Jan 19, 2018

Post office savings account not mandatory for small savings investments till April 1

Investors of post office small savingsproducts can breathe a short sigh of relief as the government has extended the deadline to open a savings account. 

On January 12, the Department of Posts had issued a notice to post offices stating that the mandatory opening of a post office savings account while investing in small savings schemes has to be implemented only from April 1 instead of the earlier deadline of January 15, 2018. 

It must be noted that since November, several post office small savings investors are being denied their maturity cheques and are instead being asked to open post office savings accounts where the money could be credited. They are asked to open such an account to receive their maturity amount or for receiving intermittent interest income, either quarterly, half-yearly or annually. Before this, investors in small savings schemes like time deposits, Senior Citizens' Savings Scheme (SCSS), and National Savings Certificate (NSC) could deposit their maturity cheques in any bank account. 

Department of Posts had earlier issued internal letters on October 6, December 7, and December 14 stating the dates by when small savings investors had to open post office savings acccounts. All of these orders, as per the latest notice, have been kept in abeyance till 31 March, 2018. Therefore, if a post office official forces you to open a savings account before fresh orders are put forth, you should cite them the new rule and date. 

The notice goes a step further and advices various post officials to take proactive measures and necessary steps to ensure that business opportunities and revenue of the department are not affected adversely due to implementation of the order. This is because the last three months of the financial year typically witness huge collections as several tax-saving schemes come under the post office's umbrella of products. 

The option to open a savings account could be left to the investor and not made compulsory as is the case with banks. For investments where the accumulated amount is received by the investor only on maturity (such as NSC and Kisan Vikas Patra), maintaining a savings account could be troublesome for many. And with know-your-customer compliance in place, issuing a cheque and depositing it in a bank account should not raise questions regarding money laundering. 

Jan 4, 2018

Maternity Leave Is Part Of Service Period, Must For A Woman To Be Real Mother: Madras HC...


Almost a fortnight after the Kerala High Court upheld a woman’s fundamental right to dignity as a mother, the Madras High Court has now said it is the fundamental right of a lady to give birth to a child and nurture him and maternity leave period should be deemed to be the service period.

Justice N Kirubakaran has held that any rule or law which holds that maternity leave has to be excluded from the period of service is “null and void”, while emphasising on the importance of maternity leaves for proper rest post-delivery to enable a mother to become “real mother”.

“…it is not only the fundamental right of the lady to give birth to a child and also necessary for existence of mankind and without a lady, a child could not be born in the world. Even nature requires a child birth through a lady. When that is the position, the petitioner (a lady doctor in the instant case) cannot be denied the maternity leave and the period of maternity leave, which the petitioner availed, should not be kept apart or excluded from two years of service. Even in their two years of service, if maternity leave is sanctioned, the maternity leave period should be deemed to be the service period. Any rule or regulation which goes against the same is null and void,” said Justice Kirubakaran.

The court said so while granting relief to a lady doctor who was denied admission in a post-graduate course since she had gone on maternity leave during the mandatory two-year service period.

Justice Kirubakaran’s decision comes close after the decision of Justice A Muhamed Mustaque of the Kerala High Court holding: “A mother cannot be compelled to choose between her motherhood and employment. A woman employee is not expected to surrender her self-respect fearing action against her for not being able to attend duty for compelling family responsibility”.

In that case, the court has ruled against LIC dismissing a woman from service on the ground that she went on long leave to look after her daughter, who was a child with special needs.

In the case before Justice Kirubakaran, the petitioner had joined the service at Primary Health Care Centre, Sithurajapuram, Sivakasi Helath Unit District in March 2015.

She delivered a baby girl on July 4, 2015, and availed maternity leave from July 4, 2015, to January 3, 2016, re-joining duty on January 4, 2016, and completed two years of government service on March 19, 2017.

For getting admission to post-graduate course in Gynaecology, she wrote NEETPG 2017 and obtained 914.3927 marks in the said examination. 20 per cent incentive marks were added for service and she was placed at Rank No.776.

The petitioner then attended the counselling and was issued order to join Kilpauk Medical College on May 10, 2017, but was not relieved by the Deputy Director of Health Services stating that she had not completed two years of continuous service, as she had availed 180 days of maternity leave.

While hearing her petition, Justice Kirubakaran said, “Motherhood is common for all creatures, as it is evident from the love and affection and care shown by the mother of all creatures to their newborn. Not only the newborn, but the reborn mother also requires nurturing care, affection and proper rest, so that she could look after the child very well by feeding the child. There is no substitute for mother’s milk in the world and even the so-called “divine nectar” could not be equal to mother’s milk”.

“Unless good rest is available to the mother without any worry or pressure and other compulsions, it would not be possible for her to be a “real mother”. Anybody could take care of the mother, whereas it is only the mother, who could take proper care of the child. Therefore, it is the duty of the government or employer, whoever it may be, to grant sufficient and required maternity holidays for women government employees or workers during pre-delivery period and post delivery period, for the purpose of recuperation.”

The court also noted that when the Tamil Nadu government had “increased the maternity leave to 180 days with effect from May 16, 2011, then to 270 days from November 7, 2016… it is not understandable as to how the respondents refuse to treat the maternity leave availed by the petitioner herein as period of service which would enable her to complete the two year minimum period service to get post graduate medical admission”.

“No act or clause or rule/condition would take away the fundamental and human right of a lady to conceive and give birth to a child and the consequential benefits like maternity leave, if she is an employed woman,” said Justice Kirubakaran.

The court then held that the “admission granted by the respondents to the petitioner in Diploma in Gynaecology and Obstetrics for the academic year 2017- 18 would be valid for the next academic year 2018-19”.

It directed the government to “admit the petitioner in Diploma in Gynaecology and Obstetrics for the next academic year 2018-19, without the necessity of applying and writing the NEET examination 2018”.

The court also kept the petition pending for deciding on general issues regarding entitlement of a lady to conceive or procreate, avail maternity leave and posed several queries before the Centre, including making breastfeeding obligatory like in the UAE.

Courtesy: livelaw.com

Nov 22, 2017

Bunching benefits

7th CPC bunching benefits are provided to the eligible applicants in RMS CB DN.
Arrears were also drawn.
They will revised pay from this month.

FNPO R3 union sincerely thanks the SRM, ASP(HQ) and the accountants of HRO(A/c).

Divisional Secretary
FNPO R3
RMS CB DN
Coimbatore.


Nov 6, 2017

GPF interest rate wef 1st October, 2017 to 31st December, 2017.


The Government of India has announced that during the Financial Year 2017-18, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund (GPF) and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 7.8% (Seven point eight per cent) with effect from 1st October, 2017 to 31st December, 2017. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st October, 2017.

The Notification to this effect has been issued and published in the Gazette of India on 23rd October, 2017.

Nov 3, 2017

7th Pay Commission – Revision of rate of Training Allowance.


