Friday, March 4, 2016

OROP Pension as per OROP Tables may credit end of this month

OROP Pension as per OROP Tables may credit end of this month

Implementation of OROP
Dear Veterans,
Government vide notifications dated 07 Nov 15 and 03 Feb 16 has promulgated the orders along with revised pensions under the OROP scheme. The detailed modalities have also been promulgated vide PCDA (Pensions) , Allahabad circular no 555 dated 04 Feb 16.

During a meeting chaired by Secretary/ Dept of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, the salient irregularities on OROP tables (noted on preliminary examination) were highlighted by the Services and the representatives of the recognised veterans associations. Accordingly, Pension Disbursing Authorities (PDAs) have been instructed to credit the revised pensions by 31 Mar 16, post verification of the pensioner through “Bio metric attendance System” using Aadhaar card, physical attendance at the bank, or attendance using, where applicable.

In addition, it is also requested that veterans may confirm with their PDAs that their respective PPOs are complete in all respects. In case any data is incomplete, the same may be informed to Naval Pension Office (NAVPEN) so as to enable the concerned authorities to initiate suitable action for updating the PPOs.

The information of Govt notification on OROP and OROP tables issued on 03 Feb 16 has been uploaded on Indian Navy website.

It is requested that this may be given wide publicity including to family pensioners

Source :

Education Qualifications for Railway Post Graduate Teacher

Education Qualifications for Railway Post Graduate Teacher

Railway Board has prescribed Education Qualifications for Recruitment or Promotion of Railway Post Graduate Teacher
RBE No.21/2016
No.E(P&A)I-2014/PS-5/PE-4 436/26/2/16
Dated 22.02.2016

Sub:- Educational qualifications for recruitment/promotion of Post Graduate Teacher.
Ref:- Board’s letter No.E(P&A)I-87 /PS-5/PE-9 dated 4.10.1989 and Para No. 178 of IREM Vol-I (Revised Edition 1989).

The minimum qualifications for recruitment/promotion of Post Graduate / Teachers working in Railway Schools have been laid. down in Board’s above referred letter. The issue of updating these qualifications at par with those now laid down by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti for recruitment/promotion of PGTs in their schools was under consideration of Board.

2. It has been decided that henceforth the essential minimum qualifications for recruitment/promotion of PGTs in Railway Schools will be as under:

A Two years’ Integrated Post Graduate M.Sc Course of Regional College of Education of NCERT in the concerned subject;
Master Degree from a recognized University with at least 50% marks aggregate in the following subjects:

a) PGT (English) – English
b) PGT (Hindi) – Hindi or Sanskrit with Hindi as one of the subjects at Graduate level.
c) PGT (Maths) – Mathematics/ Applied Mathematics
d) PGT (Physics) – Physics I Electronics/ Applied Physics/ Nuclear Physics, e) PGT (Chemistry) – Chemistry/ Bio Chem.
f) PGT (Biology) – Botany/ Zoology/ Life Sciences/Bio Sciences/ Genetics/ Micro
Biology/Bio Technology/ Molecular Bio/Plant Physiology· provided they have studied Botany and Zoology at Graduation level.
g) PGT (History) – History
h) PGT Geography – Geography
i) PGT (Commerce) – Master’s Degree in Commerce. However, holder of Degrees of M.Com in Applied/Business Economics shall not be eligible.
j) PGT (Economics) – Economics/ Applied Economics/ Business Economics.
B. B.Ed. or equivalent degree from recognized university

C. Proficiency in teaching in Hindi and English media .

Desirable: – Knowledge of computer applications.

3. The above order will take effect from the date of issue of this letter. Selection already initiated would be conducted and finalized based on the notifications already issued.

