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Is Interim Relief Likely for Central Government Employees?

Is it really possible for Central Government employees to get an interim relief this time? Let us look at it in detail.
 
‘Interim Relief’ may be defined as the temporary relief given to employees before the new Pay Commission’s recommendations are implemented. ‘Interim relief will be treated sui generis’, most of the Finance Ministry orders included the sentence when sanctioning interim relief.
 
If one looks at the interim relief granted in 1983 and 1993, it can also be inferred that interim relief is granted in order to correct the errors in salary revision once every ten years. One gets the feeling as if an entire Pay Commission was lost simply for the sake of a small hike.
 
During the previous Pay Commission, particularly in 5th CPC, since 50% DA Merger was granted, there was no interim relief.

Here are some of the reasons why interim relief is normally granted :
 
* It has been granted a number of times before, in the past.
* DA Merger hasn’t been sanctioned this time
* Prices have touched the skies
* Some errors in the formulation of once-in-a-decade Pay Commission…etc.,
 
Reasons cited for the Government’s refusal to sanction DA Merger/interim relief:
* 7th Pay Commission was constituted at the justify time.
* There was no recommendation for DA Merger in the 6th Pay Commission
* There was a recommendation against DA merger in the 6th Pay Commission (the Commission is, therefore, not recommending merger of dearness allowance with basic pay at any stage).
* In the event that the Price Index is taken as 115.76 instead of 306.33 for the DA calculations.
 
All the Central Government Employees Unions and Federations are functioning with the intention of getting the DA merged with the basic pay. If that doesn’t happen, these federations are hoping that interim relief will be offered through the 7th Pay Commission’s interim report.

Central Government employees’ attendance surveillance system goes online

An electronic surveillance system to keep track of punctuality of government officials will become fully operational by the month end as part of Narendra Modi Government’s efforts to discipline employees.

Online trial run of the live biometric attendance system (BAS) have begun and attendance of over 50,000 employees from 148 departments can be viewed online. The system uses fingerprints to ensure that employees physically turn up and do not use proxies.

“BAS for central employees will be fully functional by the end of this month,” Dep Secretary Ram Sevak Sharma informed.

The website, attendance.gov.in, is hooked up to computers in government offices that will identify employees through their fingerprint and unique identity number (Aadhaar).

It displays a dynamic, real-time chart of how many people are at work. It is also possible check when an individual checks in and logs out of the system.

The programme is currently being implemented in the central government offices located in the national capital and will eventually expand to all central Government employees across the country.

Wall mounted bio-metric attendance terminals have been installed in government buildings. Government employees can mark their attendance in any of the buildings where biometric terminals are installed.

So far, over 50,000 employees have registered on the site, he said, adding that around 10,000 more are expected to join this month.

The system will start with tracking attendance of central government employees stationed in the national capital, he said.

According to the information available on the attendance web portal, as many as 148 central government organisations have registered themselves for the same.

So far, about 50,027 employees have registered on the portal, of the total 66,353 employees. Out of the registered users, 47,644 employees are Aadhaar verified

source : indianexpress.com

Central Govt. Employees need not give Boarding Pass For TA Claims: Govt

The central government has done away with a mandatory requirement of submitting boarding pass by their employees to claim Travelling Allowance (TA) for any official tours undertaken by them The difficulties have been expressed by various quarters in production of original boarding passes along with TA claims from time to time.

“The matter has been considered and it has been decided with the approval of the competent authority that in order to simplify the procedure of settlement of TA claims, the condition of submission of boarding pass along with settlement of TA claim is dispensed with,” the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in the Circular F.No. G-14019/2/13-Cash  dated October 7, 2014 .

 However, the officer concerned will have to attach an undertaking along with TA claims that the journey, as mentioned therein, has actually been performed by him or her, it said.“Other requirements, as per the established procedures will continue to be followed,” the order said.

In case of extreme doubt, the controlling officer may be asked to verify the genuineness of the claim, the DoPT said.

The employees have also been asked to purchase air tickets only from the authorised travel agent of this department i.E. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd and at the cheapest rates after comparing the available fare from the websites of travel agents of repute. “If cheaper rates are available directly from Air India, the same can also be bought,” it said

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MACP on Hierarchy: Pr. CAT directs to implement the judgement of High Court

Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) on Promotional Hierarchy:  Hon’ble Principal Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), New Delhi directs Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development to implement the judgement of Hon’ble Punjab & Haryana High Court in Union of India & others v. Raj Pal & another (CWP No.19387/2011) decided on 19.10.2011 to the applicant within 4 weeks.

