Sunday, July 14, 2013

Air Travel on Tours & LTC: Inclusion of IRCTC as an authorized for the purpose of booking air tickets on Government account

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Finmin Orders: Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours / Leave Travel Concession (LTC) – reg.

No.19024/1/2012-E.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block. New Delhi
Dated the 9th July, 2013

Office Memorandum
Subject: Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours / Leave Travel Concession (LTC) – reg.
Reference is invited to instructions issued by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance from time-to-time regarding the procedure for booking of air tickets on Government account. As per existing procedure Government officials/offices can book the air tickets directly from Airlines (at Booking counters / Website of Airlines) and if needed, by utilizing the services of authorized agents. viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited (BLCL) and M/s Ashok Travels & Tours (ATT) [Department of Expenditure OM No.19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 16/09/2010 refers]. Air tickets for travel on LTC, to a limited extent, can also be get booked through Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation(IRCTC) [Department of Personnel & Training OM No. 31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02/12/2009 refers].

Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005: Frequently Asked Question

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Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005
Frequently Asked Question

1. When did the Right to Information Act, 2005 come into force?

The Right to Information Act came into force fully on the 12th October, 2005 (120th day of its enactment i.e., 15th June, 2005). Some provisions came into force with immediate effect viz. obligations of public authorities [Section 4(1)], designation of Public Information Officers and Assistant Public Information Officers [Sections 5(1) and  5(2)], constitution of Central Information Commission [Sections12 and 13], constitution of State Information Commission [Sections 15 and 16], non-applicability of the Act to Intelligence and Security Organizations [Section 24] and power to make rules to carry out the provisions of the Act [Sections 27 and 28].

2. Who is covered under the Right to Information Act, 2005?

The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir [Section 1].

3.Are "file notings' included in the definition of Information?

Section 2 (f) of the RTI Act defines 'information’ which includes ‘record'. Section 2(i)(a) states that a 'record' includes any document, manuscript and file. The operative definition of a 'file' is given in the Manual of Office Procedure prepared by the Central Secretariat, Government of India. The definition of 'file' in the Manual includes 'notes' and 'appendices to notes'.
In CIC Decision No. ICPB/A-1/CIC/2006 dt.31.01.2006, the CIC held that “file notings are not, as a matter of law, exempt from disclosure”. Thus, file notings can be disclosed under the Act.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Withholding of 10% gratuity from the retiring Government servants — clarification regarding: DoPPW Order

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Withholding of 10% gratuity from the retiring Government servants — clarification regarding: DoPPW Order
No.20/1611998-P&PW (F)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare
3'd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003
Dated the 11th July, 2013.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
Subject: Withholding of 10% gratuity from the retiring Government servants — clarification regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM of even number dated the 19th February 2013 on the above cited subject and to say that this Department is still receiving representations from individuals and Pensioners Associations that Government Departments have been withholding 10% of the amount of gratuity from retirees even when they had not been provided any Government accommodation. This is in contravention of existing instructions.

Payment of arrears of pension in cases where valid nomination has not been made

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No. 1122/2012-P&PW (E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
3n1Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 10th July, 2013
Office Memorandum

Sub: (i) Payment of arrears of pension in cases where valid nomination has not been made under the Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983;(ii) payment of arrears of family pension — reg.
Attention is invited to the Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983 which provide that after the death of the pensioner, all moneys payable to the pensioner on account of pension will be paid to the nominee of the deceased pensioner. In the absence of any nomination made by the pensioner, the arrears of his/her pension are paid to the legal heir as per the procedure indicated in para 4 of part A of annexure to Ministry of Finance OM No. 1(3)-E.V/83, dated 11.10.1983. However, dependants of some pensioners expressed difficulties in obtaining the legal heir-ship certificates and represented that the necessity of production of legal heir-ship certificates may be waived where the amount of arrears payable is small.

Home Town LTC to employees whose headquarter and home town and within the same district

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"Home Town LTC may be admitted to employees whose HQr’s and Home Town are within the same district provided they do not come within the purview of same station as has been defined under SR 116 of FRSR Part-II TA Rules."

Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt- 110010
CIRCULAR
No. AN/XIV/14162/TA/DA/LTC
Dated: 28/05/2013
To
All PCsDA/CsDA/IFA's
PCof A(Fys) Kolkata
(Through CGDA Mail server)


Subject :  Home Town LTC to employees whose headquarter and home town and within the same district.


The matter regarding admittance of Home Town LTC to employees whose headquarters and home town within the same district, are under examination at HQr’s office.

2. After taking into consideration of views and opinion of different Controllers, the matter has been examined at this HQr’s office and the undersigned has been directed to inform Home Town LTC may be admitted to employees whose HQr’s and Home Town are within the same district provided they do not come within the purview of same station as has been defined under SR 116 of FRSR Part-II TA Rules.

