Friday, May 8, 2020

One-time relaxation to General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) allottees of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Retention period extended

One-time relaxation to General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) allottees of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Retention period extended

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No.12035/2/2020-Pol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Directorate of Estates
Policy-II Section

Nirman Bhavan
New Delhi-110108
Dated the 5th May, 2020

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: One-time relaxation to the allottees of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) in view of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - extension of retention period.

In continuation of the OM of even number dated 25-3-2020 on the above subject, it has been decided by the competent authority that suo-moto extension of retention of quarters granted to the allottees vide OM dated 25.3.2020 for the period from 17.3.2020 to 31.5.2020 shall remain extended upto 30-6-2020.

2. The other terms and condition of the OM dated 25-3-2020 will remain the same.

(M. C. Sonowal)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)


No.12035/2/2020-Pol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Directorate of Estates
Policy-II Section

Nirman Bhavan
New Delhi-110108
Dated, the 25th March, 2020

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: One-time relaxation to the allottees of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) in view of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ministry has been receiving calls from various allottees of Government accommodations, who were / are due to vacate their flats / houses and are not able to do so in the light of the advisories regarding social distancing issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) under the current global Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19). Further, Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has issued Guidelines with do’s & don’ts for government personnel vide their O.M. dated 17.03.2020 to contain the spread of this virus. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) vide its Order dated 24.03.2020 has issued directions for nation-wide complete lockdown to contain the fast spreading infection.
This extraordinary situation has been considered by the Ministry and it has been decided by the Competent Authority to allow suo-moto retention for the period from 17.03.2020 to 31.05.2020 for all such allottees under the Central Government General Pool Residential Accommodation (CGGPRA) Rules, 2017. This relaxation will be applicable to the following categories:
  • Rule 24(2) - where two allottees, who are in occupation of separate accommodation allotted under these rules marry each other, and are directed to surrender one of the accommodation within one month of their marriage;
  • Rule 40 - which provides for concessional period of retention of GPRA under different cases; and
  • Rule 44 (7 & 8) - which provides for change of accommodation.
2. The suo-moto retention period will be on the payment of licence fees as applicable to the allottee under these rules. No damage will be charged for this period.

3. These relaxations will be given to such allottees also where she/he has become unauthorized occupant of government accommodation before 17.03.2020. However, in such cases, after the retention period of 75 days i.e. upto 31.05.2020, the damage charges at telescopic rates, as was continuing prior to this period, will be resumed.

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(Vijay Andley)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)

India Post provides Covid-19 test kits from regional ICMR depots to test laboratories nationwide including remote areas


Ministry of Communications

India Post delivers Covid-19 testing kits from ICMR regional depots to testing labs across the country including remote areas

08 MAY 2020

India Post has entered into a tie up with ICMR for delivery of its Covid-19 testing Kits from its 16 regional depots to the 200 additional labs designated for Covid-19 Testing across the length and breadth of the country. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has set a target of carrying out around 1 lakh tests across the country per day. For this crucial work, India Post with its vast network of 1,56,000 post offices has once again geared up for performing as a strong COVID warrior. India Post has delivered consignments to remote areas such as Imphal, Aizawl apart from Dungarpur, Churu, Jhalawar, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Ranchi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kota and other places.
Union Minister of Communications, E & IT and Law and Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad appreciated the renewed commitment and partnership between ICMR and Department of Posts. He said that India Post has been delivering mails, medicines, financial assistance at doorsteps and even distributing food and ration to needy during lockdown. He further acknowledged that postmen of India Posts Department have risen to the occasion and stood shoulder to shoulder with the nation during these challenging times.

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The Government is taking all measures to ensure timely delivery of kits. Special arrangements has been made by India Post with ICMR for kits being delivered from 16 depots (located in 14 postal Circles/ States), to 200 labs located across the country even in remote areas such as Shivamogga, Tirunelveli, Dharmapuri, Tirupati, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Leh, Jammu, Udhampur, Jhalawar, Bhavnagar Sholapur , Darbhanga, Rishikesh, Faridkot to mention a few. These kits are being delivered packed in dry ice.

The India Post staff is working round the clock to ensure timely deliveries. Rising to the call of duty, deliveries are being made even at 11:30 pm. India Post is committed to ensure that the delivery of kits is made as per requirements even in far flung areas like Zoram Medical College , Mizoram.
Nodal officers have been identified from both the agencies (DoP & ICMR ) for each regional depot to ensure smooth operations . The Circles have made necessary arrangements with timelines for the priority transportation of the consignments to the concerned laboratories either as per the existing system or new arrangements depending on the requirement and have communicated the same to the ICMR nodal officers.

Each booking circle has opened a BNPL (Book Now Pay Later) account of Speed Post with the concerned Depot to make the arrangement hassle free for the agency. The delivery information is shared with the labs on daily basis through whatsapp. A Google spreadsheet has been shared with all nodal officers to update the details of booking and delivery of the testing kits to flag any operational glitches.

Union Minister of Communications, E & IT and Law and Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad called upon the Department to continue with its good work and leave no stone unturned in making timely delivery of medicines, testing kits and other medical equipments. He asked the Department to galvanise its vast network and leave no gaps in delivery of essential items.

16 Depots of ICMR are NIMR, New Delhi, PGI Chandigarh, KGMU Lucknow, RMRI Patna, NIRNCD Jodhpur, NIOH Ahmedabad, NIREH Bhopal, NICED Kolkata, NIV Pune, NIV field unit Bangalore, NIN Hyderabad, NIE Chennai, RMRC Dibrugarh, RMRC Bhubaneswar, NIRRH Mumbai, GMC Guwahati.

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DoE - Closure of booking of Rooms of all the Holiday Homes due to COVID-19

DoE - Closure of booking of Rooms of all the Holiday Homes due to COVID-19

DoE - Closure of booking of Rooms of all the Holiday Homes due to COVID-19

 

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No. D-11016/74/2019-Regions
Government of India
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
Directorate of Estates
(Regions Section)

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated : 06 May 2020

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Suspension / Closure of booking of Rooms of all the Guest Houses/ Touring Officers’ Hostels/ Holiday Homes which are under the aegis of Directorate of Estates across the Country as a preventive measure to spread the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - regarding.
In continuation of the OM of even number dated 20-3-2020 on the above subject, it has been decided by the competent authority that suo-moto extension of suspension /closure of the booking system for rooms of all the Guest Houses /Touring Officers’ Hostels / Holiday Homes which are under the aegis of Directorate of Estates across the Country shall remain extended upto 17.05.2020

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2. Further, an amount towards the bookings will be refunded to the applicants, whose booking in the holiday homes /officers touring hostel / guest house are upto 17 May, 2020. The applicants will have to apply online for refund on the website of Holiday Home.

(P.P. Bandopadhayay)
Deputy Director of Estates(Regions)
Email: Regions-estates@gov.in

Age of superannuation of Government servants from 58 years to 59 years

PERSONNEL AND ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS (S) DEPARTMENT

Age of superannuation of Government servants from 58 years to 59 years
G.0.(Ms)No.51

Dated: 07.05.2020

G.O.(Ms)No.532, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (Personnel-M) Department, dated 25.04.1979.

ORDER:

The Government have decided to increase the age of superannuation of Government servants from 58 years to 59 years and orders accordingly. This will apply to all those who are in regular service as on date and due to retire on superannuation from 31.05.2020.

