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Travelling Allowance Rules - Implementation of the recommendation of Seventh Central Pay Commission reg.

Travelling Allowance Rules - Implementation of the recommendation of Seventh Central Pay Commission reg.

Government of India / Bharat Sarkar
Ministry of Railways / Rail Mantralaya
(Railway Board)
PC.VII No. 61
RBE No138/2017

No.F(E)I/2017/AL-28/41
New Delhi, dated 25.09,2017

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub: Travelling Allowance Rules - Implementation of the recommendation of Seventh Central Pay Commission reg.

In partial modification of Board's letter of even number dated 24.08.2017 on the subject, it has been decided by Board that para 2.A (i) & (ii) may be modified to read as under:

(i) Officers in level 14 and above, while on tour may be entitled for'Air Travel in "J"/ Business Class.

(ii) All other Officers, otherwise authorized to travel by Air may be entitied to Travel by economy class.'

Further, it has also been decided by Board that in partial modification of item i (vii) of Board's letter No.2015-B-235 dated 27.07.2017, Officers in JAG/SG would be entitled for one way travel by economy class, if required on justification that Air travel is unavoidable. For JAG/SG cases of Air Travel, conditions mentioned in Note under para-22 of Delegation of powers to GM circulated vide Board's letter No.F(X)II-2O15/PW/7 dated 12.06.2017 will need to be complied with.

3. These orders will take effect from the date of issue of this letter.

sd/-
(Sonali Chaturvedi)
Dy. Director Finance (Estt),
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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7th CPC Health and Malaria Allowance

Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission as accepted by the Government- Health and Malaria Allowance – RBE 159/2017

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
(MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
PC-VII No. 7 0
RBE No. 159/2017
New Delhi, dated 27.10.2017
No. E(P&A)I-2017 /SP-1/Genl-2

The General Managers and Principal Financial Advisers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units.

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission as accepted by the Government- Health and Malaria Allowance.

Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to revise the rates of Health and Malaria Allowance, granted to Health and Malaria Inspectors (Health Inspectors) in Indian Railways. The allowance will be paid as per cell R3H3 of the Risk and Hardship Matrix. The rate of this allowance will be Rs. 1000/- per month upto level 8 in Pay Matrix (VII CPC) and ~1200/per month for level 9 and above in Pay Matrix(VII CPC).

2. The rate of this allowance will further increase by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent.

3. The revised rates of allowance shall be admissible with effect from Ist  July, 2017.

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

5. Please acknowledge receipt.

No. E(P&A)I-2017 /SP-1/Genl-2

(Anil Kumar)
Dy. Director/E(P&A)-1
Railway Board
New Delhi, dated 27 .10.2017

Source: AIRF

Mass Dharna before Parliament Against Anti-worker, Anti-people and Anti-national Policies

Mass Dharna before Parliament Against Anti-worker, Anti-people and Anti-national Policies

CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS AND INDEPENDENT FEDERATIONS HAVE DECIDED TO GO AHEAD WITH MAHA DHARNA AFTER TALKS WITH LABOUR MINISTER.

The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions, comprising Central Trade Union Organisations and all major industry/establishment wise federations have decided to stage three days’ mass dharna before Parliament against the anti-worker, anti-people and anti-national policies of the Central Govt on 9-11 November 2017. The Joint Trade Union Platform represents workers and employees from all major sectors of industries and services viz., coal, steel, transport, telecom, petroleum, electricity, port & docks, engineering, construction, scheme-workers etc and employees of Central Govt and state govt, Railways, banks, insurance, defence production, etc. This ‘mahapadav’ is intended to demand the government to concede the unanimous demands which the joint trade union movement has been raising since the last over eight years. It is a step towards preparation for the next higher phase of united struggles including indefinite countrywide strike action, if the government continues to ignore the demands of the workers and proceed with its pro corporate agenda.

The anti-people and anti worker policies of Govt at the centre are inflicting horrific miseries and hardships on the crores of common people from every walk of life. Unemployment is getting aggravated with every passing day, calling the bluff on the Modi Govt’s promise of generating additional two crore employment every year. In fact employment generation has already turned negative following the increasing phenomenon of closure and shut-down of industries. Demonetisation, under the utterly false pretext of curbing black money, had further depressed wages and perpetuated closure of industries. It has shattered the entire economy, particularly the unorganised sector, the SME sector and the small traders and peasants in turn adversely impacting the lives, wages and earnings of crores of toiling people. Even after one year, the economy is yet to recover from its damaging impact. Hasty implementation of GST had further aggravated the miseries of people through fuelling price rise and jeopardising services, trade and various occupations. Despite the sharp fall in international price of crude oil, the government refuses to pass on the relief to the common people; instead, the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas are continuously increased resulting in cascading effect on the prices of all essential commodities.

The Govt has been arrogantly ignoring the 12 point charter of demands including minimum wage, social security and workers’ status and accompanying benefits for the scheme workers; it is going ahead with privatisation and mass scale contractorisation. The constitutional and statutory provisions for ensuring ‘same wages and benefits for same work’ are being denied to contract workers despite Supreme Court’s categorical judgment. The Govt has recklessly embarked upon privatisation of all public utility services like health, education, transport, Indian Railways, financial services electricity, water etc through multiple routes including whole sale outsourcing. It has allowed 100% FDI in almost all sensitive sectors including defence production, railways, oil, minerals, port and dock etc. It is destroying indigenous production capabilities to serve the interests of MNCs, under the dubious veil of “Make in India” slogan. The national interests are being severely compromised through such disastrous moves.

