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MACPS issues raised by NFIR on 22nd & 23rd December, 2016

MACPS issues raised by NFIR on 22nd & 23rd December, 2016

PNM/NFIR meeting held on 22nd & 23rd December, 2016

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
Railway Board)

No.2016/E(LR)I/NM 1-16
New Delhi, dt. 31.03.2017
The General Secretary,
NFIR,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 110 055.

Dear Sir,
Sub: PNM/NFIR meeting held on 22nd & 23rd December, 2016

During the PNM/NFIR meeting held on 22nd & 23rd December, 2016, you had raised the following issue during your opening address:-

“The General Secretary specially mentioned the cases of MACPS which are continued unresolved. He said, the meeting at the level of MS & FC is yet to be held while meetings at the level of EDs were held, but with no fruitful results. He specially requested the MS that on all MACPS issues raised by NFIR, detailed comments may be furnished soon so that a separate meeting can be held for fruitful discussions and decisions before it is too late.”

Accordingly, the comments of Pay Commission Dte. On MACPS issues are enclosed.

Yours faithfully,
(Debashis Mallik)
Director, Estt. (IR)

Position/remarks on MACPS issues raised in PNM/NFIR item(s)
Item No.
Subject
Position/remarks
1/2011
Grant of financial upgradation under MACPS to the staff who are in the same Grade pay for more than 20 year.
The matter has twice been examined in consultation with DoP&T and DoP&T has not agreed for the same. Moreover, DoP&T being the nodal Deptt., this Ministry is not in position to deviate from the instructions/clarifications issued by them. As such, there appears to be no
other option left. The long pending item may be'closed'.
16/2011
Abolition of Pay Scale and Introduction of upgraded Pay Scale with revised designation - Senior Section Engineers (Drawing) - Clarification on entry Grade Pay - Reg.
The matter has been duly examined in consultation with DoP&T and reply to Federation has been issued vide Board's
letter dt. 19.10.2016.
56/2012
Counting of service of D-2 Khalasis in CLW for extending benefits of financial upgradation under MACPS -reg.
The item has been discussed threadbare with the Federation and the reply given by CLW is comprehensive covering all the doubts on the issue. There appears to be
no issue outstanding for discussion. The long pending item may be'closed'.
16/2013
Non-grant of benefit under MACP Scheme to the Stock Verifiers working in Zonal
Railways/Production Units-reg.
The relevant instructions for allowing benefit of MACPS to Stock Verifiers by not reckoning their promotion from AA to ASV
have been issued vide Board's letter dt.1 9.12.2016 (RBE No.156/2016). Thus, the item may be "CLOSED".
17/2013
Grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme - Wrongful clarification issued by the Railway Board.
Basically, the item is regarding grant of higher Grade Pay under MACPS in cases where feeder and promotional grade
posts are in same Grade Pay. Meanwhile Federation vide their letter dt.22.09.2016 had requested to make available the copy
of reference made to DoP&T and reply thereto. Accordingly, the desired information has been furnished to the Federation vide Board's letter dt. 06.10.2016. Moreover, DoP&T being the nodal department of Govt. on MACPS, this Ministry can not deviate from the instructions/clarifications issued by them.
As such, there appears to be no issue outstanding for discussion. The item may be'Closed'.
19/2014
Denial of revised V CPC pay scale - Injustice meted out to Midwives on Western Railway.
As desired by the Federation, the matter has been examined based on the information regarding recruitment qualification and pay scale at the time of recruitment obtained from Western Railway and reply to Federation has been issued vide Board's letter dt.12.05.2016. As such, no action is pending. The item may be.CLOSED".
15/2015
Grant of financial upgradation under MACPS to SSE -Drawing (formerly diploma holder tracers) appointed against D.R. Quota vacancies as Assistant Draftsman (presently JE- Drawing with GP-4200 in PB-2) - reg.
As requested by the Federation vide their letter dt. 22.09.16 to examine the matter in context of their letter No.lV/MACPS/09/Part 10, dt. 09.05.2016. Accordingly, the matter has been examined and replied to NFIR vide Board's letter dt. 21 .10.2016.
Further, DoP&T has already been consulted on the issue and they have not agreed to the proposal saying that the services should be reckoned from the date of direct recruitment as mentioned in the policy circular issued in this regard. As no other course of action appears to be left available, the item may be 'closed'.
46/2015
Grant of financial upgradation under MACPS to the Technical Supervisors of DC Traction and presently working as JE/SSE.
As requested by the Federation, the matter has been reviewed based on the
information obtained from Central Railway as well as in light of the extant instructions on the subject and accordingly. Federation have been replied vide Board's letter dt. 21.02.2017. There appears no other course of action to be left available.
47/2015
Grant of MACP to the former Traffic Signallers/A2 Signallers absorbed as ASMs/SMs on North Eastern Railway-reg.
As requested by the Federation to examine the matter in context of their letter dt.12.09.2016. The same has accordingly been examined and replied to the Federation vide Board's letter
dt.02.01.2017.
24/2016
Denial of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme to the serving Graduate Clerks inducted againist LDCE Quota on East Coast Railway.
As decided in the meeting held on 19th  & 20th  May, 2016, E.Co.Railway have been asked to advise the rule and methodology under which the pay of the employees promoted as Sr. Clerks through LDCE against 13 1/3 % quota has been fixed. Reply from E.Co.Railway isawaited. Further, as per para 2 of Board's letter dt. 18.06.81 and also in terms of Board's letter dt. 07.10.97 benefit of pay fixation has been allowed on promotion to Sr. Clerks post through LDCE. Therefore, this promotion has to be counted for the purpose of MACPS.

