Saturday, October 21, 2017

Long Term Training programmes at LSE and LKY under DFFT during 2018-19

Long Term Training programmes at LSE and LKY under DFFT during 2018-19

No.12037/4112017-FTC
Government of India
Deptt. Of Personnel & Training
Training Division
Block-4, Old JNU Campus
New Delhi, 20.10.2017
1. Secretaries of all Ministries/Department in Govt. of India
2. Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs

Subject: Long Term Training programmes at LSE and LKY under DFFT during 2018-19

Dear Sir,
The Training Division, DoPT, conducts long term and short term training programmes in institutes/universities abroad under the scheme of Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT). While the policy for DFFT training programmes for 2018-19 is currently under finalization and circular in this regard will be issued separately, it is brought to the notice of officers willing to apply for long term programmes that the timeline of admission for long term programmes at LKY school of public policy, Singapore and LSE, London for 2018-19 shall be as under:

InstituteCourseLast date of admission
LKY school of

public policy
Master in Public Management31.12.2017
Master in Public Administration
LSE, LondonM.sc in Public policy and administrationRolling admission
(for further details, kindly refer to the website of respective universities)

The proposed eligibility for the above courses is as under:

Service eligibility

  • The officers belonging to IAS, and group 'A' officers of CSS/CSCS/SCS, irrespective of their place of posting.
  • Other AIS (IPS & IFoS) and organized group 'A' central services who are on deputation under Central Staffing Scheme of DoPT
Minimum Length of Service (as on 01.07.2018):
  • AIS and organized group 'A'central services officers: 7 years
  • SCS officers who have completed 9 years of service as Deputy Collectors
  • CSS officers who have completed 5 years service as Under Secretaries and CSSS officers who have completed 5 years as Group A
(c) Upper age limit: 48 years
(The above eligibility conditions are proposed for 2018-19 and therefore subject to approval of the competent authority)

Since the timeline for finalization of slotting under DFFT is likely to exceed the admission timeline of the above institutes, the interested officers are requested to apply for the courses through online portal of the institutes. While applying, the officers should ensure that they fulfill the conditions stipulated by the institutes for the particular course. The officers are also required to make online application against the DFFT circular which will be issued in due course. After finalization of slotting of  officers under DFFT, the successful officers shall be provided funding under DFFT. Priority will be given to those applicants who have also applied online to the universities. These courses were shortlisted for the year 2017-18 and are likely to be continued. Their continuation is, however, subject to approval of the competent authority.
Yours faithfully,
(P K Pattnaik)
Under Secretary to the Govt.of India
Source: DoPT

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017-18 Issue Price for the next subscription period i.e. October 23-25, 2017 would be Rs. 2,971 per gram with Settlement on October 30, 2017

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017-18 Issue Price for the next subscription period i.e. October 23-25, 2017 would be Rs. 2,971 per gram with Settlement on October 30, 2017

The Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), had floated Series III of Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18, for the period from October 09, 2017 to December 27, 2017 (with subscription period Monday to Wednesday every week). The Bonds will be issued on the succeeding Monday after each subscription period.

For the next subscription period i.e. October 23-25, 2017, the issue price shall be Rs. 2,971/ (Rupees Two thousand Nine hundred Seventy One only) - per gram with Settlement on October 30, 2017, as also published by RBI in their Press Release dated Oct.20, 2017.

The Government of India in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has decided to allow discount of Rs.50 (Rupees Fifty) per gram from the issue price to those investors who apply online and the payment is made through digital mode.

PIB

Clarification regarding pay fixation under 7th CPC for the post of Trainee appointed on compassionate grounds

Clarification regarding pay fixation under 7th CPC for the post of 'Trainee' appointed on compassionate grounds

7th-CPC-Trainee-appointed-compassionate-grounds


CGDA, Ulan Batar Road, Palam, DelhiCantt-110010
No.AN/XIV/14164/7th CPC/corrsp/Vol-II
Dated: 11/10/2017
To
All PCsDA/CsDA/PCof A(Fys) Kolkata

Subject: Clarification regarding pay fixation under 7th CPC for the post of 'Trainee' appointed on compassionate grounds.