In addition, in order to promote “ease of doing business”, the Govt has embarked on arrogant pro-employer amendments of all labour laws aimed at imposing conditions of slavery on the working people. Already, the text of the Code on Wages Bill, Code on Industrial Relations Bill, Code on Social Security Bill, Factory (Amendment) Bill etc are in public domain. All these are designed to push the overwhelming majority of workers and employees out of the regulatory purview of most of the labour laws, curb workers’ right to form unions and protest/agitate including right to strike, and dismantle whatever existing meagre social security provisions.

Simultaneously, the communal forces, with the open and active patronage of the Govt and ruling polity are carrying out a dubious divisive and disruptive campaign to spread hatred among people, killing innocent people, particularly from the most downtrodden sections. The country is witnessing the conspiracy to create unprecedented disruption in the unity of the toiling people of the country. Trade unions are fighting against such disastrous designs of spreading poison of disruption in the society.

The Govt’s response to the 12 point charter of demands, in the meeting with all central Trade Unions called by the Labour Ministry on 7th November 2017, remains virtually negative on all counts reflecting their bias against the interests of the mass of the working people.

In totality, the policies of the Govt are destructive towards the interests of the workers, farmers and the common people at large and also against the national interest.

Representing the workers who generate the GDP and the wealth for the country, the true patriotic people concerned about welfare of all sections of toiling people, the Joint platform of united trade union movement is in a struggle to save the people and the country and force a reversal of the anti-people and anti-national policy regime. This determination is getting reflected in numerous struggles, agitations and strikes in various sectors of the economy, both organised and unorganised, during the intervening period. Lakhs of workers from all over the country and across the sectors are going to converge in the massive three days dharna before the Parliament on 9-11 November 2017 to pave the way for further heightened resistance struggle in the days to come to reverse and defeat the anti-people and anti-national policy regime in order to save the country and the people.

      INTUC | AITUC | HMS | CITU | AIUTUC | TUCC |

SEWA | AICCTU | LPF| UTUC

Source: Confederation

House Building Advance 2017 : 7th CPC HBA rules for Central Government Employees

7th CPC : House Building Advance (HBA) rules for Central Government Employees

House Building Advance 2017

The Government has revised the House Building Advance (HBA) rules for Central Government Employees incorporating the accepted recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Following are the salient features of the new rules:-

1. The total amount of advance that a central government employee can borrow from government has been revised upwards. The employee can up to borrow 34 months of the basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs. 25 lakhs (Rs. Twenty Five Lakhs only), or cost of the house/flat, or the amount according to repaying capacity, whichever is the least for new construction/purchase of new house/flat. Earlier this limit was only Rs.7.50 lakhs.

2. Similarly, the HBA amount for expansion of the house has been revised to a maximum of Rs.10 lakhs or 34 months of basic pay or cost of the expansion of the house or amount according to repaying capacity, whichever is least. This amount was earlier Rs.1.80 lakhs.

3. The cost ceiling limit of the house which an employee can construct/ purchase has been revised to Rs.1.00 crore with a proviso of upward revision of 25% in deserving cases. The earlier cost ceiling limit was Rs.30 lakhs.

4. Both spouses, if they are central government employees, are now eligible to take HBA either jointly, or separately. Earlier only one spouse was eligible for House Building Advance.

5. There is a provision for individuals migrating from home loans taken from Financial Institutions/ Banks to HBA, if they so desire.

6. The provision for availing ‘second charge’ on the house for taking loans to fund balance amount from Banks/ Financial Institutions has been simplified considerably. ‘No Objection Certificate’ will be issued along with sanction order of HBA, on employee’s declaration.

7. Henceforth, the rate of Interest on Housing Building Advance shall be at only one rate of 8.50% at simple interest (in place of the earlier four slabs of bearing interest rates ranging from 6% to 9.50% for different slabs of HBA which ranged from Rs.50,000/- to Rs.7,50,000/-) .

8. This rate of interest shall be reviewed every three years. All cases of subsequent tranches/ installments of HBA being taken by the employee in different financial years shall be governed by the applicable rate of interest in the year in which the HBA was sanctioned, in the event of change in the rate of interest. HBA is admissible to an employee only once in a life time.

9. The clause of adding a higher rate of interest at 2.5% (two point five percent) above the prescribed rate during sanction of House Building Advance stands withdrawn. Earlier the employee was sanctioned an advance at an interest rate of 2.5% above the scheduled rates with the stipulation that if conditions attached to the sanction including those relating to the recovery of amount are fulfilled completely, to the satisfaction of the competent authority, a rebate of interest to the extent of 2.5% was allowed.

10. The methodology of recovery of HBA shall continue as per the existing pattern recovery of principal first in the first fifteen years in 180 monthly instalments and interest thereafter in next five years in 60 monthly instalments.

11. The house/flat constructed/purchased with the help of House Building advance can be insured with the private insurance companies which are approved by Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA).

12. This attractive package is expected to incentivize the government employee to buy house/ flat by taking the revised HBA along with other bank loans, if required. This will give a fillip to the Housing infrastructure sector.

Source: PIB News

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