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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Rule 14(ii) of the Railway Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1968: Railway Board orders to follow proper procedure


RBE No. 133/2017
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(D&A) 2017 RG6-21 
New Delhi, 18.09.2017

The General Manager(P)
All Indian Railways and
Production Units etc.
(As per standard list).


Sub: Rule 14(ii) of Railway Servants (D&A) Rules, 1968 —Following of proper procedure regarding

Rule 14(ii) of the Railway Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1968, which emanates from the provisions contained in clause (b) of the second proviso to Article 311 (2) of the Constitution of India, lays down special procedure for imposition of penalties in situations where the disciplinary authority is satisfied, for reasons to be recorded by it in writing, that it is not reasonably practicable to hold an inquiry in the manner provided in these rules. 

2. The scope and ambit of the special procedure under the aforesaid Rule 14(11) and the protections embodied therein for the Railway servants have been explained in Circulars issued by this Ministry from time to time. It is to be noted that (i) the conditions precedent to application of the aforesaid special procedure, (ii) the action taken thereunder being subject to judicial review and (iii) permissibility of the claim by the penalized person for holding of inquiry at the stage of appeal, revision etc, have been explained in paragraphs 6, 7 and 8 respectively of Department of Personnel & Training OM No. 11012/11/85- Estt(A) dated 11.11.1985 as circulated vide this Ministry’s letter No. E(D&A) 85 RG6-72 dated 06.02.1986. A Note regarding some of the important points to be borne in mind while taking action under the aforesaid Rule 14(ii) and specimens of speaking order and notice imposing penalty thereunder were also circulated vide this Ministry’s letter no. E(D&A) 85 RG6-72 dated 06.10.1988. Further thereto, the requirement that the reasons recorded by the Disciplinary Authority for dispensing with the inquiry should be supported by objective facts and/or independent material, was emphasized vide this Ministry’s letter no. E(D&A) 92 RG6-48 dated 06.04.1992.


3. Notwithstanding above, instances of non-adherence to the aforesaid instructions/clarifications have been brought to notice of this Ministry.
4. In view of above, the afore-mentioned instructions/clarifications are emphatically reiterated. All zonal Railways/production Units etc. are directed to bring it to the notice of the disciplinary/appellate/revisionary authorities that, whenever it is proposed to invoke action under the aforesaid Rule 14 (ii), it is imperative that all the instructions mentioned above in this regard are followed scrupulously so as to ensure that the action is not found wanting in compliance of: 

(i) the mandate under the clause (b) of the second proviso to the Article 311 (2) of the Constitution of India,

(ii) of the provisions contained in the aforesaid Rule 14(ii), and

(iii) of the related subsidiary instructions/clarifications.

5. Hindi version will follow. please acknowledge receipt.

(Sunil Kmar)
Director Estt. (W&D&A)

Monday, September 25, 2017

I-T department asks taxpayers to update their information on e-filing portal

The Income Tax Department has asked taxpayers, who file ITRs and conduct other I-T businesses online, to update their profiles and vital details on the official e-filing portal to ensure an "effective communication" between the two. 
The department today issued an advisory asking taxpayers to furnish their latest information such as personal and secondary email and mobile phone numbers, address and bank account details. 
These details will be verified and processed after the taxpayer is sent a One Time Password (OTP) over the email and through SMS over the phone. 
"New registration process to facilitate effective communication between the taxpayer and the department is enabled. The existing e-filing users are required to update their profile by logging into e-filing account. Users who have registered already and not activated has to register again," the advisory said. 
The updated information, a senior official said, is being sought to ensure that a communication sent to a taxpayer reaches him without fail and in good time. 
"A taxpayer can do any business using their personal e- filing account only after updating the details," he said. 
Source:-The Economic Times

Your postman may soon become the point of contact for all your financial work. Read how

