Railway Mail Service

Railway Mail Service

The Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot today informed Lok Sabha in written reply to a question that the Department has a well-established procedure and mechanism for settlement of the grievances of its employees. Personal grievances of the employees are addressed by the administrative units concerned on the basis of receipt of such representations. There is a system of regular meetings with the service unions at Divisional, Regional and Circle Levels for redressal of operational grievances. Periodic meetings also take place at the Directorate level with the national representatives of the Unions to discuss operational issues. 

The department takes requisite action with respect to employees grievances based on the representations and through the regular meetings. 

The Department of Posts does not issue Railway Pass for RMS employees/families. Department of Posts provides a metal token to the RMS employees traveling in the trains for the purpose of carriage of mail as a proof of identity. 

Non-Payment of Salaries to Employees of Hindustan Shipyard Ltd.

Non-Payment of Salaries to Employees of Hindustan Shipyard Ltd.

Government has already transferred Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), which was earlier under the Ministry of Shipping to the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence by way of amendment of the Allocation of Business Rules on 23rd February 2010. 

Rs.5l.43 crores approximately is due as arrears upto April, 2011 towards pay revision w.e.f. 1.1.2009. The revised salaries are being paid from May, 2011. 

HSL is not in a healthy financial situation. As on 31.3.2011 this Shipyard has accumulated losses of Rs.930.10 crores and the negative net worth of Rs.628.01 crores. In the wage revision settlement entered into with the Union by the Management of HSL, it was agreed that payment of arrears on account of revision will be made based on the improvement in the financial position of the Company. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Shri Nandi Yellaiah in Rajya Sabha today

Permission for Joining Private Sector

Permission for Joining Private Sector

There is no cooling off period applicable to officers after retirement for seeking permission to take up employment in the private sector. In accordance with sub rule (1) of Rule 10 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, if a pensioner who held a Group ‘A’ post at time of retirement, wishes to accept any commercial employment before expiry of one year of retirement, he/she is required to obtain previous sanction of the Government. Similar provision also exists for All India Service Officers in Rule 26 of AIS (DCRB) Rules, 1958. The data on the number of requests received from retired officers seeking such permission is not centrally maintained. 

In granting or rejecting permission to such an applicant, the competent authority shall have regard to the factors mentioned in sub-rule (3) of Rule 10 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Sub-Rule (3) of Rule 26 of AIS (DCRB) Rules, 1958 as the case may be. 

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Punishment for Corrupt Officials

Punishment for Corrupt Officials

                        The Government is considering a set of proposals to cut the time taken to penalise delinquent Government officials including sacking of officials found to be involved in corruption.
The Government had appointed a three member Committee of Experts  to examine and suggest measures to expedite the process involved in  Disciplinary/Vigilance Proceedings.  The Committee has made a number of recommendations aimed at reducing time taken in conducting and concluding disciplinary proceedings against government servants.  In its Report, the Committee has recommended :

·        Creation of panels  of Inquiry Officers from amongst both serving and retired government servants and enhancement of remuneration for conducting inquiries;

·        Prescribing a time limit of two months for completion of minor penalty disciplinary inquiries and 12 months for major penalty disciplinary inquiries;

·        Dispensing with second stage consultation with CVC;

·        Dispensing with consultation with UPSC in minor penalty disciplinary cases;

·        Setting up of Vigilance Commissions with statutory status in the States;

·        Introduction of Plea-Bargaining in major penalty disciplinary inquiries;

·        Major penalty of compulsory retirement to include cut in pension/gratuity;

·        Amendment of Article 311 of the Constitution to provide for dismissal from service on charges of corrupt practices after beginning of trial in a competent court;

The Report of Committee is under examination.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Awareness about Schemes for SC/OBCS

Awareness about Schemes for SC/OBCS

Various steps are taken by the Ministry to disseminate information about its Schemes to its target groups. It includes:-

i)    Advertisements in the newspapers for: 
a)    spreading information about various schemes of the Ministry; 
b)    inviting applications from the eligible students under the Scheme of “National Overseas Scholarship for SC etc. candidates”; 
c)    inviting applications from the implementing agencies under the Scheme of “Free Coaching for SC and OBC students”;

ii)    placing the information about the Schemes on the website of the Ministry; and 
iii) broadcasting the requisite information through Ministry’s weekly Radio Programme “Sanwarti jayein jeewan ki raahein”.

Centrally-sponsored schemes e.g. Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC students, Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for the Children of those Engaged in ‘Unclean’ Occupations and Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatravas Yojana for SC students are implemented through the State Governments/UT administrations, who are also expected to give wide publicity to these schemes.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri D. Napoleon in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today



0028/Spl Treat/DGAFMS/DG-3A/1393/11/2011/D (Med)

Govt of India 
Ministry of Defence 
NewDelhi—110001 .

18th Jul 2011 .


