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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Merger of grades Revised classification and mode filling up of non-gazetted posts

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

(RAILWAY BOARD)

New Delhi, Dated 03.09.2009

No.E(NG)-2008/PM1/15
The General Managers(P),
All Indian Railways and Production Units
(As per standard list)

       Subject: Implementation of recommendations of 6th CPC - Merger of grades Revised classification and mode filling up of non-gazetted posts.
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New Dearness Allowance for Autonomous Bodies and who are all getting pay as per 5th CPC

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No. 1(3) / 2008 - EII (B)

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Expenditure

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New Delhi, Dated 29th September,2009.

 

Subject:-Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f.1.7.2009 to the employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised scale as per 5th CPC.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. of even No. dated 19th March, 2009 revising the Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2009 in respect of employees of Central Government and Autonomous Bodies who continue to draw their pay and allowances in the Pre-revised scales of pay as per 5th Central Pay Commission.

 

2. The rates of Dearness Allowance admissible to above categories of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous bodies shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 64% to 73% w.e.f.1.7.2009. All other conditions as laid down in the O.M. dated 3rd October, 2008 will continue to apply.

3. The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of the organizations under the administrative control of the Ministries / Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.

 

AI to pay PLI to all sections of employees on Oct 7

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Air India today said that it would pay productivity-linked incentive (PLI) to all sections of employees on October 7.

"Air India will pay the August PLI payable in September on October 7," Air India's Executive Director, Jitendra Bhargava, told PTI here.

September salaries have already been paid to the employees' respective bank accounts, he said.

The PLI will be paid in full, Bhargava added.

The national carrier has cancelled 14 international and 79 domestic flights today, the fourth day of the strike by a section of its executive pilots protesting against the up to 50 per cent cut in their PLIs effected by the management.
Source:PTI

Bhargava said that today 116 pilots from Indian Airlines and 72 from Air India reported sick.

Child Care Leave in respect of Central Government employees as a result of Sixth Central Pay Commission clarilication regarding

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No. 13018/212008-Estt.(L)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances & Pensions

(Department of Personnel and Training)

 

New Delhi, dated the 18th November, 2008.


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject : Child Care Leave in respect of Central Government employees as a result of Sixth Central Pay Commission clarification regarding


The order regarding introduction of Child Care leave (CCL) in respect of Central Government employees were issued vide this Department’s O.M of even number dated 11th September, 2008 Subsequently, clarification in this regard were also issued vide OM dated 29th September, 2008.

2. Consequent upon the implementation of orders relating to Child Care Leave,references has been received from various sections regarding the procedure for grant of this leave etc. In this connection, it is mentioned that the intention of the Pay Commission in recommending Child Care Leave for women employees was to facilitate women employees to take care of their children at the time of need. However, this does not mean that CCL should disrupt the functioning of Central Government offices. The nature of this leave was envisaged to be the same as that of earned leave Accordingly, while maintaining the spirit of Pay Commission’s recommendations intact and also harmonizing the smooth functioning of the offices, the following clarifications are issued in consultation with the Department of Expenditure (Implementation Cell) with regard to Child Care Leave for Central Government employees: -

i) CCL cannot be demanded as a matter of right. Under no circumstances can any employee proceed on CCL without prior proper approval of the leave by the leave sanctioning authority.

ii) The leave is to be treated like the Earned Leave and sanctioned as such.

iii) Consequently, Saturdays, Sundays, Gazetted holidays etc. falling during the period of leave would also count for CCL, as in the case of Earned Leave

iv) CCL can be availed only if the employee concerned has no Earned Leave at her credit.

3. Hindi version will follow.


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(Raj Bala Singh)

Under secretary to the Govt. of India


Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://circulars.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/13018_2_2008-Estt.(L)181108.pdf]

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Performance of production units during April - August 2009

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Chitranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) produced 64 electric locomotives against the target of 69 electronic locomotives and Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) produced 113 diesel locomotives against the target of 105 diesel locomotives during April-August 2009. Rail Coach Factory (RCF) produced 640 coaches against the target of 640 coaches where as Integral Coach Factory (ICF) produced 515 coaches against the targets of 511 coaches during the same period. Rail Wheel Factory (RWF) produced 80550 wheels and 32347 axles during the same period against the target of 79779 wheels and 25855 axles during April-August 2009.

During the month of August 2009, CLW, DLW, ICF, RCF and RWF have produced 19 electric locomotives, 27 diesel locomotive, 112 coaches, 125 coaches, 17284 wheels and 7449 axles respectively against the target of 21 electric locomotives, 22 diesel locomotive, 108 coaches, 125 coaches, 17680 wheels and 5818 axels.

Railways have realized an amount of Rs. 27.63 crore approximately during the month of August 2009 through ticket checking.

Functional Merger of CM-II & CH-I, Merger of AF/FM/SH with JWM

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AIANGO has announced to Protest against non-implementation of Government Orders by OFB.

STATUS OF OUTSTANDING ISSUES AND PROTEST/AGITATIONAL PROGRAMMES ON THE VITAL POINTS



IIM-A accepts new pay structure, but has concerns

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The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has accepted the pay structure revision as suggested by the Centre but has kept its implementation in abeyance for a month due to some concerns.

"The IIM-A faculty council has accepted the decision on the pay structure revision suggested by the government in principle, but we have some concerns regarding promotion and recruitment policies," IIM-A Director Dr Samir Barua told reporters today, while speaking about major decisions taken at the institute's Board of Governors meeting held last week.

"We have kept the implementation of the pay structure recommendations in abeyance for a month and conveyed our concerns to the ministry (Ministry of Human Resource Development)," he said.

The IIM-A expects that status of their concerns will be clear in a month's time, Barua said.
Source:PTI

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Govt, not pilots, responsible for Air India mess: BJP

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Condemning Air India's decision to reduce wages and performance-related incentives of its pilots and other staff, BJP today demanded withdrawal of pay-cuts and asked the government to explain airline's financial problems.

"BJP demands immediate withdrawal of pay cuts imposed upon pilots and others and bring out a White Paper on the reasons for present financial status of Air India and its accountability," party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

Blaming the UPA government's policies of "omission and commission" as the reason behind the present mess in Air India, Javadekar said, "It is ironical that instead of making Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel accountable for the present state of affairs of Air India, the hapless pilots and workers are made to suffer."

BJP had raised the issues related to Air India's financial problems in the Rajya Sabha in its last session.
Source: PTI

Hit by recession, more job seekers turn to DRDO

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With job losses caused by economic recession in various sectors, DRDO is turning out to be a destination of primary choice among young job seekers as the premier defence organisation received a whooping 1.13 lakh applications for the Scientist Entry Test held recently.

The applications were received in response to an advertisement in May for 220 posts in the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the R&D wing of the ministry of defence, a release said here today.

More than 70 per cent of the applicants appeared for the examination conducted on September 6 this month at 139 centres in 31 cities, it said.

For the test held in September last year to induct 500 scientists, only 43,215 had applied.
Source: PTI

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The retirement age for university teachers(University Grants Commission - UGC) is raised from 60 to 62 years.

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University and college teachers in Karnataka will get revised University Grants Commission (UGC) pay scales. The retirement age for university teachers is raised from 60 to 62 years.

The pay revision along the lines of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations will benefit an estimated 18,630 university and college teachers. The beneficiaries of the retirement age enhancement will, however, be much less.

Announcing the Cabinet decisions, Home Minister V S Acharya said the revised pay scales for teachers would be implemented with retrospective effect from January 1, 2006.

The hike for teachers will range between Rs 10,000 and Rs 35,000 per month depending on the seniority and the positions they hold. The Cabinet also met the long-pending demands of junior doctors, who had threatened to go on indefinite strike.

Nearly 4,000 doctors are employed with the health department. The Cabinet approved allowances between Rs 4,000 and Rs 12,500 a month for the government doctors.