NEW DELHI: Come 2018 and the humble postman will be armed with a high-tech device that will enable him to carry out various financial transaction at the door step of people. 
The India Post Payment Bank, which plans to launch nationwide operations by March 2018, is coming up with a large contract to source such devices for more than 1.5 lakh postmen. 
The equipment, a micro-ATM of sorts, will have a biometric reader, a printer and a debit card and credit card reader attached to it. A tender for 2 lakh such devices is almost ready and will be released in a month’s time, India Post Payment Bank chief executive AP Singh told ET. Hewlett Packard Enterprise has already been chosen to build the backend for India Post Payment Bank as a system integrator. 
“The idea is to streamline and focus on payments through the bank. We have identified close to one dozen payments, including utility bills such as gas and electricity, mobile, DTH, school fees, etc.”, which the payments bank will seek to facilitate, Singh said. India Post is working on an app that will enable these payments. 
It will also allow booking of bus and unreserved train tickets, categories which are highly cash dependant. “Even small payments such as for fruits and vegetable, and welfare payment transfers under the direct benefits transfer scheme are on the radar,” said Singh. 
“We have to focus on payments rather than deposits,” said Singh. Reserve Bank of India rules don’t allow payments banks to take deposits, the key and cheap source of funds for conventional banks. To generate revenue, India Post Payment Bank will charge each payment transaction that happens through its app, either from the customer or the bill company, Singh said. 
“The Post Office already has 35 crore accounts, we are targeting around 8 crore households in the next five years (as customers for the payments bank).” 
At a recent UN conference, Singh had said while private sector rivals such as Paytm and Airtel Payments Bank would skim the market from the top, India Post would have a bottoms up approach. Arming the postman with the micro-ATM and turning him into a sort of a banking correspondent may be part of the plan to target rural and the semi-urban areas. 
“The micro ATM and the banking correspondent model has been tried and may help in turning cash into digital at the last leg, even though it may take some time,” said Vivek Belgavi, partner and India FinTech Leader at PwC. 
In a village, the nearest bank branch may be 10-25 kms away and the India Post, with its huge network of post offices and postmen, may be able to effectively cater to that audience, he added. The proposed India Post app will allow person-to-person transactions. 
In the dozen key bill payments it is targeting, those who aren’t familiar with operating an app on their own can approach the postmen armed with micro-ATMs to help them make payments. 
Meanwhile, as opposed to the earlier plan of having separate branches for the payment bank, India Post is looking to capitalise on the existing network of 1.55 lakh post offices and 3 lakh employees on the postal network.
Source:-The Economic Times

100% Aadhaar linking of GPF, PPF & EPF by Dec, 2017 and using Aadhaar for portability: Decision of Cabinet Secretariat Meeting


No. D-11011/36/2016- DBT (Cab.)
Govt. of India
Cabinet Secretariat
DBT Mission


Subject: Aadhaar linking and interoperability of General Provident Fund (GPF), Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Employees’ Provident Fund (EFF) accounts regarding.
A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary, DBT Mission, Cabinet Secretariat on 25th August, 2017 at 11:00 A.M in the Conference Hall, 4th floor, Shjvaji Stadium Annexe Building, Rajiv Chowk, New Delhi on the subject mentioned above. The list of participants is placed at Annexure I.
2. Joint Secretary, DBT Mission welcomed the participants and stated that the objective of the meeting is to deliberate on Aadhaar linking of GPF, PPF and EPF accounts of employees, examine the possibility of a centralised repository of employees" fund details with Aadhaar as the primary identifier and establishing portability of fund accounts across organisations. He requested all stakeholders to share comments and suggestions in this regard.
3. Deputy CGA, Govt. Banking Arrangements, D/o Expenditure informed that an on-line salary application system, Employee Information System (EIS) is being developed within PF MS for implementation in all Drawing and Disbursing Offices (DDOS) and Pay Accounts Offices (PAOS) of Central Ministries. EIS is envisaged to be a central repository of details of all salaried employees, and it can also maintain details of GPF of government employees. He fiirther stated that at present, Aadhaar number is not a mandatory field in employee information records, due to which Aadhaar seeding may be low. it was discussed that if the employee data on E13 are linked with Aad’naar, it may serve the purpose of establishing interoperability of salary and GPF accounts across DDOs. It was highlighted that Railways and Defence departments are not covered under £18. An example of e-Samarth was cited, which is a centralized database of CRPP (Central Reserve Police Force) in MHA, which may be studied for this purpose. Dy CGA also mentioned that M/o Railways and Defence may also be consulted in this context.
4. Senior Audit Officer, Office of Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) of India, Delhi stated that at present, State AG (Auditor General) offices assign new GPF numbers to employees while moving across different FAQs and there is no centralized mapping system with Aadhaar as the primary identifier. JS. DBT Mission requested that the matter may be taken up with the Office of C&AG, with the concerned Dy C&AG to examine the possibility of mapping all State GPF subscribers across the country. It was suggested that the role of a third party such as NSDL to create and maintain this database may also be examined.
5. Assistant Director, D/o Posts stated that that presently, around 25 lakh PPF accounts out of 27.2 lakh accounts are on Core Banking Solution (CBS) network and these accounts are portable across Post Offices. It was informed that every PPF account is associated with a PPF number and a Customer Identification Form (CIF) number, which is a unique number that holds all personal as well as account related information of the customer. ideally, a customer can have one CIF number in one post office. though the customer can have multiple accounts under these numbers. It was further informed that Aadhaar linking with individual accounts and CIF numbers is being undertaken and 4.7 crore ClFs out of total 56 crore CIFs (which also include savings certificates, term deposit accounts, etc) have been seeded with Aadhaar. JS, DBT pointed out that Aadhaar seeding is very low in this case, and the Department may undertake necessary actions to expedite the same to achieve 100% seeding by December 31, 2017. It was further suggested that all PPF accounts and CIF numbers may be linked with Aadhaar and the Department may share its suggestions on establishing a common repository of all PPF accounts using Aadhaar as the identifier.