No.13024/01/2016-Trg.Ref.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
[Training Division (IST/IIPA)]
Block-4, Old JNU Campus
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-67
Dated: October 24,2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission – Revision of rate of Training Allowance.

Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) by the Government conveyed vide Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure Resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC dated July 6, 2017, the President is pleased to decide that the Training Allowance in Training Academies and Institutes shall be regulated in the following manner:-

(i) Training Allowance
In the National/Central Training Academies and Institutes for Group’ A’ officers
24% of Basic Pay
In other Training Establishments
12% of Basic Pay

(ii) Training Allowance will be admissible only to the employees who join the training establishments for a specified period of time and are then likely to go back.

(iii) Training Allowance will not be admissible to those employees who are directly recruited by such training establishments for imparting training.

2.The revised rates of training allowance shall be admissible with effect from the 1st July, 2017.

3.In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence ofthe Comptroller and Auditor General.

4.Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(Biswajit Banerjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Oct 6, 2017

Subject: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendation of the VIIth Pay Commission on CCS (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1939 – Constant Attendant Allowance – regarding.

In continuation of this Department’s OM No.1/4/2017-P&PW(F) dated 2nd August 2017, revising the Constant Attendant Allowance from the existing Rs.4500/- p.m to Rs.6750/- p.m, it has also been decided that the rate of Constance Attendant Allowance payable to the Civilian pensioners shall be increased by 25% every time the dearness allowance on the revised Pay in the Pay Matrix increases by 50%.

2. All other terms and conditions of this Department’s OM No.1/4/2017-P&PW(F) dated 2nd August 2017 will remain the same.

3. In so far as persons belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

4. These orders are issued with the concurrence of the Ministry of finance (Department of Expenditure) vide, their OM No.11-1/2016-IC dated 11.07.2017 and ID NO.11-1/2016-IC/Pt dated 25.07.2017

Oct 4, 2017

Information about 'Commutation of Pension

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A Central Government servant has an option to commute a portion of pension, not exceeding 40% of it, into a lump sum payment with effect from 1.1.1996. No medical examination is required if the option is exercised within one year of retirement. If the option is exercised after expiry of one year, he/she will have to undergo medical examination by the specified competent authority.

Lump sum payable is calculated with reference to the Commutation Table constructed on an actuarial basis.  The monthly pension will stand reduced by the portion commuted and the commuted portion will be restored on the expiry of 15 years from the date of receipt of the commuted value of pension. Dearness Relief, however, will continue to be calculated on the basis of the original pension (i.e. without reduction of commuted portion).

The formula for arriving for commuted value of Pension (CVP) is
CVP = 40 % (X) Commutation factor* (X)12

* The commutation factor will be with reference to age next birthday on the date on which commutation becomes absolute as per the New Table as Annexure to this Deptt's O.M. No. 38/37/08- P&PW(A) dated 2.9.2008

Oct 1, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Pay matrix level modified, multiplying factor 2.67




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Written By: Vicky Nanjappa

Updated: Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 7:09 [IST]

   

There has been a modification to the 7th Pay Commission pay matrix level. The Finance Ministry has said that it is directed to invite attention to the Pay Matrix contained in Part A of the Schedule of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 as promulgated vide notification No.GSR 721 (E) dated 25th July, 2016, where the Level-13 of the Pay Matrix starts at Rs.1,18,500 at Cell one and ends at Rs.2,14,100 at Cell twenty one and to state that in terms of CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017 promulgated vide G5R 592(E) dated 15.6.2017, the said Level 13 of the Pay Matrix has been modified. The modified Level 13 starts at Rs.1,23,100 at Cell one, ending at Rs.2,15,900 at Cell twenty.

The modified Level-13 in terms of the CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017 takes effect from 1st January,2016. Accordingly, the earlier Level-13 of the Pay Matrix as contained in CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 notified on 25.7.2016 and effective from 1st January, 2016 has become non-existent ab-initio with the promulgation of the CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017. The modified Level 13 is an improvement on the earlier Level 13 in as much as the earlier Level 13 is based on the 'Index of Rationalisation' (IOR) of 2.57, whereas the modified Level 13 is based on the IOR of 2.67. It is for this reason of improvement that the modified Level 13 begins at Rs.1,23,100, as against the earlier one which began at Rs.1,18,500.

Consequent upon the aforesaid modification of Level 13 in terms of the CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017 effective from 1.1.2016 and the resultant re-fixation of pay therein in supersession of the earlier pay fixation, references have been received from Ministries/Departments seeking clarifications on certain issues. These issues and the decisions thereon are brought in the succeeding paragraphs.

The Pay Commission, while formulating the various Levels contained in the Pay Matrix, corresponding to the pre-Revised pay structure, used "Index Of Rationalization" (IOR) to arrive at the starting Cell of each Level (the 1st Cell) of the Pay Matrix. This IOR has been applied by the Commission on the minimum entry pay corresponding to the successive Grades Pay in the pre-Revised pay structure. In Level-13 of the Pay Matrix, as formulated by the pay panel and as accepted by the Government in terms of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 promulgated vide notification dt. 25.7.2016, the IOR was 2.57. The IOR in respect of both Levels 12 and Level 13-A, i.e., Levels immediately lower and immediately higher than Level-13, is 2.67. Therefore, the modified Level-13 in terms of the Pay Matrix contained in the CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017 has also been formulated based on the IOR of 2.67. While the concept of the IOR, as applied by the pay panel, is exclusively in regard to formulation of the Levels in Pay Matrix, the formula for fixation of pay in the Pay Matrix based on the basic pay drawn in the pre-revised pay structure for the purpose of migration to the Pay Matrix, as recommended by the commission, is based on the fitment factor of 2.57. The Commission recommends "this fitment factor of 2.57 is being proposed to be applied uniformly for all employees." Accordingly, Rule 7 (1)(A)(i) of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016, relating to fixation of pay in the revised pay structure, clearly provides that "in case of all employees the pay in the applicable level in the Pay Matrix shall be the pay obtained by multiplying the existing pay by a factor of 2.57........."

Thus, the fitment factor for the purpose of fixation of pay in all the Levels of Pay Matrix in the revised pay structure is altogether different from the IOR. The fitment factor of 2.57 is uniformly applicable for all employees for the purpose of fixation of pay in all the Levels of Pay Matrix. This has no relation with the "IOR". The formula for fixation of pay based on the fitment factor of 2.57, as contained in Rule 7(1)(A)(i) of the CCS(RP) Rules,2016, has not been modified by the CCS (Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules,2017.

Accordingly, pay in the Level-13 of the Pay Matrix, as provided for in the CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017, shall continue to be fixed based on the fitment factor of 2.57 as already provided for in Rule 7(1) (A) (1) of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016. In case pay has been fixed in the modified Level-13 by way of fitment factor of 2.67, the same is contrary to the Rules and is liable to be rectified and excess amount recovered forthwith.

