Wednesday, July 17, 2019

DoE: Festival Advance, Dearness Allowance, Transport Allowance, Pension Revision for Autonomous Bodies, Pay Scale parity with CSS, Bonus Ceiling etc.: Minutes of meeting of Standing Committee

DoE: Festival Advance, Dearness Allowance, Transport Allowance, Pension Revision for Autonomous Bodies, Pay Scale parity with CSS, Bonus Ceiling etc.: Minutes of meeting of Standing Committee

[GoI, Min P,PG & P, DoPT’s OM No. 3/1/2018-JCA dated 08.07.2019]

Subject: Minutes of the Standing Committee Meeting held on 07.03.2019 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Personnel) - reg.

(xxii) Item No 10: Restoration of Interest Free Advances, withdrawn by the Government based on 7th CPC Recommendations :

Joint Secretary (Personnel) stated that Seventh Pay Commission in its report had recommended that all interest free advances should be abolished. The recommendations of the Commission relating to the abolition of interest free advances have been accepted by the Government with the exception of interest free Advances for Medical Treatment and Travelling Allowance for the family of the deceased. Travelling Allowance on tour or on transfer and Leave Travel Concessions have also been retained.

Staff Side also raised the demand for the restoring Festival Advance. Joint Secretary (Personnel) agreed to reconsider the issue of restoring the Festival Advance.

Staff Side
thanked JS (Pers.) for agreeing to reconsider the issue of restoration of Festival Advance to the Central Govt. Employees.

(xxiii) Item No. 19 : Dispense with the practice of ignoring the fraction while computing Dearness Allowance :

Joint Secretary (Personnel) stated that the present formula for calculation of DA where the whole numbers with fraction carried forward while calculating the percentage increase in DA was/is based on the recommendation of the 4th CPC. This method also saves the Government expenditure.

Secretary Staff raised his objection stating that the employee losses his benefit, when the fraction is ignored and carried forward. Therefore it is requested that Dearness Allowance should be paid on the actual DA raise, since DA is to compensate the inflation/price rise.

Joint Secretary (Personnel) though agreed to re-examine the matter, also informed that this may have financial implications and may increase Government expenditure.

(xxiv) Item No. 21 : Removal of conditions of being at the CHQ for few days in a month to claim the Transport allowance :

Joint Secretary (Personnel) stated that the Transport Allowance is granted for full month, even if an employee attend office for one day in a calendar month. However, when an employee remains away from Headquarters for full calendar month(s) on duty / tour, he does not get any Transport Allowance. Since the employee has no occasion to commute between place of duty/Headquarters and residence during such calendar month(s), grant of Transport Allowance for that calendar month(s) is not admissible and also not justified. Further, for such period when employee is sent away on duty/tour from his Headquarters to any other place, he gets adequately compensated by grant of Daily allowance for that period. As per 6th and 7th CPC recommendations, Daily allowance is being given as reimbursement for hotel accommodation, food bill and local travel charges.

Staff Side demanded that being at the CHQ for one day, as a condition may be removed similar to the removal of one kilometer condition earlier. The Staff Side further stated that if an employee is away from headquarter for training or tour in a whole calendar month he does not get Transport Allowance. This is not justified because CCA has been abolished and it is subsumed in Transport Allowance implying that the Staff losses CCA as well. The Staff Side further stated that employees, who goes on Child Care Leave also does not benefit due to this condition. They demanded that the matter should be re-examined.

Joint Secretary (Personnel) agreed to re-examine the matter.

(xxv) Item No.24: Transport allowance in case of Physically handicapped person at double rate and deduction of the same if one is on short leave may be dispensed with :

Joint Secretary (Personnel) stated that as per Department of Expenditure’s OM No. 21/5/2017-E.II(B) dated 07.07.2017, Transport Allowance at double the normal rates is admissible to Physically disabled employees, viz. Visually impaired, orthopedically handicapped, deaf and dumb/hearing impaired and also to employees suffering from spinal deformity. Otherwise, the general conditions for drawal of Transport Allowance at normal rates apply equally to all Govt. employees. Hence, Transport Allowance at double the normal rates will not be admissible for the calendar months (s) wholly covered by leave for persons with disabilities. In this regard, the Department of Expenditure has not issued any other instructions. He further stated that there are no instructions with regard to having attendants for handicapped employees and if there is any such instances then that should be brought to the notice of Department of Expenditure. The Staff Side agreed to this suggestions.

(xxvi) Item No. 26 : Extension of benefits of revised pension rules - 2016 in respect of pensioners of Central Government employees in autonomous bodies :

Joint Secretary (Personnel): stated that Department of Expenditure has issued orders only for Central Government Employees and not in respect of employees belonging to autonomous bodies. In case of Dearness Allowance the orders are issued by administrative Ministries/Departments.

Secretary (Staff Side) pointed out that the employees of autonomous bodies were getting pay scales of Central Government; the problem arose when the Department of Expenditure imposed the condition that 25% of the expenditure will be borne by the administrative Ministries/Department. It is imperative that these Central Government employees in autonomous bodies should be kept on equal footing with Central Govt. employees for the purpose of pay scales and pension.

Joint Secretary (Personnel) stated that there are as many as 680 autonomous bodies where Central Government employees are working and if this demand is accepted the repercussion will be huge. Joint Secretary (Personnel) stated that the Staff Side may keep this demand as a separate issue.)

(xxvii) Item No. 27 & Item No. 38 : Parity in pay scale of all stenographers, assistants and Ministerial staffs in subordinate offices and in IA&AD and organized accounts cadre with Central Secretariat staffs by upgrading their pay scales :

Joint Secretary (Personnel) stated that in cases where 7th CPC has recommended downgrading of pay scales of Assistants and Section Officers of CSS, Assistant Nursing Superintendent etc., the Government after considering the recommendations of the Commission decided that those recommendations related to down-grading of posts may not be accepted and normal replacement may have to be allowed in such cases. He further said that a committee has been formed by Department of Personnel & Training to examine the matter.

Staff Side reiterated that considering the nature of the job of Stenographers or Assistants, the Ministerial Staffs of subordinate offices and Central Secretariat are the same. It is justified that pay parity is maintained

while considering the matter related to pay scale. The staff side also demanded that the Committee constituted for this purpose may consult the Staff side also before finalizing its recommendation.

(xxviii) Item No.29: Enhancement of Bonus Ceiling Limit of Casual Labourers, consequent on enhancement of bonus calculation ceiling of Central Govt. Employees :

Joint Secretary (Personnel) informed that the details have been sought from different Ministries/Departments mainly from Ministry of Defence, M/o Labour, M/o Housing & Urban Affairs etc. and the information is awaited. Once the information is received from these Ministries, the rates of bonus will be enhanced, accordingly. The item has been considered closed.

Restoration of Old Pension Scheme – Loksabha Q & A

Restoration of Old Pension Scheme – Loksabha Q & A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
*****
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO:3569
TO BE ANSWERED ON JULY 15.07.2019

Restoration of Old Pension Scheme

Rakesh Singh
Rodmal Nagar

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the demand is being made by trade unions/Government employees to restore the old pension scheme for the Central Government employees as the pension amount is lower and uncertain under the new pension scheme which was implemented in the year 2004;
(b) if so, whether the Government is considering the aforesaid demand of the employees; and
(c) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

The Minister of State (Finance)
(Shri Anurag Singh Thakur)


(a) Yes, Sir.

(b) and (c) Due to rising and unsustainable pension bill, the Government had made a conscious move to shift from the defined benefit, pay-as-you-go pension scheme to defined contribution pension scheme now called as National Pension System (NPS). The transition also helped in freeing the limited resources of the Government for more productive and socio-economic sectoral development.

There is no proposal to replace the NPS with old pension scheme in respect of Central Government employees recruited on or after 01.01.2004.

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Source: Loksabha

7th CPC HRA : Grant of House Rent Allowance to Central Government employees on basis of Census-2011

7th CPC HRA

Grant of House Rent Allowance to Central Government employees on basis of Census-2011

2/5/2017-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 15th July, 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Re-classification / Upgradation of Cities / Towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Central Government employees -reg.

Reference is invited to this Department’s OM No. 215/2014-E,II(B) dated 21.07.2015 relating to re-classification of cities/towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to the Central Government employees. Orders with regard to grant of HRA on implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) were subsequently issued vide OM No. 2/5/2017-E_II(B) dated 07.07.2017.

2. This Department is in receipt of references from a few Ministries/ Departments, seeking clarification with regard to continuation of special dispensation allowed in the past to cities/towns for grant of HRA at higher rates. In this context, it is clarified that any special dispensation allowed in the past to cities/towns for grant of HRA at higher rates, not specifically mentioned in aforesaid OMs No. 2/5/2014-E.11(B) dated 21.07.2015 and No. 2/5/2017-E.II(B) dated 07.072017 shall continue to apply, if the same has not been superseded/dispensed with or the existing classification of such city has not been revised to a higher classification on account of the population criteria, vide aforesaid OMs dated 21.07.2015 and 07.07.2017.

3. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: DoE

Doppw – Revision of pension w.e.f. 1.1.2006 of Pre-2006 pensioners who retired from the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500-10500 or equivalent pay scale in the earlier Pay Commission periods

DoPPW

Revision of pension w.e.f. 1.1.2006 of Pre-2006 pensioners who retired from the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500-10500 or equivalent pay scale in the earlier Pay Commission periods

Revision of Concordance Tables for Pre-2006 Pensioners

No. 38/33/12-P&PW (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003
Dated the 9th July, 2019

Office Memorandum

Sub :- Revision of pension w.e.f. 1.1.2006 of Pre-2006 pensioners who retired from the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500-10500/- or equivalent pay scale in the earlier Pay Commission periods.

Instructions have been issued vide this Department’s OM of even number dated 4.1.2019 that for the purpose of revision of pension/family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2006 under para 4.2 of the O.M. dated 1.9.2008, the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- may be considered as the corresponding Grade pay in the case of pre-2006 pensioners who retired/died in the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500-10500/- or equivalent pay scale in the earlier Pay Commission periods.

It was also provided that the revised pension w.c.f. 1,1.2006 in terms of para 4.2 of OM dated 1.9.2008, for the pre-2006 pensioners who retired from the pay scale of Rs, 6500-10500/- in the 5 th CPC or equivalent pay scales in the earlier Pay Commissions would be Rs. 8345/-.

The entries at serial number 13 in the annexure of this Department’s OM No. 38/37/08- P&PW(A) dated 28.1.2013 were also revised accordingly.

2. This Department has issued concordance tables for revision of pension, w.e.f. 1.1.2016, of pre-2016 pensioners by notional fixation of pay in the 7th CPC vide this Departments OM dated 6.7.2017, Tables No.24 & 25 in these concordance tables indicated the revised pension/family pension based on the corresponding 6th CPC grade pay of Rs. 4200/- in respect of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners who retired/died in the 5th CPC scale of 6500-10500/- or equivalent pay scale in the earlier Pay Commission periods. Consequent on the decision to consider the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- as the corresponding Grade pay in the case of pre-2006 pensioners who retired/died in the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500-10500/- or equivalent pay scale in the earlier Pay Commission periods and based on the fitment tables provided by Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure), Tables No.24 & 25 have been revised. Accordingly, revised concordance Tables No.24 & 25 arc enclosed herewith.

3. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to revise pension/family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 in respect of pre-2006 pensioner family pensioners who retired/died in the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500-10500/- or equivalent pay scale in the earlier Pay Commission periods using the concordance tables enclosed herewith. The other provisions / instructions for revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners, as contained in this Department’s OM of even number dated 12.5.2017 and 6.7.2017 will remain unchanged.

4. This issues with the approval of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their OM No. 30-1/33(c)/ 2016-1.C./E.III,A dated 28.6.2019

5. Hindi version will follow.

sd/-
(Ruchir Mittal)
Deputy Secretary

Source: Doppw

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Withdrawal of Minimum Balance Penalty by Banks

Ministry of Finance
Withdrawal of Minimum Balance Penalty by Banks

16 JUL 2019

According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines, banks do not have any Minimum Balance requirement for Basic Savings Bank Deposit accounts (BSBD), including accounts opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojana (PMJDY). As on March 2019, there were 57.3 crore BSBD accounts across the country including 35.27 crore (61.6%) Jan-Dhan accounts. Hence, for these accounts there are no charges for not maintaining minimum balance. BSBD accounts are considered normal banking services available to all and it offers certain basic minimum facilities free of charge.

For accounts other than BSBD accounts, as per RBI’s Master Circular on “Customer Service in Banks” dated July 1, 2015, banks are permitted to fix service charges on various services rendered by them, as per their Board approved policy, while ensuring that the charges are reasonable and not out of line with the average cost of providing these services. Further, banks have been advised to identify basic services and the principles to be adopted/ followed by them for ensuring reasonableness in fixing such charges. Banks are also advised to take steps to ensure that customers are made aware of the service charges upfront and changes in the service charges are implemented only with the prior notice to the customers.

This was stated by Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

PIB

Scheme for providing immediate relief to the families of Railway Servants who die while in service

NFIR

Scheme for providing immediate relief to the families of Railway Servants who die while in service

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board

No. E(W)2019/FU-1/6

New Delhi, dated 27.06.2019

The General Managers
All Indian Railways and
Production Units.

Sub: Scheme for providing immediate relief to the families of Railway Servants who die while in service

Ref: Board’s letter No.E(W) 1998/WE-6/6 dated 05.08.1999
Board’ s letter No. E(W) 2004/WE-6/9 dated 04.12.2009

Sanction of the President is hereby communicated to the following modification to the Ministry of Railways letter No.E(W)72/WE-6/15 dated. 21.04.1973 on the above subject as amended from time to time:-

“In Para-I (ii) of the letter ibid, substitute the figure of Rs.15,000/- by the figure Rs.25,000/-“.

2. This amendment takes effect from the date of issue of this letter.

3. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

(D.V Rao)
Director Estt. (Welfare)
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

Strengthening of administration Periodic review of Central Government Employees under Fundamental Rule (FR) 56(j)/(l) and Rule 48 of CCS (pension) Rules, 1972

NFIR

No.25013/3/2019-Estt.A-IV
Government of India
Ministry of personnel, public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi
New Delhi, 20th June, 2019

Office MEMORANDUM

Subject: Strengthening of administration Periodic review of Central Government Employees under Fundamental Rule (FR) 56(j)/(l) and Rule 48 of CCS (pension) Rules, 1972

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M No.25013/1/2013-Estt.A dated 21.3.2014, OM No.25013/1/2013-Estt.A-IV dated 11.9.2015, 11.03.2016 and 10.8.2017 for periodic review of Central Government Employees for strengthening of administration under Fundamental Rule (FR) 56(j)/(l) and Rule 48 of CCS (pension) Rules, 1972.

The detailed guidelines on the above sunjeci are already in public domain at http://dopt.gov.in under Notifications -> OM & Orders -> Establishment -> Premature Retirement.

All Ministries / Departments are requested to undertake the periodic reviews in letter and spirit, including in public sector undertakings (PSUs) / Banks and Autonomous institutions, under their administrative control. Department of Public Enterprises will also compile and countercheck with all concerned Ministries / Departments.

The Ministries / Departments should ensure that the prescribed procedure like forming of opinion to retire a Government employee prematurely in public interest is strictly adhered to, and that the decision is not an arbitrary one, and is not based on collateral grounds as per the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in case of UOI & Col, J.N.Sinha [1571 SCR (1) 791].

All the Ministries / Departments shall furnish a report to Dop&T in the format given below by 15th day of each month starting from 15th July, 2019. Department of Public Enterprises are requested to also compile and countercheck the data with all concerned administrative Ministries / Departments in respect of PSUs before furnishing the report to DoP&T.

Number of employees to be reviewed under FR 56 (j) group-wise (A/B/C) – 1

Number of employees reviewed under FR 56 (j) group-wise (A/B/C) – 2

Number of employees reviewed and against whom FR 56 (j) invoked/ recommended group-wise (A/B/C) – 3

Number of employees retired prematurely under FR 56 (j) group-wise (A/B/C) – 4

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: NFIR

General – Elections from 96 – Putkura Assembly Constituency in the State Legislative Assembly of Odisha and 8 – Vellore Parliamentary Constituency of Tamil Nadu

DoPT Orders 2019

F. No. 12/3/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (JCA-2) Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the July 16 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: General – Elections from 96 – Putkura Assembly Constituency in the State Legislative Assembly of Odisha and 8 – Vellore Parliamentary Constituency of Tamil Nadu – regarding

The undersigned is directed to state that, as informed by the Election Commission of India vide their letter No. 437/ 6/ ECI/ INST/ FUNCT/ MCC/ 2019/ 515 dated 04.07.2019, General Election from 96 – Putkura Assembly Constituency in the State Legislative Assembly of Odisha will be held on 20.07.2019 (Saturday) and Election to 8- Vellore Parliamentary Constituency of Tamil Nadu will be held on 05.08.2019 (Monday).

In this regard, the guidelines already issued by this Department vide OM No. 12/ 14/99- JCA dated 10.10.2001 would have to be followed for the Central Government Offices, including industrial establishments, in the concerned State.

The above instructions may please be brought to the notice of all concer ed.

Hindi version will follow.

