmer after the deductions on all your perks for the entire year -- company car, fuel allowance, driver, accommodation, furnishings, concessional fees for kids, company funded travel and the like.

The government had announced in Budget 2009-10 that Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) on perks provided by employers would be abolished but its impact is going to kick in from next month with the Central Board of Direct Taxes issuing a notification on Friday which transfers the tax burden on the employee.

For instance, while a car of upto 1.6 litre engine capacity in the pre-FBT regime would call for Rs 1,200 tax outgo at the hands of an employee, the same is now fixed at Rs 1,800. Anything above this engine capacity would amount to a monthly tax outgo of Rs 2,400. Add Rs 900 as tax on your monthly salary bill if the company has also provided you a chauffeur, said Kuldip Kumar, an executive director with PricewaterhouseCooper.

In case the employer has provided a car to an employee for his personal use, the entire expenses borne by the company on the running of the car and its maintenance would be liable for tax at the hands of the employee.

Accommodation, car, salary of your gardener, assistant at home, watchman, your electricity, water, club, credit card and holiday bills will all be taxed on actual expenses and as per the limit specified in the new notification.

In the FBT regime introduced by then finance minister P Chidambaram in 2005, perks were taxed to employers while fringe benefits enjoyed by employees were tax free.

Now, your club membership will be taxed to you unless it is specified in your work contract that it is for official purpose.

In fact, the CBDT notification should have come just after the Budget to make it easy for employees to spread his tax outflow over the entire fiscal. However, it has come at the fag end of the year when in the remaining three months entire tax will be calculated and deducted at source resulting in lower pay cheque for employees.
Source:The Times of India

Tax deduction HRA received by employee

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Employees generally receive a house rent allowance (HRA) from their employers. This is a part of the salary package, in accordance with the terms and conditions of employment.

HRA is given to meet the cost of a rented house taken by the employee for his stay.

The Income Tax Act allows for deduction in respect of the HRA paid to employees. The exemption on HRA is covered under Section 10(13A) of the Income Tax Act and Rule 2A of the Income Tax Rules. It is to be noted that the entire HRA is not deductible.

HRA is an allowance and is subject to income tax. An employee can claim exemption on his HRA under the Income Tax Act if he stays in a rented house and is in receipt of HRA from his employer.

In order to claim the deduction, an employee must actually pay rent for the house which he occupies . The rented premises must not be owned by him. In case one stays in an own house, nothing is deductible and the entire amount of HRA received is subject to tax.

As long as the rented house is not owned by the assessee, the exemption of HRA will be available up to the limits specified in the relevant rules.

According to the Income Tax Act, the amount of HRA exempt is the least of: The actual amount of allowance received by the assessee in the relevant period during which the rented accommodation is occupied by him.

The amount by which the rent expenditure actually incurred by the assessee exceeds one-tenth of the amount of salary due to the assessee in the relevant period 40 percent of the salary due to the assessee in the relevant period.

To compute the amount salary means basic salary. It also includes dearness allowance if the terms of employment provide for it, and commission based on a fixed percentage of turnover achieved by the employee. The deduction will be available only for the period during which the rented house is occupied by the employee and not for any period after that.

Here is an illustration for the year 2009-10 .

Assume an assessee gets a salary of Rs 5 lakhs as basic salary and Rs 2.5 lakhs as HRA. He pays an actual rent of Rs 1.5 lakhs. In such a case, the amount of HRA exempt would be calculated as:

Actual HRA received - Rs 2.5 lakhs Excess of rent paid over 10 percent of salary i.e., Rs 1.5 lakhs less Rs 50,000 (10 percent of salary) - Rs 1 lakh 40 percent of salary (40 percent of Rs 5 lakhs) - Rs 2 lakhs As out of these Rs 1 lakh is the least, it will be allowable as a deduction from salary for the year. The balance HRA of Rs 1.5 lakhs will be subject to tax.

The deduction is allowable only for the period during which the rented accommodation is taken by the employee.
Source:The Economic Times

Grant of the pay structure of grade pay of Rs.4600 in the pay band PB-2 to Assistants of Central Secretairiat Service.

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Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Personnel & Training

2nd Floor, Loknayak Bhavan, Khan Market
New Delhi, the 21st December, 2009


Subject:- Grant of the pay structure of grade pay of Rs.4600 in the pay band PB-2 to Assistants of Central Secretairiat Service.

A large number of references were received from the service Associations and individual officials of the Central Secretariat Service for upgradation of the grade pay of Assistants in the Central Secretariat. The matter after examination in the Department of Personnel and Training was referred to the Department of Expenditure for their consideration.

2. The undersigned is directed to forward herewith a copy of Department of Expenditure O.M.No.1/1/2008-IC dated 16.11.2009 extending the pay structure of grade pay of Rs.4600 in the pay band PB-2 to Assistants belonging to Central Service with effect from 1.1.2006 for information and compliance of all the Cadre Units of CSS.

A reply is requested by 10.11.2009.

(K. Suresh Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Engagement of retired employees on daily remuneration basis

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Engagement of retired employees on daily remuneration basis - revision of rates




New Delhi,dated 11.12.2009


The General Manager(P)
All Zonal Railways/PUs RE/Allahabad & Metro Rly/Kolkata.

       Subject:Engagement of retired employees on daily remuneration basis - revision of rates

       Ref:No.E(NG)II/97/RC-4/8 dated 03.02.98

       Subject:Grant of House Rent Allowance to Railway employees posted to new zones/new Divisions-Regarding.

The issue of revision of rates of Daily Allowance for engagement of retired employees on daily remuneration basis has been engaging the attention of the Board. It has now been decided by the Ministry of Railways that the following rates of daily allowance will be effective from the date of issue of the sanction. (i) For posts in Grade(Rs.5200-20200) + GP 1800 = Rs. 300 per day.
(ii) For posts in Grade(Rs.5200-20200) + GP 1900/2000/2400 & 2800 = Rs. 320 per day.
(iii) For posts in Grade(Rs.9300-34800) + GP 4200 = Rs. 550 per day.
(iv) For posts in Grade(Rs.9300-34800) + GP 4600 = Rs. 565 per day.
(It should, however, be ensured that in each and every case of engagement of retired employees, the daily allowance + full pension should not exceed the last pay drawn)

2.The maximum age limit of 62 years is not to be exceeded during the period of engagement.

3. Other terms and conditions as stipulated vide Board's letter under reference would continue to be the same.

4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board).

