Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Reassessment of CVO positions in CPSEs and the pay, incentives, allowances etc. related issues

Reassessment of CVO positions in CPSEs and the pay, incentives, allowances etc. related issues.

No.325/10/2015-AVD-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
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North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 7th July, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Reassessment of CVO positions in CPSEs and the pay, incentives, allowances etc. related issues.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the minutes of the meeting of the Selection Committee held on 24 th June, 2015 and to say that a Committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary (S&V) to consider the issues related to reassessment of CVO positions in CPSEs and review of the extra pay, incentives, pay structure and allowances etc. of CVOs in CPSEs.

2. All Ministries/Departments are requested to furnish the following information about the CPSEs under their control within 15 days of receipt of this O.M.:-
i. Whether full time CVO is required in particular organization.
ii. Whether the post of CVOs of two or more organizations can be clubbed together.
iii. Whether the post of CVOs is required to continue with the current
posts or wishes to upgrade/downgrade or to abolish the posts in view of the workload and requirement of vigilance related matters.

iv. Staff strength and volume of vigilance work involved in the CPSEs, turnover of organizations in last 5 years etc.
(M. M. Maurya)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel. No. 23094541
To
All Ministries/Departments of Government of India.
Copy to:-
1. The Secretary, Central Vigilance Commission, Satarkata Bhawan, GPO
Com , INA, New Delhi-110023.
2. NIC Section with the request to upload on public domain/Guard file.

Click to check the original order

National Holiday Allowance – Upward revision of rates: NFIR

National Holiday Allowance – Upward revision of rates: NFIR

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)
No. 1/5(g)/Part.V
Dated: 03/07/2015
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board.
NewDelhi
Dear Sir.

Sub: National Holiday Allowance – Upward revision of rates -reg.

Ref: (i) NFlR‘s PNM item No. 5/2013.
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)1-2013/FE-4/3 dated 02/05/2014.
(iii) NFlR’s Letter No.1/5(g)/Part.V dated 12/12/2014.

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While discussing NFlR’s PNM item No. 5/2013 in the PNM meeting, the Official Side stated that the Federation’s reply dated 12/12/2014 has been examined by the Board, but however, it has been found that the demand of the Federation to compute NHA by taking into account DA in addition to Basic Pay and Grade Pay and at one and halftime the normal rate prevalent till 1968 is not feasible of acceptance.
In this connection. Federation desires to state that the view taken by the Railway Board is not acceptable to NHR as it does not contain justified and valid reasons. The Federation places below following facts which are required to be taken into consideration for giving justified decision.

(a) The decision of the Railway Board is a clear departure from its original decision which was based on the concept that the Railway employees who are not permitted to avail National Holiday in the exigencies of services have to be compensated by payment of additional amount equal 11/2 times of pay (pay in pay band + grade pay) and dearness allowance thereon. The quantum of compensation was clearly laid down which cannot be changed unilaterally by the Railway Board.

(b) The Vth Central Pay Commission though did not favour the continued payment of National Holiday Allowance. had recommended that the staff who are required to be booked on holidays to perform duties. may be paid Over Time Allowance at the prescribed rates.

NFIR therefore requests the Railway Board to review and accept one of the two options mentioned at (a) or (b) above and grant revision of rates. In case there is still reservation on the part of Railway Board. a meeting may be converted for separate discussion.
Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavai)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR
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Comparison of Group ‘B’ Posts between Railways and Central Government Departments

Comparison of Group ‘B’ Posts between Railways and Central Government Departments

A mild comparison of Group ‘B’ employees working in the Railways and other Central Government Departments as per the Census of 2001 and 2008. The Indian Railways Technical Supervisors Association(IRTSA) submitted an additional memorandum to 7th Pay Commission recently. The report is highlighted the situation of Group ‘B’ posts in Railways in last 14 years. We just reproduced the matter briefly for your information…

Meagre number of Group ‘B’ posts in Railways

Every department of central Government are increasing the number of gazetted posts for effective & efficient governance, Railways are not doing so inspite of huge need of it on Administrative & functional justifications and requirement thereof.

According to Census of Central Government employees published by Ministry of Labour, between the year 2001 and 2008 number of Group-B employees have increased to the tune of 35.65% from 1,59,517 to 2,47,822 despite of reduction of total number of employees to the tune of 24.5% from 38,76,395 to 31,11,610.

Census of CG Employees 2008
Source: IRTSA

Click here to view the complete memorandum submitted to 7th Central Pay Commission by IRTSA

