Saturday, April 4, 2015

Grant of promotional increment under Rule 13 of RS (RP) Rules, 2008 to those promoted to identical Pay Band or Grade Pay shouldering higher responsibilities

Grant of promotional increment under Rule 13 of RS (RP) Rules, 2008 to those promoted to identical Pay Band or Grade Pay shouldering higher responsibilities:-

GOVT. OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)
No.PC-VI/2014/IR-N/4
New Delhi, dated 01.04.2015.
General Secretary
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road
New Delhi-110055.

Subject: Grant of promotional increment under rule 13 of RS(RP) Rules, 2008 to those promoted to identical Pay Band /Grade Pay shouldering higher responsibilities.

Ref: Item no.1/2014 of PNM.

Sir,
In terms of rule 13 of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, fixation of pay with one additional increment is admissible in the situations of promotion from one Grade Pay to another. Prior to implementation of above rules, fixation of pay on appointment from one post to another was governed by Rule 1313(FR22)(1)(a)(1)R-II (still in force) which provides for fixation of pay involving additional increment appointment / promotion as per the provisions of Recruitment Rules in the situations involving assumption of duties and responsibilities of greater importance. Further, in terms of Rule 1313 (FR22)(III)R-II appointment in identical pay scale is not to be deemed as a case of assumption of duties and responsibilities of greater importance.

2. Consequent upon implementation of recommendations of 6th CPC there were various situations of appointment to identical Pay in the nominal promotional hierarchy of the employee and such posts could not be merged (in terms of recommendations of 6th CPC envisaging merger of various scales) and the posts continued to be feeder and promotional posts though in same Grade Pay. There was marked assumption of duties and responsibilities of greater importance. Such cases were examined with Ministry of Finance and DOP&T and consequently, as agreed, promotional benefit was extended to certain categories vide Board’s letter No.PC-VI/2011/IC/1 dated 12.9.2013 (copy enclosed).

3. Now there are demands from the Federations for grant of benefit to certain other situations viz;

S.No Feeder Category Promotional Categories Revised Pay structure(Pay Band, Grade Pay)
(i) Track Maintainers-IV Key man PB-1 GP Rs 1800
(ii) Peon Record Sorter/ Gastetner Operator PB-1 GP Rs 1800
(iii) Sr.ALP works under Loco Pilot Loco Pilot (Shunting) Works Independently. PB-1 GP Rs 2400
(iv) Commercial Clerk Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk PB-1 GP Rs 2800
(v) Sr. Goods Guard Passenger Guard PB-2 GP Rs 4200
(vi) Sr. Loco Pilot (Shunting) Loco Pilot (Goods) PB-2 GP Rs 4200
(vii) Station Master Section Controller PB-2 GP Rs 4200

4. The issue has been examined and it has been observed item wise as under:

Item No.(i) Track Man to Key Man
Item No.(ii) Peon to Record Sorter

Consequent to the implementation of 6th CPCs recommendations, the pre-revised scales of Rs. 2550-3200, Rs. 2610-3540, Rs. 2650-4000 and 2750-4400 in respect of Group ‘D’ posts have been replaced by Revised Pay structure of Pay Band PB I and Grade pay Rs. 1800 and the functions etc of the posts are deemed to have merged. The situation is common to all the erstwhile Group ‘D’ categories. Accordingly the question of fixation of pay under Rule 13 of Revised pay rules does not arise in these specific situations.
Further based on the report of the Committee set up by Board, the category of Track Man/ Keymen etc is now being operated in four Grade unified structure and in such a pay structure benefit is already available on promotion from one Grade Pay to another and there is no issue of non admissibility of fixation of pay under Rule 13 of RS(RP) Rules 2008. (Reference: Board’s letter No 2010/CE-l(Spl)/GNS/15{Pt) dated 17/08/2012) copy enclosed.

Item No. (iii) Sr. ALP to Loco Pilot (Shunting)
Item No. ( v) Sr. Goods Guard to Passenger Guard
Item No. (vi) Sr. Loco Pilot(Shunting) to Loco Pilot (Goods)

In respect of above situations of promotions in the identical scale of pay, consequent to consultation with Ministry of Finance a detailed clarification has been issued to zonal Railways vide Board’s letter No. PCVI/2011/IC/l dated 22/05/2014 (copy enclosed) explaining the detailed background, leading to admissibility of promotional pay fixation and the methodology adopted for fixation of pay on promotion to identical grade pay in different situations, in terms of Board’s letter No.PC-Vl/2011/IC/1 dated 22/05/2014.

Item No.( iv): Commercial Clerk to Enquiry cum Reservation Clerk
Item No. (vii) Station Master to Section Controller.

The above situations are result of lateral movement of employees from one cadre to another on their own volition based on the option furnished by them and not the cases of promotion in their normal hierarchy. As per norms being followed, such situations are not being considered for extension of benefit of fixation of pay under Rule 3 of RS(RP) Rules 2008.