The hike for doctors (ranging between Rs 3,000 and Rs 8,000 per month) would be with immediate effect. The decision to hike the pay scale of university/college teachers is in line with the UGC-constituted Chaddha Committee recommendation.

The Chaddha committee had recommendations implementation of the revised UGC scales for college teachers. According to education department sources, a total of 18,630 lecturers, including 6,740 faculty members in government colleges, 9,650 in private aided colleges and 2,360 in university colleges, will benefit from the decision.

The teachers’ wage bill for the government will shoot up from the present Rs 590 crore to Rs 815 crore per annum, sources added. The Centre will bear 80 per cent of the revised salary bill from January 1, 2006 to March 2010. Later on, the State Government will have to foot the entire bill.

Acharya said the arrears of Rs 954 crore would have to be paid as the difference for a period of 51 months from January 1, 2006, to March 31, 2010. The Union Government will bear 80 per cent (Rs 763 crore) of the salary bill, and the remaining 20 per cent (Rs 191 crore) will be borne by the State Government from January 1, 2006, to March 2010. The date of release of the first instalment of arrears as well as the revised salary will be announced later.

Designation changes

There will be a change in designations following the implementation of the revised pay scales. The posts of lecturer, senior lecturer or selection grade lecturer will go, and instead there will be assistant professor, associate professor and a professor.

The fixation formula, allowances, yardsticks for career advancement scheme, qualification criteria and leave facilities will be as stipulated by the UGC.

However, sources said the government had decided not to create new posts. This is in line with a Finance Department proposal. Besides, leave and medical reimbursement facilities and pensionary benefits will continue to be applicable to State Government employees.

Moreover, teaching staff without UGC-prescribed qualifications are not entitled to avail the revised scheme, the sources added. The Federation of University and College Teachers’ Association in Karnataka (Fuctak) welcomed the decision to implement the revised scales of pay from January 1, 2006.

The government approval for hiking doctors’ allowances will entail an additional burden of about Rs 35 crore. For the current year it is about Rs 17.5 crore, according to health department sources. The cabinet also decided to regularise the services of 462 doctors and 107 dentists presently on contract.

Their services will be regularised as and when they complete three years of service. The Karnataka Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA), however, expressed its displeasure at the new scales. KGMOA secretary Dr G A Srinivasa said: “The hike in allowances does not meet our expectations and demands.

Only one demand on contract-based doctors has been fulfilled. We will go ahead with mass resignation on September 29.” Another KGMOA member said diploma and PG students were given different allowances, even though the work done by them were the same. “This difference has been created by the government”, said the member.
Source: Decaan Herald

Friday, September 25, 2009

DM orders verification of pension disbursed

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After reports of anomalies in distribution of old age pension, District Magistrate Amit Gupta today ordered verification of pension disbursed earlier.

"I have been receiving reports of anomalies in distribution of old age pension from various quarters, following which, I have directed officers to verify pension disbursed earlier, so that only the genuine beneficiary gets it," Gupta said.

The DM said that officers have been asked to meet beneficiaries personally and submit their report to him and added that entry of brokers, if any, should be checked at the social welfare office.
Source:PTI

Workmen or unions must be heard in labour disputes: SC

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In labour disputes, the aggrieved workmen/unions should be compulsorily heard by the courts, before any order is passed, as otherwise, it would be violation of the "principles of natural justice," the Supreme Court has ruled.

"Labour statutes are meant for the benefit of the workmen. Hence, ordinarily in all cases under labour statutes the workmen, or at least some of them in a representative capacity, or the trade-union representing the workmen concerned must be made a party," a bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and Asok Kumar Ganguly observed.

The apex court passed the ruling while directing the Employees State Insurance (ESI) Court in Travancore to implead (hear) certain workmen who had been refused medical insurance benefits by the Fertilizers Chemicals Travancore Ltd to decide the eligibility of the workmen under the scheme.
Source: PTI

PFRDA board clears extra a/c for NPS subscribers

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The Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) board on Wednesday decided to provide the New Pension System (NPS) subscribers with an extra account from which funds can be withdrawn anytime they want.

An NPS subscriber can now have two accounts—a standard one and a flexible one. Although the norms for investing the contributions to these two accounts would be the same, subscribers will have greater flexibility in accessing funds from the second one, when needed. One can access funds from the standard account called tier one only for specific needs such as medical emergency or marriage. The flexible account will be introduced on December 1, 2009.

The pension regulator also decided in principle to introduce a low-cost pension scheme for the poor, for which PFRDA is negotiating with the record keeper to reduce the annual charges from Rs 350 to Rs 60, PFRDA chairman D Swarup told ET.

The National Securities Depositories (NSDL) has agreed to slash the charges to Rs 75 a year, but PFRDA is negotiating to further lower it to Rs 60. The scheme would enable a large section of the nearly 28 crore low-income workers such as rickshaw pullers, fishermen, weavers and street hawkers to have a safety net to lean on when they enter the twilight years of their working life.

“The idea of having more than one record keeping agency has also received the blessings of the PFRDA board,” said Mr Swarup. Competition among record keeping agencies would bring down cost and enhance efficiency, pension experts said.

The three-member board of the regulator also decided to accept proposals from corporate entities to manage their pension funds subject to the condition that these entities will have only those investment choices that are available to any other pension subscriber. They will not be able to customise the investment options NPS’ fund management charges are quite low. The regulator has already received proposals in this regard from SBI and Himachal Road Transport Corporation.
source:The Economic Times

Thursday, September 24, 2009

CITU Denounces Unilateral Notification Curtailing Pension Benefits

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The Centre of Indian Trade Unions denounces the unilateral action by the Govt of India in amending the Employees Pension Scheme to drastically reduce the pension benefits of the early retirees (retired or separated before 58 years ) vide Labour Ministry notification no GSR 546(E) dated 23rd July 2009.

In the face of millions of workers losing livelihood owing to recession since last six months, this move of the Govt would further squeeze the workers rendered jobless before the retirement age for no fault of theirs, of their legitimate pension benefit.

While issuing this amendment notification, the Govt ignored the statutory Tripartite Forum—the Central Board of Trustees of Employees Provident Fund Organisation, responsible for administering the Employees Pension Scheme, thereby making a mockery of principle of tripartism.

This is the second unilateral move for curtailing the pension benefit of the workers within a span of one year. The first move by the same UPA regime had been in September 2008 in the same manner ignoring the statutory tripartite forum, which rewarded the defaulting employers on the one hand by drastically reducing the penalty for default and simultaneously curtailing the pension benefit of the workers by way of withdrawal of commutation facility and withdrawal of the option for availing combination of reduced pension and return of capital besides reducing the pension amount for the early-pensioners.

The second one is through the recent executive order which would deprive the worker who has rendered 20 years service but has to retire or lose his job prematurely from the provision of weightage benefit in pensionable service on which pension is calculated. The millions of workers losing job prematurely owing to recession, who deserve urgent support and relief from the Govt, would be cruelly squeezed further while the employers continue to enjoy stimulus package funded by public exchequer. And through this action, the patently anti-worker anti-people character of the Govt stands thoroughly exposed.

CITU condemns such anti worker action by the Govt and calls upon the working class to force the Govt to rescind the notification through united struggle.
Source: CITU

Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for Railway Employees

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Recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission - Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for Railway Employees


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No.101/2009

New Delhi, dated 10.06.2009
S.No.PC-VI/110

No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2

The General Managers

All Indian Railways & PUs

(As per mailing list)


    Sub:     Recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission - Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for Railway Employees

The Sixth Central Pay Commission in Para 6.1.15 of its report, has recommended Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS). As per the recommendations, financial upgradation will be available in the next higher Grade Pay whenever an employee has completed 12 years continuous service in the same grade. However, not more than two financial upgradations shall be given in the entire career, as was provided in the previous Scheme. The Scheme will also be available to all posts belonging to Group ‘A’ whether isolated or not. However, organised Group "A" services will not be covered under the Scheme.