The retirement age of Tamil Nadu state government employees increased from 58 to 59

This order shall also be applicable to all teaching and non-teaching staff working in aided educational institutions and employees of all Constitutional / Statutory Bodies, Public Sector Undertakings including all State Corporations. Local Bodies, Boards. Commissions, Societies, etc.

The relevant provisions under rule 56 of Tamil Nadu Fundamental Rules will be modified to the above extent. Necessary amendment to the above rules will be issued accordingly.

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)
K. SHANMUGAM,
CHIEF SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Appeal for review of decision Freezing of Dearness Allowance to Central Govt employees

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INDIAN RAILWAYS TECHNICAL SUPERVISORS ASSOCIATION
(Estd. 1965, Regd. No.1329) Website http://irtsa.net
CHq. 32, Phase 6, Mohali, Chandigarh-160055.

No:IRTSA/CHQ/Memo. 2020-3

Date: 30.4.2020

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman,
Hon’ble Minister for Finance,
Government of India,
North Block, New Delhi-110001.

Respected Madam,

Subject: Freezing of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners at the current rates till July 2021 - Appeal for review of decision; And Grant of option to credit the Additional DA to Provident Fund

Ref: Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No.1/1/2020-E-II (B), dated 23-04- 2020

Appeal for review of decision Freezing of Dearness Allowance to Central Govt employees
1) Indian Railways Technical Supervisors Association (IRTSA) extends its fullest support and cooperation to the Government of India in its all-out effort to control COVID-19 pandemic. Railway men are working on the forefront risking their lives to keep freight & parcel services operational for ensuring uninterrupted supply of essential commodities across the country. Indian Railways have taken up many special tasks to fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

2) Railways’ and other government employees and pensioners have contributed generously to PM CARES for the fight against COVID-19.

3) It is, however, very disheartening that the Government has decided, as per the order cited above, that the DA/DR is frozen and would not be revised up to July 2021; and that no arrears will be paid. This has adversely affected the morale of the employees.

4) DA is a part of Pay, compensating for the erosion in the real value of the salary. DA can only be deducted either as a punitive measure or with the consent of the employees.

5) Assuming 4% additional DA & DR for each of 3 spans of six months, the total loss of employees and pensioners would be over 1.5 months of Pay & Pension and possibly even more than that, if the inflation is higher than 4 % in the next 2 spans.

6) Freezing of DA will also delay the revision of HRA rates since as per decision of the Government on 7th CPC, whenever DA crosses 25%, rates of HRA will be revised.

7) It will also cause additional heavy loss to the employees who retire between 1-1-2020 to 30-6-2021 in terms of Gratuity and Leave encashment as the DA is counted for the same.

8) We fully realize that a lot of funds are required to combat the social & economic impact of COVID. But freezing the DA & DR would be counter-productive, as freezing this huge amount would give a further blow to the market as well as to the employees and the pensioners since the amount paid as DA and DR will actually flow out to the market. This will help boost the sagging economy in post-COVID times.

9) Government had advised all private sectors to pay their employees for the lockdown period. Government, as a model employer should set an example by not making any cut in the pay & allowances of its own employees.

10) Lower and middle class employees and pensioners are hard pressed to meet their liabilities due to heavy inflation which is bound to increase in the post-COVID-19 scenario especially in respect of cost of Medicines and household requirements.

11) In the past,when funds were required for a National calamity like War, Floods or Cyclones etc., DA installments were deposited in the Provident Fund with the consent of the employees. It was never frozen as of now.

12) It is, therefore, requested that, keeping in consideration all the above aspects, the following proposals may please be considered sympathetically to avoid heart burning amongst employees and pensioners:
  • Order for freezing of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief may please be withdrawn.
  • Instead option may please be given to Employees for crediting of the amount of Additional DA to their Provident Fund in case of pre-1-4-2004 employees and to the Pension Fund (Tier 2) in case of those covered under the NPS.
  • Employees and pensioners may be encouraged to invest in Infrastructure Bonds etc. by increasing the ceiling limit thereof. This would provide the government with the requisite funds and the employees will not be at a loss in the long run.
Thanking you
Yours faithfully,
(HARCHANDAN SINGH)
General Secretary.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Settlement of Transport Allowance for the month of April 2020 all the central government employees to claim TA

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Payment of Transport Allowance for the month of April 2020
Payment of Transport Allowance for the month of April 2020
 

Z-11025/01/2020-Adm
Government of India / Bharat Sarkar
Ministry of Labour / Shram Mantralaya

Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg,
New Delhi, Dated 4th May, 2020

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: - Payment of Transport Allowance for the month of April 2020 - reg.

The undersigned is directed to Say that to consider the payment /settlement of Transport Allowance for the month of April 2020, all the officers / officials claiming TA are requested to furnish information in the prescribed proforma by 14.05.2020, with the approval of their concerned Bureau Head.

2. In case the duly filled in proforma is not submitted by any officer/ official by the prescribed date, it will be presumed that the concerned officer has not attended office even for one day in the month of April 2020 and TA will be settled accordingly.

Sd/-
(C.S.Rao)

PROFORMA TO BE SUBMITTED BY THE OFFICERS / OFFICIALS CLAIMING TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL, 2020

Name:
Designation:
Section/ Division:
Employee code:
Dates on which attended Office in the month of April,:
Dates of which Govt. vehicle was availed for commuting to & from office:
Dates on which attended office by personal vehicle/ personal arrangement:
It is certify that the above information is correct and true to my best of knowledge.
Signature of the Govt. Servant
Signature of the Divisional Head:
Counter Signature of the Bureau Head:

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Daily attendance is being sought by DoPT telaphonically, officers are requested to convey attendance by 11 am

Daily attendance is being sought by DoPT telaphonically, officers are requested to convey attendance by 11 am


Latest DoPT Orders 2020

Z-11025/0112020-Adm.I
Government of India / Bharat Sarkar
Ministry of Labour/ Shram Mantralaya
Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg,

  New Delhi, Dated 4 May, 2020


OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID 19.

The undersigned is directed to say that MHA vide its Order No. 40-312020-DM-I(A) dated 01.05.2020 has extended the period of lockdown for a further period of two weeks with effect from 04.05.2020 and issued new guidelines on the measures to be taken by Ministries / Department of Government of India, States / UT Governments and State / UT authorities for containment of COVID-19 in the country. These revised guidelines will come into force with effect from 04.05.2020. In the light of the instructions contained in the said orders, the following instructions are issued w.e.f. 04.05.2020 till 17.05.2020 :-

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  • Deputy Secretary and above levels shall attend office with 100% attendance during normal office hours i.e. 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM.
  • Latest DoPT order - Maintain 33 percent of employees attendance, roaster & work from home - Central Govt Employees
  • The personal staff of Deputy Secretary and above levels officers, viz Sr. PPS, PPS, PS, Steno Grade D. Consultant and MTS shall also attend the office during normal office hours i.e. 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM. The concerned reporting officers may rotate duties of their personal staff as per their requirements in the tight of the guidelines.
  • Remaining officers / staff upto thirty three percent (33%) are required to attend office every day from 04.05.2020 till 17.05.2020 during normal office hours i.e.9.00 AM to 5.30 PM.
  • The roster issued vide OM of even number dated 16 April 2020 shall apply for the extended lockdown period of 04 - 17 May 2020,i.e. officials listed to attend office during the week of 20-24 April 2020 shall attend office in the week of 4-8 May 2020 and those who listed to attend office during the week of 27 April to 1 May 2020 shall attend office during the week of 11-17 May 2020.
  • However. concerned Bureau Heads/ Divisional Heads may change the roster as per work exigencies within the 33% limitation as mentioned at point (III) above. Divisional heads will also monitor the attendance and punctuality of their respective officers / staff. The officers residing in containment zones may be exempted.
  • The officials posted in the O/o Hon’ble MoS (IC) (L&E) would seek instructions from PS to Minister.
  • All officers / officials must leave their contact numbers (mobile as well as landline) with their controlling officers and they should be available for being called to office at short notice, as per exigency.
  • All the officers/officials attending office are to follow Govt. guidelines on COVID-19 particularly with regard to maintaining social distance.
  • All Attached /Subordinate / Autonomous offices may issue similar instructions in accordance with the guidelines issued by MHA.
2. Since daily attendance is being sought by DoPT telaphonically, all Divisional Heads/ personal staff of officers are requested to convey attendance in respect of Sections / offices to US/ SO (Admn.I) by 11 am, so that consolidated attendance could be conveyed to DoPT by 12 noon.