(Juglal Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Tel. 2309 2338

Source: DoPT

Monday, July 15, 2019

DoPT Orders 2019 – Procedure to be followed in cases of disagreement on Recruitment Rules

DoPT Orders 2019 – Procedure to be followed in cases of disagreement on Recruitment Rules

DoPT Orders 2019

No.AB- 14017/11/2019-Estt.(RR)(3147397)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Estt(RR) Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: July, 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Procedure to be followed in cases of disagreement on Recruitment Rules – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that as per extant instructions, the process of framing / amending of Recruitment Rules for a post involves consultation with DoPT, UPSC and thereafter vetting by the Legislative Department. As per established procedure, the Administrative Ministries / Departments frame service rules/recruitment rules or propose amendments thereof, based mainly on the model RRs or instructions issued by DoPT from time to time and refer them to DoP&T for concurrence. After the receipt of concurrence from DoPT, the Ministries/Departments refer proposals to UPSC for advice. After receipt of concurrence of UPSC. with the approval of Competent Authority, RRs are finally notified, after vetting by the legislative Department.

UPSC brought certain instances to the notice of this Department, where post the advice of Commission, RRs have been notified incorporating substantial changes in the recruitment rules / service rules (RRs/SRs). without obtaining the concurrence of the Commission, which is not in order. On consideration of the matter, it has been decided that if substantial changes are effected in the RRs after the receipt of advice of UPSC. the same shall be brought to the notice of UPSC by the administrative Ministry for obtaining their advice / concurrence on the same. Non-adherence to this procedure may result in the case being treated as a case of disagreement with the Commission, and therefore administrative Ministries have to take a conscious decision in this regard. Substantial changes referred here are those changes having a bearing on the principles of recruitment, viz., change in the method of recruitment, eligibility criteria etc and does not include vetting changes made by the Legislative Department, spelling or grammatical corrections.

In light of the foregoing, all Ministries/ Departments are requested to refer the proposals back to UPSC for concurrence in cases where administrative Ministry / Department, after the receipt of advice of the Commission, want to carry out any change/s in the draft RRs/SRs, which is / are substantial in nature. All Ministries/Departments are requested to adhere to these instructions.

(K Prakasham)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel: 23094254

To
All Ministries / Departments

Source: DoPT

Promotion of Sports among Female Students

Promotion of Sports among Female Students

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Promotion of Sports among Female Students

Posted On: 15 JUL 2019

Khelo India Scheme inter-alia provides for bridging gaps in sports infrastructure. Sports Authority of India (SAI) also implements the Schemes of National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC) and Extension Centres of SAI Training Centres (STC)/Special Area Games (SAG) Centres with the aim of promoting sports. These schemes are applicable for all, including girls schools and colleges. In financial year 2018-19 this Ministry spent Rs. 1297.39 crore for sports development details of which are as below:-

  1.     Scheme: Development in sports Institutions Expenditure (Rs. in crore): 483.83
  2.     Scheme: Encouragement and Awards to Sportsperson Expenditure (Rs. in crore): 312.32
  3.     Scheme: Khelo India – National Programme for Development of Sports Expenditure (Rs. in crore): 501.24

“Sports” being a State subject the responsibility of development Sports, including among girls in schools and colleges across the country rests with the State / Union Territory (UT) Governments. Government of India supplements the efforts of State / UT Governments by providing financial assistance through National Sports Federations, training in Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centres and support under Khelo India Scheme.

This information was given by the Minister of State (I/C) Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

PIB

30,85,205 Persons Enrolled in Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan PM-SYM as on July 10, 2019

30,85,205 Persons Enrolled in Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan PM-SYM as on July 10, 2019

Ministry of Labour & Employment

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan
30,85,205 Persons Enrolled in PM-SYM as on July 10, 2019

15 JUL 2019

Government of India in February 2019 launched the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan (PM-SYM), a voluntary and contributory pension Scheme, for the benefit of unorganised workers, as per the eligibility. The scheme assures minimum monthly pension of Rs. 3000/- to the beneficiaries after attaining the age of 60 years. Under the Scheme, the subscriber is required to pay the prescribed monthly contribution amount and the Central Government provides the equal matching contribution. This scheme is implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India. Enrolment under the Scheme was started with effect from 15-02-2019. As on date 10.07.2019, the total person enrolled under PM-SYM are 30,85,205.

This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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KVS: Safety and Security of Children in Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools

KVS: Safety and Security of Children in Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools

KVS

Safety and Security of Children in Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools

MEASURES TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM DANGERS OF WATER AND DROWNING

Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and Kendriya Vidyalay Sanghatan (KVS) in their guidelines have explained steps to be taken to avoid danger of children from drowning.

WELLS AND PONDS

I. The wells and ponds if exist in the campus are to be provided with protective wall and iron grills covering the well and the movements of the students should be restricted towards it.

RIVER, CANALS, PONDS AND RAILWAY TRACKS

II. Children should not be allowed to go towards the nearby river, canals, ponds and railway tracks and to take bath using water from the overhead tanks by climbing on the terrace.

Fencing should be provided to the steps of overhead tank to avoid children climbing over head tank.

III. Movements of children are to be strictly watched through formation of groups by school authorities.

IV. Children should not be permitted to go outside the School premises during the school hours.

SCHOOL CAMPUS STRICTLY ENFORCED

V. The presence of the students in the School campus at all times should be strictly enforced. Strict discipline and to check the unauthorized absence of the students from the School is to be given paramount importance.

VI. The root cause for such behavior of the child must be ascertained, parents should be informed accordingly and corrective steps should be taken.

VII. For certain ritual and functions which are observed in the school, necessary precautions and arrangements to be made in advance.

Children should not be permitted to go on rallies for immersion of idols in tanks, ponds and wells etc.

VIII. No procession should be allowed to move from school out of the campus in the eve of any religious celebrations.

SWIMMING POOL

IX. No swimming pool will be constructed without prior permission of competent authority.

X. If swimming pool is constructed in school premises, it must be constructed as per the prescribed norms of competent authority and should also be maintained as prescribed.

Source: KVS

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Retention of Government Accommodation after retirement till the lifetime in cases related to medical and education of children?

Retention of Government Accommodation after retirement till the lifetime in cases related to medical and education of children?

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 902
ANSWERED ON: 27.06.2019

Retention of Government Accommodation

Upendra Singh Rawat
Kaushal Kishore
Will the Minister of HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-

(a) Whether the Government has any proposal for retention of the Government accommodation by the Central Government servants after retirement, on payment of suitable rent, at least till the lifetime of the Central Government servant, especially in cases related to medical and education of children;

(b) If so, the details thereof; and

(c) If not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHANRGE) OF THE MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS (SHRI HARDEEP SINGH PURI)

(a) No, Sir.

(b) Does not arise in view of reply to (a) above.

(c) As per Rule 40(1)(ii) of Central Government General Pool Residential Accommodation (CGGPRA) Rules, 2017, on retirement, a central Government employee who is an allottee of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA), can retain Government Accommodation for six months on payment of normal license fee.

Source: Lok Sabha

Reservation in Central Govt Services - Backlog reserved vacancies for SCs, STs and OBCs


Backlog reserved vacancies for SCs, STs and OBCs with ten Ministries and Departments

Reservation in Central Govt Services

“Backlog reserved vacancies for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) with ten Ministries/ Departments”

Vacant posts of reserved category candidates are not centrally maintained, as the recruitment process is carried out by the respective cadre controlling authorities through concerned recruitment agencies.

However, Department of Personnel and Training monitors the progress in respect of filling up of backlog reserved vacancies for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) with ten Ministries/ Departments, having more than 90% of the employees in Central Government.

As per information provided by the ten Ministries/Departments which includes their Public Sector Banks/Financial Institutions, Central Public Sector Undertakings etc., out of 92589 backlog reserved vacancies (29198 for SCs, 22829 for STs and 40562 for OBCs), 63876 backlog reserved vacancies (20975 for SCs, 15874 for STs and 27027 for OBCs) were filled up during the period from 01.04.2012 to 31.12.2016 and 28,713 backlog reserved vacancies (8223 for SCs, 6955 for STs and 13535 for OBCs) remained unfilled as on 01.01.2017.

Out of these ten Ministries/Departments, five Ministries/Departments have further informed that out of 21499 backlog reserved vacancies (7532 for SCs, 6887 for STs and 7080 for OBCs), 12334 backlog reserved vacancies (4514 for SCs, 3595 for STs and 4225 for OBCs) were filled up as on 31.12.2017 and 9165 backlog reserved vacancies (3018 for SCs, 3292 for STs and 2855 for OBCs) remained unfilled as on 01.01.2018.

Filling up of vacancies, including backlog reserved vacancies, is a continuous process.

However, Department of Personnel and Training has already issued instructions to all Ministries/Departments to constitute an in-house Committee to identify backlog reserved vacancies, study of the root cause of backlog reserved vacancies, initiation of measures to remove such factors and to fill up such vacancies through Special Recruitment Drive.