As mentioned above, earlier Level 13 in operation before the coming into force of CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017 promulgated vide notification dt. 15.6.2017, has become non-existent ab-initio and the modified Level 13 as contained in CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017 is the applicable Level 13 from 1.1.2016. Therefore, the earlier Level 13 is extinct and, hence, no employee can retain the some consequent upon promulgation of CCS(Revised Pay)(Amendment) Rules, 2017.

As such, pay in respect of those, who are entitled to Level 13 either from 1.1.2016 or from any date later than 1.1.2016, has to be re-fixed in the modified Level 13 and the pay as earlier fixed in the earlier Level 13 gets automatically rescinded. Therefore, pay, as fixed in the modified Level 13 in terms of Rule 7 of the CCS(RP)Rules, 2016 in case of those who were drawing pay in the pre-revised pay structure in PB-4 plus Grade Pay of Rs.8700 as on 31.12.2015 or in terms of Rule 13 thereof in case of those promoted to Level 13 on or after 1.1.2016, shall now be the pay for all purposes.

However, a few instances have been brought to the notice of this Ministry, where pay fixed in the modified Level-13 contained in CCS (RP) (Amendment) Rules,2017 works out less than the pay fixed in the earlier Level-13 before promulgation of this amendment.

The pay fixed strictly in terms of the applicable provisions of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 in the earlier Level-13 before promulgation of CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017, was the pay before the date of promulgation of the said Amendment Rules on 15.6.2017. As pay is now required to be re-fixed in the Level-13 contained in the CCS(Revised Pay) (Amendment) Rules, 2017, any overpayment, if taking place, consequent upon such re-fixation is not attributable to the concerned employee.

Sep 30, 2017

6th CPC DA Orders from July 2017 – 136% to 139%

Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2017 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continues to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scales as per 6th Central Pay Commission

No.1/3/2008-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, dated the 26th September, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject- Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.7.2017 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/Grade Pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM. of even No. dated 7th April, 2017 revising the rate of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2017 in respect of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/Grade Pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission.

2. The rate of DA admissible to above categories of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies shall be enhanced from the existing 136% to 139% w.e.f. 01.07.2017.

3. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s .O.M.No;1(3)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

4. The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of all organisations under the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.

sd/-
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Sep 27, 2017

New Provident Fund (PF) Transfer Rule Explained In 5 Quick Points


The EPFO has also decided that Form 11 will replace Form No 13 in all cases of auto transfer.
HIGHLIGHTS

You are no longer required to file separate EPF claims using Form 13
You can give previous EPF account details in Form 11
The funds will then be automatically transferred to your new EPF account
Transferring your employee provident fund (EPF) corpus while  changing jobs has become easier. EPFO or Employees' Provident Fund Organisation subscribers are no longer required to file separate EPF transfer claims using Form-13 after changing jobs as it will now be done automatically. EPFO has introduced a new composite form called Form 11 that will replace Form 13 in all cases of auto transfer. This was stated by EPFO in an order dated September 20, 2017. "EPFO has embarked upon next phase of e-governance reforms with a view to make its services available to its stakeholders. EPFO has recently introduced a single page composite claim form (Aadhaar/non-Aadhaar) and composite claim form for death cases by replacing multiple forms for settlement of claims," the EPFO order said.
5 Things To Know About New PF Rule:

1) The Composite Form 11 is a declaration document filed by an employee through an employer to provide information on bank account number and Aadhaar and other details.
2) At the time of joining a new employer, an employee can give details of their previous EPF account in new composite form (Form 11) to give declaration about his/her details, Press Trust of India, reported quoting a senior EPFO official.
3) Once the previous EPF account details are provided in Form 11, the funds will be automatically transferred by the EPFO to new EPF account, the official added.
4) At present, the formal sector employees are required to file Form-13 for EPF transfer to their new account on changing jobs. The EPFO has also decided that Form 11 will replace Form No 13 in all cases of auto transfer.
5) EPFO receives over one crore different type of claims every year, including EPF withdrawal, pension fixation, death claims and EPF transfer claims. The EPFO has a subscribers base of over four crore and manages a fund size of over Rs 10 lakh crore. Transfer claims constitute 10-15 per cent of the total claims filed by subscribers.  The retirement fund body also allows online facility to encourage subscribers to seek transfer of funds into their new EPF accounts when they change job.

(Composite Declaration Form 11 issued by EPFO)
Other Recent Initiatives From EPFO:

To further boost e-governance, EPFO has initiated a new measure under which employers will be required to intimate about the details of their new employees online to retirement fund body EPFO from October 1, 2017. The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has decided to do away with filing of Form-9, a declaration by a person (employee) taking up employment in an establishment in which Employees' Pension Scheme is in force, a senior official said. This Form-9 is filed by the formal sector employers manually at present to intimate about their new employees. (With Agency Inputs)

7th Pay Commission: January salary of Central Govt employees set to rise

New pay hike for central government employees is expected to kick in from January next year. Here's what we know.

   

Zeebiz had earlier done a report speculating rise in fitment factor by three times pushing minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from the current Rs 18,000.
Key Highlights

New pay hike for central government employees may likely be enforced from January 2018.
Minimum pay hike may rise to Rs 21,000 from the current Rs 18,000.
Three times rise in fitment factor is expected in the new pay hike.
Month of January 2018 may bring higher salaries for central government employees who are likely to receive a new pay hike.

“The government is planning to hike the basic salaries over 7th Pay Commission recommendations. If the cabinet gives the nod in this regard, it will be effected January 2018,” an official was quoted by The Sen Times in a report on Monday.

Further the official added, “The fitment factor for basic pay will be raised to 3.00 times from 2.57 times as approved by the Cabinet on January 29.”

Zeebiz had earlier done a report speculating rise in fitment factor by three times pushing minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from the current Rs 18,000.

Salary and pension for all central government employees is also expected to increase the official added.

In June this year, the government approved the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for central government employees. This increased minimum pay to Rs 18,000 from earlier Rs 7,000.

However, the central government employees unions were demanding the rise in minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and raising fitment formula to 3.68.

“The minimum pay of central government employees Rs 18,000 was made on recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. But government will consider hiking it after discussions with all stakeholders,” Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley said in a meeting to discuss 7th Pay recommendations on July 26.

Sep 26, 2017

Subject:- Procedure for booking of air-tickets on LTC – clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even no. dated 23.09.2015 on the subject noted above and to say that as per the extant instructions, whenever a Government servant claims LTC by air, he/she is required to book the air tickets directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the services of the authorized travel agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’ (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT O.M. No. 31011/6/2002-Est(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey(s).

2. In this regard, references are received in this Department seeking clarification whether the aforesaid condition of booking the tickets through authorized travel agents needs to be followed in cases where a non-entitled Government servant travels by air on LTC and claims the entitled train fare.

3. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and it is hereby clarified that in case of non-entitled Government servants travelling by air on LTC and claiming entitled rail fare, the condition of booking the air tickets through authorised travel agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’ may not be insisted upon. In rest of the cases, the condition of booking the tickets through authorised modes shall continue to follow.

Enclosure: As above

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Sep 25, 2017

Know a rule - Volumetric Weight:


Written By Admin on Sep 23, 2017 | September 23, 2017

Volumetric Weight:

1. Wherever the postage, tariff or charges are fixed for a postal article based on weight , the weight shall mean the gross or the volumetric weight whichever is more.

2. Gross Weight: Gross weight is the weight shown by a standard weighing scale. When the Article is appropriately placed on to or suspended from the said scale.

3. Volumetric Weight: volumetric weight of the article shall be arrived at from the volume of that article using the appropriate formulae.

4. Exception: Volumetric weight need not be determined in following cases.
(a) If the sum of the length, breadth and height is not more than 90 centimeters, and any of the dimensions is not more than 60 centimeters.

(b) In case of an article is in roll form (Cylindrical) if the length and diameter each are less than 90 centimeters.

These exceptions will also applicable to Speed Post article.

5. *Procedure for calculation of volume:* Measure each dimension in centimeters rounded off to next higher centimeter.
(a) (i) *Cuboids* (e.g. square or Rectangular): Its Dimensions means length, Breadth and height.

(ii) *Cylindrical rolls:* Dimensions means diameter of its circular base and length.
(b) *Articles other than above shapes should not be accepted*

(c) *Formula for calculation of volumetric weight*
(i) Cuboids (e.g. Square, Rectangular)
Volume = Length X Breadth X Height

(ii) Cylindrical Roll.
Volume = 0.785 X (Diameter of Circular base)2 X Length

The Volume so arrived at in cubic centimeters should be rounded off to the next higher whole number.

6. *Formula to calculate volumetric weight: When the volume is calculated in cubic centimeters, the formula to determine the volumetric weight in kilograms shall be*

*Volumetric Weight in Kilo Gram = (Volume in Centimeters)3 ÷ 6000*

Volumetric weight so arrived at shall be rounded off to the next higher kilogram.

7. Postage or tariff or charges for the Postal articles shall be determined with reference to weight i.e. gross weight or volumetric weight, whichever is more.

8. Postage/Tariff charts for all kinds of postal articles may be worked out beyond the corresponding weight (as in gross weight) limits for calculation of due postage/Tariff.

9. The maximum weight and size limits for different kinds of postal articles are prescribed in Clause 100, 124, 125, 128(2), 129(2), 132, 137(d) and (e), 146(1) and (2) of Post Office Guide Part-I.
(DG Posts letter number 8-9/2007-D Dt. 16/2/09 and 4/3/09 and letter number 51-04/2009-BD & MD Dt. 24/3/09)

Sep 22, 2017

Central govt employees will no longer get daily allowance on Leave Travel Concession



By PTI | Sep 21, 2017, 03.41 PM IST


Employees were earlier entitled to an allowance which varied with their ranks.


NEW DELHI: Central government employees will not get a daily allowance on Leave Travel Concession ( LTC), according to an official order. 

The LTC allows the grant of leave and ticketreimbursement to employees who are entitled under the rules to travel to their home towns and other places. 

Employees were earlier entitled to an allowance which varied with their ranks. 

Any incidental expenses and the expenditure incurred on local journeys shall not be admissible under LTC, said the order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) yesterday. 

However, travel by premium or suvidha trains and services such as tatkal will now be allowed on LTC, it said. 

"Further, reimbursement of tatkal charges or premium tatkal charges shall also be admissible for the purpose of LTC," the order said. 

The new rules will be applicable from July 1, 2017, it said. 

"Flexi fare (dynamic fare) applicable in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Duronto trains shall be admissible for the journey(s) performed by these trains on LTC. This dynamic fare component shall not be admissible in cases where a non-entitled government servant travels by air and claims reimbursement for the entitled class of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains," it clarified.

Reimbursement for the purpose of LTC shall be admissible for journeys performed in vehicles operated by the government or any corporation in the public sector run by the central or state government or a local body, the DoPT order said. 

In case of a journey between places not connected by any public means of transport, the government employee will be allowed reimbursement for journey on transfer for a maximum limit of 100km covered by the private/personal transport based on self-certification, it said. 

"Beyond this, the expenditure shall be borne by the government servant," the order said. 

The move follows the implementation of recommendations of the seventh Central pay commission relating to Travelling Allowance (TA) entitlements of central government employees. 

The TA rules have undergone changes. 

The travel entitlements of government servants for the purpose of LTC shall be the same as TA entitlements, it said. 

There are about 49.26 lakh central government employees.

Is it really mandatory to link Aadhaar with bank account and mobile

Is it really mandatory to link Aadhaar with bank account and mobile
Written By Admin on Sep 21, 2017 | September 21, 2017

Is it really mandatory to link Aadhaar with bank account and mobile

We have all been getting repeated reminders from mobile service providers and banks via text messages and other means that it is mandatory to link our phone numbers and bank accounts with the 12-digit unique identification number Aadhaar. Failing which, our bank accounts and mobile numbers will cease to exist, if the seeding is not done within the stipulated deadline-- December 31, 2017 for bank accounts and February 28, 2018 for mobile numbers.

Screenshot of a banking app pop-up

While the government has indeed directed telecom companies and banks to get this done, is this really mandatory or even legal?

We spoke to Supreme Court lawyer Apar Gupta to understand the legalities around this.

For starters, before the deadline, banks and mobile service providers cannot disable your account or number, says Gupta. As far as the legality of the directive is concerned, he says "It's under a cloud and there are right now doubts that exist about the legality of the Aadhaar system."

The 'cloud' that Gupta mentions is formed from the landmark Supreme Court ruling in August which states that Indians enjoy a fundamental right to privacy, that it is intrinsic to life and liberty and thus comes under Article 21 of the Indian constitution.

"The right to privacy judgement got all of us very excited and there were questions which came up right after the judgement that what is its impact on Aadhaar. For this lawyers then went to the Supreme Court and said that you now have the right to privacy firmly established under the Constitution and now you need to apply it to the pending court cases which challenge the Aadhaar scheme.

Now, a lot of these court cases also challenge Aadhaar specifically being linked to a lot of government services which are now requiring it as a precondition for the service itself," says Gupta who had argued for petitioners in the Right to Privacy case and also represents those challenging Aadhaar.

These cases are due to be heard in November which is prior to the seeding deadlines, adds the lawyer who is a vocal critic of the Aadhaar scheme over concerns around security and privacy.