(C.S. Rao)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

DoE - Special Instructions for COVID-19 global pandemic relief Extension

DoE - Special Instructions for COVID-19 global pandemic relief Extension

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F. 6/18/2019- PPD
Government of India,
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi.
Dated the 1st May, 2020

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Special Instructions relating to relief operations for COVID-19 global pandemic Extension regarding

Attention is drawn to DoE’s O.M. No. F.6/18/2019- PPD dated 27th March, 2020 whereby, in view of the urgency involved in the procurement of medical equipment and essential medical supplies, special instructions were issued for any emergent purchase relating to COVID-19 operations.
  1. Reference has been received from Empowered Group No. 3 constituted vide Ministry of Home No. 40-3/2020-DM(A) dated 29th March, 2020 for Planning & Ensuring Implementation of COVID-19 Response Activities ( Ensuring Availability of Essential Medical Equipment such as PPEs, Masks, Gloves & Ventilators; Production, Procurement, Import and Distribution) stating that orders have been placed or are in the process of being placed for various critical medical equipment required for COVID-19 operations. It is the assessment of Empowered Group No. 3 that the situation is still very dynamic and the projected requirements may vary and/or deliveries in number of orders placed may not materialise. There, may be requirement to place emergent orders for COVID-19 operations after 30.4.2020. Empowered Group No. 3 has, therefore, recommended extension of the special instructions issued by this Department vide D.M. of even dated 27.3.2020 till 31.5.2020 so as to facilitate placing orders under such instructions for procurement of medical equipment and essential medical supplies.

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  2. The request made by Empowered Group No. 3 has been considered. In view of the assessment of the situation by the Group and the request made, the terms of the said instructions for 'Procurement' (Part 1) and 'Expenditure Guidelines' (Part 2) are hereby extended till 31.5.2020 or till superseded another order, whichever is earlier.
  3. These instructions are issued with the approval of Secretary (Expenditure).
(Sanjay Prasad)
Joint Secre a (PFC-lI)

Source: DoE

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Transfer policy guidelines for Postal Employees

Transfer policy guidelines for Postal Employees

File No.X-12/1/ 2019-SPB-II
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Personnel Division)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi - 110 001
Dated: 30th April, 2020

To
The Chief Postmaster General,
All Postal Circles

Subject : Transfer policy guidelines - clarifications.

Madam / Sir,
I am directed to refer to Directorate’s communication number 141-141/2013-SPN-II dated 17.01.2019 vide which revised ‘Guidelines for transfer’ was circulated to all Postal Circles.
  1. Para 5 (i) of ibid communication prescribes that the official having more length of service in a unit (Circle or Division, as the case may be) will be placed above the official(s) having less length of service in a unit. Accordingly, PwD officials having less service has to be placed below senior officials. As a result, PwD officials have lesser chance for getting their Rule-38 transfer despite exemption in probation period Or 2 years service. The matter has been examined by the Directorate and Competent Authority has decided as under: –
Transfer requests received from Persons with Disabilities shall be registered first in the request registers (inward & outward) above all other officials based on length of their service but below the wait listed PwD officials if any in a particular year. The officials whose transfer request could not be approved in that particular year and are in the waiting list shall be placed on the top in the request register of subsequent year. Thereafter, fresh applications received during 1st April to 30th June of current year shall be registered by giving preferences to PwD officials (based on length of their service) as previously done. Fresh transfer requests received from PwD officials for current year shall be registered above all other officials (Other than pwD) who are in waiting list Of previous year based on length of service.

Further, preference shall also be given to such officials at the time Of their posting in transferee unit subject to administrative constraints.

Illustration :- Entry in request register for a particular year (2020)

Four officials namely A, B, C (PwD) & D (PwD) have applied for their transfer under Rule 38 during 1st April to 30th June in the year 2020. A is the senior most among all, B is junior to A, D is junior to B and C is the junior most official. As such, PwD officials shall be registered first in the request register based on length of their service followed by two other officials based on length of their service as well. Accordingly, serial of officials in request register shall be as under: -

Sl.No.Name of the Official
1D(PwD)
2C(PwD)
3A
4B
Moreover, two officials namely X and Y (PwD) are in waiting list of previous year (2019). Therefore, these two officials shall be placed in top of request register of current year (2020). However, fresh transfer requests received from PwD officials shall be placed above X and below Y (as Y is PWD). Accordingly, serial Of officials in request register for current year (2020) shall be as under :–

Sl.No.Name of the Official
1Y (PwD)
2D (PwD)
3C (PwD)
4X
5A
6B
3.Apart from above, following has also been decided by the Competent Authority:

i. Instructions issued by Department of Personnel & Training regarding posting of husband and wife at same station shall be taken into account while considering request for transfer under Rule-38 on spouse ground.

ii. Rule-38 transfer under mutual exchange shall be considered whenever received in the office of concerned CPMG instead of following schedule prescribed in Transfer Policy Guidelines.

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(Muthuraman C)
Assistant Director General (SPN)

The name of the brothers and sisters is included in the PPO - DESW

The name of the brothers and sisters is included in the PPO - DESW

No. PC-1(07)/2013-D(Pension/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

New Delhi, 110011
Dated: 4th May, 2020

To,
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

Subject : Inclusion of names of the widowed/ divorced/ unmarried daughter/ parents/ permanently disabled children/dependent disabled siblings (i.e. brothers and sisters) in the PPO - Procedure regarding.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter No. 1(07/2013-D(Pension/Policy) dated 15.05.2015 regarding simplification of pension process for permanently disabled children and dependent parents/ siblings for family pension. It has been noticed that name of divorced/ widowed/ unmarried daughter has not been included in MoD letter No. 1/(07)/2013/D(Pension/Policy) dated 15.05.2015 causing delay in sanctioning of family pension to such eligible members 1.e. widowed/ divorced/ unmarried daughter, although name of such eligible members was a part of DoP&PW OM No. 1/6/08-P&PW(E) dated 22.06.2010.

2. It is, therefore, decided to issue amendment to GoI MoD letter No. 1(07)/2013-D (Pension/Policy) dated 15.05.2015 as under-

(a) For “disabled children/ siblings and dependent parents” read- “permanently disabled child/ children/ siblings/ dependent parents and widowed/ divorced/ unmarried daughter,” wherever it appears in GoI MoD letter dated 15.05.2015.

