Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Grant of funds for Modernisation of Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens located in Central Government Offices: DoPT Order

Grant of funds for Modernisation of Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens located in Central Government Offices: DoPT Order

No.20/1/2015-Dir.(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG. and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi, dated 31st July, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject : Grant of funds for Modernisation of Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens located in Central Government Offices.

The undersigned is directed to state that Department of Personnel and Training has initiated a scheme whereby financial assistance would be provided to individual Ministries/Deptts. and their attached/subordinate offices for the modernisation of Departmental Canteens under their administrative charge.
2. Approved scheme for provision of funds to Ministries/Deptts. and their attached/subordinate offices is enclosed for ready reference. The funds will be provided on first-cum-first serve basis.

3. All Ministries/Deptts. and their attached/subordinate offices are requested to assess the need for modernisation of Departmental Canteens under their administrative charge and forward their proposal for grant of funds to this Department after obtaining the approval of respective IFDs.
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(Pratima Tyagi)
Director(Canteens)
Source: DoPT Click here

TA DA and Honorarium Payable to Official and Non-Official Members/Experts: UGC

TA DA and Honorarium Payable to Official and Non-Official Members/Experts: UGC

UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION
BAHADUR SHAH ZAFAR MARG
NEW DELHI – 110 002
NO.F.21-1/2015(FD-I/B)
29 July, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
TA/DA AND HONORARIUM PAYABLE TO OFFICIAL AND NON-OFFICIAL MEMBERS/EXPERTS

In supersession of UGC OM. No.1-4/2009 (FD-I/B) dated May 14, 2009, the Rules for TA/DA and Honorarium payable to the Official and non-Official members and experts will be as under:-
The categories of Official and Non-Official Members are as follows:-
Serving (State/Central) Government servants, Semi Government/ Autonomous Bodies, Employees paid from the Consolidated Fund of India or through Grants-in-aid are treated as Official Members.
All others including retired Government Servants and retired/ex-member of the University Grants Commission or Statutory Bodies viz. Universities, Institutions, Councils, Boards and Societies etc. are tO be treated as Non-Official Members.
“Permanent Account Number (PAN) allotted by the lncOme Tax. Authorities has to be indicated by the member/expert invariably while filling up the Bill”. Payment of TA/DA will be made through E-mode in the bank accounts of members. Hence, Experts are required to attach a copy of a cancelled cheque leaf ,with their claims.
1. HONORARIUM
1. Rs.3,000/- per day for per meeting subject to maximum of Rs.5,000/- per day irrespective of number of meeting in a day.
2. Rs.5,000/- per day for inspection/visit of various committees to institutions/ Universities /organizations.
2. TRAVELLING ALLOWANCE
Outstation Members/Experts;
(i) Travel by Air: The members (Officials as well as non-official) will be entitled to travel by air if he/she was entitled before retirement. Journey by Economy Class will be allowed as an economy measure and will be regulated as per their entitlement, subject to air travel restricted to Economy class only except those who are/were in the apex scale or, equivalent prior to retirement. However, the members working or retired from Apex scale (Rs.80,000 (fixed), Rs.26,000/8000 (Pre-revised)or higher would be eligible for Business Class. As and when the above Economy Measure is relaxed. others may be allowed to travel by their entitled class to the extent of such relaxation. Non-entitled members will be entitled for journey by air, on specific prior approval of Chairman, UGC. The journey by Air India is to be performed for the sectors where it ply. in other sectors,.journey by private airlines will be allowed. The members/experts entitled to travel by air may travel by helicopter in case place is not connected by air. However, hiring of charter helicopter, will not be permissible. The claim for air journey is to be supported by boarding cards.
(ii) Travel by Train: The members/experts will be entitled to travel by all trains including Rajdhani Express/Shatabadi Express, by Ac-2 Tier/Chair Car.
NOTE

(a) Train/Air tickets will be arranged by the UGC Travel DESK for a UGC Meetings, if TA/DA is paid by the UGC.
(b) The cancellation charges shall also be reimbursable in case of cancellation or postponement of meeting by the UGC [For sl. No. 2. (i) & (ii)].  The specific approval for the same would be required for claiming such amount.