5. Keeping in view above position it is not feasible to agree to the demand.

Encl: As above.
Yours Faithfully
For Secretary/Railway Board

Source: NFIR
[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B40Q65NF2_7UcDd4R2tMSnd3TGs/view]

Amendment to Revised Investment Guidelines for NPS schemes

Amendment to Revised Investment Guidelines for NPS schemes.

PF Regulatory and Development Authority has issued Amendment with effect from 01.04.2015 to revised investment guidelines for NPS Schemes Applicable to Government Sector, Corporate CG and NPS lite schemes of NPS

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

1st Floor, ICADR Building, Plot No. 6,
Vasant Kunj Institutional Area,
Phase – II, New Delhi – 110070
Circular
PFRDA/2015/12/PFM/06
Date: 31st March 2015
To,
All Pension Funds,

Subject: Amendment to Revised Investment Guidelines for NPS schemes.

The existing circular no. PFRDA/2014/02/PFM/1 dated 29-Jan-2014 on the subject Revision of Investment
Guidelines for NPS Schemes is amended as highlighted under:

Government Sector NPS Schemes (Applicable to Government Sector, Corporate CG and NPS lite schemes of NPS)

(ii) Debt Securities (Up to 40%)/ point (a) : Debt securities having a minimum residual maturity period of three years from the date of investment by the Pension Fund issued by Bodies Corporate including banks and public financial Institutions; Provided that the investment in this category is made in instruments having an minimum “AA” or equivalent investment grade rating from at least one credit rating agency regulated by SEBI, under SEBI (Credit Rating Agency) Regulation 1999. Apart from rating by an agency, PFMs shall undertake their own due diligence for assessment of risks associated with the securities before investments.
 
Private Sector NPS {Applicable to E (Tier I & II), C (Tier-I & II) and G (Tier I & II)}
C/ (ii): Credit rated debt securities with residual maturity of not less than three years from the date of investment, issued by Bodies Corporate including scheduled commercial banks and public financial institutions [as defined in Section 4A of the Companies Act] 1956, Provided that the investment in this category is made in instruments having an minimum “AA” or equivalent investment grade rating from at least one credit rating agency regulated by SEBI, under SEBI ( Credit Rating Agency ) Regulation 1999. PFM has to do his own due diligence too

2. The above stated amendments are applicable to the inflow of the fresh funds w.e.f. 01.04.2015.

3. All other extant investment guidelines to continue.
Sumeet Kaur Kapoor
(General Manager)
Source: PFRDA Circular

Extending the validity of full/half sets of Privilege Passes, Post Retirement Complimentary Passes, Widow Passes and Privilege Ticket Orders (PTOs)

Extending the validity of full/half sets of Privilege Passes, Post Retirement Complimentary Passes, Widow Passes and Privilege Ticket Orders (PTOs)

Railway Board Order: Extending the validity of full/half sets of Privilege Passes, Post Retirement Complimentary Passes, Widow Passes and Privilege Ticket Orders (PTOs)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
No. E(W)2007 PS 5-1/9
New Delhi, dated 31-03-2015
The General Managers (P)
All Indian Railways & Production Units

Sub: Extending the validity of full/half sets of Privilege Passes, Post Retirement Complimentary Passes, Widow Passes and Privilege Ticket Orders (PTOs).

Ref: Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 26.03.2012.

Standing instructions were issued vide Board’s letter cited under reference that the validity period of full/half sets of Privilege/Post Retirement/Complimentary/ Widow Passes and PTOs shall be one month more than the Advance Reservation Period (ARP), in general, from the date of issue. It further stipulated that if advance reservation period is reduced in future, the validity of Passes/PTOs will not be less than four months period.

Advance Correction Slip No.73 to the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (2nd Edition, 1993) was also issued. Based on the advance reservation period of 20 days which then came into effect in terms of Board’s Commercial Circular No.12 of 2012, the validity period of Passes/PTOs was advised to be increased to 5 months from 4 months. It was also stated therein that enhancing the validity period of passes and PTOs was to facilitate securing confirmed reservations on such Passes and PTOs.

2. While the ARP was reduced in 2013, the Railways have reduced the validity of Passes/PTOs to 4 months, in pursuance of above standing instructions. However, consequent to revision of ARP from 60 days to 120 days in terms of Board’s Commercial Circular No.11 of 2015 dated 27.02.2015, clarifications are being sought by some Railways on the date from which the validity of Passes/PTOs are to be increased to 5 months and also regarding the period of validity of year ending Passes/PTOs of calendar year 2014.

3. It is clarified that keeping the spirit of the instructions contained in Board’s letter cited under reference, Passes/PTOs should be issued one month before the ARP comes into effect so that confirmed reservation on such Passes/PTOs is facilitated. The Railways/PUs should, therefore, issue Passes/PTOs with revised validity period, as soon as effective date of ARP is advised by Traffic Commercial Dte. of Railway Board.