The persons belonging to Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs), who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs have been given 10% reservation in direct recruitment in civil posts and services in the Government of India.

Every Government establishment shall recast group-wise posts-based reservation roster register for direct recruitment in accordance with the format given in Office Memorandum No. 36039/1/2019-Estt.(Res) dated 31.01.2019, issued by the Department of Personnel and Training for affecting 10% reservation for EWSs.

While fixing the roster points, if the EWS roster point coincides with the roster points of SCs/STs/OBCs, the next available UR (Unreserved) roster point has been allotted to the EWS.

The above information  given as a written reply to a question in parliament on 10.7.2019 by the Minister of State for Dopt Dr. Jitendra Singh.

Cadre Restructuring of physiotherapists


Cadre Restructuring of physiotherapists

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Cadre Restructuring of physiotherapists

12 JUL 2019

A committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Dr. B. D. Athani, Principal Consultant, Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family welfare on cadre restructuring of Physiotherapists of four Central Government Hospitals of Delhi i.e. Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. Ram ManoharLohia Hospital, Smt. SuchetaKriplani Hospital and Kalawati Saran Children Hospital. The Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Committee are as under:

  • To review the structure of Physiotherapy Cadre in Safdarjung Hospital, Dr, RML Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and SSK and Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital along with the feeder cadre, so as to harmonise the functional need with the legitimate career expectations of its members.
  • To assess the magnitude of stagnation in various grade and suggest remedial measure, both short term and long term and to reduce promotional blocks and at the same time prevent gaps from building up.
  • To suggest measures to enhance the effectiveness of service and capacity building of the staff.
  • To take view and suggestion of the stakeholders i.e. participation Hospitals, its Union and Members of the service for cadre review.
  • To Examine any issue as referred to it by the Hospitals.
  • To review the Physiotherapy Cadre in these Hospitals keeping in view of the increased work load.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), ShAshwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

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Health Insurance Scheme for CGHS Beneficiaries


Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Health Insurance Scheme for CGHS Beneficiaries

12 JUL 2019

The Sixth Central Pay Commission in its report had recommended the introduction of a Health Insurance Scheme for central government employees and pensioners and their dependent family members on pan India basis. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has framed the draft health Insurance Scheme. OPD facilities are not covered under the proposed scheme. The draft scheme has been sent to the Department of Expenditure, Government of India, for appraisal and approval of the financial feasibility of the scheme.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

PIB

Friday, July 12, 2019

PFRDA Circular regarding enhanced Govt Contribution from 10% to 14% under NPS i.r.o. Central Autonomous Bodies

PFRDA Circular regarding enhanced Govt Contribution from 10% to 14% under NPS i.r.o. Central Autonomous Bodies

PENSION FUND REGULATORY
AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
B-14/A, Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
Qutub Institutional Area,
Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi-110016

PFRDA/17/07/11/0002/2019-SUP/CG
07.06.2019

To,

All Principal Accounting Officers of Central Autonomous Bodies

Sir/ Madam,

Subject: Necessary instructions for all CABs (Central Autonomous Bodies) concerned with reference to gazette notification F.No.1/3/2016-PR dated 31/01/2019 issued by Dept of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance containing recent announcements under NPS- reg.

This is with reference to the gazette notification F.No.1/3/2016-PR dated 31/01/2019 issued by Dept of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance (copy enclosed).

Vide the aforementioned notification, certain changes under NPS have been announced by Central Government including enhanced contribution by the Central Government to its employees covered under NPS from the existing 10% to 14% (to Tier-I account). The changes under said notification are applicable w.e.f. 01-04-2019 for Central Government employees. However, the circular is silent on the its applicability to the employees of the CABs covered under NPS.

In view of the above, PFRDA has requested the Department of Expenditure to clarify whether the above-mentioned changes/ modifications under NPS would be applicable to employees of Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs) covered under NPS.

In the interim, PFRDA has been approached by various CABs who have individually obtained their internal approvals for enhancing the employer contribution from 10% to 14% and hence, have sought PFRDA’s approval for uploading the same through the existing CRA functionality.

In light of the above and till the time clarification emerges on the matter of applicability of notification dated 31.01.2019 on CABs , it has been decided by the competent authority that the CABs who have obtained such internal approvals, should obtain a separate and express approval/concurrence for the applicability of the said provisions of the notification dated 31.01.19 on their employees from Department of Expenditure (DOE), Ministry of Finance.

Consequent upon receipt of such approval from the DOE, Ministry of Finance, a copy of the referred approval may be forwarded to the CRA, for necessary action at the CRA’s end.

Yours Sincerely,

(Sumeet Kaur Kapoor)
Chief General Manager

Source: NPSTrust.Org.in

Department of Posts - Merging the Postmasters Cadre with the General Line Cadre

Department of Posts - Merging the Postmasters Cadre with the General Line Cadre

No. 25-19/2018-PE-I
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(PE-I Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi – 110 001
Dated: 10th July, 2019

ORDER

In supersession of Postal Directorate Order No. 13-2/2010-PE-I dated 03.02.2010 & 25.11.2010, it has been decided with the approval of the Competent Authority to merge the Postmasters Cadre with the General Line Cadre with the following number of posts and designate them as per details given below: –

S. No. Existing Cadre (No. of Posts) Merged with Revised Strength After Merger
1 Postmaster Grade-III (495) Higher Selection Grade-I (HSG-I)/Level-7 HSG-I = 2618 (2123 + 495)
2 Postmaster Grade-II (511) Higher Selection Grade-II(HSG-II)/Level-6 HSG-II = 9090 (8579 + 511)
3 Postmaster Grade-I (2097) Lower Selection Grade (LSG)/Level – 5 LSG = 28591 (26494 + 2097)

2. As per the Directorate Order No. 13-2/2010-PE-I dated 03.02.2010, it was stipulated that 116 posts of PS Group ‘B’ will be deemed to have been designated as Senior Postmaster with effect from the dates they are filled up. However, the posts of Senior Postmaster in the Postmaster Cadre were not operated/filled up as per the provisions of the Department of Posts, Senior Postmaster (Group B Gazetted), Postmaster (Grade III and II – Group B non-Gazetted) and Postmaster (Grade I – Group C non-Gazetted) Recruitment Rules, 2010. Hence, these posts of Senior Postmasters in the Postmaster Cadre did not come into existence. Therefore, 116 posts of PS Group ‘B’ intended to be operated as Senior Postmaster will continue to be in the sanctioned strength of PS Group ‘B’, i.e. 866.

3. Instructions for merger of identified Postmaster Grade POs with other POs shall be issued separately in due course of time.

4. The guidelines/instructions for preparation of inter-se seniority list of LSG including Postmaster Grade-I officials, HSG-II including Postmaster Grade-II officials and HSG-I including Postmaster Grade-III officials and posting of officials currently holding the posts of Postmasters Cadre shall be issued by Personnel Division separately.

(Smriti Sharan

Dy. Director General (Estt.)
Tele: 011-2304 4718

Empanelment cases – Below Benchmark grading in ACRs prior to reporting period 2008-09(DOPT)

Empanelment cases – Below Benchmark grading in ACRs prior to reporting period 2008-09(DOPT)

No.21011/14/2016-Estt(A-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi.
9th July 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Below Benchmark grading in ACRs prior to reporting period 2008-09 – Empanelment cases.

Reference is invited to this Department 0.M. No.21011/1/2010-Est(A) dated 13.04.2010, vide which decision of the Government was conveyed that if an employee is to be considered for promotion in a future DPC and his ACR prior to the period 2008-09, which would be recknonable for assessment of his fitness in such future DPCs, contain final grading which are below the benchmark for, his next promotion, the concerned employee will be given a copy of the relevant. ACR for his representation, if any, before such ACRs are placed before the DPC. Subsequently, vide D.M. of even number dated 22.05,2014, it was further clarified that in cases where benchmark at one level varies from a benchmark at another level ;post and where the ACRs prior to the period 2008-09 are also reckonable for assessment of his fitness in any DPC subsequent to the next promotion (including any empanelment/financial upgradation), a copy of the ACR shall be given to the officer concerned, for representation, if any.

2. The matter has been considered in this Department with reference to empanelment for holding posts at the level of Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary/Secretary under Central Staffing Scheme (CSS). The process of empanelment under CSS and the process of empanelment for promotion in the cadre, are distinct. Unlike promotion in the cadre, where a fixed benchmark is prescribed, empanelment for holding posts under CSS is done on the basis of evaluation of ,ACRs/APARs, overall service record, vigilance status of officers and Multi-source Feedback from relevant stakeholders etc. as per the extant, guidelines in this regard. There is no pre-determined benchmark, as such, for empanelment under CSS.

