Thursday, April 24, 2014

A D.O LETTER FROM RAILWAY MINISTER TO FINANCE MINISTER REGARDING ABOLITION OF NEW PENSION SCHEME

Hon'ble Minister for Railways Sh. Malikarjun Kharge has written a D.O. Letter to Minister for Finance regarding abolition of New Pension System from India Railways.  The text of the said letter, which has been published by AIRF, is reproduced below:-

MALLIKARJUN KHARGE
MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
NEW DELHI
No. 2012/F(E)III/1/4-Part
29 March, 2014.

Dear Shri P. Chidambaram ji,

Through this letter, I wish to draw your attention to a long standing demand raised by both Staff Federations of Railways on National Pension Scheme (NPS) for employees of Indian Railways. The Federations have been expressing resentment over operation in the Railways of the National Pension Scheme, which is perceived as a lower social security cover for Railway employees. Their contention is that there are enough grounds for Railway employees to be treated differently from other civil employees of the Government, and that Indian Railways should operate the traditional defined .benefit pension scheme available to pre-01-01-2004 appointee's.


You will recall that a few organizations/categories of Government employees were specifically exempted from the purview of NPS on consideration of special, riskier and more onerous nature of duties. The Federations have been drawing parallel with of nature of duties performed by most categories of Railway employees with those in the Armed Forces. They contend that during British period, Railways was conceived and operated as an auxiliary wing of the Army. It was also realized that by virtue of its complex nature, Railways required a high level of discipline and efficiency to be able to perform its role as the prime transport mode. Railways is an operational organization required to be run round the clock through the year. Railway employees have to work in inhospitable conditions, braving extreme weather, unfriendly law and order scenario, and inherent risks associated with the Railway operations itself. As in the Armed Forces, many have to stay away from their families for long periods while performing duties in areas where adequate facilities are lacking.

I feel that there is considerable merit in the contention of the Staff Federations. Besides the critical and complex nature of duties of Railway employees, the hazards involved are also high. Despite best efforts for enhanced safety measures, a large number of Railway employees lose their lives or meet with serious injuries in the course of performance of their duties each year.

During the period 2007-08 to October 2011, the number of Railway employees killed during the course of their duty has been more than number of passengers/other members of public killed in Rail related accidents including accidents at unmanned level crossings. While the nature of duties of Railway employees is inherently high risk during peace time, they also perform functions of critical importance during war time and times of natural calamities, in moving men and materials across the country to maintain supply of essential commodities and safeguard integrity of the nation.

In my view, there are adequate grounds for the Government to consider exemption for Railway employees from the purview of NPS. The implications of this would be that Government expenditure would reduce over the next few years through discontinuance of Government Contribution under the NPS, but the long term liabilities would increase, as financial commitments in the defined benefit pension scheme would be higher. Since Railways are required to meet the pensionary outgo from their internal resources, switch over to defined benefit pension scheme would call for a more systematic provisioning under the Pension Fund through appropriate revenue generating measures. With Rail Tariff Authority on the horizon, I believe that this would be possible.

In the light of the above, I suggest that our request for exemption from operation of the NPS be considered sympathetically and necessary approvals communicated.

A copy of each demands raised by the two Federations is enclosed. 
With regards,

Yours sincerely,
/sd/
(Mallikarjun Khagre)
Shri P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister,
Government of India, North Block,
New Delhi-110001.

LETTER FROM 7th PAY COMMISSION TO NFPE


Sunday, April 20, 2014

IMPORTANT VERDICT OF CHENNAI HIGH COURT

High Court  said yesterday that if excess pay was granted to an employee due to erroneous pay fixation done by the department and not due to any misrepresentation by him, that amount shall not be recovered from employee from the retiral benefits, that too after retirement.
Justice D Hariparanthaman, Madras High Court
Justice D Hariparanthaman, Madras High Court

Allowing a petition from K Syed Razack, a retired Police InspectorJustice D Hariparanthaman set aside the order of the Commissioner of Police, Chennai, to recover Rs 36,312 from the DCRG (Death-Cum-Retirement Gratuity) of the petitioner.
He directed the authorities not to make any recovery on the ground of any wrong fixation done during the service, as it was not the petitioner’s mistake.
The judge also directed that the amount be refunded if any already recovered from the petitioner within six weeks.
Razack submitted he was appointed Grade-II constable on June 1, 1971. After two promotions, he was listed in ‘C’ list of head constables fit for promotion to Sub-Inspector’s post on Sep 22, 1985. As there was no vacancy, he was not promoted at that time.
Later, he was promoted temporarily as SI on September 15, 1987 and also paid salary by fixing his pay to the post. He was regularised in the post with effect from August 17 1992, promoted as Inspector on October 15,2003 and retired from service on January 31, 2009.
When the pension proposals were sent, the Accountant General opined that the benefit of fixation was given from September 15, 1987 and should be given only from the date of regularisation of service (August 7, 1992).
The Police Commissioner then passed an order to recover Rs 36,312 from the DCRG of Razack towards alleged excess payment due to the fixation.
Citing a judgment of a division bench, which held such recovery was bad, the judge said he was also of the view that the judgement applies to the facts of this particular case.
“Any wrong fixation that was said to have been made in 1987 shall not be sought to be recovered, after retirement in 2009, more particularly, when it is not the case of the authorities that the wrong fixation was done at the instance of the petitioner by way of misrepresentation.”
“Even, if there was any error, the petitioner cannot be made to suffer after retirement, by way of recovery,” the judge said.

