Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Staff Side NC JCM writes to Cabinet Secretary for Interim Relief, Merger of DA

Staff Side NC JCM writes to Cabinet Secretary for Interim Relief, Merger of DA etc.

Secretary Staff Side NC JCM writes to cabinet secretary regarding demands of central government employees:-

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No. NC/JCM/2015
Dated: January 11, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India,
Cabinet Secretariat,
Rashtrpati Bhawan Annexe,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

I solicit your kind attention to my letter in No.NC/JCM/2014 dated 16 th December, 2014, wherein we had conveyed the decisions taken at the National Convention of representatives of the organisations participating in the JCM. We are distressed that you have chosen not to respond to our letter till date. We have so far not received any communication from any quarter of the convening of the National Council of the JCM. No effort has also been taken by any Ministry to convene the Departmental Councils.

We have now been given to understand that the Government has taken serious steps to set up a corporation to carry on the functions of the 41 ordnance Factories, presently functioning under the Ministry of Defence. We have also noted that the report of the Committee set up by the Government to corporatize the functions of the Postal Department. The inordinate delay in settling the demands for Interim Relief and Merger of DA is causing distress amongst the Central Government employees. The Railwaymen are particularly agitated over the decision of the Government to induct FDI to the extent of 100% in Railways, which we are aware cannot be done without privatisation of the Railways. The declaration of the Convention, which we had forwarded to you vide our letter cited had amply explained the anguish of the Central Government employees.

In order to register our opposition to the recent decision of the Government to corporatize the functions of the Ordnance factories, we have amended Item No.2 of the charter of demands. We send herewith the revised charter of demands.

The National JCA met today and took note of the silence on the part of the Government to our pleadings. The meeting has, therefore, decided to go ahead with the agitational programmes, the first phase of which will culminate in a massive March to Parliament by Central Government employees on 28th April, 2015. If no settlement is brought about on the 10 point charter of demands, we will be constrained to go for an indefinite strike action, the date of commencement of which will be decided on 28 th April, 2015.
 
Thanking you,
Comradely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)
NC/JCM & Convener
Copy to: Secretary, DoP&T – for information and necessary action please.
Copy to: Director, JCA – for information and necessary action please.
Copy to: All Constituents of NC/JCM(Staff Side) – for information.

NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi–110055
No.JCA/2014
Dated: January 11, 2015
Dear Comrades,

As scheduled, the meeting of the National JCA was held at the Staff Side office today, i.e. 11th January, 2015. The list of members who attended the meeting is annexed to this communication. The meeting was chaired by Com. M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen. The meeting made the following observations and took the following decisions:

The Statement made by Shri Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of the country at Varanasi to the effect that the Railways would not be privatised was misleading and intended to create confusion in the minds of the Railwaymen, especially in the background that the proposal to induct FDI in Railways to the extent of 100% is being pursued vigorously.

The Government has decided to set up a Corporation to carry on the functions of the 41 ordnance factories under the Ministry of Defence.

Except in a few States, the steps required to be taken for form the State level Committees of the JCA have not been undertaken.

In order to expedite the formation of such committee in all States, the NC JCM website will carry the names and addresses of the State leaders of the participating organisations

The Zonal Secretaries of AIRF will be asked to ensure that such committees are formed at all State Capitals before the end of this month and the convention is held on a mutually convenient date for all but before 15th February, 2014.

District conventions or March to Collectorates will be organised by the Committee in all District capitals of the country.

The entire month of March and the first half of April will be utilised for campaigning amongst the employees at all work- spots.

The March to Parliament will be organised on 28th April, 2015.

Every effort will be taken to reach a target of 5 lakh workers to participate in the said March. Target quota for each organisation will be fixed.

The State Committees will advise the National Convenor as to which organisations (those CGE organisations who are not presently participating in the JCM must be addressed to join the movement.

The State Committees after the convention will hold Press Conferences to give media publicity to the decisions taken including the decision to go on indefinite strike action.

The National JCA will hold a Press Conference at Delhi prior to the March to Parliament programme.
The Charter of demands will be amended (Item No.2) to include the following words: “and ordnance factories under the Ministry of Defence.”

Reminder letter will be sent to the Cabinet Secretary expressing distress over his silence and the non convening of the National Council, Anomaly Committee and Departmental Councils of the JCM.
The Convenor reported that the 7th CPC has informed him of their intention to convene the meeting of the organisations for tendering oral evidence in the month of February, 2015.

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(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convenor
List of Members who participated in the meeting:
Comrades Rakhal Das Gupta & Shiva Gopal Misra(AIRF), Guman Singh & M. Raghavaiah(NFIR) S.N. Pathak & C. Srikumar(AIDEF), K.K.N. Kutty,(Confederation) Giriraj Singh,(NFPE) Ashok Singh &, R. Srinivasan (INDWF) and S.K. Vyas.(Confederation).