Reference: This HQrs Circular of even no dated 01/02/2016.
With reference to the above cited circular, Ministry of Finance Dept. of Expenditure to whom the matter was referred has since clarified as under:

"Level -1 of the Pay Matrix introduced on implementation of the 7th CPC Report be the replacement for the pre-revised -IS scale. The pay of those governed by the IS scale may be revised by using the fitment factor of 2.57 for placement in Level -1 in conformity with the Rule 7 of the CCS(RP)Rules 2016. All pre-revised pay stages lower than pre-revised pay of Rs 7000 in the pre-revised -IS scale shall not be considered for determining the benefit of bunching, on the same lines as has been clarified by MoF(DoE)'s OM dated 3.08.2017 on application of the benefit on account of bunching".

2.This is for your information and necessary action please. All pay fixation cases may be regulated accordingly.
S/d,
(Kavita Garg)
Sr.Dy.CGDA(AN)
Source: CGDA

Friday, October 20, 2017

7th Central Pay Commission in respect of the Post-01.01.2016 retired Armed Forces Pensioners/ Family Pensioners

7th Central Pay Commission in respect of the Post-01.01.2016 retired Armed Forces Pensioners/ Family Pensioners

Office of the Principal CDA(Pensions)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad- 211014
Circular No.588
Dated: 20.10.2017
To
1. The Chief Accountant, RBI, Deptt. Of Govt Bank Accounts, Central Office, C-7, Second Floor, Bandra-Kurla Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandra East, Mumbai- 400051
2. CMDs, All Public Sector Banks.
3. The Nodal Officers, ICICI/HDFC/AXIS/IDBI Banks
4. All Managers, CPPCs
5. Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
6. The PCDA (WC), Chandigarh
7. The CDA (PD), Meerut
8. The CDA, Chennai
9. PCDA(O), Pune
10. The Director of Treasuries, All States
11. The Pay and Accounts Officer, Delhi Administration, R K Puram; and Tis Hazari, New Delhi.
12. The Pay and Accounts Office, Govt of Maharashtra, Mumbai
13. The Post Master, Kathua (J&K), and Camp Bell Bay.
14. The Principal Pay and Accounts Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair.

Subject: Implementation of Govt. decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission in respect of the Post-01.01.2016 retired Armed Forces Pensioners/ Family Pensioners : Reg. New PPO Series.

Office of the PCDA (Pension) Allahabad was in the process to implement e-PPO's for all categories of pensioners. In the first phase, corrigendum PPOs to revise pension of Pre- 2016 defence civilian pensioners have been issued through e-PPOs. Various PDAs have already revised pension of such pensioners. A new PPO series was introduced for these corrigendum PPOs which contained 12 digits with PPO suffix of 4 digits. For this purpose, only electronic PPOs (e-PPO) were generated which were digitally signed. No physical PPO was printed and sent to any agency. These new PPO (e-PPO) also contained a QR code wherein all important data was embedded. This QR code could be used by PDA's to capture the data.

2. Now, it has been decided to discontinue issue of physical PPOs in respect of ICOs and JCOs/ORs of Indian Army w.e.f. October, 2017. In other words, in respect of fresh retirees of Indian Army (retiring or being discharged) from the month of October, 2017, only e-PPO will be issued with following features
(a) These documents will be digitally signed.
(b) These PPOs will contain 16 digits to identify the PPO (12 digits PPO No. and 4 digits as PPO suffix).
(c) They will contain a QR code where data of various fields will be embedded.
3. These e-PPOs will be sent to the banks through SFTP connectivity which this office has established with various banks. Other banks, with whom there is no SFTP connectivity, are advised to immediately take necessary measures to establish the same. In the interim period till the time they establish SFTP connectivity, PPOs will be sent through email id pcdapedp.cgda@nic.in . Similarly, these PPOs will be sent to DPDOs through the CGDA WAN. Other PDAs such as Director of all State Treasuries; IE Kathmandu, Nepal; Post Office, Kathua; PAO, Delhi etc are requested to kindly immediately provide an email ID of .nic or any other domain under control of government for this purpose. Regarding submission of e-Scroll, PDAs are requested to refer to para 6 of this office Circular No. C- 169 dated 11.07.2017. All PDAs are requested to strictly follow the procedure prescribed therein.