4. The receipt of this letter may kindly be acknowledged.
(S R Kajaujia)
Joint Director, E(P&A)
Railway Board
Download Railway Board Circular RBE No.21/2016 No.E(P&A)I-2014/PS-5/PE-4 436/26/2/16 dated 22.02.2016

Recovery of wrongful / excess payment made to Government Employees

Recovery of wrongful / excess payment made to Government Employees

Recovery from employees belonging to Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ service, and Recovery from retired employees, are some of the situations of hardship as observed by Hon’ble Supreme Court

Department of Personnel & Training issued an OM for recovery of wrongful / excess payments made to Government servants in view of the law declared by Courts

F.No. 18/03/2015-Estt. (Pay-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, the 2nd March, 2016

Sub: Recovery of wrongful / excess payments made to Government servants.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No.18/26/2011-Estt (Pay-I) dated 6th February, 2014 wherein certain instructions have been issued to deal with the issue of recovery of wrongful / excess payments made to Government servants in view of the law declared by Courts, particularly, in the case of Chandi Prasad Uniyal And Ors. vs. State of Uttarakhand And ors., 2012 AIR SCW 4 742, (2012) 8 SCC 417. Para 3(iv) of the OM inter-alia provides that recovery should be made in all cases of overpayment barring few exceptions of extreme hardships.

2. The issue has subsequently come up for consideration before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of State of Punjab & Ors vs Rafiq Masih (White Washer) etc in CA No.1152 7 of 2014 (Arising out of SLP(C) No.11684 of 2012) wherein Hon’ble Court on 18.12.2014 decided a bunch of cases in which monetary benefits were given to employees in excess of their entitlement due to unintentional mistakes committed by the concerned competent authorities, in determining the emoluments payable to them, and the employees were not guilty of furnishing any incorrect information / misrepresentation fraud, which had led the concerned competent authorities to commit the mistake of making the higher payment to the employees. The employees were as innocent as their employers in the wrongful determination of their inflated emoluments. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its judgment dated 18th December, 2014 ibid has, inter-alia, observed as under:

“7. Having examined a number of judgments rendered by this Court, we are of the view, that orders passed by the employer seeking recovery of monetary benefits wrongly extended to employees, can only be interfered with, in cases where such recovery would result in a hardship of a nature, which would far outweigh, the equitable balance of the employer’s right to recover. In other words, interference would be called for, only in such cases where, it would be iniquitous to recover the payment made. In order to ascertain the parameters of the above consideration, and the test to be applied, reference needs to be made to situations when this Court exempted employees from such recovery, even in exercise of its jurisdiction under Article 142 of the Constitution of India. Repeated exercise of such power, “for doing complete justice in any cause would establish that the recovery being effected was iniquitous, and therefore, arbitrary. And accordingly, the interference at the hands of this Court.”

“10. In view of the aforestated constitutional mandate, equity and good conscience, in the matter of livelihood of the people of this country, has to be the basis of all governmental actions. An action of the State, ordering a recovery from an employee, would be in order, so long as it is not rendered iniquitous to the extent, that the action of recovery would be more unfair, more wrongful, more improper, and more unwarranted, than the corresponding right of the employer, to recover the amount. Or in other words, till such time as the recovery would have a harsh and arbitrary effect on the employee, it would be permissible in law. Orders passed in given situations repeatedly, even in exercise of the power vested in this Court under Article 142 of the Constitution of India, will disclose the parameters of the realm of an action of recovery (of an excess amount paid to an employee) which would breach the obligations of the State, to citizens of this country, and render the action arbitrary, and therefore, violative of the mandate contained in Article 14 of the Constitution of India.”

3. The issue that was required to be adjudicated by the Hon’ble Supreme Court was whether all the private respondents, against whom an order-of recovery (of the excess amount) has been made, should be exempted in law, from the reimbursement of the same to the employer. For the applicability of the instant order, and the conclusions recorded by them thereinafter, the ingredients depicted in paras 2& 3 of the judgment are essentially indispensable.

4. The Hon’ble Supreme Court while observing that it is not possible to postulate all situations of hardship which would govern employees on the issue of recovery, where payments have mistakenly been made by the employer, in excess of their entitlement has summarized the following few situations, wherein recoveries by the employers would be impermissible in law:-
(i) Recovery from employees belonging to Class-III and Class-IV service (or Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ service).

(ii) Recovery from retired employees, or employees who are due to retire within one year, of the order of recovery.