Source: www.ncjcmstaffside.com

One time relaxation In Rules for leave Encashment during service in Railways

One time relaxation In Rules for leave Encashment during service in Railways

RBE No. 141/2O14
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRAIAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. F(E)III/20081LE-1/1
New Delhi, Dated: 15.12.2014.
The GMs/FA&CAOs,
All Zonal Railways/Pus,
(As per Mailing List).

Subject: One time relaxation In Rules for leave encashment during service – Permission for leave encashment to Railway Employees who have failed to avail leave encashment during the previous blocks.

Representations have been received in this office to allow leave encashment to Railway employees who have failed to avail the benefit during the previous blocks despite availing Pass/PTO and leave during a block on the ground that the concept of block period was new for the Railway employees and it Introduced during the 2nd block period resulting in some of the employees failing to apply for the same due to various reasons

2. The matter has been sympathetically considered by Board and it has been agreed to allow leave encashment to the employees who have failed to avail the same during the previous block period (first three block periods) despite fulfilling the condition of availing of Pass/PTO and leave during the block, as one time exemption, with the condition that leave encashment will be made at the rate of pay applicable at the time of availing of leave, subject to fulfillment of the conditions as laid down in Railway Boards letter of even No’s dated 29.10.2008 and 11.06.2009, as applicable on the day of leave availed, with the approval of leave sanctioning authority

3. The above relaxation Is made as one time measure and the employees have to apply for the same along with the proof of grant of leave and pass during the block period within four months from the date of issue of this letter.

4. It is reiterated that it is a one-time relaxation and in future including the current block no claim from a retrospective date shall be entertained. All the claims for leave encashment should be done with prior approval of the competent authority as per the block system of Leave encashment

5. This issues-with the approval of Board (MS & FC).
(Amitabh Joshi)
Deputy Director Finance (Estt.)III
Railway Board.
source : AIRF
[http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/One-time-relaxation-in-Rules-rbe-141_2014.pdf]

7th Pay Commission may ring report on time

7th Pay Commission may ring report on time

Seventh Pay Commission has ample time to submit its report to the government by the end of the year and government has everything in its hand to implement it right on time i.e. 1st January, 2016. If this happens it will be the first pay commission to be implemented on dot. This would be the remarkable achievement of 7th Pay Commission. Let’s see what happens. Please go through this detailed news paper report:-

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Government to give 6% reservation to ex servicemen: Sushma Swaraj

Government to give 6% reservation to ex servicemen: Sushma Swaraj

Basholi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said the government has decided to give six per cent reservation to ex-service men in recruitment in police force and provide land at low cost for establishment of their colonies.

“We have decided to give six per cent reservation to the ex-servicemen in the police force so they get re-employment,” Swaraj said while addressing an election rally here today.

In a bid to woo ex-servicemen who form a large chunk of voter base in this village, which shares border with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, Swaraj said the government has decided to provide land at low cost to the ex-servicemen so that their colonies could be established.

“We will encourage herbal farming so that an ex-servicemen can get extra earning from herbal framing,” she said.

She said the government was committed to settle the claims of the refugees from the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

“Claims of the 1947 Pakistan-occupied Kashmir refugees would be settled so that they don’t remain refugees any longer. We will also provide compensation to the refugees of 1965 and 1971,” she said.
Swaraj said the government would also provide ownership rights to the people who are living in the evacuee property in the state.

“The people who live in the evacuee property would get the ownership rights of the property,” she said.
While appealing the voters in the area to vote for the party candidate, Swaraj said to bring about development in the state people must give chance to BJP.

Meanwhile in another election rally in Nagrota, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani appealed the voters in the state to end the ?dynastic rule?.

“The time has come to end the dynastic rule of Father-son and Father-Daughter from the state,” she said.
She said that the National Conference, congress and PDP led have done nothing for the people of the state and it was the time to weed out the corrupt government from the state.

“The funds worth crores meant for the development of this state were misused by the successive governments here for the reasons best known to them,” she said.

PTI
Read at: The Zee News

SC / ST Reservation for higher Posts in Banks – Apex Court Says No

SC / ST Reservation for higher Posts in Banks – Apex Court Says No

The Supreme Court has ruled that there could be no quota for SC and ST employees for top posts in public sector banks but reservation for them was permissible in posts from scale-I till scale-VI.

A bench of J.Chelameswar and A.K.Sikri held that though there was no provision for reservation in promotion in banks for officers from scale-I onwards but an office memorandum issued by Department of Public Enterprises in November 2004 permitting quota up to scale-VI.