The Director General Armed Forces Medical Services 
New Delhi-110001



I am directed to say that the President is pleased to extend the provision of Ministry of Defence letter No 20028/DGAFMS/DG-3A11348/D (Med) dated 28 Mar 1988 as amended from time to time and last extended vide Govt of India Ministry of Defence letter No 20028/Spl Treat)DGAFMS/DG-3A/331/09/D (Med) dated 31 Mar 2009 for a further period of two years wet 01 Apr 2011 with partial modification as explained in para-2 below.

2. However, as facilities many procedures now exist in certain Armed Forces hosipital the facility for availing specialized treatment for Cardiology and Renal Transplant procedures will 
only be recommended on case-to-case basis as follows.

(a) Advanced Cardiovascular Treatment: – Recommendations of consultant/ Senior Advisor Cardiothoracic Surgery who will obtain concurrence of Sr Consultant (Surgery) office of DGAFMS telephonically if necessary. The recommendation should be pre- facto, however in emergency conditions, justitiabie post-facto recommendation may be obtained.

(b) Advanced Renal Transplant Treatment: – Recommendations of consultant/ Senior Advisor. Urology who will obtain concurrence of Sr Consultant (Surgery) office of DGAFMS telephonically if necessary. The recommendation should be pre-facto,however in emergency conditions, justifiable post-facto recommendation may be obtained

3, This issue with the concurrence of Defence/Finance vide their LJO.No 344/AG/PD/11 dated 06/07/2011

Yours Faithfully 
(Kulwant Rana) 
Under Secretary to the Govt of India




(updated as on 16 August 2011)


1. We all believe in the system and expect that justice will be done to us. However  your presumption that your bank is paying you correct pension, may not be in your best  financial interests. Experience indicates that Banks are frequently doing the mistake of  paying lower rates of pension vis a vis authorisation to many pensioners due to poor  understanding of defence pension provisions by their staff. Therefore it is a must for  every pensioner to know his/her correct entitlement of pension.

2. The pensioners, who have retired on or after 01-01-06, generally do not have any problem in getting their correct pension. The CDAs  in their case have issued Pension Payment Order (PPO) as per the new provisions of VI CPC. For these pensioners the banks have no option, but to pay the pension as specified by the CDA in the PPO.  However, the story is different for pre 01-01-06 retirees.

3. Considering the large volume of pre-2006 pensioners (25 lacs Appx), the CDAs have expressed their inability to issue a revised PPO as per VI CPC entitlement.  The Govt has therefore issued orders to Pension Disbursing Agencies (Banks, Treasury Offices etc) to calculate the revised pension as per VI CPC) and pay the same to the pre-2006 pensioners directly.   Govt has issued instructions to banks (with necessary reference tables) for calculating and releasing the revised pension.  Efforts are on at the highest level to ensure that revised PPOs are issued for pre-2006 pensioners also, by he CDAs in near future.  However it is linked to digitalisation of past records and data capture of pre-2006 pensioners on a large scale by CGDA and could take some time. Therefore as on date, it is only banks who will decide the post VI CPC revision of pension, for pre-2006 pensioners

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Central govt employee gets post-retirement benefits at age of 91

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the central government to provide its 91-year-old former employee some of the post-retirement benefits that he had been unable to avail due to lack of information.

Justice S Muralidhar ordered the government to provide former Indian Railways employee KSR Chari the benefits of railway pension and family pension scheme that he had been unable to avail due to a communication gap.

The court was hearing Mr Chari's petition in which he alleged that he had been unable to avail the benefits of the scheme due to lack of proper communication by his first employer State Railway Coal department, which he joined in 1942, to his second employer the National Coal Development Corp (NCDC).

"In conclusion, this court would like to take judicial notice of the fact that with rising inflation and spiralling prices of basic commodities, the life of the elderly in our country is becoming increasingly difficult," the court said.

With every passing day they feel the pinch of rising prices whether it is food, provisions, transport or health care, it said.

The court said the provident fund amount that some of the retired employees got after many years of dedicated service, was meagre by today's rates of income. Moreover, the rates of return on the lump sum amounts had drastically reduced over the years.

"The elderly cannot risk investing their precious savings in the volatile and uncertain share market. Had some of them opted for pension, they would have a better level of sustenance. It is not surprising then that those who gave the best of their productive lives for the progress of the country and the betterment of our lives justifiably feel that they are being treated unfairly and that the Government owes them more," said the court in its 12-page order.

"The lives of the elderly in our country are becoming increasingly difficult. For a majority of retired government servants, the social security cover, if it can be called that, is palpably inadequate to ensure them a decent living," said the court, ordering the government to provide Chari the two post-retirement benefits for railway employees.

The court imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the coal and mines ministry and NCDC for objecting to Chari's plea that he had come to the court after a gap of several decades after retirement.

Central govt employee gets post-retirement benefits at age of 91

Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/central-govt-employee-gets-post-retirement-benefits-at-age-of-91-128504&cp&cp

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