Monday, December 30, 2013

Features of Web based Software for CSSS and CSCS available at http://www.cscms.nic.in

Features of Web based Software for CSSS and CSCS available at http://www.cscms.nic.in

No.25/1/2013-CS.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi.
Dated : 23rd December, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Launching of Web based Software for csss — reg.

Reference is invited to this Department's O.M. of even No. dated 12.09.2013 vide which the software/ database in respect of officers of CSSS and CSCS were posted.

2. The Web-based system has since been hosted on an NIC server and is available at URL:http://www.cscms.nic.in.

3. As the Cadre Units are aware, the cadre management functions of CSSS at present are carried out by manual updation of data by keeping track of each and every development. This obviously is a cumbersome task as sometimes orders issued by the Ministries/ Departments in implementation of orders issued by this Department or otherwise are not received in time by CS-II Division and vice-versa. Absence of accurate updated information leads to delay in carrying out cadre management activities. The Web-Based Cadre Management System being launched will result in updation of the data on real time basis and would subsequently facilitate speedy decisions relating to cadre management functions. The primary objective behind the Web-Based Cadre Management System is, therefore, to reduce paper work and delay involved in cadre management of CSSS by shifting cadre management related activities online.

4. Officers can log in to the system with a default user ID which is a combination of 8 digit date of birth followed by first four letters of their names i.e. ddmmyyyyabcd. For instance, if the name and date of birth of the officer is Ramanujan and 10.02.1975 respectively, his user ID will be 10021975rama. The default password is apple123 which may be changed at the first login. User manual of the system is available at the Help tab after login to the system.

5. Availability of complete and accurate data in respect of the officers is indispensable for successful operation of the system. The basic available information in respect of the officers has been uploaded by this Division. Cadre Units and individual officers of CSSS are requested to log in to the system to check if the complete and up-to-date data is available in the system. Any discrepancy in this regard may immediately be brought to the notice of the Nodal Officer concerned and this Department for correction/ updation. Nodal officers designated in this regard would be responsible for the correctness of data in respect of officers of CSSS posted in their respective Ministry/Department. In case, the data in respect of any officer is not available in the system, the same should be forwarded to this Department without any further delay. Officers concerned are also requested to ensure that the data in respect of them is available in the system. In case, the complete and accurate data is not available in the system, any request for cadre clearance for deputation, training etc. may not be considered. Further, their names may also not be included in the zone of promotion. Once complete data is available in the system, this Department will issue the orders for posting, transfer and promotion through this system. Similarly, the Ministries/ Departments will issue the orders for a relieving/ joining, appointment, promotion etc though this system.


6. The Web-based System comprises of the following modules:

(i) Employee Information System : This module provides the basic information about the official. Cadre management activity carried out through the system automatically updates the database. This module generates various reports on the basis of the data viz, a) personal information report, b) RTP report, c) multi-information report, d) events report viz, retirement, deputation, VRS, etc. e) vacancy report, f) designation wise report etc.

(ii) Promotion/ Transfer Module : Promotion / transfer orders will be issued by this Division through this system also. Cadre units will indicate the relieving/ joining details of officers through the system immediately on relieving/ joining of the officer on the basis of the order issued by this Department.

(iii) Deputation Management System : Cadre clearance in respect of officers in the rank of PPS and above for deputation is granted by this Division. The officers will now also apply through this system for cadre clearance for deputation. Nodal Officers of the cadre units will forward the request online. Copy of the relevant portion of the advertisement should also be scanned and uploaded in the system. The scanned copy will be in pdf and jpeg formats and should not exceed 1MB. In case selected for deputation, the officer will be relieved through the deputation module of the system.

(iv) Voluntary Retirement : Cadre clearance for Voluntary Retirement in case of PPS and above level officers of CSSS is accorded by this Department. The cadre units are required to submit the proposal for voluntary retirement through the system.

(v) Vigilance Status : Vigilance clearance, whenever required, will be sought and obtained through this module. In respect of officers of the level of PPS and above, vigilance status will be updated both by the cadre units as well as AVD-I unit of this Department. Vigilance status in respect of officials upto PS level will be updated by the Cadre units.

(vi) Immovable Property Return : CSSS officers will be required to file the Immovable Property Return through the module. PPS and above level officers will be required to take a printout of the return submitted online, sign it and send the same to CS-II Division for record.

