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Sunday, December 31, 2017

December 31, 2017

President’s Greetings on the Eve of New Year

President’s Greetings on the Eve of New Year

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind has greeted the nation on the eve of the New Year 2018.  In a message the President has said:-

"New Year is a time for reflection, for resolutions and for renewal. As 2018 dawns, let us all commit ourselves to a happier and wholesome period ahead – to strengthening the bonds that unite all of us as Indians. And to working for a cleaner and greener environment that we can bequeath to our children.

New Year wishes to all fellow Indians, whether at home or anywhere in the world. May the coming year bring joy and prosperity to your lives and to your families – as well as to the global community with which we share so much".

(Ashok Malik)
Press Secretary to the President

Source: PIB News

Saturday, December 30, 2017

December 30, 2017

AICPIN November 2017 - No change in Expected DA

AICPIN November 2017 - No change in Expected DA
(No Change in 'Expected DA' from Jan 2018)
No.5/1/2017-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

`CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 29th December, 2017

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) — November, 2017

The All-India CPI-IW for November, 2017 increased by 1 point and pegged at 288 (two hundred and eighty eight). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.35 per cent between October, 2017 and November, 2017 when compared with the decrease of (-) 0.36 per cent for the corresponding months of last year.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 1.10 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Wheat Atta, Eggs (Hen), Goat Meat, Milk (Cow), Onion, Tamarind, Bitter Gourd, Cabbage, Carrot, Coconut, Potato, Tomato, Cooking Gas, Electricity Charges, Firewood, Kerosene Oil, Private Tuition Fee, Petrol, Barber Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Arhar Dal, Gram Dal, Masur Dal, Urd Dal, Groundnut Oil, Fish Fresh, Poultry (Chicken), Chillies Green, Garlic, Ginger, Brinjal, Cauliflower, French Bean, Green Coriander Leaves, Methi, Palak, Radish, Apple, Banana, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 3.97 per cent for November, 2017 as compared to 3.24 per cent for the previous month and 2.59 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 3.91 per cent against 2.26 per cent of the previous month and 1.66 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Giridih reported the maximum increase of (7 points) followed by Salem and Puducherry (6 points each) and Rourkela, Sholapur, Mercara and Ghaziabad (5 points each). Among others, 4 points increase was observed in 5 centres, 3 points in 16 centres, 2 points in 13 centres and 1 point in 12 centres. On the contrary, Kolkata recorded a maximum decrease of 3 points followed by Munger-Jamalpur, Amritsar, Chandigarh and Doom Dooma Tinsukia (2 points each). Among others, 1 point decrease was observed in 7 centres. Rest of the 13 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 34 centres are above All-India Index and 42 centres’ indices are below national average. The indices of Vishakhapathnam and Ghaziabad centres remained at par with All-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of December, 2017 will be released on Wednesday, 31st January, 2018. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.

sd/-
(AMRITLALJANGID)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Authority: http://labourbureaunew.gov.in/

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

December 28, 2017

GDS Committee Recommendations will be implemented soon – Minister replied in Parliament on 27.12.2017

GDS Committee Recommendations will be implemented soon – Minister replied in Parliament on 27th December, 2017

Minister of State (IC) for Communications & Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha, in a written reply to a question on GDS Kamlesh Chandra Committee Report, in Lok Sabha on 27.12.2017 informed that a One Man Committee has been constituted to look into the salary structure, other service matters and problems of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the Chairmanship of Shri Kamlesh Chandra.

The Committee has submitted its report to the Government. The salient features are given in the Annexure.

The recommendations of the Committee have been considered by the Department. After getting the necessary approvals from all concerned, the recommendation of the Committee will be implemented.

Annexure : Salient features  of the One Man Committee Report headed by Shri Kamlesh Chandra

The old system of payment of Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) is dispensed with and replaced with a new wage payment system. Under the new wage payment system, 11 TRCA slabs are subsumed into 3 Wage Scales with two Levels each for BPMs and for other than BPMs. One wage scale would be common for both the categories of GDSs.

The minimum working hours of GDS Post Offices and GDSs are increased to 4 hours from 3 hours.

The new working hours for GDS Post Offices will be 4 hours and 5 hours only.

The Level 1 GDS Post Offices / GDSs will have 4 hours as working hours and Level – 2 will have 5 hours as working hours.

The Point System for assessment of workload of BPMs has been abolished.

The new wage payment system is linked to revenue generation of GDS Post Offices. Under the new system, there will be no increase in wages of BPMs from Level -1 to Level -2 on the basis of workload but the same will be increased based on achievement of prescribed revenue norms which is fixed at 100% for normal areas and 50% for special areas.