(iii) Recovery from employees, when the excess payment has been made for a period in excess of five years, before the order of recovery is issued.

(iv) Recovery in cases where an employee has wrongfully been required to discharge duties of a higher post, and has been paid accordingly, even though he should have rightfully been required to work against an inferior post.

(v) In any other case, where the Court arrives at the conclusion, that recovery if made from the employee, would be iniquitous or harsh or arbitrary to such an extent, as would far outweigh the equitable balance of the employer’s right to recover.
5. The matter has, consequently, been examined in consultation with the Department of Expenditure and the Department of Legal Affairs. The Ministries / Departments are advised to deal with the issue of wrongful / excess payments made to Government servants in accordance with above decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in CA No.11527 of 2014 (arising out of SLP (C) No.11684 of 2012) in State of Punjab and others etc vs Rafiq Masih (White Washer) etc. However, wherever the waiver of recovery in the above-mentioned situations is considered, the same may be allowed with the express approval of Department of Expenditure in terms of this Department’s OM No.18/26/2011-Estt (Pay-I) dated 6th February, 2014.

6. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

7. Hindi version will follow.
(A.K. Jain)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Download DoPT OM F.No. 18/03/2015-Estt. (Pay-I) dated 02.03.2016

Indian Railways Dedicates two More New Trains in the Service of the Nation

Indian Railways Dedicates two More New Trains in the Service of the Nation

Indian Railways will work to the maximum extent possible to provide better rail transportation to the people of India : Suresh Prabhu

The Indian Railways has been working effortlessly to connect every part of the country with rail network. In this direction, the Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, today i.e. on 04.03.2016 flagged off two new trains in the service of the nation through video-conferencing. The first one is a new Express train viz. 15623/15624 Kamakhya-Bhagat Ki Kothi (Jodhpur) Express(Weekly) and the second one is a new Passenger service viz. 75713/75714 Siliguri-New Coochbehar DEMU (6 days a week) on the newly constructed New Coochbehar-Changrabandha section. Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha was especially present on the occasion. At New Delhi end, Chairman, Railway Board along with Board Members and senior officers were present. Various Public Representatives and Senior Officials were also present at New Coochbehar Station and Kamkhya Station.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that this was a long-standing demand of the people of North-Eastern region to provide train services in these areas. He said that the connectivity through DEMU train between New Coochbehar & Changrabandha in West Bengal will benefit all sections of the society including daily-passengers and businessmen. He said that the other train service i.e. the Kamakhya-Bhagat Ki Kothi Express will not only connect North India from North East India but will also help lakhs & lakhs of pilgrims who come to visit Maa Kamakhya Temple to pay their tribute. He said that this train will reach Bhagat Ki Kothi Station by passing 7 States of India. He said that this is a historic day and Indian Railways will work to the maximum extent possible to provide better rail transportion to the people of India.


The schedule including timings, composition, stoppages etc. of these train services are as under:

1. 15623/15624 Kamakhya-Bhagat Ki Kothi Express (Weekly)

15623 Bhagat Ki Kothi- Kamakhya Express ↓Station↑ 15624 Kamakhya-Bhagat Ki Kothi Express
Arrival Departure
Arrival Departure
- 15.25 BGKT 22.00 -
04.30 05.00 DLI 10.20 10.40
03.30 03.40 PNBE 13.20 13.30
22.55 - KYQ - 17.15
  • Days of run: Ex-BGKT- Tuesday & Ex-KYQ- Friday

  • Stoppages: Merta Road jn., Degana, Khatu, Chhoti Khatu, Didwana, Ladnun, Sujangarh, Churu, Sadulpur, Luharu, Mahendragarh, Rewari, Gurgaon, Delhi Cantt, Delhi Jn., Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow, Ayodhaya, Shahganj, Faizabad, Varanasi,  Mughalsarai, Buxar, Ara, Patna, Barauni, Khagaria, Naugachia, Katihar, Sonaili, Kishanganj, New Jalpaiguri, New Coochbehar, New Alipurduar, Kokrajhar, New Bongaigaon Jn., Barpeta Road, Rangiya.

