Wednesday, January 16, 2013

CGHS Orders 2013 : Regarding tests/investigations at private hospitals / diagnostic laboratories / imaging centres empanelled under CGHS.

CGHS Orders 2013 : Regarding tests/investigations at private hospitals / diagnostic laboratories / imaging centres empanelled under CGHS. ( Office Memorandum of even no. dated 1st January, 2013)


S-11045/40 /2012/CGHS/HEC/CGHS (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 15th January, 2013


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: Regarding tests/investigations at private hospitals / diagnostic laboratories / imaging centres empanelled under CGHS.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the Office Memorandum of even no. dated 1st January, 2013 on the above subject and to further lay down the procedure for getting the diagnostic tests / investigations carried out at the CGHS empanelled private hospitals / diagnostic laboratories / imaging centres on a valid prescription issued by a CGHS Medical Officer / Government Specialist, without a referral / permission letter from the Department concerned or CMO-in-charge of CGHS Weliness Centre, as the case may be.

2. The CGHS empanelled private hospitals / diagnostic laboratories / imaging centres shall perform the investigations /diagnostic tests as prescribed by the CGHS Medical Officer /Government Specialist on cashless basis to the CGHS pensioner beneficiaries, ex-MPs, freedom fighters and other eligible categories of CGHS beneficiaries, who are presently eligible for credit facility, at CGHS approved rates, only in respect of the tests / investigations for which CGHS rates are available.

3. The Serving beneficiaries will not require any permission from their Department for getting the diagnostic tests / investigations carried out in a CGHS empanelled private hospital /diagnostic laboratory / imaging centre in respect of investigations for which CGHS rates are available. They will get the prescribed tests done on payment basis and claim reimbursement from their Office.

4. For providing cashless facilities to the eligible CGHS beneficiaries, the empanelled private hospital / diagnostic laboratory / imaging centre shall obtain the prescription either in original or self-attested copy of the prescription and self attested photocopies of the CGHS card of the patient and the CGHS card of the main CGHS card holder beneficiary and enclose the same with their bills for claiming payment from CGHS or the Department concerned, as the case may be. The hospital / diagnostic laboratory / imaging centre shall
however, verify the self attested copies from the original prescription / CGHS cards, before allowing the credit facility to the eligible CGHS beneficiary.

5. The medical prescription issued by a CGHS Medical Officer / Government Specialist prescribing diagnostic tests / investigations shall be treated as valid for a single use within a period of two weeks from the date of prescription unless specifically provided otherwise by the Government Specialist in the prescription, about the date or period after which the prescribed tests are to be conducted for a follow up treatment. The medical prescription would require revalidation or issue of a fresh prescription from the prescribing CGHS doctor/Government Specialist for getting the prescribed tests done after expiry of the validity period of two weeks, as indicated above.

6. The CGHS empanelled private hospitals / diagnostic laboratories / imaging centres shall provide cashless facilities to the serving CGHS beneficiaries entitled for credit facilities in terms of this Ministry’s OM No Rec.1-2008/ Gr./CGHS/Delhi/CGHS (P) dated 10.06.2008, on submission of a self attested photocopy of his / her identity card issued by the Department / Ministry, alongwith self attested photocopies of the CGHS card of the patient and the main cardholder. The hospital / diagnostic laboratory / imaging centre shall enclose the above documents with their bills to the Department concerned for claiming payment.

sd/-
(V.P.Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India


Source: www.msotransparent.nic.in
[http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File561.pdf]

MACP Scheme for Railway Servants – Treatment of employees selected under LDCE/ GDCE Scheme – Clarification reg.

AIRF is a largest Trade Union in Indian Railway, General Secretary of AIRF writes a letter to the Secretary of Railway Board regarding that extending the benefit of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme to the candidates selected through LDCE / GDCE. The text of the letter is reproduced and given below for your information...
 
MACP Scheme for Railway Servants – Treatment of employees selected under LDCE/ GDCE Scheme – Clarification reg.
 
All India Railwaymen's Federation
 
No.AIRF/MACPS  
 
Dated: January 8, 2013
The Secretary(E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi
 
Dear Sir,
Sub: MACP Scheme for Railway Servants – Treatment of employees selected under LDCE / GDCE Scheme – Clarification reg.
Ref:  Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2(RBE No.100/2012) dated 12.09.2012
 
As per Railway Board’s letter under reference, while extending benefit of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme, the candidates selected through LDCE/GDCE on a post for which recruitment rules provide for Direct Recruitment, their promotion through above process on the said post are to be treated as Direct Recruitment for the purpose of granting benefit under the said scheme.
 