The GDS Post Offices not achieving the prescribed revenue norm within the given working hours will have to open GDS Post Offices for minimum of additional 30 minutes beyond the prescribed working hours.

The GDS BPMs will be paid Revenue Linked Allowance @10% beyond level-2 wage scale if they will be successful in achieving revenue beyond prescribed norms

The GDS Post Offices has been categorized into A, B; C and D categories based on the revenue generation norms. The GDS Post Office in A category will achieve 100% revenue norm. The Committee has recommended a set of actions for each category of GDS Post Offices.

The six approved categories of GDSs are subsumed into two categories only. One category will be Branch Post Master and all other 5 categories of GDSs are subsumed into one Multi Tasking Category.

The GDSs working in the GDS Post Offices will be known as Assistant Branch Post Master (ABPMs) and those working in the Departmental Post Offices will be known as Dak Sevak (DS).
The minimum wage has been increased to Rs. 10000/- per month and maximum pay to Rs. 35480/- per month.

The rate of annual increase is recommended as 3%.

A Composite Allowance comprising of support for hiring accommodation for GDS Post Offices as well as mandatory residence, office maintenance, mobile and electricity usage charges etc. has been introduced for the first time.

Children Education Allowance @Rs. 6000/- per child per annum has been introduced for GDSs.
Risk & Hardship Allowance @Rs. 500/- per month for GDS working in the special areas has also been introduced.

A Financial up-gradation has been introduced at 12 years, 24 years and 36 years of services in form of two advance additional annual increases.

The Ceiling of ex-gratia gratuity has been increased from Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 5,00,000

The GDS Contribution for Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) should be enhanced maximum up to 10% and minimum up to 3% of the basic wage per month, whereas the Department should contribute a fixed contribution of 3% of the basic wage of the GDSs.

The coverage of GDS Group Insurance Scheme has been enhanced from Rs. 50000/- to Rs. 5,00,000/

The contribution of Department in Circle Welfare Fund (CWF) has been increased from Rs. 100/ per annum to Rs. 300/ per annum.

The scope of CWF is extended to cover immediate family members such as spouse; daughters, sons and dependent daughters in law in the scheme.

The Committee also recommended 10% hike in the prescribed limits of financial grants and assistances in the Circle Welfare Funds.

The Committee has recommended addition of Rs. 10,000/ for purchase of Tablet / Mobile from the Circle Welfare in the head “Financial Assistance of Fund by way of loans with lower rate of interest (5%)”.

Provision of 26 weeks of Maternity Leave for women GDS has been recommended.

The wages for the entire period of Maternity Leave is recommended to be paid from salary head from where wages of GDSs are paid.

The Committee has also recommended one week of paternity leave.

Leave accumulation and encashment facility up to 180 days has been introduced.

Online system of engagement has been recommended.

Alternate livelihood condition for engagement of GDSs has been relaxed.

Voluntary Discharge scheme has been recommended.

The Discharge age has been retained at 65 years.

The Limited Transfer Facility has been relaxed from 1 time to 3 times for male GDSs. There will be no restriction on number of chances for transfer of women GDSs. The powers for transfer has been delegated to the concerned Divisional head.

The ex-gratia payment during put off period should be revised to 35% from 25% of the wage and DA drawn immediately before put off.

The Committee has recommended preferring transfer before put off duty.

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December 28, 2017

Voluntary Retirement in Paramilitary Forces

Voluntary Retirement in Paramilitary Forces

PERSONNEL OF PARAMILITARY FORCES TAKING VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT

Minister of State for Home Affairs replied in Parliament(Rajya Sabha) on 27.12.2017 regarding Voluntary Retirement in Paramilitary Forces.

“As per information provided by Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles (CAPFs & AR), 19239 personnel have taken voluntary retirement from service since January, 2016.

Improvement in service conditions/ amenities and welfare of the force personnel is a continuous endeavour. A study was got conducted through Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) into the factors causing stress and suggest remedial measures and another similar study was got conducted though Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) for BSF & CRPF”. Based on the above study report, the measures, which have been taken to boost the morale and improve the working conditions and reduce stress among the force personnel, are at Annexure-‘A’.

ANNEXURE – ‘A’
R.S.US.Q.NO.1034 FOR 27.12.2017

Measures taken to improve the working conditions and reduce stress among the force personnel

(i) Transparent policies pertaining to transfer and leave of CAPFs and AR personnel. The hospitalization period due to injuries while on duty is treated as on duty. Choice posting is considered to the extent possible after the personnel served in hard area.

(ii) Regular interaction of officers with troops to find out and redress their grievances.

(iii) Ensuring adequate rest and relief by regulating the duty hours.