Bank Staff: Higher House Rent Allowance as per 2011 Census

Bank Staff: Higher House Rent Allowance as per 2011 Census

AIBEA Circular
Date : 6th July, 2015
Dear Comrades,

HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE AS PER 2011 CENSUS

Recently Government of India has issued the Gazette notification for the Census as of 2011. It is the 15th Census in India beginning from 1872 and 7th since our independence.
Some data from the Census:
  • Population as per this Census in 2011: 121,01,93,422
  • Rank: No. 2 with 17.5% of world population ( 1st is China: 19%)
  • No. of Districts: 640
  • Most populace State : UP
  • Least populous State: Sikkim
  • Most populated metro : Mumbai : 1,84,14,288
  • Most Literate State : Kerala ( 94 %)
  • Least Literate State : Bihar ( 64 %)
  • Sex Ratio : 940 Female : 1000 Male
  • Literacy of Male : 82.14 %
  • Literacy of Female : 65.46 %
  • Highest populace District: Thane, Mumbai
  • 100 % Literacy District : Palakkad, Kerala
  • 100 % Banking State : Kerala
  • 100 % Banking District : Palakkad
  • Increase in population from last census in 2001 to 2011: 18.1 crore
Some disturbing facts:
  • Total household: 24.39 cr; Rural households accounted for 17.91 cr (73%)
  • 30 % of Indian rural households doesn’t have land and depend on casual labor for subsistence.
  • As many as 2.37 crore (one in eight) families in villages live in houses of one room with ‘kaccha’ walls and roof.
  • 23.52 % rural families have no literate adult above 25 years
  • 74 % of the rural households survived on a monthly income of less than Rs 5,000 of its highest earner
  • 51 % of the households are engaged in casual, manual labour and 30 % in cultivation.
  • 7 in 10 homes in rural live on less than Rs 200 a day
  • 18.06 lakh people are still engaged in manual scavenging
  • Households with destitutes or those living on alms is over 6.68 lakh
  • As many as 4.08 lakh households rely on rag-picking.
Higher HRA for bank employees: Employees in the below-mentioned upgraded centres would get the revised/higher HRA rates and receive the arrears from 2011.

45 lacs and above
HRA will be paid at 10%
Surat, Pune
12 to 45 lacs
HRA will be paid at 9%
Asansol, Vijayawada, Rajkot, Faridabad, Srinagar, Jamshedpur, Kannur, Trivandrum, Mallapuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Jabalpur, Vasai-Virar, Nasik, Allahabad, Meerut, Ghaziabad,
5 to 12 lacs
HRA will be paid at 7.5%
Nellore, Kollam, Gulbarga, Ujain, Nanded Waghala, Malegaon, Sangli, Rourkela, Erode, Saharanpur, Noida, Firozabad, Jhansi, Siliguri, Durgapur.
In addition, in various towns and cities, number of small places in the outskirts have been brought as part of the bigger town/city/UA and such places would also attract the higher HRA of the concerned town/city/Urban Agglomeration.

