Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Travelling Allowance in respect of Attendant/Escort for accompanying a Government Servant with Disabilities on travel during tour/training

Travelling Allowance in respect of Attendant/Escort for accompanying a Government Servant with Disabilities on travel during tour/training etc: Finance Ministry OM dated 17-02-2015


No. 19030/3/2013-E.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi.
Dated the 17th February, 2015.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject- Travelling Allowance in respect of Attendant/Escort for accompanying a Government Servant with Disabilities on travel during tour/training etc.



References have been received in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure seeking provision in the Rules/instructions regulating Travelling Allowance, in order to allow grant of Travelling Allowance to the Government servant with Disabilities in respect of an Attendant/Escort accompanying such a Government servant with Disabilities during travel while on tour/training, etc. At present there are no provisions in the Travelling Allowance rules which allows Government servants to claim Travelling Allowance in respect of Attendant/Escort accompanying them on tour/ training, etc. where such Government servants require the assistance of an Attendant/Escort for travel.
2. The matter has been considered and it has now been decided to allow Travelling Allowance in respect of the Attendant/Escort, for accompanying a Government servant with Disabilities during travel while on tour/training, etc., to be claimed by the Government servant with Disabilities. The admissibility of Travelling Allowance, in respect of the Attendant/Escort accompanying a Government servant with Disabilities, would be subject to the following conditions:-
(a) Ordinarily, the field offices/local administrative offices at the touring station, which the Government servant with Disabilities is required to visit on tour or training institutes where the Government servant with Disabilities is required to undergo training, would be required to provide an Attendant/Escort, from the existing pool of staff/persons employed, from the time the Government servant with Disabilities arrives at the destination and till such time the Government servant with Disabilities departs from that destination back to his headquarter station/place from where the Government servant with Disabilities had initially proceeded to that destination. During travel abroad, either on foreign tour/training, the Indian Missions/Posts (Embassy of India) at the country of visit would be required to.provide an Attendant/Escort, from the existing pool of staff/persons ,employed, during the period of stay of the Government servant with Disabilities in that country.

(b) Only when field offices/local administrative offices at the touring station or training institutes or Indian Missions/Posts at the country of visit, as the case may be, officially express their inability to provide an Attendant/Escort to the visiting Government servant with Disabilities, would the claim of Travelling Allowance in respect of Attendant/Escort accompanying the Government servant with Disabilities arise. In such cases, fare for travel of Attendant/Escort accompanying Government servant with Disabilities would be reimbursed. While for travel by air, Airlines-are expected to provide assistance to Government servant with Disabilities during travel as per Airlines policies, a Government servant with Disabilities however, can take along his personal Attendant/Escort for travel by Indian Railways for assistance during journey and boarding/de-boarding, even when an Attendant/Escort at destination station is provided officially.

(c) In all cases, Government servant with Disabilities are required to purchase travel tickets for self and Attendant/Escort at concessional rates, if any, offered by Railways/Airlines.

(d) The facility of Travelling Allowance for the Attendant/Escort would only be admissible to those Government servants with Disabilities, wherein it is certified by the competent Medical Authority that such a person compulsorily requires assistance of another person for travel. Under this clause, necessary certificate is to be obtained from the Head of Department of a Government Civil Hospital designated for the type/form of disability of the Government servant. Based on the certificate from competent Medical Authority, Heads of Departments would have to further satisfy the need for an Attendant/Escort during travel of the Government servant, before allowing the journey for the Attendant/Escort.

(e) Subject to clause (d) above, Travelling Allowance for the Attendant/Escort would be admissible to the Government servant with Disabilities while on tour (domestic or foreign). However, the authority deputing such a Government servant with Disabilities on tour would have to record in writing that the tour is considered necessary in the discharge of duties and responsibilities assigned to the Government servant with Disabilities.

(f) Subject to clause (d) above, Travelling Allowance for the Attendant/Escort would also be admissible to the Government servant with Disabilities when deputed on training provided it is recorded by the authority competent to depute such officials on training that such training is a mandatory training for career progression or induction training for probationers.

(g) Travelling Allowance consists of two parts; Mileage Allowance and Daily Allowance. No Daily Allowance would be admissible to the Attendant/Escort of the Government servant with Disabilities. Mileage Allowance would be admissible to the Attendant/Escort at the same rate and in the same class of accommodation, as the Government servant with Disabilities is entitled to under the Revised Travelling Allowance Rules, read with travel restrictions imposed under austerity measures/economy instructions, issued from time to time by the Government. However, in case of travel by any of the modes of conveyance by road, as prescribed under the Travelling Allowance rules, no separate mileage allowance would be admissible to the Government servant with Disabilities, in respect of the Attendant/Escort, except where the travel is by public bus.

