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7% DA Order for Armed Forces Officers and PBOR including NCs(E)

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Payment of Dearness Allowance to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E)- Revised rates effective from 1st January 2018

7% DA Order for Armed Forces Officers and PBOR including NCs(E)

F.No.1(2)/2004/D(Pay/Services)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

New Delhi, the 28th March, 2018

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

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) – Revised rates effective from 1st January, 2018.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter No.1(2)/2004/D(Pay/Services) dated 3rd October 2017, on the subject cited above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank, including Non-Combatants (Enrolled), shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 5% to 7% of the basic pay with effect from 1st January, 2018.

2. The term ‘basic pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc

3. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of Pay rules of Defence Force Personnel.

4. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

5. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of March, 2018.

6. This letter issues with the concurrence of Finance Division of this Ministry vide their Dy. No.79-PA dated 26.03.18 based on Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) O.M. No.1/1/2018-E.II(B), dated 15th March, 2018.

Yours faithfully,
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(T.D.Prashanth Rao)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


Authority: https://mod.gov.in/

Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2018 – Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar - Dopt Order

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Declaration of Closed Holiday on 14.4.2018 – DoPT Order

Declaration of Closed Holiday on 14.4.2018 for all Central Government Offices on account of the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

No.12/6/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (JCA-2) Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 2nd April, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2018 – Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

It has been decided to declare Saturday, the 14th Aplil 2018, as a Closed Holiday on account of the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, for all Central Government Offices including Industrial Establishtments throughout India.

2. The above holiday is also being notified in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (26 of 1881)

3. All Ministries/Departments of Government of India may bring the above decision to the notice of all concerned.

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(D.K.Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India


Authority: http://dopt.gov.in/

Re-fixation of pay of Running Staff in 7th CPC pay level – NFIR

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Re-fixation of pay of Running Staff in 7th CPC pay level – NFIR

No.I/2/Part IV

Dated: 02/04/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Re-fixation of pay of Running Staff in 7th CPC pay level-reg.
Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 05/2017.
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/IC/2 dated 21/08/2017 (RBE No. 99/2017)
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. I/2/Part IV dated 20/02/2018.
(iv) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VIII/2017/R-U/37 dated 07/03/2018 addressed to GS/NFIR.

With reference to reply received from Railway Board vide letter dated 07/03/2018. Federation cites below the specific cases where the running staff promoted during the period July and December, 2016 have not been granted pay re-fixation duly obtaining their option.

(i) On Raipur Division of South East Central Railway, 53 Guard (Goods) PB-I + GP 2800/- were promoted to Senior Guard (Goods) in PB-2 + GP 4200/- on dated 29/07/2016. A copy of notification issued by the Sr. DPO, Raipur Division on 27/07/2016 is enclosed as Annexure to this letter.

(ii) Similarly, 127 Assistant Loco Pilot in PB-I + GP 2400/- were promoted to Loco Pilot (Goods) PB-2 + GP 4200/- on 08th December, 2016 on Kota Division on West Central Railway.

Federation also visualizes that there might be similar cases of Running and other category staff on the different Divisions/Zones where the re-option opportunity not given, resulting loss of fixation benefit.

In this connection, Federation desires to state that in the above situations, the staff were eligible to be continued in the 6th CPC grade pay on promotion and equally opt for a date from which, they should be switched over to 7th CPC pay. These staff when submitted their options to the respective Administrations, they were denied the pay fixation after promotion date, though permissible under the rules. Cases cited above are sufficient to prove that injustice has been done to those promoted in between July and December, 2016 by denying option for pay fixation in 7th CPC pay level after the date of promotion.

NFIR therefore, once again requests the Railway Board to issue clear; classificatory instructions to the Zones, Production Units etc for allowing pay re-fixation in respect of staff who have been promoted during July-December, 2016 on the basis of their option/re-option.

A copy of instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary.

Source: NFIR

Equal Opportunities, Protection and Rights to Persons with Disabilities

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Equal Opportunities, Protection and Rights to Persons with Disabilities

“Applicability of provisions of “Persons with Disabilities (Equal opportunities, protection and rights and full participation) Act, 1995”

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

RBE No.46/2018

No.F(E)III/2008/PN1/12

New Delhi, dated 23.03.2018

The GMs/Prinicipal Financial Advisers,
All Zonal Railways/Production Units etc.,
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Retirement of Government Servant under Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Central Civil Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules-applicability of provisions of “Persons with Disabilities (Equal opportunities, protection and rights and full participation) Act, 1995”.