(b) New clause numbered 5(iii) “To widowed/ divorced/ unmarried daughters” may be inserted below Para-5(ii) to GoI MoD letter dated 15.05.2015 as under:-

(iii) “To widowed/ divorced/ unmarried daughters”

In case the eligibility of all the above categories of claimant mentioned in para 5(i) and 5(ii) of GoI, MoD letter no. (7)/2013-D(Pension/Policy) dated 15.05.2015 ceases to be payable, the PDA will allow family pension to such widowed/divorced/ unmarried daughter in their hierarchy of DoB after production of marriage/ re-marriage/ death certificate, as the case may be, in respect of all the categories of claimants mentioned in Sub Para - i) and (i) of para 5 of GoI, MoD letter dated 15.05.2015, if any.”

(c) After inserting above clause in Gol, MoD letter dated 15.05.2015, remaining sub clauses under para -5 may be renumbered in following manner:
  • Existing Clause 5(iii) “To the dependent parents-first mother, then father” to be renumbered as 5(iv)
  • Existing Clause 5(iv) “To the permanently disabled siblings” to be renumbered as 5(v).
3. The word “Farther” in first line of para 5(iii) of GoI, MoD letter no. 1(7)/2013-D (Pension / Policy) dated 15.05.2015 may be replaced by word “Father”.

4. The renumbered para 5(iv) referred above may be amended as follows:-

For: “When claimants in (i) and (ii) die or become ineligible- on production of death certificate/ re-marriage-intimation of spouse and/ or death certificates of all permanently disabled children, family pension would be allowed by PDA to dependent parents.”

Read: “When claimants in (i), (ii) and (iii) die or become ineligible- on production of death certificate/ marriage/ re-marriage -intimation of spouse and/ or on production/ intimation of marriage/ re-marriage/ death certificates (as the case may be) of all the eligible dependent son(s) or daughter(s) including permanently disabled child/children and widowed/ divorced/ unmarried daughter, family pension would be allowed by the PDA to dependent parents.”

5. All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.

6. This issues with the concurrence of the finance Division of this Ministry vide their ID No 10(01)/2015/ Fin/Pen dated 18/02/2020.

7. Hindi version will follow.

Yours Faithfully,
(A K Agarwal)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Saturday, May 2, 2020

PM CARES fund staff to pay one day salary from May 2020 to March 2021

PM CARES fund - All Revenue Department officials and employees to pay one day salary each month from May 2020 up to March 2021


PM CARES fund central government employees to pay one day salary


F.No.A-50050/42/ 2020-Cash
Government of India
Ministry or Finance
Department of Revenue
North Block
New Delhi, 29th April 2020
CIRCULAR
Subject: Donation of one day’s salary to PM CARES fund - reg

In partial modification to the earlier appeal dated 17th April 2020 it has been decided to appeal all the officers and staff of Department of Revenue to contribute their one days salary every month till March, 2021 from May 2020 onwards to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation PM CARES Fund to aid the Government’s efforts to light the Corona virus pandemic.

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2. Any officer or Staff willing to contribute the one day's salary for any months between May, 2020 to March, 2021 may intimate their willingness to the Drawing and Disbursing Officer, Department of Revenue in writing 1nentioning his/her employee code.

Also check: Expected DA 2020 - AICPIN for the month of March 2020 is decreased by two points from the existing level of 328

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(Dinesh Bouddh)
Director (NC / GAR)

Expected DA 2020 - AICPIN for the month of March 2020 is decreased by two points from the existing level of 328

Expected DA 2020

AICPIN for the month of March 2020 is decreased by two points from the existing level of 328
The Dearness allowance calculation process with effect from 1st July 2020 is moved to the third stage with a 23.36 percentage increase.

Month/YearAICPIN12 Months Total12 Months Average% Increase over 115.763App. DA%
Jan-203303832319.3357.9122.15
Feb-203283853321.0859.6622.82
Mar-203263870322.5061.0823.36
The CPI would be more likely to increase in the coming months for manufacturing employees. The DA estimation percentage can also be big!

Press Release

No. 5/1/2020-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

'CLEREMONT', SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 30th April, 2020

Press Release Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) - March, 2020

The All-India CPI-IW for March, 2020 decreased by two points and stood at 326 (three hundred and twenty six). On 1-month percentage change, it went down by (-) 0.61 per cent between January and February, 2020 compared to (+) 0.65 per cent increase between corresponding months of previous year.

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The maximum downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (-) 1.28 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Onion, Garlic, Poultry Chicken, Eggs-Hen, Brinjal, Cabbage, Carrot, Drum Stick, French Bean, Potato, Tomato, Petrol, Flowers/Flower Garlands, etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was checked by Wheat, Grinding Charges, Moong Dal, Goat Meat, Fish Fresh, Milk-Buffalo, Pure Ghee, Tamarind, Gourd, Parval, Apple, Coconut, HOt Drink-Tea (Readymade), Cooking Gas, etc., putting upward pressure on the index.

Year-on-year inflation based on tall-items stood at 5.50 per cent for March, 2020 as compared to 6.84 per cent for the previous month and 7.67 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, Food inflation stood at 6.67 per cent against 8.33 per cent of the previous month and 3.96 per cent during the corresponding month an year ago.

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At centre level, Tiruchirapally, Vishakhapathnam and Salem recorded the maximum decrease of 8 points each followed by Mysore (7 points) and Bengaluru, Coimbatore and Madurai (6 points each). Among others, 5 points decrease was observed in 5 centres, 4 points in another 5 centres, 3 points in 6 centres, 2 points in 11 centres and 1 point in 10 centres. On the contrary, Rajkot, Lucknow and Kodarma recorded a maximum increase of 5 points each followed by Goa (4 points). Among others, 3 points increase was observed in 3 centres, 2 points in another 3 centres and 1 point in 5 centres. Rest of 19 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 33 centres are above All-India Index and 45 centres’ indices are below national average.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of April, 2020 will be released on Friday 29th May, 2020. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.

(AMRIT LAL JANGID)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Friday, May 1, 2020

BSNL Instructions regarding Payment of VRS dues - Validation & Compliance

BSNL Payment Guidance - Authentication & Compliance BSNL Instructions

BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED

(A Govt. of India Enterprise)
Corporate Accounts Section
1st Floor, Corporate Office
Harish Chander Mathur Lane
Janpath New Delhi- 110001

F.NO. 500-163/2019-20/ CA-III/BSNL

Dated: 08.04.2020

To
CGMs and IFAs
All Territorial and Non-Territorial Circles,
Sr GM Estt, PGM Pers & DGM R&P BSNL CO

Sub: Instructions regarding Payment of VRS dues - Validation & Compliance

In continuation of even numbered letters issued on the cited subject, following instructions are issued for strict compliance:
  • Notwithstanding the position that the amount of ex-gratia and leave encashment payable to the retirees of BSNL VRS - 2019 scheme, has been verified by the circles, it is requested to do the checking of the master data of the employees towards eligible service, eligible number of leaves, their vigilance clearance status etc once again duly keeping in view the PPOs issued by CCA and underlying information thereto.
  • It is required to prepare (and keep in records) a proper statement of the amount recoverable, and recovery made on account of dues (towards Loans, advances, Pay and allowances recoveries, other recoveries etc) from the BSNL VRS-2019 retirees against the Ex-gratia, and Leave Encashment payout. The amount recoverable and recovered should be duly validated for any errors and omissions.
  • Establishment section has already communicated the SOP for BSNL VRS 2019, with the format of report to be submitted to DoT on Ex-Gratia. Kindly ensure that the reports / compliances in the Format given in Annexure A, B & C of the DOT letter No. 1/VRS/BSNL/2019/Accounts/TA-I/170-198, dated 16.01.2020 are duly submitted to the respective CCA.
  • The second / subsequent instalment of the Ex-Gratia shall be paid as and when further funds and instructions are received from DoT. Therefore, you may please do the necessary preparations, well in advance so that the payout can happen without delay, as and when the funds are received in this regard.
  • May kindly note that the activity needs to be completed by 14.04.2020.
Also check: No move to reduce the retirement age of central government employees to 50 years

This has been issued with the approval of the competent authority.