 
Central Administrative Tribunal
Principal Bench, New Delhi
 
O.A.No.2553/2013
 
Monday, this the 15th day of September, 2014
 
Hon ble Mr. A.K. Bhardwaj, Member (J)
Hon ble Mr. V.N. Gaur, Member (A)
 
1. All India CPWD Office Staff Association
Through its General Secretary
Mr. Rajesh Kumar Srivastava
C Wing, Ground floor
Near Generator Room
IP Bhawan, New Delhi-2
 
2. Mr. Pradeep Singh Bist
Age 44 years
s/o Mr. K S Bist
r/o Flat No.167, Sector 5
R K Puram, New Delhi-22
 
3. Mr. Sanjeev Kumar
Aged 48 years
s/o Mr. Chandra Bhan
r/o F-2887, Betaji Nagar
New Delhi-23
 
4. Mr. Pankaj Atri
Age 42 years
s/o late Mr. R C Sharma
r/o 165/16, Shivaji Nagar
Gurgaon (HR)
.. Applicant
(By Advocate: Mr. S K Gupta)
 
Versus
 
Union of India through
 
1. Secretary
Ministry of Urban Development
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
 
2. Director General
Central Public Works Department
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
..Respondents
(By Advocate: Mr. Rajinder Nischal)
O R D E R (ORAL)
 
Mr. A.K. Bhardwaj:
Learned counsels for the parties are ad idem that the controversy involved in the present Original Application is, in all fours, of the decision of Hon ble Punjab & Haryana High Court in Union of India & others v. Raj Pal & another (CWP No.19387/2011) decided on 19.10.2011.
 
2. In view of the aforementioned stand taken by the parties, the Original Application is disposed of with direction to the respondents to extend the benefit of the said judgment of Hon ble Punjab & Haryana High Court to the applicants herein also within a period of twelve weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of this Order. No costs.
 
( V.N. Gaur ) ( A.K. Bhardwaj )
Member (A) Member (J)

Children Education Allowance admissible to two eldest surviving children only – DOPT

Government of India

Ministry of Railways

(Railway Board)

No. E(W)2014/ED-2/4

New Delhi, Dated 24.09.2014

The General Manager (P),

All Indian Railways &

Production Units.

Sub: Grant of Children Education allowance/Hostel subsidy to third child when first /second child is not in a position to go to school due to severe disability.

References have been received from Zonal Railways seeking clarification regarding admissibility of Children Education Allowance / Hostel Subsidy in respect of third child of the Railway employee when the first / second child is not in a position to go to school as he/she is born with profound mental retardation or is totally invalid  and cannot even go to a school meant for the special children.

2. The matter has been examined in consultation with DOP&T, the nodal Department in respect of aforesaid policy and they have intimated vide OM No.A-27012/1/2014-Estt(AL) dated 26-08-2014 that Children Education Allowance/Hostel Subsidy shall be admissible only for the eldest two surviving children except when the number of children exceeds two as a result of second child birth resulting in twins or multiple births. Copy of DoP&T’s OM is enclosed for information and guidance of all.

3. This disposes of CORE’s letter number E/O/39 dated 05-06-2-2014 & ICF’s letter number PB/WI/Misc/2014 dated 09-06-2014 on the matter.

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(Debasis Mazumdar)

Director Estt. (Welfare)

Railway Board

DOPT Clarification on admissibility of Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy

No.A-27012/1/2014-Estt.(AL)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, dated 25/26th August,2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Grant of Children Education Allowance / Hostel Subsidy to third child when first child is not in a position to go to school due to profound mental retardation.

The undersigned is directed to refer to your O.M.No.E(W)2014/ED-2/4 dated 14-07-2014 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the as per OM No.12011/03/2008-Estt.(AL) dated 11.11.2008 and OM No.12011/16/2009-Estt.(AL) dated 13.11.2009 (copies enclosed),Children Education Allowance is admissible for the two eldest surviving children only.

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(S.G.Mulchandaey)

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

M R Srinivas, Superintendent, Hyderabad-IV Commissionerate dies

OBITUARY

M. Ramakrishna Srinivas Reddy (M R Srinivas), Superintendent, Hyderabad-IV Commissionerate expired yesterday evening in Hyderabad struggling from Oral cancer.

 M R Srinivas born on 19-8-1971 has joined as Inspector in the Department  on 18-10-1994 and was promoted to Superintendent Cadre on 10-7-2012.  He  was the topper of the 1994 batch.

 M R Srinivas born and brought up  Hyderabad did his school education in Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir, DD Colony, Hyderabad, pursued his degree in Nizam College, completed his MA (Geography) in Osmania University  with  JRF (NRSA).

 His father is from Kadiri of Ananthapur Dist and is related to Shri M.V.Reddy,(IRS) Retired  Chief Commissioner, CBEC.

 MR Srinivas was an excellent human being. He was genial, intelligent, affable, silent and very cooperative.

 MR Srinivas is survived by his wife and son who is studying 9th class.

 We offer our  deepest condolences to the bereaved family  and pray to God to bestow on his family the courage and fortitude to bear with  his loss.

 MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

 

 

Modi Government is negative towards Central Government Employees – Confederation – Mass Squatting orgainsed on 18.11.2014 at Delhi

Circular No. 19                                                                                                        Dated – 27.09.2014
CONFEDERATION DECLARES NEXT PROGRAMME OF ACTION
TWO HOURS MASS SQUATTING OF NOT LESS THAN 3000 EMPLOYEES AT EACH STATE CAPITAL AT A CENTRALLY LOCATED IMPORTANT PLACE ON 18.11.2014
MODI GOVERNMENT IS TOTALLY NEGATIVE AND AGGRESSIVE TOWARDS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
No DA Merger, No Interim Relief, No Inclusion of GDS Under 7th CPC, No relaxation of Compassionate Appointment condition, No withdrawal of New Pension Scheme, No Filling up of Posts, No Removal of Bonus Ceiling, No Assurance Regarding 01.01.2014 Date of Effect of 7thCPC, No Regularisation of GDS and Casual Labour, For Each Demand the reply is NO, NO, NO, NO………………
NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NDA AND UPA GOVERNEMENT LET US PREPARE FOR A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION
Dear Comrades,
Confederation National Secretariat met at New Delhi on 26.09.2014, under the Presidentship of Com. K. K. N. Kutty, National President. Com. S. K. Vyas Ji, Advisor was also present. After detailed deliberations on all agenda items, the following decisions are taken.
1.      Decided to further intensify the campaign and agitational programmes against the Governments attitude towards the legitimate demands of the Central Government Employees. It is decided to organize two hours MASS SQUATING of not less than 3000 Central Government employees on 18th November 2014, at a centrally located important place at all the state capitals. Effort should be made to ensure maximum participation of Lady comrades in the programme. Next phase of action will be decided after successful implementation of the above programme.
2.      Decided to explore the possibility of joint action with Railways (AIRF) and Defence (AIDEF) culminating in strike.
3.      Decided to participate and implement all the decisions taken in the National convention of workers organised by Central Trade Unions on 15.09.2014.
4.      Decided to organize Two days All India Trade Union workshop of Confederation at Bangalore on 2015 January 3rd and 4th. Total number of delegates will be limited to  200. COC Karnataka has agreed to host  the Trade Union workshop.
5.      Decided to grant affiliation to the following two organizations.
(1)   Forest Survey of India Employees Association
(2)   Nehru Yuvak Kendra Sanghathan (NYKS) workers Welfare Association.
6.      Decided to organize Dharna in front of all Government of India Presses and Stationery offices and also in front of Government Medical stores Depot to protest against the proposed move to close  down these offices. In front of Government of India Presses Dharna will be organised by Confederation on 27th October 2014 and in front of Government Medical Stores Depot dharna will be organised on 30th October 2014.
7.      Financial position of the Confederation was presented by Financial Secretary Com. Vrigu Bhattacharjee. CHQ is running with a ‘NIL’ balance. Unless and until all the affiliated Unions/Associations voluntarily clear all pending dues it will be very difficult to run the CHQ. It is decided that Financial Secretary shall issue notice to all affiliated organizations to clear the pending dues.
8.      National Secretariat calls upon all Central Government employees and also the affiliated organisatons and state COCs to make the 18th November programme a thundering success.
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation

Source : Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers

CGHS IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDE QUALITY HEALTH CARE -DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

Dear CGHS Beneficiary,

Off late there are apprehensions on the orders issued on 25th August 20l4. It is clarified that intention is not to deny the availability of essential medicines to CGHS beneficiaries. CGHS is committed to provide quality health care to its beneficiaries.

In the meantime, steps are initiated to allow medicines from existing formularies of ECHS, ESI & AIIIVIS also. Anti Cancer and other similar medicines are however supplied on a case to case basis. Only the medicines approved by DCGI for use in India shall be supplied. In case an Indian version is available, which is cheaper than the imported medicine, only the Indian medicine shall be supplied even if, an imported medicine has been prescribed.

CGHS has already set up a mechanism to update the formulary on continuous basis.

 
With Regards,
 
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Director (CGHS)
 

Trade Notices of New formations consequent to implementation of CR issued

Hyderabad-CC has issued Trade Notice of new formations consequent to implementation of CR. All these new formations will take effect from 15-10-2014. Public Notice with regard to Hyderabad Customs Commissionerate will be issued separately

Trade Notice Covering Letter

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Trade Notice.hyd Zone

Promotions of CR upto Group-B Cadre (including Superintendent Cadre) issued in Hyderabad CCA

 

Promotions of CR upto Group-B Cadre (including Superintendent Cadre) issued in Hyderabad CCA,.

Details of Superintendent promotion order are as follows:

Order Nos. 69/2014-GO) and 70/2014-GO, dt. 30-9-2014.

Total promotions : 275

Ad-hoc regularised: 16

New Regular promotions: 245

New Adhoc promotions: 14

Total net promotions: 259

Out of the net promotions of 259, around 80 officers are from Vizag Zone. 

All the officers have to work at their present place of postings till their allotment/transfer orders are issued which are likely to be issued next week. 

Supdt Promotion Order