(h) For commuting between residence to office and back, certain categories of Government servants with Disabilities are eligible for Transport Allowance at double the normal rates. As no Travelling Allowance is admissible to. Government servants for training at headquarter station, consequently, no claim of Travelling Allowance to the Attendant/Escort of the Government servant with Disabilities would be admissible for training at headquarter station.

3. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

sd/-
(Subhash Chand)
Director
Source: http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/ta_ota/TA_Attendant_disabilities_tourtraining17022015.pdf

NC (JCM) replied to DoPT on the decision to call for strike on 28th April, 2015

Secretary, National Council (Staff Side), JCM writes to Director/JCA, DoPT in reply of his letter regarding  the decision to call for strike on 28th April, 2015:-
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
NATIONAL COUNCIL (STAFF SIDE)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001
No. NC/JCM/2015
Dated 16.02.2015.
The Director/JCA,
Government of India,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension,
Department of Personnel & Training,
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,

Ref: Your letter No. 3/1/2015-JCA dated January 2015

The views expressed in your letter under reference are well taken. The JCM Scheme was introduced in 1966 with the provision of holding periodical meetings to resolve the grievances of Central Govt. employees. But the Scheme has been kept in suspension in animation for the last ordinary meeting of NC/JCM was held on. 15.5.2010. Standing Committee much less the Anomaly Committee is no substitution to ordinary meeting. Since beginning of the introduction of the Scheme the meeting of the Standing Committee of NC/JCM was used to be held one/two days earlier to the ordinary meeting to iron out the progress of the outstanding items of ordinary meeting and the same procedure continued for years together. Unfortunately, of late, this procedure has been given good by.
 
The removal of anomaly of CPCs are not only the issues. The grievances of Central Govt. employees are piling up, the Govt. has been taking unilateral decisions in detriment for the interest of the Central Govt. employees. There is no attempts on the part of the Govt. to discuss those issues by holding ordinary meeting of the NC/JCM, causing serious resentment and anger amongst Central Govt. employees.
 
Vide this office letter under reference we have submitted the issues which are of serious consequences in the service life of Central Govt. employees.
 
You will appreciate that Staff Side NC/JCM can not remain a silent spectator when grievances are not resolved and the Govt. continue to take unilateral decisions in detriment to the interest of Central Govt. employees.
 
However, meeting with Cabinet Secretary in Chair may be held to discuss the issues already submitted for arriving at a logical conclusion on the issues.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary
National Council(Staff Side)JCM

Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Sign-letter-to-Director-JCA.pdf

Departmental Canteen: Swachh Bharat Mission

Swachh Bharat Mission-Departmental Canteen

No.10/01/2014-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 13th February, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Swachh Bharat Mission-Departmental Canteen

Reference is invited to this Department’s O.M. of even No. dated 26.09.2014 and 09.10.2014 wherein all Ministries/Departments were requested to carry out periodical cleanliness campaign in respect of Departmental Canteens under their administrative control through respective Management Committees.

Detailed guidelines with reference to observation and maintenance of cleanliness in Departmental Canteens were also circulated. All Ministries/Departments were requested to carry out periodical cleanliness campaign at least once in a month in respect of Departmental Canteens under their administrative control and furnish report thereon in the prescribed Proforma. So far only few Departments have furnished this report. All Ministries/Departments are requested to furnish report on cleanliness campaign carried out by them in respect of Departmental Canteen by 15th of every month.
(Pratima Tyagi)
Director (Canteens)
Tele: 24624722

Copy to:-
1. All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India
(Director/Deputy Secretaries Incharge, Administrative Division/Wing as per Standard List)
2. President’s Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.
3. Cabinet Secretariat, New Delhi.
4. Director (Admn.) DOP&T, North Block, New Delhi-w.r.t letter No. 1-28011/101/2014-Coord dated. 27.01.2015.
5. Comptroller & Auditor Genecal of India, New Delhi.
6. Director of Audit, Central Revenue, New Delhi.
7. Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi.
8. Supreme Court of India, Tilak lVIarg, New Delhi.
9. High Court of Delhi, Sher Shah Road, New Delhi.
10. Controller General of Defence Accounts, R.K.Puram, West Block, New Delhi.
11. CAO’s Office, Ministry of Defence, DHQ, PO, New Delhi-ll0011.
12. Administrator, all Union Territories as per standard list.

Copy for information to:-
1.. PSO to Secretary(p)
2. PS to Joint Secretary (AT&A).

Decisions taken National Joint Council of Action meeting held on 16.02.2015 on 7th CPC, DA Merger issues

Decisions taken National Joint Council of Action meeting held on 16.02.2015 on 7th CPC, DA Merger issues

Meeting of National Joint Council of Action held on 16.02.2015 and following decisions were taken
1. Protests to be held at each and every District Collector‘s office all across India on 02.03.2015.