4. The procedure of forwarding the e-PPOs will be as under:
(a) For JCOs/ORs: A copy of e-PPOs, duly digitally signed, will be sent electronically to Record Offices (ROs). The concerned RO, after scrutinising and checking the e-PPO, is requested to forward a hard copy of the e-PPO (after printing from the PDF file) along with Descriptive Roll of the pensioner to PDA concerned. ROs are also requested to kindly provide a copy of the e-PPO to the Armed Forces Pensioners/ Family Pensioners for their record either as hard copy or through e-mail as deemed fit. If any discrepancy is observed by the RO in e-PPO or death occurs before the date of retirement/discharge, then this fact may be immediately brought to the notice of PSA for remedial measures. PDAs are advised to affect payment based on e-PPO after confirmation from Record Office concerned in the form of receipt of hard copy of e-PPO and Descriptive Roll.

(b) For Commissioned Officers: A copy of e-PPOs, duly digitally signed, will be sent electronically to Army HQ. In order to have enhanced security in the process, the Army HQ after scrutinising and checking the e-PPO, is requested to forward a hard copy of the e-PPO (after printing from the PDF file) to the PDA concerned. The Army HQ is also requested to kindly provide a copy of the e-PPO to the Armed Forces Pensioners/ Family Pensioners for their record either as hard copy or through e-mail as deemed fit. If any discrepancy is observed by the Army HQ in e-PPO or death occurs before the date of retirement, then this fact may be immediately brought to the notice of PSA for remedial measures. PDAs may commence the payment of pension on basis of e-PPO and Descriptive Roll from this office and hard copy of e-PPO received through Army HQ.
One copy of the e-PPO will also be sent to the PCDA(O) , Pune in respect of all Commissioned Officers. PCDA(O), Pune is requested to check all entries printed in the e- PPO with reference to the LPC-Cum-Datasheet forwarded by them. In case any discrepancy is noticed, the same should be immediately brought into the notice of this office.

5. Process of verification of e-PPOs; PDAs shall take the following steps:
(a) On receipt of e-PPOs though the medium specified above, PDAs shall verify the genuineness of the digital signature affixed on the e-PPO.
(b) Name of authorised signatories who have been provided digital signature through e- Mudra by this office for signing of e-PPO digitally will be made available on website of PCDA(P) Allahabad at URL www.pcdapension.nic.in. All PDAs are requested to refer to the website of this office and check the name of such authorised signatories for the purpose of digital signature on e-PPO accordingly in order to ensure that no PPO with unauthorised signature is acted upon.

(c) PDAs shall wait for the confirmation from the Army HQ / Record Office as the case may be, before releasing the first payment and starting pension payment monthly.

(d) It shall also be confirmed by the PDA that the payment is not being released again in respect of same PPO number (including the PPO suffix of 4 digits) to the pensioner inter-alia due to duplicate receipt of e-PPO. In such a scenario, the PDA will inform the PSA that the event of duplicate transmission of the given PPO has been detected and no action on such e-PPOs except the first one has been taken. 6. Pension certificate issued by this office in respect of JCOs/ORs is discontinued with immediate effect.
7. The PPO series circulated by this office Circular No. 571 dated 19.12.2016 in case of JCO/ORs and Circular No. 27 dated 24.11.2016 in case of ICOs stand withdrawn with immediate effect except for those PPO's which pertain to blocks of manual PPO's. Also, PPO series for Defence Civilians which have been circulated by this office will continue to be in force till e-PPOs are started in respect of Defence Civilians by this office.

8. The change statement regarding addition or deletion of pensioners on the strength of the Pension Disbursing Authorities may be forwarded to this office in Annexure "E" to this office Circular No. 189 dated 28.02.2017 in CSV format to e-mail ID pcdap- account.cgda@nic.in . A hard copy of this change statement may also be forwarded to Shri K K Pant, SAO, O I/C Audit Section, Office of the Principal CDA (P), Allahabad-211014 in usual manner in terms of Para 17 of Annexure 'H' to Scheme for payment of pension of Defence Pensioners by Public Sector Banks and para 126 of Defence Pension Payment Instructions (DPPI) -2013.

