Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Denial of TA/DA to the Staff car Drivers in the Railways-reg

Denial of TA/DA to the Staff car Drivers in the Railways-reg

National Federationf Indian Railwaymen
Affiliated to :
lndian NationalTrade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (lTF)
No. I/8/Part. I
Dated: 11/05/2015
Sub: Denial of TA/DA to the Staff car Drivers in the Railways-reg.
Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM ltem No.4/2011.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. 1/8 dated 02/04/2010.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. I/8/pt. I dated 27/06/2013. 13/09/2013, 5/5/2014, 7/7/2014 & 21/10/2014.
(iv) Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)I/209/AL-28/04/2015.

In the Fast Track Committee Meeting held in the Railway Board on 08/05/2015, the above subject was discussed without finality. However, NFIR places below detailed justification warranting restoration of payment of TA/DA to the Staff Car Drivers:-

1. The Committee constituted by the Railway Board appears to have not recommended payment of Daily Allowance to the Staff Car Drivers for performing official journeys during the prescribed duty hours even if they move out beyond a distance of 8 kms. from the Head Quarters without consulting extant codal provision.

2. The Sub Rule (1) of Rule 1614 o.f lndian Railway Establishment Code (Second Reprint Edition) permits drawal of daily allowance by a Railway employee who is not receiving a permanent allowance on any day on which he proceeds on tour beyond a radius of 8 krns.

The position mentioned above shows that the decision taken by the Railway Board is contrary to the instructions/codal provisions, the same requires to be reviewed. It needs to te appreciated that the staff car drivers carry the officials to accident sites, flood affected areas, and different locations in view of administrative requirement. Their working is not comparable with other departments of central Government. Denial of TA/DA is therefore unjustified.

NFIR, therefore, urges the Railway Board to withdraw Board’s letter dated 12/03/2008 and issue instructions to the General Managers of Zones/PUs for restoration of payment of TA/DA to Staff Car Drivers undertaking journeys a beyond a distance of 8 kms. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Copy to the Executive Director F(E), Railway Board, New Delhi for information and necessary action.
Copy to the Convener, Fast Track Committee & Executive Director/IR, Railway Board, New Delhi for information and necessary action.

Copy to General Secretaries of Affiliate Unions of NFIR.
Media Centre/NFIR.
File No. 4/2011 (PNM),
File No IV/NFIR/ETC/2014 (MAIN)

Source: NFIR

EPS pensioners assured of minimum pension of Rs.1000 per month

EPS pensioners assured of minimum pension of Rs. 1000 per month

Press Information Bureau,
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
12-May, 2015
EPS pensioners assured of minimum pension of Rs. 1000 per month
EPFO settles 11.77 lakh claims in April 2015: 77% of EPF claims settled within 10 days.

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation(EPFO) has settled 11.77 lakh claims were settled in the month of April itself. This fact emerged while reviewing the performance of EPFO in the first month of the new financial year 2015-16. According to Shri K.K. Jalan, CPFC showing an improvement in the time taken for settlement, 48% of the claims were settled within 03 days and 77% were settled within 10 days. More than 15 crore annual accounts were updated in the first two working days of the financial year which is a historical first and this was made possible by the adoption of new updated software by the organization.

A decision was also taken regarding continuation of minimum pension of Rs 1000 to the pensioners of EPS, 1995 on a perpetual basis. This move is expected to benefit more than 19 lakh pensioners who would otherwise draw less than Rs. 1000 as pension under EPS, 1995.

Grievance redressal continued to be given top most priority. More than 14,000 grievances were settled in the month of April leaving a balance of 3,354 grievances pending. Of these more than three-fourths were pending for less than 15 days. As grievance monitoring is being done at the highest level in the government under PRAGATI programme, comprehensive guidelines were also issued to further minimize the number of pending grievances.

A conference of the ten Zonal Addl. CPFCs also took place in last month. Several important decisions directly affecting the working of the organization were taken. Top priority is to be accorded to activation of UAN and also to activate e-life certificate, “Jeevan Praman Patra” for EPS pensioners.Use of e-governance tools has to be adopted in all functional areas including compliance management. This would help the organization in better monitoring and also foster a conducive compliance environment It was also decided to initiate efforts for making the members’ passbook on the portal, available in vernacular languages also, for the benefit and convenience of the PF subscribers.