  • Composition: LWLRRM-2, LWACCN-3, LWACCW-2, LWSCN-6, LS-6=19 coaches

  • Primary Maintenance: Kamakhya

  • Nature of Service: Express

  1. 75713/75714 Siliguri-New Coochbehar DEMU (6 days a week)
75713 Siliguri-New Coochbehar DEMU (6 days a week) ↓Station↑ 75714 New Coochbehar- Siliguri DEMU (6 days a week)
Arrival Departure
Arrival Departure
- 15.25 BGKT 22.00 -
04.30 05.00 DLI 10.20 10.40
03.30 03.40 PNBE 13.20 13.30
22.55 - KYQ - 17.15

Ø Days of run: Ex-SGUJ- 6 days a week & Ex-NCB- 6 days a week (Except Sunday)
Ø Stoppages: New Mal Jn., at all stations/halts in between New Mal Jn. and New Coochbehar
Ø Composition: DPC-2, TC-4, DTC-2 = 08 coaches
Ø Primary Maintenance: Siliguri
Ø Nature of Service: Passenger service (DEMU)


7th Pay Commission: Government to implement salary hike in FY 2016-17

7th Pay Commission: Government to implement salary hike in FY 2016-17

The Budget documents state that the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission due from January 1, 2016 is to be implemented during the financial year 2016-17.

“The government has made provisions for the additional liabilities on these count,” it said, without giving the amount allocated for implementation.

With absence of an explicit overall provision for the 7th Pay Commission in budget raising questions, government on Wednesday said the once-in-a-decade pay hike has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries and budget numbers were credible.

Economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das said the number cannot be quantified and it has been built up in budget of various ministries. “We cannot really quantify how much we require in 2016-17. Because the Committee of Secretaries have to first give its recommendations, then govt will take a decision and then only we will know what is the requirement in FY17,” he said in New Delhi.

Implementation of the pay commission report is to cost the government Rs.1.02 trillion. “We have the Pay Commission recommendations with us, we have analysed the likely requirement and it has been built into the Budget of various ministries. Some suitable interim provisions have been made,” he said without elaborating.
“Hence the expenditure and revenue numbers are credible.” Das said finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech stated that interim provisions have been made. “And these provisions are there in the Demands for Grants for individual departments and ministries. It is built into and subsumed into those allocations.”
“The Budget reaffirmed the commitment of the government to continue with the process of fiscal consolidation as projected in the Medium Term Fiscal Policy Statement of 2015-16 despite a tough external environment,” the budget documents said. Accordingly, fiscal deficit has been projected at 3.5% of the GDP in 2016-17.

“In accordance with the amended FRBM targets, the fiscal deficit of 3 per cent is projected to be achieved in 2017-18 onwards.” “Keeping in view the challenge of reduction of fiscal deficit by 0.4 per cent of GDP in a difficult year in 2016-17 with substantial additional liabilities on pay revision etc, the government is quite optimistic of fully achieving the fiscal deficit target of 3 per cent or below by March 2018,” the documents said.

With PTI Inputs

Handing over of the Railway Catering System to IRCTC

Handing over of the Railway Catering System to IRCTC

As announced in the Rail Budget Speech 2016-17, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) would begin to manage catering service in a phased manner.

The objectives of transferring the catering services from Railways to IRCTC were not fulfilled, as IRCTC could not professionalize the catering services. Therefore, the management of catering services were taken back by Railways from IRCTC as per the provisions of Catering Policy, 2010 .

In 2015, Sreedhran Committee, set up by the Ministry of Railways recommended transfer of catering services back to IRCTC since IRCTC was setup as an extended arm of the Indian Railways to professionalize catering services on Indian Railways. It has been decided to give back the catering services to IRCTC in a phased manner with unbundling catering services by creating a distinction primarily between food preparation and food distribution. In order to address the problems faced earlier, it has been decided that there will be no complete handing over of catering service by IRCTC to private licensees and Zonal Railways will have powers of supervision and monitoring.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 04.03.2016 (Friday).



Anything contained in this document would not lead to any legal claim on part of any individual for any purpose.

