Safety Related Retirement Scheme covering safety categories with Grade Pay of Rs.1900/-.


RBE No.99/2011


New Delhi, dated 28.06.2011

The General Managers
All Indian Railways.

Sub: Safety Related Retirement Scheme covering safety categories with Grade Pay of Rs.1900/-.


Please refer to Board,s letters of even number dated 11.O9.2010 and 24.09.2010 vide which the benefit of Safety Related Retirement Scheme (SRRS) was extended to other safety categories of staff with a grade pay of Rs.1800/- p.m. The nomenclature of the Scheme was also modified also Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGES5) with Grade Pay of 1800/-.

2. Considering the demand of the Employees Federations it has now been decided to expand the scope of LARSGESS by enhancing the existing criteria of grade pay of Rs.1800/- to Rs.1900/-. However, the employment under the Scheme would be guaranteed only to those found eligible/suitable and finally selected as per the laid down procedure. The list of Safety categories covered under the Scheme in Grade Pay Rs.1800/- has already been circulated vide Board's letter dated 11.09.2011. Same categories in Grade Pay Rs.1900/- will now be eligible for the scheme.

3. For determining the eligibility for seeking retirement under the Scheme, Grade Pay. corresponding to the post against which the employee is working on regular basis, will be taken into account. In other words, the staff working on the post with Grade Pay of Rs.1900/- will continue to be eligible for seeking retirement under the Scheme even after getting financial upgradation in Pay higher han Rs.1900/- under MACPS.

4 The eligibility conditions for the safety staff with grade pay of Rs.1900/- seeking retirement under the scheme would be the same as those for Drivers viz. 33 years of qualifying service and age between 55-57 years. Recruitment of the wards of such employees being in respective category (i.e. in grade pay of Rs.1900/-) their suitability would be adjudged by an Assessment Committee of 3 SAG officers at Headquarter level as in the case of the wards of Drivers.

5. The eligibility conditions in respect of qualifying service and age group in case of Gangmen and other safety categories in grade pay of Rs.1800/- would remain 20 years and 50-57 years respectively, and the suitability of their wards would be adjudged by an Assessment Committee of 3 JA Grade officers at Divisional level.

6. It is once again reiterated that the retirement of the employee be considered only if the ward is found suitable in all respects. Retirement of the employee and appointment of the ward should take place simultaneously.

7. The other terms and conditions of the Scheme will remain unchanged.

8. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

9.Hindi version will follow.

10. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

(Salim Md. Ahmed) 
Deputy Director Estt.(P&A)III, 
Railway Board

Source: AIRF



           It has come to the notice of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue that some unscrupulous persons are sending e-mail messages to innocent internet users calling upon the recipient  to deposit/remit a facilitation money of Rs.38,892/- in order to obtain the prize money of US $ 491000 from the Canadian Coco-Cola company.  The said unscrupulous persons are fraudulently using the name of Finance Minister and of Smt. Renu Jain working as a Director, Department of Expenditure in the Ministry of Finance on the purported letter head of Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue.
2.       The general public is hereby advised not to take cognizance of   any such letter or e-mail received from unscrupulous persons claiming to have backing of the Ministry of Finance or any of its officers.  It is further clarified that no officer of any of the Departments in the Ministry of Finance has been authorized to sign any letter whatsoever either on behalf of the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance or any of the organizations in the Ministry for certifying receipt of demand drafts/cheques in respect of the above mentioned prize money from the Canadian Coco-Cola Company or any other company.

Issued by – Ministry of Finance, Dept. of Revenue.


What is the differences between EPF, GPF and PPF?

What is the differences between EPF, GPF and PPF?

EPF- Employees Provident Fund 
GPF - General Pension Fund 
PPF - Public Provident Fund

GPF - General Provident Fund which is for the Government Employees 
PPF - Individuals can save to a maximum of Rs.60000/- in a year in the account. Account can be maintained in a Post Office. 
EPF - Employees Provident Fund for Private sector where 12% of Employees share and 12 % of Employer's share of Basic Salary + DA is deducted and remitted to PF Authorities

PF vs PPF: What's the difference ?

1. What is PPF and PF? 
EPF/ PF (Employees Provident Fund / Provident Fund) 

The Employee Provident Fund, or provident fund as it is normally referred to, is a retirement benefit scheme that is available to salaried employees.

Under this scheme, a stipulated amount (currently 12%) is deducted from the employee's salary and contributed towards the fund. This amount is decided by the government.

The employer also contributes an equal amount to the fund.

However, an employee can contribute more than the stipulated amount if the scheme allows for it. So, let's say the employee decides 15% must be deducted towards the EPF. In this case, the employer is not obligated to pay any contribution over and above the amount as stipulated, which is 12%.

PPF (Public Provident Fund) 

The Public Provident Fund has been established by the central government. You can voluntarily decide to open one. You need not be a salaried individual, you could be a consultant, a freelancer or even working on a contract basis. You can also open this account if you are not earning.

Any individual can open a PPF account in any nationalised bank or its branches that handle PPF accounts. You can also open it at the head post office or certain select post offices.

The minimum amount to be deposited in this account is Rs 500 per year. The maximum amount you can deposit every year is Rs 70,000.

2. What is the return on this investment?

EPF: 8.5% per annum

PPF: 8% per annum

3. How long is the money blocked?


The amount accumulated in the PF is paid at the time of retirement or resignation. Or, it can be transferred from one company to the other if one changes jobs.

In case of the death of the employee, the accumulated balance is paid to the legal heir.


The accumulated sum is repayable after 15 years.

The entire balance can be withdrawn on maturity, that is, after 15 years of the close of the financial year in which you opened the account.

It can be extended for a period of five years after that. During these five years, you earn the rate of interest and can also make fresh deposits.

Save tax and get rich

4. What is the tax impact?


The amount you invest is eligible for deduction under the Rs 1,00,000 limit of Section 80C.

If you have worked continuously for a period of five years, the withdrawal of PF is not taxed.

If you have not worked for at least five years, but the PF has been transferred to the new employer, then too it is not taxed.

The tenure of employment with the new employer is included in computing the total of five years.

If you withdraw it before completion of five years, it is taxed.

But if your employment is terminated due to ill-health, the PF withdrawal is not taxed.


The amount you invest is eligible for deduction under the Rs 1,00,000 limit of Section 80C.

On maturity, you pay absolutely no tax.