A copy of Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M. 21/1/16-P&PW(F) dated 30th September, 2016 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also. Rule 38, 48 & 48-A of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, correspond to Rule 55,66 & 67 of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993 respectively and Civil Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1939 correspond to Railway Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1993. Department of Personnel & Training’s O.Ms No. 18017/1/2014-Estt.(L) dated 25.02.2015 and No. 25012/1/2015-Estt.(A-IV) dated 19.05.2015 referred to in the enclosed O.M. dated 30.09.2016, have been adopted on Railways vide this office’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2017/CPC/LE-5 dated 30.08.2017.

(G. Priya Sudarsani)
Joint Director, Finance (Estt.),
Railway Board.

Source: NFIR

Appointment on Compassionate Grounds – Railway Board Order

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Appointment on Compassionate Grounds – Railway Board Orders

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

RBE No.42/2018

No.E(NG)II/2018/RC-1/5

New Delhi, dated 21.03.2018

The General Manager(P)
All Indian Railways & PU.

Sub: Appointment on compassionate grounds.

The issue of considering appointment of compassionate grounds(CG) to sons/daughters, born through other than first legally married wife has been engaging the attention of this Ministry for quite some time, in the backdrop of partial quashing of CG related instructions contained in this Ministry’s letter dated 02.01.1992 regarding such appointments, by the Hon’ble High Court/Calcutta in the case (WPCT 20 of 2009) Namita Goldar & Ors. Vs UOI & Others.

2. In this reard, Railway Board has taken into account following observations of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, on the subject of CG appointment, in the case of State Bank of India & another Vs Rajkumar, (Civil appeal No. 1641 of 2010):

“it is now well settled that appointment on compassionate grounds is not a source of recruitment. On the other hand it is an exception to the general rule that recruitment to public services should be on the basis of merit, by an open invitation providing equal opportunity to all eligible persons to participate in the selection process. The dependants of employees, who die in harness, do not have any special claim or right to employment, except by way of the concession that may be extended by the employer under the Rules or by a separate scheme, to enable the family of the deceased to get over the sudden financial crisis. The claim for compassionate appointment is, therefore, traceable only to the scheme framed by the employer for such employment and there is no right whatsoever out side such scheme…”

3. Railway Board has also taken into account following observation of Hon’ble High Court of Jharkhand (Ranchi) in writ petition No. WP(S) 16 of 2014 (pronounced on 24.07.2014) “Compassionate appointment is a matter of policy of the employer and the employer cannot be compelled to provide compassionate appointment contrary to its policy/scheme. When there is specific circular which clearly provides that the children of second marriage of the employee shall not be eligible for compassionate appointment, no direction can be issued to the respondents to consider the case of the petitioner”

4. The matter has been examined and in supersession of this Ministry’s letter dated 02.01.1992 issued under RBE No. 01/1992 and No. E(NG)II/2012/RC-1/21 dated 03.04.2013, it has been decided that the first right of being considered for compassionate grounds appointment is vested, in cases of death of Railway servants while in service, with the legally wedded surviving widow provided she has not remarried at the time of making request for appointments on compassionate grounds. It is clarified that in cases of those Railway Servants who are governed by the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, there can only be one one legally wedded wife/widow, as second marriage, while spouse is living, is void/voidable in view of the Section 5(1) read with Section 11 of the Act. In this respect, Railway Board’s letter No. E(D&A) 92 GS 1-1 dated 10.04.1992 connects.

5. If aforementioned legally wedded suriving widow does not want herself to be considered for compassionate grounds appointment, she can nominate, for CG appointment, a “bread winner” for the family from amongst the following”

(a) In cases of those Railway Servants who are governed by the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 : Son(including adopted son); or daughter(including widowed/ adopted/married/divorced daughter). However, if such Railway Servant has left sons/daughters, who have been treated as legitimate or deemed to be legitimate, under Section 16 of Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, neither widow can nominate them as bread winner for CG appointment nor such sons/daughters can claim CG appointment.

(b) In cases of those Railway Servants who are governed by their respective Personal Laws: Son(including adopted son); or daughter(including widowed/ adopted/married/divorced daughter). However, if such Railway Servant has left sons/daughters through second/subsequent legally valid marriages, i.e. other than through first wife and deceased Railway Servant have failed to obtain requisite permission for such second/subsequent marriage as required under section 21 (relating to restrictions regarding marriage) of the Railway Services (Conduct) Rules, 1966, neither first widow/second/subsequent widow can nominate such sons/daughters as bread winner for CG appointment nor such sons/daughters can claim CG appointment. Moreover, such second/subsequent widow also would not have any right to seek compassionate grounds appointment.

6. All Zonal Railway/PUs/Units are directed to decide cases accordingly.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt. (N) II,
Railway Board.


Source: NFIR

Review of hard and tenure stations – CGDA

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Review of hard and tenure stations – CGDA

OFFICE OF CONTROLLER GENERAL OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
ULAN BATAR MARG. PALAM, DELHI CANTT – 110010

Circular No. 25012(1)(17)/AN-X/Unpopular

Dated: 28/03/2018

To
All PCsDA’PCA(Fys)/PIFAs/CsDA/IFAs’CFA (FYS)

Subject: Review of hard and tenue stations
Reference: HQrs office letter No.25012/AN/X/2014 dated 15.17.2014.