6. Deputy Director, M/o Labour & Employment stated the Universal Account Number (UAN) provides portability for the employees covered under EPF. It was informed that 14 crore out of 4 crore active subscribers’ records have been seeded with Aadhaar. It was discussed that this will enable portability of EPF accounts when the details of Bank Account, Aadhaar and PAN are seeded in UAN database of the employees and are verified by employer on change of job. It was suggested that Aadhaar seeding of all may be taken up priority.
7. Deputy Secretary, Budget, D/o Economic Affairs stated that a host of small saving schemes including PPF are Operated by post offices, public sector banks and select private secror banks and Aadhaar seeding is being undertaken in all these accounts. JS, DBT Mission enquired if the. Department is taking any initiative to have a centralised platform for all savings schemes, given that all banks use different systems and Operate in silos. It was discussed that the Department may examine the matter and share updates in this regard.


8. After detailed deliberations, the following were agreed upon.
i. All stakeholder Departments to ensure 100% Aadhaar seeding of GPF, PPF and EPF accounts by December 31, 2017.
ii. All Departments to examine the possibility of developing common platforms for their respective service subscribers/employees/account holders using Aadhaar as the unique identifier to ensure portability across the financial system.

iii. DBT Mission to hold a review meeting with senior officers of all stakeholder Departments in the second week of September. 2017 to discuss the issue further.

Annexure-I
List of Participants

1. Shri Peeyush Kumar, Joint Secretary, DBT Mission, Cabinet Secretariat-in Chair
2. Shri Amn Shanna, Director, DBT Mission, Cabinet Secretariat
3. Shri Neeraj Kumar Sharma, Deputy CGA, Govt. Banking Arrangements. D/o Expenditure
4. Ms. AnjanaVashishtha, Deputy Secretary, D/o Economic Affairs
5. Shri Dinesh Dharni, Deputy Director, M/o Labour & Employment
6. Shri Vijay Kumar Kanojia, Senior Audit Officer, Office of Comptroller & Auditor General of India
7. Dr.Ajinkya Kale, Assistant Director General, D/o Posts
8. Ms Disha Pannu, Assistant Director General, D/o Posts
9. Ms.Tulsipriya Rajkumari, Assistant Director, DBT Mission, Cabinet Secretariat
10. Ms. Jaya Kurnari, Assistant Audit Officer, Office of Comptroller & Auditor General of India
11. Shri Kamlesh, Assistant Audit Officer, Office of Comptroller & Auditor General of India
****


