Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Coverage of Railway Employees appointed prior to 01.01.2004 under liberalized pension Scheme

Coverage of Railway Employees appointed prior to 01.01.2004 under liberalized pension Scheme – Affected employees can always represent to the General Manager of the concerned Zonal Railways

Government Of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry Of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)
New Delhi, dated 12.04.2016
The General secretary,
3, chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 110 055.

Dear sir,

Sub: Coverage of Railway Employees appointed prior to 01.01.2004 under liberalized pension Scheme – reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to NFIR’s letter No.II/35 Part 12 dated 30.03.2016 on the above subject and to state that necessary instructions have already been issued vide this office letter No.F(E)III/2004/NPS/1 dated 27.3.2008 (Copy enclosed). As far as implementation of instructions dated 27.03.2008 is concerned, it is stated that affected employees can always represent to the General Manager of the concerned Zonal Railways. However, if they are not satisfied with the decision of the General Manager, they may represent to Railway Board.
Yours faithfully,
for Secretary/Railway Board.
New Delhi Dated 27.03.2008
The GMs/FA & CAOs,
All Indian Railways/Production Units,
(As per Mailing List)

Sub: Applicability of Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993 in respect of those put on induction training prior to 1.1.2004 and were in receipt of stipend.

A copy of Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DOP&Pw)’s O.M.No.38/58/06-P&Pw(A) dated 5th March, 2008 is forwarded herewith for information and compliance. The orders contained therein apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 referred to in the said O.M.Corresponds to Railway Services (pension) Rules, 1993. DOP&PW’s O.M. of even number dated 11th October, 2006 quoted in the O.M.was circulated on the Railways vide Board’s letter of even number dated 14.11.2006.
2. Please acknowledge receipt.
Joint Director Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board.

Government Of India
Ministry Of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioner’s welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi – 10003
Dated 5th March, 2008

Subject: Applicability of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 in respect of those pur on induction training prior to 1.1.04 and were in receipt of stipend.

The undersigned is directed to state that the existing CCs (Pension) Rules, 1972 are applicable to Government Servants appointed on or before 31st December 2003. Vide this Deportment’s OM of even No.dated 11th October 2006. It was clarified that the employees who were put on induction training prior to 1.1.2004 and were paid salary from that date would be covered under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

2. The staff side of the National council (JCM) has sought further clarification whether the cases of persons who are put on induction training prior to 1.1.2004 but were in receipt of stipend would be covered under the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

3. The matter has been further examined and it is now clarified that the employees who were required to undergo departmental training relating to jobs prior to 1.01.04 before they were put on regular employment and were in receipt of stipend during such training would also be covered under the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 provided the period spent on such training was eligible for being counted as qualifying service under the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.

4. Hindi version will follow.

Submit proof of travel for claiming income tax deduction on LTC: CBDT

Submit proof of travel for claiming income tax deduction on LTC: CBDT

The Income Tax Department has brought out a new form making it mandatory for salaried taxpayers to furnish proof of travel for claiming income tax deduction on LTC.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has brought in a Form 12BB form requiring employees to furnish to their employers with evidence in relation to house rent allowance (HRA) if it exceeds Rs 1 lakh in an assessment year.

The details to be furnished include name, address and PAN of landlord where the aggregate rent paid exceeds Rs 1 lakh, according to a CBDT order.

For claiming deduction of interest on home loan, the name, address and PAN of lender will have to be furnished.

Similarly, for claiming income tax deduction on leave travel concession (LTC), the new rule makes it mandatory for employee to furnish to his employer evidence for travel expenditure.

Also evidence of investment or expenditure will have to be provided for claiming tax deduction under Chapter VI-A.

Chapter VI-A pertains to allowable deductions under Section 80C, Section 80CCC, Section 80CCD as well as other sections like 80E, 80G and 80TTA.

These are part of new Rule 26C and Form 12BB that require employees to furnish to the employer, evidence/particulars in relation to house rent allowance (HRA), leave travel concession (LTA), deduction of interest under the head ‘income from house property’ and deduction under Chapter VI-A.

CBDT, in the same order, also extended the time limit for depositing tax deducted at source (TDS) on transfer of immovable property from 7 days to 30 days.