Source: http://banknewskumar.blogspot.in

FAQs WITH REPLIES/INFORMATION, IN RESPECT OF LOKPAL AND LOKAYUKTAS ACT, 2013

FAQs WITH REPLIES/INFORMATION, IN RESPECT OF LOKPAL AND LOKAYUKTAS ACT, 2013

1. Whether the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 has come into force? Yes, vide Gazette Notification No. S.O. 119(E) dated 16-01- 2014, the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (1 of 2014 has come into force from the said date. However, the institution of Lokpal is yet to become functional, since the Act needs some amendments, inter alia, so as to resolve certain issues relating to appointment of Chairperson and Members of Lokpal, etc. in the absence of a Leader of Opposition recognized as such in the Lok Sabha. For this purpose, a Bill has been introduced in Parliament and is currently under consideration of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances and Law and Justice.
2. What are the Rules and Orders notified under the provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013? The Rules and Orders notified under the Act so far, are as follows:-
(a) The Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 [notified vide Gazette. Notification No. G.S.R. 501(E) dated 14-07-2014 amended vide Notification No. GSR No. 638(E) dated 08-09-2014]
(b) The Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Second Amendment Rules, 2014. [notified vide Gazette Notification No. G.S.R. 9I8(E) dated 26-12-2014]
(c) Search Committee (Constitution, Terms and Conditions of appointment of members and the manner of selection of Panel of Names for appointment of Chairperson and Members of Lokpal) Rules, 2014. [notified vide Gazette Notification No. G.S.R. 31(E) dated 17-01-2014].
(d) Search Committee (Constitution, Terms and Conditions of appointment of members and the manner of selection of Panel of Names for appointment of Chairperson and Members of Lokpal) Amendment Rules, 2014. [notified vide Gazette Notification No. G.S.R. 620(E) dated 27-08- 2014]
(e) The Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014 [notified vide Gazette Notification No. S.O. 409(E) dated 15-02-2014 with subsequent amendments having been made vide Notifications No. S.O. 1840(E) dated 14-07-2014, No. S.O. 2256(E) dated 08-09-2014 and No. S.O. 3272(E) dated 26-12-2014]
The rules and orders as referred to above can be accessed by clicking on the links above.
3. What is the jurisdiction of Lokpal in respect of Inquiry? Please see Section 14 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (I of 2014).
4. Whether the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 is applicable to the employees of State Governments? In terms of provisions of section 14 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 the employees of the State Government are not covered unless they have served in connection with the affairs of the Union. The jurisdiction of the Lokpal will extend on the following categories of employees only after obtaining the consent of the concerned State Government. [proviso under section 14(1)(f) refers] inter alia, over the following categories of public servants referred to in section 14(1)(d) & (e):
“(d) any Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ officer or equivalent or above, from amongst the public servants defined in subclauses (i) and (ii) of clause (c) of section 2 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 when serving or who has served, in connection with the affairs of the Union;
(e) any Group ‘C’ or Group ‘D’ official or equivalent, from amongst the public servants defined in sub-clauses (i) and (ii) of clause (c) of section 2 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 when serving or who has served in connection with the affairs of the Union subject to the provision of sub-section (1) of section 20;”.
Thus, it may be seen that the employees of the State Governments are not under the jurisdiction of the Lokpal.
Further, under section 63 of the Act, the States are under an obligation to establish an institution of Lokayukta, by a law enacted by the State Legislature, if not already done so, within a period of one year from the coming into force of the Act. Employees of the State Government are, inter alia, to be covered under the jurisdiction of the respective Lokayuktas.
5. Whether the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 is applicable on All India Service officers working under the control of the State Government? Yes, as they are public servants within the meaning of clause (o) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Act, read with sub-section (1) of section 14 of the Act. However, consent of the State Government would be necessary before Lokpal orders an Inquiry in respect of such an officer if he is employed in connection with the affairs of a State Government. Please see proviso after clause (f) of subsection (1) of section 14.
6. Under what provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act and Rules, the information in respect of the Assets and Liabilities is to be furnished by Public Servants. Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and annual return containing declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants and Limits for Exemption of Assets in filing Returns) Rules, 2014 notified on 14th July 2014 as last amended by the amendment Rules notified on 26th December, 2014, the information in respect of the Assets and Liabilities is required to be furnished by all Public Servants. (For links to the rules referred to above please see S. No. 2 above)
7. What is the difference between the declaration of assets by public servants under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and the filing of property returns by public servants under the applicable Conduct Rules? The provisions relating to filing of assets and liabilities by public servants are contained in section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. Under the said section, a public servant is required to furnish to the competent authority the information relating to —
(a) the assets of which he, his spouse and his dependent children are, jointly or severally, owners or beneficiaries; and
(b) his liabilities and that of his spouse and his dependent children.
As against this, the general requirement as contained in most of the applicable Conduct Rules for government servants (AIS Conduct Rules, CCS Conduct Rules, etc.), require the public servant to submit a return, giving the full particulars regarding :-
(a) the immovable property owned by him, or inherited or acquired by him or held by him on lease or mortgage, either in his own name or in the name of any member of his family or in the name of any other person;
(b) shares, debentures, postal Cumulative Time Deposits and cash including bank deposits inherited by him or similarly owned, acquired or held by him;
(c) other movable property inherited by him or similarly owned, acquired or held by him; and
(d) debts and other liabilities incurred by him directly or indirectly.
Further, till such time, the relevant Conduct Rules are aligned with the Lokpal law, only those categories of Government servants are required to file their declarations/annual returns under such rules, which are presently covered under them. Under these rules, public servants are generally required to submit annual property returns as on the January of the year, on or before 31′ January of that year. The Lokpal Act [section 44(4)], on the other hand, requires the filing of annual returns as on the 31″ March of the year by each public servant on or before 31′ July of that year. Thus, the requirements of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and the relevant Conduct Rules are different in the manner of filing information also.
8. (a) Whether Government has prescribed any formats for the submission of information regarding assets and liabilities by public servants under the Lokpal law? (b) Where can the forms be accessed?
(c) What are the timelines for furnishing such information specific to the years 2014 and 2015, as also for subsequent years?
The form and manner in which information regarding assets and liabilities are required to be furnished by public servants have been prescribed under the Public Servants (Furnishing of information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and Limits for exemption of assets in filing Returns) Rules, 2014, as amended from time to time. A complete set of the formats and clarifications as regards the timelines for filing of such declaration and returns have been provided in this Department’s OM No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV-B dated 18-03- 2015. The timelines for annual returns required to be filed for different years is as follows:
(a) The first return (as on 1 at August, 2014) under the Lokpal Act should be filed on or before thel5th October, 2015;
(b) The next annual return under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 for the year ending 3Ist March, 2015 should be filed on or before thel 5th October, 2015; and
(c) The annual return for subsequent years as on 31′ March every year should be filed on or before 31″ July of that year.
9. To whom is the information in respect of assets and liabilities required to be furnished? Is it necessary to forward copies of such information to the Lokpal or to the DoPT? Section 44 of the Act mandates that the information regarding assets and liabilities is to be submitted by each public servant to his/her own competent authority (as defined in the Act). There is no requirement for submission of copies of such informationby individual officers to the Lokpal or to DoPT other than those working in DOPT or Lokpal.
