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Wednesday 30 April 2014

Enhancement in the rate of various allowances

Government of India/Bharat Sarkar
Ministry of Railways /Rail Mantraraya
(Railway Board)
PC-VI No. 336
RBE No. 39/2014
New Delhi, dated 29.04.2014
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)
Sub: Enhancement in the rate of various allowances by 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness allowance upto 100% w.e.f 01.01.2014.

In accordance with the recommendations of 6th CPC, the rates of various allowances admissible to different categories of railway staff were revised/doubled. The 6th CPC had also recommended that the rates of these
allowances will be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance goes up by 50%.  Railway Board, accordingly, issued instructions in respect of increase in rates of various allowances by 25% vide Board's letter of even number dated 13.06.2011.

2.         Subsequent to enhancement in the rate of Dearness Allowance to 100% w.e.f. 01.01.2014 queries are being received from some of the Railways regarding further enhancement of rates of these allowances. The matter has been examined and It is clarified that the rates of allowances listed in the enclosed Annexure shall increase by a further 25% (over original 6th CPC rate prescribed by Ministry of Railways) with Dearness Allowance now having gone up to 100% w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

         The terms and conditions for grant of these allowances will remain the same.

         Hindi version is enclosed.

         Kindly acknowledge receipts

DA: as above
(Amir Chand Jain)
Dy. Dirs Finance(Estt)
Railway Board


Sl. No.
Name of Allowance
Authority number and date
Daily Allowance
F(E)I/2008/AL-28/14 dated 01.12.2008 (Para 3 of the Annexure to the letter)
Mileage for road journey by taxi/own car/auto-rickshaw/own scooter/bicycle etc.
F(E)I/2008/AL-28/14 dated 01.12.2008 (para 2 D (b) and (c) of the Annexure to the letter
Road Mileage Allowance and rates for transportation of House-hold effects on transfer
F(E)1/2008/AL-28/15 dated 01.12.2008 (Para A (3) & (4) and para C of the Annexure to the letter)
Fixed Conveyance Allowance
F(E)I/2008/AL-7/3 dated 03.10.2008
Cycle Maintenance Allowance
F(E)I/2008/AL-7/2 dated 18.09.2008
Washing Allowance
F(E)I/2008/AL-29/1. dated 30.09.2008
Special Compensatory (Scheduled/ Tribal Area) Allowance
F(E)I/2008/AL-4/7 dated 18.09.2008
Special Compensatory (Hill Area) Allowance
F(E)1/2008/AL-4/4 dated 16.09.2008
Special Compensatory (Bad Climate) Allowance
F(E)1/2008/AL4/5 dated 16.09.2008
Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance
F(E)I/2008/AL-4/6 dated 22.09.2008

(Amir Chand Jain)
Dy. Dir. Finance(Estt.)
Railway Board


Dear Comrade,

            We place hereunder the draft reply to the questionnaire issued by the 7th CPC.  We want you to go through the same and make suggestions to enrich it further.  We propose to place the same at the staff side meeting of the National Council on 6th May, 2014.  The final version as formulated by the Staff Side will also be published on7th May. 2014.  We have to arrive at a consensus taking into account all shades of opinions.
            The replies are drafted to make it as brief as possible.  It covers only common issues. The staff side National Council will be submitting a detailed memorandum later as and when it is called for by the 7th CPC.  The said memorandum will be drafted taking into account the views of all organizations including pensioners organisations. Department specific issues are to be covered by the memorandum submitted by the respective departmental organizations.  Since there will be very short time available for submission of memorandum, in view of the overall time frame of 18 months  all affiliates are requested to finalize their approach and prepare the memorandum and keep it ready for submission without loss of time.
            It will be our endeavor that on common issues, complete unanimity of opinion emerges amongst all Federations of Central Govt. employees.

Suggestions may be sent by e-mail to

With greetings,

Yours fraternally

S. K. Vyas                                             K. K. N. Kutty                                       M. Krishnan
Advisor                                                President                                             Secretary General
Mob: 09868244035                             Mob: 09811048303                             Mob: 09447068125

Tuesday 29 April 2014

minutes of cadre restructuring committee meeting held on 28-4-14




                                         NFPE- FNPO
                           CENTRAL HEAD QUARTERS, NEWDELHI


                 At last after several round of protracted negotiations with the administration, JCM Staff side, Departmental council ( NFPE & FNPO) has signed the cadre restructuring proposal. The staff side has tried to the best of its ability to make maximum improvement in the proposal. In spite of our hard bargaining we could not achieve 100 percent success. Our demand for separate higher pay scale for PO& RMS Accountants, Creation of separate cadre for System Administrators or grant of special pay/allowance, bringing MTS also under cadre restructuring etc is not accepted by the administration. Regarding Postmaster Cadre after much bargaining, it is agreed to examine our claim for higher pay scale after the present proposal is approved by the government.