Position/remarks on other MACPS issues raised by NFIR
Item No.
Issues
Position/remarks
1.
Financial upgradation under MACPS to the directly recruited Graduate Engg-Considering entry grade pay as Rs.4600/- for the purpose of MACP to all the directly recruited Engg. Graduates in Design/Drawing Cadre and other Cadres.
The matter has been consulted with DoPT and they have advised that the demand does not cover in the MACPS as the Scheme provides for counting service from direct entry grade. Further, DoPT being the nodal department, this Ministry can not deviate from the instructions issued by them. There appears to be no issue outstanding for discussion. Thus, the item may be'Closed'.
2.
Third financial upgradation under MACPS on completion of 20 years of service from the first promotion or 10 years after second promotion or 30 years after regular appointment whichever is earlier.
The matter has twice been examined in consultation with DoP&T and DoP&T has not agreed for the same. Moreover, DoP&T
being the nodal deptt., this Ministry is not in position to deviate from the instructionsiclarifications issued by them.
As such, there appears to be no other option left.
The long pending item may be'closed'.
3.
Grant of financial upgradation under MACP in the promotional hierarchy- (instead of Grade Pay hierarchy)- as per judgment of various Courts.
The factual position/details about the cadres where ACP Scheme is more advantageous than MACPS as contended by the Federations have ascertained from Railways. The same is under examination.
4.
MACP benefits to railway employees-
Cases of employees joining another unit/organization on request. (Railway Board's Letter No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dt. 31/01/2013 NFIR's letter dt 29/07/2013).
As desired by the Staff Side, necessary instructions have been issued vide Board's letter dt.23.11.2015 (RBE No.147/2015) and thereafter a corrigendum has also been issued vide Board's letter dt.17.02.2016 (RBE No. 19/2016).
5.
Provision of all benefits on financial upgradation under MACPS-including entitlements for travel & treatment in hospital etc.
In the meeting Staff Side was requested to come out with specific entitlement which are being denied to such Staff. No reply from the Staff Side has been received so far.
6.
Non-grant of benefit of financial upgradation under MACPS to the staff on North Western Railway.
As decided in the meeting, the matter has been examined after obtaining information from N.W.Railway and reply to the Staff Side has been issued vide Board's letter
dated 17.03.2017.
7.
Grant of financial upgradation under MACPS to the Staff who are in the same Grade Pay for more than 20 years.
The matter has twice been examined in consultation with DoP&T and DoP&T has not agreed for the same. Moreover, Dop&T being the nodal deptt., this Ministry is not in
position to deviate from the instructions/clarifications issued by them. As such, there appears to be no other option left.
The long item pending may be 'closed'.
8.
Abolition of pay scales and introduction of upgraded pay scale with revised designation - SSE Drawing clarification on Entry Grade Pay.
Federation has requested that the matter may be examined in context of their letter dt.05.09.2016. Accordingly, the same has been duly examined in consultation wit DoP&T and reply to Federation has been issued vide Board's letter dt. 19.10.2016.
9
Non-grant of financial upgradation under MACPS to Stock Verifiers working in Zonal Railways/PUs.
The relevant instructions for allowing benefit of MACPS to Stock Verifiers by not reckoning their promotion from AA to ASV have been issued vide Board's letter dt. 19.12.2016 (RBE No.156/2016).
Thus, the item may be "CLOSED".
10.
Grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme- Wrongful clarifications issued by the Railway Board.
Basically, the item is regarding grant of higher Grade Pay under MACPS in cases where feeder and promotional grade posts are in same Grade pay. Federation vide their letter dt. 22.09.2016 have requested to make available the copy of reference made to DoP&T and reply thereto. Accordingly, the desired information has been furnished to the Federation vide Board's letter dt. 06.10.2016. Moreover, DoP&T being the nodal department of Govt. on MACPS, this Ministry can not deviate from the instructions/clarifications issued by them. As such, there appears to be no issue outstanding for discussion.
The item may be'Closed'.
11.
Wrong implementation of MACP Scheme in IT Cadre/Granting of financial benefit under MACP Scheme to EDP Staff.
The matter has been consulted with DoPT and they have advised to examine and decide the matter in terms of clarification No.35 of DoP&T's OM dt. 18.7.2001. Accordingly, the same is under examination.
Source: NFIR