The bench informed that “the policy of no reservation in the matter of promotion is applicable only from Scale-VII and above. It, therefore, clearly follows that in so far as promotion from Scale-I to Scale-II, Scale-II to Scale-III, Scale-III to Scale-IV, Scale-IV to Scale-V, Scale-V to Scale-VI are concerned, reservation is to provided”. The bench said: “It is clarified that at present there is no provision for reservation in promotion by selection only in respect of those posts which carry an ultimate of 5,700/- per month (revised to 18,300 and 20,800/- per month in respect of those public sector undertakings following IDA pattern). Qua (with regard to) appellant Banks, that would be in respect of Scale-VII and above. Therefore, to carry out promotions from Scale-I upwards upto Scale-VI, reservation in promotion in favour of SC/ST employees has to be given.”

The court passed the order on a bunch appeals filed by banks challenging the Madras HC order directing them to provide reservation on the ground that there is no adequate representation of SC/ST category of officers in Group-IV and above.

The apex court held that HC in its verdict of 2009 has gone by the lofty ideals enshrined in Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution as well as the fact that in there banks there is no adequate representation of SC/ST category of officers in Group-IV and above.

“That may be so. It can only provide justification for making a provision of this nature.

“However, in the absence of such provision, same cannot be read by overstretching the language of office memorandum dated August 13, 1997″, it said.

Clarifying its verdict, the bench said, it would have the effect of allowing the writ petitions with directions to the appellant banks to make provision for reservations while carrying out promotions from Scale-I to Scale-II and upward upto Scale-VI.

Source: TOI

DASS pay scales Revised – Ministry of Home Affairs approved the proposal of Delhi Administration Subordinate Service

DASS pay scales Revised – Ministry of Home Affairs approved the proposal of Delhi Administration Subordinate Service

In the background of strong political backlash, Central Government has approved the proposal of Government of NCT of Delhi to revise the pay scales of Delhi Administration Subordinate Service (DASS).
As per Principal Secretary of Delhi NCT, Mr.Majumdar’s report, Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the proposal of Delhi Government to revise the pay scales of Delhi Administration Subordinate Service (DASS). Both the DASS and Steno cadre will be benefited by this decision

Majumdar also said that as per the decision, pay scale of DASS Grade-II/Steno Grade-II has been revised from Rs 5000-8000 to Rs 5500-9000, adding that the decision will be effective notionally from January 1, 1996 and actually from December 12, 2006.

Mr.Majumdar has further added that Central government has also approved the grant of Non-Functional Scale of Rs. 8000-13500 to DASS Grade-I/Senior PA notionally from January 1, 1996 and actually from December 1, 2006.

Opposite parties such as Congress, AAP have termed this proposal to revise the pay scales of DASS as a Poll Sop. According to these parties, BJP’s chance in winning of Delhi Polls is not good and hence proposal to revise the pay scales of DASS has been taken up.

However, BJP has defended the decision to revise the pay scales as it is a move increase the pay of comman man.

Introduction of provision for writing of APAR of all Railway employees Working in PB-I, 5200-20200, GP Rs. 1900: Railway Board Order

Introduction of provision for writing of APAR of all Railway employees Working in PB-I, 5200-20200, GP Rs. 1900: Railway Board Orde

RBE No.148/2014.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No.E(NG)I-2013/CR/1
New Delhi dated 30/12/2014
The General Managers(P)
All Indian Railways & Production Units etc, i
(As per standard list).

Sub: Introduction of provision for writing of APAR of all Railway employees Working in PB-I, 5200-20200, GP Rs. 1900-Regarding.

As the Railways are aware, in terms of Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-81/CR/5 dated 30.09.1981 Annual Confidential Reports (ACR) {now renamed as Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR)} are at present written by the reporting authority on every Non-gazetted Railway servant as per the procedure being narrated in the letter ibid, except the following Railway employees:-

(a) Grade ‘D’, now upgraded as Grade ‘C’, railway servants in grade pay of Rs. 1800.

(b) The Railway servants in Grade Pay Rs. 1900

(c) Railway servants whose initial grade pay is higher than Rs. 1900 provided the next higher grade is a non-selection grade except in the case of highly skilled Artisan Staff for whom APAR shall be written for those in two grades below in selection grade.

2. Pursuant to directives of Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal (CAD/Chandigarh dated 10.04.2013 delivered in DA. No. 1346-PB-2011, and of Hon’ble High Court Punjab Haryana at Chandigarh vide its judgment dated 18.09.2013 in CWP No. 20612 of 2013, the issue of initiation of APAR was considered by Railway Board for the left out categories mentioned above.

