Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ex-servicemen talk to Antony to resolve pension anomalies - One rank one pension

Ex-servicemen talk to Antony to resolve pension anomalies - One rank one pension

Ex-servicemen of Lucknow have approached defence minister AK Antony with their demand to rectify anomalies in their pension policies. Retired soldiers of the army, navy and air force, under the pan India banner — Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM) — have, in a letter to the minister, pointed out a “serious lacuna’’ that the ministry of defence (MoD) has committed while formulating the pension guidelines for retired personnel.

“On completing 21 years of service, a major rank officer gets a pension higher than a lieutenant colonel, colonel, brigadier or a major general,” said wing commander (retd) AK Sahai, who is also the Lucknow convener of IESM.

Source – http://www.hindustantimes.com/

Amendment in retention period of residence in case of terminal leave or retirement : Directorate of Estates Orders

Amendment in retention period of residence in case of terminal leave or retirement : Directorate of Estates Orders
Amendment in retention period of residence in case of retirement or terminal leave :-

[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA] EXTRAORDINARY
PART II SECTION-3, SUB-SECTION (i)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT
DIRECTORATE OF ESTATES

Nirman Bhawan. New Delhi-110 108.
19th June. 2013.

NOTI FICATION
G.S.R. In pursuance of provisions of rule 45 of the Fundamental Rules. the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Allotment of Government Residences (General Pool in Delhi) Rules 1963. namely :-

1. Short Title & Commencement:

(1) These rules may be called the Allotment of Government Residences (General Pool in Delhi) Amendment Rules. 2013.

(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force on 23rd April, 2013.

2. In the Allotment of Government Residences (General Pool in Delhi Rules, 1963,

(i) in Supplementary Rule 317-B-11, in the table below sub-rule (2), the entry against item (ii) relating to retirement or terminal leave, occurring under column relating to permissible period of retention of the residence shall be substituted by the following entries:

(a) In cases of accommodation allotted prior to 01.07.2013: 2 months on normal licence fee, another 2 months on double of the normal licence fee, further 2 months on four times of the normal licence fee and subsequent 2 months on six times of the normal licence fee,

(b) In cases of accommodation allotted on or after 1.7.2013: 2 months on normal licence fee, another 2 months on double of the normal licence fee and further 2 months on four times of the normal licence fee

(ii) for the first proviso to Supplementary Rule 317-B-22, the following proviso shall be substituted. namely:-

"Provided that an officer. in special cases, except in case of death and retirement or terminal leave, may be allowed by Directorate of Estates to retain a residence for a period not exceeding 6 months beyond the period permitted under SR 317-B-II(2), on payment of twice the flat rate of licence fee or twice the licence fee he was paying, whichever is higher.

(iii) in Supplementary Rule 317-B-22. the second proviso shall he omitted.

[F.No. I2035/28/96-Pol.II (Vol.II)]

sd/-
(S.K. Jain)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)

To
The Manager,
Government of India Press,
Mayapuri, Ring Road,
New Delhi- 110064.

Foot Note
The principal rules were published vide number S.O.1330 dated the 11th May 1963. The rules were reprinted in 1980 (Corrected up to October 1979) and subsequently amended vide number:

1S.O. 1607 dated 24.4.198212 G.S.R. 542 dated 30.11.1996
2S.O.4202 dated 18.2.198213 G.S.R. 58(E) dated 28.I.1998
3G.S.R 159, dated 19.2.198314 G.S.R.287(E) dated 1.61998
4S.O.2085 dated 11.5.198515 G.S.R.225 dated the 12.11.1998
5S.O. 666 dated 22.2.198616 G.S.R. 239 dated 21.7.1999
6G.S.R. 538 dated 11.7.198717 G.S.R.27 dated 13.1.2001
7G.S.R. 796 dated 24.10.198718 G.S.R. 346 dated 23.6.2001
8G.S.R. 265 dated 30.5.199219 G.S.R. 528(E) dated 13.7.2001
9G.S.R. 150 dated 26.3.1994 G.S.R.20 dated 3.2.2009
10G.S.R. 447 dated 3.9.199421 G.S.R.128 dated 21.8.2009
11G.S.R. 454 dated 14.10.199522 G.S.R. 262(E) dated 23.4.2013

2. Sr.PPS to Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development

3. DG(W), CPWD, Nirman Bhavan. New Delhi

4. PPS to JS(UD), Ministry of Urban Development

5. PS to DE-I/DE-II, Directorate of Estates

6. Sr.Technical Director, NIC, Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi with the requet to upload this notification on the wehsite of Directorate of Estates.