(vii) Mandatory Training : The officers for training will be nominated through this module. Their attendance and result will also be available in this system.

7. All the cadre units and the individual officers are requested to extend the necessary cooperation to make the web-based system successful in the interest of speedy, transparent and effective cadre management of CSSS.
sd/-
(Vandana Sharma)
Director (CS.II)
Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/WebbasedCSSSA.pdf]

Year End Review -2013 - Min Per., PG & Pension : Simplification of Payment of Family Pension, Good Governance, Lokpal & Lokayukta Bill

Year End Review -2013 - Min Per., PG & Pension : Simplification of Payment of Family Pension, Good Governance, Lokpal & Lokayukta Bill

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

27-December-2013 16:36 IST

Year End Review-2013 Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions.

LOKPAL AND LOKAYUKTAS BILL PASSED BY PARLIAMENT

AWARENESS ABOUT GOOD GOVERNANCE INITIATIVES

SIMPLIFICATION OF PROCEDURE FOR PAYMENT OF FAMILY PENSION

                During the year 2013, passing of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 release of documentary films on good governance initiatives, guidelines for suo motu disclosure, launching of internship scheme and simplification of procedure  for payment of family pension were some of the important highlights of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension.

Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill

The historic Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 passed by Parliament (December 17, 2013 in Rajya Sabha and December 18, 2013 in Lok Sabha) paves the way for setting up of the institution of  Lokpal at the Centre and  Lokayuktas in States by law enacted by the respective State Legislatures within one year of coming into force of the Act.    The new law provides for a mechanism for dealing with complaints of corruption against public functionaries, including those in high places.

Salient Features of the Bill
            The Bill as passed by Parliament provided broadly for the following:
(a)        Establishment of the institution of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas at the level of the States, thus providing a uniform vigilance and anti-corruption road-map for the nation, both at the Centre and the States.

(b)        The Lokpal to consist of a Chairperson and a maximum of eight Members, of which fifty percent shall be judicial Members. Fifty per cent of members of Lokpal shall be from amongst SC, ST, OBCs, Minorities and Women.

(c)        The selection of Chairperson and Members of Lokpal shall be through a Selection Committee consisting of –


·         Prime Minister;
·         Speaker of Lok Sabha;
·         Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha;
·         Chief Justice of India or a sitting Supreme Court Judge nominated by CJI;
·         An eminent jurist to be nominated by the President of India
(d)       A Search Committee will assist the Selection Committee in the process of selection.  Fifty per cent of members of the Search Committee shall also be from amongst SC, ST, OBCs, Minorities and Women.

(e)        Prime Minister was brought under the purview of the Lokpal with  subject matter exclusions and specific process for handling complaints against the Prime Minister.

(f)        Lokpal’s jurisdiction will cover all categories of public servants including Group ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ & ‘D’ officers and employees of Government.  On complaints referred to CVC by Lokpal, CVC will send its report of Preliminary enquiry in respect of Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ officers back to Lokpal for further decision.  With respect to Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ employees, CVC will proceed further in exercise of its own powers under the CVC Act subject to reporting and review by Lokpal.

(g)        All entities receiving donations from foreign source in the context of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) in excess of Rs. 10 lakhs per year are brought under the jurisdiction of Lokpal.

(h)        Lokpal will have power of superintendence and direction over any investigation agency including CBI for cases referred to them by Lokpal.

(i)         A high powered Committee chaired by the Prime Minister will recommend selection of the Director, CBI.

(j)         Attachment and confiscation of property of public servants acquired by corrupt means, even while prosecution is pending.

(k)        Clear time lines for:-

Ø   Preliminary enquiry – three months extendable by three months.

Ø   Investigation – six months which may be extended by six months at a time.

Ø   Trial – one year extendable by one year and, to achieve this,  special courts to be set up.

(l)         Enhancement of maximum punishment under the Prevention of Corruption Act from seven years to 10 years.  The minimum punishment under sections 7, 8, 9 and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act will now be three years and the minimum punishment under section 15 (punishment for attempt) will now be two years.

Guidelines for Suo Motu Disclosure by Central Government Ministries/Departments:

           Government issued guidelines for suo motu disclosure by Central Government Ministries/Departments and Public Authorities there under. These guidelines are based on the recommendation of the Task Force set up by the Government for strengthening compliance with provisions for suo motu (proactive) disclosure as given in Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005.