Department competitive examinations should not be taken as a promotion for MACP - AISBCEU

Department competitive examinations should not be taken as a promotion for MACP - AISBCEU

Request to issue clarification order to implement the Supreme Court SLP No: 4848/2016 Dt: 16.08.2016 and consider the MACP for all eligible officials

ALL INDIA SAVINGS BANK CONTROL EMPLOYEES UNION
(Service union under Dept. of Posts)
CHQ UNION WEBSITE: http://www.aisbceu.blogspot.in/
[HQ- A-174 MAHESH NAGAR, 80FEET ROAD NEAR TONK FATAK, JAIPUR 302015 RAJASTHAN CIRCLE]
V. K. MOURYA
PRESIDENT
SUPERVISOR SBCO LODHI ROAD HO
NEW DELHI 110 003
CELL: 09560715891, 09013449688        
Email:
BHARAT B. SHARMA
GENERAL SECRETARY
PA (ICO SB) O/o THE CPMG
RAJASTHAN CIRCLE, JAIPUR 302007
CELL: 9413453844
Email: sharmab311@gmail.com
N. SREENIVASULU
TREASURER
SBCO,DHARMAVARAM HO 515671
ANDHARA PRADESH CIRCLE
CELL: 9440084328
Email: seenu.sbco@gmail.com
CHQ Lr.No: AISBCEU/SLP-MACP CLARIFICATION/04-2017 

Dated at Jaipur-302015 the 08.04.2017

To
Sri.B.V.Sudhakar
The Secretary [Posts]
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi -110001  [Email ID: secretary-posts@indiapost.gov.in]
                                        
Respected Sir,
Sub: Request to issue clarification order to implement the Supreme Court SLP No: 4848/2016 Dt: 16.08.2016 and consider the MACP for all eligible officials-reg

Ref:  1. Dte.Lr.No: 22-612000-P. E. I (Pt.) Dt: 16.02.2017
         2. Dte.Lr.No.2-19/2015-PCC Dt. 01.03.2017

Our Union wishes to bring your kind notice about the recent Supreme Court judgement in the SLP No: 4848/2016 Dt: 16.08.2016 in favour of Sri.D.Sivakumar, RTD SPM to grant MACP w.e.f. 01.09.2008 and the Directorate’s order to implement the same vide Lr.No. No.2-19/2015-PCC Dt.01.03.2017.

