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Friday, March 11, 2016

Preparation of list of Government servants due to retire along with their Aadhaar numbers and incorporation of Aadhaar number in PPO Booklet

Suspension of Group 'A' Officers of CSS/CSSS.

F.No.136/1/2016-AVD.I/D
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 8th March, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Suspension of Group ‘A’ Officers of CSS/CSSS - reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that recently it has come to the notice of this Department that Ministries / Departments have placed Group ‘A’ Officers of Central Secretariat Service and Central Secretariat Stenographer Service under suspension without referring the matter to D/o Personnel & Training.
The powers of Appointing Authority in respect of Group ’A’ CSS/ CSSS Officers are exercised by Minister-in-charge of Department of Personnel & Training being the Cadre Controlling Authority. Further, for a cadre post of CSS, the power to take disciplinary action including suspension lies with the Cadre Controlling Authority i.e. D/o Personnel & Training. Accordingly attention is drawn to entry no. 41 ( e) of Govt. of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 read with Rule 12 of CCS(CCA) Rules, 1965 whereby the DoP&T was made Disciplinary Authority in respect of the officers belonging to centralised cadres of CSS (Grade ’A’ and above). Therefore, any Group ‘A’ CSS/ CSSS Officer may be placed under suspension with the approval of the Minister-in-charge of Department of Personnel & Training.
All the Ministries/ Departments are, therefore, requested to forward the proposals, if any, for placing Group ’A’ Officers of CSS/CSSS under suspension with the approval of their concerned Minister-in-charge to this Department in conformity to the guidelines mentioned in this Department’s OM No. 134/9/93 -AVD.I dated 15/11/1993.

Sd/-
(Sher Bahadur)
Under Secretary to Govt. of India

Lok Sabha Q&A On 09.03.2016 Regarding Closing of Post Offices

 GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2016


Source : http://164.100.47.190/loksabhaquestions/annex/7/AU2016.pdf

Productivity linked Bonus all Railway Employees: Amendment to payment of Bonus Act, 1965

Government has recently passed the bill for revision of Bonus calculation from Rs. 3500/- to Rs.7000/- and the eligibility ceiling to Rs. 21,000 with effect from 01.04.2014 – As Railway Employees are entitled to Productivity linked Bonus all Railway Unions are pressing the Govt for grant of arrears of bonus for the financial year 2014-15

Revision of wage calculation limit from Rs. 3500/- p.m. to Rs. 7000/- p.m. with effect from 01/04/2014 – Amendment to payment of Bonus Act, 1965

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen writes to Minister of Railways on amendment of Bonus Act 1965.


NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
No. 1/10/Part IV
Dated: 07/03/2016
Shri Suresh Prabhu,
Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Rail Mantralaya,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Amendment to payment of Bonus Act, 1965-Revision of wage calculation limit from Rs. 3500/- p.m. to Rs. 7000/- p.m. with effect from 01/04/2014- payment of P.L. Bonus to Railway employees at revised rate of Rs. 7000/- p.m.-reg.

Ref: Railway Board’s reply vide No. E(P&A)II-2014/PLB-8 dated 16/02/2016 to GS/NFIR.

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While thanking the Railway Ministry for its prompt reply to NFIR under reference No. E(P&A)II-2014/PLB-8 dated 16/02/2016, the Federation re-iterates the following facts for taking appropriate steps by the Government.
(i) The chronological developments since decades need to be taken into account for processing the case for payment of PL Bonus to the Railway employees at the revised wage calculation ceiling limit i.e. Rs. 7000/- p.m. w.e.f. 01/04/2014.
(ii) When the Bonus Act was amended, raising the wage calculation ceiling from Rs. 750 to 1600, the Railway employees were paid PL Bonus at the revised wage calculation ceiling limit. Subsequently, when the Bonus Act was amended, revising the wage calculation limit from Rs. 1600/- to Rs. 2500/-, the said rate was adopted by the Railway Ministry and PL Bonus paid to the Railway employees at the revised rates.
(iii) When the wage calculation ceiling was again revised to Rs. 3500/- w.e.f. 1st April 2006, the Federation took up the issue and explained the merits of the case for adopting the rate of Rs. 3500/- w.e.f. 01/04/2006 for ensuring payment of PL Bonus. The Railway Ministry had processed the case and obtained Union Cabinet’s approval and issued orders vide letter No. E(P&A)II-2008/PLB-10 dated 03/10/2008, duly revising the wage calculation ceiling to Rs. 3500/- with retrospective effect i.e, from 01/04/2006, consequently, PLB arrears for the year 2006-07 were paid to the Railway employees in October 2008.

From the above facts, it could be seen that the payment of P.L. Bonus has been ensured commensurating with the revision of wage calculation ceiling limit made through amendments to Bonus Act, 1965 without any deviation. Similarly when the wage calculation ceiling limit has been raised to Rs. 7000/- p.m., the Railway Employees are entitled for payment of P.L. Bonus at revised rates for the year 2014-15.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Hon’ble Railway Minister to kindly arrange to process the case on top priority for obtaining the approval of the Union Cabinet for making payment of PL Bonus arrears pertaining to the year 2014-15 to the Railway employees at the earliest.

Yours sincerely,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source : http://www.nfirindia.org/Index.aspx
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Ministry of Personnel decides to allow non entitled employees to travel by air and claim LTC restricted to fare entitlement.

New Delhi: All non-entitled central government employees have been allowed to travel by air while availingLeave Travel Concession (LTC) with a condition that reimbursement in such cases shall be restricted to the fare of their entitled class of train or actual expense. 

The Ministry of Personnel had recently eased norms for processing claims of LTC -- which allows grant of leave and ticket reimbursement to eligible central government employees to travel to their home towns and other places.

"Government employees not entitled to travel by air may travel by any airline. However, reimbursement in such cases shall be restricted to the fare of their entitled class of train, transport or actual expense, whichever is less," an order issued by the Ministry said.

The move comes after the government received a number of queries in this regard. In many cases, employees did not have railway station or good road network to their home towns and they had requested for permission to travel by air to save time, which was being denied, officials said.

Now, they will be allowed to travel by air and by any airline, they said. At present, those entitled to travel by air have to mandatorily travel by Air India.

A government servant may also apply for advance for himself or his family members 65 days before the proposed date of the outward journey and he or she would be required to produce the tickets within ten days of the withdrawal of advance, irrespective of the date of commencement of the journey, as per the new norms.

There are about 50 lakh central government employees.

All central government employees have been asked to share photos and interesting details of their holidays.

The DoPT has decided to put a limit of one month for verification of LTC claim after the LTC bill is submitted by government employee for settlement and final payment.

"Efforts should be made to reduce the duration of processing of LTC applications or claims at the earliest. The maximum time limit should be strictly adhered to and non- compliance of time limit should be adequately explained," its directive said.