Cong-backed railway union threatens indefinite stir over pending demands

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Cong-backed railway union threatens indefinite stir over pending demands
TOI | Jul 9, 2013, 05.52 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Congress-backed railway union has threatened a nation-wide indefinite strike in October if their long-pending demands relating to pay and perquisites are not met.

The strike call came from National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR), associated with Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) after similar threat from other rail employees unions, including All-India Railwaymen Federation.

The strike would be in support of demands, including better pay packages for track men, cadre restructuring, and clearance of arrears and scrapping of the new pension scheme that the Federation has been making since last year.
"After discussion, it was decided to give four months time to the Government to announce appointment of 7th Pay Commission and settle pending issues through negotiated settlement, failing which the NFIR would take steps for launching indefinite strike on Indian Railways," the statement issued by NFIR said.

Empanel one hospital in each district for retired employees: Human Rights directive to CGHS

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Rights panel directive to CGHS
By Express News Service - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 08th July 2013

The State Human Rights Commission has directed the Director of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) to include one hospital in each district in the panel of the scheme to enable all the retired employees to get the benefits of the government’s health insurance scheme.

He also directed the Director and the Central Secretary to submit the report in this regard on August 7. The direction was following a complaint filed by Leela George, a retired central government employee.

There is only one hospital in the state empanelled in the health insurance scheme, which is in the capital city. There are only three consulting centres under the scheme which are also situated here. This makes it difficult for the pensioners residing in other districts to avail the benefits of the scheme.

Gazette Notification of Amendment in retention period of residence in case of retirement or terminal leave

Gazette Notification of Amendment in retention period of residence in case of retirement or terminal leave

MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT
(Directorate of Estates)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi. the 19th June, 2013

G.S.R. 444(E). - In pursuance of provision of rule 45 of the Fundamental Rules, the President makes the following rules further to amend the Allotment of Government Residence (General Pool in Delhi) Rules,1963, namely :-

1. Short Title & Commencement :

(1) These rules may he called the Allotment of Government Residences (General Pool in Delhi) Amendment,
Rules. 2013.
(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force 23rd April, 2013.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Master Circular- Disbursement of Pension by Agency Banks

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Master Circular- Disbursement of Pension by Agency Banks

Payment of Pension to Government Pensioners under the various schemes through agency banks Introduction

The payment of pension to retired Government employees is governed by the relevant Schemes prepared by concerned Ministries/Departments with the approval of Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance, Government of India or by State Governments and involves payment of basic pension, increased Dearness Relief and other benefits as and when announced by the Governments. Various circulars issued in this connection are summarized hereunder for information.

2. Payment of Pension to Central Government Pensioners through Public Sector Banks - Steps taken by Government to minimize delay in payment of Dearness Relief (DR) to Pensioners - Discontinuation of forwarding Government Orders in respect of DR etc. through Reserve Bank of India.
(Ref: DGBA. GAD. No. H-506/45.01.001/2002-03 dated April 12, 2003)

Simplification of pension process for permanently disabled children/siblings and dependent patients

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No. 1127/2011-P&PW (E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Marke, New Delhi
Dated: 1st July, 2013.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub: Simplification of pension process for permanently disabled children/siblings and dependent patients - instructions regarding. This Department’s O.M. No.1/19/11-P&PW (E), dated 3.8.2011, O.M. No.1/6/2008-P&PW (E), dated 22.6.2010 and O.M. No.1/21/91-P&PW (E), dated 20.1.93 refer.

The undersigned is directed to state that a number of representations are being received in the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare about the difficulties being faced in getting the revised Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) issued for old parents and disabled children/siblings after the death of the pensioner family pensioner.

Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners etc. as per O.M. No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.01.2013 issued by DPPW of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

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No.CPAO/CO-ORD/REVISION OF PENSION /2012-13/890
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKA.II CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI-110066
Dated: 25/06/2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub: Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission — Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners etc. as per O.M. No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.01.2013 issued by DPPW of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.
In pursuance of Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions O.M. No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.01.2013 regarding stepping up the pension of the pensioners of pre-2006 up to 50% of the sum of minimum of the pay in the pay band and the grade pay corresponding to the pre revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired (effective date of payment of enhanced pension/family pension is 24/09/2012), an exercise was conducted by NIC, CPAO and N1C,CGA on the already e-revision (not manual revision) cases of pre-2006 in terms of recommendation of 6th CPC to find out whether pensioner/family pensioners are actually going to be befitted with this order or not.