5. What if you need the money?


If you urgently need the money, you can take a loan on your PF.

You can also make a premature withdrawal on the condition that you are withdrawing the money for your daughter's wedding (not son or not even yours) or you are buying a home.

To find out the details, you will have to talk to your employer and then get in touch with the EPF office (your employer will help you out with this).


You can take a loan on the PPF from the third year of opening your account to the sixth year. So, if the account is opened during the financial year 1997-98, the first loan can be taken during financial year 1999-2000 (the financial year is from April 1 to March 31).

The loan amount will be up to a maximum of 25% of the balance in your account at the end of the first financial year. In this case, it will be March 31, 1998.

You can make withdrawals during any one year from the sixth year. You are allowed to withdraw  50% of the balance at the end of the fourth year, preceding the year in which the amount is withdrawn or the end of the preceding year whichever is lower.

For example, if the account was opened in 1993-94 and the first withdrawal was made during 1999-2000, the amount you can withdraw is limited to 50% of the balance as on March 31, 1996, or March 31, 1999, whichever is lower.

If the account extended beyond 15 years, partial withdrawal -- up to 60% of the balance you have at the end of the 15 year period -- is allowed.

Courtesy :

Retirement survey : 74% Indians financially retirement-ready

74% Indians financially retirement-ready

Indians, who demonstrate impressive optimism, have lowest concern about financial hardship in retirement, according to survey done across 17 countries by Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance.

Indians are second best in Asia Pacific with 74 per cent 'feeling' adequately financially prepared to handle their retirement and 69 per cent of the respondents see themselves as being better off in their later life than their parents, the survey said.

However, 51 per cent respondents in India are worried about being able to cope financially in old age, with one in ten people in India expecting to continue working in later life to provide income for themselves, reiterating that the general optimism towards retirement must not therefore lead to complacency, it said.

India currently enjoys the fortunate position of relatively high savings rates. Further, it does not face the immediate demographic challenges of most of its peers.

However, this will not last, said Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance CEO John Holden.

With the looming demographic time bomb, in the long term, India is likely to face the same pressure as its peers, he said.

Over the next 30 years, a higher proportion of the population will be of working age and when they retire, India too, will face the challenges of an ageing, non-working population. As life expectancy increases, the number of years spent in retirement is expected to get greater, he added.

The study further noted that those with a financial plan for the future enjoy several benefits over those who do not.

It is called 'planning premium' and these benefits are both 'hard' and 'soft', including not only greater and more diverse retirement savings, but also a more positive outlook and fewer worries about later life, it said.

Individuals who undertake financial planning are not only likely to be better off in retirement, but also are more likely than non-planners to associate retirement with positive ideas such as freedom and less likely to associate it with negative ones such as financial hardship, it added.

According to the study, a key challenge in encouraging households to start planning remains the need to raise basic levels of financial literacy.

The survey had a sample size of 1,028 in India. Of this 778 men while 250 women across various age-group were surveyed.

Source: The Hindu

Backlog Training Programme for U.D.Cs / Assistants at ISTM for the period 18-07-2011 to 29-07-2011

Most Immediate

Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi 
Dated the 28th June, 2011


Subject: Backlog Training Programme for U.D.Cs / Assistants at ISTM for the period 18-07-2011 to 29-07-2011.

The undersigned is directed to inform that UDCs upgraded to the post of Assistant, whose names are given in Annexure I, have been nominated for the above mentioned Backlog Training Programme. This training is being conducted by ISTM w.e.f.18-07-2011 to 29-07-2011. It is requested that these officials may be relieved of their duties, subject to vigilance clearance and advised to report to Shri K. K. Pant, Assistant Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM, Administrative Block, JNU Campus (Old), New Delhi-110067 at 9 A.M. on l8th July, 2011.

2. The performance of the officials in the training will be evaluated and the reports thereof be added in their APARs. No request for withdrawal of nomination either from the Ministry / Department or the officer concerned shall be entertained by this Department or the Institute. As the training of the officials and successful completion is necessary for regularization/promotion, the Cadre Units are requested to ensure that the officials nominated to the above programme are relieved in time.

3. As the aforesaid training includes study tour, officers nominated above may be advised to draw necessary TA/DA advance of Rs.12,000/- each from their respective Ministry/Department. This amount may be released in Cash only.

4. Confirmation with regard to the participation of the officials along with their respective bio-data (Annexure-II) may please be sent by 6th July 2011 to Shri K. K. Pant, Assistant Director (Co-ordinator), ISTM, New Delhi, with a copy to the undersigned. Shri K. K.Pant, Assistant Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM is accessible on phone No. 26165593(O).

( VidyadharJha) 
Under Secretary to Government of India 

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Holidays to be observed In Central Government Offices during the year 2012

Holidays to be observed In Central Government Offices during the year 2012.


Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi 
Dated the 27th June, 2011

Subject: Holidays to be observed In Central Government Offices during the year 2012.

It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure —I to this O.M. will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2012. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays in Annexure — II.

2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3.1 below: 

3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2, three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The finai list applicable uniformly to all Central Government offices within the concerned State shall be notified after seeking prior approval of this Ministry and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as indicated.

2. HOLI 
9. ONAM 

3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays initially declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non working day or in the event of more than one festivals falling on the same day.

4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance but the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.

5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Edu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi.

5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of ldu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and ld-e-Milad.

5.3 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be made through T.V. / A.I.R. / Newspapers and the Heads of Department / Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an announcement without waiting for a formal order, about the change of date.

6. During 2012, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 (Kartika 22). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on ‘Narakachaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on "Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.

7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial and trading establishments would observe upto 16 holidays in a year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays. The remaining holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments / organisations themselves for the year 2012, subject to para 3.2 above.

8. Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays in terms of Ministry of Home Affairs letter No.14046/27/83- GP-I dated 15.2.1984 by which they would observe a total of 16 holidays including the three National Holidays Viz. Republic Day, Independence Day & Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

9. in respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No.12/5/2002-JCA dated 17th December, 2002. In other words; they will have the option to select 10(Ten) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Milad-un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad, Buddha Purnima, Idu’l Zuha (Bakrid) and Muharram included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on days of weekly off.