The following points:-

a) Suo motu disclosure of more items under Section 4 – This includes detailed guidelines on proactive disclosure of information related to procurement, public private partnerships, transfer policy and transfer orders, RTI applications received and their responses, CAG and PAC paras, citizens charter and Discretionary and Non – discretionary grants.

b) Guidelines for digital publication of proactive disclosure to ensure that the Government websites’ disclosure is complete, easily accessible, technology and platform neutral and user friendly.

c) Detailing of few sub-clauses of Section 4 (1)(b) of the RTI Act regarding publishing of information by the public authority viz “the procedure followed in the decision making process”, “norms set by the public authority for the discharge of its functions”, “the budget allocated to each of its agency” and “ details in respect of information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form”.
  
Release of Documentary films on Good Governance Initiatives:

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and PMO Shri V. Narayanasamy and Minister of Information & Broadcasting Shri Manish Tewari  released seven documentary films on good governance initiatives.   Six films have been produced by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and one by the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare with an objective to promote good governance initiatives in the country.

       The Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been documenting and disseminating best practices of the Central and State Governments through various modes of communication such as documentary films, books, workshops and Conferences with an objective to promote the successful initiatives and facilitate their replication elsewhere in the country.

       The documentary films are meant for diverse audiences such as probationers & other officers in national academies and State training institutes; delegates in conferences, seminars and meetings at Central, State, District, Panchayat levels; and for telecast on national network of Doordarshan or other television channels for general public.

Simplification of Procedure for Payment of Family Pension:

The Government has decided that an employee/pensioner/family pensioner may at anytime make a request to the Appointing Authority for advance approval to the grant of family pension for life to a permanently disabled child/sibling or dependent parents. On the basis of this approval, authorisation shall be made in the original Pension Payment Order (PPO) at the time of retirement or by issuing a revised authority. The permanently disabled child/sibling/ dependent parents will receive family pension at the appropriate time, i.e., after the death of employee/pensioner and/or after the death/ineligibility of any other member in the family who was eligible to receive family pension prior to the disabled child/sibling/dependent parents.

       Where there are other eligible prior claimants to family pension, the names of disabled child/children/dependent parents/permanently disabled sibling will be added to the PPO issued to the preceding eligible family pensioner. Family pension to these permanently disabled child/children/siblings/dependent parents will be payable after the death/ineligibility of the prior claimant, as the case maybe.

Grant of Family Pension to the family of missing employee/pensioner

            Family pension is payable to the family of a Government employee or pensioner after his death. Difficulties in payment arise when a Government Servant or pensioner goes missing. Clarificatory instructions were issued by the Central Government for payment of benefits in such cases.  According to these instructions, the family must lodge a report with the concerned police station and obtain a report from the police, that the employee or pensioner or family pensioner has not been traced despite all efforts made by them.   The report may be a First Information Report or any other report such as a Daily Diary or General Diary Entry.

The family can apply for the grant of family pension, amount of salary due, leave encashment due and the amount of GPF and gratuity (whatever has not already been received) to the Head of Office of the organisation where the employee or pensioner had last served, six months after lodging of police report.  The amount of salary due, leave encashment due and the amount of GPF will be paid to the family in the first instance as per the nominations made by the employee or pensioner on filling of a police report and submission of an indemnity bond.

DoPT Launched Internship Scheme, 2013 from September 01  

The Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India initiated an Internship Scheme from September 01, 2013 to engage Indian Nationals, who are Graduate /Post Graduate or Research Students enrolled in reputed University/Institution within India or abroad and preferably specializing in HR and associated subjects in Public Policy and Public Administration, as “Interns”. These interns would be expected to supplement the process of policy analysis within the Department through desirable empirical collection and collation of in-house and other information.  The exposure for the interns to the functioning of the Indian Government may be an add-on in furthering their own career goals in the Non Profit Organisation (NPO) Sector or International Organizations. The internship shall be for a minimum period of 2 months but shall not exceed 6 months in individual cases.

The DoPT identified ten topics for the Interns. The topics are: Analysis of cases disposed of by Central Administrative Tribunal; Collection of Data on Reservation from Ministries and its analysis; Issues relating to Anti-Corruption Law; Issues relating to punishment of Government employees for unethical behavior; Exit policies for inefficient public servants; Best HR practices; Service Conditions; Expectations of Persons with Disabilities employees; Impact evaluation of Mid-Career Training Program of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS) and Revising methodology of training program.