                  As Govt has already appointed 7th CPC and the Pay Commission has already published the questionnaire, any further delay in completing the cadre restructuring will adversely affect the interest of Postal employees. We will take up the remaining issues, which are not agreed by the administration in the cadre restructuring committee with the 7thCPC in our memorandum and make one more effort to get a favourable recommendation.

                  Taking into consideration all the above aspects and also keeping in mind the larger interest of the employees, we have decided to sign the agreement

Copy of the agreement is published below.

The Salient features of the agreement are as follows :
1. Number of LSG posts will increase from 8 % to 22 %
2. Number of HSG II  posts will increase from 2 % to 12 %
3. Number of HSG I  posts will increase from 1.5 % to 4 %
4. After completion of 2 years in HSG I the official will be promoted to 4800 GP (Non-functional Basis)
5. The above proposal will be applicable to RMS, Circle Office and SBCO in the same ratio
6. Postman/Mail guard will get the same ratio of promotion.

  The present proposal is to be approved by Postal Board, DoPT & Finance Ministry. We will make all out effort to get the proposal implemented at an early date.

                                                                        Yours sincerely
    D.Theagarajan                                                                               M.Krishnan
  Secretary General                                                                  Secretary General
         FNPO                                                                                              NFPE

Monday 28 April 2014


A General body meeting called by group of NFPE, Barasat Division will be held on 1st May at 5.00 pm at Barasat Head Office. Com Janerdan Majumder, Circle Secretary, Group-C will be the main speaker. All the members of NFPE are requested to attend the meeting in time. 


No.A-27012/1/2014-Estt. (Allowance)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
Block-IV, Old JNU Campus
New Delhi, 28th April, 2014.

Subject: Clarification on increase in certain allowances by further 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowances w.e.f. 1.1.2014

The undersigned is directed to refer to para 1(j) of this Department’s 0M. No.12011/03/2008-Estt. (Allowance) dated 2.9.2008. This provides that the limits of Children Education Allowance would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%. References are being received from various quarters with regard to the amount of Children Education Allowance admissible consequent upon enhancement of Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees @ 100% w.e.f. 1 January, 2014 announced vide Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No.1/l/2014-E-1I (B) dated 27th March, 2014.

2. In accordance with the above, the following shall be the revised limits:

a) The annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance shall be Rs.18,000/- per child. Accordingly, the quarterly claim could be more than Rs.4500/- in one quarter. The Hostel Subsidy shall be Rs.4500/- per month per child;

b) The rates of Special Allowance for Child Care to women with disabilities stands revised to Rs. 1500/- per month; and

c) The annual ceiling for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance for disabled children of Government employees shall be treated as revised to Rs.36,000/- per annum per child and the rates of Hostel Subsidy for disabled children of Government employees shall be treated as revised to Rs.9000/- per child per month.

3. These revisions are applicable with effect from 1st January, 2014.

4. These revisions shall be subject to other terms and conditions mentioned in this Department’s O.M. No.12011/03/2008-Estt (Allowance) dated 2.9.2008, O.M. No.12011/04/2008 dated 11.9.2008 and 12011/07(i)12011-Estt.(AL) dated 21.2.2012.

(Mukul Ratra)

Next Induction Trainig Order

It has come to to our notice by source that next Induction training of PA/SA cadre will be started from 15th June, 2014 at PTC, Dwarbhanga. 59 candidates from West Bengal Circle will be allowed.

Thursday 24 April 2014


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:-

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


Sunday 20 April 2014

Persons holding Important Positions in India 2014

(As per status on: 19 April 2014)

1. President of India- Shri Pranab Kumar Mukherjee
2. Prime Minster of India- Dr Manmohan Singh
3. Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India:  Hon'ble Justice P. Sathasivam ( Justice R.M. Lodha will take over on 27 April 2014)
4. Chairman of the Planning Commission of India: Dr. Manmohan Singh

5. Deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of India: Montek Singh Ahluwalia
5. Chairperson of Sangeet Natak Academy: Ms. Leela Samson
6. President of Sahitya Academy: Dr. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari
7. Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG): Shashi Kant Sharma
8. Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC): Pradeep Kumar
9. Chairman of the Election Commission /Chief Election Commissioner: V. S. Sampath
10. Attorney General of India: Goolam E. Vahanwati
11. Solicitor General of India : Mohan Parasaran
12. Governor of Reserve Bank of India: Raghuram Rajan
13. Speaker of the Lok Sabha: Meira Kumar
14. Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha: Kariya Munda
15. Chairman of the Rajya Sabha: Mohammad Hamid Ansari
16. Deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha: P.J. Kurien
17. Law minister to the Government of India :- Kapil Sibal
18. Chief of the Army Staff: General Bikram Singh
19. Chief of the Air Staff: Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha
20. Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral Robin K Dhowan
21. Chairman of Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI): U. K. Sinha
22. Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of India: Sushma Singh
23. Chairperson of Prasar Bharti of India: Smt. Mrinal Pande (Tenure ends on 30 April 2014)
24. Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharti of India: Shri Jawhar Sircar
25. President of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII):  S Gopalakrishnan
26. Director General of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII):  Chandrajeet Banerjee
27. President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FICCI): Siddhartha Birla
28. President of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM): R. Chandrashekhar
29. Chairman of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM): R. Chandrasekaran
30. Chairman of National School of Drama: Ratan Thiyam31. Director General of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research: Dr. T. Ramasami (Additional Charge)
32. Director of Indian Agriculture Research Institute(IARI): Dr. Hari Shankar Gupta
33. Chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India: S.K Roy
34. Chairman cum Managing Director of (CMD) of General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC): Shri P J Joseph
35. Chairman of Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority (IRDA):  T S Vijayan
36. Chairman of National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD): H K Bhanwala
37. Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC): Prof. Ved Prakash
38. Chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI): K N Shanth Kumar
39. Chairperson of the State Bank of India:  Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya
40. Secretary General of Lok Sabha:  Bal Shekhar
41. Secretary –General of the Rajya Sabha: Shumsher Sheriff
42. Chairperson of the Children Film Society of India: Amol Gupte
43. Chairman of National Film Development Corporation of India: Ramesh Sippy
44. Chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC): Prof. D. P. Aggarwal
45. Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI): Rahul Khullar
46. Cabinet Secretary to the Government of India: Shri Ajit Kumar Seth
47. President of ASSOCHAM: Rana Kapoor
48. Chief of the Integrated Defense staff: Anil Chait
49. Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI): Ranjit Sinha
50. Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO): K. Radhakrishnan
51. Chairman of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB): T. Nanda Kumar
52. President of Indian National Congress: Smt. Sonia Gandhi
53. President of BJP: Shri. Rajnath Singh
54. General Secretary of CPI(M): Shri. Prakash Karat
55. Chairman Atomic Energy Commission: Dr. Ratan Kumar Sinha
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7th Pay Commission Questionnaire – Ratio of Minimum & Maximum Salary, Grade Pay Suggestion, Increment Date, Determination of HRA and NPS...

Secretary 7th Pay Commission has sought views of various associations on the Pay Structures, Retirement Benefits, Other Service Conditions, Increments, Grade Pay Systems. A questionnaire has put on 7th CPC's website and the text of questionnaire is reproduced below:-
NEW DELHI-110001
Meena Agarwal
D.O No. 7CPC/15/Questionnaire
9th April, 2014
Dear ………..,
As you may be aware the Seventh Central Pay Commissions has been constituted by the Government on 28 February 2014 with a view to go into various issues of emoluments’ structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of Central Government employees and to make recommendations on the changes required. The terms of reference of the Seventh Central Pay Commission are available on the .
2. A Questionnaire seeking the considered views of all stakeholders is enclosed. The response of your Ministry to this Questionnaire is sought. I shall be grateful if the replies are furnished to the Commission on or before 10th May, 2014, so as to enable the Commission to take them into account as part of its examination of the issues that it is mandated to address. The reply may be sent to Post Box No. 4599, Hauz Khas P.O, New Delhi 110 016, and in the case of email to
Encl:- As above.
With Regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Meena Agarwal)
To all Secretaries to Govt of India