9. Separate communication will be issued by office of PCDA(Navy) Mumbai and Office of CDA(AF) New Delhi regarding implementation of e-PPO in respect of Pensioners of Indian Navy and Indian Air Force respectively.
(AK Malviya)
Sr. AO (P)

Fixation of Pay and grant of increment in revised pay structure clarification

Fixation of Pay and grant of increment in revised pay structure clarification - CGDA

CGDA-INCREMENT-REVISED-PAY-STRUCTURE


"Further, they have clarified that if the date of next increment on 01.07.2016 for a post held on 01.01.2016 falls after the date of promotion, then the date of next increment for the post held on 01.01.2016 has no relevance for option. Thus, the option cannot be exercised from 01.07.2016 to switch over to revised pay structure"

No.AN/XIV/14164/7thCPC/Corr/Vol-II
Dated: 18/10/2017
To
All PCsDA/CsDA
PCof A(Fys) Kolkata

Subject : Fixation of Pay and grant of increment in revised pay structure clarification - regarding.

The matter regarding fixation of pay under 7th CPC in respect of employees promoted between 1st day of January and the date of notification of CCS(RP)Rules 2016 and methodology to be adopted in such cases has already been furnished by HQrs vide letter bearing No. AN/XIV/14164/7th CPC/Corr/Vol-I dated 8.09.2016. Further, on receipt of Dept of Expenditure OM dated 29.09.2016 , the same was circulated to all controllers for necessary action regarding re fixation of pay in such cases. Also , references on above subject received from Controllers was suitably replied in the light of above orders.

2. Of late, this HQrs has been receiving various references regarding application of the orders issued by AT-II Section of this office vide their letter No. AT/II/2703/Clar dated 28.04.2017 thereby seeking clarification regarding availability of option to switch over to 7th CPC from 07/2016 in cases where the official has been promoted between 1st January 2016 and the date of notification.

3. The matter was referred to MoD(Fin.) DAD Coord for taking up the matter with Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Expenditure) for issuing necessary clarification in this regard.

4. In reply, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their No. 300346981 dated 14.09.2017 received under MoD(Fin) ID No. 1333/C/2017 dated 18.09.2017 have clarified that -“the option to switch over to the revised pay structure either on 01.01.2016 or the date of next increment is applicable under Rule 5 of CCS(RP)Rules 2016 in case of post held on 01.01.2016.
Further, they have clarified that if the date of next increment on 01.07.2016 for a post held on 01.01.2016 falls after the date of promotion, then the date of next increment for the post held on 01.01.2016 has no relevance for option. Thus, the option cannot be exercised from 01.07.2016 to switch over to revised pay structure . (copy attached)

5.This is for information and necessary action.
sd/-
(Kavita Garg)
Sr. Dy.CGDA (AN)
Authority: www.cgda.nic.in

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Provision of cooking facilities and other amenities in the Rest Rooms for Ticket Checking Staff on Indian Railways

Provision of cooking facilities and other amenities in the Rest Rooms for Ticket Checking Staff on Indian Railways.

TICKET-CHECKING-STAFF-INDIAN-RAILWAYS

NFIR

No. II/73/Part I
Dated: 13/10/2017
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Provision of cooking facilities and other amenities in the Rest Rooms for Ticket Checking Staff on Indian Railways - reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR's PNM Item No. 13/2011.
(ii) Railway Board's D.O. No. 2010/TG-V 103/Part II dated 04/2016 addressed to GMs of Zonal Railways.
(iii) NFIR's letter No. II/73/Part I dared 10/04/2017.
(iv) NFIR's letter No. II/73/Part I dated 01/05/2017.

Federation reproduces below the extract of the minutes of PNM meeting held between NFIR and Railway Board on22nd /23rd December, 2016 against agenda Item No. 13/2011.
"Comprehensive instructions already exists in Board's letter dated 08/02/2011 regarding provision of adequate facilities for Ticket Checking Staff in TTEs Rest Houses and have been reiterated from time to time. A D.O. Letter has also been written to the CCMs on 28/04/2016 to make good the deficiencies. It was decided that Zonal Railways should conduct survey to assess the number of TTEs willing to avail of the cooking facilities. Federation pointed out that there are certain problems in Rest Rooms located in Delhi area. Official agreed to take up the issue with NR for ensuring requisite facilities".
Federation is pained to state that although a period of over ten months has passed, neither progress has been apprised to the Federation nor copy of any communication sent to the General Manager, Northern Railway to look into the problems in the Rest Rooms in Delhi area is made available. Federation had also highlighted the deficiencies prevailing in the TTEs Rest Room at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, but unfortunately no action has been taken so far.