Surajit Mandol
Sr GM (CA & ERP)

Revision of Grade B pay structure Official language posts of the Zonal Railway / PUs Department equal to the CSOLS cadre Gazetted posts

Revision of Grade B pay structure Official language posts of the Zonal Railway / PUs Department equal to the CSOLS cadre Gazetted posts

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

S.No. PC-VII/

RBE No. /2020

No. PC VI/2014/1/5/1

New Delhi, dated 28.4.2020

General Manager(P)
All Zonal Railways/PUs
(as per mailing list)

ORDER

Sub: Revision of pay structure of Gr. ‘B’ Gazetted posts of Official Language Department of Zonal Railways / PUs at par with the CSOLS cadre.

The issue regarding revised pay structure of gazetted posts of Official Language (OL) Cadre on Zonal Railway at par with those existing in Central Secretariat Official Language Service (CSOLS) has been under examination in consultation with Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure). The President Is now pleased to decide that pay structure of Group ‘B’ Gazetted posts of Official Language cadre of Zonal Railways may be upgraded subject to the following conditions:-
  1. The pay structure of Group 'B' Gazetted posts of Official Language Department of Zonal Railways / PUs will be upgraded from existing PB-2 GP Rs. 4800/- (Level 8) to PB-3+ GP 5400/- (Level -10 ) Group “A” with designation "Rajbhasha Adhikari". from the date of issue of this order.
  2. The Recruitment Rules of the above posts in the Zonal Railways would be brought at par with that of Assistant Director(OL,) in CSOLS.
  3. The functions of these posts is exactly similar to Assistant Director (OL) of CSOLS.
  4. Once the upgradation of posts from PB-2 GP Rs. 4800/- L-8 to PB-3 GP Rs. 5400/L-10 is effective. further instructions regarding procedure for placement of existing incumbents in lower grade to higher / upgraded post and change of RRs will be issued separately. by Management Service Directorate.
This issues in consultation with the Official Language directorate and with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

(P.M. Meena)
Dy. Director, Pay Commission-VI
Railway Board

No.PC-VI/2014/1/5/1
New Delhi, dated.23 .04.2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020

All Central Government Employees should download Aarogyasetu App on their mobile phones immediately - DoPT Order

All Central Government Employees should download Aarogyasetu App on their mobile phones immediately - DoPT Order

Latest DoPT Orders 2020

IMMEDIATE

F.No. 11013/9/2014-Estt (A-III)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
(Establishment, A-III Desk)

North Block, New Delhi.
Dated: 29.04.2020

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Effective use of 'Aarogyasetu' App for breaking the chain of transmission of COVID-19.

With reference to the subject mentioned above, the following directions may strictly be followed to improve the safety of all Government officials :
  • All the officers, staff (including outsourced staff) working in Central Government should download 'Aarogyasetu' App on their mobile phones, immediately.
  • Before starting for office, they must review their status on 'Aarogyasetu' and commute only when the app shows 'safe' or 'low risk' status.
  • The officers / staff are advised that in case the App shows a message that he/she has a 'moderate' or 'high risk' calculated on the basis of Bluetooth proximity ("recent contact with infected person"), he/she should not come to office and self isolate for 14 days or till the status becomes 'safe' or 'low risk'.
  • Joint Secretary (Administration) should ensure that above directions are strictly followed in the respective Ministry / Department.
  • Ministries / Departments may issue similar instructions to all autonomous / statutory bodies, PSUs etc. attached to them.
  • Report on the action taken may be sent to the undersigned.
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(G. Jayanthi)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

Source: DoPT

50 lakh compensation in cases of loss of life from COVID-19 Port workers

Rs. 50 lakh compensation declared for the Port employees / workers in case of loss of life due to COVID-19

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Shipping

28-April, 2020

Rs. 50 lakh compensation declared for the Port employees / workers in case of loss of life due to COVID-19

All port employees including contractual labourers employed directly by the Port and other contractual employees are covered
Ministry of Shipping has decided that all the Major Ports may grant compensation / Ex-Gratia in the event of loss of life due to COVID-19 to the dependent members / legal heirs of the port employees as under:

CategoryAmount of compensation
/ Ex-Gratia (Rs.)
All Port employees including
Contract Labourers employed directly by the port
50.00 Lakh
Other Contractual Labourers50.00 Lakh
Monetary Compensation is declared to cover the risk of life due to COVID-19 contamination while discharging the Port related duty. Port Chairman is the competent authority for the settling claims / disbursement of the compensation / Ex-Gratia and verifying authority for the cause of death from COVID-19. This compensation is applicable only for the pandemic of COVID-19 and shall be in force up to 30.09.2020, subject to review thereafter.

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Reporting of officers in the office of the board during the lockdown period - Railway Board Order

Reporting of officers in the office of the board during the lockdown period - Railway Board Order
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

Office Order No. 30 of 2020

Sub: Reporting of Officials in Board’s Office during lockdown period

Enclosed is a copy of DOP&T’s OM No.11013/9/ 2014-Esttt.A-IIT dated 23.04.2020 regarding attendance of Officers / Staff during the lockdown period.

2. Attention in this connection is invited to para 3 of Office Order No. 25 of 2020 and also para 2 of DOP&T’s enclosed OM for following the extant instructions in letter and spirit. While preparing the roster /asking Officials below Deputy Secretary level for reporting to Office, the guiding principle should be that only upto 33% Officials and depending on the requirement be called for working from Office and all others who are not being called at Office or are residing at Containment Zones should work from home and be available at all times on Mobile phones and other Electronic means of Communications. Officials below Deputy Secretary level should not regularly be called to avoid crowding in the Office, except in case of exigencies of work.

Latest DoPT order - Maintain 33 percent of employees attendance, roaster & work from home - Central Govt Employees April 24, 2020

3. Further, Officials may be called at staggered timings as stated in para 3 of the enclosed DOPT’s OM.

4. Based on above, if required, separate rosters may be prepared by all controlling Head of the Directorates (PEDs & EDs).

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(B. Majumdar)
Joint Secretary/Railway Board

No. 2020/O0&M/9/1
Dated:- 24.04.2020

Source: Indian Railways

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Freezing of DA to Tamil Nadu State Government employees and Government pensioners

Freezing of DA to Tamil Nadu State Government employees and Government pensioners

Government of Tamil Nadu
2020

FINANCE [Allowances] DEPARTMENT
G.O.Ms.No.232, Dated 27th April 2020
(Sarvari, Chithirai-14, Thiruvalluvar Aandu 2051)

ABSTRACT

Economy in Expenditure - Measures to tide over the financial constraints in view of the severe fiscal crisis arising out of COVID-19 pandemic - Freezing of Dearness Allowance to State Government employees and Government pensioners / family pensioners at current rates till July 2021 - Orders - Issued.