7th CPC Questionnaire
1. Salaries
1.1 The considerations on which the minimum salary in case of the lowest Group ‘C’ functionary and the maximum salary in case of a Secretary level officer may be determined and what should be the reasonable ratio between the two.
1.2 What should be the considerations for determining salary for various levels of functions falling between the highest level and the lowest level functionaries?
2. Comparisons
2.1 Should there be any comparison/parity between pay scales and perquisites between Government and the private sector? If so, why? If not, why not?
2.2 Should there at all be any comparison/parity between pay scales and perquisites between Government and the public sector? If so, why? If not, why not?
2.3 The concept of variable pay has been introduced in Central Public Sector Enterprises by the Second Pay Revision Committee. In the case of the Government is there merit in introducing a variable component of pay? Can such variable pay be linked to performance?
3. Attracting Talent
3.1 Does the present compensation package attract suitable talent in the All India Services & Group A Services? What are your observations and suggestions in this regard?
3.2 To what extent should government compensation be structured to attract special talent?
4. Pay Scales
4.1 The 6th Central Pay Commission introduced the system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay as against the system of specific pay scales attached to various posts. What has been the impact of running pay bands post implementation of 6th CPC recommendations?
4.2 Is there any need to bring about any change?
4.3 Did the pay bands recommended by the Sixth CPC help in arresting exodus and attract talent towards the Government?
4.4 Successive Pay Commissions have reduced the number of pay scales by merging one or two pay scales together. Is there a case for the number of pay scales/ pay band to be rationalized and if so in what manner?
4.5 Is the “grade pay” concept working? If not, what are your alternative suggestions?
5. Increment
5.1 Whether the present system of annual increment on 1st July of every year uniformly in case of all employees has served its purpose or not? Whether any changes are required?
5.2 What should be the reasonable quantum of annual increment?
5.3 Whether there should be a provision of variable increments at a rate higher than the normal annual increment in case of high achievers? If so, what should be transparent and objective parameters to assess high achievement, which could be uniformly applied across Central Government?
5.4 Under the MACP scheme three financial up-gradations are allowed on completion of 10, 20, 30 years of regular service, counted from the direct entry grade. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the scheme? Is there a perception that a scheme of this nature, in some Departments, actually incentivizes people who do not wish to take the more arduous route of qualifying departmental examinations/ or those obtaining professional degrees?
6. Performance
What kind of incentives would you suggest to recognize and reward good performance?
7. Impact on other organizations
Salary structures in the Central and State Governments are broadly similar. The recommendations of the Pay Commission are likely to lead to similar demands from employees of State Governments, municipal bodies, panchayati raj institutions & autonomous institutions. To what extent should their paying capacity be considered in devising a reasonable remuneration package for Central Govt. employees?
8. Defence Forces
8.1 What should be the considerations for fixing salary in case of Defence personnel and in what manner does the parity with civil services need to be evolved, keeping in view their respective job profiles?
8.2 In what manner should the concessions and facilities, both in cash and kind, be taken into account for determining salary structure in case of Defence Forces personnel.
8.3 As per the November 2008 orders of the Ministry of Defence, there are a total of 45 types of allowances for Personnel Below Officer Rank and 39 types of allowances for Officers. Does a case exist for rationalization/ streamlining of the current variety of allowances?
8.4 What are the options available for addressing the increasing expenditure on defence pensions?
8.5 As a measure of special recognition, is there a case to review the present benefits provided to war widows?
8.6 As a measure of special recognition, is there a case to review the present benefits provided to disabled soldiers, commensurate to the nature of their disability?
9. Allowances
9.1 Whether the existing allowances need to be retained or rationalized in such a manner as to ensure that salary structure takes care not only of the job profile but the situational factors as well, so that the number of allowances could be at a realistic level?
9.2 What should be the principles to determine payment of House Rent Allowance?
10. Pension
10.1 The retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on or after 1.1.2004 a re covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS). What has been the experience of the NPS in the last decade?
10.2 As far as pre-1.1.2004 appointees are concerned, what should be the principles that govern the structure of pension and other retirement benefits?
11. Strengthening the public governance system
11.1 The 6th CPC recommended upgrading the skills of the Group D employees and placing them in Group C over a period of time. What has been the experience in this regard?
11.2 In what way can Central Government organizations functioning be improved to make them more efficient, accountable and responsible? Please give specific suggestions with respect to:
a) Rationalisation of staff strength and more productive deployment of available staff;
b) Rationalisation of processes and reduction of paper work; and c) Economy in expenditure.
12. Training/ building competence
12.1 How would you interpret the concept of “competency based framework”?
12.2 One of the terms of reference suggests that the Commission recommend appropriate training and capacity building through a competency based framework.
a) Is the present level of training at various stages of a person’s career considered adequate? Are there gaps that need to be filled, and if so, where?
b) Should it be made compulsory that each civil service officer should in his career span acquire a professional qualification? If so, can the nature of the study, time intervals and the Institution(s) whose qualification are acceptable, all be stipulated?
c) What other indicators can best measure training and capacity building for personnel in your organization? Please suggest ways through which capacity building can be further strengthened?
13. Outsourcing
13.1 What has been the experience of outsourcing at various levels of Government and is there a case for streamlining it?
13.2 Is there a clear identification of jobs that can be outsourced?
14. Regulatory Bodies
14.1 Kindly list out the Regulators set up unde r Acts of Parliament, related to your Ministry/ Department. The total number of personnel on rolls (Chairperson and members + support personnel) may be indicated.
14.2 Regulators that may not qualify in terms of being set up under Acts of Parliament but perform regulatory functions may also be listed. The scale of pay for Chairperson /Members and other personnel of such bodies may be indicated.
14.3 Across the Government there are a host of Regulatory bodies set up for various purposes. What are your suggestions regarding emoluments structure for Regulatory bodies?
15. Payment of Bonus
One of the terms of reference of the 7th Pay Commission is to examine the existing schemes of payment of bonus. What are your suggestions and observations in this regard?
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