Also, the due date for filing quarterly TDS returns in Form 24Q, 26Q and 27Q was extended by 15 days.
The amended rules will be applicable from June 1, 2016, CBDT said.

Under section 80C, a deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh can be claimed from total taxable income if invested/spent in PPF, employee’s share of PF contribution, life insurance premium payment, children’s tuition fee, principal repayment of home loan, Sukanya Samridhi Account among others.

Section 80CC provides for deduction on amount deposited in annuity plan of LIC or any other insurer for pension while Section 80CCD is for the same purpose on contribution to Pension (Section 80CCD).

Deduction under Section 80GG is available on House Rent paid where HRA is not received and the taxpayer or his spouse or minor child does not own residential accommodation at the place of employment.
Deduction available on the count is the minimum of rent paid minus 10 per cent of total income or Rs 5000 per month or 25 per cent of total income.

Section 80E provides for deduction of interest on loan taken for pursuing higher education.

An additional deductions on home loan interest of Rs 50,000, over and above Rs 2 lakh allowed under Section 24, is allowed for first time home owners under Section 80EE is available if the value of the property purchased is less than Rs 50 lakhs and home loan is less than Rs 35 lakhs.

Section 80D provides for deduction for premium paid of up to Rs 25,000 for medical insurance.


Retention of Railway accommodation on medical grounds after retirement

Retention of Railway accommodation on medical grounds after retirement
RBE No.39 /2016.
New Delhi, Dated:25-04-2016
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways/Production Units,
(As per standard list).

Sub: Retention of Railway accommodation post retirement by Railway employees retired on grounds of total medical incapacitation.

The demand raised by AIRF in the PNM Forum (item No.29/2011) to allow post retirement retention of Railway accommodation for a period upto 2 years, to those Railway employees who are retired on ground of total medical incapacitation and in whose cases compassionate appointment of any of their family members is in process, had been under consideration of the Railway Board.

2. In this regard, Railway Board, in exercise of its powers to make reasonable relaxation in public interest in all or any of the existing provisions regarding allotment/retention of Railway accommodation and charging of rent therefor for a class/group of employees, in partial modification of provisions contained in Para 5 of Board’s letter No.E(G) 2000 QR I -23 dated 01.06.2001, have now decided that Railway employees who are retired on grounds of total medical incapacitation and in whose cases compassionate appointment of any of their family members is in process, may be allowed retention of Railway accommodation for the maximum period upto 2 years on normal rent from the date of retirement.

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

4. Please acknowledge receipt.
(Sanjay Gauri)
Dy. Dir./Estt.(Genl.)- II

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

National Council Staff Side Secretary writes to Cabinet Secretary on 7th Pay Commission

National Council Staff Side Secretary writes to Cabinet Secretary on 7th Pay Commission

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Ph.: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E Mail :
Dated: May 2, 2016
The Cabinet Secretary,
Cabinet Secretariat,
(Government of India),
Rashtrapathi Bhavan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Recommendations of the VII CPC

We have submitted a rejoiner on the report of VII CPC, seeking bilateral settlement on the issues related to VII CPC.

You are gracious enough to convene a meeting on 1st March, 2016, wherein members of the Staff Side, National Council(JCM) and Empowered Committee of Secretaries participated. Subsequently, another truncated meeting was held on 30th March, 2016. In both the meetings Official Side heard our views, but no reaction of the Official Side was expressed except general remarks.

I have been directed to draw your kind attention towards minutes of the Standing Committee of National Council(JCM) held on 7th May, 2008 and our rejoiner submitted to government in the matter of report of VI CPC.

You will kindly find that, it was not only a general discussion, but also Official Side explained their views on each and every issue.

I would, therefore, request your goodself to kindly arrange for similar type meeting for bilateral settlement on each of the issues raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM before Empowered Committee of Secretaries.
Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary, Staff Side
National Council(JCM)
Authority: Confederation Blog

DA for Bank Employees – 6 Slabs less from May, 2016

DA for Bank Employees – 6 Slabs less from May, 2016

Dearness Allowance – 6 Slabs less from May, 2016

AIBEA published a circular regarding Dearness Allowance after the announcement of CPI(IW) index for the month of March 2016 made by Labour Bureau.