(iv) Improving living conditions for troops, providing adequate recreational/ entertainment, sports, communication facilities etc. Crèche facility is also provided at various establishments (where feasible) to facilitate the female employees.

(v) Facility of retention of government accommodation at the place of last posting (for keeping the family) while posted in NE State, J&K and LWE affected areas (except State Capitals).

(vi) Providing better medical facilities, also organizing talks with specialists to address their personal and psychological concerns and organizing Meditation & Yoga routinely for better stress management.

(vii) Adequately compensating the troops deployed in difficult areas.

(viii) Other welfare measures like facility of Central Police Canteen (CPC), scholarship for wards etc. Also air courier service has been provided to CAPF personnel deployed in NE States, J&K and LWE affected areas as welfare measure.

(ix) Designating retired CAPF personnel as ex-CAPF personnel for better identity and community recognition.

(x) Promotions are released regularly to eligible personnel as & when the vacancies arise. Financial benefits under Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) are given in case promotion does not take place for want of vacancies at 10, 20 & 30 years of service.

Besides above, implementation of suitable model for improvement of working conditions of CAPFs & AR is a continuous process and instructions in this regard are issued from time to time by this Ministry.
December 28, 2017

New Year Message from NFIR

New Year Message from NFIR
No.IV/NFIR/7 CPC(Imp)/Allowance/2016/Part I
Dated: 25/12/2017
MESSAGE

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

We Will be celebrating New Year Day on January 1, 208 with disappointment and  agony as the Government has done grave injustice by reducing the percentage or various  Allowances and also by not granting the Allowances from 1st January. 2016. Almost all Railway employees in all corners Of Indian Railways have been deprived Of their legitimate Allowances in terms Of percentages existed prior to acceptance Of 7th CPC report.

The Running Staff, Brothers/Sisters, are aware that NFIR has placed cogent case before the Railway Board for hiking Kilometrage rates on the basis of Running Allowance formula and revision of TA rates. Our presentation was admired by the Running Staff. The Railway Board has discussed with NFIR twice on revision of Running Allowance rates and on both the occasions we conveyed the logic for upward revision or mileage rates and also revision of other related Allowances.

It is sad to mention that the decisions reached negotiated settlement concerning various categories of employees are yet to be implemented while we are walking into New Year on 1st January, 2018. As part of celebrations, everyone of us should convey our deep sense Of disappointment and anguish to the Railway Ministry and the Government and at the same time urge the Government to respond to our issues quickly and positively.

Yours fraternally,
sd/-
(Dr. M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR
December 28, 2017

Re-Employment of Armed Forces Personnel

Re-Employment of Armed Forces Personnel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Central Government Ministries / Departments: 10% Direct recruitment posts upto the level of Asst. Commandant in Central Para Military Forces.
10% Direct recruitment posts in Group ‘C’.
20% Direct recruitment posts in Group ‘D’.

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

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

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Smt Poonam Mahajan in Lok Sabha today.
December 28, 2017

Latest Details of Premature Retirement and Suicides in Armed Forces

Latest Details of Premature Retirement and Suicides in Armed Forces

Suicides by Army Personnel

The details of number of incidents of suicide in the defence forces during last three years and the current year, force-wise & year-wise is as under:
Year
Army
Navy
Air Force
Officers
JCOs/ORs
Officers
Sailors
Officers
Airmen
2014
02
82
Nil
04
02
19
2015
01
77
Nil
03
Nil
14
2016
04
100
01
05
03
16
2017
02
67
01
04
Nil
18
Some of the reasons for committing suicide are family issues/ domestic problems, marital discord, perceived grievances and personal issues etc.

The details of number of officers and Other Ranks who have applied for premature retirement during the last three years and the current year are as under:-
Year
Army
Navy
Air Force
Officers
JCOs/ORs
Officers
Sailors
Officers
Airmen
2014
165
12703
74
32
135
722
2015
108
9296
130
16
67
550
2016
291
12307
142
26
139
649
2017
239*
3844**
30**
15
144
136
* As on 1.10.2017

** upto March 2017

Various steps have been taken by the Armed Forces to create healthy/ appropriate environment for their Officers and Other Ranks. Some of these steps are as under:-

Provision of better quality of facilities such as clothing, food, married accommodation, travel facilities, schooling, recreation etc. and periodic welfare meeting.

Conduct of yoga and meditation as a tool for stress management.

Training & deployment of psychological counsellors.

Institutionalization of projects ‘MILAP’ and ‘SAHYOG’ by Army in Northern & Eastern Command to reduce stress among troops. A ‘Mansik Sahayata Helpline’ have been established by Army & Air Force to take professional counselling. Mental Health Awareness is provided during pre-induction training.