Subject: JS LEVEL VACANCY UP TO April, 2016
1. DG (Information), Election Commission of India
2. Joint Secretary, M/o Minority Affairs
3. Additional Director General, M/o Tourism
4. DG, Election Commission of India
5. Joint Secretary, D/o Electronics & Information Technology
6. Dy. Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India
7. Joint Secretary, M/o Home Affairs
8. DDG, Chandigarh, UIDAI, D/o Electronics & Information Technology
9. Joint Secretary, D/o Defence
10. DDG, Mumbai, UIDAI, D/o Electronics & Information Technology
11. DEC, Election Commission of India
12. Joint Secretary, D/o Commerce
13. ADGFT, Mumbai, DGFT, D/o Commerce
14. Joint Secretary, D/o Defence
15. DDG, HQ, Delhi, UIDAI, D/o Electronics & Information Technology
16. Joint Director, LBSNAA, D/o Personnel & Training
17. DDG, UIDAI, D/o Electronics & Information Technology
18. Joint Secretary, M/o Environment, Forest & Climate Change
19. Joint Secretary, D/o Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries
20. Joint Secretary, M/o Information & Broadcasting
21. Joint Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat
22. Joint Secretary, M/o Panchayati Raj

Anything contained in this document would not lead to any legal claim on part of any individual for any purpose.


How to calculate your revised pay with 7th CPC Pay Calculators?

How to calculate your revised pay with 7th CPC Pay Calculators?


“Our 7th CPC Pay and Allowances Calculator is a simple tool for finding new basic pay and allowances of Central Government employees as per the recommendations 7th CPC as on 1.1.2016.”

Three months have passed since the 7th Pay Commission submitted its recommendations to the government, but still little bit confusion persists in using of our calculator. So, we have to explain how the calculator is working and how to calculate with this tool.

First option is the calculator needs your current basic pay as on 1.1.2016. Basic pay means Pay in the pay band + Grade pay. Suppose your Grade pay is 4200 and your pay in the pay band is 10500 means, you have to enter 14700 as basic pay in the first option.

This figure helps you to find out your new and revised basic pay as per the recommendations of 7th CPC.
2nd option is the tool is asking your Grade Pay. To find out your level of the 7th CPC. See the table given below…

Pay Band Grade Pay Level
 5200 – 20200 1800 1
1900 2
2000 3
2400 4
2800 5
 9300 – 34800 4200 6
4600 7
4800 8
5400 9
 15600 – 39100 5400 10
6600 11
7600 12
 37400 – 67000 8700 13
8900 13A
10000 14

Third one is House Rent Allowance, select in the drop down menu which is your current percentage of HRA. To find out new rate of HRA as given in the table

Class of
Rates of HRA
(% of Basic
Revised Rate of
(% of Basic
X 30% 24%
Y 20% 16%
Z 10% 8%

Last one is Transport Allowance. The calculator is now modified so as not to ask your current rate of TA. Since the entitlement for particular rate of TA in sixth CPC is not correlated to 7th CPC entitlement for TPTA. So there is no need for taking sixth CPC Transport Allowance rates for calculating TPTA as per 7th CPC recommendations. Select your city whether it is TPTA or Other places. TPTA Cities are given below the calculator table. Because, eligibility of TA in 7th CPC  is as per Level only. The table given below will help you understand this better.

Grade Pay Pay Level Higher TPTA Cities  Other Places
5400 above 9 & above 7200 + DA 3600 + DA
2000 to 4800 3 to 8 3600 + DA 1800 + DA
1800 & 1900 1 and 2 1350 + DA 900 + DA

The commission has recommended to remove the ambiguous clause of sixth CPC in respect of eligibility criteria for TA rates that “Grade pay below Rs.4200 but pay in the pay band equivalent or above Rs.7440 ”, and has recommended a hike in travel allowance for all cg employees those who are within the Pay Scale of GP 2000 to 2800 category.

So, this is the correct way of calculating your revised pay as per the recommendations of 7th CPC .

Click to view our calculator : 7th Pay Commission Pay Scale Calculator 

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