As you are that certain stations have been categorized as ‘Hard’ and ‘Tenure’ stations for the purpose of transfer/posting. In order to rotate staff/officers at hard and tenure stations, a fixed tenure has been prescribed for each of the stations.

2. The service conditions and the accessibility of facilities at various hard and tenure stations continue to change from time to time. Overall economic and infrastructural development in these areas cans for a review from time to time. Hence, the competent authority has decided to review the status of all hard and tenure stations.

3. In order to take an appropriate view on continuation/discontinuation addition of any new station in this category, it is requested that your considered views in respect of hard and tenure stations falling under your jurisdiction may be communicated to HQrs office latest by 15th April 2018 in the enclosed proforma. While forwarding your comments, the degree of climatic/topographic hardships at these stations, availability of basic facilities like schools, hospitals, accommodation etc., accessibility of the station by rail or road or any other mean and effect of revised tenure on volunteers for different stations, if any, may be taken into
consderation.

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(Kavita Garg)
Sr.Dy.CGDA (AN)


Authority: http://cgda.nic.in/

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES NEWS UPDATES MARCH 2018

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES NEWS UPDATES MARCH 2018

GG Employees Latest News (19 to  31 Mar 2018)

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BHAVISHYA – Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System

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BHAVISHYA – Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System

An Initiative of Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

BHAVISHYA
Department of P&PW has introduced an online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System called ‘BHAVISHYA’. Actions for timely payment of retirement dues and issue of Pension Payment Order (PPO) start one years before the date of retirement of the employee. There are a number of intervening stages and the system will pinpoint delays at each stage to enable timely interventions. The tracking can be done by the retiring employee as well as the administrative authorities.

In addition, forms required during the process are available in electronic format. The retiring employee can fill the forms online. It facilitates the administrative authorities by processing the claims and passing on the calculated amounts and other details to the Pay and Accounts Offices. The new system will also capture personal information, service data and contact details like mobile number and e-mail etc. The retiring employees will be kept informed of the progress of pension sanction process through SMS/E-mail.

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has implemented an online system called ‘BHAVISHYA’ for retiring central government civil employees. The system provides for on-line tracking of pension sanction and payment process. Tracking can be done by the individual as well as the administrative authorities for all actions preparatory to grant of pension and other retirement benefits. This is in line with the priorities of Government to ensure transparency and accountability in systems and processes.

At present, Bhavishya is implemented in main secretariat of 89 Ministries/ Departments except Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Defence, Department of Post, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Tele communication and some security related sensitive organizations.

There is no such proposal to revamp the payment of pension through Public Sector Banks. However, the data base for the existing pensioners is being updated by the Authorized Banks for pensions’ payment once in a year through master data reconciliation with Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) and from time to time based on the Special Seal Authority (SSA) issued by CPAO to Central Pension Processing Centers (CPPCs) of Banks.

The Authorized Banks submit the report of payment of pension through e-scrolls to CPAO after making the payment of pension. Life Certificate is submitted by the Central Civil Pensioners/ Family Pensioners in the month of November every year and excess payment of pension may happen if the pensioner dies before the coming November, i.e., the next due date of submission of Life Certificate. If excess/ wrong payment of pension is paid to the pensioner by Public Sector Banks then entire amount is recovered by the Banks from the pensioners/ family pensioners as per the guidelines of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in this regard. During the financial year 2016-17, an amount of about Rs. 73 crore was received/ recovered from the Authorized Banks by the Central Pension Accounting Office in respect of central civil pensioners/family pensioners.

Holiday Homes Revised Rate Search Tool 2018

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Holiday Homes Revised Rate Search Tool 2018

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT HOLIDAY HOMES AND TOURING OFFICERS HOSTEL

CATEGORY OF HOLIDAY HOME AND TOURING OFFICERS HOSTEL/GUEST HOUSE

Holiday Home Room Rent & Accommodation Finder for Central Government Employees and Pensioners

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Location of Holiday Home and Touring Officers Hostel/Guest Houses
A
AGRA, AJMER, ALLAHABAD,
BAREILLY, BHOPAL, CHANDIGARH, CHENNAI, DEHRADUN, GANDHI NAGAR, GANGTOK, GOA,
GUWAHATI, HYDERABAD, INDORE, JAISALMER, JAMMU, JODHPUR, KOLKOTA, LUCKNOW,
MADHOPUR, MOUNT ABU, MUMBAI, MUSSOORIE, MYSORE, NAGPUR, NAINITAL, NASIK, NEW
DELHI, PUNE, SHILLONG, SHIMLA, SILIGURI, UDAIPUR, VARANASI
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C
KOZHIKODE, MADHURAI, PATNA, PORT BLAIR, TIRUPATI, VIJAYWADA,ALL OTHER
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West Bengal declares additional holiday for “May Day”