10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

11. Hindi version will follow.

Director (JCA)



Restricted Holiday (RH) on the occasion birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh to be observed on 31st December, 2011

Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi, 
Dated the 27th June, 2011


Subject: Restricted Holiday (RH) on the occasion birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh to be observed on 31st December, 2011

The birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh has been shifted from 5th January 2012 (15 Pausha 1933 SE, Thursday) to 31st December 2011 (10 Pausha 1933 SE Saturday). Modification had been made on the basis of amendments in the critcrion of the festival falling on Lunar tithi – Pausha Sukla Saptami instead of Solar Date of January 5. Accordingly, there will be Restricted Holiday on 31st December, 2011 on account of birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh.

2. Hindi version will follow.

(Dinesh Kapila) 
Director (JCA)



Finalization of Common Seniority List (CSL) in the Grade of UDCs of CSCS for the Select List years 1995 to 2005

Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-3, 
Dated: the 24th June, 2011


Subject: - Finalization of Common Seniority List (CSL) in the Grade of UDCs of CSCS for the Select List years 1995 to 2005 — reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 29.04.2010, 09.09.2010, 27.09.2010 and 11.11.2010 Ofl the above subject circulating the Common Seniority List of UDCs for the Select List years 1995 to 2005.

2. Some of the cadre units have forwarded representations which relate to corrections regarding names and date of birth of UDCs and the same have been carried out in the list. On the basis of the information received from cadre units, individuals and also on re-verifying the seniority lists of the cadres, the order of placement of some of the officials has been revised. In view of above, the revised seniority list of UDCs for the Select List 
year 1995 to 2005 are circulated herewith for information. The cadre units are requested to invariably mention the CSL number in future correspondence relating to the seniority List of UDCs for the Select List years 1995 to 2005. Accordingly the Common Seniority List of UDCs for the Select List years 1995 to 2005 may be treated as final The same may be seen on the website of this Department i.e.

Central Services Wing
CS Division
Central Secretariat Clerical Service
Common Seniority List


Under Secretary to the Govt of India


Periodical Transfer of Railways employees

RBE No.94/2011

Government of India 
Ministry of Railways 
(Railway Board)

New Delhi, dated 20.06.2011

The General Managers(P),
All Zonal Railways etc.,
(As per standard list)

Sub: Periodical Transfer of Railways employees.

As the Railway Administrations are aware, a comprehensive list of sensitive posts for the purpose of periodical transfers was drawn by the Ministry of Railways and circulated to the Railways under its letter No.E(NG)I/87/TR/34 (JCM/DC) dated 27-09-1989. The posts of Stock Verifiers (SVs) were also included in this list vide Board’s letter No.E(NG)I-94/TR/29 dated 28.03.2005.

2. The Ministry of Railways have reviewed the matter and have decided that nature of job of Assistant Stock Verifiers (ASVs) in Accounts Department is similar to that of SVs, hence the post of ASVs should also be included in the list of sensitive posts for the purpose of periodical transfers.

Please acknowledge receipt

(This disposes of West Central Railway’s letter
No.HQ/AC/SV/Tfr. Policy/ISA/9/617 dated 11.04 2011)

Dy.Director Estt.(N) 
Railway Board. 

Source: AIRF


Latest Clarification on Children Education Allowance

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training 

New Delhi,Dated 17th June 2011


Subject: - Clarification on Children Education Allowance.

The undersigned is directed to refer to DOP&T O.M. No. 1201 1 /03/2008- Estt(Al1owance) dated 02-09-2008 and clarificatory OM No.12011/16/2009-Estt.(AL) dated 13.1 1.2009 on the Children Education Allowance(CEA)Scheme, this Department has been receiving references from various Departments seeking further clarifications. The doubts raised are clarified as under:-

i) Whether Children Education  Allowance would be admissible beyond two children due to failure of
sterilization operation.

The re-imbursement of Children Education Allowance is admissible only for the first child born after failure of sterilization operation.

(ii) whether the admissible amount per annum per child (annual ceiling of Rs.15000/-) on account of CEA can be reimbursed in fill in the first quarter of the financial/academic year itself.

It is clarified that a Government servant is allowed to get 50% of the total amount subject to the overall annual ceiling in the first quarter and the remaining amount in third and or fourth quarter. Frontloading of the entire amount in the first and second is not allowed.

(ii) A Government servant can claim full amount subject to the annual ceiling of Rs.15000/- in the
last quarter.

 (Vibha Govil Mishra)
Deputy Secretary (P &A)

No Income Tax return for salary Taxpayers with income up to Rs.5 lakh

No Income Tax return for salary Taxpayers with income up to Rs.5 lakh -Ministry of Finance

Salaried Taxpayers with total Income up to Rs.5 lakh Exempted from filing Income Tax Return for Assessment Year 2011-12

The Central Board of Direct Taxes has notified the scheme exempting salaried taxpayers with total income up to Rs.5 lakh from filing income tax return for assessment year 2011-12, which will be due on July 31, 2011.

Individuals having total income up to Rs.5,00,000 for FY 2010-11, after allowable deductions, consisting of salary from a single employer and interest income from deposits in a saving bank account up to Rs.10,000 are not required to file their income tax return. Such individuals must report their Permanent Account Number (PAN) and the entire income from bank interest to their employer, pay the entire tax by way of deduction of tax at source, and obtain a certificate of tax deduction in Form No.16.

Persons receiving salary from more than one employer, having income from sources other than salary and interest income from a savings bank account, or having refund claims shall not be covered under the scheme.

The scheme shall also not be applicable in cases wherein notices are issued for filing the income tax return under section 142(1) or section 148 or section 153A or section 153C of the Income Tax Act 1961.

Source: PIB

Placement of Pharmacists in the Entry Grade of Rs.4200(NFG) on completion of 2 years service in GP Rs.2800 in Railways

(Railway Board)

New Delhi, dated 20-06-2011

The General Secretary
4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi – 110055


Sub:- Placement of Pharmacists in the Entry Grade of Rs.4200(NFG) on completion of 2 years service in GP Rs.2800.

The undersigned is directed to refer to AIRF’S later No.AIRF/4O5(VICP) (138), dated 21-05-2011 on the above subject and to state that vide Railway Board’s letter dated 19-11-2010 it was clarified that the service rendered by the Pharmacists the scale of Rs.4500-7000 (Vth CPC scale) should be  reckoned as service in GP Rs.2800 for placement in the Non-functional Grade of PB-2/GP Rs.42O0. However, on  repeated references from Zonal Railways a reference was made to DoP&T seeking clarification as to  whether the placement of Pharmacists in Non-functional Grade of PB-2/Rs.4200 woul0d be reckoned for the  purpose of MACPS or otherwise and in response thereof DOP&T have clarified that every financial upgradation has to be treated as one upgradation. This position has been clarified vide Board’s letter dated 20-4-2011. Since DoP&T is the nodal Deptt. for MACP Scheme, this Ministry is not in position to deviate from instructions issued by them.