Eighth Annual Convention of Central Information Commission:

The two day 8th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission was held at New Delhi and  inaugurated by the President of India. Shri Ramachandra Guha, noted historian and columnist delivered the keynote address on Democracy in India: Mid-life Crisis.  This year the theme of the convention was “Eight years of RTI: A Retrospective”.

The two day convention had three technical sessions on RTI and inclusive growth, RTI-an anti-corruption tool and Media and RTI with eminent panellists taking part in these sessions.  The participants included the Information Commissioners of both the Central and State Information Commissions and many RTI and civil society activists, information officers and media personnel took lively interest in all the panel discussions and engaged the panellists in extremely interesting discussions.

Certificate of Excellence to the meritorious employees of Department of Personnel &Training

        Shri V.Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions presented “Certificate of Excellence” to thirty three employees of the Department of Personnel and Training for their services during the year 2012-13 in New Delhi.  Recognition of meritorious performance of Government employees is a critical management tool to encourage such employees and also to motivate all the employees to emulate their example. 

 Department of Personnel & Training has, for the first time, introduced a new non–monetary incentive scheme from this year in the form of award of ‘Certificate of Excellence’ to recognize the contribution of its meritorious employees of the level of Multi Tasking Staff to Under Secretary.  This certificate recognizes the dedication to work, excellence in performance and outcome achieved during the year 2012–2013.
         
Source: http://karnmk.blogspot.in/2013/12/year-end-review-2013-min-per-pg-pension.html#more

NFIR - Strike Ballot on pending demands-17th and 18th January, 2014

NFIR - Strike Ballot on pending demands-17th and 18th January, 2014.

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Raliwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI -110055
Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)

No. II/95/Pt.V
Dated: 23/12/2013
The General Secretaries
of affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Sub: Strike Ballot on pending demands-17th and 18th January, 2014.

While enclosing copies resolutions passed in the 27th National Convention of NFIR, held at Visakhapatnam from December 10th to 12th, 2013, the affiliates are advised that as per resolution, strike ballot should be organised on 17th & 18th January 2014 on pending demands, for eliciting the opinion of Railway Employees.

While NFIR is despatching posters (English) on Strike Ballot in limited number, the affiliates should print and display strike ballot posters in different languages for generating awareness among the employees on pending demands. The issues listed in the resolution should be displayed through various means to enable the employees to peruse the demands and exercise their opinion through Strike Ballot on 17th & 18th January 2014.

The results of the strike ballot should he conveyed to NFIR promptly for reviewing the same for deciding further course of action. All relevant records pertaining to conduct of Strike Ballot should be preserved by the affiliates.
Yours fraternatly,
sd/-
(Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDIAN RAILWAYMEN
27th NATIONAL CONVENTION - VISHAKHAPATNAM
10-12th DECEMBER 2013

RESOLUTION-1

ABOLISH NOTIONAL SALARY CALCULATION CEILING FOR PAYMENT OF PRODUCTIVITY LINKED BONUS (PLB)

The Twenty Seventh Annual Convention of NFIR in session at Vishakhapatnam on 11th and 12th December 2013 takes note of NFIR’s consistent struggle since the year 1969 for introduction of the concept of Productivity Linked Bonus” (PLB) to Railwaymen.

Due to the persuasion, initiative and relentless struggle of NFIR, the Government had agreed for evolving the Scheme of PLB to the Railway employees in the year 1979 and consequently an agreement was reached between the Federations and the Railway Ministry for introduction of PLB Scheme in the Railways. The NFIR had from time to time pleaded for bringing positive changes in the scheme more particularly relating to salary eligibility limit and calculation ceiling limit. The continuous efforts of the NFIR has yielded satisfactory results, so much so, the Railway employees in all categories become entitled for Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB)  Rs. 3500/- p.m. (on the basis of number of days of wages). This revised calculation limit was given effect from 2006-07 onwards as approved by the Union Cabinet on 03/10/2008.

Though the railway employees are presently entitled for P.L. Bonus in terms of number of days wages subject to the calculation of the same  Rs.3500/- p.m., the National Convention strongly demands that the notional calculation system presently followed should be dispensed with and the Bonus paid on the actual wages of the employees.

The National Convention therefore, demands that the existing calculation ceiling for payment of PL Bonus should be reviewed to facilitate employees to receive their legitimate P.L. Bonus on the basis of actual wages drawn.

