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Monday, March 05, 2018

Post Office Passport Seva Kendra opened at Wardha Head Post Office on 28.02.2018 under Maharashtra Circle

POPSK (Post Office Passport Seva Kendra) opened at Wardha Head Post Office on 28.02.2018 under 1st division in Nagpur Region Maharashtra Circle By Hon'ble Member of parliament Shri Ramdasji Tadas, Postmaster General Nagpur Region Hon'ble Mariyamma Thomas and Regional Passport Officer Shri C.L. Gautam

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 – Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.01.2018 to 31.03.2018

Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 27th February 2018
Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 – Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.01.2018 to 31.03.2018 – reg.
The Tables of Benefits for Savings Fund to the beneficiaries under the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980, which are being issued on a quarterly basis from 01.01.2017 onwards, as brought out in this Ministry’s OM of even number dated 17.03.2017, for the quarter from 01.01.2018 to 31.03.2018, as worked out by IRDA based on the interest rate of 7.6% per annum (compounded quarterly) as notified by the Department of Economic Affairs as per their Resolution No.5(1)-B(PD)/2017 dated 01.01.2018, are enclosed.
2. The Tables enclosed are of two categories as per the existing practice. As hitherto, the first Table of Benefits for the savings fund of the scheme is based on the subscription of Rs.10 p.m. from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs.15 p.m. w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards. The second Table of Benefits for savings fund is based on a subscription of Rs.10 p.m. for those employees who had opted out of the revised rate of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990.
3. These orders are in respect of Table of Benefits for the period from  01.01.2018 to 31.03.2018.
4. In their application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders are issued after consultation with the Comptroller 86 Auditor General of India.
5. Hindi version of these orders is attached.
(Amar Nath Singh)
1. All Ministries/ Department of the Central Government as per standard list.
2. Copy with spare copies for information and necessary action to C86AG, UPSC, all State Government etc. as per standard list.
3. NIC, Department of Expenditure – for uploading the same on the website of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.

Post Office Passport Seva Kendra opened at Vijayapura R.S SO Post Office on 03.03.2018 under N.K.Region in Karnataka Circle

Post Office Passport Seva Kendra opened at Vijayapura R.S SO Post Office on 03.03.2018 under N.K.Region in Karnataka Circle

Minutes of National Anomaly Committee Meeting

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 16 February, 2018
Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra
Secretary, Staff-Side
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for, Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi-110001
Subject: Minutes of the Meeting held on 11.01.2018 to discuss the admissibility of the agenda items received from the Staff Side, NC (JCM) for discussion in the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) for the 7th Central Pay Commission.
Please find enclosed a copy of the Minutes of the meeting held under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (Establishment) on Thursday the 11th January, 2018 at 1500 hours in Room No. 190, conference Room, North Block, New Delhi with the representatives of Staff Side, NC(JCM) for information and necessary action.
2. As per discussion in the above meeting, Staff Side may please reconsider their views on Item No. 7. A copy of the recording during the meeting enclosed for perusual.
Yours faithfully,
(D.K. Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Tel. 23040255