Formation of Military Psychiatry Treatment Centre at INHS Asvini and establishment of Mental Health Centres in Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Kochi, Port Blair, Goa and Karwar.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Smt Darshana Vikram Jardosh and Shri Dushyant Chautala in Lok Sabha today.
December 28, 2017

No Downgradation in the existing equivalence of the service ranks in Defence Service Personnel

No Downgradation in the existing equivalence of the service ranks in Defence Service Personnel

Rank Parity

The Government is fully sensitive to the concerns expressed by the Armed Forces from time to time, including those relating to rank equation, allowances and benefits. The Government has already clarified that there has been no downgradation or change in the existing equivalence of the service ranks vis-à-vis their civilian counterparts.

In recognition of the unique aspects of Defence Service, a number of facilities and benefits in cash and kind are admissible to Defence Service personnel, including tax concessions available in Canteen Stores Depot, concession vouchers for travel in Railways and by Air, apart from compensation granted by way of various allowances for unique risks and hardships borne by the Defence personnel. A list of 28 risk and hardship related allowances and 31 other allowances and concessions available to the Armed Forces personnel and the revised rates at which the same are payable following the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission has been uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Defence and can be found at mod.gov.in/def/sites/default/files/Revisedrates.pdf.

As regards ration, the Seventh Pay Commission had recommended that the provision of free rations and the grant of Ration Money Allowance to officers of Defence Forces posted in peace areas should be withdrawn. The Government vide its resolution No.11-1/2016-IC dated 06 July 2017, decided that Ration Money Allowance will continue to be paid to them by direct credit to their bank accounts.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Santokh Singh Chaudhary in Lok Sabha today.
December 28, 2017

No Proposal to Amend Income Tax Rates – Lok Sabha Q&A

No Proposal to Amend Income Tax Rates – Lok Sabha Q&A

Govt says No Proposal to Revise Income Tax Rates this year

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION No. 1355
TO BE ANSWERED ON FRIDAY, THE 22ND DECEMBER, 2017
01, PAUSHA, 1939 (SAKA)

AMEND INCOME TAX RATES
1355. SHRI DEVENDRA SINGH BHOLE:

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

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

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

(c) if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI SHIV PRATAP SHUKLA)

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

(c) The rates of income tax are prescribed through the Finance Act every year
December 28, 2017

Demands of General Duty Medical Officers

Demands of General Duty Medical Officers

The demands of GDMOs include merging of all CHS sub cadres, periodical cadre review of CHS, uniform retirement age of 65 years, extension of DACP to HAG level.

One of the sub-cadres of CHS, GDMOs provide basic health care services in dispensaries and hospitals, Central Government Health Services (CGHS), National Health Scheme, etc. Placed in the entry level GP 5400 (PB-3), the entry level qualification for GDMOs is MBBS Degree.

The Commission notes that these demands are common to all CHS cadres and have been discussed earlier in this chapter.
December 28, 2017

Demand for Uniformity in Retirement Age

Demand for Uniformity in Retirement Age

One of the demands of the Association is to bring uniformity in the age of superannuation among the various sub-cadres of CHS.

The Commission notes that the age of superannuation of GDMOs is 60 years, whereas, that of Non-Teaching Specialists (NTS) and Public Health Service Specialists (PHSS) is 62 years, and that of Teaching Specialists (TS) is 65 years. On this issue, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has commented that CHS cadre is facing shortage of doctors due to a number of factors like low rate of joining, specialist doctors not willing to join outside Delhi etc. 

The Ministry has further stated that the issue of raising the retirement age of doctors was considered and a view was taken that the shortage of doctors could be met by re-employment on contract basis. The Commission agrees with this view.




















Monday, December 25, 2017

December 25, 2017

Is the HRA paid to Central Government employees sufficient?

Is the HRA paid to Central Government employees sufficient?
Is the House Rent Allowance paid to Central Government employees as per the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission sufficient?

If the question is to be answered at a superficial level, the answer is yes. Let us analyze things from the angle of a lower rung employee.

An employee is paid HRA at the rate of 24%, 16% and 8% of his basic salary based on the city where he works. For HRA purpose, cities in India are divided into three groups, namely X, Y and Z, and HRA is paid respectively at the rate of 24%, 16% and 8% uniformly for all categories of employees.

A person employed in Delhi will get 24% of his basic salary as HRA and an employee employed in Kanyakumari will get 8% of his basic salary as HRA. The minimum basic salary of a Central Government employee is Rs.18000. Accordingly, a person working in Delhi should get Rs.18000 x 24% = Rs.4320, and a person employed in Kanyakumari should get Rs.18000 x 8% = Rs.1440. But the minimum HRA applicable to all the three group of cities, namely X,Y and Z, are Rs.5400, Rs.3600 and Rs.1800 respectively. Accordingly, an employee working in Delhi will get Rs.5400, while an employee employed in Kanyakumari will get Rs.1800 as House Rent Allowance.