Please acknowledge receipt
(Hindi version will be follow)

(Harsha Dass)
Joint Director Estt.(N)II
Railway Board

Reimbursement of expenditure for treatment of liver transport for BSNL employees

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Reimbursement of expenditure for treatment of liver transport

(A Govt.of Inida Enterprise)

Admn.I Section
Corporate Office
Bharat Sanchar Bhawan
New Delhi


Dated 1st. December,2009.


Subject:- Reimbursement of expenditure for treatment of liver transport incurred on live transplant was under consideration for some time. The Competent Authority has approved the limit of reimbursement for the treatment involving the liver transplant upto Rs.10 lakhs. The pending cases may be settled after adjusting provisional amounts sanctioned.

Assistant General Manager (Admn.I)

Railway examination in a particular category to be held on same date throughout the country

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In order to make the recruitment process more transparent and fair, it has been decided to hold the examination for a particular category on the same date simultaneously by all the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs). A nodal RRB has been nominated for each category. The nodal Railway Recruitment Board will issue Centralized Employment Notice on behalf of all concerned RRBs alongwith other details. Individual RRB will also issue indicative Employment Notice(s). The candidates can submit the application to any RRB but will be able to appear in the examination only at one place.

A well laid down system/procedure is already in existence for conducing recruitment to various posts in Indian Railways. Whenever any case of irregularity or complaint is received, the matter is duly investigated and based on the investigation, deterrent/preventive action is taken.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways, Shri E. Ahamed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

Grant of House Rent Allowance to Railway employees

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Grant of House Rent Allowance to Railway employees




RBE No.218
New Delhi,dated 10.12.2009

The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways and Production Units.

       Subject:Grant of House Rent Allowance to Railway employees posted to new zones/new Divisions - Regarding.

       Subject:Grant of House Rent Allowance to Railway employees posted to new zones/new Divisions - Regarding.


Attention is invited to the instructions contained in Board's letters of even unmber dated 9.3.2004, 9.8.2006, 12.12.2007 and 24.10.2008 on the above subject. As per letter dt.24.10.2008 only railway staff posted to East-Cental Railway were allowed house rent allowance at the rates admissible at their last place of posting upto 31.8.2009.

2. The matter has been considered by the Board subsequent to issue of letter No.E(G)2008 QR1-1 dated 22.5.2009 and it has been decided that railway employees posted to all new zones/divisions, in a uniform manner, may be allowed house rent allowance upto 31.8.2009 on the same terms and conditions laid down in the letter dated 09.03.2004 ibid and as amended/ clarified from to time.

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

(Salim Md.Ahmed)
Deputy Director, Estt.(P&A)III
Railway Board.

Pensioners demand CGHS cover

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The All India Central Government Pensioner’ Association has urged the Union Government to bring more cities across the country under the Central Government Health Services (CGHS).

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, association president W.S. Bhoume and secretary P.A. Karnikar said that CGHS was restricted to 22 cities across the country and those outside the purview of the CGHS had to pay hefty amounts to get medical treatment.

Mr. Karnikar said that the Union Government pensioners, who were not covered under the scheme, were getting a meagre medical allowance of Rs. 100 per month.

“Our main demand is medical reimbursement. It is usually the pensioners who require more medical attention and the Union Government pensioners do not get medical reimbursement. We want the medical allowance to be increased at least to Rs. 1,000 per month in cities which were not covered under CGHS,” he said.

He said that the association was against the introduction of any insurance-linked medical scheme for pensioners. “We want medical bills of pensioners residing in remote areas to be reimbursed,” he said.

Mr. Karnikar said that the association wanted the Government to give additional pension to pensioners after they crossed the age of 65 instead of giving additional pension after the pensioners completed 80.

He said that the maximum casualty occurred in the 65-80 age group and it was during this time that the pensioners required additional funds for medical emergencies.


He said that the two-day 62nd all-India conference of the association would be held in Dharwad from Saturday in association with the Railway Pensioners’ Association of Hubli-Dharwad, where problems of pensioners would be discussed and the next course of action decided.

S.K.Vaidya, president of the Dharwad unit of the association and co-chairman of the organising committee of the conference, said that 220 pensioners from across the country would participate in the conference.

Chairman of the organising committee V.G. Kulkarni and ex-officio chairman P.B. Sattur spoke.

They said that deliberations would be held on several issues concerning the pensioners during the conference.
Source:The Hindu

Review of Scheme for Compassionate Appointment in the light of the 6th Pay Commission recommendations

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Review of Scheme for Compassionate Appointment in the light of the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

F.No 14014/2/2009-Estt(D)


Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated the 11th December, 2009


Subject:- Review of Scheme for Compassionate Appointment in the light of the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

The modification of the existing Scheme for Compassionate Appointment has been considered in the light of the recommendation of the 6th CPC as contained in para 2.2.9 and 2.2.10 of its Report. Accordingly, in partial modification of the Scheme for Compassionate Appointment issued by this Department vide O.M.No.14014/6/94- Estt.(D) dated gth October, 1998, as amended from time to time, it has been decided in consultation with the Department of Expenditure that for appointment on compassionate arounds, in exceptional circumstat6es Government may consider- recruiting persons not immediatelv meeting the minimum educational standards. Government may engage them as trainees who will be given the regular pay bands and grade pay only on acquiring the minimum qualification prescribed under the recruitment rules. The emoluments of these trainees, during the period of their training and before they are absorbed in the Government as employees, will be governed by the minimum of the - IS pay band of Rs. 4440-7440 without any grade pay. In addition, they will be granted all applicable Allowances, like Dearness Allowances, House Rent Allowance and Transport Allowance at the admissible rates. The same shall be calculated on the minimum of - IS pay band without any grade pay. The period spent in the -IS pay band by the future recruits will not be counted as service for any purpose as their regular service will start only after they are placed in the pay band PB-1 of Rs.5200- 20200 along with grade pay of Rs.1800.

2. The above decision may be brought to the notice of all concerned for information, guidance and necessary action.

3. Hindi version will follow.

(Alok Ranjan)

Amendment order for Nursing and Paramedical Staff as per CCS(Revised Pay) Rules,2008

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Ministry of Finance

(Department of Expenditure)

NewDelhi, the 21st October,2009.