As per para 140(i) of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume-I(Revised Edition 1989), Intermediate Apprentices selected against 25% Intermediate Apprentice Quota(Talented Quota) do fulfill above criteria, as the said para clearly stipulates that 75% of the vacancies in the category of Jr. Engineer in Mechanical, Electrical, Engineering Departments and Draftsmen category of these departments will be filled by induction of Apprentice Mechanics, as such those selected against 25% Intermediate Apprentice Quota(Talented Quota) may also be considered to  have been directly recruited on these posts. They should, therefore, be extended the benefit under MACP Scheme as per para(i) of Railway Board’s letter referred to above.
 
The Board are, therefore, requested to issue necessary clarification to all the Zonal Railways and Production Units so that the Jr. Engineers selected through LDCE against 25% Intermediate Apprentice Quota(Talented Quota) are granted financial upgradation under MACP Scheme, treating them as Directly Recruited to these posts. 
 
An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.
 
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary 

Stepping up of pay of senior employees on par with junior in financial upgradation under ACP / MACPS

AIRF once again writes to Railway Board as a reminder to issue clarifications on stepping up of pay of senior employees on par with junior in financial upgradation under ACP/MACPS. The letter is given below for your ready reference...
 
Stepping up of pay of senior employees on par with junior in financial upgradation under ACP / MACPS and other clarifications issued by the DoP&T on ACP/MACPS
 
All India Railwaymen's Federation
 
D.O.No.AIRF/MACPS(346)            
 
Dated: January 9, 2013
Dear Shri S.K. Seth Ji, 
 
Sub: Stepping up of pay of senior employees on par with junior in financial upgradation under ACP/MACPS and other clarifications issued by the DoP&T on ACP/MACPS 
 
Ref:   DoP&T’s O.M.No.35034/1/97-Estt.(D) dated 04.10.2012 and No.35034/3/2008-Estt.(D)(Vol. II) dated 04.10.2012
 
I would like to invite your kind attention towards this office correspondence resting with your office vide letters of even number dated 10th November, 2012 and 29th December, 2012, wherein it was requested to circulate above cited OMs of the DoP&T to the General Managers of the Indian Railways.
 
Since these clarifications are of immense importance and would affect the emoluments of the Railway employees, the same are urgently required to be circulated to the General Managers of all the Zonal Railways and Production Units.
 
Your personal intervention in this matter is, therefore, sought to get these OMs of the DoP&T circulated to all the Railways and Production Units without further loss of time as more than three months’ time has already elapsed after circulation of the same by the DoP&T.  
 
With regards!
   
Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
   
Shri S.K. Seth, 
Addl. Member(Staff), 
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Grant of Child Care Leave to Widower Male Employees

Railway Board has replied to the General Secretary of AIRF, 'There is no provision for granting Child Care Leave to male employees at this moment, however your suggestion has been noted. Any change in the position when ever occurred will be publicized widely'.
 
Reply of Railway Board on the reference of AIRF regarding CCL to widower Male employees of Indian Railways.
 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD)
 
No. E(P&A)I-2011/CPC/LE-3
 
New Delhi, dated 03.01.2013
 
The General Secretary,
AIRF,
4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi-110 055
 
Sir,
Sub : Grant of CCL to widower Railway employee In the event of death of wife left behind two surviving children.
Ref : Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2011/CPC/LE3 dated 03.05.2012.
 
The undersigned is directed to refer to your letter No. AIRF/50(95) dated 19.04.2012 on the above cited subject and it is stated that the matter regarding grant of CCL to widower male employees at par with female employees was referred to DOP&T, which is nodal department in the matter of Leave. In this regard, DOP&T has advised that "At present, there is no provision for granting Child Care Leave to male employee. The recommendations of 6th CPC in this regard was only for the female govt. servant. However your suggestion has been noted. Any change in the position when ever occurred will be publicized widely.
 
Copy to DDE(LR)II
 
sd/-
For Secretary, 
Railway Board

A brief note of the Ministry of DOPT on New Pension Scheme - Retirement Benefits

A brief note of the Ministry of DOPT on New Pension Scheme - Retirement Benefits
 
The below questions raised by the Hon'ble Member of Parliament Shri.Aswamedh Devi in the Lok Sabha and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Ministers Office Shri. V. NARAYANASAMY answered to the question below quoted on 05.12.2012 in the written form as follows...
 