2.     The Government has considered the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission for introduction of a MACPS and has accepted the same with further modification to grant three financial upgradations under the MACPS at intervals of 10, 20 and 30 years of continuous regular service.

3.     The Scheme would be known as MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME (MACPS) FOR RAILWAY EMPLOYEES. This Scheme is in supersession of previous ACP Scheme and clarifications issued there under and shall be applicable to all regularly appointed Group ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ Railway Employees except officers of the Organised Group ‘A’ Service. The status of Group ‘D’ employees would cease on their completion of prescribed training, as recommended by the Sixth Central Pay Commission and would be treated as Group ‘C’ employees. Casual employees, including those granted ‘temporary status’ and employees appointed in the Railways only on adhoc or contract basis shall not qualify for benefits under the aforesaid Scheme. The details of the MACP Scheme and conditions for grant of the financial upgradation under the Scheme are given in Annexure.

4.      A Screening Committee shall be constituted in each Department to consider the case for grant of financial upgradations under the MACP Scheme. The Screening Committee shall consist of a Chairperson and two members. The members of the Committee shall comprise officers holding posts which are at least one level above the grade in which the MACP is to be I:\MACPS.doc considered and not below Senior Scale grade (PB-3, GP-Rs.6600/-). The Chairperson should generally be a grade above the members of the Committee.

5.     The recommendations of the Screening Committee shall be placed before Railway Board (MS) in cases where the Committee is constituted in the Railway Board/Ministry or before the Head of the organisation/competent authority in other cases for approval.

6.      In order to prevent undue strain on the administrative machinery, the Screening Committee shall follow a time-schedule and meet twice in a financial year – preferably in the first week of January and first week of July of a year for advance processing of the cases maturing in that half. Accordingly, cases maturing during the first-half (April-September) of a particular financial year shall be taken up for consideration by the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of January. Similarly, the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of July of any financial year shall process the cases that would be maturing during the second-half (October-March) of the same financial year.

7.     However, to make the MACP Scheme operational, the Cadre Controlling Authorities shall constitute the first Screening Committee within a month from the date of issue of these instructions to consider the cases maturing upto 30th June, 2009 for grant of benefits under the MACPS.

8.      The scheme would be operational w.e.f. 01.09.2008. In other words, financial upgradations as per the provisions of the earlier ACP Scheme (of October, 1999) would be granted till 31.08.2008.

9.     No stepping up of pay in the Pay Band or Grade Pay would be admissible with regard to junior getting more pay than the senior on account of pay fixation under MACP Scheme.

10.      It is clarified that no past cases would be re-opened. Further, while implementing the MACP Scheme, the differences in pay scales on account of grant of financial upgradation under the old ACP Scheme (of October 1999) and under the MACP Scheme within the same cadre shall not be construed as an anomaly.

11.      Hindi version will follow.


(P. P. Pandey)
Director, Pay Commission Railway Board


ANNEXURE

MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME (MACPS)

1.      There shall be three financial upgradations under the MACPS, counted from the direct entry grade on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years of service respectively. Financial upgradation under the Scheme will be admissible whenever a person has spent 10 years continuously in the same Grade Pay.

2.      The MACPS envisages merely placement in the immediate next higher Grade Pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised Pay Bands and Grade Pay as given in Section 1 , Part-A of the first schedule of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. Thus, the Grade Pay at the time of financial upgradation under the MACPS can, in certain cases where regular promotion is not between two successive grades, be different than what is available at the time of regular promotion. In such cases, the higher Grade Pay attached to the next promotion post in the hierarchy of the concerned cadre/organisation will be given only at the time of regular promotion.

3.      The financial upgradations under the MACPS would be admissible upto the highest Grade Pay of Rs.12000/- in the PB-4.

4.      Benefit of pay fixation available at the time of regular promotion shall also be allowed at the time of financial upgradation under the Scheme. Therefore, the pay shall be raised by 3% of the total pay in the Pay Band and the Grade Pay drawn before such upgradation. There shall, however, be no further fixation of pay at the time of regular promotion if it is in the same Grade Pay as granted under MACPS. However, at the time of actual promotion if it happens to be in a post carrying higher Grade Pay than what is available under MACPS, no pay fixation would be available and only difference of Grade Pay would be made available. To illustrate, in case a Railway Servant joins as a direct recruit in the Grade Pay of Rs.1900 in PB-l and he gets no promotion till completion of 10 years of service, he will be granted financial upgradation under MACPS in the next higher Grade Pay of Rs.2000 and his pay will be fixed by granting him one increment plus the difference of Grade Pay (i.e. Rs.100). After availing financial upgradation under MACPS, if the Railway servant gets his regular promotion in the hierarchy of his cadre, which is to the Grade Pay of Rs.2400, on regular promotion, he will only be granted the difference of Grade Pay between Rs.2000 and Rs.2400. No additional increment will be granted at this stage.

5.      Promotions earned/upgradations granted under the ACP Scheme in the past to those grades which now carry the same Grade Pay due to merger of pay scales/upgradations of posts recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission shall be ignored for the purpose of granting upgradations under Modified ACPS.

Illustration The pre-revised hierarchy (in ascending order) in a particular organisation was as follows: Rs.5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 & Rs.6500-10500.

(a)      A Railway servant who was recruited in the hierarchy in the pre-revised pay scale Rs.5000- 8000 and who did not get a promotion even after 25 years of service prior to 1.1.2006, in his case as on 1.1.2006, he would have got two financial upgradations under ACP to the next grades in the hierarchy of his organization, i.e., to the pre-revised scales of Rs.5500- 9000 and Rs.6500-10500.

(b)      Another Railway servant recruited in the same hierarchy in the pre-revised scale of Rs.5000-8000 has also completed about 25 years of service, but he got two promotions to the next higher grades of Rs.5500-9000 & Rs.6500-10500 during this period. In the case of both (a) and (b) above, the promotions/financial upgradations granted under ACP to the pre-revised scales of Rs.5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10500 prior to 1.1.2006 will be ignored on account of merger of the pre-revised scales of Rs.5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10500 recommended by the Sixth CPC. As per the RS(RP) Rules, both of them will be granted Grade Pay of Rs.4200 in the Pay Band PB-2. After the implementation of MACPS, two financial upgradations will be granted both in the case of (a) and (b) above to the next higher Grade Pays of Rs.4600 and Rs.4800 in the Pay Band PB-2.

6.      In the case of all the employees granted financial upgradations under ACPS till 01.01.2006, their revised pay will be fixed with reference to the pay scale granted to them under the ACPS.

6.1      In the case of ACP upgradations granted between 01.01.2006 and 31.08.2008, the Railway servant has the option under the RS(RP) Rules, 2008 to have his pay fixed in the revised pay structure either (a) w.e.f. 01.01.2006 with reference to his pre-revised scale as on 01.01.2006; or (b) w.e.f. the date of his financial upgradation under ACP with reference to the pre-revised scale granted under ACP. In case of option (b), he shall be entitled to draw his arrears of pay only from the date of his option, i.e. the date of financial upgradation under ACP.

6.2      In cases where financial upgradation had been granted to Railway servants in the next higher scale in the hierarchy of their cadre as per the provisions of the ACP Scheme of October, 1999, but whereas as a result of the implementation of Sixth CPC's recommendations, the next higher post in the hierarchy of the cadre has been upgraded by granting a higher Grade Pay, the pay of such employees in the revised pay structure will be fixed with reference to the higher Grade Pay granted to the post. To illustrate, in the case of Jr. Engineer in CPWD, who was granted 1st ACP in his hierarchy to the grade of Assistant Engineer in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 corresponding to the revised Grade Pay of Rs.4200 in the Pay Band PB-2, he will now be granted Grade Pay of Rs.4600 in the Pay Band PB-2 consequent upon upgradation of the post of Asstt. Engineers in CPWD by granting them the Grade Pay of Rs.4600 in PB-2 as a result of Sixth CPC's recommendations. However, from the date of implementation of the MACPS, all the financial upgradations under the Scheme should be done strictly in accordance with the hierarchy of Grade Pays in Pay Bands as notified vide RS (RP) Rules, 2008.

