Friday, March 31, 2017

AICPIN for February 2017: Consumer Price Index February, 2017

AICPIN for February 2017

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) - February, 2017

No.5/1/2017- CPI
DATED: 31st March, 2017
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) - February, 2017

The All-India CPI-IW for February, 2017 remained stationary at 274 (two hundred and seventy four). On 1-month percentage change, it remained static between January, 2017 and February, 2017, when compared with the decrease of 0.74 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (-) 0.46 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Wheat, Arhar Dal, Black Gram, Gram Dal, Urd Dal, Masur Dal, Moong Dal, Besan, Groundnut Oil, Mustard Oil, Eggs (Hen), Garlic, Potato, Cabbage, etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was checked by Coconut Oil, Fish Fresh, Milk, Tomato, Lady's Finger, French Beans, Coconut, Banana, Apple, Sugar, Tea (Readymade), Cooking Gas, Medicine (Allopathic), Tailoring Charges, etc., putting upward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 2.62 per cent for February, 2017 as compared to 1.86 per cent for the previous month and 5.53 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 1.71 per cent against 0.34 per cent of the previous month and 6.18 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Rajkot reported the maximum decrease of 5 points followed by Sholapur, Chhindwara, Darjeeling and Bhilai (4 points each). Among others, 3 points decrease was observed in 5 centres, 2 points in 15 centre and 1 point in 18 centres. On the contrary, Quilon recorded a maximum increase of 12 points followed by Coimbatore (7 points), Belgaum and Mysore (6 points each) and Mundakkayam (4 points). Among others, 3 points increase was observed in 4 centres, 2 points in 2 centres and 1 point in 12 centres. Rest of the 12 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 33 centres are above All-India Index and other 44 centres' indices are below national average. The index of Varanasi centre remained at par with All-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of March, 2017 will be released on Friday, 28th April, 2017. The same will also be available on the office website

Re-Employment of Ex-Servicemen

Re-Employment of Ex-Servicemen

As per Department of Personnel & Training's OM No. 36034/27/84-Estt(SCT), dated 2.5.1985, on an Ex-servicemen joining the Government job on civil side after availing of the benefits given to him as an Ex-servicemen for his re-employment, his Ex-servicemen status for the purpose of re-employment in Government would cease. As per DOP&T OM No. 36034/6/90-Estt(SCT), dated 10.10.1994, an ex-servicemen already secured regular employment under the Central Government in a civil post would be permitted the benefits of age relaxation as admissible for ex-servicemen for securing another appointment in any higher post or service under the Central Government. However, such candidates will not be eligible for benefits of reservation, if any, for ex-servicemen in Central Government jobs.

As per DOP&T's OM No. 36034/1/2014-Estt(Res), dated 14.8.2014 if an ex-serviceman applies for various vacancies before joining any civil employment, he / she can avail of the benefit of reservation as ex-servicemen for any subsequent employment. However, to avail of this benefit, an ex-serviceman as soon as he / she joins any civil employment, should give self-declaration / undertaking to the concerned employer about the date-wise details of application for various vacancies for which he / she had applied for before joining the initial civil employment. This benefit would be available only in respect of vacancies which are filled on direct recruitment and wherever reservation is applicable to the ex-servicemen.

In addition to above, a proposal has been referred to DOP&T to the effect that an Ex-servicemen be allowed the benefit of reservation for second time and even thereafter in subsequent recruitments for civil employment, if the vacancies, which are to be filled on the basis of direct recruitment and where reservation is applicable to Ex-servicemen, has not been filled up with by those Ex-servicemen, who are getting / claiming benefit of reservation for the first time.

The details of reservation available to Ex-servicemen is as under:

(I) In Central Government Ministries / Departments:
(i) 10% Direct recruitment posts upto the level of Assistant Commandant in Central Para Military Forces.
(ii) 10% Direct recruitment posts in Group 'C'.
(iii) 20% Direct recruitment posts in Group 'D'.

(II) In Central Public Sector Enterprise:
(i) 14.5% in Group 'C' Posts.
(ii) 24.5% in Group 'D' Posts.

(III) Nationalised Bank:
(i) 14.5% in Group 'C' Posts.
(ii) 24.5% in Group 'D' Posts.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri PC Mohan in Lok Sabha today.


Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

Some empanelled hospitals have stopped providing services in the recent past citing reasons of delayed payments, excessive deductions and low CGHS rates. 384 empanelled facilities have not renewed Memorandum of Agreement with ECHS till date. 69 empanelled facilities have rejoined after establishment of online billing system by ECHS.

Actions like issuance of show cause notice, issuance of ‘stop referral’ pending investigations have been carried out against such defaulting hospitals. The hospitals have refunded the amount in most of the cases. Details of action taken against the hospitals are as under:

(ii)Stop Referral-25
(iii)Panel Deductions-02

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rajeshbhai Chudasama in Lok Sabha today.


Benefits under Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme

Benefits under Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme

Government proposes to include 500 central schemes under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme during the next fiscal year. The scope of DBT has been expanded to include 'in kind' transfers as well as transfers to various 'enablers' of Government schemes like ASHA/ Aanganwadi workers etc. It has been decided to bring all welfare and subsidy schemes of the Government under DBT. DBT Mission has identified more than 500 Schemes/ Components of 63 Ministries /Departments to be implemented through DBT mode in a phased manner by 31st March, 2018. Out of the same, 90 such schemes of 19 Central Ministries/ Departments have been on-boarded to DBT platform as on 20.3.2017. A monitoring framework to assess the preparedness and progress of on-boarding has been put in place. To facilitate DBT implementation, DBT Cells have been set up by 76 Ministries / Departments.

Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) is a major reform initiative where benefits, in cash or kind, are delivered directly to accurately identified beneficiaries using mostly Aadhaar as an identifier. It envisages efficiency and inclusion in the delivery processes leading to greater accountability and transparency in the system.
The Central Ministries / Departments and various States have assessed DBT implementation in their Welfare & Subsidy schemes and have reported saving in view of de-duplication, elimination of ghost beneficiaries etc. in the last three years.

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas had launched modified Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL/PAHAL) Scheme in 54 districts on 15.11.2014 and across the country on 01.01.2015. LPG consumers, who join the PAHAL scheme, get the LPG cylinders at non-subsidized price and receive LPG subsidy (as per their entitlement) directly into their registered bank accounts. As on 27.03.2017, out of 19.81 crore active LPG consumers, 16.95 crore have joined the PAHAL Scheme. Subsidy amount of more than Rs. 46,000 crore has been transferred to the beneficiaries' bank accounts since its launch.

This was stated by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


132 Armed Forces Hospitals

Army Hospitals 

There are 132 Armed Forces Hospitals in the country.  The State / UT-wise number of such hospitals is as under: 

S. No.StateNumber of Armed Forces Hospitals
ArmyAir ForceNavy
1.Andhra Pradesh--1
2.Arunachal Pradesh1--
8.Himachal Pradesh6--
9.Jammu & Kashmir11--
13.Madhya Pradesh61-
22.Tamil Nadu31-
26.Uttar Pradesh123-
27.West Bengal71-
28.Andaman & Nicobar Islands--1

There are 98 Field Hospitals, which are located in different parts of the country based on operational requirement.  In addition, one Military Hospital is being raised at Likabali, Assam and approval has been granted for raising a Military Hospital at Panagarh, West Bengal.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Sunil Kumar Singh in Lok Sabha today.


7th CPC Allowances only after April 23, 2017 ?

7th CPC Allowances only after Apr 23 ?

NCJCM Secretary met Cabinet Secretary on 28th March 2017 and expressed the anguish situation among central government employees due to delay in the 7th Pay Commission Allowance. But Cabinet Secretary mentioned that
MCD Elections may result in some delay, however he assured that, as soon as he gets report of the Committee on Allowances, that will immediately be forwarded to the Cabinet, and after approval of the Cabinet, if need be, we would take necessary permission from the Election Commission.
MCD election date is on 23rd April 2017 and MCD Election results will be on 26th April 2017, looks like the 7th CPC allowance announcement will be announced only after MCD election
About 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners have been waiting for 7th Pay Commission Allowances since July last year

7th CPC Allowances : NCJCM meeting with Cabinet Secretary on 28.03.2017

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Ph: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi - 110001
E-Mail :
Dated: March 30, 2017
All Constituents of the
NC/JCM(Staff Side)

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Brief of the meeting held with the Cabinet Secretary

I met the Cabinet Secretary on 28th March, 2017 and shown anguish about the inordinate delay in resolution of long pending demands of the Central Government Employees, and subsequently handed him over a letter on the subject matter on the next day.