Questions :-
Whether the Union Government employees recruited after January, 2004 are not eligible for retirement benefits such as pension, GPF and gratuity..?
Whether not providing gratuity, pension and GPF facility is a discrimination with employees recruited after January, 2004 as the same is being provided to the employees of private sector..?
Whether the Government proposes to provide all retirement benefits including gratuity to the Government servants recruited after January, 2004..?
 
Answer :-
A new restructured defined contribution pension system for the new entrants to Central Government service, except to the Armed Forces, replacing the system of defined benefit pension including GPF, was notified on 22nd December, 2003. The Government employees appointed on or after 1.1.2004 and governed by the New Pension System can withdraw 60% of their Pension Fund as a lumpsum when they retire and the balance 40% of their wealth is used to purchase an annuity scheme from a life insurance company of their choice, which will pay him/her a monthly pension for the rest of his life. In casethe employees leave the New Pension Scheme prior to age 60, the mandatory anuitization would be 80% of the pension wealth.
 
The monthly annuity under the New Pension Scheme is only a replacement of pension on retirement and family pension on death after retirement. The benefits of Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity (DCRG) and pension/family pension have been provisionally allowed, vide Department of Pension & Pensioners` Welfare OM No. 38/41/06-P&PW(A) dated 5.5.2009, in respect of the Central Government servants covered by the New Pension Scheme in cases where a Government Servant is retired on invalidation/disability and in the case of death of a Government servant in service, on the same rates as are applicable under the old pension scheme, i.e. CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.
 
The details of DCRG payable to employees of Central Government under NPS are as under:
 
(i) The retirement gratuity is payable to the retiring Government servant. A minimum of 5 years qualifying service and eligibility to receive service gratuity/ pension is essential to get this one time lump sum benefit. Retirement gratuity is calculated @ l/4lh of a month`s Basic Pay plus Dearness Allowance drawn before retirement for each completed six monthly period of qualifying service. The maximum retirement gratuity payable is 16 XA times the Basic Pay, subject to a maximum of Rs. 10 lakhs.
 
(ii) If the Government Servant dies while in service, the death gratuity shall be paid to his family at the rates furnished in the table below:

S.No.Length of Qualifying ServiceRate of Death Gratuity
1.Less than one year2 times of emoluments
2.One year or more but less than 5 years6 times of emoluments
3.5 years or more but less than 20 years12 times of emoluments
4.20 years or moreHalf of emoluments for every completed six monthly period of qualifying service subject to a maximum of 33 times of emoluments.

Maximum amount of Death Gratuity admissible is Rs. 10 lakhs w.e.f. 1.1.2006.

Amendment in Pension Rules : Central Civil Services (pension) Second Amendment Rules, 2012

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare)

New Delhi, the 27th December, 2012
NOTIFICATION

GS.R. 938(E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 and clause (5) of article 148 of the Constitution and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in relation to persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President here by makes the following rules further to amend the Central Civil Services (pension) Rules, 1972, namely:-

1. (1) These rules may be called the Central Civil Services (pension) Second Amendment Rules, 2012.

(2) These rules shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2 In the Central Civil, Services (pension) Rules, 1972, in Rule 54,-
(a) in sub-rule (6),-

(i) in Explanation 1, for the words "daughter shall", the words "daughter, except a disabled son or daughter," shall be substituted;

(ii) in Explanation 3, for the words "her re-marriage or parents", the words "her re-marriage or by the disabled son or daughter or by parents;" shall be substituted;

(b) sub-rule 13-A shall be omitted;

(c) sub-rule 13-B shall be omitted.

[F.No. 1/33/2012-P&PW(E)] .
SUJASHA CHOWDHURY, Dy. Secy.


Source: www.pesnionersportal.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/Notification_271212_English.pdf]

CGEGIS Table 2013 : CGEGIS Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 1.1.2013 to 31.12.2013

CGEGIS Table 2013 : CGEGIS Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 1.1.2013 to 31.12.2013
 
Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme 1980 - Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 1.1.2013 to 31.12.2013. Finance Ministry has issued an Office Memorandum regarding that the CGEGIS tables of benefits for the savings fund for the period from 1.1.2013 to 31.12.2013 on its website today, the text of the order is given below for your information..
 