While enclosing copy of Federation's letter dated 01/05/2017, NFIR once again urges upon the Railway Board to take immediate action on the subject matter for ensuring repairs/maintenance of TTEs Rest Rooms with adequate facilities. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

DA/As above
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghlvaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

EPFO introduces a new facility for its members to link their respective UAN with Aadhaar online

EPFO introduces a new facility for its members to link their respective UAN with Aadhaar online

On the eve of Deepawali, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is pleased to introduce a new facility for its esteemed members having Universal Account Number (UAN) and other relevant details to link their respective UAN with Aadhaar online. This, in turn, would facilitate the members, a better and speedy EPFO services.

The facility has been made available at EPFO's website www.epfindia.gov.in >> Online Services >> e-KYC Portal >> LINK UAN AADHAAR.

Using the facility, EPFO members can online link their respective UAN with Aadhaar. While using the facility, the member will have to provide his/her UAN. An OTP will be sent to his/her mobile linked with UAN. After OTP verification, the member will have to provide his/her Aadhaar Number. Another OTP will be sent to his/her mobile/email linked with Aadhaar. After OTP verification, if UAN details are matched with Aadhaar details, then UAN will be linked with Aadhaar. After linking, the EPFO member may avail online EPFO services linked with Aadhaar.

Diwali Gift to the Soldiers of the Country

Diwali Gift to the Soldiers of the Country

Soldiers and officers of various army and para-military units like CRPF, BSF, BRO, ITBP, etc. are deployed in remote and far flung areas to protect Borders of India. The soldiers and officers are working day and night without bothering about difficult weather conditions and as they are posted away from their homes and headquarters, there is a constant requirement for them to speak to their family and also to their Headquarters. They use only DSPT service provided by BSNL because there is no other means of communications available in those areas.

Briefing the media here, the Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha said that in order to use the facility of DSPT, the soldiers & officers at present are required to pay monthly fee of Rs.500/- and call charges of Rs.5/- per minute. But, looking at the requirement of Soldiers & Officers and also the heavy cost they have to incur for talking to their family members, government has taken an important decision on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. Shri Sinha said, from Diwali day (19th October, 2017), no monthly fee will be taken for using DSPT service, that is, the current monthly fee of Rs.500/- will be ‘Zero’ from tomorrow. And also, the present telephone charges of Rs.5/- per minute is being reduced to Re.1/- per minute.

With this special Diwali Gift from Government of India, Defence personnel can now talk without worrying for more expenses to their home and their Headquarter. The Minister also wished the jawans and officers and their family members A Very Happy Diwali.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NFPE: GDS Committee Report still pending for approval

POST OFFICE SMALL SAVINGS SCHEMES

UNDER HEAVY ATTACK

GDS MEMBERSHIP VERIFICATION PROCESS STOPPED.


IMPLEMENTATION OF GDS COMMITTEE REPORT DELAYED FOR ONE YEAR, STILL PENDING WITH FINANCE MINISTRY.

HOLD PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS AT ALL CENTRES AND IN FRONT OF ALL OFFICES ON 23.10.2017.

FEDERAL SECRETARIAT WILL MEET AND DECLARE FURTHER COURSE OF ACTION.


Dear Comrades,

Government has unleashed a sudden and most damaging attack on Post office Small Savings Schemes. Notifications are already issued permitting all Nationalised Banks and three Private Banks ( ICICI Bank , AXIS Bank and HDFC Bank) to accept deposits for all Small Savings Schemes viz ; Recurring Deposit (RD) , Time Deposits (TD) , Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS) , Sukanya Samridhi Account (SSA) , Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) and National Savings Certificate (NSC VIII issue) with effect from 10th October 2017.