Friday, December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017

7th CPC revision of pay scales — Amendment or Service Rules/Recruitment Rules – DoPT Orders

7th CPC revision of pay scales - Amendment or Service Rules/Recruitment Rules - DoPT Orders

Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations - revision of Pay Scales - Meeting regarding Amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules

F.No.AB-14017/13/2016-Estt.(RR)
Government of India
Ministry Of Personnel, Public Grievances and pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Estt.-RR Division

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 22nd December, 2017

MEMORANDUM

Sub: Seventh Central pay Commission’s recommendations — revision of pay scales — amendment or Service Rules/Reeruinnent Rules.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s 0M or even number dated 9th August. 2016 the subject mentioned above wherein it was requested that as per the CCS (Revised pay) Rules, 2016 issued by Department or Expenditure vide Notification dated 25th July, 2016, consequential amendment in the existing Service Rules.’Recruitment Rules shall be made by the Ministries/Departments by substituting the existing pay Band and Grade pay by the new pay “LEVEL in the PAY MATRIX” straightaway without making a reference 10 the Department of Personnel and Training Public Service Commission (UPSC).

2. Further, DoP&T vide of even number dated 16.02.2017 sought information with regard to implementation of 0M dated 09.08,2016. The issue is being monitored by higher authorities: however, so far this Department has nol received any information from Ministries/Departments even a lapse of over a year. It has been decided to hold a meeting, under the Championship or JS (E), with all Ministries/Departments on 04.01.2018 in Room No.190, North Block, New Delhi.

3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to furnish a status report regarding amendment Of Recruitment Rules in pursuance of DoP&T 0M dated 09/08/2016 in the annexure-Il enclosed herewith. The schedule or the meeting is as per Annexure-I.

sd/-
(Shukdeo Sah)
Under Secretary (RR-II)

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Authority: www.dopt.gov.in
December 22, 2017

KVS Recruitment 2017: 1017 Vacant Post of Officers, Librarian and Non-Teaching Staff

KVS Recruitment 2017: 1017 Vacant Post of Officers, Librarian and Non-Teaching Staff

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) has announced through on its portal regarding more than 1000 vacancies and the webpage links are available to know more details like age limit, educational qualification, selection process, application fee and how to apply are given below.

Recruitment of Officers Cadre, Librarian and Non-Teaching Posts in KVS (2018) – Short Advertisement.

Recruitment of Officers Cadre, Librarian and Non-Teaching Posts in KVS (2018) – Detailed Advertisement.
December 22, 2017

New Grievance Portal Launched for CG Pensioners

New Grievance Portal Launched for CG Pensioners

New Grievance Portal Launched

PCDA Pension has lauched on internet a new grievance portal to lodge grievance of the pensioners. This is already on this website. Pensioners are requested to complete the required details before submitting the complaint / grievance for its redressal. E-mail grievance lodged after 3-11-2017 will not be entertained.


December 22, 2017

1.1.2018 All India Protest Day - AIRF

1.1.2018 All India Protest Day against the Anti Worker policies of Railway Board

1st January, 2018 to be observed as All India Protest Day against the Anti Worker policies of Railway Board

As you all are aware, revision of rates of the Running Allowances and other allowances related to Running Staff are overdue and are delayed inordinately by the Ministry of Railways. You also know that AIRF has been making all out sincere efforts with the Railway Board to get the rates of Running Allowance and other allowances related to Running Staff revised, but till date no fruitful outcome has emerged……
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Revision of the rates of Running Allowance and other allowances related to Running Staff

At the outset I convey my hearty best wishes to all of you, along with the entire family members, for a very very
Happy and Prosperous New Year 2018.

As you all are aware, revision of rates of the Running Allowances and other allowances related to Running Staff are overdue and are delayed inordinately by the Ministry of Railways.
You also know that AIRF has been making all out sincere efforts with the Railway Board to get the rates of Running Allowance and other allowances related to Running Staff revised, but till date no fruitful outcome has emerged.

It has, therefore, been decided that, while celebrating New Year on 1st January, 2018, a “Protest
Day” would simultaneously be observed by holding mass meetings, dharnas, rallies at all the Branches, Installations and Divisional levels to lodge our strong anguish against the dillydallying attitude of the Ministry of Railways on the subject.

You are, therefore, requested to take necessary steps in this regard, and the comprehensive reports may be sent to this office for better appreciation of the same.