10.Is there any requirement that all applicable Conduct Rules for different categories of public servants have to be amended in line with the provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act? Please provide complete details. Section 56 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 reads as under:-
“56. The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in any enactment other than this Act or in any instrument having effect by virtue of any enactment other than this Act.”.
The above provisions mandate that even if there are any provisions in any existing law (which, inter alia, includes relevant Conduct Rules framed under Article 309, etc.) which are inconsistent with the provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, the provisions of the said Act shall have effect, notwithstanding such inconsistency. Thus, the provisions regarding filing of information/annual returns regarding assets and liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act shall have effect, notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith in the applicable Conduct Rules. In other words, the filing of information/annual return under the Lokpal law in the manner prescribed by rules made under that Act, is a mandatory requirement, and the same cannot be dispensed with under any circumstances, except by an amendment of the Act itself. Attention in this regard is also invited to section 57 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act which reads as under:-
“57. The provisions of this Act shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of, any other law for the time being in force.”.
A combined reading of section 57, along with section 44 of the Act, would make it clear that the requirement of filing returns regarding assets and liabilities under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act is in addition to, and not in derogation/supersession of the requirement of filing similar returns under the existing Conduct Rules. In view of this, the requirement of filing of property returns under the existing Conduct Rules is an independent requirement under the applicable rules and the same can be dispensed with, only by amending those rules. In other words, the requirement of filing returns of assets and liabilities under the applicable Conduct Rules has to continue, till such time as the provisions of those rules are harmonised with the relevant provisions of the Lokpal Act and the rules framed thereunder, by carrying out appropriate amendments in them.
Attention is further invited to the Central Government’s notification, S.O. 3272(E) dated 26-12-2014], further amending the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014, for the purpose of extending the time limit for carrying out necessary changes in the relevant rules relating to different services from “three hundred and sixty days” to “eighteen months”,from the date on which the Act came into force, i.e., 16th January, 2014. In view of this, all Ministries/Departments/cadre authorities are required to complete the necessary exercise for harmonising the provisions of relevant Conduct Rules with the provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act and the rules made thereunder, within this extended time of eighteen months. All Ministries/Departments and other cadre controlling authorities have been appraised about this requirement separately through D.O. letters dated 8thSeptember, 2014 and 29″ December, 2014 issued by this Department. In view of this, it is incumbent upon all Ministries / Departments/cadre controlling authorities to ensure that the relevant conduct rules relating to services administered/controlled by them are brought in harmony with the provisions of the Lokpal Act and rules made thereunder within this extended time limit of eighteen months.
11.Whether a public servant/ Government Servant has to submit the Annual Property Return as required under the Conduct Rules applicable and also furnish the details of his Assets and liabilities and also his/her spouse and dependent children under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act,2013 Yes, till such time the applicable Conduct Rules are attuned with the relevant provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.
12. Government proposes to amend the provisions of section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act? If so, the details thereof? Government has introduced a Bill, namely, the Lokpal and Lokayuktas and other related law (Amendment) Bill, 2014, in the Lok Sabha on 18th December, 2014. The said Bill contains, inter alia, a proposal to amend section 44, in order to provide for a scheme wherein the filing of information by public servants under the provisions of the section are proposed to be brought in harmony with the provisions of the respective Acts, Rules or Regulations, as applicable to different categories of public servants. It is also proposed to amend sub-section (6) of section 44 in order to enable the Central Government to prescribe the manner in which information furnished by public servants of different categories is to be published, keeping public interest in view, by the respective competent authorities. The said Bill now stands referred to the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, for consideration and report.
13. In case, the spouse is also a public servants, whether both, the husband and wife have to file the returns indicating the assets and liabilities of the other spouse, under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. Yes. Sub-section (1) of Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 makes it mandatory for every public servant to make a declaration of his assets and liabilities in the manner as provided by or under this Act, i.e. as per provisions of section 44(2) of the Act. The requirement is binding on each public servant, irrespective of whether the spouse of the public servant is also a public servant or not.
14. In case, the spouse of a public servant, has assets procured by his/her own income, or has his/her own property, whether, in such a case also, the public servant has to indicate the assets and liabilities of the spouse in the returns under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. Yes. Clauses (a) and (b) of Sub — section (2) of Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act,2013 does not make any exception in respect of assets procured by the spouse of the public servant by his/her own income.
15. Whether the assets and liabilities of spouse of a public servant, who is an employee of a private company/ organisation, are to be reflected in the return of the assets and liabilities to be filed by the public servant, under the provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. Yes. Clauses (a) and (b) of Sub — section (2) of Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act,2013 does not make any exception for not not furnishing the declaration, in respect of assets procured by the spouse of the public servant by his/her own income.
16. Whether a public servant, who has a share in an undivided property of Hindu Undivided Family, is required to furnish such information and in what manner? Yes. Please see the Note 2 of APPENDIX—I of the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and annual return containing declaration of assets and liabilities by public servants and Limits for Exemption of Assets in filing Returns) Rules, 2014 [Notification No. G.S.R. 501(E) dated 14-07-2014]. It states that “if a public servant is a member of Hindu Undivided Family with co-parcenary rights in the properties of the family either as a “Karta” or as a member, he should indicate in the return in Form No. III the value of his share in such property.”
The same principle will also have to be followed in respect of movable property belonging to a HUF.
17. In what manner the value of his share in the undivided property of Hindu Undivided Family, is to be indicated by a public servant, particularly if it is not possible to indicate the exact value his share? The approximate value of his share may be indicated with explanatory note wherever necessary, if it is not possible to indicate the exact value of his share.
18.What happens if a public servant fails to furnish information in respect of his assets If a public servant willfully or for the reasons which are not justifiable, fails to declare his assets or gives misleading information in respect of such assets and is found to be possession of assets not disclosed or in respect of which misleading information was furnished, then, such assets shall, unless otherwise proved, be presumed to belong to the public servant and shall be presumed to be assets acquired by corrupt means. [Please see section 45 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013]
19. Whether the Information furnished by the public servants will be put in public domain? Yes. As per provision of Section 44(6) of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.
“The Competent authority in respect of each Ministry or Department shall ensure that all such statements are published on web site of such Ministry or Department by 31′ August of that year.”
20.Whether the Public Servants who retire before 15.10.2015 ( Extended last date for submission of revised Returns for 2014 and 2015) are required to file returns of Assets and Liabilities under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act,2013 All the Public Servants who held the office as such on the date of commencement of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act,2013 i.e. 16.01.2014 are required to file the returns of Assets and Liabilities on or before 15.10.2015
Disclaimer: The above clarifications are for general information and guidance and do not interpret legal provisions of the Act nor tender any legal opinion on issues.
[ File No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B) Pt]