 This is a great blow to the Post office Small Savings Schemes and will be a threat to the job security of Postal Employees and also MPKBY /SAS Agents. About 40% of the Revenue and about 50% of the workload of Post office depends on the Post office Small Savings Schemes. Outsourcing of POSSS work to Banks will result in steady fall in Revenue and Workload of Postal Department.

GDS Committee Report , though submitted to Govt on 24th November 2016 , is still pending with Finance Ministry for approval. GDS Membership verification process has been suddenly stopped by the Government.

Overall situation in Postal Department is worsening day by day and resentment of the Employees is mounting.

NFPE CHQ views the above situation with grave concern and calls upon the entirety of Postal and RMS employees including GDS and Casual labourers to conduct mass protest demonstrations at all Centres and in front of all offices on 23rdOCTOBER 2017.

Urgent meeting of NFPE Federal Secretariat to be held shortly will announce further course of action.

Yours fraternally,

S/d,
R.N.PARASHAR
Secretary General
Source :  NFPE

Minutes of Standing Committee Meeting held on 3.5.2017 between NC JCM and Official Side - DoPT

Minutes of Standing Committee Meeting held on 3.5.2017 between NC JCM and Official Side - DoPT

Minutes of the meeting of the Standing Committee held between the staff-side, National Council (Joint Consultative Machinery) and offical-side under the Chairmanship of Secretary(P) at 3.00 P.M. on 03.05.2017

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE HELD BETWEEN THE STAFF-SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL (JOINT CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY) AND THE OFFICIAL-SIDE UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SECRETARY(P) AT 3.00 P.M. ON 03.05.2017

The meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Council (JCM) was held at 3.00 p.m. on 03.05.2017 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) at Room No. 119, North Block, New Delhi. The list of participants is at Annexure.

2. In his introductory comments, Secretary(Personnel) while welcoming the participants, mentioned that the agenda for the meeting included the action taken statement on the 31 items discussed in the last meeting held on 25.10.2016 and 26 additional items received from the Staff Side.

3. (i) In his opening remarks, Secretary, Staff-Side thanked the Chairman for convening the meeting and urged that as per the JCM Scheme, the meetings of the National Council should be held on quarterly basis. He also pointed out that the meeting of the National Council under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary has not been held since 2010 which, he emphasized, was against the spirit and the basic principle of the JCM Scheme. This view was seconded by other representatives of the Staff-Side.

(ii) Secretary (Staff-Side) further requested to know the present position on the basic demands made by the Central Government employees about minimum wages, fitment formula, reversion to the old pension scheme and the report of the Committee of Allowances. He recalled that when a notice for strike was given in 2016, the senior Cabinet Ministers in the Central Government had met the staff side representatives and assured a positive decision on the aforesaid demands. Although that strike was deferred on this assurance, the central govt. employees are still waiting. Consequently, it is getting difficult to make the central government employees understand the reasons for delay in fulfilment of the assurances then given by the Senior Cabinet Ministers.

(iii) Hence Secretary, Staff-Side requested the Chairman to convey to the Cabinet Secretary and Chairman, National Council (JCM) the duty to meet the Government employees in accordance with the JCM Scheme to avoid an atmosphere of confrontation.

(iv) He stated that a number of agenda items proposed by the Staff-Side have been deleted and no formal communication has been sent to them on the reasons for deletion. He requested that the views of official side on this may be communicated to them. This sentiment was echoed by other members of the Staff Side. He also mentioned that the senior Cabinet Ministers had issued a statement about constitution of a High Level Committee to look into the aforesaid basic demands made by the Staff Side while giving the strike notice. However, even after more than 10 months, nothing has happened and only one meeting was taken by Additional Secretary in Department of Expenditure.

(v) On allowances, he informed that there is a lot of uncertainty on whether the allowances would become admissible prospectively or from 01.01.2016 i.e., the date of implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission.

(vi) The following points were also raised by Leader JCM (Staff-Side):
(a) The assurance given by Senior Ministers on 30t h June 2016 on 7th CPC issues-mainly minimum wage and multiplying factor have not been fulfilled. Only one meeting was held by Addl. Secretary (Expenditure) with the Staff side and thereafter nothing is known with regard to progress made even though 10 months passed.