With Fraternal Greetings!

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source: AIRF
December 22, 2017

Implementation of GDS Pay Committee Report – FNPO

Implementation of GDS Pay Committee Report – FNPO met Central Ministers

FNPO Delegation met Central Ministers for pursual of early implementation of GDS Pay Committee Report.

Sri.B.Shiva Kumar Asst.G/S , Sri.Sivaji Vasireddy Asst.G/S , Sri.CH.Laxmi Narayana President NUGDS , Sri.L.Krishna Prasad RR NAPE Gr-C AP Circle, Sri.V.Manjappa D/S NAPE Gr-C Shimoga met Hon’ble Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of Chemicals & Fertilisers Sri.Anantha Kumar and Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport & Highways Sri.Nitin Gadkari at their Parliament Offices and requested for early implementation of GDS Pay Committee Report.

Source: FNPO
December 22, 2017

HRA to Armed Forces Personnel - MoD Orders

HRA to Armed Forces Personnel - MoD Orders

House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Armed Forces Personnel – MoD Orders dt. 11.10.2017

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

No.3(1)/2015-D(Q&C)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi,
Dated 11th October, 2017
To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

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

Sir,
I am directed to say that consequent on the decisions of the Government on the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to decide for grant of HRA to Armed Forces Personnel in partial modification of MoD letter No.10(55)/98/D(Q&C) dated 18th November, 2008 as amended from time to time that the admissibility of HRA shall be as under:
Classification of Cities/Towns
Rate of House Rent Allowance per month as a percentage of Basic Pay only
X
24%
Y
16%
Z
8%
2. The list of cities/towns classified as X, Y and Z vide Ministry of Finance, Dept. of Expenditure OM No.2/5/2017- E.II(B) dated 7th July, 2017 for the purpose of grant
of HRA is enclosed as Annexure to these orders.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours Faithfully,
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(Girish Chandra Srivastava)
Dy. Director

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

December 21, 2017

10 crore viewers…90Paisa Blog touches new heights

10 crore viewers…90 Paisa Blog touches new heights

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With hesitation creeping in about writing on stock market, I decided to write about something I knew reasonably well and liked. Without changing the blog’s domain name, I began writing under the title of “Central Government employee news.” The Sixth Pay Commission was the hottest topic of discussion in those days. Central Government employees all over the country were drawn to the news about the new Pay Commission, wage scales, arrears and all related facts. 

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017

NAC Agenda Items: Anomalies - Dopt Comments - Staff Side Reply

National Anomaly Committee Discussion Items: Anomalies - Dopt Comments - Staff Side Reply

National Anomaly Committee Meeting Agenda Items with the comments of DoPT and also reply from the NC JCM Staff Side

Description of Anomaly
Official Comments
Reply By Staff Side
Anomaly in computation of Minimum Wage 

(Item No. 1)
As against the Minimum Wage decided to be Rs. 18000/- by the Govt. w.e.f. 01.01.2016, the Staff-Side has said that this should be not less than Rs. 26,000/-and the multiplication factor ought to have been 3.714 and not 2.57. They have further asked for the pay matrix to be changed. Objecting to the methodology adopted by the 7th CPC in computing the Minimum Wage, they have given a number of reasons like the retail prices of the commodities quoted by the Labour Bureau being irrational, adoption of the 12 monthly average of the retail price being contents to the Dr. Avkrovd f ormula, the website of the Agriculture Ministry giving the retail prices of commodities forming the basis of computation of minimum wage provides a different picture, so on and so forth.
However, when one compares this item with the three situations given in DoPT’s OM.No.11/2/2016-JCA dated 16th August, 2016 and 20th February, 2017, it does not appear that this satisfies any of them to be treated as an anomaly.
The 7th CPC categorically stated that the principle adopted for minimum wage determination is Dr. Aykhoyd formula. But deviated from the same while actual computation was made. It becomes an anomaly under clause 1(a) of the definition (see OM dated 16.08.2016).
3% Increment in all stages 