Further, based on recommendations of Fast Track Committee the Pharmacists have been allowed to be placed in Grade Pay of Rs.4200 on completion of two years of regular service in Entry Grade (i.e.Grade Pay of Rs.28O0). Thus the entry Grade for Pharmacists category has not been altered. As such Board’s letter dated 20-4-2011, in no way contradicts or nullifies Board’s instructions dated 19-11-2010.

Yours faithfully, 
for Secretary / Railway Board

Creation of a new grade of UDC (NFSG) and Stenographer Grade‘D’ (NFSG) in CSCS and CSSS respectively

No. 20/49/2009-CS.II (B) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, 
New Delhi dated 22 June, 2011


Subject: Creation of a new grade of UDC (NFSG) and Stenographer Grade‘D’ (NFSG) in CSCS and CSSS respectively.

It has been decided to create a grade of UDC ‘Non Functional Selection Grade’ (NFSG) in Central Secretariat Clerical Services (CSCS) cadre and Stenographer Grade ‘D’ (NFSG) in Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Services (CSSS) Cadre in the grade pay of Rs. 4,200/- in Pay Band-2 with immediate effect subject to the following conditions:

(a)UDCs of CSCS and Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS shall be eligible for placement in the Non Functional Selection Grade on completion of 5 years of approved service as UDC/Stenographer 
Grade ‘D’ subject to the condition that the total number in the grade will be restricted to 30% of the sanctioned strength (i.e.1104 in the grade of UDC and 385 in Steno Grade ‘D’).

(b)The officials will be placed in the Non Functional Selection Grade as per the following procedure:

i) Department of Personnel and Training (D0P&T) will issue a Zone of Consideration for placement of eligible officials in NFSG as per the Common Seniority List prepared and maintained by D0P&T in respect of UDCs of CSCS and Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS.

ii) An internal Committee will be constituted by the Cadre Units to review the cases of officials for placement in the Non Functional Selection Grade and to make suitable recommendations.

iii) The Committee shall consider the last 5 years ACRs/APARs of the officials. The Committee should satisfy itself that the overall performance of the official is “GOOD” in the last 5 years ACRs/APARs. Such officials would be considered suitable for placement in the ‘NFSG’.

iv) There should be no adverse entries in any ACR/APAR. If there are any adverse entries, it should be clearly brought out in the minutes as to why the official has been proposed for Non Functional Selection Grade in spite of adverse entries. The minutes should also include a certificate that there is no other factor or aspect affecting the official which will disqualify him/her for grant of ‘Non — Functional Selection Grade’.

v) SC/ST officials considered for placement in their turn to the ‘NFSG’ may be included in the Select List of ‘NFSG’ even if they do not fulfill the criteria as laid down in S.No. (iii) above, provided they are not found unfit by the Committee.

2. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance vide their U.O. No. 10/1/2010-IC dated 14.6.2011.

Insurers get second chance to bid for CGHS project

Insurance companies will get another opportunity to bid for the Union government’s ambitious health insurance project, ‘Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme’. 
The health ministry had earlier nullified last year’s bidding process due to changes in the terms and conditions of the proposed scheme.

ICICI Lombard General Insurance had won the bid last year to administer the health insurance project, meant for employees eligible for medical treatment under the Central Government Health Scheme(CGHS). It will have to apply afresh to qualify again.

The decision will also allow last year’s unsuccessful bidders such as Oriental Insurance, New India Assurance, United India Insurance, National Insurance, Cholamandalam Ms General Insurance and Star Health and Allied Insurance to try their luck again.

Sources in the ministry said the decision to cancel last year’s tender result was due to changes made in the list of beneficiaries, for whom the proposed health insurance scheme would be mandatory in the initial stages. The initial plan was to make health insurance mandatory for new recruits who join after the commencement of the scheme.

It was also decided future pensioners, who retire after the scheme comes into force, should also be asked to be part of it. Later, after finalisation of the tender, the ministry decided to keep this option voluntary for future pensioners and make it mandatory for recruits. 
The change, officials said, would have resulted in a difference in the number of estimated beneficiaries and hence, the re-tendering exercise.

The CGHS covers over 800,000 families, of which 500,000 are employees and 300,000 are pensioners, through its network of hospitals and clinics in 25 cities and towns across India. Since it has no presence in 10 states, it does not cover all the 3.2 million eligible families. With the government deciding to put a cap on its annual spend of Rs 1,600 crore, there is no alternative funding mechanism to turn health coverage inclusive. The new health insurance scheme is considered as an attempt to make this possible. 
The new proposal, for which expression of interests will be invited from insurance companies in three months, is expected to cover seven lakh pensioners in five years.

According to sources, ICICI had agreed to provide a Rs 5-lakh insurance coverage for each policy holder for an annual premium of Rs 1,500.

The officials said the initial contract would be for three years and the insurance company that administered the programme would have the flexibility to seek a change in the premium amount every year


Minutes of the meeting held on 14/7/2010 regarding proposed Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme

F.No.B.12012/03/2010-CGHS (P) 
Government of India, 
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare 
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 
Dated the 6th June, 2011.

Subject: – Minutes of the meeting held on 14/7/2010 regarding proposed Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme – regarding.

   The undersigned is directed to enclose a copy of the Minutes of the meeting of Staff Side Members of National Council (JCM) with Joint Secretary (Regulation), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare held on 14/07/2010 regarding proposed Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS) for information and further necessary action, if any.

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India.

Minutes of the meeting of Staff Side Members of National Council (JCM) with Joint Secretary (Regulation) held on 14/07/2010 at 11: 00 AM in the Committee Room of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi on the proposed Health Insurance Scheme for Central Government employees and pensioners.

   Shri Vineet Chawdhry, Joint Secretary (Regulation) M/o Health and Family Welfare held a meeting with staff side members of National Council (JCM) on 14th July. 2010. List of the participants in the meeting is at Annexure.