G.S.R. 773(E). -- In exercise of the powers conferred by the provio to Article 309 of the Constitution, the following Corrigneda to Central Services (Revised Pay) Rules,2008 is hereby issued :-

A new entry below Sl.No.7 to be numbered as Sl.No.8 under Part XII of the Table under Section II, Part B of the First Schedule to the CCS(Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, which relates to Nursing and Paramedical Staff, shall be inserted as given below:-

Post Present
Pay Scale*
Pay Band - Grade Pay*
Para No.of the
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8. Speech Therapist@ 4500-7000 6500-10500 PB-2 4200 3.6.19
@This is applicable to only those posts of Speech Therapists in Central Government Hospitals for which the essentail educational for direct recriuts as per recruitment rules are (i) Degree or Diploma in Speech Pathology from a recognized University or equivalent, and (ii) two years experience as Speech Therapist in a Speech Therapy Centre.

Bank Employees to go on strike on December 16

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Bank employees are planning to go on strike on December 16 during the Parliament Session against banking sector reforms such as privatisation of public sector banks (PSBs) and closure and merger of associate banks/other PSBs with State Bank of India. All India Bank Employees Association and the All India Bank Officers Association, which called for the strike, said bank employees and officers in public sector banks, private banks and foreign banks will observe an all-India strike on December 16.

“The strike has been called to stop the banking sector reforms such as privatisation of PSBs and the amendments in Banking Regulations Act to allow full voting rights to foreign investors in the banking sector.
Source:Business Standard

Revised pay scale of Master Craftsman (Sr.Technician) in the Railways

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RBE No.205 / 2009
dated 25.11.2009


The General Managers/CAO(R),
All Indian Railways and Production Units.
(As per Mailing lists)

       Subject: Railway Services(Revised Pay) Rules,2008- Schedules for Revised Scales of Pay.


Reference Note 6 of Borad's letter No.PC-VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 dated 31.10.2008 (S.No.PC-VI/41 & RBE No.162/2008), advising that the recommendations of 6th CPC regarding revised pay scale of Master Craftsman (Sr.Technician) in the Railways is to be referred to Fast Track Committee and pending decision of the Government normal replacement pay structure (viz PB-2,Grade Pay Rs.4200) would apply. Thus above category/existing Master Craftsmen (Senior Technician) would continue to be separate from that of Jr.Engineers in identical revised pay structure, asper the position already existing.

2. Consequent upon acceptance of the recommendation of the Fast Track Committee by the Government the President is pleased to decide that the above Note 6 may be read as follows:- The category of Sr.Technician in the present (pre-revised) scale of Rs.5000-8000 placed in Revised Pay Structure Pay Band PB-2 Grade Pay Rs.4200 would continue to be operated as part of Artisan Cadre as per prescribed % age distribution separate from that of Jr.Engineers in the revised pay structure PB-2 GP Rs.4200." This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

(Koshy Thomas)
Joint Director, Pay Commission-II
Railway Board.

Cashew Export Council staff's plea

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All India Export Promotion Council Employees Federation has sought the intervention of the Union Commerce Minister in getting the benefits of 6th Pay Commission recommendations to the employees of Cashew Export Promotion Council of India in the State. Mr D.J. Moulick, General Secretary of the Federation, said in a statement that majority of the Export Promotion Councils under the Commerce Ministry had already implemented the 6th Pay Commission and some of them had even made the arrears of payments. However, the employees of Cashew Export Promotion Council in Kochi and Kollam are not getting it. Source:Business Line


Federation of Indian Export Organisations(FIEO)- Apex body of all Export Promotion Councils/Commodity Boards/Export Development Authorities(Export Promotion Organisations) in India

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority
Apparel Export Promotion Council
Basic Chemicals Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetic Export Promotion Council
Carpet Export Promotion Council
Cashew Export Promotion Council of India
Chemicals and Allied Products Export Promotion Council
Coffee Board
Coir Board
Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council
Council for Leather Exports
Engineering Export Promotion Council
Export Promotion Council for EOUs and SEZ Units
Electronics & Computer Software Export Promotion Council
Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts
Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council
Handloom Export Promotion Council
Indian Silk Export Promotion Council
Indian Oilseeds & Produce Exporters Association EPC (IOPEA)
Jute Manufacturers Development Council
Marine Products Export Development Authority
Project Exports Promotion Council of India
The Plastics Export Promotion Council
Powerloom Dev. and Export Promotion Council
Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council
Rubber Board
Service Export Promotion Council
Shellac Export Promotion Council
Spices Board
Sports Goods Export Promotion Council
Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council
Tea Board
Tobacco Board
Wool and Woollen Export Promotion Council
Wool Industry Export Promotion Council


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Facilities for Disabled

As per the countrywide sample survey conducted by National Sample Survey Organisation in 1991, there were 14.56 million disabled persons in India suffering from visual, speech, hearing and locomotor disabilities. In order to bring these persons into the main stream of development and enable them to make a decent living and contribute to national life, a number of measures have been initiated in various fields. This brochure describes the facilities available in the fields of education and employment.

Who are the disabled ?

Disabled persons include the blind, the deaf, the orthopaedically handicapped, the negative lepers and the mild mentally retarded persons. (for more specific definitions, please see Appendix ‘A’).

Organisations providing facilities to the Disabled

The problem of rehabilitating the disabled is tackled at various levels – by the Central Government, State Governments, and by Voluntary Organisations. In the Central Government, the Ministry of welfare plays a major role in framing policies and programmes for the handicapped. All State Governments and Union territories in India have established Social Welfare of the handicapped. The Voluntary Sector also plays a very important role in providing welfare and rehabilitation services for the Disabled.

Educational Facilities

While the disabled children may attend the regular schools there are also special schools for the disabled children. Most of these special schools are located in Urban areas. Voluntary Organisations are taking major initiative in opening special schools in the country. The Ministry of Welfare provides financial assistance to these organisations to establish special schools. A few special schools offer vocational training in trades like tailoring, carpentry, book binding etc. There are four national institutes in the area of visual, hearing, mental and locomotor disability which organise regular programmes for the training of teachers for the training of teachers for the handicapped. The Scheme has been transferred to the Department of Education since 1982.

Under the Integrated Education Scheme for Disabled operated by the Department of Education, handicapped children are sought to be integrated in the normal school system. Hundred per cent assistance is provided to states and UTs for education of the children suffering from certain mild handicap in common schools with the help of necessary aids, incentives and specially trained teachers.

The following types of disabled children are covered under this Scheme:

(1) Children with locomotor handicaps ( Orthopedic Handicapped )

(2) Mildly and moderately hearing impaired.