3. Afier consultation with the Railways [the] Board have considered the matter further. In partial modification of Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-81/CR/5 dated 30.09.1981, it has now been decided that the concept of writing of APAR on all Non-gazetted Railway servants working in Group ‘C’ PB-I, 5200-20200 in Grade Pay Rs. 1900 & above be introduced on the zonal Railways. Consequently, APAR may henceforth be written for the categories mentioned in set (b) & (c). The proforma of APARs of these categories is enclosed herewith. For those in Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/-, the system of working reports as and when required will continue. The procedure of writing of APARs for those Railway servants for whom it is already written
will remain unaltered.

Please acknowledge receipt.
(Arvind Kumar)
Executive Director Estt. (N)
Railway Board
APAR for Staff working in GP 1900/- Assessment Year……..

PART-A (PERSONAL DATA)

1. Name in full :
2. Date of birth :
3. Category (SC/ST/OBC/Genl.) :
4. Designation/Station at which employed :
5. Substantive/Officiating pay : Grade Pay:
6. Date of appointment to service :
7. Date of continuous appointment to the present grade pay :
8. Whether permanent/temporary :
9. Educational, Professional & Technical Qualifications :
10. Particulars of examination (including
Departmental examination) passed during
the year :

PART B-ASSESSMENT
l . Punctuality/ regularity :
2. Leave taken during the year :
3. Integrity :
4. Attitude/Relation with colleague/Sr./Jr.:
5. Initiative:
6. commitment/Devotion/Sincerity :
7. Knowledge of profession :
8. Capacity to bear higher responsibility :
9. Capacity to work independently or need
guideline /continuous guideline:
10. Level of efficiency/Skill :
11. Any specific remarks :
12. Overall grading : Outstanding/Very good/Good/Average/Below Average.

Signature of Reporting Officer
Name
Designation
Date:

Source/View/Download: http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/RBE%20148_2014.pdf

Incentives in case of posting to USBRL project and to the difficult projects (National) in N.F.Railway on retention of quarter: Railway Board Order

Incentives in case of posting to USBRL project and to the difficult projects (National) in N.F.Railway on retention of quarter: Railway Board Order

RBE NO: 125/2014
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
NO.E (G) 2013 QR1-17
New Delhi, Dated: 19/11/2014
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways/Production Units,
(As per standard list).

Sub: Incentives in case of posting to USBRL project and to the difficult projects (National) in N.F.Railway on retention of quarter.

The question of allowing house retention in case of postings to USBRL project in Jammu and Kashmir and the postings to the difficult projects (National) in N.F.Railway (as per annexure) have been considered by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) following the recommendations on the subject by the committee on incentives formed for the purpose. The Board has agreed to allow the following incentives;

Incentives proposed for USBRL Project:

For officers and staff, posted in J&K (USBRL project) permission to retain Railway accommodation at previous place of posting as per Railway Board’s guidelines

Incentives proposed for identified “Difficult Projects” of N.F. Railway.

For officers and staff, posted on “Difficult Projects” of N.F. Railway to retain Railway accommodation at previous placeof posting as per Railway Board’s guidelines.

4. The above incentives will be limited to the project construction phase only and are effective from 01-04-2012 till reviewed.

5. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

6. Please acknowledge receipt.
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(S.K.PANDA)
Deputy Director Estt.(Gen.)
Annexure to Letter No.E(G) 2013 QR 1-17 Dated: 19.11.2014.

List of Difficult Proiects (National) in N.F. Railway.

1  Bhairabi – Sairang (Mizoram)
2  Jiribum – Tupul – Imphal (Manipur)
3  Dimapur – Zubza (Nagaland)
4  Agartala – Sabroom (Tripura)
5  Bogibeel Rail – cum – Road Bridge (Assam)
6  Murkongselek – Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh & Assam)

Source: http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/RBE%20125_2015.pdf

There should be No Reservation in Promotions – Supreme Court

There should be No Reservation in Promotions – Supreme Court

Supreme Court in a landmark judgement has ruled out reservation in promotion for SC/ST categories.
New Delhi: January 10
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has ruled that there could be no quota for SC and ST employees for top posts in public sector banks but reservation for them was permissible in posts from scale-I till scale-VI.
A bench of J.Chelameswar and A.K.Sikri held that though there was no provision for reservation in promotion in banks for officers from scale-I onwards but an office memorandum issued by Department of Public Enterprises in November 2004 permitting quota up to scale-VI.