Book your ticket through SMS/USSD

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Book your ticket through USSD:
USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) based booking for Airtel subscribers*
Registration
•     Register for Airtel money by dialing *400#.
•     Load cash on this or recharge from any Airtel money outlet.
Booking Flow
•     Dial *400# and select book tickets option.
•     Select Reservation.
•     Enter your IRCTC User ID.
•     Enter the details of ticket (station, train no. date of journey, class etc.).
•     Enter mPIN for authorizing payment.
•     Booking confirmation SMS is sent by IRCTC and same can be used during journey along with valid ID proof.
•     Fare & IRCTC service charges are debited from your Airtel money account.
•     Charges: No PG Charges.
•     Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable
Helpline No.: 121
Helpline Email : 121@airtelmoney.in

90% DA from July, 2013 may be announced in view of May, 2013 AICPIN

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According to the press release, the All-India CPI-IW for May, 2013 rose by 2 points and pegged at 228 two hundred and twenty eight) and expected Dearness Allowance due from July, 2013 is unchanged in respect of previous month expectation of 90% means 10% increase in present DA.  Now picture of expected DA, which is based on a standard calculation is confirmed now. An impossible increase of 9 points in AICPIN of June, 2013 will change the expectation from 90% to 91%.  See following table:-

Expect-ation Increase/ Decrease Index Month Base Year 2001 = 100 Total of 12 Months Twelve monthly Average % increase over 115.76 for   DA DA announced or will be announced
1 Nov-12 218 2490 207.50 79.25% 80%
1 Dec-12 219 2512 209.33 80.83%

2 Jan-13 221 2535 211.25 82.49% 82%
2 Feb-13 223 2559 213.25 84.22% 84%

Furnishing of information regarding transfer, retirement, voluntary retirement, resignation, missing, long leave (with medical certificate and without medical certificate) and death of Government officials, who have been allottees of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) and disciplinary action taken against the delinquent allottees of GPRA to the Directorate of Estates

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No.12035/3/2002-Pol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Policy-II Section
Nirman Bhawan,
New Delhi - 110 108.
Dated the 25th June, 2013
Office Memorandum
Subject : Furnishing of information regarding transfer, retirement, voluntary retirement, resignation, missing, long leave (with medical certificate and without medical certificate) and death of Government officials, who have been allottees of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) and disciplinary action taken against the delinquent allottees of GPRA to the Directorate of Estates.


Guidelines regarding grant of vigilance clearance to members of the Central Civil Services/Central Civil Posts.

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No. 11012/11/2007-Estt.A
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 21st June 2013
Office Memorandum

Subject : Guidelines regarding grant of vigilance clearance to members of the Central Civil Services/Central Civil Posts.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 14.12.2007 on the above subject and to say that it has been decided to modify Para 2(c) thereof as under:

"(c) Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld unless

Grant of family pension and gratuity to the eligible member of the family of an employee/pensioner/family pensioner reported missing — consolidated instructions: Pensioner Portal Order

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F.No.1/17/2011-P&PW (E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 24th/25th June, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub: Grant of family pension and gratuity to the eligible member of the family of an employee/pensioner/family pensioner reported missing — consolidated instructions - regarding.
The provisions regarding grant of gratuity and family pension to the members of families of the deceased Government servants/pensioners who were appointed on or before 31st December, 2003 and who are/were born on pensionable establishments are contained in Rules 50-54 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972. The instructions regarding grant of family pension and gratuity under these rules to the eligible member of the family of an employee reported missing had been issued vide this Department's earlier office memorandum No. 1/17/86-P&PW, dated 29' August, 1986. Clarifications/amendments in this regard were issued vide OM No. 1/17/86-P&PW, dated 25" January, 1991 and 18th February, 1993 and OM No. 1/28/04-P&PW(E) dated 31't March, 2009 and 2nd July, 2010, O.M. of even number, dated 14th September, 2011 and OM No. 1/17/2010-P&PW(E), dated 2nd January, 2012.

Air India LTC-80 Fares updated as on 10-06-2013

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Air india Domestic Fares  (Apex & Instant Purchase Fares)

TABLE IV‐ LTC Fares updated as on 10-06-2013

TABLE IV- LTC Fares


S No SECTOR & V.V HLTC
(Economy
Class)

DLTC
(Executive
Class)

Airline Fuel
      Base Fare Base Fare Charge
1 Agartala Guwahati 4831 10140 1850
2 Agartala Kolkata 3891 8506 1850
3 Agartala Silchar 4401   1850
4 Agatti Bengaluru 10691   1850

Promotion cannot be withheld because of the mere pendency of investigation: CAT Order

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Promotion cannot be withheld because of the mere pendency of investigation, rules CAT: The Hindu

The Central Administrative Tribunal, Madras Bench, has ruled that promotion cannot be withheld because of the mere pendency of investigation and directed the Defence Ministry to promote an Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS) officer within 45 days.