A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Shri G.D. Tripathi, Joint Secretary (Establishment), Department of Personnel & Training with the representatives of Staff Side of the National Anomaly Committee and senior officers from the other Ministries/Departments concerned at 3.00 p.m. on 11.01.2018 in Room No. 190, North Block, DoPT, New Delhi to consider the admissibility of the 18 itmes of anomaly forwarded by the Staff-Side of the National Council of JCM for settlement through discussion at the NAC constituted after the Seventh Central Pay Commission. The list of participants is at Annexure.
2. The Chairman welcomed the representatives of the Staff-Side of the National Anomaly Committee and asked Deputy Secretary (JCA) to briefly inform the participants the purpose for convening this meeting.
3. Deputy Secretary (JCA) informed that following the acceptance of the recommendations – to the extent they have been – of the 7th Central Pay Commission by the Government, the National Anomaly Committee has been constituted by DoPT. Subsequently, on receipt of a representation from the Staff Side, NC(JCM), the definition of what would constitute an anomaly has been revised and notified. Therefore, as per the revised scope of definition, anomaly will include the following cases;
a) Where the Official-Side and the Staff-Side are of the opinion that any recommendation is in contravention of the principle or the policy enunciated by the Seventh Central Pay Commission itself without the Commission assigning any reason;
b) Where the maximum of the Level in the Pay Matrix corresponding to the applicable Grade Pay in the Pay Band under the pre-revised structure as notified vide CCS(RP) Rules 2016, is less than the amount an employee is entitled to be fixed at, as per the formula for fixation of pay contained in the said Rules;
c) Where the Official side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that the vertical and horizontal relativities have been disturbed as a result of the 7th Central Pay Commission to give rise to anomalous situation.
4. Deputy Secretary (JCA) mentioned that a letter dated 16.08.2017 had been received from Secretary, Staff-Side proposing to discuss 15 items in the National Anomaly Committee (NAC). Subsequently, another letter dated 31.08.2017 was also received proposing 3 additional items. On examining these 18 items against the three (03) yardsticks as stated in para-3 above, it was felt that while some agenda items clearly fall within the definition of ‘anomaly’, there are a few which cannot be termed ‘anomaly’ as such, bordering more, as they are, on the side of ‘demands’. There are a few more which apparently by virtue of affecting the interests of one Department should rather be taken up at the Departmental Anomaly Committee. On sharing the findings of this Preliminary examination with the Secretary, Staff-Side, a communication was received from him suggesting inter-alia, besides giving their own reasons for retaining the same agenda – except one item – for the NAC deliberations, that a meeting be convened to discuss and finalize the items so as to to avoid delay in convening the NAC meeting.
5. The Chairman then requested the leader of the Staff-Side and other members to put across their points of view on the issue.
6. The Leader, Staff-Side, thanked the Chairman for convening the meeting at the suggestion of Secretary, Staff-Side and initiated the discussion by emphasising that the next meeting of the National Council under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary should be held urgently as more than 7 years have passed since the last such meeting was held. He referred to the background against which the JCM scheme has been institutionalized and stressed that the purpose of JCM is to avoid confrontation between the Government and its employees. He requested that the sentiments of the Staff-Side may be conveyed to the Cabinet Secretary so that the meeting of the National Council, JCM may be held without any further delay. He also suggested that the Cabinet Secretary should meet the Standing Committee of the National Council, JCM soon after the Republic Day celebrations so that the deliberations can be be held on all pending issues. The Leader, Staff-Side further stated that there are many issues arising out of the 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations which are still to be settled to the satisfaction of the Staff-Side. He particularly mentioned about the recommendations relating to New Pension Scheme, Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, etc.
7. Secretary, Staff-Side also expressed similar views about lack of interaction between the Official-Side and the Staff-Side. He mentioned that the institutions of JCM machinery has become defunct and stated that the meetings of the Standing Committee and the National Council, JCM should be called without any further delay. He also mentioned that the Group of Ministers had met the staff representatives and given some assurances for favourable consideration regarding the Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula. But even after 1-1/2 years, no decision has been conveyed by the Government. He regretted that inspite of the report submitted by NPS Committee, nothing fruitful has been done for bringing new pensioners under defined and guaranteed pension scheme. He stated that based on the assurance given by the group of Ministers, the Staff Side had deferred the call for strike but now it is getting very difficult for them to control the resentments of the staff. He stressed the need for frequent interactions so that each side can appreciate the other’s views. He also mentioned that no decision has yet been conveyed on the 6th CPC related unresolved anomalies which, the Staff-Side feels, should be sent for arbitration as the Staff-Side has recorded its dissatisfaction on them.
(Action: D/o Pension & JCA Division, DoPT)