Original Order

Grant of Special Casual Leave to Railway employees from Hudhud Cyclone & J&K Flash floods effected

Grant of Special Casual Leave to Railway employees from Hudhud Cyclone & J&K Flash floods effected : Railway Board Order

RBE No. 72/2015
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
No. E(G)2015/LE 1-1
Rail Bhawan, New Delhi, dated 30-06-2015

The General Manager(s)
East Coast Railway, Bhubaneswar.
Northern Railway, Baroda House, New Delhi.



    Sub: Grant of special leave to the Railway staff who remained absent from duty to Hudhud Cyclone that affected badly coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha States (EcoR) and the flash floods in Jammu and Kashmir State.


The matter regarding grant of Special Casual Leave to Railway employees who could not attend duty due to hudhud cyclone which badly affected the coastal areas ofAndhra Pradesh and Odisha States in the 2nd week of October, 2014, and the flash floods in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, was taken up by All India Railwaymen's Federation(AIRF).

The issue has been carefully considered by the Board and it has been decided that Special Casual Leave upto a maximum of three days may be granted to the affected employees who stay at places far away from their Headquarters, as a result of which they have to commute a long distance to their office, and due to dislocation of traffic arising out of the aforesaid natural calamities they were not able to undertake the journey and report to the Headquarters for duty.

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Dte. of Ministry of Railways.
(D. Joseph)
Dy. Dir. Estt. (Genl.)
Source: http://www.airfindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/RBE_72.pdf

Tamilnadu State Govt Employees Contributory Fund (CPF) for 2014-15 and 2015-16

Tamilnadu State Govt Employees Contributory Fund (CPF) for 2014-15 and 2015-16

Govt of Tamilnadu has issued an Abstract regarding interest for Contributory Pension Scheme be fixed at 8.7% for the year 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
GOVERNMENT OF TAMILNADU

Abstract

Pension-  Contributory  Pension  Scheme-  Employees  contribution  and
Government  contribution-  Rate  of  interest  for  the  year  2014-2015  and 2015-2016 – Orders – Issued.
FINANCE (PGC) DEPARTMENT
G.O.Ms.No.183                                                                                                       Dated: 26.06.2015

Read:
1.    G.O.Ms.No.222,    Finance    (Pension)    Department, dated.3.6.2008.
2.   G.O.Ms.No.38,  Finance  (PGC)  Department,  dated 11.2.2013.
3.   G.O.Ms.No.155,  Finance  (PGC)  Department,  dated 9.5.2013.
4.    G.O.Ms.No.106, Finance (Allowances) Department, dated 28.4.2014.
5.   G.O.Ms.No.129, Finance (Allowances) Department, dated 27.4.2015.
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ORDER:
In  the  Government  orders  first  to  third  read  above  orders  were issued fixing the rate of interest for accumulations at the credit of the subscribers   to   Contributory   Pension   Scheme   for   the   period   upto  31.03.2014.

2.  In the Government orders fourth and fifth read above, the rate of interest for General Provident Fund was fixed at the rate of 8.7% for the year 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

3.   The Government now direct that the rate  of  interest on  the accumulations at the credit of the subscribers to the Contributory Pension Scheme be fixed at 8.7% for the year 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

4.   The above rate of interest will remain until further orders are issued in this regard.

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

K. SHANMUGAM
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT
Download Govt of Tamilnadu G.O.Ms.No.183 dated 26.06.2015

Traffic Assistants cadre in Metro Railway, Kolkata restructured

Cadre restructure of Traffic Assistants in Metro Railway Kolkata implemented RBE No. 69/2015

Railway Board has issue a letter to GM, Metro Railway regarding Restructuring of cadre of  Traffic Assistants.
GOVERNMENT   OF INDIA
MINISTRY   OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY  BOARD
RBE No.69/2015
No.PC-111/2013/CRC/2                                                                                                           New Delhi, dated 29-06-2015
The General Manager,
Metro  Railway,
Kolkata.
Sub. :      Restructuring of cadre of  Traffic Assistants.
Keeping in view  the  fact that  the  cadre of Traffic  Assistants  in Metro   Railway,  Kolkata   is  a unique  cadre   performing    both Operational   and Commercial   duties,   the  percentage   distribution of posts for  restructuring    of this  cadre  as proposed   by Metro   Railway  administration    was under consideration  of the Ministry  of Railways   for  some time.   As a  result  of the ‘review undertaken   on the  basis of  functional,    operational    and  administrative     requirements,    it  has been  decided  with the approval   of  the  President   that   benefit   of  cadre  restructuring    may  be  given  to  the  Traffic Assistants.  Metro   Railway,  Kolkata   as per the   percentage   distribution  of  posts  indicated   in  the enclosed  Annexure   ‘A’.    While   implementing  these orders,  the  following  detailed   instructions
should  be strictly  adhered  to  :
Date of effect1. The  restructuring  of  the  cadre  will  be with    reference   to  the sanctioned        cadre  strength     as  on   the  date  of  issue of  these orders.        The staff  who  will  be placed  in higher  grade  pay as  a result of  implementation   of  these   orders   will   draw   pay  in higher  grades w.e.f   date  of issue of these orders. The  benefit of   restructuring·    will   be  restricted    to   the   persons   who   are working  in the  cadre  on  the  cut-off-date  i.e.  date  of  issue of these  orders.
Applicability    to   various cadres2.    These   orders   will   be  applicable    to   the   permanent regular posts   of   Traffic    Assistants   cadre    (excluding surplus   & supernumerary posts)  of  the   Metro    Railway  establishment. 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.2.1  These   orders   will   not   be applicable    to   ex-cadre &  work charged   posts  which   will   continue   to  be  based  on
worth of charge.
 