7. All Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors of the Directorate of Estates.

8. All Ministries and Departments of Government of India with the request to circulate it to all the employees working in their Ministry/Department and its attached/subordinate offices who are eligible for allotment of General Pool residential accommodation.

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(S.K. Jain)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)

Source: www.estates.nic.in
[http://estates.nic.in/WriteReadData/dlcirculars/Circulars20243.pdf]

The Revised Refund Rules will Effect From 01.07.2013 - Indian Railways Undertakes Comprehensive Revision of its Refund Rules

The Revised Refund Rules will Effect From 01.07.2013 - Indian Railways Undertakes Comprehensive Revision of its Refund Rules

Press Information Bureau

Government of India
Ministry of Railways

25-June-2013 16:09 IST

Indian Railways Undertakes Comprehensive Revision of its Refund Rules
The Revised Refund Rules will Come into Effect From 1st July 2013

Ministry of Railways has revised and amended Refund Rules in a very comprehensive manner and notified them which shall come into force with effect from 1.7.2013. The amendments made in the Refund Rules are aimed at simplification, efficiency in processing and reduction of bogus refund claims.

Railway Passengers (Cancellation of ticket and Refund of fare) Rules, 1998 have not been substantially revised in the last 15 years during which period a large number of changes have taken place in the ticketing system of Indian Railways.  Firstly, Computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) as well as Computerised Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) have proliferated. Reservation through internet has also been introduced through which 45% of the total reserved tickets are issued. Integrated Train Enquiry System -- 139 is functional through which ticket status can be obtained through SMS. The above developments warranted that the refund rules be revised comprehensively.

The major changes in the existing rules and the amendments in refund rules are as under:-

Unused (unreserved) tickets on which no reservation has been made:-
Existing ruleAmended rule
If a ticket on which no reservation of a seat or berth has been made is presented to the station master for cancellation refund of fare shall be made on every such ticket after deducting the clerkage.If a ticket on which no reservation of a seat or berth has been made is presented for cancellation, refund of fare shall be made on every such ticket after deducting the clerkage.
(i) within three hours after the actual departure of the train for which the ticket is issued or(i)The ticket shall be presented for cancellation within three hours of issue of ticket.
(ii) for any ticket valid for the whole day, within three hours after the actual departure of the last train of the day for the destination station(ii) In case of tickets issued in advance the ticket is presented upto 2400 hours of the day preceding the day of journey.
Unused tickets on which reservation has been made :-
(i) if the ticket is presented for cancellation more than forty eight hours instead of the existing 24 hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train, a minimum per passenger cancellation charge shall be deducted at the flat rate of rupees one hundred and twenty for air-conditioned first class/executive class, rupees one hundred for air-conditioned-II tier/first class, rupees ninety for air-conditioned III-tier/ 3 economy/air-conditioned chair car, rupees sixty for sleeper class and rupees thirty for second class.

(ii) if the ticket is presented for cancellation between forty eight hours and upto six hours instead of existing 24 hours and upto 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, cancellation charge shall be twenty five per cent of the fare subject to a minimum of the cancellation charge.

(iii)  if the ticket is presented for cancellation within six hours instead of existing 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train and upto two hours irrespective of distance instead of existing 3/6/12 hours for distance 200 kms/200-500 kms/500 Kms and above after the actual departure of the train, the cancellation charge shall be fifty per cent of the fare subject to a minimum of the cancellation charge.

(iv) No refund shall be granted on the reserved ticket if it is surrendered for cancellation after two hours of the actual departure of the train.                    

(v)  In case, on a party ticket or a family ticket issued for travel of more than one person, some persons have confirmed reservation and others are on waiting list, full refund of fare, less clerkage, shall be admissible for confirmed passengers also provided that the entire ticket is surrendered for cancellation within six hours instead of existing 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train and upto two hours instead of existing 3 hours after actual departure of the train”.