MERGE DA WITH PAY & GRANT INTERIM RELIEF
The revision of wage structure for Central Government employees had been undertaken by the successive Pay Commissions appointed by the Government of India during the past decades and gave their reports. These reports have been implemented by the Government with some modifications and improvements. However, anomalies and aberrations continue to persist.

Previous Pay Commissions (3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th) have by and large covered the aspects of the principles of wage determination. But, however, the job contents, remuneration commensurating with the nature of duties and responsibilities have not been taken into consideration by the Pay Commissions while determining the revised pay structure, consequently the Railwaymen have been put to disadvantage.

The 5th CPC had recommended that the DA must be merged with pay and treated as pay for computing all allowances as and when the percentage of Dearness compensation exceeds 50%. Accordingly, even before the setting up of 6th CPC, the DA of 50% was merged with pay in the year 2004.

Presently, the Dearness Allowance is 90% of pay as on 01/07/2013 and is likely to touch/cross 100% of pay as on 01/01/2014. The recommendation for merger of DA to partially compensate the erosion in the real wages was first mooted by the Gadgil Committee in the post 2nd Pay Commission period. The 3rd CPC recommended such merger when the Cost of Living Index crosses over 272 points i.e. 72 points over and above the base index adopted for the pay revision. In other words, the recommendation of the 3rd CPC was to merge the DA when it crossed 36%. The Government in the National Council JCM at the time of negotiations had initially agreed to merge 60% DA. The 5th CPC had merged 98% of DA with Pay.

As the DA already stood at 90% of pay and further revision is due on 01/0112014 when DA is likely to touch/cross 100%, it is therefore necessary that the Government takes steps to merge 50% with pay for all purposes w.e.f.01/01/2011 for ensuring compensation to the erosion of the value of real wage of Government employee.

The 27th National Convention, therefore, urges upon the Government of India to consider the demand and accord sanction for merging DA component of 50% of pay with the Pay for all purposes with effect from 01-01-2011.

The National Convention also appeals to the Central Government to grant Interim Relief to the employees as well as retired employees to sustain in the light of continued price rise of various commodities.

3. VIIth CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION
In the NFIR’s Election Manifesto-2013, Federation has committed to the Railway employees that the NFIR shall struggle for achievement of 7th Central Pay Commission. After Secret Ballot Elections results declared on 2nd May 2013, the NFIR Working Committee met at New Delhi on 30th / 31st May 2013 and passed resolution for preparing Railway employees for launching indefinite strike if the demands, more importantly appointment of 7th CPC, are not redressed by the Government of India and the Ministry of Railways. The Charter of Demands along with NFIR’s communication was sent to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Finance Minister, Railway Minister, Labour Minister etc.

It is a matter of satisfaction that the pressure and consistent struggle since Feb 2013, launched by the NFIR and Railway employees on the Government, has yielded result, wherein the Government has made announcement on September 25. 2013 for constituting 7th Central Pay Commission.

The 27th National Convention now in session in Vishakhapatnam unanimously resolves to convey its thanks to the Hon’hle Prime Minister for his decision to set up 7th Central Pay Commission. The National Convention, however, demands inclusion of one of Secretary level Officers of Railway Ministry as member of 7th CPC which may facilitate realistic examination of the issues of Railway employees.The National Convention also appeals to the Government to include a Labour Representative as one of the Members of the Commission.

4. ENSURE TIME BOUND NEGOTIATIONS FOR SETTLEMENT OF PENDING ISSUES
The National Convention reviewed the labour situation vis-à-vis pending issues relating to Central Government employees including that of Rail Workforce. After lengthy deliberation's, the National Convention listed the issues placed below:

1. Guaranteed pension to those appointed on or after 01/01/2004.

2. Merger of DA with pay with retrospective effect.

3. Grant Interim Relief to Central Government employees (serving and retired).

4. Increase contribution to Group Insurance Scheme (GIS) for all Government employees.

5. Enhance Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.300/- p.m. to not less than Rs.1000/- for all retired Government employees.

6. Extend special privileges and facilities for Women employees for their empowerment.

7. Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) on actual wages without enforcing any ceiling.