Read the following:-
  1. G.O.Ms.No.323, Finance [Allowances] Department, dated 17-10-2019.
  2. G.O.Ms.No.324, Finance [Allowances] Department, dated 17-10-2019.
  3. G.O.Ms.No.327, Finance [Pension] Department, dated 21-10-2019.
  4. From the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, New Delhi Office Memorandum No.1/1/2020-E-II(B), dated 23-04-2020.
ORDER:

In the Government Order first read above, orders were issued sanctioning revised rate of Dearness Allowance to State Government employees at the rate of 17 percent with effect from 1st July 2019 following the orders issued by the Government of India and in the Government Order second read above, orders were issued for another ad-hoc increase to employees drawing consolidated pay / fixed pay / Honorarium. In the Government Order third read above, orders were also issued sanctioning revised rate of Dearness Allowance to State Government pensioners/family pensioners at the rate of 17 percent with effect from 1st July 2019 following the orders issued by the Government of India.
Also check: No DA/DR to Central Government employees till July 2021
  1. The Government of India, in its Office Memorandum fourth read above, has directed that in view of the crisis arising out of COVID-19, the additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners, due from 1st January 2020 shall not be paid. The additional installments of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief due from 1st July 2020 and 1st January 2021 shall also not be paid. However, Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief at current rates will continue to be paid. As and when the decision to release the future installment of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief due from 1st July 2021 is taken by the Government, the rates of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief as effective from 1st January 2020, 1st July 2020 and 1st January 2021 will be restored prospectively and will be subsumed in the cumulative revised rate effective from 1st July 2021. No arrears for the period from 1st January 2020 till 30th June 2021 shall be paid.
  2. The Government of Tamil Nadu has adopted the rate of Dearness Allowance to the State Government employees and Pensioners /Family Pensioners as and when announced by the Government of India to its employees and pensioners/ family pensioners.
  3. Following the orders issued by the Government of India and in view of the severe fiscal crisis arising out of COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has decided to adopt the decision of the Government of India for State Government employees, teachers and Pensioners / Family Pensioners for freezing the Dearness Allowance at current rates till July 2021. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable to State Government employees, teachers and Government Pensioners / Family Pensioners, due from 1st January 2020 shall not be paid. The additional installments of Dearness Allowance due from 1st July 2020 and 1st January 2021 shall also not be paid. However, Dearness Allowance at current rates will continue to be paid. As and when the decision to release the future installment of Dearness Allowance due from 1st July 2021 is taken by the Government, the rates of Dearness Allowance as effective from 1st January 2020, 1st July 2020 and 1st January 2021 will be restored prospectively and will be subsumed in the cumulative revised rate effective from 1st July 2021. No arrears for the period from 1st January 2020 till 30th June 2021 shall be paid.
  4. This order shall also apply to the teaching and non-teaching staff working in aided educational institutions, employees under local bodies, employees governed by the University Grants Commission / All India Council for Technical Education scales of pay, the Teachers / Physical Education Directors/Librarians in Government and Aided Polytechnics and Special Diploma Institutions, Village Assistants in Revenue Department, Noon Meal Organisers, Child Welfare Organisers, Anganwadi Workers, Cooks, Helpers, Panchayat Secretaries / Clerks in Village Panchayat under Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department and other employees drawing pay in the prescribed Level of Pay in the Special Pay Matrix.
(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)
S. KRISHNAN
ADDITIONAL CHIEF SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

No move to reduce the retirement age of central government employees to 50 years

Any attempt to reduce government employees' retirement age, nor such a plan discussed or contemplated at any level of government: Dr. Jitendra Singh

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

26-April, 2020

No move to reduce the retirement age of government employees, nor such a proposal discussed or contemplated at any level in the government: Dr Jitendra Singh

Strongly refuting the reports in a section of media that Government has moved a proposal for reducing the age of retirement of government employees to 50 years, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh categorically stated here today that there is no such move to reduce the retirement age nor has been such a proposal discussed or contemplated at any level in the government.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, there are certain motivated elements which have been over the last few days, time and again planting such disinformation in a section of media and attributing it to the government sources or DoP&T. He said, each time a prompt rebuttal is sought to be made in order to clear the confusion in the minds of stakeholders. He said, it was unfortunate that at a time when the country is going through Corona crises and the entire world is praising Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his proactive handling of the pandemic, there are certain elements and vested interests which try to underplay all the good work done by the Government by planting such media stories.

On the contrary, right from the beginning of the emergence of the Corona challenge, Government and the DoP&T have, from time to time taken prompt decisions to safeguard the interests of the employees. For example, he said, even before the lockdown was officially announced, DOPT had issued an advisory for the offices to work with "absolutely necessary or minimum staff". Even though the essential services were exempted from this guideline, DOPT had issued directions to exempt the "Divyang employees even from the essential services".

Considering the constraints of the lockdown, he recalled that DOPT had postponed the last date for filling of the Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) by the government officials.
At the same time, he referred to the UPSC’s decision to reschedule the dates of IAS / Civil Services interview / personality test and also announced that the Civil Services Preliminary Test will be done after May 3rd. Similarly, on the same line, SSC has also postponed its process of recruitment.
As for the Department of Personnel in the Ministry of Personnel, Dr Jitendra Singh said that last week there was fake news that the government had decided to impose a 30% reduction in the pension and discontinue pensions for those who are above the age of 80. However, contrary to this, the truth is that on the 31st of March there was not a single pensioner whose pension did not deposit in his account. Not only this, services of the Postal Department were sought to deliver the pension amount at the residence of the pensioners, whenever required.

As for the Department of Personnel, in the last four weeks, the Ministry of Personnel has had Video Conference consultations for Pensioners and Senior Citizens across 20 cities where pulmonary advice was given by experts like Dr Randeep Guleria, Director (AIIMS). Similarly, Yoga Sessions on Webinar are also being organised.

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ECHS - CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICINES SPECIAL SANCTION IN VIEW OF COVID-19 till 30 April 2020

ECHS

CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICINES SPECIAL SANCTION IN VIEW OF COVID-19 till 30 April 2020

Tele: 25683476
Mil: 36833
Central Organisation,
ECHS Adjutant General's
Branch Integrated Headquarters
Ministry of Defence (Army)
Thimayya Nlarg, Near Gopinath
Circle, Delhi Gantt-110010

B/49761/AGIECHS

24th Apr,2020

(All Regional Centres)

REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICINES SPECIAL SANCTION IN VIEW OF COVID-19
  1. Further to this HQ letter No 13/49761/AG/ECHS dated 23 Mar 2020 (copy aft).
  2. A onetime sanction for purchase of medicines and claim reimbursement was issued till 30 Apr 2020. in view of extended lockdown till 03 May 2020, the veterans having life style/ chronic ailments/ diseases on long treatment may purchase medicines lasting till 31 May 2020 based on the prescription held (prescribed by Polyclinic Service hospital Empanelled hospital) irrespective of NA or otherwise - Veterans need not go to Polyclinics to collect the medicines till 31 May 2020.
  3. One time sanction is hereby accorded to reimburse of above expenditure under individual reimbursement of medical claims. The bills for reimbursement to be submitted by Veterans after 15 Jun 2020.
  4. This will be applicable with immediate effect till 31 May 2020.
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(Anuparn N Adhaulia)
Col
Dir (Med)
for MD ECHS

Sunday, April 26, 2020

PIL Filed for Central Government Employees Freezing DA in Supreme Court

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PIL Filed for Central Government Employees Freezing DA in Supreme Court

IN THE HON'BLE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA AT NEW DELHI.
PIL DATED 24th APRIL 2020 via Email regarding payment of DA or PIL DATED 24th APRIL 2020 via email regarding payment of DA or Dearness allowance with effect from 1st January 2020 atleast to veterans and to all employees if possible

Major Onkar Singh Guleria Retired, a Senior Citizen and CANCER PATIENT, aged 69 years, son of Late Shri Kikar Singh Guleria resident of village Jachh PO Jassur Tehsil Nurpur Distt Kangra Himachal Pradesh 176201.