8. The Staff-Side members representing M/o Defence stated that they are on a hunger fast joining with the 4 lakhs Defence Civilian Employees to protest against the various decisions taken by Ministry of Defence against their interest. They lodged their protest aginst what they called ‘arbitary’ policy decisions made by the Government about outsourcing of jobs hitherto done in the ordince factories, converting Army Base Workshops to GOCO Model, closure of Station Workshops, Military Farms and Depots under Army Headquarters thereby rendering 31,000 Employees surplus including 9000 employees of Military Engineer Service, granting Uniform Allowance to the soldiers by stopping the practice of getting them stitched through almost 12000 Employees in 5 Ordnance Factories etc. This is against the assurance given by the Defence Ministry in the past to the Staff Side that the jobs being perfomed by ordnance factories would be outsourced. They also protested against the violation of the direction of Cabinet Secretary by the Ministry of Defence in that the Staff Side has not been consulted before deciding on outsourcing, closure, merger, declaring manpower surplus etc. They demanded that MoD may be directed to immediately hold discussions with the Staff Side and settle the issues in the interst of the Defence Industry and its employees
(Action: M/o Defence)
9. The Staff Side also raised the following issues:-
a) The demand of the Staff Side for extension of the date of option for switching over to 7th CPC Pay Scales from a date on which the employee got promotion/MACP is not yet settled. Necessary instructions may be issued in this regard.
(Action: Establishment Division, DoPT)
b) The Report of the NPS Committee even though submitted to the Government in August, 2017 the Staff Side is not yet given a copy of the same. The same may be given to the Staff Side and a meeting may also be held with the Staff Side by the Government before taking any decision on the recommendations of the NPS Committee.
(Action: D/o P & PW)
c) The Staff Side also pointed out what they felt arbitrariness of the decision of the Government to close down the various printing presses without even holding any discussion with the Staff Side. The employees have been asked to immediately get themselves, relived and join at faraway places. They added that assurances were given by the Cabinet Secretary at the National Council that the Government would discuss the problems faced by the staff and resolve the same in all cases when the Government decides to wind up any of its functions.
(Action: M/o Urban Development)
10. The Chairman stated that he has taken note of all the concerns expressed by the Leader, Staff-Side, Secretary Staff-Side and the other representatives of the Staff-Side. He stated that the work on finalizing the comments on the Agenda for the meeting with the National Council, JCM has been going on and another two weeks would be required to finalize the comments and thereafter the convenience of the Cabinet Secretary would be sought so that the meeting of the Standing Committee can be held in the month of February, 2018. He stated that the purpose of today’s meeting was to familiarize with the issues as well as to arrive at a mutually agreed decisions as to which of them should be taken up for discussion and settlement at the NAC so that the first meeting can be convened at the earliest. He further emphasised that the items on which the Government, has held a view different from that of the 7th CPC would not be taken up for discussion at the NAC since the Government decisions on them are well-thought-out and conscious ones. However, where there is a disagreement between what has been recommended and what the 7th CPC should have recommended as part of its policy/principles would figure in NAC discussion.
11. It was seen that there are seven (7) proposed items which clearly fall within the definition of ‘Anomaly’. At the conclusion of the discussions, the following was agreed to in respect of the remaining eleven (11) items:
Item No.
Anomaly in computation of minimum wage
In view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Division will re-examine.
3% Increment in all stages
In view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Divison will re-examine
Remove Anomaly due to index rationalization
In view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Divison will re-examine
Anomaly arising from the decision to reject option No.1 in pension fixation
Sent back to Staff-Side for reconsideration of its views
Minimum Pension
The Staff-Side will take up this issue with the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare separately. This will not be treated as an anomaly.
Date of effect of Allowances-HRA, Transport
Allowance, CEA etc
Thil will be taken up separately as an item in the Standing Committee meeting
Implement the recommendation on Parity in Pay Scale between Sr. Auditors / Sr. Accountant of 1A & AD and organized Accounts with Assistant Section Officer of CSS.
As this was already under examination in the Department of Personnel & Training it would not be taken up for
discussion in NAC at this stage. If it remains undecided at the later stage,
it will be included for discussion in NAC.
Parity in pay scales between Assistants/
Stenographers in field/ subordinate offices and Assistant Section Offices and Stenographers in CSS
The Staff-Side, NC (JCM) will provide additional details
Technical Supervisors of Railways
The Staff-Side, NC(JCM) will take up this issue at the Departmental Anomaly Committee of Ministry of Railways.
Anomaly in the assignment of replacement of Levels of pay in the Ministry of Defence, Railways, Mines etc in the case of Store Keepers.
The Staff-Side, NC (JCM) will take up this issue at the Departmental Anomaly Committee of Ministry of Defence. JCA Division will
write to Ministry of Defence in this regard.
Anomaly in the grant of DA instalment w.e.f.
In view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Division will re-examine.
12. The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
Shri Shiv Gopal Misra
Shri G.D. Tripathi
Shri M. Raghavaiah,
Shri Amar Nath Singh
Shri Rakhal Das Gupta
Shri Harjit Singh
Shri J.R. Bhosle
Ms. Sujasha Choudhury
Shri Guman Singh
Ms. Nirmala Dev.
Shri C.Srikumar
Shri Jaya Kumar.G.
Shri K.K.N. Kutty
Shri A.K. Jain
Shri Sankara Rao
Shri Charanjit Taneja
Shri R. Srinivasan
Shri Rajeev Kumar Bahree
Shri R.P. Bhatnagar
Shri Ram Gopal