No.7(2)/EV/2012
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
 
New Delhi, the 15th January, 2013
 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
 
Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 — Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.01.2013 to 31.12.2013.
 
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry's O.M. No.7 (1)/EV/2012 dated 9th May, 2012 forwarding therewith Tables of Benefits under CGEGIS for the year 2012. New Tables of Benefits for the savings fund of the Scheme based on a subscription of Rs. 10 per month from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs.15 per month w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards have been prepared for the year 2013 and a copy of the table is enclosed. Another Table of Benefits for the savings fund based on a subscription of Rs.10 per month for those employees who had opted out of the revised rates of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990 have also been drawn up for the year 2013 and a copy of that table is also enclosed. The amounts in the Tables have been worked out on the basis of interest @ 10% per annum(compounded quarterly) for the period from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1982, 11% per annum(compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.1983 to 31.12.1986. 12% per annum(compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.I.1987 to 31.12.2000. 11% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.2001 to 31.12.2001, 9.5% per annum(compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.2002 to 31.12.2002, 9.0% per annum(compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.2003 to 31.12.2003, 8% A per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.1.2004 to 30.11.2011, 8.6% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.12.2011 to 3 1.03.2012 and 8.8% per annum (compounded quarterly) w.e.f. 1.04.2012 onwards. The mortality rate under the Scheme has been taken as 3.75 per thousand per annum up to 31.12.1987 and 3.60 per thousand per annum thereafter in both the cases. While calculating the amount it has been assumed that the subscription has been recovered or will be recovered from the salary of the month in which a member ceases to be in service failing which it should be deducted from accumulated amounts payable.
 
2. In its application to the employees of indian Audit and Accounts Department,this Office Memorandum issues in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
 
sd/-
(VIJAY KUMAR SINGH)
DIRECTOR
 
Source: www.finmin.nic.in
[http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/CGEGIS/CGEISTable15012013.pdf]

22nd meeting of the SCOVA under the chairmanship of honourable MOS(PP) to be held on 19.02.2013 in New Delhi

No. 42/1/2013-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
 
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003
Date: 14th January, 2013
 
To
All the Pensioners Associations under present SCOVA.
 
Subject: 22d meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 19th February, 2013 in New Delhi - Intimation regarding VENUE and TIME.
 
Sir,
In continuation to this Department’s letter of even No. dated 1st January, 2013 regarding holding of 22nd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP), the venue, date and time of the meeting is indicated below.
 
Venue : Committee Room — A,
Ground Floor,
Vigyan Bhawan Annexe,
Maulana Azad Road,
New Delhi 110 011
(Near Nirman Bhawan)

Date : 19th February, 2013.

Time : 2.30 PM
 
2. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.
 
Yours faithfully,
sd/
(Sujasha Choudhry)
Dy.Secretary (P)
 
Source: www.pensionersportal.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/scova_140113.pdf

Statement of Srikant Kumar Jena on Consumer Price Index, December 2012

Statement of Srikant Kumar Jena on Consumer Price Index, December 2012 
 
Shri Srikant Kumar Jena, Minister of State (Independent charge), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation announced the release of the monthly provisional Consumer Price Index (CPI) on Base 2010=100 along with annual inflation rates for December 2012, compiled by the Central Statistics Office. Final CPI for the month of November 2012 have also been released. 
 
All India General (all groups) CPI numbers of December 2012 for rural, urban and combined are 126.8, 124.0 and 125.6 respectively. 
 
Annual inflation rate based on all India general CPI (Combined) for December 2012 on point to point basis (December 2012 over December 2011) is 10.56 %. The corresponding inflation rates (provisional) for rural and urban areas are 10.74 % and 10.42 % respectively. Inflation rates (final) for rural, urban and combined for November 2012 are 9.97 %, 9.69 % and 9.90% respectively. 
 
Provisional annual inflation rates of December 2012 for rural, urban and combined in respect of ‘food and beverages’ are 13.09%, 13.03% and 13.04% respectively. 
 
Source: PIB

General Budget 2013 : NFIR Proposals for General Budget - 2013

General Budget 2013 : NFIR Proposals for General Budget - 2013
 
NFIR writes to Finance Minister some proposals to consider for inclusion in the General Budget 2013. The proposals are as follows...
 