The intention of the Supreme Court judgement on the basis of above mentioned SLP, the promotions of the officials through Department competitive examinations should not be taken as a promotion for MACP. In our Department, most of the officials were promoted from lower grade to Postal Assistant and it was considered as one promotion and their MACP-III was declined to many officials and they have retired without availing MACP –III promotion.

In one of the other Supreme court Special Leave Petition order vide No: 35654/2015 Dt: 13.02.2017, it is mentioned that “Learned counsel appearing for the Union of India, referring to the affidavit filed by the Joint Secretary, submits that on an overall view of justice, the Government of India has decided to extend the benefit of the judgment to all similarly situated persons. The article 141 of Indian constitution envisages that the judgement declared by the Supreme Court is binding to the similar cases also.

As such, our Union wishes to bring your kind notice about the recent Directorate order No: 22-612000-P. E. I (Pt.) Dt: 16.02.2017 on the directions by the Supreme Court in SLP No.35654/2015 to reconsider the TBOP/BCR revision for considering placement under TBOP/BCR Scheme in cases where seniors are considered for placement at par with their juniors with a direction to complete the process with a TIME BOUND manner.

Likewise since, it is one of the welfare issue of the official’s MACP promotion, it is kindly requested to issue necessary clarification to extend the above Supreme court judgement to all officials MACP promotions without out counting the promotions through Department competitive examinations, as ordered in the SLP No: 35654/2015.

Thanking you, Sir.

Yours faithfully,
[BHARAT.B.SHARMA, GENERAL SECRETARY]


India Post Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) Recruitment 2017 – 10935 vacancies in various circles

India Post Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) Recruitment 2017 – 10935 vacancies in various circles
India Post under Ministry of Communication has issued notification through all circles regarding the recruitment of Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS). A total of 10935 vacancies have been notified at present by the appointing authorities. Moreover, some of the state/circle not yet published their vacancies.

Detailed information such as post name, qualification, age limit, pay scale, selection process, application fee and important dates etc. given in the notification separately for Circle/State.
S.No
Circle/State
Vacancies
1
Andhra Pradesh
1126
2
Assam
467
3
Bihar
0
4
Chattisgarh
123
5
Delhi
16
6
Gujarat
0
7
Haryana
438
8
Himachal Pradesh
391
9
Jammukashmir
0
10
Jharkhand
256
11
Karnataka
1048
12
Kerala
0
13
Madhya Pradesh
1859
14
Maharashtra
1789
15
North Eastern
0
16
Odisha
1072
17
Punjab
0
18
Rajasthan
1577
19
Tamilnadu
128
20
Telangana
645
21
Uttar Pradesh
0
22
Uttarakhand
0
23
West Bengal
0


10935
Candidates are advised to go through the official notification and follow the instructions for applying the post.

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NRI Investments in NPS

NRI Investments in NPS 

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Retirement Adviser) Regulations were notified in the year 2016. The objective of the Regulations is to provide a framework for eligibility of Retirement Advisers, their registration process, fees etc. of Retirement Advisers (RA) and to define the scope of work and responsibility of the Retirement Advisers to ensure orderly growth of pension sector

In order to expand the National Pension System (NPS) to NRIs, PFRDA has decided to amend the PFRDA (Retirement Adviser) Regulations, 2016 in order to facilitate RA to provide onboarding and advisory services to the NRIs. 

Non Resident Indians (NRIs) between the ages of 18-60 years are eligible to join NPS on voluntary basis. NRIs have also been provided the online facility to open account under NPS besides the conventional mode of account opening through the Points-of-Presence (PoPs). 

As on 30.03.2017, 2611 NRIs have subscribed to NPS, out of which 1401 NRIs have joined NPS during the financial year 2016-17. 