The Cabinet Secretary given us assurance that, he is already pursuing these issues, and though there had been some delay in finalization of the allowances, report of the Committee on Pension has already been submitted to the Cabinet, NPS Committee is already on its job and we would try to resolve the pending issues within a short period.

He also expressed his apprehension that, MCD elections may result in some delay, but at the same time, he assured that, as soon as he gets report of the Committee on Allowances, that will immediately be forwarded to the Cabinet, and after approval of the Cabinet, if need be, we would take necessary permission from the Election Commission.

This is for your information.
Comradely Yours
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Source :

7th Pay Commission: Government to implement soon on higher allowances, says unions

7th Pay Commission: Government to implement soon on higher allowances, says unions

New Delhi: Central government employees unions today said the government has promised that it will implement soon the 'higher allowances' under 7th Pay Commission recommendations, with retrospective effect from August 2016.

A top union leader told that the employee representatives have sought an early finalisation of the 'Committee on Allowances' report.

"We were promised in August, 2016 that the higher allowances (as per the 7th Pay Commission) would be given to us within four months, but we haven't got its till now," the union leader said.

Meanwhile, the 'Committee on Allowances' has sought views from different ministries on 14 allowances, a PTI report said, citing sources.

These allowances include accidental allowance, outstation detention allowance, trip allowance, and ghat allowance.

The government in July last year had formed the 'Committee on Allowances', headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance as the pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

The committee was initially given four months time to submit the report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Later, the Finance Minister extended the deadline for report submission to February 22, 2017.

Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal on March 10 had again clarified in Lok Sabha that the 'Committee on Allowances' is yet to submit its report.

Meghwal added the 'Committee on Allowances' is now in the process of finalising its report and the government would take a decision after the report is submitted.

Meghwal also explained why the 'Committee on Allowances' has taken more time to finalise its report.

"The 'Committee on Allowances' has taken more time than was initially prescribed in view of large number of demands received," he clarified.

"The committee has received a large number of demands on allowances and even now receives demands in this regards. All the demands have been diligently examined," the minister also said.

The 'Committee on Allowances' is likely to finalise its views on house rent allowance (HRA) at its next meeting, reported PTI, citing sources.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay, depending on type of cities. The Commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively when DA crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent.

Source: TST

Procrastination of staff issues - non-fulfillment of commitments by the Railway Board - serious unrest prevailing among railway employees-intervention requested

No. II/95/Part X
Dated: 28/03/2017
Shri A.K. Mital,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Procrastination of staff issues - non-fulfillment of commitments by the Railway Board - serious unrest prevailing among railway employees-intervention requested.

Federation is constrained to bring to your kind notice that the staff in almost all categories are the dissatisfied lot due to non-redressal of their genuine grievances at Railway Board's level as also non-fulfillment of commitments made in the formal meetings held with the Railway Board. The staff issues dealt in the fora of PNM, DC/JCM as well in separate meetings are continued in a stalemate position for years together without finality.

In the above context, NFIR places below the real position to impress upon the CRB that the Railway Board's failures have been causing dissatisfaction and agony among employees in general and those in safety categories in particular:

(a) Non-fulfillment of assurances/commitments:-
  • Replacement of 6th CPC GP Rs. 4600 (PB-2) with GP 4800 (PB-2) for Sr. Section Engineers and other Inspectorial/Supervisory Officials in the Railways.
  • Replacement of 6th CPC GP 4200/- PB-2 with GP 4600/- PB-2 for Loco Pilots (Mail/Exp).
  • Stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors inducted prior 01/01/2006 on remaining 6 1/2 Zones in Indian Railways. (Although SLPs have been dismissed by Apex Court, the Railway Board have twisted the matter and allowed stepping up of pay to the petitioners before Court, stating that the benefit allowed as" personam". (This is a clear case of blatant violation of agreement reached with Federations). NFIR’s letter No. 11/95/Pt. X dated 24/01/2017 to CRB and letter dated 06/02/2017 may kindly be perused. GS/NFIR met Hon’ble MR and apprised the facts. The Hon’ble MR agreed that agreement should be honoured when Member Staff was present during discussion. The Railway Board's negative attitude has been contributing unrest among Loco Running Staff.
  • Upgradation of Apex Group 'C' posts to Group 'B' (Gaz) - 3335 posts.
  • Implementation of 10: 20: 20: 50 ratio for Track Maintainers in VI CPC GP 2800, 2400, 1900 and 1800 respectively (7th CPC Pay Matrix levels 5, 4, 2 & 1).
(b) Agreed decisions not implemented:
  • Manning of coaches by Ticket Checking Staff - Restoration of Board’s orders of 2000.
  • Cadre restructuring of IT cadre staff.
  • Implementation of norms for creation of posts of SSE (Signal) JE (Signal), Maintainer (Signal) etc.,
  • Merger of Senior Technicians (Signal) with JE (Signal) - NFIR PNM Item No. 14/2010.
  • Induction of Course Completed Act Apprentices in Safety category vacancies in GP 1800/Pay Matrix Level I
  • Absorption of staff of Quasi Administrative units in Railways - Restoration of policy decision of 1973 & 1977 which was arbitrarily cancelled in the year 1997 without prior consultations with the Federations. It needs to be appreciated that quasi staff are not outsiders and IREM provisions confirm Federation's contention.
(c) NFIR's pending PNM Items:
  • Items pending since over five years = 22
  • Items pending since over three years = 27
  • Items pending sine over two years = 12
    Total = 61
(d) DC/JCM - pending items:
  • Items pending since over five years = 45
  • Items pending since over six years = 09
  • Items pending since over seven years = 31
    Total = 85
(e) Issues deliberated in the meetings of Fast Track Committee and Joint Committee (on Running Staff kilometrage rates etc.,) are continued to remain unresolved.

(f) MACPS issues numbering over 30 are pending with Railway Board since more than 3 years.

(g) Non-filling of vacancies (safety and other than safety categories) is causing deterioration of efficiency levels and health of existing staff who are heavily over burdened with work pressure.

NFIR therefore requests the CRB to kindly intervene for rectifying the matters to restore confidence among staff who are extremely unhappy on non-redressal of grievances and non-implementation of agreements.

Federation also conveys that further delay in sorting out the issues and implementing agreements may lead to wide spread agitation in Railways.
Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Filing of assets details by Government officials

Filing of assets details by Government officials

The Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 requiring declaration of assets and liabilities in respect of public servants, their spouses and dependent children has been amended by the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Amendment) Act, 2016 on 29.07.2016. The Amended Act shall be deemed to have come into force on 16.01.2014. The amended Section 44 reads as:

"44. On and from the date of commencement of this Act, every public servant shall make a declaration of his assets and liabilities in such form and manner as may be prescribed"

The Government had introduced the Lokpal & Lokayuktas and other related Law (Amendment) Bill 2014, which inter-alia proposes to amend certain provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 so as to provide for situations where the composition of the Selection Committee is deficient/incomplete due to absence of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, etc.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri A. Vijayakumar in the Rajya Sabha today.


e-Service Book of DoPT employees

Dr Jitendra Singh launches e-Service Book of DoPT employees

Online Vigilance System of Board and below Board Level Executives of CPSEs launched

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched Online Vigilance System of Board and below Board Level Executives of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) here today. He also launched e-Service Book of the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) employees on the occasion. The Cabinet Secretary Shri P K Sinha, the Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr P K Mishra, Central Vigilance Commissioner Shri K. V. Chowdary, Vigilance Commissioners Shri Rajiv and Dr T. M. Bhasin, CBI Director Shri Alok Kumar Verma, Secretary CVC, Smt Nilam Sawhney, Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), Shri Sanjay Kothari, Secretary, DoPT Shri B. P. Sharma, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Shri Bhaskar Khulbe and senior officers of DoPT were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said the launch of the online vigilance system is indeed a breakthrough. He said this will bring transparency and accountability in the system. As we move ahead with this initiative, many practical issues will keep arising and they will be tackled in due course, he added. Referring to the launch of e-Service Book, Dr Jitendra Singh said that in the long run it is going to touch each and every Central Government employee in the country. He said that most of the issues arise out of Service Book related matters and delay in disbursement of pensions, which will be resolved by this initiative. Dr Jitendra Singh said that these initiatives are in tune with the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s mantra of ‘Maximum Governance and Minimum Government’.