Pay Fixation3.      The pay of staff  promoted  against  the  additional   higher  grade posts as a  result  of restructuring (including  chain/resultant vacancies)  will   be  fixed   as per  Rule  13 of  RS(RP) Rules,2008 with  the  benefit   of   one  increment  @  3%   of  basic   pay,   with the  usual option  for  pay fixation   as   per extent  rules.
Existing classification and   filling    up   of  the vacancies4.      The existing  classification    of the  posts covered  by these   orders as   ‘selection’   and   ‘non-selection’,    as the  case may  be remains unchanged.    However,  for  the  purpose   of  implementation   of these     orders,    if    any   Traffic    Assistant      becomes     due    for promotion  to  a  post classified as   a  ‘selection’   post, the  existing selection    procedure   will  stand  modified   in such   a  case    to the extent    that   the   selection    will   be  based   only  on  scrutiny    of service record and confidential reports   without    holding    any written        and/or     viva-voce test. This  modified selection procedure   has  been  decided   upon  by the  Ministry of  Railways as   a  one time  exception  by special dispensation,     in view   of the numbers involved,    with    the    objective     of  expediting     the implementation   of  these   orders.   Similarly   for  posts   classified as     ‘non-selection’  at   the   time    of   this    restructuring,       the promotion  will   be  based   only  on scrutiny    of  service   records and confidential  reports.4.1      Normal  vacancies   existing   on the  date  of issue of these  orders (except     direct   recruitment  quota)   and  those   arising    on  that date   from   this   cadre   restructuring  including    chain/resultant vacancies    should  be tilled   in the  following  sequence:(i)     From  panels   approved   on  or  before  the  date  of  issue  of these  orders   and   current  on that date;(ii)  and the  balance   in the  manner   indicated   in para 4 above.
4.2      Such    selections   which  have  not  been  finalized   till  the  date   of issue   of these  orders   should  be cancelled/abandoned.
4.3      All  normal   vacancies   arising   from     the   next    day  of  issue    of these  orders  will  be filled  by normal  selection   procedure.
4.4      All   vacancies    (including    chain/resultant      vacancies)     arising purely  due  to  this  cadre  restructuring    should    be filled   up  by senior    employees     who    should    be   given    benefit    of  the promotion from  the  date of issue of these  orders   whereas  for the  normal   vacancies    existing   on the  date   of  issue     of  these orders,    junior    employees     should     be   posted    by   modified selection    procedure     but  they  will  get  promotion  and  higher pay from  the  date   of taking  over the posts as per normal   rules. Thus  the  special  benefit   of  the  promotion  from    the   date   of issue of these  orders   is  available   only  for  vacancies  arising    out of  cadre   restructuring  and  for   other  vacancies,   the   normal rules  of  prospective    promotion  from   the  date  of filling   up of vacancy will apply.
4.5  In cases where   percentages   have  been   reduced   in the  lower grade  and  no additional  post  becomes   available  as a  result     of restructuring   (including  chain/resultant  vacancies), the existing  vacancies  on the  date  of issue of these  orders    should be filled   up by normal  selection procedure.
4.6       Direct   recruitment  percentages   will    not  be  applicable   to  the additional posts  arising  out  of these  restructuring orders   as  011 the   date   of   effect.   The   direct   recruitment     percentage    will apply    for   normal     vacancies     arising     on’  or   after     the   date following   the  date  of  effect.   The  direct   recruitment  quota    as existing  prior    to   the   date   of   effect    will   continue    to   be maintained.
4.7       Employees  who   retire/resign   or  expire  in between  the  period from   the  date  of  effect  of these  orders    to  the  date  of  actual implementation    of these  orders,  will  be eligible  for the  fixation benefits      and  arrears   under   these   orders   from   the   date   of effect,  if they  are  otherwise   eligible  for  the  said benefit.
5.        Extant    instructions     for    D&A/Vigilance      clearance    will     be applicable   for  effecting  promotions  under  these orders with
reference   to  date  of  effect  of these  orders.
Minimum years of  service  in each grade6.       While    implementing     the    restructuring      orders,     instructions regarding   minimum     period  of  service  required   for  promotion issued   from  time   to  time  should   be followed.    However,   while considering   any  relaxation   in the  residency   period    prescribed for   promotions,     General   Manager   would   personally    ensure
that  the  safety aspect   of Metro   Railway  is  not  compromised.
Basic   functions duties and responsibilities7.      Since  the  cadre  as detailed   in  the annexure   to  this   letter    is being            restructured      on      functional,       operational        and administrative  considerations,   the  posts  being  placed  in higher scales  of  pay  as a   result   of  restructuring   should   include    the duties  and responsibilities     of greater  importance.
Adjustment of excess number  of posts.8.       If  prior   to   issue  of  these   instructions   the   number   of  posts existing     in    any  grade   in    any   particular   cadre   exceeds    the number  admissible    on  the   revised   percentages,   the   excess may   be  allowed   to  continue   to  be  phased   out  progressively with  the  vacation  of the  posts   by the  existing   incumbents.
Provision   of reservation9.      The  existing   instructions  with   regard  to  reservation   of  SC/ST
wherever applicable  will  continue  to apply.
Refusal of promotion10.      Such  of  the  Staff  as had  refused   promotion  before   issue   of these    orders    and   stand    debarred    for   promotion   may   be considered      for    promotion,     in    relaxation     of   the     extant provisions   as   a  one  time  exception,    if they  indicate   in   writing that   they   are    willing   to   be  considered     for   such  promotion against  the  vacancies  existing   on  the  date  of  issue    of  these orders   and  arising   due  to   restructuring    on  the   date.     This relaxation   will  not  be applicable  to  vacancies    arising    after  the date of effect.
Matching  Savings11.      Entire  scheme    of  restructuring   is   to  be  a   self-financing     and expenditure    neutral   proposition.     Financial    implications    should be    worked    out   taking   into   account   the   revised    basic   pay (including    the  Grade  Pay)   corresponding     to  the   midpoint     of the  pre-revised  pay scales   in respect    of   each    post   as   listed in the  fitment   table  circulated   vide  Railway   Board’s   letter    no. PC-Vl/2008/1/RSRP/1 dated     11-09-2008     and    12-09-2008, along  with   the  Dearness    Allowance   as   applicable on date  of effect  of these  orders.11.1 After   working  out   the   financial    implications,   the    matching savings   should   be effected   from  the  category   itself.    Wherever
it   is     not   possible    to   do   so   from   the   category    itself,    the matching   savings  should  be arranged   from  the  department     at zonal  level.    But  before   restructuring   the   cadre  as per  the revised  percentage    distribution   of  posts,   matching    savings will   have  to   be  ensured   by  surrender  of  24  posts   at  the lowest  grade.        While    effecting      surrender       of    posts     of equivalent    financial   value,  the  existing    vacant  posts   available in the  category  on the  date  of effect  should  be considered    for the   purpose   of  off-setting the cost   of  restructuring/financial effects of   restructuring.  Board   desires  that  the    General Manager  should ensure that  the  restructuring is  implemented expeditiously  with   matching   saving without   any exception     and difficulty.    There  would   be no restructuring     without    matching savings  by surrender  of posts.11.2     Revised percentage   distribution  of posts as   per these   orders   is to  be based   upon the sanctioned   cadre  strength  as   on the  date of issue  of these  orders.   Surrenders  are to  be effected   on this sanctioned   strength   and  the  resulting   imbalance/variation     in the   cadres   is  to   be reviewed  at   the   time   of  next    annual review  as indicated   below.
Annual   review12.     The   next   Annual    Review   will   be  undertaken    from    01.04.2016 taking    into   account  the  cadre   strength   as on  01.04.2016.