8. Count Temporary status Casual Labour Service in full as qualifying service for retirement and other purposes.

9. Transport Allowance should be exempted from the purview of IncomeTax.

10. Merge Technician-II with Technician-I with Grade Pay Rs.2800/- (PB-I) in Railways.

11. Revise entry grade pay of Station Masters as Rs.4200/- in PB-2.

12. Replacement of Grade Pay Rs.4600/- with Rs.4800/- (PB-2) w.e.f. 01/01/2006.

13. Allotment of entry Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- to the Group ‘B’ Gazetted staff.

14. Rectify anomalies of 6th CPC raised in the Departmental Anomaly Committee Meetings.

15. Grant pay fixation under Rule S13 (erstwhile FR 22C) for those promoted to the identical Grade Pay shouldering higher responsibilities.

16. Allotment of higher Grade Pay to the Loco Pilots and Guards.

17. Implement cadre restructuring of all left over categories immediately.

18. Extension of benefit of LARSGESS for all Safety categories of staff including TRD, Train Lighting, Bridge staff.

19. LARSGESS restrictions/adoptions of compassionate appointment procedure-past cases should be considered for appointment of wards and widening scope upto GP Rs. 4200/-.

20. Issues pending with the Ministry of Finance should be settled early in favour of railway employees.

21. Remove ban on filling up of vacancies of Ministerial staff in Railways.

22. Review of recruitment policy of erstwhile Gr ‘D’ post now in PB-I & GP Rs. 1800/- not meeting with the career advancement of the staff recruited.

23. Track patrolling-Support man provision-ensure mandatory requirement under safety.

24. Stop Out Sourcing, Contractorisation and Privatization.

25. Rectify MACPS anomalies.

26. Grant stepping up of pay of seniors where ever juniors drawing higher pay as a result of MACPS.

27. Grant Up-gradation of Apex Group ‘C’ posts to Group ‘B’ Gazetted-as per agreement.

28. Implement the report of Joint Committee for career growth of Track Maintainers in toto.

29. Abolish 12/- Hours duty in Railways — Introduce 8 hours duty roster for Running and Safety categories staff Classify Running Staff working high speed trains as “Intensive”.

30. Reduce Duty Hours of Nursing Staff thus honour Government’s decision.

31. Sufficient number of ticket checking staff posts need to be created for manning trains.

32. Revision of designations of various categories of staff need to be discussed and finalised.

33. Casual Labour/Substitutes acquired temporary status prior to 01/01/2004 should be covered under Liberalised Pension Scheme.

34. Grant Patient Care Allowance to all categories of staff working in the Railway Hospitals.

35. Implement norms for creation/sanction of new posts of SSE/JE (Signal), ESM, Helper (Signal) etc.

36. Negotiating foras of PNM at different levels and DC/JCM & NC/JCM to be made effective for resolving issues speedily.

37. Reduce duty hours of staff through realistic job analysis.

38. Amend Rules for providing employment to Wards of Employees.

39. Ensure Career improvement of Safaiwalis/Safaiwalas in Railways.

40. Provide quality Health care to employees, their families besides retired employees.

41. Fill vacancies of Doctors, Para Medical Staff and provide Super specialists in all Railway Hospitals.

42. Bring all Railway employees under Incentive Scheme in Workshops, PUs etc., wherever not covered.

43. Grant parity in Pay Structure for Stenographers in Railways at par with CSS/RBSS.

44. Training Allowance should be revised to 30% of pay in all Training Centres/Schools.

45. Rectify VIth CPC pay fixation of Loco Inspectors joined prior to 01/01/2006.

46. SPAD definition needs to he reviewed to prevent harassment and victimisation of Running Staff and safety category staff.

47. Make upward revision of Income Tax exemption limit in the case of running staff.

48. Running Rooms should be improved, air-conditioned and upgraded on priority.

49. Grant Project incentive allowance to the staff working in projects on Indian Railways.

50. Ensure creation of posts in safety/operational categories for manning new services and maintaining new assets without linking to matching surrender vis-à-vis automatic creation of posts on the basis of half yearly review.

51. Grant of Daily Allowance to Staff Car Drivers.

52. Absorb quasi administrative units/offices staff against posts in GP Rs.1800/- PB-I.

53. Enhance the rates of Patient Care Allowance and Hard Duty Allowance and also cover other Para-medical staff.

54. Provision of Hostel facility for single women railway employees at all ‘Divisional Headquarters.

55. Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute for imparting training in rail related electronic technologies for the wards of Railway Employees.