   At the outset, Chairman welcomed the Staff Side members of National Council (JCM) to the meeting to discuss the proposed Central Government Employees & Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS), to be rolled out in compliance of the recommendation of Sixth Central Pay Commission and to directions of Committee of Secretaries (COS). He informed the members about the salient features of the Scheme which had already been circulated, and said that:

   • The proposed scheme shall be compulsory for new appointees and new retirees and would be voluntary for existing pensioners and employees.

   • Government may bear upto 75% of the insurance premium share as a subsidy depending upon the eligible categories of the employee. The remaining portion of the premium will be borne by the members as is being done for CGHS.

   • Scheme will have no age limit, therefore member of any age can join the scheme.

   • All pre existing diseases will be covered from day one.

   • He further stated that OPD benefit is not available under the Insurance scheme due to various constraints, however, free OPD consultation will be provided by the networked hospitals and also they will charge the discounted CGHS rates for diagnostics procedures if prescribed during OPD consultation. However, cost of medicines will not be covered in such cases.

   • The scheme will operate on cashless basis on the lines of existing CGHS packages for the treatment taken in the networked hospitals by pensioners beneficiaries and no money is to be paid by the members to the hospitals.

   • The ‘family’ under CGEPHIS has been defined as self, spouse two dependent children and two dependent parents. Dependency criteria will remain same as applicable under CGHS. For including any additional member as a beneficiary under the scheme, the beneficiary would have to bear the entire premium on the additional member without it being subsidized by the Government.

   • The Insurance cover for the family will be Rs. 5 lakh and it will operate on family floater basis. In addition to this, a provision has also been made to create a corporate buffer of Rs. 25 Crore to take care of eventualities in cases where the above limited is exhausted fully and the member/ beneficiary is still undergoing treatment. In other words, although a monetary limit of Rs 5 Iakh has been kept as insurance cover for the family but it is only to decide the insurance premium with the Insurer. In fact, the members will enjoy an unlimited cover for their medical treatment under this Health Insurance Scheme too. Anything over and above Rs. 5 lakh will be borne by the Government.

   • Pre and post hospitalization benefits would also be available to the members.

   • Insurance premium to be paid would be deducted from the salary of the serving employees and pensioners would authorize their banks to deduct the applicable premium.

   • There will be a provision in the scheme for the beneficiaries to opt out of the scheme after three years.

   Shri V. P. Singh, Deputy Secretary (Medical services) informed the members that the Ministry conducted a ‘Demand Survey’ and gave wide publicity through newspaper advertisements all over India and invited response from the target population i.e., employees and pensioners who are willing to join the Scheme when it becomes operational. It was hosted on the website of the Ministry and CGHS website and willingness was invited through email too. The response have been quite encouraging and around 16,000 responses have been received which are being compiled for analysis. Majority of the response were from Non CGHS area and people have shown their willingness to join the scheme. The staff side requested that the outcome of the ‘Demand Survey’ may also be shared with them on its completion, which was agreed to.

   He also informed that as per the information made available by IRDA, 97% of the claims settled by the Insurance companies involved amount of less than Rs 3 lakh annually. Only 0.35 % of the claims were for amount exceeding Rs. 5 lakh annually, the balance falling between the Rs 3 to 5 lakh. Hence the proposed insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh would be adequate for the beneficiaries.

   DR. S. P. Goswamy, National Consultant (Health Insurance), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed the members that most of the benefits available under CGHS have been made a part of the CGEPHIS. The CGEPHIS is almost a replica of CGHS. Most of the defined day-care procedures which are covered in CGHS under OPD have been made part of the scheme. Further, in such cases where patients require hospitalization, but the condition of the patient is such that he cannot be shifted to hospital or bed is not available, CGEPHIS shall provide for such medical treatment under domiciliary hospitalization. These cases are part of OPD in CGHS

   Chairman further informed the Staff Side that all possible efforts have been made to make the Scheme suitable for the employees and pensioners retaining in it all the important features of CGHS and CS(MA)Rules, 1944, so that it attracts the target group and provide a freedom of choice in the hands of employees and pensioners, to select the best suitable scheme for them. He sought the views of the Staff Side members of JCM on the Scheme.

   Opening the discussion from the Staff Side, Shri S.K.Vyas Member(Staff side) JCM informed the meeting of their collective view on the scheme and stated that they have been opposing the Health Insurance Scheme all along and they still hold the view that CS(MA) Rules, 1944 is more suitable and it may be extended to all non CGHS areas and should provide cover to the pensioners who have been deprived of this medical facility since long. He further opined that the proposed scheme will also deprive the existing benefits available to the employees and pensioners viz. OPD facilities, coverage to all dependent family members etc. Extension of CS(MA) Rules, 1944, to all pensioners living in Non CGHS areas is their long pending demand. The Staff side unanimously stated that if the Government has already made up its mind to introduce Insurance Scheme, it should be implemented with the following points given due consideration before introduction of the scheme, so that it attracts the prospective members to join the scheme:

   • The Scheme should not be made compulsory for the future employees and pensioners. A voluntary option for joining the scheme must be given to all future employees and pensioners. The choice must be left to them. Especially the future retirees should not be deprived of the CGHS benefits that they have been availing during their service period as per the present scheme.

   • All eligible dependent members of the family may be allowed to join the scheme without any additional financial burden on members. This is being done in the existing CGHS and no financial burden is being imposed on members. Whatever the liability of premium for additional members is worked out; the same may be borne by the Government.

   • As the OPD consultation will be free in networked hospital, the cost of medicines on the prevailing guidelines of the CGHS may be reimbursed to the members. Else, an amount to Rs. 1000 +DA per month as Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) be paid to them on the analogy of the Transport Allowance. The revised amount of Rs. 300/- per month as FMA is inadequate, considering the ever increasing cost of the medical treatment under the present inflationary conditions.

   • The annual contribution to be made by the employee as his share of the Insurance premium for the Health Insurance policy should not in any case be more than the CGHS contribution applicable for him.

   • Life time contribution in respect of insurance premium may be taken from the pensioners as per the present CGHS provisions (for ten years for life time benefit) and rest may be borne by the government.

   Staff side raised the point about the implementation process of the scheme and enquired about the number of Insurance companies that may be involved in this scheme, as insurers to cover the entire country. Chairman informed the members that it will depend upon the future scenario as it emerges in due course.

   Shri S.K. Vyas reiterated his opinion that the extension of CS(MA) Rules, 1944, to the pensioners living in non CGHS areas would be more economical and cost effective way of addressing their health related issues in comparison to the proposed Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS).