So, by November some legal clarity on whether Aadhaar is unconstitutional or if it's legal and justified is expected to emerge. This in turn will obviously have a bearing on whether all of us indeed need to get our Aadhaar seeded with our bank accounts and mobile numbers.

"People who believe that Aadhaar opens them up to a large array of concerns including privacy, profiling and even identity theft they should hold on. But again this is a very personal call each person has to take after they asses where they stand on this issue and how they personally assess the level of impact it's going to cause them," says Gupta.

It would be interesting to look back at the Supreme Court's judgement in the Aadhaar- PAN linking case here (which was delivered a couple of months before the right to privacy verdict), where the top court stated that while the government was right in asking for Aadhaar to be linked with the 10-digit alpha-numeric PAN, it was too harsh a punishment to deactivate someone's PAN altogether. It results in the "civil death" of a person as they are not able to function effectively in society, the court had stated. Having your bank account and mobile number disabled would also similarly result in "civil death" opines Gupta.

The Aadhaar-PAN issue will again be argued in November as it came before the right to privacy judgement, Gupta says.

The government on its part wants to link almost all essential services to Aadhaar to plug leakages and gaps that exist within the system as India moves towards digitisation. The Centre seems to believe that Aadhaar could be that proverbial 'silver bullet' that takes down terrorism, money laundering, b

Sep 20, 2017

Dharna Notice for 19.9.2017 and 17.10.2017 – Instructions under CCS (Conduct Rules), 1964 – DoPT

No.C.45018/2017-Vig
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. P.G & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi.
Dated, the 19th September, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:-Dharna Notice for 19th September, 2017 and 17th October, 2017 – Instructions under CCS (Conduct Rules), 1964 – Regarding.

It has been brought to the notice of the Government that Confederation of Central Government Employee and Workers has decided to observe dharna at district headquarters across the country on 19th September, 2017 followed by similar protest at all State capitals on 17th October, 2017. The proposed protests are in support of pay and service related demands.

2. The instructions issued by the Department of Personnel and Training prohibit the Government servants from participating in any form of strike including mass casual leave, go slow, sit-down etc. or any action that abet any form of strike in violation of Rule 7 of the CCS [conduct] Rules. 1964. Besides, in accordance with the proviso to Rule 17(1) of the Fundamental Rules, pay and allowances is not admissible to an employee for his absence from duty without any authority. As to the concomitant rights of an Association after it is formed, they cannot be different from the rights which can be claimed by the individual members of which the Association is composed. It follows that the right to form an Association does not include any guaranteed right to strike. There is no statutory provision empowering the employees to go on strike. The Supreme Court has also ruled in several judgements that going on a strike is a grave misconduct under the Conduct Rules and that misconduct by the Government employees is required to be dealt with in accordance with the law. Any employee going on strike in any form including dharna would face the consequences which besides deduction of wages may also include appropriate disciplinary action. Attention of all employees of this Department is also drawn to this Department’s O.M. No. 33012/I/(s)/2008 –Estt.(B) dated 12.9.2008 on the subject for strict compliance.

3. All officers are requested that the above instructions may be brought to the notice of the employees working under their control. All officers are also requested not to sanction Casual Leave or other kind of leave to the officers and employees if applied for during the period of proposed dharna and ensure that the willing employees are allowed hindrance free entry into the office premises.
4. In case employees go on dharna all divisional heads are requested to forward a report indicating the number and details of employees who are absent from duty on the day of strike i.e. 19.09.2017 and 17.10.2017.

sd/-
(Suresh Kumar)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

The man who saved the World dies in Russia

'The man who saved the World dies in Russia

Stanislav Petrov was credited with helping prevent US-Russia nuclear war.Petrov dismissed a warning about US nuclear strike as a false alarm.The probe proved that Petrov was right.

MOSCOW: Stanislav Petrov, a Soviet military officer who is widely credited with helping prevent a nuclear war with the United States, has died aged 77, his son said on Tuesday.

Petrov, whose extraordinary story was told in a documentary titled "The Man Who Saved the World", received several international awards, was honoured at the United Nations and met Hollywood superstars such as Robert De Niro and Matt Damon.

Yet Petrov lived in a small town outside Moscow and died in relative obscurity on May 19, his death making headlines in Russia and abroad only months later when a German friend wrote a blog post about his death.

In September 1983, Petrov was an officer on duty at a secret command centre south of Moscow when an alarm went off signalling that the United States had launched intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The officer — who had only a few minutes to make a decision and was not sure about the incoming data — dismissed the warning as a false alarm.

Had he told his commanders of an imminent US nuclear strike, the Soviet leadership — locked in an arms race with Washington — might have ordered a retaliatory strike.

Instead the 44-year-old lieutenant colonel reported a system malfunction and an investigation that followed afterwards proved he was right.

Petrov came home only several days later but did not tell his family about what had happened.

"He came home knackered but did not tell us anything," his son Dmitry said.

Several months later Petrov received an award "for services to the Fatherland" but the incident at the control centre was kept secret for many years.

In 1984, he left the military and settled in the town of Fryazino some 20 kilometres (12 miles) northeast of Moscow.

Petrov's story only came to light after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and over the years he became the subject of numerous media reports in Russia and abroad.q

A modest, self-effacing man, Petrov never thought of himself as a hero, said his son.

"My father could not have cared less. He was always surprised that people were making a hero out of him," he said.

"He simply did his job well," Petrov's son said, adding that his father received some hundred letters from Europeans thanking him for averting the outbreak of a nuclear war.

"The Man Who Saved the World", a documentary film directed by Danish filmmaker Peter Anthony and narrated by US actor Kevin Costner, was released in 2014.

Footage of the elderly Petrov is combined with re-enactments of what happened at that secret control centre in 1983.

"I categorically refused to be guilty of starting World War III," Petrov said in the film. "I felt like I was being led to an execution," he said of those dramatic moments.

Jul 15, 2017

What is a PAN and How it is generated

As per our government data, there are currently more than 25 crore PAN cardholders in the country. Let's get to know our PAN cards up close and personal.

Decoded

All PAN numbers are a combination of ten alpha-numeric characters. The first three characters represent a series starting from AAA to ZZZ.

Fourth character

The fourth character represents the status of the PAN holder. C stands for Company, P for Person, H for HUF (Hindu Undivided Family), F for Firm, A for Association of Persons (AOP), T for AOP (Trust), B for Body of Individuals (BOI), L for Local Authority, J for Artificial Juridical Person and G for Government.

Fifth character

The fifth character is either the surname (in case of a person) or the name of the entity (in all other cases).

Number games

The sixth to ninth characters are sequential numbers running from 0001 to 9999.

And finally,

The last character is an alphabetic check digit which is generated by applying a formula to the preceding nine letters and numbers.