VERSUS
  1. Union of India through Secretary Finance Govt of India New Delhi 110011.
  2. Union of India through Secretary Home Govt of India New Delhi 110011.
BEFORE CHIEF JUSTICE AND ALL HIS COMPANION JUSTICES OF SUPREME COURT OF INDIA TO DIRECT UNION OF INDIA TO PRACTICE WHAT PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA PREACHES TO 130 CRORES DESHWASI AND DEFREEZE DA or dearness allownce by paying with effect from 01st January 2020 to Veterans atleast if not to employees.

MOST RESPECTFULLY SHOWETH,

1. That the applicant a CANCER PATIENT, disabled of right foot and also suffering from hypertension and a Senior Citizen with no home but living in a rented building in my last span of life and also to take care of wife a senior citizen suffering from various ailments and my only source of income is my monthly military pension of the rank of Major that too on reduced scale. I and lakhs of Veterans are aggrieved by arbitrary act of Union of India through Secretary Finance Govt of India New Delhi who were committed to pay arrears of DA or dearness allowance in first week of April 2020 but purposely not payed and on 20th April 2020 has FREEZED "DA or dearness allowance" retrospectively with effect from 01st January 2020 to cause us Veterans an irreparable loss that too at a time when Pandemic of COVID 19 VIRUS (China Originated Virus in December 19) has been commiting genocide in entire world and we to survive honourably need every paisa due to us from Govt of India. I attache arbitrary orders of freezing of DA or dearness Allowances dated 20th April 2020 of Secretary Finance Govt of India as ready referance for the Hon'ble Court.

2. That DA or dearness allowance can be basically understood as a component of salary, aimed at hedging the impact of inflation. The DA or dearness allowance is calculated as a specific percentage of the basic salary which is then added to the basic salary. PENSION received by a retired individual is considered as salary and taxed as, income from salary. Generally whatever is received from the employer in cash including DA or dearness allowance is treated as salary.

3. That the Union of India itself after studying the impact of inflation had announced increased instalment of DA or dearness allowance with effect from 01st January 2020 and promised to pay its employees and Veterans receiving pension in first week of April 2020 which was illegally and arbitrarily withheld and as a afterthought issued malafied orders dated 20th April 2020 ordering of freez of DA or dearness allowance retrospectively from 01st January 2020. It has come as a big blow especially to pensioners at a time when all veterans are more vunerable to catching COVID 19 VIRUS (China Originated Virus in December 19 ) as being daily advocated by Prime Minister of India and all functionaries of Union of India and Doctors through media and advisory letters in black and white. When Union of India is doling out financial package after package from announced budget of 2020-21 in Parliament and later various stimulous financual packages gìven and planning to give to business houses for whom at drop of hat the Political and Administrative Governments of whom many are directly or indirectly associated with industry then huge financial stimulous is being passed even during this national rather international calamity of COVID 19 ( CHINA ORIGINATED VIRUS IN DECEMBER 19), Whereas, petty amount for Union of India but it is a large amount for its employees and Retired personnels who in last span of life are undergoing various hardships is being denied by freezing "DA or dearness allowance" that too retrospectively wef 01st January 2020. This arbitrary and illegal mechanical step of Union of India without applying mind must be struck down immediately and all beneficairies paid their legitmate authorised "DA or dearness allowance" wef 01st January 2020 and continued to be paid. Even Union of India has taken care of other classes of India but subjected the "MIDDLE CLASS" to this horible torture by freezing its "DA or dearness Allowances"at a time when we need every paisa in our last span of life. We by cutting our legitimate expenses have even made small contribution to "PM CARES FUND" which so far is not transparent.

Also check: Second National Judicial Pay Commission has filed the subject of Pay, Pension and Allowances, in Supreme Court on 29.01.2020

4. Then why does Prime Minister of India preaches to look after Senior citizens, not to cut salary when his own Govt is doing it. Atleast the Union of India must practice what its Prime Minster preaches.

5. Copy if this P.I.L., is being sent to all concerned by mail and all Chief Ministers are also requested to pay "DA or dearness Allowances" wef 01st January 2020 to their employees and Retired personnels."HAVES"Political and Administrative class and affluent families are nit in touch with reality. A prominent singer is heard on TV asking 130 Crore Deshwasi to donate atleast Rs.100 Per person to make it Rs13000Crores donations. Madam there are many who have not seen or handled Rs.100 note in their entire life. Then if five of family members donate then amount comes to Rs.500/- which is equivalent to one month amount given to BPL Families by Govt of India. Madam have a heart and producers allowing her to speak this in print media has never applied mind to these ground realities. Sad, how insensitive are our "HAVES"Class!

RELIEFS SOUGHT WITH SPEAKING ORDERS.

6. In the given premises it is respectfully prayed that the Hon'ble Court be pleased to direct Union of India through Secretary Finance Govt of India New Delhi and Secretary Home Govt of India to:

(A) Pay immediately "DA or dearness Allowances" to all employees and Retired personnels and same be done by respective States and Union Territories of India.

(B) Union of India be directed to immediately stop various financial stimulous package being given or are being planned to be given in near future to business houses as after freezing "DA or dearness Allowances" Union of India admits that financial health of the Nation is not sound and healthy. More over these business houses are directly or indirectly related to all Political class who like to enjoy all benefits even in national calamities. Some are seen distributing Govt or public donations of food etc to poor to ensure their own stamp on it. India with Lockdown has gone back to "SATJUG" in many ways and air and water is purified and need of the hour is purification of "HAVES", i.e., the Political cum business class. Union of India must practice what Prime Minister of India preaches to look after senior citizens and not to cut salary.

Also read: MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY - MACP Supreme Court Order - Heard & Reserved - Order dated 23 Jan 2020

7. Kindly direct registry to confirm receipt and action taken via revert Email.

NAMASTE INDIA! JAI HIND!

(MAJOR ONKAR SINGH GULERIA RETD)
(A CANCER PATIENT)
Mob: 7018748978, 9418009991.
Email: maj.onkarsinghguleria@gmail.com

CITU opposes the freezing of Dearness Allowance for Central Govt Employees

CITU opposes the freezing of Dearness Allowance for Central Govt Employees
CENTRE OF INDIAN TRADE UNIONS (CITU)
CITU opposes DA freezing for Central Government employees


CITU DENOUNCES CENTRAL GOVT DECISION TO FREEZE AND CONFISCATE INCREASE IN DEARNESS ALLOWANCE FOR CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions denounces the Central Govt’s decision to freeze, rather confiscate the increase in Dearness Allowance payable to Central Govt employees and pensioners falling due from January 2020 and also future dues, falling due on July 2020 and January 2021 on the plea of financial crisis arising out of COVID 19 vide Finance Ministry Order no 1/1/2020-E-II(B) dated 23rd April 2020.