4. Regarding the validity period of year-ending Passes/PTOs, it is clarified that the same shall be as per the validity period admissible on 31st December of respective calendar year since year-ending Passes/PTOs are deemed to have been issued latest by that day. Accordingly, for the calendar year 2014, the validity period of Passes/PTOs shall be 4 months from 31.12.2014.
(Debasis Mazumdar)
Director Estt.(Welfare)
Railway Board

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/validity_Privilege_Pass_PTO.pdf

Payment of Dearness Allowance w.e.f.01.01.2015: BPMS writes to FM to declare DA to Central Government employees from Jan 2015

BPMS writes to FM to declare DA to Central Govt employees from Jan 2015

BPMS requests Finance Minister for Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees w.e.f. 01.01.2015
Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh
(An All India Federation of Defence Workers)

Ref: BPMS/MOF/DA/190(8/2/L)
Dated: 1.4.2015
To,
The Finance Minister,
Govt of India,
New Delhi.

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance w.e.f.01.01.2015

Hon’ble Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that on the basis of Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, it has been the previous pratice of the Finance Ministry that it declares the Dearness Allowance upto the last week of March payable to Central Government employees with effect from 01st January of the year.
But this year the Ministry of Finance has not yet announced the rate of dearness allowance payable from 01.01.2015. This is not only creating financial hardships but creating discontentment amongst the employees also.

Therefore, you are requested to take appropriate action so that all the Central Government employees may get their legitimate justify of cuurent rate of DA without further delay.
Thanking you.
Sincerely yours,
sd/-
(M.P.Singh)
General Secretary

Minimum Wage Dr.Aykhrod Formula – Confederation needs proof of consumer prices from 8 Metro cities

Minimum Wage Dr.Aykhrod Formula – Confederation needs proof of consumer prices from 8 Metro cities
The list of consumer items is attached with this letter…

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
Website: WWW. Confederationhq.blogspot.com
Email: Confederationhq@yahoo.co.in
Patron S.K.Vyas
09868244035
President
K.K.N.Kutty
09811048303
Secretary General
M.Krishnan
09447068125

Circular No. 23/2013-16
Dated – 02.04.2015
Dear Comrade,
We invite your kind attention to the synopsis of the discussions the staff side had with the 7th CPC on 23rd and 24th March, 2015. You will notice there from that the discussions were cordial and the staff side had been able to present their case admirably well. You must have also noticed that the 7thCPC has categorically stated that they would go by Dr. Aykhrod formula in arriving at the minimum wage.

However, they were a little skeptical of the rates quoted by us. As you are aware we have taken the rates from the information we have collected through our units in the 8 Metro Cities. Since this is likely to be the bane of contention at the time of finalization of the report, we must be able to establish that the rates other than the one we had submitted is not acceptable to us being bereft of the benefit of retail prices ruling at the relevant point of time.

In order to bolster our argument, we would like our leaders especially in the following cities and in other places to purchase the following articles from a reputed Mall as also from a normal provision store with bills duly signed by the owners of the retail outlet and send over to the Confederation CHQ immediately. The bill should bear the signature, the rate per kg. and the signature or seal of the concerned establishment. Please treat this as most urgent and a task of serious nature for the rates adopted by the 7th CPC will have far reaching consequences if not contested at the appropriate time.
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General.

Rice/Wheat: Different qualities: Rate per kg. (Purchase the highest, lowest and middle rate quality items)
Dal: Toor, Moong, urid: May be different qualities are available. Purchase three qualities. The highest, lowest and the middle of each item. (Rate per kg.)

Raw vegetable: Mention the names of each item: rates must be per kg. Mention the names in Hindi and English.

Green Vegetable: Mention the names of each item : (rates per kg.) Please mention the Hindi and English names.

Other vegetables: per kg. rate: same as above. Mention the names in Hindi and English.

Fruits: Purchase variety of fruits: with names in Hindi and English: Different qualities: Quote rates per kg. (We shall take the average price at the end).

Milk: Purchase both from the Government owned outlets like Mother diary etc. as also from the private vendors. Quote the price per kg.

Sugar/Jaggery: Varied qualities may be available. If that the case purchase the highest, lowest and middle quality: Rate per kg.

Edible Oil: (Please prefer the sunflower oil). All other oils can also be purchased and bills obtained. Rate per kg.

Fish and Meat: (Fish = different varieties are available. Purchase the best, lowest and the middle level: Same for the meat also. In any case cased, goat meat to be the basis)

Detergents: There are different qualities: Purchase the best, the cheapest and the middle quality. Rate per kg.
Eggs; Rate per one:

Clothes: per meter: Purchase only cotton white and coloured clothes; (Quality: Best, Cheapest and middle quality)
Metro Cities taken; Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Trivandrum .

Source: Confederation Of Central Government Employees

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