Jul 6, 2017

IGNOU வில் படிக்க கூடுதல் அவகாசம்

இந்திரா காந்தி திறந்தநிலை பல்கலையான, 'இக்னோ'வில் படிக்க, கூடுதல் கால அவகாசமும், கட்டண சலுகையும் அளிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.இக்னோ சென்னை மண்டல இயக்குனர் எஸ்.கிஷோர் வெளியிட்ட செய்திக்குறிப்பு: 
இந்திரா காந்தி தேசிய திறந்தநிலை பல்கலையின், ஜூலை மாத மாணவர் சேர்க்கைக்கு, கூடுதல் அவகாசம் வழங்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. ஆறு மாத சான்றிதழ் படிப்புகளுக்கு, விண்ணப்பிக்க வேண்டிய கடைசி நாள், ஜூலை, 15 வரை நீட்டிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இளநிலை, முதுநிலை மற்றும் டிப்ளமா படிப்புகளுக்கு, ஜூலை, 31 வரை, 'ஆன்லைன்' மூலம் விண்ணப்பிக்கலாம்.

இக்னோவின் ஊட்டச்சத்து மற்றும் சுகாதார பட்டய படிப்பு முடிப்பவர்களை, சுகாதார கல்வியாளர் பதவியில் நியமிக்க, தமிழக அரசு ஆணையிட்டுள்ளது. எனவே, இந்த படிப்பிலும் மாணவர்கள் சேரலாம். மேலும், இக்னோ பாடத்திட்டத்தில் சேர்ந்து படிக்க, திருநங்கையருக்கு கட்டண விலக்கு அளிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. திருநங்கையர் பாடக் கட்டணம் செலுத்தாமல், இக்னோ படிப்புகளில் சேரலாம்.படிப்பில் சேர விரும்புவோர், www.onlineadmission.ignou.ac.in என்ற இணையதளத்தில் விபரங்கள் பெறலாம். மேலும், rcchennai@ignou.ac.in என்ற இ - மெயில் முகவரி மற்றும் 044 - 243127662979 ஆகிய தொலைபேசி எண்ணில் தொடர்பு கொள்ளலாம். இவ்வாறு அதில் கூறப்பட்டுள்ளது.

அடுத்த புரட்சிக்குத் தயாராகிவிட்டது ரிலையன்ஸ் ஜியோ: ரூ.500க்கு 4ஜி போன்

தனக்கு ஏற்பட்ட தடைக்கல்லை தானே உடைத்தெறியும் வகையில் அடுத்த புரட்சிக்குத் தயாராகியுள்ளது  ரிலையன்ஸ் ஜியோ.கடந்த ஆண்டு இலவச அழைப்பு மற்றும் அளவில்லா டேட்டாவுடன் அறிமுகமான ஜியோ சிம், தொலைத்தொடர்புத் துறையில் மிகப்பெரிய புரட்சியைசெய்தது.
 
  2017ம் ஆண்டு ஏப்ரல் மாதத்தின் கணக்குப்படி, 11 கோடியே 20 லட்சம் ஜியோ வாடிக்கையாளர்களைப் பெற்றிருந்தது.

ரிலையன்ஸ் ஜியோ சிம் கார்டுகளுக்கு ஒரே ஒரு கட்டுப்பாடு மட்டுமே இருந்தது. அதுதான் 4ஜி தொழில்நுட்பம் கொண்ட செல்போன்களில் மட்டுமே இதனை பயன்படுத்த முடியும். தற்பொழுது அந்த தடைக்கல்லையும் உடைத்தெறியும் வகையில் ரூ.500க்கு 4ஜி வசதி கொண்ட செல்போனை அறிமுகம் செய்ய உள்ளதாக செய்திகள் தெரிவிக்கின்றன.முதலில் ரூ.999 முதல் ரூ.1,500 என்ற அளவில் விற்பனை செய்ய திட்டமிடப்பட்டிருந்த இந்த செல்போனை, ரூ.500க்கு விற்க முடிவு செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது.

விலை உயர்ந்த ஸ்மார்ட் போன்களில் மட்டுமே இருக்கும் 4ஜி வசதி, இனி ரூ.500 விலை கொண்ட செல்போனில் கிடைக்கும் என்றால் நிச்சயம் இது அடுத்த புரட்சிதான்.கடந்த செப்டம்பர் மாதம் கொண்டு வரப்பட்ட ஜியோ சிம்கார்டினால், தொலைத்தொடர்பில் புரட்சி ஏற்பட்டது போல, தற்போது செல்போன் உற்பத்தியில் அடுத்த புரட்சி உருவாகும் வாய்ப்பு ஏற்பட்டுள்ளது.இந்த மாத இறுதியில் இந்த செல்போன் அறிமுகம் செய்யப்படும் என்று எதிர்பார்க்கப்படுகிறது

Expected DA from 1-July-2017

The expected DA fro 1.07.2017 will be 1% only. 

Twitter Sewa by Department of Posts

There would be no more running from pillar to post to get an issue resolved in the postal department as the Twitter Seva is helping out in addressing even critical issues at one go. It is the efforts of Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, who had launched "Twitter Seva" on the social media network to address complaints and concerns of stakeholders in the telecom and postal sectors, which has helped in reducing the complaints resolution time. 

The use of Twitter Seva showcases the change of the stereotypical image of a postman riding down on a bicycle. It's the instant service provided by India Post through its Twitter handle that Twitter Seva is attracting lots of appreciation from Twitterati.

Messages of thanking India Post for prompt resolution of any grievance have become the order of the day. 

"Quoting an instance, a user Saket tweeted that my office has stopped using services of all the courier providers. Speed post trumps all. @IndiaPostOffice we now use only speed post. It shows the faith and satisfaction of users," an official said, adding that about 99 per cent complaints reported through Twitter Seva are being resolved within a few hours, while only a few complaints that require official procedures addressed in a few days.

"When a user Ashutosh Patra tweeted about employees not reaching office on time in Rourkela's Uditnagar head office, senior officials sensitised about the punctuality and public service. When the complainant visited the post office again after a few days, he found things in order," the official said, adding that the Twitter Seva of India Post handles almost 130-150 tweets every day.

Linking Aadhaar and PAN is not mandatory for all.

It has now become mandatory for you to link your PAN with Aadhaar with effect from July 1, 2017, as per the income tax laws. However, the government has exempted certain class of individuals from linking these two documents subject to certain conditions. 

Even before the Supreme Court Judgement was announced upholding the legality of section 139AA, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had, in its notification dated May 11, 2017 clarified the categories of individuals who are exempted from compulsorily linking their PAN with Aadhaar by exempting them from the purview of Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act. 

CBDT has notified that Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act is not applicable to the following individuals: 


Jul 4, 2017

Now 7th CPC MP govt. Employees

The Madhya Pradesh government today decided to implement the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, which will benefit about 6.50 lakh state government employees.

Jun 28, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet approves hike in allowances for central govt staff from July 1

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances with some modifications. The revised rates of the allowances shall come into effect from 1st July, 2017 and shall affect more than 48 lakh central government employees.