The bench informed that “the policy of no reservation in the matter of promotion is applicable only from Scale-VII and above. It, therefore, clearly follows that in so far as promotion from Scale-I to Scale-II, Scale-II to Scale-III, Scale-III to Scale-IV, Scale-IV to Scale-V, Scale-V to Scale-VI are concerned, reservation is to provided”. The bench said: “It is clarified that at present there is no provision for reservation in promotion by selection only in respect of those posts which carry an ultimate of 5,700/- per month (revised to 18,300 and 20,800/- per month in respect of those public sector undertakings following IDA pattern). Qua (with regard to) appellant Banks, that would be in respect of Scale-VII and above. Therefore, to carry out promotions from Scale-I upwards upto Scale-VI, reservation in promotion in favour of SC/ST employees has to be given.”

The court passed the order on a bunch appeals filed by banks challenging the Madras HC order directing them to provide reservation on the ground that there is no adequate representation of SC/ST category of officers in Group-IV and above.

The apex court held that HC in its verdict of 2009 has gone by the lofty ideals enshrined in Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution as well as the fact that in there banks there is no adequate representation of SC/ST category of officers in Group-IV and above.

“That may be so. It can only provide justification for making a provision of this nature.
“However, in the absence of such provision, same cannot be read by overstretching the language of office memorandum dated August 13, 1997″, it said.

Clarifying its verdict, the bench said, it would have the effect of allowing the writ petitions with directions to the appellant banks to make provision for reservations while carrying out promotions from Scale-I to Scale-II and upward upto Scale-VI.

Source: www.govemployees.in

Wednesdays as a ‘Public Meeting Day’ for hearing public grievances

Wednesdays as a ‘Public Meeting Day’ for hearing public grievances

F.No.Dir(Hqrs.)/Cb.(DT)/29/2013
 Government of India
 Ministry of Finance
 Department of Revenue
 {Central Board of Direct Taxes)
Room No.157-B, North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 6th January,2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Instructions regarding observance of Wednesdays as a ‘Public Meeting Day’ for hearing public grievances-

As a part of Prime Minister’s ‘Good Governance Day’ promise to provide an “open and accountable administration’ it has been decided that all field offices of the Income Tax Department will observe ’Public Meeting Day’ during 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM every Wednesday to listen to and try to resolve the grievances of the members of the public. Heads of local income tax offices will not fix any official meeting on Wednesdays during the hours prescribed for interaction with the public and will ensure that their staff including staff at the reception and security personnel. are suitably instructed to allow the members of the public to meet the officers without prior appointment.

Accordingly, the undersigned has been directed to request all cadre controlling Principal Chief Commissioners /Director Generals of Income Tax to instruct all officers and staff under their cadre control to observe ‘Public Meeting Day’ during 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM every Wednesday with effect from 7th January, 2015 to listen to and to try and resolve the grievances of the members of the public.

A suitable feedback mechanism shall also be put in place by each cadre controlling Principal Chief Commissioner /Director General of Income Tax for offices under his control to record the number of grievances attended to and solved on every ‘public meeting day’, and to identify the deficiencies with a view to suggesting systemic changes required to avoid recurrence of delays in redressaI of grievances.

A report in this regard shall henceforth also be incorporated in their Monthly DO letters submitted to the Zonal Members concerned. It is expected that the above instructions will be adhered to without fail.
This issues with the approval of Chairperson, CBDT.
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(Dr.B.K.Sinha)
CIT(C&S), CBDT
Source Document from: www.incometaxindia.gov.in

Relaxation for Air-Tickets on TA (Transfer) from Private Agents: CBDT Order

Relaxation for Air-Tickets on TA (Transfer) from Private Agents: CBDT Order

F.No. A-27017/01/2015-Ad.VI (A)
 Government of India
 Ministry of Finance
 Department of Revenue
 Central Board of Direct Taxes
New Delhi, dated 9th January, 2015
To
All Pr. Chief Commissioner of Income Tax,
All Director General of Income Tax,

Sub: Relaxation for purchase of Air-Tickets on TA (Transfer) from Private Agents – Regarding.

Sir/ Madam,
Kindly find enclosed herewith a copy of GM. of Ad.I Section of Department of Revenue bearing No. FTS No.110738/2014-Ad.I dated 31st December, 2014 alongwith its enclosure on the above mentioned subject for strict compliance by field offices.
Engl. as above.
Yours faithfully,
(Raju Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. India
Finance Ministry orders on Relaxation for purchase of Air-Tickets on TA (Transfer) from Private Agents issued on 31.12.2014
FTS No.110738/2014-Ad.I
 Government of India
 Ministry of Finance
 Department of Revenue
New Delhi, dated the 31 December, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Relaxation for purchase of Air-Tickets on TA (Transfer) from Private Agents – Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Expenditure’s observation vide its ID Note dated 11.12.2014 (copy enclosed) regarding non-compliance of extant air travel guidelines by field formations of Department of Revenue despite the same being internally circulated by the Department in October, 2012.