3. It is, therefore, clarified that the provisions of DoP&Ti’s D.M. No.21011/01/2010-Estt(A) dated 13.04.2010 are not applicable to empanelment for holding Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary/Secretary level posts under the Central Staffing Scheme. The word ’empanelment’ appearing in Para 2(c) of D.M. No.21011/01/2010-Estt(A) dated 22.05.2014 implies empanelment for promotion to a cadre post and not empanelment for holding a post under the Central Staffing Scheme.

(Kabindra Joshi)
Director(E-ll)

Defence Budget Allocation for 2019-20 at Rs3.19 Lakh Crore, Excluding Defence Pension

Defence Budget Allocation for 2019-20 at Rs3.19 Lakh Crore, Excluding Defence Pension

Union Budget for the financial year 2019-20, presented by the Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament today, envisaged a total outlay of Rs27,86,349 crore. Out of this Rs 3,18,931.22 crore has been earmarked for Defence (excluding Defence Pension). For Defence Pension, an amount of Rs 1,12,079.57 crore has been provided in Budget Estimate 2019-20. Total Defence Allocation (Rs4,31,010.79 crore), including Defence Pension, accounts for 15.47 per cent of the total Central Government expenditure for the Financial Year 2019-20.

The allocation of Rs 3,18,931.22 crore represents a growth of 7.93 per cent over Budget Estimates (2,95,511.41crore) and 6.87 per cent over Revised Estimates (Rs 2,98,418.72 crore), respectively for the Financial Year 2018-19.

Out of Rs 3,18,931.22 crore allocated for the Financial Year 2019-20, Rs 2,10,682.42 crore for Revenue (Net) expenditure and Rs1,08,248.80 crore for Capital expenditure for the Defence Services and the Organisations/ Departments under Ministry of Defence. The amount of Rs 1,08,248.80 crore allocated for Capital expenditure, includes modernisation related expenditure. The Capital Allocation of Ministry of Defence under BE 2019-20 is 31.97 per cent of the total Central Government Capital Expenditure, which is Rs 3,38,569 crore.

In a significant development, import of Defence Equipment not manufactured in India has been exempted from Basic Customs Duty. This will have an impact of augmenting the Defence Budget by approximately Rs 25,000 crore on account of savings in expenditure on Customs Duty over the next five years.

PIB

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Fraud in Granting Maternity Leave in ESIC, complaint has been registered with the CBI

Fraud in Granting Maternity Leave in ESIC, complaint has been registered with the CBI

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 246
ANSWERED ON: 24.06.2019

Fraud in Granting Maternity Leave

Pankaj Chowdhary
Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the cases of fraud in granting maternity leave with full salary in Employees’ State Insurance Corporation have come to the notice of the Government;

(b) if so, the details thereof; and

(c) whether the Government is likely to take any effective measure to check fraud in granting maternity leave with full salary?

 ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR GANGWAR)

(a): Yes, Sir. Suspected cases of fraud have been detected in granting Maternity benefit under Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Act, 1948.

(b): The Internal audit while conducting the regular audit observed irregularities in maternity benefit payments in Sector 23 & 27 Branch offices of Faridabad in Haryana Region. Prima-facie, the fraud was detected to have been done in collusion with the ESIC staff and some Employers for availing maternity benefit under ESI Act. A complaint has been registered with the Central Bureau of Investigation, Chandigarh for further investigation. Thirteen officials including Managers of the Branch offices and other staff in question, have been placed under suspension so far.

c): The ESIC has already taken the following actions in the aftermath of detection of this suspected fraud: -

i) Special Audit of all the maternity benefit payments made in all Branch offices of ESIC during last three years has been ordered.

ii) Instructions have been issued to all Regional Directors and Sub-Regional office-in charges to ensure strict adherence with the established procedure/Rules/Regulations while making maternity benefit payment. They have also been directed to keep strict vigil on the payments being made through the Branch Offices under their jurisdiction.

“Compulsorily Retirement” who are inactive or have charges of corruption – Loksabha

“Compulsorily Retirement” who are inactive or have charges of corruption – Loksabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING)

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1806
(TO BE ANSWERED ON: 03.07.2019)

COMPULSORILY RETIREMENT

1806. Sisir Kumar Adhikari
Kalyan Banerjee

Will the Minister of PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:-

(a) whether Government proposes “compulsorily retirement” to Government employees who are inactive or have charges of corruption;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether it is also a fact that such retirements are also going to rule for the persons who are above 50 years of age; and
(d) the details of benefits and other allowances to be given to such persons thereof?

ANSWER
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)

(a) & (b): The provisions under Fundamental Rules (FR) 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (CCS) (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Rule 16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) [AIS (DCRB)] Rules, 1958, have laid down the policy of periodic review and premature retirement of Government servants, which is a continuous process.

(c): Yes, Sir.

(d): The same retirement benefits are admissible to these persons as are applicable to officers upon retirement on normal age of superannuation.

*****

Source: LokSabha

Performance of Nehru Yuva Kendras

Performance of Nehru Yuva Kendras

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Performance of Nehru Yuva Kendras

04 JUL 2019

The work performance of Nehru Yuva Kendras (NYKs) is satisfactory as the physical target achievement w.r.t implementation of Core Programmes during the financial year 2018-19 was 95%. More than 42,05,933 youth from all sections of the society got opportunity to take part in NYKS programmes and activities. Youth were given opportunity to participate in Adventure Camps, National Integration Camps, Life Skill Education, Inter State Youth Exchange Programme (Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat) and other Youth Exchange Programmes supported by Ministry of Home Affairs viz. Tribal Youth Exchange Programme, North East Youth Exchange Programme and Kashmiri Youth Exchange Programmes. Through these programmes, the leadership qualities have been enhanced. In addition Youth were engaged in Swachh Bharat Summer Internship Programme, Celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Celebration of International Day of Yoga, Mission Indradhanush, Preventive Health Care, Voluntary Blood Donation, Environment and water conservation, Awareness & Education about social and financial inclusion schemes of Central Government, Campaign against use of Alcohol and substance abuse, Relief Camps during Disaster, etc.

Following steps have been taken to improve the work performance of NYKS in the Country:

  1.     Data base of Youth Clubs has been created on NYKS website: www.nyks.nic.in along with details of members. This is in public domain.
  2.     Payments including monthly honorarium to all National Youth Volunteers (NYVs) are made through PFMS.
  3.     Number of districts has been increased from 29 districts to 58 Districts where United Nation Volunteers(UNVs) are taking up the project “Strengthening of NYKS and NSS”.
  4.     NYKS has commenced recruitment drive against various categories of posts revived/re-created with the approval of Ministry of Finance. Filling up of these posts and induction of young people in NYKS will improve the performance.

Presently Nehru Yuva Kendras are functioning in 623 Districts of the country. Ministry is again taking up the issue of opening NYKs offices in 83 districts where NYKS is not present.

This information was given by Minister of State (Independent Charge) forYouth Affairs and Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

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CSD Price List 2019 for Tata Cars – Location Chennai

Tata Cars CSD Price List 2019

MODELINDEX NOPRICE
Tiago NRG 1.05 D64626-A573765
Tiago XE 1.05 D64617-E451083
Tiago XM 1.05 D64672-E478411
Tiago XT 1.05 D64620-H507745
Tiago XZ 1.05 D64500-Y548718
Tiago NRG 1.2 P64749-E498089
Tiago XE 1.2 P64671-D378683
Tiago XM 1.2 P64675-H402571
Tiago XT 1.2 P64515-X431619
Tiago XTA 1.2 P64674-P456669
Tiago XZ 1.2 P64711-T473496
Tiago XZA 1.2 P64621-I503452
Tigor XE 1.2 P64905-P473921
Tigor XM 1.2 P64513-T517920
Tigor XZ 1.2 P64908-S538856

Admission in Sanskriti School, information about officers coming on transfer to Delhi in the last five years

Admission in Sanskriti School, information about officers coming on transfer to Delhi in the last five years

Reminder-II

No. 16/43/2015-Welfare(Vol.II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
(Welfare Section)

Lok Nayak Shawan, Khan Market
New Delhi 110003
Dated: 1st July, 2019

Office Memorandum

Subject: Admission in Sanskriti School, information about officers coming on transfer to Delhi in the last five years – reg

The Undersigned is directed to refer to this department OM no.16/43/2015 -Welfare(Vol.II) dated 15.02.2019 and subsequent reminder dated 10.05.2019 on the above subject and to state that in connection with case CA No. 511/2016 pending before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the Attorney General of India has directed to provide him with data on the number of officers of the All India Services and officers working under Central Government coming to Delhi on transfer/Central Staffing Scheme (CSS).

It has been observed that year wise data of the number of officers of the All India Services and officers working under Central Government coming to Delhi on transfer/ Central Staffing Scheme (CSS) for the last 5 years has been received from very few Ministries/ Departments. Ministries/Departments who have yet not send requisite year wise data, as stated above, are once again requested to provide the data to this department at the earliest by post or through email-id welfaresection-dopt@gov.in.