(Item No. II)
The Staff-Side argues that in spite of the foreword to the Report making it clear in para 1.19 that the prevailing rate of increment is considered quite satisfactory and has been retained, an illustrative list appended by them shows instances where the pay, gone up after the addition of annual increment by 3%, falls short of what it would have been. They have quoted para-5.1.38 of the report also which states that the rate of annual increment would be 3%. 
While what the Staff-Side has stated has its own merits, the fact of the matter is that the principle followed here is whenever a stage of pay, after addition of an increment, falls short of the nearest hundred by less than 50, the employee would be entitled to get the amount mentioned in the immediately next cell in the Pay-Matrix. However, when the gap is that of more than 50, the pay, on addition of an increment, is rounded off to the nearest hundred which travels backward. 
For instance, if staying at Rs.46,100/- one gets an increment @ 3%, instead of having his/her pay fixed at Rs. 47,483/- (which is the exact figure), it will be Rs. 47,500/- (thus gaining by Rs. 13/-). Thus it is not a case of permanent loss as the loss in one year is made good in the second/third year. Considering this to he a situation of swings and roundabouts, this may not be treated as a case of anomaly.
At the stage of admission of the items for anomaly, it is not desirable to go into the merit of the case. That will have to be the subject matter of discussion at the meeting. The anomaly on this item has arisen due to the non-adherence of the principle enunciated by the 7th CPC while actual are computed. The item becomes an anomaly under clause (a) of the definition (see OM.No. dated 16.08.2011).
Remove Anomaly due to index rationalization 

(Item No. VI)
The Staff-Side has taken exception to the index rationalization followed by the 7th CPC while formulating its views as per which the fitment factor varies and moves upward as one goes up the hierarchical ladder with the level of responsibility and accountability also steadily climbing up commensurately. The Staff-Side argues that the multiplication factor should be one, i.e. 2.81. 
Although the Staff-Side has remonstrated that the vertical relativity will suffer distortion in the process, it has to be stated that it is a policy decision about by the Staff-Side comes to be distorted when the pay of a feeder-cadre post and that of a promotional post becomes same. In this case it is not so. Hence it does not appear to qualify for being called an anomaly.
The vertical relativity between grades that was in existence has been distributed by assigning different multiplication factor for different levels by the commission. The so- called policy decision of the Government has only compounded the anomaly. As stated against item no. (ii) The merit or demerit of the issue is a matter for discussion at the meeting and cannot be employed to decide admissibility or otherwise of an item. The item is an anomaly under clause KO of the definition.
Minimum Pension 

(Item No. X)
The Staff-Side says the minimum pension fixed after 7th CPC should be corrected and revised orders issued. From the brief explanatory note recorded under this point, it appears that the CPC had sounded out D/o pension on what the latter thought what the minimum pension should be. This is an exclusively pension-related issue on which, as informed by the Staff-Side, D/o Pension was asked for their views by the 7t1 CPC. Moreover, as will be evident, the basic focus of DoPT’s Q.M. No. 11/2/2016-JCA dated 16th August, 2016 and 20th February, 2017 is on taking on board those anomalies which are pay-related. Hence, this item may be taken up separately by the Staff-Side with the D/o Pension. Thus, instead of treating this as a case of anomaly, the Staff-Side is requested to take it up with the D/o Pension separately.
Pension related items are not to be excluded from the preview of the anomaly committee. No such specific decision has ever been taken. May be main focus is decided to be on pay related matters. That can be the view of the Govt. The item is clearly within the ambit of definition of anomaly clause I (a) where it is stated that the policy enunciated is deviated without the commission assigning any reason. No reason is adduced by the 7th CPC to fix minimum pension at 50% minimum wage. This is clearly an anomaly and requires to be admitted as such and discussed at the meeting.
Date of effect of allowances HRA, Transport Allowance, CEA etc.  

 (Item No.XI)
The Staff-Side has demanded that the grant of the allowances (revised) mentioned alongside should be made effective from 01.01.2016 and not from 01.07.2017. 
This is a demand and cannot be treated as an anomaly. Moreover, the date from which a benefit is to be made effective is something which can be decided only by the Government. Hence, this may not be taken up at the NAC.
The Govt. has the prerogative to decide upon on any issue. We have not questioned that  authority at all. it is the rationale behind the decision that is questioned. While the 7th CPC has gone on record to state that its recommendations are with effect from 1.1.2016 the decision to give effect to revision of allowances from another date is a deviation and contravenes the principle enunciated. The Govt may have sufficient reason to do so but that can be explained at the meeting. The item is therefore an anomaly under clause 1(a) of the definition. In this connection we may also state that similar decision on earlier occasions were subjected to discussion and having reached disagreement were referred to the Board of Arbitration. The Government lost its case before the Board.
Anomaly in the grant of D.A instalment w.e.f 01.01.2016. 