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West Bengal declares additional holiday for “May Day”

GOVERNMENT OF WEST BENGAL
FINANCE DEPARTMENT
AUDIT BRANCH
325, SARAT CHATTERJEE ROAD, HOWRAH-711 102

No.2065-I(P2)

31st March, 2018

NOTIFICATION

In order to celebrate May Day, which falls on 1st May, 2018 (Tuesday), in a befitting manner, the Governer is pleased to declare State Government holiday on 2nd May, 2018 (Wednesday), in addition to 1st May, 2018 which has already been notified as a public holiday vide Notification No.6005-E(P2)/FA/O/lH-04/2012 dated 22.9.2017.

All State Government offices including educational institutions, Rural and Urban Local Bodies, Authorities, Boards, Corporations, State Govemment Undertakings and other parastatals under the State Government, shall remain closed on 2nd May, 2018 (Wednesday) in addition to 1st May, 2018.

By order of the Governor,
Sd/-Rajsekhar Bandyopadhyay
Additional Secretary
Government of West Bengal

View order

Authority: http://www.wbfin.nic.in/

Educational Assistance to College-going children of Non-Gazetted Railway Board Staff

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Educational Assistance to College-going children of Non-Gazetted Railway Board Staff

Railway Women’s Welfare Central Organisation
Room No.267, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi-110001
Phone No. 23387107

President: Mrs.Arunima Lohani
Secretary: Mrs.Rashmi Ranjan
Treasurer: Mrs.Meena Mathur

No.27/RWWCO/E.A.
Dated 14th March, 2018

Sub: Educational Assistance to College-going children of Non-Gazetted Railway Board Staff.

The Railway Women’s Welfare Central Orgnisation proposes to grant Educational Assistance to the wards of Non-Gazetted Staff of Railway Board, pursuing 3-Year Degree/Diploma and Post-Graduate Courses as also post-Matriculation Technical Certificate/Vocational Training/Nursing and Secretarial Courses.

The quantum of assistance and the number of students to whom assistance will be granted would be decided by the Management Council of RWWCO.

The assistance will be given on the basis of the scholastic record of the student and will be sanctioned for the Academic Year 2016-17. Minimum marks obtained in the last publiec examination should be 60% in aggregate in case of children of MTS(erst-while Group- staff) and 80% in case of other classes of Non-Gazetted Staff.

Desirous Non-Gazetted staff whose children are studying for regular Degree Courses and other courses mentioned above may submit their applications in the proforma available in RB(W)-I Branch, Room No.267, Conference Hall, Rail Bhavan, to the Secretary, RWWCO latest by 13th April, 2018.

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(RASHMI RANJAN)
Secretarty/RWWCO)


Source: NFIR

Tatkal Booking: OTP Compulsory for all net Banking Payment options

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Tatkal Booking: OTP Compulsory for all net Banking Payment options

Ministry of Railways

Booking to Tatkal Tickets & Measures to Avoid Misuse of Tatkal Scheme
On Indian Railways, reserved accommodation including Tatkal accommodation can be booked through computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) on first come first served basis. During peak rush periods/days when demand outstrips the availability, reserved accommodation especially in higher classes and on popular routes gets exhausted within short duration of opening of reservation. However, during lean periods, on non-popular and lower classes, the accommodation remains available for longer duration. The phenomenon is more relevant for Tatkal where limited accommodation is earmarked. This happens as the available limited accommodation is accessed simultaneously through more than 10,300 counters at 3465 computerised Passenger Reservation Centers as well as through internet.

To avoid misuse of Tatkal Scheme, there are some inbuilt features in Tatkal scheme which includes provision of not granting refund on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets except in case of certain special circumstances indicated in the scheme, not allowing any modification of Tatkal ticket, etc. Some additional steps have also been taken to facilitate the passengers and to avoid the misuse, some of which are:-
  • Staggering of the timings of reservation under Tatkal scheme.
  • Captcha implementation in Registration, Login and Booking page to check fraudulent booking through automation software.
  • Imposition of minimum time limit before proceeding for payment gateway as well as after making payment while booking tickets through internet.
  • Making OTP(one time password) compulsory for all net Banking Payment options.
  • Disabling authorised agents to book Tatkal tickets during first half an hour of opening of reservation.

To keep a check on the activities of touts, preventive as well as regular checks are conducted jointly/individually by Vigilance, Security and Commercial Departments, and the action against the culprits is taken as per provisions of Section 143 of Railways Act, 1989.

This information was made available in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

Source: PIB News


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