No doubt, the country has been passing through a financial crisis but why should the workers and employees be made the sacrificial item for the same who themselves suffer most owing to Covid-19 followed by lockdown. Quite a number of employees are deployed and consequently are involved in various governmental activities and services meant to combat the spread of the pandemic Covid-19 especially of those departments declared as emergency services viz, health, postal, defence, railways etc. While taking such decision Govt did not bother to consult the unions and federations of the central govt employees, displaying rabid authoritarianism.

CITU strongly urges that response to financial crisis by the central govt must start with measures to garner resources where it is there aplenty at the disposal of handful of ultra rich class. As Per OXFAM Report, combined wealth amassed by only 63 billionaires in India is more that the total Union Budget in 2018-19 which was at Rs 24, 42, 200 crore. Top 10% of population cornered 77% of national wealth. Wealth of India’s richest 1 per cent is 4 times more than the bottom 70%. Govt must tap this huge accumulation of wealth with barely 5% of ultra-rich, amassed mostly through undue and illegitimate patronization of the economic policy regime, through appropriate direct taxation/wealth tax measures instead of brutally pouncing on the working peoples’ earnings and livelihood. And this right is vested with the Central Govt only

CITU strongly condemns this retrograde decision of the Central Govt to confiscate outright the legitimate dues of the employees and pensioners on account of increase in DA till January 2021, although prices of all essentials will continue to increase to further increase the profit of the big-business / corporate.

CITU demands withdrawal of this DA Confiscation order by the central government also demands that the state governments be extended financial help to enable continuity of variable DA payment to their employees. CITU calls upon the Govt employees’ movement in particular and the trade union movement in general to unitedly oppose this retrograde anti-worker measures.

(Tapan Sen)
General Secretary

Via: citucentre.org

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Confederation strongly oppose to withdraw the DA & DR freezing orders of Central Government Employees

Confederation strongly oppose to withdraw the DA & DR freezing orders of Central Government Employees

Latest Central Government Employees News

Confederation firmly condemns and rejects central government's unilateral decision. We call on the Government to urgently reconsider the decision and revoke the freezing orders for DA & DR.
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi - 110001
Website: www.confederationhq.blogspot.com
Email: confederationhq@gmail.com

President
RAVI NAIR
9718686800

Secretary General
R.N. PARASHAR
9969234999

No. Confd./DA-Covid-19/2020

Dated: 24.04.2020

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS STRONGLY OPPOSE DA & DR FREEZING

Central Government’s decision to freeze three instalments of Dearness Allowance (DA) of Central Government Employees and Dearness Relief (DR) of Pensioners from 01.01.2020 to 30.06.2021 is a severe and unexpected blow to the Central Government Employees and Pensioners. Already most of the Central Government employees and Pensioners have contributed one day’s salary and Pension to PM CARES Fund.

Confederation strongly oppose and protest the unilateral decision of the Central Government. We demand the Government to review the decision immediately and withdraw the DA & DR freezing orders.

Also check: Government to withdraw the freezing of DA will have a serious impact of the HRA of the Central Govt employees

Confederation CHQ is in touch with National Council (JCM) Staff Side Secretary and other leaders. Efforts are being made to arrive at a united stand and convey the same to Government through Secretary, JCM Staff Side. Detailed statement of Confederation will be issued shortly.

R.N.PARASHAR
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Secretary General
Confederation of CGE& Workers

Source : Confederation

Government to withdraw the freezing of DA will have a serious impact of the HRA of the Central Govt employees

Government to withdraw the freezing of DA will have a serious impact of the HRA of the Central Govt employees

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The freezing of Dearness Allowance would have a serious effect on Central Govt Employees HRA. Pursuant to recommendations from the 7th CPC and as approved by the Govt.The HRA rates in "X" cities will be revised from 24% to 27% and in "Y" cities from 16% to 18% and in "Z" cities from 8% to 9%.
No.NC-JCM-2020/CS/PM April 23, 2020
The Cabinet Secretary
Government of India,
Cabinet Secretariat
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Sub: Protest against freezing of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees and Dearness Relief to Central Government Pensioners.

Ref: Department of Expenditure OM No.1/ 1/2020-E-ll(B), Dt: 23/04/2020

Dear Sir,
The constituent organizations of the National Council (JCM) are very much shocked to note the arbitrary decision taken by the Government to freeze the DA to Central Govt.Employees and Dearness Relief to the Central Govt. Pensioners up to 30/06/2021. Before taking such a major policy decision the Govt. has not bothered to consult the staff side of the NC(JCM) and without even hearing the views of the staff side, the decision taken especially on a policy matter which effects the wages of the employees and the pension of the senior citizens is against the spirit of the JCM scheme. The entire 48 lakh Central Govt. Employees (including Armed Forces Personnel) and the 65 lakh Pensioners are very much disappointed against the most drastic decision taken by the Govt. against is own employees.

The Central Govt. and State Govt. employees are the one who are playing their front line role in the fight against COVID-19 Virus, by taking all risk and working in the field exposing themselves without any sufficient Personal Protective Equipment. The Railway employees, Defence Civilian employees, Postal employees and all other Central Govt. employees have already contributed their one day wages to the PM-CARES Fund. The Ordnance Factory Employees have contributed their two days wages, In the Railways , Employees belonging to different categories are deployed for various activities such as PW Tracks, signaling, Electrical and Mechanical assets, cenrunning freight trains, parcels special trains, Transport essential goods etc. Almost all the Central Government Departments are involved in one or other activities during the entire lockdown period. The Ordnance Factory Employees are directly involved in manufacturing of various Protective Equipment required for the Doctors, Nurses & Health Care Workers and for other Civil Authorities. Ignoring all these contribution of the Govt. Employees, the Govt. is targeting them on the plea of  crisis arising out of COVID- 19″.

The Staff side of the National Council (JCM) is of the first view that the 48 Lakh Central Govt. Employees (including Armed Forces Personnel) and 65 lakh Pensioners do not deserve such a treatment from the Government.

A part from that many of all our affiliates of JCM Staff Side have contributed to PM-CARES Fund crores of rupees. As well as they are providing shelter, Food , Transport etc to mitigate the problem of poor employees I workers who have lost their job and everything in this Lockdown.

Moreover the freezing of DA will have a serious impact of the HRA of the Central Govt. employees. In accordance with 7th CPC recommendations and as approved by the Govt. the HRA rates will be revised from 24% to 27% in “X” cities, and from 16% to 18% in “Y” Cities and 8% to 9% in “Z” cities.

The manner in which the price for the essential commodities are rocketing sky high, DA is expected to cross 25% from 01/07/2020 on wards. Since the DA is freezed the employees will loose this hike in the HRA also.

You will appreciate that the Pensioners who are senior citizens are most vulnerable in the fight of the COVID-19 virus and any stoppage of DA in their case at this juncture is not an appreciable decision on the part of the Government.

The decision of the Govt. has subjected the Central Govt. Employees and the Pensioners to unnecessary financial hardship and mental agony when they all are on the field fighting from the front line against the spread of COVID-19 Virus through various official activities.

Therefore we request you to convey our feelings to the Hon’ble Prime Minister and also our request to reconsider the above decision of the Govt. and withdraw the same, so as to motivate the Central Govt. employees to perform their responsibilities, especially in this crisis period.

Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary

Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com/

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