7.      With regard to fixation of his pay on grant of promotion/financial upgradation under MACP Scheme, a Railway servant has an option under Rule 1313(1)(a)(i) of the Indian Railway Establishment Code-Volume II, (Sixth Edition 1987 – 2nd Reprint, 2005) [FR 22(1)(a)(i)] to get his pay fixed in the higher post/Grade Pay either from the date of his promotion/upgradation or from the date of his next increment viz. 1st July of the year. The pay and the date of increment would be fixed in accordance with clarification no.2 of Railway Board's letter No.PC- VI/2008/I/RSRP/1 dated 25-9-2008 (PC-VI/22, RBE No.132/2008)

8.      Promotions earned in the post carrying same Grade Pay in the promotional hierarchy as per Recruitment Rules shall be counted for the purpose of MACPS.

8.1      Consequent upon the implementation of Sixth CPC's recommendations, Grade Pay of Rs.5400 is now in two Pay Bands viz., PB-2 and PB-3. The Grade Pay of Rs.5400 in PB-2 and Rs.5400 in PB-3 shall be treated as separate Grade Pays for the purpose of grant of upgradations under MACPS.

9.      'Regular service' for the purpose of the MACPS shall commence from the date of joining of a post in direct entry grade on a regular basis either on direct recruitment basis or on absorption/re-employment basis. Service rendered on adhoc/contract basis before regular appointment on pre-appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning. However, past continuous regular service in another Government/Department in a post carrying same Grade Pay prior to regular appointment in a new Department, without a break, shall also be counted towards qualifying regular service for the purpose of MACPS only (and not for the regular promotions). However, benefits under the MACPS in such cases shall not be considered till the satisfactory completion of the probation period in the new post.

10.      Past service rendered by a Railway employee in a State Government/statutory body/Autonomous body/Public Sector organisation, before appointment in the Railways shall not be counted towards Regular Service.

11.      'Regular service' shall include all periods spent on deputation/foreign service, study leave and all other kind of leave, duly sanctioned by the competent authority.

12.      The MACPS shall also be applicable to work charged employees, if their service conditions are comparable with the staff of regular establishment.

13.      Existing time-bound promotion scheme, including in-situ promotion scheme, Staff Car Driver Scheme or any other kind of promotion scheme existing for a particular category of employees in the Railways, may continue to be operational for the concerned category of employees if it is decided by the concerned administrative authorities to retain such Schemes, after necessary consultations or they may switch-over to the MACPS. However, these Schemes shall not run concurrently with the MACPS.

14.      The MACPS is directly applicable only to the Railway employees. It will not get automatically extended to employees of the Autonomous/Statutory Bodies under the administrative control of the Ministry of Railways. Keeping in view the financial implications involved, a conscious decision in this regard shall have to be taken by the Governing Body/Board of Directors and Ministry of Railways and where it is proposed to adopt the MACPS, prior concurrence of Ministry of Finance shall be obtained.

15.      lf a financial upgradation under the MACPS is deferred and not allowed after 10 years in a Grade Pay, due to the reason of the employees being unfit or due to departmental proceedings, etc., this would have consequential effect on the subsequent financial upgradation which would also get deferred to the extent of delay in grant of first financial upgradation.

16.      On grant of financial upgradation under the Scheme, there shall be no change in the designation, classification or higher status. However, financial and certain other benefits which are linked to the pay drawn by an employee such as HBA, allotment of Government accommodation shall be permitted.

17.      The financial upgradation would be on non-functional basis subject to fitness, in the hierarchy of Grade Pay within the PB-1.Thereafter for upgradation under the MACPS the benchmark of 'good' would be applicable till the Grade Pay of Rs. 6600/- in PB-3. The benchmark will be 'Very Good' for financial upgradation to the Grade Pay of Rs.7600 and above.

18.      In the matter of disciplinary/penalty proceedings, grant of benefit under the MACPS shall be subject to rules governing normal promotion. Such cases shall, therefore, be regulated under the provisions of the Railway Servants (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1968 and instructions issued there under.

19.      The MACPS contemplates merely placement on personal basis in the immediate higher Grade Pay/grant of financial benefits only and shall not amount to actual/functional promotion of the employees concerned. Therefore, no reservation orders/roster shall apply to the MACPS, which shall extend its benefits uniformly to all eligible SC/ST employees also. However, the rules of reservation in promotion shall be ensured at the time of regular promotion. For this reason, it shall not be mandatory to associate members of SC/ST in the Screening Committee meant to consider cases for grant of financial upgradation under the Scheme.

20.      Financial upgradation under the MACPS shall be purely personal to the employee and shall have no relevance to his seniority position. As such, there shall be no additional financial upgradation for the senior employees on the ground that the junior employee in the grade has got higher pay/Grade Pay under the MACPS.

21.      Pay drawn in the Pay Band and the Grade Pay allowed under the MACPS shall be taken as the basis for determining the terminal benefits in respect of the retiring employee.

22.      If a Group ‘A’ Railway employee, who was not covered under the ACP Scheme has now become entitled to say, third financial upgradation directly, having completed 30 years’ regular service, his pay shall be fixed successively in next three immediate higher Grade Pays in the hierarchy of revised Pay Bands and Grade Pays allowing the benefit of 3% pay fixation at every stage. Pay of persons becoming eligible for second financial upgradation may also be fixed accordingly.

23.      In case an employee is declared surplus in his/her organisation and appointed in the same pay scale or lower scale of pay in the new organization, the regular service rendered by him/her in the previous organisation shall be counted towards the regular service in his/her new organisation for the purpose of giving financial upgradation under the MACPS.

24.      In case, an employee after getting promotion/ACP seeks unilateral transfer on a lower post or lower scale, he will be entitled only for second and third financial upgradations on completion of 20/30 years of regular service under the MACPS, as the case may be, from the date of his initial appointment to the post in the new organization.

25.      If a regular promotion has been offered but was refused by the employee before becoming entitled to a financial upgradation, no financial upgradation shall be allowed as such an employee has not been stagnated due to lack of opportunities. If, however, financial upgradation has been allowed due to stagnation and the employee subsequently refuses the promotion, it shall not be a ground to withdraw the financial upgradation. He shall, however, not be eligible to be considered for further financial upgradation till he agrees to be considered for promotion again and the second or the next financial upgradation shall also be deferred to the extent of period of debarment due to the refusal.

26.      Cases of persons holding higher posts purely on adhoc basis shall also be considered by the Screening Committee along with others. They may be allowed the benefit of financial upgradation on reversion to the lower post or if it is beneficial vis-à-vis the pay drawn on adhoc basis.

27      . Employees on deputation need not revert to the parent Department for availing the benefit of financial upgradation under the MACPS. They may exercise a fresh option to draw the pay in the Pay Band and the Grade Pay of the post held by them or the Pay plus Grade Pay admissible to them under the MACPS, whichever is beneficial.

28.      Illustration:- A.     (i)    If a Railway servant (LDC) in PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.1900 gets his first regular promotion (UDC) in PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.2400 on completion of 8 years of service and then continues in the same Grade Pay for further 10 years without any promotion then he would be eligible for 2nd financial upgradation under the MACPS in PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.2800 after completion of 18 years (8+10 years).    (ii)    In case he does not get any promotion thereafter, then he would get 3rd financial upgradation in PB-2 in Grade Pay of Rs.4200 on completion of further 10 years of service i.e. after 28 years (8+10+10).     (iii)    However, if he gets 2nd promotion after 5 years of further service in PB-2 in the Grade Pay of Rs.4200 (Assistant Grade/Grade ‘C’) i.e. on completion of 23 years (8+10+5years) then he would get 3rd financial upgradation after completion of 30 years i.e. 10 years after the 2nd ACP in PB-2 in the Grade Pay of Rs.4600. In the above scenario, the pay shall be raised by 3% of the total pay in the Pay Band and Grade Pay drawn before such upgradation. There shall, however, be no further fixation of pay at the time of regular promotion if it is in the same Grade Pay or in the higher Grade Pay. Only the difference of Grade Pay would be admissible at the time of promotions.