Dearness Allowance – 6 Slabs less from May, 2016

CPI Month 2001 1960 Consumer Price Index D.A. Slabs
Jan-16 269 6140.17 Average Points 6117.34 New Slabs 420
Feb-16 267 6094.52 Last Average 6144.00 Old Slabs 426
Mar-16 268 6117.34 Decrease 26.66 Decrease 6

D.A. Rates @ 0.10% per slab for 420 Slabs over 4440 points for all cadre/stages: 42.00%

Note: D.A. and Increase shown here includes Basic Pay and Special Allowance

D.A. Rates for Pensioners (%) – No change




Central Office: “PRABHAT NIVAS” Regn. No.2037
Singapore Plaza, 164, Linghi Chetty Street, Chennai-600001
Phone: 2535 1522, Fax: 4500 2191, 2535 8853 Web:
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CIRCULAR No.27/157/2016/15
15th April, 2016
Dear Comrades,


We reproduce herein the UFBU Circular No. 55 dt. 15-4-2016 on the details of discussions held with IBA on 13-4-2016 and the UFBU meeting held thereafter.
With greetings,
Yours comradely,


In response to our letter to the IBA seeking discussions on follow-up actions on some of the issues raised by us, IBA had fixed up a meeting with UFBU on 13th April, 2016 and accordingly the meeting was held in IBA’s Office asscheduled. IBA was represented by Mr. M V Tanksale, Chief Executive, Mr. K.Unnikrishnan, Dy. Chief Executive, Mr. Visweshwar, Senior Advisor, Mr. K S Chauhan, Senior Vice-President – HR & IR and other officials of the HR-IR Department. UFBU was represented by representatives of all the 9 constituents.

a) Difficulties faced by employees/officers in implementation of Medical Insurance Scheme:
We pointed out the following:

i. While the Scheme covers reimbursement of Rs. 3 lacs and Rs. 4 Lacs for clerks/substaff and officers respectively plus additional coverage from Corporate Buffer, some of the managements are maintaining that the coverage is only restricted upto Rs. 3 lacs and R. 4 lacs. The correct position should be suitably clarified to all the Banks and in turn by all Banks to the employees at large.

ii. An important advantage of the Scheme is the Cashless facility available for treatment in hospitals. But instances are coming to our attention that in many centres, many hospitals are not covered by tie-up and hence  employees are asked to pay for the treatment and then seek reimbursement. IBA and Banks should take up with the TPAs to ensure that maximum hospitals are covered by tie-up so that employees are not put to difficulties to avail cashless treatment facility.

iii. The Settlement and the Scheme clearly provide that employees would submit the Bills to the Banks as in the past and the Bank should submit the Bills to the TPA to get the reimbursement. But some of the managements are asking the employees to submit the Bills directly to the TPA. This should be stopped and suitable instructions should be given.

iv. There are instances of death occurring during treatment in hospital and if it happens to be Sunday or holiday, the hospital/TPA do not come to the rescue and the family is facing problems in getting the body of the patient in time. Such things should not be allowed to happen.

v. Instances have also come to our attention where certain treatments like Dialysis, etc. are disallowed by the TPA though covered by the Scheme and the employees are forced to pay the cost to the hospital. Hence our scheme should be properly implemented by the TPAs and employees should not be put into such hardship.

vi. In the case of Bills submitted to the Banks for domiciliary treatment, there are many complaints of undue delay by the TPAs and managements are not taking steps to liaise with them to expedite the claims. Special attention is required in this regard and necessary steps are to be taken.

vii. Though Corporate Buffer facility is available for claims over Rs. 3 lacs/Rs.4 lacs, many Banks are yet to issue guidelines for utilisation/claims under the buffer limit. This defeats the very purpose of the facility. IBA should advice all the Banks to issue proper instructions on utilisation of the corporate buffer amount.