(3) Partially sighted Children.

(4) Mentally handicapped – educable group ( with IQ 50 – 70 ).

(5) Children with multiple handicaps ( Blind and Orthopedic ) hearing impaired and orthopaedic, educable mentally retarded and orthopaedic, visual impaired and mild hearing handicapped.

(6) Children with learning disabilities.

The Scheme provides the following facilities:-

(1) The Handicapped Children are provided certain allowances as indicated below:-

(a) Books and stationery allowances of Rs. 400 per annum.

(b) Actual expenses on uniform upto Rs. 200 per annum.

(c) Transport allowances of Rs. 50 per month.

(d) Reader allowance of Rs. 50 per month in case of blind children after Class V.

(e) Escort allowance for severely handicapped children with lower extremely disabilities @ 75 per month.

(f) Actual cost of equipment subject to a maximum of Rs. 2000 per student for a period of five years.

(2) The severely orthopaedically handicapped children to bring one attendant is allowed for 10 children to bring one attendant is allowed for 10 children in a school. The attendant is given the standard scale of pay prescribed for Group ‘D’ employees in the States/U.T. concerned.

(3) Disabled Children residing in school hostel within the same institution where they are studying may also be paid boarding and lodging charges as admissible under the State Govt.Rules/Schemes. where there is no state of Scheme of Scholarship to hostlers the disabled children, income of whose parents does not exceed Rs. 5000 per month may be paid actual boarding and lodging charges subject to a maximum of Rs. 200 p.m.

(4) Severely orthopaedically handicapped children residing in school hostels may need the assistance of a helper or ayah. A special pay of Rs. 50 p.m. is admissible to any employee of the hostel willing to extend such help to Children in addition to his/ her duties.

(5) In a school in rural areas where at least 10 handicapped children are enrolled, capital cost for purchase of school rickshaw for free use of these children and expenses for Rickshaw Puller @ Rs. 300 p.m. will be provided under the scheme. In such cases, no transport allowances will be payable to the Students.


Junior and post-Doctoral fellowships are awarded by the U. G. C. A Post-Doctoral fellowships is of Rs. 2100 per month While Junior Fellowship is Rs. 1800 per month. The duration of a Post-Doctoral (Fellowship (P.D.F.) is two years and that of a Junior Fellowship (J.R.F.) is four years. In the third years of the ( J.R.F.) the scholar jis entitled to Rs. 2100 per month on the basis of his work done in the first two years. In addition to the monthly payment an annual contingent grant of Rs.4000 or Rs. 300 is paid to Post- Doctoral or Junior Fellow respectively .

In the case of blind scholars, U.G.C. Provides a special grant to cover the appointment of a reader. The University Grant Commission has reserved 1% of the fellowships allocated to the universities or atleast one award per year to the handicapped persons.

Facilities in Employment

Several facilities have been provided to handicapped persons in the field of employment by Central as well as state Governments so that these people may become independent. Some of them are as follows:

1.Ministry of Welfare has made an in-depth study of various jobs done in Government Offices and Public Sector Undertakings. The study has identified about 1100 jobs suitable for handicapped persons. Physical requirements needed have also been identified. A number of jobs under Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ are there that can be done by handicapped persons. There are instructions by the Govt. that in these jobs disabled persons should be given preference. The list of identified jobs is available in the Publication “Brochure on reservations and Concessions for Physically Handicapped in Central Government Services” brought out by Ministry of personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions. Department of Personnel and Training.

2. The Govt. of India has reserved 3% of Vacancies in Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts in the Central Government Services against ‘identified jobs’ one per cent each of the blind, the Deaf and the Orthopaedically handicapped. Some public Sector Under takings such as Banks. Railways also follow this Most of the States have also 3% reservation while other States have their own reservation policies.

3.Upper age is relaxable upto 10 years for appointment to Clerical and Subordinate Cadre posts.

4. Physically Handicapped persons who are otherwise qualified to hold Clerical posts and who are certified as being unable to type have been exempted from typing qualifications.

5.In the Case of holders of Group ‘C’ Group ‘D’ posts who have been recruited on basis and who are handicapped may be given postings as far as possible near their native places within the region. Requests from physically handicapped employees for transfer to or near their native places may also be given preference.

6. In Banks relaxation in minimum educational qualification has also been provided , for Clerical cadre the minimum educational requirement for physically handicapped person is IInd Division in Matric or IIIrd Division in Higher Secondary Examinations.

7. University Grants Commission has instructed Universities with regard to recruitment of the physically handicapped – when qualified blind persons are available for appointment of teaching posts in the University / Colleges. They should not be ignored because of their handicap.

They should be employed for tutorial work in certain subjects.

These persons should be given preference for appointment in the teaching music.

Self Employment

Government of India has introduced several other schemes to promote employment/self-employment among disabled population – Government provides assistance to Voluntary Organisation for training and Sheltered workshops. Banks Provide loans at low interest rates to promote Self-employment. Certain Categories of handicapped are allotted public telephone booths and other types of shops such as tea stalls.

The Ministry of Petroleum, Chemicals and Fertilizers provides reservation in dealership/distributorship in the agencies of public Sector Oil Companies. This relaxation is as follows:

(i) Physically handicapped . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ½ %

(ii) Defence personnel who are permanently or severely disabled due to war or while on duty 7½ %

Other Facilities

The handicapped persons under Govt. Services are provided conveyance allowance as per rules.

Institution that are importing equipment and apparatus for education and training of the handicapped are exempted from Custom duty including the braille wrist watches.

Residential houses are allotted to the handicapped persons who are in Govt. service on a priority basis. The Delhi Development Authority has reserved 5% of shops, 10% residential plots and 1% flats in each housing scheme for the disabled persons.

Concessional tickets are available to these persons for travelling by rail or by Air. Persons having their own vehicles are exempted from paying road tax and petrol is provided on Concessional rates.

Ministry of Welfare provides assistance to disabled persons for purchase and fitting of aids and appliances for their physical rehabilitation in order to increase their capacity to participate in economic activities.

Some Specialized Institutes working for Rehabilitation of Handicapped

The Central Government has established four national institutions-----

(i) The National Institute for Visually Handicapped, Rajpur Road, Dehradun.

(ii) The National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped, B.T. Road, Bonhoolgy, Calcutta.

(iii) The National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped Manovikas Nagar, Benrempaly, Secunderabad, A.P.