This  issues   in  consultation    with    the   Establishment    Directorate    and   with    concurrence of the Finance Directorate of this   Ministry.

The  receipt   of this  letter    may   please   be acknowledged.
Hindi Version will follow.

DA :   Annexure  –  A
(Vikram Gulati)
Director, Pay Commission  –  II
Railway  Board
No.  PC-111/2013/CRC/2
New Delhi,
dated 29-06-2015

STATEMENT    REGARDING   RESTRUCTURING   OF
TRAFFIC  ASSISTANTS,   METRO   RAILWAY,    KOLKATA
Annexure   to  Board’s   letter    No.  PC-111/2013/CRC/2   dated   29-06-2015.

Category Pay Structure as per 6th  CPCExisting  %age after merger of
Grade(s)
Revised percentage
 PBGP (Rs)  
TRAFFIC ASSISTANTSPB-24600 —–13
PB-24200 —–40
PB-12800 —–22
PB-22000 —–25
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Download Railway Board letter No.PC-111/2013/CRC/2 dated 29.06.2015

Clarifications sought by Chairman & Members of 7th CPC during oral evidence by IRTSA

CLARIFICATIONS SOUGHT BY CHAIRMAN & MEMBERS OF 7TH  CPC DURING ORAL EVIDENCE & PRESENTATION BY IRTSA ON 12-12-2014 AT JODHPUR
 
Inter-action by the Chairman, Secretary & the Members of 7th  CPC with IRTSA and clarification placed by IRTSA delegates during the Presentation.
 
1. Ques. (by Chairman 7th CPC) You said that Senior Technicians are taking instructions from JEs; while the Chief OS (Office Superintendent) took instructions from SSE and you also told that it is Office of Senior Section Engineer which controls all activities and all of them working within that – It appears that there is clear command line available, How it interferes in your Grade Pay?
 
Ans. i. Principle recommended by 6th CPC, which was also accepted by Govt, that, the senior post should be given Higher Grade Pay need to be followed duly considering duties, responsibilities, accountabilities, etc. but the same is being violated by placing the JEs in the same Grade Pay of Rs.4200 as that of Senior Technician whom they supervise and by placing SSE (Senior Section Engineers) in same Grade Pay of Rs.4600 as that of Chief OS whom the SSE supervise. This is against the settled law that an equal cannot be over an equal.
 
ii. 5th CPC recommendations & Supreme Court Judgement supports this argument.
 
iii. Take an example: A senior technician welder working in Bogie Frame manufacturing section is responsible to the extent of welding done by him, where as a Technical Supervisor is responsible for the quality & quantity of output of not only of that welder but for entire section which may contain 20 to 30 Technicians besides others.
 
iv. More than that man, material, machine, other infrastructure etc, are controlled by Technical Supervisors, which possess higher responsibility & accountability than other posts.
 
v. Similar is the case of certification of train, P.Way, Bridge, Power Distribution, Locos, etc.
 
vi. Categories like Ch.OS don’t have direct responsibility on performance & safety of Railways, whereas JE/SSE and their counterparts (CMT, Store) in all Technical Depts. bear direct responsibility in core activities of Railways.
 
2. Ques. Is all 4 tier of Technicians work under your category in all areas?
 
Ans. Yes. In all areas 4 tier of Technicians, along with one Group ‘D’ category besides clerk, material / stores clerk, OS, Ch.OS work under our category.
 
3. Ques. Who writes ACRs for Ch.OS who are working in office of SSE?
 
Ans. Respective AMWs/AEs/AEEs etc.
 
4. Ques. Why can’t SSE write ACRs for Ch.OS who are working in their office?
 
Ans. SSEs who are in the same GP of Rs.4600 cannot write the ACRs for Ch.OS.
 
