Thursday, January 22, 2015

Important Proposals for General Budget 2015-16 to Finance Minister: AIRF

Important Proposals for General Budget to Finance Minister – AIRF

AIRF has sent suggestions for General Budget to Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley.

All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055
Dated: January 20, 2015
Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Ministry of Finance,
(Government of India),
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Suggestions for the General Budget 2015-16

All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF), representing more 1.3 million Railwaymen, being the largest and oldest organization of the Railwaymen in India, wish to put-forth following important suggestions to be considered favourably while finalizing General Budget proposals for the Financial Year 2015-16:-

1. Railwaymen are always termed as “Second Line of Defence” in our country. While National Pension Scheme(NPS) was introduced w.e.f. 01.01.2004 for all the Central Government Employees, however, Defence personnel have since been exempted from this scheme and are covered by the Old Traditional Pension Scheme/Family Pension Scheme with full social security.

AIRF is also struggling hard from the day-one to exempt the Railwaymen also from the NPS, and ultimately the then Hon’ble Minister for Railways Shri Mallikarjun Kharge on persuasions of the AIRF had recommended this issue to the then Hon’ble Finance Minister vide his letter No.2012/F(E)III/1/4-Part dated 29th March, 2014. AIRF, therefore, urges that, necessary provision to this effect may be made in the ensuing General Budget, so as to cover all the Railwaymen, irrespective of their date of appointment under Old Pension/Family Pension Scheme.

2. The BJP in the election campaign of the 16th Lok Sabha had repeatedly assured to raise ceiling limit of Income Tax adequately. It may be appreciated that, due to market inflation, the actual value of the “Rupee” has devaluated to the greatest extent as the Dearness Allowance being paid to compensate the devaluation the rupee has already crossed 107%. Therefore, it would be highly appreciated, if ceiling limit of the Income Tax is raised to at least Rs.5 lakh.

3. Education and medical facilities are gradually going out of reach of the common man because of business type institutions and private hospitals. The public education system and medical facilities have deteriorated over the years, due to inadequacy of funds being allocated under these heads. There being urgent need of augmenting education and medical facilities for the common man, allotment of funds under these heads needs to be raised to 6% and 4% of the GDP respectively.

4. In the wake of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India’s announcement at Varanasi on 25th December, 2014, while celebrating “Good Governance Day”, that different railway stations of the Indian Railways shall be augmented for the purpose of skill development, adequate fund allocation needs to be made for this purpose, so that necessary facilities are created on the earmarked railway stations for this purpose.

5. In the Rail Budget for the year 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, the then Hon’ble Minister for Railways made announcement for establishment of Medical/Technical Institutions on certain important Railheads, but on account of paucity of funds, these welfare schemes could not see the day of light. Therefore, with a view to augment educational facilities of medical and technical education, some funds may be provided from the General Budget for this purpose.

6. Indian Railways being the lifeline of the country urgently need adequate budgetary support from the General Budget to augment the services as also to run this organization more safely and efficiently. It may also be appreciated that, since Indian Railways is a government organization, no Dividend and Lease Charges should be recovered from the Railways.

7. Indian Railways employees more than 13 lakh employees, and the former Hon’ble Minister for Railways had also announced “Own Your House Scheme”. Therefore, that scheme should be launched, so as to provide them house well before their retirement.


Tele : 011-25684946
ASCON : 36832
 Central Organisation ECHS
Adjutant General’s Branch
IHQ of MoD (Army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt – 110 010
9 Jan 2015
IHQ of MoD (Navy) /PD ECHS (N)
Air HQ (Subroto Park) / DAV
HQ Southern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Eastern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Western Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Central Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Northern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ South Western Command (A/ECHS)
All Regional Centre ECHS


1. Refer Central Org ECHS letter No B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS dated 13 Nov 2014 (copy att).

2. ECHS membership is compulsory for all retirees post 01 Apr 2003. It is very important that units processing pension documents should be clear about eligibility criteria for becoming and ECHS member. It is clarified once again that it is mandatory to meet the following conditions to be eligible for ECHS membership:-

(a) Indl should have an Ex-serviceman status.
(b) Indl should be in receipt of Pension / Family Pension / Disability Pension.