(iv) The National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, K.C. Marg, Bandra, Bombay.

These Institutes are responsible for manpower development, growth of Suitable service models, research, development of educational and vocational aids at low cost to help the disabled. They also serve as premier information and documentation centers in their respective areas of disability. They also operate their evaluation and training Center for Adult Blind at Dehradun offers training in a wide range of crafts such as Radio Egg. Light Egg. Chair Canning, Weaving, Soap making etc. Some of these Institutes also have sheltered workshops where employment can be provided to a limited number of Handicapped persons.

Besides, there are several other national bodies that are looking after the training and service programmes for the handicapped. Some of these are – All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bombay; All India Institute of Rehabilitation and Artificial Limbs, Madras; The National Institute for Physically and Orthotic Training, Bhubaneswar, etc. There are several Rehabilitation Service Centers also engaged in research activities. Some important Centers are-

(i) All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

(ii) Sawai Man Singh Hospital, jaipur.

(iii) Medical College, Trivandrum.

(iv) Regional Artifical Limb Centre, Lucknow.

(v) St. Martha’s Hospital, Bangalore.

(vi) National Institute for Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore.

(vii) Nair Hospital, Bombay.

(viii) P.G. Hospital, Calcutta.

(ix) Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporation, Kanpur.

District Rehabilitation Centres

In order to serve disabled in rural areas, Govt. has set up District Rehabilitation Centres. Under the Scheme each Village Consisting of 1000 people has been assigned a village rehabilitation worker to identify the needs of disabled persons. For a cluster of 20 to 30 villages a primary Rehabilitation Assistant is being appointed and a block consisting of about 1,50,000 people a primary Health Centre works to assist handicapped in getting Vocational training, appropriate education and employment. It also helps the disabled to get aids and appliances. In this hierarchy, there is a District Rehabilitation Centre over a population ranging from 1 to 1.5 million. The Regional Training Centres in the State or region serve as the Referral Centres from the DRC. These Centres provide advanced physical restoration, Vocational Counseling and professional manpower training Services. Presently DRCs are functioning at Bhiwani (Haryana), Bilaspur (M.P.), Changalpath (T.N.), Jagdishpur (U.P.), Kharakpur (West Bengal), Kota (Rajasthan), Mysore (Karnataka), Sitapur (U.P), Vijayawada (A.P), Virar ( Maharashtra) , Bhubaneshwar ( Orissa).

Vocational Rehabilitation Centres

Seventeen VRCs for the Handicapped are functioning at Ludhiana, Delhi, Kanpur, Calcutta, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Baroda, Ahmedabad, Madras, Bombay, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Bhubaneshwar, Guwaahati, Agartala and patana (List Appendix B). The main purpose of these Centres is to assess the residual Capacity of the physically handicapped and recommendoccupations suited to them. VRCs also arrange for their training in industries as apprentices and in other training institutions. These Centres also provide placement services. The five categories of Handicapped persons – the Deaf, the Blind, Orthopaedically Handicapped, Mildly retarded and Negative Leprosy persons may avail the services provided by VRCs. Some training Workshops on trades such as Radio Assembly, Metal, Commercial, Carpentry, Tailoring are also functioning at VRCs to provide training and evaluate skills possessed by an individual. The individuals get a stipend of Rs. 100 during evaluation period of month. No fees is taken from the candidates for evaluation and other services provided by these Centres. Assistance is also available for procuring financial aid for purchase of Artificial limbs and other aids. Centres also provide help in setting own ventures in terms of arranging finances, allotment of shops, telephone booths etc. 17 Vocational Rehabilitation Centres are functioning under DGE&T, Ministry of Labour. The rehabilitation services have been extended to the handicapped living in rural areas. This is done through Mobile camps and 11 Rural Rehabilitation Extension Centres (RRECs) set up in 11 Blocks under 5 VRCs situated at Bombay, Calcutta, Kanpur, Ludhiana and Madras.

The Voluntary Organisations

A large number of Voluntary organisations has sprung-up in recent years for the Cause of handicapped persons. As per the Directory published by the Instt. for the Physically Handicapped, New Delhi. There are about 8000 such institutions. About 80 per cent of these organisations are located in Andra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi. A large majority of the Organisations are in the big cities.


Special Employment Exchanges have been established in some State Capitals and special Capitals and Special cells in other employment exchanges. These exchanges exclusively register physically handicapped persons seeking jobs. They also arrange for their placement both in public and private sector. The number of special Employment Exchanges in India is 23 while the number of special cells in ordinary exchanges is 55.



(1) The Blind –

Suffering from either of the following:

A. Total absence of sight.

B. Visual acquity not exceeding 6/60 or 20/200 (snellen) in the better eye with correcting lenses.

C. Limitation of the field of vision substanding an angle of 20 degree or worse.

(2) The Deaf-

The deaf are those in whom the sense of hearing is nonfunctional for ordinary purposes of life. They do not hear / understand sounds at all events with complified speech . The cases included in this category will be those having hearing loss more than 90 decibles in the better ear (profound impairment) or total loss of hearing in both the ears.

(3)The Orthopaedically Handicapped-

The OH are those who have a physical defect or deformity which causes interference with normal functioning of bones, muscles and joints.

(4)The Negative Lepers:

Cured and non-infunctions leprosy Patients.

(5) The Mild Mentally Retarded-

Those having an I.Q. varying from 51 to 70 can develop social and communication, Skills, can learn academic skills approximately upto 6th grade level, can achieve social and vocational skills adequate to minimum self support , needs assistance under usual social or economic stress.