2. It. has been observed by the Department of Expenditure that officers of field formations under Department; of Revenue continue to claim ignorance of the extant air travel guidelines with regard to prescribed procedure for purchase of air tickets from authorized travel, agents in respect of air journey performed by them. Department of Expenditure have sought clarification as to how Department of Revenue proposes to ensure that the air travel guidelines are complied with strictly in all its field formations so as to eliminate cases requiring relaxation of air travel guidelines due to ignorance of these instructions.

3. It is, therefore, requested that wide publicity should be given to air travel guidelines issued by Department of Expenditure from time to time in respective field formations of CBDT and CBEC.
(Ajay Kumar Nema)
Director (Hqrs.)
Ministry of Finance
 Department of Expenditure
 (E.IV Branch)
Ref. DoR FNo.339/TA/2013-02225;
DoE ID No.232472/2014 dated 20-08-2014.

The Department of Revenue(DoR) may refer to the proposal seeking relaxation of the guidelines on air travel with regard to prescribed procedure for purchase of air tickets from authorized travel agents only in respect of air journey performed by Shri Akhllesh Ranjan, JS(FT & TR-l) from Mumbai to Delhi on transfer wherein air tickets had been booked from unauthorized travel agent.

2. Further to this Department’s ID Note dated 20-08-2014, DoR may clarify as to how field formations under DoR continue to claim ignorance of the extant air travel guidelines even though these guidelines were internally circulated by DoR in October,2012 and how DoR proposes to ensure that the air travel guidelines are compiled with strictly in all its field formation so as to eliminate cases requiring relaxation of air travel guidelines due to ignorance of these instructions.

3. Further, DoR is advised to obtain a formal communication from Air India,as claimed by Shri Akhilesh Ranjan. JS(FT & TR-1) at para 4 on page 9/N (ante), that Air India is unable to verify the airfare charged by the unauthorized travel agent or indicate difference in the airfare, if any, after verification by Air India.

(A. Bhattacharya)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source Document: www.irsofficersonline.gov.in

Planning to all bank staff under 7th Pay Commission

Planning to bring all bank staff under 7th Pay Commission – Minister replied in Parliament

Member of Parliament Shri M.P.Achuthan asked some questions regarding bank employees in Parliament and the concerned minister replied…

Covering bank employees under Seventh Pay Commission

(a) whether Government is considering a proposal to bring about 800,000 employees under Seventh Pay Commission;

(b) if so, the details thereof; and

(c) the reaction of the bank trade unions to this proposal and Government reaction thereto?
Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Shri Jayant Sinha replied in a written form as under…

(a) to (c) No such proposal is under consideration of the Government.

Review of Model Constitution in respect of Resident Welfare Associations recognized by DOPT

Review of Model Constitution in respect of Resident Welfare Associations recognized by DOPT
No.05/08/201 3-Dir(C)

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Director(Canteens)
Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market
New Delhi, dated 9th January 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Review of Model Constitution in respect of Resident Welfare Associations recognized by DOPT

The undersigned is directed to say that certain amendments to the existing Model Constitution of RWAs(Copy Enclosed) are proposed to be made in the light of various suggestions made by stakeholders and subsequent deliberations done in the Department. A copy of the proposed amendments to Model Constitution is attached for reference.

2. All stakeholders are request to offer their comments on the proposed amendments. The comments should be brief and to the point and should be furnished only in e-mail at the address given below latest by 18.1.2015 for further consideration in the Department.
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(Pratima Tyagi)
Director(Canteens)
Click to view the Proposed Amendments to Model Constitution
Source: www.persmin.gov.in

Continuation of ad-hoc appointment in the grade of Assistant of CSS

Continuation of ad-hoc appointment in the grade of Assistant of CSS

No.4/2/2006-CS.II (B) (Vol.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-3
Dated, the 9th January, 2015.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject :- Continuation of ad-hoc appointment in the grade of Assistant of CSS regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M of even number dated 3Rd July, 2014 on the subject mentioned above, vide which Cadre units were permitted to continue ad-hoc appointments in the grade of Assistant up to 31.12.2014. Further continuance of these appointments has been reviewed in this Department and it has been decided that the period of the ad-hoc appointment of those UDCs of CSCS who are working as Assistants of CSS on ad-hoc basis may be extended up to 30.06.2015 or titi regular Assistants become available, whichever is earlier.

2. Continuance of ad-hoc appointment shall not confer on the appointees any justify to continue in Assistant Grade indefinitely or for Inclusion in the Select List of Assistants of CSS or to claim seniority in Assistant Grade of CSS.