3. Certain cases have come to notice, where non eligible members have been granted ECHS membership, while proceeding on per mature release (i.e w/o pension). Necessary directions be issued to all concerned to ensure only eligible ESMs are extended ECHS benefits.
(Sanjeev Saroch)
Dir (Ops & Coord)
Encls : As above
All Secs
Tele : 011-25684946
ASCON : 36832
Central Orgaisation ECHS
Adjutant General’s Branch
Fax : 011-25684946 IHQ of MoD (Army)
Email : Maude Line
Delhi Cantt – 100 010
13 Nov 2014
IHQ of MoD (Navy) / PD ECHS (N)
Air HQ (Subroto Park) DAV
HQ Southern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Eastern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Western Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Central Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Northern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ South Western Command (A/ECHS)
All Regional Centre ECHS

1. Refer to Central Org ECHS letter No B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS dated 07 Dec 2012.

2. A No of clarifications are being solicited at Central Org ECHS regarding eligibility criteria for ECHS membership in respect of dependents of ESM. The subject matter has been examined at this HQ and It is clarified that ECHS facilities are being extended to dependents of ECHS members, as applicable in CGHS, in accordance with Gol, MoD letter No 18(17)/2011/ US(WE) dated 31 Oct 2012(copy encl).

3. Pl visit ECHS website for any clarification / updation on the subject.
(Sanjccv Saroch)
Dir (Ops & Coord)
Enclosure. As above
All Sections &
Web JCO -for uploading on ECHS website

Government of India
Ministry of Defence
(Department of EX Servicemen)
New Delhi, Dated the 31st Oct, 2012
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief of Navy Staff
The Chief of Air Staff
With reference to GoI, MoD letter Nos. 22(01)/01/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 30th Dec 2002 and 22(01)/01/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 1st April 2003, I am directed to convey the sanction of the Government to amend Paca 2 as follows:-

For The scheme would cater for medicare off all Ex Servicemen in receipt of pension including disability pension and family pensioners, as also dependents to include wife/husband, legitimate children and wholly dependent parents. The son with permanent disability of any kind (physical or mental) of entitled category of ECHS would be eligible for life long facility of medical treatment. The scheme will comprise as follows (Rest no change).

Read The scheme would cater for medicare for all Ex-servicemen in receipt of pension including disability pension and family pensioner, as also dependents as a;;licable in CGHS. The scheme will comprise as follows (Rest no change).

2. This issue with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) U.O No. 3974/2012.Fin/Pen. Dated 30th Oct 2012.
Yours faithfully
(HK Mallick)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Launch of scheme for Girl Child named “Sukanya Samridhhi Account” by Hon’ble Prime Minister

Launch of scheme for Girl Child named “Sukanya Samridhhi Account” by Hon’ble Prime Minister

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign at Panipat on January 22, he would also introduce an ambitious scheme ‘Sukanya Samruddhi Account’ to make girls financially empowered.

Modeled on the pattern of small savings schemes of the government, the Centre would offer high rate of interest for account holders under the new scheme. For the current financial year, this would work out to 9.1%. For the sake of simplicity, the manner of interest calculation would be similar to public provident fund (PPF).

Under the scheme, the account can be opened from the birth of the girl child till she attains the age of 10. A girl child who attained the age of 10 years, one year prior to notification, will also be eligible. The account can be opened by an amount of Rs 1,000 and in a financial year investment ceiling is Rs 1.5 lakh. The child can close the account earliest at the age of 21 years with option of keeping the account till marriage.

The exemption on investments made under the scheme will also be eligible for exemption under 80C of Income Tax Act, 1961.

To view Department of Economic Affairs OM No.2/3/2014.NS-II dated 20/01/2015 please Click Here.