S. No. Name and Address of VRC

1. VRC for Handicapped, ITI, Kuber Nagar, Ahmedabad – 382 340.

2. VRC for Handicapped, Sicon, C.T.I. Campus, Bombay-400 002.

3. VRC for Handicapped, 38, B.R. Lane, Beliaghata, Calcutta- 700 010.

4. VRC for Handicapped, 22/1, Hasur Road, Banglore-560029

5. VRC for Handicapped, I.T.I., Pusa, New Delhi-110012.

6. VRC for Handicapped, 4-SA 23, Jawahar Nagar, Jaipur-302 004.

7. VRC for Handicapped, A.T.I. Campus, Vidya Nagar, Hyder-abad- 500768.

8. VRC for Handicapped , Napier Town, Jabalpur –482001.

9. VRC for Handicapped, C.T.I., Gobind Nagar, Kanpur-22.

10. VRC for Handicapped, ATI, Gill Road, Ludhiana-141003.

11. VRC for Handicapped, C.T.I., Guindy, Madras-600039.

12. VRC for Handicapped, Rehbari, Guwahati-781008,Assam.

13. VRC for Handicapped, Nalachira, Trivandrum-15.

14. VRC for Handicapped, SIRC Campus, Unit VIII, Bhubanes-war-12.

15. VRC for Handicapped, Mahadev Industrial Estate Bahucha- Raji Road, karejibaug, Baroda-390018.

16. VRC for Handicapped, C/O Director Employment and Manp power Planning, Agartala.

17. VRC for Handicapped, Plot No. 1 (A-84) Gandhi Vihar Patna (Bihar).



1. The Regional Employment Officer. Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, Azamabad, Hyderabad-500020.

2. The Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange for physically Handicapped, Barrack No. 1/ E-5, Block No.1/E-5, Block A, Curzon Road, New Delhi.

3. The Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange For Physically Handicapped, No. 5, Crescent Road, High Grounds, West Bangalore – 560020.

4.The Special Employment Officer,Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, Merchanitile Chambers, 3rd Floor,Graham Road, Ballard Estate, Bombay-400001.

5. The Sub-Regional Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, Block No. 2, Gill Road, Ludhiana, Punjab.

6. The Assistant Director, Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, 33, Mount Road, Nandanam, Madras-600035.

7. The Special Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, Behala Industrial Estate, 620,D.H. Road, Calcutta-700034.

8. The Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, G. T. Road, Kanpur-208002.

9. The Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange for physically Handicapped, Nadavanam Road, Palayam, Trivandrum, Kerala.

10. The Employment officer, Special Employment Exchange for physically Handicapped, 965, Wright Town, Jabalpur-482001.

11. The Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, Combined Labour Building,Bailey Road, Patna-800001.

12. The Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, 1282, Sector 13-C, Chandigarh-160018.

13. The Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, Dte. of Employment and Training (H.P.), Stock Palace, Simla- 171002.

14. The Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, Jaipur-302001 (Rajasthan).

15. The Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, Dte. of Employment, Flat No. 367, Sahid Nagar, Bhubaneshwar-751007 (Orissa)

16. The Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, Guwahati, Assam.

17. The Employment Officer, Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, Agartala, Tripura.

18. The Sub-Regional Employment Officer for Physically Hand- Capped, Kotli Building, Baroda (Gujarat).

19. The Sub-Regional Employment Officer for Physically Handi- capped, Multistorey Building,Nanpura, Surat, Gujarat.

20. The Sub-Regional Employment Officer for Physically Handi-Capped, Kopasiwala Bungalow,Junction Plot Rajkot, Gujarat.

21. The Special Employment Officer,

Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, Salajose Cross Road, Opp. S.V.College, Ahmedabad-380001.

22. The Director.

Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped, Manipur, Imphal.

Complete details are given of National Anomaly Committee Meeting and discussions in Confederation Website

with 61 comments

The first National Anomaly Committee meeting was held on 12th December 2009 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Per.).

The staff side explained the Agenda items. The Chairman assured that the staff side greivience would be settled.

Next National committee of JCM would meet on 16/01/2010

One of the National Council Member and Secretary General of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers has writtern in his website the complete detail of Discussion and Decisions. We reproduced the complete text as given below:

The first meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held on 12th December, 2009. Secretary (Personnel) chaired the meeting. On behalf of the Confederation, Com. S.K. Vyas, President and Com. K.K.N. Kutty Secretary General attended and participated in the discussion. In the opening remark, Com. Umraomal Purohit drew the attention of the Chairman of the non-functioning of the Departmental Councils in various departments and the consequent non setting up of Departmental Anomaly Committees. He also raised the issue of the order of the DOPT defining the term Anomaly, which was at variance with the one given in 1997. He recalled the discussion he had with the official side in the matter when it was agreed that the definition of the term would be the same as was in the order of 1997. Responding to the remarks made by the Staff Side Secretary, the Chairman said that his office would take steps to ensure the functioning of the JCM at all levels and informed the meeting that the National Council of the JCM would meet on 16th January, 2009 and the notice therefore has already been issued. On the question of anomaly, it was informed by the Chairman, that all efforts would be taken to address all questions of anomaly and resolve them. The official side clarified that all questions of disparity in relativities would also be addressed except on those on which the 6th CPC has gone into and taken decision enumerating reasons. The Chairman asked the staff Side to bring to the notice of the DOPT/DOE of all those items which stand rejected by the concerned Departmental Anomaly Committees taking shelter under the extant definition.

We now reproduce the items which were discussed and the decisions arrived on each of them.

The item Nos. 1 to 4 and 5(iii)(iv) and 7 were grouped together and discussed as they were identical in content. For the sake of convenience, we reproduce item No. 3 which covers all the above mentioned items.

Fixation of Pay in Revised Pay Scale

The VI CPC in para 2.2.19 (vii) has indicated that where prerevised pay scales have been merged it has been done by extending the existing minimum prescribed for the highest pay scale with which the other scales are being merged. Accordingly it has also been stipulated in 7(1) (A) of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 that if the minimum of the Revised Pay Band / Pay Scale is more that what is determined by multiplying the existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 by a factor of 1.86 and rounding of the resultant figure to the next multiple of 10, the pay shall be fixed at the minimum of the revised Pay Band / Pay Scale. Note 2B below Rule 7, ibid and illustration 4B given in the Explanatory Memorandum to the Revised Pay Rule apply to cases of merger of Pay Scales. Note 2 B states that pay in the revised Pay Bands will be fixed in the manner prescribed in accordance with Clause (A) (i) And clause (A) (ii) of Rule 7. In illustration 4B a case of an employee in the pre revised pay scale Rs.5000-8000 drawing Rs.5600 as on 1.1.2006 in the pay scale of 6500-10500 has been indicated with which the pay scale of Rs.5000-8000 stands merged.

Taking these into account the pay in the Pay Band in the case of all employees in the Pay Scales of Rs.5000-8000 and Rs.5500-9000 has to be fixed at Rs. 6500 multiplied by 1.86 i.e. Rs.12090. The fixation tables for pay scales 5000-8000 and 5500-9000may therefore be modified fixing the pay in the pay band at Rs.12090 wherever it is less than that amount.