Unused waitlisted or RAC tickets :-
Existing rule Revised rule
If the ticket is presented for cancellation upto 3/6/12 hours for distance 200 kms/200-500 kms/500 Kms and above after the actual departure of the train, except deduction of clerkage; If a Waitlisted/RAC ticket is presented for cancellation, refund of fare shall be admissible after deducting the clerkage.



 Provided that for night trains leaving between 21.00 hours and 06.00 hours (actual departure), refund shall be admissible at the station within the time limits specified above or within first four hours after the opening of reservation office, whichever is later.
(i) The ticket is presented for cancellation upto three hours after the actual departure of the train irrespective of the distance.

(ii) The passenger may get the tickets cancelled from any PRS counters or the designated current counters.

(iii) No refund of fare shall be granted on RAC ticket /Waitlisted ticket after three hours of the actual departure of the train. 

(iv) In case no current counters are available at journey originating station for night trains leaving between 21.00 hours and 06.00 hours(actual departure , refund shall be admissible at the station within first two hours after the opening of reservation office.

(v) In remote and hill areas as identified by the zonal Railways with the prior approval of the General Managers and print in their Time Tables for train leaving between 1900 hours and 0600 hours (actual departure) refund shall be admissible at the station within first two hours after the opening of reservation/booking office, in case there is no reservation counters/booking office/ current counters. Available in that area.

Cancellation of e- tickets :-
 
  • The e- ticket may be booked and cancelled through internet and the refund of fare shall be credited to the customer’s account after deducting the charges applicable.
  • In case of a confirmed e-ticket, refund of fare shall be granted in accordance with rule for unused tickets on which reservation has been made. In case of RAC e-ticket, refund of fare shall be granted in accordance with rule for unused waitlisted and RAC tickets.
  • In case of  the waitlisted e-ticket on which status of all the passengers is on waiting list even after preparation of reservation charts, names of all such passengers booked on that  Passenger Name Record (PNR) shall  be dropped from the reservation chart and  refund of fare shall be credited to the customer’s account  after deducting the clerkage.
  • In case on a party e-ticket or a family e-ticket issued for travel of more than one person, some persons have confirmed reservation and others are on the list of RAC and waiting list, then in case of passengers on RAC or waitlisted not travelling, a certificate has to be obtained from the ticket checking staff to that effect and refund of fare shall be processed online through TDR, indicating the details of the certificate issued by ticket checking staff.
  • The online TDR shall be filed upto seventy two hours of actual arrival of the train at passenger’s destination and the original certificate issued by the ticket checking staff is to be sent through post to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The fare shall be refunded by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to the customer’s account after due verification.
  • In case of e-tickets (confirmed or RAC), if the reservation charts have been   prepared, online TDR is required to be filed for obtaining refund. No refund of fare shall be admissible on e- ticket having confirmed reservation in case the request for refund is filed online after two hours of the actual departure of the train.
  • No refund of fare shall be admissible on RAC e-tickets in case the request for refund is filed online after three hours of the actual departure of the train.

 
Refund on Tatkal  tickets:
 
  • No refund of fare shall be admissible on confirmed Tatkal ticket.
  • In case of Tatkal ticket on waitlist, refund of fare shall be granted in accordance with rule for unused waitlisted or RAC tickets.
  • In case on a party Tatkal ticket or a family Tatkal ticket issued for travel for more than one person, some persons have confirmed reservation and others are on waiting list, full refund of fare, less clerkage, shall be admissible for confirmed passengers also provided that the entire Tatkal ticket is surrendered for cancellation within six hours before the scheduled departure of the train or upto two hours of the actual departure of the train.

Postponement or preponement of journey on a reserved, RAC or waitlisted ticket.
 
The postponement or preponement of journey on confirmed or RAC or waitlisted ticket shall be allowed in the same class and for the same destination instead of any longer distance or any higher class by the same train or by any other train for any subsequent days,  subject to condition that the ticket is surrendered during the working hours of reservation office and at least forty eight hours instead of existing 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train in which originally booked.
 