Combined Defence Services Examination (I) – 2015

Combined Defence Services Examination (I) – 2015

Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) -2015 on 15/02/2015 (Sunday) at 41 Centres all over India as per notification dated November 08, 2014. e-Admission Certificates are available on the Union Public Service Commission web-site Candidates are advised to download and check their e-Admission Certificates carefully and bring discrepancy, if any, to the notice of the Commission immediately. Rejection Letters citing the ground(s) for rejection have been issued through e-mails and also put on Commission’s web-site In case any difficulty faced by the candidates in downloading e-Admission Certificates, they may contact the UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone Nos. 011-23385271, 011-23381125 & 011-23098543 on any working days between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM. The candidates can also send FAX message on FAX No. 011-23387310. No Admission Certificate will be sent by post.
In case the photograph is not printed clear on the e-Admission Certificates, candidates are advised to carry three (3) photographs (one identical photograph for each session) alongwith proof of Identity such as Aadhar Card or Identity Card or Voter Identity Card or Passport or Driving License and printout of e-Admission Certificate at the venue of the Examination.


(a) Mobile Phones, Pagers or any other communication devices are not allowed inside the premises, where UPSC Examination is being conducted. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future examination.

(b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned items including mobile phones/pagers to the venue of the examination, as arrangements for safekeeping can not be assured.


MACP on Promotion Hierarchy: Appeal to contribute for expenditure to fight the case in Supreme Court

MACP on Promotion Hierarchy: Ministerial Staff Association’s appeal contribute for expenditure to fight the case in Supreme Court as per Convener of Steering Committee information that the expenses in the court case are expected to cross over Rs.15 lacs.


Dated:- 19th January 2015
All the respected Members of Ministerial Staff Association, Survey of India are hereby informed that Special Leave Petition in the Matter to MACP on Promotion Hierarchy has been filed by the Union of India & Others V/s some of the Govt. Servants in the Honourable Supreme Court of India.

It is further informed that the undersigned, along with the Vice President (CHQ) MSA has attended the meeting of the Steering Committee on the matter of MACP on Promotion Hierarchy, at New Delhi on 11.12.2014. Convenor of the Steering Committee Com. Pillai had informed the house that the expenses in the subject Court case are expected to cross over Rs. 15 lacs. As such the Central Government
Associations/Unions from all over India, have agreed to financial contribution for fighting the case to meet the justice. In the interest of our members, MSA, SOI has also committed to contribute some amount for the purpose.

Therefore, I do hereby appeal to all my respected members of MSA, whether they are affected by the MACP on Promotion Hierarchy or not, to please contribute at least Rs. 100/- per member, with their respective Branch Secretaries and the collected amount with list of members, may be sent to the undersigned latest by 10.02.2015, positively.

Hoping for your full co-operation and support.
Comradely Yours

Injustice to newly recruited Accountant in respect of 1st increment of service life – NFCAA

All India Civil Accounts Employees Association’s letter to CGA regarding redressal of injustice to newly recruited Accountant in respect of 1st increment of service life due to Confirmatory Examination

All India Civil Accounts Employees Association
No: AICAEA/HQ/A-2/2015/49-50
Dated: 19.01.2015
Shri Jawahar Thakur,
Controller General of Accounts,
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
Loknayak Bhawan,
Khan Market,
New Delhi – 110003

Subject:- Injustice to newly recruited Accountant in respect of 1st increment of service life – Request for redressal regarding.

I am directed to draw your kind attention to the fact that the newly recruited Accountants are allowed 1st increment of his service career from 1st day of July in any year that comes after passing of his departmental confirmatory Examination though they may otherwise eligible for such increment on the 1st day of July of the previous year. As illustration it can be said that if an Accountant joins in November – 2013, the present systems of examination etc. makes him eligible to sit for Departmental Confirmatory Examination only in the beginning of the year of 2014. This results his increment w.e.f. 1st July 2014 i.e. after 17/18 month from his date of joining service. This is grossly against sprit of all ideas related to such Confirmatory Examination and highly demoralizing.

Under such circumstances, I would request you to issue orders to effect the increment retrospectively i.e. from the 1st day of July that comes immediately after joining of six month of a newly recruited Accountant who qualified the Department Confirmatory Examination.

Thanking you,
Yours Sincerely,
(V. Bhattacharjee)
Secretary General


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