Illustration 4B in the explanatory memorandum to the Revised Pay Rules 2008 may be modified as under:-

Existing Scale of Pay - 5000-8000
Pay Band PB-2 - 9300-34800
Merged with Pay Scale - 6500-10500
Existing Basic Pay as on 1.1.06 Rs.5600

Pay in the PB-2 Rs.5600 X 1.86 = 10420 As per Clause (A) (i) of Rule 7(i) of Revised Pay rules 2008
Pay in the PB-2 Rs.6500- X 1.86 = 12090 As per Clause (A) (ii) of Rule 7 (i) of Revised Pay Rules 2008
Grade Pay Rs.4200
Revised Basic Pay Rs.16290

The Staff Side pointed out that what has been recommended by the 6th CPC in Para 2.2.19(vii_ in respect of fixation of minimum pay in the Pay band for merged pay scales had not been taken into account while computing the pay band and the table. After some discussion, the official side stated to have a re-look into the matter. Item No. 5(i)
On Revised Pay Rules. 2008

It has been mentioned under sub rule 4 thereof that the option once exercised shall be final and should be exercised within three months from the date of notification of the rule vide Sub rule I thereof. Since it is very difficult to comprehend and assess the implication of such option, we propose that the first option exercised within three months may not be treated as final and the employees be permitted to revise the option within six month of the date of exercising the first option.

The official side has agreed to allow another option. The Side Side also pointed out during the discussion that the option exercised by the officials under F.R. 22(I)(A(1) on promotion has been restricted to only first promotion, which appears to be unreasonable. The official side has agreed to examine whether the above option can be allowed to cover all promotions.

Item No. 5(ii)
(ii). Special allowance and qualification pay which are taken for fixation purposes on promotion should be doubled with effect from 1.1.2006 and not from 1.9.2008 as it cannot be construed to be an allowance. If this is not done, senior employees will suffer loss in emoluments, in case of persons who are promoted during the period between 1.1.2006 and 1.9.2008.
It was pointed out that the item relating to 5th CPC is still pending at the Standing Committee. The Official Side stated that the item would be covered when a decision is taken on the item relating to 5th CPC.

Item No. 5(vi)
(vi) Rule 9. Date of next increment
It is seen after going through the stipulation in the above rules that a person whose increment falls on 1.1.2006 will get the increment on 1.1.2006 in the pre revised pay scale and will get the next increment in the revised pay structure on 1.7.2006 i.e. on expiry of six months. Similarly those, whose next increment is between 1st July, 2006 and 1st December, 2006 would also be granted next increment in the revised pay structure on 1.7.2006. On the other hand, the persons whose increment dates are between 1st Feb. 2006 and 1st June 2006 have to wait for more than 12 months to get the next increment on 1.7.2006. This is quite anomalous. In the case of those who retire during the period between 1st Feb. and 30th June, they will suffer a loss of one increment perpetually thus affecting their pension. It is, therefore proposed that the persons whose increment falls between 1st February and 1st June, 2006 may be given one increment on 1.1.2006 as a one time measure.

The official side agreed to issue orders to cover those in service between 1.1.2006 and 1.7.2006 as a one time measure. The Staff Side however, pointed out that they have made the suggestion for a one time measure on the specific understanding that Rule 9 of the Revised Pay Rules 2008 has no applicable in the fixation of increment date in future as in those cases, the Fundamental Rules will have the application. The Official side was of the opinion that the Revised Pay Rules will override the provisions of the Fundamental Rules. The Staff Side then contended that the increment of an official cannot be postponed except on award of a penalty after initiation of the disciplinary proceedings. The official side after some discussion agreed to reconsider the issue in the light of the contention made by the Staff Side.

Item No. 5(vii).
(vii). Tax deduction from salary:
Spread over of the arrears of salary is permissible under section 89 (a) of the I.T. Act. No tax will thus become payable by Group D employees on account of receipt of arrears eventually. Therefore, executive instructions may be issued not to deduct any tax from the arrears payment pertaining to the Group D employees. In respect of others, they may be allowed to exercise option to tax the arrears either on receipt basis or accrual basis.

Decision . Since the arrears have all been paid after deduction of tax, this item was not pressed.

Item No. 5(vii)Temporary Status Casual Labourers
As per existing scheme the employees who are afforded temporary status are paid the wages computed with reference to the minimum of the corresponding scale of pay of regular employees. In the case of Group D temporary status employees, it will become necessary that they are afforded the requisite training if they are non- matriculates.

Orders would be issued in the case of temporary status employees. In the case of those who died /retired between 1.1.06 and 1.9.2008 grant of grade pay of Rs. 1800 without training was raised by the Staff Side. It was agreed that the Govt. would take a decision in their case favorably.

Item No. 6.
Benefit on promotion.
It is an accepted proposition that an employee when promoted to a higher post involving higher responsibility should get a suitable raise in his salary. It was on this consideration that FR 22-C was framed whereby the promotee was first granted an increment in the lower Pay Scale and then fixed at the appropriate (next) stage in the higher grade.

At the time of V CPC it was agreed that minimum increase in salary on promotion shall not be less then Rs.100/- There are certain grades in which, on promotion, a hike of Rs.650/- is being allowed with reference to pre-revised pay scale.

In these circumstances grant of only one increment in the lower Pay Band / Pay scale and difference in grade pay, if there be any, being granted on promotion is certainly inadequate. We therefore propose that minimum benefit on promotion should not be less than 10% of the Pay+Grade Pay of the feeder post.

The official side stated that the above item was not covered under the definition of anomaly. However, after some discussion, it was agreed that the official side would further discuss the issue outside the forum of the Anomaly Committee.

Item No. 7.
Fixation of pay on promotion.
The minimum Entry pay with Grade Pay in the revised pay structure for direct recruits appointed on or after 1.1.2006 has been specific vide first Schedule, Part –A, Section II of the Gazette Notification of the Govt. of India, Ministry of Finance No. G.S.R. 622 (E) dated 29.8.2008.

On promotion, the pay of the promotees should not be less than the direct recruits.
In VI CPC structure there is no pay scale and new concept of grade pay has been inducted, which should determine the status. As such the following provisions need to be inserted below clarification 2. 'The method of Fixation of Pay on promotion on or after 1.1.2006.
"on promotion to the higher grade pay of an employee should be fixed appropriately and in any case it should not be less than the entry Pay in the revised pay structure for direct recruits appointed on of after 1.1.2006 for the post." further, on promotion to the next higher grade pay an employee should be fixed by adding 10% of pay, plus the grade pay as demanded by NC/JCM in its memorandum submitted to the Chairman, NC/JCM/Cabinet secretary on 8.4.2008.