B.    If a Railway servant (LDC) in PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.1900 is granted 1st financial upgradation under the MACPS on completion of 10 years of service in PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.2000 and 5 years later he gets 1st regular promotion (UDC) in PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.2400, the 2nd financial upgradation under MACPS (in the next Grade Pay w.r.t. Grade Pay held by Railway servant) will be granted on completion of 20 years of service in PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.2800. On completion of 30 years of service, he will get 3rd ACP in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4200. However, if two promotions are earned before completion of 20 years, only 3rd financial upgradation would be admissible on completion of 10 years of service in Grade Pay from the date of 2nd promotion or at the 30th year of service, whichever is earlier..

C.     If a Railway servant has been granted either two regular promotions or 2nd financial upgradation under the ACP Scheme of October, 1999 after completion of 24 years of regular service then only 3rd financial upgradation would be admissible to him under the MACPS on completion of 30 years of service provided that he has not earned third promotion in the hierarchy.


(P. P. Pandey)
Director, Pay Commission
Railway Board


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(Authority: DoP&T’s OM No.35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) dated 19th May 2009)



Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension - in public sector undertaking/autonomous bodies

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F.No.4/38/2008-P&PW(D)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market,New Delhi-03
dated 17.9.2009

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject:- Representation on mentioned of revision of restorable 1/3 commuted portion of pension consequent to 6th Pay Commission recommendations in respect of Govt. Servants who had drawn lump-sum payment on absorption in public sector undertaking/autonomous bodies - regarding.



This Department has been receiving representations on the above noted subject. In this regard, the undersigned is directed to state that the Government had issued instructions on restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension on absorption in public sector undertaking/autonomous bodies implementing the Andhara Pradesh high court judgment dated 24.12.03 in Writ petition No. 8532 of 2003 followed by the Supreme Court judgment dated 29.11.08 in Civil appeal No.5269 of 2006 srising out of SLP Nos 21647 -648 of 2005 and the Supreme Court judgment dated 24.7.2007 in Review petition No.643 of 07 vide O.M.No.4/79/2006-P&PW(G) dated 6.9.2007 in consultation with Ministry of Law & Justice and Ministry of Finance (Deptt. of Expenditure). It was further clarified vide OM dated 13.5.08. In pursuance of Government's decision on the recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission, Instructions have been issued for revision of 1/3rd restorable pension of such absorbees vide Deptt. of Pension & Pensioners Welfare's OM of even No. dated 15th September 2008 followed by OM dated 27.5.2009.

2. The formula for arriving at 1/3rd restorable pension in the OM dated 15.9.2008 is on the same lines which the Hon'ble Court has prescribed in the above mentioned judgment as the revision of restorable pension of such absorbees is governed by the Hon'ble Court judgment mentioned above. It is pertinent to mention that pension is revised as per instructions for any other pensioners as it is not regulated by Hon'ble Court order. So far as instructions contained in O.M.dted 27.5.2009 are concerned this has been issued so as to protect this class of pensioners in case there is loss in 1/3rd restorable pension plus DA w.r.t.pre-revised 1/3rd restorable pension plus DP plus DR.

IIT faculty on their first-ever hunger strike tomorrow

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With the HRD Ministry and IIT faculty refusing to budge from their respective stand, the teachers of prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology will stage a hunger strike tomorrow for the first time on the issue of pay structure.

The IIT faculty has submitted a memorandum on its charter of demands, including withdrawal of 40 per cent cap on promotion of professors to senior grade. However, the HRD Ministry has not responded to the faculty's demands.

"We had asked for a meeting with the HRD Ministry representatives on the issue. But there is no response. Hence, will go on fast tomorrow," Prof M Thenmozi told PTI.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, however, said the government wants to give more freedom to the elite institutes provided they come up with futuristic vision to achieve excellence.

"IITs are brand institutes. We respect them. We want to give them more freedom to achieve excellence.
Source: PTI

Dearness Relief to Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.7.2009.

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F.No.42/12/2009-P&PW(G)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market,New Delhi-03
DAted : 23rd September, 2009

OFFICE MEMORANDUM



Subject:- Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.7.2009.



The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM No.42/12/2009-P&PW(G) dated 27th March, 2009 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief payable to Central Government pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 22% to 27% w.e.f. 1st July, 2009.

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

Result of Combined Matric level (Main) Exam, 2008 announced

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The results of the Combined Matric Level (Main) for filling up the posts of Grade ‘C’ Stenographers, Grade ‘D’ Stenographers and Lower Division Clerks in various Central Government Ministries/Departments/Offices (other than in Central Secretariat Clerical Service Cadre) conducted by Staff Selection Commission have been announced.

In the Main written part of this recruitment, a total of 17,512 (Lower Division Clerks: 10283+Grade ‘D’ Stenographers: 7229) candidates are qualified for being called for Skill test in Typewriting/Stenography test. Schedule for holding the Skill Test in Typewriting/Stenography will be available on Commission’s website shortly. The result of written part of Grade ‘C’ Stenographers of the said examination will be declared separately. The skill test for Lower Division Clerks and Stenographers of the said recruitment will be held on Computer with option available to the candidates to take the skill test on manual typewriter. In this regard candidates have to give their option to the concerned Regional Offices of this Commission immediately. Once, the option given by the candidates in this regard will be treated as final.

6,43,435 had candidates registered for the Preliminary examination. The result of the preliminary examination of the said recruitment was declared in August 2008 wherein 67,205 candidates were declared qualified for appearing in the Main examination of this recruitment.

Central govt employees form Joint Action Committee

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Central Government Employees of Kendriya Sadan here have formed a Joint Action Committee (JAC) for the welfare of the employees and redressal of their problems.

The office bearers nominated for the Committee are---Dr Vinod Kumar (President), Gurmeet Singh (Vice President), S K Raina (General Secretary) and Shyam Lal and Ms Asha Pathania (Joint Secretaries).

Mr Sunil Soni will be the Organisation Secretary, Mr K K Gugaliani the Treasurer, Ms Rajrani will be the Press Secretary while Mr Gurcharan Dass will be the Auditor of the JAC.

Formation of JAC was a long-pending demand of the Central Government Employees working in Kendriya Sadan who wanted to setup a joint association as many of their problems remained unheard due to lack of coordination. As many as 40 Central Government Departments are situated in Kendriya Sadan and teh JAC in coordination with all concerned Central Government offices would try to resolve problems of employees.

Vice President Gurmeet Singh said that election of the JAC will be held soon to elect the permanent members of the Association for a period of two years. Source: UNI


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Three whistleblower doctors wait for justice

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The wait for justice goes on for three whistleblower doctors whom the Delhi government had transferred to the Centre in July. No reason was cited for relieving the doctors of their duties. All three were involved in exposing corruption in the purchase of medical equipment in Delhi government hospitals. The doctors have moved court while they wait for their next posting.

The state government surrendered Dr Vikas Rampal, Dr Sandeep Miglani and Dr Surender Singh to the Central government without stating reasons for transfer. While the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in a recent order has mentioned that the state did not have the jurisdiction to transfer Central government employees, the Central government insists that the transfers are not unusual.