56. Extension of medical facilities to the dependent parents of railway employees.

57. Liberalize compassionate appointment provisions.

58. Allotment of Pay Band-4 to Junior Administrative Grade Oflicers.

59. Induct Course completed Act Apprentices against Safety vacancies.

60. Remove restrictions on payment of Children Education Allowance/Hostel subsidy.

61. Allow retention of Railway Quarters by the wards of Safety staff employed under LARSGESS.

62. Allot adequate funds for maintenance of Railway Quarters as well as construction of new quarters.

63. Introduce Technological advance warning system to prevent deaths of Track Maintainers while on duty.

64. Grant Study leave with attendant incentives to the employees for pursuing higher studies.

65. Enhance Night Patrolling Allowance for Track Maintainers and adequate compensation should be given to Night Patrolmen.

The 27Ih National Convention resolves to urge upon the Central Government and Railway Ministry to take Steps for ensuring time-bound negotiations with NFIR for satisfactorily settling the issues listed above to generate satisfaction among all categories of Railway employees.

The National Convention also decides to direct NFIR affiliates to organize mass meetings, conferences, demonstrations, rallies at all levels duringthe next five months period to mobilize all categories of employees for mounting pressure on the Government to resolve issues through sustained dialogue.

NFIR DECIDES TO CONDUCT STRIKE BALLOT ON LONG PENDING DEMANDS OF RAILWAYMEN

This National Convention having taken stock of the labour situation as well as status on various pending demands agitating railway employees has come to a conclusion that the negative attitude of Finance Ministry, Government of India on several proposals of railway ministry relating to rectification of  CPC anomalies, improvement of Grade Pay of Running Staff Supervisory Officials etc, has created serious resentment and frustration among 13 lakh railway employees.

The National Convention takes note that adequate time has been given to the Government as well as Railway Ministry to resolve the issues through negotiated settlement.The National Convention also taken note of the Special Meeting held by the Railway Board on 23rd August, 2013 on important demands listed by NFIR but, however, found that there has been no improvement in sorting out the pending issues.

This National Convention, therefore, directs the NFIR affiliates to conduct Strike Ballot on the issues listed in the resolution passed by this Convention.

The National Convention further directs to conduct Strike Ballot on 17th & 18th January, 2014 while launching intensive campaign on the major demands with the Government as well as Railway Ministry which are already listed in there solutions passed by the Convention.

Source : NFIR

Restructuring of certain Group 'C' cadres in Railways - Clarification reg.

Restructuring of certain Group 'C' cadres in Railways - Clarification reg.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
RBE No.133/2013
No.PC-III/2013/CRC/6
New Delhi, dated 19.12.2013
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways/Production Units, RDSO etc. &
Director General, Central Training Institutes.

Sub: Restructuring of certain Group 'C' cadres.

Reference item 2 ( Applicability to various cadres) of Board's letter No. PC.III/2013/CRC/4 dated 8.10.2013 (RBE No.102/2013).

Both the Federations ( AIRF/NFIR) had advised that Railways are facing difficulty in implementing the instructions contained in item 2 of Board's letter ibid regarding "only those temporary posts which are in operation for atleast three years may also be taken into account for the purpose of applying revised percentage" and requested Board to amend this clause.

In view of the above, the matter has been reviewed by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) and it has been decided that existing instructions contained in item 2 of Board's letter PC-III/2013/CRC/4 dated 8.10.2013 (RBE No.102/2013), may be revised as follows:-

Item
Existing instruction
Modified instruction
(2)
These orders will be applicable to the permanent regular cadres ( excluding surplus & supernumerary posts) of the Open Line establishments including Workshops, Production Units, RDSO and Centralized Training Institutes. Only those temporary posts which are in operation for atleast three years may also be taken into account for the purpose of applying revised percentage. This will be subject to certification that these posts are meant for regular activities which will continue and not for any sporadic requirements.
These orders will be applicable to the permanent regular cadres ( excluding surplus & supernumerary posts) of the Open Line establishments including Workshops, Production Units, RDSO and Centralized Training Institutes. Temporary posts may be taken into account for the purpose of cadre restructuring subject to certification that these posts are meant for regular activities which will continue and not for any sporadic requirements. In the event of any temporary posts so reckoned being surrendered within a period of three years of their original creation, percentage distribution of posts in the cadre would also be suitably re-adjusted, not later than the time of the first subsequent annual review.

This issues with the approval of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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(Vikram Gulati)
Director, Pay Commission-II
Railway Board
Source: AIRF & NFIR

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