3. Other terms and conditions mentioned in the relevant OMs will remain unchanged.

4. Copies of the order along with the details of the officials (date of birth, date of Joining, Rank No., Select List Year, etc.) may be endorsed to this Department for record.

5. Hindi version will follow.
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(K. Suresh Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India.

Dopt Orders 2015 – Engagement of a retired officer of CSS as consultant on contract basis

Dopt Orders 2015 – Engagement of a retired officer of CSS as consultant on contract basis
IMMEDIATE
No.-I-28011/5/2015-Coord
Government of lndia
Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
(Coordination Section)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 08th January, 2015
Office Memorandum
Sub: Engagement of a retired officer of CSS as consultant on contract basis – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that one Consultant is to be engaged in the Department of Personnel and Training to assist the Department in filing of replies, taking updates of court cases from counsels in respect of the Court/CAT cases.

The applicant should be a retired officer of the level of Under Secretary/Deputy Secretary of the Central Secretarial Service (CSS) or equivalent having experience of handling legal matters of the Government of India and preferably holding a degree in law from a recognised university.

The officers who have worked in the Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice will be given preference. The terms and conditions of appointment will be decided in terms of the provisions of GFR. 2005 The interested officer may submit their resume indicating experience, in detail along with a copy of PPO, to the Director (Admin).Department of Personnel and Training, North Block, New Delhi — 110 001 latest by 31st January, 2015.

Selection will be on the basis of experience of the applicant in the legal field and a personal talk with the appropriate authority.

2. CS Division requested to give a wide publicity to this circular.
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(Shri Prakash)
Director (Admn)

DA Hike by 7% from 1.1.2015 for WEST BANGAL State Employees

DA Hike by 7% from 1.1.2015 for WEST BANGAL State Employees

Good news for West Bengal employees : D.A. released from 01.01.2015
Order Issued

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday announced the much-awaited hike in Dearness Allowance for state government employees by seven percent with effect from January 1, this year.
The Chief Minister said that the government decided to increase the DA by 7 percent despite resource constraints.

She said that after she came to power there was a raise of 30 percent in DA, for which the government had to spend Rs 9,000 crore from the state exchequer.

“This 7 percent hike alone will cost Rs 2,100 crore,” she said.

Click here for the order for State employees
Click here for the order for Teachers/Non teachers / Undertakings / Local bodies etc.

“We are passing through a tough time because of the legacy of debt burden left by the erstwhile LF government. We have to pay an amount of Rs 28,000 crore annually towards debt servicing. Somehow we manage to pay salaries to the employees,” Banerjee said.

She pointed out that the Centre increased DA every time before elections, but there was no way Bengal could do this, saying, “maybe we have got political freedom, but not economic freedom.”

Speaking about comparison with other states, Banerjee said, “Don’t draw any comparison with Gujarat, Maharashtra etc. Gujarat had already been developed 20 years back and Maharashtra is the financial capital of India. But we are lagging behind. Who is responsible for this? The previous Left Front government.”

When reporters drew her attention to the big gap between the central DA and Bengal’s DA, she shot back: “We don’t have money-making machine. It is with the Centre.”

Banerjee demanded that the Centre bear financial burden of states for giving DA to their employees whenever it increased DA for its own employees.

“We told the Centre we have no grudge against your increase in DA, but also make provision for funds to states for DA increase of their own employees. We have made this demand before the Finance Commission.
She said that Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra had written to the Centre in this regard towards the end of 2013 demanding necessary allocation from the Centre in case of DA hike announced by it, but there was no reply.
“We keep writing to the Centre on many cases, but the Centre hardly bothers about giving any reply,” she said.

With the hike, the gap with the central DA has been reduced to 42 percent from 49 percent.

Request for not booking rooms in holiday home at Goa

Suspension of booking of Goa Holiday rooms for renovation – Directorate of Estates orders on 17.12.2014
MOST IMMEDIATE/SPEED POST
No.D-11016/23/2007-Regions
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman lihawan, New Delhi
Dated 17.12.2014
Office Memorandum
Subject: Request for not booking rooms in holiday home at Goa in February and March 2015 for renovation.

The undersigned is directed to refer Superintending Engineer, Goa Central Circle, CPWd, Goa letter no.23/1/43/PB/GCD/2014/1644 dated 04.12.2014 on the above subject and to say that it has been decided to suspend booking of rooms in holiday home at Goa as per following schedule in February and March, 2015.