Vineet Chaudhury, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, said: “We do not ask state government to state reasons for surrendering the doctors. We are aware that they have moved court. We will be posting them to other locations since the state has surrendered them.”
Source: Indian Express

Monday, September 21, 2009

Productivity Linked Bonus to all eligible non-gazetted in Railways

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No.173/2009
New Delhi,dated 19.09.2009

 

No.E(P&)II-2009/PLB-6
The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways and Production Units etc.
(As per Mailing lists)

Subject: Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to all eligible non-gazetted
Railway employees for the financial year 2008-2009.

The President is pleased to sanction Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to75(Seventy five) days wages without any ceiling on wages for eligibility for the financial year 2008-09 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees (excluding all RPF/RPSF personnel).Where wages exceed Rs.35oo/-per month, Productivity Linked Bonus will be calculated as if 'wages' are Rs.3500/-p.m.

2. 'Wages' for the purpose of calculating Productivity Linked Bonus shall include 'Basicpay' as defined in the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 and dearness allowance drawn during the financial year 2008-09. Other conditions of eligibility,method of calculation ofwages, etc., as prescribed in this Ministry's instructions and clarifications issued from time totime, shall remain unchanged.

3. It has also been decided that in the case of eligible employees mentioned in Para 1 above who were not placed under suspension, or had not quit service/retired/expired during the financial year 2008-09 or were on leave where leave salary admissible is not less than that admissible on leave on average pay, may be paid an amount of Rs.8630/-towards Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2008-2009. In the case of employees other than those mentioned above, the amount of Productivity Linked Bonus may be calculated in accordance with the extant instructions on the subject.

4. Further, in relaxation to the provisions in Rules 905(2), 908 and 909 of State Railway Provident Fund Rules, as contained in Chapter 9 of R-I/1985 edition (2003 Reprint edition), such of the subscribers to the SRPF as are entitled to Productivity Linked Bonus may, if they so desire,
deposit the whole or part of the amount admissible under the Scheme in their respective State Railway Provident Fund Accounts.

5. Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus for the financial year 2008-09 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees mentioned in Para 1 above should be made on priority since puja holidays have already commenced.

6. This issues with the concurrence of FinanceDirectorate of the Ministry ofRailways.

IIT faculty to go on hunger strike on Sep 24

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Around 1,500 teachers of 13 IITs today decided to go on a hunger strike on Thursday to protest the anomalies in the recently announced pay structure.

The Faculty Federation, which met at IIT Kharagpur, decided to take the action against the pay structure that puts restriction on promotions and lacks performance-based incentives for them.

Classes at the premier institutes will, however, not be affected during the strike.

"We will observe strike on September 24. But we will not boycott work. The classes will go on. We will protest the pay structure that puts a number of curbs on the IIT's system," Prof M Thenmozhi, president of the federation, told PTI after the meeting.

IIT professors to go hunger-strike

Professors of all seven IITs in the country would observe a hunger-strike on September 24 to protest against alleged discrimination in pay-scales.

This was decided at a meeting of the professors held at IIT, Kharagpur, here today, a spokesman of the Faculty Council of the IITs said.

Although professors would go on hunger-strike, classes on that day would be held as usual.

The spokesman said the pay-scales had been made in a manner which would destroy the excellent status of the institutes and not attract the best of talent in future.
Source: PTI

New Fee Structure in Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools

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In all Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools the fee structure has been revised as detailed below. This new fee sturcture will come into force w.e.f.1.10.2009 onwards. Coming quarterly of October-2009 to December-2009 to pay the fees accordingly.

 

FEE STRUCTURE (Per Month) w.e.f.1.10.2009
No. Description Amount
1 Admission Fee Rs.25.00
2 Re Admission Fee Rs.100.00

 

TUITION FEE
No. Description Amount
1 class IX & X (Boys) Rs.200.00
2 Class XI & XII Commerce & Humanities (Boys) Rs.300.00
3 Class XI & XII Science (Boys) Rs.400.00

 

COMPUTER FUND
No. Description Amount
1 Class III onwards wherever Computer
Education is being imparted
Rs.50.00
2 Computer Science Fee.
(for elective subjects) + 2 stage
Rs.100.00

 

VIDYALAYA VIKAS NIDHI
No. Description Amount
1 Class I - X Rs.240.00
2 Class XI & XII (non-science) Rs.240.00
3 Class XI & XII (science) Rs.300.00
Source: CGSTAFFNEWS

Friday, September 18, 2009

DA (Dearness Allowance) in revised rates effect from July 2009 for Central Government Employees

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No.1(6)/2009-E- (B)

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Expenditure

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NewDelhi,Dated 18th September,2009.



Subject:- Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2009.



The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry's Office Memorandum No.1(6)/2009-E- (B) Dated 13th September,2009 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 22% to 27% with effect from 1st July, 2009.

2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry's O.M.No.1(6)/2009-E- (B) Dated 29th August,2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

4. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

IIT faculty still unhappy with revised pay package

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The government today came up with a revised pay package for faculty of Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), including IITs, but was silent on lifting the cap on promotion of professors, triggering protest from senior teaching staff who said it would affect the autonomy of the elite institutes.

The fresh notification brought out by the HRD Ministry on the pay structure of CFTIs said that the post of lecturer-cum-post-Doctoral Fellows will be redesignated as Assistant Professors on contract.

The Ministry had brought out a notification on August 18 this year on the revision of pay of teaching and non-teaching staff of CFTIs. The notification said that maximum 40 per cent of the professors can be promoted to senior grade depending on their performance.

This provision had sparked protest among the IIT faculty which demanded lifting of any cap on their promotion.

The fresh notification is silent on the issue.

Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare – five years in service of veterans

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The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW), functioning under the Ministry of Defence, completes five years of its existence next week. Set up on September 22, 2004, the department caters exclusively to the rehabilitation and welfare of about 21lakh Ex-Servicemen (ESM) population and another five lakh ESM widows. Nearly 60,000 ESM are added to this huge number every year, largely due to perhaps the highest attrition rate in any organized sector among the Armed Forces in order to retain a youthful profile of the fighting forces, their primary task. Taken together with ESM dependents ranging between 50-70 lakhs, the Department of ESW shoulders responsibility of the welfare of roughly one crore population of ESM and their dependents.

The Department of ESW achieves its objectives through its three attached offices, consisting of the Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR), the Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) and the Ex-Servicemen’s Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), besides coordinating with the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA), Allahabad. In January 2008 the Department of ESW came to be headed by a full-fledged Secretary-level officer, underlining the government’s commitment to the concerns of the huge ESM population. Besides helping the veterans resettle in a suitable second career, the department provides healthcare and ensures timely payment of benefits and pension to the ESM and their dependents.

The Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR) is the first avenue for the Services personnel on the verge of superannuation. It imparted training to over 34,000 officers and Persons Below Officer Rank (PBORs) during 2008-09 besides granting jobs to 51,000 ESM and securing placement for another 30,000 ESM in DGR-sponsored security agencies last year. The DGR, being the nodal agency for resettlement of ESM, has in recent years tied up with reputed management institutes to offer post-graduate diplomas to Services officers. It runs several successful ESM reemployment programmes including the popular Mother Dairy Milk and Fruit and Vegetable booths, placement in empanelled private security agencies, coal tipper scheme, allotment of army surplus vehicles, management of CNG stations and toll plazas under the NHAI and sponsoring ESM for the allotment of 8 percent quota of LPG, petrol pump and kerosene outlets reserved for wartime/peacetime widows and disabled soldiers. Last year 287 Mother Dairy outlets were allotted to ESM/dependents sponsored by the DGR. The DGR’s stupendous success in the placement of ESM in security agencies can be gauged from the fact that the number of ESM employed jumped from over 27,000 in 2007 to over 40,000 in 2008 while another over 17,000 have been successfully granted placement this year till May, 2009.

The Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB), the apex body for the welfare of war-wounded and other Ex-Servicemen (ESM), keeps in constant touch with the large ESM community, fulfilling their needs and aspirations through the 32 Rajya Sainik Boards and 355 Zila Sainik Boards spread across the country. KSB doles out about Rupees 7 crores aid every year to ESM, widows, children and orphans through welfare schemes out of the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund, which includes the Raksha Mantri’s Discretionary Fund ranging between Rs.5,000-1,25,000. The government recently amended the eligibility to include ESM up to the rank of Havildar and equivalent in the Navy and Air Force under the scheme. In another major initiative the KSB has in recent years replaced the crude motorized tricycles with the new modified 4-wheeled Honda Activa scooters distributed free of cost to the disabled ESM. The KSB also provides funds to the Red Cross Society, Cheshire Homes and Military Hospitals for the treatment and care of ESM and their wards and administers the award of more than 3,500 Prime Minister’s scholarships every year to wards of ESM.

The Ex-Servicemen’s Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) is another big success story in the Department of ESW’s endeavours and concerns for the ESM welfare. Founded in April 2003, the ECHS today has a vast network of 2,267 polyclinics, its membership jumping nearly ten-fold, - from 3.5 lakhs in 2005 to over 30 lakhs. ESM with disabilities who had to travel long distances to the Artificial Limb Centre, Pune, are now getting such medical aid from about 150 Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) -empanelled centres across the country. The government has also hiked ECHS allocation from Rs. 82.85 crore in 2004-05 to Rs. 690 crores in the current financial year. The Department of ESW further proposes to include soon the Nepal-domiciled Gorkhas, who continue to receive medical aid from the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund, under the ECHS and has given ‘in principle’ approval for setting up a Pension Payments Office (PPO) in Butwal, Nepal.

But all efforts and welfare schemes would come to a naught if the ESM does not get his monthly dues on time. The Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA), Allahabad is the nodal office, handling pension for about a whopping 17 lakh ESM and dependents through banks, treasuries, Pension Disbursing Offices besides the vast postal network all over the country. The government has recently issued instructions to issue simultaneous notification of Service and Disability Pension to avoid delays in release of the latter. Unmarried daughters over 25 years of age and widowed / divorced daughters dependent on the ESM have now been granted family pension and several other steps to support the ESM dependents have been introduced. Other major initiatives include, - hiking minimum pension from Rs. 1,913 to Rs.3,500 pm, removal of linkage of full pension with a qualifying service of 33 years from Jan.01, 2006, commutation of pension increased, gratuity hiked from Rs.3.5 lakhs to Rs.10 lakhs and special family pension hiked from Rs.2,550 to Rs.7,000 pm. The government has also improved pension for Ex-service personnel, besides benefits accruing out of the Sixth Pay Commission including Military Service Pay to Armed Forces personnel and awarding a higher separate Pay Bands for officers of the rank of Lt. General and Lt. Colonel, or equivalent, respectively. Additional pension has been granted in varying range for elderly pensioners, with the government granting cumulative benefits of Rs.2,144 crores to the men in the three Services and the ESM.

Pension Adalats have been a tremendous success in settling disputes related to ESM spread across the country; six such Adalats are normally held in places with large concentration of ESM population.

In contribution of the sacrifices made by the martyrs, war-wounded, Ex-Servicemen and their dependents, the DGR marks December 7 every year as the Armed Forces Flag Day (AFFD) when the nation remembers its veterans and generously contributes to the Flag Day Fund.

CVC posts names of 123 'corrupt' officials on website

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The Central Vigilance Commission has for the first time made public the names of 123 government officials against whom it had suggested prosecution or imposition of penalty for alleged corruption.

The Commission earlier gave out only the numbers of officials, along with their departments, against whom it suggested prosecution and penalty proceedings in its monthly report. But for the first time, names have been posted on the CVC's website.

The list for July included names of 101 officials against whom the Commission has suggested imposition of major penalty.

Of them, 17 are working in nationalised banks, 13 in Delhi Development Authority and 11 in Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Of the 22 officers against whom prosecution proceedings have been advised, seven are from Home Ministry -- four of them IPS officers, seven from Central Board of Direct Taxes and two from Indian Forest Service.
Source:PTI

Thursday, September 17, 2009

National Safety Awards - Vishwakarma Rastriya Puraskar - for the performance year 2007

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Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gives away Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar and National Safety Awards

The Union Minister of Labour & Employment, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has said that the Government is committed to the Occupational Safety and Health of the working population in the country. He was speaking here today after presenting the “Vishwakarma Rastriya Puraskar” and “National Safety Awards” for the performance year 2007.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Kharge said that the Government has already declared the National Policy on Safety, Health and Environment at work place earlier this year to give a clear direction to the issues relating to the workers’ safety and health. He said that industrial injuries and fatalities were showing declining trend over the years in the manufacturing sector. As per the information available, in 2.5 lakh factories having an employment of over one crore, there were a total of 34,524 reportable accidents out of which 1387 fatalities were reported.

“I have a dream to see India as a Zero accident country” the Minister asserted and appealed to the industry and other concerned agencies to demonstrate their commitment for positive results.

Shri Kharge expressed satisfaction over the fact that some of the progressive and enlightened industrial establishments are implementing voluntary and self-regulated Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems (OSH-MS) as well as the food safety management systems in their organizations for promotion of occupational safety and health. Congratulating such industrial organizations for their pro-active approach, the Minister also exhorted other companies to emulate them in establishing safe and healthy work culture.

Shri Kharge also appealed to the Trade Union fraternity to co-operate with the managements to make worker-participative schemes like Suggestions Schemes, Quality Circles. Kaizens etc successful in the industrial establishments.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment, instituted the “Vishwakarma Rastriya Puraskar” (Previously known as Shram Veer National Awards) and “National Safety Awards” in 1965. The Awards schemes are operated by the Technical Wing of the Ministry, namely the Directorate General Factory Advice Service and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), Mumbai.

There are 28 Vishwakarma Puraskars being shared by 120 winners from different Industries for the performance year 2007. Similarly, for the same performance year, the total number of National Safety Awards, Winners and Runners-up in all the twelve schemes add up to 101 ( 60 winners & 41 runners-up) under various schemes.

VRP is awarded in the form of cash prize and a certificate of merit in three classes: Class ‘A’ – Five (5) of Rs.75,000/- each, Class ‘B’ – Eight (8) of Rs.50,000/- each and Class ‘C’–Fifteen (15) of Rs.25,000/- each.

VRP is awarded in recognition of outstanding suggestions given by a worker or group of workers and implemented by the management during the previous calendar year resulting in improvement in quality, productivity and working conditions such as safety, health and environmental conservations in the Industrial undertakings where “Suggestion Schemes” are in operations.

The National Saftey Awards are given in recognition of outstanding safety performance of industrial establishments, construction sites and ports to stimulate and maintain the interests of both the management and the workers in accident prevention programmes. The applications received for VRP as well as NSA are adjudged by a Tripartite Awards committee constituted by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, comprising of representatives from Employers’ organizations, Employees’ organizations and Central/State Governments. Besides the Tripartite representation, there are experts in the committee from renowned Institutions, Universities and Industries in the field of Safety, Health, Environment, Productivity and Quality.

The complete list of award winners is available on PIB Website :- www.pib.nic.in

Click here for -: LIST OF VISHWAKARMA RASHTRIYA PURASKAR (VRP)

Click here for -: LIST OF NATIONAL SAFETY AWARDS (PERFORMANCE YEAR – 2007)

Hindi Fortnight being organized in DoT from 14th September

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Hindi Fortnight being organized in DoT from 14th September

Department of Telecommunication (DoT) is organizing Hindi Fortnight from 14th to 30th September 2009 to promote the use of official language in DoT. Employees are participating in different competitions with great enthusiasm. During this period various competitions in different categories will be held. The competitions being organized in Hindi include essay writing, noting and drafting, grammar knowledge, dictation, translation, debate, creative writing, on the spot writing and quiz.

Union Cabinet approved to Railway Employees for payment of Bonus (PLB)

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Productivity Linked Bonus for Railway Employees

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Railways for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 75 days’ wages for the financial year 2008-2009 for all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel).