General Budget-2013 — Consideration of NFIR’s proposals.
 
The NFIR requests the llon’ble Finance Minister to kindly consider following proposals for inclusion in the General Budget-2013 which would provide relief to over 34 Lacs of Central Government employees (including 14 Lacs of Railway employees) and also other workers.
 
1.Annual income amounting to Rs.5 Lacs may be exempted from the purview of income tax in view of steep rise in prices of essential commodities.
 
2. Since the percentage of Dearness Allowance has crossed 50% of pay long ago there is thus immediate need for setting up of VIIth Central Pay Commission, Aflernalively, the Government may consider setting up of Permanent Wage Revision Board.
 
3. 50% DA may be merged with pay as was done in the year 2004.
 
4. Bonus Act may be amended for ensuring payment of Bonus including that of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) on actual monthly wages, alternatively, the limit may be enhanced to Rs.10,000 for payment of PLB to Railway employees.
 
5. Since New Pension Scheme is anti staff and does not carry safe guards admissible under the Pension Rules (1993), the New Pension Scheme needs to be scraped.
 
6. Additional pension be allowed to the retired Central Government employees on attaining 70 years of age.
 
7. In the wake of mass retirements during the coming years it is possible that there may be shortage of skilled and qualified personnel. NFIR proposes upward revision of retirement age on superannuation from 60 to 62 years.
 
8. Thousands of contract workers have been engaged in the Public and Private Sector industries with a meager salary. This way, the exploitation of poor labourers is going on unabatedly. We are demanding abolition of contract labour system in all the industries, particularly the Government owned sectors. Till such time a policy is framed, we propose that the same remuneration as that of permanent workers be paid to the contract workers as well as outsourced workers.
 
9. The perks/fringe benefits presently being availed by the workers including private sector workers as incentive be considered for exemption from the taxes.
10. Transport Allowance paid to the Central Government employees including Railway employees may be exempted from the purview of income tax.
 
11. For adequate career growth of Teachers and Lecturers of Central Government Institutions, the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) may be made applicable to them.
 
12. Earned Leave & LHAP to the Teachers and Lecturers of Educational Institutions under Central Government:-
The VI CPC had recommended half pay leave to Teachers, Principals, Headmasters etc., The Government while allowing half pay leave as recommended by VI CPC had withdrawn the privilege of 10 days leave average pay which action was injustified. Hence leave average pay be restored.
 
NFIR is confident that the Hon’ble Finance Minister would give serious consideration to the above proposals for making Budget announcements.

Railway Budget 2013 - Consideration of NFIR’s proposals

Railway Budget 2013 - Consideration of NFIR’s proposals
 
The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen has sent some important proposals on various issues to consider to the Railway Ministry as follows...
 
Rail Budget — 2013 — consideration of NFIR’s proposals.
 
The NFIR requests the Hon’ble Minister for Railways to kindly consider following proposals for the ensuing Railway Budget, 2013 to be presented in the Parliament in February this year:-

(i) RAILWAY PROJECTS
The Railway projects which are likely to yield less than 20% return may be considered for closure, to effect savings.
 
(ii) SAFETY
 Enlarge scope of Liberalised Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment of Safety Staff (LARSGESS) by covering safety category staff in Grade Pay Rs.2400/-, Rs.2800/- & Rs.4200/- duly adopting compassionate appointment procedure for induction of wards of railway employees of safety categories.
 
(iii) WOMEN EMPLOYEES IN RAILWAYS
Separate Rest Rooms for Women employees when they proceed to out station on duty.
 
A women representative be provided participation in the SBF Committees at each Zonal / Divisional level.
Working women hostels for female railway employees may be provided atleast at Zonal and Divisional Headquarters.
 
(iv) HEALTH CARE FACILITIES FOR RAILWAY STAFF
The Railway employees working in the Diesel Shed at Krishnarajapuram, (Bengaluru) South Western Railway are facing lots of difficulties in absence of proper Railway Health Unit. A Health Unit near Diesel Shed at Krishnarajapuram, where near nearly 3000 railway population resides needs to be sanctioned.
 
Upgradation of Cardiology Department at Jagjivan Ram Hospital, Mumbai, is needed for ensuring quality treatment to the Railway employees(serving/retired) / RELHS beneficiaries.
 
