Thursday, April 4, 2019

CSD FAQ: Canteen Stores Department INDIA - AGAINST FIRM DEMAND (AFD)

CSD FAQ: Canteen Stores Department INDIA - AGAINST FIRM DEMAND (AFD)
Group VII (AFD) - Televisions, audio and video systems, refrigerators, washing machines, two-wheelers, cars, tractors, cooking ranges (ovens), air conditioners, microwave ovens etc.
Can I purchase all models of AFD-I items (TV, refrigerator, AC etc) through CSD Depots?
No, only models listed in CSD are available through CSD.

A new bike/ car/ television/ refrigerator model was launched yesterday. Can I buy it through CSD? If not, how long will it take for the item to become available through CSD?
All items available in CSD stores go through a strict evaluation process to ensure quality and optimum pricing. Unfortunately, this means that newly-launched products will not be immediately available through CSD. However, the item will be available in CSD stores after a minimum time period of three to four months.

How often can I buy a new television/ refrigerator/ washing machine etc?
All CSD consumers can purchase these items once in three years.

I am an Ex-Serviceman - am I eligible to buy a 4 wheeler through CSD?
Yes, CSD welcomes the patronage of ex-servicemen under certain conditions.

What are the conditions for purchasing a 4 wheeler through CSD?
The following conditions must be met for purchasing a 4 wheeler through CSD:


CategoryCubic CapacityFrequency
a. Officers (Incl Retd)Upto 3000 cc Once in Four Years
b. JCOs granted Honorary Commission & Equivalent (Incl Retd)Upto 2500 ccOnce in Seven Years
c. JCOs & Equivalent (Incl Retd)Upto 2000 ccOnce in Service & Once after Retirement. First Car after Ten Years of Service. Gap Between purchase of Two Cars to be ten years.
d. OR & Equivalent (Incl Retd)Upto 1800 ccOnce in Service & Once after Retirement. First Car after Ten Years of Service. Gap Between purchase of Two Cars to be ten years.
e. Civilians Officers of MoD paid out of Defence Estimates and Officers of CSD (Grade Pay Rs.6600/- and above)Upto 1800 ccOnce in Four Years.

Are all military personnel entitled to purchase 2 wheelers?
Certainly, CSD offers 2 wheelers to every category of the Armed Forces. However, a 2 wheeler can only be purchased every three years.

Do I need any special sanctions in order to purchase a 2 or 4 wheeler?
If so, how do I obtain them? For the convenience of the CSD consumer, no sanction has been placed on the purchase of 2 wheelers. The centralised Car sanction by CS Dte has been discontinued w.e.f. 20 Jul 2015.

Why does the same item have differing costs in different CSD depots?
Unfortunately, CSD is unable to keep costs consistent throughout the country due to differing tax structures of different states.

Are tax benefits available to CSD customers in all states?
Unfortunately, tax benefits are not available in all states. Some states have granted full exemption while others have given certain concessions.

Which states offer full tax exemption on VAT?
The states of Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have granted full tax exemption to CSD while the Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh etc have granted certain tax concessions.

Source: CSD India

Admissibility of House Rent Allowance (HRA) in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation

Admissibility of House Rent Allowance (HRA) in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation

The General Manager,
All Indian Railways/PUs, NF(Con), CORE
The DG/RDSO/Lucknow, DG/NAIR/Vadodara
Dated: 02.04.2019

Sub: Admissibility of House Rent Allowance (HRA) in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation.

(1) Department of Expenditures, MoFs 0M No.2/5/2017-E.IIB dated 05.03.2019
(2) Rai1way Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-87/HRA-15, dated 16.5.1988
(3) Rai1way Board’s No.E(P&A)II-95/HRA-3, dated 14.02.1996
(4) Rai1way Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-99/HRA-2, dated 12.07.1999 & 16.03.2000
(5) Rai1way Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2002/HRA-4, dated 16.10.2002 & 09.05.2003
(6) Rai1way Board’s No.E(P&A)II-2010/HRA-2, dated 08.12.2010
(7) Rai1way Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2017/HRA-3, dated 15.01.2018

With reference to Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance’s Office Memorandum at (I) & other Railway Board’s references above, Board (MS, FC & CRB) have approved the following:
For other than those Railway employees (officers and staff) for whom accommodation is specially earmarked and whose occupation of railway quarter is essential for easy accessibility during emergencies, efficient discharge of their duties, et., the condition of Applying for Government Accommodation and furnishing of ‘No Accommodation Certificate’ by Employees to become eligible for HRA may be dispensed with and Department of Expenditure. MoF’s letter under reference may be made applicable Mutatis Mutandis is for such categories of Railway employees.
Railway accommodation so vacated may be allotted to other employees of the same pool or other pool or Essential category employees by changing the pool, if required, by the Zonal Railway. The Quarter-allotment Authority shall promptly take necessary action in this regard.

Other extant instructions/guidelines issued from Board on the subject shall remain unchanged as modified from time to time.

Department of Expenditure, MoF’s letter under ref. (1) is enclosed for ready reference.

This issues with the concurrence of Associate Finance of Transformation Cell Of Railway Board.
Kindly acknowledge the receipt and ensure compliance.
(Umesh Balonda)
Executive Director/S&T)
Transformation Cell

The Minimum Wages (Central) Amendment Rules, 2019

The Minimum Wages (Central) Amendment Rules, 2019




New Delhi, the 29th January, 2019 

G.S.R. 56 (E).- Whereas a draft of certain rules further to amend the Minimum Wages (Central) Rules, 1950, among other rules, were published as required by sub-section (1) of section 30 of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 (11 of 1948), in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, sub-section (i) vide notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Labour and Employment number G.S.R. 413(E),dated the 23rd April, 2018, inviting objections and suggestions from all persons likely to be affected thereby, within a period of three months, from the date on which copies of Official Gazette containing the said notification were made available to the public;
And whereas copies of the said Official Gazette were made available to the general public on the 23rdApril, 2018;

And whereas the objections and suggestions received on the said draft rules from the public have been considered by the Central Government;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 30 of the said Act, the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Minimum Wages (Central) Rules, 1950, namely:-
  1. (1) These rules may be called the Minimum Wages (Central) Amendment Rules, 2019.
    (2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
  2. In the Minimum Wages (Central) Rules, 1950,-
(a) in rule 21, for sub-rule (4A), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

(4A) Every employer shall, on or before the 1st day of February in each year, upload unified annual return in Form III on the web portal of the Central Government in the Ministry of Labour and Employment giving information as to the particulars specified in respect of the preceding year:
Provided that during inspection, the inspector may require the production of accounts, books, registers and other documents maintained in electronic form or otherwise.
Explanation.- For the purposes of this sub-rule, the expression “electronic form” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (r) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000).’;

(b) in Form III, for the word, figures, brackets and letter “Rule 21(4A)(1)”, the word, figures, brackets and letter “Rule 21(4A)” shall be substituted.
[No. Z-20025/22/2018-LRC]

Note: The Minimum Wages (Central) Rules, 1950 was published in the Gazette of India vide notification number S.R.O. 776, dated the 14th October, 1950 and lastly amended vide notification number G.S.R. 182(E) dated the 12th March, 2015.


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