   Shri C. Srikumar raised the issue of revision of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to those employees who are posted in remote areas where AMA is not available. Since the Government has already issued order for revising the FMA for pensioners, necessary order for serving employees may also be issued.

   Chairman assured the Staff Side members of the National Council(JCM) that the Ministry will look into the points raised by them seriously and the concerns expressed by them and suggestions made by them will be given due consideration while finalising the Scheme.

   The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the chair.

Promotion of LDC as UDC of Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) on ad-hoc basis- Continuance of Ad-hoc appointments regarding

No. 3/2/2010-CS-II 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, 
New Delhi - 110 003. 
Dated l7th June, 2011.

Office Memorandum

Subject:- Promotion of LDC as UDC of Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) on ad-hoc basis- Continuance of Ad-hoc appointments regarding.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. 3/2/2010-CS.II dated 31st December, 2010 whereby cadres were permitted to continue the ad-hoc appointments in the UD Grade of CSCS up to 30.06.2011 and to say that the continuation of the ad-hoc appointments in the U.D grade made by the cadres has been reviewed in this Department. Since availability of regular UDCs through normal modes of recruitment prescribed under the CSCS Rules may take some more time, it has been decided that the period of ad-hoc appointment of those UDCs who already have been working as UDC on ad-hoc basis in the UD Grade of CSCS may be extended up to 31st December, 2011 or till regular UDCs become available, whichever is earlier.

   2. Other terms and conditions mentioned in this Department’s O.M. No. 3/6/2004-CS.II dated 28.2.2005 will remain unchanged.

   3. Hindi version will follow.

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India


Re-classification of Saharanpur as “Y” class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance – regarding

No. 2(14)/2010-E.II(B) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, 15th June, 2011.


Subject:- Re-classification of Saharanpur as “Y” class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance – regarding.

   The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Ministry’s O.M. No.2(21)/E.II(B)/2004 dated 18.11.2004 & O.M. No.2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008 regarding re-classification of cities on the basis of the population figures of 2001 census for the purpose of HRA to the Central Government employees and to say that the Government of Uttar Pradesh vide their Notification No.2176/9-7-09-53J/1998 dated 01.10.2009 reconstituted the area of Saharanpur (M.B.) by adding certain areas within its Municipal limits and renamed it as Saharanpur Municipal Corporation, which resulted in an increase in population of ‘Saharanpur Municipal Corporation’ to qualify it for classification as ‘Y’ class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance to the Central Government employees.

   2. The President is, accordingly, pleased to decide that Saharanpur city (within its Municipal limits) shall stand re-classified as “Y” class city for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance to the Central Government employees posted there.

    3. These orders shall be effective from 1st June, 2011.

   4. The orders will apply to all civilian employees of the Central Government. The orders will also be applicable to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Railways, respectively.

   5. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

(Anil Sharma) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India


Fifth Review Meeting with Cadre Authorities on issues pertaining to CSS/CSSS/CSCS

No.21/14/2010-CS.I(p) (Vol.II) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training 

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi. 
Dated the 16th June, 2011


Subject :- Fifth Review Meeting with Cadre Authorities on issues pertaining to CSS/CSSS/CSCS.

The undersigned is directed to say that the fifth review meeting with cadre authorities on issues pertaining to CSS/CSSS/CSCS will be held under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary (CS) between 2.3OPM and 5.OOPM on 24th June, 2011 in Room No.119, North Block, New Delhi.

2. The following Agenda Items will be discussed in the meeting: -

(I) APAR completion of all CSS officers for 2009-10 and 2010-11 and previous years and timely updating of APAR monitoring software by nodal officers.

(ii) Completion of CR Dossiers of Assistants/PAs who have qualified the written examination for combined LDCE 2006, 2007 and 2008.

(iii) Status of submission of Immovable Property Returns for 2009 and 2010.

(iv) Surrendering of officers by Ministries to DOP&T.

(v) Collection of Data/information and vigilance status for Review DPC of the Select Lists 2003 to 2008 of the grade of Under Secretary.

(vi) Collection of ACRs/APARs and vigilance clearance in respect of Section Officers who are in the zone of consideration for promotion to the grade of Under Secretary on ad-hoc basis.

(vii) Updation of CSL of PAs.

(viii) Completion and forwarding of recommendations of DPCs for ad-hoc promotion of PAs to the grade of PS.

(ix) Completion and forwarding of recommendations of DPCs for ad-hoc promotion of Steno Grade D to the grade of PA.

(x) Non-relieving of Steno Grade D on regular promotion as PA under the Select List 2005 to 2008.

(xi) Non-receipt of CR Dossiers of PSs of SL years 2001-2004.

(xii) Vigilance clearance and minor/major penalty certificate in respect of PSs

(xiii) Information on promotion of UDCs of Select Lists 2002 and 2003 to the grade of Assistant (Ad-hoc).

2. It is requested that the updates on the above agenda items may please be furnished latest by 22.06.2011.

3. It is also requested that a DS/Director level officer, well conversant with issues of CSS/CSSS/csc5 may kindly be nominated to attend the meeting scheduled for 24 June, 2011.

(Monica Bhatia) 
Tel/Fax No.24629411 



Under Secretaries working on ad-hoc basis — Extension of period for one year beyond 31.05.2011


No.5/3/20 10-CS.1(U) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training) 

2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, 
Khan Market, New Delhi- 110003 
Dated the 15th June, 2011


Subject: Under Secretaries working on ad-hoc basis — Extension of period for one year beyond 31.05.2011.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Orders of even number dated 26.05.2010, 03.09.2010 and 11.11.2010 on the subject mentioned above by which promotions of Section Officers of the CSS were made to the Under Secretary grade of the CSS on ad-hoc basis. The competent authority has approved the extension of ad-hoc promotion of the Under Secretaries covered in the aforementioned orders upto 31.05.2012 or till posts are filled up on regular basis, whichever is earlier.

2. This order will be applicable to all such officers who are continuously holding the post of Under Secretary on ad-hoc basis as per aforementioned orders. This order will, however, not be applicable to those officers whose promotions were cancelled subsequently. The continuation of the ad hoc promotion beyond 3 1.05.2011 is subject to the conditions as mentioned in this Department’s aforementioned orders.

