Clarification regarding benchmark for MACP after 25.07.2016

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Clarification regarding benchmark for MACP after 25.07.2016

Clarification regarding benchmark for placement under MACP in respect of the official who are due for placement in MACP after 25.07.2016

Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Personnel Division)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi – 110 001

Dated the 22nd January, 2018

The Chief Postmaster General,
Maharashtra Circle,

Subject: Clarification regarding benchmark for placement under MACP in respect of the official who are due for placement in MACP after 25.07.2016.

I am directed to refer to Maharashtra Circle’s letter no. STA/MACPs/Bench Mark/2017 dated & 12.2.2017 on the subject cited above and to say that ‘Promotion’ and ‘Modificed Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACP)’ are two different matters. The first involves higher duties & responsibilities while latter don’t.

2.For MACP, DOP&T has issued instruction vide OM No. 35034/3/2015-Estt(D) dated 28.09.2016, accordingly to which the prescribed benchmark would be ‘Very Good’ for all posts and it will come into effect from 25.07.2016. The communication DOP&T has already been circulated by Estt. Division of the Directorate vide letter no. 7-8/2016-PCC dated 5.10.2016 (Copy enclosed)

3.For promotion, Personnel Division vide letter no. 20-24/2016-SPB-II dated 13.02.2017 has clarified to follow instructions contained DOPT’s OM No. 35034/7/97-Estt(D) dated 8.02.2002 until further clarification is issued by DOPT or Department of Posts.

Yours faithfully,
(Satya Narayana Dash)


Exemption of Transport Allowance and Medical Reimbursement from Income Tax – NC JCM Staff Side

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Exemption of Transport Allowance and Medical Reimbursement from Income Tax – NC JCM Staff Side

National Council Staff Side Secretary writes to Finance Ministry regarding the exemption of Transport Allowance and Medical Reimbursement from Income Tax

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Ph: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultation, Machinery
For Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E.Mail :
Dated: February 2, 2018
Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Ministry of Finance,
(Government of India),
North Block,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: General Budget 2018-19

We hope that, standard deduction, up to Rs.40,000 in the Budget (2018-19) announcement, was provided to give some relief to the salaried class, but at the same time, there is serious resentment in the salaried class in general and the Central Government Employees in particular because of non-enhancement of limit of the Income Tax.

We were hopeful that, in this budget, the Central Government would provide Income Tax exemption, if not Rupees Five Lakh, definitely Four Lakh, but nothing has been done, which has resulted in desperation in the Government Employees. Moreover, Education Cess has been increased from 3% to 4%, which will further put additional tax burden on the salaried class. In such a situation standard deduction given by the government will definitely not going to help to any salaried employees.

Not only the above, Transport Allowance and Medical Reimbursement, used to exempt earlier, have also been stopped in this budget, has given another blow to the salaried class.

Since there is all-round resentment in the salaried class, it would be in all appropriateness if the Income Tax Exemption is enhanced to minimum Rupees Four Lakh.

Sir, Government Employees are also very eagerly awaiting for improvement in the Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula as well as announcement of the Guaranteed Pension to the employees covered under the National Pension System(NPS). These also need to be given top priority to keep industrial peace among the Government Employees.

It is also requested that, Transport Allowance and Medical Reimbursement, almost exempted from the Income Tax, should also remain exempted from the Income Tax, to give some relief to the government employees in distress.

With Kind Regards

Sincerely yours
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)
National Council(JCM)

Source: NCJCM

Discussions of GS/NFIR held with Railway Board on 31/01/2018 – NFIR

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Discussions of GS/NFIR held with Railway Board on 31/01/2018 – NFIR
Dated: 01/02/2018
The General Secretaries
of Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Sub: Discussions of GS/NFIR held with Railway Board on 31/01/2018 – reg.

The GS/NFIR discussed with Railway Board on 31st Jan 2018 and reminded the following issues raised by the Federation from time to time:-

(i) Action to be expedited in the light of Supreme Court’s order for continuation of LARSGESS with proper safeguards.

(ii) Dispensing with ‘Very Good’ benchmark for granting financial upgradation under MACPS in Railways – already inputs given by NFIR.

(iii) Stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors inducted prior to 01/01/2006 agreed with the NFIR on 5th Jan, 2018 in the meeting by CRB.

(iv) A venue of promotion for filling the vacancies of Station Managers in the wake of merger of GP 2800 with GP 4200. Federation requested the Railway Board to take speedy action on NFIR’s proposal.

(v) Keeping Ticekt Checking as separate category while taking steps in respect of commercial categories as per record note of discussions held with the NFIR.

Forwarded to the affiliates for information and conveying appropriately to the staff concerned.