While approving the recommendations of the 7th CPC on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had decided to set up the Committee on Allowances (CoA) in view of substantial changes in the existing provisions and a number of representations received. The modifications are based on suggestions made by the CoA in its Report submitted to Finance Minister on 27th April, 2017 and the Empowered Committee of Secretaries set up to screen the recommendations of 7th CPC.

7th CPC recommendations on Allowances

The 7th CPC had adopted a three-pronged approach in examining a total of 197 allowances which involved an assessment of the need for continuation of each allowance, appropriateness of the set of people covered by the allowance and rationalisation which involved clubbing of allowances with similar objectives. Based on the examination on these lines, the 7th CPC recommended that 53 allowances be abolished and 37 be subsumed in an existing or a newly proposed allowance.

For most of the allowances that were retained, the 7th CPC recommended a raise commensurate with inflation as reflected in the rates of Dearness Allowance (DA). Accordingly, fully DA-indexed allowances such as Transport Allowance were not given any raise. Allowances not indexed to DA were raised by a factor of 2.25 and the partially indexed ones by a factor of 1.5. The quantum of allowances paid as a percentage of pay was rationalised by a factor of 0.8.

A new paradigm has been evolved to administer the allowances linked to risk and hardship. The myriad allowances, their categories and sub–categories pertaining to civilians employees, CAPF and defence personnel have been fitted into a table called the Risk and Hardship Matrix (R&H Matrix). The Matrix has nine cellsdenoting varying degrees of risk and hardship with one extra cell at the top named as RH - Max to include Siachen Allowance. Multiple rates applicable to individual allowances will be replaced by two slab rates for every cell of the R&H Matrix.

Modifications approved by the Cabinet

The modifications approved today were finalised by the E-CoS based on the recommendations of the CoA. The CoA had undertaken extensive stakeholder consultations before finalising its recommendations. It had interacted with Joint Consultative Machinery (Staff side) and representatives from various staff associations. Most of the modifications are on account of continuing requirement of some of the existing arrangements, administrative exigencies and to further the rationalization of the allowances structure.

Financial Implications

The modifications approved by the Government in the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances will lead to a modest increase of ₹1448.23 crore per annum over the projections made by the 7th CPC. The 7th CPC, in its Report, had projected the additional financial implication on allowances at ₹29,300 crore per annum. The combined additional financial implication on account of the 7th CPC recommendations along with the modifications approved by the Cabinet is estimated at ₹30748.23 crore per annum.

Highlights of Cabinet approval on Allowances

1. Number of allowances recommended to be abolished and subsumed:

Government has decided not to abolish 12 of the 53 allowances which were recommended to be abolished by the 7th CPC. The decision to retain these allowances has been taken keeping in view the specific functional requirements of Railways, Posts and Scientific Departments such as Space and Atomic Energy. It has also been decided that 3 of the 37 allowances recommended to be subsumed by the 7th CPC will continue as separate identities. This has been done on account of the unique nature of these allowances. The rates of these allowances have also been enhanced as per the formula adopted by the 7th CPC. This will benefit over one lakh employees belonging to specific categories in Railways, Posts, Defence and Scientific Departments.

2. House Rent Allowance

HRA is currently paid @ 30% for X (population of 50 lakh & above), 20% for Y (5 to 50 lakh) and 10% for Z (below 5 lakh) category of cities. 7th CPC has recommended reduction in the existing rates to 24% for X, 16% for Y and 8% for Z category of cities. As the HRA at the reduced rates may not be sufficient for employees falling in lower pay bracket, it has been decided that HRA shall not be less than ₹5400, ₹3600 and ₹1800 for X, Y and Z category of cities respectively. This floor rate has been calculated @ 30%, 20% and 10% of the minimum pay of ₹18000. This will benefit more than 7.5 lakh employees belonging to Levels 1 to 3.

7th CPC had also recommended that HRA rates will be revised upwards in two phases to 27%, 18% and 9% when DA crosses 50% and to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 100%. Keeping in view the current inflation trends, the Government has decided that these rates will be revised upwards when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively. This will benefit all employees who do not reside in government accommodation and get HRA.

3. Siachen Allowance

7th CPC had placed Siachen Allowance in the RH-Max cell of the R&H Matrix with two slabs of ₹21,000 and ₹31,500. Recognizing the extreme nature of risk and hardship faced by officers / PBORs on continuous basis in Siachen, the Government has decided to further enhance the rates of Siachen Allowance which will now go up from the existing rate from ₹14,000 to ₹30,000 per month for Jawans & JCOs (Level 8 and below) and from ₹21,000 to ₹42,500 per month for Officers (Level 9 and above). With this enhancement, Siachen Allowance will become more than twice the existing rates. It will benefit all the soldiers and officers of Indian Army who are posted in Siachen.

4. Dress Allowance

At present, various types of allowances are paid for provisioning and maintenance of uniforms/outfits such as Washing Allowance, Uniform Allowance, Kit Maintenance Allowance, Outfit Allowance etc. These have been rationalised and subsumed in newly proposed Dress Allowance to be paid annually in four slabs @ ₹5000,₹10,000, ₹15,000 and ₹20,000 per annum for various category of employees. This allowance will continue to be paid to Nurses on a monthly basis in view of high maintenance and hygiene requirements. Government has decided to pay higher rate of Dress Allowance to SPG personnel keeping in view the existing rates of Uniform Allowance paid to them (which is higher than the rates recommended by the 7th CPC) as also their specific requirements. The rates for specific clothing for different categories of employees will be governed separately.

5. Tough Location Allowance

Some allowances based on geographical location such as Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance (SCRLA), Sunderban Allowance & Tribal Area Allowance have been subsumed in Tough Location Allowance. The areas under TLA have been classified into three categories and the rates will be governed as per different cells of R&H Matrix and will be in the range of ₹1000 - ₹5300 per month. The 7th CPC had recommended that TLA will not be admissible with Special Duty Allowance (SDA) payable in North-East, Ladakh and the Islands. Government has decided that employees will be given the option to avail of the benefit of SCRLA at pre-revised rates along with SDA at revised rates.

6. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to all employees:

(i) Rate of Children Education Allowance (CEA) has been increased from ₹1500 per month / child (max. 2) to ₹2250 per month / child (max.2). Hostel Subsidy will also go up from ₹4500 per month to ₹6750 per month.

(ii) Existing rates of Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities has been doubled from ₹1500 per month to ₹3000 per month.

(iii) Higher Qualification Incentive for Civilians has been increased from ₹2000 - ₹10000 (Grant) to ₹10000 - ₹30000 (Grant).

7. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Uniformed Services: Defence, CAPFs, Police, Indian Coast Guard and Security Agencies

i. The 7th CPC has recommended abolition of Ration Money Allowance (RMA) and free ration to Defence officers posted in peace areas. It has been decided that Ration Money Allowance will continue to be paid to them and directly credited to their account. It will benefit 43000 Defence officers.

ii. Technical Allowance (Tier - I & II) are paid to Defence officers belonging to technical branches @₹3000 per month and ₹4500 per month. 7th CPC has recommended that Technical Allowance (Tier - II) be merged with Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence personnel. In view of the specific requirements of Defence Forces for the Defence personnel to keep pace with changing Defence requirements and technologies, the Government has decided not to discontinue Technical Allowance. The list of courses for these allowances will be reviewed to remain in sync with the latest technical advancements in Defence.

iii. The facility of one additional free railway warrant (Leave Travel Concession) presently granted to personnel of Defence Forces serving in field/high altitude/CI Ops shall also be extended to all personnels of CAPFs and the Indian Coast Guard. 

iv. Rates of High Altitude Allowance granted to Defence Forces and CAPF personnel will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from ₹810 - ₹16800 per month to ₹2700 – ₹25000 per month.

v. Field Area Allowances are granted to Indian Army, Air Force & CAPF personnel. The rates of Field Area Allowances (Modified Field, Field & Highly Active) will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from ₹1200 - ₹12600 per month to ₹6000 - ₹16900 per month. Classification of field areas for this allowance will be done by Ministry of Defence for Defence personnel and by Ministry of Home Affairs for CAPFs.

vi. The rates of Counter Insurgency Ops (CI Ops) Allowance, granted to Defence and CAPFs while deployed in counter – insurgency operations will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from ₹3000 - ₹11700 per month to ₹6000 – ₹16900 per month.

vii. Rates of MARCOS and Chariot Allowance granted to marine commandos of Indian Navy will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from ₹10500 - ₹15750 per month to ₹17300 – ₹25000 per month.

viii. Rates of Sea Going Allowance granted to personnel of Indian Navy will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The twelve hour conditionality for determining the eligibility of Sea Going Allowance has been reduced to four hours. The rates will go up from ₹3000 - ₹7800 per month to ₹6000 – ₹10500 per month.

ix. Rates of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) Allowance granted to CRPF personnel deployed in Naxal hit areas will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from ₹8400 - ₹16800 per month to ₹17300 – ₹25000 per month.

x. Rates of Flying Allowance granted to flying branch and technical officers of Defence Forces will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from ₹10500 - ₹15750 per month to ₹17300 – ₹25000 per month. It has been extended mutatis mutandis to BSF Air Wing also.

xi. Rates of Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence Personnel have been increased from ₹9000 – ₹30000 (Grant) to ₹10000 – ₹30000 (Grant).

xii. Aeronautical Allowance, presently paid to personnel of Indian Navy, has been extended to Indian Coast Guard. The rate of this allowance has been increased from ₹300 per month to ₹450 per month.

xiii. Rates of Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Allowance will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from ₹1500 / ₹3000 per month to ₹4100 / ₹5300 per month.

xiv. Rates of Territorial Army Allowance have been increased from ₹175 - ₹450 per month to₹1000 - ₹2000 per month.

xv. Ceilings of Deputation (Duty) Allowance for Defence Personnel have been increased from ₹2000 - ₹4500 per month to ₹4500 - ₹9000 per month.

xvi. Rates of Detachment Allowance have been increased ₹165 - ₹780 per day to ₹405 – ₹1170 per day.

xvii. Rates of Para Jump Instructor Allowance have been increased from ₹2700/3600 per month to ₹6000 / 10500 per month.

xviii. Special Incident / Investigation / Security Allowance has been rationalized. Rates for Special Protection Group (SPG) have been revised to 55% and 27.5% of Basic Pay for operational and non – operational duties respectively.

8. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Indian Railways

i. Rates of Additional Allowance have been increased from ₹500 / 1000 per month to ₹1125 / 2250 per month. This has also been extended to Loco Pilot Goods and Senior Passenger Guards also @₹750 per month. 

ii. In view of strenuous nature of the job, new Allowance namely Special Train Controller’s Allowance @5000 per month for Train Controllers of Railways has been introduced.

9. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Nurses & Ministerial Staffs of Hospital

i. Existing rate of Nursing Allowance has been increased from ₹4800 per month to ₹7200 per month.

ii. Rate of Operation Theatre Allowance has been increased from ₹360 per month to ₹540 per month.

iii. Rates of Hospital Patient Care Allowance / Patient Care Allowance have been increased from ₹2070 - ₹2100 per month to ₹4100 – ₹5300 per month. 7th CPC recommendations modified to the extent that it will be granted to Ministerial staff also.

10. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Pensioners

Rate of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) for Pensioners has been increased from ₹500 per month to ₹1000 per month. This will benefit more than 5 lakh central government pensioners not availing CGHS facilities.

i. The rate of Constant Attendance Allowance granted on 100% disablement has been increased from ₹4500 per month to ₹6750 per month.

11. Allowances to Scientific Departments

i. The recommendations of 7th CPC to abolish Launch Campaign Allowance and Space Technology Allowance has not been accepted. In order to incentivize the supporting employees in Space and Atomic Energy sector, the rate of Launch Campaign and Space Technology Allowance has been increased from ₹7500 per annum to ₹11250 per annum. Professional Update Allowance for non-gazetted employees of Department of Atomic Energy will also continue to be paid at the enhanced rate of ₹11250 per annum.

ii. The 7th CPC had placed Antarctica Allowance, paid to the Scientists and other members undertaking the expedition to Antarctica under the Indian Antarctic programme, in the RH-Max Cell of the R&H Matrix. The rates of the RH-Max Cell recommended by the 7th CPC were less than the existing rates of Antarctica Allowance which is currently paid on per day basis. Considering the specific nature of these expeditions and to provide appropriate increase in rates, Government has decided to keep Antarctica Allowance out of the R&H Matrix and the allowance will continue to be paid on per day basis as per existing practice. The Rates of Antarctica Allowance will go up from ₹1125 per day (Summers) and ₹1688 per day (Winters) to ₹1500 per day (Summers) and ₹2000 per day (Winters).

12. Allowances paid to D/o Posts

i. The recommendations of 7th CPC to abolish Cycle Allowance, granted mainly to Postmen and trackmen in Railways, has not been accepted. Keeping in view the specific requirement of this allowance for postmen in Department of Posts and trackmen in Railways, the cycle allowance is retained and the rates have been doubled from ₹90 per month to ₹180 per month. This will benefit more than 22,200 employees.

Conclusion

While increasing the rate of allowances affecting the central government employees, especially the Defence, CAPF and Coast Guard personnel, the staff of Railways, Postal department and nursing staff, the total number of allowances have been rationalized from 197 to 128. Thus, the Government has shown a great deal of fiscal prudence and at the same time addressed the genuine concerns of the employees and responded to some of the administrative exigencies necessitating the modifications.