(Item No. XVIII)
Here the Staff-Side has questioned the methodology adopted by the Government in computing the DA instalment w.e.f. 01.01.2016. 
It has, however, to be pointed out that even if there is merit in the contention of the Staff-Side involving this item, it does not qualify being called an anomaly when it is examined in the light of the three situations which, as per DoPT’s Q.M. No. 11/2/2016-JCA dated 16th August, 2016 and 20th February, 2017, would constitute anomalies.
When the Govt. takes decision to deviate from the recommendation of Pay Commission whereby either all or a section of employees are to incur financial loss, it amounts to deviating from the policy or principle enunciated by the commission. In the instant case in the face of recommendation to continue with the existing scheme of DA, the Govt. has taken decision to reduce DA entitlement. Apart from long term impact it also unsettles the principle. The item is covered within the ambit of clause 1(a) of the definition (OM No. Dated 16.08.2016). item has to be admitted.
Implement  the recommendation on Parity in Pay Scale between Sr.  Auditor/Sr. Accountant of IA&AD and organized Accounts with Assistant Section Officer of CSS. 

(Item No. XII)
The Staff-Side says that although the 5th, 6th and now 7th CPC’s have recommended that the pay-scales of different cadres/categories/grades requiring the same recruitment qualifications should be the same, denial of the same benefit to the Statistical Assistants (SA’s) who are otherwise at par with Assistant Section Officers (erstwhile ‘Assistant’) is a violation of the principle. While ASO’s are placed in the Pay-Matrix of 7, SA’s are in the Pay-Matrix of 6. This arrangement is stated to have disturbed the horizontal relativity between the pay-scales of the SA’s in the Organized Accounts and IA&AD Cadre and ASO’s in the CSS cadre. In conclusion, it has been requested that SA’s should also be placed in Pay-Matrix no. 7. 
Even if, the present case comes across as one of anomaly, it appears that the interests of the Statistical Assistants only are involved. ASO’s of CCS are coming into the question; but only as a reference point, by way of comparison. Hence the Staff-Side is requested to take up this issue at the Departmental Anomaly Committee concerned.
Where an item is related to more than one department, the said item shall qualify for admission at the NAC. The item is covered by clause i(c) of the definition.
Technical Supervisors  of Railways 

(Item No. XV)
This particular item is exclusively Railways-specific. The Staff-Side, NC OCM) is requested to take it up at the Departmental Anomaly Committee of MR) Railways.
We shall take up the above issue in Railway DAC.
Anomaly  in  the assignment  of replacement of Levels of pay in the Ministry of Defence, Railways, Mines etc in the case of Store Keeper  

(Item No. XVI)
Staff-Side says that although ‘Store keeper’ is one such category of posts which is common to various Departments like Defence, Mines, Railways etc and in spite of the nature of job, responsibilities being similar, the pay-scale of storekeepers across all the Departments is not the same. It is still less in the M/o Defence even after the entry-level qualifications which were different before the 7th CPC stage, have been revised. 
If what the Staff-Side remonstrates that even after the requisite changes had been carried out in the R/Rules, the 7th CPC did not take any cognizance of it is true, it has to be assumed that it is a policy decision of the Government. Moreover, the issue appears to be M/o Defence-specific. The Staff-Side is requested to take it up at the Departmental Anomaly Committee meeting of the M/o Defence.
Where an item is related to more than one department, the said item shall qualify for admission at the NAC. The item is covered by clause i(c) of the definition.
Anomaly arising from the decision to reject option-1 in pension fixation  

(Item No. VII)
As per the ToR of the NAC, anomalies are basically pay-centric. Under this point, the contention of the Staff-Side is pension-centric. Furthermore, the Staff-Side has themselves clarified that post-7th CPC, Government had set up a CoS headed by Secretary(Pension) to look into the first option recommended by the 7th CPC. Eventually, this was not found feasible to be implemented. With such a decision having been taken at the CoS level, it cannot be called an anomaly. In view of this, we may inform the Staff-Side to separately take it up with D/0 Pension without treating it as an anomaly that can be taken up at the NAC.
It the Govt deviates from the recommendation of the Pay Commission it give rise so anomaly as the Pay Commission recommendations are in consonance with the policy it had enunciated. In the instant case Govt. setup a committee to go into the feasibility of implementation of the recommendation. Feasibility of implementation cannot be the basis for rejecting a recommendation. The very feasibility question itself will have to discussed at the meeting. The issue is well within the ambit of definition of clause i (a) OM Dated 16.8.2016, where the principle enunciated is disturbed by the Government.
Parity in Pay Scales between Assistants/ Stenographers in field / subordinate officers and assistant Section Officer and stenographers in CSS.  

(Item No. XIII)
Although the heading of this item is self-explanatory, the relevant text given in the paper sent is not complete as the pay-scales of Assistants and stenos posted in field have not been mentioned therein. Until their pay-scales are known they cannot be compared to check whether there is indeed any anomaly. The Staff-Side is requested to provide more information that is relevant so that it can be properly examined to find out whether an anomaly arises here or not.
We shall send further details.



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