Yours fraternally,
(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Extension of benefit of Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 (Non-functional) to staff working in the cadre of Pharmacist in case of transfer on own request

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Extension of benefit of Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 (Non-functional) to staff working in the cadre of Pharmacist in case of transfer on own request


PC-VI No. 383
RBE No. 12/2018
New Delhi, Dated: 23.01.2018
The General Manager (P),
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(as per mailing list)

Sub: Extension of benefit of Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 (Non-functional) to staff working in the cadre of Pharmacist in case of transfer on own request.

Pharmacists who join in the entry grade of GP Rs. 2800/- (presently Level 5) are eligible for non-functional upgradation to GP Rs. 4200/- (presently Level 6) after 2 years of regular service in the Grade, in terms of RBE No. 47/2010 dated 30.03.2010 as further clarified vide RBE No. 165/2010 dated 19.11.2010.

2. In the case of a Pharmacist who opts for an own request transfer to a different Railway / seniority units on bottom seniority, a query has been raised by North Western Railway as to whether the benefit of counting service in the old seniority unit will apply for the grant of Non-functional Upgradation to GP Rs. 4200/- (Level 6) for the said pharmacists, in the new seniority unit.

3. It is pointed out that the specific issue raised in para 2 above is already covered by circular No. E(NG)I-2006/PN1/5 dated 21.03.2006 (circulated as RBE No. 34/2006) and may be dealt in accordance with the terms of the said circular.

(S. Balachandra Iyer)
Executive Director, Pay Commission – II
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

DoPPW to Organise Next Pension Adalat on 9.2.2018

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DoPPW to Organise Next Pension Adalat on 9.2.2018

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare to organise next Pension Adalat on 9th February

The Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, will organise next Pension Adalat on 9th February, 2018 under the auspices of MoS (PP) Dr Jitendra Singh, wherein 34 grievances of 17 Ministries/Departments (including 3 unresolved grievances) will be considered. The issues include revision of Family Pension, Commutation of Pension, final settlement of GPF, Fixed Medical Allowance etc. In the first Pension Adalat conducted in September 2017, out of 29 grievances, 26 have been resolved. To strengthen the grievances redressal mechanism, the department has started Pension Adalat wherein unresolved grievances are taken up and petitioner along with concerned Ministry/Department, Banks, CPAO etc. are brought at one common platform with an objective to provide on the spot resolution of grievance.

Department of Pension formulates policy of pension and pension related matters of central government employees and ensures welfare of pensioners’ through various activities. The Department felt that laying down the policy only is not sufficient, it is also equally important to create awareness of updated rules amongst pensioners. At present the strength of Central Government pensioners are around 61 lakh scattered across the country. Web based system along with Print and electronic media is a viable source to reach out to the pensioners living in far flung areas of the country. Pensioners’ Portal is a web based single platform created with the objective to disseminate pension related information as well as to provide redressal of the pensioners’ grievances at a single point. The system has been strengthened and now available on mobile app.

In the recent years following orders have been issued for the benefit of pensioners/family pensioners:

Minimum pension has been enhanced from Rs.3500/- to Rs.9000/- per month;

In case of Disability Pension, minimum pension is Rs.18,000/- per month;

The ceiling of gratuity has been increased from the existing Rs.10 lakhs to Rs.20 lakhs;

Constant Attendant allowance has been increased from Rs.4500/per month to Rs.6750/- per month;

Fixed Medical allowance (FMA)enhanced from Rs. 500/- per month to

Rs.1000/- per month;

The rates of ex-gratia lump sum compensation being paid to the families of employees who die in performance of duty has been increased from existing Rs. 10-15 lakhs to Rs.25-45 lakhs;

Divorced daughter will be eligible for family pension if divorce case has been filed before the death of pensioner/family pensioner, even though the judgment has been passed after the death of the pensioner /family pensioner;

Permission of CMO/CGHS has been dispensed with for sanctioning Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to pensioners residing in cities/areas not covered under CGHS;

General Provident Fund (Central Service) Rules has been liberalized by raising the limits and by including more reasons for withdrawals. Procedures have been simplified by allowing subscribers to withdraw funds based on a simple declaration;

Order issued to ensure timely payment of final GPF. Responsibility to be fixed at each level if GPF final payment gets delayed.

In order to ensure timely and accurate settlement of pension, this department has started an online pension assessment and sanction system called ‘Bhavishya’. As of now 429 offices of civil ministries/departments are on the board of Bhavishya processing 15,000 pension cases of government employees. This system has been developed based on CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 with inbuilt automatic calculation system. It avoids repetition of manual entry at various levels, thereby reducing the chances of human error.

After implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, the cases of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners have also been processed on Bhavishya. The revision module in Bhavishya is based on concordance tables issued by Department of Pension & PW and facilitates the offices to revise pension cases without any manual calculation. As of now 35523 cases have been processed through Bhavishya.

This Department is also promoting use of submission of Digital Life Certificate among the pensioners so that they can submit life certificate from anywhere without waiting in long queue in banks. Till date 93% of pensioners accounts have been seeded with Aadhar number which enables them to avail the digital life certificate in future. From 01.11.2017 to 31.01.2018, total 61, 47,119 pensioners have submitted their life certificate through Jeevan Pramaan.

Department of Pension is regularly organizing Pre-Retirement Counseling (PRC) for employees nearing retirement to create awareness about the procedure of getting pensionary benefit in time and explore the opportunity using their skill towards nation building post retirement. Till date 38 PRCs have been conducted benefiting 3801 retiring government servants. Department also conducts Training of Trainers to strengthen in house capabilities of Government Ministries/Departments for conducting Pre-retirement counseling for their own retiring employees.

On the direction of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Department has developed ANUBHAV an online system of sharing experiences by retiring government employees. ANUBHAV is facilitating retiring officials to record their experiences and create a wealth of institutional memory for future generations. To encourage retirees for submission of quality write ups, an award scheme has also been instituted. In 2017, contributors of 16 write ups have been awarded by MoS (PP) Dr Jitendra Singh.

Source: PIB News

Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees

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Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees- Programmes to be organized by Youth Hostel Association of India.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

Dated: 02.02.2018


Sub: Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees- Programmes to be organized by Youth Hostel Association of India.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Personnel & Training’s Office Memorandum of even number dated 04.12.2015 regarding Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees(copy enclosed) and to inform that the Youth Hostel Association of India has offered various adventure programmes for Central Government Employees as per annexure.

3. Interested and eligible Central Government Employees may submit his/her application to Secratry, CCSCSB, Roon mo. 361-8 wing, Lok Nayak Bhawan,Khan Market, New Delhi or through e-mail at The reimbursement as admissible will be made after successful completion of programme. The applicant may submit expenditure details(fee receipt & Tickets in original) along with Aadhar Number and Bank Details(Name of Bank, Account Number, LESC Code and Branch Code) for smooth reimbursement of claim.

4. If there is any query regarding the payment of fee, availability of slot in respect of the above mentioned programme, applicant may contact Shri Ankit Gupta, Marketing Officer, 011-45999026.

(Kulbhushan Malhotra)
Secretary (CCSCSB)


Aadharr – No Need to Print it on Plastic/PVC Card or Laminated

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Aadharr – No Need to Print it on Plastic/PVC Card or Laminated

Ministry of Electronics & IT
Plastic or PVC Aadhaar Smart Card is not usable: UIDAI

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said today in a statement that the Plastic or PVC Aadhaar smart cards are often not usable as the QR code commonly becomes dysfunctional during such unauthorised printing at some vendor/shop. Also, there could be a possibility of sharing Aadhaar details (personal sensitive demographic information) without informed consent with some devious elements.

UIDAI reiterated that Aadhaar letter or its cutaway portion or downloaded versions of Aadhaar on ordinary paper or mAadhaar are perfectly valid and people should not yearn for the so-called Aadhaar smart card as it may make them fall to the ploys of some unscrupulous elements who are printing Aadhaar on a plastic/PVC sheet and charging anywhere between Rs.50 to Rs.300 or more.

UIDAI has asked people to keep away from such elements/shops/vendors. Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI said, “So-called Aadhaar Smart card is totally unnecessary and a waste as during such printing its QR code often becomes dysfunctional. The Aadhaar card or the downloaded Aadhaar card printed on ordinary paper or mAadhaar is perfectly valid for all kind of uses.”

“If a person has a paper Aadhaar card, there is absolutely no need to get his/her Aadhaar card laminated or obtain a plastic Aadhaar card or so called smart Aadhaar card by paying money. There is no concept such as smart or plastic Aadhaar card”, added Dr. Pandey.

In case a person loses his Aadhaar card, he can download his Aadhaar card free of cost from The print out of the downloaded Aadhaar card, even in black and white form, is as valid as the original Aadhaar letter sent by UIDAI. There is absolutely no need to print it on plastic/PVC card or get it laminated.

CEO, UIDAI advised people to be watchful for the protection of their privacy and recommended not to share their Aadhaar number or personal details to unauthorized agencies for getting it laminated, or printed on plastic card.

UIDAI has cautioned unauthorized Agencies not to collect Aadhaar information from general public for printing of Aadhaar card as collecting such information or unauthorized printing of Aadhaar card or aiding such persons in any manner amounts to a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment under Indian Penal Code and Aadhaar Act, 2016.

Source: PIB News

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