No. D-11011/36/2016-DBT (Cab.)
Government of India
Cabinet Secretariat
DBT Mission 
4th Floor, Shivaji Stadium Annexe
Rajiv Chowk, New Delhi- 110001
Dated: 29th August, 2017
Subject: Aadhaar linking and interoperability of General Provident Fund (GPF), Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) accounts-regarding.
The undersigned is directed to forward herewith a copy of record of discussion of the meeting held under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary, DBT Mission, Cabinet Secretariat on 25.08.2017 at 11.00 AM on the subject mentioned above for information and further necessary action, please.
Sd/-
(Tulsipriya Rajkumari)
Assistant Director
DBT Mission
*****
Employees' Provident Fund Organisation
(Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India)
Head Office
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan, 14- Bhikaiji Cama Place, New Delhi - 110066
(CENTRAL ANALYSIS & INTELLIGENCE UNIT)
No.CAIU/011(44)2016/Aadhar/10273
Date: 22.09.2017

To
All ACCs (Zones) including ACC (ASD),
All RPFC-I/ RPFC 11 (Regional Offices),


Sub:- Aadhaar linking and interoperability of General Provident Fund (GPF), Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) -regarding.
Sir,
Please find enclosed herewith a letter No.D-11011/36/2016-DBT (Cab.) dated 29.08.2017 received from Assistant Director, Cabinet Secretariat, DBT Mission forwarding therewith record of discussions of the meeting held under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary, DBT Mission on 25.08.2017, wherein it has been directed that all the Departments should ensure 100% of Aadhaar seeding by December 31,2017.
2. It is requested to implement the instructions issued by the Cabinet Secretariat, DBT Mission, New Delhi for seeding of Aadhaar by December 31, 2017.
[This issues with the approval of ACC-II (CAIU)].

Yours faithfully,
Encl: As above
(A.K. Mandal)
Regional P. F. Commissioner-I(CAIU)


Leave Rules – Maternity Leave


FR & SR Part III

Pregnancy Eligibility : A female Government servant (including an apprentice) with less than two surviving children may be granted maternity leave – Rule 43 (1)

Duration : 180 days from the date of its commencement. – Rule 43 (1). DOPT OM dated 11-9-2008

Leave Salary : During such period, she shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave. – Rule 43 (2)
Miscarriage / abortion : Maternity leave not exceeding 45 days may also be granted to a female Government servant (irrespective of the number of surviving children) during the entire service of that female Government in case of miscarriage including abortion on production of medical certificate as laid down in Rule 19. `Provided that the maternity leave granted and availed of before the commencement of the CCS(Leave) Amendment Rules, 1995, shall not be taken into account for the purpose of this sub-rule. – Rule 43 (3)
Maternity leave shall not be debited against the leave account – Rule 43 (5)
Maternity leave may be combined with leave of any other kind. – Rule 43 (4) (a)
Leave of the kind due and admissible (including commuted leave for a period not exceeding 60 days and leave not due) that can be granted in continuation with Maternity Leave provided in Rule 43(4)(b) shall be increased to 2 years. DOPT OM dated 11-9-2008
Service which counts for increments. – F.R. 26 (b)
In the case of a person to whom Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948 (34 of 1948), applies, the amount of leave salary payable under this rule shall be reduced by the amount of benefit payable under the said Act for the corresponding period. – Note below Rule 43(2)
Admissible for induced abortion
Not admissible for ‘threatened abortion’

Employment News : 23 September to 29 September 2017


JOB HIGHLIGHTS
AIRPORT AUTHORITY OF INDIA
Name Of Post : Junior Assistants
No.of Vacancies : 84
Last Date :14.10.2017

INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
Name Of Post : Scientist/Engineers ‘SC’
No.of Vacancies : 80
Last Date :05.10.2017

AGRICULTURE INSURANCE COMPANY OF INDIA LIMITED
Name Of Post : Administrative Officers (Scale-I)
No.of Vacancies : 50
Last Date :10.10.2017

MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, CHANDIGARH
Name Of Post : Sub-Divisional Engineers, Junior Engineers etc
No.of Vacancies : 69
Last Date :06.10.2017
Source : http://employmentnews.gov.in/