(Pradeep A)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: DoPT

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Compulsory Retirement Pension

Compulsory Retirement: FR 56 (j) Pension Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972

Compulsory Retirement Pension

This is admissible to a Government servant who is retired
as a measure of penalty by the competent authority. The
amount of this Pension or Gratuity or both shall not be less than
two-third and not more than full compensation pension that could
be sanctioned to a Government servant on the date of such
retirement. Date of retirement is the date on which penalty
becomes effective. [Rule 40]

CCS FR 56(j) Rule is high sensitive for Central Government employees attained 50 and 55 years of age

HAND BOOK OF COMPULSORY RETIREMENT

The appropriate authority has the absolute right to retire, if it is necessary to do so in public interest, any Government employee as per provisions of Rules as under :-

FR 56 (j) Pension Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 


1 Category Group ‘A & B’officers: iii.Entered service before 35 years of age
iv.Attained 50 years of age Other cases:Attained 55 years of age 56
(e) a Govt. Servant in Group ‘C’ of post who is not governed by any Pension Rules, can also be retired after he has completed 30 years service.
All Government servants covered by CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 who have completed 30 years of qualifying service.
2 Notice Period
3 months or                                  
3 months pay and allowances in     lieu thereof


The cases of Government servant covered by FR 56(j) or Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 should be reviewed six months before he attains the age of 50/55 years or completes 30 years service, whichever occurs earlier in cases covered by FR 56(j) and 30 years of qualifying service under Rule 48 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

Time Schedule for review is as under:-

No. Quarter in which review is to be made  Cases of employees who will be attaining the age of 50/55 years or will be completing 30 years of service or 30 years of service qualifying for pension, as the case may be, in the quarter.
1. January to  March July to September of the same year
2. April to June October to December of the same year
3. July to September January to March of the next year
4. October to December April to June of the next year

A register of employees who are due to attain the age of 50/55 years or complete 30 years of service to be maintained. The register should be scrutinized at the beginning of every quarter by a senior officer in the Ministry / Department and the review undertaken according to the above schedule.

Note : Compulsory Retirement as a penalty under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 is distinct from the above provisions.

All India Service: A Member of All India Services can be compulsorily retired in terms of Rule 16(3) of AIS (DCRG) Rules, 1958. On completion of fifteen years or twenty five years of qualifying service or attains the age of fifty years on any date thereafter. Detailed procedure is indicated in the annexed copy of DoPT letter No.25013/02/2005-AIS.II dated 28.6.2012

Introduction of NPS oversight mechanism

Introduction of NPS oversight mechanism

No. 1(24)/EV/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 2nd July, 2019

Office Memorandum

Subject: Introduction of NPS oversight mechanism.

The undersigned is directed to say that the Committee, as set-up by Department of Financial Services in terms of their OM No. 1/3/2016-PR dt. 21.10.2016 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension) and comprising Secretary, Department of Financial Services and Secretary (Department of Personnel and Training), had submitted its report on 28.2.2018, containing its recommendations for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS).

2. One of the recommendations contained in para 8.7.1 of its report relating to grievance redressal is as under:-

“Three-tiered NPS oversight mechanism of the DDO/Head of Office, Joint Secretary (Admin)/Chief Controller of Accounts and the Financial Advisor set up vide Department of Expenditure’s OM No.1(2)/EV/2008, dated 03.02.209 may be strengthened/streamlined to monitor grievances as well as timely registration and credit of contributions to subscribes’ accounts. Fresh instructions to this effect and for strict compliance of instructions may be issued by Department of Expenditure.”

3. In the OM of this Department No. 1(2)/EV/2008 dated 3.2.2009, it was provided, inter-alia, that Ministries/Departments may constitute a Committee headed by J5 (Admin) and Principal CCA/CCA to monitor registration/regular upload of data and transfer of NPS contributions in respect of Central Government employees to ensure that no delay therein occurs. Subsequently, in terms of instructions of this Department vide OM No. 1(5)/EV/2011 dated 10.7.2011 the Committee was broad-based to include the concerned Financial Advisors and the said instructions dt. 10.7.011 also provided, inter-alia, that the implementation of NPS, with its various attendant parameters, in each Central Ministry/Department, shall be a “key performance area” of the Financial Advisors.

4. The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare, which is the nodal Department in respect of pension related matters of Central Government employees, is separately in the process of framing statutory rules to regulate the matters of National Pension System in case of Central Government employees. These Rules would also cover the issue relating to timely credit of contributions of Central Government employees and the Central Government, as deducted from the salaries of the concerned Government employee, to NPS architecture.

5. However, since timely credit of deduction made from the salary of Central Government employees towards their contribution to NP5, as also the applicable contribution of the Central Government, to the NP5 financial architecture is of paramount importance for availability of due and timely returns thereon towards generation of pension corpus, it has been decided that a Committee in each Ministry/Department shall be constituted as under to ensure oversight over the NPS contributions crediting:-

(i) Financial Advisor – Head of the Committee
(ii) Joint Secretary (Administration)
(iii) Principal CCA/CCA
(iv) The concerned Head of the office
(v) The concerned DDO

6. The Committee shall be responsible for the following actions:-

(i) Ensuring that the contribution of employees and the Government are credited without delay to the NPS financial architecture both in case of existing employees and employees newly recruited from time to time and the existing system and procedure being followed for the purpose shall be monitored effectively to ensure that no delay in credit of the contributions takes place.

(ii) Ensuring that in case any grievance by any employee is received in regard to delay in credit of contribution, either directly from the employee or through PFIZDA, the same has been looked into and disposed of in a manner to the satisfaction of the concerned employee.

(iii) Any other matter as having a bearing on the issue of crediting/remittance
of NPS contributions.

(iv) The Committee shall devise its own mechanism as also appropriate checks & balances to ensure that NP5 contributions are credited on time in respect of all employees under NPS system.

(v) The Committee shall meet at least once in 3 months to review the progress and in case any slippages are noticed, it shall take immediate corrective action. However, the concerned Principal CCAI CCA shall keep a watch over the progress on a regular basis.

7. While the above Committee shall be set-up in each Ministry/Department, appropriate mechanism for keeping a watch in respect of attached and subordinate offices under that Ministry/Department shall be put in place by the concerned Financial Advisor, so that the overall oversight in respect of the entire Ministry/Department as a whole is exercised by the Committee as mentioned in para 5 above.

8. The concerned Financial Advisor shall send a status report every six month to the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare about the result of the monitoring carried out through the above oversight mechanism with concluding remarks whether the NPS contributions are being credited on time and in case of any slippages, the details of the action taken.

(Amor Nath Singh)
Director

Department of Posts: Implementing the recommendations of Social Security Benefits for Gramin Dak Sevas

Department of Posts: Implementing the recommendations of Social Security Benefits for Gramin Dak Sevas

No. 17-31/2016-GDS
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(GDS Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110001
Dated: 01.07.2019

Office Memorandum

Subject : Implementation of recommendations of GDS Committee on Social Security Benefits for Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS).

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Directorate 0.M of even number dated 27.06.2018, wherein approval of Competent Authority on the above noted subject was conveyed.

2. The Competent Authority has now approved the following modification in payment of Severance Amount and GDS Gratuity with effect from 01.01.2016 instead of 01.07.2018 as mentioned below:-

(I)      GDS Gratuity ( erstwhile Ex-gratia Gratuity):

Existing Benefits: The nomenclature of Ex- gratia Gratuity is changed as ‘GDS  Gratuity’ Continuance of the existing formula for grant of Ex-gratia Gratuity subject to a maximum of Rupees One lakh fifty thousand ( Rs 1,50,000/-) .

Revised Benefits: No change in nomenclature and other conditions mentioned in Department of Posts OM of even number dated 27.06.2018.Revised rate of GDS Gratuity (i.e. Maximum ceilingRs 150000* shall be paid w.e.f01.01.2016 instead of01.07.2018.

(II) Severance Amount

Existing Benefits: The Severance Amount shall be paid at the rate of24,000/- for every completed year from01.01.2016.Maximum ceiling on Severance Amount shall be Rupees One lakh fifty thousand ( Rs 1,50,000/ -) .

Severance Amount would be applicable only in case of those GDS who have opted to remain with Severance Amount andhave not shifted to Service Discharge Benefit Scheme(SDBS), and has completed 10 years of continuous service ..

Revised Benefits: No change in nomenclature and other conditions mentioned in Department of Posts OM of even number dated 27.06.2018.The Severance Amount shall be paid at the rate of Rs. 4000/- for every completed year of engagement w.e.f01.01.2016.**

Revised rate of Severance Amount (i.e. Maximum Ceiling of  Rs 150000/-) shall be paid w.e.f  01.01.2016 instead of 01.07.2018.