The Central Vigilance Commissioner Shri K. V. Chowdary said that the online vigilance system will be updated regularly and it is a major step in the process of promotions and appointments and will bring transparency in the process. It will minimize the scope of any confusion, he said. The CVC said that this will also curtail the delay in the processes, the cases which used to take months will now be resolved in one or two days. He said that improvements will be brought in as and when needed.

The Online Vigilance System is a technology based mechanism introduced to obtain vigilance status of 120-130 Board Level executive appointments made annually of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) timely, accurately and objectively so that process of their appointment is expedited. The system would enable efficient vigilance clearance of officers on real time basis who apply for these senior level posts. This system would facilitate CVC to decide on Vigilance Clearance early based on updated information. System will cover all CPSEs, Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions. The Online system will have modules for DoPT, CVC, CVO, CBI, PESB and ACC. To make the system secure, the Web portal has the feature of authentication of users from Ministries/Departments by DoPT and the users of CPSEs by the concerned Ministry/Department. The users can log in based on e-sign (OTP to be sent to the email/mobile every time). The system also maintains transaction log. The implementation of online vigilance status of board level executives of CPSEs would require feeding/updating of data pertaining to the details of employee’s vigilance profile, i.e. pending disciplinary proceedings, status of complaints received, details of prosecution sanction, Agreed List, ODI etc. at regular intervals. The data will be updated every month by the CVOs. After a series of sensitisation meetings, at present, 143 CPSEs and 26 Ministries have entered data related to 402 board level officers and 1799 below board level officers of CPSEs. This system would be operational on receipt of the 'Security Certificate'.

The e-Service Book, launched by Dr Jitendra Singh, is a document to record all the events of a Government servant in his/her entire service period and career, recording each and every administrative action concerning the Government servant right from the stage of his recruitment till his retirement to reflect the history of service of a Government employee. The format of e-service book was finalised on December 5, 2016 and it was decided to roll it out in DoPT initially so that necessary changes if required can be made along with credentials of software. Accordingly data of 661 employees of DoPT got verified and details as such Aadhaar, mobile no, DoB, leave balance, LTC details, salary details, designations, photographs etc were updated. Physical service book of employees also got scanned and uploaded as legacy data. It is decided to integrate Personnel Information Management System (PIMS) with Public Financial Management System (PFMS) so that all financial data will flow from PFMS to PIMS (e-service book), in general terms in case of change in salary particulars due to promotion, increment, DA etc. Change made in one system will automatically reflect in other system which will reduce chances of errors etc. It has also been decided to develop all other applications impacting service book such as Promotions, Advances, Family declarations of employees etc. 27 such applications have been identified for development; out of this 12 applications will be developed by 31st May 2017 and remaining by 31st December 2017.

DoPT has successfully implemented e-service book of its 661 employees and is now taking concrete steps to roll out of e-service book in respect of all Central Govt. employees in a time bound manner with the support of NIC and involvement of Cadre Controlling Authorities. In this regard a workshop of all Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs) is being organised in April 2017 to discuss roll out plan in all Ministries and Departments.

E-service book for all the employees working in attached offices, subordinate offices and autonomous bodies for which DoPT is administrative department would be undertaken shortly and it will be completed for approximately 10,000 employees by 30th June 2017. It is planned to roll out e-service book of all civilian employees (approximately 41 lakh) of Govt. of India by 31st March 2018 in consultation with all CCAs.

The launch of e-Service book is expected to bring many positive outcomes. The shift to electronic service book would free up significant manpower to concentrate on core works of the Department. It will lead to stoppage of physical movement of Service Book and other documents between the Departments that will save time of the organisation and problem of missing Service Book will be eliminated. This will also enable timely verification of Service Book that will facilitate timely processing and finalization of pensions. Availability of centralized data will enable government for policy research and planning as educational qualifications and other competencies and deficiencies may be easily obtained. It will enable Government to take transfer and posting decisions more pragmatically based on reliable first hand data.

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