Though the Settlement and the Scheme provides for reimbursement of domiciliary treatment for the retirees, this has been denied by UIIC in violation of the scheme and IBA should ensure its implementation. Otherwise UFBU will be constrained to agitate on this issue.
In response, IBA informed us as under:  By and large, the Scheme is working well.
  • 37 Banks are covered by the Scheme relating to serving employees
  • 6,50,000 employees/officers are covered by the Scheme.
  • Total premium of Rs. 379 crores has been paid for this year.
  • During the current policy year i.e. from October, 2015, upto March, 2016, total of 1,02,603 claims for Rs. 168 crores have been settled and paid.
  • So far 35 Banks have joined the scheme under retirees’ policy
  • 2.05 retirees are covered by the scheme now
  • Total premium of Rs. 123 crores has been paid
  • Upto March, 2016, 7,069 claims for Rs. 45.50 crores have been paid.
On the problems brought to their attention as mentioned above, IBA informed that they will take up all these issues with the UIIC/TPAs and also with all the Banks to ensure smooth implementation of the Scheme. Regarding coverage of domiciliary treatment under the scheme for the retirees, IBA informed us that they are fully seized of the issue and have taken up the matter with the top officials of UIIC and are awaiting a positive outcome and resolution of the issue.

b) Next Wage Revision for employees/officers: IBA informed that in view of the Government guidelines, they would take up this issue, after the Balance Sheets of the Banks for the year ended 31-3-2016 are finalised.

c) Follow up of pension related issues as covered by Record Note dated 25-5-2015:

i. Revision in rate and quantum of Family Pension: IBA reiterated their standpoint that they are positively inclined to consider this demand by revising the rates and quantum of Family Pension.
IBA, however, pointed out that unless the exact additional outgo is worked out and additional corpus required for the same is ascertained based on actuarial calculations, it would not be possible for them to commit anything at this stage. It was further informed by them that the details have been called for from the Banks for this purpose. We asked IBA to expedite the collection of the details so that the actuarial calculation exercise can be undertaken and expedited to take this issue forward.

ii. Periodical updation of Pension: We took up the demand of periodical updation/revision of pension along with every wage revision settlement. IBA informed that this was a major issue and huge additional corpus fund has to be provided for meeting this demand which is not feasible in the present circumstances when the financial condition of the Banks are not good. We insisted that this issue cannot be left like this and a way has to be found out to resolve the matter amicably. We suggested that pending the exercise of ascertaining the cost, some adhoc increase in existing pension of the retirees can be considered and requested IBA to examine the same. IBA replied that any revision in pension amount would have cost implications and hence cannot react on our suggestion without proper working out.

iii. Uniform DA formula for Pre-Nov. 2002 Retirees: To this demand, IBA informed us that firstly, the issue is subjudice to be discussed as court cases are involved in the mater and secondly, the cost impact is to be worked out and if at all any consideration can be given, it can only be on a prospective basis.


Thereafter, UFBU meeting was held under the Presidentship of Com K K Nair, Chairman of UFBU.

The meeting took a review of the developments taking place in the banking sector on account of the various policy decisions of the Government like appointment of Banks Board Bureau, appointment of private sector Executives to head PSBs, proposals of consolidation and mergers, reduction in Government’s capital in PSBs, selective capitalisation of Banks, encouragement to private sector banking, allowing Small Banks and Payments to private corporates, privatisatioin of IDBI Bank, increasing bad loans in the Banks and concessions being given to defaulters, huge provisions towards NPAs and showing PSBs in poor light, privatisation of RRBs, etc.

The meeting unanimously felt that these are anti-public sector banking measures to suit their agenda of privatisation of Banks and hence will have to be resisted and fought back. It was decided that agitational programmes are to be undertaken to campaign amongst the people and to convey our opposition to these moves.


To begin with, it has been decided that the ensuing May Day on 1st May, 2016 should be observed as Anti-Bank Privatisation Day through posters, meetings, rallies, processions, etc. under the common banner of UFBU at all centres. It was also decided to address a letter to the Finance Minister drawing his attention to our viewpoints on these measures and urging upon him not to proceed with the same.

Further programmes including strike actions will be decided in due course.


In the recent Trade Union Convention held on 30th March, 2016 by the Central Trade Unions, the call has been given to observe National General Strike on 2nd September, 2016 against the continued anti-labour policies of the Central Government and their proposals of anti-worker labour reforms. The meeting took note of this strike call. It was decided to discuss the matter further in the next meeting of the UFBU.

NEXT MEETING OF UFBU ON 11th May, 2016: It has been decided to hold the next meeting of the UFBU at Hyderabad on 11th May, 2016 to chalk out further agitational programmes.
With greetings,

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