(iii) The outstation members/experts for intercity travel from the place of residence/Office to the place of meeting and back or in between the places of residence and meeting place & back (located not more than 350 kms each side) may travel by their own vehicle or by hired taxi (receipt to be produced). In such case, road mileage @ Rs.16/- per km for journey performed between A & A-1 Class cities and North Eastern Regions/Hilly Regions (both stations)and @Rs.12/-per km in other cities will be allowed on point to point basis. No night halting or driver allowance will be allowed. However, toll taxes/entry tax etc, if any, will be reimbursed on production of receipt.
If the distance is more than 350 kms (each side), either the road mileage will be restricted to 350 kms or to the fare of train as per entitlement/air by economy class/AC bus as available on that particular route (as-per the option of member.)
(iv) The local taxi fare at State Transport Authority (STA) rates applicable in the State from residence/office to Airport/Railway Station/Bus Stand and from Place of meeting to Airport/Railway Station/Bus Stand is payable. Where there are no rates notified by State Transport Authority, the Taxi or Own Car fare @Rs.14/-per km and AC Taxi Rs.16/- Per Km. (Rs.25/- for first km upon downing the meter) and Auto-Riksha @ Rs.8/-per km (Rs.25l- for first 2 km upon downing the meter) and thereafter Rs.8/- per km shall be reimbursable. The re-imbursement of pre-paid or post-paid taxi fare (including toll taxes) on point to point basis will be allowed on actual basis on production of receipt. Taxi fare for full day will not be reimbursed.

(v) The night charges @25% will additionally be allowed if starting the journey by road/ by own car or taxi between 11.00 pm. to 5.00 am. [For Sl. No. 2. (iv)]
Local Experts
Local Experts will be reimbursed taxi charges @ Rs.14/- per km. and for “Ac ‘Iaxi @ Rs.16/- per km. from residence/office, as per entitlement, to the place of meeting & back on point to point basis. Taxi for full day will not be allowed for reimbursement.
3. DAILY ALLOWANCE:
(i) Outstation Member/experts:
Following rates of Boarding & Lodging etc. as applicable to the Central Govt- Employee will be applicable to the Experts:-

S. No. Classification
Rate per day of Boarding
(Rs.)
Rate per day of Lodging*
(Rs.)
1. Experts working/retired in GP or AGP of Rs.10,000/- and above and also those in pay scale of HAG + and above 750/- 7,500/-
2. Experts in GP or AGP of Rs.7600/- and above but less than Rs.10,000/- 450/- 4,500/-
3. Experts in GP or AGP of Rs.5400/- but less than Rs.7600/- 300/- 2,250
4. Experts in GP or AGP less than Rs.5400/- 225/- 750/-

*1. Lodging charges are admissible subject to actual on production of receipt.
2. Boarding charges will be reimbursed on production of receipt/self certification.
3. No lodging charges will be paid if self arrangement is made.

(ii) Local Members/Experts:
No DA. is payable to Local Members/Experts.
4. UGC Officers/Officials will be covered under FR/SRs (TA) Rules.
5. This issues with the approval of University Grants Commission in its 508th Meeting held on 27.07.2015.
(Dr. Jitendra Kr. Tripathi)
Joint Secretary (Finance)
Source: http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/1547480_TA-DA.pdf

Monday, August 3, 2015

National Holiday Allowance – Upward revision of rates: Railway Board's reply on NFIR Reference

National Holiday Allowance – Upward revision of rates: Railway Board's reply on NFIR Reference
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No. E(P&A)I-2013/FE-4/3
New Delhi dated 29 -07-2014.
 The General Secretary
NFIR,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi.

Sir,
    Sub: National Holiday Allowance – Upward revision of rates – reg.
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The undersigned is direct to refer to your letter No. I/5(g)/Part V dated 03.07.2015 on the above demand cited subject and to state that VII CPC is examining the issue in respect of rate of NHA along with rates of other allowances. As such, it is perhaps not an appropriate time to consider any kind of revision or deviation from the existing rates NHA. In the circumstances the final report/recommendations of VII CPC may be awaited. The PNM Item No. 5/2013 may be closed.