* Difference Amount of GDS Gratuity (i.e Z.150000/ – Z.60000/-)= @ Z 90,000/-shall be paid to those GDS who were discharged between 01.01.2016 to 30.06.2018, as they have been paid old. rate of GDS Ex-Gratia Gratuity i.e @ Z 60,000/-.

** Difference Amount. of Severance Amount (i.e Z 4000 – Z15000= @ 2500/- for every completed year of engagement we.f. 01.01.2016 shall be paid to those GDS who were discharged between 01.01.2016 to 30.06.2018, as they have been paid old rate of Severance Amount i.e @ Z. 1500/- for every completed year of engagement we.f. 01.01.2016 subject to a maximum Ceiling of Z 1,50,000l

3. All other existing eligibility conditions for the aforesaid schemes have undergone no change and will be applicable to all GDSs

4. This issues in consultation with Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their ID Note No. 3(1)/E-V/2018 dated 05.04.2018 and AS &FA Diary No 37/2019-FA-CS Dated 01.07.2019.

5. Hindi version will follow.

( SB Vyavahare )
Assistant Director General ( GDS/PCC )
Tele No . 011-23096629
Email-adggds@indiapost gov.in

Department of Posts Recruitment Rules for Postman & Mail Guard (Group ‘C’), 2018

Department of Posts Recruitment Rules for Postman & Mail Guard (Group ‘C’), 2018

F.No. 03-03/2019-SPN-I
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110001
June 19, 2019

To,
1) All Chief Postmasters General/ Postmasters General
2) Chief General Manager, BD Directorate/ Parcel Directorate/ PLI Directorate
3) Director, RAKNPA I GM, CEPT I Directors of all PTCs
4) Addl. Director General, Army Postal Service, New Delhi

Subject: – Clarification on Department of Posts Postman and Mail Guard (Group ‘C’) Recruitment Rules, 2018.

Madam / Sir,

I am directed to refer to Department of Posts Postman and Mail Guard (Group ‘C’) Recruitment Rules (RRs), 2018 notified on 20.09.2018 which superseded Department of Posts (Postman and Mail Guard) Recruitment Rules, 2010. In this regard, a few Circles have sought clarification on certain points, which are clarified as under:-

(I) Circle/ Issue: Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka: Whether the educational and other qualifications (Knowledge of computer Language and possessing valid driving license of two-wheeler) required for direct recruits detailed in column 7 of RRs of Postman/Mail Guard is applicable for GDS candidates (direct recruitment).
Andhra Pradesh: Whether the candidates having two wheeler license only should be allowed for examination/ selection OR can license be obtained afterwards.

Clarification: Provisions of Column 7 of Postman/ Mail Guard RRs have been relaxed for existing GDS (who have been engaged prior to notification of new RRs) as per letter no. 03-02/2019-SPN-I dated 26.03.2019. Following relaxations have been provided to the GDS candidates:

a) GDS with 10th standard pass shall be allowed to appear in the competitive examination, if otherwise found fit;

b) GDS without license to drive two wheeler or light motor vehicle shall also be allowed to appear in the competitive examination. However, a candidate not having valid driving license at the time of appointment shall not earn periodical increment in pay till production of such license or for a period of five years from the date of appointment whichever is earlier and after production of such license or expiry of such five years period, pay shall be restored prospectively to the level pay would have reached had the periodical increment in pay was not withheld and no arrears of pay shall be paid for the intervening period.

(II) Andhra Pradesh: Procedure to be followed for testing the knowledge of computer.

Clarification: Syllabus and pattern of LDCE examination has been revised as per Directorate’s letter no. 17-08/2018- SPB-I dated 10.05.2019.

(III) Andhra Pradesh: Keeping m view, work involved and time sensitivity for conducting separate examinations for filling the vacancies of Postman / Mailguard among both MTS and GDS, whether a common examination may be conducted for filling the postman / mailguard vacancies by both MTS and GDS.

Clarification: A common examination may be held across the Circle for filling up of vacancies of Postman/ Mailguard from both MTS and GDS.

Seeking Option from Candidate at the time of inviting application for appearing in examination, candidates may be asked to exercise order of preference for Recruiting Units (All Divisions).

The candidates belonging to postal divisions shall indicate order of preference for postal divisions excluding parent division (s) followed by RMS divisions.

The candidates belonging to RMS divisions shall indicate order of preference for RMS divisions excluding parent division (s) followed by postal divisions.

It should be clarified that candidates should exercise preference for all Recruiting Units for consideration.

In case preference is exercised for a limited number of units and could not be allocated to one of those units as per merit vis a vis vacancy in the category he/ she belongs to, he/ she will not be considered for other recruiting units not preferred even though a candidate lower m rank to him/ her is considered who has opted for that unit.
Order of preference once exercised shall not be changed.

Preparation of Merit List and allocation of Division

At first, two merit lists for each division/recruiting unit shall be prepared for Qualified candidates

(i) One of MTS candidates, and
(ii) One of GDS candidates.

Qualified candidates shall be allocated to their respective parent recruiting unit in the order of merit vis a vis category in which selected vis a vis availability of vacancy in the respective category (for the purpose of vertical I horizontal reservation).

After allocation of candidates to their respective Parent Unit (Postal Divisions I RMS Divisions), four separate merit lists for the entire Circle shall be prepared for all such candidates who could not be adjusted/ allocated against their Parent Unit (s), viz.

(i) MTS of all Postal divisions
(ii) MTS of all RMS divisions
(iii) GDS of all Postal divisions
(iv) GDS of all RMS divisions

A reserve category candidate selected against an unreserved vacancy on •own merit shall have choice to migrate to reserve category if by doing so he/she can be allocated to a Unit, which is higher in the order of preference exercised by him/her. Therefore, an undertaking to this effect shall be included m the application for appearing examination.

Publication of Results

The Circle shall publish separate results for both Postman and Mailguard.

a) Postman: Division wise lists of candidates in order of merit who have been allocated to parent unit followed by list of surplus qualified candidates, who were not allocated to Parent Unit/ Division and allocated to other Recruiting Units/Divisions based on merit, shall be published for each division.

b) Mailguard: Division wise lists of candidates in order of merit who have been allocated to parent unit followed by list of surplus qualified candidates, who were not allocated to Parent Unit I Division and allocated to other Recruiting Units/Divisions based on merit, shall be published for each division.

(IV) Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka: The revised syllabi and pattern for LDCE for the cadre of Postman I Mailguard as per the educational qualification I.e. 12th standard, prescribed m the Revised Recruitment Rules of Postman I Mail Guard, 2018.

Clarification: Syllabus and pattern of LDCE examination has been revised as per Directorate’s letter no. 17-08/2018- SPB-I dated 10.05.2019.

(V) Andhra Pradesh: Whether the DR vacancies of the year 2017-18 can be offered to GDS surplus qualified candidates as per the provisions of New RRs under Rules 10(iii)(b) & (c) OR these vacancies can be included in the vacancy position of 2018 to fill up as per new Recruitment Rules.

North East: Whether vacancy of Postman to be calculated from 01.04.2018 to date of publication of above said Gazette as per old RRs or as per new RRs.

Telangana : Whether the DR vacancies of the year 2017-18 can be offered to GDS surplus qualified candidates as per the prov1s10ns of New RRs under Rules 10(iii)(b) & (c) OR these vacancies can be filled up by issuing open notification as per old Recruitment Rules.

Clarification: O.M No. AB.14017/13/2013-Estt.(RR)(1349) of Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) states as under:-

“The legal position is that the posts are to be filled up as per – the eligibility conditions prescribed in the Recruitment Rules in force at the time of occurrence of vacancies unless the Recruitment Rules are amended retrospectively. The practice has however been to give effect to the Recruitment Rules prospectively.”

Further, clarification has already been issued vide letter number 37-10/2002-SPB-I dt. 14.11.2002 which states as follows-
“According to cannons of law, the recruitment rules in force at the time of occurrence of vacancies whatsoever be the date of notification, should be followed. “

Accordingly , vacancies upto the vacancy year 2017 (April 2017 . March 2018) are required to be filled up as per the Postman and Mailguard, Recruitment Rules, 2010, and vacancies occurring in 2018 vacancy year (April – December 2018) and thereafter are required to be filled up as per Recruitment Rules of 2018 notified on 20.09.2018.

(VI) Haryana: As per old RRs of Postman/Mail Guard, 2010 service conditions for GDS is five years of regular service m the grade as on 1st April of the year. But in new RRs of PMJM:G, 2018, nothing has been mentioned about the service condition for GDS to apply for the post of PMJM:G.

Clarification: Point No. (iii) under column 10 of the Schedule of Department of Posts (Postman and Mailguard) Recruitment Rules, 2018 may be referred to in this regard. Only those GDS who have worked regularly for five years in that capacity as on the 1st day of January of the year to which the vacancy (ies) belongs are eligible.