2. Massive rallies will be held between 23.03.2015 to 11.04.2015 at every state capital of India and memorandum will be submitted to Governor of every state.

3. March to Parliament will be carried out on 28.04.2015.

Central Government News: Swachh Bharat Mission-RWAs

Central Government News: Swachh Bharat Mission-RWAs

No.10/01/2.0 14-Dir(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Director (Canteens)
****
Lok Nayak Shawan, Khan Market
New Delhi, dated 13th February, 2015
To,
All Central Government Employees
Resident Welfare Associations
(as per list enclosed)

Subject: Swachh Bharat Mission-RWAs

An appeal was made to all RWAs alongwith AWOs to join together toward achieving the Mission of Swachh Bharat through letter No.10/1/2014-Dir(C) dated 29.9.2014. It is once again reiterated that Resident Welfare Association (RWA) along with Area Welfare Officers(AWO) have been playing very vital role in promoting Social, Cultural and other Welfare Activities of the residents. They also actively coordinate with a various civic authorities to provide civic amenities and services.

2. All RWAs and AWOs were requested to launch cleanliness drive through various programmes like voluntary participation of residents in cleaning (Shramdaan), ensuring disposal of garbage, awareness programmes etc. It is pertinent to point out that in accordance with existing instructions recognized RWAs frame Annual Action Plan for various activities. The achievement with reference to Annual Action Plan is required to be indicated by RWAs while applying for grants-in-aid. RWAs are requested to include cleanliness drive as one of the important targets in their Annual Action Plan and periodically inform DOPT about their achievements on this aspect. RWAs and AWOs are requested to carry out cleanliness drives voluntarily and also in association/coordination with respective civic authorities.

3. All these activities would go long way to make city clean. Let all Resident Welfare Associations and Area Welfare Officers join together towards achieving the Mission of Swachh Bharat.
(Pratima Tyagi)
Director( Canteens)
Tele:24624722
Copy to:·
All Area Welfare Officers (as per list enclosed)
Dir(Adm) w.r.t. letter No. 1-28011/101./2014-Coord dated. 27.01.2015.

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/sbr.pdf

Ministry of Labour and Employment Moves Forward for Implementation of Amended Apprentices Act

Ministry of Labour and Employment Moves Forward for Implementation of Amended Apprentices Act

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
13-February-2015 10:21 IST

Ministry of Labour and Employment Moves Forward for Implementation of Amended Apprentices Act
Ministry of Labour and Employment has taken quick steps to implement the amended Apprentices Act. Draft recommendations for Rules under the Act have been placed on web-site (at news updates http://www.labour.gov.in/content, at news updates http://www.dget.gov.in/content) for public comments. Comments can be sent by 2nd March, 2015.

The Government has taken several initiatives to revamp apprenticeship scheme. The Apprentices Act, 1961 has been amended and brought into effect from 22nd December, 2014. These amendments have been made with the objective of expanding the apprenticeship opportunities for youth. Non engineering graduates and diploma holders have been made eligible for apprenticeship. A portal is being setup to make all approvals transparent and time bound. Apprenticeship can be taken up in new occupations also.

In light of the new amendments, the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992 are required to be framed/amended in consultation with the Central Apprenticeship Council-a statutory body under the Act.

A Working Group has been constituted by Ministry of Labour and Employment for framing draft apprenticeship rules.

The Working Group in its meeting held on 12.1.2015 has prepared draft recommendations on the proposed amendments in Apprenticeship Rules, 1992 and guidelines of Third Party Agencies (TPA). Proposed amendments and Guidelines for TPA are uploaded at the web-sites of the Ministry of Labour & Employment and DGE&T.

Comments/suggestions are invited on these draft recommendations by 2nd March, 2015 at ddgat-dget@nic.in. These comments/suggestions shall be considered by the Working Group before finalizing its recommendations. Thereafter Apprenticeship Rules will be framed in consultation with Central Apprenticeship Council.

PIB

Restricted Holiday (RH) on the occasion of the Maha Shivratri to be observed On 17th February 2015.

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan Order: Restricted Holiday (RH) on the occasion of the Maha Shivratri to be observed On 17th February 2015

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18 INSTITUTIONAL AREA.  SHAHEED JEET SINGH MARG

New Delhi -110016
F-11090-1/2014-KVS(S&s)
16.02.2015

Subject : Restricted Holiday (RH) on the occasion of the Maha Shivratri to be observed On 17th February 2015.

In continuation of this office letter of even number dated 06.01.2015, the corrigendum of DOPT dated 10.07.2014 regarding including the festival of Maha Shivratri in Restricted Holiday (RH) list is enclosed for information and necessary action.
sd/-
(R S Bhatnagar)
Administrative Officer (S&S)


Source: http://www.kvsangathan.nic.in/GeneralDocuments/ann-16-02-15%285%29.pdf

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