PTI

Saturday, April 19, 2014

PO & RMS ACCOUNTANT EXAMINATION

Po & RMS Accountant examination -2014 will be held on 25-05-14 and the last date of submission of application in prescribed proforma at Divisional office is fixed on 21-04-14.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

      A group of newly selected P.A.s, who are awaiting induction training and appointment letter, had a discussion with Com. Janardan Majumder, Circle Secretary, Group-C, yesterday at Yogayog Bhavan. All candidates and our organisation are anxious over the issue of delay in their process of joining. So far the department did not make response to our union's demand to relax the rule like previous two years and allow the selected candidates' joining imparting in-house training, as the Police Verification Report usually takes lot of time to come. This year, the PVR is even more delayed due to Loksabha Election. 
      The Circle Secretary has discussed elaborately on each point and mentioned that our Circle Union and All India Union (Central Headquarters) have written letters to the Directorate on this issue (letters were already displayed in this blog). However, this Circle Union also thinks that West Bengal Circle Administration has also some laxity dealing with this issue and could have done better assessing the situation realistically.
       As the election process has already started in our State, it has been decided in the discussion that immediately after the polls, the Circle Union will  meet the candidates again and vigorously pursue the matter. A resolution will be submitted to the circle administration demanding solution to this impasse. The selected candidates present in the discussion has taken the responsibility of preparing the draft of the resolution sharing opinions with all others who could not attend yesterday. 
      All are invited to come up with their suggestions in this regard.    

DA ORDER OF GDS

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Merging of DA with basic pay of Central Government employees- ANSWERED IN RAJYASABHA

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-2062

ANSWERED ON-11.02.2014

Merging of DA with basic pay of Central Government employees

2062 . SHRI PRABHAT JHA, ARVIND KUMAR SINGH, KUSUM RAI
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government is actively considering to merge existing dearness allowance payable to Central Government Employees with basic pay;

(b) if so, the details thereof, and if not, the reasons therefor; 

(c) whether Government has received any representation from employees associations in this regard;

(d) if so, the details thereof and the details of action taken thereon; and

(e) the reasons for delay in constitution of 7th Central Pay Commission?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
( SHRI NAMO NARAIN MEENA)

(a) No Sir.

(b) The 6th Central Pay Commission did not recommend merger of Dearness Allowance with basic pay at any stage. This has been accepted by the Government vide Resolution dated 29th August, 2008. 

(c)&(d) A number of representations have been received from Associations/Organizations of Central Government Employees demanding merger of 50% of Dearness Allowance with basic pay. However, in view of (b) above, the same has not been agreed to. 

(e) The Government has already decided to constitute the 7th Central Pay Commission under the Chairmanship of Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, Retired judge of the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

Source: http://rajyasabha.nic.in/

Friday, April 4, 2014

Railways decides to constitute a committee for Productivity Linked Bonus

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board
No.ERB-I/2014/23/15
New Delhi, dated 21.3.2014

ORDER

Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to constitute a Committee for evolving a new formula for Productivity Linked Bonus on Indian Railways. The Committee will consist of the following :-

i) Additional Member (Staff), Railway Board - Convener
ii) Additional Member (Budget), Railway Board - Member
iii) Additional Member (Civil Engineering), Railway Board - Member
iv) Additional Member (Mechanical Engineering), Railway Board - Member
v) Additional Member (Commercial), Railway Board - Member

2. The Terms of reference of the Committee will be as under :
"To evolve a new formula for calculation of number of Productivity Linked Bonus days keeping in view the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission and the views of the Ministry of Finance."

3. The Headquarter of the Committee will be at New Delhi.

4. The Committee shall submit its report within a period of four months from the date of its Constitution.

5. The Convener and Members of the Committee will be eligible to draw TA/DA, as per extant rules.

sd/-
(J.M.S. Rawat)
Deputy Secretary (Estt)
Railway Board