Earmarking of reservation quota for women

No.2007/TG - I/20/P Pt.II
New Delhi. Dated: 15.02.2018
The Principal Chief Commercial
All Zonal Railways.

Managing Director,
CRIS, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi.
Sub: Earmarking of reservation quota for women.

At present, following reserved accommodation is earmarked for use of female passengers:- .
(a) In Sleeper Class coach reservation quota of 6 berths in Mail/Express trains for ladies irrespective of age travelling alone or in a group of female passengers.

(b) In all trains having reserved sleeping accommodation, a combined quota of six lower berths per coach in Sleeper class and 3 lower berths per coach each in AC 3 tier and AC-2 tier classes for Senior Citizens, Female passengers of 45 years of age and above and pregnant women. In case of Rajdhani, Duronto and fully it Conditioned/Express trains, the number of berths to be earmarked under this quota in 3AC is 4 lower berths per coach as against 3 lower berths per coach in normal Mail/Express trains.

2. The issue regarding earmarking of ladies quota in 3 AC class of Garib  Rath Express trains has been examined and it has been decided to earmark a reservation quota of 6 berths in 3 AC class of these trains for exclusive use of female passengers irrespective of their a while travelling alone or in group of female passengers.

3. It has also been decided to modify the- logic of utilising accommodation earmarked under ladies quota as under:-

(i) Till preparation of first reservation charts, only female passengers travelling alone or in group of female passengers will be booked against this quota,

(ii) However, at the time of preparation of first reservation charts, the unutilised  quota earmarked for female passengers will b released to waiting, Its female passengers travelling alone or in group of female passengers followed by waiting list senior citizens.
If there are no such passengers and berths are left vacant, on board ticket checking staff shall be authorised to allot this accommodation to any other lady passenger/senior citizen on partially confirmed ticket, if any after making necessary entries in the reservation chart.

4. CRIS will make necessary modification in the software and advise date of effect to all Zonal Railways as well as this office.