For Secretary,
Railway Board.
Source: NFIR

Simplification of procedure for payment of pension and other benefits : Exercise of option regarding

Simplification of procedure for payment of pension and other benefits : Exercise of option regarding.
G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.25014/1/2014-AIS-II, dated 28.7.2015

Subject : Clarification on simplification of procedure for payment of pension and other benefits to AIS officers retiring from Govt of India/State Govt : exercise of option regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments Order No.25014/2/2002- AIS-II dated 11th April, 2007 wherein measures for simplification of payment of pension and other retirement benefits to All India Services officers retiring/retired from Government of India/State Government have been revised and the Government of India had taken over the entire pension liability of all the All India Service officers. Besides, all retiring All India Service officers either from the Central Government or State Government uniformly have the option of drawl of their pension through Government of India or through the State Government. However, in the aforesaid order dated 11th April, 2007, the issue of revocation of their earlier option for drawl of pension exercised by the All India Service pensioners was silent.

(2) Accordingly, keeping in view the aging factor and to ease and comfort in a retired life, the issue of exercising option for drawing pension either from Government of India or State Government was revisited in this Department in consultation with the Central Pension Accounting Office, Department of Expenditure and Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare and has decided that the option exercised by the pensioner for drawl of pension/family pension either from the Government of India or State Government in reference to this Departments Order dated 11th April , 2007 would continue as “Zero option’ (option exercised at the time of retirement would constitute as zero option).

(3) Thereafter, the retired officer can further make two options for which the first option would be permitted without obtaining the permission of Central Government and the second option would require permission of the Central Government. No further option shall be considered after the Second option is permitted by the Central Government. The first option shall be applied by the pensioner to the Drawing Disbursing Authority Of her/his pension in the prescribed format (Annexure-I).

(4) The proposal for revocation of earlier options which required permission of Central Government shall be applied to the concerned Cadre Controlling Authority of All India Services in the prescribed format (Annexure-II) and such proposal shall be processed in consultation with the Chief Controller (Pension), Central Pension Accounting Office (Department of Expenditure), New Delhi for according approval of the Secretary of the concerned Cadre Controlling Authority .

5. It is to state that every time a change in option is made, it shall be notified to the Central Pension Accounts Office (Department of Expenditure) for carrying out necessary updation in its data base.

(6) The revised format for exercising zero option for drawl of pension in respect of retiring/retired members of All India Services is annexed as Annexure-III.

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

Relief to lakhs of pre-2006 retirees of the Armed Forces and Central Government

Relief to lakhs of pre-2006 retirees of the Armed Forces and Central Government
Pre-2006 retirees get pension relief

Finally, after many twists and turns, it has arrived! In a relief to lakhs of pre-2006 retirees of the armed forces and central government, their pension has been revised with effect from January 1, 2006, rather than from September 24, 2012.

The department of pension and pensioners’ welfare (DoPPW) issued the universal orders regarding this revision on Thursday. Anomalies in the fixation of the pension of the pre-2006 central government retirees had come to light after the implementation of the recommendations of the sixth Pay Commission. The issue was whether pension was to be calculated based on the minimum of pay for each rank/grade within the newly introduced bands or on the minimum of the pay-band itself.

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) then corrected it and ruled that the pension would be calculated on the basis of the minimum of pay for each rank/grade within a particular band, which gives the retirees a higher pension.

Read more at : Hindustan Times

119% DA from July 2015 – NFIR Report

119% DA from July 2015 – NFIR Report

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen published a message on its official portal regarding an additional Dearness Allowance effective from July 2015 to Dec 2015 for Central Government Employees.

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110 055
No.I/5(A)/Part.I
Dated: 01/08/2015
MESSAGE

With the announcement of All India Consumer Price Index for the month of June, 2015, the average stood at 254.41. Hence the Central Government Employees are entitled for D.A. at 119% of pay w.e.f.01/07/2015.
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(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Copy to all General Secretaries of affiliated Unions of NFIR.
Media Center/NFIR

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