This was stated by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

Source: PIB News

Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digidhan Vyapar Yojana for digital payments of less than Rs.1600

 Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digidhan Vyapar Yojana for digital payments of less than Rs.1600 

Mega Prizes of Rs. 1 crore, Rs.50 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh for Consumers making digital payments of less than Rs.1600 

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
NITI Aayog

09-April-2017 16:58 IST

Mega Prizes of Rs. 1 crore, Rs.50 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh for Consumers making digital payments of less than Rs.1600 

President picks up the lucky winners from the 100th draw of lots under Digital Payments Promotion Schemes; lauds Aadhar and says India is at the cusp of a digital revolution 

Prime Minister to felicitate the winners on 14th April, Ambedkar Jayanti in Nagpur 

 Digital transactions have gathered momentum giving a fillip to the less cash economy post demonetization thanks to the initiatives taken by the Government. NITI Aayog’s two schemes- Lucky Grahak Yojana for consumers and the Digidhan Vyapar Yojana for the merchants have played a catalytic role in making it a mass movement.

A mega draw of lots was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan today to select the winners of the Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana. The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee picked up six lucky winners on the final day of the 100 day scheme. In the consumer category, three mega Prizes of Rs. 1 crore, Rs.50 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh went to the Consumers using Rupay Debit Cards making digital payment of less than Rs.1000. Three mega prizes for merchants worth Rs. 50 lakh, Rs. 25 lakh and Rs. 12 lakh were also declared at the event through the 100th mega draw. The details are as follows-

Consumers Category:

Merchant Category:  

The winners will be felicitated by the Prime Minister on April 14th, 2017 at Nagpur, on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti.

Union Ministers Shri Ravishankar Prasad, Shri Kalraj Mishra, Shri Thavarchand Gehlot, Shri Jual Oram, Shri Piyush Goyal, Shri Santosh Gangwar, Shri Rao Inderjeet Singh along with the Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog  Shri Aravind Panagariya, CEO NITI Aayog Shri Amitabh Kant and senior officials attended the event. 

In his address, the President Pranab Mukherjee urged all citizens to extend their unstinted support to the mission of a less cash India. He said India is on the cusp of a digital revolution. More than one billion Indians have a unique identity number in Aadhaar with a biometric identifier which is unique in its own way. He appreciated that the Aadhaar enabled payment system has made digital payments possible for even those section of the population who may not have mobile phones. The President complemented the Government on its bold initiatives for promoting the culture of digital payment in the country. He said it was in line with such bold initiatives that the Parliament made a new beginning in Financial Management through passage of Annual Budget by March 31, 2017. 

The two schemes were launched on December 25th, 2016. Under the scheme, daily, weekly and monthly rewards worth Rs. 256 crore has been disbursed to over 16 lakh citizens over the past 100 days for making and accepting small transactions digitally. Modeled after a careful study of best practices undertaken internationally to create an economy that is minimally reliant on cash, the schemes have been executed over a period of 100 days. Combined with Digi Dhan Melas held across India, in 100 cities over a period of 100 days, the initiative has had a transformational impact in enabling the adoption of digital payment methods in all walks of life.  

Over the past 100 days, everyday 15,000 consumers have qualified for total prize money of Rs. 1.5 crore. Additionally, 14,000 weekly winners, both consumers and merchants, have received a total prize money of over Rs. 8.3 crore every week.  Customers and merchants using RuPay Card, BHIM / UPI (Bharat Interface for Money / Unified Payments Interface), USSD based *99# service and Aadhaar Enabled Payment Service (AePS) have been eligible for wining daily and weekly lucky draw prizes.

“The draw has seen a positive impact from various age groups and occupations in adopting digital payments methods. We have seen a steady increase in the number of transactions made using all payment methods,” said A. P. Hota, MD & CEO, NPCI, which has been responsible for conducting the draws.

An analysis of digital payments’ users across India reveals that Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Karnataka have emerged as the top five states / UTs with maximum number of winners. An analysis of winners profiles’ reveals that they are spread across a range of occupational categories including salaried employees, housewives, farmers and daily wage labourers. While majority of the winners were in the age group of 21 to 30 years, there are also a significant number of winners who are above 60 years of age.

Over 18 million people have downloaded Bharat Interface for Money or the BHIM App, creating a new world record. The UPI based transactions crossed Rs.2000 crore mark in the month of March showing an increase of 20% since January this year. The rise in digital transactions is a reflection of the people’s resolve to give a push to the Prime Minister’s quest for ending the black money through digital payments and penetration of formal finance in the hinterland of the country. Digital payment methods are now gaining the proportions of a mass movement.

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