Disposing of an application filed by M. Ravi, a 1975 batch officer, the Bench, comprising members B. Venkateswara Rao and Naresh Gupta, held that the defence authorities had erred in withholding his promotion without valid reason. The Bench also said, “No charge sheet has been issued to the applicant. The promotion was withheld merely on the ground of pendency of criminal investigation by the CBI.”

Mr. Ravi is presently working as Senior Deputy Director of General, Armoured Vehicles Factory, Avadi.

He contended that he served in various capacities in other factories. The Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) convened in January 2012 and 2013 recommended his name along with S.K. Gupta and B.N. Singh for promotion to Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) for its final approval.

Amendment in retention period of residence in case of retirement or terminal leave

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[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA]
EXTRA ORDINARY PART II SECTION-3, SUB-SECTION (i)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT
DIRECTORATE OF ESTATES
Nirman Bhawan. New Delhi — 110 108.
19th June, 2013.

NOTIFICATION

G.S.R.    In pursuance of provisions of rule 45 of the Fundamental Rules, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Allotment of Government Residences (General Pool in Delhi) Rules 1963. namely :-

I . Short Title & Commencement:

(1) These rules may be called the Allotment of Government Residences (General Pool in Delhi) Amendment Rules. 2013.

(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force on 23rd April, 2013.

Facilities granted to the office bearers of recognized unions for retention/posting in Association of Central Govt. Employee headquarter- regarding.

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No. 6/1/2013-EC.I
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Director General, CPWD
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated 20th June, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
DG/ESTT/ 05/2013
Subject: Facilities granted to the office bearers of recognized unions for retention/posting in Association of Central Govt. Employee headquarter- regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to the Govt. of India, Ministry of Home Affairs O.M. No.23/3/69-Estt(B) dated 8-4-1969 (copy enclosed), on the above mentioned subject and to say that only Chief Executive as defined in the Constitution of the Association OR the General Secretary can be brought on transfer to the Headquarter.

2. In view of above, it is clarified that only Chief Executive or the General Secretary of the Association will be retained at Headquarter or brought to the Headquarter on demand of the Association.

Provision of self-certification of documents like marksheet, birth certificate etc

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No.K-11022/67/2012-AR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances
Sardar Patel Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001. Dated the 10th May, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Self-certification
The Second Administrative Reforms Commission in its 12th Report titled "Citizen Centric Administration - The Heart of Governance", has recommended, adoption of self-certification provision for simplifying procedures. (www:darpg.gov.in)

2. Taking a cue from this some Ministries/State Governments have adopted the provision of self-certification of documents like marksheet, birth certificate etc. by the applicants/stakeholders instead of asking for an attested copy of the documents by a Gazetted Officer or filing of affidavits. Under the self attestation method, the original documents are required,to be produced at the final stage.

Recommendations of 6th CPC in para 6.1.13 regarding lateral entry against identified SAG/HAG posts requiring technical/ Specialized knowledge.

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No. AB.14017/34/2008-Estt. (RR) (Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi, the 17th June, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Recommendations of 6th CPC in para 6.1.13 regarding lateral entry against identified SAG/HAG posts requiring technical/ Specialized knowledge.
The Sixth Central Pay Commission (6th CPC) have inter alia recommended in para 6.1.13 of its Report that some of the SAG and HAG posts in Government requiring technical or specialized knowledge and which are not encadred in any of the Service be identified and filled by suitable officers within the Government as well as by the outsiders.

Train Tickets Refund Rule with effect from 01.07.2013

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Refund Rule with effect from 1.7.2013.

. 1. Definitions. - In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires -

(a) "clerkage" means a charge levied by a railway administration for the clerical work rendered by it in the refund of fares;

(b) "destination station" means the station for which the ticket has been issued;

(c) "RAC ticket" means a ticket on which a seat has been reserved against requisition for a berth and a berth may be subsequently provided against cancellation, if any;

(d) "fare" includes basic fare, supplementary charge on superfast trains and reservation fee;

(e) "reserved ticket" means a journey ticket on which a berth or seat has been reserved;

(f) "reservation fee" means the charge, in addition to the fare, levied by the Railway administration for the reservation of a berth or seat;

Seventh Pay Commission: Joint Meeting of AIRF, AIDEF and Confederation on 29.6.2013

SETTING UP OF 7TH PAY COMMISSION & OTHER DEMANDS JOINT MEETING OF AIRF, AIDEF & CONFEDERATION ON 29TH JUNE 2013 AT DELHI

A joint meeting of the leaders of Railway (AIRF), Defence (AIDEF) and Confederation of Central Government Employees & workers will be held at New Delhi on 29th June 2013 for deciding future course of joint action. The meeting earlier scheduled to be held on 15th June 2013 is postponed to 29th June 2013.

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT ON 22.07.2013

The National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers will be held at NFPE office New Delhi on 22nd July 2013. For details please see Notice with agenda published in website. All National Secretariat members are requested to attend the meeting.