(Monica Bhatia) 

Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- to Group D Staff who retired/died after the notification of RPR 2008 but before being imparted the requisite training

Controller General of Defence Accounts 
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt. New Deihi-110010

No. AN/XIV/14162/6th CPC/Corr./vol-Xl                                                      Dated: 8.06.2011

Subject -Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- to Group D Staff who retired/died after the notification of RPR 2008 but before being imparted the requisite training.

References have been received in this HQrs office seeking clarifications as to how to determine the grade pay of those non matriculate Group ‘D’ employees who retired or died in harness after the notification of RPR 2008 but before being imparted the requisite training to be eligible for grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in Pay Band-1

2. Since RPR 2008 is silent on the issue, the matter was referred to Ministry of Defence (Finance)/ DoP&T for issue of necessary clarification on the subject matter. DoP&T to whom the matter was referred have advised that in all such cases the individual concerned be granted Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in Pay Band-i w.e.f. the same date from which retrained eligible employees were placed in Pay Band and Grade Pay in accordance with the Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure, clarification issued vide OM No. 7/19/2010-E.III(A) dated 02.8.2010.

3. In view of the above, it is advised that further necessary action to regulate the Grade Pay of all affected Group “D” employees of your organization who died or retired after implementation of RPR 2008 but before being imparted the requisite training may please be taken accordingly.


MLAs Also to Issue Income Certificate for ‘Izzat’ Scheme of Railway Travel W.E.F. 1.7.2011

Ministry of Railways have decided that the Income Certificate issued by Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) of various States and Union Territories will also be accepted for issue of “Izzat’ monthly Season Tickets (MSTs) for the benefit of persons working in unorganized sectors. This provision will be effective from 1st July, 2011. This facility will be in addition to the five kinds of certificates already permitted under the ‘Izzat’ Scheme. 

Under ‘Izzat’ scheme, Monthly Season Tickets (MSTs) @Rs. 25/- per month per person is issued for the benefit of persons working in unorganized sector with monthly income not exceeding Rs. 1500/- for travel up to 100 kilometers from the station serving their place of residence. Presently ‘Izzat’ MSTs are issued on production of (i) income certificate from the District Magistrate; or (ii) income certificate from MP of Lok Sabha, or (iii) letter of recommendation from Union Minster or MP of Rajya Sabha to DRM, or (iv) BPL card or any other certificate issued by Central Government under a recognized poverty alleviation programme and (v) under exceptional circumstances, DRMs are also authorized to issue income certificates. 

In addition to the above, Ministry of Railways have now decided that w.e.f. 1.7.2011 the income certificates issued by MLAs of various States & Union Territories will also be accepted for issue of ‘Izzat’ MSTs subject to the following conditions: 

I. The MLAs should issue income certificates to persons belonging to their constituencies only; 

II. The format of the income certificate will be as enclosed; 

III. The income certificate issued by MLAs will be one-time use only, i.e. the original Income Certificate issued by MLA will be retained by the Railway staff at the time of issue of ‘Izzat’ MST; 

IV. A fresh income certificate from the concerned MLA will be required every time the concerned person approaches the station for purchase of ‘Izzat’ MST. 

V. This provision is being done on pilot basis for a period of three months. 

All Zonal Railways have been requested to send monthly figures of usage of ‘Izzat’ MSTs, based on which a review will be done. 

Submission of Immovable Property Returns by Officers of Group 'A' Central Services and placing the same in public domain


F.No. 11013/3/2011-Estt. (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 8th June2011


Subject : Submission of Immovable Property Returns by Officers of Group 'A' Central Services and placing the same in public domain.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's DM of even number dated 11 04.2011 followed by reminder dated 23.05.2011 on the subject mentioned above arid to say that all the Immovable Property Returns(lPRs) of members of Group 'A' Central Services (which were to be submitted by 31.01.2011 for the year 2010) were to be put in the public domain by 31.05.2011

2. It is requested that the compliance position in respect of Group 'A' Central Services of the Ministry may please be indicate0 and the status report sent to DOPAT by 15.06.2011 positively.


Promotion of Personal Assistant (PA) of CSSS to the Private Secretary (PS) Grade of CSSS on ad-hoc basis

Most Immediate

No.4/2/2011-CS.II (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 8th June 2011


Subject:- Promotion of Personal Assistant (PA) of CSSS to the Private Secretary (PS) Grade of CSSS on ad-hoc basis- reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even No. dated 31.3.2011 & 13.4.2011 on the subject mentioned above.

2. All the Cadre Units were requested to promote the eligible PAs within the zone prescribed to the Grade of Private Secretary on adhoc basis to the extent of number of vacancies allocated to their Cadre Units as indicated in Annexure-I of this Department OM of even number dated 31.3.2011 and 13.4.2011. The Cadre Units were also requested to forward the recommendations of the DPC in respect of the remaining eligible PAs in the prescribed zone, who are clear from vigilance angle and cannot be promoted within the Cadre Unit due to lack of vacancies , to this Division while retaining the officials with the least incumbency.

3. Accordingly, based on the information received so far from the Cadre Units, the Competent Authority has decided to nominate the PAs whose names are given in the Annexure-I to this OM and post them to the Cadre Units indicated against their names for their promotion to the Grade of PS of CSSS on adhoc basis after having been found ‘fit’ by the DPC and clear from vigilance angle.

4. The ad-hoc appointment of these officials shall take effect from the date they assume charge of the post of PS in the respective Cadre Units. The ad-hoc appointment shall not confer on the appointees any right to continue in the grade indefinitely or for inclusion in the Select List of PS for regular appointment or to claim seniority in the PS Grade of CSSS.The period of adhoc promotion would be upto 30.9.2011 or till the regular Private Secretaries become available, whichever is earlier.

5. It is also noted that in some Cadres Units like MHA, eligible PAs with maximum incumbency have been promoted and retained within the Cadres Units and the names of eligible PAs with minimum incumbency have been furnished to this Department for their allocation to other Cadres Units which is not in conformity with this Department OM of even number dated 13.4.2011 ibid. It has, therefore, been decided to transfer such adhoc Private Secretaries from the Cadre Units concerned to the Cadre Units indicated against their names given in the Annexure II. Accordingly, MHA is requested to

1) relieve the transferred adhoc Private Secretaries as shown in the Annexure —II of their duties to join the cadre concerned immediately under intimation to this Department.