(VII) Rajasthan Circle: In the RRs of Postman and Mail Guard, it is mentioned that age and educational qualifications prescribed for direct recruits will not apply in the case of promotees. However, there is no mention about the other qualifications in the column no. 8 of RRs as mentioned in column no. 7.

Clarification: Observations of the Circle have been noted. Amendment of Department of Posts Postman and Mail Guard (Group ‘C’) Recruitment Rules (RRs), 2018 to this extent is under consideration.

Till further revision of RRs, other qualifications may not be made applicable for considering promotion.

(VIII) Karnataka Circle: To provide SOP for departmental examination.

Clarification: SOP for Departmental Examinations is under process.

2. The above clarifications may be brought to the notice of all concerned and action taken to conduct DPC/Examination for promotion/appointment to the cadre of Postman/ Mail Guard at the earliest.

Yours faithfully,

(Muthuraman C)
Assistant Director General (SPN)

Saturday, June 29, 2019

5% DA increase from July 2019 confirmed for Central Government Employees. 12% becomes 17% due to high inflation

5% DA increase from July 2019 confirmed for Central Government Employees. 12% becomes 17% due to high inflation

AICPIN May 2019 Two Points Increase - Expected DA Fixed at Next Level

All India Consumer Price Index for the month of May 2019 has been released by the Labour Bureau on 28th of this month and the CPI(IW) index has jumped to 314 by adding of two points, due to the pressure from Food Group index. At item level, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Groundnut Oil, Poultry (Chicken), Milk Buffallo, Chillies Green, Garlic, Ginger, Onion, Banana, Brinjal, Carrot, French Bean, Green Coriander Leaves, Lemon, Potato, Tomato, Electricity Charges, Medicine­ Allopathic, etc. are responsible for the increase in index.

Out of 6 months of AICPIN needs to calculate the Dearness allowance and Dearness relief, we received 5 months statistics only. The 5th month i.e. May 2019 index is increased 2 points is remarkable. Along with the increase, the percentage of additional dearness allowance from july 2019 is kept in next level.

MONTHAICPINDA%
Jan-1930713.39
Feb-19 30714.02
Mar-1930914.73
Apr-1931215.49
May-1931416.29
Jun-19314 (Expected)17.02 (Expected)

After 7th Pay Commission implementation, this is the highest percentage in additional allowance for Central Government employees, Civil and Defence Pensioners and Family Pensioners.

5% of additional Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief may increase from July 2019 to all central civil and defence pensioners and family pensioners with minimum amount of Rs.450 per month.

7th CPC Dearness Allowance Rates 

Date from which payableDA %
1st July 201917% (Expected)
1st Jan 201912%
1st July 20189%
1st Jan 20187%
1st July 20175%
1st Jan 20174%
1st July 20162%
1st Jan 2016

Withdrawal of resignation of Central Government servants appointed after 31.12.2003 covered under the National Pension System (NPS)

NPS - DoPT Orders 2019

Withdrawal of resignation of Central Government servants appointed after 31.12.2003 covered under the National Pension System (NPS)


No. 28035/2/2014-Estt. (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi-11 0001
Dated: 10th June 2019

Office Memorandum

Subject: Withdrawal of resignation of Central Government servants appointed after 31.12.2003 covered under the National Pension System (NPS) reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that instructions on the procedure to be followed for 'Resignation from service' have been provided vide Ministry of Home Affairs O.M. No.39/6/57-Ests.(A) dated 06.05.1958, Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) O.M. No.28034/25/87-Estt(A) dated 11 .02.1988, No.28034/4/94 - Estt.(A) dated 31 .05.1994 and No.28035/2/2007-Estt.(A) dated 04.12.2007. Para 5 of DoPT O.M. dated 11 .02.1988 referred to above, provides the procedure for withdrawal of resignation as governed by Rule 26 (4) to (6) of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972. References are being received from Ministries/Departments on the request for withdrawal of resignation by Government servants appointed after 31 .12.2003 and for whom CCS (Pension) Rules are not applicable. The matter of withdrawal of resignation of Government servants of Central Civil Services/Posts, appointed after 31 .12.2003 who are covered under the National Pension System (NPS) and for whom CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 is not applicable has been considered in this Department and with the approval of the competent authority, it has been decided that the following guidelines/ instructions may be followed while considering the request for withdrawal of resignation of the aforesaid Government servants.

The appointing authority may permit a person to withdraw his resignation in the public interest on the following conditions, namely:

(a) that the resignation was tendered by the Government Servant for some compelling reasons which did not involve any reflection on his integrity, efficiency, or conduct and the request for withdrawal of the resignation has been made as a result of a material change in the circumstances which originally compelled him to tender the resignation ;

(b) that during the period intervening between the date on which the resignation became effective and the date from which the request for withdrawal was made, the conduct of the person concerned was in no way improper;

(c) that the period of absence from duty between the date on which the resignation became effective and the date on which the person is allowed to resume duty as a result of permission to withdraw the resignation is not more than ninety days;

(d) that the post, which was vacated by the Government servant on the acceptance of his resignation or any other comparable post, is available.

3. Request for withdrawal of a resignation shall not be accepted by the appointing authority where a Government servant resigns his service or post with a view to taking up an appointment in or under a private commercial company or in or under a corporation or company wholly or substantially owned or controlled by the Government or in or under a body controlled or financed by the Government.

4. When an order is passed by the appointing authority allowing a person to withdraw his resignation and to resume duty, the order shall be deemed to include the condonation of interruption in service for the purpose.

5. No withdrawal from NPS corpus shall be permissible within a period of 90 days from the date on which the resignation becomes effective i.e. the resignation is accepted by the competent authority and the Government servant is relieved of his duties. However, the aforesaid condition shall not be applicable in case of death of the government servant after the resignation becomes effective.

6. The provision for withdrawal of resignation shall not be applicable for temporary Government Servants.

7. Above guidelines/instructions will be applicable only for the Government servants appointed on Central Civil Service/ Posts after 31.12.2003 who are covered under the National Pension System (NPS) and for whom CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 is not applicable. Further, these guidelines/ instructions will be applicable till the time the statutory rules regarding withdrawal of resignation for such Government servants are notified.

8. This O.M. shall be prospective and cases already settled shall not be opened.

9. This issues in consultation with the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

10. It is requested to bring it to the notice of all concerned for strict compliance.

(Kabindra Joshi)
DirectorSource: DoPT

Source: DoPT

Ministry of Women and Child Development

Ministry of Women and Child Development

Welfare Scheme for Widows

28 JUN 2019

The 2011 census indicates the number of widows in the country and not their social and economic condition. The number of widows as per the decennial Census 2011 conducted by Registrar General of India is at Annexure- I.

There are a number of Schemes being implemented by various Ministries of the Government of India through States Governments/UT Administrations which address the common needs of widows also. While some schemes cover a broader segment of population of which widows constitute a part, there are widow specific schemes also. The major schemes of Government of India in this regard are as under:-

Home for Widows: A Home for Widows has been set up in Vrindavan, UP with a capacity of 1000 inmates to provide widows a safe and secure place of stay, health services, nutritious food, legal and counseling services.

wadharGreh Scheme: The Ministry of Women and Child Development implements SwadharGreh Scheme which envisions a supportive institutional framework for women victims of difficult circumstances so that they could lead their life with dignity and conviction.

The Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme: The Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme of Ministry of Women and Child Development aims to empower rural women through community participation and to create an environment in which they realize their full potential.

Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS)- The Ministry of Rural Development is implementing Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS) under which Pension Scheme for Widows as well as Pension Scheme for the Elderly below poverty line are operated.

National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) : The Ministry of Rural Development implements National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) under which monetary grant of Rs. 20,000 is given as lump sum assistance to the bereaved household in the event of death of the bread-winner.

Annapurna Scheme : Under Annapurna Scheme of the Ministry of Rural Development, ten kg of food grain is given to those eligible aged persons who have remained uncovered under the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS).

DeendayalAntyodayaYojana : The DeendayalAntyodayaYojana National Rural Livelihood Mission of the Ministry of Rural Development aims at creating efficient and effective institutional platforms of the rural poor.

Prime Minister AwaasYojana (PMAY-G) : The Prime Minister AwaasYojana (PMAY-G) of Ministry of Rural Development and the Prime Minister AwaasYojana (PMAY-U) of the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs aims at providing affordable housing for women.

Nari Arthik Sashaktikaran Yojan - The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment implements Nari Arthik Sashaktikaran Yojana to support Scheduled Castes, Single Women/Widows to take up income generating activities.

Intergrated Programme for Older Persons: The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment implements Intergrated Programme for Older Persons to improve the quality of life of senior citizens.

Assistance for vocational training of widows of ex-servicemen: The Ministry of Defence provides financial assistance for vocational training of widows of ex-servicemen, treatment of serious diseases of non-pensioner ex-servicemen/widows and daughter’s marriage/widows’ remarriage.

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