The Official Side agreed to issue enabling orders in the matter.

Item No. 8.
Refixation of pension/family pension.
Para 9 of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension's O.M. No. F.No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 1.9.2008 states as under:-
"The consolidated pension / family pension as worked out in accordance with provisions of para 4.1 above shall be treated as final basic pension with effect from 1.1.2006 and shall qualify for grant of Dearness Relief sanctioned thereafter.".

This has left uncovered the provision made in para 4.2 of the same OM, which lays down as under:-
"The fixation of pension will be subject to the provision that the revised pension in no case, shall be lower than fifty present of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired. In the case of HAG + and above scales, this will be fifty percent of the minimum of the revised pay scale."

Since refixation of pension has been allowed both under paras 4.1 and 4.2, they should both he covered in para 9 of the OM. It is requested that para 9 of the said OM may be revised including both paras 4.1 and 4.2 thereof.

Orders have been issued vide O.M.dated 12th and 14th September, 2009

Item. No. 9.
Anomaly in pension for Government Servants who retired/Died in harness between 1.1.2006 and 1.9. 2006
The Sixth Central Pay Commission lays down inter-alia that once an employee renders the minimum pensionable service of 20 years, pension should be paid at 50% of the average emoluments received during the past 10 months or the pay last down, whichever is more beneficial to the retiring employee.

As per the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension O.M. F.No. 38/37/08-P&P(W)(A) dated 2nd September 2008, these orders shall come into force with effect from the date of issue of this OM, namely 2nd September 2008 and shall be, applicable to all Government Servants becoming entitled to pension after rendering the minimum qualifying service of 20 years or on completion of 10 years qualifying service in accordance with rule 49(2) of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

However, the Govt. servants who have retired on or after 1.1.2006 but before the date of issue of this OM (2.9.2008) have been debarred from this benefit. They will be governed by the rules/ orders which were in force immediately before coming into effect of these orders. In other words their pension will be calculated on average emoluments received during the last 10 months and not on the actual pay last drawn. It is requested that this discrimination should be removed.

Orders are under issue. The Staff Side raised the inordinate delay in fixing the revised pension and disbursement of arrears to pensioners. The official side assured to monitor the payment of arrears to pensioners. The refusal on the part of many banks to issue the due and drawn statement even on requisition was also brought to the notice of the Chairman. The Director (Pension) assured that suitable instructions would be issued in this regard to all Banks.

Item No.10.
Commutation of pension.
The minimum period of service for eligibility for pension is 10 years. For appointment to Government Service the minimum age is 18 years. In view of this, if a person is appointed at the age of 18 years he cannot become eligible for pension unless he has served for a period of at least 10 years and attained the age of 28 years i.e. when his birthday falls in the 29th years.

The table adopted a per the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension's OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 2.9.2008 shows the minimum age of next birthday after retirement as 20 which is not understood. It is requested that suitable amendment to the table referred to may be notified.

The item was withdrawn by the Staff Side.

Item No.11 to 14. These items were deferred for discussion at the next meeting.

Item No.15.
Parity in pension of all pre 1996 retirees with those who retired on or after 1.1.2006

The Government have already accepted in principle that there shall be parity in pension amongst pensioners irrespective of the date from which they had retired. Accordingly pension of all pre 1986 retirees was revised with effect from 1.1.96 by first determining the notional pay which would have been fixed as on 1.1.86 (treating as if the employees were in service on that date) and then the Notional Pension was updated by applying the same fitment formula which was applied to serving employees.

We, therefore demanded that the notional pay of all pre 1996 retirees may be fixed as on 1.1.96 in terms of Revised Pay Rules, 1996 and the notional pension as on 1.1.96 may be revised w.e.f. 1.1.06 by applying the same fitment formula which is applied in the case of serving employees i.e. by multiplying the notional pension as on 1.1.96 by 1.86 + the Grade Pay of the Pay Scale (V CPC) from which they would have retired.

The revision of pension has been done by applying the formula of Basic Pension as on 1.1.96 + Dearness Pension (50% of Basic Pension) + Dearness Relief on Basic Pension + Dearness Pension+40% of Basic Pension.

This is not the same that has been granted to serving employees. In whose case the Grade Pay which is the fitment benefit is 40% of the maximum of the Pre-revised Pay Scale.

As such the Pensioners should also be granted 50% the of Grade Pay of the Pay Scale from which they had retired by way of fitment benefit and not 40% of Basic Pension.

The Staff Side pointed out that the 6th CPC in order to maintain the existing modified parity between the present and future retirees had indicated that it would be necessary to allow the same fitment benefit as is being recommended for the existing Government employees vide para 5.1.47 in page 338. However, the Commission recommended that all past pensioners should be allowed fitment benefit equal to 40% of the basic pension. The statement and the recommendation made to give effect to the statement was at variance giving rise to anomaly and disparity in pension entitlement between the past pensioners and the future pensioners. After detailed discussion, the official side agreed to consider the issue once again.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Staff Side took up the matter concerning non representation of Postal Federations in the National Council as some members of a Federation which could not muster even 5% membership had been approaching one court or the other in a bid to delay the verification process and consequent recognition of the Associations and Federations in the Postal Department. As it would be a never ending process, the denial for the unions who had mustered more than 75% of the membership representation in the National Council would be a miscarriage of justice, the Staff Side added.. The Director (SR) of the Postal Department, who had represented the Postal Department in the official side agreed with the contention of the Staff Side and reported to the Chairman, that they had granted adhoc recognition to the Unions who had mustered the requisite membership and the Department Council had also been convened and met on adhoc basic. The question of granting of representation to the representatives of the Staff in the National Council had been referred to the Department of Personnel and their advice in the matter was being solicited. The Chairman assured the Staff Side to look into the matter and take appropriate decision soon.

The denial of revised higher Grade Pay to Master Craftsmen of Workshops in MMS in the Postal Department, while affording the same to those in Railways and Defence was also raised by the Staff Side. The Department of Expenditure pointed out that they had not received any reference from the Postal Department in this matter, whereas the official side representative of the Postal Department stated that they had referred this matter to them earlier. After some discussion, it was agreed that the Department of Expenditure and the Postal Department would sort out this matter expeditiously.

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