5. Necessary instructions may be issued to all concerned accordingly.

( Shelly Srivastava)
Director Passenger Marketing
Railway Board.
Source: NFIR

Child Care Leave - Frequently Asked Questions

Q] Who are entitled for Child Care Leave?
[A] Child Care Leave can be granted to women employees having minor children below the age of 18 years, for a maximum period of 2 years (i.e. 730 days) during their entire service, for taking care of up to two children whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc. Child Care Leave shall not be admissible if the child is eighteen years of age or older.
[Q] Am I eligible to draw Salary for the period for which Child Care leave is availed?
[A] During the period of such leave, the women employees shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.
[Q] Whether CCL can be debited against any other type of Leave admissible to the employee?
[A] Child Care Leave shall not be debited against the leave account. Child Care Leave may also be allowed for the third year as leave not due (without production of medical certificate).
[Q] Whether Child Care Leave can be combined with any other leave?
[A] It may be combined with leave of the kind due and admissible.
[Q] Whether Child Care Leave is applicable for third child?
[A] :- No. CCL is not applicable to third Child.
[Q] How to maintain Child Care Leave account?
[A] The leave account for child care leave shall be maintained in the proforma prescribed by Govt, and it shall be kept alongwith the Service Book of the Government servant concerned.
[Q] Whether CCL can be claimed as a matter of right?
[A] The intention of the Pay Commission in recommending Child Care Leave for women employees was to facilitate women employees to take care of their children at the time of need. However, this does not mean that CCL should disrupt the functioning of Central Government offices. The nature of this leave was envisaged to be the same as that of earned leave.

[Q] Whether we can prefix or suffix Saturdays, Sundays, and Gazetted holidays?
[A] As in the case of Earned Leave, we can prefix or suffix Saturdays, Sundays, and Gazetted holidays with the Child Care Leave.
[Q] Should we have any Earned Leave in Credit for the purpose of taking Child Care Leave?
[A] There was a condition envisaged in the Office Memorandum relavant to Child Care Leave to the effect that CCL can be availed only if the employee concerned has no Earned Leave at her credit. However, this condition was withdrawn by the Government and as such there is no need for having EL in credit to avail CCL.
[Q] Whether CCL can be availed without prior sanction?
[A] Under no circumstances can any employee proceed on CCL without prior approval of the Leave sanctioning authority.
[Q] Can we avail CCL for the children who are not dependents?
[A] The Child Care Leave would be permitted only if the child is dependent on the Government servant.
[Q] Is there any other conditons apart from the total number of holidays and the age of the child?
[A] The Conditions regarding spell of CCL, imposed upon by the Government are that it may not be granted in more than 3 spells in a calendar year and that CCL may not be granted for less than 15 days.
Further, CCL should not ordinarily be granted during the probation period except in case of certain extreme situations where the leave sanctioning authority is fully satisfied about the need of Child Care Leave to the probationer. It may also be ensured that the period for which this leave is sanctioned during probation is minimal.
[Q] Whether Earned Leave availed for any purpose can be converted into Child Care Leave? How should applications where the purpose of availing leave has been indicated as ‘Urgent Work’ but the applicant claims to have utilized the leave for taking care of the needs of the child, be treated?
[A] Child Care Leave is sanctioned to women employees having minor children, for rearing or for looking after their needs like examination, sickness etc. Hence Earned Leabe availed specifically for this purpose only should be converted.
[Q] Whether all Earned Leave availed irrespective of ‘number of days i.e. less than 15 days, and number of spells can be converted? In cases where the CCL spills over to the next year :for example 30 days CCL from 27th December, whether the Leave should be treated as one spell or two spells’?
[A] No. As the instructions contained in thc OM dared 7.9.2010 has been given retrospective effect, all the conditions specified in the OM would have to be fulfilled for conversion of the Earned Leave into Child Care Leave. In cases where the leave spills over to thc next year, it may be treated as one spell against the year in which the leave commences.
[Q] Whether those who have availed Child Care Leave for more than 3 spells with less than 15 days can avail further Child C31.e Leave for the remaining period of the current year’?
[A] No. As per the OM of even number dated 7.9.2010, Child Care Leave may not be granted in more than 3 spells. Hence CCL may not be allowed more than 3 times irrespective of the number of days or times Child Care Leave has been availed earlier.
[Q] Whether LTC can be availed during Child Care Leave?
[A] LTC cannot be availed during Child Care Lcave as Child Care Leave is granted for the specific purpose of taking care of a minor child for rearing or for looking after any other needs of the child during examination, sickness etc.
[Q] Whether Child Care Leave is applicable to All India Services?
[A] Yes. Child Care Leave is applicable to employees under All India Services.