Emergency Facilities in CGHS Dispensaries

Emergency Facilities in CGHS Dispensaries

The CGHS dispensaries have all the medicines required in emergency. As per the CGHS guidelines, a provision is there to keep medicines available to counter any medical emergency that might arise within the Wellness Centre. There is an Emergency Tray available with the nursing staff which contains most of the medicines required under emergency situation. The availability of the medicines with their valid date of expiry in this Emergency Tray is checked on a regular basis and also during surprise checks.

A complaint was received on 07.09.2013 from Sh. R. C. Khuntia, the then Member of Parliament in respect of pensioner beneficiary, Sh. B. K. Joshi regarding non-supply of life saving drugs on time by CGHS Bhubaneswar. The delay in supply was due to non availability of cancer medicine with the authorized stockiest.

In case the medicines are not available at the Wellness Centre, they are procured through local purchase. If any medicine is prescribed by the treating doctor that is required to be used immediately and if that medicine is not available in the Wellness Centre, authority slip is issued to the patient to collect the medicine from the authorized local chemist free of cost.

The Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.


Black Money Bill passed in Lok Sabha

Black Money Bill passed in Lok Sabha

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
New Delhi: The bill, which provides for penalty and tax up to 120 percent along with criminal prosecution for those who have parked black money abroad, was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who moved the bill in the Lok Sabha, asked the opposition not to develop ‘cold feet’ in supporting the legislation.

Jaitley rejected the demands of the opposition parties to refer it to the Standing Committee. The Finance Minister said that delay in enacting the legislation would provide opportunity to offenders to transfer unaccounted overseas wealth to unknown destinations.

The bill provides for rigorous imprisonment of up to 10 years for offenders.


Government to soon bring bill to curb benami transactions

Government to soon bring bill to curb benami transactions

New Delhi: A new Benami bill, aimed at curbing generation of domestic black money, will soon be brought before the Cabinet, government told the Lok Sabha today.

“As regards the Benami Bill, the redrafted Act is at a very advanced stage… A more modern Benami bill has been drafted. It will reach the Cabinet any day,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

Apart from confiscation, the Bill would provide for prosecution and would aim to act as a major avenue for blocking generation and holding of black money in the form of benami property, especially in real estate.

Jaitley said the inclusion of the parallel economy of black money into the main economy, would help government to lower tax rates.

“The need to curb domestic black money is extremely important. We need to bring slowly more and more of our economy into declared economy. This has ability to bring up tax collection, GDP, enables to help the government to bring down the taxation.

“If parallel black money comes into the economy, then the taxes go down,” Jaitley said.

The government had in Budget 2015-16, presented at the end of February, announced that it would come out with a new and more comprehensive Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Bill.

The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act was earlier enacted in 1988, but the rules under that Act could not be formulated due to inherent infirmities in the Act.

Following this, in 2011 the government introduced in Parliament a Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Bill, which proposed replacing the 1988 Act.

The Bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance for examination, which submitted its report in June 2012. However, the Bill lapsed with the dissolution of 15th Lok Sabha.


Selection Procedure for Promotion to Selection Posts from Erstwhile Group D to C: Railway Board Clarification regarding Seniority

Selection Procedure for Promotion to Selection Posts from Erstwhile Group D to C: Railway Board Clarification

RB Estt No. 43/2015
New Delhi, dated 05 .05.2015

The General Managers (P)
All Indian Railways & PUs,
(As per standard list)

Sub : Selection procedure for promotion to Selection Posts - Formation of panel in the order of seniority amongst those securing qualifying marks.

Ref: PNM/NFIR item No.2/2012.

Railway Board, vide letter of even‘number dated 06.02.2014, have issued certain clarification with respect to selection procedure for promotion to Selection Posts. Some of the Zonal Railways have raised some doubts in conducting selection from erstwhile Group ’D’ to Group ’C’ posts.

2. The matter has been re-examined in consultation with both the Federation, viz., AIRF and NFIR and as a sequel to Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 06.02.2014 on the above subject, it is clarified that while conducting selection against 33 1/3% promotion quota from erstwhile Group ’D’ (G.P. Rs.1800) to Group 'C’ (G.P.1900/2000) posts, panel is required to be drawn in the order of their seniority amongst the qualified staff as per the provisions of para 189 of IREM, Vol-l and ACS No.154 & 155.

Please acknowledge receipt.

Hindi/version will follow.
(Amita Bhalla)
Deputy Director-II/E(NG)I
Railway Board.
Source: NFIR

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