(v) RAILWAY QUARTERS, COLONIES AND APPROACH ROADS
Short allocation of funds for construction and maintenance of Railway Quarters is causing serious resentment among railway staff. 
 
Adequate provision in the budget may be made for construction of staff quarters, equally for the standard of maintenance of quarters, railway colonies and approach roads.
 
(vi) CAREER PROGRESSION OF TRACK MAINTAINERS 
Full implementation of the report of Joint Committee on the career growth of Track Maintainers in Railways be announced.
 
(vii) QUASI-ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS STAFF IN RAILWAYS 
Regularisation of Quasi-Administrative units staff on rolls be considered — by restoration of earlier policy directives of 1973 and 1977 (Kindly refer General Secretary/NFIR’s letter No.11/1B dated 02/11/2012 and 10/12/2012).
 
(viii) POST-RETIREMENT COMPLIMENTARY PASSES TO RAILWAY EMPLOYEES OF RAW COACH FACTORY. KAPURTHALA.
When late Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Railways in order to bring youth of the Punjab State to mainstream, with the sanction of the Government of India, even by granting upper age relaxation had recruited Youths of Punjab State in the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala. These employees have now reached the age of superannuation but unfortunately do not have 20 years qualifying service for availing benefit of post retirement complimentary passes. Railway Board however did not agree to NFIR’s proposal. 
 
Special dispensation needs to be given to allow them post-retirement complimentary passes in this case.
 
(ix) STAFF WELFARE 
The railway employees who are supplied uniforms by the Railways may be granted washing allowance.
 
Enhancement of per capita contribution towards Staff Benefit Fund may be considered seriously from Rs.500/- to Rs.700/- for the welfare of employees.
 
There is strong demand from the retired railway employees for provision of accommodation for Recreation and Library Halls (for retired railway employees) at Zonal and Divisional Headquarters.
 
This needs to be looked into in positive way.
 
At present more number of Holiday Homes are provided at Tirupathi for officers where as very small number is provided for non-gazetted staff of Indian Railways. Additional Holiday Homes for catering the needs of non-gazetted staff may be sanctioned.
 
(x) NILIGIRI MOUNTAIN RAILWAY
NFIR vide its letter No.III/SRES/Pt.7 dated 10/11/2012 had requested Hon’ble Minister for Railways for giving attention to the maintenance and upkeep of Niligri Mountain Railway, a part of Salem Division on Southern Railway - towards its development as a tourist spot on the lines of Darjeeling Hill Railway. The proposal may kindly be given priority.
 
NFIR is confident that the Hon’ble Minister for Railways would give serious consideration to the above proposals to make announcement through Rail Budget — 2013.

MACP Scheme for Railway Servants – Treatment of employees selected under LDCE/GDCE Scheme – Clarification reg.

All India Railwaymen Federation
 
No. AIRF/MACPS
 
Dated:  8th, January 2013
 
The Secretary(E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi
 
Dear Sir,
 
Sub: MACP Scheme for Railway Servants – Treatment of employees selected under LDCE/GDCE Scheme – Clarification reg.
Ref:  Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2 (RBE No.100/2012) dated 12.09.2012
 
As per Railway Board’s letter under reference, while extending benefit of financial up-gradation under MACP Scheme, the candidates selected through LDCE / GDCE on a post for which recruitment rules provide for Direct Recruitment, their promotion through above process on the said post are to be treated as Direct Recruitment for the purpose of granting benefit under the said scheme.
 
As per para 140(i) of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume-I(Revised Edition 1989), Intermediate Apprentices selected against 25% Intermediate Apprentice Quota(Talented Quota) do fulfill above criteria, as the said para clearly stipulates that 75% of the vacancies in the category of Jr. Engineer in Mechanical, Electrical, Engineering Departments and Draftsmen category of these departments will be filled by induction of Apprentice Mechanics, as such those selected against 25% Intermediate Apprentice Quota(Talented Quota) may also be considered to  have been directly recruited on these posts. They should, therefore, be extended the benefit under MACP Scheme as per para(i) of Railway Board’s letter referred to above.
 
The Board are, therefore, requested to issue necessary clarification to all the Zonal Railways and Production Units so that the Jr. Engineers selected through LDCE against 25% IntermediateApprentice Quota(Talented Quota) are granted financial upgradation under MACP Scheme, treating them as Directly Recruited to these posts.
 
An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.
 
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
 
Source: AIRF

MACP Scheme

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