2) The remaining PA’s with minimum incumbency may be promoted to the grade PS of CSSS on adhoc basis . A copy of their promotion orders may be forwarded to this Department immediately.

6. The Cadre units are also requested that all the PAs who have been nominated to other cadre on their adhoc promotion to the Grade of PS of CSSS may be relieved immediately. A copy of the relieving/promotion Orders issued by Cadres concerned may be forwarded to this Department immediately.

(Kiran Vasudeva)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


Delhi Government notification on army college admission quashed

The Supreme Court has quashed the Delhi government notification dated August 14, 2008, permitting the Army College of Medical Sciences, Delhi Cantt to provide 100 per cent fees exemption to the wards of only army personnel and directed the college to provide admission to the appellant in MBBS courses since they are in the merit list of the Central Entrance Test. 

The apex court has ruled that executive cannot pass orders or issue notifications which are counter-productive to the constitutional policy of achieving their goals of setting up of egalitarian society based on the concept of social justice in the field of education. 

A bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar has declared the Delhi Professional Colleges or Institutions (Prohibition of Capitation Fee, Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Non Exploitative Fee and Other Measures to Ensure Quality and Excellence) Act 2007 do not suffer from any constitutional infirmities. The validity of the Act and its provisions are accordingly upheld. 

Justice Reddy, writing 165 page judgement for the bench copies of which were made available to the media today noted, “The fact that non-minority unaided educational institutions insist on 'social disadvantages blind' admission policies is proof that they are not recognising the true purpose of education as an occupation. Hence, state intervention is a categorical imperative, both morally and within our constitutional logic. 

In light of the above, we hold that the claimed rights of non minority educational institutions to admit students of their choice, would not only be a minor right, but if that were in fact a right, if exercised in full measures, that would be detrimental to the true nature of education as an occupation, damage the environment in which our students are taught the lessons of life, and imparted knowledge, and further also damage their ability to learn to deal with the diversity of India, and gain access to knowledge of its problems, so that they can appreciate how they can apply their formal knowledge in concrete social realities they will confront.' UNI

Modern Trolleys at Important Railway Stations for Senior Citizens and Women

As announced in the Railway Budget 2011-12, the Ministry of Railways has decided to extend the Rail Yatri Sevaks with modern trolleys to six more stations. These six stations are New Delhi (Platform No. 1 and 16), Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram. 

Modern Luggage Trolleys with brakes, similar to those provided at airports (standard dimensions) will be provided for round the clock service. These trolleys should be provided by service providers who will be engaged for each station through a separate open-tender process to be followed by the zonal Railways. The contractual period shall be for one year. 

These trolleys will be provided by service providers with no initial or recurring investment by the Railways. The service provider providing these trolleys will have to pay annual license fees to the Railways based on the highest financial bid in the open tender. 

The number of trolleys to be provided at a station will be decided by the Zonal Railways based on the requirement and taking into account the congestion at the platforms of the Railway station. The number of trolleys, however, will not exceed 50 on a station. 

Service provider shall be allowed to advertise on these trolleys in accordance with the guidelines stipulated for advertisement on Railway premises with respect to aesthetics, public morale etc. The space for advertisement will be fixed by the Zonal Railways and will be notified while inviting the tender. The advertising material will have to be approved from the Railway authority before display. There will be no advertising which may affect the business of the Railways negatively like advertising of airlines etc. Railways will specify this area of advertisement as additional space in cases where the bulk advertisement rights for commercial publicity are awarded. The space used for advertisements on trolleys will not be included in the bulk advertisement rights. 

The Zonal Railways will notify the specific telephone number on which senior citizens and ladies can book the luggage trolley in advance. The “Rail Yatri Sevaks” will hold a placard with number to help the passengers in identification of the assigned trolley. The passenger booking the service will furnish the PNR to the “Rail Yatri Sevak” for the purpose of verification. 

It will be clarified by the Zonal Railways that “Rail Yatri Sevaks” are deployed by the service provider. Their deployment is purely contractual in nature and no facilities viz. absorption in railway service, regularization of service, bonus, railway pass facilities etc. will accrue to the service provider or “Rail Yatri Sevaks”. 

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Parliamentarians Urge Govt to upgrade and Augment NCC and Sainik Schools

Cutting across party lines, Members of Parliament today urged the government to bring about sweeping changes in the structure and content of the training being imparted to the youth in the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and Sainik Schools to bring them in sync with the contemporary world. They were taking part in a discussion of the Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Defence. The members felt that there is the need for bringing in large number of youth into the framework provided by the NCC and Sainik Schools so that they imbibe sound values and become worthy citizens of the future. 

There was unanimity among the members that contemporary societal requirements such as information technology, disaster management and strong leadership traits must form part of the training and education in NCC and Sainik Schools. Some members suggested that participation in NCC by every youth of the country for at least one year in their academic life be made compulsory so that discipline and societal values are absorbed by them. 

Earlier opening the discussion the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony said NCC remains in the forefront of social and community development programmes throughout the country. He said NCC cadets provided timely assistance during the Jnaneshwari Express tragedy, cleaned the Mumbai shores during the oil spill and planted one million tree saplings as part of ‘My earth my duty’. Recalling the growth of NCC over the years Shri Antony said, established in 1948 the Corps today has a sanctioned strength of 1.5 million cadets and extends to 615 districts across the country. 

Talking about the Sainik Schools Shri Antony said, the schools have entered 50th year of existence. At present, there are 24 schools in 24 states in the country with two schools each in Bihar, Karnataka and Haryana. Over these 50 years, Sainik Schools have prepared over 8,000 officers for the Armed Forces and have also made a substantial contribution to other walks of life. 

Speaking at the meeting the Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju said the government is attaching a lot of importance to the two systems and more support are being given to them. He said in the last couple of years, MoD has invested substantial amount in upgrading the infrastructure and training of teachers of Sainik Schools. 

The Members of Parliament who attended today’s meeting included Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Shri Ram Chandra Khuntia, Shri HK Dua, Shri Piyush Goyal, Shri Ishwar Lal Jain, Dr. Mahendra Prasad, Shri Shivanand Tiwari, Shri Manish Tewari, Shri Gopal Singh Shekhawat, Shri SS Ramasubbu, Shri Lalit Mohan Suklabaidya and Shri Harshvardhan. Others who attended the meeting included the Defence Secretary Shri Pradeep Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production) Shri RK Singh and Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri Shri VK Saraswat. 

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