5. Ques. Who writes ACRs of Senior Technicians who work under JEs?
 
Ans. Senior Technicians’ ACR are written by SSEs
 
6. Ques. What would be the reason for non application of common multiplication factor of 3.25 to SSE (S-13) scale by 5th CPC?
 
Ans. i. 5th CPC had applied common multiplication factor of 3.25 to all scales except to SSE (S-13) scale.
ii. This had been done merely to accommodate a new scale in Gazd scale (Rs.7500-12000) above S-13.
iii. SSE scale had been kept Rs.50 below than Rs.7500, ie.Rs.7450.
 
7. Ques. How the disadvantage of non-application 3.25 multiplication factor carried through to 6th CPC?
 
Ans. i. Initially 5th CPC recommended Rs.7000-11500 to SSE compressing it to accommodate the newly introduced Gazetted scale.
 
ii. If 3.25 multiplication factor had been followed by 5th CPC, the scale would have been placed in 8000-12000 by the 5th CPC and correspondingly Rs.5400 GP in 6th CPC.
 
iii. After the implementation of 5th CPC recommendations, based on demand from staff side when Govt. decided to modify the scale of SSE (S-13) instead of placing it in scale 8000-12000, it had been decided to modify minimum of the scale from Rs.7000 to Rs.7450 to keep it below newly created scale of Rs.7500-12000.
 
iv. Since corresponding increase of Rs.450 had not been done for maximum of scale, Span of the scale has been reduced to 18 years which was 20 years for all other scales.
 
v. The principle of 6th CPC to calculate the Grade Pay as 40% of maximum of the fifth pay commission scales put SSE scale in further disadvantageous position since maximum of scale was low because of 18 years span & non application of 3.25 multiplication factor.
 
8. Ques. You said that there were proposals sent to Finance Ministry from Railway Ministry to upgrade the Grade Pay of SSE from Rs.4600 to Rs.4800 and that have been returned back without throwing proper light into it, can you produce copy of the proposals?
 
The proposals and communications between both the Ministries were very well available with Railway Board. (Later Secretary Pay Commission confirmed availability of Railway Board proposals sent to Fin. Ministry) (Copy of it is also attached herewith as Annexure – 14/2)
 
9. Ques. Is there any link available between the cadre of Group ‘C’ and ‘B’?
 
Ans. No. Promotional avenue from Technical Supervisors in Group ‘C’ to Group ‘B’ is restricted to the vacancies arising from 4200 Group ‘B’ posts, which may be around 0.5% only.
 
10. Ques. As you said, Previous Pay Commissions recommended Group ‘B’ status to your scale DoPT also given their orders, it is only Railway Ministry not followed the classification, is it not Railways to take decision?
 
Ans. i. It is true that Railways have not implemented the classification of posts recommended by Pay Commissions & DoPT orders.
 
ii. We bring to your notice, submission made by DoPT before 5th CPC that even though there were some exemptions in following the classification rules, but the effort was to ensure that posts carrying similar functions were given the same classification.
 
iii. Similarly placed posts in departments like CPWD, Ordinance Factory, MES, Department of Telecom etc, are all classified as Group ‘B’ Gazetted.
 
v. State Governments which are following central pay commission pattern have also followed DoPT orders in classification of posts.
 
v. Railway Board also agreed on the need to increase the managerial posts (from the senior supervisor) on functional justification, but didn’t implement.
 
vi. Hon’ble 7th CPC is requested to give specific instruction for Railways not to deviate from classification rules recommended for all Government Departments.
 
11. Ques. What are all the reasons for lack of promotion to your category?
 
Ans. i. Recruitment happens in the apex scale of Group ‘C’ in the Grade Pay of Rs.4600 with Graduate in Engineering qualification and Railways is the only dept which recruit Engineering Graduates in Group ‘C’.
 
ii. Available Group ‘B’ posts are very meagre to the extent of 4200.
 
iii. For example in Mechanical department of Integral Coach Factory sanctioned cadre strength of Group ‘B’ is only 16. Cadre strength of Technical Supervisors in Mechanical Department (JE & SSE) is 1200. There are roughly 60 Engineering Graduate entrants available many of them completed 20 years of service. There is not enough opportunity available because of meagre Group ‘B’.
 
iv. Confining Cadre Restructure within each Group C, B & A was the main cause of stagnation in Group C.
 
v. Combined cadre structure for Group ‘A’, ‘B’ & ‘C’ is not available in Railways.
 
vi. Apex scale of SSE never received the benefit of Cadre Restructuring.
 
vii. Upgradation from Group ‘D’ to Group ‘C’ and from Group ‘B’ to Group ‘A’ is being done in Railways, but no upgradation done from Group ‘C’ to Group ‘B’.
 
viii. Ratio of Group A& B Gazetted officers vis-à-vis Group C are the lowest on the Railways as compared to all other Departments.
 
ix. During previous 8 years number of Group-B employees in Central Govt Departments have increased by 36% even though employee strength reduced by 25%, But Railways never increased Group ‘B’ posts.
 
x. Gazetted posts were not increased in tune with increase of Railways performance including financial performance. Railways outlay was increased from Rs.60,600 crores during 10th plan to Rs.5.5 lakh crore during 12th plan Railways. Many of increased activities / work load are being managed by outsourcing, since there is negative growth in staff strength.
 
Source: http://www.irtsa.net/pdfdocs/Supplementary_Memorandum_to_7th_CPC.pdf

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