Non-commencement or missing of journey due to late running of trains :-
 
  • No cancellation charge or clerkage shall be levied and full fare shall be refunded to all passengers holding reserved, RAC and waitlisted tickets, if the journey is not undertaken due to late running of the train by more than three hours of the scheduled departure of the train from the station commencing the journey subject to condition that the ticket is surrendered upto the actual departure of the train instead of existing 3/6/12 hours for distance 200 kms/200-500 kms/500 Kms and above after the actual departure of the train.
  • In case of e-tickets, the TDR  is filed online before the actual departure of  the train for availing full refund.
  • In case the ticket is cancelled or surrendered or if the request for refund of fare is filed  online after the actual departure of the train, no refund of fare shall be admissible.
Lost, misplaced, torn or mutilated tickets : -
 
If the reservation status of a lost, misplaced, torn or mutilated ticket, at the time of receipt of the application for issuance of a duplicate ticket for the purpose of undertaking journey, is confirmed or RAC and that the duplicate ticket is sought before preparation of reservation chart of the concerned train, the station master shall issue a duplicate ticket in lieu of the original ticket on payment of  rupees fifty  per passenger in case of second and sleeper class and  rupees one hundred   per passenger for other classes instead of existing clerkage charge.
 
Application for refund of Passenger Reservation System (PRS) tickets in other circumstances:-      
         
For refund of fare under circumstances other than those specified in these rules or under circumstances like ‘bandh’ or agitations or floods,  etc., the passengers could not reach the reservation counter or station or current counters for cancellation of tickets, in those cases, a TDR  shall be issued to the passenger and the passenger may apply for refund of fare within ten days instead existing 90 days from the day of commencement of journey to the Chief Commercial Manager (Refunds) of the railway administration under whose jurisdiction the TDR issuing station comes, enclosing the original TDR. The TDR shall be issued only upto three days instead of existing 30 days after the scheduled departure of the train.

Record note of discussion with regards to fixing a ceiling limit for the payment of honorarium to cashiers and other cash and pay staff.

Record note of discussion with regards to fixing a ceiling limit for the payment of honorarium to cashiers and other cash and pay staff.
Record Note of discussions held with AIRF & NFIR in the Chamber of ED(IR), Railway Board on 14.06.2013 regarding fixing a maximum ceiling limit for the payment of honorarium to Cashiers and other Cash & pay staff.

The following officers and representatives of NFIR & AIRF attended the meeting :-

Official SideStaff Side
Shri P.V. Vaidialingam, Adv(Accounts)

Ms. Ragini Yechury, ED(IR)

Shri PP Sharma, EDE(G)

Shri Harsh Kumar, FA&CAO(T), N.Rly.

Shri Sanjeev Sharma, JD(A)

Shri S.Pal, JDE(G)

Shri Debashis Mallik, DE(IR)
Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra,
General Secretary/AIRF


Shri M Raghavaiah,
General Secretary/NFIR


Shri Guman Singh.
President/ NFIR,

1. This meeting is in continuation of the meeting held on 26.11.2012 wherein it was decided that a maximum ceiling limit for payment of honorarium to cashiers and other cash and pay staff for the period from 01.01.2010 onwards would be decided in consultation with both the Federations.

2. After detailed discussion it was decided in the meeting held today that a maximum ceiling limit for payment of honorarium to individual staff of Cash and Pay department viz. cashiers and other cash and pay staff in a financial year from 01.01.2010 onwards, who disburse salaries and allowances, productivity linked bonus, all arrears including Pay commission arrears etc. to staff, shall not exceed 25% of his/her annual basic pay plus grade pay. This ceiling limit would be reviewed for a downward revisions after one year.

3. Henceforth, sanction of honorarium would be accorded by the GM with the concurrence of FA&CAO subject to this ceiling limit of 25%. No case of sanction of honorarium need to be sent to Railway Board for sanction.

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(P .V. Vaidialingam)
Adv.(Accounts)  

(Ragini Yechury)
 ED(IR)

(Harsh Kumar) FA&CAO(FG)/N.Rly

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary/AIRF   

(M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary/AIRF
Source : AIRF & NFIR

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