(b) On 7th CPC recommendation for revision of pension on the basis of option the contents of the Committee’s Report are not made available to the JCM (Staff Side). There is need to see that transparency is ensured for preserving healthy industrial relations.

(c) On Allowances, the Leader JCM (Staff Side) expressed disappointment as there has been no positive outcome even after lapse of several months. He requested the Chairman that the JCM (Staff Side) demand to revise the Allowances w.e.f. 01/01/2016 should be considered and Staff Side demand be taken to the level of Cabinet Secretary and the Government.

(d) Although Ministry of finance Resolution dated 25t h July 2016 stipulates that 14.29% hike in the pay of Running Staff in the Railways be ensured, unfortunately, the same has not been complied with. The said hike has not been ensured. He requested the Chairman to kindly take appropriate initiative on the proposal sent by Ministry of Railways which is pending with the Ministry of finance. He also pointed out that the references made by different ministries to the DoP&T/MoF pursuant to the discussions held by the JCM Constituents with the respective Departments/Ministries are pending. He requested that speedy response be ensured by DoP&T/MoF. While concluding, the Leader, JCM (Staff-Side) expressed confidence that the NC/JCM meeting as well Standing Committee meetings will be convened regularly in accordance with the JCM rules for paving way for healthy industrial relations”.
(vii) The Staff-Side drew attention to the fact that since 1966 Joint Committees used to be set up for discussing contentious issues which has since stopped. References from the Departments are also remaining unanswered. The members of the Staff Side requested that DOP&T should take a view on all these issues as a number of them have not been settled. The Staff Side also requested that the duration of Standing Committee meetings should be extended so that all issues can be discussed and resolved quickly and the meetings should also be held every quarter.

(viii) The Staff-Side also pointed out that items of agenda sent by them are to be included, if it is found to be appropriate to be discussed. Since there had been permanent subcommittees under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Health) and (Pension), the agenda items pertaining to those two ministries can be referred to those two sub-committees. The sub-committees are to deliberate and report back to the Standing Committee for a final decision. They wanted the said procedure to be followed as the items sent by the Staff Side to the meeting contained many Pension and Health related issues.

(ix) Referring to the convening of the Departmental Council, the Staff Side said that the situation has not registered any significant improvement. They also pointed out that in the details provided; no dates of the last meeting held had been indicated. They pleaded that the Department of Personnel has to evolve a mechanism to monitor the functioning of the Departmental council.”

(x) In view of the ongoing ban on recruitment imposed by the Department of Expenditure, the staff are having to work long hours. This is despite the Task Force, set up by Ministry of Railways on safety-related matters, having suggested that additional staff be mobilized to ensure safety. Even the Hon’ble Prime Minister in his speeches has stressed the need for safety; but the Ministry of Railways have chosen to ignore.

(xi) Another point raised was about the instructions issued by the DOP&T following the assurance given to the Hon’ble Supreme Court in a contempt case which was said to have created a situation where the DPCs are not being held and the employees are retiring without getting promotion. It was stated that UPSC is also refusing to accept DPC proposals and insists that clarification from DOP&T may first be obtained. As a result promotions are not taking place and many officers have retired without promotion. The Staff-Side requested that necessary clarifications may be issued by DOP&T urgently so that DPCs can be held in the Departments.

4. Chairman, in his reply, said that no agenda points had been deleted and, in order to ensure that discussions are complete in a meeting, it was decided in consultation with the Secretary(Staff-Side) to limit the number of agenda points for today’s meeting. He further stated that if the Staff-Side insists that the remaining points which have been left out should also be taken up for discussion, they would need to be circulated to the concerned Departments in advance for their comments. He emphasized that the Government attaches the highest priority to the Staff-Side and the concerns expressed over the assurance given after the strike call would be conveyed to the concerned authority. On the issue of the Allowances Committee’s report not being shared with the Staff Side, the Chairman stated that the sentiment would also be conveyed to Ministry of Finance along with the concerns over pay revision etc.

5. After these opening remarks the Action-Taken-Note on the minutes of the last meeting held on 25.10.2016 was taken up for discussion.

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Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2017 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continues to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scales/Grade Pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission

Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2017 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continues to dra...

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