The salient features of the PLB scheme evolved as a result of review of the scheme and approval of the Cabinet on 23.09.2000 and applied for making payment for the financial years 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02 are as under :-

a) The output for a year is reckoned by the equated net tonne kilometres by adding together:-

(i) Total goods revenue net tonne kilometres.
(ii) Non-suburban passenger kilometres converted by a factor of 0.076.
(iii) Suburban passenger kilometres converted by a factor of 0.053.

b) The input is taken as the non-gazetted staff strength (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel), increased by the incremental increase/decrease in capital during the year. Incremental capital is confined to Rolling Stock utilised for movement of trains. The measurement of capital is in terms of tractive effort (Diesel Electric & Electric) for Locomotives, carrying capacity for Wagons and seating capacity for Coaches. The tractive effort of locomotives and carrying capacity of Wagons/Coaches together are given equal weight. The relative weight of wagons and coaches is determined on the basis of ratio of goods train kilometres and passenger train kilometres in the total train kilometres. Based on this principal, the relative weights are 0.50 for Tractive Effort, 0.20 for Wagon Capacity and 0.30 for Seating Capacity. Thus, the percentage increase in Tractive Effort over the base year is multiplied by 0.50; similarly the percentage increase in Wagon Capacity and Seating Capacity is multiplied by 0.20 and 0.30 respectively and added up to arrive at the total percentage increase in capital. The labour input i.e. non-gazetted staff strength is then increased to the extent of this percentage increase in the incremental capital.

c) The ratio of the output to the input is the productivity index for the year.

Background :

Railways were the first departmental undertaking of the Government of India wherein the concept of PLB was introduced. The main consideration at that time was the important role of the Railways as an infrastructural support in the performance of the economy as a whole. In the overall context of Railway working, it was considered desirable to introduce the concept of PLB as against the concept of Bonus on the lines of ‘The Payment of Bonus Act – 1965’. Even though the Payment of Bonus Act does not apply to the Railways, yet the broad principles contained in that Act were kept in view for the purpose of determining the “Wage/Pay Ceiling:, definition of ‘Salary’/’Wage’, etc. The PLB Scheme for the Railways came into force from the year 1979-80 onwards and was evolved in consultation with the two recognised federations viz. All India Railwaymen’s Federation and National Federation of Indian Railwaymen and with the approval of the Cabinet. The scheme envisages a review every three years.

Implementation Strategy and targets:

Sixth Central Pay Commission in para 4.4.5 of their report had recommended that all Departments should ultimately replace the existing productivity linked bonus schemes with Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS) and also that in places where PLB is applicable and it is not found feasible to implement PRIS immediately, the existing productivity linked bonus schemes may be continued in a modified manner where the formula for computing the bonus has a direct nexus with the increased profitability/productivity under well-defined financial parameters. In respect of the Railway’s PLB scheme, the VIth CPC in Para 4.412 of their report have opined that a new formula for computing PLB that is based on financial parameters and where profit is computed as per the established principles of commercial accounting, wages with appropriate adjustments for increases, the impact of the capital investment, element of subsidy, etc. needs to be devised in case the PRIS is not implemented immediately in Ministry of Railways.

The Government on the said recommendations of the Sixth CPC relating to the PLB schemes has decided to examine the same separately. However, the recommendation regarding PRIS has been accepted by the Government. Thus individual Ministries / Departments are required to devise PRIS in accordance with their own organizational structure and need as per guidelines to be issued by the nodal Ministry. Since no guidelines on PRIS have been received so far and as such PLB scheme is to continue till introduction of PRIS.

Major Impact

This will be the highest PLB payment ever to be made by Railways. PLB is based on the productivity indices reflecting the performance of the Railways.

Expenditure involved:

The financial implication of payment of 75 days’ PLB to railway employees has been estimated to be Rs.889 crores. The wage calculation ceiling prescribed for payment of PLB to the eligible non-gazetted railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) is Rs.3500/- p.m.

Number of beneficiaries:

About 13.05 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees are likely to benefit from the decision.

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Railway employees to get 75 day’s wages as productivity linked bonus for the year 2008-09

The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Railways for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) to the Railway employees to the extent of 75 days’ wages for the financial year 2008-09. Approximately 13.05 lakh non-gazetted Group B, C and D employees are likely to benefit from this decision. This will be the highest PLB payment ever to be made by Railways. PLB is based on the productivity indices reflecting the performance of the Railways.

The financial implication of payment of 75 days’ PLB to railway employees has been estimated to be Rs. 889 crore. The wage calculation ceiling prescribed for payment of PLB to the eligible non-gazetted railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) is Rs. 3500/- per month.

Last date of exercising Option for Commutation of Additional Pension

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REGISTERED

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
(PENSION), DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD - 211014


Dated:- 15th September, 2009

Circular No.418.
To
The OI/C,
Records/
PAO (ORs)
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Subject:- Implementation of Government Decision on Recommendations of Sixth Central Pay commission regarding pensionary benifits for Armed Forces Personnel below Officers Rank (PBOR) retiring or dying in harness on or after 01.01.2006./ Option for commutation of pension.

Reference: - This Office Important Circualr No. 400 Dated 05.12.2008 bearing File No. Gts/Tech/0165-VI dated 05.12.2008



A copy of Government of India, Ministry of Defence letter No.17(4) / 2008 (2)/ D (Pen / Policy) dated 11.09.2009 regarding option for commutation of pension, which is self explanatory is forwarded herewith for further necessary action at your end.

2. The following vital points are as under:-
LAST DATE OF EXERCISING OPTION FOR COMMUTATION OF ADDITIONAL PENSION....

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95th DEFENCE PENSION ADALAT at TIRUCHY(TN) in the First/Second week of November, 2009

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Defence Pension Adalat

As per the Annual Action Plan of Controller General of Defence Accounts, New Delhi in consultation with the Ministry of Defence, the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts(Pensions) Allahabad will be organising the 95th DEFENCE PENSION ADALAT at TIRUCHIRAPALLI(TN) in the First/Second week of November, 2009 for redressal of grievances of Defence Pensioners / Defence Family Pensioners / Defence Civilian Pensioners drawing pension through PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS, DPDOs and Treasuries in the State of Tamil Nadu.

Objective

Any Defence Pensioners / Defence Family Pensioners / Defence Civilian and their families having any specific grievances relating to sanction or disbursement of defence pension are requested to submit their representation, in writing, in duplicate , to :

Sri P S Davakare,
Pension Adalat Officer
O/o Principal CDA (Pensions),
Draupadi Ghat,
Allahabad-211014,

A format of the representation is given on this website. Applicants are advised to apply as per the format, for easy processing of their applications.

Kindly Note

1.Applications can either be sent by post or by E-Mail
2.Two copies of the applications should be sent
3.Xerox copies of Pension payment order, Corr PPO, discharge certificate (wherever required) and other documents must be enclosed
4.Each application will be allotted a unique Adalat Registration Number. The same should be quoted in all future correspondence.
5.Individual call letters notifying the date and venue of the Adalat will be sent in due course
6.Incomplete and unsigned representations will be rejected.

The venue and date of Adalat will be notified in electronic and print media shortly.

TA/DA will not be reimbursed to pensioners/individuals attending the Adalat for redressal of their pension related problems.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Air Force Association Day celebrated today

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Air Force Association Day celebrated today

The Annual Day of Air Force Association (AFA) was celebrated today at New Delhi. The function began with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Amar Jawan Jyoti.

The former Air Chief, and presently President, AFA, Air Chief Marshal FH Major laid a wreath at the war memorial on the occasion. At the Annual General Body meeting that followed at Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park, several Air Force octogenarians were honoured and were presented mementos by the Association.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal PV Naik was the Chief Guest at the occasion. Various retired Chiefs of the Air Staff, large number of Officers and PBORs attended the Annual General Meeting.



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