SI. No. – Room No. – Renovation Period suspension schedule)

1. 101 to 103 (i.e. Room No. 101, 102, 103) – 10.02.2015 to 20.02.2015
2. 201 to 205 (i.e. Room No. 201, 202, 203, 204. 205) – 21.02.2015 to 05.03.2015
3. 301 to 305 (i.e. Room No. 301, 302, 303, 304, 305) – 06.03.2015 to 15.03.2015

2. In view of above, NIC is requested to suspend online booking of respective rooms of holiday home at Goa as per suspension schedule/renovation period/details mentioned above and beyond the suspension period, booking will stand continue.
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(N.S. Chauhan)
Assistant Director of Estates (Regions)

Dopt Order: Promotion of LDC as UDC of CSCS on ad hoc basis

Promotion of LDC as UDC of CSCS on ad hoc basis – Dopt Order

No. 3/2/2010-CS II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-3,
Dated, the 9th January, 2015.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject :- Promotion of LDC as UDC of Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) on ad hoc basis-continuance of Ad-hoc appointment regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M of even number dated 3rd July, 2014 on the subject mentioned above, vide which Cadre units were permitted to continue ad-hoc appointments in the grade of UDCs up to 31.12.2014. Further continuance of these appointments has been reviewed in this Department and it has been decided that the period of the ad- hoc appointment of those LDCs of CSCS who are working as UDCs of CSCS on ad-hoc basis may be extended up to 30.06.2015 or till regular UDCs become available, whichever is earlier.

2. Continuance of ad-hoc appointment shall not confer on the appointees any justify to continue in UDC Grade indefinitely or for inclusion in the Select List of UDC of CSCS or to claim seniority in UDC Grade of CSCS.

3. Other terms and conditions mentioned in the relevant OMs will, remain unchanged.

4. Copies of the order along with the details of the officials (date of birth, date of Joining, Rank No., Select List Year, etc) may be endorsed to this Department for record.

5. Hindi version will follow.
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(K. Suresh Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Detailed Report on Negotiations with IBA – BEFI

Detailed Report on Negotiations with IBA – BEFI

BANK EMPLOYEES FEDERATION OF INDIA
NARESH PAUL CENTRE
53 Radha Bazar Lane, (1st Floor), Kolkata – 700 001
e-mail : pradipbefi@yahoo.co.in Website : http://www.befi.in/
(Ph):033- 2225-4414/2236-5108 (M) 94331 44271 Fax: 033-2236-5109/2242-069
Circular No: 01/2015
08th January 2015
To All Affiliates/Office Bearers/CC/GC Members
Dear Comrades,

NEGOTIATIONS WITH IBA

At the very outset, we wish all our members, their families, well-wishers and all acquaintances a VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2015.

In view of the Strike Notice by UFBU, the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) convened a Conciliation on 05th January 2015.
In the conciliation, we emphasized that the proposed strike actions have been thrust on us by a totally indifferent and negative attitude of IBA in the matter of wage negotiations, despite flexible approach adopted by UFBU; we also took serious exception to IBA’s communication to the member Banks to re-visit the mandate. IBA, on their part, assured that they had no intention to complicate matters and expressed eagerness to resume negotiations on 06th instant.

Accordingly, another round of negotiations took place on 6th in Mumbai when, after prolonged hard-bargaining, IBA improved its offer from 11% to 12.5% of pay-slip components. While making it absolutely clear that this was not at all acceptable, UFBU demonstrated its flexibility by further revising its demand to 19.5% increase. IBA, while indicating its willingness to continue the negotiations on 07th too, requested for withdrawal of Strike programmes.

In view of some improvement in the talks, UFBU decided to defer the proposed Strike of 07th January 2015.During the negotiations on 07th, UFBU once again insisted on IBA for further improving its offer, to which IBA expressed that they want some more time for discussion amongst themselves. To our demand that negotiations be held at regular intervals for arriving at a settlement without further delay, IBA responded positively and indicated its intention to conclude the process by the end of February 2015. It was decided that Sub-Committees would be formed for expeditious resolution on some of the contentious issues, like reimbursement of 100% of Hospitalisation Expenses, regulated working-hours for officers, 5-day week, etc., raised by UFBU. IBA also agreed to discuss the Pension related issues/demands of UFBU.

Comrades, the united might of bankmen throughout the country has restored the negotiation process; but nothing should be taken for granted. We may only assure that the UFBU would leave no stone unturned to clinch a reasonable and fair deal for all the employees and officers as expeditiously as possible. However, given the past record of the IBA as also of the Government, we must be vigilant and remain organizationally prepared for any eventuality and to plunge into action, even at shortest possible notice.
Further developments would be communicated to you all in due course.
With greetings,
Comradely yours,
(PRADIP BISWAS)
GENERAL SECRETARY
Source: www.befi.in

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